Amazon Web Services announces next generation EC2 instances

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced M4 instances for its EC2 cloud, adding another selection of compute instances to an already well-established list.

The M4 instances will deliver processing power with custom 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2676 Haswell processors, and aim to provide lower network latency and jitter – the variation between packets arriving – through Enhanced Networking. M4 also offers dedicated bandwidth to Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS).

AWS claims M4 instances...

By James Bourne, 15 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure.

How to accelerate government IT and hybrid cloud with a DevOps boost

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The rapid adoption of digital business transformation processes and the ongoing deployment of open hybrid cloud platforms are enabling the achievement of software development bold goals. But when management consultants and industry analysts talk about how IT innovation is changing many organisations, government leadership of this key trend typically isn't top of mind.That said, a new market study by MeriTalk reveals that approximately two-thirds of American federal government IT leaders say DevOps adoption will help agencies shift into the cloud computing fast lane.Agile methodologies, continuous integration and continuous delivery are...

By David H Deans, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

CIO survey reveals importance of mainframe – but also the skills gap with it

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IBM celebrated the 50th anniversary of the mainframe last year – and new research from Compuware reveals the technology is still as important as ever for CIOs.

The research, which polled 350 enterprise CIOs, found almost nine in 10 (88%) see the mainframe as a “key business asset over the next decade”, while a similar number (89%) see mainframe code as “valuable corporate intellectual property” and four in five (78%) believe it is a “key enabler of...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Infrastructure.

New CenturyLink EMEA MD Richard Warley: In IaaS, the telco should win

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Richard Warley, the new EMEA managing director of communications giant CenturyLink, argues the natural winners in the cloud and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space should be the telcos – and he’s relishing the chance of leading the charge.

Warley’s appointment represents a near full-circle transformation, having been managing director of SAVVIS up until 2008, which CenturyLink acquired in 2011. Indeed, it goes further than that; the new EMEA MD was speaking to...

By James Bourne, 09 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Using bimodal IT to quickly turn lightbulb ideas into revenue

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In 2014, Gartner introduced a new organisation model for enterprise IT called “bimodal IT.” In fact Gartner first started talking about this back in 2012 following the introduction of DevOps and agile development.   Now Gartner posits that IT organisations of the future will have two separate flavours: mode 1 is traditional IT, focused on stability and efficiency, while mode 2 is an experimental, agile IT organisation focused on time-to-market, rapid application...

By William Rabie, 08 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, DevOps, Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Why human error is still the biggest risk to your cloud system going down

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The number one risk to system availability remains human error, according to the latest disaster recovery industry report from CloudEndure.

The research examines the various protocols businesses have in place for downtime if – or when – it occurs. On a scale of one to 10, human errors – including application bugs – hit 8.1, compared to network failures (7.2), cloud provider downtime (6.9) and external threats (6.7).

Even though the majority (83%) of...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, SLA.

The confusion around hybrid: Cloud isn’t for everyone, but everyone can use a bit of cloud

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I was delighted to see so many folks attend our Tech Meet Up last week in London.  Not only was it a great networking opportunity, but we also hosted a stimulating panel that generated much discussion on the night.  Here I’ve captured a few takeaways.

The panel included Jeremy Bowman, Director of IT Operations at iland customer Fusion Business Solutions, and Peter Godden, Vice President EMEA for Zerto, one of our key partners. Discussion centred on the many reasons...

By William Rabie, 01 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Which IaaS vendor to choose? High price doesn’t always mean high performance

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Cloud Spectator, an analyst firm, has put together the second of its infrastructure as a service (IaaS) pricing reports, and found Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) crown slipping.

The latest study, which collected over one million data points over a 24 hour period on processor and memory, examined performance alongside other patterns, such as instability and unpredictability. Performance tests were conducted on five different virtual machine sizes across 15 IaaS providers.

The results...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

Analysing the differences between cloud orchestration and cloud automation

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What is the difference between cloud orchestration and cloud automation? An exploration of these two terms is more than a vocabulary exercise; it highlights a key challenge for teams looking to improve IT processes.

In most situations, cloud automation describes a task or function accomplished without human intervention. Cloud orchestration describes the arranging and coordination of automated tasks, ultimately resulting in a consolidated process or workflow.

It is simplest to see this in an example. To...

By Logicworks, 26 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: DevOps, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Government agencies approaching tipping point with cloud adoption

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It has been nearly five years since Vivek Kundra, then CIO for the US federal government, announced a “cloud first” approach to federal IT. Now, a new report from Forbes Insights and Microsoft argues there is a tipping point for government agencies.

Curt Kolcun, vice president of US public sector at Microsoft, notes: “Initial concerns around moving to the cloud are being countered by real-world government success stories.” In other words, worries about data...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Google drops its cloud pricing – again – and continues to follow Moore’s Law

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It’s not the first time this has happened, and it almost certainly won’t be the last; Google has slashed the prices of its Compute Engine instance types, in a bid to continue to follow the Moore’s Law pricing structure.

Moore’s Law – the simple theory, predicted in 1965 that processing power will double every two years – just keeps on going. Google appears just as committed to the process today as it was when Compute Engine was launched in November 2013.

By James Bourne, 20 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Google, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Gartner warns of competitive landscape shifting on IaaS

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Analyst house Gartner has warned over the current position of the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market, claiming it to be in a “state of upheaval”, despite global spending expected to grow almost 33% in 2015.

According to VP and distinguished analyst Lydia Leong, customers are getting great value out of cloud IaaS, but as 2014 was a “year of reckoning” for many IaaS providers, some have been left high and dry, believing their current strategy was failing...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Why the future is cloud autonomics

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Many great innovations have come out of cloud computing, such as on-demand infrastructure, consumption-based pricing and access to global computing resources. However, these powerful innovations have come at a high cost: complexity.

Managing cloud infrastructure today is substantially more complex than managing traditional data center infrastructure. While some of the complexity is a direct consequence of operating in a highly transient and shared computing environment,...

By Joe Kinsella, 14 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Platform.

Five ways to monitor and control AWS cloud costs

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Many IT teams find that their AWS cloud costs grow less efficient as “clutter” builds up in their accounts. The good news is that both AWS and a small army of third party providers have developed tools to help engineers discover the cause(s) of these inefficiencies.

While there are several “easier” fixes, such as Reserved Instances and eliminating unused resources, the real issue is usually far more complex. Unplanned costs are frequently the result of...

By Logicworks, 13 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Infrastructure.

UK cloud adoption continues to rise – and WS2003 shutdown will accelerate it further

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Newly released figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) show that cloud computing adoption rate in the UK currently stands at 84%, with that number expecting to sizeably increase due to the shutdown of Windows Server (WS) 2003.

WS2003 will have its support stopped on July 14 and, as this publication has previously examined, many companies are leaving...

By James Bourne, 12 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Data Management, Infrastructure, Software.

Cloud-based voice and telephony services continues apace

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Almost half of companies surveyed by Britannic Technologies said they had cloud-based voice and telephony services, while two thirds said they had a partial voice solution in the cloud.

84% of respondents said they understood the proposition of cloud computing, yet there were some intriguing responses as to why companies aren’t putting their voice services in the cloud. Almost half (48%) of those polled said they were concerned about security worries, while 38% were worried...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, UnifiedComms.

Managing hybrid clouds: What team do IT leaders need?

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As most enterprise IT leaders know, transitioning IT staff to a cloud-based service delivery model is often more challenging than transitioning the infrastructure itself.

A collaborative, vertically-oriented IT organisational structure is crucial to the success of any cloud infrastructure, and yet the advice enterprises receive—usually some variation of “break down silos”—is not especially useful in an organisation with hundreds or even thousands of IT...

By Logicworks, 08 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Cloud: The promised world of utility billing

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Cloud solutions, be they SaaS (software as a service), PaaS (platform as a service) or IaaS (infrastructure as a service), and public, private or hybrid in some way, are all growing at a pace with the options available to customers from a wide range of providers growing on a monthly basis. We are seeing innovation, immense computing power available affordably to all, and delivery of mobile on demand access to both business and consumer communities.

Many assume that in the...

By Ian Moyse, 05 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Infrastructure, Platform, Software, Trends, Vendors.

Enterprise cloud transformation: Enabling the strategy focused IT organisation

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Adapting a large enterprise to exploit the new business opportunities presented by the On Demand Economy is no small feat. However, considerable resources now exist to explain and map how cloud computing can provide a platform for accelerating this capability.

Adopting cloud computing services can be a simple, tactical exercise to meet some immediate infrastructure needs, or it can be the catalyst to embracing an entirely new strategy for IT as a whole. This can drive an entire...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 01 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure.

How digital transformation drives cloud computing demand

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Digital Business Transformation projects gained momentum in 2014, as more companies moved their legacy IT workloads to cloud computing platforms and launched a variety of new cloud-native applications. This pervasive trend will continue and accelerate for the duration of 2015.Total cloud IT infrastructure investment (server, disk storage, and ethernet switch) is forecast to grow by 21 percent year-over-year to reach $32 billion in 2015 -- accounting for about 33 percent of all IT infrastructure spending this year, which...

By David H Deans, 30 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.