Dropbox and Microsoft partner for Office 365 storage: What does this mean for OneDrive?

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Cloudy storage provider Dropbox has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft whereby the service is being integrated more closely with Microsoft Office 365.

Dropbox customers will be able to access their accounts directly from Office apps, edit Office files from the Dropbox app, as well as sharing Dropbox links from Office.

In a blog post on the Dropbox website, head of product Ilya Fushman wrote: “We know that much of the world relies on a combination of Dropbox and...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Storage.

Microsoft takes clear lead in IaaS second place race, AWS still way out in front

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Microsoft has leapt ahead of its competition for second place in global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) revenues, yet still continues to be dwarfed by Amazon Web Services, according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research.

The analyst house, which has covered the IaaS market in depth over the past few years, released a graph today which showed competitive pricing for cloud infrastructure services in Q3. Amazon retains its huge lead in the market, yet Microsoft is racing...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Cloud storage wars: The Bitcasa and Microsoft stories are a sign of the times

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Opinion This week has seen two companies, very different in size, take two very different paths with its cloud storage capabilities.

Bitcasa announced last week it was binning its $10 a month unlimited cloud storage option for customers. The reason the company gave was two-fold; firstly there was a lack of demand, and secondly there was a group of “abusers” – in other words, businesses using individual storage accounts.

In a blog post, Bitcasa noted they could only see...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Storage.

The public v private cloud discussion is dead, says Verizon report

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Verizon’s yearly report on the state of enterprise cloud computing has found that the public v private debate, while “convenient shorthand”, is “inadequate to describe the massive variety of cloud services available today.”

The report, which features survey results from 451 Research of almost 1000 respondents, found a variety of interesting nuggets:

  • 65% of enterprises are using cloud computing
  • More than 80% of cloud spend is managed by the IT department – over half directly by the CIO
  • 71% of enterprises expect to...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

More than half of cloud conference attendees are adopting hybrid cloud strategy

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58% of attendees at the 2014 Cloud Expo and the AWS Summit, in New York, have indicated they are building hybrid cloud solutions for their organisations, according to a survey.

According to the survey, conducted by Avere Systems, the same number (58%) said they were planning on migrating at least some of their on-prem applications to the cloud within the next two years.

Archiving is the most popular aspect of enterprises that are being moved to the cloud, with 28% of the vote. This...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Opinion: The inverted pyramid of IT infrastructure

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If we ever lose a bid for a data centre contract, it is for one of two reasons.

Either the customer insists on being close to London and is happy to pay the premium for doing so, or the customer is obsessed by paying the lowest possible price and will accept any quality of data centre service to achieve...

By Nick Razey, 13 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Cloud computing on a CV: The benefits explained

If you work within IT and your resume is missing the word “cloud”, you are mostly likely lagging behind your competition in the job market. When openings for seasoned IT professionals come about, you should expect the other applicants to be aggressive, educated and ready to talk about cloud. It is the one specific word could set your resume apart from others applying for the position you desire.

Since IT services seemingly are becoming more cloud oriented, it is becoming imperative to become a...

By CloudWedge, 14 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure.

After Google and Amazon slash their cloud prices, Microsoft follows suit

Microsoft has announced price cuts on its compute facility by up to 35% and its storage by up to 65%, days after Google and Amazon Web Services did likewise.

Perhaps this is the least surprising news of the year – Amazon’s price cuts being the second least surprising. That said, everyone suspected Redmond’s cloud announcement wasn’t going to be just renaming Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure.

By James Bourne, 02 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Storage, Vendors.

Why organisations should consider cloud-based backup and recovery

Amrita Choudhury, Analyst, Software – Infrastructure Solutions

The last decade has seen massive growth in data volumes and there has been a corresponding seismic shift in the way in which organizations deal with data. While storage technology has become relatively affordable and improved, it has struggled to keep pace with the data growth.

Storage infrastructure expansion can be costly and is a continual process. Freeing up storage capacity is never an easy decision, with business requirements and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Storage.

Sony’s move to cloud gaming goes up a gear with PlayStation Now

Sony has announced PlayStation Now, a service which allows gamers to stream a variety of PlayStation titles across a range of devices without a console in sight.

The announcement was made at CES, with games from Sony’s previous three consoles being utilised and the service available on the PS4, the PS Vita, as well as Sony’s Bravia TV sets.

The technology for PlayStation Now came from Gaikai, a company which streams high-end video games. Gaikai was bought by Sony in July 2012 for $380m, a clear...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Security.

IBM launches “cloud of clouds” offering, aims to stop vendor lock-in

IBM has developed technology which will allow clients to move data between clouds and backed up whilst avoiding the dreaded vendor lock-in, it has been claimed.

A press release on the IBM website explains how the Armonk firm’s patent pending invention enables a “cloud of clouds” theory – the idea that a series of clouds can offer greater protection against outages and data loss than any single cloud.

This is alongside a software...

By James Bourne, 10 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure, Vendors.

With Salesforce SuperPods public cloud can be private - but should it?

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector Technology

Salesforce announced a private SuperPod hosting of the Salesforce offering for HP at Dreamforce. This announcement appears to open the door to a more nuanced hybrid delivery model where the distinction between public and private cloud services is becoming a matter of customer choice.

The SuperPod may provide a bridge that enables some customers to access the benefits of SaaS while keeping data in dedicated infrastructure. Enterprises, however,...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Salesforce.

Can the enterprise afford to pass up PaaS?

With Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) firmly built into how enterprise IT operates, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) seems a distant third for how big businesses are accessing cloud.

But should that be the case?

When we think of PaaS, you typically think of smaller companies starting up applications in the cloud. However, PaaS has a role to play in companies at scale.

According to Joe...

By Logicworks, 21 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, SaaS .

The reality of data security in the cloud

Data in the cloud is increasingly viewed as the reality of IT infrastructure management.

With such ubiquitous data storage on cloud-based, cloud-based is at odds with the naysayers who continue to cite security concerns as a reason not to move data to the cloud.

So we have a discrepancy – cloud data storage is widely used, yet there are concerns about the security (compliance and privacy also) of the data itself.

What gives?

The rapid rate of cloud adoption has given rise to the natural necessity to...

By Logicworks, 19 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Infrastructure, Security.

5 ways cloud computing is changing product management

Cloud computing has become a major part of how IT organizations are approaching infrastructure requirements. To better support critical applications, networks, and websites, cloud infrastructure through CSPs, managed, and self-service models have become the go-to resource for a range of associated benefits.

However, given the ease with which it can be utilized, cloud infrastructure has appeal beyond the IT department. In fact, many other organizations within businesses readily jump into cloud usage to support...

By Logicworks, 30 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure.

Why SoftLayer believes in a “really good” future with IBM #AppsWorld

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider SoftLayer has been making all the right noises since its acquisition by IBM back in July.

Earlier this month CloudTech reported on the health of the IBM-SoftLayer relationship, with many IBM divisions reputed to be actively collaborating with the SoftLayer team to migrate existing apps and develop new ones.

And for Jonathan Wisler, EMEA general manager, speaking at

By James Bourne, 22 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Interview.

How to balance cloud security with agility in the healthcare vertical

Back in July, a study released from the Ponemon Institute cited cloud-based storage and mobile applications as the typical sources for cloud security concerns within many healthcare organizations.  However, it was not understood if this worry was around just the concept of cloud computing and mobile computing, or if these organizations are dealing with true issues.  I suspect it was the...

By Logicworks, 16 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Economy, Infrastructure, Security.

Obamacare goes live: Healthcare cloud computing in action

Today marks the opening of the online enrollment of government-approved health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

As we previously explored, though the law has been a lightning rod for partisan controversy and bickering, one undeniably positive impact of the law has been its emphasis on utilizing burgeoning IT approaches for healthcare, including cloud computing, to enable more people to access insurance coverage.

As

By Logicworks, 01 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Vendors.