How hybrid industrial cloud computing is gaining momentum

Why do most internet of things (IoT) analytics operations occur in the cloud? The public cloud offers a centralised location for large amounts of affordable storage and computing power. But there are many instances in which it makes more sense to perform analytics closer to the thing or activity that is generating or collecting data ­– equipment deployed at customer sites.

This is particularly true in industrial and manufacturing environments, which are familiar with the...

By David H Deans, 07 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Platform.

The cloud is here – but managing its costs and optimizing benefits is up to you

A decade ago, early adapters enthusiastically embraced cloud computing, but the larger business world waited skeptically with questions such as ‘how safe is this?’ ‘How much will it cost?’ ‘Will it really improve productivity?’ ‘Will it give me a competitive edge?’

Today, there is still some hesitation around migrating to the cloud. Because the cloud is still considered fairly new technology, there hasn’t been an established trust in it yet. Some...

By Amanda Vernazza, 06 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

Global public cloud computing revenue trends: How hybrid and multi-cloud will dominate

The global public cloud computing market continues its predictable growth trend. By and large, it's viewed as an IT commodity, where customers have no loyalty to cloud service providers that follow a 'race to the bottom' mindset -- providing the lowest price at a given moment in time. That said, everything about this business model seems somewhat tentative.

The worldwide cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market grew 29.5 percent in 2017 to reach a total revenue of $23.5 billion --...

By David H Deans, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Staying competitive and resilient in a multi-cloud world ​​​​​​​

Today’s businesses don’t have it easy. They are constantly challenged to stay resilient during a time of unprecedented disruption, change, and unforeseen adversity. That means ensuring critical applications and data are always available, to keep the business ticking along no matter what may be thrown at it.

With cyber attacks on the rise and more employees choosing flexible working practices, that becomes...

By Chris Fielding, 31 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry, Infrastructure.

More organisations moving from proof of concept to initial SD-WAN projects

One in five global companies has implemented an initial software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) project, while many more are at the proof of concept stage.

This is according to survey results from Teneo, an ‘as a service’ technology provider. The study, conducted alongside Sapio Research and which polled 200 senior IT and networking managers in the US and UK, found that increasing pressure on company...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Software.

VMworld 2018: Multi-cloud strategies, AWS partnership blossoms, vSAN and NSX updates, and more

At VMworld in Las Vegas, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, with the help of some of the best and brightest in the cloud industry, expanded on partnerships and products, as well as the evolution of the multi-cloud landscape.

For the second year running, Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), took to the stage to give an update on AWS’ growing partnership with VMware, alongside new features. The announcement of an expansion...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Infrastructure, VMware.

Cloud hyperscaler capex broke $53 billion for the first half of 2018, says Synergy Research

The capital expenditure of the largest cloud infrastructure players continues to rise – and according to Synergy Research, the first half of 2018 has seen record figures being published.

Total capex for the first half of this year among the hyperscale operators hit $53 billion (£41.1bn), compared with $31bn this time last year. Q2’s figures did not quite match Q1, but this is down to an anomaly, Synergy...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure.

Cloud adoption in EMEA continues healthy growth – but security not on the same page

Cloud adoption in EMEA continues to grow significantly, but security awareness is not growing with it, according to new research from Bitglass.

The cloud access security broker (CASB), in its latest report, used company domains to identify cloud apps deployed in 20,000 organisations across Europe.

Less than half (47%) of organisations analysed had a single sign on (SSO) tool in use,...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

Protecting your company’s crown jewels: Building cloud-based backup and DR into ransomware defence

It’s a sad fact of life that whenever someone owns anything of value, there’s someone else out there who wants to get their hands on it illegally. Today’s corporate crown jewels are the critical data on which organisations depend and the highwaymen are cybercriminals, who have built a lucrative industry from ransomware attacks that disrupt businesses, steal data and aim to extract payment from their victims.

Tackling this scourge is a critical challenge for IT managers on several levels, but...

DigiPlex aims to reuse waste data centre heat in Oslo apartments with new partnership

As technology continues to improve, so too does the responsibility of infrastructure providers in ensuring an environmentally-friendly future. Nordic data centre firm DigiPlex has announced a scheme whereby waste heat from its facilities will be reused in residential apartments across Oslo.

The company signed a letter of intent with Fortum Oslo Varme, Norway’s largest district heating supplier, to see to the needs of...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Why real digital transformation is hard to achieve

Becoming a digital business is very challenging because it demands new thinking, a willingness to evolve and bold ideas. As market leaders continue to embrace a digital transformation agenda, they're finding that the transition requires significant changes to organisational culture and internal systems.

A recent Gartner survey found that a relatively small number of organisations have been able to successfully scale their digital business initiatives beyond the experimentation and piloting stages.

"The reality is...

By David H Deans, 20 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Management, Infrastructure.

The future of enterprise software: Big data and AI rules okay – and the ‘decentralisation of SaaS’

Machine learning, cloud-native and containers are going to be key growth drivers of the future enterprise software stack – but it could be the end of the road for software as a service (SaaS).

That’s the verdict from an extensive new report by venture capital fund Work-Bench. The

By James Bourne, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, SaaS , Software.

Alibaba Cloud focuses on Asia Pacific with latest launches – and expands Elasticsearch partnership

It has been another busy week at Alibaba Cloud, with the company’s latest releases focusing on both Asia Pacific and European expansion.

The increased focus on Asia Pacific comes through the launch of no fewer than nine products around cloud architecture, machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), and security.

These include PAI, Alibaba Cloud’s proprietary machine...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Infrastructure, Security.

Risk and finance industry still see cloud as a concern, notes Gartner

Even the slowest industries are moving workloads to the cloud – take risk, audit and finance as an example. Yet there is still plenty more to be done before these verticals become truly comfortable.

That’s according to the latest report from analyst firm Gartner. In the company’s most recent Emerging Risks study, cloud computing remains the primary concern for those in risk and compliance. Cloud was ahead of...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

IDG notes how cloud budgets are going up – and implementations increasing in complexity

It is one of the largest trends of this year, and now it has gotten affirmation from IDG: cloud initiatives are becoming ever-more complex as the technology hits full maturity.

The findings appear in the media and analyst firm’s ‘Cloud Insights’ report for 2018. The study, which polled 550 respondents – all of whom are involved in the cloud buying process to some extent – found almost one in three (30%)...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Research.

SD-WAN infrastructure market to hit $4.5bn by 2022, says IDC

The software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) market continues to grow rapidly – and IDC is predicting the overall infrastructure market will be worth $4.5 billion (£3.53bn) by 2022.

The figure, which appears in the analyst firm’s latest SD-WAN Infrastructure Forecast, takes into account the significant uptick in SD-WAN investment, with infrastructure revenues going up 83.3% in 2017 to reach $833 million.

Another report, IDC’s Market Share – the first from the company for this category...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Regulation.

Demytisfying the public or private cloud choice: Compliance, cost, and technical requirements

Every business wants to operate like a tech company today. Companies can’t thrive without improving IT, and executives must decide where to house and process data – under these circumstances, cloud strategies are increasingly nuanced.

A Forrester study found that just 4% of organisations run their applications exclusively in the public cloud today, and 77 percent of organisations are using multiple types of clouds, both on-premises and off-premises.

So do you take the public or private cloud...

By Michael Coté, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Security.