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.

Why NVMe protocols are important for new data centre workloads

Today, data is the new fuel for business. New age technologies like artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, blockchain, and machine learning – all needs data to be stored, processed and analysed. Large amounts of data are generated exponentially, with a rise in internet users over the past several years. According to ‘Data Never Sleeps’, the report from Domo, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is generated every day.

This data tsunami puts forth challenges for IT infrastructure to provide...

By Sagar Nangare, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Samsung Heavy Industries chooses AWS to help take shipbuilding into the cloud

Another example of cloud computing infiltrating key enterprises; shipbuilding firm Samsung Heavy Industries is moving to Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider.

The company says it wants to be seen as a ‘cloud-first maritime business’, with Samsung using a variety of AWS’ services. These include EC2 and S3, naturally, alongside Amazon’s relational database, RDS, AWS Key Management, and governance and compliance tool CloudTrail.

By putting sensors in a variety of devices and...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Oracle marks ‘major milestone’ in autonomous strategy as Ellison takes more swipes at AWS

Oracle’s CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison announced the launch of the company’s latest autonomous database service around transaction processing (ATP) last night – but a recent report around claims by Amazon also caught his eye.

At an event in California, Ellison responded to a story, originally broken by CNBC, which claimed that Amazon was planning to move completely away from Oracle’s databases by...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Hammering home public cloud shared security obligations: The importance of education

Public cloud customers need to become clearer on what their responsibility is for securing their data and applications hosted by public cloud providers. I believe there is a misunderstanding on how much responsibility the likes of AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform have for securing their customers. Their platforms are definitely secure and migrating workloads into the cloud can be much more secure than on premise data centers, however organisations do have a responsibility in securing their workloads...

By Hatem Naguib, 07 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Security.

Google Cloud secures support for NVIDIA’s Tesla P4 GPUs with more machine learning goodness

Google has announced its support for NVIDIA’s Tesla P4 GPUs to help customers with graphics-intensive and machine learning applications.

The Tesla P4, according to NVIDIA’s data sheet, is ‘purpose-built to boost efficiency for scale-out servers running deep learning workloads, enabling smart responsive AI-based services.’ The P4, which is run on NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture, has a GPU memory of 8GB,...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Infrastructure, Platform.

Google and Alibaba focus on Southeast Asia in latest infrastructure expansion

The largest players in cloud computing are looking to Asia for further expansion – Google has announced it is building a new data centre in Singapore, while Alibaba Cloud has announced a second infrastructure zone in Malaysia.

Google’s expansion will take the company up to three data centres in Singapore, taking its overall investment in the country to $850 million. The facilities will also be built in line with Google’s environmental policy;

By James Bourne, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure.

How your enterprise data centre fits in the cloud: A guide

Since the birth of corporate computing, the data centre has been a mainstay. Like filing cabinets, notepads and the occasional wonky chair, the data centre forged its place at the heart of a profitable, effective organisation. Long had it been the de facto vehicle for all application deployment and, whether that organisation worked in retail, finance or IT, the relationship has served both the users and business well.

However, like many relationships, sometimes a head can be turned by something shiny and...

By Enzo Greco, 03 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

IBM and CenturyLink extend collaboration to boost enterprise cloud connectivity

IBM has had another solid cloud quarter – and now the company is extending its collaboration with telecoms provider CenturyLink to beef up enterprise connectivity in new markets.

The move is part of a wider initiative, the IBM Cloud Direct Link Service Provider Program, which enables IBM customers to select their preferred provider for direct connectivity to IBM’s cloud. The initiative is available in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific with 21 partners on board including Digital Realty and...

By James Bourne, 03 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Global public cloud IaaS industry grew 30% year on year – with AWS holding half of the market

The global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) public cloud services market grew by almost 30% in 2017 to total $23.5 billion (£18bn) according to the latest figures from Gartner – with Amazon Web Services (AWS) securing more than half of the global market.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s latest market share analysis, put Amazon Web Services (AWS) well in clear at the top of the tree with Microsoft a clear second place. No surprises there – yet Alibaba takes third place...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

The security slowdown: How to maximise cloud performance while keeping your data safe

Organisations are moving to public cloud infrastructures to do business faster with more customers. With the increase in traffic, though, comes a need for more inspection capacity that could potentially slow things down in the name of keeping data safe. Because performance is a baseline requirement for competing in the digital marketplace, security cannot be a bottleneck.

But how can you scale security performance to meet the growing performance demands of today’s cloud environments? You may think your...

By Matt Pley, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Security.

AWS revenues go up 49% year on year, remains ‘in a league of its own’

Revenue for Amazon Web Services (AWS) went up 49% year over year to $6.1 billion (£4.6bn) representing another stellar quarter for the cloud infrastructure giant.

The AWS revenues, up from $4.1bn this time last year and up from $5.4bn in the previous quarter, comprise 11.5% of Amazon’s total revenues of $52.9bn.

In an analyst call after the announcement was made, Amazon chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky noted how AWS’ ability to save on infrastructure resources has helped not only the...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure, Research.

How SD-WAN can help in meeting increasing cloud-based demands

The traditional corporate WAN (wide area network) architecture became prolific in the client/server architecture era. We designed and built WANs to largely support branch-to-datacentre.  On paper, these often looked like Clouds, but they are in effect hub and spoke networks – the hub being the data centre.  This worked reasonably well when most of our applications were hosted in one or two datacentres, and access to the Internet was centralised and only available through the Data centre...

By Calum Lamont, 30 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Migration.

How worldwide blockchain spending is set to double in 2018

A blockchain acts as a digital distributed ledger of transactions or records. The ledger, which stores the information or data, exists across multiple participants in a peer-to-peer network. There's no single, central repository. Distributed ledgers technology (DLT) allows new transactions to be added to an existing chain of transactions using a secure cryptographic signature.

Worldwide spending on blockchain solutions is forecast to reach $11.7 billion in 2022, according to the latest global market study...

By David H Deans, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Blockchain, Infrastructure, Research.

More emphasis on cloud usage required before DevOps dreams can be realised, firms warned

The good news is that many organisations across Europe are looking to embrace a DevOps-centric approach to their application development and delivery. The bad news is that plenty of hurdles have to be overcome first to achieve this ambition.

That is the key finding from a new study by Claranet, which argues a greater emphasis on cloud usage and automation needs to be seen before DevOps dreams become a reality.

The report, which polled 750 IT professionals across Europe, found almost three in 10 (29%) had...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Platform, Research.

Alert Logic takes aim at container security problems with latest offering

If your organisation has been considering containers, then security concerns will almost certainly be paramount. Alert Logic, an information security provider, thinks it may have the answer.

The company has launched what is claimed to be the industry’s first intrusion detection system for containers which aims to ‘bring organisations powerful new capabilities to inspect network traffic for malicious activity targeting containers’, in the company’s words.

As Alert Logic is an AWS...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Platform, Security.

The cloud skills gap can be tamed – as an example from telecoms shows

Opinion There’s no denying that firms out there are experiencing a cloud skills gap.

Of course, with new technology, there logically follows a learning curve for the workforce at the coalface and the future workforce in training to traverse. But what I am suggesting is that this skills gap is not being found across the board. In fact, many firms were poised to move with the curve and are already benefiting from this thriving new market.

In the telecoms sector, for example, we’re seeing a different...

By Tom Sime, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Software.

Microsoft sees it all come together in financials as Azure revenues go up 89% year on year

It’s becoming a rather shop-worn tale – but for another quarter, Microsoft has cited cloud success as key to its financial results.

And why not? For Q418, Microsoft posted revenues of $30.1 billion (£23.1bn), an increase of 17% on this time last year. Total revenue for the year was $110.4bn, an uptick of 14% on 2017. For the various buckets into which Microsoft divulges its revenues, ‘intelligent cloud’ was at $9.6bn – up from $7.8bn the previous year – while...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

IBM and SAP’s cloud financials continue to impress – but bigger hitters still to come

IBM has delivered its third consecutive quarter of growth – with cloud revenue up 20% and now representing almost a quarter of the company’s total revenue.

The company posted total revenues of $20 billion (£15.4bn) for the most recent quarter, up from $19.3bn this time last year, with six month revenues of $39.1bn, compared with $37.4bn from the year before.

Alongside cloud – which has hit $18.5bn in revenue over the past 12 months – IBM cited AI, analytics, blockchain and...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Europe, Infrastructure, SAP.

The data centre of tomorrow: How the cloud impacts on data centre architectures

As the enterprise world continues speeding towards complete digitization, technologies like cloud and multi-cloud are leading the charge. Yes, cloud offerings like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud are changing the way enterprises consume IT resources. Having cloud-grade infrastructure at an enterprise’s fingertips opens up opportunities that simply did not exist before.

But are the effects of cloud limited to a collection of somewhat ephemeral infrastructure residing in...

By Mike Bushong, 19 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Security.