BlueMix represents the next step in the transformation of IBM’s cloud offering

Gary Barnett, Enterprise Mobility and Productivity Software

At IBM Innovate 2014 in Orlando, Florida, IBM announced that its BlueMix PaaS offering will be made generally available at the end of June. BlueMix was first launched as a beta program in February this year at IBM’s Pulse conference, and the platform has seen a considerable amount of development in the four months since its first unveiling.

BlueMix is based on CloudFoundry, and runs on IBM’s SoftLayer cloud infrastructure management...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, PaaS.

Progress Software and the bet with Node.js after Modulus acquisition #AppsWorld

Matt Robinson, VP technology at Progress Software, explains to CloudTech why the company is betting on Node.js with the acquisition of PaaS provider Modulus.

The deal, announced earlier this week, aims to put progress in the enviable position of offering an industry-beating cloud, mobile, hybrid and on-premise development capability – and according to Robinson, the growth of Node.js, and JavaScript in general, makes this move a no-brainer.

By James Bourne, 13 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, PaaS.

Oracle’s recent acquisitions fill gaps in the Oracle Marketing Cloud

Gerry Brown, Senior Analyst, Customer Engagement

Between October 2013 and February 2014 Oracle made three acquisitions that enhance the Oracle Marketing Cloud proposition. The first acquisition was Compendium for marketing content management; the second was Responsys, a cross-channel marketing platform; and the third BlueKai, a data management platform and data marketplace focused on the marketing industry.

Many “core” marketing technology applications are already provided by the Oracle Marketing...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, Enterprise.

Google slashes prices for cloud platform, throws down gauntlet to Amazon

You need a PhD to work out the best option, says Google SVP

Google has cut prices for its cloudy infrastructure across the board, aiming to “blend IaaS and PaaS” as well as change the outlook of the cloud pricing wars.

The Mountain View giant is reducing the price of its IaaS offering Compute Engine by a third (32%) ‘across all sizes, regions and classes’, ‘significant reductions in database operations and front-end compute instances’ for the PaaS product App Engine, a two...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, IaaS, Industry, PaaS.

IBM couches NoSQL strategy with Cloudant acquisition

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Information Management

IBM has taken another step to ramp up its cloud presence with the acquisition of Cloudant, a five-year-old company that offers a managed NoSQL cloud database. The acquisition adds a data layer to IBM’s growing portfolio of web/mobile application developer-oriented cloud platforms, such as WorkLight, and is a good complement to SoftLayer, the managed cloud service provider that IBM acquired last year.

The core component of the Cloudant...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 04 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, IaaS.

IBM rebrands as a cloud company, moves $1bn of investments into hybrid play

It’s official. IBM is now a cloud company. Big Blue has announced it is to push $1bn (£597.6m) of its resources and investments into cloud, including a developer-friendly platform as a service (PaaS) offering called BlueMix.

The Armonk giant also revealed it was to push SoftLayer into a variety of new zones, including making Watson available on the platform.

Amidst a plethora of announcements within the billion dollar investment, IBM SVP software and cloud solutions Robert LeBlanc described it as...

By James Bourne, 03 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Hybrid, IaaS, PaaS.

Informatica 9.6 aims to attract business users and lower cost

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Informatica claims to have raised the bar for data integration and quality following the release of its PowerCenter and Data Quality 9.6 platform. This release scores points with Ovum because it mirrors much of the functionality that our enterprise clients are inquiring about and looking for – notably, business-friendly governance features, seamless integration and management of data across cloud and on-premise systems, and quicker...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 21 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Developers.

The path to good cloud architecture uses SOA

What does SOA bring to cloud computing?  Most of those who design cloud architecture and build cloud-based systems don’t understand the answer to that question.  However, certain patterns are emerging that prove SOA is a best practice to define good cloud architecture…even though it may not be called SOA.

Many enterprises are just tossing things out of the enterprise onto public and private clouds and...

By Logicworks, 20 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Developers, Enterprise.

Microsoft introduces Power BI in the cloud

Fredrik Tunvall, Analyst, Software – Information Management, Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Information Management

Microsoft is betting heavily on the cloud for delivering self-service BI capabilities. Power BI builds on existing Microsoft Excel building blocks, including Power Query and Power View, to provide a single self-service client based on the familiar Excel spreadsheet as the user interface. It is a welcome simplification of Microsoft’s often confusing BI product stack...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 07 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, Microsoft.

IDC predicts value migration from IaaS to PaaS in 2014, cites IT “third platform”

It’s that time of year again, with every analyst firm falling over themselves to predict what will happen in IT during the next 12 months.

IDC is no different, issuing the first of its 2014 predictions earlier this week with a straightforward claim: all the big players will make increased investment in cloud, mobile and big data because of the huge emergence of the “third platform” for IT management.

The term ‘third platform’ relates to the technology built on the pillars of...

By James Bourne, 04 December 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Forecasts, IaaS, PaaS, Trends.

Google seriously joins the IaaS party as Compute Engine goes live

Google has announced general availability of its Compute Engine IaaS platform, with the search giant aiming to play alongside the likes of Amazon and Microsoft in infrastructure as a service.

The service was available to developers and as a preview for companies to sign up back in May. Now, it’s been fully launched – and the Mountain View giant hasn’t set the bar too high with a 99.95% SLA.

CloudTech readers will know full well the issues with

By James Bourne, 03 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Enterprise, IaaS.

What are the big data and predictive analytics market trends for 2014?

Senior executives have been waiting for actionable insight from the mass of information that their IT departments already gather about their customers. But many have become very impatient -- because they want to see results, now. Do you anticipate that data analytics and real-time visualization will advance next year?Ovum expects a significant wave of business technology ramp-ups in 2014, in response to the market demand. They predict a growing third-party vendor and IT services ecosystem that creates Big Data and Fast Data tools and solutions for the enterprise data warehousing and applications markets.This growing trend is occurring as SQL and Hadoop...

By David H Deans, 29 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, Research.

MySQL needs to retain open source roots to keep developer base, survey shows

Nine in 10 respondents claim the primary reason their company uses the MySQL database is because of its open source nature, according to a survey from SkySQL.

And there’s bad news attached to that statement: a whopping 94% admitted they would move to MariaDB if MySQL lots its open source power.

The survey opened up some interesting thoughts on the development of MySQL, which has only been on the market since 1995. More than half (57%) of respondents have used MySQL for between three and 10 years, with...

By James Bourne, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers.

AWS launches Amazon WorkSpaces, aims to shake up VDI market

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has today launched Amazon WorkSpaces, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution with data all stored in the cloud, at its AWS re:Invent show in Las Vegas.

In the morning keynote Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president, announced the launch alongside giving a few soundbites about how far ahead of the pack Amazon is – as well as an obligatory pot shot at cloud competitor IBM.

Amazon WorkSpaces, as Jassy explained, aims to go where previous VDI technology has failed, because...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Public, VDI, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Big Data, unification, and JSON share spotlight at Teradata user conference

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Teradata’s data warehousing and analytics strategy continues to be heavily influenced by Big Data, which took center stage at its annual Partners user conference in Dallas, Texas, last week. While Teradata didn’t make any major new product announcements at the event, it did spotlight four areas: enterprise data warehousing (EDW), Aster Data Discovery, unified data architecture, and analytically-driven marketing optimization. For...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 08 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers.

Cloud and Agile Development: Match made in Heaven?

For some time, cloud computing has been moving from beyond a purely IT-owned paradigm to a more readily accepted part of how different business units achieve their end goals. Application development is no exception.

Product managers and application architects have been at the forefront of this mass adoption, utilizing cloud infrastructure resources to dramatically improve the way applications are developed,...

By Logicworks, 05 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers.

Cloud computing the most valuable IT job skill to have, says survey

Research from recruitment specialists Robert Half Technology has revealed that cloud computing is the most lucrative skill to have in the IT job market today.

Cloud topped the bill in the survey of 100 IT directors and CIOs across the UK, with 39% of respondents citing it as the most important.

Security (37%) and project management skills (33%) were the next popular, with virtualisation (29%) and network administration (27%) rounding out the top five.

Interestingly, coding and development skills were...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Economy, PublicSector, Research.

How Informatica is “the Switzerland of data”

Dennis Moore, SVP and GM, master data management at Informatica, speaks to CloudTech about the data sector, the big players in the database space, and how the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing everything.

Plenty of column inches in the past months have been focused on the various solutions vendors have put together for databases.

Oracle and SAP, the big traditional enterprises, have made plenty of hot air with their in-memory solutions – but only time will tell if the ripples on the market match up....

By James Bourne, 18 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, Enterprise, Vendors.

Why Salesforce is winning the cloud platform war

The future of any enterprise software vendor is being decided today in their developer community.

Alex William’s insightful thoughts on Salesforce Is A Platform Company. Period. underscores how rapidly Salesforce is maturing as a cloud platform.  And the best measure of that progress can be seen in their developer community.

(To be clear, Salesforce and the other companies mentioned in this post are not clients...

By Louis Columbus, 15 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, PaaS, Salesforce.