IBM focuses on second chapter of cloud story at Think – hybrid and open but secure

It’s seconds out for round two of the cloud story – one which has hybrid and multi-cloud at its core, and is open but secured and managed properly.

That was the key message from IBM chief executive and chairman Ginni Rometty at IBM’s Think Conference in San Francisco earlier this week.

“I’ve often said we’re entering chapter two – it’s...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Vendors.

SAP bets big after breaking €20bn in 2018 cloud and software revenues

SAP broke €20 billion in yearly cloud and software revenues in 2018, hitting or exceeding its raised outlook metrics in the process – and the company wants more, targeting €35bn in total revenue by 2023.

The Q4 2018 financial results saw total cloud and software revenues hit €6.3 billion (£5.5bn), representing 85% of total revenues that quarter. Naturally this statistic is somewhat obfuscatory...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SAP, Software, Vendors.

Albertsons cites competition in Microsoft move – but is the retail cloud battle all it seems?

The battle for retailers’ cloud dollars continues apace, with grocer Albertsons the latest organisation to pledge its allegiance to Microsoft.

According to a CNBC report, Microsoft has signed a three-year deal to make Azure Albertsons’ preferred public cloud. The retailer, who owns the Safeway and Vons supermarket chains, will deploy the Microsoft 365 suite to employees as well...

By James Bourne, 29 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration, Vendors.

The four barriers between your business and global connectivity – and how to break them down

Throughout 2018, many global enterprises turned to networking technologies such as software defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) to cost-effectively meet burgeoning bandwidth demands without having to sacrifice simplified WAN management and better application performance.

This trend will continue into 2019 as enterprises with a global presence embrace networking technologies such as SD-WAN as a key tool to...

By Ian McEwan, 28 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Vendors, Virtualisation, VMware.

Enterprise cloud journeys in 2019: Plain sailing or storms on the horizon?

A rising tide of regulatory, governance and security concerns, a paucity of talent experienced in large-scale transformation, and boardroom concerns over the real business impact can make cloud migration feel like a journey towards shark-infested waters.

Despite these challenges, 2019 will be the year in which the UK’s largest enterprises get serious about moving production workloads to the...

By Allan Brearley, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Vendors.

It’s time to diversify your cloud portfolio – or bank on failure

You don’t have to be a Wall Street professional to understand the reasons to invest in more than one company. So, why would a business choose a strategy of investing in a single cloud? It doesn’t make sense in today’s marketplace.

Initially, cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, AWS or Google Cloud were commodities using pricing as a competitive advantage. But today, these providers are differentiating themselves with...

By Joshua McKenty, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Why cloud infrastructure is an increasingly exclusive club – with only a few having the cash to get in

The figures keep going up and up for the hyperscalers – as new data from Synergy Research shows another new record for hyperscale operator capex in Q318.

Hyperscaler capex was at more than $26 billion for the most recent quarter, with spending for the first three quarters of 2018 up by 53% when compared with this time last year. This quarter’s figure is the second highest of all time; Q1 still takes the honours,...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Diane Greene to step down as Google Cloud CEO: Analysing the past three years – and the future

Analysis Diane Greene is to step down as Google Cloud’s CEO after three years, the company has announced – with former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian to take over the reins.

Kurian, whose more than 20-year stint at Oracle culminated in leading product development, resigned from the Redwood giant last month having taken a period of leave. In a blog post

By James Bourne, 19 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Infrastructure, Vendors.

A look beyond 2019: AI, blockchain and quantum – and what this means for the cloud behemoths

As technology changes, the roles the key actors play changes with it. The feted Institute of Engineering and Technology hosted analysts from CCS Insight, who gave wide-ranging predictions on the state of the enterprise technology ecosystem - with the biggest cloud players featuring heavily in future trends.

The yearly jamboree has taken on something of a life of its own, with press headlines regularly questioning some of the...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Blockchain, Enterprise, Research, Vendors.

The end of an era: Why it’s time to ditch the big four in ITOM – and what it means for IT leaders

In July 2018, Broadcom announced its plan to acquire CA Technologies for almost $19 billion. While analysts have furiously debated the merits of a chip manufacturer buying an enterprise software company, the CA acquisition heralds a momentous shift in the $25 billion IT operations management (ITOM)...

By Deepak Jannu, 05 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Migration, Software, Vendors.

Diversity, transferable skills and upgrading skill sets: The keys to cloud employability in 2018

There are plenty of new jobs being created in the cloud sector – but organisations need to think long-term around securing the cloud skills their business needs.

That is according to a new report from UK technical recruiter Experis. The company, whose latest Tech Cities Job Watch focuses on the cloud sector, explores the skills required as well as the employers who may be looking for them.

By James Bourne, 23 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Research, Vendors.

Avoiding cloud vendor lock-in: It’s all in the planning

The cloud computing world is becoming increasingly dominated by a small number of IT giants aiming to be your one-stop services shop. From infrastructure to software, one vendor could hypothetically provide an organisation’s entire IT system. Naturally, this is appealing to users that want to simplify their estate and partner with a well-established and reliable cloud host – but ask yourself, do you really want all your eggs in one basket?

With risks like hacking and large-scale...

By Jon Lucas, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, SLA, Vendors.

Are resellers ready for the race to multi-cloud?

If anyone was in any doubt that multi-cloud was heading for the mainstream, recent research by 451 will have quashed it. Of the 800 businesses across the globe that responded to the latest Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud, Hosting and Managed Services, Budgets and Outlook survey, 69% said they planned to adopt a multi-cloud strategy by 2019. What’s more, the cloud computing-as-a-service...

By Ed Smith, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Vendors.

AWS and Microsoft bask in strong financials – but is AI the battleground for the next ‘cloud wars’?

Amazon and Microsoft have joined IBM and Google in reporting its quarterly numbers – and the good news just keeps on coming for the hyperscalers and the cloud market in general.

Amazon announced total revenues of $51 billion (£36.9bn) in the first quarter, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) contributing $5.4bn (£3.94bn), or 10.6% of all revenues. This compares favourably with this time last year, AWS hitting $3.66bn of total revenues of $35.7bn in Q117, with AWS passing $5bn for the first time

By James Bourne, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Economy, Google, Microsoft, Vendors.

Alibaba Cloud expands to Turkey with new partnership

Alibaba’s cloud expansion continues: the company has announced an expansion into Turkey alongside E-Glober.

E-Glober, the only authorised agent and business partner of Alibaba.com in Turkey, will provide their local connections and insights with Alibaba Cloud’s global infrastructure to ‘provide a compelling offering to meet the digitalisation and international expansion needs of local companies’, as the press materials put it.

Alibaba is pushing its Elastic Compute Service (ECS) with...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Europe, Infrastructure, Vendors.

How the cloud super-providers see the changing landscape

Earlier this week, analyst firm Cloud Spectator published its latest report on combining price and performance in the cloud. In the main, its results mirrored previous studies; that the Amazons, Microsofts and Googles of this world may not be the best option for some organisations compared with the high performance, cheaper price specialists.

So what of the behemoths, and how are their...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Vendors.