How cloud can neutralise the telephony hot potato

Telephone systems and PBXs (private branch exchange) have historically been a hot potato in a business; an important service for users needing firm ownership and the most obvious bucket thrown into being that of the traditional IT team. This IT team is often frustrated that they do not have the telecoms experience to know what they are dealing with.

Over the years I have lost count of the times the IT team has commented – both from customers and businesses I have worked within – of struggling with...

By Ian Moyse, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Salesforce, Software, Vendors.

451 Research report affirms cloud services budget to outstrip overall IT this year

Enterprises expect growth in their hosting and cloud services to outstrip overall IT spending this year, with spending on hosting and cloud to go up 25% on average compared to 12% for overall IT, according to 451 Research.

The findings, which appear in the company’s latest Voice of the Enterprise report, show that the trend is most pronounced in larger businesses. For organisations with 1,000 to 9,999 employees, spend on hosting and cloud is expected to rise 33% compared to only 7.3% for IT overall. For...

By James Bourne, 04 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Verizon sells cloud services to IBM in ‘unique cooperation between two tech leaders’

Verizon has announced it is selling its cloud and managed hosting service to IBM, alongside working with the Armonk giant on a ‘number of strategic initiatives involving networking and cloud services’.

“This is a unique cooperation between two tech leaders to support global organisations as they look to fully realise the benefits of their cloud computing investments,” said George Fischer, SVP and group president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions (VES)

By James Bourne, 03 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, M&A, Vendors.

Cloud pricing war moves from VMs to object storage, 451 Research argues

The battlefield for cloud pricing will shift from virtual machines to object storage, with databases among others undergoing similar pressures in the next 18 months, according to the latest note from 451 Research.

The trend of vendors undercutting each other for VMs has long been apparent; take January last year as just one example, where Microsoft announced price reductions of up to 17% on its Azure D-series...

By James Bourne, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage, Vendors.

Research reveals extent of ‘aggressive’ hyperscale operator growth in cloud markets

Hyperscale operators are ‘aggressively’ growing their share of cloud service markets, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The analyst firm identifies 24 companies in all which meet its definition of ‘hyperscale’ – not surprisingly including the four main infrastructure players, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM, and Google – and argues these companies accounted for more than two thirds (68%) of the overall cloud infrastructure services market.

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By James Bourne, 13 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

IDC: Global cloud IT infrastructure spend hit $32.6 billion in 2016

Vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products for cloud IT, including server, storage and Ethernet switch, grew to $32.6 billion in 2016 at a 9.2% year on year climb, according to the latest note from IDC.

The missive, which appears in the company’s latest quarterly cloud IT infrastructure tracker, found that cloud IT infrastructure sales, as a share of overall global IT spending, was at 37.2% in Q416, up from 33.4% this time last year.

Private cloud infrastructure growth was led by Ethernet...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Dell EMC, Cisco and HPE in three way tie for cloud infrastructure equipment

The Dell-EMC mega-merger is starting to bear significant fruit: according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research, which shows a three-way tie alongside Cisco and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) at the top of the cloud infrastructure equipment market.

With the overall revenues for cloud infrastructure equipment surpassing $70 billion in 2016 – or in other words, about $3 billion more than...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Threat from cloud providers keeps MSPs up at night – with Google the biggest challenger

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The majority of managed service providers (MSPs) believe their hottest competition is coming from cloud providers as opposed to fellow MSPs, with Google the vendor to fear most, according to a new piece of research from Sonian.

The study, released today and titled ‘A New World Order: How MSPs are Trying to Survive and Thrive in a Cloud-First World’, featured responses from more than 300 managed service vendors, and found in general a rather nervous...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Google, Storage, Vendors.

Azure more likely cloud provider for enterprise with Google for SMB, says Clutch

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Enterprises prefer Microsoft Azure as their primary cloud provider while smaller businesses are more likely to be Google houses, according to the latest research from B2B analysis firm Clutch.

The findings, which polled almost 250 users of AWS, Google and Microsoft, appear in the firm’s latest report, found almost 40% of Azure users polled identify as enterprises, compared to only 25% for SMBs...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research, Vendors.

Matson, AWS, and overcoming the cloud lock-in challenge for big data

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Shipping giant Matson made news back in November with its major migration to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Matson’s recent announcement to go ‘all in’ with AWS is another example of large enterprises realising the intrinsic value of the public cloud.

But merely getting set up on one of the large cloud providers is now table stakes – everyone has a pilot. True cloud success is another matter.

It took years to complete...

By Prat Moghe, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data, Case Studies, CIO, Infrastructure, Vendors.

How to keep downtime to a minimum with the right cloud computing support

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The cloud has transformed the way we do business today, improving infrastructure scalability and cost models for everything from software to data storage to disaster recovery. As with any IT solution, however, cloud computing isn’t without its risks.

In 2012, the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency (IWGCR) claimed that cloud downtime had cost £45 million over five...

By Matt Kingswood, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data Management, Infrastructure, SLA, Vendors.

SimpliVity and Huawei team up in hyperconverged play

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Hyperconverged: it’s a word which elicits knowing nods from those in the industry, and looks of panic from those few who haven’t heard of it. Yet hyperconverged infrastructure, bundling in compute, storage, networking and virtualisation in a software-centric architecture, is here to stay, and Massachusetts-based SimpliVity has today announced a deal to put its OmniStack technology on Huawei FusionServer in a new collaboration.

The offering is available on SimpliVity's...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Vendors, Virtualisation.

451 Research argues the ‘longer tail’ market opportunity for managed services

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According to the latest figures from 451 Research, more than a third of enterprise IT budget is expected to be spent on hosting and cloud services in 2017.

Currently, enterprises spend more than a quarter (28%) of their budget on cloud, but 451 argues this number will go up to 34% next year. Despite hosting and cloud providers positioning themselves as infrastructure players, only 31% of that budget goes towards infrastructure services, with applications (42%), managed services (14%)...

By James Bourne, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

How cloud IAM is driven by the need for secure and robust enterprise governance

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The emergence of the Internet has given birth to a number of cloud-based technologies and services to cater to a wide audience. There has been a significant rise in the number of users and enterprises who are adapting to the radical changes cloud technologies have brought about in enterprise handling and management.

The colossal volumes of data and information held by any business organisation run the sheer risk of intrusion from malicious insiders, network threats, hacking attacks,...

By Nitin Chitmalwar, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Security, Vendors.

CenturyLink buys Level 3 Communications – and then sells its data centres

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Updated Nov 8 Louisiana-based CenturyLink has been particularly busy over the past week. The telco has announced, within days of each other, the acquisition of Level 3 Communications, while also agreeing to sell 57 of its data centres to a consortium led by BC Partners and Medina Capital.

The two moves are linked; CenturyLink says the funding from getting rid of its data centres – priced at $2.15 billion – will be used as part of the Level 3 deal, rated at an eye-watering $34...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Vendors.

The four essentials MSPs forget when disaster recovery testing

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By Mary McCoy

By now, most MSPs recognise that offering backup is table stakes.

Your clients can receive this service from any number of your competitors. In order to stand out and increase monthly recurring revenue (MRR), focus on the disaster recovery (DR) aspect of backup and disaster recovery (BDR). Offer your clients DR testing.

To fully capitalise on the advantages of DR testing, keep...

By Continuum Managed Services, 28 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Vendors.

Advanced cloud security: Standards and automation in a multi-vendor world

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Enterprise IT has long struggled to develop common standards for the security of cloud deployments. With multiple cloud vendors, fast-moving product teams, and a changing security landscape, it is perhaps no wonder that enterprises are left asking:

  • What is the right cloud security standard?
  • What level of security is “good enough”?
  • And most importantly — how do we apply these standards in a consistent way to existing and new cloud environments?

In July 2016, the Ponemon Institute published 

By Logicworks, 27 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: DevOps, Security, Vendors, Vulnerabilities.

Oracle and Verizon announce latest cloud partnership with SDN at forefront

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Oracle and Verizon have announced a new partnership which aims to ‘make the move to cloud easier for global organisations.’

The deal combines Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect services, which utilises Verizon’s network to transfer data and apps securely to cloud service providers, to create the snappily-titled Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect for Oracle FastConnect. The combination of software defined networking (SDN) from the Verizon side and in-region...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Mobility, Vendors.

Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration

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The benefits of big data are real. And with so many businesses looking to migrate their data to the cloud, they want to make sure everything arrives safely and intact. After all, much of this data contains sensitive and proprietary information, and the prospect of moving it from the safety of the corporate firewall to a cloud environment is cause for concern.

Still, as data volumes continue their exponential growth, moving vast sets of structured and unstructured data from the restrictive...

By Rick Delgado, 11 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Infrastructure, Migration, Vendors.

IDC outlook sees global cloud IT infrastructure revenue at $7.7bn for Q216

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According to the latest research from analyst house IDC, worldwide cloud IT infrastructure revenue hit $7.7 billion (£6.05bn) in the second quarter of 2016, at a growth rate of 14.5%.

The data, which comes from the company’s latest worldwide quarterly cloud IT infrastructure tracker, found Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) remains top of the tree for global infrastructure vendor revenue, with the same market share – 16.4% - as this time last year, although not growing as...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.