A CIO writes (sort of): I’m terrified of cloud lock-in - what should I do?

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“Dear Deidre,

I’m stuck in a loveless marriage.

I’m in a three-year relationship which I don’t think I can get out of. It started off great, but now I’m getting bled dry and I don’t have the freedom I thought I would have. What should I do?

Regards,

C.I O'Really.”

Some of you will be suffering from the same concerns as poor Mr. O’Really. Over the last two years it seems like every organisation has been enthusiastically walking down...

By Mat Keep, 17 August 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Can data transparency be the future of outsourcing?

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The benefits of storing data in the cloud are clear. However, as businesses are beginning to closely examine what having data in the cloud entails, they’re discovering that their relationships with cloud vendors are sometimes, well, cloudy.

In a 2015 Forrester Consulting survey, more than 60% of businesses said issues with transparency were stalling further expansion into the cloud. These organisations...

By Matt Kingswood, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Vendors.

Why cloud security best practices mean engagement from vendors and employees

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Ransomware may be the hot topic in the news at the moment, but human error is a greater threat. Human error, in fact, is often the reason ransomware is able to infiltrate a network (by staff members clicking phishing links, for example). It’s also one of the greatest causes of data loss in the cloud. The first part of this series discussed how cloud vendors, shadow...

By Matt Kingswood, 08 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vendors, Vulnerabilities.

The next phase of SDN: Software defined campus networks

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Enterprise and university campus networks have enjoyed decades of architectural permanence. For years, these networks have been built with cookie cutter designs, with the only critical decision points being the number of ports and users. But new challenges presented today – more devices (both in number and type), mobility, security, and diverse application traffic – the management of these networks is finally coming to the forefront. Software-defined networking (SDN) is...

By Ayu Shah, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Cloud Industry Forum hails SLALOM as “major step forward” for cloud SLAs

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SLALOM, a European Commission-established initiative which aims to provide greater clarity for businesses dealing with cloud service level agreements (SLAs), has launched its final set of standardised contact terms, with the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) arguing it ‘reduces the uncertainty’ of migrating to the cloud.

The CIF, who is listed as a partner of SLALOM alongside service provider Atos, legal firm Bird and Bird and various educational institutions, says research into the...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Economy, SLA, Vendors.

WANdisco collaborates with Bridgeworks for rapid cloud migration

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WANdisco and Bridgeworks have announced a new partnership, with WANdisco Fusion’s patented cloud transactional data technology will feature Bridgeworks PORTrockIT software.

David Richards, WANdisco CEO and co-founder, said: “WANdisco’s continuous availability and guaranteed data consistency can now be deployed with software from Bridgeworks that virtually removes the effects of network latency, making it possible for on-premise and cloud environments to operate as...

By Cloud Tech, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Mobility, Vendors.

Cloud security strategies: In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king

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New research released today by enterprise cloud hosting provider iland has revealed almost half (47%) of security workers “simply trust” their cloud providers to meet security agreements.

The findings, from 100 IT decision makers and security experts, appear in a study whose title – ‘Blind Trust is Not a Security Strategy: Lessons from Cloud Adopters’ – lays the problem on thick. Even though 78% of firms polled are using the cloud in some capacity, and...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Security, Vendors.

IDC: Global cloud infrastructure market hit £20bn in 2015 – with HPE at the top

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The global cloud infrastructure market has grown 22% year on year to hit a $29 billion (£20.4bn) value in 2015 with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) at the top of the tree, according to the latest research note from IDC.

The findings, which appear in the analyst house’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, sees HPE atop the list of infrastructure vendors, with fourth quarter revenues of $1.3bn (£915m) representing a 15.8% overall market...

By James Bourne, 11 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

New research questions conventional wisdom on cloud providers

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Updated 1522 GMT Two pieces of research have simultaneously hit the inbox of CloudTech, both with surprising findings in terms of choosing cloud providers. A study from Spiceworks argues Microsoft Azure is more popular than Amazon Web Services (AWS) for IT professionals, while analyst house Cloud Spectator has revealed a surprising name at the top of the best ranked European cloud service providers.

The Cloud Spectator report focuses particularly on performance as well as price factors, measuring vCPU,...

By James Bourne, 11 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Vendors.

Three essential tips for choosing a cloud partner program

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By Mathieu LeBlanc

If you’ve been selling cloud services for a while, you’ve probably noticed that it’s getting harder to make a decent living as an independent. Yes, the demand for cloud services is high, but there’s a lot of other cloud resellers like you who are getting into the game. Recent statistics from MSP Alliance show that managed service providers (MSPs) generated revenue of...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Six things to look for in a cloud MSP

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In the world of infrastructure as code, large and small businesses need a team that understands how infrastructure enables faster deployment and smarter product development. In the cloud, costs depend more on how day-to-day workflows are managed, not just on what hardware is running — so processes and reporting are more complex. Companies need a partner to not just fill in the gaps, but to tell them where the gaps are. They need experts not phone support.

The cloud is challenging...

By Logicworks, 26 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure, Vendors.

How data centre investments are transforming IT industry – and why it won’t slow down

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As global spend on cloud infrastructure continues to rocket, leading cloud providers have to up their game and invest billions of dollars in expanding their network of hyperscale data centres.

That’s according to the latest data released by Synergy Research. The company notes the top four cloud providers – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, and IBM – have approximately 110 data centres located in 20 different countries.

More than $25 billion has been spent in...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Report assesses how ISVs take their cloud solutions to market

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A report from the Cloud Technology Alliance has assessed how independent software vendors (ISVs) take their cloud solutions to market, and found the age old discussion over who owns the customer relationship remains unsolved.

39 companies responded to the survey, 72% of respondents based on North America and 26% in EMEA. Of the respondents, only 36% say they expect channel partners to be self-sufficient in closing business, while 33% of ISVs surveyed expect their channel partners to...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

Why UK CIOs are dissatisfied with their cloud providers

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By Ryan Kroonenburg, Managing Director at Logicworks UK

After speaking with hundreds of UK technology leaders about cloud adoption, it is clear that cloud technology is transforming business models and improving cost-efficiency in the enterprise.

Despite the positive results, IT leaders have also shared serious concerns. They usually sound something like this:

“The cloud is great. The support is mediocre at best.” “I am not sure my cloud provider understands my business.” “I spend thousands of...

By Logicworks, 30 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Who should look after cloud data – the CSP or the end user? Execs undecided

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The debate over whether the end user or the cloud service provider (CSP) should be responsible for data security has been reopened after new research from Armor and Ponemon Institute proved inconclusive.

The survey, which quizzed 990 US and UK-based CIOs, CISOs and directors of IT operations, found almost a third (31%) expect their cloud provider to keep SaaS applications secure, while 20% believe the customers are more responsible and only 16% argue it is a shared...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Security, Vendors.

Lack of vendor visibility is number one pain point for cloud customers

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New survey data revealed by the SANS Institute shows more issues cloud providers face in keeping their customers happy, with a lack of visibility into operations the biggest bugbear for clients.

The report, entitled ‘Orchestrating Security in the Cloud’, spoke to 485 IT professionals and found lack of visibility was cited by 48% of respondents as a problem. A lack of virtual machine and workload visibility was selected by 46% of those polled, while vulnerabilities...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

An uncomfortable question: Does the cloud provider actually matter?

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Today, even the most ardent naysayers are coming out and proclaiming cloud as the only way to do computing. This is especially true in my own jurisdiction of Jersey in the Channel Islands.

With technology suppliers suddenly telling you to use cloud, does it really matter which one you use, who owns the service provider, and where it stores your data? The quick answer to all three questions is ‘yes’ – but let’s look at each one:

Is there a difference between cloud service...

By Julian Box, 14 September 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.

The five ways to make cloud success a reality for your business

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Everyone is looking for that silver bullet which makes their cloud implementations a success. It’s little wonder that events such as Cloud World Forum and Cloud Expo are at the forefront of executives’ minds.

At Cloud World Forum in London last week, MongoDB VP strategy Kelly Stirman spoke of five directions in which the industry is changing, and how companies can make their cloud success a reality: embrace failure, double down on ops, and pick your partners wisely.

Rule number one,...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Cloud providers aren’t sharing their metadata – and it leads to bad trust with customers

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The verdict on cloud vendors has come in from a new research study by Forrester: must do better in assuaging compliance fears, building support issues, and making customers feel wanted.

The survey, of 275 IT decision makers in the United States, United Kingdom and Singapore, revealed some eye-opening findings. 39% of UK respondents agreed with the statement “my cloud provider doesn’t know me or my company”. One in three argued “my provider charges me for every...

By James Bourne, 30 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Vendors.