Cloud: The promised world of utility billing

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Cloud solutions, be they SaaS (software as a service), PaaS (platform as a service) or IaaS (infrastructure as a service), and public, private or hybrid in some way, are all growing at a pace with the options available to customers from a wide range of providers growing on a monthly basis. We are seeing innovation, immense computing power available affordably to all, and delivery of mobile on demand access to both business and consumer communities.

Many assume that in the...

By Ian Moyse, 05 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Infrastructure, Platform, Software, Trends, Vendors.

Security failing to keep pace with cloud technology adoption, report finds

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Cloud service providers (CSPs) can no longer treat security as a luxurious add-on, and customers have to ensure their providers take care of the issue, a new report asserts.

The research, the latest cab off the rank from Ovum and FireHost entitled “The Role of Security in Cloud Adoption within the Enterprise”, offers sound advice to vendors and users alike. True, it’s stuff everyone will have heard before – but it’s worth repeating.

“On too many...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Research, Security, Vendors.

Research argues hidden costs contribute to a ‘cloud hangover’ for businesses

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It’s the morning after the night before. You’ve had a bit too much, your head’s pounding, and you’re frantically searching your brain for anything you might have said or did that you’ll be paying for later.

We’ve all been there. Yet according to new research from Sungard Availability Services, it’s a similar effect at work when the IT department buys cloud solutions. 87% of the 150 UK-based senior IT decision makers polled say they have...

By James Bourne, 30 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, SLA, Vendors.

Box raises $175m with IPO, but what is next?

Tomorrow's Schedule: 7 AM: Wake up, drink lots of coffee 8 AM: Do this and that 10 AM: Work

— Aaron Levie (@levie) January 23, 2015

Box enjoyed a very successful IPO last month, raising around $175 million despite a lot of ridiculous nay-saying about its growth strategy. I have defended its business model extensively in the past, so it was great to see a company that was once foolishly dismissed as “the Groupon of SaaS” enjoys such an...

By Tien Tzuo, 03 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Mobility, Software, Storage, Vendors.

What questions do you need to ask about connectivity when considering a data centre?

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Whether the requirement is Internet connectivity for cloud based applications or links to a private WAN, most organisations now recognise the importance of a carrier neutral data centre. However, while the list of possible connections available may look compelling – some data centres boast hundreds of carriers – it is important to look beyond the top line promises.

When it comes to data centre connectivity organisations have diverse requirements, from cost to Quality of...

By Jonathan Arnold, 10 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Vendors.

What can MSPs gain from linear growth and recurring revenue?

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By Bernardo Reyes

We’ve reached it, the critical stage between cloud growth and cloud maturity. And there’s no need to deny that with cloud maturity come great opportunities. Just like Uncle Ben said, right? But more seriously, as a Managed Service Provider (MSP), how can you be sure that adding the cloud to your organisation now is right? Did you at all consider the cloud as a more...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 05 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

Keeping up with generation cloud: Choose your technology wisely

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By Martin Cooper, Technical Director, SolidFire

As enterprises turn to public cloud services and managed service providers to meet their IT needs, colocation providers have seen their customer base gradually diminish. Infact, managed service providers now bring in five-times more revenue.

Colo providers are aware their traditional business models are no longer relevant and that they need to give enterprises what they want: the cloud. But incorporating cloud into their provision in such a...

By Martin Cooper, 04 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Storage, Vendors.

Campaign for Clear Licensing has IBM and SAP in its sights after Oracle assessment

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Updated The Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) has called for feedback on IBM and SAP’s software licensing practices, after an open letter was sent to Oracle addressing its concerns.

CloudTech broke the news that IBM and SAP were the next two vendors in the firing line earlier this month. The CCL hopes to present findings and recommendations at a roundtable on February...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Vendors.

Report slams Oracle’s relationship with customers for software licensing

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A report from the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) has found that the majority of Oracle licensees have an “arms length, impoverished relationship” with the software giant.

The report found an alarming number of complaints, the majority of which resulting from poor communication between seller and client. 92% of those polled argued Oracle does not clearly communicate licensing changes, while 88% disagreed that Oracle audit requests were clear and easy to...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Privacy, Research, Software, Vendors.

IBM and SAP team up to run HANA Enterprise Cloud in major deal

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SAP and IBM have announced a major partnership with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud being delivered through IBM’s cloud.

The two firms, who have had a fruitful partner relationship for over 40 years, gives users the choice to run SAP’s HANA in-memory database across either SoftLayer, the IaaS firm acquired by IBM last year, or IBM’s cloud managed services.

Doug Clark, UK & I cloud leader at IBM, notes the previous collaborations the two companies have, with IBM already...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Vendors.

AT&T and Amazon Web Services buddy up with NetBond VPN service

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Recent stories that have arrived at CloudTech HQ have focused on the opportunity the cloud provides for telcos, and this one’s no different: AT&T has announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for AT&T NetBondSM, its network enabled cloud (NEC) solution.

With...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Public, Vendors.

CenturyLink expands further into Asian cloud market with Chinese managed hosting

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Communications provider CenturyLink has opened up a Shanghai data centre and announced the availability of its managed hosting service in China.

The latest expansion continues the telco’s aggressive move to the cloud, after a series of data openings this year including Toronto, Reading and Chicago. Back in May CenturyLink slashed prices on its cloud storage, in line with competitors, and in August they...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Vendors.

Red Hat CEO claims it is “only a matter of time” before cloud winners emerge

The CEO of Red Hat, Jim Whitehurst, has spoken of the “huge opportunity” to become the leader in enterprise cloud in a newsletter, describing the shift from client-server to cloud-mobile as a “once in every 20 years” change.

Whitehurst put pen to paper summing up Red Hat’s summer on a positive note with a glut of acquisitions and partner news over the past few months. The most recent of these was the buyout of Irish mobile backend as a service provider FeedHenry,

By James Bourne, 23 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: PaaS, Vendors.

Raising cloud customers the right way: How parenting skills overlap

As a cloud vendor, you might find that winning a new customer can evoke the same feelings of warmth and pride that accompany the arrival of a new member of the family. In many respects, the two can be similar; you have the same feelings of responsibility and obligation that you get with the arrival of a new child, and the same desire to attend to their needs. But should the paternalistic (or even maternalistic) tendencies end there?

Absolutely not! For too many cloud vendors, the cutting of the proverbial...

By Mark Hennessy, 28 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Vendors.

CenturyLink launches new private cloud, aims for public cloud capability

Updated 1756 BST: Everyone knows that if something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck – or at least we have to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae.

Thus according to the duck test if it looks and feels like a private cloud, it should be a private cloud. Yet CenturyLink aims to turn that on its head with its latest private cloud launch, which aims to offer the agility of a public cloud but with the security...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Vendors.