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.

How hybrid industrial cloud computing is gaining momentum

Why do most internet of things (IoT) analytics operations occur in the cloud? The public cloud offers a centralised location for large amounts of affordable storage and computing power. But there are many instances in which it makes more sense to perform analytics closer to the thing or activity that is generating or collecting data ­– equipment deployed at customer sites.

This is particularly true in industrial and manufacturing environments, which are familiar with the...

By David H Deans, 07 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Platform.

Global public cloud computing revenue trends: How hybrid and multi-cloud will dominate

The global public cloud computing market continues its predictable growth trend. By and large, it's viewed as an IT commodity, where customers have no loyalty to cloud service providers that follow a 'race to the bottom' mindset -- providing the lowest price at a given moment in time. That said, everything about this business model seems somewhat tentative.

The worldwide cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market grew 29.5 percent in 2017 to reach a total revenue of $23.5 billion --...

By David H Deans, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Global public cloud IaaS industry grew 30% year on year – with AWS holding half of the market

The global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) public cloud services market grew by almost 30% in 2017 to total $23.5 billion (£18bn) according to the latest figures from Gartner – with Amazon Web Services (AWS) securing more than half of the global market.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s latest market share analysis, put Amazon Web Services (AWS) well in clear at the top of the tree with Microsoft a clear second place. No surprises there – yet Alibaba takes third place...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Netskope acquires Sift Security for next generation IaaS tools

Netskope is looking to the next generation of cloud security with the acquisition of Sift Security.

The acquisition, which closed in June, will see Sift's infrastructure as a service (IaaS) breach detection and visualisation tool Cloud Hunter move into Netskope's Security Cloud offering.

"By bringing Sift Security into our 'one cloud' architecture, we will take Netskope for IaaS (and as a result, the entire Netskope Security Cloud) to a new level," wrote Sanjay Beri, Netskope CEO,

By James Bourne, 16 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, M&A, Security.

Going up: Public cloud market continues to soar with 2017 ‘pivotal’ year, says IDC

2017 was a ‘pivotal’ year in expanding public cloud service adoption according to IDC – with spending growth remaining at a constant level despite the overall market tripling in size.

The figures, which come from the analyst firm’s latest Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker, show that while the overall growth rate for 2017 was a little smaller than the previous year, revenue growth of the top 16 providers by market share went up. The top tier vendors now capture more...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

Gartner’s 2018 IaaS Magic Quadrant: Google joins leaders’ zone as only six vendors make cut

Google has clambered into the leaders’ section of Gartner’s latest infrastructure as a service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant, while the wheat has been separated from the chaff.

The annual report concluded that the cloud IaaS market is now a three-horse race in the top right box, with the leaders’ zone not being an Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft-only area for the first time since 2013.

Indeed, Gartner hacked away many of the fringe players for the latest Quadrant. Only six companies...

By James Bourne, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Running extreme workloads in the cloud: A guide

As any IT professional knows, running large and resource intensive workloads in the cloud is extremely difficult. The cloud is often billed as a panacea, but the truth is that for most organisations, architecting large workloads in the cloud is a heroic endeavour – one that must be executed with exact precision. There is no margin for error, and one small misstep can result in nightmares for CIOs.

According to the Forrester study, "Cloud...

By Jake Echanove, 24 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

How resellers can make a difference in enabling organisations’ cloud transformations

Resellers and channel partners can do more to guide organisations into a cloudy future by leveraging IaaS and PaaS solutions, according to a new report from Ingram Micro.

The study, which surveyed 250 UK-based cloud end users as well as 50 resellers, found Azure was the most popular IaaS solution sold by resellers, followed by Amazon S3 and Google Compute Engine – while Azure is significantly ahead on the PaaS side.

The paper’s hypothesis is simple. As organsiations’ cloud desires are often...

By James Bourne, 01 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Research.

Public cloud market to surpass $300bn by 2021 says Gartner – with 21% growth this year

Public cloud continues to go up and up: according to Gartner, the market will grow 21.4% in 2018 to total $186.4 billion (£131.4bn).

Almost 40% of this will come from software as a service (SaaS), with a quarter to come from what Gartner calls cloud business process services (BPaaS) – delivering business process outsourcing (BPO) – and 22% to come from infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

IaaS, however, will outstrip BPaaS by 2021 according to Gartner’s predictions. In three years total...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

The top five reasons for a multi-cloud infrastructure

Having been focused in the cloud sector for more than 12 years now, I have experienced much fast paced change and continued assumptions, misunderstanding and over-promising of cloud as the saviour of all ills.

Cloud is used as a generic term and yet covers a wide plethora of sub form factors (SaaS – software as a service, PaaS – platform as a service and IaaS – infrastructure as a service) and delivery mechanisms (private, public and hybrid clouds). Within these you then have a growing...

By Ian Moyse, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Regulation, SaaS , Security, Software.

Why IT infrastructure trends favour hybrid multi-cloud

Hybrid IT deployments continue to gain favor with CIOs and CTOs, but cloud computing will now drive a greater share of the ongoing investment in business technology. Those combined platforms are enabling digital transformation projects across the globe.

Total spending on IT infrastructure products for deployment in cloud environments reached a total of $46.5 billion in 2017, with year-over-year growth of 20.9 percent, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Cloud...

By David H Deans, 31 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

IDC forecasts global spending on public cloud services to hit $160bn in 2018

Global spending on public cloud services is forecast to hit $160 billion in 2018 at an increase of 23.2% the previous year, according to figures from IDC.

Software as a service (SaaS) will remain the largest cloud category with almost two thirds of all public cloud spending this year, followed by infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). Of the SaaS spend, applications purchases will dominate the segment, with CRM and enterprise resource management (ERM) apps seeing the most...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

Cloud services market set to near $350bn by 2021 says IHS Markit; AWS’ IaaS dominance continues

With AWS re:Invent just around the corner, another piece of research which affirms Amazon’s top position in the cloud infrastructure biz; IHS Markit says the company secured more than a quarter of total infrastructure as a service (IaaS) revenue in the first half of 2017.

Total revenues for what IHS defines as off-premises cloud services – IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and the curious ‘cloud as a service’ (CaaS) – grew 26% year over year to total $72 billion (£54.4bn), while IBM took...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Platform, Research, Software.

How China is leading public cloud services growth

The ongoing shift to cloud computing continues across the globe. The worldwide public cloud services market grew 28.6 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2017 (1H17) with revenues totaling $63.2 billion, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

"Public cloud adoption is accelerating in large part as enterprises recognize that the cloud has become the launchpad for virtually every new IT innovation in the last 24 months -- including AI, blockchain, quantum computing and...

By David H Deans, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

Yet more cloud shared responsibility misunderstanding apparent in new study

The clue is in the ‘shared’ part of shared responsibility: customers and providers have to work together to secure cloud data, yet new research shows two thirds of organisations polled export full responsibility for data protection, privacy and compliance on their cloud service providers.

The study, from Veritas, found that more than eight in 10 (83%) of the 1,200 global business and IT decision makers polled who plan to use infrastructure as a service (IaaS) believe their cloud service provider...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

IaaS proving increasingly fundamental to progressive cloud strategies, says Oracle

More than two thirds of respondents in a survey from Oracle said they see infrastructure as a service (IaaS) as ‘fundamental’ to progressive cloud strategies – up 8% in the past quarter.

The study, the second in a series, polled 1,610 IT professionals across nine countries and three continents and found a combination of new services coming to market and the growing maturity of existing cloud deployments led to the increase.

An overwhelming 94% of respondents say they had adopted IaaS –...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Gartner puts Alibaba in third place for public cloud IaaS behind AWS and Microsoft

Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to hold all the aces in public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) ahead of Microsoft – but Alibaba is ahead of Google to take third place in the market.

That is according to the analysts at Gartner, who argue the global IaaS public cloud market grew 31% in 2016 to total $22.1 billion (£16.5bn). AWS comprises 44% of that market share, at $9.78bn, with Microsoft in second on $1.58bn, Alibaba third on $675m, Google on $500m and Rackspace at $484m.

Alibaba,...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Technical debt and the cloud: The key steps to repaying your development deficit

Opinion Many years ago, I compared the concept of technical debt to a mismanaged baseball team. The baseball team in question spent untold millions on ageing veterans, rather than home-grown talent that could take them into the future. IT departments the world over tend to exhibit the same behaviours in retaining ageing technology rather than keeping up with upgrades, new methodologies, and new paradigms.

The obvious result of this lack of foresight is the gathering of overwhelming technical debt. After years of...

By David Auslander, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.