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: 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.

Assessing the growing need for robust project management in cloud deployments

According to a PwC study, 97% of organisations believe project management is critical to business performance and organisational success, and in my opinion there are good reasons for that. Project management methodologies provide a proven framework to break down complexity, and bring together people, processes, technology, organisational structure and tools.

Typically, project management techniques are used for large IT infrastructure and large technology led change programmes. But, as we move more and more...

By Andrean Georgiev, 24 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Architecture, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Report argues ‘concerning’ lack of understanding over IaaS shared responsibility models

It is a question almost as old as the concept: who should look after cloud security, the vendor or the customer? A new report from Barracuda Networks argues there is a ‘concerning’ lack of understanding with regard to the shared responsibility model for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers.

For Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft, the two leading IaaS providers, the meaning is clear. Microsoft

By James Bourne, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, Security.

How IaaS cuts time for app deployment and maintenance costs while improving innovation

More than half of respondents in a survey from Oracle say moving to infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has significantly cut their time to deploy new applications and services, while three in five claim it is easier to innovate through it.

The study, conducted alongside Longitude Research and which surveyed more than 1,600 IT professionals across nine countries, also found IaaS had significantly cut ongoing maintenance costs for a majority (54%) of those polled.

Naturally, the more organisations are using...

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

Oracle posts $1.36bn cloud quarter with PaaS and IaaS aiming to go into ‘hyper growth’

Oracle’s cloud revenues continue to go in the right direction – with Larry Ellison predicting its PaaS and IaaS business will outperform SaaS in time.

Total cloud revenues for the company’s most recent quarter hit $1.36 billion (£1.06bn), or 13% of overall revenue, compared to $859 million and 8% this time last year. SaaS contributed 70% of the overall total with $964m, compared to PaaS and IaaS with $397m.

Speaking to analysts after the announcement, Ellison, Oracle’s CTO, said that in...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

Cloud security spending to hit $3.5bn by 2021, says Forrester

Cloud security spending is set to hit $3.5 billion (£2.74bn) by 2021 at a 28% annual growth rate, according to a new report from Forrester Research.

The report, authored by analysts Jennifer Adams and Andras Cser, discusses a variety of trends, from cloud security risk, to traditional security tools.

According to the figures, cloud security gateways will continue to be the primary route of global spending, contributing to $1.6bn – or 45% - of the overall figure by 2021. Native infrastructure as a...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, PaaS, Research, Security.

“You don’t always get what you pay for” with public cloud, warns analyst

The analysts at Cloud Spectator have been assessing the best cloud vendors in Europe for price and performance, with French hosting provider OVH replacing 1&1 at the top of the rankings.

Regular readers of this publication will be aware of Cloud Spectator’s shtick. The company analyses vCPU, memory, and block storage performance, and puts it alongside pricing to give an overall verdict. As a rule, the hypervendors – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google, and IBM – often...

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

AT&T moving databases and application workloads to Oracle’s cloud

Oracle and AT&T have announced a strategic agreement whereby the telco will move thousands of its large scale internal databases to Oracle’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS), the companies have announced.

AT&T will gain global access to Oracle’s cloud portfolio, both in the public cloud and on AT&T’s Integrated Cloud, to include Oracle’s IaaS, PaaS, database as a service, and software as a service. This will help ‘increase...

By James Bourne, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, Software.