Microsoft’s huge hosting survey reveals hybrid adoption figures

A survey of over 2000 respondents by Microsoft and 451 Research has shown that half of companies have deployed some form of hybrid cloud.

The report, which clocks in at a mammoth 75 pages (pdf here, if you’ve got an hour or two), revealed that 989 (49%) of the 2041 execs surveyed had configured a hybrid for interoperability. Of that number:

  • 60% had used an on premise private cloud alongside a hosted private cloud
  • 42.1% had combined an on premise private cloud with a public...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Microsoft, Research, SaaS .

Why for most businesses the cloud is evolutionary, not revolutionary

IT decision makers are conservative by nature: “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.”

I frequently hear the question, “What does the cloud do for me that I can’t do in my own data centre?” The honest answer is nothing.

There is nothing that can be done in the cloud that couldn’t also be done in an in-house data centre or with collocated hardware in an external data centre.

However, almost everything a business may want to do with...

By Victor Brown, 13 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid.

IBM rebrands as a cloud company, moves $1bn of investments into hybrid play

It’s official. IBM is now a cloud company. Big Blue has announced it is to push $1bn (£597.6m) of its resources and investments into cloud, including a developer-friendly platform as a service (PaaS) offering called BlueMix.

The Armonk giant also revealed it was to push SoftLayer into a variety of new zones, including making Watson available on the platform.

Amidst a plethora of announcements within the billion dollar investment, IBM SVP software and cloud solutions Robert LeBlanc described it as...

By James Bourne, 03 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Hybrid, IaaS, PaaS.

Rackspace CEO retires, claims time “as good as any” to step down

Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier is to retire after eight years heading up the open cloud provider, with co-founder Graham Weston stepping back into the breach on an interim basis.

Weston, who was chief exec from 1999 to 2006, said in a blog post that “what we build from here, we will build on the shoulders of a giant.”

In a conference call with analysts, Napier noted that “now is as good a time as any” for him to step aside, citing...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, OpenSource.

Analysing smart mobile apps and open hybrid cloud trends

Savvy executive leaders are already prepared for the shift to more progressive business technology deployments throughout the enterprise. Open hybrid cloud architectures, big data analytics and mobile applications are high-growth platforms at the center of this shift.In particular, the emerging mobile applications must be integrated, flexible, and adaptable to constantly changing business conditions. This is the new normal in many fast-paced industries. That being said, are you ready for the mobile data deluge that's inevitable?According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index global...

By David H Deans, 11 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Research.

Zynstra launches O365Connect, aims to take on hybrid SMB market

UK-based hybrid cloud startup Zynstra has announced the launch of O365Connect, aimed at helping SMBs with a managed IT solution which brings the best of both on-premise and cloud worlds.

The product was developed in association with Microsoft – the name gives that one away – and HP, who is an OEM partner of Zynstra, and is aimed at businesses between five and 250 employees.

Zynstra O365Connect handles various tasks, from networking to file management, to Office 365, as well as maintaining a full...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Microsoft.

CloudTech’s outlook for 2014: Fast forward hybrid cloud

It’s that time again. As 2013 comes to a close, the landscape for 2014 grows ever nearer on the horizon. With a little help from some friends, CloudTech sums up the most compelling stories of 2013 alongside the biggest areas for growth over the coming year.

1) All about hybrid cloud

2013 was the year when hybrid cloud truly came of age, from theories to tangible business use cases.

Big companies practically fell over themselves to push this message through in research reports: Rackspace claimed

By Cloud Tech, 19 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Editorial, Hybrid, PaaS.

Microsoft launches Cloud OS Network, boosts hybrid options

Microsoft has announced the Cloud OS Network, a global group of over 25 cloud service providers who will deliver services on the Microsoft cloud platform.

The providers include the likes of CGI, Dimension Data and NTTX, and is a concerted play from Microsoft to enable more usage of its Windows Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.

“This announcement represents important progress against our goals and strategy for Cloud OS,” Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft cloud and enterprise marketing corporate VP...

By James Bourne, 12 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Hybrid, IaaS, Microsoft.

Rackspace announces cloud hosting support programme for 300 startups

Open cloud hosting provider Rackspace has announced it has given cloud support to the tune of almost £250,000 in order to aid UK-based startups get a foothold in the cloud.

The scheme falls under the Rackspace Startups Programme, which has been operating in the UK for six months and has already signed up more than 300 members.

The money comes from Rackspace alongside 50 partners and investors, with the CSP adding that startups who sign up with the scheme get “mentoring, expert technical advice and...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, OpenSource, Public.

The search for hybrid cloud: The journey continues

Hybrid cloud is an awesome concept for the world of enterprise IT and beyond. But a question remains as to whether hybrid clouds are truly being created in the current state of business IT infrastructure deployments.

One true definition?

Most businesses have their own data center and then they have cloud. Very few have really created a true hybrid yet that achieves the promised functionality.

So if businesses aren’t currently completely achieving hybrid deployments, what is it? The truest definition of a hybrid cloud...

By Logicworks, 21 October 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Hybrid.

Gartner: Nearly half of enterprises in hybrid cloud by 2017

Gartner has been gazing into its crystal ball once again, and now the smoke signals have cleared the message is simple: get going with a hybrid cloud solution, because half of big enterprises are going to be deployed by 2017.

The analyst house puts hybrid cloud where the private cloud was in 2010; plenty of companies wanting to get on board, but the actual uptake remains low.

But it’s not going to be available instantly: Gartner recommends chief execs should consider the cloud because of its agility...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Research, SAP.

Is hosted private cloud the future of cloud infrastructure?

Every business is different, and their infrastructure is sure to follow suit. However, just as there are standards within best practices for cloud, so too are there consistencies where cloud platforms are concerned.

When we say cloud platforms, however, we don’t mean open or closed clouds, like Rackspace versus AWS. Instead we are referring to public, private and hybrid clouds.

A recent Business Technology Roundtable

By Logicworks, 09 September 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private.

Hybrid cloud computing overview and benefits

A hybrid cloud offers both affordability and security by splitting business requirements so that each process demand goes into the right cloud

As we witness high adoption rates for the public cloud and the private cloud, businesses are turning towards a hybrid cloud computing solution. The reason is obvious; in the initial days of cloud computing technology, enterprises used public clouds extensively for VDI, RDP and BYOD requirements. However, over the last few years security issues,...

By 2X Software, 05 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Hybrid, VDI, Virtualisation.

Verizon and Gartner reports reveal roadmap for enterprise cloud

According to a report from Verizon, enterprises are increasing their average monthly cloud spend by 45% with cloud environments becoming “more mainstream”.

The overall sense from the Verizon report, which was conducted between January 2012 and June 2013, was that the enterprise cloud was becoming more and more critical to business strategy.

Cloud-based storage capability went up by 90% during this time, with cloud-based memory usage increasing 100%.

The report examined the current state of the...

By James Bourne, 02 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Research, Vendors.

Hybrid clouds: From reluctant acceptance to strategic imperative

It's been well over a year that Forrester's James Staten (@staten7) has been gently orating from the rooftops that "you are already hybrid."  In his foresight, he was referring to the broad existence of so-called shadow-IT, the tendency of competent non-IT folk to pull out their credit cards and purchase public cloud services and SaaS services, thereby solving their own problems.

This week, a spate of articles from

By BMC Communities, 27 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Trends.

Rackspace gets back into bed with VMware for hybrid offering

Rackspace Hosting has announced a new offering for its Managed Virtualisation Service hosting a VMware environment, entitled ‘Dedicated VMware vCenter Server’.

This is an interesting change, given how Rackspace’s most recent focus has been on OpenStack technologies instead of VMware.

Currently, the Managed Virtualisation service offers partial accessibility to vCenter’s features, but not full management capabilities. The theory, according to Rackspace, is that the dedicated environment...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Hybrid, Public, VMware.

Rackspace survey: Hybrid cloud is future for three in five enterprises

You can’t move at the moment for surveys advocating the importance of hybrid cloud strategy – and this latest one, from Rackspace Hosting and conducted by Vanson Bourne, is no different.

60% of IT top brass see the hybrid cloud as the bright, shiny future for IT operations, with a third of that number (19%) completely integrated, compared to only 41% who are partially hybrid-oriented.

The primary reason for hybrid adoption over pure public cloud systems was more control, according to 59% of those...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Migration, Research.

Go cloud or go home, Gartner tells offshore providers

For offshore service providers, analyst house Gartner has provided a warning shot: ensure you’ve got a strategy to the cloud mapped out, otherwise your long term future will be at risk.

With public cloud services gradually gaining acceptance in the marketplace – the analyst house predicts the public cloud market will hit $180bn by 2015 – this represents something of an upswing.

This is all powered by Gartner’s influential

By James Bourne, 30 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Forecasts, Hybrid, Public, Research.

SDN and going “beyond the cloud” top digital trends for 2013, says Accenture

Software defined networking (SDN), as well as moving “beyond the cloud”, are two of the seven technology trends which will change the game for enterprise, according to the latest industry report.

For companies looking to take the next step and move ahead of the competition, establishing a sophisticated digital strategy is paramount. This much we already know of course, but IT consultancy firm Accenture has gone a step further and noted the trends underpinning it – with SDN featuring...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Hybrid, Research, Virtualisation.