Living on the edge: The changing face of the data centre and public cloud

Due in part to the increased prevalence of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it seems that more computing capacity is moving to the edge than ever before – and a lot of this is happening in the data centres that increasingly cloud-savvy organisations now rely upon. There are many drivers behind this change, including governance, security, regulation and IP protection.

Reducing latency

Moving datacentres closer to the edge can solve various issues, not least of which is latency. Looking into the near...

By Stuart Nielsen-Marsh, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

Assessing the key reasons behind a multi-cloud strategy

Everyone who follows cloud computing agrees that we are starting to see more businesses utilise a multi-cloud strategy. The question this raises is: why is a multi-cloud strategy important from a functional standpoint, and why are enterprises deploying this strategy?

To answer this, let’s define “multi-cloud” since it means different things to different people. I personally like this one, as seen on TechTarget:

“the...

By Jay Chapel, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Four in five firms say they avoid running sensitive data in the public cloud

As the true definition of hybrid cloud continues to blur, eight out of 10 enterprises in a survey from Stratoscale say they avoid running sensitive data in the public cloud.

The results appear in the company’s Hybrid Cloud Survey, which was conducted in June and features more than 600 responses from organisations at varying sizes.

According to the research, almost four in five (77%) respondents define the value of the hybrid cloud in one of two ways, depending on how far advanced their adoption is. In...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Hybrid, Public.

How to alleviate the networking pain in hybrid cloud deployments

As cloud deployments have become more complex—with hybrid cloud environments growing in number and importance—networking technologies have not kept pace with advancements in cloud computing and storage. In fact, hybrid cloud networking has become a serious pain for enterprises across industries.

Fortunately, new approaches are emerging that will help IT teams better anticipate these issues, and to ultimately overcome the complexity and related project delays that currently plague them.

At a...

By Steven Mih, 13 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software.

Exploring the top drivers of cloud computing adoption

More CIOs and CTOs are choosing to architect and deploy hybrid multi-cloud computing environments in 2017. The trend is being driven by growing demand to support digital transformation projects that are led by the C-suite.

Newly released results from the CloudView Survey 2017 reveal the top drivers of cloud adoption - include improving agility and security, as well as standardising IT infrastructure.

Cloud computing market development

As multi-cloud environments and hybrid cloud become more prevalent, the...

By David H Deans, 13 July 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Why serverless cloud solutions will reduce IT costs

The public cloud computing sector is in a constant state of evolution, as vendors design new IT infrastructure architectures and service providers deploy them in their own unique hyperscale data centre facilities.

According to the latest analysis of cloud pricing by 451 Research, for the majority of new applications, a serverless solution offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than both virtual machines (VMs) or containers.

Severless cloud market development

When analyzing serverless offerings from the...

By David H Deans, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Developers, Hybrid, Research.

Auth0 and Platform9 raise combined $52 million in series C rounds

Venture capital money for cloud technology continues to stream through, with more than $50 million announced over the past week for two companies in the identity and hybrid cloud space respectively.

Auth0, an identity as a service platform provider based in Bellevue, Washington, confirmed it has raised $30 million (£23.1m), while ‘open source as a service’ firm Platform9, based out of Sunnyvale, California, announced $22 million (£17m). Both rounds were series C.

For Auth0, the funding...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Hybrid, Software.

Report affirms continued cloud spend for US businesses in 2017

More than two thirds of businesses plan to increase their cloud computing spending in 2017, according to a new report from B2B research provider Clutch.

The report, which polled 283 IT professionals at businesses across the United States, also found that for almost half (47%) of organisations, increased cost is a key challenge with their cloud provider.

48% of those polled said they expect to increase their cloud computing spend by 11%-30% this year, compared to 14% of respondents for a 31-50% increase. 23%...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Research explores containerisation drivers with hybrid cloud shift key

In the race to move to hybrid cloud, enterprises are looking at containers to increase efficiency and developer productivity, according to a new study.

Of the more than 200 enterprise IT decision makers polled by CoreOS and 451 Research, their usage of containers was relatively even across the board. A quarter (24%) said they had a broad implementation of production applications, while 17% said they were still as the discovery and evaluation stage.

When it came to the drivers of container usage, greater...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, DevOps, Hybrid, Platform, Research.

Opinion: Why ‘robotics as a service’ is on its way

It feels like everything is a cloud service these days, and it turns out that includes robotics. Robotics as a Service (RaaS) is quickly growing into a multi-billion dollar industry. An International Data Corporation report said that in 2015, global robotics spending was at $71 billion.

The report also stated that worldwide spending on robotics and related services are to hit $135.4 billion by 2019. According to research manager John Santagate at IDC...

By Rick Delgado, 13 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Platform.

Analysing the growing global demand for hybrid flash array storage

The emergence of hyperscale cloud service providers transformed the enterprise computing environment. IT infrastructure vendors have learned to adapt to shifts in market demand and embrace the ongoing changes that have affected the data centre server and storage markets. Enterprise CIOs and CTOs have also modified their traditional budget allocations.

Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue was down 0.5 percent year-over-year, reaching $9.2 billion in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17),...

By David H Deans, 12 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Why companies are shifting to ‘IT as a service’ – and what you need to do about it

‘IT as a service’ (ITaaS) is on the rise as companies realise the benefits of contracting an IT service provider for all their business technology needs. While ITaaS is not a new concept, it has become a go-to operational model for medium-to-large sized companies that need 24/7 monitoring, managing, and sustaining of company technology.

Moving to ITaaS is an operational shift, where IT is run as a business and therefore can be optimised according to business needs. Companies that run hybrid IT environments,...

By Kirk Panitz, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Private, Public, SLA.

Turbonomic touts support for AWS and Azure public cloud with new release

Turbonomic, a Boston-based cloud and virtualisation software provider, has announced new support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure public cloud environments with general availability of its 5.9 iteration.

The company says the move will ‘enable customers to confidently accelerate their journey to hybrid cloud’, with support offerings include visibility of all workloads regardless of where they reside, and lowering of public cloud bills by 30% on average.

Other features include being...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Hybrid, Migration, Public.

A deeper dive into cloud security as a service: Advantages and issues

In a recent article which focused on cloud security I presented a comparison between security-as-a-service and traditional style security tooling in the cloud. This installment is a deeper dive into the security as a service (SECaaS) paradigm.

It would seem to me that a natural outgrowth of the cloud computing and 'everything as a service' paradigm that the technology world is undergoing,...

By David Auslander, 06 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Public, Security.

Why hybrid cloud can work for you – and the three steps to a successful environment

Research from a recent Gartner study predicts that by 2019, “more than 30 percent of the 100 largest vendors’ new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only”. The study considers the idea that “cloud-first, and even cloud-only is replacing the no-cloud attitude” that has dominated corporations in recent years. With there being no preference between public or private cloud, it indicates that organisations are moving in...

By Peter Godden, 04 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Why the hybrid vs multi-cloud position is not up for debate

The Cloud Industry Forum’s latest study shows some 88% of UK businesses are now using the cloud with over half of these favouring the hybrid approach whereby all data is processed and stored over a combined public and private cloud infrastructure.

At the same time there’s been a debate raging for some time over the merits of a multi-cloud approach where businesses can utilise a variety of cloud services – public and private – to deliver a ‘horses for courses’...

By Steve Davis, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Why APIs are key to successful digital transformation

Digital transformation continues to dominate boardroom discussions as businesses increasingly realise the organisational and cost efficiencies that digitisation can provide.

The concept reflects technology’s role in both shaping and stimulating strategic decision-making, with its ability to automate and simplify business processes, improve customer relationships, enhance productivity, and reap cost savings. In fact, IDC predicts that by the end of 2017,

By Monica Brink, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

The value of hybrid: Operate for today and optimise for tomorrow

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The term “hybrid cloud” has grown in popularity among established technology vendors, but one could be forgiven for thinking it’s a convenient “cloudwash” for companies to showcase progress while delaying an inevitable shift to public cloud. I say that because to focus exclusively on cloud overlooks the reality that almost every CIO in an established enterprise today is contending with legacy as much as the need to embrace new technologies. Some critical...

By Olly Presland, 13 April 2017, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Nine in 10 firms will adopt hybrid infrastructure management by 2020, says Gartner

An overwhelming 90% of organisations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities by 2020, according to the latest prognostication from analyst firm Gartner.

The forecast, which appears in a new report titled ‘Predicts 2017: Infrastructure Services Become Hybrid Infrastructure Services’, notes the duel forces of cloud and industrialised services growth and the decline of traditional data centre outsourcing as the primary factors.

Gartner argues that last year, traditional worldwide data centre...

By James Bourne, 06 April 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Key trends in cloud infrastructure: Hybrid, smart storage, security, and more

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The past decade has brought much change to the IT infrastructure industry as enterprise IT companies scale up their data consumption to unprecedented levels. Today’s enterprise IT giants require far more speed, power and bandwidth to successfully run their businesses and this is only possible via enhancements to the underlying infrastructure.

Infrastructure develops so quickly that industry practices in 2020 will likely be unrecognisable from what they were 10 years ago....

By Aaron Shelley, 05 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Security.