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...

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.

Microsoft cites ‘enormous’ opportunity in hybrid cloud and managed services era

An ‘enormous’ opportunity is afoot for cloud companies as more organisations move towards implementing hybrid cloud and managed services, according to a new study from Microsoft.

The report – which was conducted in association with 451 Research and which comes in at a whopping 127 pages – polled more than 1700 respondents in 10 geographies, and found that almost two thirds (62%) of overall cloud and hosting infrastructure spend comes bundled with value-added services. When it came to...

By James Bourne, 24 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Public.

Hybrid IT becoming ‘standard enterprise model’ but playbook still being worked out

The good news: enterprises are beginning to use technologies such as software defined networking (SDN) and containers in production scenarios. Yet according to a new study from Dimension Data, management of hybrid IT environments remains a key challenge with automation the key.

The report, which polled 1,500 IT decision makers across four continents, found different motivators by region for utilising hybrid IT – defined here as ‘the usage of multiple deployment models to deliver a single workload...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Hybrid, Platform.

2017’s most important trends on business intelligence and analytics in the cloud

  • 78% are planning to increase the use of cloud for BI and data management in the next 12 months.
  • 46% of organisations prefer public cloud platforms for cloud BI, analytics and data management deployments.
  • Cloud BI adoption increased in respondent companies from 29% to 43% from 2013 to 2016.
  • Almost half of organisations using cloud BI (46%) use a public cloud for BI and data management compared to less than a third (30%) for hybrid cloud and 24% for private cloud.

These and many other insights are from the BARC Research and

By Louis Columbus, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

CIOs look to hybrid cloud future – with security a positive

CIOs are preferring hybrid cloud models with security the primary motivation for adoption, according to a new study from NetApp.

The research, which polled 750 CIOs and IT managers in France, Germany and the UK, saw more than half of respondents in each country saying they use a combination of private and public cloud. Germany came out on top with 69%, compared with France (61%) and UK (58%). In terms of partner options, local service providers are the most popular, cited by a combined 26% of respondents,...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Security.

More of the same: Challenges with DevOps evident but potential vast in new report

Quali, a company which specialises in providing cloud and DevOps automation software, took to a variety of US industry events during 2016 to ask attendees about their DevOps practices and the challenges they face. The verdict: almost half of applications in traditional environments were considered complex for cloud, while the current vendor ecosystem is open-ended with no main player winning out.

This makes for something of a refreshing change when compared to the majority of such studies which hit this...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, DevOps, Hybrid.

Get to know your cloud storage bill: How to choose the best options

When it comes to using a public cloud, there are incredible advantages – for a price. But what are you really paying for?

While the flat rate you see advertised may be appealing, there are several details that can raise or lower your cloud storage bill. Could you be paying for something you don’t need, and how can you lower your expenses by factoring in certain specifics before you choose a provider? Get a closer look at your cloud storage bill:

Itemising...

By Rick Delgado, 15 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Software, Storage.

Three reasons 2017 will be the year of the hybrid cloud

The enterprise will increasingly live in a hybrid IT world in 2017, split between on-premises solutions and cloud environments. Recent reports have revealed that many organisations have already started to split their cloud budgets between public and private deployments, creating demand for hybrid cloud strategies that give businesses greater flexibility as well as more workload deployment options.

It’s easy to see why...

By Monica Brink, 08 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure.