How to thrive in a hybrid cloud world: Data governance and management best practice

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The vast majority of companies who are moving to cloud applications also have a significant current investment in on-premise operational applications and on-premise capabilities around data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics. This means that most of them will be working with a hybrid cloud/on-premise data management environment for the foreseeable future.

Moving at ‘cloud speed’, and setting up a new application in a matter of hours, is a big advantage in...

By Greg Hanson, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Cutting through the noise and sorting out the hybrid and multi-cloud imbroglio

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The hybrid cloud: it’s a buzzword which refuses to go away.

This month is a case in point. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft, arguably the two biggest and most influential cloud computing organisations, both made announcements on the theme.

The general availability of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 was seen as “another big step in hybrid cloud”, Microsoft argued, with a “cloud-ready OS” which “inherently enables hybrid cloud.” AWS, on...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

AWS and VMware announce hybrid cloud partnership

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It had been rumoured, but now it’s confirmed: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware have announced a strategic alliance which will culminate in a new hybrid cloud service snappily titled ‘VMware Cloud on AWS’.

The two companies say the announcement will give customers a full software-defined data centre (SDCC) experience, combining leadership in private and public cloud. The service will run on AWS bare metal infrastructure, while the SDDC side will come predominantly...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, VMware.

IBM launches object storage for hybrid clouds, updates on VMware partnership

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IBM has made a couple of major cloudy launches, announcing what is claimed as the industry’s first object storage service for hybrid clouds, as well as elaborating on the partnership with VMware announced earlier this year.

IBM Cloud Object Storage is based primarily around the technology of Cleversafe, which was acquired by the Armonk giant in November last year, but also around SecureSlice, which...

By James Bourne, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Hybrid, Storage, VMware.

Getting funding models fit for cloud: How to stop holding businesses back

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When well implemented, cloud caters to the business need to be more agile, flexible and responsive. But many companies using cloud struggle to reap its full benefits. This often has less to do with cloud itself and more to do with how it’s managed across different functions. Most specifically, businesses are held back by outdated and decentralised funding and investment models, and by lines of business taking responsibility for IT deployment. 

Line of business managers...

By John Abel, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Multi-cloud increasingly popular among enterprises – but not without its faults

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More and more enterprises are moving towards multi-cloud environments, but data encryption and security remain a stumbling block, according to the latest research from workload security provider HyTrust.

The study, which polled more than 400 respondents at the recent VMworld event in Las Vegas, found that 60% of organisations polled plan to move to a multi-cloud model, while more (64%) said their pursuit of a hybrid cloud strategy will be multi-cloud and multi-vendor. Yet almost half...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Understanding the three key ways cloud can drive competitive advantage

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The fact of the matter is thus: if you want to stay ahead of the pack, you’ll need to get your head into and around the cloud. However, the reasons and rationale behind cloud migration are very different to that which greeted CTOs in the mid-2000s, and it is this shift that businesses and their staff need to be aware of today.

According to IDC: "more than 70% of western Europe enterprise IT organisations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017, vastly driving the rate and...

By Sebastian Krause, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Gartner predicts global public cloud services market to break $200bn this year

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The global public cloud services market is set to break the $200 billion mark, going to $208.6bn (£157.8bn) at a 17.2% increase by the end of this year, according to the latest prognostication from analyst house Gartner.

Gartner’s verdict comes primarily through the rapid growth of cloud system infrastructure services, which the analysts expect to grow 42.8% this year, with cloud application services – SaaS – growing at a 21.7% clip, to reach $38.9bn.

The...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

The importance of coexistence: Adopting an optimal IT infrastructure model

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Some mainstream IT buyers might think that most cloud infrastructure vendors and service providers are essentially alike. But there are key differences. Besides, given the body of market research to the contrary, there’s clearly no such thing as a "one-size-fits-all" cloud solution.

Furthermore, if you believe that a hybrid cloud should support an IT agenda to...

By David H Deans, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

IBM study assesses improving hybrid cloud usage – with innovation the key

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A study from IBM has revealed a major increase in organisations having fully integrated cloud initiatives – but the cloud is not used for everything.

78% of the survey respondents, in the study of 1,000 C-suite executives entitled ‘Tailoring hybrid cloud: Designing the right mix for innovation, efficiency and growth’, say their cloud initiatives are fully integrated or coordinated, up from 34% in 2012. Among high performing organisations, this number rises further to...

By James Bourne, 02 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

VMware’s announcements analysed: Pushing hybrid cloud and IBM partnership

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With the latest VMworld event kicking off in Las Vegas, end user computing giant VMware came prepared with a litany of news releases. Yet the news was more of an update than anything completely new; an extension of the company’s hybrid cloud strategy, as well as the continuation of a partnership with IBM.

Back in February last year, this reporter penned a piece arguing...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public, Virtualisation, VMware.

EMC beefs up product portfolio with enterprise and native hybrid clouds

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EMC has announced the general availability of its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0 product, a new hybrid cloud offering aiming to help customers advance their cloud journey, as well as given more information on Native Hybrid Cloud.

“Understanding the needs of organisations to transform a more modern, automated, self-service IT environment, EMC continues to develop and deliver innovations into its cloud platforms that are designed, supported and sustained as one to help customers...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Why hybrid is the answer if businesses want backup in the cloud

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With the global hybrid cloud market poised to reach $91 billion (£69bn) by 2021, as recent findings by analyst organisation Markets and Standards show, it is critical that companies assess whether their cloud strategy meets their evolving storage and recovery needs.

Businesses should resist the temptation for a “rough-and-ready” cloud...

By Jonathan Kamminga, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

How hybrid cloud will enable streams of data to flow freely

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The world of business is changing. Disruptive shifts in power are forcing everyone to question the established status quo. In particular, savvy chief executives are tasking IT organizations to help create compelling customer experiences, support new business models and adopt agile operational processes.

That's why the vast majority of IT and business leaders are joining forces on the organizations’ most pressing commercial needs and wants. They seek an open and flexible...

By David H Deans, 15 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

The private vs public cloud debate: Which to deploy, and why consider hybrid?

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Cloud is often seen as the answer to a wide range of business challenges from business innovation to cost reduction. However, there is uncertainty as to whether corporations should operate a model of public, private or hybrid cloud. Here, we will discuss the common perceptions and misconceptions surrounding public and private cloud and the benefits to the enterprise in the adoption of a hybrid model.

Public vs private cloud

By Sebastian Krause, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

The rise of multi-cloud: What you need to know to succeed in your deployment

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Multi-cloud has been discussed within the cloud computing industry for a while, but there is still confusion about what it is and where it fits within the terminology of private, public, and hybrid cloud.

What most agree on is that multi-cloud is about mixing and matching the best-of-breed solutions and services from different cloud providers to create the most suitable solution for a business. It minimises the amount of vendor lock-in and gives organisations more flexibility with their...

By Tony Connor, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Assessing the business case for hybrid cloud services adoption

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Forging a viable business technology strategy for today’s global networked economy is a high priority for most forward-thinking CEOs across the globe. Their guidance to CIOs is to create the fusion between existing IT infrastructure and modern cloud services. Moreover, the shift to a hybrid IT model must support the organization’s key commercial expansion objectives.

The savvy leaders who have a superior approach can extract greater value from their legacy IT investments,...

By David H Deans, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Hybrid cloud usage in the enterprise is assured – so what needs to be done from here?

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A new research report from Veritas Technologies has found that while almost three quarters of enterprise adopt multiple private and public cloud strategies, the need for greater security and information management is vital.

As an information management software provider, this conclusion is hardly the most surprising from Veritas. Yet the statistics about continued hybrid cloud usage are worth the entrance fee. The manufacturing industry is the most assured in terms of migrating to the...

By James Bourne, 30 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

Assessing the opportunities and pain points presented by a multi-cloud strategy

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A study released by VMTurbo argues more than half (57%) of organisations polled do not have a multi-cloud strategy in place.

The survey, which polled 1,368 organisations, also found 35% had no private cloud strategy while 28% did not have a public cloud strategy. VMTurbo was keen to note, however, that not having a strategy in this instance did not mean organisations had not examined a cloud strategy before dismissing it and sticking with on-prem; they had given adoption...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Hybrid cloud and software defined data centres: How companies can have it both ways

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the fastest growing enterprise company that the world has ever seen - a testament to the fact that huge numbers of businesses are moving their data to the cloud not only to save on costs but to be able to analyse their data more effectively.  Netflix, Airbnb, the CIA and other high-profile organisations now run large portions of their businesses on AWS. Yet with lingering concerns about a ‘big bang’ move to cloud, many businesses are...

By David Richards, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software.