How a hybrid cloud architecture stops the data loss and shadow IT threat

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Cloud computing continues to evolve at a fast pace, while having a large impact on modern businesses.  Many organisations are considering or trialling cloud adoption, with Gartner predicting cloud computing as one of the 10 strategic technology trends for 2015, once again, showing its continuing momentum.

Cloud provides organisations with many benefits, such as the potential to reduce costs while increasing value by allowing the more...

By Ian Finlay, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Why hybrid cloud is so important - and why the market prediction is so large

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Now we’ve had a few years of cloud adoption under our belts, it’s a good time to take a look at how some of the models are performing.  Public cloud has its own great case study with Amazon AWS, and private clouds see strong supporters with forward-thinking IT teams.  But there is another model that is winning over IT teams, the hybrid cloud, and it has good reason to.

With the rise of cloud models, we’ve heard a lot about the benefits of public...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 03 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

FAA moves to the cloud through CSC, Microsoft and Amazon in potential $1bn contract

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CSC has announced a contract win with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) worth $108 million (£70.4m) alongside Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other business partners.

The contract, potentially worth $1 billion over 10 years, will see the FAA move to a hybrid cloud environment, with CSC consolidating data centres and migrating data and systems across using the CSC Agility Platform cloud management tool.

The news was

By James Bourne, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Gartner expects five years for hybrid cloud to reach productivity: Are they right?

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Gartner has released its latest hype cycle for emerging technologies, and while the likes of autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things sits atop the peak of inflated expectations, hybrid cloud computing is a bit further down the line heading straight for the trough of disillusionment.

The analyst house groups a bunch of technologies in three different stages and heavily influenced by its nexus of forces – mobile, social, cloud and information. Hybrid cloud comes under the...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research, Trends.

It’s time to break down the regulation barriers to cloud adoption

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There is no doubt that cloud computing has now achieved mainstream deployment in the UK. Recent research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) found that some 78% of UK organisations have adopting at least one cloud based service, an increase of 15% over previous figures. More telling is that turning to the cloud is now not just the reserve of large blue-chip organisations, with 75% of SMEs also embracing cloud...

By Matthew Munson, 12 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

AWS, Microsoft, IBM and Google “leave rest behind” in cloud infrastructure market

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The revenues of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM and Google in cloud infrastructure services commands more than half of the worldwide market, according to new data from Synergy Research.

The figures reveal the combined market share of the ‘big four’ at 54% of the overall cloud infrastructure market, comparing favourably with Q214 (46%) and Q213 (41%). AWS holds a 29% market share at the top, with each of the big four cloud providers increasing their share of the...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Google, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

The Tour de France and cloud disaster recovery – more in common than you think

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As Tour de France fever ratchets up around the world, it’s clear to me that businesses can draw several parallels with professional cycling and their disaster recovery (DR) strategy. If businesses and cyclists plan ahead, it’s possible for both to have a real-time support crew on hand the moment something goes wrong.  And, just seconds after it goes wrong, the support crew solves the problem and the cyclist, or business, gets back to what it does best.

Imagine...

By Marc Goroff, 21 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid.

Google signs up for OpenStack Foundation, tries to get jump on Microsoft and Amazon

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Google has unveiled itself as the newest corporate sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation, promising to commit engineering resources and further collaborate on technologies such as app catalogue Murano and API service Magnum.

Mark Collier, chief operating officer of the OpenStack Foundation, wrote in a blog post announcing the news: “Few companies understand cloud-native apps at scale like Google, so I expect big things as Google developers contribute to OpenStack projects like...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, OpenSource.

Analysing the importance of cloud usage tracking and cost management

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If organisations could track all cloud consumption and usage across the enterprise, the majority (57%) would utilise it to improve IT forecasting.

That was the key takeaway from a survey undertaken by enterprise software provider Cloud Cruiser, who collared 279 IT professionals at the recent Microsoft Ignite event in Chicago. Interestingly, 16% of respondents admitted they did not use Microsoft cloud technologies.

39% of those polled said they would use more wide-ranging tracking skills...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Research, SaaS , Software.

Why enterprises need containers and Docker

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At DockerCon 2015 last week, it was very clear that Docker is poised to transform enterprise IT.

While it traditionally takes years for a software innovation — and especially an open source one — to reach the enterprise, Docker is defying all the rules. Analysts expect Docker will be the norm in enterprises by 2016, less than two years after its 1.0 release.

Why are Yelp, Goldman Sachs, and other enterprises using Docker? Because in many ways, enterprises have been unable to take...

By Logicworks, 10 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Enterprise, Hybrid, OpenSource, Platform.

Google Apps or Microsoft Office? Survey argues which cloud office is best for your business

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If you’ve ever talked to an acquaintance about what technology they use at their place of work, then this might be the article for you: a survey from BetterCloud has found the benefits of Google Apps and Microsoft Office for organisations of all sizes.

The report argues there is a “clear trend” for larger organisations to run Office 365 as opposed to Google Apps – Office 365-based organisations are more than four times larger and five years older on average,...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Google, Hybrid, SaaS , Software.

Real use cases: Why 50% of enterprises are choosing hybrid cloud

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Enterprises are shaping the cloud to fit their needs, and the result is overwhelmingly a hybrid of public, private, and on-premises clouds. Today, nineteen percent (19%) of organizations manage hybrid clouds and an additional 60% plan to deploy them. Gartner estimates that hybrid cloud adoption will near 50% by 2017.

Why are enterprises going hybrid? Below are four use cases that demonstrate how enterprises determine what, when and how to move to the cloud.

Case 1: Testing...

By Logicworks, 25 June 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Hybrid cloud implementations: The sooner the better for the CIO

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Adopting cloud can often raise as many questions as it answers. The business questions focus on how cloud will deliver increased agility, efficiency and productivity; but predicting the answers to these questions in an ever-changing landscape is no easy task. As a result, many CIOs are grappling with complex 10-year roadmaps, and missing out on the ‘quick wins’ a hybrid approach could deliver in the interim. Through an incremental approach, small shifts to cloud can be...

By James Butler, 23 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

How to accelerate government IT and hybrid cloud with a DevOps boost

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The rapid adoption of digital business transformation processes and the ongoing deployment of open hybrid cloud platforms are enabling the achievement of software development bold goals. But when management consultants and industry analysts talk about how IT innovation is changing many organisations, government leadership of this key trend typically isn't top of mind.That said, a new market study by MeriTalk reveals that approximately two-thirds of American federal government IT leaders say DevOps adoption will help agencies shift into the cloud computing fast lane.Agile methodologies, continuous integration and continuous delivery are...

By David H Deans, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

The confusion around hybrid: Cloud isn’t for everyone, but everyone can use a bit of cloud

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I was delighted to see so many folks attend our Tech Meet Up last week in London.  Not only was it a great networking opportunity, but we also hosted a stimulating panel that generated much discussion on the night.  Here I’ve captured a few takeaways.

The panel included Jeremy Bowman, Director of IT Operations at iland customer Fusion Business Solutions, and Peter Godden, Vice President EMEA for Zerto, one of our key partners. Discussion centred on the many reasons...

By William Rabie, 01 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Analysing the differences between cloud orchestration and cloud automation

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What is the difference between cloud orchestration and cloud automation? An exploration of these two terms is more than a vocabulary exercise; it highlights a key challenge for teams looking to improve IT processes.

In most situations, cloud automation describes a task or function accomplished without human intervention. Cloud orchestration describes the arranging and coordination of automated tasks, ultimately resulting in a consolidated process or workflow.

It is simplest to see this in an example. To...

By Logicworks, 26 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: DevOps, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Managing hybrid clouds: What team do IT leaders need?

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As most enterprise IT leaders know, transitioning IT staff to a cloud-based service delivery model is often more challenging than transitioning the infrastructure itself.

A collaborative, vertically-oriented IT organisational structure is crucial to the success of any cloud infrastructure, and yet the advice enterprises receive—usually some variation of “break down silos”—is not especially useful in an organisation with hundreds or even thousands of IT...

By Logicworks, 08 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Windows Server 2003 end of life upgrade: Why many companies are leaving it “quite late”

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Updated Everyone occasionally likes a comfortable pair of shoes. Businesses, when forced to upgrade their legacy tech, are no different. UK-based cloud provider Exponential-e has sounded a dire warning to enterprises hoping to cling onto their Windows Server 2003 deployments as the 100 day countdown to support switch-off begins at Microsoft towers.

The arguments against keeping Windows Server 2003, which will have support stopped on July 14, are straightforward; it’ll be a hacker’s...

By James Bourne, 28 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Migration.

Hybrid cloud adoption set to triple in three years according to new research figures

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Hybrid cloud adoption is set to triple in the next three years with economics as the primary driver, according to new research from Peer 1 Hosting.

The study, which polled over 900 IT decision makers in the UK and North America, found cutting IT costs (49%) was the biggest IT priority within their organisations. Improving processes and operational efficiencies (45%) was also a popular response.

Currently, more than half (52%) of those polled said their primary IT approach was to use...

By James Bourne, 13 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.