2016 cloud computing forecast: Private, hybrid, and automation

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As we look forward to 2016, there is a lot to reflect on and forecast in cloud. Below you will find my top predictions for the year ahead.

RIP private cloud

The biggest missed story of 2015 has been the profound failure of the private cloud.

Just a few years ago, the private cloud was IT’s solution to remaining relevant to their business partners. I remember attending OpenStack Boston 2011 at the height of the private cloud movement, where everyone seemed convinced of the...

By Joe Kinsella, 04 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Trends.

The hybrid cloud: What is all the fuss about?

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To understand hybrid cloud, it is important to understand the basics of cloud computing services, its models – software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) – and deployment methods – private, public, and of course hybrid. But why choose between public or private cloud when you can have the best of both worlds?

Hybrid clouds take advantage of the benefits of both environments to create a super breed of cloud built to...

By Vidya Bhavana, 21 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid.

Analysing the enterprise ‘multi-cloud’ market: IBM and Virtustream lead the way

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By Neil McAvoy, CEO, CloudBestPractices.net

Although the hybrid cloud concept has become the popularised idea of how the enterprise market will inch its way into adoption of cloud services, twinning their own internal private cloud with public resources, this will be a short term label soon replaced by ‘multi-cloud‘.

I agree with the general direction of travel; however, I feel we’ll soon see the hybrid cloud definition as somewhat inadequate, as we’re really...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Choosing your cloud: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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The biggest challenge any business faces is trying to predict the future; knowing what your data will look like in three or five years’ time so you can put in an infrastructure that is flexible enough to grow and accommodate change is a huge challenge.

The amount of data that all businesses are generating themselves and storing on their clients is growing all the time. The infamous statistic from 2013 that 90% of the world’s data has been generated over the last two years...

By David Barker, 11 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

The challenge of finding the hybrid cloud sweet spot

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The benefits hybrid cloud can bring to businesses are not in doubt. What is less understood, however, is how much is too much?

No organisation is likely to jump in with both feet, placing almost all their IT services on public cloud servers due to concerns about control. Yet at the same time, finding the sweet spot - where the business is gaining the maximum benefit from a perfect balance of on-premise IT, private cloud and public cloud services can be extremely difficult.

Has the...

By Andy Soanes, 05 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Stop talking about cloud – and start talking about what cloud can enable

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Cloud computing is still a very trendy topic of discussion among technology leaders around the world. It’s easy to see why; cloud adoption rates are on the rise and are predicted to continue their upward trend, while cloud service providers (CSPs) continue to roll out new features, products, and services.

Times are good in the world of cloud computing – but I believe...

By David Auslander, 29 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Microsoft and Dell team up again for “truly integrated” hybrid cloud offering

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Microsoft and Dell have continued their long-standing partnership by announcing a new “Azure-consistent integrated system for hybrid cloud” at the Dell World event in Texas.

The move is an updated ‘standard’ version of the companies’ ‘Azure in a box’ service announced last year, the Cloud Platform System (CPS). Utilising Dell’s hardware with Microsoft’s software, the two companies argue the platform is the only integrated system...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

Compliance key to keeping data on-premise – but also reliability at scale

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The majority of organisations surveyed by IDG and Globalscape argue compliance, reliability at scale and tracking file movement were key reasons to keep data on-premise.

82% of firms cite confidence in meeting compliance mandates as a benefit of using an on-premises enterprise file transfer solution, with 37% viewing it as critical. Reliability at scale was also seen as critical by 35% of respondents, alongside the ability to track file movement (29%) and the ability to integrate...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Software, Storage.

Dell agrees $67bn EMC deal: An “enterprise powerhouse” or “the walking dead”?

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Tech giants Dell and EMC have announced a definitive agreement worth $67 billion (£43.7bn) which claims to “bring together the industry’s leading innovators in digital transformation, software-defined data centre, hybrid cloud, converged infrastructure, mobile and security.”

Under the terms of the agreement, which will according to the two companies create “the world’s largest privately-controlled, integrated technology company,” EMC stockholders...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, M&A.

The hybrid IT conundrum: How to effect seamless enterprise transformation

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The term ‘enterprise transformation’ is frequently heard, relating to organisational change and moving away from legacy technologies. Accenture defines it as a “fundamental shift [of] strategy, in response to major disruptions through a complete, business-driven remodelling of how a company structures itself.” But how far down the company does change go?

Antonion Piraino, chief technology officer at IT management software provider ScienceLogic, argues...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Platform.

Four best practice tips for creating an effective hybrid IT union

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It’s truly amazing that weddings actually work. The bride and groom bring together a vast collection of people and service providers for a celebration and expect it all to go to plan. It’s hard to imagine another scenario where all these personalities – your university mates, your buddies from work, the uncle you’ve not seen in years – would end up in the same room together, let alone in a conga line together.

The

By Jamie Tyler, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Fujitsu aims to help CIOs master hybrid IT through new functionality

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Japanese IT giant Fujitsu has announced new functionality which the company claims will help CIOs to deliver hybrid IT environments without compromising compliance and data security.

The company is announcing Fujitsu Cloud Services Management, which builds on the previous Fujitsu Cloud Integration Platform and aims to enable unified management of various cloud environments, across different departments within an organisation.

Fujitsu is also announcing an extension of its range of standardised...

By James Bourne, 24 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Microsoft: How the cloud conversation has changed – and the edge on AWS

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Microsoft cloud platform marketing general manager Mike Schutz has told analysts at the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference of the explosive growth in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and how the company is differentiating against rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform and IBM in the cloud.

With Deutsche Bank’s Karl Keirstead asking the questions, Schutz noted the varied nature of Microsoft’s customer base gives it the advantage over AWS.

By James Bourne, 21 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

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.