Interoute CTO Matthew Finnie: Why the conversation needs to change in the cloud arena

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Sipping a coffee outside the hubbub of Cloud Expo Europe, Matthew Finnie, chief technical officer at virtual data centre provider Interoute, has something on his mind.

The vast majority of the activity going on in the ExCeL arena, he surmises, will be vendors pitching their position. Nothing unusual with that at a trade show, you might say, but Finnie wants the conversations to go one step further.

“I think one of the things we’re hoping for is people start to put two and two...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

Financial firms accessing cloud more readily yet roadblocks still remain, say CSA

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61% of financial businesses are developing a cloud strategy within their organisation, according to a report from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The paper, in conjunction with CipherCloud and interviewing over 100 global participants across the financial sector, found that businesses are slowly but surely moving into the cloud, with a mix of leveraging private and public cloud the optimum strategy.

The findings came out of the Financial Services Working Group (FSWG), an...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Security.

The hype around cloud computing has been justified, say enterprises

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85% of respondents in a Tata Communications survey say that cloud computing had lived up to industry hype in their experience, with 23% saying cloud had exceeded their expectations.

Increased productivity was the most popular benefit according to 69% of those polled, with better access to data (65%) and reductions in costs (63%) also highly cited. 83% of respondents admitted they experienced benefits they weren’t expecting to see.

The report added to the plethora of...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Rackspace posts solid financial results, continues to bang drum for managed cloud services

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Rackspace has announced solid fourth quarter financial results, with adjusted EBIDTA at $165m, up 25% year on year, and net revenue up 16.4% from Q413.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $36.9m, up 5.1% year on year, while return on capital in the quarter went up to 15.5% from 9.6% in 2013.

The company’s...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

DevOps adoption rises and hybrid cloud strategy deepens in new study

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The RightScale 2015 State of the Cloud report has found DevOps adoption increase year on year in enterprises, as well as a continued push towards a hybrid cloud strategy.

The survey, of 930 respondents, found 82% of enterprises want a multi-cloud strategy; 55% want to pursue hybrid cloud, compared to 13% multiple public cloud and 14% multiple private. This is up from 74% and 48% respectively the previous year. “Hybrid cloud is (even more) the strategy of choice for...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Microsoft releases how-to guide for hybrid cloud implementation

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Microsoft has released a series of instruction guides for setting up hybrid cloud environments, including putting together a SharePoint intranet farm and a web-based line of business application in a hybrid cloud.

The tech giant cites a lack of previous resources in this field as the reason for putting pen to paper – while there is plenty of content out there for creating a test environment in a cloud-only virtual network, for instance, hybrid environments have scant documentation in...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Red Hat snipes at VMware, calls cloud vision “fundamentally flawed”

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Open cloud provider Red Hat has hit out at end user computing giant VMware in a blog post, describing its recently outlined hybrid cloud vision as “appealing” but “fundamentally flawed in implementation.”

The post, written by Red Hat cloud product strategy general manager Bryan Che, argues VMware’s vSphere and virtualisation technology is not as effective at scaling out cloud apps compared to OpenStack, adding that while you can run both cloud-native and...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

New paper assesses change in management approach for hybrid cloud IT

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As cloud continues to pervade businesses, the primary role of central IT will be to protect sensitive data, maintain centralised software and optimise IT spending, managing chargebacks to line of business.

This is the key takeaway from a study published by IDC and Red Hat. Entitled ‘How IT is planning for its hybrid reality’, the study examines how many of the challenges facing IT with the proliferation of cloud relate back to business rather than technology.

The...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

More than half of cloud conference attendees are adopting hybrid cloud strategy

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58% of attendees at the 2014 Cloud Expo and the AWS Summit, in New York, have indicated they are building hybrid cloud solutions for their organisations, according to a survey.

According to the survey, conducted by Avere Systems, the same number (58%) said they were planning on migrating at least some of their on-prem applications to the cloud within the next two years.

Archiving is the most popular aspect of enterprises that are being moved to the cloud, with 28% of the vote. This...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

CenturyLink expands further into Asian cloud market with Chinese managed hosting

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Communications provider CenturyLink has opened up a Shanghai data centre and announced the availability of its managed hosting service in China.

The latest expansion continues the telco’s aggressive move to the cloud, after a series of data openings this year including Toronto, Reading and Chicago. Back in May CenturyLink slashed prices on its cloud storage, in line with competitors, and in August they...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Vendors.

Rackspace abandons takeover plans, appoints Taylor Rhodes as CEO

Open source cloud provider Rackspace has dismissed all merger and acquisition discussion to continue with its current independent trajectory – and has named Taylor Rhodes as new chief executive.

Rhodes joined Rackspace in 2007 and was appointed president of the company back in January. He takes over from Graham Weston, CEO from 1999 to 2006, who had temporarily held the fort since the shock retirement of Lanham Napier in February.

“Our board conducted a thorough search of highly qualified internal...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, M&A.

VMworld 2014 recap: SDDC, EUC and hybrid cloud

By Chris Ward, CTO

Another year, another VMworld in the books. It was a great event this year with some key announcements and updates. First, some interesting stats:

The top 3 strategic priorities for VMware remain unchanged (Software Defined Datacenter/Enterprise, End User Computing, and Hybrid Cloud).  Some interesting numbers presented included on premise infrastructure is increasing at a rate of 4% year over year while off premise (primarily SaaS and IaaS) is growing at 25% year over year. ...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 04 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, VMware.

CenturyLink launches new private cloud, aims for public cloud capability

Updated 1756 BST: Everyone knows that if something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck – or at least we have to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae.

Thus according to the duck test if it looks and feels like a private cloud, it should be a private cloud. Yet CenturyLink aims to turn that on its head with its latest private cloud launch, which aims to offer the agility of a public cloud but with the security...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Vendors.

If hybrid is the Holy Grail of IT, we must look beyond the clouds

By Paul Cragg, CTO, Easynet

Golf clubs, cars and IT rarely get talked about in the same sentence outside a board meeting, but surprisingly they have one thing in common: they all come in hybrid form. All combine different features to create a single, better product with improved performance. And all are created from designs based on technology innovation.

For the sake of argument, I’m going to leave golf clubs and cars well alone so we can focus here on hybrid IT, which several surveys confirm to be...

By Easynet G.S., 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Vendors.

Why cloud services spending will exceed $174bn in 2014

The CEOs of leading companies are already striving to create an agile business model - one that responds quickly to competitive pressures and shifting market demands. Commercial agility often requires a corresponding accelerated business technology deployment. Meaning, the IT requirement is for applications to be provisioned in hours - not weeks or months.That's a tall order for many corporate IT departments. Regardless, it must be done. More often than not, it's accomplished via a cloud services-based methodology.Savvy...

By David H Deans, 08 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Industry, Research, Scalability.

Open hybrid cloud: The private vs public debate is resolved

As an informed senior executive, you already know that it's no longer a question of whether cloud service adoption is the right forward-thinking business technology strategy, but rather how you will leverage the abundance of new resources to outpace your competition.More companies will be working within very heterogeneous cloud service environments, thereby putting more pressure on IT organizations that must deal with these additional complexities, according to a recent market study by Cloud Connect and the Everest Group.Their latest market study reveals the increasing influence of cloud services on IT budgets, staff skills and business strategy. Moreover, the findings within the "2014 Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey" report debunks hyped-up...

By David H Deans, 27 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Private, Public, Research.

Why hybrid clouds will continue to rise to the top of the enterprise agenda

Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

Cloud service providers and consumers approach hybrid clouds from a public as well as a private cloud perspective. The objective for both is to run workloads where it makes the most sense at a technology and/or business level.

While hybrid clouds’ center of gravity will shift toward public clouds, it will do so quite slowly as enterprises increasingly mix and match the variety of hybrid cloud options available on the market, from connective to blended and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 24 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid.