More companies moving sensitive data to the cloud - but who's responsible?

More and more companies are transferring sensitive data to the cloud, according to the latest report from Thales e-Security and the Ponemon Institute on cloudy data encryption.

Over half (53%) of survey respondents said they were transferring such data, with a further 31% stating they were looking to push ahead in the next 12 months.

The report, one in a series of overall encryption trends, concludes that organisations, instead of not noticing the cloud security warnings, or even simply ignoring them, are...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Big Data, IaaS, Research, SaaS , Vendors.

Why trade finance is moving to the cloud

The development of cloud technology is opening the door for companies in the trade finance sector to move away from the inherent constraints of paper-based processes.

In Asia, this is particularly compelling, as importers don’t need to invest heavily in hardware and software to use cloud-based trade finance solutions – in some cases enabling them to leapfrog more costly and complex ERP tools.

As such, many operators in these less mature markets are very open to working in the cloud and receptive...

By Tom Rahdar, 01 July 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Economy, SaaS .

Amazon's AutoRip helps ease consumer transition to the Cloud

Admit it, we all thought the CD was on its way out, and it probably is. Yet if any company wishes to hold on to sales a little bit longer, it’s Amazon.

Today the firm has announced ‘AutoRip’ which offers any physical media you’ve (ever) bought to stream for free from the Cloud.

 

Whilst many music-lovers have already subscribed to one of the extensive-list of new generation streaming services; such as Spotify, Google Play Music, Rdio, Pandora, Xbox Music, or Deezer. Many still...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Consumer, Industry, Public, SaaS .

Splunk’s “Hunk” makes dealing with Hadoop big data easy

Earlier this week we got to speak with Sanjay Mehta, VP of Product Marketing, and Clint Sharp, Senior Product Manager, Big Data; concerning the (beta) launch of a new product, “Hunk”, making exploring data stored in Hadoop easy.

In fact, one of the taglines randomly generated on the company’s website is “taking the ‘sh’ out of IT”, solutions which work for clients in the real-world is a clear priority.

Sanjay gives an interview of the company’s background:...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Enterprise, SaaS , Storage.

Next two years “era of the hybrid cloud”, asserts Microsoft report

The latest cloud computing report this time comes from Microsoft in collaboration with 451 Research, and again looks towards the hybrid as the tangible future of cloud computing.

The study, ‘The New Era of Hosted Services’, took responses from more than 1500 organisations and revealed that in two years’ time 68% of organisations will adopt the hybrid cloud model, up from 49% currently.

“The next two years will be the era of the hybrid cloud”, trumpeted Marco Limena, Microsoft VP...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Research, SaaS .

Effective cloud operations will make or break your initiative’s success

CIOs, engaged in cloud initiatives, have identified one of their top goals - a need for a cloud strategy. The reason; cloud initiatives not only directly impact technology but the effect extends significantly to business processes and organisational resources. A strategy that aligns process, technology and business service delivery is critical to the future returns on the initiative.

During the course of IT’s mere fifty years of evolving operational models nothing has accelerated, and to varying degrees disrupted the norms...

By BMC Communities, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, CIO, Enterprise, SaaS .

"Disruption redefined" - why business is ready for the CDO

By Andrew Carr, CEO Bull UK & Ireland @acarr_bull

Businesses today increasingly look at technologies like big data and software-defined networking as being disruptive in the sense that they force organisations to evaluate new business models and new routes to market.

Rather than having negative associations, disruptive in this context means having an impact through a different way of thinking about business issues and challenges, as opposed to the traditional dictionary definition of ‘throwing into...

By Andrew Carr, 17 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, SaaS , Trends.

Mimecast server goes down, putting 100% SLA in tatters

Email management provider Mimecast has experienced a UK-based outage due to a hardware network failure today, with customers being temporarily unable to send or receive emails.

The first reports of irregularity occurred at approximately 1100GMT, with Mimecast acknowledging the problem at 1215.

Around forty minutes later, the company further tweeted that a fix was on the way purportedly on a tower-by-tower basis, with the majority of servers back up and running at the...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2013, 5 comments. Categories: Best Practice, SaaS , SLA.

Is Adobe embracing the cloud a sign of the times?

Recent headlines are full of companies moving towards SaaS (software as a service) models.

Many of these are perky start-ups utilising new opportunities, whilst others are high-profile players like Adobe, which has announced going forward that its “Creative Suite” products will exist solely in the cloud.

 

Adobe, at the annual “MAX” event, has completely re-branded the companies most well-known Creative products which consists of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Consumer, Industry, SaaS .

How cloud computing is rethinking control of IT

By Jason BloombergIn my role as a globetrotting cloud consultant, I continue to be amazed at how many executives, both in IT and in the lines of business, still favour private clouds over public. These managers are perfectly happy to pour money into newfangled data centers (sorry, “private clouds”), even though Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its brethren are reinventing the entire world of IT. Their reason? Sometimes they believe private clouds will save them money over the public cloud option. No such luck: private clouds are dreadfully expensive to build,...

By ZapThink, 29 April 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, IaaS, PaaS, Private, Public, SaaS .

Microsoft remains top software vendor as cloud increases its influence

The International Data Center (IDC) has released a report which reveals that Microsoft remains the largest software vendor globally through 2012 revenues and overall market share.

Figures from the Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker put the Washington-based tech giant at a 17.1% market share, lower than its 2011 figure of 17.4% but still nearly twice as far ahead as its nearest competitors, IBM and Oracle.

IBM has an 8.5% market share, compared to Oracle’s 8.1%, with SAP and Symantec comprising the...

By James Bourne, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Research, SaaS .

Analysing the importance of cloud’s role in the enterprise

Aryaka, a company which offers wide area network optimisation in the cloud, has collated together several pieces of research emphasising the importance of cloud in a modern enterprise.

Pooling together studies from the likes of CIO Insight, Forrester and IDC, Aryaka has examined cloud strategies at different points of the enterprise, predominantly assessing the UK market.

Among the statistics cited in the infographic include an interesting summation of the top cloudy growth areas. According to the 1300 people...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infographic, PaaS, SaaS .

Gartner predicts the death of the traditional sourcing model by 2015

Gartner’s been gazing at its crystal ball again, and has forecast that service-led solutions – software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and so forth – will displace more traditional sourcing methods by 2015.

The analyst house stresses that IT companies need to “bridge legacy offerings and new services”, again pointing a future to the cloud for service providers.

And cloud services appear to be growing at a much quicker rate...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Forecasts, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

3 reasons to embrace the private cloud

For everything cloud computing offers – speed, convenience, simplicity, offsite backups – its “public” nature remains a touchy subject for enterprise.

This simple fact explains why many organisations have been slow to embrace the cloud. In business, data security is everything. And for decision makers at big firms, trusting all mission-critical data into the care of a third-party IT vendor sounds just a bit too risky.

But with the arrival of the private cloud, organizations can enjoy...

By Aidan Grayson, 08 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Private, SaaS , Security.

Who’s the top dog in the SaaS space? [infographic]

Software as a service (SaaS) has traditionally been the strongest and most valuable cloud computing market.

Figures from Gartner in November show this: SaaS was valued at $14.4bn (£9.57bn) by the end of 2012; infrastructure as a service (IaaS) was a $6.2bn (£4.12bn) global market; whilst platform as a service (PaaS) was forecast to hit $1.2bn (£754m).

With this in mind, Staff.com has published an infographic looking at the current SaaS...

By James Bourne, 08 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Infographic, Research, SaaS .