Don’t budget for cloud - budget for the solution

post thumbnailWe know we want it, so Cloud must be a thing, right? If we’re carrying our enterprise IT shopping basket around, we know we want to stop at the Cloud shelf. Once there, we might select a nice fresh IaaS or perhaps some of this SaaS or that. And whatever our selection, we’ll pay the bill at the register. Good thing we brought our shopping list, and...

By ZapThink, 16 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Industry, Private, Public, SaaS .

Cloud computing and the Church: A match made in heaven?

In the week that Pope Francis decreed that atheists could still go to heaven if they followed their consciences, a new report from Intacct has come to light showing how churches are taking up the cloud.

Four out of five large churches – comprising 1000 weekly attendees or more – are using cloud technology, with 55% of small churches currently in the cloud.

And the advantages are clear to see. Churches who are using the cloud to support online giving were almost two times more likely to see an...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Architecture, Industry, Research, SaaS .

Salesforce.com tops list of Talkin’ Cloud 2013 CSPs

Talkin’ Cloud has come up with its yearly Talkin’ Cloud 100, comprising a century of cloud’s best and brightest players. And, in a fiercely competitive field, it was Salesforce.com who came out on top of this year’s list.

Salesforce beat Amazon into the silver medal position, with Microsoft, Oracle and Google completing the top five.

Admittedly, it says something about the strength of the ecosystem where SAP (6th) didn’t make the top five and Workday (11th) the top 10. Terremark,...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, PaaS, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, SAP, Vendors.

Integration remains a barrier to SaaS adoption

Saurabh Sharma, Senior Analyst, IT Solutions

The ever-increasing significance and adoption of software-as-a-service (SaaS) in enterprise IT has concealed the issues inherent to the shift from a traditional model for software delivery to an “as-a-service” model. Despite the emergence of similar delivery models (i.e. integration-as-a-service), integration remains a barrier to SaaS adoption. The situation has not improved much over the last couple of years, as IT still does not consider integration as a...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SaaS .

Cloud service providers: Opportunity or threat?

It’s important to examine the current ‘state of play’ for cloud delivered solutions based on a couple of key dimensions; what is being deployed in the cloud and who is providing the IT service from the cloud.

The image conjured up by the term “cloud” is that of companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft delivering large-scale computing infrastructure that eliminate the need for on-premises IT equipment and software. Since these cloud providers build their own infrastructure...

By Phil Turner, 19 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, SaaS , Scalability.

Next generation data centres – The evolution of Application Delivery Services

Application delivery controllers (ADCs) are now essential for business-critical applications, managing fast-changing transaction loads, and enhancing performance, resilience and security. However, many online applications change frequently to reflect customer requirements, and the increasing speed of change in application deployment means that traditional ADC architectures can hold back the pace of change.

So, enterprises rolling out private clouds still face several technology and operations limitations...

By Paul Wallace, 10 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Industry, Private, SaaS .

How can EMEA catch up with North America in the cloud?

It’s a fairly well known truth that EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) isn’t as up to speed as North America in utilising cloud technologies. It is being addressed, if the EU’s cloud strategy launched last September is anything to go by – yet the gap is still there. So what can be done?

Duncan Greenwood, sales director at CA Technologies, believes that EMEA CIOs, in these belt-tightening times, have pressures built on them borne out of...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Private, Public, SaaS .

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 .