British Medical Journal expands to China with help of Alibaba Cloud and Datapipe

More and more companies are trying to get a foothold in China as part of their international expansion – and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) is one, having worked with managed cloud services provider Datapipe to enter the Chinese market using Alibaba Cloud.

Datapipe has been working with Alibaba as a global managed service provider of its cloud arm since 2016, and was also named the leading Asia Pacific managed cloud company by Frost & Sullivan. For BMJ, the concept was straightforward, needing a...

By James Bourne, 07 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

New York Times moves gaming and crossword platform to Google App Engine from AWS

“Cloud computing platform as a service, recently adopted by the New York Times (6, 3, 6)”

The New York Times has announced it has moved its games platform to Google App Engine from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Having first published its daily crossword in 1942, the NYTimes built its first website in 1996, with the digital daily crossword starting life as a web-based Java applet. Since then, the publisher has overseen growth into a suite of mobile apps and a website with more than 300,000 paid...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Case Studies, Developers, Platform.

How Travis Perkins put cloud at the heart of its five-year roadmap – and reaped dividends

In 2013, building and construction firm Travis Perkins developed a five-year roadmap for its IT. Technology would be seen as a ‘key enabler of strategic change’ rather than a support function, with investments amounting to more than double the IT budget, enhancing infrastructure and getting to grips with open source and cloud architecture in the process.

Four years into the plan, things seem to be going swimmingly. The IT budget has been duly doubled, and the company’s self-service portal...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Case Studies, Infrastructure.

American Airlines moves consumer facing apps to the cloud – with IBM’s help

American Airlines is moving critical applications, including its customer-facing mobile app and check-in kiosks, to IBM’s cloud, the latter has announced.

The move builds upon the two companies’ partnership, first announced last year, with the airline also moving workloads and tools such as its Cargo customer website to the IBM cloud.

The two companies have agreed to rewrite applications to IBM’s cloud platform as a service (PaaS), as well as establishing a cloud-native architecture....

By James Bourne, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Case Studies, Public.

Microsoft’s latest Azure customers revealed; Hershey, Maersk, UBS, and more

Microsoft has announced a slew of new customers using its Azure cloud services at its Digital Difference event in New York, including financial services provider UBS and confectioner Hershey.

The customer announcements came alongside the release of a new study, sponsored by Microsoft and put together by Harvard Business Review (HBR), which found less than half of business leaders have a coherent digital strategy despite 80% saying their industry will be positively impacted by digital transformation within...

By James Bourne, 27 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Case Studies, Microsoft, Platform.

Why the cloud could hold the cure to diseases

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We constantly hear about programs such as Race for the Cure, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Ice Bucket Challenge, and other fundraising or awareness initiatives for diseases.  However, hearing a disease has been cured almost never happens. With billions of dollars being used to research diseases around the world, many people started looking for reasons as to why more progress hasn’t been made. Researchers re-examined their processes and realised two things. First,...

By Rick Delgado, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Collaboration, Data & Analytics.

US Army signs $62 million deal to move to IBM’s cloud

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IBM has secured a major cloud customer win in the form of the US Army with a potential $62 million (£50.3m) contract over five years, the company has announced.

The deal, which is designed for the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, is for the Army Private Cloud Enterprise (APCE) program and comes under the Army Private Cloud 2 (APC2) contract, which is an ‘indefinite delivery’ deal which started on December 31 last year and expires exactly five years...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Case Studies, IaaS, Infrastructure, Security.

How the cloud is improving healthcare in remote populations

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From improved diagnosing to enhanced treatment methodologies for a multitude of illnesses and diseases, the healthcare industry has benefited tremendously over the past decade thanks to advancements in technology. One of the most notable improvements has come about as the result of cloud technology – an increased ability to provide healthcare to remote populations.

In India, approximately 70% of the population

By Rick Delgado, 16 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Industry, Software.

Matson, AWS, and overcoming the cloud lock-in challenge for big data

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Shipping giant Matson made news back in November with its major migration to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Matson’s recent announcement to go ‘all in’ with AWS is another example of large enterprises realising the intrinsic value of the public cloud.

But merely getting set up on one of the large cloud providers is now table stakes – everyone has a pilot. True cloud success is another matter.

It took years to complete...

By Prat Moghe, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data, Case Studies, CIO, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Breaking boundaries: How Freightos achieved high speed graph search in the cloud

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The problem

Freightos’s application runs heavy-duty graph algorithms against a very large dataset. This requires some unusual design principles, which no cloud platform today is optimised for. But we succeeded in building the application on top of the Google App Engine Flexible Environment, a new offering from Google, positioned somewhere between Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Even Flexible Environment, which is still in beta, does not...

How the British Medical Journal ditched its old culture for a DevOps environment

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During a recent VMworld keynote, Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of VMware, gave special praise to General Electric (GE). For a company which was founded when Queen Victoria was still on the British throne, its continued innovations through cloud, analytics, and more has helped it remain the only company still standing from the original 12 listed as part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The British Medical Journal (BMJ), founded in 1840, a full 52 years before GE, is another...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, CIO, Data Management, Developers, Infrastructure.

Workday signs up to IBM cloud in ‘multi-year strategic partnership’

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IBM has announced that financial and HR cloud app provider Workday has signed up for its cloud services in what has been described as a “multi-year strategic partnership.”

The deal, first reported in the Wall Street Journal, means IBM’s cloud will become the primary platform for Workday’s development and testing projects – with the latter...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, IaaS, Infrastructure.

How the humble database can help prevent insurance fraud

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Fraud is a challenge businesses struggle to find remedy for. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently stated that last year saw nearly six million fraud and cyber crimes take place in 2015, in the UK. What is more, these crimes impact everyone in some way. Take insurance fraud for instance; personal premiums may rise as insurance providers seek to recover the money lost. Ultimately, this is a problem which needs tackling from the ground up.

In 2014, insurers...

By Vinay Joosery, 12 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

Adidas Group launches on Dropbox Enterprise for “seamless collaboration”

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Cloud storage firm Dropbox has announced a new customer win in the form of sports brand The Adidas Group.

The announcement, which appeared on the firm’s official blog this morning, explains how Adidas is utilising Dropbox Enterprise, which was launched in November last year, to have ‘fast, reliable access to…data’ and ‘seamless collaboration’ for its employees.

“At...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Collaboration, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Boeing and Ryanair looking to take advantage of cloud and big data platforms

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The airline industry has traditionally been ripe for technological innovation – and a couple of examples have hit CloudTech’s inbox with regard to how different providers are currently utilising big data and cloud.

Boeing has announced an agreement with Microsoft to build a cloud-based platform for its range of analytics tools, aiming to transition many of the airline’s commercial aviation applications into the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Among the applications ready to move into...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Infrastructure, Platform.

Why the healthcare industry's move to cloud computing is accelerating

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Physicians are targeting breast and ovarian cancer through research that crunches massive amounts of information from more than 2,000 DNA sequences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The data set is gigantic — more than 100 terabytes — and the analysis happens aboard a secure cloud-based platform through Amazon Web Services.

“By using AWS, we can store source files securely and cost-effectively with significant durability and accessibility,” 

By Karin Ratchinsky, 27 June 2016, 4 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Industry.

How Trulia is using Hadoop and big data to power one of the largest global real estate sites

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In one form or another, businesses have always employed data analysis to inform decision making. But today’s state of the art big data analytics platforms like Hadoop have taken things to a whole new level.

This new level of business functionality, called converged infrastructure, optimises business processes across an entire enterprise by grouping multiple IT components into a single computing package.

For example, converged infrastructure may include components like servers, storage,...

By Rick Delgado, 14 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Platform.

Case study: I built XenDesktop, I built View

Amitabh Sinha (left), CEO of Workspot, and Puneet Chawla (right), CTO of Workspot

There’s been a fundamental shift in the way we work since the year 2000. Over time the desk job became the home office/plane/coffee shop job, over the objections of those nostalgic for the traditional 9-5. Employees wanted access to their work wherever they happened to be and technical staff scrambled to keep up with the demand. Enter virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

When VMware introduced the first VDI product in...

By Cloud Tech, 10 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Software, VDI, Virtualisation, VMware.

How Santander embraced cloud storage for greater productivity and data security

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If you were to think of an industry that would be naturally reluctant to embrace technologies such as cloud and mobility for reasons of sensitive data privacy, which one would you think of first? The two most common answers are usually healthcare and banking – so it is therefore interesting to note how Santander has gone all in on enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) with cloud storage provider CTERA Networks.

According to the bank, the opportunity to move organisational...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Enterprise, Security, Software, Storage.

Datacentreplus MD Mashukul Hoque on carving a niche for SME customers

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Meet Datacentreplus. The company, based in Manchester, UK, is aiming to find a gap in the North West data centre market by serving the small to medium business customer.

“We believe colocation and dedicated server hosting should be simple,” a missive on the company’s website reads. “We’re getting back to basics and offering no-nonsense, straightforward colocation and dedicated servers, with a focus on quick delivery and great customer service that does not...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.