VMware sees software defined data centre as the future for IT as a service

Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, Ovum ITThe recent VMware Forum 2013 in London provided a platform for VMware EMEA chief technologist, Joe Baguley, to reveal how VMware is addressing the challenges of transforming IT to an as-a-service paradigm. This transformation is based on three key pillars. First, it is about making the entire data center more agile, and the software-defined data center (SDDC) is the vehicle that VMware sees as being a major disruptive technology to enable the delivery of IT in this way. Second, it is about open...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Hybrid, Private, Public, VMware.

Hybrid cloud “wave of the future” for seven out of 10 IT pros

Another day, another cloud survey, and for 69% of the near 250 IT professionals quizzed by business process automation firm PMG, the hybrid cloud is the “wave of the future within their organisations”.

The combination of public and private cloud is really starting to gain traction in 2013. But why?

The most important reason for adopting hybrid clouds, according to 38% of respondents, was that cloud apps were deployed faster. Delivering better value (21%), and being able to meet requirements more...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Research, Security.

What is the future of the public cloud?

This year will see the turning point for the public cloud, as a result of repeated security infractions and regulatory issues.

Companies are beginning to realise that they need a secure and stable infrastructure, which is both fast and flexible. They need to think about systems that allow them to ramp up resources, as well as scaling them down depending on business needs.

For many service providers, 99% uptime is seen as good, however as the role of service providers becomes even more critical, that one per...

By Jonathan Birch, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public.

PaaS market to hit $6.5bn by 2016, says new report

The platform as a service (PaaS) market is expected to reach $6.45bn by 2016 and grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 50%, with application infrastructure and middleware PaaS expected to grow the fastest.

That’s the big takeaway from analysts TechNavio, having published the latest industry report entitled Global Platform as a Service Market 2012-2016.

According to the researchers, the market currently stands at $1.31bn, with that number expecting to rise to $1.85bn...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, PaaS, Public, Research, Trends.

UK G-Cloud to champion public cloud

Joe Dignan, Chief Analyst, Public Sector TechnologyThe third iteration of the UK government’s cloud store is about to go live, so what has changed and what is likely to happen next? The good news is that we appear to have reached the end of the beginning for G-Cloud, with the Cabinet Office reporting sales of £18.2m going through the first two procurement frameworks, G-Cloud i (Gi) and G-Cloud ii (Gii). The delay in getting G-Cloud iii (Giii) up and running is apparently due to there being 50% more...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 07 May 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Europe, Public, PublicSector.

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 .

Amazon announces S3 cloud storing two trillion objects

What’s the best way to put the kibosh on your competitor’s latest key cloud release?

Make a statement loaded with braggadocio yourself, as Amazon has done by announcing that two trillion (2 x 10¹²) objects are now stored on its S3 cloud – a turnaround of 1.1m requests per second.

Microsoft, of course, launched Windows Azure Infrastructure Services earlier this week, and knocked off the price of compute, storage and bandwidth between 21% and 33% in a bid for direct competition with...

By James Bourne, 19 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Public, Trends, Vendors.

Latest US research shows proliferation of hybrid clouds

A survey of over 800 US-based IT decision makers from Virtustream in conjunction with independent cloud research firm Neovise has revealed that over half of US enterprise are using cloud computing in one form or another.

54% of those surveyed said they were in the cloud, which certainly indicates an uptake in US adoption. Of that number, three quarters said they used public infrastructure as a service (IaaS) clouds, with 70% using private on-premise IaaS and 65% using private off-premise IaaS clouds.

The main...

By James Bourne, 18 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, IaaS, Private, Public.

Amazon Web Services’ OpsWorks is a positive move

Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Software – IT SolutionsIn February 2013, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the beta version of AWS OpsWorks, a configuration and deployment service for AWS public cloud-based applications and their related resources. While AWS usually creates its services from scratch, OpsWorks is based on third-party technology, namely the open source Chef-based SaaS offering, Scalarium, developed by Peritor, a small Germany-based IT service provider that AWS acquired in 2012.

OpsWorks reflects the...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 02 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, PaaS, Public.

Cloud and CRM influencing 2013 enterprise software spend, says Gartner

For enterprises, customer relationship management (CRM) is moving ahead of enterprise resource planning (ERP) as the main priority for application software investment.

That was just one of the takeaways from Gartner’s latest report, “User Survey Analysis: Cloud and CRM Nexus Will Drive Enterprise Software Spending in 2013 and 2014”, published last month.

Other key factors emerging from the report include the clear differences between emerging and emergent markets in terms of cloud...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Private, Public, Research.

Is cloud computing ready for prime time?

By John Dixon, Senior Solutions Architect

A few weeks ago, I took part in another engaging tweetchat on cloud computing. The topic: is cloud computing ready for enterprise adoption? You can find the transcript here.

As usual with tweetchats hosted by CloudCommons, five questions are presented a few days in advance of the event. This time around, the questions were:

  • Is public cloud mature enough for enterprise adoption?
  • Should public cloud be a part of every...
  • By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 10 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Public, Security, Virtualisation.

    Does mobility and the cloud equal total compatibility?

    Over the last fifteen or so years, we have seen computing make the transition from the fixed and immovable desktops and servers, through to chunky underpowered laptops, through to less chunky but more powerful laptops using Wi-Fi connectivity, through...

    By VI, 08 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Mobility, Public.

    Is there a widening skills gap in the cloud industry?

    A recent whitepaper from IDC sponsored by Microsoft has suggested a widening skills gap for cloud computing, and the trend will continue further through 2013.

    In particular the research, of over 600 organisations, showed that as the cloud evolves, cloud-specific skills will grow at six times the rate of overall IT skills, noting that cloud-related skills “represent virtually all of the growth opportunities in IT worldwide”.

    According to the paper, worldwide IT jobs will hit just under 30m by the...

    By James Bourne, 07 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Private, Public, Research.

    Public cloud services will gain new momentum in 2013

    As 2012 draws to a close, a growing number of savvy enterprise CIOs -- and perhaps even more Line of Business leaders -- are joining the momentum towards an increase in the mainstream adoption of managed cloud services. Furthermore, the near-term market outlook for 2013 is particularly bright and the long-term expectations are equally promising -- due mostly to the reported positive experience and results from the early adopters of cloud services across the globe. Peer recommendations are clearly driving this change in the marketplace. Worldwide spending on public IT cloud...

    By David H Deans, 17 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Public, Trends.

    How businesses can engage the hybrid cloud

    What is a "hybrid cloud"?

    Is it 1) an environment where applications and processes exist both in the public and private cloud and on premise? Or is it 2) a combination public/private cloud without an on-premise component?

    For the sake of this discussion, we’ll concede definition 1.

    Clarifying this concept is important because the vast majority of cloud-adopting organisations - which is to say the vast majority of organisations, period - are about to become hybrid-cloud-adopting organisations, and for...

    By Paul Moxon, 16 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Security, SLA.

    Cloudy data sovereignty in Europe (part two)

    Part one can be found here. Part two examines the 'safe harbour' approach to cloud data, and answers the question: who's ultimately responsible for data in the cloud?

    In 2000, the US Department of Commerce created the Safe Harbour framework to ensure organisations put appropriate controls in place for the protection of data when handling European and UK companies’ data that may be stored in the USA (for example an American company who may have regional offices in the UK,...

    By Ian Moyse, 28 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Europe, Public, Storage.

    Cloudy data sovereignty in Europe (part one)

    When considering cloud, the inevitable security questions arise: where are your data centres? What happens to my data? How can I ensure the decision I am making does not expose us to risk?

    Blatantly ignoring cloud in today’s competitive environment is not a viable option and nor should it be. 

    There are a multitude of security areas that encroach on cloud solutions, varying based on whether you adopt a public, private or hybrid cloud approach and whether you use SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS...

    By Ian Moyse, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Europe, Public, Storage.

    Demystifying Amazon Web Services [infographic]

    Our friends at Newvem are at it again. They’ve just released an incredible infographic on Demystifying Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new infographic demonstrates the size of Amazon’s cloud and reveals usage analysis including a deep dive on reserve instances.

    And, since this comes from Newvem – the experts in usage analytics – it also provides recommendations for how to reduce costs and make your AWS cloud more efficient!

    By Dome9, 05 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infographic, Public.

    Rackspace looks further to the cloud after strong results

    Rackspace has announced that they are incorporating their commitment to open source cloud into their official company branding.

    The hosting provider is using the tagline “the open cloud company” as part of its logo, reaffirming their belief in the cloud.

    This comes after their strong second quarter results for 2012, which included a yearly increase of 29% on net revenue, up to $319 million (£204.1m), up 5.9% from the previous quarter.

    Rackspace’s net income grew 43% year on year to...

    By James Bourne, 09 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Public, VMware.