A 2018 cloud trend – the return of the on-premises solution?

Research published earlier this year by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) revealed that the rate of cloud adoption by UK-based businesses has reached 88%. The top three reasons respondents gave for cloud take-up were delivery flexibility, operational cost savings and scalability.

For many businesses, public cloud has been an attractive, effective way to build out their existing models and experiment with new ones, but it has often been...

By Gary Watson, 19 December 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Software, Storage.

Cisco to acquire Cmpute.io to help companies ease multi-cloud deployments

Cisco has announced its intention to acquire Cmpute.io to help organisations get the most out of their multi-cloud deployments.

The acquisition, which is expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco’s 2018 fiscal year, was announced on Cisco’s blog, with Rob Salvagno, head of Cisco’s M&A and venture investment team, writing that the addition of Cmpute.io’s technology will “help customers optimise their cloud...

By James Bourne, 11 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, M&A, Private, Public.

Why the overall cloud opportunity moves far beyond the public cloud

If you want to appreciate the full extent of the cloud computing phenomena, then you need to comprehend the ongoing impact to the IT ecosystem. It's been fueled by a disruptive series of innovations that have enabled software developers to accelerate the speed of digital transformation.

The cloud delivery and consumption model has revolutionized the entire IT industry. But the cloud opportunity extends well beyond the public cloud - which makes up less than half of all cloud-related spending today -...

By David H Deans, 11 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

The multi-cloud imbroglio: What is it, what drives it, and how do you manage it?

A research report from BMC Software argues organisations are struggling to manage multi-cloud environments – with four in five respondents saying current multi-cloud management approaches need rethinking.

The study, which polled 1,000 IT decision makers across 11 countries, found that drivers of multi-cloud strategies were less than clear. The most popular reason was cost optimisation, cited by 45% of respondents, with agility (44%) and mitigating risk (40%) also highly cited.

It may however not be as...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Migration, Private, Public, Research.

The six keys to competing and succeeding in a cloud-first environment

Cloud computing has come a long way over the last several years. It has gone from an emerging technology used in tech startups, to a catalyst for driving enterprise business transformations. According to IDC’s CloudView 2017 report, 70 percent of CIOs say they embrace a “cloud-first IT strategy.” This shows that cloud has moved way beyond the early-adopted phase, where born in the cloud startups were the only...

By Joe Kinsella, 16 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, CIO, Infrastructure, Public.

How China is leading public cloud services growth

The ongoing shift to cloud computing continues across the globe. The worldwide public cloud services market grew 28.6 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2017 (1H17) with revenues totaling $63.2 billion, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

"Public cloud adoption is accelerating in large part as enterprises recognize that the cloud has become the launchpad for virtually every new IT innovation in the last 24 months -- including AI, blockchain, quantum computing and...

By David H Deans, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

AWS launches C5 instances for EC2 alongside new 'cloud-optimised' hypervisor

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the availability of C5 instances, aimed at more compute-intensive workloads for the EC2 cloud.

The C5 instances – three from the sharp end in Amazon’s compute class, behind G2, P2 and F1 – were introduced as the newest iteration back in November last year at the company’s Re:Invent show. The C5 promises 3.0 GHz Intel...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure, Public.

How the ‘cloud-first enterprise’ continues to gain traction

The cloud-first enterprise is gaining in prominence, through multi-cloud strategies, losing data centres, and adopting cloud-native infrastructures.

That is the key finding from a new report released by hybrid cloud IT operations management provider OpsRamp. The study, which polled IT leaders in companies with 500 or more employees, also found that public cloud services are grabbing a bigger share of IT budgets, and that security – again – is the primary reason for reticent companies sitting it...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

IDC says global public cloud revenues hit $63 billion with PaaS quickest growing segment

Revenues from the global public cloud services market stand at $63.2 billion (£48.2bn) with the market growing 28.6% year over year in the first half of 2017, according to IDC.

The largest segment, by some distance, remains software as a service (SaaS), totalling $43.4bn comprising 68.7% of the market share. This is down from the first half of 2016, where SaaS saw 71.8% market share, yet the segment still grew 22.9% year over year.

The fastest growing segment, whilst remaining the smallest, was platform...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Platform, Public, Research, Software.

Google to become Salesforce’s preferred cloud provider in new partnership

Meet the cloud’s newest strategic partners: Salesforce and Google. The two companies announced a deal at Dreamforce late yesterday, with Google Cloud becoming Salesforce’s preferred public cloud provider alongside new product integrations.

There were four primary integrations announced. Salesforce Lightning for Gmail enables users to surface Salesforce CRM data in Gmail, as well as customer interactions from Gmail directly within Salesforce. Lightning for Sheets allows the Google spreadsheet tool...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Google, Public, Salesforce, Software, Vendors.

Google Cloud launches in India with opening of Mumbai region

Google Cloud Platform has announced the opening of its newest data centre region in Mumbai, India, promising to significantly improve latency for customers and end users in the area.

The region, known as asia-south1, has three zones and becomes the fifth in Asia Pacific, alongside Tokyo, Taiwan, Singapore, and Sydney. Previously, the closest region was Singapore, with Google saying hosting applications in the new region will improve latency by up to 90% for end users in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure, Platform, Public.

IBM’s latest launch aims to take cloud-native benefits to private clouds

IBM has announced the launch of IBM Cloud Private, a new piece of software which aims to ‘extend cloud-native tools across public and private clouds.’

As a study from AlgoSec earlier this week posited, organisations are on the whole expecting their public cloud usage to ramp up in the next couple of years. Yet not everything is suitable for the public cloud.

IBM Cloud Private is...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Containers, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

Enterprises want more public cloud – yet security issues block their path

A new survey released by AlgoSec sets the scene on organisational cloud deployments: almost a third of respondents say they plan to increase their public cloud usage in the next 12 to 18 months, but major security challenges remain across hybrid enterprise networks both during and after migrations.

The study, titled ‘Hybrid Cloud Environments: The State of Security’, polled 450 senior security and network professionals and found a lack of visibility and managing security policies consistently were...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

IDC: Public cloud accounts for just over a third of worldwide IT infrastructure sales

International Data Corporation (IDC) has said that public cloud providers are reshaping the IT market; being responsible for a third of all the servers, data storage, and Ethernet switching equipment sales.

As per the IDC research, public cloud companies crossed a milestone during Q2/2017, now accounting for just over a third (33.5%) of worldwide IT infrastructure sales, an increase of 34.1% y/y. The revenue totaled $8.7 billion.

During Q2/2017, the Private cloud generated $3.7 billion in sales, an...

By Cloud Tech, 11 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Public.

Multi-cloud strategies ‘urgent’ for European organisations, says IDC

A quarter of IT firms in Europe are already operating tiered applications across on-premise and off-premise environments; yet only a few companies have long term strategies in place, according to the latest note from IDC.

The study, which polled more than 800 IT and line of business decision makers in 11 European countries, found that while 31% prefer to hook up their systems to apps on a public cloud with back-end systems on-premise, 8% went for ‘bursting’ capacity into off-premise. 40% of...

By James Bourne, 22 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

Public cloud grows strongly in sluggish data centre infrastructure market

It is something the industry already suspects, but new figures confirm it: the traditional data centre infrastructure market has nosedived over the past two years as private and public cloud roars on.

The numbers (below) come from analysis by Synergy Research, whose latest data shows spending on traditional, non-cloud data centre hardware and software had dropped 18% between the second quarters of 2015 and 2017.

The public cloud market grew 35% during the same period, while the private cloud – or...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Public, Research.

Google launches ‘private on-ramp’ to its cloud with Dedicated Interconnect

Google has launched Interconnect Dedicated, a new service which aims to help organisations establish a private network connection direct to its cloud.

The service differs from its previous interconnect operation – now called Carrier Peering – with the direct link, while it differs from Google Cloud VPN, which securely connects on-premises networks to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) virtual private cloud (VPC) network, through having a minimum deployment per location of 10 Gbps in...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Cloud research roundup: Big numbers from the big four

Recent research reports from around the industry saw a range of interesting cloud market results and predictions emerge, underlining the real world momentum behind the cloud story.  The big four – AWS, Microsoft, IBM and Google - dominate the market and their fortunes drive much of the analysis.  But what’s also clear is that there’s still plenty of room for even more growth both domestically and internationally.

Public cloud – a thriving oligopoly

In the cloud infrastructure services...

By Paul Mills, 07 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Living on the edge: The changing face of the data centre and public cloud

Due in part to the increased prevalence of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it seems that more computing capacity is moving to the edge than ever before – and a lot of this is happening in the data centres that increasingly cloud-savvy organisations now rely upon. There are many drivers behind this change, including governance, security, regulation and IP protection.

Reducing latency

Moving datacentres closer to the edge can solve various issues, not least of which is latency. Looking into the near...

By Stuart Nielsen-Marsh, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

VMware Cloud on AWS now available aiming to combine best of public and private cloud worlds

The partnership between VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) is starting to bear fruit: the two companies have announced initial availability of the former’s cloud on the latter.

The announcement was made at VMworld in Las Vegas yesterday, where Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS, joined VMware chief executive Pat Gelsinger on stage to discuss the benefits of the two companies’ integration.

“This really is the ultimate hybrid solution that we’ve developed together – the ability to run any...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Infrastructure, Private, Public, VMware.