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.

How to become a 'dynamic' cloud user to reap cost and agility benefits

As organisations move towards more sophisticated multi-cloud environments, leveraging DevOps, containers and more, they will see greater agility, lower cost, and faster time to market.

This is the verdict of digital performance monitoring and management provider New Relic, who gathered more than 500 responses from organisations across the US, UK, Germany, and France. As first reported by ZDNet, the company put its findings

By James Bourne, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Migration, Public.

Four in five firms say they avoid running sensitive data in the public cloud

As the true definition of hybrid cloud continues to blur, eight out of 10 enterprises in a survey from Stratoscale say they avoid running sensitive data in the public cloud.

The results appear in the company’s Hybrid Cloud Survey, which was conducted in June and features more than 600 responses from organisations at varying sizes.

According to the research, almost four in five (77%) respondents define the value of the hybrid cloud in one of two ways, depending on how far advanced their adoption is. In...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Hybrid, Public.

How IT operations management is embracing open source

Open source software adoption continues to disrupt the traditional IT markets, as enterprise CIOs and CTOs seek ways to evolve by working with progressive vendors and service providers who have a proven track record of open innovation.

The growth of digital business transformation and the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to drive large investment in IT operations management (ITOM) through 2020, according to the latest global market study by Gartner. A primary driver for organisations moving to ITOM...

By David H Deans, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Public, Vendors.

Public cloud services revenue will reach $266 billion, says IDC

The shift of IT workloads to hybrid cloud computing continues to grow, fuelled in part by the rise of digital transformation projects. Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $266 billion in 2021, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Although spending growth will likely slow during 2016-2021, the market is still expected to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21 percent. Moreover, public cloud services...

By David H Deans, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Public cloud infrastructure spending continues to rise, says IDC

Public cloud services will be the fastest growing market segment for IT deployment in 2017, according to the latest note from IDC.

Spending on traditional data centres, which ranked at more than 60% of the market in 2016, will dip to less than half by 2021, the analyst firm argues, with public cloud taking the majority of the slack.

Total spending on IT infrastructure for deployment in cloud environments – server, enterprise storage and Ethernet switches – will reach $40 billion (£31.1bn) in...

By James Bourne, 07 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Application security in the cloud: Who is responsible?

We’ve all heard about the benefits of cloud infrastructure: improved productivity, cost savings, efficiency, agility and a host of other buzzwords that paint cloud as the be all, end all for IT.

Most organisations today either already run workloads in the cloud or plan to experiment with cloud in the very near future. And it’s up to businesses to decide whether they choose cloud infrastructure provided by public cloud providers like AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, or cloud...

By Duncan Hughes, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Public, Security.

How innovation accelerators will drive global ICT growth

Emerging technologies, such as IoT, robotics, and augmented reality or virtual reality (AR/VR), will drive the next wave of growth in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, increasing the overall opportunity to $5.5 trillion by 2020, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

The IDC forecast illustrates that the ICT sector is dependent upon new technology innovation for growth, as traditional business technology revenue streams begin...

By David H Deans, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Industry, Public.

Report argues ‘concerning’ lack of understanding over IaaS shared responsibility models

It is a question almost as old as the concept: who should look after cloud security, the vendor or the customer? A new report from Barracuda Networks argues there is a ‘concerning’ lack of understanding with regard to the shared responsibility model for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers.

For Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft, the two leading IaaS providers, the meaning is clear. Microsoft

By James Bourne, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, Security.

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.