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.

Some things should not go public: The risks of a single-cloud strategy

Both Amazon and Microsoft cloud users experienced majorly disrupted services earlier this year due to unforeseen outages on both the AWS and Azure platforms. Customers faced disrupted services with no access to vital apps or data and some companies were left without access to crucial SaaS-based technologies that inhibited business operations across the globe. This outage was met with the swift realisation that the public cloud may not always be the most appropriate solution for every workload. Keeping all...

By Chuck Dubuque, 23 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Public, SLA.

Report affirms continued cloud spend for US businesses in 2017

More than two thirds of businesses plan to increase their cloud computing spending in 2017, according to a new report from B2B research provider Clutch.

The report, which polled 283 IT professionals at businesses across the United States, also found that for almost half (47%) of organisations, increased cost is a key challenge with their cloud provider.

48% of those polled said they expect to increase their cloud computing spend by 11%-30% this year, compared to 14% of respondents for a 31-50% increase. 23%...

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

Opinion: Is the use of public cloud ‘fundamentally disempowering’?

Speaking at the OpenStack Summit in Boston last month, Edward Snowden warned that the use of public cloud providers is ‘fundamentally disempowering’.

As reported by ZDNet, Snowden told the audience – through video conference, of course – that ‘we can’t let people be mindless when they’re building clouds.’ “You give them money, and they provide you with a service, but you are also...

By Cloud Tech, 20 June 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Public, Security.

How AWS and Azure’s competition improves public cloud adoption

  • Public cloud spending is predicted to grow quickly, attaining 16% year-over-year growth in 2017.
  • Cowen’s AWS segment model is predicting Revenue and EBITDA to grow 25% and 26.8% annually from 2017 to 2022.
  • Microsoft Azure is viewed as the platform that customers would most likely purchase or renew going forward (28% of total vs. AWS at 22%, GCP at 15%, and IBM at 10%).

These and many other fascinating insights are from Cowen’s study published this...

By Louis Columbus, 19 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Microsoft, Public, Research.

Why companies are shifting to ‘IT as a service’ – and what you need to do about it

‘IT as a service’ (ITaaS) is on the rise as companies realise the benefits of contracting an IT service provider for all their business technology needs. While ITaaS is not a new concept, it has become a go-to operational model for medium-to-large sized companies that need 24/7 monitoring, managing, and sustaining of company technology.

Moving to ITaaS is an operational shift, where IT is run as a business and therefore can be optimised according to business needs. Companies that run hybrid IT environments,...

By Kirk Panitz, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Private, Public, SLA.

Turbonomic touts support for AWS and Azure public cloud with new release

Turbonomic, a Boston-based cloud and virtualisation software provider, has announced new support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure public cloud environments with general availability of its 5.9 iteration.

The company says the move will ‘enable customers to confidently accelerate their journey to hybrid cloud’, with support offerings include visibility of all workloads regardless of where they reside, and lowering of public cloud bills by 30% on average.

Other features include being...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Hybrid, Migration, Public.

A deeper dive into cloud security as a service: Advantages and issues

In a recent article which focused on cloud security I presented a comparison between security-as-a-service and traditional style security tooling in the cloud. This installment is a deeper dive into the security as a service (SECaaS) paradigm.

It would seem to me that a natural outgrowth of the cloud computing and 'everything as a service' paradigm that the technology world is...

By David Auslander, 06 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Public, Security.

Cloud security best practice: Security as a service or cloud security tooling?

A recent survey on cloud security and cloud adoption found that the single biggest impediment to moving to the public cloud was continued concerns around security.

While there has been tremendous progress in the area of cloud security in recent years, another important finding of the LinkedIn survey was that legacy tools, reconfigured for use in the public cloud just don’t work. This is mostly due to the nature of the cloud...

By David Auslander, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Public, Security.

WannaCry and the public cloud: The CISO perspective

By Matthew Sharp, CISO, Logicworks

I recently attended a CISO Executive Summit here in NYC.  The room was packed with 175 CISOs and top-level security leaders from various industries.  There was broad agreement that WannaCry was a scramble for many of their teams, and created a long weekend for some.  We concurred that we were lucky the “kill switch” was triggered, and we soberly recognised that the exploit is being redeployed with newly weaponised malware.

The consensus among CISOs...

By Logicworks, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Infrastructure, Public, Security, Vulnerabilities.

A roundup of cloud computing forecasts for 2017

  • Cloud computing is projected to increase from $67B in 2015 to $162B in 2020 attaining a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19%.
  • Gartner predicts the worldwide public cloud services market will grow 18% in 2017 to $246.8B, up from $209.2B in 2016.
  • 74% of Tech Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) say cloud computing will have the most measurable impact on their business in 2017.

Cloud platforms are enabling new, complex business models and orchestrating more globally-based integration networks in 2017 than many analyst and advisory firms predicted. Combined with...

By Louis Columbus, 22 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

AT&T moving databases and application workloads to Oracle’s cloud

Oracle and AT&T have announced a strategic agreement whereby the telco will move thousands of its large scale internal databases to Oracle’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS), the companies have announced.

AT&T will gain global access to Oracle’s cloud portfolio, both in the public cloud and on AT&T’s Integrated Cloud, to include Oracle’s IaaS, PaaS, database as a service, and software as a service. This will help ‘increase...

By James Bourne, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, Software.