CenturyLink launches new private cloud, aims for public cloud capability

Updated 1756 BST: Everyone knows that if something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck – or at least we have to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae.

Thus according to the duck test if it looks and feels like a private cloud, it should be a private cloud. Yet CenturyLink aims to turn that on its head with its latest private cloud launch, which aims to offer the agility of a public cloud but with the security...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Vendors.

VMware to offer additional public cloud services

VMware’s annual confab, VMworld, takes place in San Francisco this year. At that conference, VMware is expected to release additions to its public cloud infrastructure vCHS in efforts to differentiate its business model from other providers.

Although vCHS has been around for less than a year, the infrastructure has received mixed reviews. Some administrators seem to love the way it integrates into VMware’s vCenter while others note the lack of features and functionality found within the interface....

By CloudWedge, 14 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Public, VMware.

Cloud hardware spending passed $4bn across EMEA for 2014, IDC asserts

The prognosticators have been at the tea leaves and crystal balls again. This time, an IDC study has found that cloud hardware spending will break $4bn (£2.34bn) across EMEA in 2014.

The report, entitled EMEA IT Infrastructure Hardware for Public and Private Cloud 2011-2018 Forecast, saw year on year growth of 19% and “confirmed that cloud is the major disruption factor in the EMEA infrastructure hardware market”, according to a press release.

According to the researchers 15% of infrastructure spend in...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public, Research.

Can bare metal beat virtualised public cloud for NoSQL database performance? Internap says yes

Internet content delivery provider Internap has today released a series of results which show a better benchmark performance on big data transfer from its bare metal offering as opposed to Amazon and Rackspace public clouds.

The numbers, which were crunched by performance aggregator Cloud Spectator, aimed to quantify performance differences when operating in-memory NoSQL databases in virtualised public cloud and automated bare metal cloud environments, and found that bare metal outperformed both Amazon and...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Public, Research.

How cloud computing empowers the agile enterprise

Public cloud service adoption is already a mainstream phenomenon in most organizations. Meanwhile, many large enterprises see a private cloud in their future. But choosing whether to invest in building an internal cloud infrastructure or buy from a cloud service provider will become more challenging – in anticipation, savvy IT leaders are becoming brokers of dynamic business technology solutions.

Hybrid cloud resource management and progressive operational process adoption are the key focal points in preparation for...

By David H Deans, 09 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Public.

Salesforce and Philips hook up to deliver connected healthcare

Remember Marc Benioff’s connected toothbrush? There’s more where that came from. Salesforce and Philips have announced a strategic partnership to deliver a more collaborative health system.

In a media roundtable this morning, the companies revealed two clinical applications which have already been created and will be available on the platform this summer. Philips eCareCoordinator and Philips...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Public, Salesforce.

How public clouds are becoming vertical market-centric

Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

Public cloud vendors are increasingly focusing on vertical markets, which will significantly accelerate public cloud adoption by latecomers. The “verticalization” of public clouds comes as a result of efforts throughout vertical ecosystems, from regulators to traditional IT service providers such as IBM, as well as newcomers such as AWS, Salesforce.com, and Veeva.

It will grow in parallel to public cloud providers increasingly moving from technology...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 28 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Public, Vendors.

Open hybrid cloud: The private vs public debate is resolved

As an informed senior executive, you already know that it's no longer a question of whether cloud service adoption is the right forward-thinking business technology strategy, but rather how you will leverage the abundance of new resources to outpace your competition.More companies will be working within very heterogeneous cloud service environments, thereby putting more pressure on IT organizations that must deal with these additional complexities, according to a recent market study by Cloud Connect and the Everest Group.Their latest market study reveals the increasing influence of cloud services on IT budgets, staff skills and business strategy. Moreover, the findings within the "2014 Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey" report debunks hyped-up...

By David H Deans, 27 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Private, Public, Research.

Salesforce and the banking industry align as both bet on mobility

For bankers, mobility has become key. Customer-facing mobile banking applications are increasing the flow of traffic through digital channels, which is eroding traffic in bank branches. But it does not stop there: the mobile-enablement of services to increase the productivity of banking employees and drive sales effectiveness in remote locations is also on the rise.

The digital channel revolution is having a significant impact on banking via physical channels, and mobile apps for banking employees will play a...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 02 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Public, Salesforce.

AWS’s elastic database cloud thickens

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a series of updates to its expanding database services portfolio at its AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, reinforcing its ability to run multiple database workloads with elastic scale in the AWS cloud. While AWS offers a comprehensive menu of best-of-breed cloud services, Ovum would like to see a more integrated platform approach. AWS has disrupted the price barriers for large-scale data processing in...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 22 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Public, Virtualisation.

Rackspace announces cloud hosting support programme for 300 startups

Open cloud hosting provider Rackspace has announced it has given cloud support to the tune of almost £250,000 in order to aid UK-based startups get a foothold in the cloud.

The scheme falls under the Rackspace Startups Programme, which has been operating in the UK for six months and has already signed up more than 300 members.

The money comes from Rackspace alongside 50 partners and investors, with the CSP adding that startups who sign up with the scheme get “mentoring, expert technical advice and...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, OpenSource, Public.

AWS launches Amazon WorkSpaces, aims to shake up VDI market

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has today launched Amazon WorkSpaces, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution with data all stored in the cloud, at its AWS re:Invent show in Las Vegas.

In the morning keynote Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president, announced the launch alongside giving a few soundbites about how far ahead of the pack Amazon is – as well as an obligatory pot shot at cloud competitor IBM.

Amazon WorkSpaces, as Jassy explained, aims to go where previous VDI technology has failed, because...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Public, VDI, Vendors, Virtualisation.

People power: Why staff are driving cloud adoption

By Eoin Jennings, General Manager Hosting Services, Easynet

As St Jude raged around the UK last month felling trees and bringing commuter trains to a standstill, a collective sigh could be heard: cloud naysayers finally admitting defeat.  

Whether or not businesses had a mobility or cloud strategy, those tech-savvy employees across the country armed with BlackBerries, tablets and Dropbox accounts were comfortably and productively working away, and their organisations were thankful. For many businesses,...

By Easynet G.S., 11 November 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Private, Public.

Rackspace moves towards ‘Cloud 2.0’ with redesigned public cloud

Open cloud provider Rackspace has rolled out a complete revamp of its public cloud with Performance Cloud Servers – and according to Nigel Beighton, international VP technology and product, it represents a serious shift in how companies use their servers.

The architectural redesign of the Rackspace Performance Cloud Server comes with four times the total RAM, double the CPU performance and 132 times the I/O of its competitors, according to benchmark tests.

But Beighton argues that simply drooling over...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, IaaS, Public, Scalability.

How to consolidate and integrate the public and private cloud

By Lee Fisher, Vice President, Abiquo

Most households have many services to keeping things ticking. No two households are the same; they have different priorities, values and structures, and different services suit different households. Water, gas and electricity all come from separate service providers, so if the electricity goes down in a house, it is not left in the cold.

Like a household, organisations are unique and something that works for one organisation, may not work for its competitors.

Choices, choices,...

By Lee Fisher, 30 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Private, Public.

Don’t budget for cloud - budget for the solution

post thumbnailWe know we want it, so Cloud must be a thing, right? If we’re carrying our enterprise IT shopping basket around, we know we want to stop at the Cloud shelf. Once there, we might select a nice fresh IaaS or perhaps some of this SaaS or that. And whatever our selection, we’ll pay the bill at the register. Good thing we brought our shopping list, and...

By ZapThink, 16 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Industry, Private, Public, SaaS .

CloudBees CEO Sacha Labourey on the strength of the PaaS market

It’s been a very good first half of the year for Java-based platform as a service (PaaS) provider CloudBees. The Belgium-based cloud company reported a revenue increase of 148% in the first two quarters of 2013, as well as a 135% increase in its customer base.

The news, which CEO Sacha Labourey describes as “definitely a great step for us”, could also be seen as more affirmation of the sharp rise in the PaaS market.

Almost every recent research paper you come across will mention it.

Market...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Interview, PaaS, Public, Security.

Why the public cloud is not always the most secure option for your business

Public Cloud Security Issues

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The obvious benefits offered by cloud computing technology have not only made it inevitable, but also irresistible for business to embrace this ever-innovating technology. While scalability and agility improve business productivity levels, optimization of resources decreases Capex and Opex. However, choosing the right cloud model for your business requirements is a tough task. Businesses...

By 2X Software, 28 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Public, Security.