HPE puts $4 billion aside to invest in the intelligent edge

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has seen the future – and it’s all about the intelligent edge.

The company has announced a $4 billion (£3.04bn) investment over four years in technologies and services to deliver personalised user experiences, seamless interactions, and artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to improve customer experiences and adapt in real time.

HPE cited Gartner figures which argue that by 2022 three quarters of enterprise-generated data will be created and...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Infrastructure, Platform.

Microsoft announces general availability of Azure Kubernetes Services

Those who attended or watched Cisco Live’s opening keynotes earlier this week – or indeed read our story on it – will have recognised the importance of Kubernetes to attendees with Google Cloud’s cameo being a particular highlight.

Now Microsoft is making waves of its own – with the general availability of its Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS).

The move will see...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Microservices, Microsoft, Platform.

Exploring cloud APIs – the unnoticed side of cloud computing

Nowadays, it is increasingly easier to lose one’s self in dashboards, visualisation tools, nice graphics, and all sorts of button-like approaches to cloud computing. Since the last decade, UX work has improved tenfold; nevertheless, there is a side that usually goes unnoticed unless extremely necessary. That side belongs to application user interfaces (APIs).

An API constitutes a set of objects, methods and functions that allows the user to build scripts, or even big applications, to make certain things...

By Nazareno Feito, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Developers, Platform.

DevOps and microservices will be huge for business – but many orgs are nowhere near it yet

Mind the gap please: according to new research from the Ponemon Institute, the gap between organisations’ ideal DevOps and microservices capabilities and what they are actually able to deliver is costing enterprises on average $34 million per year.

The study, which was sponsored by hybrid cloud management provider Embotics and which polled more than 600 cloud management professionals, found three quarters (74%) said DevOps enablement capabilities were either ‘essential’, ‘very...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Microservices, Platform, Research.

Six key data strategy considerations for your cloud-native transformation

Many organizations are making the move to cloud-native platforms as their strategy for digital transformation. Cloud native allows companies to deliver fast-responding, user-friendly applications with greater agility. However, the architecture of the data in support of cloud-native transformation is often ignored in the hope that it will take care of itself.

With data becoming the information currency of every organization, how do you avoid the data mistakes commonly made during this cloud transformation...

Google Cloud cameo steals the show at Cisco Live with partnership update top of the agenda

It’s a mad, mad, multi-cloud world all right. At Cisco Live US in Florida yesterday – the company’s flagship jamboree of all things networking – CEO Chuck Robbins was all but upstaged by Google Cloud chief Diane Greene.

Robbins is more than happy to let the great and good share the stage with him at Cisco’s events – Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared at Cisco Live Las Vegas

By James Bourne, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Google, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

AWS moves Amazon EKS to general availability in managed Kubernetes push

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Amazon EKS, its managed Kubernetes service – putting it alongside rivals Microsoft and Google in this regard.

EKS, which was announced at AWS re:Invent back in November, is now operational in US East and US West regions, with further expansion happening ‘very soon’, according to the company.

The move puts AWS...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, Developers, Platform.

How DevOps affects IT performance – and why automation is not universal among companies yet

Everyone’s talking a good game when it comes to DevOps strategies – but automation is not as widespread in organisations as one might think.

That’s the key verdict from software management provider Puppet in its latest report. The report, State of DevOps Market Segmentation, aims to ‘reveal additional insights’ from the company’s most recent State of DevOps report, issued last year.

The 2017 analysis polled almost 3,200 technical professionals from organisations worldwide,...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Platform, Research.

Designing new cloud architectures: Exploring CI/CD – from data centre to cloud

Today, most companies are using continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) in one form or another – and this is of significance due to various reasons:

  • It increases the quality of the code base and the testing of that code base
  • It greatly increases team collaboration
  • It reduces the time in which new features reach the production environment
  • It reduces the number of bugs that in turn reach the production environment

Granted, these reasons apply if – and only if – CI/CD is applied with more than 70% correctness. Although there is no single perfect way of doing...

By Nazareno Feito, 01 June 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Orchestration in the cloud: What is it all about?

Can orchestration be considered a better alternative to provisioning and configuration management, especially in the case of cloud-native applications? We can look at this from a variety of angles; comparing against data centre-oriented solutions; differentiating orchestration of infrastructure (in the cloud and out of the cloud) versus containers (focusing mostly on cloud), as well as looking at best practices under different scenarios.

It’s worth noting here that this topic can span not only a...

By Nazareno Feito, 24 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Platform.

Rackspace launches ‘Kubernetes as a service’ offering, acquires agency RelationEdge

A couple of interesting pieces of news from Rackspace; the company has launched a ‘Kubernetes as a service’ offering, as well as announcing the acquisition of digital agency RelationEdge.

The service, which will become available on Rackspace Private Cloud later this month, with planned support for public clouds later this year, is more affirmation of the rise of the container orchestration tool. At the

By James Bourne, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, M&A, Platform, SaaS , Software.

Kubernetes in focus with new updates from CNCF, Red Hat, Cisco, and more

With KubeCon and CloudNativeCon taking place in Copenhagen this week, it is not surprising that a series of Kubernetes-based announcements has hit the wires over the past 24 hours – with Cisco, Red Hat and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) taking top honours.

The CNCF, which maintains Kubernetes alongside other open source technologies, has announced the launch of a certified Kubernetes application developer (CKAD) examination, alongside a Kubernetes for...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Platform.

How resellers can make a difference in enabling organisations’ cloud transformations

Resellers and channel partners can do more to guide organisations into a cloudy future by leveraging IaaS and PaaS solutions, according to a new report from Ingram Micro.

The study, which surveyed 250 UK-based cloud end users as well as 50 resellers, found Azure was the most popular IaaS solution sold by resellers, followed by Amazon S3 and Google Compute Engine – while Azure is significantly ahead on the PaaS side.

The paper’s hypothesis is simple. As organsiations’ cloud desires are often...

By James Bourne, 01 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Research.

Netflix ‘testing waters’ with Google illustrates how it’s a mad, mad, multi-cloud world

Updated 1700 BST: Netflix has always been considered the poster child of Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployment – but the streaming and entertainment giant is utilising Google Cloud for certain workloads.

According to a report from The Information (paywall), citing sources close to the company, Netflix is using Google’s cloud for several functions, from disaster recovery to artificial intelligence.

The report...

By James Bourne, 23 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, DevOps, Google, Infrastructure, Platform.

CloudHealth Technologies announces further European expansion

CloudHealth Technologies, Boston-based cloud management and cost optimisation provider, is expanding further into Europe by making ‘significant investments’ in the region.

The company is forming a development team in London, as well as the typical expansion bases of expanding its employee, partner and customer base. CloudHealth adds it has grown its London employee base by 300%, as well as hitting 83% revenue growth in EMEA. London is not the company’s only European office, with operations...

By James Bourne, 20 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Platform.

How commodity trading and risk management relates to the cloud: A guide

Commodity trading companies are rapidly switching from on-premise commodity trading and risk management solutions (CTRM) to cloud-based systems.  Research from Commodity Technology Advisory LLP shows that cloud-delivered CTRM solutions now outsell on-premise solutions and will significantly outpace spend on traditional deployments over the next five years.

Small commodity companies lead the way

One reason for this shift is a change in the commodity industry. Early adopters of cloud-hosted CTRM solutions...

By Rajeev Warrier, 18 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Platform.

How to make test environment management more efficient than ever

“Software is eating the world”, claimed Marc Andreessen back in 2011; though it may have seemed like an exaggeration when his essay was published, so far he has been proved correct. Now that software exists across every industry, organisations that rely on information need to reimagine themselves as software companies to avoid falling behind competitors.

In today’s society, childhood favourite Blockbuster couldn’t stand...

By Bob Davis, 18 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Monitoring, Platform, Software.

Oracle enhances its UK cloud services with new region

Oracle has announced the availability of enhanced UK cloud services promising customers ‘unprecedented levels of performance and availability’.

The company will expand its UK cloud region, which comprises three physically separate, high bandwidth and low latency sites, and will offer a range of Oracle PaaS and IaaS services, as well as the highly publicised autonomous database service.

To that end, the company rolled out a couple of satisfied customers; the National Grid, who said using...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Platform.

GoDaddy goes all-in on AWS, citing containers expertise as key

Hosting provider GoDaddy is going all-in on Amazon Web Services (AWS) moving the ‘vast majority of its infrastructure’ over to Amazon as well as maintaining an active interest in containerised apps.

The move, announced by AWS, will see GoDaddy utilise various services, including Amazon EKS, its elastic container service for Kubernetes launched at the company’s re:Invent event at the end of November. Other services being used include P2, AWS’ general purpose GPU instances ‘to...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, Infrastructure, Platform.

Oracle announces first autonomous database service, promises to ‘redefine cloud database’

Larry Ellison praised Amazon for ‘inventing’ the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market – but with the announcement of the first service based on Oracle’s much-touted autonomous database, the company aims to go bigger and better than the IaaS behemoth.

At an event yesterday, Ellison announced the launch of the Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud. As the company put it, the new product ‘delivers all of the analytical capabilities, security features, and high availability of...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, PaaS, Platform.