Is your infrastructure prepared for the new era of AI?

Many have lauded the latest phone from Google, the Pixel 2, applauding its ability to showcase the emerging capabilities of artificial intelligence. Not only does the virtual assistant sound more human than other competitors’ technologies, but it also does a better job of understanding commands and questions.

Still, there’s a 

By Robert van der Meulen, 23 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Software.

The cloud goes critical in 2018: Deep learning, smart cloud infrastructure, and more

From cut-throat competition, eyebrow-raising co-opetition, and major advances in cloud-based machine learning, 2017 was a pivotal - and productive - year for the cloud, setting the stage for what looks likely to be the most exciting year yet. 

The market swing is already in full force. Thanks to a full-fledged embrace by the enterprise, the cloud is undergoing dramatic transformation as vendors rush to meet the infrastructure and business needs of today's top companies. 

By John Arrasjid, 21 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Software.

Cloudian touts record year as latest object storage release explores multi-cloud

Storage provider Cloudian says it has achieved record growth for the third year in a row, with revenues up in every geographic segment and particular expansion in Europe.

The company’s results ‘point to the exploding need for scale-out storage solutions in an era when artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, high-resolution video and other data-intensive applications require businesses to manage data that is growing at an unprecedented rate’, in Cloudian’s own words.

Cloudian...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Software, Storage.

Juniper Networks aims to help companies in multi-cloud push with latest offerings

Juniper Networks has announced the launch of an expanded portfolio which includes helping organisations become ‘multi-cloud ready’.

The Sunnyvale-based network and infrastructure provider is including a variety of new offerings in the data centre, campus and branch aspects.

On the campus side – ‘recognising that campus networks will play an integral role in multi-cloud security and operations’, as the company puts it – the features include simplified management as well as...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Software.

How hybrid, multi-cloud and community clouds are coming together for the best of all worlds

What you look for in a cloud provider depends to a large extent on the drivers and challenges that you are experiencing.

People with large legacy estates, for instance, tend to be looking for a hybrid cloud solution that can support both their old legacy workloads and their new cloud ones. Some see this as a transitional arrangement to cover the period in which workloads are migrated to the cloud, but many realise that there are certain workloads for which migration will never be either technologically...

By Bill Mew, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, PublicSector, Regulation, Software.

Oracle CloudWorld: New data centres, product updates, and how CFOs can lead the cloud revolution

This week has seen a bevy of announcements from Oracle at its CloudWorld event in New York, from a launch of 12 new data centre regions, to product launches, to acquisitions.

Monday saw Oracle announce plans to ‘significantly expand its modern cloud infrastructure footprint’, including the opening of 12 data centre regions across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Countries include China, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, and Switzerland. The company claims...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software.

Google makes its cloud TPU chips available in beta for machine learning expertise

Google has announced that its cloud tensor processing unit (TPU) chips are available in beta on Google Cloud Platform, aimed at speeding and scaling up specific machine learning workloads.

The company claims that using the new chips will help train business-critical machine learning models in hours rather than days or weeks. The units will utilise TensorFlow, the open source machine learning framework, with up to 180 teraflops of floating point performance – in other words, being capable of handling 180...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Software.

How machine learning’s greatest potential is driving revenue in the enterprise

  • Enterprise investments in machine learning will nearly double over the next three years, reaching 64% adoption by 2020.
  • International Data Corporation (IDC) is forecasting spending on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will grow from $8B in 2016 to $47B by 2020.
  • 89% of CIOs are either planning to use or are using machine learning in their organizations today.
  • 53% of CIOs say machine learning is one of their core priorities as their role expands from traditional IT operations management to business strategists.
  • CIOs are struggling to find the skills they need to build their...

By Louis Columbus, 12 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Software.

How IBM is focusing on containers, blockchain, machine learning and more in its cloud push

Last month, IBM put out its most recent earnings report – and one statistic stood out. For the first time in more than five years, revenue did not decline from the previous year’s quarter.

Cloud revenue was $17 billion for the year, while run rate in the company’s as-a-service offerings was more than $10bn. Speaking to analysts, James Kavanaugh, IBM senior VP and chief financial officer, said the company was ‘doing a lot of work to reposition [the] business, to help move clients to the...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Containers, Data & Analytics, Economy, Software.

More small businesses paying for cloud storage – but they may not be getting value for money

More than four in five small businesses (81%) say they pay for their cloud storage, representing an increase of 10% over the last three years, according to new data from B2B research firm Clutch.

The study, which polled 300 IT decision makers at US small businesses who use cloud storage, aimed to examine what small businesses need to know when looking for a storage provider, as well as how vendors can better market their tools to small businesses.

The figures show that even small businesses who got on board...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Research, Software, Storage.

Cisco says cloud traffic will represent 95% of total data centre traffic by 2021

Cloud data centre traffic will represent 95% of total data centre traffic by 2021, while 94% of workloads and compute instances will be processed by cloud data centres in the same year.

This is the key finding from the latest Cisco Global Cloud Index report, which again offers mind-boggling forecasts and statistics around future computing power. This time around, the report predicts that global cloud data centre traffic will hit 19.5 zettabytes (ZB) per year by 2021, up from 6 ZB per year in 2016. When it...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research, SaaS , Software.

How analytics will revolutionise supply chains in 2018

  • While 94% of supply chain leaders say that digital transformation will fundamentally change supply chains in 2018, only 44% have a strategy ready.
  • 66% of supply chain leaders say advanced supply chain analytics are critically important to their supply chain operations in the next 2 to 3 years.
  • Forecast accuracy, demand patterns, product tracking traceability, transportation performance and analysis of product returns are use cases where analytics can close knowledge gaps.

These and other insights are from 

By Louis Columbus, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Software.

SAP praises ‘stellar cloud bookings’, reiterates 2020 vision and acquires Callidus Software

Updated SAP has praised ‘stellar cloud bookings’ in its Q417 financial results, with total revenue across all segments at €6.805 billion (£6bn) and cloud and software revenues comprising 85% of that figure.

New cloud bookings were at €591 million for the quarter ended December 31 2017, up 22% from the previous year. The figures show a steady continuation of a long-term trend. Cloud subscriptions and support went up 21% to €997m year over year, while the more traditional software...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SAP, Software.

451 Research posits ‘new IT world order’ with many enterprises moving off-prem by 2019

Three in five enterprises will move the majority of their IT away from enterprise data centres and onto public cloud infrastructure and software as a service (SaaS), according to a new report from 451 Research.

The study, the analyst firm’s inaugural Voice of the Enterprise Digital Pulse survey, polled more than 1,000 IT professionals worldwide, finding the largest spending increase for IT teams this year is for ‘as a service’ delivery.

Naturally, providers such as Microsoft and Amazon Web...

By James Bourne, 22 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

10 charts that will change your perspective on artificial intelligence’s growth

  • There has been a 14X increase in the number of active AI startups since 2000.
  • Investment into AI startups by venture capitalists has increased 6X since 2000.
  • The share of jobs requiring AI skills has grown 4.5X since 2013.

These and many other fascinating insights are from Stanford University’s inaugural AI Index (PDF, no opt-in, 101 pp.). Stanford has undertaken a 

By Louis Columbus, 22 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Platform, Software, Trends.

IDC forecasts global spending on public cloud services to hit $160bn in 2018

Global spending on public cloud services is forecast to hit $160 billion in 2018 at an increase of 23.2% the previous year, according to figures from IDC.

Software as a service (SaaS) will remain the largest cloud category with almost two thirds of all public cloud spending this year, followed by infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). Of the SaaS spend, applications purchases will dominate the segment, with CRM and enterprise resource management (ERM) apps seeing the most...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

Analysing the next generation of machine learning tools for financial services

“Machine learning is so tantalizing for most every day developers and scientists. Still, there are a lot of constraints for builders….How do we turn machine learning from a capability of the few, into something that many more people can take advantage of?” – Andy Jassy, Keynote from AWS re:Invent 2017

The fintech industry has been hyped about the potential of machine learning technology for years. Despite all the noise, it’s still very early for most companies. Expert...

By Logicworks, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, SaaS , Software.

Dropbox files confidentially for IPO – reports

Cloud storage provider Dropbox has filed confidentially for IPO, according to a Bloomberg report.

According to the report, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan will lead the potential listing, with Dropbox aiming to list in the first half of this year. The company’s most recent valuation, in 2014, was at $10 billion.

The move, alongside Spotify’s bid to go public at the very start of this year, represents the first tech IPOs of...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Software, Storage.

SolarWinds acquires Loggly to strengthen its cloud portfolio

SolarWinds, an IT management software provider, has announced the acquisition of software as a service (SaaS) firm Loggly to deepen its cloud software engineering and analytics expertise.

Loggly, founded in 2009, offers a SaaS-based, unified log monitoring and log analytics product. The company has received six funding rounds in total, the most recent being a series D of $11,500,000 (£8.5m) in June 2016. The company was named

By James Bourne, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, SaaS , Security, Software.

Global cloud computing market revenues reached $180 billion in the past year

The global cloud computing market is now worth $180 billion in vendor revenues with the market still growing by 24% annually, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The industry is put into six different buckets. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS), the first, remains the fastest growing sector, with 47% growth, and – as this publication has long since explored – Amazon and Microsoft at the top of the tree. The second fastest growing area was enterprise...

By James Bourne, 05 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Platform, Research, Software.