Forbes Cloud 100 2018: Stripe holds off Slack to retain top private cloud title

Payments provider Stripe remains the number one privately owned cloud company ahead of social messaging firm Slack, according to the latest rankings from Forbes.

The media firm’s latest Cloud 100 list, celebrating the best private cloud firms – as in, cloud companies who are private – saw Stripe retain top spot with what Forbes calls ‘the online tool kit for digital payments, helping billions in transactions flow back into...

By James Bourne, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Private, Research, SaaS , Software.

Demytisfying the public or private cloud choice: Compliance, cost, and technical requirements

Every business wants to operate like a tech company today. Companies can’t thrive without improving IT, and executives must decide where to house and process data – under these circumstances, cloud strategies are increasingly nuanced.

A Forrester study found that just 4% of organisations run their applications exclusively in the public cloud today, and 77 percent of organisations are using multiple types of clouds, both on-premises and off-premises.

So do you take the public or private cloud...

By Michael Coté, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Security.

HubSpot, SendGrid and Nutanix among top public cloud computing companies to work for

HubSpot, SendGrid, and Nutanix are among the top publicly traded cloud companies to work for, with Algolia, Asana and Canopy taking the honours for private firms, according to new research.

The study comes from workplace ranker Glassdoor alongside Battery Ventures, and puts the analysis together based on CEO approval rating as well as ‘positive business outlook.’  

The report is the second from the companies, after 2016’s analysis. Since then, several companies have swapped over from...

By James Bourne, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Private, Public, Research.

Why the Caribbean’s digital future depends upon the cloud

In 2018, many first-world countries are seeing the remarkable, disruptive impact of the digital economy. In the Caribbean, however, there is no consistent delivery of state-of-the-art information and communication technology (ICT) services from country to country, and the availability of online services to citizens can vary widely.

At the same time, Caribbean countries have seen firsthand the debilitating impact of natural disasters. The hurricanes of 2017 were a stark reminder of the need for a more...

By Eamonn Sheehy, 14 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Public.

VMware Cloud on AWS now available in Europe – with more regions promised

The joint cloud offering from VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now available in Europe, the former has announced, with London first on the list and Frankfurt to join in due course.

VMware Cloud on AWS, which offers benefits to joint customers including workload portability between private and public clouds, had previously been available in AWS’ US West and US East regions.

The service was only made initially available

By James Bourne, 07 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Europe, Infrastructure, Private, Public, VMware.

Cisco to acquire Cmpute.io to help companies ease multi-cloud deployments

Cisco has announced its intention to acquire Cmpute.io to help organisations get the most out of their multi-cloud deployments.

The acquisition, which is expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco’s 2018 fiscal year, was announced on Cisco’s blog, with Rob Salvagno, head of Cisco’s M&A and venture investment team, writing that the addition of Cmpute.io’s technology will “help customers optimise their cloud...

By James Bourne, 11 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, M&A, Private, Public.

The multi-cloud imbroglio: What is it, what drives it, and how do you manage it?

A research report from BMC Software argues organisations are struggling to manage multi-cloud environments – with four in five respondents saying current multi-cloud management approaches need rethinking.

The study, which polled 1,000 IT decision makers across 11 countries, found that drivers of multi-cloud strategies were less than clear. The most popular reason was cost optimisation, cited by 45% of respondents, with agility (44%) and mitigating risk (40%) also highly cited.

It may however not be as...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Migration, Private, Public, Research.

Rackspace and HPE team up for pay as you go OpenStack private cloud

When your correspondent wrote last week, to open the news that Google was becoming Salesforce’s preferred cloud provider, ‘meet the cloud’s newest strategic partners’, it was always going to be a short-lived title.

And so it has proved: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Rackspace have announced a partnership to offer what is claimed as the industry’s first pay as you go...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Private.

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.

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.

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.

A guide to simplifying private cloud management with SaaS

On-premises cloud infrastructure promises better security, governance, and performance than public cloud, but many enterprises don’t want to deploy it because they must invest in a team of cloud experts. But now, software as a service (SaaS) is being used as the management platform for some on-premises clouds, which greatly simplifies cloud management and reduces the need for cloud-savvy network administrators.

Here, we will see how the use of SaaS simplifies on-premises cloud operations in three areas:...

By Ajay Gulati, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, SaaS , Software.

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.

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.

OpenStack Foundation cites ‘capabilities, compliance and cost’ as Summit kicks off

The latest OpenStack Summit has kicked off in Boston, with the Foundation naturally being tooled up with news and announcements for attendees.

Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, spoke of the ‘three Cs’ – capabilities, compliance, and cost – with organisations becoming more sophisticated in their approach to workload placement across public and private clouds.

Each of these Cs was exemplified by a company working with OpenStack in that area. GE Healthcare...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform, Private.

The rise of cloud culture: A sign of further maturation?

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The idea that IT leaders and their teams should pay attention to broader issues outside of their direct remit has been on the agenda of many businesses for years.  IT should play a much greater role, it has been argued, than its traditional speciality of ‘keeping the technology lights on’.  But for many, the scope to achieve greater levels of integration has been limited, not least by the need to control IT investment and drive down costs.

Now, the rapid...

By Campbell Williams, 04 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Why the private cloud is still needed to better utilise the public cloud

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According to the latest research from Pluribus Networks, building private clouds is of “critical importance” to effectively utilising public cloud services.

The research, which polled 134 IT professionals and business decision makers who attended this year’s VMworld, found that there was nothing to split public and private clouds among respondents as technologies which will impact their company the most in the future.

43% said public and private cloud respectively...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public, Research.

OpenStack revenues to exceed $5bn by 2020 – with private cloud the lynchpin

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Revenues from OpenStack business models will surpass $5 billion (£4.08bn) by 2020 and grow at a CAGR of 35%, according to the latest figures from 451 Research.

The numbers, which are being released to coincide with the day before the latest OpenStack Summit, puts the exact figure at $5.7bn by 2020, from $4.6bn the previous year and $3.5bn in 2018.

“We continue to believe the market is still in the early stages of enterprise use and revenue generation,” said Al Sadowski,...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, OpenSource, Platform, Private.

Cutting through the noise and sorting out the hybrid and multi-cloud imbroglio

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The hybrid cloud: it’s a buzzword which refuses to go away.

This month is a case in point. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft, arguably the two biggest and most influential cloud computing organisations, both made announcements on the theme.

The general availability of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 was seen as “another big step in hybrid cloud”, Microsoft argued, with a “cloud-ready OS” which “inherently enables hybrid cloud.” AWS, on...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Will your virtual data traffic take the detour around your firewalls?

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We’re soon going to need a new descriptor going forward when we refer to the “data centre”. This rings true because network virtualisation across private and public environments means the locations of compute and storage resources to facilitate “on-demand” networking do not sit statically in what could be considered a typical data centre anymore. Virtual workloads now dart around like bees in a field of clover. It’s no longer a question of...

By Yoav Shay Daniely, 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Data Management, Private, Public.