AWS looks to redefine hybrid cloud at re:Invent 2018 – plus make big moves in blockchain

Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, noted during his keynote at re:Invent today that on a recent business trip, a senior AWS executive found themselves sat next to an exec from an unnamed competitor. They pulled up a presentation deck which – Jassy paraphrasing – noted its product strategy was to ‘look at what AWS launches, and then move as fast as possible to get something vaguely in that area.’

So...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

How blockchain can improve manufacturing efforts in 2019

  • The business value-add of blockchain will grow to slightly more than $176B by 2025, then exceed $3.1T by 2030 according to Gartner.
  • Typical product recalls cost $8M, and many could be averted with improved track-and-traceability enabled by blockchain.
  • Combining blockchain and IoT will revolutionise product safety, track-and-traceability, warranty management, Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO), and lead to new usage-based business models for smart, connected products.
  • By 2023, 30%...

By Louis Columbus, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Blockchain, Platform.

How blockchain revenue will reach $10.6 billion in 2023

More CIOs and CTOs are looking for digital transformation and smart technology solutions to their line of business leader innovation requirements. Blockchain and related distributed ledger technologies are already making an impact outside of the finance and insurance space from which they emerged.

Promising new use cases are being trialed in a number of digitally transforming sectors -- notably supply chain management, retail and consumer, arts and entertainment, and public services.

Blockchain applications market...

By David H Deans, 15 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Blockchain, Infrastructure.

A look beyond 2019: AI, blockchain and quantum – and what this means for the cloud behemoths

As technology changes, the roles the key actors play changes with it. The feted Institute of Engineering and Technology hosted analysts from CCS Insight, who gave wide-ranging predictions on the state of the enterprise technology ecosystem - with the biggest cloud players featuring heavily in future trends.

The yearly jamboree has taken on something of a life of its own, with press headlines regularly questioning some of the...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Blockchain, Enterprise, Research, Vendors.

Mark van Rijmenam: On the ‘gestalt shift’ of big data, blockchain and AI convergence

When emerging technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things converge, a ‘gestalt shift’ will occur, according to a new book. “The character of the experience will drastically change,” write Mark van Rijmenam and Dr. Philippa Ryan in Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World. “All of a sudden, we can see the world through a different, more technologically advanced, lens and this opens up a completely new...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Software.

Blockchain development trends: C-suite buy in, logistics and authentication opportunities

Many business leaders have a much better understanding of blockchain technology than just a couple of years ago. There's been a surge in R&D, both internally and in partnership with third parties, and a recognition that blockchain has the potential to be deployed in a variety of commercial use cases.

As the number of blockchain research projects increased, awareness among the pilot participants and elsewhere in their industries gained momentum. Now other companies are beginning to consider whether...

By David H Deans, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, CIO, Infrastructure, Research.

How worldwide blockchain spending is set to double in 2018

A blockchain acts as a digital distributed ledger of transactions or records. The ledger, which stores the information or data, exists across multiple participants in a peer-to-peer network. There's no single, central repository. Distributed ledgers technology (DLT) allows new transactions to be added to an existing chain of transactions using a secure cryptographic signature.

Worldwide spending on blockchain solutions is forecast to reach $11.7 billion in 2022, according to the latest global market study...

By David H Deans, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Blockchain, Infrastructure, Research.

Google Cloud posts solid financials, infers blockchain and machine learning exploration at Next

Google promised that its cloud deals were becoming larger and more strategic – and the company can now count on Domino’s Pizza, SoundCloud and PwC among its customers after posting solid financials yesterday.

Total revenues across all of Alphabet for the three months ended June 30 were at $32.7 billion (£25bn), an increase of 26% compared with the second quarter of 2017. Google’s revenues are put into several buckets; ‘other’ revenues, of which Google Cloud is a part, was at...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Economy, Google, Software.

How cryptomining is the attack vector du jour - as hackers increasingly target cloud infrastructure

Updated July 30 Cryptojacking is on the way to replacing ransomware as the biggest threat for consumers and enterprises - and new research reveals the size of the effect crypto is having on cloud infrastructures.

Cyber security firm Check Point Software, in its 'Cyber Attack Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Report', found that in the first half of this year, the number of organisations impacted by cryptomining malware doubled to 42%, compared with 20.5% from the second half...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

IBM looks to further European cloud expansion with new customers and availability zones

IBM is looking to build upon recent cloud momentum – and the company is expanding in Europe after securing several new customers in healthcare, logistics, energy and more.

The announcements showcase how many prospective IBM clients are utilising the company’s cloud for its artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain capabilities. Credit Mutuel, a French bank, is deploying IBM Watson virtual assistants across all of its business lines – run on IBM’s cloud in France with a...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Europe, Infrastructure, Software.

Kubernetes skills demand continues to soar – but are organisations dropping the ball on security?

If you have Kubernetes skills then you will almost certainly be in demand from employers, as a new survey from CyberArk has found that IT jobs with the container orchestration tool in the title have soared year on year. But beware the security risks when getting involved.

According to the company, which has crunched data from IT Jobs Watch, roles involving Kubernetes have broken into the top 250 most popular IT vacancies, having been around the 1000 mark this time last year. The most likely job title for...

Step aside ransomware: Why cryptojacking is the new kid on the block

With the ability to generate a staggering $1.5 trillion in revenues every year, cybercrime is big business. It’s the perfect model – earn a high income for minimum effort and risk of penalty.

It comes as no surprise then that when faced with issues around the fluctuating value of Bitcoin, cybercriminals stepped into action. These savvy criminals created a new attack technique that offers better paid out odds in...

AWS launches blockchain service – six months after saying it wasn’t interested in the technology

It turns out Amazon Web Services (AWS) may have been throwing us all a bit of a curveball with regards to blockchain. The cloud infrastructure giant has announced the launch of AWS Blockchain Templates – having previously said the technology wasn’t in the company’s plans.

Back in November, at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, the company’s dozens of announcements...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Enterprise software lit up by ‘eye-catching’ M&A deals in 2017, says Hampleton Partners

It’s a simple proposition for traditional companies in today’s tech-heavy marketplace: assess the prospects of technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, the Internet of Things and more, or be left behind.

That is the verdict of mergers and acquisitions advisor Hampleton Partners in its latest report focusing on the tech M&A outlook up until 2020.

Back in August,...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Enterprise, M&A, Research, Software.

Why blockchain holds ‘great promise’ for securing connected devices and systems

Blockchain technologies hold ‘great promise’ for securing connected devices and systems, according to a new paper from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The report, put together by the alliance’s Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology Working Group and titled ‘Using Blockchain Technology to Secure the Internet of Things’, explores the intersection between the two technologies, as well as giving an extensive overview of deployment options.

As the report puts it, a cloud-enabled...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Blockchain, Infrastructure.

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, Blockchain, Containers, Data & Analytics, Economy, Software.

Bessemer sees blockchain, serverless and APIs influencing the cloud arena in 2018

Serverless computing, APIs and blockchain are all going to shape the cloud landscape in 2018 and beyond, according to the latest State of the Cloud report from Bessemer Venture Partners.

The influential annual report, the fourth of its kind, takes a look at the state of investments, IPOs and future trends in the cloud realm. The cloud IPO market recovered somewhat in 2017 compared to 2016’s slump, with Okta, Cloudera and MongoDB among the companies taking the plunge – yet...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Containers, Economy, Infrastructure, M&A, Research.

IBM ends revenue decline, says it has strengthened cloud and blockchain leadership

IBM has finally stopped its revenue slide after more than five and a half years – with the company saying it has strengthened its position as the leading enterprise cloud and blockchain player.

The Armonk giant posted revenues of $22.5 billion (£16.2bn) for the fourth quarter of 2017, up 3.5% on this time last year, where revenues were at $21.7bn. Of this figure, 40% was comprised of the technology services and cloud platforms bucket, at $9.2bn, while 24% came from cognitive solutions and 18% was...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Economy, Industry, Platform.

Alibaba gives update on cloud roadmap – with blockchain, IoT and AI of note going forward

Alibaba’s ambition in the cloud arena is well-known – with progress certainly being made if reports are to be believed – and to illustrate, the company outlined a variety of clients and technology opportunities at its Computing Conference in Hangzhou.

Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud, took to the stage to offer a progress update about the company’s cloud push and vision.

More than one million paying customers are on Alibaba Cloud – a fact revealed during the company’s most recent...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Economy, Platform.

How blockchain technologies are set to transform 10 industries

Exclusive It is still early days for the potential of blockchain technologies to become apparent - yet according to Jeremiah Owyang, founder of industry advisory group Crowd Companies, blockchain is already showing its worth in the legal and supply chain industries.

Owyang, formerly a Forrester analyst and founding partner at Altimeter Group, has for the past four years having founded Crowd Companies been helping organisations navigate the choppy digital waters of the...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.