Predicting the future of next-gen access and Zero Trust Security in 2019: Challenges ahead

Bottom line:  The most valuable catalyst all digital businesses need to continue growing in 2019 is a Zero Trust Security (ZTS) strategy based on Next-Gen Access (NGA) that scales to protect every access point to corporate data, recognising that identities are the new security perimeter.

The faster any digital business is growing, the more identities, devices and network endpoints proliferate. The most successful businesses of 2019 and beyond are actively creating entirely new digital business models today....

By Louis Columbus, 22 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Privacy, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Hybrid multi-cloud computing investment trends and CIO strategies

As more enterprise CIOs and CTOs embrace hybrid multi-cloud deployment strategies, business technology vendors and cloud service providers must continue to evolve their go-to-market approach - in recognition of the prevailing IT infrastructure investment trends.

Vendor revenue from sales of IT infrastructure products for cloud environments, including public and private cloud, grew 47.2 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2018 (3Q18), reaching $16.8 billion, according to the latest worldwide...

By David H Deans, 21 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

New malware strain can evade and uninstall cloud security software, researchers warn

The good news: your organisation has finally gotten around to installing some top of the range cloud security tools. The bad news: malware has been developed which can evade detection from them.

The nefarious discovery from threat actor Rocke was made by Palo Alto Networks Unit 42, with the security researchers noting that it was ‘to the best of [their] knowledge the first malware family that developed the unique capability to target and...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

10 ways machine learning is revolutionising sales

  • Sales teams adopting AI are seeing an increase in leads and appointments of more than 50%, cost reductions of 40%–60%, and call time reductions of 60%–70% according to the Harvard Business Review article Why Salespeople Need to Develop Machine Intelligence.
  • 62% of highest performing salespeople predict guided selling adoption will accelerate based on its ability rank potential opportunities by value and suggest next steps according to 

By Louis Columbus, 18 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Software.

Enterprises more confident with cloud than ever – but still concern over security issues

Another year, another study on cloud adoption – and if it’s surprising statistics you want, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Yet this may be seen as a good thing. As the report released by NetEnrich shows, the numbers on infrastructure and public cloud usage for enterprise continues to tick over, while security remains vital and DevOps still has a long way to go to mass adoption.

By James Bourne, 17 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Which analytics and BI technologies will be the highest priority in 2019?

  • 82% of enterprises are prioritising analytics and BI as part of their budgets for new technologies and cloud-based services.
  • 54% say AI, machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) are also a high investment priority.
  • 50% of enterprises say their stronger focus on metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) company-wide are a major driver of new investment in analytics and BI.
  • 43%  plan to both build and buy AI and machine learning applications and platforms.
  • 42% are seeking to improve user experiences by automating discovery of data insights and 26% are using AI to provide user...

By Louis Columbus, 16 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research, Software.

Walgreens selects Microsoft as strategic cloud provider in seven year deal

Pharmaceutical giant Walgreens Boots Alliance is making Microsoft its strategic cloud provider, focusing on connecting Walgreens stores and health information systems with a sprinkling of artificial intelligence (AI) on top.

The companies have signed a seven-year agreement with various strands. On the practical side, Walgreens will roll out Microsoft 365, the latter’s enterprise suite, to more than 380,000 employees and...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Cloud computing apps and mobile wearables converging: What is the next step?

Adoption of mobile internet access, combined with the development of innovative cloud services and wearable devices, has created a multitude of new consumer and business use cases that will drive demand, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Global shipments of wearable devices are forecast to reach 125.3 million units in 2018 -- that's up 8.5 percent from 2017. The growing popularity of smartwatches and greater wearables adoption in emerging markets will...

By David H Deans, 16 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research.

More data centre M&A deals than ever – and expect more cannibalisation to come

The data centre market saw an uptick in terms of the number of M&A deals in 2018 – but the total value has dipped, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The analyst firm found that while the number of acquisitions and transactions last year grew to 68, their value slipped to approximately $16 billion, shaving almost $5bn off last year’s total.

In terms of...

By James Bourne, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research.

Six best practices for increasing AWS security in a Zero Trust world

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) reported $6.6B in revenue for Q3, 2018 and $18.2B for the first three fiscal quarters of 2018.
  • AWS revenue achieved an impressive 46% year-over-year net sales growth between Q3, 2017 and Q3, 2018 and 49% year-over-year growth for the first three quarters of the year.
  • AWS’ 34% market share is bigger than its next four competitors combined with the majority of customers taken from small-to-medium sized cloud operators according to 

By Louis Columbus, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Compliance, Infrastructure, Security.

Cloud Security Alliance: Cloud ERP making waves but caution persists around security

Once a major headache for organisations, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are now becoming easier to migrate to the cloud, according to a new study from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The findings, which appear in the research firm’s latest report, titled ‘The Impact of Cloud on ERP’, surveyed almost 200 enterprise-level C-suite executives. Two thirds (64%) of organisations polled are...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP, Research, Security, Software.

Three key predictions for the cloud industry in 2019: Multi-cloud, governance and blurred lines

In 2019, we can expect the cloud industry to continue to thrive - with impressive cloud adoption across all industries, accompanied by an improvement in solutions and integrated data tools to best meet user needs. These advancements will substantially enhance operations in the cloud, leading it to ultimately become the preferred platform for all enterprise applications.

Looking ahead, we will see companies move beyond standard...

By Joe Kinsella, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Trends.

Enterprise cloud journeys in 2019: Plain sailing or storms on the horizon?

A rising tide of regulatory, governance and security concerns, a paucity of talent experienced in large-scale transformation, and boardroom concerns over the real business impact can make cloud migration feel like a journey towards shark-infested waters.

Despite these challenges, 2019 will be the year in which the UK’s largest enterprises get serious about moving production workloads to the...

By Allan Brearley, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Equinix and Alibaba Cloud focus on Asia Pacific in latest data centre launches

The race for cloud supremacy in the emerging Asia Pacific regions continues apace, with new data centre launches planned for Singapore and Indonesia by Equinix and Alibaba Cloud respectively.

Equinix announced that $85 million had been invested in a seven-storey site called SG4, which is expected to open its doors in the fourth quarter of 2019 with 1,400 cabinets available in the first instance. The site’s name reflects...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

The Morlocks are here: Why computing’s new paradigm is the time machine

Opinion We had the desktop. Then came the cloud. And next, we’ll have the time machine.

The Time Machine is one of the classic 60s-era sci-fi films. Based on the H.G. Wells novel, a Victorian-era inventor (Rod Taylor) gets propelled into the year 802,701 A.D. by a barber chair with a roulette wheel grafted onto it. In the distant future, he meets the Eloi, a future breed of humans that look like they just popped over from the...

By Michael Kanellos, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure.

CloudEndure confirms acquisition by Amazon Web Services

It’s official: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has acquired Israeli cloud disaster recovery and backup specialists CloudEndure.

The news had been rumoured over the past few days, yet a short announcement from CloudEndure this morning confirmed the news. The company said no more other than that the acquisition “expands [its] ability to deliver innovative and flexible migration, disaster recovery, and backup...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Disaster Recovery, M&A.

It’s time to diversify your cloud portfolio – or bank on failure

You don’t have to be a Wall Street professional to understand the reasons to invest in more than one company. So, why would a business choose a strategy of investing in a single cloud? It doesn’t make sense in today’s marketplace.

Initially, cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, AWS or Google Cloud were commodities using pricing as a competitive advantage. But today, these providers are differentiating themselves with...

By Joshua McKenty, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.

IBM makes leap in latest quantum computer release – but what does it all mean?

IBM thinks it has gained a head-start on the slowly emerging quantum market with the launch of what it has described as the first commercially useable integrated quantum computing system.

Quantum computing is based on the principles of quantum mechanics and aims to take advantage of subatomic particles existing in more than one state at any time. Its much-vaunted potential therefore is in its ability to read between the lines and...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Industry.

Global cloud market hit $250bn in 2018: Slower growth natural but boom ‘will continue’

As a new year dawns, it marks the perfect time to assess the industry landscape. According to the latest note from Synergy Research, 2018 saw the cloud market hit $250 billion (£196bn) globally, with a 32% annual growth.

While plenty of the critical acclaim goes on the public cloud infrastructure side of the house, the analyst firm posited that all market segments had risen comfortably over the past 12 months.

By James Bourne, 08 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Research, Software.