Google Cloud stresses hybrid and multi-cloud at Next – as well as sealing a major open source deal

Analysis Google Cloud means open, hybrid and multi-cloud. The company took the keynote at Next in San Francisco to offer more flexibility with using other vendors such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) – but that’s where the familiarity ended.

The biggest product news to come out of the session was moving its cloud services platform, rebranded as Anthos, to accommodate AWS and Microsoft Azure. Anthos lets users “build and manage...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure, OpenSource.

A guide for database as a service providers: How to stand your ground against AWS – or any other cloud

Last August, Redis Labs introduced a Commons Clause license for its popular in-memory database to prevent cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) from “taking advantage of the open source community for years by selling (for hundreds of millions of dollars) cloud services based on open source code they didn’t develop.”

By Deepak Jannu, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Vendors.

Why IT security solutions spending will reach $133.8 billion

Cybersecurity investment continues to be a top priority for most IT organizations. Worldwide spending on security-related hardware, software, and services is forecast to reach $103.1 billion in 2019 -- that's an increase of 9.4 percent over 2018. The pace of growth will continue as industries invest heavily in IT security solutions to meet a wide range of cyber threats.

According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on IT security solutions will achieve a...

By David H Deans, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Research, Security.

Bitglass secures $70m series D funding to further enhance CASB space

Cloud access security broker (CASB) Bitglass has announced a $70 million (£53.6m) funding round aimed at consolidating its leadership of the CASB and cloud security market.

The round, a series D, included a new investor in the shape of Quadrille Capital, as well as existing investors Future Fund, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Norwest, and Singtel Innov8. NEA, as regular readers of this publication will be aware, is a regular investor in the cloud space, with...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Security, Software.

The five key things every executive needs to know about identity and access management

  • For new digital business models to succeed, customers’ privacy preferences need to be secure, and that begins by treating every identity as a new security perimeter.
  • Organisations need to recognise that perimeter-based security, which focuses on securing endpoints, firewalls, and networks, provides no protection against identity and credential-based threats. Until they start implementing identity-centric security measures, account compromise attacks will continue to provide a perfect camouflage for data breaches.
  • 74% of data breaches start with privileged credential...

By Louis Columbus, 08 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Enterprise, Security, Software.

Why Africa’s cloud and data centre ecosystem will – eventually – be a land of serious opportunity

Take a look at the data centre footprint of the three largest cloud infrastructure vendors – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud – and you are met with a breathless marketing message.

Azure (picture below, middle) promises 54 regions worldwide – the terminology differs for each one – promising ‘more global regions than any other cloud provider.’ AWS’ cloud...

By James Bourne, 05 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Financial services moving to hybrid cloud – but rearchitecting legacy systems remains a challenge

The move to hybrid cloud is one which virtually every industry is undertaking – but the financial services industry is getting there ahead of most.

According to the latest data issued by Nutanix for its Enterprise Cloud Index Report, more than one in five financial organisations polled (21%) are deploying a hybrid cloud model today. This is up from the global average of 18.5%. 91% of those polled said hybrid cloud was their ‘ideal’ IT...

By James Bourne, 05 April 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Industry, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Chef aims to cook on gas with newly unveiled ‘100% open always’ mentality

Software and DevOps provider Chef has announced a commitment to move to open source for all of its software going forward, saying it “welcomes any use of its open source projects for any purpose.”

The move will see Chef use the Apache 2.0 license and allows open source collaboration under the four essential freedoms of FOSS (free and open source software); to run the program as wished for any purpose, to study how...

By James Bourne, 03 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

SD-WAN and cloud: A marriage made in heaven or a match made in hell?

Paul Stuttard, director of Duxbury Networking, argues in South African online magazine IT Web that SD-WAN is a marriage made in heaven. Why? SD-WAN technology has the ability to optimise the cloud, while speeding up access to cloud-based applications, he claims. Stuttard further explains that just 10 years ago organisations were advised to prepare for the impact of cloud computing on their networks.

By Graham Jarvis, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Software.

Gartner and Synergy studies show continued cyclical cloud spend

The cloud industry continues to go up and up – both in terms of global public cloud revenue and spending on data centre hardware and software.

Those are the key findings from two separate research studies, from Gartner and Synergy Research respectively.

Gartner found the worldwide public cloud services market is set to hit $214.3 billion (£164.1bn) in 2019, up 17.5% from...

By James Bourne, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

The cloud migration landscape: Multi-cloud and hybrid battle for supremacy as security remains key

A new study from data virtualisation provider Denodo makes for an interesting snapshot of where cloud migration trends sit today, with security remaining top of mind and hybrid and multi-cloud architectures key.

The findings of the study, which surveyed more than 200 business executives and IT professionals, would not have come as a major surprise to regular readers of this publication. Perhaps some of the figures may have...

How AI and big data analytics keep the most innovative companies ahead of the pack

Alphabet/Google is now the most innovative company in the world according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG), unseating Apple’s 13-year dominance of their annual rankings.

  • Alphabet/Google is now the most innovative company in the world according to BCG, unseating Apple’s 13-year dominance of their annual rankings
  • Strong AI innovators are over three times more likely to have deep expertise in big data analytics
  • The ten most innovative companies in the world extensively use AI and platforms today to grow faster than competitors and markets

By Louis Columbus, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Software.

Getting past cloud cost confusion: How to avoid the vendors' traps and win

Cloud service providers like AWS, Azure, and Google were created to provide compute resources to save enterprises money on their infrastructure. But cloud services pricing is complicated and difficult to understand, which can often drive up bills and prevent the promised cost savings. Here are just five ways that cloud providers obscure pricing on your monthly bill.

Terminology varies

By Jay Chapel, 29 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Monitoring, Vendors.

AWS makes S3 Glacier Deep Archive available for coldest cloud storage needs

It was promised at last year’s re:Invent, and now it is here: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of S3 Glacier Deep Archive, aimed at being the lowest cost storage in the cloud.

When the company said it was the cheapest around, it wasn’t kidding; offering prices at only $0.00099 per gigabyte per month, or $1 per terabyte per month. This level, as with other cold storage, is aimed at organisations...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Management, Software, Storage.

Operating and maintaining systems at scale with automation: A guide

For the large or midsize MSP, managing numerous customers with unique characteristics and tens of thousands of systems at scale can be challenging. In this article I want to pull back the curtain, so to speak, on some of the automation and tools that I have used to solve these problems. The approach has three main components: collect, model and react.

Collect

By Ken Weinreich, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure.

Organisations looking to get best of breed and guaranteed app availability with ‘true’ multi-cloud

Multi-cloud is rapidly becoming the de facto deployment model for organisations of all sizes – and a new report from hybrid cloud software provider Turbonomic has found that the vast majority of respondents ‘expect workloads to move freely across clouds.’

The study, the company’s 2019 State of Multicloud Survey which polled almost 850 respondent across multiple IT functions, found the key drivers for...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure, Research.

How ‘AI at the edge’ is creating new semiconductor demand

As more CIOs and CTOs focus attention on selecting the best-fit IT infrastructure for their particular cognitive computing needs, vendors of semiconductor technologies are exploring new ways to optimize their investment in solutions at the edge of enterprise networks.

Revenue from the sale of artificial intelligence (AI) chipsets for edge inference and inference training will grow at 65% and 137% respectively between 2018 and 2023, according to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research.

During...

By David H Deans, 26 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Addressing the concerns of data management and sovereignty in multi-cloud and edge scenarios

MWC Barcelona last month heavily focused on two fast-emerging technology trends; 5G and edge computing. Together, they will significantly impact businesses by enabling massive volumes of digital data to transfer between cloud servers located in multiple regions around the world as well as between IoT devices and edge nodes. This is due to the hyper-fast speed of 5G networks and edge computing architectures that have micro-clouds and data centres located closer to...

How the HR industry has seen cost optimisation with SaaS: Exploring next steps

It is always interesting to see how different industries are seizing the opportunity of cloud adoption as well as coping with its challenges. As far as the HR industry is concerned, a new report has asserted that enterprises have realised the cost savings of software as a service (SaaS) and are now focused on building the next steps.

The study, from Information Services Group (ISG), polled more than 250 companies, ranging in...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Software.