The four barriers between your business and global connectivity – and how to break them down

Throughout 2018, many global enterprises turned to networking technologies such as software defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) to cost-effectively meet burgeoning bandwidth demands without having to sacrifice simplified WAN management and better application performance.

This trend will continue into 2019 as enterprises with a global presence embrace networking technologies such as SD-WAN as a key tool to...

By Ian McEwan, 28 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Vendors, Virtualisation, VMware.

Exploring specific security pain points with enterprise cloud adoption

While the enterprise push to public cloud continues apace, it does not hurt to hear of figures which puts the scope of the journey in perspective.

According to new figures from Ping Identity, only one in five enterprises polled said they have more than half of their IT infrastructure hosted in the public cloud. Three quarters (75%) in comparison have a hybrid approach.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the key aspect holding these organisations back is security. 43% of the 300 US-based respondents said it was the...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Security.

Do cryptographic keys belong in the cloud?

Thanks to the cloud, organisations of all sizes can enjoy scalability, ease of use, and significant savings by outsourcing hardware and software ownership and maintenance in multi-tenant environments. Medium-sized companies no longer have to pay to build their own infrastructure, which makes the cloud especially appealing to this market.

However, the cloud still suffers from security issues....

By Brian Jenkins, 24 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Assessing the Gartner Magic Quadrant for cloud management platforms: How CMPs have ‘come of age’

Transitioning to the cloud is not so much taking a fresh plot of land and building up from there, but more trying to renovate an existing property. For larger organisations with sprawling IT outfits, it can be particularly complicated even once the bulk of the work has been done, with on-premise systems here, public cloud workloads there, and private cloud in between.

What’s more, organisations are realising that one size may not fit...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Cloud communications continue to disrupt overall collaboration market

The collaboration software market continues to go up, with cloud-based collaboration growing more quickly and ‘strong’ growth expected for at least the next five years.

That’s the verdict of analyst firm Synergy Research in its latest note which argues cloud collaboration continues to ‘drive and disrupt’ the $45 billion-rated overall collaboration market.

By James Bourne, 23 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Research, Software.

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.