Why real digital transformation is hard to achieve

Becoming a digital business is very challenging because it demands new thinking, a willingness to evolve and bold ideas. As market leaders continue to embrace a digital transformation agenda, they're finding that the transition requires significant changes to organisational culture and internal systems.

A recent Gartner survey found that a relatively small number of organisations have been able to successfully scale their digital business initiatives beyond the experimentation and piloting stages.

"The reality is...

By David H Deans, 20 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Management, Infrastructure.

The future of enterprise software: Big data and AI rules okay – and the ‘decentralisation of SaaS’

Machine learning, cloud-native and containers are going to be key growth drivers of the future enterprise software stack – but it could be the end of the road for software as a service (SaaS).

That’s the verdict from an extensive new report by venture capital fund Work-Bench. The

By James Bourne, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, SaaS , Software.

Google Cloud launches pre-packaged AI services around contact centre and talent acquisition

The importance of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to both the biggest cloud providers and their customers continues to rise – and Google Cloud aims to get a step up on its rivals by offering pre-packaged AI services.

At Google Next back in July, Google Cloud AI chief scientist Fei-Fei Li noted that AI was ‘no longer a niche for the tech world’ but ‘the differentiator for businesses in every...

By James Bourne, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Software.

Born in the cloud or cloud-enabled? For virtual desktops, there’s a world of difference

In its Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation survey, 451 Research analysts found that 90 percent of organizations surveyed are using some type of cloud service. Last year, the cloud market was worth $28.1 billion; by 2021, it will almost double in value at $53.3 billion. And by next year, 69 percent of respondents intend to have some type of multi-cloud environment.

By Jimmy Chang, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Software, VDI, Virtualisation.

Prometheus joins Kubernetes in graduating from Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Prometheus, an open source systems monitoring technology, has ‘graduated’ from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) – five months after Kubernetes took the plunge.

The graduation – which is essentially an affirmation of a technology having strong adoption and governance processes – was announced at the PromCom event. Prometheus has almost 20 active maintainers today, alongside more than 1,000...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise.

Alibaba Cloud focuses on Asia Pacific with latest launches – and expands Elasticsearch partnership

It has been another busy week at Alibaba Cloud, with the company’s latest releases focusing on both Asia Pacific and European expansion.

The increased focus on Asia Pacific comes through the launch of no fewer than nine products around cloud architecture, machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), and security.

These include PAI, Alibaba Cloud’s proprietary machine...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Infrastructure, Security.

Risk and finance industry still see cloud as a concern, notes Gartner

Even the slowest industries are moving workloads to the cloud – take risk, audit and finance as an example. Yet there is still plenty more to be done before these verticals become truly comfortable.

That’s according to the latest report from analyst firm Gartner. In the company’s most recent Emerging Risks study, cloud computing remains the primary concern for those in risk and compliance. Cloud was ahead of...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

IDG notes how cloud budgets are going up – and implementations increasing in complexity

It is one of the largest trends of this year, and now it has gotten affirmation from IDG: cloud initiatives are becoming ever-more complex as the technology hits full maturity.

The findings appear in the media and analyst firm’s ‘Cloud Insights’ report for 2018. The study, which polled 550 respondents – all of whom are involved in the cloud buying process to some extent – found almost one in three (30%)...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Research.

SD-WAN infrastructure market to hit $4.5bn by 2022, says IDC

The software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) market continues to grow rapidly – and IDC is predicting the overall infrastructure market will be worth $4.5 billion (£3.53bn) by 2022.

The figure, which appears in the analyst firm’s latest SD-WAN Infrastructure Forecast, takes into account the significant uptick in SD-WAN investment, with infrastructure revenues going up 83.3% in 2017 to reach $833 million.

Another report, IDC’s Market Share – the first from the company for this category...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Regulation.

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.

Intel spies $200bn in ‘data-centric’ opportunity combining cloud, edge and AI

Intel has upped its total addressable market (TAM) for what it calls the ‘data-centric’ era of computing from $160 billion to $200bn – with Navin Shenoy, president and general manager of the company’s data centre group, saying it is “the biggest opportunity in the history of the company.”

Shenoy was speaking at the company’s Data-Centric Innovation Summit in Santa Clara, and took to a company editorial to outline his plans.

“I find it astounding that 90% of the...

By James Bourne, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Software.

Making the cloud a safe space: Organisational security, identity, and more

The cloud has brought about many benefits for organisations and adoption is understandably increasing. Gartner earlier this year projected that the worldwide public cloud services market would grow 21.4 percent in 2018 whilst Forrester has found that global cloud services revenues totaled £112.5 billion in 2017, and is predicted to grow up to...

By Ronald Sens, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Why NVMe protocols are important for new data centre workloads

Today, data is the new fuel for business. New age technologies like artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, blockchain, and machine learning – all needs data to be stored, processed and analysed. Large amounts of data are generated exponentially, with a rise in internet users over the past several years. According to ‘Data Never Sleeps’, the report from Domo, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is generated every day.

This data tsunami puts forth challenges for IT infrastructure to provide...

By Sagar Nangare, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

IBM’s 2018 data breach study shows why we’re in a Zero Trust world now

  • Digital businesses that lost less than 1% of their customers due to a data breach incurred a cost of $2.8M, and if 4% or more were lost the cost soared to $6M.
  • U.S. based breaches are the most expensive globally, costing on average $7.91M with the highest global notification cost as well, $740,000.
  • A typical data breach costs a company $3.86M, up 6.4% from $3.62M last year.
  • Digital businesses that have security automation can minimize the costs of breaches by $1.55M versus those businesses who are not ($2.88M versus $4.43M).
  • 48% of all breaches are initiated by malicious or criminal...

By Louis Columbus, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Software.

Samsung Heavy Industries chooses AWS to help take shipbuilding into the cloud

Another example of cloud computing infiltrating key enterprises; shipbuilding firm Samsung Heavy Industries is moving to Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider.

The company says it wants to be seen as a ‘cloud-first maritime business’, with Samsung using a variety of AWS’ services. These include EC2 and S3, naturally, alongside Amazon’s relational database, RDS, AWS Key Management, and governance and compliance tool CloudTrail.

By putting sensors in a variety of devices and...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Oracle marks ‘major milestone’ in autonomous strategy as Ellison takes more swipes at AWS

Oracle’s CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison announced the launch of the company’s latest autonomous database service around transaction processing (ATP) last night – but a recent report around claims by Amazon also caught his eye.

At an event in California, Ellison responded to a story, originally broken by CNBC, which claimed that Amazon was planning to move completely away from Oracle’s databases by...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Hammering home public cloud shared security obligations: The importance of education

Public cloud customers need to become clearer on what their responsibility is for securing their data and applications hosted by public cloud providers. I believe there is a misunderstanding on how much responsibility the likes of AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform have for securing their customers. Their platforms are definitely secure and migrating workloads into the cloud can be much more secure than on premise data centers, however organisations do have a responsibility in securing their workloads...

By Hatem Naguib, 07 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Security.

Google Cloud secures support for NVIDIA’s Tesla P4 GPUs with more machine learning goodness

Google has announced its support for NVIDIA’s Tesla P4 GPUs to help customers with graphics-intensive and machine learning applications.

The Tesla P4, according to NVIDIA’s data sheet, is ‘purpose-built to boost efficiency for scale-out servers running deep learning workloads, enabling smart responsive AI-based services.’ The P4, which is run on NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture, has a GPU memory of 8GB,...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Infrastructure, Platform.

Google and Alibaba focus on Southeast Asia in latest infrastructure expansion

The largest players in cloud computing are looking to Asia for further expansion – Google has announced it is building a new data centre in Singapore, while Alibaba Cloud has announced a second infrastructure zone in Malaysia.

Google’s expansion will take the company up to three data centres in Singapore, taking its overall investment in the country to $850 million. The facilities will also be built in line with Google’s environmental policy;

By James Bourne, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure.