Cisco to acquire Duo Security to beef up multi-cloud efforts

Here’s a good example of how security underlines – or should underline – pretty much everything in the cloud: Cisco has announced it is to acquire Michigan-based Duo Security for upwards of $2.3 billion (£1.8bn).

The deal, which expects to close during the first quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2019, aims to help give the networking giant’s customers straightforward and secure access to any application on any networked device through Duo’s platform.

Duo Security offers...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Platform, Security.

How your enterprise data centre fits in the cloud: A guide

Since the birth of corporate computing, the data centre has been a mainstay. Like filing cabinets, notepads and the occasional wonky chair, the data centre forged its place at the heart of a profitable, effective organisation. Long had it been the de facto vehicle for all application deployment and, whether that organisation worked in retail, finance or IT, the relationship has served both the users and business well.

However, like many relationships, sometimes a head can be turned by something shiny and...

By Enzo Greco, 03 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

IBM and CenturyLink extend collaboration to boost enterprise cloud connectivity

IBM has had another solid cloud quarter – and now the company is extending its collaboration with telecoms provider CenturyLink to beef up enterprise connectivity in new markets.

The move is part of a wider initiative, the IBM Cloud Direct Link Service Provider Program, which enables IBM customers to select their preferred provider for direct connectivity to IBM’s cloud. The initiative is available in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific with 21 partners on board including Digital Realty and...

By James Bourne, 03 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Global public cloud IaaS industry grew 30% year on year – with AWS holding half of the market

The global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) public cloud services market grew by almost 30% in 2017 to total $23.5 billion (£18bn) according to the latest figures from Gartner – with Amazon Web Services (AWS) securing more than half of the global market.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s latest market share analysis, put Amazon Web Services (AWS) well in clear at the top of the tree with Microsoft a clear second place. No surprises there – yet Alibaba takes third place...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

The security slowdown: How to maximise cloud performance while keeping your data safe

Organisations are moving to public cloud infrastructures to do business faster with more customers. With the increase in traffic, though, comes a need for more inspection capacity that could potentially slow things down in the name of keeping data safe. Because performance is a baseline requirement for competing in the digital marketplace, security cannot be a bottleneck.

But how can you scale security performance to meet the growing performance demands of today’s cloud environments? You may think your...

By Matt Pley, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Security.

Cloud ubiquity could see the term die off by 2025, argues Citrix

Many in the industry have wondered about when the cloud will dissipate – in other words, when the term ceases to be used because of the technology’s ubiquity. Citrix has stuck its head over the parapet – and said that 2025 may signal the death of the buzzword.

At least, that’s the verdict of a quarter of the 750 UK-based IT decision makers polled by Citrix, alongside Censuswide. Of the 26% who believe the term cloud will be obsolete by 2025, more than half (56%) see cloud technology as...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Regulation, Research.

AWS revenues go up 49% year on year, remains ‘in a league of its own’

Revenue for Amazon Web Services (AWS) went up 49% year over year to $6.1 billion (£4.6bn) representing another stellar quarter for the cloud infrastructure giant.

The AWS revenues, up from $4.1bn this time last year and up from $5.4bn in the previous quarter, comprise 11.5% of Amazon’s total revenues of $52.9bn.

In an analyst call after the announcement was made, Amazon chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky noted how AWS’ ability to save on infrastructure resources has helped not only the...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure, Research.

How SD-WAN can help in meeting increasing cloud-based demands

The traditional corporate WAN (wide area network) architecture became prolific in the client/server architecture era. We designed and built WANs to largely support branch-to-datacentre.  On paper, these often looked like Clouds, but they are in effect hub and spoke networks – the hub being the data centre.  This worked reasonably well when most of our applications were hosted in one or two datacentres, and access to the Internet was centralised and only available through the Data centre...

By Calum Lamont, 30 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Migration.

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 Platform offers services to address variety of workload requirements

Google has introduced some new database features along with partnerships, beta news and other improvements that help users get most of their databases for their businesses.

One can choose cloud to host applications from a portfolio of database options – such as SQL, NoSQL, relational, non-relational, scale up/down, scale in/out – but Google Cloud Platform (GCP) provides a comprehensive package of managed database services to address a variety of workload requirements. This is what Google is now...

By Cloud Tech, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Platform.

Why the cloud is key to mitigating the menace of phishing

After the rise of ransomware over the last few years (largely combatted through better detection of the malware and more attention paid to having decent backups), phishing has stormed back onto the IT security manager’s radar.

According to our latest survey on IT security in the UK and Ireland, phishing is now the second most pressing cyber security issue after data breaches. The survey of 104 IT and security managers found that the majority of...

By Lior Samuelson, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Hacking, Security.

Will automation steal your job or secure your future?

Movies habitually dramatise artificial intelligence (AI) as a not just a threat to our jobs, but to humanity itself. But in the real world here and now, AI-driven automation is offering much more in the way of opportunity than threat. Imagine a future where automation is enhancing the work of IT teams, rather than replacing it.

It is well known that IT employees spend a lot of time on repetitive, manual maintenance tasks that could easily be automated. But, with growing demands coming from every angle of the business, the...

By Marianne Calder, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Trends.

More emphasis on cloud usage required before DevOps dreams can be realised, firms warned

The good news is that many organisations across Europe are looking to embrace a DevOps-centric approach to their application development and delivery. The bad news is that plenty of hurdles have to be overcome first to achieve this ambition.

That is the key finding from a new study by Claranet, which argues a greater emphasis on cloud usage and automation needs to be seen before DevOps dreams become a reality.

The report, which polled 750 IT professionals across Europe, found almost three in 10 (29%) had...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Platform, 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.

Alert Logic takes aim at container security problems with latest offering

If your organisation has been considering containers, then security concerns will almost certainly be paramount. Alert Logic, an information security provider, thinks it may have the answer.

The company has launched what is claimed to be the industry’s first intrusion detection system for containers which aims to ‘bring organisations powerful new capabilities to inspect network traffic for malicious activity targeting containers’, in the company’s words.

As Alert Logic is an AWS...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Platform, Security.

Asia Pacific organisations facing ‘cloud chasm’ as maturity struggles, IDC warns

The vast majority of Asia Pacific organisations remain early in their cloud maturity according to IDC – with either ‘ad hoc’ or ‘opportunistic’ initiatives the order of the day for now.

The findings appear in the analyst firm’s latest IDC MaturityScape Benchmark, for Asia Pacific nations excluding Japan, and show that while progress is slow, moves are being made. More than 20% of organisations have moved from ‘ad hoc’ to ‘opportunistic’ over the past...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Research.

The cloud skills gap can be tamed – as an example from telecoms shows

Opinion There’s no denying that firms out there are experiencing a cloud skills gap.

Of course, with new technology, there logically follows a learning curve for the workforce at the coalface and the future workforce in training to traverse. But what I am suggesting is that this skills gap is not being found across the board. In fact, many firms were poised to move with the curve and are already benefiting from this thriving new market.

In the telecoms sector, for example, we’re seeing a different...

By Tom Sime, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Software.

Microsoft sees it all come together in financials as Azure revenues go up 89% year on year

It’s becoming a rather shop-worn tale – but for another quarter, Microsoft has cited cloud success as key to its financial results.

And why not? For Q418, Microsoft posted revenues of $30.1 billion (£23.1bn), an increase of 17% on this time last year. Total revenue for the year was $110.4bn, an uptick of 14% on 2017. For the various buckets into which Microsoft divulges its revenues, ‘intelligent cloud’ was at $9.6bn – up from $7.8bn the previous year – while...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Assessing just how safe you are in the cloud – and three tips to secure your business data

Each day, Internet users generate an average of 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, according to recent research from Domo. Per minute, The Weather Channel receives more than 18 million forecast requests, Netflix users stream almost 70,000 hours of video, and Google conducts 3.5 million searches.

90% of all data available today was created in the last two years. As a result, an ever-increasing amount of enterprise data is being stored in the public cloud, both exclusively and hybrid. But it seems not everything is...

By Pratik Dholakiya, 20 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

IBM and SAP’s cloud financials continue to impress – but bigger hitters still to come

IBM has delivered its third consecutive quarter of growth – with cloud revenue up 20% and now representing almost a quarter of the company’s total revenue.

The company posted total revenues of $20 billion (£15.4bn) for the most recent quarter, up from $19.3bn this time last year, with six month revenues of $39.1bn, compared with $37.4bn from the year before.

Alongside cloud – which has hit $18.5bn in revenue over the past 12 months – IBM cited AI, analytics, blockchain and...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Europe, Infrastructure, SAP.