Why digital business transformation depends on public cloud networking

Companies increasingly seek digital business transformation. From a purely technology perspective, most pieces are in place for this transformation to occur. But too often, one thing is inhibiting the process: public cloud networking complexity.

The public cloud is becoming the new foundation for what the cloud does. Important things will continue to happen in on-premises data centres, intelligent edge devices, and branch offices. But more new enterprise applications are emerging whose centre of gravity...

By Steven Mih, 12 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Public, Virtualisation.

How to get the right kind of control over your cloud: A guide

Trust in the cloud hasn’t always been universal. There was a time when security and risk management leaders feared entrusting critical data and infrastructure to a third-party cloud provider. This was understandable, arising from the history of network management, where IT teams were intimately familiar with managing the resources that made up their IT infrastructures, from the buildings they were housed in, to the electricity and cooling supply, through to the server, all the way down to the storage...

By Monica Brink, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Software.

SolarWinds acquires Trusted Metrics to add real-time threat monitoring to cloud security mix

SolarWinds is on the acquisition trail again – this time confirming the acquisition of Trusted Metrics, a real-time threat monitoring and management software provider.

The acquisition will enable SolarWinds to release a new security product under the name of SolarWinds Threat Monitor, which is an automated tool which aims to make threat detection easier for IT operations teams, managed service providers and managed security service providers.

As regular readers of this publication will testify, organisations’ cloud...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, M&A, Security, Vulnerabilities.

New study notes network trouble organisations face amid strong public cloud adoption

Public cloud adoption will continue to go up and up – but as hybrid initiatives go up with them, concerns persist over how to handle cloud migration challenges.

That’s the key finding from the latest study by VIAVI Solutions. The IT and network testing provider, in its most recent State of the Network Global Study, polled more than 600 IT professionals and found more than half (56%) of enterprises polled had made the leap to public cloud as of this year. This number is set to go up to 72% by...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Container usage among developers reaching tipping point, says DigitalOcean

If your organisation is not allowing its developers to use container technologies, then you will very soon be in the minority, according to the latest analysis from DigitalOcean.

The company, in its latest quarterly Currents report assessing developer trends in cloud computing, found 49% of devs are now using containers in some form. Of that number, JavaScript (57%) was the most popular language used with them, ahead of Python (46%), PHP (36%), and Go (28%). Three in five (60%) said they were using containers...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Research.

Digital dexterity: Exploring the new ways of work

As more progressive business leaders choose to support mobile, team-oriented and non-routine ways of working, an increasing number of them are looking for assistance in adopting digital workplace technology. But why are they searching for actionable information and qualified guidance?

According to the findings from the latest Gartner survey, only 7 to 18 percent of organizations possess the 'digital dexterity' to adopt New Ways of Work (NWOW) solutions -- such as virtual collaboration and a mobile...

By David H Deans, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Research, Software.

Why you need to work through the growing pains to make the most out of multi-cloud

It’s no surprise that the cloud is highly utilized in the enterprise for everything from workloads to failover to DevOps. According to a 2018 State of the Cloud Survey, multi-cloud adoption has arrived —81 percent of respondents currently use a multi-cloud strategy, and organizations leverage almost five clouds on average. To stay ahead of the curve, CIOs need to implement a multi-cloud strategy sooner than...

By Gaurav Yadav, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Public.

If you’re adopting the cloud in your organisation, you don’t have to start from scratch

Your organisation recently launched its cloud adoption journey. Executives are supportive, and grassroots enthusiasts add energy to your effort. The whole initiative launched with proper planning and focus, and your task force is working well together.

Despite the strong start, many days feel like a slog. Progress is slow, and teams regularly surface new hurdles that they must overcome before the organisation can bring its first critical workloads online in the public cloud. Pressure is mounting for a quick...

By Jeff Townes and Sean Beard, 06 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

Alibaba Cloud eyes further EMEA expansion with launch of partner program

Alibaba Cloud’s expansion outside of China and Asia Pacific has been well documented – and now the provider is firming up its commitments with the launch of a new EMEA partner program.

The partner program will aim to look at four key areas; developing digital transformation in targeted vertical industries; supporting the development of talent; advancing technology innovation; and enhancing marketplaces.

The overall effect, in the company’s words, is ‘to create an inclusive ecosystem...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Alibaba, Europe, Infrastructure.

Tighten your belts: The four cloud resources most likely to eat up your budget

For the past several years, I have been warning companies to watch out for idle cloud resources. This often means instances purchased “on demand” that companies use for non-production purposes like development, testing, QA, staging, etc. These resources can be “parked” when they’re not being used (such as on nights and weekends). Of course, this results in great savings. But this doesn’t address the issue of how idle cloud resources extend beyond your typical virtual...

By Jay Chapel, 06 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure.

Organisations continue to move from monolithic to microservices - but observability a struggle

We've all heard the exhortations from vendors and industry players alike - get into DevOps, containers and serverless for IT and application delivery before it's too late. But while the benefits are evident, companies are getting bogged down in troubleshooting and debugging software issues.

That's according to a new report from Scalyr. The study, which polled 155 software development practitioners, found that the majority (71%) are getting used to DevOps-type practices, pushing code into...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Microservices.

Here's where business intelligence is truly delivering value in 2018

  • Executive management, operations, and sales are the three primary roles driving Business Intelligence (BI) adoption in 2018.
  • Dashboards, reporting, end-user self-service, advanced visualization, and data warehousing are the top five most important technologies and initiatives strategic to BI in 2018.
  • Small organizations with up to 100 employees have the highest rate of BI penetration or adoption in 2018.
  • Organizations successful with analytics and BI apps define success in business results, while unsuccessful organizations concentrate on adoption rate first.
  • 50% of vendors offer perpetual on-premises licensing...

By Louis Columbus, 05 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Research, Software.

IBM looks to further European cloud expansion with new customers and availability zones

IBM is looking to build upon recent cloud momentum – and the company is expanding in Europe after securing several new customers in healthcare, logistics, energy and more.

The announcements showcase how many prospective IBM clients are utilising the company’s cloud for its artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain capabilities. Credit Mutuel, a French bank, is deploying IBM Watson virtual assistants across all of its business lines – run on IBM’s cloud in France with a...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Europe, Infrastructure, Software.

The DNA of adaptability: How Kubernetes hosts and manages a plethora of different workloads

We live in an environment where everything is changing. Business requirements are changing. User demands are constantly in flux and always evolving. And our infrastructure is also continually changing. Frankly, the infrastructure has always been in a constant state of change, but in the past we pretended that we could get it to a point of stability — that we could reach a state of “done.” Once we finished setting up that totally stable infrastructure, then we could run everything on top with...

By Cornelia Davis, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Platform.

Google Cloud investigates automated customer service practices after complaint

Google Cloud Platform has said it will conduct a detailed review of its abuse prevention processes after a customer complained about its treatment.

The unnamed customer, who works in the renewable energy industry, wrote in a Medium post that the company was a few days away from ‘losing everything’ after Google’s automated system pinged it for questionable activity.

Those who get pinged will receive a variety of emails...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure.

Avoiding cloud vendor lock-in: It’s all in the planning

The cloud computing world is becoming increasingly dominated by a small number of IT giants aiming to be your one-stop services shop. From infrastructure to software, one vendor could hypothetically provide an organisation’s entire IT system. Naturally, this is appealing to users that want to simplify their estate and partner with a well-established and reliable cloud host – but ask yourself, do you really want all your eggs in one basket?

With risks like hacking and large-scale...

By Jon Lucas, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, SLA, Vendors.

When AI meets DevOps: Getting the best out of both worlds

DevOps has been widely embraced by businesses under pressure to get competitively advantageous digital deliverables to market at the fastest possible cadence—especially given the reality of limited coder headcount and the need to rigorously avoid brand-toxic snafus in the customer experience. Artificial intelligence (AI), in stark contrast, is a potentially transformative digital discipline that is still very new to most enterprise IT organizations.

But while it’s certainly important that CIOs...

By Aruna Ravichandran, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Software.

Formula 1 races to AWS as official cloud provider, cites importance of machine learning capabilities

It has been described by Citrix as a ‘never-ending technology arms race to optimise performance’ – and now Formula 1 has gotten a further boost by selecting Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its official cloud and machine learning provider.

The move will see Formula 1 move the vast majority of its infrastructure from on-premises data centres to AWS, and use a variety of products to help improve broadcasts, data tracking, and race strategies.

Amazon...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Infrastructure, Software.

Why optimal hybrid cloud champions will lead the market

Vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products -- server, storage, and Ethernet switch -- for cloud IT grew by 45.5 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2018 (1Q18), reaching $12.9 billion according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

IDC also raised its forecast for total spending on cloud IT infrastructure in 2018 to $57.2 billion with year-over-year growth of 21.3 percent. Let's consider the key trends that are driving this phenomena. What...

By David H Deans, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Puppet secures $42 million in series F funding to help with automation push

Software delivery and automation provider Puppet has raised $42 million (£31.9m) in series F funding to complement its recent expansion.

The round, which was led by Cisco Investments, alongside EDBI, Kleiner Perkins, True Ventures and VMware, comes only a few weeks after Puppet announced the acquisition of Reflect, a company which provides data visualisation as a service. Total funding for the company now stands at $149.5 million across seven rounds in total.

Puppet certainly has reasons to be bullish about its...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, M&A, Platform.