Technology is changing faster than the methods of procuring it

Kevin Noonan, Research Director, Public Sector, Ovum

Many procedures for government procurement can be traced back through earlier stages of technology development. Over time, procurement has delivered substantial value and, like technology, it has developed and matured. However, the technology sector is changing at an increasing pace and procurement is struggling to keep up.

Business needs have also changed. Today’s corporate priorities are more about agency-wide productivity and consistency delivering better...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 06 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, PublicSector.

Demystifying Amazon Web Services [infographic]

Our friends at Newvem are at it again. They’ve just released an incredible infographic on Demystifying Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new infographic demonstrates the size of Amazon’s cloud and reveals usage analysis including a deep dive on reserve instances.

And, since this comes from Newvem – the experts in usage analytics – it also provides recommendations for how to reduce costs and make your AWS cloud more efficient!

By Dome9, 05 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infographic, Public.

Is there still a place for the virtual tape library?

Today, a great number of different storage mediums exist whose purpose is to retain information in some manner. One of the oldest data storage mediums, the tape, is a linear storage system that still has great application with today’s revisions to this long standing technology.

Implementing tape storage within virtual storage infrastructure can be a great asset to a backup and recovery solution for many industries.

The tape storage system sequentially stores data on drives that utilise a magnet tape as a...

By Deney Dentel, 04 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, Storage.

BSA: EU cloud uptake lower than global average

Highest number of cloud users in Romania and Greece, according to research

Research from software advocates Business Software Alliance (BSA) has inferred a surprising lack of cloud usage among European Union computer users.

The figures, surveying 4000 people, showed that across the EU, whilst 86% of respondents used cloud services for personal use, less than a third (29%) used it for business purposes.

Greece and Romania had the most...

By James Bourne, 03 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Europe, Research.

How can accountancy adapt to the cloud?

The Journal of Accountancy reports that doing business in the cloud should cost less than doing business on-premise.   A survey of 1,000 accounting firms found that 70% of respondents increased their use of web-based applications in the cloud between 2010 and 2012, and that cloud accounting is becoming more popular.

The article suggests doing a three-year amortisation of upfront costs for an on-premise application including servers, software licenses and...

By VI, 31 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Enterprise, Security.

Zscaler gets £24m VC fund for increased cloud security

Zscaler, the SaaS cloud security company, has for the first time received venture capital investment to the tune of £24 million ($38m), mainly from Lightspeed Venture Partners.

The San Jose startup was traditionally funded internally, but according to Zscaler the money will be used to “further accelerate its go-to-market strategy, and further develop its cloud security offering with a high emphasis on mobility”.

In other words: it’s not because Zscaler needs the cash, more upgrading...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Security.

Citrix survey: Is the cloud confusing?

A survey from Wakefield Research for virtualisation experts Citrix has shown that, for consumers, many Americans are unaware of what ‘the cloud’ entails.

32% of respondents stated that cloud was “a thing of the future”, while 95% of those surveyed who thought they weren’t using the cloud actually were, for such simple tasks as online banking and social networking.

The research, which garnered responses from over 1000 American nationals, found some surprising and eye-opening...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Research.

Mind the gap – the "consumerisation of innovation"

The landscape of IT innovation is changing.

“Back in the day” (said in my gravelly old-man voice from my Barcalounger wearing my Netware red t-shirt) companies who were developing new technology solutions brought them to the enterprise and marketed them to the IT management stack.

CIOs, CTOs and IT directors were the injection point for technology acceptance into the business. Now, that injection point has been turned into a fire hose.

Think about many of the technologies we have to consider as we...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 24 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Enterprise, Trends.

How to lead the way for new data center technology

By Patrick Burke

The networking layer of the data center may be the next segment of IT to undergo some disruption, putting it on par with servers and storage, which have seen major changes with the help of cloud computing, virtualisation and other trends designed to improve efficiency and performance.

Software-defined networking, or SDN, has been around for several years now and is utilized by such big-name players as Rackspace.

But the technology is poised to gain more of a foothold in...

By Rackspace, 22 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Virtualisation.

Gartner: cloud, mobility, open source at heart of app dev market

According to analyst house Gartner, the global app development market is going to hit £5.7 billion ($9bn) by the end of the year, a 1.7% upturn on 2011.

As their latest report, entitled ‘Market Trends: Application Development Software Worldwide’ notes, this will come as a result of the cloud significantly altering the landscape in terms of deploying, designing and testing apps.

Asheesh Raina, Gartner principal research analyst, said: “Application modernisation and increasing agility...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Mobility, OpenSource.

Does copyright law spell trouble for the cloud?

A recent report from the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has questioned whether current copyright legislation in the country is stunting the growth of cloud computing.

The ALRC particularly mused whether any modifications to the current law should contain exemptions for cloud services or not.

Kim Weatherall, legal academic, was cited in the report stating a belief that technology-specific exemptions could impede cloud services further.

The report, entitled “Copyright and the Digital...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Research.

How cloud services are an organizational innovation, not a technology "silver bullet"

By Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, IT, Asia-Pacific, Ovum

Many executives regard technology evangelists as “drive-by shooters” – people who cruise by their offices firing so-called “silver bullet” solutions. Are cloud evangelists in this category? Perhaps. If they are selling cloud computing as a technology innovation, then the “drive-by shooter” label can fit quite well.

Most ICT executives know how to manage technology evangelists: they do not let them into...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 17 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Industry, Trends, Vendors.

How to mitigate loss of control when moving to the cloud

It is a common misconception that by moving to the cloud, businesses are relinquishing all control of their data. Generally speaking, many companies fail to take the time to fully understand cloud computing and in this vein, feel reluctant to outsource business-critical data to the cloud.

The question most organisations should be truthfully asking themselves however is whether they are actually in control of their data when it is held on-premise. For example, what accreditations do they hold to ensure their...

By Keith Bates, 16 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

KPMG: Why is the SaaS cloud market expanding rapidly?

A new report from consultants KPMG has shown that software as a service (SaaS) is expanding rapidly, and the threat of a double dip recession is purportedly driving cloud adoption.

It’s a reasonable enough assumption – companies moving to the cloud often do so in the hope of reducing cost, after all – and it appears SaaS is the best model with which to achieve that aim, although there are still some worries for CIOs to consider.

The key factors that are driving growth in the global SaaS...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Research, SaaS , Security.

Are companies spending more and more on the cloud?

According to analysis from research firm Frost and Sullivan, over half of Australian companies using cloud computing services are spending 10% of their budget on the cloud.

Further research revealed that 70% of Australian enterprises in the cloud are looking to boost their services “significantly” in the next 12 months.

The overall research into Australian business showed:

  • 53% of companies using cloud computing services spend more than one tenth of their IT budget on cloud solutions
  • 31% spend more than 20% of their budget on the cloud
  • Perhaps...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Migration, SaaS , Security.

Leading a horse to water: Driving out uncertainty in IT cloud projects

“What Cloud solution is right for us?”

“What functionality will be available in this solution?”

“When will I get my training?” Each of these questions reflects a person grappling with uncertainty at different levels of the organization.  From the initial consideration of changing IT strategy, through the design, implementation, and go live, the project team is constantly working on uncertainty loops as uncertainty cascades down the organization. 

The senior decision maker...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 13 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, CIO, Migration.

Oracle Exalogic 2.0 adds cloud management feature

By Tony Baer, Prinicpal Analyst, Ovum Enterprise Solutions

Summary

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0 (“Exalogic”) adds features that will make the system better suited for its role as a cloud deployment target. It adds server virtualisation capabilities that accelerate provisioning and deliver the expected elasticity.

A new lightweight virtualisation engine optimised for Oracle workloads improves application performance. This comes atop incremental enhancements to existing features such as Oracle...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, Migration, Virtualisation.