How companies can tell good cloud sprawl from bad: A guide

Now that operating in the cloud is officially mainstream, it’s gotten a reputation for costing more than expected. Cloud sprawl, however, is rarely the problem – in fact, we like to think of sprawl as a symptom. On the bright side, it’s often a symptom of creativity and innovation by your IT team. On the dark side, it’s also often a symptom of poor planning and a lack of governance.

By Brendan Caulfield, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure.

Three reasons why killing passwords will improve your cloud security

By Louis Columbus, 27 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

Best security practices for migrating to the cloud: A guide

As more businesses embark on their digital transformation journey and shift towards a mobile cloud computing model, they must rethink their entire security architecture. Migrating to the cloud effectively marks the end of the traditional network perimeter, which means that the standard security protocols designed to protect the perimeter are no longer fit for purpose. 

A recent report from Outpost24 found that...

By Brian Foster, 26 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Security.

Puppet’s 2019 State of DevOps report: How security needs to fit into continuous delivery

You’ve got the processes in place for a revamped software delivery cycle in your organisation. The foundation has been built, the stack is in place and the culture is going in the right direction. What are you missing?

Security in DevOps is an ‘unrealised ideal’ and a key step in moving from DevOps good practice to best practice. That’s according to the latest Puppet State of DevOps Report, published earlier today. 

The report, the eighth in total, explored the various journeys...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Research, Security.

Overused but misunderstood: Unlocking clarity and confidence in the cloud

The manufacturing industry might have been slow to adopt cloud-based technologies, but the benefits are now widely recognised with many companies relying on it to automate processes and drive efficiencies. In fact, you can’t move in today’s technology driven world without hearing the term ‘cloud’. It provides the foundation for the way we run our lives both at work and at home—so much so that the term itself is almost redundant. 

Although cloud is an accepted part of...

By Kerrie Jordan, 24 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption.

Google achieves ‘quantum supremacy’ with new experiment – reports

It may sound like an amalgam of a James Bond and a Jason Bourne film title, but Google may have reached ‘quantum supremacy’ in what was described as “a milestone towards full scale quantum computing.”

Quantum computing, while still at a very early stage, is becoming something of a key battleground for the biggest cloud companies. The technology is based on the principles of quantum mechanics, where...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Hardware, Infrastructure.

AWS, Azure or Google: Do the differences between cloud providers really matter?

When evaluating public cloud providers,  it is easy to get hung up on the differences. AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud each have their own terminology, pricing, service catalog, and purchasing variations. But do these differences ultimately matter? 

Compute options

Though we are able to align comparable products across AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud,...

By Katy Stalcup, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Vendors.

Cloud services and infrastructure spending breaks $150bn in six months, says Synergy

While spending across cloud infrastructure may be suffering something of a minor blip, cloud services spending appears to be shoring things up.

The latest analysis from industry analyst Synergy Research shows that, for the first half of 2019, operator and vendor revenues broke $150 billion, at a rise of 24% year on year.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

No Mickey Mouse Microsoft migration: Walt Disney Studios utilising Azure for content workflows

Walt Disney Studios is looking to the cloud for new ways to create, produce and distribute its content – and the media behemoth has chosen Microsoft to help.

The companies have signed a five-year ‘innovation partnership’ which will see Disney utilise Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to ‘help accelerate innovation at The Walt Disney Studios for production and post-production processes’ – or ‘scene to...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Collaboration, Microsoft, Platform, Software.

Oracle wants to say goodbye to shared responsibility by ramping up autonomous next-gen cloud approach

The concept of shared responsibility in cloud computing is one which continues to be, if not so much a rancour, an ongoing concern. In February, for instance, research from Check Point Software found that, for more than a quarter of respondents, cloud security was the provider’s responsibility.

By James Bourne, 17 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Security, Software.

Four ways to migrate to the cloud without missing a beat: A guide

It wasn’t too long ago that the enterprise IT industry considered the cloud an outlier. Companies knew the cloud was a readily available option, but they chose to use it sparingly. Now, however, cloud technology is the first and only option many companies consider.

Time has shown that the cloud's advantages aren’t overstated. It offers the flexibility and scalability necessary to...

By Colum Donahue, 16 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

Public cloud revenue will reach $500 billion in 2023: The key factors driving it

The pace of cloud computing adoption will accelerate as more organizations explore hybrid IT strategies. CIOs and CTOs will fine-tune the mix of on-premises and managed cloud services for their user's varied applications and workloads.

Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will more than double over the 2019-2023 forecast period, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

With a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.3 percent, public...

By David H Deans, 16 September 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

The 2019 Forbes Cloud 100 analysed: Stripe top again amid big data boom and strong exits

Forbes has put out its latest Cloud 100, and while payments provider Stripe remains top of the shop the big five has a refreshing feel to it.

Stripe remains at #1 for the third successive year in the media firm’s list of private cloud companies – as in cloud companies which are privately held – while behind it the top five consists of data warehouse Snowflake, robotic process automation (RPA) provider UiPath, infrastructure...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, M&A, Private, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

How is Kubernetes leading the game in enabling NFV for cloud-native?

The impact of cloud-native readiness on applications, which are mostly orchestrated using Kubernetes, can be seen on VMware’s announcements at the recent VMworld 2019. This made it clear to the IT world that focus of IT infrastructure has shifted to containerisation from virtualisation. Going cloud-native and shifting workloads on top of Kubernetes clusters is a key trend being followed by the industry.

By Sagar Nangare, 13 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Kubernetes, OpenSource, Platform, Virtualisation.

Lacework secures $42 million in funding round to forge ahead with ‘Snowflake for security’ plan

Lacework, a provider of end-to-end cloud security automation across the biggest public clouds, has raised $42 million (£34m) in a financing round aimed at building momentum and educating security teams.

The funding, which was put together by Sutter Hill Ventures and Liberty Ventures, will be aimed at ‘supporting product innovation and go-to-market activities to help educate security, compliance and DevOps teams...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Economy, Infrastructure, Security.

Five key tips to prioritise the security of DevOps tools and processes

The demands of today’s tech-savvy customer have placed huge emphasis on software development and user experience as a barometer for success. DevOps adoption has grown rapidly as a result, with many businesses looking at routes to either introduce or accelerate DevOps workflows within their IT organisations.

‘Tool chains’ are an integral part of any DevOps programme, helping...

By Josh Kirkwood, 11 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Platform, Security.

Google Cloud launches Cloud Dataproc on Kubernetes in alpha

Google Cloud has announced the launch of Cloud Dataproc on Kubernetes, adding another string to the bow for the product which offers a managed cloud service for running Apache Spark and Hadoop clusters.

Google – which originally designed Kubernetes before handing it to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) – is promising ‘enterprise-grade support, management, and security to Apache Spark jobs running...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Google, Kubernetes, OpenSource, Platform.

Microsoft expands European Azure presence with Germany and Switzerland launches

Microsoft has announced the launch of new Azure availability in Germany and Switzerland, citing increased data residency and security concerns as key to European expansion.

Azure is now available from cloud data centre regions located in Zurich and Geneva, for the Switzerland release announced at the end of last month, while Germany’s newest regions are in the North and West Central zones, in Berlin and...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

New initiative aims to create ‘first ocean-powered data centre’ in Scotland

Remember Project Natick, Microsoft’s experiment last year in placing a data centre underwater off Orkney? A little further down the Scottish coast, another company is looking to use the ocean waves to create sustainability in infrastructure – but through a slightly different method.

SIMEC Atlantis Energy is looking to build the first ‘ocean-powered data centre in the world’ in Caithness, with the aim of...

By James Bourne, 09 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.