IBM touts first financial services-specific public cloud after Bank of America collaboration

IBM is looking to target financial services customers with the launch of what is being claimed as the world’s first financial services-ready public cloud – in association with Bank of America.

In some respects, this can be seen as a glorified customer update. Bank of America will be a ‘committed collaborator’ to use the platform, built on IBM’s public cloud, and will host key applications to support its...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Security.

With Azure Arc, Microsoft aims to go beyond traditional hybrid cloud – with Anthos and Outposts for company

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. Microsoft’s most eye-catching announcement at MS Ignite earlier this week was around Azure Arc which, similar to AWS Outposts and Google Anthos, allows Azure to run and be run on its hyperscale rivals.

The rationale, as the company has put it in the press materials, was to go beyond the usual definitions of hybrid cloud in an area which is rapidly becoming more than table stakes for...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

CircleCI aims to further break down the ‘hornet’s nest’ of continuous delivery with EMEA expansion

Continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) software provider CircleCI has been acting on its expansion plans following the $56 million (£44.8m) secured in series D funding in July. Now, the company is ready for business in London – and has hired a new head of EMEA to push things along.

By James Bourne, 07 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Enterprise, Europe, Platform.

Looking to the ‘HyPE’ of cloud storage: How HPE is looking to help with hybrid cloud

Analysis Cloud storage is old hat right? It’s the simpler part of cloud and is after all just storage. So how can cloud storage be more interesting to explore and deliver greater value to the customer?

Having had a recent expert and exclusive briefing from inside HPE from my position as an industry cloud influencer, there is a powerful and relevant story to tell that forms a base of the HPE cloud strategy and a value for those in cloud...

By Ian Moyse, 06 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Why businesses fail to maximise the value of data visualisation

Data visualisation has become one of the hottest tools in data-driven business management over the past few years. As business intelligence software becomes a more central part of companies’ toolkits and data practices, visualisations have improved while concurrently becoming more precise and versatile.

Even so, not every case of a business implementing BI software and data visualisation is a success. Although they are...

By Cloud Tech, 05 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Software.

A guide to enterprise cloud cost management – understanding and reducing costs

For the enterprise, managing cloud costs has become a huge problem. Public cloud continues to grow in popularity and top providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google offer competitive prices to attract enterprises. But your search to save money shouldn't stop there. There are many factors - some of which IT teams initially overlook - that can increase a public cloud bill. Fortunately, organisations can avoid any unwanted billing...

By Yair Green, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Monitoring.

Platform as a service solutions are secure – as long as they’re not misconfigured

There’s no denying that solutions that optimise data capture business success today. Platforms as a service that handle many aspects of an enterprise’s customer-facing data have revolutionised the way large companies interact with their customers, driving increased personalisation, better service, and higher value interactions.

This flexibility of PaaS solutions such as Salesforce has...

By Brian Olearczyk, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, PaaS, Platform, Security.

Which AWS container orchestration platform is best for your organisation? A guide

Container orchestration platforms exist to make container use a whole lot easier. Running any application on a container will make it portable. However, when the time comes to scale or add services, you’re going to run into problems without a platform to manage and stitch it all together, and it will quickly become too difficult to handle.

By Yossi Jana, 01 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Containers, Developers, Platform.

Why cloud IT infrastructure demand continues to fluctuate as 2019 draws to a close

Demand for computer servers, disk storage systems, and networking hardware deployed within an enterprise hybrid cloud environment remains strong. Moreover, the investment in non-cloud on-premises infrastructure seems assured by the CIO and CTO need to deliver superior security and compliance with IT regulatory requirements in several key industries.

According to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), vendor revenue from sales of IT infrastructure products for cloud...

By David H Deans, 31 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research.

Digital Realty to acquire Interxion for $8.4bn in biggest data centre deal ever

Digital Realty has announced it is to acquire Interxion in an $8.4 billion (£6.52bn) transaction which is touted as the largest data centre deal in history.

Interxion, a provider of European colocation data centre services, will join the Digital Realty team to create a ‘leading pan-European data centre presence’. The companies estimate the combined entity will cover more than two thirds of the GDP in Europe,...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, M&A.

Google’s cloud remains on a solid course – even if Alphabet earnings missed expectations

Alphabet posted earnings which missed analyst expectations – yet as the company’s ‘other revenues’ bucket continues to grow, the word on Google Cloud remained positive from the executives.

Other revenues, of which Google Cloud is a part – the company continues to not show its full hand – reached $6.42 billion (£5.01bn) for Q319, an increase of 38.5% year on year and a rise of almost 4% from...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google.

How to avoid the big upcoming cloud storage problem – which could run you down

When organisations migrate to the cloud they have an application problem: deciding which apps to migrate and in what order as well as which ones to reconfigure as cloud-native. Once in the cloud they have a data problem: budgets that are flat or in decline and data volumes that are growing exponentially.

Where people go wrong is thinking ONLY about the application problem in advance. All too often when we cross the road we look left or right when we should be looking both left AND right.

It is wrong to think...

By Bill Mew, 29 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Migration, Software, Storage.

Microsoft beats AWS to $10bn JEDI contract: Defining multi-cloud and analysing administrative influence

Analysis The announcement from the Department of Defense (DoD) on Friday that Microsoft had been awarded the long-detailed $10 billion JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) cloud computing contract elicited responses of surprise from many in the industry.

The release confirming the contract to Microsoft made for interesting reading. Transparency was the name of the game: the award was ‘conducted in accordance with applicable laws and regulations’, it ‘cleared review by the GAO and Court of...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft, PublicSector.

AWS reports $8.99bn in revenues for Q319 - yet slowing growth concerns analysts

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced revenues of almost $9 billion for the most recent quarter - but growth fell on last year's totals meaning a more subdued outlook.

AWS posted $8.99bn (£7bn) for Q319 at a growth of 35% year on year - however this compares with 37% growth for Q219, and a 46% growth rate for this time last year. Amazon's cloud arm now represents 12.8% of Amazon's overall revenues, compared with 11.8% for the previous year's quarter.

Naturally, many of the analyst...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure.

If your enterprise is still on the fence around cloud - here's what you need to know today

Cloud infrastructure services are rapidly becoming the de facto choice for enterprise IT workloads. According to Gartner, the 2019 worldwide revenue from public cloud IT services is expected to grow by 17.5% and will become a $330 billion dollar industry by 2022. Cloud-based technology is no longer an emerging trend, it’s mainstream, with 69% of enterprises moving business-critical workloads to the cloud.

What is the appeal of the cloud?

Cloud technology enables an agile working environment that can...

By Marty Puranik, 25 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

The rise of obfuscated VPN servers and their use cases: A guide

VPNs continue to be used extensively as tools to protect data security and user privacy. Yet, as to be expected, there are many providers available, and many options within those providers – so buyer confusion can reign.

A virtual private network, by itself, is the secure, private connection between your device and your intended destination. When dealing with

By Christopher Nichols, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Privacy, Security, Software, Virtualisation.

Microsoft again secures strong revenues with ‘material growth’ in $10m Azure contracts noted

Microsoft has reported revenues of $33.1 billion (£25.7bn) for its most recent quarter, with CEO Satya Nadella emphasising the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) in building out cloud applications.

Writing the headline for Microsoft’s quarterly earnings release requires conforming to some kind of template: ‘Microsoft...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

How cloud technologies continue to enable innovation in the pharmaceutical industry

The pharmaceutical world is in the midst of a sea change. As new deadlines approach for compliance with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), pharmaceutical companies are racing — and struggling — to comply. The provisions’ end goal — creating an electronic database to identify and trace the distribution of prescription drugs...

By Gina Parry, 23 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, ERP, Software.