Gartner and Synergy studies show continued cyclical cloud spend

The cloud industry continues to go up and up – both in terms of global public cloud revenue and spending on data centre hardware and software.

Those are the key findings from two separate research studies, from Gartner and Synergy Research respectively.

Gartner found the worldwide public cloud services market is set to hit $214.3 billion (£164.1bn) in 2019, up 17.5% from...

By James Bourne, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

The cloud migration landscape: Multi-cloud and hybrid battle for supremacy as security remains key

A new study from data virtualisation provider Denodo makes for an interesting snapshot of where cloud migration trends sit today, with security remaining top of mind and hybrid and multi-cloud architectures key.

The findings of the study, which surveyed more than 200 business executives and IT professionals, would not have come as a major surprise to regular readers of this publication. Perhaps some of the figures may have...

How AI and big data analytics keep the most innovative companies ahead of the pack

Alphabet/Google is now the most innovative company in the world according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG), unseating Apple’s 13-year dominance of their annual rankings.

  • Alphabet/Google is now the most innovative company in the world according to BCG, unseating Apple’s 13-year dominance of their annual rankings
  • Strong AI innovators are over three times more likely to have deep expertise in big data analytics
  • The ten most innovative companies in the world extensively use AI and platforms today to grow faster than competitors and markets

By Louis Columbus, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Software.

Getting past cloud cost confusion: How to avoid the vendors' traps and win

Cloud service providers like AWS, Azure, and Google were created to provide compute resources to save enterprises money on their infrastructure. But cloud services pricing is complicated and difficult to understand, which can often drive up bills and prevent the promised cost savings. Here are just five ways that cloud providers obscure pricing on your monthly bill.

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By Jay Chapel, 29 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Monitoring, Vendors.

AWS makes S3 Glacier Deep Archive available for coldest cloud storage needs

It was promised at last year’s re:Invent, and now it is here: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of S3 Glacier Deep Archive, aimed at being the lowest cost storage in the cloud.

When the company said it was the cheapest around, it wasn’t kidding; offering prices at only $0.00099 per gigabyte per month, or $1 per terabyte per month. This level, as with other cold storage, is aimed at organisations...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Management, Software, Storage.

Operating and maintaining systems at scale with automation: A guide

For the large or midsize MSP, managing numerous customers with unique characteristics and tens of thousands of systems at scale can be challenging. In this article I want to pull back the curtain, so to speak, on some of the automation and tools that I have used to solve these problems. The approach has three main components: collect, model and react.

Collect

By Ken Weinreich, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure.

Organisations looking to get best of breed and guaranteed app availability with ‘true’ multi-cloud

Multi-cloud is rapidly becoming the de facto deployment model for organisations of all sizes – and a new report from hybrid cloud software provider Turbonomic has found that the vast majority of respondents ‘expect workloads to move freely across clouds.’

The study, the company’s 2019 State of Multicloud Survey which polled almost 850 respondent across multiple IT functions, found the key drivers for...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure, Research.

How ‘AI at the edge’ is creating new semiconductor demand

As more CIOs and CTOs focus attention on selecting the best-fit IT infrastructure for their particular cognitive computing needs, vendors of semiconductor technologies are exploring new ways to optimize their investment in solutions at the edge of enterprise networks.

Revenue from the sale of artificial intelligence (AI) chipsets for edge inference and inference training will grow at 65% and 137% respectively between 2018 and 2023, according to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research.

During...

By David H Deans, 26 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Addressing the concerns of data management and sovereignty in multi-cloud and edge scenarios

MWC Barcelona last month heavily focused on two fast-emerging technology trends; 5G and edge computing. Together, they will significantly impact businesses by enabling massive volumes of digital data to transfer between cloud servers located in multiple regions around the world as well as between IoT devices and edge nodes. This is due to the hyper-fast speed of 5G networks and edge computing architectures that have micro-clouds and data centres located closer to...

How the HR industry has seen cost optimisation with SaaS: Exploring next steps

It is always interesting to see how different industries are seizing the opportunity of cloud adoption as well as coping with its challenges. As far as the HR industry is concerned, a new report has asserted that enterprises have realised the cost savings of software as a service (SaaS) and are now focused on building the next steps.

The study, from Information Services Group (ISG), polled more than 250 companies, ranging in...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Software.

Five ways to demystify Zero Trust security – and the vendors who are pushing it

Bottom line: Instead of only relying on security vendors’ claims about Zero Trust, benchmark them on a series of five critical success factors instead, with customer results being key.

Analytics, Zero Trust dominated RSA

Analytics dashboards dominated RSA from a visual standpoint, while Zero Trust Security reigned from an enterprise strategy one. Over 60 vendors claimed to have Zero Trust Security solutions at RSA, with each one defining the concept in a slightly different way.

RSA has evolved into one of the highest energy enterprise-focused...

By Louis Columbus, 25 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

Portworx secures $27 million series C funding, unveils update to container management platform

Portworx, a provider of storage and data management software for containers, has announced a $27 million (£20.5m) series C funding round – and touted record revenue and customer growth in the process.

The company’s series C, putting its total funding at $55.5m, was co-led by Sapphire Ventures and the venture arm of Mubadala Investment Company, with new investors Cisco Investments, HPE and NetApp joining Mayfield...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data Management, Economy, Kubernetes, Platform.

Monitoring cloud app activity for better data security: Five key tips

Digitisation has dramatically changed how work gets done. Business-critical apps and data are a keystroke away, no matter where an employee is or what time it is. Perhaps it is this familiarity with data that makes employees feel so connected to it that, when they switch jobs, they often take some of it with them. Maybe it’s why most of them don’t think this is a criminal act.

Whatever the reasoning for this...

By Mike Mason, 22 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Alibaba Cloud looks to integrated and intelligent future at Beijing summit

Alibaba Cloud has taken the opportunity provided by its most recent Beijing Summit to elaborate on its near 10-year history – and explore a more integrated and intelligent future.

The company noted that its cloud arm was ‘becoming the main business focus of Alibaba Group’ and that cloud adoption was ‘expected to continue and become more immersive in the traditional sectors across China.’  

By James Bourne, 21 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Practical cloud considerations: Security and the decryption conundrum

Compute in the cloud may be cheap but it isn't free. Most of today’s apps are delivered via secure HTTP. That means TLS or the increasingly frowned upon SSL. It means cryptography, which traditionally has been translated to mean performance problems.

Thanks to advances in technology, CPUs are now incredibly fast and many client (and...

HPE aims to deliver on hybrid cloud consultancy prowess with Right Mix Advisor launch

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been focused on the long road of what it calls the ‘innovative enterprise’ and building up its cloud consultancy with the acquisitions of RedPixie and Cloud Technology Partners. Now, it is ready to put that knowledge to the test.

The company has announced the launch of HPE Right Mix Advisor, which is claimed to be an industry-first product recommending the ‘ideal hybrid cloud...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

How to simplify and accelerate multi-cloud strategies with SDN

Hybrid cloud is becoming the go-to approach to cloud because it gives enterprises the best of both private and public cloud. They gain the security and reliability of private cloud for mission-critical data and applications, while also benefitting from the cost-efficiency and flexibility of public cloud. According to a 451...

By Jerzy Szlosarek, 20 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

AWS will support NVIDIA’s T4 GPUs focusing on intensive machine learning workloads

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will release its latest GPU-equipped instance with support for NVIDIA’s T4 Tensor Core GPUs with a particular focus on machine learning workloads.

The specs, while not fully there yet, promise so far AWS-custom Intel CPUs, up to 384 gibibytes (GiB) of memory, up to 1.8 TB of fast local NVMe storage, and up to 100 Gbps in networking capacity.

From NVIDIA’s side,...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Infrastructure.

How are faster networks advancing the next generation of data centres?

We are witnessing significant uplift in data transmission speeds offered by network connectivity providers. Service providers are now promising speeds in hundreds of MBs to GBs with which, for instance, we can see live streaming of Blu-ray movie prints without any buffering.

Such network speeds are set to trigger many new technology possibilities. Businesses cannot afford to stay behind, as they have to take into account new...

By Sagar Nangare, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Trends.

AWS’ contribution to Elasticsearch may only further entrench the open source vendor and cloud war

Last week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced it was launching an open source value-added distribution for search and analytics engine Elasticsearch. As AWS evangelist Jeff Barr put it, the launch would “help continue to accelerate open source Elasticsearch innovation” with the company “strong believers in and supporters of open source...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data, Data & Analytics, OpenSource, Platform.