Microsoft and AT&T expand upon partnership to deliver Azure services on 5G core

Microsoft and AT&T have beefed up their strategic partnership, announcing a new offering where AT&T’s growing 5G network will be able to run Azure services.

The companies will be opening select preview availability for network edge compute (NEC) technology. The technology ‘weaves Microsoft Azure cloud services into AT&T network edge locations closer to customers,’ as the companies put it.

By James Bourne, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Study shows continued cloud maturation in Nordics – with manufacturing a standout

A new report from Nordic IT services provider Tieto has found the region’s cloud landscape has matured significantly since 2015 from both a strategic and operational perspective – with Sweden and Finland fighting for supremacy.

The study, the latest Cloud Maturity Index which was based on responses from almost 300 decision-makers across the public and private sectors in the Nordics, placed almost one in five (18%)...

By James Bourne, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Think of data as the new uranium rather than the new oil – and treat it like it’s toxic

In May 2017, The Economist famously ran with a front-page headline proclaiming that “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.” It focused on big tech’s collection and use of data and argued that the data economy demands a new approach to antitrust rules.

I agree with the idea that data is now about the world’s most valuable resource, but would suggest that...

By Bill Mew, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

Cyber and the cloud: Overcoming the key security challenges amid multi-cloud rise

Cloud computing has become a prevalent force, bringing economies of scale and breakthrough technological advances to modern organisations, but it is more than just a trend. Cloud computing has evolved at an incredible speed and, in many organisations, is now entwined with the complex technological landscape that supports critical daily operations.

This ever-expanding cloud environment gives rise to new types of risk. Business...

By Steve Durbin, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vendors.

The new hybrid cloud will transform IT operations: How the big three clouds are responding

CIOs have been telling their cloud partners for years now that they’re not ready to fully commit to the public cloud. They have existing infrastructure investments which they’re loathe to jettison and some applications and workloads can’t easily move off site. In other cases, IT needs workloads to run nearby in the data centre to satisfy the extreme low latency requirements for services on the factory floor or in the emergency room.

By Wael Altaqi, 21 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Google Cloud plots a stronger course for European customers with London Next event

Google Cloud has taken its Next event to London – and the company stressed its commitment and capabilities to European businesses in the process.

The company took to the ExCeL to announce a variety of product updates and customer news, with Anthos, its hybrid cloud services platform, top of the bill.

The general availability (GA) launch of Migrate for Anthos, announced today, aims to provide a...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud acquires VMware workload specialist CloudSimple

Google Cloud has announced the acquisition of CloudSimple, a California-based provider of software to help organisations run VMware workloads in the cloud.

The move expands on the companies’ existing partnership and will enable Google to bring forward a fully integrated VMware migration path, with the promise of improved support.

“Apps [from VMware] can run exactly the same as they have...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Google, M&A, Migration, Software, VMware.

Enterprises risking data disaster by not fully exploring cloud backup timeframes, research says

The issue of shared responsibility in cloud security is an issue which refuses to go away. Yet according to a new report from backup and disaster recovery managed services provider (MSP) 4sl, organisations are risking a data disaster by misunderstanding cloud providers’ backup processes.

The study, which polled 200 UK enterprises, found a majority of respondents believe the backup times for their various cloud products are longer than the...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

Salesforce chooses Microsoft Azure for marketing cloud migration

Salesforce is moving its Marketing Cloud suite onto Microsoft Azure in an expansion of the companies’ partnership – and a big win for Microsoft.

The move will also see the two companies integrate Sales Cloud and Service Cloud with productivity and collaboration suite Microsoft Teams.

“By bringing together the power of Azure and Microsoft Teams with Salesforce, our aim...

By James Bourne, 15 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Salesforce, Software.

The importance of securing multi-cloud manufacturing systems in a Zero Trust world

Private equity firms are snapping up manufacturing companies at a quick pace, setting off a merger and acquisition gold rush, while leaving multi-cloud manufacturing systems unprotected in a Zero Trust world.

Securing the manufacturing gold rush of 2019

The intensity private equity (PE) firms have for acquiring and aggregating manufacturing businesses is creating an abundance of opportunities for cybercriminals to breach the resulting businesses. For example, merging formerly independent infrastructures...

By Louis Columbus, 14 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Security, Software.

Cloud hyperscaler benchmark report shows China connectivity as a vital issue for all

No cloud is created equal – and according to a benchmark analysis of the biggest providers from network intelligence software provider ThousandEyes, performance varies between the hyperscalers with some potentially surprising findings.

The report, ThousandEyes’ 2019-2020 Cloud Performance Benchmark, assessed more than 320 million data points collected from almost 100 global metro locations over the course of a...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

The five most significant announcements from Microsoft Ignite – and what they mean for you

At this year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella placed the focus on consistent developer experiences in multi- and hybrid-cloud, alongside the announcements of new initiatives for “cloud-delivered quantum computing.” Nadella, in his keynote speech in Orlando, also emphasized the role of a consistent and reliable management platform across various cloud environments – including AWS and Google Cloud.

By Tanuj Mitra, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

Even if your cloud workloads are complex and data is privileged – it’s still on the customer to secure

Another day, another example of misunderstanding shared responsibility when it comes to cloud security. Or is it?

A new report from identity and access management (IAM) provider Centrify has argued that while many organisations understand the basics of shared responsibility, the increasing complexity of workloads means that confusion occurs when it comes to privileged access.

The...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Exploring the commercial advantages of blockchain technologies – and what CIOs need to do about it

The initial commercial interest in cryptocurrency IT infrastructure was the potential to enable an alternative to government-backed fiat currencies. However, now most of the forward-looking focus is on blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that underpins the new applications.

Although deployments are still very much in the realm of the early adopter, blockchain has proven advantages across several vertical industries: it is safe, decentralised, transparent and can reduce intermediary costs.

Blockchain use case...

By David H Deans, 11 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

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.