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.

Continuous compliance, continuous iteration: How to get through IT audits successfully

For most students, exam days are one of the most stressful experiences of their educational careers. Exams are a semi-public declaration of your ability to learn, absorb and regurgitate the curriculum, and while the rewards for passing are rather mundane, the ramifications of failure are tremendous. 

My educational experience indicates that exam success is primarily due to preparation, with a fair bit of luck. If you were like me in school, exam preparation consisted mostly of cramming, with a heavy reliance on hope that the hours spent jamming material into my brain would cover at least 70% of the exam contents.

After I left...

By Jonathan Eropkin, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Cloudera looks to being a true multi-cloud home and calls out Amazon as primary competitor

Cloudera posted total revenues of $144.5 million (£108.9m) for its most recent quarter, and while it may have disappointed investors, the company said its ‘enterprise data cloud’ strategy with Hortonworks on board will help turn things around.

Of total revenues for the quarter ending January 31 – up 36% from this time last year – 85% of it came from subscriptions, while the remainder came from...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure, Public.

Why standardisation is good for NetOps: Innovation instead of impediment

Standardisation is sometimes viewed as an assault on innovation. Being forced to abandon a polyglot buffet and adopt a more limited menu will always sound stifling. That may be because standardisation is often associated with regulatory compliance standards that have official sounding names like ISO 8076.905E and are associated with checklists, auditors and oversight committees.

By Lori MacVittie, 14 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Enterprise, Platform, Regulation, Security.

Intel, Google, Microsoft and more team up for CXL consortium to supercharge data centre performance

Intel, Google and Microsoft are among nine tech giants who have teamed up to launch a new industry group to advance data centre performance.

The group, which also includes Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, HPE and Huawei, is looking at solidifying Compute Express Link (CXL), an emerging high-speed CPU-to-device and CPU-to-memory interconnect. The particular focus is on high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Addressing cloud sprawl: Combining security best practices with business foundations

The rate of cloud adoption has been nothing short of remarkable. According to IDG, 90% of organisations will have some portion of their applications or infrastructure running in the cloud this year, with the rest expected to follow suit by 2021. And while most organisations currently run more than half (53%) of their business on traditional networks,

By Lior Cohen, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Security.

CloudBees, Google and Linux Foundation launch Continuous Delivery Foundation

Meet the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), a new offshoot of the Linux Foundation which will aim to develop, nurture and promote open source projects and best practices around continuous delivery.

The CDF is being led by CloudBees, the arbiters of open source automation server Jenkins, and includes the Jenkins Community, Google, and the Linux Foundation itself as collaborators.

Alongside Jenkins, CloudBees wanted to find a home for a newer flavour, Jenkins X, which aims to automate continuous integration...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Kubernetes, Platform.

Why we should take the brakes off digital transformation with cloud-based connectivity

As companies continue to bring more internal and external data sources and services together, the demand for digital connectivity is growing exponentially. 

The crucial connectivity layer, which lies at the heart of most transformation projects, is hugely important in facilitating this. Yet, as it exists below the surface, its significance often goes unappreciated by senior managers and, let’s be honest, due to its complexity it is often unloved by CTOs and lead architects too.

Many see the integration...

By Graham Woods, 12 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

How ideal DevOps recruitment requires a mix of soft and technical skills

If you want to get ahead in DevOps, then automation and process skills are vital - but don't forget the soft skills either.

That's the key finding from a new report by the DevOps Institute. The study, titled Upskilling and which polled more than 1,600 people, found a distinct correlation between 'must-have' and 'nice to have' skill sets. Automation, cited by 57% of respondents as must-have, beat out process (55%) and soft skills (53%). Of those in the process department, software...

By James Bourne, 11 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Demystifying the multi-cloud strategy: The key steps organisations need to take today

The cloud industry is moving at lightning speed, with enterprise adoption of multi-cloud becoming increasingly mainstream due to the need for faster digital transformation. Gartner predicts that 90% of organisations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities by 2020.

There are, of course, many benefits to deploying a multi-cloud strategy, including mitigating the risk of disaster through a single point of failure, business agility and cost saving. Having said this, multi-cloud should not be used...

By Richard Brown, 08 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Best practices for global enterprises moving to multi-cloud environments: How SD-WAN can help

You have a multi-cloud environment - now what?

Whether they set out to use multiple clouds or not, large enterprises today end up with several cloud suppliers. In fact, it’s probably hard to find a company that isn’t using some mix of Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, IBM Cloud, Salesforce.com, Oracle, Google G-Suite, ServiceNow or Box. The list goes on and on.  This is more pronounced with enterprises that have a global site footprint.

The cloud, after all, gets you out of the business of hosting...

By Shashi Kiran, 07 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software.