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.

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.

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.

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.

Microsoft to acquire cloud migration tool provider Movere

Microsoft is to acquire Movere, a SaaS platform which increases visibility on IT environments, the companies have announced.

Movere – whom industry watchers may remember until last year as Unified Logic – aims to ‘capture, integrate and analyse the data [companies] need to make smart decisions about their IT environment’, as the company puts it.

The...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Microsoft, Migration, SaaS , Software.

Cloud security woes strike again – and it’s double trouble for multi-cloud users, research finds

A survey of C-suite executives from Nominet has found that, for more than half of respondents, cloud security remains a concern – which becomes even more critical when multi-cloud comes in.

The study, which polled 274 CISOs, CIOs and CTOs, found 52% were at least moderately concerned about security with regards to cloud adoption. One in five respondents said they were ‘very’ concerned, compared to one in 10 who said...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Infrastructure, Research, Security, Software.

How Abbots Care gained greater assurances around data security with a revamped DR and backup strategy

Case study All data is equal, but for some industries, data is more equal than others. As a result, great care needs to be taken when it comes to keeping that data secure, whether in the cloud or anywhere else.

Healthcare, across its various channels, is a classic example. Some healthcare organisations are moving with less trepidation towards the cloud. In February, for instance,

By James Bourne, 30 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Software.

Alibaba, Google Cloud and Microsoft among inaugural members of cloud security consortium

The Linux Foundation has announced the launch of a new community of tech all-stars focused on advancing trust and security for cloud and edge computing.

The open source community, dubbed the Confidential Computing Consortium (CCC), has 10 initial members: Alibaba, Arm, Baidu, Google Cloud, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat, Swisscom and Tencent.

“Current approaches in cloud...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, OpenSource, Security.

VMworld 2019: Going big on Kubernetes, Azure availability - and a key ethical message

VMware has kicked off its 2019 VMworld US jamboree in San Francisco with a series of updates, spanning Kubernetes, Azure, security and more.

The virtualisation and end user computing giant issued no fewer than five press releases to the wires alone today, with CEO Pat Gelsinger and COO Sanjay Poonen continuing to emphasise the company's 'any cloud, any application, any device, with intrinsic security' strategy.

Chief of these on the product side was around VMware Tanzu, a new product portfolio...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Kubernetes, Migration, Software, Vendors, Virtualisation, VMware.

Cloud performance and change management cited in latest DORA DevOps analysis

The performance figures for those at the sharp end of DevOps implementation goes up and up – and cloud usage is increasingly becoming a key differentiator.

That’s the primary finding from the DORA Accelerate State of DevOps 2019 report. The study, which was put together alongside Google Cloud, is a major piece of work, covering responses from more than 31,000 survey respondents tracking six years of research.

By James Bourne, 23 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Research.

VMware stokes VMworld fires with Pivotal and Carbon Black acquisitions

Next week is going to be a busy one for VMware as the company’s VMworld event kicks off in San Francisco. There will be plenty of talking points – and the virtualisation and end user computing provider has opted to add two more with the acquisitions of Pivotal Software and Carbon Black for a combined $4.8 billion (£3.93bn).

Pivotal, at $2.7bn, edged out endpoint security provider Carbon Black ($2.1bn) in...

By James Bourne, 23 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Security, Software, Virtualisation, VMware.

DigiPlex's data centre guide focuses on sustainability as key to digital transformation

Nordic data centre and colocation provider DigiPlex has launched a guide designed to help businesses solidify their data centre strategies - and avoid making long-term mistakes.

The guide was put together to address gaps in knowledge which DigiPlex argues could significantly impact data centre decision making, with ramifications for the wider business.

Naturally, one of the key topic areas is around alternatives to running on-premises data centres and the skills and experience required, whether it is through...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Cloud Security Alliance publishes ‘egregious 11’ list of top threats to the cloud

If one other thing besides death and taxes is certain, it is that cloud security will remain a key talking point. Whose responsibility is it exactly – and why does the shared responsibility model continue to cause havoc?

Some areas however can be nailed down much more solidly. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has issued what it calls the ‘egregious 11’ in its latest report, giving organisations an up-to-date...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Enterprise blockchain firm Cypherium secures Google Cloud partnership, adding to AWS deal

Meet Cypherium. The New York-based blockchain startup is partnering with Google Cloud – making it the third major cloud provider to secure a deal with the company.

The company’s goal is to provide an enterprise-ready blockchain platform which promises up to 5,000 transactions per second. Scalability continues to be a concern for organisations looking to utilise blockchain technologies, and is seen as a determining...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Enterprise, Google.

The Globe and Mail moves to AWS, combining SageMaker with Sophi analytics platform

Publishing and media companies continue to utilise the cloud for their archival and architectural needs – and The Globe and Mail is the latest to move across.

The Canadian news brand has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider, citing the Seattle giant’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities as key to its decision.

By James Bourne, 15 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Infrastructure, Software.