More data centre M&A deals than ever – and expect more cannibalisation to come

The data centre market saw an uptick in terms of the number of M&A deals in 2018 – but the total value has dipped, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The analyst firm found that while the number of acquisitions and transactions last year grew to 68, their value slipped to approximately $16 billion, shaving almost $5bn off last year’s total.

In terms of...

By James Bourne, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research.

Cloud Security Alliance: Cloud ERP making waves but caution persists around security

Once a major headache for organisations, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are now becoming easier to migrate to the cloud, according to a new study from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The findings, which appear in the research firm’s latest report, titled ‘The Impact of Cloud on ERP’, surveyed almost 200 enterprise-level C-suite executives. Two thirds (64%) of organisations polled are...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP, Research, Security, Software.

Equinix and Alibaba Cloud focus on Asia Pacific in latest data centre launches

The race for cloud supremacy in the emerging Asia Pacific regions continues apace, with new data centre launches planned for Singapore and Indonesia by Equinix and Alibaba Cloud respectively.

Equinix announced that $85 million had been invested in a seven-storey site called SG4, which is expected to open its doors in the fourth quarter of 2019 with 1,400 cabinets available in the first instance. The site’s name reflects...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

CloudEndure confirms acquisition by Amazon Web Services

It’s official: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has acquired Israeli cloud disaster recovery and backup specialists CloudEndure.

The news had been rumoured over the past few days, yet a short announcement from CloudEndure this morning confirmed the news. The company said no more other than that the acquisition “expands [its] ability to deliver innovative and flexible migration, disaster recovery, and backup...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Disaster Recovery, M&A.

IBM makes leap in latest quantum computer release – but what does it all mean?

IBM thinks it has gained a head-start on the slowly emerging quantum market with the launch of what it has described as the first commercially useable integrated quantum computing system.

Quantum computing is based on the principles of quantum mechanics and aims to take advantage of subatomic particles existing in more than one state at any time. Its much-vaunted potential therefore is in its ability to read between the lines and...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Industry.

Global cloud market hit $250bn in 2018: Slower growth natural but boom ‘will continue’

As a new year dawns, it marks the perfect time to assess the industry landscape. According to the latest note from Synergy Research, 2018 saw the cloud market hit $250 billion (£196bn) globally, with a 32% annual growth.

While plenty of the critical acclaim goes on the public cloud infrastructure side of the house, the analyst firm posited that all market segments had risen comfortably over the past 12 months.

By James Bourne, 08 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

Google Cloud acquires DORA to bolster DevOps expertise

Google has added a little app expertise to its skillset with the acquisition of DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment). The move will aim for the research firm to help ‘continue to create delightful experiences for developers and operators’, in the company’s own words.

DORA said the company’s positioning was a ‘natural fit’ for Google Cloud with both organisations “known for mutual commitment...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Google, M&A, Platform.

Farewell 2018, hello 2019: The last 12 months in cloud – and what’s on the horizon

2018 was yet another fascinating year when it came to cloud computing, along with the emerging technologies which complement and rely on the cloud.

As the ecosystem has matured and organisations’ confidence has increased, conversations have shifted gear accordingly. RightScale’s

By James Bourne, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Containers, Infrastructure, M&A, Security, Software.

You've got 99 problems when it comes to public cloud compliance – but cryptojacking may not be one

If cloud is part of the conversation for organisational digital change, then cloud security will forever be not far behind. According to new research from Unit 42, compliance needs to be stepped up, yet cryptojacking may be on the decline.

The company – the threat intelligence arm of Palo Alto Networks – put together analysis based on existing threats to cloud security over the second half of 2018, focusing on Amazon Web...

By James Bourne, 14 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Compliance, Data Management, Research, Security.

Plenty of investment is taking place in machine learning – but the skills gap isn’t going away

If you thought the cloud skills gap was bad, then it’s only going to get worse as more emerging technologies mature.

According to a new report from Cloudera, more than half of the 200 European IT managers surveyed said they were reticent at adopting machine learning technologies because they did not have enough skills and knowledge of the area.

As might be expected, plenty of...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Research, Software.

Docker and Microsoft team up in initiative for greater container control

Docker has its DockerCon event in Barcelona this week while Microsoft is running its online Connect() conference – and the two have combined on a new product which aims to help empower developers working in container environments.

The product, known as Cloud Native Application Bundles (CNAB), is an open source specification for packaging and running distributed applications, enable a single all-in-one packaging format, across...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

How the ‘severe’ cloud skills gap will impact on company culture

Another day, another story focused around cloud skillsets – or lack of them. A new survey from artificial intelligence platform provider OpsRamp has found the vast majority of respondents continue to struggle finding the right talent for cloud environments.

The research, which was conducted at Gartner’s Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies conference, found 94% of the 124 respondents were having a...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, DevOps, Research.

AWS looks to redefine hybrid cloud at re:Invent 2018 – plus make big moves in blockchain

Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, noted during his keynote at re:Invent today that on a recent business trip, a senior AWS executive found themselves sat next to an exec from an unnamed competitor. They pulled up a presentation deck which – Jassy paraphrasing – noted its product strategy was to ‘look at what AWS launches, and then move as fast as possible to get something vaguely in that area.’

So...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

India to create more than one million cloud computing jobs by 2022, report notes

Cloud computing will continue to be a business driver across the globe – and according to a new report, India will see significant growth in the coming years.

Great Learning, an ed-tech platform provider, argues that more than one million cloud computing jobs will be created in India by 2022. The potential salaries for cloud professionals in the country represents a step up from traditional IT engineers, the report adds.

By James Bourne, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, Research.

Why cloud infrastructure is an increasingly exclusive club – with only a few having the cash to get in

The figures keep going up and up for the hyperscalers – as new data from Synergy Research shows another new record for hyperscale operator capex in Q318.

Hyperscaler capex was at more than $26 billion for the most recent quarter, with spending for the first three quarters of 2018 up by 53% when compared with this time last year. This quarter’s figure is the second highest of all time; Q1 still takes the honours,...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

AWS launches new security offering which mitigates S3 misconfigurations – if customers get it right

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced extra steps to ensure customers’ S3 buckets don’t become misconfigured – but don’t assume responsibility has been taken away from the customer.

The new service, Amazon S3 Block Public Access, can work at the account level, on individual buckets, as well as future buckets created. Users can also block existing public access, or ensure public access is not available for...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Loss, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Diane Greene to step down as Google Cloud CEO: Analysing the past three years – and the future

Analysis Diane Greene is to step down as Google Cloud’s CEO after three years, the company has announced – with former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian to take over the reins.

Kurian, whose more than 20-year stint at Oracle culminated in leading product development, resigned from the Redwood giant last month having taken a period of leave. In a blog post

By James Bourne, 19 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Enterprises love the hybrid cloud – but it’s all about getting the app management right

Hybrid cloud is the ideal IT model for the majority of organisations – yet comparatively few have it in place today.

That was the key finding from a new report by hyperconverged infrastructure firm Nutanix. The study, the firm’s first Enterprise Cloud Index, polled 2,300 respondents and found that while enterprises plan to up their hybrid cloud usage, less than one in five (18%) said they were on the road to hybrid...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Netskope secures $168m series F funding to further accelerate enterprise cloud security

Cloud access security broker (CASB) Netskope has announced the close of a series F funding round of $168.7 million (£130.5m) to ‘further cement [its] position as the leader in accelerating security transformation throughout the enterprise’, in the company’s words.

The funding round was led by existing investor Lightspeed Venture Partners – whose interests in the cloud security space have included

By James Bourne, 14 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Security.