Google Cloud to acquire storage provider Elastifile, further reinforces enterprise ambitions

Google Cloud’s focus on the enterprise continues apace, with the company announcing its intent to acquire Santa Clara-based cloud storage provider Elastifile.

Elastifile offers cloud-native file storage which promises an enterprise-grade distributed file system, as well as ‘intelligent’ object tiering. While the company had been somewhat under the radar – its most recent funding round of $16 million in...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, M&A, Software, Storage.

How Sophos looks to deep learning and the cloud for stronger security protection and delivery

Keeping your organisation secure in a device- and data-heavy world is tougher than ever. Utilising cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies can lead to various issues – recent coverage has spoken of the problems of hackers ‘hijacking’ AI technology, for instance – but it can also...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Security, Software.

It’s great to move to a DevOps approach – but have you told anyone else?

One of the key inhibitors to progress in DevOps is internal communication – or the lack of it – according to a new survey.

The report, from Trend Micro, polled 1,310 IT decision makers across enterprise and SMB levels and found almost nine in 10 (89%) are lobbying for greater communication between software development and IT security teams.

More than three quarters (77%)...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, DevOps, Platform.

Gartner notes the inexorable shift of the database market to the cloud

The database market continues to shift to the cloud – and according to Gartner, three quarters of all databases will be deployed or migrated to a cloud platform by 2022.

The finding, which appears in the analyst firm’s latest report, ‘The Future of the DBMS Market is Cloud’, revealed how artificial intelligence was influencing the need for greater data usage. Only 5% of databases will be cloudless by...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

Overcoming the skills gap for cloud and digital: Where does security and automation fit in?

Digital transformation initiatives require a distinct technological and cultural change – and the element which binds both together is skills.

Yet getting the right skills remain a near-impossibility. The skills gap shows no sign of lessening, with two recent studies proving this point. In December OpsRamp found the vast majority of businesses

By James Bourne, 25 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Enterprise, Security.

McAfee notes gap between cloud competence and transformation – with CASBs key to success

It is another case of mind the gap, according to McAfee: while the vast majority of companies are seeing some level of business acceleration through their cloud initiatives, only a fraction are exploiting its full potential.

The security provider has released a special edition of its Cloud and Risk Adoption Report, which polled 1,000 enterprise organisations worldwide alongside collating data from anonymised cloud events across its...

By James Bourne, 21 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Exploring the journey from cloud to AI - with a few big data bumps along the way

The potential of cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) is irresistible. Cloud represents the backbone for any data initiative, and then AI technologies can be used to derive key insights for both greater business intelligence and topline revenue. Yet AI is only as good as the data strategy upon which it sits.

At the AI & Big Data Expo in Amsterdam today, delegates were able to see that the proof of the pudding was in the eating through NetApp's cloud and data fabric...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

Dropbox revamps as enterprise collaboration space to help users conquer ‘work about work’

Dropbox has launched a significant redesign, repositioning itself as an enterprise collaboration workspace and moving away from its file storage heritage.

The move will see Dropbox aim to be a one-stop-shop. The relaunched desktop app will enable users to create, access and share content across the Google and Microsoft portfolio, opening Google Docs and Microsoft Office files, offer synchronised search, alongside partnerships with...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Organisations need to ‘acknowledge challenges’ in not keeping 100% uptime, argues Veeam

It’s the big downtime downturn; according to a new study from Veeam, three in four organisations admit they are not able to meet users’ demands for uninterrupted access to applications and data.

The findings appear in the company’s latest Cloud Data Management Report, which surveyed more than 1,500 senior business and IT leaders across 13 countries. Ultimately, the need for more sophisticated data management...

Microsoft and Oracle partner up to interconnect clouds – with retail customers cited

Here’s proof that cloudy collaboration can happen even at the highest levels: Microsoft and Oracle have announced an ‘interoperability partnership’ aimed at helping customers migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

Organisations who are customers of both vendors will be able to connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly. The Oracle Ashburn data centre and...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

NASCAR moves onto AWS to uncover and analyse its racing archive

As sporting teams and franchises continue to realise the value of their archive – and balk at how much data it commands – many are in the process of migrating their operations to the cloud. NASCAR is the latest, announcing it will utilise Amazon Web Services (AWS) for archiving purposes.

The motor racing governing body is set to launch new content from its archive, titled ‘This Moment in NASCAR History’, on its...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

Enterprises not seeing total fulfilment with cloud strategies – but hybrid remains the way to go

For enterprises looking to migrate to the cloud, with sprawling workloads and data, it can be a long, arduous journey. According to a new survey, more than two thirds of large enterprises are not getting the full benefits of their cloud migration journeys.

The study from Accenture, titled ‘Perspectives on Cloud Outcomes: Expectation vs. Reality” – polled 200 senior IT professionals from large global...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure, Migration, Research.

Google confirms network congestion as contributor to four-hour cloud outage

Google has confirmed a ‘network congestion’ issue which affected various services for more than four hours on Sunday has since been resolved.

A status update at 1225 PT noted the company was investigating an issue with Google Compute Engine, later diagnosed as high levels of network congestion across eastern USA sites. A further update arrived at 1458 to confirm engineering teams were working on the issue before the...

By James Bourne, 03 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure, SLA, Vendors.

Hyperscaler cloud capex declines – but ‘enormous barriers’ remain to reach the top table

The spending of the cloud hyperscalers has come to a comparative halt, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The analyst firm found that in the first quarter of 2019 total capex across the largest cloud vendors totalled just over $26 billion, representing a 2% downturn year on year. This excludes Google’s $2.4bn outlay on Manhattan real estate which pushed the Q118 figures even further, and not including...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Calculating the Kube roots: Why 2019’s KubeCon represented a milestone for the industry

The latest iteration of KubeCon and CloudNativeCon, which took place in Barcelona last week, felt like something of a milestone – and not one shoehorned in for marketing purposes, either.

It is true however that Kubernetes came into being five years ago this June, so for those at Google Cloud, it was a time of reflection. From the acorn which was Eric Brewer’s presentation at Dockercon 2014, a veritable forest has grown....

New figures show increasing Chinese influence across Asia Pacific cloud markets

Amazon may still have an iron grip on cloud infrastructure across all geographies – but in Asia Pacific (APAC) at least, Chinese cloud providers are closing the gap.

That’s according to a new study from Synergy Research, which argues the top three players in China are now in the top six across APAC as a whole. Alibaba is ranked at #2, while Tencent is at #4 and Sinnet at #6, with Amazon, Microsoft and Google filling the...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Alibaba, Infrastructure, Research.

HSBC focuses cloud and DevOps vision with $10 million investment

HSBC has been moving towards a cloud-first world - and the bank's latest endeavour has shed light on how it is pushing ahead in the DevOps sphere.

The company is investing $10 million (£7.8m) in capital investment to CloudBees, the continuous delivery software provider and arbiter of open source automation server Jenkins. 

This is by no means an entirely altruistic act, with HSBC using CloudBees significantly since 2015 in order to bolster its software delivery system. The companies had previously...

By James Bourne, 21 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, DevOps, Google, Platform.