SolarWinds acquires Trusted Metrics to add real-time threat monitoring to cloud security mix

SolarWinds is on the acquisition trail again – this time confirming the acquisition of Trusted Metrics, a real-time threat monitoring and management software provider.

The acquisition will enable SolarWinds to release a new security product under the name of SolarWinds Threat Monitor, which is an automated tool which aims to make threat detection easier for IT operations teams, managed service providers and managed security service providers.

As regular readers of this publication will testify, organisations’ cloud...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, M&A, Security, Vulnerabilities.

New study notes network trouble organisations face amid strong public cloud adoption

Public cloud adoption will continue to go up and up – but as hybrid initiatives go up with them, concerns persist over how to handle cloud migration challenges.

That’s the key finding from the latest study by VIAVI Solutions. The IT and network testing provider, in its most recent State of the Network Global Study, polled more than 600 IT professionals and found more than half (56%) of enterprises polled had made the leap to public cloud as of this year. This number is set to go up to 72% by...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Container usage among developers reaching tipping point, says DigitalOcean

If your organisation is not allowing its developers to use container technologies, then you will very soon be in the minority, according to the latest analysis from DigitalOcean.

The company, in its latest quarterly Currents report assessing developer trends in cloud computing, found 49% of devs are now using containers in some form. Of that number, JavaScript (57%) was the most popular language used with them, ahead of Python (46%), PHP (36%), and Go (28%). Three in five (60%) said they were using containers...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Research.

Alibaba Cloud eyes further EMEA expansion with launch of partner program

Alibaba Cloud’s expansion outside of China and Asia Pacific has been well documented – and now the provider is firming up its commitments with the launch of a new EMEA partner program.

The partner program will aim to look at four key areas; developing digital transformation in targeted vertical industries; supporting the development of talent; advancing technology innovation; and enhancing marketplaces.

The overall effect, in the company’s words, is ‘to create an inclusive ecosystem...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Alibaba, Europe, Infrastructure.

Organisations continue to move from monolithic to microservices - but observability a struggle

We've all heard the exhortations from vendors and industry players alike - get into DevOps, containers and serverless for IT and application delivery before it's too late. But while the benefits are evident, companies are getting bogged down in troubleshooting and debugging software issues.

That's according to a new report from Scalyr. The study, which polled 155 software development practitioners, found that the majority (71%) are getting used to DevOps-type practices, pushing code into...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Microservices.

IBM looks to further European cloud expansion with new customers and availability zones

IBM is looking to build upon recent cloud momentum – and the company is expanding in Europe after securing several new customers in healthcare, logistics, energy and more.

The announcements showcase how many prospective IBM clients are utilising the company’s cloud for its artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain capabilities. Credit Mutuel, a French bank, is deploying IBM Watson virtual assistants across all of its business lines – run on IBM’s cloud in France with a...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Europe, Infrastructure, Software.

Google Cloud investigates automated customer service practices after complaint

Google Cloud Platform has said it will conduct a detailed review of its abuse prevention processes after a customer complained about its treatment.

The unnamed customer, who works in the renewable energy industry, wrote in a Medium post that the company was a few days away from ‘losing everything’ after Google’s automated system pinged it for questionable activity.

Those who get pinged will receive a variety of emails...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure.

Formula 1 races to AWS as official cloud provider, cites importance of machine learning capabilities

It has been described by Citrix as a ‘never-ending technology arms race to optimise performance’ – and now Formula 1 has gotten a further boost by selecting Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its official cloud and machine learning provider.

The move will see Formula 1 move the vast majority of its infrastructure from on-premises data centres to AWS, and use a variety of products to help improve broadcasts, data tracking, and race strategies.

Amazon...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Infrastructure, Software.

Puppet secures $42 million in series F funding to help with automation push

Software delivery and automation provider Puppet has raised $42 million (£31.9m) in series F funding to complement its recent expansion.

The round, which was led by Cisco Investments, alongside EDBI, Kleiner Perkins, True Ventures and VMware, comes only a few weeks after Puppet announced the acquisition of Reflect, a company which provides data visualisation as a service. Total funding for the company now stands at $149.5 million across seven rounds in total.

Puppet certainly has reasons to be bullish about its...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, M&A, Platform.

Going up: Public cloud market continues to soar with 2017 ‘pivotal’ year, says IDC

2017 was a ‘pivotal’ year in expanding public cloud service adoption according to IDC – with spending growth remaining at a constant level despite the overall market tripling in size.

The figures, which come from the analyst firm’s latest Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker, show that while the overall growth rate for 2017 was a little smaller than the previous year, revenue growth of the top 16 providers by market share went up. The top tier vendors now capture more...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

AWS leads across all geographies in public cloud – with Alibaba second in APAC

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has total geographic dominance in public cloud – but while Microsoft and Google secure second and third place through most of the globe, Alibaba is a clear second in APAC.

This is the key finding from the latest note by Synergy Research, which focused on Q1 data - although the majority of the figures won’t differ from what many market watchers already recognise.

AWS ranks at #1 worldwide, ahead of Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, and IBM. Across North America and EMEA, the top...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Amazon, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

HPE puts $4 billion aside to invest in the intelligent edge

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has seen the future – and it’s all about the intelligent edge.

The company has announced a $4 billion (£3.04bn) investment over four years in technologies and services to deliver personalised user experiences, seamless interactions, and artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to improve customer experiences and adapt in real time.

HPE cited Gartner figures which argue that by 2022 three quarters of enterprise-generated data will be created and...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Infrastructure, Platform.

Kubernetes skills demand continues to soar – but are organisations dropping the ball on security?

If you have Kubernetes skills then you will almost certainly be in demand from employers, as a new survey from CyberArk has found that IT jobs with the container orchestration tool in the title have soared year on year. But beware the security risks when getting involved.

According to the company, which has crunched data from IT Jobs Watch, roles involving Kubernetes have broken into the top 250 most popular IT vacancies, having been around the 1000 mark this time last year. The most likely job title for...

Google Cloud opens up in Finland, uses natural cooling for sustainability

Google Cloud is now open for business in Finland, making it the 16th region to launch across five continents.

The move was first announced at the start of the year when Google significantly expanded its infrastructure, with five new regions and three subsea cables. Facilities in the Netherlands and Montreal have already been opened, with Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Switzerland – the latter

By James Bourne, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Google, Infrastructure.

Organisations continue to hit cost pitfalls with cloud migration, says Rackspace

The cloud journey is costing a bit more than organisations realise, according to new research from Rackspace.

The findings appear in a new report, titled ‘Maintaining Momentum: Cloud Migration Learnings’. The study, conducted by Forrester and polling more than 300 organisations in the UK, France, Germany and the US, argued that while half of business and IT decision makers polled saw cost reduction as a key driver for cloud adoption, two in five (40%) said their migration costs were still higher...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration, Research, SaaS .

Microsoft announces general availability of Azure Kubernetes Services

Those who attended or watched Cisco Live’s opening keynotes earlier this week – or indeed read our story on it – will have recognised the importance of Kubernetes to attendees with Google Cloud’s cameo being a particular highlight.

Now Microsoft is making waves of its own – with the general availability of its Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS).

The move will see...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Kubernetes, Microservices, Microsoft, Platform.

DevOps and microservices will be huge for business – but many orgs are nowhere near it yet

Mind the gap please: according to new research from the Ponemon Institute, the gap between organisations’ ideal DevOps and microservices capabilities and what they are actually able to deliver is costing enterprises on average $34 million per year.

The study, which was sponsored by hybrid cloud management provider Embotics and which polled more than 600 cloud management professionals, found three quarters (74%) said DevOps enablement capabilities were either ‘essential’, ‘very...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Microservices, Platform, Research.

Google Cloud cameo steals the show at Cisco Live with partnership update top of the agenda

It’s a mad, mad, multi-cloud world all right. At Cisco Live US in Florida yesterday – the company’s flagship jamboree of all things networking – CEO Chuck Robbins was all but upstaged by Google Cloud chief Diane Greene.

Robbins is more than happy to let the great and good share the stage with him at Cisco’s events – Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared at Cisco Live Las Vegas

By James Bourne, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Google, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

Cohesity secures $250 million in series D round in hyperconverged storage boost

Cohesity, a hyperconverged storage provider, has announced it has raised $250 million (£186.7m) in an oversubscribed series D funding round to help further drive the company’s momentum.

The round was led by the SoftBank Vision Fund – making it only the second time the group has invested in an enterprise software company – with participation from Cisco Investments, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, and Sequoia Capital among others.

Cohesity offers...

By James Bourne, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Google Cloud launches sole-tenant nodes for improved compliance and utilisation

Google Cloud has announced the launch of sole-tenant nodes on Google Compute Engine – helping customers in various industries around compliance in the process.

The new service, which is currently in beta availability, gives customers ownership of all VMs, hypervisor and host hardware, going against the traditional cloud use case of multi-tenant architecture and shared resources.

“Normally, VM instances run on physical hosts that may be shared by many customers,” explained Google’s Manish Dalwadi and...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Compliance, Google, Infrastructure, Security.