Organisations need ‘reality check’ on cloud costs, research advocates

How do you balance your cloud and on-premises budget – and how do you get the most out of it? It has long been a problem for organisations once they decide they want to move their systems to the cloud – and according to new research from SoftwareONE, companies continue to suffer from high costs and low visibility.

The study, which polled 300 C-level and IT decision makers in North America, had some interesting data points alongside some less surprising results. More than half (53%) of those polled...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure, Research.

Office 365 usage goes up and up leaving G Suite behind, says research

Microsoft Office 365 usage continues to accelerate significantly across organisations of all sizes while Google’s G Suite languishes in comparison, according to new figures from Bitglass.

The cloud access security broker (CASB), in its 2018 Cloud Adoption Report, analysed software usage of more than 135,000 companies globally and found Office 365 continues to rule the roost.

56.3% of the more than 135,000 companies analysed were users, compared with only a quarter (24.8%) for G Suite. The latter has...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Microsoft, Research, Software.

Equinix keeps Digital Realty at arm’s length in colocation market – with global expansion key

Equinix is moving ahead of Digital Realty and NTT in the colocation market helped by two acquisitions in the most recent quarter, according to the latest figures from Synergy Research.

The company completed its acquisition of Australian data centre provider Metronode last month – having been first announced in December – alongside announcing the acquisition of the Infomart building in Dallas for $800 million.

According to the Synergy figures, Equinix and Digital Realty are growing far quicker than...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research.

Gartner’s 2018 IaaS Magic Quadrant: Google joins leaders’ zone as only six vendors make cut

Google has clambered into the leaders’ section of Gartner’s latest infrastructure as a service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant, while the wheat has been separated from the chaff.

The annual report concluded that the cloud IaaS market is now a three-horse race in the top right box, with the leaders’ zone not being an Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft-only area for the first time since 2013.

Indeed, Gartner hacked away many of the fringe players for the latest Quadrant. Only six companies...

By James Bourne, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Cloud hyperscaler capex spend goes into overdrive in Q1, argues Synergy

If you want to challenge the leading cloud infrastructure providers, you are going to need some seriously deep pockets. According to the latest figures from analyst firm Synergy Research, hyperscaler cloud capex spending hit a record $27 billion (£20.1bn) in the most recent quarter.

The top five spenders in the industry remain Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon, with Alibaba, IBM, JD.com, NTT, and Tencent comprising the top 10.

Google kicked off the quarter by announcing

By James Bourne, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Concern over cloud storage security remains says Spiceworks – but good news for OneDrive

One in four respondents to a survey from IT community Spiceworks say they remain unconvinced by cloud storage security – with Microsoft OneDrive holding firm as the most popular service.

The study, which polled more than 500 respondents from organisations across North America and Europe, found more than half (51%) are currently using OneDrive, compared with 34% for both Google Drive and Dropbox, going down to 13% and 6% for Apple iCloud Drive and Box...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Research, Security, Software, Storage.

Rackspace launches ‘Kubernetes as a service’ offering, acquires agency RelationEdge

A couple of interesting pieces of news from Rackspace; the company has launched a ‘Kubernetes as a service’ offering, as well as announcing the acquisition of digital agency RelationEdge.

The service, which will become available on Rackspace Private Cloud later this month, with planned support for public clouds later this year, is more affirmation of the rise of the container orchestration tool. At the

By James Bourne, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Kubernetes, M&A, Platform, SaaS , Software.

How Alibaba Cloud has moved up the ranks to become a cloud leader – with global expansion key

The rise of Alibaba Cloud, to become a major player in cloud infrastructure, is a fascinating one.

Between 2014 and 2016, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) saw the top right box change not one iota. Amazon Web Services (AWS) was out on its own, followed by Microsoft, then a gap to the rest. 2014 had a swarm of ‘visionary’ players, but by 2016 only Google remained to take third place.

Last year, however, things changed. The top right of course remained the same, but...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Applications, Best Practice, Big Data, Infrastructure.

Verizon moves to AWS as preferred public cloud provider

Verizon is moving to Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred public cloud provider – migrating more than 1,000 business critical applications and backend systems in the process.

The announcement, made by AWS, notes that Verizon first started working with the cloud infrastructure behemoth in 2015, with the latest wave of migrations ‘part of a corporate-wide initiative at Verizon to increase agility and reduce costs through the use of cloud computing.’ Among the migrations are a series of...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure, Migration.

Google aims to simplify its cloud storage with One plan

Google’s focus on the enterprise side of cloud has been strong in recent months – but it has by no means neglected the consumer arena either with a new storage plan and price cuts to match.

The company has announced the launch of Google One, a premium tier cloud storage offering aimed at replacing paid consumer Google Drive plans. The new service includes options ranging to 30TB, alongside access to Google experts for customer service, and added perks, such as credits on Google Play, or select...

By James Bourne, 15 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Software, Storage.

Google Cloud aims squarely at enterprise with Velostrata acquisition

Google is set to acquire enterprise cloud migration provider Velostrata, citing the Israel-based company’s ‘technical strength’ as key alongside potential capabilities for their customers around advanced data analytics and machine learning.

Velostrata’s primary goal is to speed up enterprise’s cloud transitions through what it calls ‘real-time agentless workload streaming’ – in other words, decoupling compute from storage without an effect on performance....

By James Bourne, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure, Migration.

Ryanair goes all-in on AWS - with machine learning capability cited as key

The AWS Summit, in London, has seen a few pieces of news emerge - including a new customer and new functionality - with machine learning at the heart of it.

The cloud infrastructure behemoth announced Ryanair will be going all-in, with the Irish-headquartered airline set to close 'the vast majority' of its data centres in the coming three years. This includes moving from Microsoft's SQL Server to Aurora, Amazon's MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database engine.

Ryanair said machine learning, from...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud to launch in Switzerland, furthering global expansion

Google Cloud is already expanding into five new regions this year – and now Switzerland can be added to the list.

The move to open facilities in Zurich will mean Google has half a dozen regions in Europe, taking the overall total of existing and announced regions to 20. The Swiss zones will open in the first half of 2019, Google said.

“Customers in Switzerland will benefit from lower latency for their cloud-based workloads and data, and the region is also designed for high availability, launching with three...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Google, Infrastructure.

Alibaba posts $700 million quarterly cloud revenues, cites AI in strategic plays

Revenues at Alibaba have soared to $9.8 billion US (£7.2bn) for the company’s most recent quarter – with cloud computing revenues nudging $700 million.

The figures represent another good quarter for the Chinese eCommerce giant, whose cloud push continues to intensify. Cloud revenues, which topped at $699m went up 103% year over year, while total revenues saw a 61% yearly increase.

Alibaba puts its revenues in four buckets; core commerce, which was at $8.1bn, cloud, digital media and...

By James Bourne, 04 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Applications, Economy, Infrastructure.

HubSpot, SendGrid and Nutanix among top public cloud computing companies to work for

HubSpot, SendGrid, and Nutanix are among the top publicly traded cloud companies to work for, with Algolia, Asana and Canopy taking the honours for private firms, according to new research.

The study comes from workplace ranker Glassdoor alongside Battery Ventures, and puts the analysis together based on CEO approval rating as well as ‘positive business outlook.’  

The report is the second from the companies, after 2016’s analysis. Since then, several companies have swapped over from...

By James Bourne, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Private, Public, Research.

Kubernetes in focus with new updates from CNCF, Red Hat, Cisco, and more

With KubeCon and CloudNativeCon taking place in Copenhagen this week, it is not surprising that a series of Kubernetes-based announcements has hit the wires over the past 24 hours – with Cisco, Red Hat and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) taking top honours.

The CNCF, which maintains Kubernetes alongside other open source technologies, has announced the launch of a certified Kubernetes application developer (CKAD) examination, alongside a Kubernetes for...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Kubernetes, Platform.

Many European organisations lacking fully fledged multi-cloud strategy, says IDC

Multi-cloud is certainly a compelling trend – but according to new data from IDC, fewer than 10% of European organisations are fully on-board with a multi-cloud strategy.

The analyst firm argues that multiple cloud service usage will be an inevitability – but understanding and strategy from European firms varies wildly.

More than a third of firms polled overall (34%) said they had no plans to move workloads from current cloud providers in the coming 12 months. Yet for the UK market, 29% of...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Research, Trends.

How resellers can make a difference in enabling organisations’ cloud transformations

Resellers and channel partners can do more to guide organisations into a cloudy future by leveraging IaaS and PaaS solutions, according to a new report from Ingram Micro.

The study, which surveyed 250 UK-based cloud end users as well as 50 resellers, found Azure was the most popular IaaS solution sold by resellers, followed by Amazon S3 and Google Compute Engine – while Azure is significantly ahead on the PaaS side.

The paper’s hypothesis is simple. As organsiations’ cloud desires are often...

By James Bourne, 01 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Research.

SD-WAN interest grows as enterprises become more cloud-ready, research finds

As enterprises are embracing the cloud, SD-WAN is more likely to be on the table for their technological roadmaps.

This is the primary finding from a survey conducted by analyst firm IHS Markit. The WAN Strategies North America study found almost three quarters (74%) of organisations polled conducted SD-WAN lab trials in 2017, with many of these moving into production trials and, eventually, live production, this year.

Investments in wide area networks more generally continue undimmed, with the adoption of...

By James Bourne, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

AWS and Microsoft bask in strong financials – but is AI the battleground for the next ‘cloud wars’?

Amazon and Microsoft have joined IBM and Google in reporting its quarterly numbers – and the good news just keeps on coming for the hyperscalers and the cloud market in general.

Amazon announced total revenues of $51 billion (£36.9bn) in the first quarter, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) contributing $5.4bn (£3.94bn), or 10.6% of all revenues. This compares favourably with this time last year, AWS hitting $3.66bn of total revenues of $35.7bn in Q117, with AWS passing $5bn for the first time

By James Bourne, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Economy, Google, Microsoft, Vendors.