How cloud computing, AI and IoT will transform semiconductor companies’ revenues in 2018

The Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing are among the key application markets in driving semiconductor providers’ revenue streams over the coming year, according to a new report from KPMG.

Of the 150 semiconductor industry leaders surveyed by the professional service provider, three quarters said wireless communications, including smartphones and other mobile devices, are either important or very important. This number is down from 84% in 2016. IoT was cited by 63%...

By James Bourne, 16 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research.

Oracle CloudWorld: New data centres, product updates, and how CFOs can lead the cloud revolution

This week has seen a bevy of announcements from Oracle at its CloudWorld event in New York, from a launch of 12 new data centre regions, to product launches, to acquisitions.

Monday saw Oracle announce plans to ‘significantly expand its modern cloud infrastructure footprint’, including the opening of 12 data centre regions across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Countries include China, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, and Switzerland. The company claims...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software.

UKCloud partnership with Microsoft and Cisco pushes forward multi-cloud for public sector

UKCloud has announced a collaboration with Microsoft and Cisco to provide what is claimed to be the UK’s only implementation of Microsoft Azure Stack dedicated to the public sector.

The company says it is moving its focus from ‘public cloud for public sector’ to becoming ‘multi-cloud experts’, as organisations progress from initial cloud deployments. Through Cisco as an OEM partner, companies can use Azure alongside other platforms, such as Oracle, VMware, and OpenStack.

As analyst firm...

By James Bourne, 14 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Government, Infrastructure, PublicSector, Regulation.

RightScale State of the Cloud 2018: Azure gains on AWS, enterprise cloud spend increases

Enterprise cloud spend is on the up while Microsoft Azure gains ground on Amazon Web Services (AWS), according to the latest RightScale State of the Cloud report.

The study, which polled almost 1,000 respondents, found that Azure enterprise adoption was at 58%, gaining around on AWS with 68%. For organisations who have just begun their cloud journeys (below), Azure leads AWS, in 49% and 47% implementation respectively.

By James Bourne, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Why blockchain holds ‘great promise’ for securing connected devices and systems

Blockchain technologies hold ‘great promise’ for securing connected devices and systems, according to a new paper from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The report, put together by the alliance’s Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology Working Group and titled ‘Using Blockchain Technology to Secure the Internet of Things’, explores the intersection between the two technologies, as well as giving an extensive overview of deployment options.

As the report puts it, a cloud-enabled...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Blockchain, Infrastructure.

Google makes its cloud TPU chips available in beta for machine learning expertise

Google has announced that its cloud tensor processing unit (TPU) chips are available in beta on Google Cloud Platform, aimed at speeding and scaling up specific machine learning workloads.

The company claims that using the new chips will help train business-critical machine learning models in hours rather than days or weeks. The units will utilise TensorFlow, the open source machine learning framework, with up to 180 teraflops of floating point performance – in other words, being capable of handling 180...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Software.

More organisations opting not to calculate cloud ROI, ISACA finds

An interesting series of findings from ISACA in its latest report: almost one in three organisations polled are not calculating return on investment in their cloud computing initiatives.

The findings, which appear in a report titled ‘How Enterprises Are Calculating Cloud ROI – And Why Some Enterprises Are Moving Ahead Without It’, reveal how companies are increasingly moving away from the ROI model. “If ROI is not calculated in advance of implementation, it becomes difficult to...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Regulation, Research.

How IBM is focusing on containers, blockchain, machine learning and more in its cloud push

Last month, IBM put out its most recent earnings report – and one statistic stood out. For the first time in more than five years, revenue did not decline from the previous year’s quarter.

Cloud revenue was $17 billion for the year, while run rate in the company’s as-a-service offerings was more than $10bn. Speaking to analysts, James Kavanaugh, IBM senior VP and chief financial officer, said the company was ‘doing a lot of work to reposition [the] business, to help move clients to the...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Containers, Data & Analytics, Economy, Software.

Bessemer sees blockchain, serverless and APIs influencing the cloud arena in 2018

Serverless computing, APIs and blockchain are all going to shape the cloud landscape in 2018 and beyond, according to the latest State of the Cloud report from Bessemer Venture Partners.

The influential annual report, the fourth of its kind, takes a look at the state of investments, IPOs and future trends in the cloud realm. The cloud IPO market recovered somewhat in 2017 compared to 2016’s slump, with Okta, Cloudera and MongoDB among the companies taking the plunge – yet...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Containers, Economy, Infrastructure, M&A, Research.

More small businesses paying for cloud storage – but they may not be getting value for money

More than four in five small businesses (81%) say they pay for their cloud storage, representing an increase of 10% over the last three years, according to new data from B2B research firm Clutch.

The study, which polled 300 IT decision makers at US small businesses who use cloud storage, aimed to examine what small businesses need to know when looking for a storage provider, as well as how vendors can better market their tools to small businesses.

The figures show that even small businesses who got on board...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Research, Software, Storage.

Microsoft aims to snare Box, Dropbox and Google customers with new OneDrive deal

Look out Box, Dropbox and Google – Microsoft is offering free OneDrive to customers of its cloud storage rivals in an attempt to poach them.

The move was announced on an official Microsoft blog yesterday. The company will offer free OneDrive for Business to Box, Dropbox and Google customers with a couple of caveats; the organisations must not currently be OneDrive for Business or Office 365...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Microsoft, Storage, Virtualisation.

The importance of getting security on-board early in cloud projects

It goes without saying that security is a vital part – the most vital part – of cloud projects. But getting security engagement in early will make the whole process easier, from reduced risk of data loss to quicker project delivery.

That is the key finding from a new report by Hurwitz & Associates. The paper, sponsored by Lacework and titled ‘Balancing Velocity and Security in the Cloud’, polled 85 IT leaders from the Americas and Europe and examined the importance of automation in...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Cisco says cloud traffic will represent 95% of total data centre traffic by 2021

Cloud data centre traffic will represent 95% of total data centre traffic by 2021, while 94% of workloads and compute instances will be processed by cloud data centres in the same year.

This is the key finding from the latest Cisco Global Cloud Index report, which again offers mind-boggling forecasts and statistics around future computing power. This time around, the report predicts that global cloud data centre traffic will hit 19.5 zettabytes (ZB) per year by 2021, up from 6 ZB per year in 2016. When it...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research, SaaS , Software.

Cisco launches container platform offering in continued Google collaboration

Containers will continue to make a big noise in 2018 – and Cisco has made its own push with the launch of its own container platform in collaboration with Google Cloud.

The move, which ‘simplifies and accelerates how application development and IT operations teams configure, deploy, and manage container clusters based on 100% upstream Kubernetes’, as the press materials put it, is being played as an extension of Cisco and Google Cloud’s hybrid cloud partnership, previously announced in...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Platform.

AWS passes $5 billion in quarterly revenue with a $20bn run rate

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has surpassed $5 billion (£3.6bn) in revenues for the most recent quarter, representing an almost 45% increase year over year and a $20 billion run rate.

The company’s latest financial results show revenues of $60.5bn across the company in the fourth quarter, with particular focus on Alexa. CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement that “we don’t see positive surprises of this magnitude very often – expect us to double down.”

In the company’s...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Vendors.

Microsoft posts more solid cloud growth with $28.9bn in overall revenue for Q218

Microsoft continues to cite the cloud as the key to its success; the company has posted revenues of $28.9 billion and operating income of $8.7bn for Q218, an increase of 12% and 10% respectively.

While the company does not give specific numbers for Azure, saying its revenue has gone up 98%, its ‘intelligent cloud’ bucket – which focuses on Azure and server products, saw revenues of $7.8bn, an increase of 15% year over year, while the ‘productivity and business processes’...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Microsoft.

Red Hat acquires CoreOS for $250 million to boost container play

Red Hat has announced the acquisition of CoreOS, a provider of Kubernetes and container solutions, for $250 million (£176.5m).

The move will help Red Hat ‘further its vision of enabling customers to build any application and deploy them in any environment with the flexibility afforded by open source’, as the company put it. “We believe this acquisition cements Red Hat as a cornerstone of hybrid cloud and modern app deployments,” said Paul Cornier, Red Hat president of products...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Containers, M&A, OpenSource, Platform.

SAP praises ‘stellar cloud bookings’, reiterates 2020 vision and acquires Callidus Software

Updated SAP has praised ‘stellar cloud bookings’ in its Q417 financial results, with total revenue across all segments at €6.805 billion (£6bn) and cloud and software revenues comprising 85% of that figure.

New cloud bookings were at €591 million for the quarter ended December 31 2017, up 22% from the previous year. The figures show a steady continuation of a long-term trend. Cloud subscriptions and support went up 21% to €997m year over year, while the more traditional software...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SAP, Software.

Amazon Web Services acquires advanced threat platform provider Sqrrl

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has acquired Sqrrl, an advanced threat detection platform provider, according to an announcement from the latter.

A statement from Mark Terenzoni, CEO of Sqrrl, explained: “We’re thrilled to share that Sqrrl has been acquired by Amazon. We will be joining the Amazon Web Services family, and we’re looking forward to working together on customer offerings for the future.”

Sqrrl offers a ‘threat hunting’ platform which combines technology...

By James Bourne, 29 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, M&A, Security.