CloudHealth Technologies announces further European expansion

CloudHealth Technologies, Boston-based cloud management and cost optimisation provider, is expanding further into Europe by making ‘significant investments’ in the region.

The company is forming a development team in London, as well as the typical expansion bases of expanding its employee, partner and customer base. CloudHealth adds it has grown its London employee base by 300%, as well as hitting 83% revenue growth in EMEA. London is not the company’s only European office, with operations...

By James Bourne, 20 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Platform.

How the changing security landscape is forcing cloud providers to respond

The RSA Conference in San Francisco is a hotbed of news, analysis and reports on the security industry, with research from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and automation software provider Sonatype being of particular interest.

The CSA report, State of Cloud Security 2018, assesses the steps cloud providers and enterprises are taking when it comes to security, as well as regulation and the changing threat landscape.

The report notes that as the landscape for cloud services expands, so do the security options...

By James Bourne, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data Management, Research, Security.

Automation, DevOps and unified security management key to cure cloud ills, says McAfee

Cloud services are becoming practically ubiquitous – but according to the latest study from McAfee, one in four organisations who use the public cloud has had their data stolen.

The findings appear in ‘Navigating a Cloudy Sky: Practical Guidance and the State of Cloud Security’, a report which surveyed more than 1,400 IT professionals around security concerns with private and public cloud services.

Usage numbers are as strong as one would expect – except for one. 97% of respondents...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Singapore overtakes Hong Kong to become strongest Asia Pacific cloud nation

Singapore has overtaken Hong Kong to be the number one cloud-ready Asia Pacific nation, according to the latest report from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).

The two regions have swapped places since the previous analysis two years ago, with New Zealand retaining bronze medal position, and Japan and Taiwan overtaking Australia. While the latter has slipped a couple of places in the rankings, ACCA said it was still a ‘strong regional contender’ which performed well in most areas but was...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration, Research, Security.

Hong Kong analysis shows importance of cloud technologies in improving productivity and ROI

Cloud technologies are key to Hong Kong businesses according to a new report from SolarWinds – but containers, blockchain and robotics still have a fair way to go yet.

The findings appear in the company’s latest IT trends report, ‘The Intersection of Hype and Performance.’ The research polled 75 IT practitioners, managers and directors in Hong Kong – with the overall research quizzing more than 800 respondents across four continents – and found cloud and hybrid IT was the...

By James Bourne, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research.

Hybrid cloud security strategies analysed in new research

Hybrid cloud and multi-cloud security is becoming top of mind for organisations – but many still persist with best of breed tools for both systems rather than combining into one ‘best of suite’ offering.

That is the key finding following a report from Santa Clara-based Cavirin Systems. The report, which polled more than 350 IT admins, IT decision makers and C-suite executives, found 81% of organisations currently deploy a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy, with 11% only going on-premise and 8%...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Research, Security.

Public cloud market to surpass $300bn by 2021 says Gartner – with 21% growth this year

Public cloud continues to go up and up: according to Gartner, the market will grow 21.4% in 2018 to total $186.4 billion (£131.4bn).

Almost 40% of this will come from software as a service (SaaS), with a quarter to come from what Gartner calls cloud business process services (BPaaS) – delivering business process outsourcing (BPO) – and 22% to come from infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

IaaS, however, will outstrip BPaaS by 2021 according to Gartner’s predictions. In three years total...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

HPE acquires RedPixie to add Azure skills to its cloud consulting arm

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the acquisition of London-based RedPixie to further bolster its cloud consulting expertise.

RedPixie’s vision, in the company’s own words, is ‘to go beyond technology, building and managing Azure hybrid solutions for clients in financial services.’ The company was founded in 2010 and comprises a team of business consultants, cloud architects and data scientists.

The acquisition will fall under the remit of HPE Pointnext, the...

By James Bourne, 11 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, M&A, Microsoft, Migration.

Google achieves 100% renewable energy target – becoming first public cloud to do so

Google has touted itself as the first public cloud provider to run all its clouds on renewable energy.

The company, which says it is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world – almost three times as much as Amazon and Microsoft, its primary cloud rivals – has been working to attain this goal for the best part of a decade.

With the belief that 2017 would be the year the ‘road to 100%’ would be completed, the company ramped up its efforts. 2016 saw Google’s...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure.

Alibaba Cloud expands to Turkey with new partnership

Alibaba’s cloud expansion continues: the company has announced an expansion into Turkey alongside E-Glober.

E-Glober, the only authorised agent and business partner of Alibaba.com in Turkey, will provide their local connections and insights with Alibaba Cloud’s global infrastructure to ‘provide a compelling offering to meet the digitalisation and international expansion needs of local companies’, as the press materials put it.

Alibaba is pushing its Elastic Compute Service (ECS) with...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Europe, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Microsoft responds to speed of CLOUD Act enactment and data privacy concerns

Microsoft has admitted the speed in which the CLOUD Act was enacted was ‘a bit of a shock’ – but added there was more to do to protect users’ privacy rights across borders.

The act, which stands for ‘clarifying lawful overseas use of data’, was signed into law two weeks ago and ultimately represents the culmination of a case which began four years ago concerning an email in Dublin.

During a drug trafficking investigation in 2013, Microsoft refused to provide details of an...

By James Bourne, 06 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Oracle enhances its UK cloud services with new region

Oracle has announced the availability of enhanced UK cloud services promising customers ‘unprecedented levels of performance and availability’.

The company will expand its UK cloud region, which comprises three physically separate, high bandwidth and low latency sites, and will offer a range of Oracle PaaS and IaaS services, as well as the highly publicised autonomous database service.

To that end, the company rolled out a couple of satisfied customers; the National Grid, who said using...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Platform.

GoDaddy goes all-in on AWS, citing containers expertise as key

Hosting provider GoDaddy is going all-in on Amazon Web Services (AWS) moving the ‘vast majority of its infrastructure’ over to Amazon as well as maintaining an active interest in containerised apps.

The move, announced by AWS, will see GoDaddy utilise various services, including Amazon EKS, its elastic container service for Kubernetes launched at the company’s re:Invent event at the end of November. Other services being used include P2, AWS’ general purpose GPU instances ‘to...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, Platform.

Oracle announces first autonomous database service, promises to ‘redefine cloud database’

Larry Ellison praised Amazon for ‘inventing’ the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market – but with the announcement of the first service based on Oracle’s much-touted autonomous database, the company aims to go bigger and better than the IaaS behemoth.

At an event yesterday, Ellison announced the launch of the Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud. As the company put it, the new product ‘delivers all of the analytical capabilities, security features, and high availability of...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, PaaS, Platform.

Red Hat posts positive financials, cites CoreOS acquisition as key

Another day, another earnings report where cloud is cited as the primary mover. This time it’s Red Hat, whose fourth quarter and full year revenues have gone up 23% and 21% year over year respectively.

Full year revenues were at $2.9 billion (£2.05bn) while fourth quarter total revenue was at $772 million (£546.4m). The company’s subscription revenue from infrastructure-related offerings was at $510m for the most recent quarter, representing two thirds of total revenue, while total...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Economy, OpenSource, Platform.

Pivotal Software goes for a $100 million IPO

Pivotal Software, the arbiter of the open source Cloud Foundry project and one of the many horses in Dell’s stable, has filed for an IPO worth a potential $100 million (£70.4m).

The S-1 filing revealed Pivotal posted overall revenues of $509.4m for fiscal 2018, at an increase of 22.4% from the year before, with subscription revenue exceeding services revenue for the first time at $259m.

The company said it had 319 ‘subscription customers’ – defined as companies who spend at least...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, PaaS, Platform.

More cloud security education needed – but shared responsibility message getting through

Organisations still believe their information is safer on-premise rather than in the cloud – and it’s a mindset that IT security firm Barracuda Networks wants to change.

According to the company, who polled more than 600 respondents around their experiences with cloud security, more than four in five (83%) said they were concerned about deploying firewalls in the cloud, while more than half (57%) of EMEA-based respondents said their on-premises security was superior to cloud.

When it came to the...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, DevOps, Research, Security.

How AI will influence the world of cloud-based collaboration and conferencing

Those who attended Cloud Expo Europe earlier this week took their opportunity to assess the next level of cloud services, ranging from blockchain, to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

The cloud underpins these technologies and enables them to flourish, while as this publication has previously reported, the M&A cycle has been lit up by it. But what are some of the practical applications for...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Software.

Google Cloud beefs up security on GCP, G Suite and more in major update

Google Cloud has unveiled major security revamps to its portfolio, across Google Cloud Platform (GCP), G Suite, Chrome Enterprise, and more.

The company has made 20 announcements in total in conjunction with the CEO Security Forum in New York. GCP had no fewer than eight notes, with alpha services around security perimeters and cloud asset management the highlights.

VPC Service Controls aims to stop identity mismanagement, misconfigured policies and compromised virtual machines by creating a security...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Google, Security.