How the cloud super-providers see the changing landscape

Earlier this week, analyst firm Cloud Spectator published its latest report on combining price and performance in the cloud. In the main, its results mirrored previous studies; that the Amazons, Microsofts and Googles of this world may not be the best option for some organisations compared with the high performance, cheaper price specialists.

So what of the behemoths, and how are their...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Salesforce acquires MuleSoft for $6.5 billion

Salesforce has announced the acquisition of application network platform provider MuleSoft for $6.5 billion, making it the largest acquisition in the company's history.

MuleSoft - which went public last year - offers a platform which connects SaaS and enterprise applications whether on-premise or in the cloud.

The company's role within Salesforce will be to 'power the new Salesforce Integration Cloud, which will enable all enterprises to surface any data - regardless of where it resides - to drive...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, M&A, Software.

How multi-cloud is forcing organisations to take a more sophisticated cloud approach

Organisations are taking a more sophisticated approach to cloud vendor selection and management with multi-cloud at the heart of this change, according to industry research firm Cloud Spectator.

The company has released its latest price-performance analysis for public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers in North America, and found again that behemoths Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform struggle in the rankings against smaller players.

Hosting provider 1and1...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research, Storage.

Oracle cloud revenue continues strong growth with more autonomous services promised

It’s the same old story for Oracle as its Q318 financial results were announced; strong cloud revenues, but what about the rest of the portfolio?

Oracle announced total revenues of $9.8 billion (£7bn) over the past three months, with total cloud revenues contributing 16% of the overall figure at $1.6bn. Cloud revenues have gone up 32% year over year; cloud software as a service, the much larger bucket, saw revenues of $1.15bn at a yearly increase of 33%, while cloud platform as a service and...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Infrastructure.

Alibaba Cloud opens up first Indonesian data centre

Alibaba claimed at Mobile World Congress that it was the fastest growing cloud provider in the world – and another step has been taken with the official opening of its Indonesian data centre.

The facility, in Jakarta, was first announced in June last year and represents the first data centre opened by a major cloud provider in the area. The...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Companies moving to the cloud without assessing outage possibilities, research argues

Organisations are moving to the cloud without evaluating the impact of a cloud outage, according to the latest study from data management provider Veritas.

The report, titled The Truth in Cloud and put together alongside Vanson Bourne, found that an ‘alarming majority’ of firms shift full responsibility for data protection, compliance and uptime on cloud service providers.

Three in five (59%) of the 1,200 global business and IT decision makers polled said dealing with cloud service interruptions...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Infrastructure, SLA.

Microsoft expands data centre plans in Europe and the Middle East

Microsoft continues to expand its data centre empire, with new locations in Germany, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates planned, the company has announced.

The expansion takes Azure to 50 regions worldwide, with other data centres in the works including South Africa and Australia. The UAE data centres will be the first inroads Microsoft has made into the Middle East, with the company citing its ‘long-standing expertise and deep local relationships’ in the area to accelerate technological...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Why we’re becoming savvier in our cloud initiatives – with object storage and containers key

The latest research report, this time from cloud cost management provider Cloudability, reveals some interesting findings: only four infrastructure services comprise almost 85% of spend among the company’s customers, while changing trends in object storage and containers are becoming apparent.

The study, which features data comprised from anonymous analysis of Cloudability’s analytics platform, found Amazon EC2 was by far the most popular service, accounting for 58.7% of spend, compared with...

By James Bourne, 14 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Research, Software, Storage.

Nutanix acquires app mapping provider Netsil in another nod to multi-cloud rise

The rise of multi-cloud has helped secure another M&A deal in the cloud division: enterprise cloud services provider Nutanix has announced the acquisition of Netsil, an app mapping, discovery and management software provider.

Netsil, based in San Francisco, aims to give enterprises complete visibility into all of their applications and services. In the words of the company, its ‘algorithm-based and non-invasive technology helps to achieve visibility and control at scale while keeping application...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, M&A, Microservices, Software.

Why a consumer approach to security – with cloud in mind – may help struggling enterprises

Are Amazon and Facebook the standard bearers when it comes to security? According to the latest identity and access management (IAM) study from Gemalto, more than half of respondents say their organisation’s work authentication methods are worse than those offered by the two tech giants.

The study, which polled more than 1,000 IT decision makers globally, found that the continued rise in cloud applications, as well as the similarly shopworn story around device proliferation, means enterprises are...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Compliance, Security, Software.

Dropbox and Salesforce commit to deeper strategic partnership

Dropbox continues to make progress after its IPO filing earlier this month, announcing a strategic partnership with Salesforce to connect platforms through new integrations.

The two companies are in their own ways poster children of the software as a service revolution; Salesforce being the first SaaS company to cross a billion dollar annual run rate, Dropbox being the fastest to do it.

While the duo already offered some level of integration – the Dropbox for Salesforce app has been available on...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Salesforce, Software, Storage.

UK makes strides to become a top five cloud nation says BSA – with Germany leading the way

The UK is making strides in the international cloud arena, according to the latest report from The Software Alliance (BSA), driven by strong data protection laws and cybersecurity strategy.

The alliance’s latest Global Cloud Computing Scorecard, a study which assesses cloud policies worldwide, puts the UK in fourth position out of 24 leading IT economies, behind only Germany, Japan, and the United States. This represents a significant improvement for Blighty compared with a ninth placed finish in...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Pentagon opens winner-takes-all cloud defence contract – as REAN tender pared back

Microsoft said earlier this week that government IT had reached a tipping point towards moving to the cloud – and now another large US contract is up for grabs.

During an Industry Day yesterday, plans were revealed by the Pentagon for the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) opened up for tender to any single cloud provider.

The key is in the word ‘single’: as reported

By James Bourne, 08 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Government, Infrastructure.

VMware Cloud on AWS now available in Europe – with more regions promised

The joint cloud offering from VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now available in Europe, the former has announced, with London first on the list and Frankfurt to join in due course.

VMware Cloud on AWS, which offers benefits to joint customers including workload portability between private and public clouds, had previously been available in AWS’ US West and US East regions.

The service was only made initially available

By James Bourne, 07 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Europe, Infrastructure, Private, Public, VMware.

Kubernetes takes step up as it ‘graduates’ from Cloud Native Computing Foundation

It’s official: Kubernetes has hit the big time. According to a missive from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the Google-designed, CNCF-maintained project is the first to ‘graduate’ from its foundation, throwing its mortarboard in the air in time-honoured tradition at the Open Source Leadership Summit in Sonoma Valley, California.

So what does this actually mean? Each technology adopted by the CNCF – of which there are 16 including Kubernetes – theoretically goes...

By James Bourne, 07 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Kubernetes, OpenSource, Platform.

Google Cloud announces healthcare APIs and updates – as Apple and Spotify revealed as customers

It has been an interesting week or so for Google Cloud, both directly and indirectly. The company has announced new APIs, updates and customers for its healthcare cloud initiative, while other high-profile customers have been disclosed.

At HiMSS, the healthcare information and management systems society conference, Google launched a new cloud healthcare API, which is better equipped to focus on data types such as HL7, FHIR and DICOM, and also allows customers to crunch the numbers using analytics and machine...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Google, Infrastructure, Security.

Microsoft expands government cloud offerings as company says IT shift ‘reaches tipping point’

Microsoft has beefed up its government cloud offerings, launching government-specific editions of Microsoft 365 and Azure Stack, as well as greater security and compliance in Dynamics 365.

Microsoft 365, which comprises Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), and Azure Stack, which extends Azure to on-premises environments, are being upgraded as Microsoft acknowledges faster acceleration of government organisations moving to the cloud.

“This move is driven largely by the desire...

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

Enterprise software lit up by ‘eye-catching’ M&A deals in 2017, says Hampleton Partners

It’s a simple proposition for traditional companies in today’s tech-heavy marketplace: assess the prospects of technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, the Internet of Things and more, or be left behind.

That is the verdict of mergers and acquisitions advisor Hampleton Partners in its latest report focusing on the tech M&A outlook up until 2020.

Back in August,...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Enterprise, M&A, Research, Software.

Cloudian secures $125m in funding, cites AI and Amazon S3 API in driving object storage growth

It has been a busy couple of weeks for storage provider Cloudian. The company has announced $125 million (£90.7m) in funding, a short time after its most recent product release.

The funding round is being made alongside Digital Alpha Capital, a private equity firm focused on software as a service (SaaS) and eCommerce providers, with $100 million going on ‘consumption-model financing’ – or debt financing, as it is recorded in...

By James Bourne, 02 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Software, Storage.