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.

AWS launches blockchain service – six months after saying it wasn’t interested in the technology

It turns out Amazon Web Services (AWS) may have been throwing us all a bit of a curveball with regards to blockchain. The cloud infrastructure giant has announced the launch of AWS Blockchain Templates – having previously said the technology wasn’t in the company’s plans.

Back in November, at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, the company’s dozens of announcements...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud securing ‘larger, more strategic’ deals as latest financials announced

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says his company’s cloud operations are ‘growing well’ with larger, strategic deals in place as more impressive financial results were revealed.

The company’s parent, Alphabet, posted Q118 financials earlier this week with $31.15 billion (£22.3bn) in total revenue for the quarter. Advertising revenues were at $26.6bn, while ‘other’ revenues – of which Google Cloud is a part – hit $4.35bn, a 35% increase on this time last year....

By James Bourne, 25 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Google.

New research explores challenges and potential with cloud-based analytics

What is the state of cloud analytics today? New research from Teradata argues that while most organisations want to run all of their analytics in the cloud by 2023, the journey is taking longer than anticipated.

The findings, which appear in the company’s latest report, titled ‘The State of Analytics in the Cloud’ polling leaders at 700 global organisations, show an apparent disconnect. 83% of respondents said public cloud was the best place to run analytics, but an even higher number (91%)...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Research.

SAP offers manufacturers further route into the cloud with new release

German software giant SAP has announced the launch of its Digital Manufacturing Cloud, which will enable manufacturing providers to deploy Industry 4.0 technologies in the cloud.

The announcement was made at the 2018 Hannover Messe, the yearly technological jamboree for all things industrial. The product includes business system integration, meaning greater visibility for the shop floor, as well as predictive analytics and a cloud-based collaboration system connecting customers with manufacturing service...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , SAP, Software.

Netflix ‘testing waters’ with Google illustrates how it’s a mad, mad, multi-cloud world

Updated 1700 BST: Netflix has always been considered the poster child of Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployment – but the streaming and entertainment giant is utilising Google Cloud for certain workloads.

According to a report from The Information (paywall), citing sources close to the company, Netflix is using Google’s cloud for several functions, from disaster recovery to artificial intelligence.

The report...

By James Bourne, 23 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, DevOps, Google, Infrastructure, Platform.

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.