Companies' cloud security getting better - but slowly, argues SANS Institute

Cloud security best practices are improving - but there is still a long way to go, according to a new report from SANS Institute.

The study, which polled several hundred respondents across the IT spectrum, came about, as author Dave Shackleford put it, as the result of concerning news stories around the security space. IDC found back in April that worldwide IT security spending would hit $103.1 billion by the end of...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Research, Security.

VMware acquires Bitnami to accelerate multi-cloud and enterprise deployments

VMware has announced its intent to acquire Bitnami, a provider of application packaging and delivery, to help accelerate app delivery for multi-cloud use cases.

Bitnami, based out of San Francisco, offers organisations the capability to deploy a multitude of applications through its libraries either natively or across a plethora of cloud providers. The company was a graduate of Y Combinator and was noted for a reticence on funding, only accepting a seed round in May 2013.

This need for greater enterprise...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, M&A, VMware.

Google Cloud launches Osaka data centre region, cites strategic importance of Japan

Google Cloud has announced the official launch of its Osaka cloud data centre region, making it the second facility in Japan and the 20th overall.

The Osaka region, as with all Google Cloud facilities aside from Iowa, has three availability zones and comes with the standard product set, including Compute Engine, App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery.

The...

By James Bourne, 15 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure.

Unravel Data secures $35 million series C funding to help combine APM with big data muscle

Meet Unravel Data. The California-based big data software provider has secured $35 million (£27.1m) in a series C funding round – with the aim of revamping the application performance management (APM) space.

The round was led by Point72 Ventures, with participation from Harmony Partners, as well as existing investors Menlo Ventures, GGV Capital, and M12, formerly Microsoft Ventures.

By James Bourne, 14 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Economy.

SAP embraces AWS, Microsoft and Google for clearer cloudy customer journeys

For vendors who aren’t at the very top tier of the cloud industry, it can sometimes be a case of Muhammad and the mountain. You can use their migration path to the cloud, or you can just get Amazon, Microsoft, or Google to do it for you. SAP appears to understand this, if its newest launch, Embrace, is anything to go by.

The company announced at its SAPPHIRE NOW event a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS),...

By James Bourne, 10 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration, SAP, Vendors.

Red Hat gets Microsoft and IBM CEOs on stage to double down on open, hybrid future

Ever had that feeling of regret when you find you’re double booked? Well, spare a thought for the enterprise and developer tech world this week. On the US West Coast, Microsoft Build has just completed in Washington while Google I/O charges on in California. On the Atlantic side, meanwhile, ProgressNEXT continues in Florida – where sister publication

By James Bourne, 09 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, Microsoft, OpenSource, Platform.

Sumo Logic secures $110 million in series G round to focus on DevSecOps use cases

Sumo Logic, a California-based big data and analytics platform provider, has announced an $110 million (£84.5m) funding round – and secured a more than $1 billion valuation in the process.

The funding round, which was led by Battery Ventures and also featured contributions from Tiger Global Management and Franklin Templeton, will aim to in the company’s own words continue to keep its position ‘as the SaaS...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, DevOps, Economy, Platform.

Enterprises rethinking their Oracle relationships, argues Rimini Street

The majority of Oracle customers are 'currently or actively planning to reduce their spend' with the software giant citing cost, maintenance, and aggressive sales tactics, according to a new report.

The study, published by enterprise software support firm Rimini Street and titled 'Why Enterprises are Rethinking Their Oracle Relationship and Cloud Strategy', explored respondents' relationships with Oracle as well as appetite for its SaaS offerings.

More than three in five (61%) of those...

By James Bourne, 03 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Software.

Google’s cloudy head count and revenues remain on the up – but specifics are still a while off

Google is still not quite ready to divulge specifics around its cloud – yet the numbers continue to rise, whether it is from revenues or employees.

Alphabet’s Q1 earnings, published yesterday, saw total revenues of $36.3 billion (£27.8bn) for the most recent three months, an uptick of 16% on the previous year. Google’s other revenues, of which Google Cloud forms a part, shifted up 25% to $5.4bn...

By James Bourne, 30 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Google.

CloudBees acquires Electric Cloud to further CI/CD mission

CloudBees has announced the acquisition of San Jose-based software veteran Electric Cloud, with the aim to become the ‘first provider of end-to-end continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous deployment and ARA (application-release automation).

The acquisition will marry two leaders in their respective fields. Electric Cloud was named as a leader in reports from both Gartner and Forrester around application release...

By James Bourne, 18 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, DevOps, Infrastructure, M&A, OpenSource, Platform.

VMware’s blockchain now integrates with DAML smart contract language

VMware’s move into the blockchain space represents the latest cloud vendor getting involved with the technology – and it has been enhanced with the announcement of an integration with Digital Asset.

Digital Asset, which operates DAML, an open source language for constructing smart contracts, is integrating the latter with the VMware Blockchain platform. The move to open source DAML was relatively recent, and the...

By James Bourne, 17 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Infrastructure, VMware.

HPE secures Nutanix and Google Cloud hybrid cloud partnerships

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been busy on the partnership front of late. The company has announced deals with Nutanix, to deliver an integrated ‘hybrid cloud as a service’ to market, as well as with Google Cloud around simplifying hybrid cloud adoption.

Both partnerships will utilise HPE GreenLake, the company’s consumption-based IT model. Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software will be delivered...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Vendors.

Google Cloud stresses hybrid and multi-cloud at Next – as well as sealing a major open source deal

Analysis Google Cloud means open, hybrid and multi-cloud. The company took the keynote at Next in San Francisco to offer more flexibility with using other vendors such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) – but that’s where the familiarity ended.

The biggest product news to come out of the session was moving its cloud services platform, rebranded as Anthos, to accommodate AWS and Microsoft Azure. Anthos lets users “build and manage...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure, OpenSource.

Bitglass secures $70m series D funding to further enhance CASB space

Cloud access security broker (CASB) Bitglass has announced a $70 million (£53.6m) funding round aimed at consolidating its leadership of the CASB and cloud security market.

The round, a series D, included a new investor in the shape of Quadrille Capital, as well as existing investors Future Fund, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Norwest, and Singtel Innov8. NEA, as regular readers of this publication will be aware, is a regular investor in the cloud space, with...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Security, Software.

Why Africa’s cloud and data centre ecosystem will – eventually – be a land of serious opportunity

Take a look at the data centre footprint of the three largest cloud infrastructure vendors – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud – and you are met with a breathless marketing message.

Azure (picture below, middle) promises 54 regions worldwide – the terminology differs for each one – promising ‘more global regions than any other cloud provider.’ AWS’ cloud...

By James Bourne, 05 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Financial services moving to hybrid cloud – but rearchitecting legacy systems remains a challenge

The move to hybrid cloud is one which virtually every industry is undertaking – but the financial services industry is getting there ahead of most.

According to the latest data issued by Nutanix for its Enterprise Cloud Index Report, more than one in five financial organisations polled (21%) are deploying a hybrid cloud model today. This is up from the global average of 18.5%. 91% of those polled said hybrid cloud was their ‘ideal’ IT...

By James Bourne, 05 April 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Industry, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Chef aims to cook on gas with newly unveiled ‘100% open always’ mentality

Software and DevOps provider Chef has announced a commitment to move to open source for all of its software going forward, saying it “welcomes any use of its open source projects for any purpose.”

The move will see Chef use the Apache 2.0 license and allows open source collaboration under the four essential freedoms of FOSS (free and open source software); to run the program as wished for any purpose, to study how...

By James Bourne, 03 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.