Gartner says tipping point in cloud PaaS is almost complete – with $20bn market revenue in 2019

An interesting if brief note from the analysts at Gartner this week: according to their forecasts, almost half of today’s platform as a service (PaaS) service offerings are cloud-only, with a $20 billion (£15.02bn) market revenue by the end of this year.

The analyst firm’s landscape details more than 550 PaaS offerings from 360 vendors across 21 market segments. 48% of these offerings are cloud-only, with 90%...

By James Bourne, 28 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Platform, Research.

Red Hat: On bridging between the first wave of cloud and next generation platforms

MWC19 For Red Hat, it may sometimes be easier to list what the company doesn't do rather than what it does. The overall umbrella of 'making open source technologies for the enterprise' can range from containers, to cloud, to 5G. But ultimately, as the company has noted at MWC Barcelona this week, it's all developing into a hybrid universe - and it's a space where their customers and partners feel increasingly comfortable.

This is a message of which regular followers of the company - particularly

By James Bourne, 26 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

Check Point exposes yet more shared responsibility misunderstandings for cloud security

Almost one in five organisations polled by cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point Software say they have been victim to a cloud security incident over the past year, while more than a quarter still believe security is the responsibility of the cloud provider.

These and other worrying findings have appeared in Check Point’s latest study. The 2019 Security Report, of which this is the third instalment and combined...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security.

Redis Labs further changes licensing terms – to make developers happy and keep big cloud vendors at bay

Open source database provider Redis Labs has announced Redis Source Available License (RSAL), representing a modification of previous licensing terms for its modules and looking towards clarification with the open source and developer communities.

The company had in August changed its terms to Apache2 modified with Commons Clause with more than one eye on the biggest cloud providers, who were packaging Redis technology into proprietary offerings and pocketing...

By James Bourne, 21 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, OpenSource, Software, Vendors.

Google Cloud acquires Alooma to bolster enterprise data migration capabilities

Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian promised an aggressive approach to enterprise cloud strategy going forward – and the company has immediately put its money where its mouth is with the acquisition of California and Tel Aviv-based startup Alooma.

Alooma aims to solve a key problem for enterprise organisations in their move to the cloud by offering a single data pipeline which is able to crunch data from various...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Google, Infrastructure, M&A.

Exploring a data-centric approach to data privacy as cloud workloads proliferate

If your organisation, like many others, is putting more and more data into the cloud, you will already know that it’s probably making your security team have kittens. Greater amounts of data being transported in real-time – not to mention the vastly increased number of mobile devices and attack vectors – means the chances for catastrophe have proliferated.

A new study from data protection provider Virtru has...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Privacy, Research, Security.

Healthcare firms go for the hybrid cloud approach with compliance and connectivity key

It continues to be a hybrid cloud-dominated landscape – and according to new research one of the traditionally toughest industries in terms of cloud adoption is now seeing it as a priority.

A report from enterprise cloud provider Nutanix has found that in two years’ time, more than a third (37%) of healthcare organisations polled said they would deploy hybrid cloud. This represents a major increase from less than a fifth...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Containers, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

LA Clippers to use Amazon Web Services for CourtVision platform

The LA Clippers are moving their CourtVision game-watching platform onto Amazon Web Services (AWS) and using machine learning to drive greater insights.

Clippers CourtVision, which was created alongside the NBA’s video tracking technology provider Second Spectrum, will have its data stored and analysed on AWS in real-time. The system uses cameras in every NBA arena to collect 3D spatial data, including ball and player locations...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Case Studies, Software.

IBM focuses on second chapter of cloud story at Think – hybrid and open but secure

It’s seconds out for round two of the cloud story – one which has hybrid and multi-cloud at its core, and is open but secured and managed properly.

That was the key message from IBM chief executive and chairman Ginni Rometty at IBM’s Think Conference in San Francisco earlier this week.

“I’ve often said we’re entering chapter two – it’s...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Google Cloud chief Kurian advocates aggressive enterprise sales strategy in opening salvo

Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian is looking to give his new employer a stronger enterprise presence – by using old-school sales tactics.

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, the former Oracle veteran noted his plan to hire more salespeople, focus more aggressively on large traditional companies, as well as look at fresh deals with systems integrators.

By James Bourne, 13 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure.

Relational databases ‘here to stay’ in the enterprise amid greater cloud and data complexity

Reports of the death of the relational database have been greatly exaggerated – at least in the enterprise.

According to a new study from Progress Software – the company’s latest annual data connectivity report – while the on-premises relational database behemoths of SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle have declined year on year, the cloud push is not yet forthcoming for mission-critical workloads.

By James Bourne, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

Databricks secures $250m funding as a16z claims its victory in big data platforms

It’s another big day for big data; analytics platform provider Databricks has raised $250 million (£193.3m) in a series E funding round and now sits atop a $2.75 billion valuation.

The funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), and featured participation from Coatue Management, Microsoft, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). In a statement, Ben Horowitz said that a16z was “thrilled” to invest in this funding round and that Databricks was the “clear winner in the big data...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Platform.

Google boasts strong cloud performance in Q4 – but is shy over revealing specifics

Updated 1820 GMT Google has claimed that the number of its cloud deals exceeding $1 million has ‘more than doubled’ over the past 12 months in what it called a ‘strong’ year – yet remained reticent in disclosing details over run rates.

The company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year results, published late yesterday, saw Google’s ‘other’ revenues – of...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google, Infrastructure.

How DevOps professionals are struggling with the daily troubleshooting grind

If your organisation is either focusing on DevOps or employs plenty of developers, make sure you keep an eye on their workloads – or face an exodus.

That’s the primary finding from IT management software provider SolarWinds. In its latest report, which polled 336 DevOps, developer and web product manager professionals (WPMs) in the US and Canada, many workers across sectors are fed up with troubleshooting being the...

By James Bourne, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Research.

AWS hits $7.4bn in Q4 revenues, comprised three quarters of 2018 overall Amazon profit

Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the benchmark for Amazon’s profit lines and continues to improve.

The company announced revenues for AWS of $7.43 billion (£5.68bn), an increase of 45% from this time last year, with AWS revenues comprising more than 10% of Amazon’s overall sales for the quarter, up from 8.4% the year before. AWS made $2.18bn after expenses for Q4, giving it a full year profit of almost $7.3bn, or...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure.

Microsoft cites ‘layers’ of Azure and cloud depth in more positive financial results

Microsoft’s investor relations team is evidently not frightened about repeating itself when it comes to financial announcements season. “Microsoft Cloud drives record fourth quarter results,” the company proclaimed in July; “Microsoft Cloud strength powers record first quarter results,” it tooted in October; and now, “Microsoft Cloud strength fuels second quarter results.”

Given the...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Security.

SAP bets big after breaking €20bn in 2018 cloud and software revenues

SAP broke €20 billion in yearly cloud and software revenues in 2018, hitting or exceeding its raised outlook metrics in the process – and the company wants more, targeting €35bn in total revenue by 2023.

The Q4 2018 financial results saw total cloud and software revenues hit €6.3 billion (£5.5bn), representing 85% of total revenues that quarter. Naturally this statistic is somewhat obfuscatory...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SAP, Software, Vendors.

Albertsons cites competition in Microsoft move – but is the retail cloud battle all it seems?

The battle for retailers’ cloud dollars continues apace, with grocer Albertsons the latest organisation to pledge its allegiance to Microsoft.

According to a CNBC report, Microsoft has signed a three-year deal to make Azure Albertsons’ preferred public cloud. The retailer, who owns the Safeway and Vons supermarket chains, will deploy the Microsoft 365 suite to employees as well...

By James Bourne, 29 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration, Vendors.

Exploring specific security pain points with enterprise cloud adoption

While the enterprise push to public cloud continues apace, it does not hurt to hear of figures which puts the scope of the journey in perspective.

According to new figures from Ping Identity, only one in five enterprises polled said they have more than half of their IT infrastructure hosted in the public cloud. Three quarters (75%) in comparison have a hybrid approach.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the key aspect holding these organisations back is security. 43% of the 300 US-based respondents said it was the...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Security.