Alibaba Cloud looks to integrated and intelligent future at Beijing summit

Alibaba Cloud has taken the opportunity provided by its most recent Beijing Summit to elaborate on its near 10-year history – and explore a more integrated and intelligent future.

The company noted that its cloud arm was ‘becoming the main business focus of Alibaba Group’ and that cloud adoption was ‘expected to continue and become more immersive in the traditional sectors across China.’  

By James Bourne, 21 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

HPE aims to deliver on hybrid cloud consultancy prowess with Right Mix Advisor launch

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been focused on the long road of what it calls the ‘innovative enterprise’ and building up its cloud consultancy with the acquisitions of RedPixie and Cloud Technology Partners. Now, it is ready to put that knowledge to the test.

The company has announced the launch of HPE Right Mix Advisor, which is claimed to be an industry-first product recommending the ‘ideal hybrid cloud...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

AWS will support NVIDIA’s T4 GPUs focusing on intensive machine learning workloads

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will release its latest GPU-equipped instance with support for NVIDIA’s T4 Tensor Core GPUs with a particular focus on machine learning workloads.

The specs, while not fully there yet, promise so far AWS-custom Intel CPUs, up to 384 gibibytes (GiB) of memory, up to 1.8 TB of fast local NVMe storage, and up to 100 Gbps in networking capacity.

From NVIDIA’s side,...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Infrastructure.

AWS’ contribution to Elasticsearch may only further entrench the open source vendor and cloud war

Last week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced it was launching an open source value-added distribution for search and analytics engine Elasticsearch. As AWS evangelist Jeff Barr put it, the launch would “help continue to accelerate open source Elasticsearch innovation” with the company “strong believers in and supporters of open source...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data, Data & Analytics, OpenSource, Platform.

Cloudera looks to being a true multi-cloud home and calls out Amazon as primary competitor

Cloudera posted total revenues of $144.5 million (£108.9m) for its most recent quarter, and while it may have disappointed investors, the company said its ‘enterprise data cloud’ strategy with Hortonworks on board will help turn things around.

Of total revenues for the quarter ending January 31 – up 36% from this time last year – 85% of it came from subscriptions, while the remainder came from...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure, Public.

Intel, Google, Microsoft and more team up for CXL consortium to supercharge data centre performance

Intel, Google and Microsoft are among nine tech giants who have teamed up to launch a new industry group to advance data centre performance.

The group, which also includes Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, HPE and Huawei, is looking at solidifying Compute Express Link (CXL), an emerging high-speed CPU-to-device and CPU-to-memory interconnect. The particular focus is on high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

CloudBees, Google and Linux Foundation launch Continuous Delivery Foundation

Meet the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), a new offshoot of the Linux Foundation which will aim to develop, nurture and promote open source projects and best practices around continuous delivery.

The CDF is being led by CloudBees, the arbiters of open source automation server Jenkins, and includes the Jenkins Community, Google, and the Linux Foundation itself as collaborators.

Alongside Jenkins, CloudBees wanted to find a home for a newer flavour, Jenkins X, which aims to automate continuous integration...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Kubernetes, Platform.

How ideal DevOps recruitment requires a mix of soft and technical skills

If you want to get ahead in DevOps, then automation and process skills are vital - but don't forget the soft skills either.

That's the key finding from a new report by the DevOps Institute. The study, titled Upskilling and which polled more than 1,600 people, found a distinct correlation between 'must-have' and 'nice to have' skill sets. Automation, cited by 57% of respondents as must-have, beat out process (55%) and soft skills (53%). Of those in the process department, software...

By James Bourne, 11 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Google Cloud launches new cloud storage plan to give enterprises more scalability options

Google Cloud is looking at helping enterprise organisations avoid bill shock with the launch of a storage growth plan for Google Cloud Storage.

The launch came about after Google noted the ‘astonishing and unpredictable’ rate at which data is created in its storage offerings. This is evidently not for a handful of photos and videos; companies who sign up to Storage Growth Plan are expected to hand over $10,000 per month...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, Software, Storage.

VMware posts strong 2019 financial results citing AWS partnership and ‘tech breaking out of tech’

VMware has closed off its 2019 fiscal year with record annual revenues, solid upticks across the board and considerable strength on its partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Revenue was $2.59 billion (£1.96bn) across the quarter, at a 16% uptick on this time last year, while for the fiscal year it was $8.97bn, a yearly increase of 14%. License revenues were at $1.2bn, or 47.5% of overall quarterly revenues,...

By James Bourne, 01 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, Economy, Infrastructure, VMware.

RightScale State of the Cloud 2019: Azure gains again, cost optimisation key, PaaS explodes

Microsoft Azure continues to eat into Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) dominance in the enterprise market, while managing cloud spend and governance continues to be the primary concern, according to the 2019 RightScale State of the Cloud report.

The study, a yearly benchmark assessing cloud adoption and which polled almost 800 executives with a relatively even spread between enterprise and SMB respondents, found cloud cost...

By James Bourne, 28 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research, Trends.

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.