Salesforce customers: Learn from Code Spaces’ swift demise

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A benchmark report by Adallom into the uptake of software as a service (SaaS) applications has found that Salesforce customers have the highest percentage of privileged access users – and warned about the problems that may cause businesses.

On average 7% of users on Salesforce accounts are privileged or have admin access, compared with 4% for Google Apps, 2% for Box and 1% for Office 365, the other three services analysed.

The report gave a grave warning over the prevalence...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Disaster Recovery, Research, SaaS , Security, Software.

More than three quarters of workloads will be through cloud data centres by 2018

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By 2018, 78% of workloads will be processed by cloud data centres, while annual global cloud IP traffic will reach 6.5 zettabytes (ZB).

These are the two main takeaways from Cisco’s latest Cloud Index study, which aims to show the extent of growth of global data centre and cloud-based IP traffic.

Annual global data centre IP traffic will reach 8.6 ZB by the end of 2018, up significantly from last year’s...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Research.

7 reasons why cloud governance is a challenge: Should we eradicate shadow IT?

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Another day, another report bemoaning shadow IT for cloud computing. SafeNet’s Challenges of Cloud Information Governance study, conducted by the Ponemon Institute, is the latest to put the blame of compromising data at the door of unapproved IT activity.

Shadow IT, which involves employees bypassing company policy on website and technology usage, has meant cloud security is “stormy”, according to the report. More than half (55%) of the 1,864 IT and IT security...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Enterprise, Privacy.

Beware the fat finger when it comes to cloudy data loss

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Human error is responsible for one in five data loss errors, according to the latest study from cloud provider Databarracks.

The study, the fifth annual Data Health Check report, found that employee idiocy was the third most popular reason for data going missing with 18% of the vote, behind software failure (19%) and hardware failure (21%). Interestingly, corruption and theft were responsible for 15% and 7% of the poll respectively.

Yet it’s the larger companies who continue...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Disaster Recovery.

Report slams Oracle’s relationship with customers for software licensing

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A report from the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) has found that the majority of Oracle licensees have an “arms length, impoverished relationship” with the software giant.

The report found an alarming number of complaints, the majority of which resulting from poor communication between seller and client. 92% of those polled argued Oracle does not clearly communicate licensing changes, while 88% disagreed that Oracle audit requests were clear and easy to...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Privacy, Research, Software, Vendors.

IBM inks partnership deal with Tencent for Chinese cloud opportunities

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It’s official: IBM is going partnership mad. A couple of months after announcing a huge mobility collaboration with Apple, and only a week after inking a deal with Twitter for enterprise social analytics, Big Blue has announced a deal with Chinese Internet provider Tencent for cloud software.

The goal is to enable Chinese industries to provide public cloud with software as a service (SaaS), to utilise mobile, cloud computing and big data tools. It also gives IBM an...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Public, SaaS , Software.

Salesforce opens first UK data centre, more European expansion planned

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It was first announced at the Salesforce1 World Tour back in May, but now Salesforce has finally launched its first UK data centre, with France and Germany on the hit list for the future.

“It sends a signal to the market about the seriousness and the strategic nature of this market to us,” commented Salesforce chief operating officer George Hu at the time. The...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Salesforce.

This Polish startup aims to “do to open source what DigitalOcean did to SaaS”

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Updated Oct 31: Say hello to VirtKick. This startup, based out of Gdansk, Poland, has a simple goal: to make virtualisation easier.

The company has launched an Indiegogo campaign to put together an ambitious $57,000 to add a series of new features, but the company aims to make complexity with spinning up virtual machines a thing of the past.

“Virtualisation technology is tough,” VirtKick trumpets in a press release....

By James Bourne, 30 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Virtualisation.

Is your CFO hot under the collar? It might be due to missed cloud revenue

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Even though ensuring the company is iterating and innovating is more the CIO’s bag, the CIO and the CFO both have a keen interest in the bottom line. New research from Canopy has found that 81% of CIOs and CFOs worry their business will become uncompetitive if they miss out on cloud revenues.

The research, of 950 CIOs and CFOs in mid market and enterprise firms in the US and Europe, further noted that three quarters of CFOs think their business is missing out on revenue...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Research.

Microsoft takes clear lead in IaaS second place race, AWS still way out in front

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Microsoft has leapt ahead of its competition for second place in global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) revenues, yet still continues to be dwarfed by Amazon Web Services, according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research.

The analyst house, which has covered the IaaS market in depth over the past few years, released a graph today which showed competitive pricing for cloud infrastructure services in Q3. Amazon retains its huge lead in the market, yet Microsoft is racing...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Cloud storage wars: The Bitcasa and Microsoft stories are a sign of the times

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Opinion This week has seen two companies, very different in size, take two very different paths with its cloud storage capabilities.

Bitcasa announced last week it was binning its $10 a month unlimited cloud storage option for customers. The reason the company gave was two-fold; firstly there was a lack of demand, and secondly there was a group of “abusers” – in other words, businesses using individual storage accounts.

In a blog post, Bitcasa noted they could only see...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Storage.

The public v private cloud discussion is dead, says Verizon report

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Verizon’s yearly report on the state of enterprise cloud computing has found that the public v private debate, while “convenient shorthand”, is “inadequate to describe the massive variety of cloud services available today.”

The report, which features survey results from 451 Research of almost 1000 respondents, found a variety of interesting nuggets:

  • 65% of enterprises are using cloud computing
  • More than 80% of cloud spend is managed by the IT department – over half directly by the CIO
  • 71% of enterprises expect to...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

How Carlsberg is deploying Office 365 to move its operations to the cloud

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Danish beer brand Carlsberg is rolling out Microsoft Office 365 for greater enterprise collaboration, according to details of a customer case study from Redmond.

Carlsberg is rolling out this technology initiative under the banner of ‘GloCal’, which “aims for global efficiency while staying true to its local roots,” and chose Microsoft Office 365 as the optimal solution.

Employees use a full range of Microsoft products: Exchange Online for email; Lync as a...

By James Bourne, 27 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Microsoft, Migration.

From CIOs to IT: Shining a light on cloud disaster recovery with attainable metrics

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This publication has often banged the drum for organisations to ensure their cloud disaster recovery plans are in order. Now cloud service provider Databarracks has put together a series of resources designed to be the “complete DR toolkit.”

We know cloud exits are not the most thrilling topic of conversation. Everyone would much prefer to keep their heads in the sand and talk about how more productive, lean and agile their business will be once they’ve moved the...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery.

EMC beefs up its stake in VCE, buys out majority of Cisco’s share

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EMC has announced it is to merge data centre biz VCE into its main organisation, buying out all but 10% of Cisco’s stake in the company.

The news comes weeks after EMC announced the buy of open cloud provider Cloudscaling, and can be seen as an advancement of the ménage a trois-esque relationship between EMC, VMware and Cisco in ownership of VCE.

The converged infrastructure (CI) provider was originally set up as a joint venture between EMC, VMware and Cisco in order...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, M&A, VMware.

More than half of cloud conference attendees are adopting hybrid cloud strategy

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58% of attendees at the 2014 Cloud Expo and the AWS Summit, in New York, have indicated they are building hybrid cloud solutions for their organisations, according to a survey.

According to the survey, conducted by Avere Systems, the same number (58%) said they were planning on migrating at least some of their on-prem applications to the cloud within the next two years.

Archiving is the most popular aspect of enterprises that are being moved to the cloud, with 28% of the vote. This...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

AWS is top enterprise cloud service – but beware the consumer threat

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the most popular enterprise cloud service according to a report released today from Skyhigh Networks – but the research also fired a broadside at how companies are struggling to block consumer products.

The reports, which are quarterly and based on data from more than 1.6 million users, noted a huge disparity in companies saying they block certain services and the amount of employees actually blocked.

80% of companies say they block Dropbox, but only...

By James Bourne, 21 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Enterprise, Storage.

ISO publishes new cloud computing standards and definitions

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The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has released two new standards for cloud computing, in an attempt to “put some order in the chaos” for users.

The generally accepted definition of cloud computing was put together by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with the final version hitting the stands in September 2011. In it, cloud computing is defined as “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Industry.