IBM’s Watson Analytics: How it makes sales and marketing’s job easier

Yesterday IBM unveiled Watson Analytics, a freemium data science tool for businesses of all sizes utilising the power of Watson’s supercomputer technology.

As we reported, for a company which isn’t averse to bigging itself up, Watson Analytics appears to be a release of which Big Blue is particularly proud, with IBM exec Oliver Oursin calling it a ‘breakthrough’.

The main...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics.

IBM introduces Watson Analytics, gives data science mass appeal

IBM has launched Watson Analytics, offering what is claimed as instant access to powerful big data visualisation and analytics capabilities to anyone in the business.

Instead of using programming languages or complex algorithms on the front end, Watson interacts with the user in natural language and comprehends key questions, including ‘What are the key drivers of my product sales?’, ‘Which benefits drive employee retention the most?’...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics.

Google offers eye-catching $100k Cloud Platform credit to startups

Google has offered an olive branch to eligible startups, promising them $100,000 (£61,500) in Cloud Platform credits to get their companies off the ground.

The initiative, with the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name of ‘Google Cloud Platform for Startups’, was announced at the Google for Entrepreneurs Global Partner Summit and gives companies access to the search giant’s support team 24/7, as well as access to the firm’s technical solutions team.

“This offer supports our core Google Cloud...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Google, PaaS, Platform.

Alex Gorbansky, CEO, Docurated: Why storage is free, yet information pays out

We’ve all been there. It might be an email address you neglected to put in your contacts book. It’s on the tip of your tongue but you just can’t remember it. It might be a photo, or even an important email from the boss you swore you’d put in the right folder.

Docurated, a New York and Boston based firm, feels your pain. The firm’s product lifts, shifts and sorts through a company’s content repository, using machine learning to automatically...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Storage.

CloudBees drops runtime PaaS to focus more on Jenkins

Continuous delivery provider CloudBees has shifted its company focus, dropping the runtime platform as a service (PaaS) of its offering to focus exclusively on open source software Jenkins.

CEO Sacha Labourey told CloudTech it was a ‘hard’ and ‘emotional’ decision to move for CloudBees, which was founded in 2010.

“We realised at the beginning of this year that Jenkins Enterprise was growing very fast, beyond our expectations, and we knew that...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, PaaS, Platform.

XaaS: The future of cloud or marketing fluff?

As cloud computing becomes ever more pervasive, future models will begin to revolve around XaaS. Anything as a service, everything as a service, more as a service, call it what you will. The overall effect is that a new type of service will deliver IaaS, PaaS and SaaS in one package.

That’s the verdict of John Dixon, consulting architect at GreenPages Technology Solutions. Let’s be clear on how we define XaaS first. Dixon cited desktop as a service (DaaS) as a good example of XaaS, citing servers...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2014, 2 comments. Categories: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS , Software.

Nude celebrity photo leaks: Cloud expert calls for common sense approach

After news broke of a series of leaked photos of female celebrities on Monday morning, there have been a series of developments – with one expert calling for a common sense approach to cloud data.

Ivan Harris, cloud services development director at Eduserv, explained that “things will happen” despite the best laid plans.

“Nothing is 100% secure,” he told CloudTech. “What...

By James Bourne, 03 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Security.

4chan user reportedly hacks iCloud with nude celeb pics – as Google strengthens security

An anonymous hacker on the 4chan site has published a series of naked photos of more than 100 celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, after reportedly hacking into the users’ iCloud accounts.

Even though the photos appeared to originate from iCloud devices – and even though 4chan users mentioned it – it’s not been confirmed that Apple’s cloud storage system provided the leak. Other theories are being banded about as to how the photos were...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Compliance, Security.

Bristol City Council moves to the cloud in estimated £1.5m deal

Eduserv, the not for profit public sector cloud provider, has won a contract with Bristol City Council worth an estimated £1.5m to migrate its IT infrastructure to the cloud.

The contract sees Eduserv take over the day to day running of the council’s IT, with future IT services being procured in a much more flexible manner, ensuring the council doesn’t own much of its ICT.

Bristol City Council is planning on cutting about £90m in IT costs, as local governments continue to move their...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, PublicSector.

Dropbox goes deeper with more powerful Pro tool set

Remember Dropbox? While its upstart little brother Box has been giving the tech press plenty to write about with its soap opera-styled ‘will they, won’t they’ IPO saga and proclamations of the end of the storage wars, Dropbox  has been going about its business a little more quietly.

And the company has today launched an update to its Dropbox Pro product, chief of which revolves around introducing a single plan of 1 terabyte of space at the same price of $9.99 a month.

The majority of the other...

By James Bourne, 27 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Storage.

SoftLayer beefs up its bare metal offering, available on hourly basis

IBM-owned infrastructure as a service provider SoftLayer has always distanced itself from its IaaS brethren by continuing to provide bare metal alongside its virtual servers and software offerings.

The company has improved on this further with a series of bare metal releases which are billed by the hour and can be deployed in under 30 minutes. The overall effect of this is a greater preponderance to deploy computing-intensive workloads on SoftLayer.

“As businesses deploy more powerful workloads in the...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS.

It’s all systems go for the Digital Marketplace on G-Cloud, government confirms

A blog post on the gov.uk website has outlined a hazy date of the end of September when G-Cloud migrates from the CloudStore to the new shiny Digital Marketplace.

G-Cloud’s new home, which made alpha back in March, aims to replace the CloudStore as well as the Digital Services Store, a home for finding people who can design digital projects and services.

As Ivanka Majic wrote on the government’s official...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government.

New report asserts how cloud and mobility will change legal landscape

A new report from legal IT provider Accesspoint Technologies and cloud vendor Databarracks has argued how cloud computing is “a great leveller” for law firms of all sizes.

The report, written by Accesspoint managing director Richard Roebuck, draws parallels with the banking industry – even going into the semantics of the word ‘industry’ – and argues the legal industry is in danger of falling behind unless it falls into line with modernisation. This includes adopting ABS, or...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Legal, Research.

CenturyLink launches new private cloud, aims for public cloud capability

Updated 1756 BST: Everyone knows that if something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck – or at least we have to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae.

Thus according to the duck test if it looks and feels like a private cloud, it should be a private cloud. Yet CenturyLink aims to turn that on its head with its latest private cloud launch, which aims to offer the agility of a public cloud but with the security...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Vendors.

Microsoft’s Azure outages: How does this affect the firm’s cloudy reputation?

Microsoft suffered a blow yesterday when its Azure cloud and virtual machines suffered a series of outages before later being restored.

According to Reuters, the downtime was due to interruptions in multiple centres, with a representative from the company explaining that a small section of its customer base was affected.

A cursory glance at Azure’s status history page gives a...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Microsoft, SLA.

IBM looks to Canada for latest expansion, installs SoftLayer data centre

Another day, another snippet of news from IBM in its latest push for cloudy world domination: Big Blue has announced expansion plans for Canada, including a SoftLayer data centre in Toronto.

SoftLayer chose Toronto not just for its size – it’s the fourth largest city in North America – but its proximity to the tech community in Canada, as well as a litany of companies who are using the IaaS provider.

A glut of Canadian startups, including Mnubo, Epilogger and Maegan, have signed up for the...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, IaaS.

Assessing how cloud computing has transformed the workspace

Today’s workplace is an entirely different animal to just five years ago – and it’s growing and changing at a rapid rate.

The huge amount of enterprise mobility solutions on the market are enabling employees to do various tasks on their smartphones and tablets; as Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said on the unveiling of the Salesforce1 app, he could run his entire business from his phone.

Yet none of this...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Infographic.

Four in five SMEs “fully adapted” to the cloud by 2020, report forecasts

Four in five small businesses will be “fully adapted” to the cloud by 2020, according to a new forecast from software firm Intuit.

The figures, posted in a deck entitled ‘Small Business Success in the Cloud’, prognosticated that 78% of US SMEs would be au fait in six years, as opposed to the current adoption rate of 37%.

While this was the standout stat, the overall report gives off vibes similar to

By James Bourne, 11 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts.

Aggressive cloud adopters get competitive advantage, roars latest research

The latest cloudy research paper this time arrives courtesy of US telco Verizon, and shows that companies who have shown faith with the cloud early are getting a competitive advantage through increased business agility.

The research, of Harvard Business Review readers, categorised users into four different groups; enthusiasts, moderates, cautious and non-existant on cloud adoption, and showed a higher predilection for enthusiasts (35%) than any other group. 34% of respondents were moderates, while cautious...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Research.