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.

SAP’s Q3 results show solid cloud growth, but is it good enough for THE cloud company?

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SAP has released its third quarter results, with cloud subscriptions and total revenue going up over 2013 figures, but software revenues taking a downturn.

Cloud subscriptions and support hit €738 million (£584.1m), a jump of 51% from Q313’s €488m (£386.2m), at an increase of 51%....

By James Bourne, 20 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, SAP.

Google’s earnings report comes back a little low, but can cloud save the day?

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It was a little bit of a surprise when Google’s third quarter results came back. Even though profits were at $2.8bn (£1.7bn), it was down 5% from this time last year. Operating income was $3.72bn, down on $3.76bn in 2013, yet it now comprises less than a quarter (23%) of overall revenues,...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS.

Cloud service providers and end users: Let's lose the rigidity of the SLA, argues exec

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A senior executive at cloud services provider Claranet has claimed that most cloud services providers and end users are relying too much on the standard service level agreement.

Paul Marland, Claranet director of account management, believes that cloud service today is far more dynamic. Contracts can – and should – change dependent on the customer’s need, and the classic SLA prohibits that.

“The vast majority of SLAs don’t really get to the heart of...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, SLA.

IBM and SAP team up to run HANA Enterprise Cloud in major deal

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SAP and IBM have announced a major partnership with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud being delivered through IBM’s cloud.

The two firms, who have had a fruitful partner relationship for over 40 years, gives users the choice to run SAP’s HANA in-memory database across either SoftLayer, the IaaS firm acquired by IBM last year, or IBM’s cloud managed services.

Doug Clark, UK & I cloud leader at IBM, notes the previous collaborations the two companies have, with IBM already...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Vendors.

Edward Snowden advises users to move away from Dropbox, Facebook, Google

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Edward Snowden has told an audience at the New Yorker Festival to “get rid” of Dropbox as it doesn’t support encryption or protect private files, instead opting for a service such as SpiderOak.

The whistleblower, who was taking part in a ‘virtual interview’ through Google Hangouts, also criticised Facebook and, ironically, Google, although conceded their efforts in keeping user data safe were improving.

Yet when asked what someone who...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Sovereignty, Privacy, Security, Storage.

Salesforce unleashes Wave analytics cloud, aims to disrupt industry

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Cloudy giant Salesforce has announced Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, as its Dreamforce event in San Francisco. The platform is designed to make it easier than ever before to explore data, and take action from any device.

You can’t say it wasn’t coming. Last month Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tweeted out a “top secret” version of the Dreamforce schedule, and it soon came to people’s...

By James Bourne, 13 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Salesforce.

Financial firms still stricken with fear of the cloud, survey shows

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Three quarters of businesses in the financial sector are still concerned about adopting cloud-based applications, according to survey data from the NCC Group.

The research, which surveyed CIOs from financial services firms with more than 1000 employees, saw that 72% of respondents fear the cloud because of concerns over data not being backed up, and issues of disaster recovery.

Two in five (40%) respondents aren’t currently using cloud...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Disaster Recovery.

AT&T and Amazon Web Services buddy up with NetBond VPN service

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Recent stories that have arrived at CloudTech HQ have focused on the opportunity the cloud provides for telcos, and this one’s no different: AT&T has announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for AT&T NetBondSM, its network enabled cloud (NEC) solution.

With...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Public, Vendors.