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.

Assessing the Gartner Magic Quadrant for cloud management platforms: How CMPs have ‘come of age’

Transitioning to the cloud is not so much taking a fresh plot of land and building up from there, but more trying to renovate an existing property. For larger organisations with sprawling IT outfits, it can be particularly complicated even once the bulk of the work has been done, with on-premise systems here, public cloud workloads there, and private cloud in between.

What’s more, organisations are realising that one size may not fit...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Cloud communications continue to disrupt overall collaboration market

The collaboration software market continues to go up, with cloud-based collaboration growing more quickly and ‘strong’ growth expected for at least the next five years.

That’s the verdict of analyst firm Synergy Research in its latest note which argues cloud collaboration continues to ‘drive and disrupt’ the $45 billion-rated overall collaboration market.

By James Bourne, 23 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Research, Software.

New malware strain can evade and uninstall cloud security software, researchers warn

The good news: your organisation has finally gotten around to installing some top of the range cloud security tools. The bad news: malware has been developed which can evade detection from them.

The nefarious discovery from threat actor Rocke was made by Palo Alto Networks Unit 42, with the security researchers noting that it was ‘to the best of [their] knowledge the first malware family that developed the unique capability to target and...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Enterprises more confident with cloud than ever – but still concern over security issues

Another year, another study on cloud adoption – and if it’s surprising statistics you want, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Yet this may be seen as a good thing. As the report released by NetEnrich shows, the numbers on infrastructure and public cloud usage for enterprise continues to tick over, while security remains vital and DevOps still has a long way to go to mass adoption.

By James Bourne, 17 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Walgreens selects Microsoft as strategic cloud provider in seven year deal

Pharmaceutical giant Walgreens Boots Alliance is making Microsoft its strategic cloud provider, focusing on connecting Walgreens stores and health information systems with a sprinkling of artificial intelligence (AI) on top.

The companies have signed a seven-year agreement with various strands. On the practical side, Walgreens will roll out Microsoft 365, the latter’s enterprise suite, to more than 380,000 employees and...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

More data centre M&A deals than ever – and expect more cannibalisation to come

The data centre market saw an uptick in terms of the number of M&A deals in 2018 – but the total value has dipped, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The analyst firm found that while the number of acquisitions and transactions last year grew to 68, their value slipped to approximately $16 billion, shaving almost $5bn off last year’s total.

In terms of...

By James Bourne, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research.