How identity and access management is causing headaches in cloud security

Identity and access management (IAM) is seen as an important tool for determining who’s who in a nefarious cloud landscape – but organisations are struggling to get to grips with it, according to new research.

The latest Cloud Report from cloud access security broker (CASB) Netskope has revealed the majority of Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmark violations occurring in Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments fall...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Microsoft cites Azure and cloud strength for more strong financials – but it’s all about the long-term ethos

It would not have been beyond the realms of possibility for this publication to open its analysis of Microsoft’s Q119 results by simply providing a link to Q418 and leaving it at that. After all, Redmond’s message has barely changed. Whereas July’s headline was ‘Microsoft Cloud...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Check Point Software acquires Dome9 to beef up multi-cloud options

Check Point Software, an Israel-based cyber security firm, has announced the acquisition of compatriot Dome9 – with multi-cloud capability once again proving key.

Dome9, which like Check Point is based in Tel Aviv, offers a SaaS platform which aims to visualise organisations’ security postures in the public cloud. Companies can have verifiable infrastructure security for every public cloud, including the behemoths of AWS, Azure and...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security.

Oracle unveils next generation cloud vision at OpenWorld – autonomous and rearchitected

“A semi-autonomous database is like a semi-self-driving car,” Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison told attendees at the company’s OpenWorld event. “You get in, you drive, and you die.”

Why the comparison? Ellison was responding to an article he read – provenance not known – around rumours Amazon was building a ‘semi-autonomous’ database. It’s not much of a...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Exploring the benefits and challenges of hyperconverged and software-defined storage

The verdict on software-defined, hyperconverged and cloud storage from DataCore is in: while hyperconverged is making inroads organisations are struggling, while software-defined storage is seeing a greater number of use cases.

This analysis may not come as a huge surprise given DataCore’s primary business line is through software-defined. Yet the study, which polled 400 IT professionals who were currently using or...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Containers, Public, Research, Software, Storage.

Alibaba Cloud launches London data centres with promise for further expansion

Alibaba Cloud has opened the doors on its UK data centres, adding to its global footprint and promising 24/7 support as well as real-time monitoring.

The move confirms the Chinese provider’s UK move, with the company now operating 52 availability zones in 19 regions worldwide. The others outside Asia Pacific are two regions in the US, and one region each in Frankfurt and Dubai, while outside China Alibaba has representation in Singapore....

By James Bourne, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

SAP breaks €5bn in quarterly cloud and software revenue – but profits see slight dip

SAP has claimed it is the ‘fastest growing cloud company at scale’ in enterprise software applications after breaking the €5 billion barrier for quarterly cloud and software revenues.

The figure of €5.01bn (£4.4bn) represents an increase of 7.5% on this time last year, and an increase of 1.3% on the previous quarter. Total revenues for the company were at €6.02bn, meaning cloud and software was at 83%...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, SAP.

DevOps skills demand continues to soar – with salaries going up with it

Two pieces of research have hit CloudTech’s inbox which show that if you have the right DevOps skills you can go just about anywhere – and name your price with it.

According to a new report issued by O’Reilly Media, the global median pay for DevOps professionals is currently at $90,000 a year.

The report was based on the responses of more than 1,300 IT professionals, and noted that...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Developers, DevOps, Economy.

IBM’s quarterly growth rebound comes to an end – yet cloud revenues continue to tick over

So much for that run of quarterly growth: IBM’s latest financials show a 2% decline in revenues, yet cloud revenues continue to perform solidly.

Overall revenue was at $18.8 billion (£14.3bn) for the quarter, with cloud revenues at $19bn across the past 12 months. This is ticking over compared with the

By James Bourne, 17 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Cloud Academy launches new tools to aim to close the cloud skills gap

The skills gap has been a thorn in cloud computing’s side for longer than many in the industry would care to remember. Cloud Academy hopes to create a change in mindset with its latest release.

The training company has announced the launch of Cloud Roster and Cloud Catalog, two products which aim to provide a fuller picture of the cloud jobs and skills landscape.

Cloud Roster is...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

IBM launches multi-cloud management tool, continues to emphasise open, AI-driven future

IBM is making a big bet into the multi-cloud game with the launch of a new management tool aimed at integrating workloads from different providers.

The Multicloud Manager tool runs on IBM’s Kubernetes-based Cloud Private platform, and, while being optimised on IBM’s cloud, will allow organisations to manage and integrate workloads from other cloud vendors including Amazon, Microsoft, and Red Hat.

By James Bourne, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure, OpenSource.

WikiLeaks claims to publish confidential AWS data centre location information

WikiLeaks has published what it claims is a 'highly confidential' document outlining the addresses and operational details of Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centres.

The whistle-blowing organisation claims to have published the document, originating from late 2015, as an attempt to shed light on the 'largely hidden' nature of cloud infrastructure locations.

"While one of the benefits of the cloud is the potential to increase reliability through geographic distribution of computing...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Privacy.

Snowflake secures $450m funding for expansion and further multi-cloud exploration

The money just keeps rolling in for Snowflake Computing. The San Mateo-based data warehousing provider has announced $450 million (£341m) in additional growth funding to help grow its organisation and explore new strategies.

Snowflake offers a comprehensive and complete data warehouse – in other words, repositories of integrated data from at least one source, usually more – in the cloud, with the capability...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Software.

Companies still hitting cloud roadblocks despite extensive preparation, research finds

Organisations are recognising the benefits of the cloud and making extensive preparation – but they are still experiencing various problems with implementation, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by IT provider Softchoice, and which polled 250 IT decision makers across North America, found preparation for cloud initiatives was, on the whole, exemplary. 83% of those polled said they assessed existing...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene: On becoming a ‘major enterprise player’ – with AI as the heartbeat

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene has told an audience in London of her pride at how quickly the company has become a ‘major enterprise player’ – with artificial intelligence (AI) and security the key differentiators to their value proposition.

Speaking at the latest leg of Google Cloud Next’s world tour, Greene explained the increasing importance of AI to the cloud equation – a topic

By James Bourne, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Infrastructure, Software.

Google Cloud exec laments delayed enterprise focus and chasing competition in farewell post

Former Google Cloud product management lead Amir Hermelin has said the company’s two biggest mistakes were spending too much time chasing Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure – and taking too long to realise the value of the enterprise market.

Hermelin, who had been on Google’s cloud team since mid-2012 – in other words, 18 months before Google Compute Engine

By James Bourne, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Google.

Analyst note indicates Alibaba Cloud 'force to be reckoned with' in APAC and beyond

Alibaba Cloud is naturally dominant in the locally-dominated Chinese cloud market - but it's gaining significantly in the rest of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) market, according to the latest note from data and analytics firm GlobalData.

APAC cloud services, according to the analyst house, will hit $55.2 billion in 2022 at a CAGR of 27.7%. This will be driven by an 'insatiable' trend of product launches by cloud providers drawing on the next wave of cloud services and technologies, including artificial...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

A look beyond 2019: AI, blockchain and quantum – and what this means for the cloud behemoths

As technology changes, the roles the key actors play changes with it. The feted Institute of Engineering and Technology hosted analysts from CCS Insight, who gave wide-ranging predictions on the state of the enterprise technology ecosystem - with the biggest cloud players featuring heavily in future trends.

The yearly jamboree has taken on something of a life of its own, with press headlines regularly questioning some of the...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Blockchain, Enterprise, Research, Vendors.

Dropbox unveils upgraded search engine Nautilus with machine learning capabilities

For a company which stores hundreds of billions of files, search is vital for Dropbox, both for its customers and internal-facing. As a result, the storage provider has overhauled its search with machine learning capabilities.

The new platform, called Nautilus, had four goals on its launch; delivering top class performance, scalability and reliability, providing intellient document ranking and retrieval, flexibility for customising document-indexing and query-processing pipelines, and wrap it all up in a...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Scalability, Software, Storage.