CenturyLink expands further into Asian cloud market with Chinese managed hosting

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Communications provider CenturyLink has opened up a Shanghai data centre and announced the availability of its managed hosting service in China.

The latest expansion continues the telco’s aggressive move to the cloud, after a series of data openings this year including Toronto, Reading and Chicago. Back in May CenturyLink slashed prices on its cloud storage, in line with competitors, and in August they...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Vendors.

Egnyte EMEA chief Ian McEwan: On customer demand, channel strategy and challenges

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Feature Enterprise file sharing provider Egnyte has hired Ian McEwan to head up its nascent EMEA operation – and after a “hectic” first five weeks, the former Gigamon sales VP and founder member of the Cloud Industry Forum is rolling up his sleeves and getting on with the challenge.

Egnyte’s proposition is straightforward. The company tailors itself as being ‘built from the cloud down’. In other words, you need a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premise for...

By James Bourne, 01 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Storage.

New survey shows slight increase in uptake of VDI solutions

It’s long been mooted that virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) just isn’t ready for mainstream deployment, even though Gartner predicted there would be 49 million VDI users by the end of 2013.

Whether it’s down to incompatibility or price is a matter of executive opinion. Yet a new survey for CloudTech by IP EXPO Europe has revealed a small amount of growth in the space.

According to the survey, of 300 UK IT directors and managers on IT infrastructure, over a quarter (27%) of those surveyed had...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Research, VDI, Virtualisation.

Ericsson’s move to cloud services: Analysing the state of the telco cloud market

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Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Swedish telecoms provider Ericsson had bought a majority stake in platform as a service (PaaS) provider Apcera.

The deal, to close in Q4, sees Ericsson strengthen its position in the cloud market. Apcera will continue as a standalone company, with Ericsson shoving funds into Apcera’s technology and sales operations.

The telco cloud is an expansive opportunity and market place. One only needs to look at the initiatives Verizon is...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Platform.

Red Hat CEO claims it is “only a matter of time” before cloud winners emerge

The CEO of Red Hat, Jim Whitehurst, has spoken of the “huge opportunity” to become the leader in enterprise cloud in a newsletter, describing the shift from client-server to cloud-mobile as a “once in every 20 years” change.

Whitehurst put pen to paper summing up Red Hat’s summer on a positive note with a glut of acquisitions and partner news over the past few months. The most recent of these was the buyout of Irish mobile backend as a service provider FeedHenry,

By James Bourne, 23 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: PaaS, Vendors.

Box unveils its iOS 8 bet, users able to access docs from iOS apps

Cloud storage provider Box has announced compatibility with iOS 8 on day one, including support for iOS App Extensions, which allows apps to “lend” functionality with each other.

This means users can access Box content from any other app on their iDevice, provided it supports the Extensions framework. Users can select a document on Box and open it in an editor, or work on Box content from a mobile project management tool, for instance.

“This gives you unprecedented freedom and control when...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Storage.

Rackspace abandons takeover plans, appoints Taylor Rhodes as CEO

Open source cloud provider Rackspace has dismissed all merger and acquisition discussion to continue with its current independent trajectory – and has named Taylor Rhodes as new chief executive.

Rhodes joined Rackspace in 2007 and was appointed president of the company back in January. He takes over from Graham Weston, CEO from 1999 to 2006, who had temporarily held the fort since the shock retirement of Lanham Napier in February.

“Our board conducted a thorough search of highly qualified internal...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, M&A.

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.