SoftLayer launches London data centre, has Europe in its sights

IBM has announced a new UK data centre from SoftLayer will launch later this month – with France and Germany also in the IaaS provider’s sights for this year.

The new data centre will complement SoftLayer’s existing Amsterdam offering, as well as the Point of Presence London network. The move comes just a month after Salesforce launched their own London data centre.

IBM describes London as a key cloud market,...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, IaaS.

Couchbase secures $60m in funding, toots own horn with benchmark figures

It’s been a pretty good couple of weeks for Couchbase. Not only has the NoSQL database provider rounded up $60 million (£35.2m) in series E funding, but has also released benchmark figures which significantly outperform the competition, including MongoDB and DataStax.

The latest round of funding featured two new investors, WestSummit and Accel Growth Fund, along with existing venture capital investors, to bring overall figures to $115m (£67.6m).

It’s not often that companies get to the...

By James Bourne, 30 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers.

More than half of data stored is inactive, report finds

A survey of more than 250 IT professionals from cloud storage provider TwinStrata has found that more than half of organisations have at least half their data as inactive, taking up valuable storage space.

The report defines inactive or passive data as data which has been untouched for 60 days, and found that 56% of those polled had more than half their data inactive. A quarter (22%) of respondents added that three quarters of their stored data was inactive.

Digging down further into the survey data the...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Research, Storage.

Salesforce and Philips hook up to deliver connected healthcare

Remember Marc Benioff’s connected toothbrush? There’s more where that came from. Salesforce and Philips have announced a strategic partnership to deliver a more collaborative health system.

In a media roundtable this morning, the companies revealed two clinical applications which have already been created and will be available on the platform this summer. Philips eCareCoordinator and Philips...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Public, Salesforce.

IBM pumps up big data offering on its cloud marketplace with ECM

IBM has announced a new big data service available on its app-store-esque IBM Cloud Marketplace from today, called IBM Navigator on Cloud.

The service, an IBM press release boasts, “is transforming how organisations engage with business content and make it more usable and interactive across the enterprise to deliver better results and improve decision making.” In plain English, this means employees can synchronise data and content across any browser, desktop and mobile device.

“IBM is...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, IaaS.

Customers miss out as vendors fight cloud wars, research argues

As the cloud wars gain pace from the big vendors, customers are losing out due to overwhelming failure rates, according to new research from enterprise cloud infrastructure provider iland.

“Stories about successful cloud implementations are captivating, but the reality is that cloud is more complex than many news headlines make it out to be,” said EMA vice president Dennis Drogseth. “Companies must be self-aware.”

The research, of more than 400 professionals across three continents,...

By James Bourne, 24 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Vendors.

SaaS adoption ploughs on while IaaS and PaaS reach tipping point, research shows

Software as a service (SaaS) adoption has more than quintupled since 2011 with the front office leading the way, research from North Bridge Venture Partners has shown.

The data, which polled 1358 respondents, found that SaaS was becoming increasingly important as a CIO priority, behind security software and business intelligence, hitting 74% adoption this year. IaaS and PaaS, in comparison, lag behind on 56% and 41% adoption respectively.

The report revealed fairly solid figures for cloud adoption and...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Research, SaaS , Software.

Code Spaces RIP: Code hosting provider ceases trading after “well-orchestrated” DDoS attack

Code Spaces, the web-based SVN and Git hosting provider, has ceased trading after revealing a devastating DDoS attack which wiped its cloudy data would cost too much to both resolve and keep the company going.

The unauthorised user gained access to the company’s EC2 control panel, created a series of backup logins and randomly deleted items to the extent where most of Code Spaces’ data had disappeared, with no backups in place. The attacker had also demanded a large sum of money to stop the DDoS,...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Security.

SAP: The challenges and opportunities in becoming 'the' cloud company #CloudWF

It's one of the more interesting uses of capitalisation CloudTech had seen in recent times. SAP co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe outlined their company's plans to become THE cloud company following Q1 results, as the software giant looks to shift its traditional on-prem image to a more agile cloud-first model.

And according to SAP UK&I managing director Kevin Kimber, the signs are pointing in the right direction for this business transformation.

"It's hugely ambitious," he tells CloudTech. "It's never been done...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: SAP.

Coca-Cola: How to move a 100 year old brick and mortar firm into the cloud #CloudWF

Onyeka Nchege, the CIO of Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, cited the importance of education and adaptability in how to transform a brick and mortar business to the cloud.

Speaking during the keynote of Cloud World Forum in London, Nchege noted that the 100 year old company, consistently voted as one of the most powerful global brands, has partially migrated to the cloud with technology not a huge standpoint.

"A lot of folks tend to focus on the technology...but you realise very quickly the technology isn't where...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Private.

Progress Software and the bet with Node.js after Modulus acquisition #AppsWorld

Matt Robinson, VP technology at Progress Software, explains to CloudTech why the company is betting on Node.js with the acquisition of PaaS provider Modulus.

The deal, announced earlier this week, aims to put progress in the enviable position of offering an industry-beating cloud, mobile, hybrid and on-premise development capability – and according to Robinson, the growth of Node.js, and JavaScript in general, makes this move a no-brainer.

By James Bourne, 13 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, PaaS.

Has Apple left it too late to be a leader in cloud storage?

At WWDC, among a litany of other announcements, Apple unleashed iCloud Drive, representing further entry from Cupertino into the cloud storage space. But is it too little, too late?

Sitting as part of iOS 8, Apple is offering up to 5 gigabytes of free storage, with users being charged a princely 59p a month for up to 20GB and £2.40 a month for 200GB. This certainly compares favourably with Microsoft’s OneDrive - £5 per month for 200GB – and niche players such as Box and Dropbox, with...

By James Bourne, 10 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Storage.

Gartner’s IaaS Quadrant highlights how Microsoft is winning race for second place

There’s been an awful lot of research in the infrastructure as a service space over the past several weeks. Well bow down now, because Gartner has released its Magic Quadrant and there’s plenty to digest.

You thought Amazon Web Services (AWS) would be streets ahead at the top of the Quadrant? You thought correct. You thought Microsoft would be the nearest challenger to AWS? You thought correct there too.

What you might not have been expecting was that AWS and Microsoft were the only two companies...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Research.

SoftLayer’s Jonathan Wisler: IBM partnership “phenomenal” #AppsWorld

SoftLayer has announced the opening of a Hong Kong data centre, with Jonathan Wisler, EMEA managing director at SoftLayer, saying the company’s partnership with IBM continues to accelerate.

The infrastructure as a service provider opened up in Hong Kong on Monday, with further plans to expand in London later this year – as Salesforce.com did last week – as well as expansion in Europe, South America, Latin America and Asia.

Wisler notes that ‘performance, network and data privacy...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS.

Joyent data centre goes down after typo, promises to tighten up in future

The cloud is still fallible: Joyent’s entire US-East-1 data centre went down yesterday, with the finger of blame pointed at a particularly fat finger which resulted in a monumental operator error.

The problem has since been resolved, with all virtual machines back up and running, however according to a post-mortem blog post from the Joyent team, the minimum downtime for customers was 20 minutes and the maximum 149 minutes, with over 90% of instances recovered within an hour.

The cause of the outage? A...

By James Bourne, 29 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, IaaS.

iomart posts more profits, vows to concentrate on bespoke private and hybrid cloud

UK-based cloud service provider iomart Group has announced pre-tax profits of £14.6m for the end of the financial year – and vows to continue towards bespoke private and hybrid cloud as opposed to mass public cloud.

Revenue stood at £55.6m compared to £43.1m in 2013, representing a 29% increase, whilst revenues from iomart’s hosting segment were up by 40% to £44.7m – higher than the company’s overall revenue last year.

This represents a solid year for iomart,...

By James Bourne, 28 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Europe, Storage.

G-Cloud 5 is here: What’s improved, and what still needs to be done?

Updated 1819 GMT: Earlier this morning the UK government confirmed the fifth iteration of the G-Cloud cloud store was open, with 1132 suppliers making the cut and 1518 in total.

The list of suppliers for G-Cloud 5 was revealed at the end of last week, with plans to go live on Friday but for last minute bug fixes, as an official blog post confirmed.

CloudStore is open. http://t.co/MAHjtNA9dp There are now 1518 suppliers (885 SMEs) with over 17,000...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government.

Salesforce.com aims to bring Dreamforce atmosphere to London

Sketch It was a throwaway comment made by Dr Steve Garnett, Salesforce EMEA president at the Salesforce1 World Tour London press briefing on Thursday, but it was a resonant one. Last week’s event felt like Dreamforce five or six years ago, he explained.

It was meant to signify both the atmosphere of the event as well as the growth of Salesforce.com in the UK – and the keynote went crash, bang, wallop into this.

“We’re seeing record crowds, everywhere we go, around the world, because people are hungry to...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Editorial, Industry, Salesforce.

Salesforce rolls out new Salesforce1 app, launches UK data centre

At his earnings call last week, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff noted how he could run his business from his mobile device.

Well, with a few tweaks now you can too: Salesforce has launched the new Salesforce1 mobile app at the World Tour event in London, with the product being available in the summer roll-out.

The app, which the promotional material perhaps optimistically compares with an enterprise-eseque Facebook, promises more than 30 features, including easier access for salespeople to reports and...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Mobility, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

Majority of civil servants claim their experience of cloud is negative

Four in five (83%) of civil servants have said their experience of cloud computing in the public sector was ‘negative’ or ‘poor’, according to the latest research from not-for-profit CSP Eduserv.

The research, the latest monthly update produced by the government cloud provider, found that nearly half (40%) of those who’d suffered bad experiences were hindered by not being able to access the right data or applications, with one in 10 adding their ability to do their job was...

By James Bourne, 21 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government.