MySQL needs to retain open source roots to keep developer base, survey shows

Nine in 10 respondents claim the primary reason their company uses the MySQL database is because of its open source nature, according to a survey from SkySQL.

And there’s bad news attached to that statement: a whopping 94% admitted they would move to MariaDB if MySQL lots its open source power.

The survey opened up some interesting thoughts on the development of MySQL, which has only been on the market since 1995. More than half (57%) of respondents have used MySQL for between three and 10 years, with...

By James Bourne, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers.

Artmotion CEO Mateo Meier on security, storage and a Swiss Cloud

The negative press surrounding the cloud computing industry following the NSA PRISM leaks in June wasn’t a huge surprise.

But there are usually winners and losers in every situation – and Swiss cloud service providers stand to gain the most from the scandal.

Due to the country’s more stringent data privacy laws – a formal request from a prosecutor would have to be sent off before a CSP allows access to data in Switzerland – those at the eye of the storm are experiencing greater...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Interview, Security, Storage.

Salesforce CEO Benioff unleashes Salesforce1, cites ‘internet of customers’ future

Cloud giant Salesforce has unveiled its new shiny cloud platform Salesforce1 at Dreamforce in San Francisco, with CEO Marc Benioff stressing the ‘internet of customers’ – the importance of the consumer in a cloud, social and mobile world.

“I’ve never been more excited to be part of Salesforce.com,” Benioff bellowed to the audience of customers, partners and non-profits.

“In the world of the Internet of Things, it’s really a world of Internet of...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, CRM, Forecasts, Salesforce, Trends.

CipherCloud: NSA PRISM scandal helped company grow “tremendously”

When the NSA PRISM revelations hit back in June, it initially spelled bad news for many cloud industry players, especially in the US. With analysts speculating that the damage to the US cloud computing industry could go as high as $35bn, it was a fractured period of time.

For San Jose-based cloud information protector CipherCloud, however, it was a different story.

CEO and founder Pravin Kothari and senior vice president Paige Leidig were both at a...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Interview, Security.

Rackspace announces cloud hosting support programme for 300 startups

Open cloud hosting provider Rackspace has announced it has given cloud support to the tune of almost £250,000 in order to aid UK-based startups get a foothold in the cloud.

The scheme falls under the Rackspace Startups Programme, which has been operating in the UK for six months and has already signed up more than 300 members.

The money comes from Rackspace alongside 50 partners and investors, with the CSP adding that startups who sign up with the scheme get “mentoring, expert technical advice and...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, OpenSource, Public.

AWS launches Amazon WorkSpaces, aims to shake up VDI market

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has today launched Amazon WorkSpaces, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution with data all stored in the cloud, at its AWS re:Invent show in Las Vegas.

In the morning keynote Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president, announced the launch alongside giving a few soundbites about how far ahead of the pack Amazon is – as well as an obligatory pot shot at cloud competitor IBM.

Amazon WorkSpaces, as Jassy explained, aims to go where previous VDI technology has failed, because...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Public, VDI, Vendors, Virtualisation.

IBM patent offers greener cloud computing options

IBM has patented a solution which the tech giant claims is a “green button” that distributes a cloud service to lower power systems to help save environmental costs.

According to the Armonk firm, patent 8,549,125 took its inspiration from energy firms offering consumers alternate, environmentally-friendly energy streams.

“We have invented a way for cloud service providers to more efficiently manage their data centres and, as a result, significantly reduce their environmental impact,”...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Trends.

CIOs still reluctant to adopt cloud, says new survey

A new report from sourcing providers Alsbridge has revealed that, in the UK, cloud computing accounts for only one fifth of the IT budget.

This puts doubt in the thinking that cloud adoption in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market is accelerating – or, more particularly, that executives see cloud as the cornerstone of a bright, shiny IT future.

Last month research from Robert Half Technology revealed how cloud computing is...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2013, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Economy, IaaS, Research.

Rackspace moves towards ‘Cloud 2.0’ with redesigned public cloud

Open cloud provider Rackspace has rolled out a complete revamp of its public cloud with Performance Cloud Servers – and according to Nigel Beighton, international VP technology and product, it represents a serious shift in how companies use their servers.

The architectural redesign of the Rackspace Performance Cloud Server comes with four times the total RAM, double the CPU performance and 132 times the I/O of its competitors, according to benchmark tests.

But Beighton argues that simply drooling over...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, IaaS, Public, Scalability.

Swisscom sets up “Swiss Cloud”...but it’s not in response to NSA

The Switzerland-based telco Swisscom is in the process of building a national “Swiss Cloud” – but denies claims that the primary motivation is around acquiring customers spooked by the NSA scandal.

The story first broke on Reuters, with the news agency reporting that the move is “driven more by a desire to cut costs and make its systems more dynamic”, according to Swisscom head of IT services Andreas...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Europe, IaaS, Industry, Security.

Cloud computing the most valuable IT job skill to have, says survey

Research from recruitment specialists Robert Half Technology has revealed that cloud computing is the most lucrative skill to have in the IT job market today.

Cloud topped the bill in the survey of 100 IT directors and CIOs across the UK, with 39% of respondents citing it as the most important.

Security (37%) and project management skills (33%) were the next popular, with virtualisation (29%) and network administration (27%) rounding out the top five.

Interestingly, coding and development skills were...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Economy, PublicSector, Research.

Cloud allows companies to double revenue, claims IBM study

The latest cloud study, this time from IBM, has revealed that companies who use cloud computing as a competitive advantage can expect to have their revenue margins doubled compared to those who don’t have high adoption.

In the global survey of over 800 business decision makers and users, IBM found that leading organisations are moving to the cloud to move away from their competitors in a crowded space.

The report puts companies into three categories: pacesetters, who are “deploying cloud on a...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Enterprise, Research.

Why SoftLayer believes in a “really good” future with IBM #AppsWorld

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider SoftLayer has been making all the right noises since its acquisition by IBM back in July.

Earlier this month CloudTech reported on the health of the IBM-SoftLayer relationship, with many IBM divisions reputed to be actively collaborating with the SoftLayer team to migrate existing apps and develop new ones.

And for Jonathan Wisler, EMEA general manager, speaking at

By James Bourne, 22 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Interview.

How Informatica is “the Switzerland of data”

Dennis Moore, SVP and GM, master data management at Informatica, speaks to CloudTech about the data sector, the big players in the database space, and how the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing everything.

Plenty of column inches in the past months have been focused on the various solutions vendors have put together for databases.

Oracle and SAP, the big traditional enterprises, have made plenty of hot air with their in-memory solutions – but only time will tell if the ripples on the market match up....

By James Bourne, 18 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, Enterprise, Vendors.

Interoute CTO Matthew Finnie: Legacy data vendors should learn from history

With Oracle, SAP and IBM fighting for precious market share on the in-memory relational database market, and the likes of MongoDB, Couchbase and DataStax putting together momentum in the NoSQL space, it almost feels like whoever wins the battle will win the war of database customer buy-in.

Couchbase CEO Bob Wiederhold told CloudTech his company’s position was that the market was going to move to the “disruptive” NoSQL...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Enterprise, Interview.

Amazon v IBM CIA cloud contract: Judge rules in favour of AWS...for now

Updated Oct 10: IBM’s bid to derail Amazon’s awarding of a lucrative $600m CIA cloud computing contract has been rebuffed after a federal judge ruled in favour of Amazon - but the Armonk company says it is planning to appeal the decision.

The ruling from Judge Thomas Wheeler, which was posted on PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) earlier this week, puts to an end – in theory anyway, IBM can of course still appeal – a saga which has been played out in courtrooms and behind...

By James Bourne, 09 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Government.

New research paper forecasts 2014 to be “year of ERP cloud”

With executives satisfied that they can get a return on investment for low-level apps in the cloud, 2014 is going to be the year when enterprise mission-critical apps will take charge, according to cloudy infrastructure platform provider Virtustream.

The findings have been released in a report, entitled “ERP – The Cuckoo in Cloud Land”, and gives insight both into the ERP (enterprise resource planning) landscape as well as the position of mission critical apps in the cloud.

The report...

By James Bourne, 07 October 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Big Data, CRM, Enterprise, ERP, Research.

Gartner: Nearly half of enterprises in hybrid cloud by 2017

Gartner has been gazing into its crystal ball once again, and now the smoke signals have cleared the message is simple: get going with a hybrid cloud solution, because half of big enterprises are going to be deployed by 2017.

The analyst house puts hybrid cloud where the private cloud was in 2010; plenty of companies wanting to get on board, but the actual uptake remains low.

But it’s not going to be available instantly: Gartner recommends chief execs should consider the cloud because of its agility...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Research, SAP.

Steve Wozniak: I am a fan of the cloud...but let’s not go all in yet

Exclusive Steve Wozniak says he’s “a fan” of the cloud, yet he’s still worried about what could happen if consumers and companies don’t back things up locally.

This may come as something of a surprise to the tech fraternity, for whom the general consensus was that Woz wasn’t too keen on cloud – to put it politely.

Last August, after a showing of the Mike Daisey monologue ‘The Agony and...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Industry, Interview, Security.

Nirvanix files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, vows to save data

Cloud storage provider Nirvanix has announced it has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as expected, following the news earlier this month it was to shut down effective September 30.

The Nirvanix website paints a sorry picture this morning, with a company update put almost out of the way at the bottom of the page stating that bankruptcy was sought “in order to pursue all alternative to maximise value for its creditors while continuing its efforts to provide the best...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Economy, Enterprise, Industry, Storage.