Cloud increases chance of denial-of-service attacks, report warns

The eighth annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report from security provider Arbor Networks has revealed how cloud services and data centres are “increasingly victimised” by cyber attackers.

The report, which looked at a 12 month period ending September 2012, asked nearly 200 security-based questions to 130 respondents in the enterprise and network operator fields.

The key points of the research were:

  • 94% of data centre operators reported security attacks
  • 76% had suffered distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks towards their customers, whilst...

By James Bourne, 29 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Security.

Cloud cited as key driver for redefining CIO role [infographic]

A new survey from Brocade has revealed the extent of the changing CIO role in enterprise – and put cloud adoption as a major driver of it.

The research, which asked 100 CIOs from the EMEA sector (Europe, Middle East, Africa) found the following top-line takeaways:

  • 50% of the CIOs polled expect that cloud adoption will result in their jobs involving less time fretting over the company IT infrastructure
  • One third of CIOs confirmed that cloud services had been deployed by their business without involving the IT department
  • Two in three envisage that by...

By James Bourne, 24 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Infographic.

EESC questions EU cloud computing initiative figures

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has published an opinion piece detailing opposition to the well documented European Union (EU) computing initiative.

The EU’s cloud strategy, ‘Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe’, announced in September featured two main takeaways; a yearly 160bn Euro (£127.6bn) boost to the European GDP by 2010, and a net gain of 2.5m jobs.

Sounds good on first glance, but the...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Government, IaaS.

Symantec survey examines increase in “rogue clouds”

A new research report from Symantec has warned against the use of ‘rogue’ clouds for best practice.

The survey, entitled ‘Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Cloud’, spoke to IT execs at 3,236 organisations across nearly 30 countries worldwide and found that there was a link between using rogue clouds and losing confidential information, resulting in hidden costs.

A rogue cloud is one which is...

By James Bourne, 21 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Security.

Cloud computing features heavily in 2013 CIO tech priorities

The importance of cloud computing in the overall tech sphere has again been emphasised in a Gartner report surveying over 2,000 CIOs on their technology priorities for 2013.

Cloudy areas featured heavily in the top 10 priorities for CIOs, with cloud computing itself – alongside software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) ranked at number three.

Elsewhere, legacy modernisation – a big element of companies moving into cloud-hosted solutions...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Forecasts, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

Consumer knowledge of cloud still vague, says new survey

With the analysts predicting cloud computing to rise and rise in 2013, it can be refreshing to get a consumer perspective on how they use the cloud and their overall knowledge of it.

Yet the signs don’t appear to be good – a new survey from UK-based hosting group Webfusion has revealed that two thirds of UK consumers don’t have a clear view of what the cloud entails.

Webfusion polled over 1,000 people, with their findings giving little credence to a consumer shift in cloud perception.

When...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Research.

Is there a widening skills gap in the cloud industry?

A recent whitepaper from IDC sponsored by Microsoft has suggested a widening skills gap for cloud computing, and the trend will continue further through 2013.

In particular the research, of over 600 organisations, showed that as the cloud evolves, cloud-specific skills will grow at six times the rate of overall IT skills, noting that cloud-related skills “represent virtually all of the growth opportunities in IT worldwide”.

According to the paper, worldwide IT jobs will hit just under 30m by the...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Private, Public, Research.

What’s driving cloud adoption among CIOs?

New research from Host Analytics and conducted by Dimensional Research has found that for four out of five business execs, the cloud is chosen for its value over anything else.

A similar number of employees surveyed said that it’s beneficial for them to use cloud applications.

The research, which covered over 300 CIOs and business executives, again found various benefits to cloud adoption, which may perhaps shift the balance as IT budgets are being prepared for 2013.

When asked for the reasons a cloud...

By James Bourne, 19 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Research.

Will Audiogalaxy buyout move Dropbox into a cloud music service?

There have been intriguing developments in terms of utilising the cloud as an entertainment vehicle during the past 24 hours, with Dropbox acquiring personal music streaming service Audiogalaxy and Amazon’s Cloud Player arriving on Samsung Smart TVs.

The acquisition of Audiogalaxy by cloud storage expert Dropbox may be a sign of things to come. Dropbox already allows limited music streaming as part of its cloud storage solution, and with Audiogalaxy’s expertise in that area, it seems like a match...

By James Bourne, 13 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Storage.

One in three mission critical apps currently in the cloud, says survey

Research from identity management provider SailPoint has revealed that US and UK based IT leaders see one in three mission critical apps as currently in the cloud, with that figure rising sharply by 2015.

The Market Pulse Survey of 400 IT and business leaders, which defined ‘mission critical’ as apps mainly focused on storage, file-sharing and communications, forecast that the number is expected to grow to one in two in three years.

The figures differed slightly dependent on which side of the...

By James Bourne, 12 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research, Security.

Where does Forrester see cloud computing in 2013?

With 2013 just around the corner, it’s not surprising to see many companies rolling out their 2013 tech predictions – and it’s even less of a surprise that cloud computing features heavily.

Analyst house Forrester has revealed its top 10 cloud computing predictions for next year, with all the contributors to the Forrester cloud playbook giving their view before narrowing down their insight to the best 10 enterprise cloud forecast.

These predictions include a waning of AWS’ cloud...

By James Bourne, 10 December 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Developers, Forecasts, Research, Virtualisation.

Four in five IT directors feel responsible for cloud failure

New research from enterprise IT solutions provider Damovo UK has revealed that, for 80% of IT top brass, if they move their services to the cloud, it’s their responsibility if it goes wrong.

The UK-based research, conducted by Vanson Bourne which spoke to 100 IT directors catering for more than 1000 employees, also found that for nine in ten respondents, cloud providers should in turn be more accountable, and provide greater transparency when it comes to data governance.

Interestingly, nearly 70% of...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Research.

Cloud survey from Asigra shows data backup trends

A survey commissioned by Asigra and conducted by TechValidate has found security as the primary concern with storing data in the cloud.

Of the companies surveyed, security (21%) was the biggest concern, followed by location of company data (7%), cost (3%), cloud service provider going out of business (3%) and user error leading to data loss (3%).

There is a reason if these numbers appear particularly low – the top answer for respondents was “all of the above” (59%).

So, evidently, the...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Research, SaaS .

Cloud on the rise in New Zealand as firms spend more

Research published by analysts Frost & Sullivan this week has revealed that over half of New Zealand companies surveyed are looking to increase their cloud budgets.

Two in five organisations which use cloud services in New Zealand spend more than 10% of their total IT budget on the cloud, whilst 57% of organisations intend to increase their cloudy budgets in the next 12 months.

As part of its State of Cloud Computing New Zealand 2012 research, Frost & Sullivan examined the usual metrics concerning the...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research, Trends.

Study shows differences between cloud users and non-users

A cornerstone study into cloud computing in the UK has revealed the key difference in opinion between cloud users and non-cloud users.

The study, from Raconteur Media and written by Mike O’Driscoll entitled ‘Navigating the Cloud’, had a relatively small survey base – just under 250 completed at least part of the survey – but of that number, there was a lot of clout – 84% saw themselves as the key IT decision maker.

Again, software as a service (SaaS) proved itself to be the...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: PaaS, Research, SaaS , Security.

Gartner: PaaS market to hit the billions globally

The latest round of research data from analyst house Gartner reveals that worldwide platform as a service (PaaS) revenue is on target to hit $1.2bn (£754m) by the end of 2012.

This figure represents an increase from $900m (£565m) from the previous year, and integrates various sub-aspects of the PaaS infrastructure, such as aPaas (application platforms as a service) and iPaas (integration platforms as a service).

Following the prediction through fully, Gartner believes the platform as a service...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, PaaS, SaaS .

Did cloud computing help Obama win the #Election2012?

A new post from Amazon Web Services’ Jeff Barr has detailed how President Barack Obama’s campaign team utilised the AWS cloud to their advantage.

“The words ‘mission critical’ definitely apply here,” wrote Barr, adding: “With the opportunity to lead the United States as the prize, the stakes were high.”

But how did cloud computing influence the outcome of the election?

The use of technology to influence the presidential campaign has been widely reported,...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

Japan is most cloud ready Asia Pacific nation, ACCA says

A week after VMware released its Asia Pacific Cloud Index Survey, another report has come up from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) claiming Japan is the most ‘cloud ready’ nation in the Asia Pacific region.

Japan’s ranking is unchanged from last year at number one, with South Korea leapfrogging Hong Kong and Singapore into second place.

Hong Kong and...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research, Trends.

How is the cloud vital to a progressive SMB? [infographic]

What defines a progressive small to medium business (SMB)?

According to Cisco, it’s an SMB which is “increasingly encroaching on the territory of their larger competitors”.

Yet the biggest takeaway from the Cisco research is that these SMBs, if they are to become more progressive, will need to move to the cloud.

Other checkpoints for progressive SMBs are utilising the mobile workforce, collaborating in person and embracing social media.

Cloud computing is increasingly seen as a viable option...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infographic.

SaaS “continues to be entryway” for cloud platforms, says Symform

Recent research from Symform has shown that software-as-a-service (SaaS) continues to be the most mature cloud market, but platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is lacking by comparison.

The survey of over 500 respondents showed that nearly four in five (79%) companies surveyed in the cloud were using SaaS, yet nearly half (48%) of companies in the cloud were not planning on utilising PaaS at any time during the next 12 months.

This correlates with

By James Bourne, 12 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: PaaS, Research, SaaS , Security.