Storms take Amazon cloud down – were you affected?

In the week that the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency reported worldwide cloud outages cost at least £45m over five years, the all-encompassing Amazon EC2 Cloud was down on Friday night due to heavy storms in Virginia.

From approximately 2300 EST on Friday users were unable to access various sites utilising the Amazon infrastructure cloud, including

By James Bourne, 02 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, Security.

Will CliQr end fears of cloud vendor lock-in?

As the Google I/O conference gets underway in San Francisco, a Google-backed start-up has launched a cloud solution which aims to eradicate vendor lock-in.

Cloud management providers CliQr Technologies has launched CloudCenter, a product which “enables applications to get to and fluidly move between clouds with optimal price-performance and without migration disruption and expense”.

The product will have an official unveiling at the...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Security, Vendors.

Over a third of consumer content in cloud by 2016, says Gartner

There’s no such thing as too little cloud research from Gartner, and this is more interesting news for cloud users: Gartner forecasts that more than a third of consumers’ digital content will be stored in the cloud by 2016.

Gartner’s research is of course widely accepted as one of the most authoritative in the business, so this will come as another welcome trend, especially given that consumers only store seven percent of their content...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Forecasts, Research, Storage.

Companies gaining more trust in the cloud, says survey

The annual North Bridge Venture Partners survey into cloud computing trends has revealed that more and more companies are starting to get their heads around cloud as a concept, among other findings.

The survey, entitled ‘2012 Future of Cloud Computing’, utilised supporting evidence from major players such as VMWare and Microsoft and is in collaboration with the 451 Group.

Now in its second year, the survey also noted that whilst software-as-a-service (SaaS) is still the leading service used,

By James Bourne, 21 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts, SaaS , Scalability.

Cloud downtime cost £45m over five years, IWGCR claims

This is a potentially alarming finding from the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency (IWGCR): a combined 568 hours of downtime at 13 major cloud providers has cost £45.8 million (or $71.7 million) in business since 2007.

In the report, entitled “Downtime statistics of current cloud solutions”, IWGCR analysed the 13 providers, including Amazon, Microsoft and PayPal among others, and worked out that on average, cloud services were unavailable for 7.5 hours per...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Industry, Research, SLA.

Google bigs the green cloud up, but is it attainable?

A recent post on the Google Green Blog has revealed that the US General Services Administration saved $285,000 in energy consumption after switching to cloud based apps.

Even though most IT decision makers would freely want to admit they’re doing their bit for the environment by migrating to the cloud, the most prominent reason companies migrate would be convenience and, above all, money.

But Google claims the cloud is more energy efficient...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration.

Dell enterprise cloud to hit Europe by end of August

The specifics of Dell’s major cloud expansion have been revealed, with their infrastructure as a service (IaaS) enterprise cloud to arrive in Europe by August 31.

The platform is currently undergoing a trial in the US and Canada, with Dell Cloud aligning to VMWare’s vCloud Datacenter Service for the platform.

As reported by CloudTech last year, the service will help provide hosted infrastructure and

By James Bourne, 14 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, IaaS, Public.

Oracle Cloud is finally brought out but is the criticism fair?

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has been on the warpath for most of this week after announcing the data giant’s move to the cloud, in what was modestly described in the press releases as “the most comprehensive cloud on the planet Earth”.

Oracle Cloud had according to Ellison been seven years in the making, which perhaps explains its comprehensive nature, but the credentials sound pretty good at face...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, PaaS, Public, SaaS .

Cloud impact and adoption until 2015 [infographic]

According to Axway, the cloud is expected to become the primary operating system for enterprise by 2014.

Among other points, Axway explains that cloud in 2012 has become "serious" as the "hype is over", with strong adoption of mobile devices in 2013 resulting in cloud dominating enterprise IT organisations in 2014.

Paul French, Axway vice president, said: "It is important that [enterprise IT organisations] assess their...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Forecasts, Infographic.

Europe two years behind US in cloud adoption, says Gartner

Many European companies may be moving to cloud now but they’re two years behind America in terms of cloud adoption, according to research house Gartner.

The analysts have put the difference down to a wide range of problems, including the diversity of Europe’s 44 different nations, the recession and Euro crisis, as well as European privacy rules relating to data protection.

Gartner elaborated...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Research.

Iomart eyes big data as their stock goes up and up

UK cloud service provider Iomart is centring primarily on big data having posted “strong and solid” figures for the last financial year.

Iomart this week announced a two-thirds increase in pre-tax profits, up to £6.9 million, and a one-third increase in revenue, up to £33.5 million, and according to marketing director Phil Worms the figures were in line with company expectations.

Worms used a football analogy to describe the results, telling...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, M&A.

The growth of the cloud [infographic]

There are plenty of metrics to show how big cloud is today, yet this infographic from CloudLock previews how much cloud is going to grow in terms of documents and sites.

Research from Gartner goes through the reasons businesses and users migrate their services to the cloud.

While the cloud is more agile, creative and economical than on-site, the research shows that trust and risk is still an issue.

So, can we trust the cloud?

By James Bourne, 28 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, Infographic, Research.

VMware grabs Wanova for their end-user portfolio

Virtualisation experts VMware have acquired turnkey desktop cloud providers Wanova to further bolster their end-user portfolio.   

VMware will hope to fully utilise Wanova’s Mirage system, which centralises image management of both physical and virtual desktops and splits the desktop image into logical layers, to entail seamless transition between endpoints.

The financial details of the deal remain undisclosed.

VMware...

By James Bourne, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Virtualisation, VMware.

Cloud adoption ‘cautious’ from Asia Pacific retailers, survey says

Research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) suggests that adoption of cloud from retailers in the Asia Pacific region is currently slow but will progress substantially within five years.

According to the survey, only 19% of the 56 respondents were currently pushing through a cloud adoption strategy for their business, but 32% stated they were considering implementing cloud within the next two-to-five...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts, Research.

UK’s G-Cloud may struggle to hit targets, says report

A report from VMware has revealed the adoption of G-Cloud is not progressing as expected with many senior public sector IT staff sceptical about the process.

VMware interviewed nearly 200 IT heavyweights about G-Cloud, the UK government’s cloud service which will attempt to reduce IT costs by £200m per year and have 50% of IT spending coming through public cloud services.

Yet there wasn’t universal agreement on whether these targets will be hit, with only 30% saying the £200m...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Migration, Research.

HP brings out public beta cloud on pay-as-you-go

Hewlett Packard has released its first public beta cloud services with over 40 companies publicly supporting the move.

The company announced that its three services – HP Cloud Compute, HP Cloud Object Storage and HP Cloud Content Delivery Network – were to be made available through a pay-as-you-go system after the free beta ended last week.

HP stated that their goal was to “enable developers, independent software vendors and enterprises of all sizes to build the next generation of web...

By James Bourne, 14 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, OpenSource, PaaS, Public.

Unicorns more likely than cloud migration, says survey

Many IT decision makers feel they are more likely to have a close encounter with a flying saucer than see the completion of their company’s cloud migration in the next six months.

This was one of a number of alarming findings contained within Cisco’s 2012 Global Cloud Networking survey this week.

The company polled 1300 IT decision makers in 13 countries spanning five continents, and revealed a lack of universal confidence in the cloud among IT professionals unless a proper cloud migration...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Migration, Private, Public, Research.

Gartner predicts the personal cloud will quickly eclipse the PC

A report from Gartner has indicated that the personal cloud will overshadow the PC as the main element of consumers’ digital lives by 2014.

The IT analysts claim the rapid growth in the usage of apps has led to this verdict, meaning a sea-change in how consumers stream, share and synchronise content providing more flexibility, user satisfaction and productivity with the...

By James Bourne, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Forecasts, PaaS, Public.