Next two years “era of the hybrid cloud”, asserts Microsoft report

The latest cloud computing report this time comes from Microsoft in collaboration with 451 Research, and again looks towards the hybrid as the tangible future of cloud computing.

The study, ‘The New Era of Hosted Services’, took responses from more than 1500 organisations and revealed that in two years’ time 68% of organisations will adopt the hybrid cloud model, up from 49% currently.

“The next two years will be the era of the hybrid cloud”, trumpeted Marco Limena, Microsoft VP...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Research, SaaS .

Cloud computing firm iomart’s profits continue to rise

iomart Group, proclaimed as the UK’s leading cloud computing company, has registered end of year profits of £10.7m before tax growth, an increase of 56% and marking a significant improvement on 2012’s £6.9m profit.

Revenue growth went up 29% to £43.1m, again an improvement on the previous year, whilst adjusted EBITDA growth (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) was 48%, up to £16.5m.

The figures are suitably impressive for the Scottish company,...

By James Bourne, 29 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, M&A, SLA, Trends.

Latest cloud computing report shows benefits exceed expectations

A report from CA Technologies, entitled ‘Cloud Succeeds. Now What?’ has revealed that, for many companies polled, their cloud solutions have been more successful than they were expecting.

The train of thought here, of course, has to wonder what those expectations were, especially in a week where service level agreements (SLAs) are at the forefront following 100% SLA provider Mimecast’s outage.

Yet for companies experienced with...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Research, Security.

Google plays its IaaS hand with Compute Engine general release

Among the hive of activity at Google I/O, one of the search giant’s more interesting announcements has come in the form of a general preview release of Google Compute Engine (GCE), giving developers increased access to Google infrastructure.

Google’s latest push is a further move into the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space, and culminates in the Silicon Valley company finding itself jockeying for position in a three horse race alongside Amazon and Microsoft.

By James Bourne, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, IaaS, Security.

How the data centre evolves to the cloud [infographic]

As anyone with a vested interest in cloud computing will know, the perception of the data centre has evolved considerably, from isolated resource centres to more connected pools, helping maximise IT efficiency.

Not surprisingly, with the potential available, the numbers are growing. 60% of server workloads are set to be virtualised by 2014, compared to only 12% in 2008, with total investment in data centre infrastructure growing 5% on average year on year.

There are, of course, pros and cons to...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Infographic, Virtualisation.

Mimecast server goes down, putting 100% SLA in tatters

Email management provider Mimecast has experienced a UK-based outage due to a hardware network failure today, with customers being temporarily unable to send or receive emails.

The first reports of irregularity occurred at approximately 1100GMT, with Mimecast acknowledging the problem at 1215.

Around forty minutes later, the company further tweeted that a fix was on the way purportedly on a tower-by-tower basis, with the majority of servers back up and running at the...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2013, 5 comments. Categories: Best Practice, SaaS , SLA.

Cloud doesn’t instantly equal increased organisation, says survey

You’ve adopted the cloud, got a high level of storage and moved a lot of apps in – but you’re still not getting as much work done as you thought.

That’s the alarming case with more than half of respondents to an Oracle-conducted survey entitled ‘Cloud for Business Managers: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’.

54% of the 1355 executives polled said that they had suffered staff downtime as a result of difficulties with cloud integration. In terms of specific numbers, this...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Trends.

Hybrid cloud “wave of the future” for seven out of 10 IT pros

Another day, another cloud survey, and for 69% of the near 250 IT professionals quizzed by business process automation firm PMG, the hybrid cloud is the “wave of the future within their organisations”.

The combination of public and private cloud is really starting to gain traction in 2013. But why?

The most important reason for adopting hybrid clouds, according to 38% of respondents, was that cloud apps were deployed faster. Delivering better value (21%), and being able to meet requirements more...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Research, Security.

PaaS market to hit $6.5bn by 2016, says new report

The platform as a service (PaaS) market is expected to reach $6.45bn by 2016 and grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 50%, with application infrastructure and middleware PaaS expected to grow the fastest.

That’s the big takeaway from analysts TechNavio, having published the latest industry report entitled Global Platform as a Service Market 2012-2016.

According to the researchers, the market currently stands at $1.31bn, with that number expecting to rise to $1.85bn...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, PaaS, Public, Research, Trends.

Companies spending less on office space thanks to cloud

The overlap between cloud computing and enterprise mobility is becoming ever more pronounced. And according to a new survey from Rackspace Hosting, the proliferation of cloud computing, and mobilising workforces means that companies are likely to spend far less on office space.

It’s not strictly correct to call this a ‘new’ survey. It’s the third in a series on the state of cloud computing from the global hosting provider, called ‘Cloud Computing: State of Play’.

By James Bourne, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Migration.

Cloud and data explosion among big trends for enterprise IT, says survey

The latest cloud computing survey, this time from NaviSite, has examined enterprise IT’s strategies, in particular for coping with an increasingly data-heavy ecosystem, and found that cloud is at the forefront of the data strategy for IT execs.

The report interviewed more than 500 IT professionals from companies with more than 200 employees, and found intriguing trends in the enterprise space.

Cloud computing is one of the biggest trends facing enterprise IT departments today, according to a quarter of...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Research, Storage, Trends.

Experience key to exploiting cloud value, says new report

Albert Einstein once said that the only source of knowledge is experience. And in terms of cloud computing, the latest report from RightScale, subtitled “How cloud maturity unlocks cloud value” emphasises that to a tee.

The second annual RightScale State of the Cloud Report, surveying 625 respondents from execs to cloud practitioners, found a wide array of interesting takeaways, but the key theme running through the research was that the more time you spend on cloud, the more revenue you’ll...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Migration, Research.

Microsoft remains top software vendor as cloud increases its influence

The International Data Center (IDC) has released a report which reveals that Microsoft remains the largest software vendor globally through 2012 revenues and overall market share.

Figures from the Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker put the Washington-based tech giant at a 17.1% market share, lower than its 2011 figure of 17.4% but still nearly twice as far ahead as its nearest competitors, IBM and Oracle.

IBM has an 8.5% market share, compared to Oracle’s 8.1%, with SAP and Symantec comprising the...

By James Bourne, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Research, SaaS .

Amazon announces S3 cloud storing two trillion objects

What’s the best way to put the kibosh on your competitor’s latest key cloud release?

Make a statement loaded with braggadocio yourself, as Amazon has done by announcing that two trillion (2 x 10¹²) objects are now stored on its S3 cloud – a turnaround of 1.1m requests per second.

Microsoft, of course, launched Windows Azure Infrastructure Services earlier this week, and knocked off the price of compute, storage and bandwidth between 21% and 33% in a bid for direct competition with...

By James Bourne, 19 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Public, Trends, Vendors.

Latest US research shows proliferation of hybrid clouds

A survey of over 800 US-based IT decision makers from Virtustream in conjunction with independent cloud research firm Neovise has revealed that over half of US enterprise are using cloud computing in one form or another.

54% of those surveyed said they were in the cloud, which certainly indicates an uptake in US adoption. Of that number, three quarters said they used public infrastructure as a service (IaaS) clouds, with 70% using private on-premise IaaS and 65% using private off-premise IaaS clouds.

The main...

By James Bourne, 18 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, IaaS, Private, Public.

Microsoft fronts up for cloud battle with Infrastructure Services release

Microsoft has stepped up its cloud push by releasing Windows Azure Infrastructure Services this week, and pricing it in direct competition with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Infrastructure Services is designed to help Windows Azure customers migrate their applications into the cloud, and, as the title suggests, it is primarily an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution – although it encompasses both platform as a service (PaaS) and hybrid scenarios.

“Our announcement today is a significant step...

By James Bourne, 17 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, IaaS, PaaS, Vendors.

Are we misjudging the cloud’s environmental impact?

A whitepaper from Melbourne’s Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) has cast doubt on traditional thinking regarding the energy consumption of cloud computing.

“Previous analysis and industry focus has missed the point,” blistered the Power of Wireless Cloud report to open its executive summary. “Access networks, not data centres, are the biggest threat to the sustainability of cloud services.”

As...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Research.

Private cloud drives data centre expansion, says survey

Half of those polled in the latest cloudy survey have said they will “definitely” look to expand their data centres in the coming year, with the vast majority of remaining respondents claiming they will expand in 2014.

The survey, commissioned by data centre services provider Digital Realty Trust and conducted by Campos Research and Analysis, spoke to 300 IT execs and concluded that this explosion in data centre usage was primarily down to the proliferation...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Private, Security.

Analysing the importance of cloud’s role in the enterprise

Aryaka, a company which offers wide area network optimisation in the cloud, has collated together several pieces of research emphasising the importance of cloud in a modern enterprise.

Pooling together studies from the likes of CIO Insight, Forrester and IDC, Aryaka has examined cloud strategies at different points of the enterprise, predominantly assessing the UK market.

Among the statistics cited in the infographic include an interesting summation of the top cloudy growth areas. According to the 1300 people...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infographic, PaaS, SaaS .

Cloud one of the five IT “game-changers” in latest survey

Communications provider CommScope has released a report, entitled the 2013 Global Enterprise Survey, to assess which aspects of IT were changing the paradigm for organisations around the world – and found that cloud computing and enterprise mobility were the biggest tickets on the list.

The research, which is taken every three years and gathered over 1100 responses from 63 countries in five continents, found the top five disruptive IT forces as enterprise mobility, cloud services, 40Gb and 100Gb...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Forecasts, Research.