SAP acquires Qualtrics in $8bn deal to deliver stronger brand and customer experiences

SAP has announced the acquisition of research management software provider Qualtrics for $8 billion (£6.2bn) with the aim to ‘deliver the transformative potential of experience and operational data.’

Qualtrics, based in Utah and Washington, offers a platform which enables organisations to conduct internal and external surveys, gauging customer experience, employee expectations and brand advocacy. With SAP...

By James Bourne, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, M&A, SaaS , SAP, Software.

ThousandEyes assesses the key performance differences between AWS, Azure and GCP

Plenty of factors have to be taken into account when choosing a cloud provider, from performance to price and everything in between. Indeed, many organisations have gone ahead of this process and are now weighing up more than one cloud provider, assessing which workloads fit best.

When it comes to the combination of price and performance, companies

By James Bourne, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

VMware takes AWS and IBM partnerships up another notch and fills a Kubernetes-shaped hole

VMware appears intent on celebrating its 20th birthday in some style. The company's various announcements at VMworld Europe in Barcelona have further showcased its position as an enabler of enterprise cloud technologies, with acquisitions and partnerships key.

Regarding the former, VMware announced the acquisition of Heptio, a company set up by two founding Kubernetes engineers to help expand the container orchestration tool's reach into the enterprise. Craig McLuckie, co-founder, CEO and former Google product...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Enterprise, Europe, Infrastructure, VMware.

Banks want to move to the cloud – but they need better models to do it efficiently

Banks are recognising the benefits of cloud computing – but progress remains slow.

That’s the verdict of consulting firm Accenture, who has released a new report focused on how banks need to win in the digital age.

The report, which showcased the opinions of 35 executives at global banks who were responsible for technology and information security, found very few to have...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant shows the need for cloud access security brokers going forward

The role of the cloud access security broker (CASB) will become ever-more important in the context of organisational security.

According to analyst firm Gartner, through 2023 “at least 99%” of cloud security issues will be the fault of the customer. The notion of shared responsibility – one which regular readers of this publication may well be sick of hearing given its frequency – needs to be hammered...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Alibaba’s cloud revenues hit $825 million this quarter – up 90% year over year

Alibaba has hailed a 90% year-on-year increase in its cloudy operations – posting quarterly revenues of $825 million (£636m).

Total revenue for the company was at $12.4 billion (£9.57bn), meaning cloud contributed to 6.6% of the overall pot. Overall revenues rose 54% year over year, representing the first time the company’s growth did not break 55% in seven quarters.

Among Alibaba Cloud’s...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Economy, Infrastructure.

Avis chooses AWS to drive forward a connected car platform vision

Another example of an ‘industry cloud’, albeit this time with a twist: car hire firm Avis is tapping into Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help with connected car data analysis.

Avis is using AWS Connected Vehicle Solution, the infrastructure behemoth’s product which focuses on transporting vehicle data to Amazon’s cloud securely, with low latency and low overhead.

By James Bourne, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Platform.

CEOs are concerned about the cloud skills gap but doing little to remedy it – so plough your own furrow

The majority of top brass at UK organisations say they concerned about the digital skills divide – yet only a small percentage are willing to invest in digital skills training for existing staff.

That’s the key finding from a report by cloudy software firm Domo. The study, titled ‘Leading at the Speed of Data’ and which polled 107 CEOs in total, found a generational gap in some areas. 84% of CEOs aged...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Economy, Research, Trends.

IBM and Red Hat appears a match made in container heaven – but is there more than meets the eye?

Analysis What about Big Blue Hat? Or how about Big Purple? Any offers for ‘in the pink?’ The proposed coming together of IBM and Red Hat, costing the former $34 billion in total enterprise value, is the stuff of dreams for caption writers. But what does it mean for the cloud industry and the two companies involved?

From IBM’s perspective, this is a continuation of a long-standing message. Those who have followed the...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, M&A, Platform.

As more companies put sensitive data in the public cloud – so the security threats increase

More organisations are putting their sensitive data in the public cloud – so it comes as no surprise that cloud threats, and mistakes in SaaS, IaaS and PaaS implementation are at an all-time high.

That is the key finding from a new report by McAfee, which argues the old bugaboo of shared responsibility continues to kick in and give organisations a kick in the teeth when it comes to cloud security.

By James Bourne, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

AWS hits $6.7bn in quarterly revenue – as the biggest cloud infrastructure players get even bigger

Amazon Web Services (AWS) hit almost $6.7 billion (£5.2bn) in revenues for its most recent quarter – up almost 10% from the previous quarter and marking a 45% jump from this time last year.

Despite Amazon’s overall figures being a slight disappointment for investors and analysts – shares dipped in after-hours trading after total quarterly revenues of $56.6bn missed the $57.1bn target – AWS continues to...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

How identity and access management is causing headaches in cloud security

Identity and access management (IAM) is seen as an important tool for determining who’s who in a nefarious cloud landscape – but organisations are struggling to get to grips with it, according to new research.

The latest Cloud Report from cloud access security broker (CASB) Netskope has revealed the majority of Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmark violations occurring in Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments fall...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Microsoft cites Azure and cloud strength for more strong financials – but it’s all about the long-term ethos

It would not have been beyond the realms of possibility for this publication to open its analysis of Microsoft’s Q119 results by simply providing a link to Q418 and leaving it at that. After all, Redmond’s message has barely changed. Whereas July’s headline was ‘Microsoft Cloud...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Check Point Software acquires Dome9 to beef up multi-cloud options

Check Point Software, an Israel-based cyber security firm, has announced the acquisition of compatriot Dome9 – with multi-cloud capability once again proving key.

Dome9, which like Check Point is based in Tel Aviv, offers a SaaS platform which aims to visualise organisations’ security postures in the public cloud. Companies can have verifiable infrastructure security for every public cloud, including the behemoths of AWS, Azure and...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security.

Oracle unveils next generation cloud vision at OpenWorld – autonomous and rearchitected

“A semi-autonomous database is like a semi-self-driving car,” Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison told attendees at the company’s OpenWorld event. “You get in, you drive, and you die.”

Why the comparison? Ellison was responding to an article he read – provenance not known – around rumours Amazon was building a ‘semi-autonomous’ database. It’s not much of a...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Exploring the benefits and challenges of hyperconverged and software-defined storage

The verdict on software-defined, hyperconverged and cloud storage from DataCore is in: while hyperconverged is making inroads organisations are struggling, while software-defined storage is seeing a greater number of use cases.

This analysis may not come as a huge surprise given DataCore’s primary business line is through software-defined. Yet the study, which polled 400 IT professionals who were currently using or...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Containers, Public, Research, Software, Storage.

Alibaba Cloud launches London data centres with promise for further expansion

Alibaba Cloud has opened the doors on its UK data centres, adding to its global footprint and promising 24/7 support as well as real-time monitoring.

The move confirms the Chinese provider’s UK move, with the company now operating 52 availability zones in 19 regions worldwide. The others outside Asia Pacific are two regions in the US, and one region each in Frankfurt and Dubai, while outside China Alibaba has representation in Singapore....

By James Bourne, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

SAP breaks €5bn in quarterly cloud and software revenue – but profits see slight dip

SAP has claimed it is the ‘fastest growing cloud company at scale’ in enterprise software applications after breaking the €5 billion barrier for quarterly cloud and software revenues.

The figure of €5.01bn (£4.4bn) represents an increase of 7.5% on this time last year, and an increase of 1.3% on the previous quarter. Total revenues for the company were at €6.02bn, meaning cloud and software was at 83%...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, SAP.

DevOps skills demand continues to soar – with salaries going up with it

Two pieces of research have hit CloudTech’s inbox which show that if you have the right DevOps skills you can go just about anywhere – and name your price with it.

According to a new report issued by O’Reilly Media, the global median pay for DevOps professionals is currently at $90,000 a year.

The report was based on the responses of more than 1,300 IT professionals, and noted that...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Developers, DevOps, Economy.