More organisations moving from proof of concept to initial SD-WAN projects

One in five global companies has implemented an initial software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) project, while many more are at the proof of concept stage.

This is according to survey results from Teneo, an ‘as a service’ technology provider. The study, conducted alongside Sapio Research and which polled 200 senior IT and networking managers in the US and UK, found that increasing pressure on company...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Software.

Cloudian raises $94 million in series E round, says object storage ‘an idea whose time truly has come'

San Mateo-headquartered cloud storage provider Cloudian has announced it has raised $94 million (£73m) in a series E funding round, hailing it as a validation that object storage is ‘an idea whose time truly has come.’

Cloudian’s business case has been around the benefits of object storage, which provides greater scalability than block storage, as well as favouring unstructured data, with metadata attached to each object...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Europe, Software, Storage.

VMworld 2018: Multi-cloud strategies, AWS partnership blossoms, vSAN and NSX updates, and more

At VMworld in Las Vegas, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, with the help of some of the best and brightest in the cloud industry, expanded on partnerships and products, as well as the evolution of the multi-cloud landscape.

For the second year running, Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), took to the stage to give an update on AWS’ growing partnership with VMware, alongside new features. The announcement of an expansion...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Infrastructure, VMware.

Cloud hyperscaler capex broke $53 billion for the first half of 2018, says Synergy Research

The capital expenditure of the largest cloud infrastructure players continues to rise – and according to Synergy Research, the first half of 2018 has seen record figures being published.

Total capex for the first half of this year among the hyperscale operators hit $53 billion (£41.1bn), compared with $31bn this time last year. Q2’s figures did not quite match Q1, but this is down to an anomaly, Synergy...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure.

Cloud adoption in EMEA continues healthy growth – but security not on the same page

Cloud adoption in EMEA continues to grow significantly, but security awareness is not growing with it, according to new research from Bitglass.

The cloud access security broker (CASB), in its latest report, used company domains to identify cloud apps deployed in 20,000 organisations across Europe.

Less than half (47%) of organisations analysed had a single sign on (SSO) tool in use,...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

Diversity, transferable skills and upgrading skill sets: The keys to cloud employability in 2018

There are plenty of new jobs being created in the cloud sector – but organisations need to think long-term around securing the cloud skills their business needs.

That is according to a new report from UK technical recruiter Experis. The company, whose latest Tech Cities Job Watch focuses on the cloud sector, explores the skills required as well as the employers who may be looking for them.

By James Bourne, 23 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Research, Vendors.

Google Cloud gets up to speed with AWS and Azure with launch of HSM crypto tool

Google Cloud has announced the launch of a managed cloud-hosted hardware security module (HSM) service – joining Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in this security benchmark.

The Cloud HSM will enable customers to host encryption keys and perform cryptographic operations in FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified HSMs, according

By James Bourne, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data Management, Google, Security.

Quarterly SaaS spending hits $20 billion – with Microsoft continuing to hold a solid lead

Microsoft continues to hold a solid lead in the enterprise SaaS market ahead of Salesforce – but even though the market can be considered mature there is plenty more potential to come.

That is the key finding from the latest note by Synergy Research. The analysis, which comes from Q2 data, notes that the enterprise SaaS market is new generating $20 billion in quarterly revenues for vendors. Microsoft holds 17% of the...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Research, SaaS , Software.

DigiPlex aims to reuse waste data centre heat in Oslo apartments with new partnership

As technology continues to improve, so too does the responsibility of infrastructure providers in ensuring an environmentally-friendly future. Nordic data centre firm DigiPlex has announced a scheme whereby waste heat from its facilities will be reused in residential apartments across Oslo.

The company signed a letter of intent with Fortum Oslo Varme, Norway’s largest district heating supplier, to see to the needs of...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure.

The future of enterprise software: Big data and AI rules okay – and the ‘decentralisation of SaaS’

Machine learning, cloud-native and containers are going to be key growth drivers of the future enterprise software stack – but it could be the end of the road for software as a service (SaaS).

That’s the verdict from an extensive new report by venture capital fund Work-Bench. The

By James Bourne, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, SaaS , Software.

Google Cloud launches pre-packaged AI services around contact centre and talent acquisition

The importance of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to both the biggest cloud providers and their customers continues to rise – and Google Cloud aims to get a step up on its rivals by offering pre-packaged AI services.

At Google Next back in July, Google Cloud AI chief scientist Fei-Fei Li noted that AI was ‘no longer a niche for the tech world’ but ‘the differentiator for businesses in every...

By James Bourne, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Software.

Prometheus joins Kubernetes in graduating from Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Prometheus, an open source systems monitoring technology, has ‘graduated’ from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) – five months after Kubernetes took the plunge.

The graduation – which is essentially an affirmation of a technology having strong adoption and governance processes – was announced at the PromCom event. Prometheus has almost 20 active maintainers today, alongside more than 1,000...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Kubernetes.

Alibaba Cloud focuses on Asia Pacific with latest launches – and expands Elasticsearch partnership

It has been another busy week at Alibaba Cloud, with the company’s latest releases focusing on both Asia Pacific and European expansion.

The increased focus on Asia Pacific comes through the launch of no fewer than nine products around cloud architecture, machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), and security.

These include PAI, Alibaba Cloud’s proprietary machine...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Infrastructure, Security.

Risk and finance industry still see cloud as a concern, notes Gartner

Even the slowest industries are moving workloads to the cloud – take risk, audit and finance as an example. Yet there is still plenty more to be done before these verticals become truly comfortable.

That’s according to the latest report from analyst firm Gartner. In the company’s most recent Emerging Risks study, cloud computing remains the primary concern for those in risk and compliance. Cloud was ahead of...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

IDG notes how cloud budgets are going up – and implementations increasing in complexity

It is one of the largest trends of this year, and now it has gotten affirmation from IDG: cloud initiatives are becoming ever-more complex as the technology hits full maturity.

The findings appear in the media and analyst firm’s ‘Cloud Insights’ report for 2018. The study, which polled 550 respondents – all of whom are involved in the cloud buying process to some extent – found almost one in three (30%)...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Research.

SD-WAN infrastructure market to hit $4.5bn by 2022, says IDC

The software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) market continues to grow rapidly – and IDC is predicting the overall infrastructure market will be worth $4.5 billion (£3.53bn) by 2022.

The figure, which appears in the analyst firm’s latest SD-WAN Infrastructure Forecast, takes into account the significant uptick in SD-WAN investment, with infrastructure revenues going up 83.3% in 2017 to reach $833 million.

Another report, IDC’s Market Share – the first from the company for this category...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Regulation.

Intel spies $200bn in ‘data-centric’ opportunity combining cloud, edge and AI

Intel has upped its total addressable market (TAM) for what it calls the ‘data-centric’ era of computing from $160 billion to $200bn – with Navin Shenoy, president and general manager of the company’s data centre group, saying it is “the biggest opportunity in the history of the company.”

Shenoy was speaking at the company’s Data-Centric Innovation Summit in Santa Clara, and took to a company editorial to outline his plans.

“I find it astounding that 90% of the...

By James Bourne, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Software.

Samsung Heavy Industries chooses AWS to help take shipbuilding into the cloud

Another example of cloud computing infiltrating key enterprises; shipbuilding firm Samsung Heavy Industries is moving to Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider.

The company says it wants to be seen as a ‘cloud-first maritime business’, with Samsung using a variety of AWS’ services. These include EC2 and S3, naturally, alongside Amazon’s relational database, RDS, AWS Key Management, and governance and compliance tool CloudTrail.

By putting sensors in a variety of devices and...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Oracle marks ‘major milestone’ in autonomous strategy as Ellison takes more swipes at AWS

Oracle’s CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison announced the launch of the company’s latest autonomous database service around transaction processing (ATP) last night – but a recent report around claims by Amazon also caught his eye.

At an event in California, Ellison responded to a story, originally broken by CNBC, which claimed that Amazon was planning to move completely away from Oracle’s databases by...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.