Cloud becomes a serious contender for email services

The cloud is becoming increasingly used in place of traditional email platforms, an expert has said.A new report published by Gartner has revealed that Google Gmail service is the new rival to Microsoft mail platforms and SaaS and cloud applications are fast becoming the email route of choice in companies with more than 5,000 seats.In particular, the report revealed that Google's Gmail service now hosts nearly half the market for enterprise cloud email services. Matthew Cain, research vice president at Gartner pointed out that this...

By Verity Gough, 20 September 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Developers, SaaS , Storage.

Dome9 launches new cloud firewall service

A new product aimed at creating a firewall for public and private clouds has launched.Dome9, a Tel Aviv based software company which founded last year, is just one of several cloud security companies to crowd an increasingly busy market sector. Its new offering is software as a service as well as an API that allows customers to let legitimate users access the ports for cloud-based servers. When deployed as an agent, the software works on any number of public and private clouds, such as Amazon, GoGrid and others...

By Verity Gough, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, SaaS , Security, Vendors.

Mobile consumer cloud market will be worth £4 bn by 2016

High-profile launches from players such as Amazon, Google and Apple are expected to galvanize the growing market for consumer cloud mobility services, generating revenues reaching almost £4 billion ($6.5 billion) a year by 2016, a new report has found.

According to the study by Juniper Research, while initial consumer deployments in the cloud were focused primarily on the social networking space, music and video storage/acquisition services such as Amazon's Cloud Drive and the forthcoming Apple iCloud are expected to...

By Verity Gough, 10 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Forecasts, Research, Trends.

Microsoft cloud outage hits millions of Hotmail users

Millions of Hotmail users were unable to access their accounts for at least two hours this morning after Microsoft’s Cloud suffered an outage, according to reports.

Problems began at around 4am this morning however, it was reported in a company blog that Microsoft had sorted the problem by 5.45am, although repairs went on for some time after this. Commenting in its 365 Twitter feed, Microsoft suggested the problems were down to an issue with the Domain Name System.

In addition to Hotmail, the outage...

By Verity Gough, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Security.

HP announces tentative private cloud service

HP has finally announced its long awaited cloud services offering with the launch of Cloud Compute and will be in direct competition with Amazon, Microsoft and Rackspace.

The new beta IaaS offering will provide storage for private, public and hybrid cloud platforms and a limited number of clients will be able to use the beta. It will allow users to deploy compute instances on-demand as well as customising them to handle clients’ unique workloads and offering scalability options.

HP Cloud Object Storage...

By Verity Gough, 08 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Developers, Enterprise, IaaS, Storage, Trends.

UK IT still worried about cloud, says report

Adoption of the cloud is surprisingly low despite the much-hyped benefits, a survey has revealed.

According to Cisco's CloudWatch 2011 report, only seven percent of UK IT applications are actually in the cloud and only 23 percent intend to increase this within the next two years.

The report polled 250 IT decision makers in large UK enterprises across five sectors asking their views on the cloud. Unsurprisingly, security and privacy remained the number one concern with 76 percent of respondents citing it as a...

By Verity Gough, 07 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Forecasts, Research.

Cloud won't replace IT workers, says expert

Concerns that staff will be replaced by increasingly technical IT solutions are unfounded, says Microsoft Cloud expert, Simon May.

Companies considering moving to the cloud will always need experts to help with the migration, said May and while companies may not require staff to monitor their server racks any more, they will certainly require IT specialists to guide them in the "technological jungle" and act as a "guide or a gatekeeper," he said.May made his comments at a webinar on the future of cloud computing last month...

By Verity Gough, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.

China Telecom: cloud strategy set for 2012

China Telecom is the latest enterprise to announce its cloud strategy for 2012 with plans to launch esurfing cloud devices and storage products next year.

The telecom operator first established a cloud project team back in 2009 and has since completed testing in several major cities including Shanghai, Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi and has a data centre as the core for the scale development of cloud computing. At the beginning of 2011, China Telecom launched a project to promote the access of optical fiber network...

By Verity Gough, 05 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Developers, Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure.

Kundra to advise EU cloud strategy

The European Union has said it is preparing to embrace the cloud fully in 2012 when it begins to roll out its cloud strategy, according to vice president for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, and the plans will be overseen by former US chief information officer, Vivek Kundra.

Speaking at a conference in San Francisco, Kroes said: "We are hoping to publish Europe's strategy on cloud computing next year and I have asked Vivek to be my advisor on this; he has said yes," adding: "My day has been made."

Vivek Kundra, also in...

By Verity Gough, 04 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Europe, Government, Industry, Regulation.

Public cloud remains unappealing, warns report

Companies are increasingly migrating to the private cloud but are less enamoured with the prospect of public cloud services, a report has revealed.

A survey of IT managers by IT solutions company, Precise has found that businesses seems to be switching onto the benefits of virtual computing with 37 percent saying they will migrate 61 percent or more of their applications to a private cloud environment in the future. But while cloud technology remains the next Big Thing in IT, only six percent of companies are...

By Verity Gough, 01 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Compliance, Enterprise, Security.

New home cloud TV software launches

Set-top manufacturer Pace has announced the launch of Elements, a cloud-based software platform designed to let operators deliver multi-platform personalised content.

The Elements software provides a user interface hosted in the cloud, to allow users to connect to a TV service from multiple devices within the home as well as enabling users to connect to social networks in order to recommend content to friends, personalise their viewing experience and access different types of content across multiple sources...

By Verity Gough, 31 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Trends.

Dell jumps onto the cloud bandwagon with VMware

Dell is the latest organisation to take the plunge into the cloud after announcing its new data-storage rental service, due to be rolled out later this year.

After months of rumours circulating about when Dell would be cloud-bound, the announcement came during the VMworld virtualization and cloud conference in Las Vegas this week where Dell said that it was finally taking the plunge.

The new product, unsurprisingly named, Dell Cloud, will be available outside of the US next year and uses VMware's...

By Verity Gough, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Enterprise, Industry, M&A, Trends.

Verizon boosts Hybrid Clouds with CloudSwitch acquisition

Verizon Communications has increased its ever-growing portfolio of cloud services with its latest addition: CloudSwitch.

The new company, whose user-friendly software enables enterprises to quickly build hybrid clouds where virtual machines can move between data centres and cloud platforms, is going to be combined with Terremark, another recent Verizon purchase.

Verizon hopes that the addition of CloudSwitch technology will further enhance its already impressive hybrid cloud and cloud-to-cloud...

By Verity Gough, 29 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, M&A.

Steve Jobs steps down as Apple boss after announcing iCloud

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has resigned from his post with his last announcement being the launch of the iCloud.

On Friday, Jobs resigned in a letter to employees despite hopes that he would resume his post full time following appearances at the launch of the iPad 2 and more recently, the unveiling of the iCloud. However having been on sick leave since January and undergoing a liver transplant he conceded that it was time to take a rest.

In his letter, Jobs wrote: "I have always said if there ever came a day when I...

By Verity Gough, 28 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, Trends.

Acer launches Cloud Competency Centre

A new cloud hub for businesses called the Acer Cloud Competency Centre has launched this week.

Computer supremo, Acer announced its new centre based in Taoyuan in Taiwan, the company's data centre. It aims to be the new cloud destination designed to run cloud solutions for enterprises in addition to high performance computing tasks.

The primary focus of the new centre will be cluster computing solutions as Acer has already forged a partnership with Intel to provide Cluster Ready for HPC and...

By Verity Gough, 27 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Trends.

Resellers being ousted from cloud, warns report

End users are missing out the middleman and heading straight to the vendors for advice on cloud adoption, according to a report published today.The survey, carried out by channel-only hosted IT services provider Rise, polled 100 SMB prospects of one of Rise's clients and found that just eight per cent of IT decision makers are engaging with resellers over cloud computing while 77 per cent said they would consult IT vendors and 15 per cent admitted they sought advice on cloud from the internet.The poll also found that almost 70 per cent...

By Verity Gough, 24 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Industry, Security.

Cloud could cut staff sickies

Companies who move into the Cloud could see a reduction in the number of sickies their workers take, according to an industry expert.

Figures released by the TUC suggest there are now 3.7 million home workers in the UK and InTechnology, a cloud-based managed services provider, believes this number will continue to grow as more organisations sign up to the Cloud.With significant investment being poured into the UK's digital infrastructure over the last decade, coupled with the fact that many parts of the UK now boast high-speed broadband connectivity...

By Verity Gough, 24 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Trends.

Salesforce teams with Yammer to offer interactive sales feed

Yammer has announced a Force.com app that will allow users to pipe information from Salesforce.com to Yammer rather than its own social network, Chatter.With a focus on microblogging, much like Facebook or Twitter, the new app offers several social networking features. This is part of a new Activity stream for Yammer which allows users to follow updates from enterprise software such as customer service tickets, new leads, purchase orders and the like, in the same vein as Twitter updates viewed via Facebook. There will also be a...

By Verity Gough, 23 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Salesforce, Trends.

New focus on security and data portability as Cloud gets overcrowded

As the meteoric rise of the cloud continues, IT leaders are pushing for better standards to address key issues such as security and data portability in the cloud. Only last month another organisation joined the demand for standards. IBM-backed Cloud Standards Customer Council, www.cloud-council.org, announced its committee members which include Citigroup, Costco Wholesale and Deere & Co as well as launching its working groups covering such topics as: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS); Software as a Service (SaaS);...

By Verity Gough, 23 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Compliance, Industry, Security.

HP plumps for Cloud in £7bn deal

Hewlett Packard has shunned hardware in favour of the cloud after it acquired UK-based software company, Autonomy, in a deal that sees HP acquire all outstanding shares for £25.50 each, cash.The Cambridge-based company, which launched in 1996, has become a global leader in infrastructure software with a customer base of more than 25,000 global companies, law firms and public sector agencies. And while some commentators have suggested that HP have overpaid, Hewlett-Packard’s Chief Executive Officer, Leo...

By Verity Gough, 21 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, M&A, Trends.