Why data centre moves are an opportunity for service providers

Ian Redpath, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure

ian.redpath@ovum.com

Internet content providers, stock exchanges, banks, communications service providers (CSPs), and others are investing billions of dollars to build data centre space. The proliferation of data centres in new geographic locations is fundamentally changing network demands and driving larger volumes of traffic. Data centres (DCs) with thousands of servers will require terabits of optical transport. CSPs...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 30 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Vendors.

The new Nokia is placing its bets on cloud and CEM

Clare McCarthy, Practice Leader, Telco IT

Nokia held its fifth analyst event in advance of the TM Forum’s Management World (TMF Live!) in Nice. After six years under the NSN banner, the company did not hesitate to return to a Nokia brand that fronts a networks business. The “new Nokia” comprises three business units:

  • Nokia Networks includes all of its core and radio access network solutions, as well as its customer experience management (CEM) and OSS solutions and services – basically the whole of the former NSN business, which...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 23 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Vendors.

BlueMix represents the next step in the transformation of IBM’s cloud offering

Gary Barnett, Enterprise Mobility and Productivity Software

At IBM Innovate 2014 in Orlando, Florida, IBM announced that its BlueMix PaaS offering will be made generally available at the end of June. BlueMix was first launched as a beta program in February this year at IBM’s Pulse conference, and the platform has seen a considerable amount of development in the four months since its first unveiling.

BlueMix is based on CloudFoundry, and runs on IBM’s SoftLayer cloud infrastructure management...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, PaaS.

How SAP is going to simplify its ERP

Chris Pennell, Lead Analyst, Public Sector

It is fair to say that the public sector’s view of enterprise resource planning (ERP) is one of a platform supporting a set of tightly knitted solutions that tends to be customized to suit individual enterprise needs, in turn requiring a complex array of maintenance and licensing agreements. But the disruptive forces of cloud provide buyers with a chance to reconsider this preconception. Vendors must now puzzle over how buyers can carry on consuming...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: ERP, PaaS.

How big data is set to boost the effectiveness of analytics in banking

Jaroslaw Knapik, Senior Analyst, Financial Services Technology

Big Data will dramatically enhance key areas in banking such as fraud analytics, customer analytics, and web analytics. It does not replace banks’ current analytical infrastructure, but extends its scope: it has become conceivable to conduct analyses based on all data, not just a sample.

Big Data also extends the range of data types that can be covered, the problems that can be addressed, and the user groups able to use it within a single...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 16 June 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Industry.

How Dimension Data’s unified comms strategy continues to evolve

Brian Riggs, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Telecoms

Dimension Data’s acquisition of Teliris is the latest move in a strategy to grow its managed and hosted unified communications (UC) services business. The acquisition adds a cloud-based videoconferencing service to a Dimension Data portfolio that already includes a number of managed and hosted telephony, UC, videoconferencing, and contact center services. It also expands Dimension Data’s presence in the US, where it is eager to grow its market...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 12 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: UnifiedComms.

How should governments go cloud first?

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Chief Analyst, Global Public Sector

Three Australian state governments have recently released updated ICT strategies that include cloud-first policy positions. However, each state has taken a different approach to driving cloud services adoption. This raises interesting questions about the impact of cloud services on the logic of whole-of-government ICT strategy.

Our view is that central agencies should focus on leadership and enablement. They should be mindful of the risk that too much...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 30 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government.

It's advantage to IBM in the Asia-Pacific cloud race

Adrian Ho, Principal Analyst, Enterprise

There is mounting enthusiasm for cloud services in the Asia-Pacific region, and enterprises are building the business case for cloud. The ultimate aim for enterprises is to build secure but extremely agile ICT infrastructures that will allow them to be nimble and innovative, and to move faster than their competitors. The cloud dividend delivers the highest yield for enterprises if it can help them to achieve that competitive advantage over their peers.

A series of...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 02 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, M&A.

Oracle’s recent acquisitions fill gaps in the Oracle Marketing Cloud

Gerry Brown, Senior Analyst, Customer Engagement

Between October 2013 and February 2014 Oracle made three acquisitions that enhance the Oracle Marketing Cloud proposition. The first acquisition was Compendium for marketing content management; the second was Responsys, a cross-channel marketing platform; and the third BlueKai, a data management platform and data marketplace focused on the marketing industry.

Many “core” marketing technology applications are already provided by the Oracle Marketing...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, Enterprise.

Why there is more to IaaS than price cuts

Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

At the end of March 2014, and in short succession, Google, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft announced significant price cuts to their public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud offerings. Widely reported in the press, the market rejoiced at the news, which combined price cuts with other announcements.

IaaS price cuts are not a new trend, but the most important aspect of this latest round of cuts is that it reflects Google’s unambiguous ambition...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 30 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS.

Why SAP sees HANA as a driver for business disruption

SAP’s recent user event in Orlando, Florida, organized and co-hosted by WIS Pubs, drew 1,800 attendees, all keen to learn new developments surrounding SAP’s BI and HANA in-memory analytics offerings. The key theme revolved around HANA as a platform for driving business innovation through technology and process disruption – clearly, HANA continues to sit front and center in SAP’s product strategy.

SAP’s challenge is to accelerate adoption by encouraging, not forcing, undecided...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 24 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, SAP.

Cisco announces global “Cisco Powered” cloud ecosystem, Intercloud

Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Practice, Jens Butler, Principal Analyst, IT Services

Cisco has announced its creation of a global cloud platform, branded Intercloud. It has also named some of its initial partners, which include a variety of cloud infrastructure players: Telstra, Allstream, Canopy, Ingram Micro, Logicalis Group, MicroStrategy, OnX Managed Services, SunGard Availability Services and Wipro. Although it is not a large group, it does include a mix of telcos, managed services providers, IT services...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 14 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise.

Accenture partners with Orange to deliver Euro-cloud services

Ian Brown, Senior Analyst, IT Services

Accenture and Orange Business Services (OBS) have formed an alliance to support large enterprises with their cloud strategies. Accenture will provide expertise and skills in the planning, implementation, and management of cloud services with an industry solutions focus. OBS will provide its end-to-end infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and associated managed services.

This isn’t the first example of Accenture partnering on cloud services: it already has agreements...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry.

Why organisations should consider cloud-based backup and recovery

Amrita Choudhury, Analyst, Software – Infrastructure Solutions

The last decade has seen massive growth in data volumes and there has been a corresponding seismic shift in the way in which organizations deal with data. While storage technology has become relatively affordable and improved, it has struggled to keep pace with the data growth.

Storage infrastructure expansion can be costly and is a continual process. Freeing up storage capacity is never an easy decision, with business requirements and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Storage.

How public clouds are becoming vertical market-centric

Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

Public cloud vendors are increasingly focusing on vertical markets, which will significantly accelerate public cloud adoption by latecomers. The “verticalization” of public clouds comes as a result of efforts throughout vertical ecosystems, from regulators to traditional IT service providers such as IBM, as well as newcomers such as AWS, Salesforce.com, and Veeva.

It will grow in parallel to public cloud providers increasingly moving from technology...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 28 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Public, Vendors.

Oracle progresses its aggressive cloud strategy

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

It hardly rains in Palm Springs, California. But there was a great deal of talk about clouds at Oracle’s recent CloudWorld analyst conference.

Oracle presented an update on the aggressive cloud strategy it unfolded at last September’s Oracle OpenWorld conference, where it made a score of announcements around its PaaS, IaaS, and SaaS offerings. Oracle has made significant incremental advances across both its public and private...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 25 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

Why hybrid clouds will continue to rise to the top of the enterprise agenda

Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

Cloud service providers and consumers approach hybrid clouds from a public as well as a private cloud perspective. The objective for both is to run workloads where it makes the most sense at a technology and/or business level.

While hybrid clouds’ center of gravity will shift toward public clouds, it will do so quite slowly as enterprises increasingly mix and match the variety of hybrid cloud options available on the market, from connective to blended and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 24 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid.

Telstra takes Cisco’s global cloud platform local in Australia

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector Technology

Telstra and Cisco have announced a first-of-its-kind alliance that signals an inflexion point in the evolution of the global infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market.

Even as Australia’s largest telco, Telstra has decided that the economies of scale required for sustainable success as an IaaS provider are beyond its means. It has determined that it is better to cease investing in potentially sub-scale home-tailored cloud computing...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Vendors.

How government CRM tools are addressing complex public sector needs

Nishant Shah, Senior Analyst, Government Technology

Stories about frustrating experiences with government agencies abound. Typically, they are due to a combination of service delivery failure, lack of transparency, and inadequate communication. Fortunately, many governments are beginning to address these issues with a greater sense of urgency. The need for action is being manifested in new policy and an operational focus on better service delivery globally, with customer relationship management (CRM) tools as...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 17 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Government.

Informatica springs new release of Cloud platform

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Informatica continues to see data disintermediation between cloud and on-premise IT systems as a lucrative opportunity. The latest release of its Informatica Cloud – marketed seasonally as Cloud Spring 2014 – advances this strategy, delivering new self-service tooling and user interface enhancements, aimed at business users, that are intended to remove much of the complexity and burden of cloud and on-premise data...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 14 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, SAP.