Platform engineering brings self-service centre stage

A theatre stage.

Platform engineering defined

Platform engineering is the practice of building and operating a common platform for internal development teams to share and use for accelerating software releases.

In practice, there are slightly different views of platform engineering. But a common theme does emerge: Platform engineering bridges the gap between software and hardware (i.e. between Dev and Ops) – and platform engineers enable application developers to release more...

Microsoft extends security offering for multi-cloud environments

Cloud Security Umbrella

Microsoft is extending its Defender for Cloud service to cover the Google Cloud Platform in an effort to simplify security for organisations utilising multi-cloud strategies.

The move will see all three of the world’s largest public cloud providers protected under the same Microsoft solution for posture management and threat protection, with AWS and Azure already under its scope.

Support for Google Cloud will come with recommendations for users on how to configure...

Modernising and managing multi-cloud systems

Dell

In the past decade, IT professionals have divided between advocates of control and customisation in private clouds versus developers looking for the standardisation and flexibility of public clouds.

A common perception was that the hyperscalers would host all the applications, and the local data centres and private clouds were going to have a residual role. Developers took the lead in public cloud adoption in their effort to improve the customer experience.

Meanwhile,...

Citrix to privatise and merge with Tibco following £12.1bn acquisition

Merger Deal

US cloud services provider Citrix has been acquired for $16.5 billion (£12.1bn) and will be privatised and merged with data analysis software developer Tibco Software.

The buyout comes from Elliot Investment Management and Vista Equity Partners, the latter of which has owned Tibco since 2014.

Following weeks of reports of negotiations, the acquisition deal has been approved by Citrix’s board of directors and is expected to close by mid-2022.

Elliot...

IBM sees 6.5% growth in Q4 driven by hybrid cloud revenue

IBM

IBM has posted its highest quarterly growth since 2011 for the final quarter of 2021, with hybrid cloud adoption driving sales.

The positive turnaround for the company suggests that Arvind Krishna’s appointment as CEO in mid-2020 is starting to bear fruit.

For the December quarter, IBM brought in revenue of £12.4 billion, up 6.5% from 2020’s results. Its best results in ten years, it also surpassed Wall Street forecasts of £12 billion.

IBM shares are up...

Pulsant adds Manchester to its roster of UK edge data centres

Manchester, UK

Pulsant, an edge data centre and hybrid cloud specialist, has acquired a Manchester data centre and its clients from M247 Limited.

As a city with one of the fastest growing tech hubs in Europe, the acquisition facilitates Pulsant’s geographic expansion of its edge platform into England’s North West.

It also marks Pulsant’s first acquisition as part of its growth strategy since receiving investment from Antin Infrastructure Partners in July 2021.

The deal...

IBM launches modernisation centre to support hybrid cloud adoption

Cloud Adoption

Tech giant IBM has unveiled the IBM Z and Cloud Modernisation Centre, describing it as a “digital front door to training, resources, and ecosystem partners” to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption.

The centre promises to modernise clients’ applications, data, and processes through the value of open hybrid cloud architecture.

Clients will be given insights on maintaining their current IT estate whilst focusing on a strategy for their core applications and data running...

The changing face of colocation: Winds of change – and new challenges

Arguably the roots of the ‘colocation’ market can be traced back 20 or more years ago to the original dot com boom era. This created demand from eCommerce businesses and ISPs for a more cost-effective way of the housing of their growing ‘server farms’ and the idea of sharing secure IT spaces with others was born.

These days colocation is maturing - and based on our own experience at Vantage Data Centers - the needs of colocation customers have evolved. The value...

Securing IT systems in the hybrid workplace with identity governance: A guide

Ominous mobile cloud computing conceptual image.

The current reality of massive remote work began as a pandemic-induced necessity, but what most thought would be a short-term stopgap has become the current norm. And that’s not entirely a bad thing. I’m sure most workers don’t miss commutes or traffic, and enjoy the extra sleep and being able to take a conference call in their pajamas . As organisations have seen that they are still able to function, more and more employers and employees are embracing remote work as a viable...