Tag: Cloud

Sky is the limit for public cloud

The public cloud services market is set to see massive growth as a third of organisations now see cloud investments as a critical priority, according to a report from the Gartner beancounters.

Big G predicts that more than 30 percent of technology firms’ new software investments will move from cloud-first to cloud-only by the end of 2019.

Advanced creates partner workplace

Advanced has unveiled its new cloud-based platform – MyWorkplace – what it claims to be a unified cloud ecosystem which will help to create a marketplace for its partners.

The big idea is to deliver interoperability between its systems, which will include an open API platform for partners.

Customers fear cloud lock-in

A report from Fujitsu suggests that punters fear that they will be locked into their cloud contracts and never escape.

Fujitsu’s report “Where is Hybrid Heading?” claims that users are concerned that as they move deeper into a hybrid and multi-cloud world, they will get trapped working with just a handful of vendors.

Cloud migration is a priority for most companies

Cloud migration will be a priority investment for 70 percent of business leaders over the next year.

Beancounters at research outfit KCOM have added up some numbers and asked 250 C-level decision makers across several industries, including healthcare, government, and retail what they were thinking about.

About half of respondents said that their top priority in the next year will be digital transformation.

Google promises more channel investment

Google has said that it will invest more in its channel ecosystem to boost its public cloud.

The outfit made the statement after publishing that it made more than 23 per cent more during the year ended December and banked  $136.8 billion.

Revenue for Google Cloud Platform is mentioned in the figures under “other revenues” segment along with its Play app store and hardware units. Sales for this group of products was up 31 per cent to $6.49 billion.

Is Microsoft losing the cloud wars?

While the software king of the known universe, Microsoft still reigns. Its results show a double digit rise in revenue but there was some concern on Wall Street about the state of Azure.

The vendor’s share price fell more than four percent in after-hours trading, with sales slightly below expectations. Revenue for the three months ending 31 December increased 12 percent to $10.3 billion.

Microsoft did not mention its Azure revenue numbers, but offers a year-on-year growth figure. In this quarter sales rose 76 per ent, continuing a long-running trend of high double-digit growth.

But if you look at the numbers for last year this number is well behind the 98 percent growth it scored in the second quarter.

Silver Peak expands cloud partner ecosystem

SD-WAN outfit Silver Peak has announced that the business-driven Unity EdgeConnect platform is now fully certified for deployment in the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace.

This means that geographically distributed enterprises can now execute multi-cloud strategies with the same network and application availability and resiliency they’ve come to expect from their EdgeConnect branch site deployments.

Oracle wants fewer and better cloud partners

Oracle will be going through its cloud partner friends list and culling those who it does not think are up to snuff.

Javier Torres, VP of EMEA channels said that the switch to cloud-based services would eventually result in “fewer and better” partners specialising in Oracle’s cloud services.

Speaking to the assembled throngs at an Oracle OpenWorld event in London, Torres said that although this may look like a threat to partners’ current business models, they should view it as an opening to win more business.

60 percent of Microsoft’s commercial business is cloudy

Software King of the World Microsoft has more than 60 percent of its commercial business on the cloud.

Partner boss Joe Macri told the assembled throngs at the outfit’s London Partner Executive Summit that Vole was pushing cloud-first business models with some success.

Macri said that over half of Microsoft’s UK partners have now made cloud solutions the primary focus of their businesses.

Nutanix spruces up channel charter

Cloud outfit Nutanix announced today that it is enhancing its channel charter which it calls Power to the Partner.

The idea is to extend opportunities to value-added distributors (VAD) and global systems integrators (GSI) along with additional opportunities for resellers. The new updates provide benefits to partners across the industry.

HPE buys BlueData

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has written a cheque for the AI and big data start-up BlueData.

BlueData was founded in 2012 and has raised £30.6 million. HPE said the deal will “significantly expand” its footprint in the AI and machine-learning space and bolster its big data analytics capabilities.

Milan Shetti, SVP of HPE’s storage and big data business, said: “BlueData has developed an innovative and effective solution to address the pain points all companies face when contemplating, implementing, and deploying AI/ML and big data analytics.

Cyxtera expands cloud offering

Every silver has a cloudy liningCyxtera Technologies, the secure infrastructure company, announced the expanded availability of its Cyxtera Extensible Data Centre (CXD) platform in key markets.

CXD is an intelligent, software-defined platform that enables customers to dynamically provision connectivity and dedicated hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) on-demand within and across Cyxtera data centres. Provisioned via API or web portal, enterprises usingCXD can easily procure, deploy, and configure services in less than a day, allowing for rapid expansion of existing colocation environments and speeding time to market in new locations.

Oracle refugee replaces Greene on Google’s cloud

Thomas Kurian, former Oracle President of product development and technologist, is going to head Google Cloud from early next year.

The current CEO of Google Cloud Diane Greene will continue through January, working with Mr Kurian to ensure a smooth transition and will remain a Director on the board of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

Kurian worked at Oracle for 22 years but quit over disagreements with Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison over the future course of the company as the Cloud business gets highly competitive.

“Kurian, a respected technologist and executive, will be joining Google Cloud on November 26 and transitioning into the Google Cloud leadership role in early 2019”, Ms Greene said in a statement on Friday.

Datto sees exceptional growth

Datto which packages its IT solutions through managed service providers (MSPs), announced exceptional growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The outfit serves small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through more than 3,000 MSP partners. Globally, Datto now serves more than 500,000 SMEs in over 130 countries through over 14,000 MSPs.

Datto said that its increasing investment in EMEA has created a wide-array of partner-focused employees, with product management teams and staff dedicated to building products, servicing, and supporting Datto partners. Datto continues to hire in EMEA.

Datto has recruited over 750 new MSP partners in EMEA since the start of the year, achieving over a 40 percent year-over-year increase.

Datto’s local workforce now has more than 230 European employees located across seven offices. In addition to the company’s data centres in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Iceland, Datto invested in a new data centre in the United Kingdom at the start of 2018, and is opening a new data centre in Germany in the first half of 2019, aiming to migrate European customers’ data in time for Brexit.

Paul Burns, chief technology officer at Technology Services Group said that the Datto and Autotask merger brought together two organisations, which has been fantastic for the channel,” commented.

“As a Datto partner, this is an exciting time for our business, and we are eager to see the rapid innovation cycle continue across all product lines.”

SMEs are increasingly outsourcing their IT needs to MSPs due to continued technology investment and stricter data regulations, providing tremendous growth opportunities for MSPs.