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Why Having A Multi-Cloud Strategy Makes A Lot Of Sense

After several major cloud providers weathered significant outages this year, this has led to more businesses rethinking their cloud strategies. Indeed, facing an outage underscores the importance of not having all your eggs in one basket; it is better to spread not only different cloud workloads but also the risk around. Add to this the fact that no single cloud model will fit the diverse requirements and workloads across different business units within an organisation and you can start to see how having a multi-cloud strategy makes a lot of sense.  In fact, according to the RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report, 95% of respondents are using cloud with 85% of enterprises reporting that they have a multi-cloud strategy. The report went on to say that cloud users are already running appl...

4 Ways Cloud Will Grow In 2018

The cloud offers flexibility, agility and scalability in an increasingly connected world but the technology is moving at a breathtaking pace. With advances developing rapidly, more organisations are looking to achieve greater operational efficiency and move away from traditional networks. Gartner predicts that by 2020 a corporate no-cloud policy will become as rare as a no-internet policy is today. But what’s likely to be in store for 2018 and what trends should businesses keep- up with? We’ll run down the current and most important developments for the coming year. 1. Artificial Intelligence It’s no secret that face-to-face interactions improve relationships in both our business and personal lives. Next year and beyond, we’ll start seeing artificial intelligence play a larger role in the ...

Supply Chain 2018: Innovation Hits Warp Speed

When Elon Musk recently announced that Tesla would start building electric semi-trucks that would have 500-mile range and come with a version of Tesla’s Autopilot driving aid, the world realised it wasn’t a matter of if, but when these new trucks would be hitting the highways. After all, this is the same guy who said he was sick of sitting in traffic and launched the Boring Company, which is now tunnelling beneath the gridlocked freeways of Los Angeles. And let’s not forget Musk’s SpaceX, the Hyperloop and Tesla – all radically different companies predicated on technology innovation, creativity, disruption and long term commercial viability. The pace of innovation is picking up steam at an exponential rate. With advanced hardware, software and connectivity becoming accessible and cost effe...

Why ISO 9001:2015 Certification Is Important For Cloud Providers

Switching to cloud computing can open doors to market opportunities for organisations, helping businesses to address their computing challenges and enabling them to do more with their IT budgets. At the same time, as more and more IT service offerings become cloud-based due the related cost and efficiency benefits, it’s becoming an increasingly congested and complex marketplace where competition is intense, and companies need to do what they can to make their products stand out. Here are five ways cloud providers can benefit from ISO 9001 certification: 1. Establishing Trust It can be a tough decision for organisations to move to cloud computing as an IT solution. Migrating to the cloud can leave business owners feeling uneasy and raises questions surrounding reliability, security and cont...

2018 Cloud Trend Predictions

In the world of cloud, open source and IT infrastructure, change is a constant fact of life. Attitudes, product trends and the industry’s role within society change so quickly, that predicting the main trends of 2018 is a little like finding a needle in a haystack. That said, there are several key trends that will become more prominent over the next few years: a serverless society, future determination about private cloud, the need for responsibility amongst the technological powerhouses, the blurring lines of c-suite boundaries and increased competition for Amazon in the cloud infrastructure market. 1. Business Savvy Techies Will Blur C-Suite Boundaries The phrase ‘all companies are software companies’ has become a prominent buzz-phrase over the last few years, but 2017 was the year when ...

Why Service Management Is No Longer Just About IT

IT Service Management, or ITSM for short, may have IT in its name – but service management is not just about IT. If we take a few steps back, traditionally users have contacted IT departments for one of three reasons; wanting something fixed, wanting another kind of assistance or wanting something new. This means that the IT team has become adept at putting in place processes to address enquiries with speed, efficiency and accountability. These typical reasons for getting in contact are no different for other business departments. This means that when people contact HR or the facilities department, for instance – it is to fix something, for help with a question, or for something new. Therefore, service management principles can be used outside of the IT department. At a time of stretched I...

How Even The Smallest Company Can Seize Cloud Benefits

You’d have to have been off-planet not to have heard of the benefits of cloud computing. Putting data, programs and applications into an Internet world and away from a local physical environment such as a PC or server gives huge potential advantages. Typically these include the ability to access data anytime, anywhere, using whatever connected device is at hand. As long as we have Internet connectivity, we can enjoy all the benefits of being in the office, including security, upgrades and scalability, while on the move. However, if you’re a small business, the prospect of changing the IT approach of your whole enterprise can be daunting. If only there was a way to enjoy the benefits of the cloud without the overhead of time and effort required to get it set up and running. In fact there is...

3 Steps To Ensure Data Protection In The Cloud

Despite the burgeoning column inches designated to articles discussing the looming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the truth of the matter is that most UK businesses are still in the dark over a number of key issues related to GDPR compliance even though the deadline for compliance is a little over six months away. Let’s be honest, many organisations are still coming to terms with embryonic questions relating to what the GDPR actually is, let alone understanding the intricate details of the regulation, such as what ‘personal data’ really means and what their responsibilities are with regard to the personal data of their customers. Then, when you throw into the mix the fact that conservative estimates indicate that 88% of UK organisations now have a cloud footprint to consider, y...

What Does The Future Hold For Microsoft Azure?

When Microsoft Azure was launched in February 2010, it had a tough road ahead of it. Not only did AWS rule the roost at the time, salesforce, Google, and a number of other big names had already either entered the market or had established a niche for themselves. However, Microsoft was confident in the capabilities provided by its datacentres and the technology and infrastructure that connected them. And they weren’t wrong. Eight years later, Microsoft Azure has established itself as a major player in the cloud computing sector. While AWS still has a dominant lead over Azure, 2018 might just be the year when Azure radically increases its market share. Before we start listing all the positive signs for Microsoft Azure, let’s take a walk down memory lane and establish a timeline for cloud com...

6 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2018

Just a few years ago, not many predicted cloud computing would reach the heights we’ve seen in 2017 – 79 percent of companies now run workloads in the cloud (split almost evenly between public and private clouds). With the cloud bar constantly being raised, where do we go from here? Here are five predictions for the future of Cloud Computing in 2018. 1. True Hybrid Clouds Emerge Hybrid cloud is all the buzz. The ability for enterprises to have applications run in different infrastructures – public and private clouds and on-premise with common orchestration and management tools – is enticing. Multi-cloud, with different workloads running in different clouds and being managed separately, will become the dominant mode in 2018, while true hybrid clouds will start to emerge. There are already k...

Got Your Head In The Clouds? It Might Be Time To Look At Simpler Solutions

A recent outage at the hosting company OVH meant that many of their clients were unable to access their servers for more than 12 hours – which is a long time in the fast-paced business world, and almost an eternity for e-commerce companies. With 50,000 websites down due to the failure – caused by a leak in the water cooling system and compounded by a fault in the alerting system – many will be asking if there’s a way to avoid such problems in the future. The short answer is that there is no way to avoid it – no system is ever entirely fool-proof. A large and complex cloud environment as found at OVH can be harder to fix and restart if anything does happen. As OVH found, the restart sequence can be halted by the detection of additional faults which slow down the process. Does th...

High In The Sky Or Lost In The Fog? Navigating The Complex World Of Cloud Pricing

Businesses migrating to the cloud are understandably enthusiastic about realising all the benefits of scalability, flexibility and economy that the best cloud offerings can deliver. However, many encounter a stumbling block when confronted by the complex array of pricing models offered by different providers. Making sense of all the different options can be a major headache along the path to cloud adoption. Back in 2013, a report from analyst firm 451 found that cloud pricing was excessively complicated, and blamed the immaturity of the market for the lack of clarity and standardisation of offerings and pricing. This was making it very difficult for customers to compare different vendors and indeed sparked the creation of several cloud comparison indices in a bid to resolve the problem. Fo...