Software defined networking (SDN) has been the darling of the networking and IT world for the past few years, billed as one of the key cloud-enabling technologies with the potential to make every digital service consumable on-demand. But despite widespread appetite for technologies that can make networks more flexible, scalable and easy to manage, SDN still has a number of hurdles to overcome before enterprises embrace the technology.
The marriage of Nissan and Renault, well into its 15th year, brought with it a significant business reform strategy that puts IT transformation at its core. Stephen Kneebone, Nissan’s chief information officer with responsibility for the EMEA region explains to BCN how the Alliance’s IT strategy is helping both brands deliver a consistent, coherent digital platform for internal users and customers.
The development of OpenStack moving forward is likely to focus on refining the existing features and capabilities within the project and securing agreement on a common idea of what the core OpenStack platform consists of, according to Alan Clark, chair of the OpenStack Foundation’s board of directors and director of industry initiatives, emerging standards and open source at Suse.
UK oil and gas firm BG Group plans to put much of its data in the cloud over the coming months and is currently trialling Box’s cloud-based storage and collaboration platform, which it plans to extend across its global network of employees and partners. But it still needs to address data classification issues, and educate employees, in order to strike the right balance between security and efficiency according to Judy Porter, BG Group’s global IT strategy.
It goes without saying that there has been an increasing shift towards remote working in the past few years. Whether this is recession driven, or businesses are just becoming more flexible as technology moves on, there is no doubt that remote working has grown – and with it the demand for an ever more secure cloud-based software solution. Cloud software allows businesses agility, whilst lowering costs, but businesses need to know that their access is secure. The question is: Public or Private Cloud?
The next few years will see a sizeable increase in the uptake of cloud services, but there are a number of reasons why enterprises are still resistant to the idea of placing their core, mission-critical IT systems out in the cloud. We surveyed 312 enterprise IT professionals in the UK, Europe and North America to find out why.
Cedar Milazzo, vice president of engineering at Devicescape, a company that delivers Wi-Fi connectivity solutions to telecom operators, including insights into how people use their smartphones while off the cellular network, explains some of the lessons learned as the company embraced Hadoop and switched from MySQL to NoSQL for its core data warehouse while shifting everything into the cloud in the process.
With operations in 24 countries, over 120,000 employees globally, Telefónica Group, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, is looking to put at IT at the core of everything that it does in order to compete globally in an industry currently in the throes of a digital revolution. Phil Jordan, group chief information officer at Telefónica tells BCN that cloud is at the centre of how the company plans to regain terrain lost to over-the-top (OTT) players, make its core mobile and fixed line operations more flexible and scalable, and enable it to provide next generation digital services.
Over the past year numerous international and UK-focused studies have underscored what most enterprises have, sometimes painfully, come to realise: Increased adoption of cloud computing and big data services and technology is driving transformation in businesses—not just in how the IT department functions, but in how these relatively new technologies and services are procured and consumed across entire organisations. And with the right IT skills in high demand and job specs in constant flux, businesses are struggling to manage this transition to a new model of IT.
In just four years OpenStack, the open source cloud orchestration project originally launched by NASA and Rackspace in 2010 has garnered more industry momentum and community involvement than nearly any other cloud-centric open source project. That said, as the project turns four it’s worth asking whether OpenStack, and indeed the paradigm it represents, will come to dominate cloud?