Microsoft on Wednesday announced the preview of a distributed cache service it is adding to its Windows Azure platform in a bid to position its cloud infrastructure as a service ahead of leading incumbent Amazon Web Services.
Are SMBs failing a new generation of mobile workers? A new study surveying over 1,500 SMB office workers across Europe suggests that while enterprise employees are driving the shift towards the mobile workplace, the cloud-based tools that could potentially enhance mobile productivity are still actively banned by IT departments. Peter Plested, director of European solutions at Sharp Europe says the results suggest vendors haven’t been able to effectively allay businesses’ (reasonable) concerns over the cost, security and complexity of these solutions.
The challenges associated with moving mission-critical applications over to the cloud are numerous and often depend on the complexity of those apps, the IT estate, or some combination thereof. But research published today suggests that while over two thirds of enterprises are ready to make the move, security, risk and loss of control are still holding many back.
Cloud-based application provider Evernote pitches itself as a repository of ‘memories’ using photos, sketches and lists or text but it is also becoming well known as a project management tool as well as moving into the enterprise with a business offering.
Advanced 365, UKFast, Softcat and Phoenix are the latest group of cloud service suppliers to have secured a spot in the UK government CloudStore, a digital marketplace for ICT services procured by government IT departments.
Despite the operator support behind Rich Communications Services (RCS), it will only be the very biggest international players that deploy the technology in their own networks. The rest will look to cloud-based offerings to fulfil their needs, according to business systems firms SAP Mobile Services.
Cloud services will be one of the key revenue generators for operators over the next 24 months, according to data from the Telecoms.com Intelligence Industry Survey 2013, with over 80 per cent of respondents expecting operators to own their own cloud infrastructure within the next two years. Over 90 per cent expect operators to be selling cloud services within the same time frame.
Citing its previous infrastructure as being expensive to run and time consuming to maintain Orange Digital, which manages the online portals for EE, has moved to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The firm claims that by moving to Amazon’s cloud, it is better able to support spikes in traffic and capacity and reduce costs by £2m over a three-year period.
As in previous years, a number of operators articulated (and advocated) their specific approaches to the CDN market (among them were Telefonica, du, Pacnet and Cox Communications), while discussions about CDN federation proved to be as popular (and unpopular) as ever. And while both operators and vendors spoke about the need to better understand the needs of content owners, Mashable’s CTO, Robyn Peterson, who joined the event via a Skype video call from New York, turned the question around and spoke about how content owners can better educate CDN providers about their specific needs.
Revenue generated from the sale of content delivery network (CDN) services will grow threefold in the five years to 2017 to reach $4.63bn, on the back of a fivefold rise in global CDN traffic, according to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media.