According to research published this week, although nearly three in every four US federal government agencies using at least one cloud service, most federal government IT staff see a very limited role for cloud services within their overall IT strategy. MeriTalk and AT&T, the firms that commissioned the research, claim the feds may be missing out on nearly $19bn in IT savings.
CenturyLink has launched a private cloud service based on the company’s proprietary cloud automation, orchestration and management public cloud platform acquired from Tier 3 last year. The move comes as spending on hosted private cloud services looks set to skyrocket.
Microsoft’s Service Deployment and Operations (SDO) team, a division within the company’s internal IT department detailed its cloud strategy and implementation roadmap, as it looks to consolidate its datacentre footprint and retire thousands of servers reaching end of life. The company said the initiative could save nearly $120m in capital costs over four years.
In a bid to expand its presence in the UK cloud space VMware has added a datacentre in Chessington to support the company’s hybrid cloud service. Its expansion in the UK follows its recent move into the Asia Pacific region.
DevOps is increasingly seen as a key component for efficiency and reducing time-to-market. Development environments, like the development methodologies themselves, are becoming more agile. Service level agreements, high availability and response time are being applied to the development environment to improve time to market. This is where open hybrid cloud can serve as a platform of choice for developers to drive the “new production” process.
Cloud computing has well and truly hit the mainstream in the UK, as nearly four in five organisations look to shift their applications and mission-critical systems off premise according to recently published research. According to UK-based trade body the Cloud Industry Forum, the organisation that undertook the research, the next wave of cloud will likely be driven by Microsoft ending support for Windows Server 2003 next summer.
Bloomberg Vault has introduced a hybrid cloud-based service that enables firms to “identify, categorise, track and manage” unstructured data held in corporate files and documents.
Red Hat announced a collaboration with Google this week that will see Google let Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers port their cloud subscriptions over to Google Compute Engine. Red Hat said the move is another big step towards enabling its “open hybrid cloud” vision.
The move could be the start of a trend that sees Cisco become an operator within an operator, moving out of its core role of providing routers, servers and switches, to both selling and handling the management of the infrastructure – something more akin to how companies like Ericsson operate in the telco space.
The issue of security has been consistently talked and written about, ever more so since businesses first took the decision to migrate to the cloud. Regardless of the well-documented benefits of cloud computing to businesses — flexibility, agility, improved capabilities — every company looking to outsource key operations or storage has to have assurances about the safe keeping of its information.