Cloud Infrastructure

Global cloud IT infrastructure revenues hit $8 billion in Q1 2017, says IDC

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Global cloud IT infrastructure revenues hit $8 billion (£6.2bn) in the first quarter of 2017 going up almost 15% year over year – with Cisco the big winners, according to IDC. The analyst firm has put out the latest figures on its Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker (below), and found Dell and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) could not be separated at the top, with Cisco behind.

The two main players saw their revenues dip compared with this time last year; Dell hit $1.289bn compared to HPE with $1.118bn, with a decrease in revenue of 0.2% and 8.6% respectively, while Cisco, in third with $902 million, saw its revenue go up 8.7%. It’s worth noting at this juncture that despite the disparity IDC declares a statistical tie if there is a difference of one percent or less between vendor revenues...

Red Hat Pairs Enterprise-Grade Kubernetes with Massively-Scalable Cloud Infrastructure in Latest Version of Red Hat Cloud Suite

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the availability of the latest version of Red Hat Cloud Suite. As cloud-native, containerized applications grow in importance to CIOs focused on enterprise digital transformation, IT infrastructure and management technologies need to adapt to the unique needs posed by modern applications, while still maintaining existing systems. Red Hat Cloud Suite enables organizations to more easily build cloud-native applications, deploy them and manage these workloads through a single offering, helping businesses to modernize without sacrificing existing IT infrastructure investments.

Launched in April 2016, Red Hat's broadest hybrid cloud offering, Red Hat Cloud Suite provides an end-to-end, deployment-ready solution for enterprise digital transformation. Key to digital transformation are Linux containers, which can help enterprises across industries become more nimble and better respond to evolving customer and competitive needs.

Built on the backbone of the world's leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Cloud Suite addresses the drive towards digital transformation and adoption of Linux containers by bringing together Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the company's enterprise-grade container application platform, with massively scalable infrastructure provided by Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Virtualization. Along with Red Hat CloudForms for hybrid and multi-cloud management, Red Hat Cloud Suite offers a unified, pre-integrated solution for enterprises seeking to advance Linux containers from the developer workstation to mission-critical deployments at cloud-scale for a more digitally-transformed enterprise.

New Cloud Technologies Geared Towards Faster Applications

In a previous article about new cloud trends, we talked about the fundamental benefits offered by today's cloud infrastructure. The pay-as-you-go consumption model eliminates the need for substantial initial investments completely, while the flexible nature of cloud computing allows companies to incorporate more cloud resources as the business grows. Rapid deployment completes the set, making cloud computing a fantastic choice.

The future of cloud computing lies in speed. New technologies - and new iterations of existing technologies - are designed to allow web applications and services to perform better under heavy load. How can these technologies benefit cloud-based apps in general?

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Serverless, Inc. Nets $3M to Radically Simplify Cloud Infrastructure

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Serverless, Inc., creators of the Serverless Framework, which enables companies to build web, mobile and IoT applications comprised of cloud services that scale automatically, has secured $3 million in seed funding led by Trinity Ventures. The funds will further Serverless’ mission to help its users spend less time operating complex infrastructure and more time delivering results.

In addition, Serverless, Inc. has brought Serverless Framework V1.0 out of beta. The Framework’s beta has seen massive interest from the open-source community and has racked up more than 11,000 GitHub stars in one year. It leverages new, event-driven compute services, like Amazon Web Services’ Lambda, to deploy applications that scale continuously and bill their owner only when they run. After being tested by hundreds of startup and enterprise companies, the Serverless Framework is ready for production.

Fugue Emerges to Solve Complexity of Operating at Scale in the Cloud

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Fugue, Inc. announced today the availability of its cloud-native solution for fully automating the deployment, operations and enforcement of cloud infrastructure at scale. 

Enterprises are moving to the cloud to increase competitiveness and efficiency. However, complexity explodes in the cloud, and achieving those goals is challenging, as most DevOps teams today are forced to manually stitch together disparate tool sets. Fugue tackles this complexity with a cohesive system that allows DevOps professionals to define infrastructure upfront, leverage a runtime component to ensure that all cloud resources remain consistent with that definition, and automatically correct configuration drift. Furthermore, Fugue eliminates wasteful and error-prone cloud maintenance burdens that slow innovation and increase compliance and security risks. As the technological gateway that unlocks the power of the cloud, Fugue helps businesses achieve digital transformation and competitive advantage goals.

Cloud Computing: The infrastructure of things

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The possibilities that the Internet of Things creates for a business will require a drastic rethink of operating models and IT infrastructure. A factory, for instance, will have the potential to run several times faster with connected sensors. These sensors collect and analyse data to improve the efficiency of the company. But what use are these ambitions, if network infrastructures are simply too immature to react to the findings, preventing the delivery of real-time data that could affect business outcomes?network world image

Cisco estimates that a whopping 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020 – a bold prediction, soaring above the mid-range estimates of Gartner at 20.8 billion, and BI Intelligence at 34 billion. The exact figure remains to be seen, but the sheer variety and volume of devices entering the enterprise are sure to be a major disruptive influence...

Amazon, Microsoft and Google Are Breaking Away From the Pack in Cloud Infrastructure

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In the fast-growing and rapidly changing world of cloud infrastructure services (IaaS) such as cloud computing and cloud storage, Amazon (AMZN) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google are quickly distancing themselves from the pack. That spells trouble for the long list of would-be rivals who typically don't have as much scale or offer as many features as the leaders.

As was the case in its 2015 report, the 2016 edition of research firm Gartner's closely read IaaS Magic Quadrant report places only Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure in the report's "Leaders" quadrant, which features cloud platforms receiving top marks both for the completeness of their vision and their ability to execute...

In Pursuit of Efficiency and Elasticity, Cloud Pharmaceuticals Succeeds with ProfitBricks Cloud Infrastructure

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In pharmaceutical design, working with the smallest molecular structures creates some of the largest computing workloads. This comes from the need to parse massive amounts of algorithmic chemistry calculations to help discover and develop new drugs. Over the past year, Cloud Pharmaceuticals became more efficient, in both time and cost, thanks to the power and flexibility of the ProfitBricks cloud. 

North Carolina-based Cloud Pharmaceuticals designs new drugs and drug candidates, accelerating the developmental process using cloud computing technology in place of traditional, expensive and slow on-premises infrastructure. In 2014, Cloud Pharmaceuticals migrated to ProfitBricks, the leading provider of painless cloud infrastructure, in pursuit of the perfect balance of power and efficiency for its pharmaceutical design teams, and has since seen a reduction in cloud computing costs of 45 per cent.