Five ways to better IT spending through the cloud for a post-pandemic era

For many businesses, the impact of Covid-19 has brought the benefits and limitations of their IT landscape into focus. As companies look ahead to a post-pandemic era, many will need to consider how to meet different needs and priorities with potentially limited resources. The challenge is that many are overly reliant on legacy infrastructure, with these systems accounting for 74% of a company’s IT spend. 

Making important changes such as migrating on-premises workloads to the...

Microsoft adds Austria cloud data centre region to European footprint

Microsoft has announced it is building its first data centre region in Austria to continue its European expansion - two weeks after the company unveiled plans to expand in Greece.

The announcement, which was made at the Austrian Federal Chancellery, has the hallmarks of similar moves. Alongside building a cloud data centre region, Microsoft will build a centre of digital excellence, as well as look to train approximately 120,000 Austrian citizens in digital skills by...

Covid-19 acceleration contributes to $1 trillion cloud ecosystem by 2024, says IDC

The Covid-19 pandemic will continue to drive a faster conversion to cloud-based IT - and according to a new analysis from IDC, the market for cloud services and the wider ecosystem around it could top $1 trillion by 2024.

The findings, from the analyst firm's Worldwide Whole Cloud Forecast 2020-2024 report, identifies opportunities beyond public cloud services, including dedicated cloud services, enterprise private cloud infrastructure, cloud service provider build and support,...

You can have the power: Analysing the SAP HANA on IBM Power offering

Reading all of the branded hype around unusual and unprecedented times, the new normal and having to adjust? Whatever your opinion, we all know what has occurred and the dramatic impact it has had around the world, not only on economies and businesses, but also the people and the mindsets we all find ourselves in.

Businesses are having to make hard decisions, forced to adjust to the new world we find ourselves in and to pivot quickly again - and again - to make changes that affect...

The benefits of natively integrated cloud security solutions: Deployment and management strategies

When it comes to securing cloud environments, organisations have lots of options. The marketplaces provided by cloud vendors are filled with a wide array of security solutions. Many are from vendors who also build a broad set of security products spanning cloud and on-premises environments, while others are from vendors focused exclusively on purpose-built cloud security tools. Given all of this, selecting the right tool can be bewildering.

One of the most important places to...

Nordic enterprises moving to multi-cloud strategies, says ISG report

Enterprises in the Nordic region are increasingly turning to multi-cloud strategies and seeking help from cloud and data centre providers to achieve their business goals, according to a new report.

The study, from Information Services Group (ISG), looks more towards managed service providers (MSPs), hyperconverged and colocation service providers rather than the likelier public cloud infrastructure giants. As a result, companies such as Basefarm, a Norway-based MSP acquired by...

Cloud 2025: LogicMonitor affirms more accelerated cloud migration post-Covid

Another day, another study which shows how Covid-19 is accelerating cloud migrations. A new report from cloud monitoring provider LogicMonitor has found that 87% of global IT decision makers see the Covid-19 pandemic as hastening cloud initiatives.

The study, titled Cloud 2025, found that of the 500 decision makers polled, almost three quarters (74%) believed that within five years 95% of all workloads will be in the cloud. In APAC, more than a third (37%) see the cloud hosting...

Telstra report finds cloud ‘only option’ for many post-Covid – but business continuity must be paramount

Organisations are accelerating their digital transformation initiatives as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic - but increased or reallocated budgets will mean a recalibration of IT strategy.

That's according to a new report from Australian telco Telstra exploring adaptive infrastructure and business continuity post-Covid.

The report, which polled more than 120 business leaders across four continents and was put together alongside GlobalData, found almost two thirds of...

Why moving to the cloud requires a ‘change of business philosophy’: How to get it right

There's no escaping it: to get ahead today, you need to have a hybrid, multi-cloud environment. Companies have long since noted the benefits of public cloud - and indeed, more than one public cloud for greater efficiency and optimisation. Yet it is not an easy process.

An entire industry, from consulting to monitoring, has grown around this complexity. Alongside this, some smaller IT providers see an opportunity. Comarch argues that when moving to the cloud, many organisations...

Why one IaaS provider is not the same as another: 10 aspects to consider

Saying “yes” to a cloud strategy is the easy part. Eliminating on-premise infrastructure and management overheads in favour of greater agility, efficiency, security, connectivity, cost-savings and more makes a great business case. However, once the strategy is signed off, the hard work begins: how to choose a cloud provider to deliver IaaS that is “just right” for your business? That’s when the huge array of...