Gartner cloud DBMS Magic Quadrant sees hyperscalers take top spot – but with a caveat

For many sub-genres of cloud technology, the competitive landscape amounts to one decision: hyperscaler or specific player? Cloud database management systems (DBMS) are no different; and according to Gartner's most recent Magic Quadrant, the hyperscalers - mostly - take the spoils.

The report, published earlier this month, finds eight companies in the leaders' zone out of 16 analysed in total. Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and...

Why you should look at a global footprint for your cloud: A 10-point guide

With the increased awareness around cloud solutions, most organisations immediately think about reducing cost and shortening time-to-market. As more ideas around cloud are discussed, other criteria like performance, security, compliance, workload segmentation, and how to integrate the cloud become more relevant to an existing environment. The profile of a global cloud footprint; however, is an equally important consideration. 

It may be time to think about why having a...

Google Cloud and OVHcloud team up for European ‘trusted cloud solution’ partnership

Google Cloud and OVHcloud have announced a strategic partnership to help European organisations with cloud data security - as issues around data sovereignty and privacy rumble on.

The two companies intend to 'build joint solutions that empower customers to draw all the benefits of a multi-cloud and open approach, as well as drive a critical ecosystem of third-party developers', in their own words. In practice, OVHcloud will launch a new hosted private cloud offering by utilising...

The US trade war extends from 5G to cloud – with more disinformation and distraction

Comment We have already witnessed how the US administration’s campaign against Huawei succeeded in reversing the UK government’s original decision to allow Huawei to participate in the UK 5G rollout. Even as questions are being raised about the necessity and the economic consequences of this ban, the US is now stepping up its campaign by focusing on Huawei’s cloud business as well. This comes as a strangely welcome distraction for US cloud players that have recently been found to all...

Managing cloud migrations to protect the enterprise: A guide

As the shift to home working has become standard for businesses globally, cloud is king. The pandemic, ensuing lockdowns and office closures increased the urgency at which enterprises needed to evolve, and the cloud has been a key enabler of that. Enterprises have undergone years’ worth of transformation in a matter of months, to become reliant on service delivery models hosted on cloud infrastructure.

Cloud providers have subsequently stepped up to bear the brunt of a...

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...

Google Cloud opens up on its edge strategy – and how clouds, telcos and developers all need to work together

Workloads, data and compute power are all moving closer to the edge. For the largest cloud players, who already hold many of the aces, this represents an important opportunity. Yet to do so fully, as Shailesh Shukla, VP and general manager networking at Google Cloud explained, it requires help from telecom providers and developers alike.

Shukla was speaking at The Edge Event earlier today around the hyperscaler's perspective. Speaking with Roy Illsley, chief analyst IT and...

Digital transformation strategies: Should shaken SD-WAN confidence lead to WAN acceleration?

Analysis Before the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown struck, the predictions for software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) were glowingly positive. A Cato Networks IT survey forecasted strong growth for the technology, as buyers want to replace their multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) with a nimbler and more affordable alternative. However, the survey finds a need to consider the demands of digital transformation, and arguably now the changes in working practices, to avoid undermining...

Not all workloads are created equal: A guide to choosing a DRaaS provider

Choosing a disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) provider can be an overwhelming task, especially if your organisation is using DRaaS as a first step into cloud services. There are many solutions to choose from including large providers like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, and also smaller or more focused providers.

The decision to work with a cloud provider for DRaaS can be clearly defined by classifying your requirements and confirming that the provider that you choose...

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...