IBM finalises hybrid cloud consulting company takeover

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IBM has confirmed it plans to acquire BoxBoat Technologies, a premier DevOps consultancy and enterprise Kubernetes certified service provider. 

BoxBoat will extend IBM's container strategy and implementation services portfolio to further advance IBM's hybrid cloud strategy and accelerate Red Hat OpenShift adoption globally.

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John Granger, senior VP, Hybrid Cloud Services at IBM, said: "Our clients require a cloud architecture that allows...

Report warns of ‘dubious’ permissions gap for enterprise hybrid and multi-cloud

A new report has warned of a 'dubious' gap for permissions across enterprise hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

The study from CloudKnox Security, which is described as an industry first, polled more than 150 global organisations on their usage of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and VMware vSphere.

Overall, the standout finding saw more than 90% of organisations were using fewer than 5% of permissions granted. Each specific provider told a...

Flexera State of the Cloud 2021: One in three enterprises spend more than $12m a year on public cloud

Flexera has released its 2021 State of the Cloud Report, a yearly benchmark in the cloud industry around strategy, workload allocations, cost management, and more.

The study, which polled 750 global decision makers and users around the public, private and multi-cloud market, found enterprises continue to embrace multi-cloud and public cloud - but continued to struggle with the spend.

92% of those polled had a multi-cloud strategy. This is slightly down from the 93% in...

Best-in-breed cloud security: Catering to all types of cloud

As cloud adoption continues to transform the modern enterprise, organisations consume the cloud differently as they extend the scope and scale of their digital business strategies. They have the option to pick and choose from various hybrid cloud infrastructures and services. But using disparate services and solutions—such as multi-cloud, hybrid environments, software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS), plus various applications and endpoints—introduces implementation,...

IBM makes Cloud Satellite generally available: Hybrid cloud for all – and an evolution for Watson

IBM has announced the general availability of IBM Cloud Satellite, joining the hyperscaler party in enabling its hybrid cloud services across any environment.

The announcement 'brings a secured, unifying layer of cloud services for clients across environments, regardless of where their data resides', in the words of the press materials. Edge is key to this process. "As workloads shift to the edge, IBM Cloud Satellite will help clients deliver low latency, while still enabling them...

The changing face of colocation: Winds of change – and new challenges

Arguably the roots of the ‘colocation’ market can be traced back 20 or more years ago to the original dot com boom era. This created demand from eCommerce businesses and ISPs for a more cost-effective way of the housing of their growing ‘server farms’ and the idea of sharing secure IT spaces with others was born.

These days colocation is maturing - and based on our own experience at Vantage Data Centers - the needs of colocation customers have evolved. The value...

Securing IT systems in the hybrid workplace with identity governance: A guide

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The current reality of massive remote work began as a pandemic-induced necessity, but what most thought would be a short-term stopgap has become the current norm. And that’s not entirely a bad thing. I’m sure most workers don’t miss commutes or traffic, and enjoy the extra sleep and being able to take a conference call in their pajamas . As organisations have seen that they are still able to function, more and more employers and employees are embracing remote work as a viable...

How the hybrid cloud is key to enterprise AI infrastructure strategies

The wheel, steam engine and the internet created revolutionary jumps in the way people work and play. Today, artificial intelligence is reshaping science, business and personal interactions with equal magnitude. In every industry, including agriculture, healthcare, customer service, finance, manufacturing, retail and more, companies are quickly adopting AI to ensure they’re not left behind during this tectonic shift.

AI workloads have unique requirements, including strategic...

What to expect from hybrid cloud in 2021 – following a year of change

As businesses this time last year wrapped up their planning for the year ahead, few could have predicted the dramatic changes that awaited them. By Spring, the coronavirus pandemic had disrupted all manner of operations globally, forcing businesses to pivot in real-time to accommodate remote working for the vast majority if not all of their workforce. This unprecedented change accompanied by huge levels of uncertainty required heavy restructuring of IT infrastructure.

Often, we...

2021 and the future of desktop as a service: Data centres, multi-cloud and 5G

If 2020 taught the world anything, it’s that we can’t know what’s coming next. Yet we can learn from what has come before and take an inventory of current resources to anticipate how they may influence the future. Otherwise, commerce screeches to a crushing halt. In light of the events that have affected businesses across the globe this year, we’ve seen a significant uptick in cloud adoption and in particular, desktop as a service. And we expect to see these trends continue into...