How hybrid work models are altering cloud strategies

Companies around the globe had to quickly adjust to a new kind of work environment when the Covid-19 pandemic forced a massive shift to remote work. Several months later, organisations and employees around the world are still adjusting to remote and hybrid work business models. In addition to the personal and organisational adjustments that must be made, IT strategies have also been forced to make adjustments.

Adjusting to the hybrid workforce

A recent Gallup poll reported that...

IBM spins off infrastructure unit to focus on hybrid cloud and AI strategy

Updated Oct 9 IBM has announced it is making the managed infrastructure services part of its global technology business (GTS) an independent company to continue its 'maniacal' focus on open hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI).

The independent company, which will be known initially as 'NewCo', will be created towards the end of 2021.

"Today, hybrid cloud and AI are swiftly becoming the locus of commerce, transactions, and over time, of computing itself," wrote...

KPMG’s Enterprise Reboot report: Hybrid outpaces multi-cloud as model of choice through Covid-19

The potential for the convergence of technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain and 5G to alter business processes was already evident. Yet the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown has shone a light on how hesitant organisations 'are likely to be flattened by savvier competitors that push the edges of innovation.'

Those words are taken from a KPMG report, put together alongside HFS Research, which surveyed 900 business and technical executives...

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...

Google Cloud Next OnAir analysed: Customers, confidentiality, and competing above the compute stack

Google's Cloud Next event has moved 'on-air' - and with it has come big enterprise customer wins, products aimed at regulated industries, and a sense of maturation.

The event, originally scheduled for San Francisco back in April, was moved online-only before being postponed in March. Google promised at the time the event would take place 'when the timing was right.' Yesterday, the first of nine weeks' worth of announcement, learning sessions and content was...

Review: Commvault: Why sometimes all that glitters is not gold – but Metallic

Commvault has not only moved quickly to make its mark with SaaS offering Metallic, but its channel partnership with Microsoft could be a game-changer, as Ian Moyse writes

2020 is already a year of enhanced change and challenge, brought to us all by an unexpected requirement for en masse remote working. With this came a breadth of increased challenges for business, spanning people, process, and technology. The need for already challenged areas of security and data efficacy took on...

VMware to acquire Datrium to bolster disaster recovery for hybrid cloud

VMware has announced its intent to acquire Datrium, a California-based provider of hybrid cloud infrastructure, adding further options to its disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offerings.

The move is designed with VMware's continued focus on hybrid cloud in mind - with the company citing an IDC forecast showing DRaaS was the fastest growing segment for data protection use cases, with a $4.5bn market at 15% CAGR.

The company has - as CloudTech's analysis from VMworld...

Red Hat looks to move SAP managed services on-premises in new partnership

Red Hat is collaborating with SAP and IBM, its parent company, to help move SAP managed services on-premises.

The companies are looking to validate private deployments of SAP Cloud Platform as well as tie up related backing services on Red Hat OpenShift. By combining Gardener, an SAP managed Kubernetes service, and virtualisation capabilities on OpenShift, the companies hope to provide a more seamless ramp for on-premise deployments.

"For SAP Cloud Platform...

Rackspace changes name to Rackspace Technology and touts multi-cloud future

Rackspace has thrown all of its chips on multi-cloud - and has taken the opportunity of strategic change to modify its name.

Now Rackspace Technology, the company has undergone a shift under the stewardship of CEO Kevin Jones, and is now positioning itself as a provider of 'comprehensive solutions across the entire technology transformation lifecycle.'

The multi-cloud offerings aim to help customers in four areas; cloud optimisation, cloud security, enabling cloud-native...

Best practices for cloud migration amid Covid-19: From implementation to delivery

There is a meme circulating on social media which jokes that the biggest driver of digital transformation is Covid-19. This may be a little contrived, but it is certainly the case that the global pandemic has raised the priority of cloud migration projects to the top of many CTOs’ to-do lists. Indeed it has been predicted that 83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by the end of 2020, so the implementation of a robust cloud migration strategy will allow organisations to best...