How the cloud continues to support the ongoing Covid-19 response

The increased use of online services brought by the Covid-19 pandemic has created new technical requirements for organisations. Since the pandemic-imposed hiatus of most in-person activities and the accompanying shift into digital life, websites and applications must now be scalable and able to react to demand in real-time to avoid slow response times and outages. Traditional monolithic architecture simply isn’t cut out for this, and with developer teams forced to build applications and...

How cloud-native technologies are a springboard to innovation and business transformation

Opinion Businesses agility, performance and flexibility are more necessary now than ever before — especially in these adverse, pandemic, times — in order to remain competitive and stay on course for growth. In order to remain dynamic and relevant, business transformation requires the implementation of increasingly complex and advanced applications that are able to adapt to changing circumstances, while offering innovative features and zero downtime.

Such applications however,...

Farewell 2020, hello 2021: The year in cloud reviewed – and what will come next?

2020 has been a year of tumult and turbulence with Covid-19 affecting professional and personal life for virtually everybody. While many sectors undoubtedly struggled, many cloud software and infrastructure providers had good years - at least on the balance sheet.

The uncertainty of the pandemic may remain for now, but it meant 2020 was certainly an interesting year for cloud news - with Covid by no means the only game in town. Here is CloudTech's assessment of the past 12 months,...

Why building your own AIOps platform is a bad idea

In the wake of the economic downturn brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, investments in digital business transformation have accelerated. The applications that drive those processes are not only highly distributed, they also operate at a level of scale that no IT team can manage using legacy approaches to managing IT. It can take weeks to discover the root cause of any issue.

Enter AIOps. Machine learning algorithms make it possible to not only reduce the time it takes to resolve...

Understanding XGVela: Bringing more power to 5G with cloud-native telco PaaS

A platform as a service (PaaS) model of cloud computing brings lots of power to the end users. It provides a platform to the end customers to develop, run, and manage applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an application.

In the roadmap to building a 5G network, telecom networks need these breakthrough models that help them focus more on the design and development of network services...

Progress acquires Chef for $220m to add more automation and open source to its sauce

Application development firm Progress is to acquire DevOps and automation software provider Chef in a $220 million (£168.6m) cash deal.

The acquisition of Chef, which has more than $70m in annual recurring revenue, will 'bolster Progress' core offerings', as well as aligning with its 'growth strategy through accretive acquisitions… [adding] both scale and cash flow', Progress said.

The company added that the combination of Chef's 'vibrant' developer community, as well...

Gartner adds PaaS to IaaS Magic Quadrant in sign of the times – but the leaders remain the same

The script might have changed, but the leading actors remain. Gartner's 2020 Magic Quadrant analysing the leading players in cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has included various flavours of platform as a service (PaaS) in a nod to expanding enterprise use cases. Yet these additions have reinforced the status quo, rather than disrupted it.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains top of the rankings, with Microsoft and Google Cloud alongside in the leaders' zone. This is a mirror...

Alibaba Cloud posts $1.75bn revenues at 59% yearly growth rate, cites Asia Pacific dominance

Alibaba Cloud has secured almost $1.75 billion (RMB 12,345bn) in revenues for its most recent quarter at a growth rate of 59% year over year.

The eCommerce giant, whose cloud division broke the $1.5bn mark in February, attributed the figures to increased contributions from its public and hybrid cloud businesses, reflecting higher average revenue per customer.

Total revenue for the wider company for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, was $21.76bn (RMB153,75bn) at an...

Worldwide public cloud services market hit $233bn in 2019, says IDC

The global public cloud services market grew 26% year over year to hit a mammoth $233.4 billion (£176.7bn) in 2019, according to IDC.

The findings, which come from IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker, take into account infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS).

IDC argued that the public cloud services market has more than doubled since 2016. The combined revenues of the top five providers -...

Why securing Kubernetes requires a native toolset

A now-classic 2014 study by IBM concluded that an astonishing 95 percent of all digital security breaches it investigated were either caused, or contributed to, by human error – presumably including those of the software developers. The remaining few were largely the results of technical faux pas. Subsequent disclosures about breaches and attacks have cited the same finding - with all kinds of digital tools, it’s easy for people to make mistakes. Often the root cause is...