How JML gained more security and control with private cloud and saved £1.1m

JML is a household name, with a £100m turnover. Known for promoting products via in-store video screens, the retail company is a recognisable presence on the high street and in some of the biggest retailers throughout the UK and Ireland.

The company develops products in a variety of categories and sells them through its website, TV channels, and in retail outlets. In addition to its own products, JML also distributes products from other international direct response television...

Near-term solutions to fill the cloud skills gap

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The fact that a cloud skills gap exists should come as no surprise: given the speed at which technology evolves, it’s almost impossible to expect the recruitment market to keep up with the pace. In fact, the 2020 Challenges in Cloud Transformation survey found that IT talent shortage concerns most corporations, with 86% of respondents believing it will slow down cloud projects.

Similarly, a recent report from AWS found 58% of companies using the cloud would not be able to...

Harmont & Blaine selects IBM Cloud to support its growth in the global markets

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Italian clothing brand Harmont & Blaine has chosen IBM Cloud to modernise its IT infrastructure and support its expansion into international markets, responding more quickly and effectively to its increasingly attentive and demanding clients.

The fashion producer and supplier needed to migrate its technological infrastructure from a traditional IT Managed Services environment to IBM Cloud to modernise its key business processes, such as supply chain, retail management and...

Building trust will be “deciding factor in cloud service provider competition” in 2021

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Spend on cloud infrastructure services by US-based companies grew 29% in Q1 2021 to a record $18.6 billion (£13.10bn), after global cloud spend consolidated in 2020.

Total cloud expenditure in the US increased $4.2bn (£2.96bn) in the past year and $621 million (£437m) in the first quarter of the year, according to the latest Canalys data. Dollar for dollar, annual expansion was the highest in two years, indicating robust demand for cloud services. 

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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,...

Analysing Forrester’s cloud focus: Why hybrid and multi-cloud are so vital

I read with interest the recently published Forrester report on hybrid multi-cloud strategy and noted how not everything has gone or will go cloud. Having sat on the boards of several industry cloud bodies, been asked to keynote at many events, provide commentary and cloud social influence and write for a range of large global vendors, from this perspective you would expect me to be a cloud advocate; someone who would profess that cloud is better, faster, cheaper, more secure. Indeed, I...

Expect 2020 to see public and private cloud outspend traditional IT infrastructure, says IDC

Revenue for cloud infrastructure equipment dipped a little in the most recent quarter, IDC has argued – yet it is more indicative of a wider IT downturn than a cloud-specific malaise.

The analyst firm, in its latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, found an overall quarterly figure of $16.8 billion (£12.9bn) – a decline of 1.8% year over year. IDC increased...

The 2019 Forbes Cloud 100 analysed: Stripe top again amid big data boom and strong exits

Forbes has put out its latest Cloud 100, and while payments provider Stripe remains top of the shop the big five has a refreshing feel to it.

Stripe remains at #1 for the third successive year in the media firm’s list of private cloud companies – as in cloud companies which are privately held – while behind it the top five consists of data warehouse Snowflake, robotic process automation...

How to simplify and accelerate multi-cloud strategies with SDN

Hybrid cloud is becoming the go-to approach to cloud because it gives enterprises the best of both private and public cloud. They gain the security and reliability of private cloud for mission-critical data and applications, while also benefitting from the cost-efficiency and flexibility of public cloud. According to a 451 Research survey, 69% of enterprises will have multi-cloud/hybrid IT environments by 2019.

Forbes Cloud 100 2018: Stripe holds off Slack to retain top private cloud title

Payments provider Stripe remains the number one privately owned cloud company ahead of social messaging firm Slack, according to the latest rankings from Forbes.

The media firm’s latest Cloud 100 list, celebrating the best private cloud firms – as in, cloud companies who are private – saw Stripe retain top spot with what Forbes calls ‘the online tool kit for digital payments,...