Near-term solutions to fill the cloud skills gap

Fluffy clouds.

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...

Quantum Computing as-a-Service launched in UK

Ilana Wisby, Oxford Quantum Circuits.

Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC), which unveiled the UK’s most advanced superconducting quantum computer in 2018, has launched the UK’s first Quantum Computing-as-a-Service (QCaaS) platform.

In a boost for the UK’s ambitions to be a global quantum superpower, as well as for businesses looking to explore the increasing commercial and technical benefits of quantum computing,  today’s announcement is the latest in a series of firsts for the company.

Having built...

Ridge is bringing full public cloud capabilities to local data centres

For years, data centres and managed service providers have provided customers with the most up-to-date capabilities and services.

But the shift from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings has put hyperscalers in the driver’s seat of the cloud computing market. They offer the managed services that are the building blocks for modern, cloud native applications. 

A better fit

While the hyperscale public cloud model is...

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

A cloud computing graphic.

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. 

The trend of...

Gartner predicts the public cloud services market will reach $397.4bn by 2022: What you need to know

Worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services is forecast to grow 23.1% in 2021 to total $332.3 billion, up from $270 billion in 2020 Gartner predicts worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services will jump from $242.6bn in 2019 to $692.1bn in 2025, attaining a 16.1% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) Spending on SaaS cloud services is predicted to reach $122.6bn this year, growing to $145.3bn next year, attaining 19.3% growth between 2021 and 2022  

These and many other...

DISH to construct its 5G network on AWS in major cloud-telco marker

It is another cloudy day in the telecom industry - but DISH certainly hopes that the sun will shine tomorrow and beyond.

The operator, the fourth largest in the United States, confirmed it has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider. More pivotally, however, it has also agreed to construct its 5G network on Amazon's cloud in a telecom industry first.

DISH 'will achieve agile and cost-effective operations while seeking to redefine the practical...

Cloud Security Alliance serves up a needed shot of realism with sprawling remote cloud initiatives

Amid the continued acceleration and focus on cloud initiatives as remote working turns into a necessity instead of a nice-to-have, it is always nice to get a helping of realism to accompany the hype.

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), in association with cloud security management provider AlgoSec, has done just that in its latest report. The study, 'State of Cloud Security Concerns, Challenges, and Incidents', polled almost 1,900 IT and security professionals across a variety of...

Danielle Royston, TelcoDR: On buying Ericsson’s MWC stand and the public cloud-telco opportunity

A curious announcement hit the wires from the GSMA on March 12. "GSMA introduces TelcoDR, the public cloud transformation specialist, as one of the largest exhibitors by floor space at MWC Barcelona 2021," it ran.

The upshot? Ericsson had pulled out of this year's jamboree - to be held this year at the end of June - and TelcoDR has taken its place. But who is TelcoDR?

The clue is in the initials. Former Optiva chief executive Danielle Royston, known to associates as...

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,...

How data centre products can build synergies with the public cloud

Today’s competitive digital enterprise needs innovative technology to drive organisational agility, resilience, and powerful decision-making. The cloud has risen as a great enabler of modern enterprise.

Once seen merely as a cheap storage location, the cloud has now become central to almost all organisational aspects and transformation endeavours of large and small organisations alike. Almost all organisations are now aware of how they can create better value with the cloud and stay...