Gartner sees surge in public cloud spend as CIOs shed migration inhibitions

Global end user spending on public cloud services is forecast to grow to $332 billion in 2021 at a yearly growth of 23.1%, according to the latest figures from Gartner.

Software as a service (SaaS) continues to be the largest bucket, representing almost 37% of total spend in 2021. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) represents almost a quarter, with platform as a service (PaaS) at 17.9% and business process as a service (BPaaS) at 15%.

In terms of growth, desktop as a...

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...

How cloud edge and IoT will improve pharma manufacturing

The global COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated changes in many industries. One of the most impacted was the pharmaceutical sector that had to reimagine business processes and rapidly adopt new technologies. It's yet another example where applying cloud computing had become a strategic imperative.

Today, next-generation pharma concepts are fueling ongoing innovation. In particular, the industry’s unique characteristics are driving investments in digital Transformation by...

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...

How cloud innovation is enabling digital business growth in Asia-Pacific

Like so many other innovators across the globe, forward-thinking organisations in the Asia-Pacific region are reinventing themselves with a goal to fuel renewed digital business growth. As economic activities return to pre-COVID pandemic levels, these savvy leaders are building technology-enabled business models.

Cloud computing has emerged as the core foundation of this renewed business technology focus, leading to Asia-Pacific public cloud services spending growth of over 38...

Why Covid-19 is teaching enterprises how to mind the cybersecurity gap

30% of US and UK remote workers say their organisations don’t require them to use a secure access tool, including VPN, to log into corporate databases and systems, according to Ivanti’s 2021 Secure Consumer Cyber Report Plus, 25% of remote workers in the US and UK aren’t required to have specific security software running on their devices to access certain applications while working remotely And one in four US remote workers use their work email and passwords to log in to consumer...

Cloud service revenue ‘finally dwarfs’ enterprise data centre spending in 2020

2020 saw enterprise spending on cloud infrastructure services 'dwarf' that of data centre hardware and software, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

Enterprise cloud infrastructure spend continued to 'ramp up aggressively' last year - in part driven by the need for remote working with the Covid-19 pandemic - to hit almost $130 billion (£93.3bn). In comparison, enterprise spending on data centre hardware and software fell by 6%, to less than $90bn.

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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...

10 charts which will change your perspective of Microsoft Azure’s growth

Microsoft Azure revenue grew 50% year-over-year in fiscal Q2, 2021, contributing to a 26% increase in server products and cloud services revenue According to the latest earnings call, more than 1,000 Microsoft customers now use Azure Arc to simplify hybrid management and run Azure services across on-premises, multi-cloud and at the edge Commercial cloud gross margins increased to 71% in the latest quarter, up from 67% a year earlier There are now more than 60 Azure regions globally,...

Cloud security fears continue: Managed services, messaging, FaaS at ‘perilous’ stage

As adoption of managed infrastructure services increases, new cloud attack areas arrive with them. According to a new report from Accurics, 23% of all security violations identified relate to poorly configured manage service offerings.

The study, Accurics' Cloud Cyber Resilience Report, assessed violations and drifts in real-world environments of Accurics users, as well as open source repositories and registries of infrastructure as code (IaC) components.

On average, the...