Covid-19 acceleration contributes to $1 trillion cloud ecosystem by 2024, says IDC

The Covid-19 pandemic will continue to drive a faster conversion to cloud-based IT - and according to a new analysis from IDC, the market for cloud services and the wider ecosystem around it could top $1 trillion by 2024.

The findings, from the analyst firm's Worldwide Whole Cloud Forecast 2020-2024 report, identifies opportunities beyond public cloud services, including dedicated cloud services, enterprise private cloud infrastructure, cloud service provider build and support,...

How DevOps adoption – and its ecosystem – has increased during Covid: The VC perspective

A new report from venture capital and M&A data provider PitchBook has explored how DevOps tools will continue to blossom in developer and enterprise contexts - as well as how Covid-19 has quickened digital transformation.

The company's latest quarterly emerging tech report on cloud tech focused on an overview of technologies related to DevOps as it sees opportunities in 'broader organisational efforts to make complex systems, workflows and other processes more cohesive,...

Palo Alto Networks warns of ‘critical’ IAM misconfigurations potentially worth millions

Cloud misconfigurations continue to cause major headaches for organisations - and a recent report from Palo Alto Networks has uncovered an identity and access management (IAM) flaw that could have been worth 'millions.'

The finding appears in the security provider's Cloud Threat Report 2H 2020. The disclosure (28 pages, PDF, email required) came about after the Unit 42 cloud threat intelligence team - the research arm of Palo Alto - was contacted by a customer requesting a test of...

Public cloud services revenue reached $233.4bn, says IDC: Analysing the new enterprise cloud journey

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation trends. Savvy CIOs and CTOs that were an early adopter of public cloud computing technologies now have a significant strategic market lead over their competitors. Moreover, a few dominant IT platform providers continue to benefit from this trend.

The worldwide public cloud services market -- including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS) -- grew by 26 percent...

Forbes Cloud 100 2020: Snowflake pips Stripe to top spot in last hurrah before IPO

Stripe's three-year stay at the top of the Forbes Cloud 100 is over: data warehouse provider Snowflake took the top honours - on the same day the company took part in a public offering which generated serious momentum.

The ranking, put together as ever alongside Salesforce Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners, applies to privately held cloud computing companies. Going public, or being acquired, means you are no longer eligible.

Unlike the previous year's analysis,...

IDC: Worldwide IT security spend will reach $174.7bn – with government and telecoms set to benefit

A distributed workforce, and ongoing work-from-home mandates, have evolved the charter of corporate information technology (IT) organisations. CIOs are now tasked to support flexible working arrangements that require them to reconsider prior assumptions about securing the combined infrastructure that enables an employee to perform work remotely.

Enterprise spending on IT security products and services has experienced new growth in 2020, as many organisations invest in solutions to...

What’s new in Gartner’s Hype Cycle for endpoint security 2020

Remote working’s rapid growth is making endpoint security an urgent priority for all organisations today Cloud-first deployment strategies dominate the innovations on this year’s Hype Cycle for Endpoint Security Zero Trust Security (ZTNA) is gaining adoption in enterprises who realise identities are the new security perimeter of their business By 2024, at least 40% of enterprises will have strategies for adopting Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) up from less than 1% at year-end...

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...

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...

Google Cloud named by Canalys as best cloud provider for retail in major coup

Google Cloud has been named as the top cloud service provider for the retail sector by research firm Canalys.

The company, in the latest research from its cloud channels analysis service, put Google ahead of Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, with Alibaba Cloud and IBM completing the top five.

Canalys cited Google's strength in advertising and search, as well as aggressive hiring in the sector and establishing global systems integrator partnerships to accelerate...