20,000 petabytes under the sea: Exploring the potential of underwater data centres

Humans have become very good at polluting vast areas of the planet by dumping waste in the sea, so perhaps it’s about time that something we put in the sea has the potential improve pollution rather than just adding to it?

Mid-September saw the completion of Microsoft’s first ever experiment with underwater data centres off the Orkney Isles, and the reports have made for intriguing reading. The formal results have yet to be released, but initial signs suggest that the deep sea...

Gartner analysis: To face new realities, tech CEOs need to bounce forward

Any crisis is significant, but the impact of a global health crisis affects every part of a business’ operations and its employees. Unlike an economic recession or the disruption created by a new technology, COVID-19 brought an immediate event that changed how we think and work at the most fundamental levels. Today tech CEOs are moving into the second phase of their COVID-19 response – they’ve regained their operational footing and are refocusing on new customer...

Microsoft Azure ‘most used and trusted’ public cloud, says CCS Insight survey

Cloud migrations are accelerating as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic - and Microsoft is the main beneficiary of this extra demand, according to new research.

The latest report from analyst firm CCS Insight, its latest annual survey on IT investment with more than 730 respondents, found the proportion of businesses with more than half of their IT workloads in the cloud is expected to double, to 56%, in the coming 12 months.

Microsoft Azure was cited as both the...

Cloud executive demand soars due to Covid-19, data shows

The Covid-19 pandemic has found an accelerated demand for cloud services - and it has also resulted in an increased need for premium executive talent.

According to findings from executive search company Leadership Capital Group, queries for senior cloud executives in the digital realm are up 224% since March.

The company said there was an 'acute need for organisations to execute an effective cloud strategy.' Findings were based on search requests for cloud executives...

Things you don’t hear about the cloud: Why choosing the right partner remains vital

Cloud computing is considered the driving force of modern IT, and for good reason. Considering how reliable, scalable, robust and cost-effective it is, it comes as no surprise that the cloud has completely changed the way companies operate.

Take the benchmark Flexera State of the Cloud Report, published in April, as an example. A full 93% of enterprise respondents said they had a multi-cloud strategy, with more than half of companies describing their cloud usage as...

Case study: How to quickly build and deliver a cloud-agnostic product

Sponsored Two years ago, Objectivity was asked to help deliver a new digital ecosystem. The client had a significant market share but wasn’t perceived as innovative or digitally-savvy. To counter this, they came up with the initiative to build a software platform which would manage their asset portfolio.

The client’s advantage was that they were close to the assets. They could easily keep them up-to-date in the system, allowing for the development of more advanced end user...

Enabling a more holistic approach to SD-WAN adoption: A guide

Software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) has been all the rage for a number of years. We’ve all heard about the benefits: Optimising transport cost with Internet connectivity instead of MPLS. Application visibility. Simplified network management. To be sure, they are real. According to Gartner, by the end of 2019, more than 50% of new managed WAN deployments incorporated SD-WAN and IDC expect that 80% of enterprises will define their SD-WAN strategy within the next 24...

Cloud IT infrastructure spending stormed back in Q4 to secure modest yearly growth, says IDC

Total end user spending on IT infrastructure products for cloud environments recovered significantly in the most recent quarter bringing overall 2019 levels above the red line, according to IDC.

Following two consecutive quarters of spending decline for server, enterprise storage and Ethernet switch for cloud, Q419 saw $19.4 billion (£x) in spending at a 12.4% year-over-year growth. Total spending for the year, at $66.8bn, saw 2.1% annual growth.

IDC noted that, aside...

What is cyber insurance truly worth? Analysing the risks and responses

Analysis Cyber risk has overtaken financial risk as the greatest threat that we all face, according to PwC’s 2019 global crisis survey. There are also concerning parallels between the global financial crisis of 2009, and the current cyber threat landscape

The question is, to what extent is cyber insurance the answer?

Currently most companies...

Onecloud.com domain up for sale – but who could the prospective buyers be?

Exclusive The domain onecloud.com is up for sale – and the upcoming battle for its signature could attract a seven-dollar sum.

That is the verdict of Andrew Miller, president at ATM Holdings. Miller is helping conduct the transaction having been contacted by an individual seller. The seller, who has owned the domain since the early 1990s and has worked as a senior technology executive, ‘had a...