Deutsche Bank signs up with Google Cloud for digital acceleration

Deutsche Bank is to sign a 'multi-year contract' with Google Cloud to transform its IT architecture, as well as utilise Google's AI and machine learning capabilities.

The two companies have signed a letter of intent with the contract being signed in the coming months. Google won the contract after a five month period of due diligence, with Deutsche Bank tendering proposals in February.

The bank 'will continue to work closely with its existing technology partners' as part...

Why non-IT skills will be vital to IT success in 2020

Today, the value of our IT departments has expanded far beyond operations and technical support. This means the role of the IT pro is evolving to include wrangling the overlapping growing demands for technology across all departments within businesses. Traditional IT siloes have been broken down, radically changing how budgets are allocated and the types of skills IT pros now cite as essential to carry out their work. And in recent months this has been exemplified by a pandemic that has...

Review: Commvault: Why sometimes all that glitters is not gold – but Metallic

Commvault has not only moved quickly to make its mark with SaaS offering Metallic, but its channel partnership with Microsoft could be a game-changer, as Ian Moyse writes

2020 is already a year of enhanced change and challenge, brought to us all by an unexpected requirement for en masse remote working. With this came a breadth of increased challenges for business, spanning people, process, and technology. The need for already challenged areas of security and data efficacy took on...

Why the future of cloud infrastructure is all about the interconnection fabric

The future of cloud infrastructure means the traditional wide area network (WAN) needs to be architected and engineered differently to become a dynamic, automated, interconnection fabric between globally distributed data centre in the core and at the edge.

With the arrival of 5G networks and Industry 4.0, distributed cloud architectures are in the spotlight. Time-sensitive applications, such as industrial automation and autonomous vehicles, will use artificial intelligence (AI)...

VMware to acquire Datrium to bolster disaster recovery for hybrid cloud

VMware has announced its intent to acquire Datrium, a California-based provider of hybrid cloud infrastructure, adding further options to its disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offerings.

The move is designed with VMware's continued focus on hybrid cloud in mind - with the company citing an IDC forecast showing DRaaS was the fastest growing segment for data protection use cases, with a $4.5bn market at 15% CAGR.

The company has - as CloudTech's analysis from VMworld...

Red Hat looks to move SAP managed services on-premises in new partnership

Red Hat is collaborating with SAP and IBM, its parent company, to help move SAP managed services on-premises.

The companies are looking to validate private deployments of SAP Cloud Platform as well as tie up related backing services on Red Hat OpenShift. By combining Gardener, an SAP managed Kubernetes service, and virtualisation capabilities on OpenShift, the companies hope to provide a more seamless ramp for on-premise deployments.

"For SAP Cloud Platform...

Get your SaaS up to speed: Three productivity-killing data problems and how to solve them

With the typical enterprise using hundreds of SaaS solutions, each with its own database, it’s no wonder business leaders complain their data is siloed. Imagine now that a CEO wants to understand the relationship between data in these disparate systems. All of a sudden, she’s looking at the world’s most confusing dashboard, all the while wondering: Can I trust this information? The CEO placates herself with that knowledge that at least she has data to look at, but in the end it...

IHS Markit makes AWS preferred cloud provider, citing ML and VMware partnership as key

Analyst firm IHS Markit is moving to Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud infrastructure provider, with analytics and machine learning noted as key indicators.

The company has run various products on AWS over the years, as well as being an advanced partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN), and is now looking to migrate 'hundreds' of additional applications in a three-year deal.

Among the services the company will utilise are machine learning - so often cited...

Cloud IT infrastructure spend still going up amid Covid-19, says IDC

Times may change, but the song remains the same: IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker has pegged an increase in cloud spending with outlay on traditional infrastructure falling off a cliff.

The figures for Q1 2020 showed vendor revenue from sales of IT infrastructure products for cloud environments, including server, enterprise storage and Ethernet switch, went up 2.2% year on year, while non-cloud investments went down 16.3%.

The Covid-19...

Beyond the catch-all ‘solution’: The quest for smarter – yet simpler – IT

IT can be both complicated and confusing. Some of this is unavoidable, but a lot of what confuses is unnecessary, not least our TLA obsession (that’s Three Letter Acronyms to you and me!) plus the everyday use of jargon at the expense of clarity.

Arguably the biggest villain, however, is a tendency to call every product a solution regardless of whether it solves a problem or not. This is a tendency made all the worse by customers and vendors willing to buy into this extra layer...