How cloud automation is key to building a successful DevOps function

Many businesses today are accelerating digital transformation strategies to increase efficiency and agility. For organisations where the IT department and development teams work separately and often at odds with one another, however, this undertaking is quite the challenge.

Traditionally, tension has existed between IT operations and developers because IT had to take time to build infrastructure by obtaining hardware, developing servers, and ensuring security before developers...

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...

Do techies need financial skills to avoid overspend in the cloud? Introducing… DevSecFinOps

An angry CFO with an unexpected $50,000 invoice on their desk may not be one of the intended outcomes of a cloud migration project. After all, isn’t the move supposed to save you money?

However, this scenario isn’t uncommon among enterprises that move from the on-premise environment that they have become accustomed to.

It goes without saying that organisations running their systems in a data centre are typically concerned with network and infrastructure issues such...

Which ERP systems are most popular with their users in 2021?

Sage Intacct, Oracle ERP Cloud, and Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP are the three highest-rated ERP systems by their users. 86% of Unit4 ERP users say their CRM system is the best of all vendors in the study. The survey-wide satisfaction rating for CRM is 73%, accentuating Unit4 ERP’s leadership in this area. 85% of Ramco ERP Suite users say their ERP systems’ analytics and reporting is the best of all 22 vendors evaluated.

These and many other insights are from SoftwareReview’s...

AWS launches Amazon FinSpace to muscle in on financial services cloud offerings

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched Amazon FinSpace, an industry cloud offering aimed squarely at helping finance organisations efficiently prepare and analyse data.

The purpose-built analytics service 'aggregates, catalogues, and tags data across an organisation's data silos', enabling the data to be easily searchable across the entire company. This is achieved, in part, through a purpose-built managed Apache Spark analytics engine, with more than 100 'data transformations'...

Vodafone extends Google Cloud relationship to build ‘industry-first global data platform’

Vodafone is to use Google Cloud to build a new data platform and migrate its SAP workloads - in an extension of the companies' partnership and another key telecoms use case.

The two companies will jointly build the platform 'with the added capability of processing and moving huge volumes of data globally from multiple systems into the cloud', the press materials noted. Vodafone will host its SAP environment, as well as 'all big data and business intelligence workloads' on Google...

Why green data centres are the key to driving sustainable strategies

As we become more environmentally conscious as a society, it is of paramount importance that we push for more sustainable business practices.

For the average individual, being more sustainable may amount to taking on more eco-friendly habits, such as recycling and reducing water consumption, or investing in electric or hybrid vehicles. It’s all about the small adjustments that will amount to bigger results in the long run.

For businesses and more specifically larger...

IBM to acquire Turbonomic with AIOps dominance squarely in its sights

IBM is to acquire Turbonomic, a Boston-based application resource and network performance management software provider, to help organisations with their AIOps initiatives.

The acquisition 'will provide businesses with full stack application observability and management to assure performance and minimise costs using AI to optimise resources - such as containers, VMs, servers, storage, networks, and databases', the company touted in the press materials.

AIOps, the...

Five leading trends of database innovation: Cloud-native, self-driving, and more

In the wake of the pandemic, one trend that emerged is the need for digitalisation, and this will continue – and even grow – in the future. And, while it’s still not clear exactly what that actual economic impact of Covid-19 will be, IDC predicts that the digital economy will accelerate to counter this. The firm predicts that over 65% of APAC GDP is expected to be digitalised between 2020 and 2023 and spending will hit US$ 1.2 trillion.

As businesses – and even economies...

AWS pulls in record $13.5bn revenues for Q121 at 32% growth

Another quarter, another record for Amazon Web Services (AWS). The cloud infrastructure leader has reported net sales of $13.50 billion (£9.68bn) for the first quarter at a growth rate of 32% year over year.

The results mean AWS has broken the eleven-figure number for the fifth consecutive quarter. It represents an uptick from the 28% y-o-y growth from the previous quarter, while AWS revenue as a proportion of total Amazon revenue, at 12.5%, is a little below the figure of...