A new, international survey of 100 CIOs has good news for cloud companies -- especially Microsoft -- and, predictably, bad news for hardware vendors as the trend toward cloud computing continues to swell. According to Morgan Stanley's 2016 CIO Survey, Microsoft's Azure will edge out Amazon Web Services by 2019 for both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) use among 100 executives surveyed. Roughly 31 percent of the CIOs will be using Azure for IaaS, versus roughly 30 percent using AWS. Today, about 21 percent are using AWS and 12 percent are using Azure. While nearly 55 percent of the surveyed CIOs said they're using no public-cloud IaaS today, that number will drop to less than 10 percent by the end of 2019.
The UK government has decided to allow technology from Chinese company Huawei to be used in the country's super-fast 5G network, despite intense pressure from the US for a ban. The decision, made by prime minister Boris Johnson this week, was branded a major defeat for the US. Huawei is the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, but critics have warned that allowing the firm to supply the kit for the UK's 5G infrastructure is a national security risk, and the US threatened to cut off intelligence sharing if the deal went ahead. That didn't prevent the UK giving Huawei access, albeit with several limitations. The UK's National Cyber Security Centre will tell telecoms operators that Huawei – and any other "high-risk vendors" – must be excluded from "core" functions that manage the network, as well as critical national infrastructure.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has fundamentally altered how we purchase, deploy, and manage IT infrastructure. For instance, provisioning infrastructure has gone from a complex, time-consuming process that culminated in crawling around dusty data center floors and plugging in new hardware to making a few keystrokes in a portal or even an automated API call, bringing thousands of hardware resources to bear. When selecting an IaaS vendor, there are a number of considerations that should not be ignored. Here are seven important points to keep in mind when choosing an IaaS vendor. Buying infrastructure was relatively easy -- you'd pick your OS, buy the appropriate box, load up your applications, and then have access to the entire stack should anything need updating or modifying.
Most businesses today are using the cloud for business computing -- it turns out that all those analysts from twenty years ago weren't so crazy after all. A recent study revealed that about 97% of businesses are using some form of cloud computing as well as a widespread, enterprise focus on adopting public cloud technologies. Compelling data about hybrid cloud usage was also exposed, where 84% of the 786 respondents indicated that they have a multicloud strategy. The hybrid cloud plays a major role in many companies' computing architecture. You can slap it on just about any kind of multisystem cloud, meaning it can describe connecting two different vendors' services or integration of an onsite installation with a public or private cloud -- or in some cases, all of the above.