Category: Cloud

Cloud Computing

Why Oracle Cloud v AWS is a distraction

All Oracle’s keynote bluster and posturing at its OpenWorld conference was focused on Amazon Web Services this year. There’s a lot of press repeating Oracle’s lines that with its new rebooted IaaS proposition, “Oracle is cheaper than AWS”; “Oracle is...

The Cloud’s Transformation of Business Intelligence

The field of business intelligence is nothing like when it got started many years ago; quarterly and month-end reports are minimally relevant when it comes to creating competitive advantage. Today, business people need analytics on an hourly or faster basis. Modern BI systems must be able to incorporate information from many different internal and external systems and data sources with accuracy and speed. To achieve those goals, we are in the midst of a wholesale transformation of the way companies procure, deploy and distribute BI tools to users.

Dismantling data centre and WAN silos

Two data processing trends are joining hands and moving towards wider availability for SMEs: hyperconverged data centre infrastructures and software defined WAN (SD-WAN) connectivity. What was just a year ago a daunting deployment and management challenge has now been packaged and centralised. This allows for much easier adoption into SMEs with cloud application and enterprises with branch environments.

Both concepts have similar development drivers behind them. The data centre hyperconvergence concept originated in large cloud companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google. They placed an emphasis on low-cost, ease-of-use and rapid self-service that can link WAN-connected sites of very different sizes and capacities. They tried to use existing data centre architectures, but quickly realized that they were a poor match for their demands.