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Podcast: Agile IT & the Rush Toward Digital Transformation - Sponsored by SAP
Scott Ferguson | 11/6/2018

For the last several years, CIOs and IT professionals have been wrestling with two specific issues as they work toward a cloud-centric future: Agile IT and the rush toward digital transformation. While enterprises want to keep innovating, finding a starting point and knowing which projects to tackle first remain a major obstacle.

To get a better handle on Agile IT and digital transformation, Light Reading Managing Editor Scott Ferguson recently spoke to two experts in these fields: Dan Kearnan, senior director of marketing for cloud at SAP, and Roy Illsley, a distinguished analyst with Ovum.

John Deere Bets the Farm on AI, IoT
Scott Ferguson | 3/12/2018

From its roots in industrial farm machinery and other equipment, John Deere has always looked for a technological edge. About 20 years ago, it was GPS and then 4G LTE. Now it's turning its attention to AI, machine learning and IoT.

Oracle's Hurd: 90% of Apps Will Integrate AI in 2 Years
Scott Ferguson | 2/12/2018

Artificial intelligence and automation will become more integral to the enterprise, and 90% of all apps will have integrated AI capabilities by 2020, according to Oracle CEO Mark Hurd.

IBM Cloud Taps Into Nvidia GPUs for AI & HPC
Scott Ferguson | 1/31/2018

IBM is now offering access to Nvidia's Tesla V100 GPUs through its cloud offerings to help accelerate AI, HPC and other high-throughput workloads.

Stanley Black & Decker CIO Drills Down Into Industrial IoT
Scott Ferguson | 1/22/2018

CIO Rhonda Gass is spearheading an effort to bring more automation and IoT to the factories making Stanley Black & Decker tools and other equipment.

Workday Acquires Machine Learning Startup SkipFlag
Scott Ferguson | 1/17/2018

Workday is looking to build out its machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities with the acquisition of startup SkipFlag.

Google Cloud Offers Updates on Spectre & Meltdown Flaws
Scott Ferguson | 1/15/2018

For the most part, Google Cloud has been able to mitigate the fallout from the Spectre and Meltdown flaws found in Intel's x86 processors, which says something about the resiliency of the cloud.

Dropbox Reportedly Filing for IPO
Scott Ferguson | 1/12/2018

Cloud storage and file sharing firm Dropbox has filed confidentially for an IPO, according to Bloomberg. The company is valued at over $10 billion.

SolarWinds Boosts Cloud Offerings With Loggly Acquisition
Scott Ferguson | 1/9/2018

SolarWinds is looking to expand its cloud lineup with its acquisition of Loggly, which makes SaaS-based log monitoring and log analytics software.

Google Cloud Offering 'Preemptible' GPUs Plus Price Cut
Scott Ferguson | 1/5/2018

Google Cloud now offers what it calls 'preemptible' GPUs to help accelerate batch computing and machine learning workloads. Google is also cutting prices.

Cloud Market Soared to $180B in Revenue in 2017 – Study
Scott Ferguson | 1/5/2018

The market for cloud computing continued to grow in 2017, with revenues surpassing the $180 billion mark for the year, a 24% growth rate over 2016, according to Synergy Research.

Intel Chip Vulnerability Sends Cloud Providers Into Patching Overdrive
Scott Ferguson | 1/4/2018

After news of a significant vulnerability in Intel's processors was disclosed this week, AWS, Microsoft and Google had work to do.

Cisco Leads $113B Data Center Gear Market – Report
Scott Ferguson | 1/4/2018

Cisco led the $113 billion data center infrastructure market in 2017, although the growing importance of public cloud is beginning to change how enterprises are buying traditional gear.

Microsoft Acquiring Avere to Expand Cloud Data Storage
Scott Ferguson | 1/3/2018

Microsoft has inked a deal to acquire Avere Systems to help customers better store data in the cloud and hybrid environments.

MIT Warns of Ransomware in the Cloud, Weaponized AI
Scott Ferguson | 1/3/2018

In its security predictions for 2018, the MIT Technology Review warns of ransomware that targets clouds providers and weaponized artificial intelligence.

LinkD, Construction App Startup, Has Enterprise Cloud Needs
Scott Ferguson | 1/2/2018

In order to get its app out to the construction industry, LinkD – formerly WireFlare – needs enterprise-level cloud help. It found a willing partner in Oracle.

Hyperscale Data Centers Continued to Grow in 2017
Scott Ferguson | 12/26/2017

A report finds that the number of hyperscale data centers scattered across the globe continued to grow in 2017. By the end of the year, there were nearly 400 of these facilities worldwide.

AWS, Azure Lead $35B+ Public Cloud Market
Scott Ferguson | 12/21/2017

A report from financial analyst firm Jefferies finds that the combined IaaS and PaaS markets were worth more than$35 billion in the third quarter, with AWS and Azure leading the way. SaaS revenues stood at an additional $33 billion.

Red Hat Speeds Toward $3B in Revenue Thanks to Cloud
Scott Ferguson | 12/20/2017

It was only a few years ago that Red Hat cracked the $1 billion mark in annual revenue. Now, with help from the cloud, the company is eyeing $3 billion.

AWS Reportedly Eyeing Deal for Big Data Startup Sqrrl
Scott Ferguson | 12/19/2017

AWS is reportedly eyeing a $40 million deal for Sqrrl, a big data startup that could help the cloud provider add more security.

Oracle Buying Construction Specialist Aconex for $1.2B
Scott Ferguson | 12/18/2017

Oracle is paying $1.2 billion for Aconex, an Australia-based company that specializes in cloud-based applications for the construction industry.

IBM Q Network Opens Up Quantum Computing to Researchers, Businesses
Scott Ferguson | 12/15/2017

IBM's newly announced Q Network will give businesses, government agencies and research universities access to Big Blue's 20 qubit quantum computing system.

White House Report Calls for Greater Federal Cloud Adoption
Scott Ferguson | 12/14/2017

The Trump Administration is looking to revamp the IT infrastructure of the federal government, and the White House is now planning to rely more on cloud computing.

AI Will Create 2.3 Million Jobs by 2020 – Report
Scott Ferguson | 12/13/2017

Gartner's latest analysis of how artificial intelligence will impact the workplace has the technology creating 2.3 million jobs by 2020, but at the same time eliminating 1.8 million positions.

AWS Opens Second Cloud Region in China
Scott Ferguson | 12/12/2017

Amazon Web Services is opening its second cloud region in China in partnership with Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology.

Cisco Study Finds an IoT Data Paradox
Scott Ferguson | 12/12/2017

A Cisco study finds that people like Internet of Things devices, but they don't trust companies with all that data.

Microsoft Releases Quantum Development Kit & Programming Language
Scott Ferguson | 12/11/2017

Microsoft outlined its quantum computing strategy at Ignite earlier this year, and Redmond has now released a development kit and a new programming language called Q#.

IoT Spending to Reach $772B in 2018 – Report
Scott Ferguson | 12/11/2017

A recent report from IDC finds that IoT spending will increase more than 14% between 2017 and 2018 to reach $772 billion by the end of next year, with the manufacturing, utilities and transportation industries spending the most.

Cisco Acquiring Cloud Optimization Specialist Cmpute.io
Scott Ferguson | 12/8/2017

For its latest acquisition, Cisco is buying Cmpute.io, a small cloud optimization specialist that looks to help cut the cost of managing multiple clouds.

Dell Technologies Posts Smaller Q3 Loss
Scott Ferguson | 12/7/2017

Dell Technologies posted a smaller loss during its 2018 financial third quarter as the company continues to adjust to life as a private company, and expands into new areas such as hyperconverged.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry Shifts Focus to Serverless, Containers
Scott Ferguson | 12/6/2017

With the release of PCF 2.0, Pivotal is focusing more on serverless computing and containers, as well as a new marketplace for developers that includes tools from GitHub, Splunk, New Relic, Apigee and IBM.

IBM's Power9-Based AC922 System Designed for AI Workloads
Scott Ferguson | 12/5/2017

The AC922 is the first commercial server to use IBM's Power9 processor and is designed specifically for artificial intelligence applications. These same systems form the basis of the new 'Summit' and 'Sierra' supercomputers for the US Energy Department.

AWS GuardDuty Looks to Lock Down Cloud Security
Scott Ferguson | 12/1/2017

At its re:Invent show in Las Vegas this week, Amazon Web Services is looking to expand its cloud security portfolio with a new featured dubbed GuardDuty.

VMware's Cloud Fortunes Continue in Q3
Scott Ferguson | 11/30/2017

VMWare's third-quarter financial results showed the company's cloud and software-defined data center bets are continuing to pay off.

Juniper Networks: For Sale or Not?
Scott Ferguson | 11/30/2017

The Internet buzzed when Nokia reportedly was preparing a deal for Juniper Networks. Now, Nokia has denied those rumors, but Juniper could still be in play.

Dell Brings Hyperconverged Appliances to Latest PowerEdge Servers
Scott Ferguson | 11/30/2017

Dell EMC is adding support for its VxRail and XC series hyperconverged appliances to the company's own 14th generation PowerEdge servers.

AWS Draws Disney in as Cloud Customer
Scott Ferguson | 11/29/2017

Amazon Web Services has scored another big customer win with signing The Walt Disney Company on as a public cloud customer. The NFL and Expedia have also signed up with AWS.

HPE & Stephen Hawking Will Explore the Cosmos With Superdome Flex
Scott Ferguson | 11/29/2017

At its Discover show, HPE unveiled a collaboration with Stephen Hawking's COSMOS Research Group to use the company's Superdome Flex in-memory system to explore issues of space and time.

Microsoft & SAP Expand Their HANA, Azure Partnership
Scott Ferguson | 11/28/2017

Microsoft and SAP are already partnering on various cloud projects, but now the two companies are drawing even closer. The new deal includes internal support, as well as new ways to reach additional customers.

HPE OneSphere Looks to Manage Multiple Clouds Through SaaS
Scott Ferguson | 11/28/2017

HPE OneSphere is the company's latest offering to manage multiple clouds. The platform uses a SaaS portal to deliver the management services and can deploy resources as need to developers and other parts of the enterprise.

UPenn CIO: Cloud Is Here, Resistance Is Futile
Scott Ferguson | 11/27/2017

At the University of Pennsylvania, CIO Tom Murphy is looking to bring a cloud-first philosophy to the 277-year-old institution. To get there, he needs buy-in from students and faculty.

Forrester: Don't Give Up on Private Clouds, Yet
Scott Ferguson | 11/22/2017

In looking ahead toward 2018, Forrester finds that private clouds are poised for a comeback, despite the focus on public cloud provides such as AWS and Azure.

HPE Adding AI to Data Centers Courtesy of Nimble Storage Acquisition
Scott Ferguson | 11/21/2017

After paying about $1 billion for Nimble Storage, HPE is now incorporating some of the company's AI technology into its data center offerings, with the release of InfoSight.

Cisco, VMware Battling for SD-WAN Supremacy – Report
Scott Ferguson | 11/21/2017

A report from IHS Markit finds that Cisco and VMware are fighting over an SD-WAN market that could be worth more than $3 billion by 2021.

Google Eyes More Data Center Space in Denmark
Scott Ferguson | 11/20/2017

Google is buying land in Denmark for a new data center, which is likely to help the company with its cloud expansion, as well as GDPR.

Multicloud Can Lead to Management Nightmare – Survey
Scott Ferguson | 11/17/2017

A report commissioned by software provider BMC shows that the multicloud universise comes with its own set of management headaches.

Microsoft Doubles Down on Open Source, Analytics for Developers
Scott Ferguson | 11/16/2017

To increase development in the cloud, Microsoft is continuing to invest in open source and data analytics technologies. At its Connect show, Redmond rolled out new tools to assist the company's legions of developers.

Cisco's Q1 Beats Wall Street Expectations
Scott Ferguson | 11/15/2017

Cisco beat Wall Street expectations during its first-quarter financial report, and the company claims that some of its technology bets, including security, are starting to pay off.

Google Cloud Spanner Updates: Better Uptime, More Support
Scott Ferguson | 11/15/2017

Google Cloud Spanner, the company's globally distributed database, is getting several updates, including multi-region support, as well as an improved SLA that offers near-perfect availability.

Amazon Selling Part of Its China Cloud Business for $300M
Scott Ferguson | 11/14/2017

Amazon is selling off part of its cloud business in China for about $300 million to a local company to comply with the country's regulations. However, Amazon still plans to compete overseas.

Cisco Creates $1B Financing Program for Smart Cities
Scott Ferguson | 11/14/2017

Cisco is looking to delve further into smart cities and IoT technologies with a $1 billion financing program for those communities looking to make investments.

China Overtakes US in Latest Top 500 Supercomputer List
Scott Ferguson | 11/13/2017

The release of the semiannual Top 500 Supercomputer List this week shows China increasing its share, while the US tumbles to second.

Rackspace, HPE Delivering OpenStack as Private Cloud Service
Scott Ferguson | 11/13/2017

Rackspace and HPE are looking to make the private cloud more appealing to enterprises with a new service based on OpenStack.

Talend Acquires API Design & Test Specialist Restlet
Scott Ferguson | 11/10/2017

With the acquisition, Talend will incorporate Restlet's API technology into its own data fabric to make sharing data easier among its customers.

A CIO 'Renaissance' Needs the Cloud
Scott Ferguson | 11/10/2017

At the TBM Conference this week, CIOs are looking to take more control of enterprise IT. The cloud is key.

Microsoft Looks to Secure Clouds With 'Project Cerberus'
Scott Ferguson | 11/9/2017

Microsoft's latest Open Compute Project offering is called 'Project Cerberus,' and looks to make clouds more secure by protecting the firmware of cloud servers.

ExxonMobil Adds Fuel to a Digital Transformation
Scott Ferguson | 11/8/2017

ExxonMobil VP of IT Mike Brown is transforming his organization into an integral part of the oil and gas giant, which is helping fuel digital transformation.

Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS Updates Address DevOps Needs
Scott Ferguson | 11/8/2017

Nutanix is adding support for object storage, analytics workloads and an app marketplace to its Enterprise Cloud OS to address DevOps needs for customers.

Towergate Insurance: Achieving 'Good Enough' IT in the Cloud
Scott Ferguson | 11/7/2017

After 20 years of growth, oftentimes through acquisitions, UK-based Towergate Insurance Brokers ended up with a sprawling IT infrastructure. After going all-in on cloud, the company found that 'good enough' IT is, in fact, good enough.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 Eyes Greater Container, Security Support
Scott Ferguson | 11/6/2017

At the OpenStack Summit in Australia, Red Hat is rolling out its OpenStack Platform 12, which emphasizes container and security support.

At Dreamforce 2017, Salesforce Doubling Down on AI
Scott Ferguson | 11/6/2017

A year after first introducing Einstein AI, Salesforce is planning to double down on artificial intelligence at its Dreamforce 2017 conference.

Riverbed Updates SteelCentral to Emphasize App Performance, Containers
Scott Ferguson | 11/3/2017

Riverbed is pushing beyond its traditional networking roots to build additional capabilities to monitor application performance, as well as containers.

VMware Acquiring SD-WAN Startup VeloCloud Networks
Scott Ferguson | 11/2/2017

With the acquisition of VeloCloud Networks, VMware is moving deeper into the software-defined networking game and likely to clash more with Cisco.

IBM's Watson Data Platform Focuses on AI
Scott Ferguson | 11/2/2017

The Watson Data Platform is expanding beyond big data analytics to include artificial intelligence, according to IBM.

Microsoft's 'CrystalNet' Looks to Eliminate Cloud Downtime
Scott Ferguson | 11/1/2017

Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Research are jointly developing a new emulator dubbed 'CrystalNet' that could reduce downtime in the cloud.

IBM Cloud Private Extends Big Blue's Hybrid Reach
Scott Ferguson | 11/1/2017

IBM is already a leader in private cloud, and Big Blue's Cloud Private platform extends that reach deeper into the hybrid cloud marketplace.

Jupiter Cable Looks to Bolster Cloud Services With Help From Amazon, Facebook
Scott Ferguson | 10/31/2017

The Jupiter undersea cable, which is being built by NTT with help from Amazon, Facebook and others, is looking to connect Asia with the US and boost the ability to deliver cloud services.

How the Cloud Can Secure the Internet of Things
Scott Ferguson | 10/30/2017

The cloud and the Internet of Things are closely tied together. In a special report, Enterprise Cloud News looks at how the cloud is protecting IoT.

GE's Predix Platform Finds New Home on Microsoft Azure
Scott Ferguson | 10/26/2017

After agreeing to a deal with AWS, GE is now partnering with Microsoft to brings its Predix IoT management platform to Azure.

SugarCRM Sweetens Cloud Strategy
Scott Ferguson | 10/25/2017

With customers shifting to the cloud, SugarCRM is looking to move updates faster through its cloud product, although it will continue to support the on-premises version into the foreseeable future.

Juniper's Cloud Woes Likely to Continue Into Q4
Scott Ferguson | 10/24/2017

Juniper Networks reported third-quarter financial numbers that were in-line with analysts' expectations, but the company's cloud concerns, especially around switches, is likely to continue.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation Adopts 2 Security Projects
Scott Ferguson | 10/24/2017

Best known as the home of Kubernetes, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is also adopting two open source security projects designed to protect containers.

Microsoft, Cray Bringing Supercomputer Power to Azure
Scott Ferguson | 10/23/2017

Microsoft is looking to bring Cray's supercomputing abilities to its Azure public cloud to assist with scientific research and other developments including AI and analytics.

Cisco Targets Cloud-Based UC With $1.9B BroadSoft Deal
Scott Ferguson | 10/23/2017

Cisco is looking to expand its reach into cloud-based UC thanks to a $1.9 billion deal for BroadSoft.

MongoDB IPO Shows Upside of Cloud, Open Source
Scott Ferguson | 10/20/2017

With a strong debut, MongoDB shows how powerful the combination of cloud, open source and digital transformation is.

AppDynamics Complementing Cisco's Intent-Based Networking Vision
Scott Ferguson | 10/19/2017

At its user show in New York City, AppDynamics executives offered a glimpse into how the company plans to integrate more with parent company Cisco.

IBM, Docker Expand Partnership for Public Cloud Migration
Scott Ferguson | 10/18/2017

At Dockercon Europe, IBM and Docker on expanding their container relationship with a focus on public cloud.

ONUG Shifts Focus to Security, Analytics
Scott Ferguson | 10/18/2017

ONUG wants to rebrand a bit and focus more on security and analytics going forward in an era of hybrid cloud.

IBM's Long Decline Continues, Despite Cloud Growth
Scott Ferguson | 10/17/2017

Cloud was up 25%, but revenues keep declining.

Instana Automates App Development & Maintenance
Scott Ferguson | 10/17/2017

Startup Instana is officially releasing its first APM offering this week at Dockercon Europe, adding automation and AI into the DevOps process.

Xerox CISO Readies Printers for IoT Era
Scott Ferguson | 10/16/2017

Dr. Alissa Johnson, the CISO of Xerox, believes that printers are part of the IoT ecosystem, and that's where the security concerns start.

Juniper Hits a Cloud Snag in Q3
Scott Ferguson | 10/13/2017

Juniper announced this week that it would miss earnings estimates as its cloud business hits a downturn.

BMC Embraces Multi-Cloud, Strikes Partnership With AWS
Scott Ferguson | 10/13/2017

At an event in New York City, BMC laid out an ambitious agenda that included multi-cloud, machine learning and a new partnership with AWS.

Alibaba's $15B R&D Investment Includes AI, IoT
Scott Ferguson | 10/12/2017

Alibaba will invest $15 billion over the next three years in a variety of research and development projects.

Dell Putting Its Company Muscle Behind New IoT Strategy
Scott Ferguson | 10/10/2017

Dell Technologies is looking to leverage all parts of the company as part of a big push into the Internet of Things.

IBM Combining Data Science Experience & PowerAI for Analytics
Scott Ferguson | 10/10/2017

IBM is looking to add more machine learning and deep learning into the big data analytics process by combing its Data Science Experience and PowerAI platforms.

Linux Foundation, Hyperledger Launch Blockchain Training Course
Scott Ferguson | 10/10/2017

The Linux Foundation, along with the Hyperledger Project, are launching a training and certification course for blockchain.

AWS Delivering Cloud to GE
Scott Ferguson | 10/6/2017

Amazon Web Services scored a major cloud deal with GE.

Cloud Skills: What Matters to IT, Developers
Scott Ferguson | 10/5/2017

When it comes to the cloud, the right skills can matter a lot to IT pros, as well as developers.

Salesforce's Marc Benioff: I Hope We Are Disrupted
Scott Ferguson | 10/4/2017

At the Gartner Symposium and ITxpo, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff talked innovation, disruption, AI and working with AWS.

Salesforce Financial Services Cloud Cashing In on Retail Banking
Scott Ferguson | 10/4/2017

Salesforce is preparing to expand its Financial Services Cloud into the retail banking space.

Cloud Pushing IT Spending to $3.7T in 2018
Scott Ferguson | 10/3/2017

Gartner released new figures that show IT spending is set to grow about 4% over the next year, thanks to enterprise spending more on cloud.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Gets Compute, Networking Boost
Scott Ferguson | 10/3/2017

Oracle is revamping its IaaS offering with more compute, storage and networking options as the company looks to challenge AWS more head-on.

GE Keeps the Lights on With IoT
Scott Ferguson | 10/3/2017

GE is about ready to fully deploy its Predix platform, along with Asset Performance Management software, to its own facility to ensure the flow of electricity doesn't stop.

AWS's Andy Jassy: No One Thought We'd Grow This Quickly
Scott Ferguson | 10/3/2017

Amazon Web Services is the undisputed leader of public cloud, and at the Gartner Symposium AWS chief Andy Jassy offered a window into how that happened.

Will AI Solve the IT Jobs Shortage?
Scott Ferguson | 10/2/2017

Artificial intelligence is thought to be destroying jobs. However, Gartner analysts believe that the only way to fill important IT positions for security and IoT is through AI.

Alibaba Cloud Is Surprise Winner in IaaS Sweepstakes
Scott Ferguson | 9/28/2017

A report from Gartner this week finds that the public cloud or IaaS market grew more than 30% between 2015 and 2016, but Alibaba Cloud grew its revenues faster than the competition.

Google's Cloud IoT Core Platform Moves to Public Beta
Scott Ferguson | 9/27/2017

Google is moving its Cloud IoT Core management platform into public beta and adding new features.

Cisco Eliminating 310 Jobs at San Jose HQ – Report
Scott Ferguson | 9/27/2017

Cisco's job cutting is hitting home as the company will eliminate 310 jobs at its San Jose headquarters.

IBM's Integrated Analytics System Taps Into Machine Learning
Scott Ferguson | 9/26/2017

IBM's Integrated Analytics System uses the company's Data Science Experience, Apache Spark and gives data scientists access to machine learning.

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