Expansion into mobility and demand for real-time data are pushing businesses in every sector to expand their network to the edge and rethink how to lay out their IT infrastructure to support the booming Internet of Things (IoT). The opportunities…

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Industry Outlook is a regular Data Center Journal Q&A series that presents expert views on market trends, technologies and other issues relevant to data centers and IT. This week, Industry Outlook asks Russell Senesac, Director of Data Center Business Development…

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As the new year approaches, it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come when it comes to cloud computing. Moving forward, cloud as we know it isn’t only on a path of transformation; it’s also a path for transformation. IDC predicts that by 2020, public IT cloud services will account for 58 percent of the $355 billion combined spending on traditional plus public cloud applications, development and deployment tools, infrastructure software, storage, and servers.
However, the future won’t be dominated by public cloud services. In fact, the dominant cloud model for the foreseeable future will revolve around hybrid cloud systems. Gartner analysts said that by 2020, cloud, hosting and traditional infrastructure services will come in more or less at par in terms of spending.
“As the demand for agility and flexibility grows, organizations will shift toward more industrialized, less-tailored options,” said DD Mishra, research director at Gartner. “Organizations that adopt hybrid infrastructure will optimize costs and increase efficiency. However, it increases the complexity of selecting the right toolset to deliver end-to-end services in a multi-sourced environment.”
Gartner predicts that by 2020, 90 percent of organizations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities. “This means that by 2020 traditional services will coexist with a minority share alongside the industrialized and digitalized services,” Mishra said.
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As the new year approaches, it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come when it comes to cloud computing. Moving forward, cloud as we know it isn’t only on a path of transformation; it’s also a path for transformation. IDC predicts that by 2020, public IT cloud services will account for 58 percent of the $355 billion combined spending on traditional plus public cloud applications, development and deployment tools, infrastructure software, storage, and servers.
However, the future won’t be dominated by public cloud services. In fact, the dominant cloud model for the foreseeable future will revolve around hybrid cloud systems. Gartner analysts said that by 2020, cloud, hosting and traditional infrastructure services will come in more or less at par in terms of spending.
“As the demand for agility and flexibility grows, organizations will shift toward more industrialized, less-tailored options,” said DD Mishra, research director at Gartner. “Organizations that adopt hybrid infrastructure will optimize costs and increase efficiency. However, it increases the complexity of selecting the right toolset to deliver end-to-end services in a multi-sourced environment.”
Gartner predicts that by 2020, 90 percent of organizations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities. “This means that by 2020 traditional services will coexist with a minority share alongside the industrialized and digitalized services,” Mishra said.
Let’s look out to

 

LeaseWeb USA will expand into H5 Data Centers Phoenix location under a wholesale data center agreement announced Tuesday.
The data center, which H5 will continue to own and operate, offers private data center suites for 125-kilowatt and 250-kilowatt installations.
“The expansion and partnership with LeaseWeb is a win-win,” Josh Simms CEO of H5 Data Centers said in a statement. “LeaseWeb can offer enterprises a full suite of retail colocation and hybrid IT cloud solutions, while H5 Data Centers can continue to innovate and deliver world-class wholesale data center solutions. We look forward to working with this globally-renown IT services partner.”
The deal will facilitate LeaseWeb’s U.S. growth and expand the portfolio of products available to H5′s Phoenix customers, according to the announcement.
“LeaseWeb USA and H5 Data Centers come together with this Phoenix transaction at a similar scale in the U.S. with a shared focus on delivering excellent service and hybrid cloud technology located as close to our customers as possible,” said Lex Boost, CEO of LeaseWeb USA. “We see great joint opportunities in the Phoenix market, with the potential for an expanded partnership to come across our national footprints.”
LeaseWeb also recently announced the opening new data center facilities in London and Sydney to offer cloud services to the UK and Australian markets.
H5 expanded its Seattle data center capacity earlier this year.

 

I’m a big fan of hybrid and multi-cloud solutions. I believe, as an industry, we’re no longer seeing the future organization as one that has everything in one cloud provider. Rather, the future is very much more hybrid.
Organizations across almost every vertical and company size see hybrid cloud solutions as the gateway to digital transformations and new types of competitive advantages. These initiatives are being driven by the business layer, and not just IT leaders.
“Overall, there are very real trends toward cloud platforms, and also toward massively scalable processing. Virtualization, service orientation and the Internet have converged to sponsor a phenomenon that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they’ll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models,” said Chris Howard, research vice president at Gartner. “Services delivered through the cloud will foster an economy based on delivery and consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction management.”
See also: Using Automation as a Change Agent for IT Transformation
A recent WSJ article said CIOs are knitting together a new IT architecture that comprises the latest in public cloud services with the best of their own private data centers and partially shared tech resources. IDC points out that overall spending on IT infrastructure for off-premises cloud environments—both

 

I’m a big fan of hybrid and multi-cloud solutions. I believe, as an industry, we’re no longer seeing the future organization as one that has everything in one cloud provider. Rather, the future is very much more hybrid.
Organizations across almost every vertical and company size see hybrid cloud solutions as the gateway to digital transformations and new types of competitive advantages. These initiatives are being driven by the business layer, and not just IT leaders.
“Overall, there are very real trends toward cloud platforms, and also toward massively scalable processing. Virtualization, service orientation and the Internet have converged to sponsor a phenomenon that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they’ll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models,” said Chris Howard, research vice president at Gartner. “Services delivered through the cloud will foster an economy based on delivery and consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction management.”
See also: Using Automation as a Change Agent for IT Transformation
A recent WSJ article said CIOs are knitting together a new IT architecture that comprises the latest in public cloud services with the best of their own private data centers and partially shared tech resources. IDC points out that overall spending on IT infrastructure for off-premises cloud environments—both

 

Rackspace has completed its acquisition of Datapipe, the largest in its history, according to a Thursday announcement.
The company is beginning its planned integration process for Datapipe immediately, with former Datapipe Chief Technology and Security Officer becoming Rackspace CTO, Dan Newton becoming Rackspace VP, account management and service delivery, and Dan Tudahl taking the position of general manager, government solutions.
The integration plan will maintain and enhance customer support levels, according to the announcement.
“This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to become the world’s number one provider in IT as a service,” Joe Eazor, Rackspace CEO said in a statement. “Datapipe brings important new capabilities to Rackspace that will enable us to better serve customers, globally and at scale. Together, we will build on the industry leadership both companies established in expertise, reliability, security and support, to create a new level of end-to-end customer experience.”
The acquisition was agreed to in September, and represents the kind of “major, long-term investments in the capabilities our customers are demanding” that Eazor said in a blog post at the time had motivated the company to go private a year ago.

 

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Data center provider QTS today announced a new type of colocation service, where it pre-packages data center space and direct connectivity to Amazon Web Services.
Unlike the typical private connectivity services data center providers offer their clients, QTS has prepared data center infrastructure in multiple locations that’s set up to connect to AWS immediately. All the client has to do is buy the service through AWS Marketplace and get their hardware to one of the QTS data centers where it’s offered.
Related: Rackspace and HPE Will Sell On-Prem Private Cloud as a Service
The announcement is sure to figure prominently in the investor-day presentation QTS executives were scheduled to hold Monday afternoon.
Hybrid cloud, where a company uses a combination of on-premises systems and public cloud services, is viewed as the setup of choice for most enterprise IT shops (as opposed to using just on-prem. or relying on public cloud for all IT infrastructure needs), and data center providers, cloud companies, and a whole universe of technology vendors are racing to come up with solutions for making this hybrid architecture easier to set up and use for clients.
Related: Why Equinix is Buying the Spanish Data Center Firm Itconic
“A growing number of our customers require colocation as part of their migration to the cloud,” Mike Clayville, an AWS VP for worldwide commercial sales, said in a statement. “QTS is a strategic colocation

 

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Accenture left four Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 buckets open and downloadable to the public, containing software for its Accenture Cloud Platform enterprise cloud offering and other sensitive internal data, security researchers said today.
The unsecured AWS S3 buckets were discovered by UpGuard security researcher Chris Vickery on Sept. 17, 2017, and revealed “significant internal Accenture data, including cloud platform credentials and configurations.” Credentials for Accenture’s Google and Azure accounts also appeared to be stored in one of the buckets, which could have far-reaching consequences in the hands of a malicious actor.
The servers were secured the next day after UpGuard Director of Cyber Risk Research Vickery notified Accenture.
The company, which provides consulting and professional services, is not the first to have had unsecured AWS S3 buckets discovered by UpGuard. Earlier this year, Vickery notified Verizon, and election data firm Deep Root Analytics about AWS S3 buckets open to the public, exposing tens of millions of customer and voter records, respectively.
In a blog post on Tuesday, Vickery said that this exposure could have been prevented with a simple password requirement added to each bucket. His recommendation comes as a new survey by OneLogin finds that IT pros are failing to enforce password policies.
Accenture’s AWS S3 buckets contained internal access keys and credentials for use by the Identity API, plaintext

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