Paul Miller

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Public Cloud Providers Embark On A European Building Spree

Paul Miller January 18, 2017
(A data centre in Hamina, Finland. Source: Google) Not long ago, European customers of the global public cloud vendors relied upon a single data centre ‘region’ for all their cloud computing needs. From Lisbon to Lviv, Kiruna to Kalamata, customers of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure sent everything to Ireland, and customers of […]
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Local vendors challenge global players in our analysis of Europe’s public cloud market

Paul Miller October 18, 2016
Public Domain image of Europe, derived from NASA World Wind data, uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. The hyperscale global clouds seem to crop up pretty much everywhere, these days. But we all know that customer requirements differ, from industry to industry, and from country to country. So… how do they cope, and how do we account […]
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Vertical clouds – less useful than you’re meant to believe, but still useful

Paul Miller October 7, 2016
How often have you been told you can't use a mainstream public cloud provider? Quite often, probably, especially if you happen to work in a regulated industry like banking or healthcare. And what justifications are you given? The regulator "won't let you," no doubt? That's a good one. And "it's not secure" is often pretty […]
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Valuable services lurk behind confused marketing of ‘managed cloud’

Paul Miller July 18, 2016
(Confusing messages. Image by Wikimedia Commons user 'Melburnian') Again and again, we hear examples of companies struggling as they try to realise the benefits of moving to cloud. They know what they want to achieve as a business, they know that cloud can help, but they cannot translate that understanding into the way they specify, […]
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After Brexit, it’s business as usual for most of Europe’s public cloud workloads

Paul Miller July 8, 2016
(source: Wikimedia Commons) Two weeks on, the result of the UK referendum on membership of the European Union (EU) continues to reverberate around the world. Forrester provided advice for clients needing to understand the business implications. Looking at the specific impact on public cloud deployments in Europe introduces a number of additional points. These are […]
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Big Data Vendors See The Internet Of Things (IoT) Opportunity, Pivot Tech And Message To Compete

Paul Miller July 5, 2016
(Source: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/pictures/90000/velka/waterfall-stream-over-boulders.jpg) Open source big data technologies like Hadoop have done much to begin the transformation of analytics. We're moving from expensive and specialist analytics teams towards an environment in which processes, workflows, and decision-making throughout an organisation can – in theory at least – become usefully data-driven. Established providers of analytics, BI and data warehouse […]
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Established Chinese cloud providers hope to succeed in Europe’s public cloud market

Paul Miller June 1, 2016
When we think about the public cloud, the list of credible providers can sometimes seem rather short. (The Great Wall of China. Source: Paul Miller) In North America, Europe, and elsewhere, the same few names tend to dominate. But not in China. There, big local brands continue to command impressive market share. And now they're […]
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Containers – there really is substance behind the hype

Paul Miller May 10, 2016
Containers. One of those nasty terms, like metadata (ok – maybe you had to move in the odd circles I did for that one to resonate), cloud, or big data. To some, the solution to every problem. To others, yet another unforgivable explosion of over-exuberant hype that should be ignored at all costs. And, like […]
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OpenStack Returns To Austin, Stressing Evolution Over Revolution

Paul Miller May 2, 2016
(Austin. Source: Paul Miller) My very first report for Forrester, last summer, explored the ways in which the open source OpenStack cloud project has grown up. Once a science project for those interested in exploring the technologies or celebrating open source, OpenStack now runs key enterprise workloads for the likes of AT&T, BMW, Best Buy, […]
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Hyperscale public clouds are a fixture on the European scene – learn to live with them

Paul Miller April 26, 2016
Not too long ago, Europe’s cloud providers saw the big American imports as nothing but competition. They were to be challenged at every turn, they were to be dissed at every opportunity, they were to be beaten, stomped upon, and sent packing back across the water. Only, it didn’t work out that way. Even the […]
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Open Source Escapes The Bedroom, Enters Your Boardroom

Paul Miller April 25, 2016
The myth that open source software is exclusively written by and for lonely — rather odd — individual geeks remains remarkably prevalent. And yet it’s a myth that is almost entirely wrong. Many of the world’s best-known technology firms make sizeable investments of time and money in open source projects: guiding their strategy, contributing code and expertise, […]
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Hadoop, Spark, and the emerging big data landscape

Paul Miller February 2, 2016
Not very long ago, it would have been almost inconceivable to consider a new large-scale data analysis project in which the open source Apache Hadoop did not play a pivotal role. Then, as so often happens, the gushing enthusiasm became more nuanced. Hadoop, some began (wrongly) to mutter, was "just about MapReduce." Hadoop, others (not […]
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Hadoop, Spark, and the emerging big data landscape

Paul Miller February 2, 2016
Not very long ago, it would have been almost inconceivable to consider a new large-scale data analysis project in which the open source Apache Hadoop did not play a pivotal role. Every Hadoop blog post needs a picture of an elephant. (Source: Paul Miller) Then, as so often happens, the gushing enthusiasm became more nuanced. […]
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The Internet Of Things Will Drive Customer Relationships, And The Industrial Sector Is Realising The Opportunity

Paul Miller January 11, 2016
The Internet of Things, or IoT, finds its way into a lot of conversations these days. CES in Las Vegas last week was awash with internet-connected doo-dahs, including cars, fridges, televisions, and more. Moving away from the home and into the world of business, the IoT furore continues unabated. Instead of connecting cars to Netflix […]
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Your Business Is Already A Multicloud Business

Paul Miller November 18, 2015
For all sorts of reasons, CIOs increasingly find themselves trying to introduce (or impose, resurrect, or enforce) governance, compliance, audit and oversight across a dizzying array of cloud solutions. Some may have been introduced by themselves or their predecessors, but most have entered the business by other means. Multiple clouds, in the Nevada desert (Source: […]
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Microsoft and T-Systems Find Innovative Solution To Address Customer Data Privacy Concerns

Paul Miller November 11, 2015
The big public cloud providers, most of which are still from the United States, sometimes have a hard time finding ways to balance their legal obligations at home with the quite different sensitivities they encounter amongst their new international customers. For a long time, the toolkit has been pretty consistent: site data centres as close […]
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OpenStack Pushes Local Stories In Tokyo

Paul Miller November 2, 2015
I was in Tokyo last week, for the latest OpenStack Summit. Over 5,000 people joined me from around the world, to discuss this open source cloud project's latest – Liberty – release, to lay the groundwork for next year's Mitaka release, and to highlight stories of successful adoption. Tokyo's Hamarikyu Gardens combine old with new […]
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Amazon Web Services Pushes Enterprise And Hybrid Messages At re:Invent

Paul Miller October 9, 2015
The hordes gathered in Las Vegas this week, for Amazon's latest re:Invent show. Over 18,000 individuals queued to get into sessions, jostled to reach the Oreo Cookie Popcorn (yes, really), and dodged casino-goers to hear from AWS, its partners and its customers. Las Vegas may figure nowhere on my list of favourite places, but the […]
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OpenStack Is Now Ready For Business

Paul Miller September 9, 2015
The open source cloud computing project, OpenStack, has a reputation as a bit of a science project; technologically interesting, fine for those who don’t mind getting their hands dirty, but not something that normal companies are going to depend upon for anything serious or important. That reputation, although possibly justifiable a year or two back, […]
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Covering Cloud Computing From Europe For Forrester’s CIO Role

Paul Miller August 13, 2015
Hello from the newest analyst serving Forrester Research’s CIO role. My name is Paul Miller, and I joined Forrester at the beginning of August. I am attached to Forrester’s London office, but it’s already clear that I’ll be working with clients across many time zones. As my Analyst bio describes, my primary focus is on […]
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