VMware opens up second UK data centre, sees customer demand

Virtualisation bod VMware has opened up a second UK data centre, with a new site in Chessington, London, adding to the current data centre in Slough. The move is evidently designed to represent UK and EMEA customers who want quicker access to their data, and comes a few months after VMware launched its hybrid disaster recovery service (vCHS), which provides a continuously available recovery platform if a data centre goes down.

Cloud migration best practices for law firms

The cloud migration path for law firms is not unlike that of other small business, with a few more issues to deal with around privacy, compliance, and governance. Here is a quick process that most law firms should consider.

Why physical security is essential to combating the ever present and growing threat to data centres

Although recognised as important, the absolute criticality of the data centre is often underestimated and this is possibly due to its relative cost in comparison to other elements of the IT stack. While a rack footprint might cost £10K pa, the hardware might cost over £50K and the managed service £100K. However, if the data centre fails the lost business can reach millions of pounds per day.

Cloud hardware spending passed $4bn across EMEA for 2014, IDC asserts

The prognosticators have been at the tea leaves and crystal balls again. This time, an IDC study has found that cloud hardware spending will break $4bn (£2.34bn) across EMEA in 2014. The report, entitled EMEA IT Infrastructure Hardware for Public and Private Cloud 2011-2018 Forecast, saw year on year growth of 19% and “confirmed that cloud is the major disruption factor in the EMEA infrastructure hardware market”, according to a press release.

Standardisation of cloud contracts in Europe: Coming soon to the US?

In light of the disclosures by Edward Snowden, there has been a push towards transparency both from governments and from technology companies that have amassed data about the personal lives of citizens. While the call for increased transparency has been worldwide, the European Union has been at the forefront of advocating for change.

How to win big when cloud computing is pervasive

Some people are never satisfied. These fearless agents of change are everywhere. They're informed, confident and willing to experiment. They seek out the best business technology solution for the job at hand. They act on instinct. Yes, you could say that they're driven. However, they're also at risk of being labeled as "rogue employees" because they ordered a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering and perhaps expensed it without prior approval.

Cloud computing: An important component of the physical infrastructure for smart cities

Today half of the world’s population is living in urban areas, and cities are growing their infrastructures and services to keep up. As a city grows, duplicated efforts and waste of resources emerge. In developing a smart city infrastructure, it is necessary to think of cities as complex systems with departments as subsystems sharing all resources and assets.

Four critical areas for G-Cloud in the next 12 months

As we head out of the first year of Cloud First, this year is a critical one in driving the cloud agenda in the public sector. With that in mind here are four areas I think Tony Singleton and his team should focus on...