Take a look inside SoftLayer's new UK data centre

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Six months after it was launched, IBM and SoftLayer opened the doors of its new UK data centre to the media, with IBM UK&I cloud leader Doug Clark and SoftLayer CTO Marc Jones in attendance to review 2014 and look forward to the year ahead.

The data centre in Chessington, run by Digital Realty, was until 2012 a shipping warehouse before being converted. Each pod, which Jones pointed out had the same design in every SoftLayer data centre, has 150 racks, 4000 physical nodes, and a...

By James Bourne, 29 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, IaaS.

IBM's cloud revenue hits $7bn in 2014, but still plenty of work to do

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IBM has released its Q4 and full year financial figures for 2014, showing net income at $15.8bn down 7% year on year, revenue from continuing operations down 6%, but total cloud revenue of $7bn in 2014, up 60%.

It’s a not unexpected result given, like SAP, IBM is aiming to shift its revenues more towards the cloud as opposed to legacy on-premises software, but...

By James Bourne, 21 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure.

MSPs and IaaS: What will you do in 2015?

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There’s no denying it: the cloud industry has reached maturity. And businesses are lining up to make a move to the cloud. According to Gartner, organizations will store 36% of their content in the cloud by 2016, a big jump from the meagre 7% they stored in 2011.

Managed service providers (MSPs) who want to tap into this...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 19 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, IaaS, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Mature Asia Pacific public cloud services to climb to $7.4bn in 2015, Gartner claims

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Gartner has been gazing at its crystal ball again – and this time the analyst house claims that public cloud services in the mature Asia Pacific (APAC) market will reach $7.4 billion ($4.86bn) this year, and hit $11.5bn (£7.56bn) by 2018.

The analysts assess the ‘mature’ APAC as comprising Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. Cloud management, storage, and software as a service (SaaS) will be among the strongest growers in the interim...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Public.

DevOps automation: Financial implication and benefits with AWS

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Automation applied to efficient operations can lead to a gain in efficiency that directly translates to the bottom line of a business. This article is about how DevOps automation in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment has tangible financial implications and benefits.

It is no surprise that cloud computing brings with it monetary advantages, which are realised when an organisation trades fixed capital expenditure (CAPEX) for variable operational expenditure (OPEX) on a pay-as-you-go usage model...

By LogicWorks, 15 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Analyst report shows where the value lies for buying a cloud computing solution

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A report from infrastructure as a service performance monitoring analysts Cloud Spectator has found that Amazon EC2 offers “significant” cost advantages over a long term investment.

The report finds different wins for different providers, with SoftLayer remaining the least expensive provider for larger Windows offerings, Microsoft Azure being the most inexpensive block storage offering, while CenturyLink and Rackspace block storage was most expensive yet could...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Verizon Cloud goes out in planned maintenance, aims for seamless updates going forward

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Updated Over the weekend, Verizon’s cloud service, Verizon Cloud, was offline as it looked to add ‘seamless upgrade functionality as well as other customer-facing updates.’

The maintenance period was put in to improve the service and to ensure further updates went ahead without any hitches to customers. The telco giant warned the fixes could take up to 48 hours, but was completed after 40, with Verizon taking the bizarre step of issuing a press release to announce the...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, IaaS, Infrastructure.

How cloud service providers can effectively monetise and deliver the ultimate cloud offering

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The cloud ecosystem has ushered in an exciting era of open access to world-class computing power, resources, storage, development framework and software applications. With this has come an explosion of innovation. While cloud service providers (CSPs) have enabled innovation and cost reduction for their customers, they have likewise been challenged to leverage the power of the cloud to innovate around monetisation and billing. This has resulted in business risks, such as:

  • Becoming a commodity provider due to high CSP customer churn resulting from lack of...

By Raman Abrol, 07 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, SaaS , Software.

New paper assesses change in management approach for hybrid cloud IT

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As cloud continues to pervade businesses, the primary role of central IT will be to protect sensitive data, maintain centralised software and optimise IT spending, managing chargebacks to line of business.

This is the key takeaway from a study published by IDC and Red Hat. Entitled ‘How IT is planning for its hybrid reality’, the study examines how many of the challenges facing IT with the proliferation of cloud relate back to business rather than technology.

The...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

A review of cloud in 2014 - and what's on the horizon for 2015

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2014 was an extremely busy year for cloud computing, as more and more businesses migrate and cloud increasingly becomes the de facto setting for IT. The competition between vendors for infrastructure as a service continued ferociously, with Microsoft and IBM cutting back some of AWS’ market dominance.

Before we look at what might happen in 2015, here’s a quick reminder of the main events and highlights from 2014:

Cloud in 2014

March: IBM rebrands as a cloud-first company, lays out its...

By James Bourne, 05 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.