Disaster recovery: How to reduce the business risk at distance


Geographic distance is a necessity because disaster recovery data centres have to be placed outside the circle of disruption.

The meaning of this term depends on the type of disaster. This could be a natural phenomenon like an earthquake, a volcanic eruption, a flood or a fire. Calamities are caused by human error too; so the definition of the circle of disruption varies. In the past, data centres were on average kept 30 miles apart as this...

By Graham Jarvis, 18 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

How the boardroom is becoming the key driver of cloud adoption


Three in five (61%) cloud migration projects are driven by business leaders, according to the latest research from Rackspace and Vanson Bourne.

The study, which polled 250 IT decision makers and 250 business leaders throughout October, showed plenty of boardroom-centric concerns topping the list for driving cloud adoption. The most popular motivation for migrating to the cloud was reducing IT cost (61%), followed by increased organisational resilience (50%), improved security (38%) and...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure.

Why UK CIOs are dissatisfied with their cloud providers


By Ryan Kroonenburg, Managing Director at Logicworks UK

After speaking with hundreds of UK technology leaders about cloud adoption, it is clear that cloud technology is transforming business models and improving cost-efficiency in the enterprise.

Despite the positive results, IT leaders have also shared serious concerns. They usually sound something like this:

“The cloud is great. The support is mediocre at best.” “I am not sure my cloud provider understands my business.” “I spend thousands of...

By Logicworks, 30 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Stop talking about cloud – and start talking about what cloud can enable

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Cloud computing is still a very trendy topic of discussion among technology leaders around the world. It’s easy to see why; cloud adoption rates are on the rise and are predicted to continue their upward trend, while cloud service providers (CSPs) continue to roll out new features, products, and services.

Times are good in the world of cloud computing – but I believe...

By David Auslander, 29 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

CIOs continue to bemoan IT complexity, report shows


Cloud computing has been cited by CIOs as one of the biggest contributors to IT complexity, according to a report released this week by Trustmarque.

Two thirds (66%) of survey respondents claim cloud is a primary reason for IT complexity, ahead of legacy technology (51%) and software licensing (51%). Almost three quarters (71%) said it was increasingly difficult to understand the right technology to use, while 61% agreed that finding the right solution to their business need was...

By James Bourne, 09 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: CIO.

CIO dissatisfaction with cloud providers revealed in latest survey


Even though 93% of businesses are now using the cloud in some capacity, expectations are exceeding specific gains according to a new survey from cloud provider ElasticHosts.

More than four in five (84%) UK-based CIOs believe their cloud provider could do more to reduce the burden on in-house IT staff, and a similar number (80%) believe the pricing structure is a “rip off.”

Top of the list of grievances was slow response time to customer service queries, cited by 47% of...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Software.

Collaboration and agility shows why enterprise cloud is “worth the effort”


A new report from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services argues that as cloud usage in the enterprise continues to rise, collaboration is now the key benefit ahead of business agility.

The research, which had more than 450 participants and was sponsored by Verizon Enterprise Solutions, found 84% of respondents agreeing their organisation’s use of cloud computing had increased in the past year. 72% said their use of cloud increased collaboration options, while 71% argued business...

By James Bourne, 17 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Collaboration, Enterprise.

Why next-generation data centre technology is needed to adopt service-centric IT delivery

Cloud computing has been hyped as breaking down the silos that IT has built up over the years, but in reality, new silos are created unless cloud computing is integrated into an IT architecture. The current battle is over whether organisations go for public cloud services, or develop private cloud services by reusing existing infrastructure and adding new capabilities to deliver these services in a cloud-like way.

This download from Dimension Data examines the challenges CIOs are facing, and assesses the...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO.

Why your organisation deserves a 'real' open cloud


Worldwide, there's a growing appreciation for the many benefits of the open dource way. Clearly, being truly open is a frame of mind that can apply to just about anything in life - including the development and nurture of a progressive company culture that's equipped for the challenges and opportunities of today's Global Networked Economy.Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, recently launched his new book entitled "

By David H Deans, 29 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, OpenSource, Platform.

Cloud adoption equals security: The CIO’s paradox

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Cloud technology is one of the most secure ways to store and share data that the world has ever seen. But with data security making the headlines with increasing frequency you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise. High profile hackings have at times derailed the industry’s attempts to make the case for the cloud.

Keeping data secure is not a new challenge, however. Businesses have been grappling to protect their data for decades; be it from missing paper files or...

By Mark Van Der Linden, 22 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, SaaS , Software, Storage.