Rackspace CEO retires, claims time “as good as any” to step down

Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier is to retire after eight years heading up the open cloud provider, with co-founder Graham Weston stepping back into the breach on an interim basis.

Weston, who was chief exec from 1999 to 2006, said in a blog post that “what we build from here, we will build on the shoulders of a giant.”

In a conference call with analysts, Napier noted that “now is as good a time as any” for him to step aside, citing...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, OpenSource.

CIOs told in latest report to “embrace cloud or be left behind”

A survey from Capita IT Services has revealed that CIOs see cloud computing as a key enabler to business innovation, yet boardrooms are “nervous” places where execs have to convince them cloud adoption is the way forward.

The research, a combination of roundtable sessions and surveys featuring nearly 150 CIOs, found some interesting points regarding cloud adoption. More than three in five (61%) believe that improving the company’s innovation is now one of their highest priorities, with a...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Research.

Why cloud services will kill big bad whole-of-government IT projects

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector Technology

Momentum for cloud services adoption in government grew solidly in 2013 and looks certain to accelerate in 2014. We believe that growth in cloud services adoption by agencies will drive a change in the core logic of whole-of-government IT strategy. Cloud services offer a less risky win-win-win path towards IT modernization and intra-agency collaboration. Big bad experimental whole-of-government IT projects are dead. Long live the new logic of...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Government.

The future of virtualisation: Automation, orchestration and even more on demand

It's official: virtualisation has made it. On the Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Services, it has scaled the “peak of inflated expectations”, traversed the “trough of disillusionment” and is inches from the much coveted “plateau of productivity”.

For now, it remains on the “slope of enlightenment” -- but it’s a technology right on the cusp of an evolution that will expand...

By Len Padilla, 09 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Forecasts, Virtualization.

How cloud is giving CIOs a bigger seat at the boardroom

Bill Gates once said: “Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other.”

In many ways this quote could also be used to nicely summarise the biggest change in the business world over the last 10 years - the evolution of information.

Information management and analysis has always been vital to businesses, that much is obvious. But while information has always been there, it’s...

By Pontus Noren, 14 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data, Enterprise, Strategy.

CIOs still reluctant to adopt cloud, says new survey

A new report from sourcing providers Alsbridge has revealed that, in the UK, cloud computing accounts for only one fifth of the IT budget.

This puts doubt in the thinking that cloud adoption in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market is accelerating – or, more particularly, that executives see cloud as the cornerstone of a bright, shiny IT future.

Last month research from Robert Half Technology revealed how cloud computing is...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Economy, IaaS, Research.

Cloud-enabled enterprise and the opportunity for CIOs

It is over five years since the term ‘cloud’ was first adopted into the mainstream to describe a fundamental change in how – and where – information technology is deployed.

Cloud’s building blocks had been developing for several years prior: the rise of the Internet as a backbone for service delivery; hardware platforms so powerful that they could run multiple web scale workloads; and the opening of standards for application and infrastructure architecture; all contributed to the...

By Russell Poole, 06 November 2013, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, ERP, Strategy.

Interoute CTO Matthew Finnie: Legacy data vendors should learn from history

With Oracle, SAP and IBM fighting for precious market share on the in-memory relational database market, and the likes of MongoDB, Couchbase and DataStax putting together momentum in the NoSQL space, it almost feels like whoever wins the battle will win the war of database customer buy-in.

Couchbase CEO Bob Wiederhold told CloudTech his company’s position was that the market was going to move to the “disruptive” NoSQL...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data, Enterprise, Interview.

How the WebSocket Gateway opens up the power of real-time data

Time-sensitive data is all around you. Many B2C applications deliver data with latency on the order of a few seconds; yet often the most time-critical data is in B2B, M2M, operations and logistics providers. The traditional choice has been to move this data using a custom protocol over TCP/IP, but Kaazing’s WebSocket technology changes the game for real-time data coverage. Just imagine: if you had all the power of a dedicated connection from your pocket to anywhere on the web, what could you do with it?...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data.

'Head of the cloud', or head in the clouds?

By Eoin Jennings, general manager hosting services, Easynet Global Services

A little learning is a dangerous thing, scribed poet Alexander Pope in 1711, possibly to distract his wife from improving her bible studies knowledge or honing her counterpoint skills.

Three hundred years later and whilst most of us no longer frown upon a lady flashing her ankles nor rush to join a harpsichord recital, never could the statement be truer.

Smartphones and tablets have brought about the collision of the worlds of IT and...

By Easynet G.S., 18 September 2013, 4 comments. Categories: Analytics, Architecture, Best Practice, CIO, Enterprise, Feature, Forecasts.