Rackspace plays to its strengths with new Managed Cloud offering

Rackspace has today announced a managed services offering called Managed Cloud which aims to give flexibility on managed services but with DIY-styled pricing.

The new Managed Cloud service offers two options: Managed Infrastructure, which offers what seems to be a standard 24x7 access to engineering support plus other features including architectural, security and launch guidance, and Managed Operations, which is essentially Rackspace managing the account 24x7.

Speaking to CloudTech, Rackspace VP technology and...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Industry, Vendors.

Is the future for businesses in hybrid cloud?

By now, many companies have embraced cloud computing. While a few years ago, many businesses were skeptical of cloud computing and having their software and data in a remote location. However, today, according to a recent survey by Gartner, many companies both big and small have already deployed the cloud in some capacity in their system. So, what is the future of the cloud now? Well it seems that moving forward; the hybrid cloud is where most organizations are going. According to another survey by a private...

By John Angelotti, 04 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry.

Salesforce and Philips hook up to deliver connected healthcare

Remember Marc Benioff’s connected toothbrush? There’s more where that came from. Salesforce and Philips have announced a strategic partnership to deliver a more collaborative health system.

In a media roundtable this morning, the companies revealed two clinical applications which have already been created and will be available on the platform this summer. Philips eCareCoordinator and Philips...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Public, Salesforce.

Coca-Cola: How to move a 100 year old brick and mortar firm into the cloud #CloudWF

Onyeka Nchege, the CIO of Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, cited the importance of education and adaptability in how to transform a brick and mortar business to the cloud.

Speaking during the keynote of Cloud World Forum in London, Nchege noted that the 100 year old company, consistently voted as one of the most powerful global brands, has partially migrated to the cloud with technology not a huge standpoint.

"A lot of folks tend to focus on the technology...but you realise very quickly the technology isn't where...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Private.

How big data is set to boost the effectiveness of analytics in banking

Jaroslaw Knapik, Senior Analyst, Financial Services Technology

Big Data will dramatically enhance key areas in banking such as fraud analytics, customer analytics, and web analytics. It does not replace banks’ current analytical infrastructure, but extends its scope: it has become conceivable to conduct analyses based on all data, not just a sample.

Big Data also extends the range of data types that can be covered, the problems that can be addressed, and the user groups able to use it within a single...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 16 June 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Analytics, Industry.

Hiring for cloud? Here's how to find the right people

Demand for cloud-skilled IT workers continues to outstrip the supply, and demand keeps growing.  You can’t pick up a technology journal without seeing quotes from hiring managers who complain about the lack of cloud skills in the job market these days.  Training and OJT are well underway, but growth is just too steep to fill all of the jobs.

The search for cloud talent is made harder due to several realities in the tech industry:

  • Cloud providers do a poor job of providing generalized cloud computing skills. They typically focus only on their...

By LogicWorks, 05 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Industry.

How the insurance industry is set to fully embrace cloud

The consumer insurance industry may be one of the more reluctant industries to jump head-first into the cloud. Think about the current process of getting a home, renters, auto or life insurance policy through a traditional vendor. You might shop for quotes online, visit an agent in person, or have companies compete over your business.

Think about all the back-end computing that goes into running an insurance operation. Agents are always in the field assessing damages, administrative personnel is fielding...

By CloudWedge, 28 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry.

Salesforce.com aims to bring Dreamforce atmosphere to London

Sketch It was a throwaway comment made by Dr Steve Garnett, Salesforce EMEA president at the Salesforce1 World Tour London press briefing on Thursday, but it was a resonant one. Last week’s event felt like Dreamforce five or six years ago, he explained.

It was meant to signify both the atmosphere of the event as well as the growth of Salesforce.com in the UK – and the keynote went crash, bang, wallop into this.

“We’re seeing record crowds, everywhere we go, around the world, because people are hungry to...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Editorial, Industry, JustForFun, Salesforce.

Is Rackspace considering exit options?

RackSpace has recently confirmed that they have retained Morgan Stanley in order to begin entertaining acquisition or partnership requests. As Cloud’s Big Three began their race to the bottom in regards to pricing, it left many industry analysts wondering what would happen to RackSpace once the dust settled.

RackSpace has become an important player in the cloud market. Although the company is a publically traded stock, it seems as if RackSpace just doesn’t have the...

By CloudWedge, 22 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, Industry.