Thames flooding flushes out flawed thinking on London data centre location

By Nick Razey, CEO, Next Generation Data

Time and tide wait for no one. Wise words and all the more so amid the recent flooding experienced up and down the country with even the Thames bursting its banks just a few miles short of central London.  

If it wasn’t for the Thames Barrier who knows what might have happened? It’s sobering that a fifth of all the 30 year old barrier’s closures took place in the first two months of 2014. Not surprisingly this has sparked fresh calls for the...

By NGD, 28 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, PublicSector, Scalability, Storage.

Rackspace moves towards ‘Cloud 2.0’ with redesigned public cloud

Open cloud provider Rackspace has rolled out a complete revamp of its public cloud with Performance Cloud Servers – and according to Nigel Beighton, international VP technology and product, it represents a serious shift in how companies use their servers.

The architectural redesign of the Rackspace Performance Cloud Server comes with four times the total RAM, double the CPU performance and 132 times the I/O of its competitors, according to benchmark tests.

But Beighton argues that simply drooling over...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, IaaS, Public, Scalability.

Cloud service providers: Opportunity or threat?

It’s important to examine the current ‘state of play’ for cloud delivered solutions based on a couple of key dimensions; what is being deployed in the cloud and who is providing the IT service from the cloud.

The image conjured up by the term “cloud” is that of companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft delivering large-scale computing infrastructure that eliminate the need for on-premises IT equipment and software. Since these cloud providers build their own infrastructure...

By Phil Turner, 19 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, SaaS , Scalability.

Amazon’s RDS database gets unleashed, gains SLA

Although being technically in operation for three and a half years, Amazon’s RDS database never made general release until now. Along with the public unveiling, the service has gained a useful SLA for some peace of mind.

RDS stands for Relational Database Service. This hosted database service includes the full package, from set-up, to operations, and through to scaling.

Amazon note any pre-existing Applications, Tools, or Code which IT staff are already using on their databases can still be used on...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Developers, Enterprise, Scalability.

LogMeIn’s PaaS solution Xively ready to connect Internet of Things

LogMeIn’s Xively is ready to connect “The Internet of Things” as a brand new PaaS (platform as a service) offering APIs for interacting with real world objects, along with real-time messaging thrown into the mix for good measure.

The cloud-based service originates from Cosm, the IoT (Internet of Things) platform by Pachube, which LogMeIn purchased back in July 2011.

LogMeIn secured another huge partner for this venture, ARM, whose technology forms the basis of many popular devices including...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Hardware, Infrastructure, OpenSource, PaaS, Scalability.

The cloud for live sports: From blue-sky to real world

Many broadcast experts believe that live sports and news programming have driven much of the broadcast production innovation we see today. The demand for high-quality, low latency video delivered at maximum speed, accelerated ongoing advancements in digital workflows enjoyed by many broadcast sectors.

Now the sheer volume of content – thanks to the wide array of newer digital outlets – in new and more complex formats, is increasing requirements and straining broadcasters’ network capacities...

By Richard Heitmann, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Consumer, Scalability.

What are the top five cloud features every exec should know?

By Sharon Florentine

You don’t have to be an IT expert to grasp that the cloud translates to cost savings and operational efficiencies. But knowing the key cloud attributes can make selling a migration to the cloud an easy business decision to make. 

Cohesive Flexible Technologies (CohesiveFT), an enterprise application-to-cloud migration services company, has 

By Rackspace, 04 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Scalability, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Gartner: cloud makes the IT world go round

Cloud, social, mobile and information are the new ‘Nexus of Forces’ with cloud at the apparent epicentre

The convergence of four IT forces – cloud, social, mobile and information – has formed what analyst house Gartner has described as a new “Nexus of Forces” which will become the paradigm for the future of IT.

The research firm predicts that while the four ‘forces’ are currently disruptive as they are, combined they will tear up old enterprise IT models.

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By James Bourne, 02 August 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Forecasts, Scalability, Vendors.

Companies gaining more trust in the cloud, says survey

The annual North Bridge Venture Partners survey into cloud computing trends has revealed that more and more companies are starting to get their heads around cloud as a concept, among other findings.

The survey, entitled ‘2012 Future of Cloud Computing’, utilised supporting evidence from major players such as VMWare and Microsoft and is in collaboration with the 451 Group.

Now in its second year, the survey also noted that whilst software-as-a-service (SaaS) is still the leading service used,

By James Bourne, 21 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts, SaaS , Scalability.