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...
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...
Eliminating single points of failure from your private cloud
Eliminating Single Points of Failure From Your Private Cloud
– Brought to you by 2X Cloud Computing guest blogger Brien M. Posey –
When an organisation deploys a private cloud, that private cloud quickly becomes an indispensable, mission critical infrastructure component. That being the case, it is important to construct the private cloud in a way that avoids the potential for a single point of failure. Although it is impossible to delve into a comprehensive discussion of fault tolerance within the...
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...
Genesys accelerates cloud strategy with new Platform On Demand offering
Genesys is making bold moves to strengthen its position in the cloud customer service market. Following its acquisitions of Angel.com in February 2013 and, more recently, SoundBite Communications, Genesys will also offer its own suite of contact center applications in the cloud. The new solution, Platform On-Demand, will be offered in addition to Genesys’ existing partner-led cloud solutions. It is targeted at contact centers with over...
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...
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...
Vendor-agnostic data centres: Fact or fantasy?
In some ways, everything about IT is about creating uniformity. Standard configurations. Synchronized patches. 1000 identical laptops shipped to all employees. We place a high premium on "everything being exactly the same." And for good reason - if everything is the same, management and administration becomes far far easier. And while we enjoy the fantasy of racks and racks of identically-configured servers humming away in the icy cold data centre of the future, anyone who knows what a data centre smells like (mmm, silicon)...
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...