Why culture change is essential to fulfil the promise of digital-first public services

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This month the CBI published a major report outlining its vision for the future of public services.

For anyone in local government, it is well worth a read. Not only does it stress the critical importance of getting our public services online but it also points out that while we are making progress, there is much more that needs to be done.

Here there are three clear areas for local government to focus on.


By Andrew Hawkins, 27 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Public, PublicSector.

Amazon offering unlimited cloud storage for $5 a year in Black Friday tie-in


Amazon is offering customers an unlimited one year cloud storage deal for $5 to tie in with its Black Friday promotions.

The deal, which would normally cost users $59.99, may be of most interest to Microsoft customers, after the company recently shuttered its unlimited OneDrive plans. In that instance, a few spoiled it for the many; a company blog post...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.

Public cloud growing at pace – but hidden issues remain


Public cloud adoption will continue to grow at a rapid pace, but a lack of understanding will prohibit adoption in some organisations, according to the latest research from hybrid IT monitoring provider ScienceLogic.

The research, which polled more than 1,600 IT professionals, found 62% of organisations are already using at least one public cloud, while more than four in five (83%) expect public cloud spend to increase in the next 12 months. Of the main public cloud providers,...

By James Bourne, 26 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research.

The small business fear of the cloud - debunked


Nearly half of small businesses in the US do not use cloud storage. So why do so many small businesses refuse to use the cloud?

Cloud thought leaders posit that this fear arises from concerns about security lapses, privacy, and proper compliance implementation. Other explanations include lack of awareness about how to use the cloud, a dearth of knowledge about how to leverage cloud storage...

By Sarah Patrick, 25 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Software, Storage.

Datacentreplus MD Mashukul Hoque on carving a niche for SME customers


Meet Datacentreplus. The company, based in Manchester, UK, is aiming to find a gap in the North West data centre market by serving the small to medium business customer.

“We believe colocation and dedicated server hosting should be simple,” a missive on the company’s website reads. “We’re getting back to basics and offering no-nonsense, straightforward colocation and dedicated servers, with a focus on quick delivery and great customer service that does not...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

The future of the data centre: Sustainability, the IoT, and downsizing


The push is on to better streamline unused data centre capacity – and according to a missive from network provider Emerson Network Power, 2016 will see a greater emphasis on shared service distributed cloud computing models.

According to the company’s five trends shaping the data centre landscape for 2016, enterprises which have data centres either as ‘comatose’ – buildings which have not delivered computing services for at least six months – or data...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres.

The new AWS region is set to further cloud adoption in the UK

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By Ryan Kroonenburg, managing director at Logicworks UK

With the steady rise of AWS adoption in the UK, it should come as no surprise that AWS will be adding a new UK region by the end of 2016.

Last week, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announced the new AWS UK region amongst five other regions set to open in 2016: India, Ohio, South Korea,...

By Logicworks, 20 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Why small business adoption of cloud storage still has some way to go


Research from B2B research firm Clutch has revealed just over half (52%) of small businesses are using a cloud storage solution, with Dropbox the most popular and Apple the highest rated service.

According to the report, which polled 438 small business across the US and 744 full time employees, Dropbox was used by 53% of respondents, ahead of Google Drive (45%), Apple iCloud (34%) and Microsoft OneDrive (30%). Box, in comparison, was used by only 6% of respondents, indicating a...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

How data centre investments are transforming IT industry – and why it won’t slow down


As global spend on cloud infrastructure continues to rocket, leading cloud providers have to up their game and invest billions of dollars in expanding their network of hyperscale data centres.

That’s according to the latest data released by Synergy Research. The company notes the top four cloud providers – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, and IBM – have approximately 110 data centres located in 20 different countries.

More than $25 billion has been spent in...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

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.

Report assesses how ISVs take their cloud solutions to market


A report from the Cloud Technology Alliance has assessed how independent software vendors (ISVs) take their cloud solutions to market, and found the age old discussion over who owns the customer relationship remains unsolved.

39 companies responded to the survey, 72% of respondents based on North America and 26% in EMEA. Of the respondents, only 36% say they expect channel partners to be self-sufficient in closing business, while 33% of ISVs surveyed expect their channel partners to...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

Identity management in the cloud: What does it actually mean?


Identity management in the cloud? What does this actually mean to us? We don’t yet have an established definition of cloud identity management - and there is not even a Wikipedia page yet, although identity management is well founded. That says it all. I’m going to attempt to draw up a definition.

Using cloud applications has now become commonplace for many organisations. Certainly in education, cloud applications have been used for years, such as Office 365 and various...

By Robert Doswell, 17 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Privacy, Security.

DevOps skills continue to be in high demand, survey shows


A survey from Puppet Labs shows DevOps engineers earn “noticeably higher” salaries than the majority of other job titles.

More than half (55%) of those polled in the 2015 DevOps Salary Report earn $100,000 per year or more, according to the research. The only job role which is more likely to provide greater remuneration is architect, which includes cloud or infrastructure architect and systems architect.

“Now that organisations are learning the benefits of DevOps,...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure.

Analysing the enterprise ‘multi-cloud’ market: IBM and Virtustream lead the way


By Neil McAvoy, CEO, CloudBestPractices.net

Although the hybrid cloud concept has become the popularised idea of how the enterprise market will inch its way into adoption of cloud services, twinning their own internal private cloud with public resources, this will be a short term label soon replaced by ‘multi-cloud‘.

I agree with the general direction of travel; however, I feel we’ll soon see the hybrid cloud definition as somewhat inadequate, as we’re really...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

IHS forecast shows SDN deployments ramping up in 2015


Software defined networking (SDN) will move from early adopters into the hands of mainstream buyers by 2017, according to the latest research note from IDS.

The findings, which appear in the latest IHS Infonetics Data Centre and Enterprise SDN Hardware and Software report, also show the market for ‘in use’ SDN Ethernet switches – ostensibly the real market for SDN, compared with the Ethernet switches that lie dormant – at $1.4 billion this year, nearly doubling...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Research, Software.

Bringing DRaaS to the C-suite: The key job roles analysed


A series of large scale cyberattacks have been in the headlines this year and, according to McAfee, the situation will only worsen as hackers use more advanced techniques to infiltrate networks.

Despite this, there are still a large portion of companies that remain vulnerable, mainly due to the lack of executive interest in preparing for worst-case scenarios. The same report states that 79 percent of C-level US and...

By Monica Brink, 13 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

FCA argues no “fundamental reason” why financial firms cannot move to the cloud


The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a report arguing there is “no fundamental reason” why financial organisations cannot move to cloud-based models so long as the guidelines the body issues are adhered to.

“Our aim is to avoid imposing inappropriate barriers to firms’ ability to outsource to innovative and developing areas, while ensuring that risks are appropriately identified and managed,” the FCA argues. “We see no fundamental reason...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure.

It's time to take your big data strategy beyond the data lake


A well-established – and unsettling – metric we anecdotally hear from organisations is that analysts spend 70% or more of their time hunting and gathering data and less than 30% of its time deriving insights.

The promise of big data is to reverse this 70/30 ratio. Organisations striving to build a data lake and use data for competitive advantage are seduced by the opportunity to discover new insights to better target customers, improve operations, lower costs, and discover new...

By Dr. Paul Terry, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Privacy, Security.

Choosing your cloud: The good, the bad, and the ugly


The biggest challenge any business faces is trying to predict the future; knowing what your data will look like in three or five years’ time so you can put in an infrastructure that is flexible enough to grow and accommodate change is a huge challenge.

The amount of data that all businesses are generating themselves and storing on their clients is growing all the time. The infamous statistic from 2013 that 90% of the world’s data has been generated over the last two years...

By David Barker, 11 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Cloud continues to give companies competitive advantage, report shows


More organisations are saying cloud computing gives them a competitive advantage, but fewer are saying it gives their company a significant advantage, according to the latest figures from Verizon.

The report, the third annual ‘State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud’ paper released by the telco giant, found 77% of firms cite cloud as a competitive advantage, compared with 74% this time last year. Yet only 16% argue cloud gives significant advantage this time round,...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Software.