Bristol City Council moves to the cloud in estimated £1.5m deal

Eduserv, the not for profit public sector cloud provider, has won a contract with Bristol City Council worth an estimated £1.5m to migrate its IT infrastructure to the cloud.

The contract sees Eduserv take over the day to day running of the council’s IT, with future IT services being procured in a much more flexible manner, ensuring the council doesn’t own much of its ICT.

Bristol City Council is planning on cutting about £90m in IT costs, as local governments continue to move their...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, PublicSector.

Raising cloud customers the right way: How parenting skills overlap

As a cloud vendor, you might find that winning a new customer can evoke the same feelings of warmth and pride that accompany the arrival of a new member of the family. In many respects, the two can be similar; you have the same feelings of responsibility and obligation that you get with the arrival of a new child, and the same desire to attend to their needs. But should the paternalistic (or even maternalistic) tendencies end there?

Absolutely not! For too many cloud vendors, the cutting of the proverbial...

By Mark Hennessy, 28 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Vendors.

Cloudy data encryption and law firms - a match required by law

This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel.

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By LogicWorks, 27 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Legal.

Dropbox goes deeper with more powerful Pro tool set

Remember Dropbox? While its upstart little brother Box has been giving the tech press plenty to write about with its soap opera-styled ‘will they, won’t they’ IPO saga and proclamations of the end of the storage wars, Dropbox  has been going about its business a little more quietly.

And the company has today launched an update to its Dropbox Pro product, chief of which revolves around introducing a single plan of 1 terabyte of space at the same price of $9.99 a month.

The majority of the other...

By James Bourne, 27 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Storage.

SoftLayer beefs up its bare metal offering, available on hourly basis

IBM-owned infrastructure as a service provider SoftLayer has always distanced itself from its IaaS brethren by continuing to provide bare metal alongside its virtual servers and software offerings.

The company has improved on this further with a series of bare metal releases which are billed by the hour and can be deployed in under 30 minutes. The overall effect of this is a greater preponderance to deploy computing-intensive workloads on SoftLayer.

“As businesses deploy more powerful workloads in the...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS.

It’s all systems go for the Digital Marketplace on G-Cloud, government confirms

A blog post on the gov.uk website has outlined a hazy date of the end of September when G-Cloud migrates from the CloudStore to the new shiny Digital Marketplace.

G-Cloud’s new home, which made alpha back in March, aims to replace the CloudStore as well as the Digital Services Store, a home for finding people who can design digital projects and services.

As Ivanka Majic wrote on the government’s official...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government.

Community health systems, HIPAA, and cloud hosting: The facts

On the heels of the recent Community Health Systems (CHS)  data breach, in which 4.5 million Personal Health Records (PHI) were compromised, the industry is abuzz about data security in the HIPAA Compliant cloud businesses.  Data breaches like the one at CHS are not the exception – they’re the norm.  The FBI warned that the healthcare industry is extremely vulnerable to hackers in a recent

By LogicWorks, 21 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Security.

CenturyLink launches new private cloud, aims for public cloud capability

Updated 1756 BST: Everyone knows that if something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck – or at least we have to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae.

Thus according to the duck test if it looks and feels like a private cloud, it should be a private cloud. Yet CenturyLink aims to turn that on its head with its latest private cloud launch, which aims to offer the agility of a public cloud but with the security...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Vendors.

New report asserts how cloud and mobility will change legal landscape

A new report from legal IT provider Accesspoint Technologies and cloud vendor Databarracks has argued how cloud computing is “a great leveller” for law firms of all sizes.

The report, written by Accesspoint managing director Richard Roebuck, draws parallels with the banking industry – even going into the semantics of the word ‘industry’ – and argues the legal industry is in danger of falling behind unless it falls into line with modernisation. This includes adopting ABS, or...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Legal, Research.

Microsoft’s Azure outages: How does this affect the firm’s cloudy reputation?

Microsoft suffered a blow yesterday when its Azure cloud and virtual machines suffered a series of outages before later being restored.

According to Reuters, the downtime was due to interruptions in multiple centres, with a representative from the company explaining that a small section of its customer base was affected.

A cursory glance at Azure’s status history page gives a...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: DisasterRec, Microsoft, SLA.

X as a service (XaaS): What the future of cloud computing will bring

By John Dixon, Consulting Architect

Last week, Chris Ward and I hosted a breakout session at Cloudscape 2014, GreenPages’ annual customer Summit. We spoke about cloud service models today (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS), as well as tomorrow’s models — loosely defined as XaaS, or Anything-as-a-Service. In this post, I’ll discuss XaaS: what it is and why you might want to consider using it.

First, what is XaaS? Is this just more marketing fluff?...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 18 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

Harnessing the power of Google’s cloud: Google BigQuery Analytics book extract

This is an edited extract from Google BigQuery Analytics, by Jordan Tigani and Siddartha Naidu, published August 2014 by Wiley, £30.99.

When you run your queries via BigQuery, you put a giant cluster of machines to work for you. Although the BigQuery clusters represent only a small fraction of Google’s global fleet, each query cluster is measured in the thousands of cores. When BigQuery needs to grow, there are plenty of resources that...

By Jordan Tigani and Siddartha Naidu, 15 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Data, Developers.

VMware to offer additional public cloud services

VMware’s annual confab, VMworld, takes place in San Francisco this year. At that conference, VMware is expected to release additions to its public cloud infrastructure vCHS in efforts to differentiate its business model from other providers.

Although vCHS has been around for less than a year, the infrastructure has received mixed reviews. Some administrators seem to love the way it integrates into VMware’s vCenter while others note the lack of features and functionality found within the interface....

By CloudWedge, 14 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Public, VMware.

Opinion: The inverted pyramid of IT infrastructure

By Nick Razey, CEO, Next Generation Data

If we ever lose a bid for a data centre contract, it is for one of two reasons.

Either the customer insists on being close to London and is happy to pay the premium for doing so, or the customer is obsessed by paying the lowest possible price and will accept any quality of data centre service to achieve this. While I struggle to understand both points of view it is the latter approach which is totally incomprehensible in the modern world.

I see the IT infrastructure as...

By NGD, 13 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, Infrastructure.

IBM looks to Canada for latest expansion, installs SoftLayer data centre

Another day, another snippet of news from IBM in its latest push for cloudy world domination: Big Blue has announced expansion plans for Canada, including a SoftLayer data centre in Toronto.

SoftLayer chose Toronto not just for its size – it’s the fourth largest city in North America – but its proximity to the tech community in Canada, as well as a litany of companies who are using the IaaS provider.

A glut of Canadian startups, including Mnubo, Epilogger and Maegan, have signed up for the...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, IaaS.

Assessing how cloud computing has transformed the workspace

Today’s workplace is an entirely different animal to just five years ago – and it’s growing and changing at a rapid rate.

The huge amount of enterprise mobility solutions on the market are enabling employees to do various tasks on their smartphones and tablets; as Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said on the unveiling of the Salesforce1 app, he could run his entire business from his phone.

Yet none of this...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Infographic.

Four in five SMEs “fully adapted” to the cloud by 2020, report forecasts

Four in five small businesses will be “fully adapted” to the cloud by 2020, according to a new forecast from software firm Intuit.

The figures, posted in a deck entitled ‘Small Business Success in the Cloud’, prognosticated that 78% of US SMEs would be au fait in six years, as opposed to the current adoption rate of 37%.

While this was the standout stat, the overall report gives off vibes similar to

By James Bourne, 11 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts.

Aggressive cloud adopters get competitive advantage, roars latest research

The latest cloudy research paper this time arrives courtesy of US telco Verizon, and shows that companies who have shown faith with the cloud early are getting a competitive advantage through increased business agility.

The research, of Harvard Business Review readers, categorised users into four different groups; enthusiasts, moderates, cautious and non-existant on cloud adoption, and showed a higher predilection for enthusiasts (35%) than any other group. 34% of respondents were moderates, while cautious...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Research.