Why physical security is essential to combating the ever present and growing threat to data centres

Nick Razey, CEO and Co-founder of Next Generation Data

Although recognised as important, the absolute criticality of the data centre is often underestimated and this is possibly due to its relative cost in comparison to other elements of the IT stack. While a rack footprint might cost £10K pa, the hardware might cost over £50K and the managed service £100K.

However, if the data centre fails the lost business can reach millions of pounds per day. So, while the data centre is considered the...

By NGD, 22 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analysis, Data, DisasterRec.

Cloud hardware spending passed $4bn across EMEA for 2014, IDC asserts

The prognosticators have been at the tea leaves and crystal balls again. This time, an IDC study has found that cloud hardware spending will break $4bn (£2.34bn) across EMEA in 2014.

The report, entitled EMEA IT Infrastructure Hardware for Public and Private Cloud 2011-2018 Forecast, saw year on year growth of 19% and “confirmed that cloud is the major disruption factor in the EMEA infrastructure hardware market”, according to a press release.

According to the researchers 15% of infrastructure spend in...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public, Research.

NetSuite acquires e-commerce provider Venda for greater European investment

Cloudy ERP and CRM provider NetSuite has snapped up London-based e-commerce provider Venda in a move which signals a concerted effort by both companies for omnichannel commerce in the cloud.

The two companies told CloudTech they had first met about four years ago, with the deal – the terms of which were not disclosed – coming about as both firms “share the same DNA”, according to Venda CTO and co-founder James Cronin.

Pete Daffern, president EMEA at NetSuite, told CloudTech: “We’ve been...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, Enterprise.

How to win big when cloud computing is pervasive

Some people are never satisfied. These fearless agents of change are everywhere. They're informed, confident and willing to experiment. They seek out the best business technology solution for the job at hand. They act on instinct. Yes, you could say that they're driven.

However, they're also at risk of being labeled as "rogue employees" because they ordered a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering and perhaps expensed it without prior approval. Sometimes they're the champion of progressive projects that are...

By David H Deans, 17 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Vendors.

Four critical areas for G-Cloud in the next 12 months

This month saw the publication of the business plan for the GDS which lays out the focus of its work up until this time next year.

The scope of its work pipeline is impressive in its ambition and potential impact.

In digitising the top 25 most important government services by its 2015 deadline the GDS estimates it will save £979m each year.

Meanwhile, from its G-Cloud programme, it...

By Ivan Harris, 16 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Opinion.

Cloud computing: An important component of the physical infrastructure for smart cities

By Victor M. Larios

Today half of the world’s population is living in urban areas, and cities are growing their infrastructures and services to keep up. Traditionally city governments have different departments to oversee the metropolitan services for citizens; however, departments are not fully communicating their plans and actions, utilizing their services as independent entities. As a city grows, duplicated efforts and waste of resources emerge. In developing a smart city infrastructure, it is...

By IEEE Cloud Computing, 16 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, PublicSector.

Can bare metal beat virtualised public cloud for NoSQL database performance? Internap says yes

Internet content delivery provider Internap has today released a series of results which show a better benchmark performance on big data transfer from its bare metal offering as opposed to Amazon and Rackspace public clouds.

The numbers, which were crunched by performance aggregator Cloud Spectator, aimed to quantify performance differences when operating in-memory NoSQL databases in virtualised public cloud and automated bare metal cloud environments, and found that bare metal outperformed both Amazon and...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Public, Research.

IBM and SoftLayer celebrate first anniversary together, launch new capabilities on Watson

It’s time to dust off the bunting and get out the birthday cake, as IBM commemorates one year since acquiring SoftLayer – and to celebrate, it’s announcing a series of new features linking up SoftLayer with Watson.

Last month CloudTech trailed the news that Watson and SoftLayer were going to coalesce, and so it has proved, with IBM announcing Watson Engagement Advisor on SoftLayer, which aims to give the insight of...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS.

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.

Fujitsu announces £1bn cloudy funding, strengthens IaaS, PaaS, SaaS commitment

Japanese IT giant Fujitsu has announced a strengthening commitment to cloud computing with a 200 billion yen (approx £1.2bn) investment over the next two financial years.

In a move that will remind CloudTech readers of competitors IBM and HP, Fujitsu is putting its eggs in one basket to “achieve its growth strategy” – in other words, bringing new offerings to market, growing its customer base and deepening deployments.

“Fujitsu has a vision of a human-centric intelligent society, one where...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS , Vendors.

Microsoft CEO Nadella reinforces mobile-first, cloud-first vision in company memo

Satya Nadella’s tenure as Microsoft CEO officially began in February, but with the release of his first company-wide memo emphasising a mobile-first, cloud-first ethos, the new boss has certainly got his feet under the table.

The email to all employees, which can be seen on the Microsoft website, doubles down on the vision of Nadella, who previously headed up enterprise and cloud before taking the chief exec’s job. Nadella informed employees that...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Microsoft.

A roundup of analytics, big data and business intelligence forecasts and estimates 2014

From manufacturers looking to gain greater insights into streamlining production, reducing time-to-market and increasing product quality to financial services firms seeking to upsell clients, analytics is now essential for any business looking to stay competitive.  Marketing is going through its own transformation, away from traditional tactics to analytics- and data-driven strategies that deliver measurable results.

Analytics and the insights they deliver are changing competitive dynamics...

By Louis Columbus, 10 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, Research.

How cloud computing empowers the agile enterprise

Public cloud service adoption is already a mainstream phenomenon in most organizations. Meanwhile, many large enterprises see a private cloud in their future. But choosing whether to invest in building an internal cloud infrastructure or buy from a cloud service provider will become more challenging – in anticipation, savvy IT leaders are becoming brokers of dynamic business technology solutions.

Hybrid cloud resource management and progressive operational process adoption are the key focal points in preparation for...

By David H Deans, 09 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Public.

Assessing the balance of power for data centre operators

By Nick Razey, CEO, Next Generation Data

Achieving the lowest possible power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating should not be the only objective of a data centre operator. After all, the most energy efficient data centre is one which has lost all power! Furthermore there is a considerable grey area around the method of PUE calculation.

Effectively consolidating space and power constrained legacy data centres into more energy efficient ‘PUE-friendly’ environments ultimately requires their migration...

By NGD, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, Vendors.

The lowdown on the UK government’s new Cyber Essentials Scheme

Recognising that not all organisations have adequately dealt with cyber security, the UK Government has recently developed a Cyber Essentials Scheme which aims to provide clarity on good cyber security practice.

In its Cyber Essentials Scheme, the UK Government sets out five controls which it is hoped will provide all types of organisations with basic protection against the most widespread type of Internet threats. As such, the Cyber Essentials Scheme should be viewed as a form...

By William Long, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Legal, Security.

TwinStrata gets snapped up by EMC as part of VMAX product shift

Cloud-integrated storage provider TwinStrata has been acquired by cloudy giant EMC as part of a shift of its VMAX product to more agile enterprise storage.

The full product name is VMAX³ Family, which claims to be a hugely powerful system compared to the previous iterations. VMAX³ offers up to three times faster performance and half the total cost of ownership when stood next to the previous generation product.

According to EMC, the new portfolio aims to offer greater simplicity and agility while...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, Data, Storage.

Cloud: The answer to a more effective government

Central Government cuts are seeing local authorities across the country staring down the barrel of astronomical budget savings in the next few years. Many have had no option but to take the unpalatable step of reducing staff numbers and cutting essential front line services.

By utilising the Cloud, council IT provision moves from being a static asset, to become a service that provides real value to the whole community. Indeed, many in true Neville Chamberlin fashion, are waving this argument in front of their...

By Mark Keepax, 07 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Strategy.

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.

Autotask: “We have to earn everybody’s trust again – which we will do”

After CRM and business IT provider Autotask suffered a severe outage yesterday, CloudTech caught up with VP engineering Adam Stewart to get the lowdown on what happened, and what happens from here

Exclusive Late on Monday and into part of Tuesday, cloudy IT management software provider Autotask went down for English speaking customers in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa, as CloudTech reported.

The root cause, according to Autotask VP engineering Adam Stewart, was a capacity spike that brought the...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: DisasterRec, Interview, SLA.