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...
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
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...
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...
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.
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?...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
The new role for the private cloud - it's not what you think
By David Linthicum
Private cloud was popular in the early days of cloud computing when enterprises struggled with security and control issues. These days, public cloud dominates, as revealed in the recent “State of the Cloud Study” from RightScale.
The reasons for the growth of public clouds are pretty clear,...
Business technology literacy in the cloud computing era
What if you could deploy a new IT service shortly after you defined the requirements? And, just imagine the bliss, if your IT spend could directly translate into a competitive advantage. Predicting the ROI would be relatively easy. You would be the envy of your peer group.
Unfortunately, as most senior executives already know, it's never that simple.
Typically, you perform the technology assessment due diligence up-front, you place your bets based upon the most compelling guidance, and then you closely...
Four ways OpenStack improves enterprise IT
Jeremiah Dooley, Cloud Architect at SolidFire
Industry discussion around the role OpenStack can play in the enterprise remains rife - given its open source nature, it is still viewed with suspicion by a number of businesses. When taking a closer look at how the industry is using OpenStack, however, it becomes clear that there are plenty of examples to prove OpenStack can be used in an enterprise IT context. This means that now is the time to move the discussion forward, and look at how OpenStack...
A roundup of latest cloud computing online courses
Amazon Web Services, Coursera, Google, MIT Courseware and Microsoft are accelerating the depth and variety of cloud computing courses, courseware and learning materials they are freely making available online.
Over the last six months since the last Roundup Of Free Cloud Computing Online Courses, Amazon Web Services has added an additional series of free instructional videos, self-paced labs and selected...
Analysing cloud identity as a service for governments
Storage: The heart of the next generation data centre
By Jeramiah Dooley, Cloud Architect at SolidFire
Public cloud services have put huge pressures on enterprise IT to compete in a more agile way. When it can take days or even weeks for IT departments to procure and manually set-up necessary networking and storage hardware to support new applications, why wouldn’t employees turn to providers who can meet their needs within minutes?
To meet these demands, the hardware infrastructure needs to be more than fast; it needs to be...