Gaining elastic visibility into your clouds – without the strain

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How do you see what isn’t physically there?  It is emerging as a major problem facing enterprises, as cloud increasingly becomes the new normal.

On-premise networks and physical data centres are disappearing fast, with core business applications and processes being migrated to cloud architectures. The latest Cisco Global Cloud Index states that by 2020, 92% of workloads will be processed in...

By Jeff Harris, 23 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Scalability, Virtualisation.

Why cloud services spending will exceed $174bn in 2014

The CEOs of leading companies are already striving to create an agile business model - one that responds quickly to competitive pressures and shifting market demands. Commercial agility often requires a corresponding accelerated business technology deployment. Meaning, the IT requirement is for applications to be provisioned in hours - not weeks or months.That's a tall order for many corporate IT departments. Regardless, it must be done. More often than not, it's accomplished via a cloud services-based...

By David H Deans, 08 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Industry, Research, Scalability.

Thames flooding flushes out flawed thinking on London data centre location

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 building of a new one should the current one...

By Nick Razey, 28 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, PublicSector, Scalability, Storage.

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...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, IaaS, Public, Scalability.

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...

By 2X Software, 24 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Private, Scalability.

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...

By Phil Turner, 19 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, SaaS , Scalability.

Genesys accelerates cloud strategy with new Platform On Demand offering

Aphrodite Brinsmead, Senior Analyst, Customer Experience and Interaction

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...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumer, PaaS, Scalability.

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...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Developers, Enterprise, Scalability.

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...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Hardware, Infrastructure, OpenSource, PaaS, Scalability.

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)...

By BMC Communities, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Scalability, Storage.

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...

By Richard Heitmann, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Consumer, Scalability.

5 reasons VPNs suck in the cloud

VPNs-Suck-in-the-Cloud-LargeIf you’ve been around the block a few times, you’re probably wondering why the title of this post isn’t, 50 Reasons VPNs Suck in the Cloud. VPNs have long been the bane of both administrators and users (and lets not forget, support). They’re clunky, complex, and costly, and the same is true when they’re deployed to secure cloud access. Today, VPNs are increasingly used to connect to cloud computing resources. Either by...

By Dome9, 15 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Scalability, Security.

What are the top five cloud features every exec should know?

By Sharon Florentine

You don’t have to be an IT expert to grasp that the cloud translates to cost savings and operational efficiencies. But knowing the key cloud attributes can make selling a migration to the cloud an easy business decision to make. 

Cohesive Flexible Technologies (CohesiveFT), an enterprise application-to-cloud migration services company, has 

By Rackspace, 04 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Scalability, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Gartner: cloud makes the IT world go round

Cloud, social, mobile and information are the new ‘Nexus of Forces’ with cloud at the apparent epicentre

The convergence of four IT forces – cloud, social, mobile and information – has formed what analyst house Gartner has described as a new “Nexus of Forces” which will become the paradigm for the future of IT.

The research firm predicts that while the four ‘forces’ are currently disruptive as they are, combined they will tear up old enterprise IT models.

Cloud...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Forecasts, Scalability, Vendors.

Companies gaining more trust in the cloud, says survey

The annual North Bridge Venture Partners survey into cloud computing trends has revealed that more and more companies are starting to get their heads around cloud as a concept, among other findings.

The survey, entitled ‘2012 Future of Cloud Computing’, utilised supporting evidence from major players such as VMWare and Microsoft and is in collaboration with the 451 Group.

Now in its second year, the survey also noted that whilst software-as-a-service (SaaS) is still the leading service used,

By James Bourne, 21 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts, SaaS , Scalability.

Cloud-Oriented Architecture and the Internet of Things

Quick quiz for all you Cloud aficionados out there: what’s missing from the NIST definition of Cloud Computing? To make this challenge easy for you, here’s the definition: “Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management...

By ZapThink, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, Infrastructure, Scalability, Storage.

Enterprise Cloud Computing and The Services Led Organization

Charge! That’s the rallying cry not of your IT on the way to the Cloud, but your business units as they use their corporate American Express (AMEX) cards to buy Cloud services. The Cloud, like the Internet before it, it seems deceptively easy.

Back then, it was just connect. Done. Today, it’s just subscribe. Done. The illusion is powerful and seductive, isn’t it?

As a C-level executive, you know better though. Being the CEO, CIO, or other senior executive responsible for running a global business with more than 10,000+...

By Ray DePena, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise, Industry, SaaS , Scalability, Virtualisation.