G-Cloud iii drums home the need to keep data local
The UK Cabinet Office's third iteration of the G-Cloud framework not only added an extra 368 suppliers to its CloudStore, but it raised a few eyebrows over the exclusion of one notable bidder - Amazon. The company made no secret of its desire for includsion during the G-Cloud's second iteration, touting that it was looking to get involved with the G-Cloud in the future, but what's happened since then?
Google plays its IaaS hand with Compute Engine general release
Among the hive of activity at Google I/O, one of the search giant’s more interesting announcements has come in the form of Google Compute Engine (GCE), giving developers increased access to Google infrastructure. Google’s latest push is a further move into the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space, and culminates in the Silicon Valley company finding itself jockeying for position in a three horse race alongside Amazon and Microsoft.
"Disruption redefined" - why business is ready for the CDO
We are beginning to see the emergence of a new member of the board: the chief disruption officer (CDO), who can act as a channel and a focus for bold approaches to strategic decision-making. Technologies like big data and software-defined networking are paving a way for positive disruption in the sense that they force organisations to evaluate new business models and new routes to market. Andrew Carr, CEO for UK & Ireland at Bull discusses how these individuals are driving adoption of a new wave of technologies to improve business performance.
Cloud doesn’t instantly equal increased organisation, says survey
You’ve adopted the cloud, got a high level of storage and moved a lot of apps in – but you’re still not getting as much work done as you thought. That’s the alarming case with more than half of respondents to an Oracle-conducted survey entitled ‘Cloud for Business Managers: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’.
Mimecast server goes down, putting 100% SLA in tatters
Email management provider Mimecast has experienced a UK-based outage due to a hardware network failure today, with customers being temporarily unable to send or receive emails. Yet the outage itself does not explain the full story. Mimecast, for better or worse, promises a 100% uptime service level agreement (SLA) – which now is torn to shreds after today’s unfortunate difficulties.
What is the future of the public cloud?
Jonathan Birch, EMEA Practice Head for Infrastructure and Architecture at NTT DATA disucsses whether there really is a future for the public cloud, or not.
PaaS market to hit $6.5bn by 2016, says new report
The platform as a service (PaaS) market is expected to reach $6.45bn by 2016 and grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 50%, with application infrastructure and middleware PaaS expected to grow the fastest. That’s the big takeaway from analysts TechNavio, having published a report entitled Global Platform as a Service Market 2012-2016.
Clearing away all the cloud hype in 2013
The bulk of hype around cloud computing could - and should - be gone by the end of 2013, thanks to a steady maturation of the underlying technology and more sophisticated IT use
Companies spending less on office space thanks to cloud
The overlap between cloud computing and enterprise mobility is becoming ever more pronounced. And according to a new survey from Rackspace Hosting, the proliferation of cloud computing, and mobilising workforces means that companies are likely to spend far less on office space.
The growth of cloud block storage: Building blocks in the cloud
Cloud block storage is a new way of thinking about how you store files and organise content. It allows you to abstract your infrastructure away from the implementation details specifying what hardware and operating system you need to manage to host the files your applications and organisation use.