Why cloud should be part of your business mobilisation

A survey of mobile enterprise app developers has found that a significant percentage plan to integrate some kind of cloud service into their apps in the near future.

Mobile platform company Appcelerator’s quarterly survey of its developers, carried out by IDC, found that 83% of devs will utilise cloud services and also intend to use a cloud solution for the back end of their apps.

The numbers are roughly in line with a similar...

By Matt Henkes, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Developers, Enterprise, Mobility, Trends.

Hi-Tech Cloud hub to be part of #London2012 Olympic legacy

Cloud computing will be a part of the 2012 Olympic legacy when the dedicated media centre is turned into a London City cloud hub following the games.

The £295m ($461m) Main Press Centre and International Broadcasting Centre at the Olympic Park in East London contains over 31,000 square metres of office space and includes a number of hi-tech facilities such as 1,300 internet ports with fibre optic cabling.

The highly connected building is in close proximity to the key business district of Canary...

By Matt Henkes, 18 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Megaupload founder offers to fly to US to face piracy charges

Kim Dotcom has offered to travel to the US of his own volition to face charges over alleged copyright infringements related to the Megaupload cloud storage service he founded.

Under house arrest in Christchurch, New Zealand since February, the German national, who has previously opposed extradition attempts made by US prosecutors, offered terms to the Department of Justice over Twitter.

"Hey DOJ (Department of Justice), we will go to the US. No need for...

By Matt Henkes, 11 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Storage.

Megaupload case gathers steam as warrants deemed invalid

The US case against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is looking shakier by the day, following news that warrants used to raid his New Zealand home were invalid.

On Thursday New Zealand High Court Judge Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled that the warrants used in January “did not adequately describe the offences to which they related”. Many of Dotcom’s substantial assets were frozen, and property seized including a 20 luxury vehicles, works of art and computers.

Moves by the FBI to copy data from...

By Matt Henkes, 28 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Storage, Vendors.

Is Google about to launch a new IaaS service?

With Google’s developer conference due to kick off this week, rumours are afoot that the internet giant is preparing to announce the launch of an expanded batch of cloud services.

Google I/O opens on Wednesday in San Francisco, and a number of leading industry commentators have reported that the company will announce a new IaaS offering, in addition to its existing App Engine and Google Cloud Storage facilities.

On Friday

By Matt Henkes, 25 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Public, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Where to allocate resources in the cybercrime war

The cost of protecting ourselves against cybercrime can far outweigh the cost of the threat itself, according to a new study led by computer scientists at The University of Cambridge.

At the behest of the UK Ministry of Defence, the research team compiled the first estimate of direct, indirect and defence costs of different types of cybercrime.

The report’s authors, which included experts from Cambridge University, working with colleagues in Germany, the Netherlands, the USA and UK, concluded that...

By Matt Henkes, 18 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Industry, Regulation, Security.

The cloud security question: Benefit or barrier?

Despite perceptions to the contrary, small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) are benefiting from increased IT data security as a result of a move to cloud computing, according to new research from comscore and Microsoft.

The results of the research, carried out among SMBs in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and the US, oppose the perception of security as the Achilles heel of the cloud argument.

The study shows that 35% of U.S. companies surveyed had experienced noticeably higher levels of security since...

By Matt Henkes, 15 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Security.

Why don't employees embrace enterprise mobility projects?

Workforce engagement with enterprise mobility solutions is critical if the projects are to deliver the efficiency and productivity intended, but new research suggests many companies are failing to consider the factors that affect employee buy-in when implementing these systems.

Research firm Vanson Bourne discovered and alarming trend when it polled 1000 IT and business decision makers on their mobilisation strategies. It found that while 42% of businesses claimed to be actively developing a mobile app for...

By Matt Henkes, 18 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Mobility.

Dell continues cloud alignment with Wyse acquisition

Dell has finalised a deal to acquire a leader in thin client cloud solutions Wyse Technology, in a move that is being seen as a clear development of the computing giant’s strategic shift to end-to-end enterprise solutions provider.

The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, is one of a number of acquisitions Dell has made in recent weeks, and benefits both firms, opening Wyse up to Dell’s vast customer base, and enabling Dell to expand its enterprise desktop virtualisation functionality.


By Matt Henkes, 04 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Industry, M&A, Virtualisation.

Data breach costs fall despite increased security challenges

The average cost of a serious IT security breach has fallen over the past two years, despite an increase in their frequency and severity, a new report has claimed.

For the first time in seven years the average cost of a breach has decreased, from $7.2m in 2010 to $5.5m last year. Also, the cost per compromised record fell by 10% to $194, the lowest since 2007.

The Ponemon Institute’s research, carried out on behalf of security specialist Symantec, also revealed that negligent employees are still the...

By Matt Henkes, 21 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security.

Cloud investment will create 14 million jobs worldwide

Spending on public and private cloud services is predicted to generate almost 14 million jobs worldwide between 2011 and 2015, according to a new report from IDC.

The study, carried out in association with Microsoft, predicted that around half of these new positions would be created in China and India.

More than one-third of cloud-enabled jobs will occur in the communications and media, banking, and discrete manufacturing...

By Matt Henkes, 06 March 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Infographic, Trends.

Cloud will change business, says Google's Schmidt #mwc12

It’s no longer in doubt that Cloud Computing will be transformative for business, with access to high powered applications in the cloud for everything from accounting to design enabling businesses to grow faster and be more successful.

This was one of the messages from Google chairman Eric Schmidt in his keynote address to a packed

By Matt Henkes, 29 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Industry, Trends.

Mobile operators could become cloud providers? #MWC12

Mobile operators possess all the necessary skills to offer their customers cloud services, according to the CEO of Telecom Italia Franco Bernabe, speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

The cloud presented interesting opportunities to the main mobile players, as they already possessed many of the attributes necessary to make a splash in the market.

"Mobile providers have the assets, the local knowledge... the footprint needed to...

By Matt Henkes, 28 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Mobility.

UK government opens CloudStore procurement system

Small technology suppliers are among 258 firms included in the UK government’s new CloudStore, a system designed to make the process of selecting software services simpler and, crucially cheaper for public sector procurement officers.

 The online catalogue of services represents the first wave of the UK’s £60m ‘G-Cloud’ framework, and allows public sector IT departments to choose from around 1700 online ‘pay-as-you-go’ services.

For smaller providers, the system...

By Matt Henkes, 20 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, PublicSector, SaaS .

Should cloud storage firms be sweating over Megaupload?

With Kim Dotcom, founder of the Megaupload website still languishing in custody in New Zealand after his bail hearing was postponed, the plight of the group detained over the US government indictment of the site raises uncomfortable questions for cloud storage service providers everywhere.  

Seven men have been arrested, while a further three are still being sought by authorities in connection with the site, which is alleged to have generated over $175m in a few years through copying and distributing...

By Matt Henkes, 23 January 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Regulation, Storage.

Microsoft addresses privacy concerns on both sides of the Atlantic

Microsoft has made its Office 365 cloud-based service more attractive to US and European customers concerned with legal issues around data sovereignty.

The company has added support for the European Commission’s “Model Clauses”, which regulate how personal data is stored even when the physical location of the data storage lays beyond the borders of the European Economic Area.

Model clauses, introduced in 2010, assure customers that appropriate steps have been taken to help safeguard personal...

By Matt Henkes, 15 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Regulation, Security, Storage.

Industrialised cloud 'cannibalising' the outsourcing industry

Low cost business IT cloud solutions are cannibalising the IT outsourcing market, and by 2015 will have sliced around 15% from the earnings of the top outsourcing players, according to a new analyst forecast.

Gartner predicted that Industrialised Low-Cost IT Services (ILCS) was effecting the perceptions of the value of IT.

Similar to what happened with the adoption of offshore delivery, it will be incumbent upon vendors to invest in and adopt a new cloud-based, industrialized services strategy either directly...

By Matt Henkes, 06 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Industry, Research.

Where now for HP's Cloud strategy?

Computing giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has reported a staggering dive in Q4 profits of 91% following a tough year that saw the manufacturer sack its CEO, then ditch its WebOS business in favour of a focus on software and cloud computing infrastructure.

But with a number of key decisions reversed, dropped and discontinued, one could be forgiven for doubting the firm’s stated direction. So where does the world’s largest technology company see itself heading now after a most confusing twelve months?

In what was a...

By Matt Henkes, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Hardware, Industry, M&A.

Inadequate IT security creates 'perfect storm for hackers'

Fears around new technologies like cloud computing, smartphones and virtualisation are central to the security concerns of many IT departments, while pressure to improve business productivity and a lack of collaboration with different business divisions is leaving enterprise IT open to increased security risks, according to a new report.

The annual ‘State of Endpoint’ study, carried out by the Poneman Institute for endpoint management and security specialist Lumension, found that the...

By Matt Henkes, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry, Research, Security, Virtualisation.