The case for block-level cloud storage

Before block storage in the cloud, when businesses needed to provision large amounts of storage – for server data, for example – they’d need to requisition and pay for huge server instances, even if the capacity and compute power far exceeded their needs. 

Organizations now buy storage in "blocks" to exactly fit their needs, regardless of the size of their cloud server. The old way, when after you bought a server you would need to upgrade...

By Rackspace, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Storage.

The important questions around uptime guarantees

Some manufacturers recently have made an impact with a “five nines” uptime guarantee, so I thought I’d provide some perspective. Most recently, I’ve come in contact with Hitachi’s guarantee. I quickly checked with a few other manufacturers (e.g. Dell EqualLogic) to see if they offer that guarantee for their storage arrays, and many do…but realistically, no one can guarantee uptime because “uptime” really needs to be measured from the host or application perspective. Read below for...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, SLA.

Australia launches national cloud computing strategy

Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector TechnologyThe Australian government has finally embraced cloud services as a critical element of the digital economy by releasing a National Cloud Computing Strategy. While not quite “cloud first”, the strategy creates an explicit requirement for agencies to consider cloud services for new ICT procurements, test and development activity, and to migrate existing websites to cloud services at natural refresh points. When combined with a range of other measures, this...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Government.

How much data is generated in one minute? [infographic]

By Christine HeckartWe’ve all heard and understand big data issues: volume, velocity, and variety. But when breaking it down into simple terms, how much data do you think is generated every minute across common platforms? The answers may shock you. Just remember when reading through that all of these transactions occur in one minute, every day.

(Thanks to Domo for the infographic!)

By Source Talk, 30 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Enterprise, Infographic.

Latest cloud computing report shows benefits exceed expectations

A report from CA Technologies, entitled ‘Cloud Succeeds. Now What?’ has revealed that, for many companies polled, their cloud solutions have been more successful than they were expecting.

The train of thought here, of course, has to wonder what those expectations were, especially in a week where service level agreements (SLAs) are at the forefront following 100% SLA provider Mimecast’s outage.

Yet for companies experienced with...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Research, Security.

Effective cloud operations will make or break your initiative’s success

CIOs, engaged in cloud initiatives, have identified one of their top goals - a need for a cloud strategy. The reason; cloud initiatives not only directly impact technology but the effect extends significantly to business processes and organisational resources. A strategy that aligns process, technology and business service delivery is critical to the future returns on the initiative.

During the course of IT’s mere fifty years of evolving operational models nothing has accelerated, and to varying degrees disrupted the norms...

By BMC Communities, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, CIO, Enterprise, SaaS .

BI bites into a bigger slice of Oracle’s Red Stack

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management

Oracle recently held its third annual Industry Analyst World conference at its Redwood Shores headquarters, and it came as no surprise to Ovum that business analytics featured as one of six major track themes (aligning nicely with our Big Data and Analytics Super Theme for 2013). Oracle’s business intelligence (BI) and enterprise performance (EPM) portfolio is undoubtedly impressive in both breadth and depth. Having spent much time and effort rationalizing and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics.

The growth of cloud block storage: Building blocks in the cloud

The Growth of Cloud Block Storage: Building Blocks in the Cloud

By Sue Poremba

Sue Poremba is a freelance writer focusing primarily on security and technology issues and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

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...

By Rackspace, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, 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.