Gartner predicts the death of the traditional sourcing model by 2015

Gartner’s been gazing at its crystal ball again, and has forecast that service-led solutions – software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and so forth – will displace more traditional sourcing methods by 2015.

The analyst house stresses that IT companies need to “bridge legacy offerings and new services”, again pointing a future to the cloud for service providers.

And cloud services appear to be growing at a much quicker rate...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Forecasts, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

Retail: The next industry to be disrupted by the cloud?

I watched with interest recently an interview with NetSuite CEO, Zach Nelson on Bloomberg TV. During the interview Nelson stated his belief that retail wasn’t dead and that Apple had shown the way to all retailers with regards customer experience. Nelson also stated that in his mind, retail would be the next industry to be “disrupted by the cloud”.

In this blog I will examine some of the...

By Euan Harris, 27 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Industry, Mobility.

Firewalls in the cloud era: They improve the cloud and the cloud improves them

Firewalls will always be required as they are the sole devices that analyse and control communication of data and applications.

Firewall technology ensures networks are running the way we want them to.  As a result I came to the conclusion that the question is not ‘will on-premise firewalls disappear’, but ‘how will firewalls be influenced by cloud technologies?’.

In order to address this we have to look at some of the history.

Enter Unified Threat Management

10 years ago the...

By Wieland Alge, 13 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Security.

Choosing the right content delivery network

By Sharon Florentine

Sharon Florentine is a freelance writer who covers everything from data center technology to holistic veterinary care and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

Welcome to Generation Now. Today’s users want information in an instant. Make them wait more than a second or two for your webpage to load and they’ll surf over to the first competitor who feeds their demand for instant gratification.

Using a Content Delivery Network or Content Distribution...

By Rackspace, 05 February 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, SLA.

Can insurance companies risk ignoring the cloud?

Since joining Bluewolf, I have been blown away by the expansive success we have had transforming businesses - including those competing in the most commoditised and regulated environments. Until recently, I’d spent my entire career in the insurance industry - an industry that is highly regulated, fairly traditional and generally slow to adapt to technology. The evidence shows that insurance companies that don’t leverage cloud technology to create unique customer experiences are at high risk of getting left behind.

Insurers tend to depend on core legacy system applications due to compliance...

By Bluewolf, 14 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Industry.

Contractors would do well to use the cloud

Building contractors were told this week that cloud computing could make a huge difference to the construction industry, especially when it comes to project management. Autodesk, which develops some of the most influential design software such as...

By VI, 10 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Migration.

Going global: Implementing the cloud without borders

Any move to the cloud requires a transformational way of thinking. With a global enterprise, this shift requires unique preparations and considerations.

Not only do standard challenges (i.e. alignment, business process, and change management) become increasingly complex as you add geographies and cultural differences to a project, but compliance and data quality concerns further complicate matters and require a detailed and methodical approach.

Over the past 12 years, Bluewolf has worked across every major timezone and global currency to deliver on the promise of the cloud.

We know that when it comes to a global cloud deployment, there should not be a “one size fits all” approach.

Laying the right foundation:

Before getting started, companies should reflect on...

By Bluewolf, 20 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Migration.

Is there still a place for the virtual tape library?

Today, a great number of different storage mediums exist whose purpose is to retain information in some manner. One of the oldest data storage mediums, the tape, is a linear storage system that still has great application with today’s revisions to this long standing technology.

Implementing tape storage within virtual storage infrastructure can be a great asset to a backup and recovery solution for many industries.

The tape storage system sequentially stores data on drives that utilise a magnet tape as a...

By Deney Dentel, 04 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, Storage.

Dating site dumps Amazon EC2: “100% uptime a required SLA”

The storm which accounted for Amazon’s cloud outage over the weekend has resulted in one company ditching the AWS system over fears of further unavailability.

From 2300 EST on June 30 users of several high profile sites such as Pinterest, Netflix and Instagram were unable to access content, with AWS “investigating connectivity issues”. The issue was resolved by 0054 EST on June 31 but updates on power restoration appeared...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Economy, Industry, Migration, SLA.

Nine specifications for a Cloud Computer: A call to action

What is cloud computing? We recently asked a number of people in our industry, and got back a range of interesting, and sometimes self-referential, responses. According to our respondents, cloud computing means anything from a single-tenant, multi-user application cloud (also known as software-as-a-service or “Saas”) to multi-tenant, general purpose, on-demand clouds (sometimes called platform-as-a-service or “PaaS”).

I think the world of computing, generally, is moving away from a...

By Steve Tuck, 22 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Vendors, Virtualisation.