Why growing cloud commoditisation still won’t rain on the data centre’s parade

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Rackspace’s recent decision to discontinue its pure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering in favour of “managed cloud” services is further evidence that it is the cloud rather than the data centre providers most at risk of becoming commodities – as I originally predicated here back in May.

Take Rackspace’s exit from IaaS as a sign of things to come. Many...

By Nick Razey, 12 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, IaaS.

Ready or not, the mobile cloud era awaits you

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We’re nearing the end of 2014 and most smart CEOs already know their IT transformation game plan for 2015 – more digital differentiation woven into the fabric of their essential operations.

Every enterprise is now a digital business, regardless of the industry. That’s why digital service innovators are in such high demand. Meanwhile, many of the more traditional IT process-oriented jobs will diminish in importance.Are you evolving your IT support team’s roles and responsibilities, as a result these key trends?...

By David H Deans, 10 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Mobility.

Interoute opens up second virtual data centre zone in Germany

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Cloud services provider Interoute has announced it will open up a new virtual data centre (VDC) zone in Frankfurt on December 1.

The new VDC zone is the seventh to be launched in 2014, the 14th overall, and the second in Germany, alongside the zone in Berlin launched in 2012. The firm launched data centres in Milan, Hong Kong, New York, London, Slough and Madrid this year.

It’s another step towards protecting data of European customers within EU borders, and offers ultra low,...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data Centres, IaaS.

Data centres: To buy or not to buy - that is the question

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When the CIO of a company recently contacted us about data space for housing 25 racks with the possibility of growing to 80 racks, he mentioned in passing that he was thinking about building his own data centre as an alternative. “We’re not experts in data centres but it would be much cheaper than buying from you,” he added.

Well, on the face of it, he could be right assuming a build cost of £2.5m, depreciate it over 10 years and you’ve a cost of...

By Nick Razey, 06 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres.

More than three quarters of workloads will be through cloud data centres by 2018

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By 2018, 78% of workloads will be processed by cloud data centres, while annual global cloud IP traffic will reach 6.5 zettabytes (ZB).

These are the two main takeaways from Cisco’s latest Cloud Index study, which aims to show the extent of growth of global data centre and cloud-based IP traffic.

Annual global data centre IP traffic will reach 8.6 ZB by the end of 2018, up significantly from last year’s...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Research.

Beware the fat finger when it comes to cloudy data loss

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Human error is responsible for one in five data loss errors, according to the latest study from cloud provider Databarracks.

The study, the fifth annual Data Health Check report, found that employee idiocy was the third most popular reason for data going missing with 18% of the vote, behind software failure (19%) and hardware failure (21%). Interestingly, corruption and theft were responsible for 15% and 7% of the poll respectively.

Yet it’s the larger companies who continue...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Disaster Recovery.

Salesforce opens first UK data centre, more European expansion planned

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It was first announced at the Salesforce1 World Tour back in May, but now Salesforce has finally launched its first UK data centre, with France and Germany on the hit list for the future.

“It sends a signal to the market about the seriousness and the strategic nature of this market to us,” commented Salesforce chief operating officer George Hu at the time. The...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Salesforce.

EMC beefs up its stake in VCE, buys out majority of Cisco’s share

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EMC has announced it is to merge data centre biz VCE into its main organisation, buying out all but 10% of Cisco’s stake in the company.

The news comes weeks after EMC announced the buy of open cloud provider Cloudscaling, and can be seen as an advancement of the ménage a trois-esque relationship between EMC, VMware and Cisco in ownership of VCE.

The converged infrastructure (CI) provider was originally set up as a joint venture between EMC, VMware and Cisco in order...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, M&A, VMware.

IBM and SAP team up to run HANA Enterprise Cloud in major deal

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SAP and IBM have announced a major partnership with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud being delivered through IBM’s cloud.

The two firms, who have had a fruitful partner relationship for over 40 years, gives users the choice to run SAP’s HANA in-memory database across either SoftLayer, the IaaS firm acquired by IBM last year, or IBM’s cloud managed services.

Doug Clark, UK & I cloud leader at IBM, notes the previous collaborations the two companies have, with IBM already...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Vendors.