IBM looks to Canada for latest expansion, installs SoftLayer data centre

Another day, another snippet of news from IBM in its latest push for cloudy world domination: Big Blue has announced expansion plans for Canada, including a SoftLayer data centre in Toronto.

SoftLayer chose Toronto not just for its size – it’s the fourth largest city in North America – but its proximity to the tech community in Canada, as well as a litany of companies who are using the IaaS provider.

A glut of Canadian startups, including Mnubo, Epilogger and Maegan, have signed up for the...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, IaaS.

Opinion: The inverted pyramid of IT infrastructure

Picture credit: "Louvre invert pyramid", by "YoNoSoyTu", used under CC BY / Modified from original

If we ever lose a bid for a data centre contract, it is for one of two reasons.

Either the customer insists on being close to London and is happy to pay the premium for doing so, or the customer is obsessed by paying the lowest possible price and will accept any quality of data centre service to achieve...

By Nick Razey, 13 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Storage: The heart of the next generation data centre

By Jeramiah Dooley, Cloud Architect at SolidFire

Public cloud services have put huge pressures on enterprise IT to compete in a more agile way. When it can take days or even weeks for IT departments to procure and manually set-up necessary networking and storage hardware to support new applications, why wouldn’t employees turn to providers who can meet their needs within minutes?

To meet these demands, the hardware infrastructure needs to be more than fast; it needs to be...

By Jeremiah Dooley, 01 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Storage, Virtualisation.

VMware opens up second UK data centre, sees customer demand

Virtualisation bod VMware has opened up a second UK data centre, with a new site in Chessington, London, adding to the current data centre in Slough.

The move is evidently designed to represent UK and EMEA customers who want quicker access to their data, and comes a few months after VMware launched its hybrid disaster recovery service (vCHS), which provides a continuously available recovery platform if a data centre goes down.

Gavin Jackson, general manager and VP cloud services EMEA, said: “Our...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, VMware.

Why physical security is essential to combating the ever present and growing threat to data centres

Although recognised as important, the absolute criticality of the data centre is often underestimated and this is possibly due to its relative cost in comparison to other elements of the IT stack. While a rack footprint might cost £10K pa, the hardware might cost over £50K and the managed service £100K.

However, if the data centre fails the lost business can reach millions of pounds per day. So, while the data centre is considered the least important element when it is working, it...

By Nick Razey, 22 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Disaster Recovery.

A roundup of analytics, big data and business intelligence forecasts and estimates 2014

From manufacturers looking to gain greater insights into streamlining production, reducing time-to-market and increasing product quality to financial services firms seeking to upsell clients, analytics is now essential for any business looking to stay competitive.  Marketing is going through its own transformation, away from traditional tactics to analytics- and data-driven strategies that deliver measurable results.

Analytics and the insights they deliver are changing competitive...

By Louis Columbus, 10 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Research.

TwinStrata gets snapped up by EMC as part of VMAX product shift

Cloud-integrated storage provider TwinStrata has been acquired by cloudy giant EMC as part of a shift of its VMAX product to more agile enterprise storage.

The full product name is VMAX³ Family, which claims to be a hugely powerful system compared to the previous iterations. VMAX³ offers up to three times faster performance and half the total cost of ownership when stood next to the previous generation product.

According to EMC, the new portfolio aims to offer greater simplicity and agility while...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, M&A, Storage.

Assessing the balance of power for data centre operators

Achieving the lowest possible power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating should not be the only objective of a data centre operator. After all, the most energy efficient data centre is one which has lost all power! Furthermore there is a considerable grey area around the method of PUE calculation.

Effectively consolidating space and power constrained legacy data centres into more energy efficient ‘PUE-friendly’ environments ultimately requires their migration into modern facilities. These can offer...

By Nick Razey, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Vendors, Virtualisation.

SoftLayer launches London data centre, has Europe in its sights

IBM has announced a new UK data centre from SoftLayer will launch later this month – with France and Germany also in the IaaS provider’s sights for this year.

The new data centre will complement SoftLayer’s existing Amsterdam offering, as well as the Point of Presence London network. The move comes just a month after Salesforce launched their own London data centre.

IBM describes London as a key cloud market,...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, IaaS.

Couchbase secures $60m in funding, toots own horn with benchmark figures

It’s been a pretty good couple of weeks for Couchbase. Not only has the NoSQL database provider rounded up $60 million (£35.2m) in series E funding, but has also released benchmark figures which significantly outperform the competition, including MongoDB and DataStax.

The latest round of funding featured two new investors, WestSummit and Accel Growth Fund, along with existing venture capital investors, to bring overall figures to $115m (£67.6m).

It’s not often that companies get to the...

By James Bourne, 30 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers.