Cloud computing hubs will become increasingly data-centric

By Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

In 2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing, we show that cloud computing platforms are increasingly approached not just as technology delivery platforms but as ecosystem hubs for cloud service providers, consumers, and their respective channel partners. These hubs are increasingly data-centric.

Ecosystem services will make or break cloud service providers

From the start Ovum has emphasised that cloud computing platforms are not just technology delivery platforms but are also...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 21 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Trends.

Preventing data leakage: Proactive security from the cloud

In business, data is currency. It is the oil that keeps the commercial engine in motion and databases are the digital banks that store and retrieve this valuable information. And, according to IDC, data is doubling every two years. But as the overall amount of data grows, so does the amount of sensitive and regulated data. All this data...

By Cloud Security, 15 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Security.

What is the long-term future of the data centre industry?

The world is changing faster than ever. The economic centres of power are shifting:  from West to East, and from North to South.  Economic liberalisation is one driver, as is the speed at which capital moves seamlessly around the world and the general demographic trends of people moving from insular communities in the countryside to faster paced environments in towns and cities.  But the biggest driver is technology. 

Manufacturing and IT technology is moving faster than it ever...

By Roger Keenan, 08 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Economy, Forecasts.

Challenges of data privacy in the era of cloud computing

More than eight in ten companies are now using some form of cloud computing solution; proof that the benefits of the cloud are becoming more widely accepted amongst enterprises.

Moreover, positive steps are being made toward further boosting cloud services in the EU.

In September, Neelie Kroes, Europe's Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, released the paper, "

By Mark Dunleavy, 06 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Europe, Security.

Citrix provides evidence that its strategy is delivering

By Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, IT Software

At the recent Citrix Synergy conference in Barcelona, more than 4,000 delegates heard Citrix’s latest mobile and cloud-enabled-world message. The announcements in Mark Templeton’s keynote this year were based on evidence of what Citrix has, or will in the near term, deliver, and were less visionary in nature than previous announcements.

The four key announcements were: project Avalon, which will act as the cloud orchestration layer; storage zones,...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Vendors.

Why MaaS (Model as a Service) is the emerging solution for Open Data

Open Data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at the most, to the requirement for attributes and sharealikes (Open Software Service Definition – OSSD).

As a consequence, Open Data should create value and might have a positive impact in many different areas such as government (tax money expenditure), health (medical research, hospital acceptance by pathology), quality of life (air breathed in our city, pollution) or might influence public decisions like investments,...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 22 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Government, OpenSource.

The cloud pushes Microsoft into data centre hardware

By Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst, IT Infrastructure

Microsoft has announced its intention to buy StorSimple, a startup seller of enterprise storage systems, for an undisclosed price.

The move reflects Microsoft’s determination to be a cloud leader, and shows that its promise to become a “devices and services company” extends well beyond its forthcoming Surface tablet, and into data centre hardware.

StorSimple sells sophisticated midrange storage systems, which store data in public clouds,...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Hardware, M&A, Storage.

Does size really matter when it comes to the cloud?

In my experience, those tasked with making such business-critical decisions about what size cloud provider to opt for are confronted with several opinions on the matter, often from sources with their own biases on the subject.

To my knowledge, there is only one overriding advantage of a large cloud provider, namely price. Whilst companies who build bigger data centres can drive down the unit price offering cost savings to customers, flexibility in the contract is usually compromised as a result.

With large...

By Keith Bates, 11 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Consumer, Enterprise.

Interoute: Attainable SLAs and taking on AWS #AppsWorld

CloudTech caught up with Matthew Finnie, the CTO of IaaS cloud providers Interoute, who is exhibiting at Apps World.

According to Interoute CTO Matthew Finnie, a 100% service level agreement (SLA) is ‘nonsense’, although a lot depends on the sector your cloud company is trying to reach and the shape of your business model.

Interoute, who is currently exhibiting at Apps World in London, has a virtual data centre (VDC) which offers a 99.99% uptime rate and, while it doesn’t reach the magical...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, IaaS, SLA.

Cloudy data sovereignty in Europe (part two)

Part one can be found here. Part two examines the 'safe harbour' approach to cloud data, and answers the question: who's ultimately responsible for data in the cloud?

In 2000, the US Department of Commerce created the Safe Harbour framework to ensure organisations put appropriate controls in place for the protection of data when handling European and UK companies’ data that may be stored in the USA (for example an American company who may have regional offices in the UK,...

By Ian Moyse, 28 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Europe, Public, Storage.