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.

Cloudy data sovereignty in Europe (part one)

When considering cloud, the inevitable security questions arise: where are your data centres? What happens to my data? How can I ensure the decision I am making does not expose us to risk?

Blatantly ignoring cloud in today’s competitive environment is not a viable option and nor should it be. 

There are a multitude of security areas that encroach on cloud solutions, varying based on whether you adopt a public, private or hybrid cloud approach and whether you use SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS...

By Ian Moyse, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Europe, Public, Storage.

Platform for “machine data” Splunk aims to climb the value chain

By Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Solutions, Ovum

Splunk, which specializes in delivering a data platform for “machine data,” is approaching a turning point. The explosion of sensory data – part of the Big Data phenomenon – is pulling the company in different directions. With a base as the data platform for IT systems management and security programs, Splunk could expand to other forms of machine data such as smart public infrastructure.

Or, as implied by the recruitment of...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 26 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Vendors.

IT leaders prepare for the arrival of the federated cloud

The future of the cloud is federated, and when you look at the broad categories of apps moving to the cloud, the truth of this statement begins to become clear.”  ~ Ditlev Bredhal, CEO, OnApp

And the federated cloud will be coming to a city near you, allowing your team to take advantage of a globally scattered array of datacentre infrastructure that will power the next generation of gaming apps, social media, e-commerce and online publishing applications.

While

By VI, 25 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Government.

You can’t outsource the risk of cloud storage

Now that could computing has become a mainstream option for secure storage, the few who still publicly question its security are having a harder time finding an audience.

Corporate accountants and executives love any idea that saves money, and their aversion to risk dwindles each time another big company jumps on the cloud bandwagon.

And there are plenty of IT managers who are happy to pass on the responsibility of maintaining servers for data backups if the executive team is open to a different solution.

The...

By Damian Joeseph, 17 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, SLA, Storage.

How much cloud storage do you really need?

The unlimited ability to store data in the cloud is something of a dream come true for organizations that previously struggled to meet capacity requirements and keep up with fast-growing data stores, but lately, some new questions have arisen: How much cloud storage space do you really need? What data should you keep, and what should you throw away?

How can you evaluate your existing storage infrastructure to estimate your cloud storage needs? Answering 

By Rackspace, 11 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Storage.

How can accountancy adapt to the cloud?

The Journal of Accountancy reports that doing business in the cloud should cost less than doing business on-premise.   A survey of 1,000 accounting firms found that 70% of respondents increased their use of web-based applications in the cloud between 2010 and 2012, and that cloud accounting is becoming more popular.

The article suggests doing a three-year amortisation of upfront costs for an on-premise application including servers, software licenses and...

By VI, 31 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Enterprise, Security.