How to lead the way for new data center technology

By Patrick Burke

The networking layer of the data center may be the next segment of IT to undergo some disruption, putting it on par with servers and storage, which have seen major changes with the help of cloud computing, virtualisation and other trends designed to improve efficiency and performance.

Software-defined networking, or SDN, has been around for several years now and is utilized by such big-name players as Rackspace.

But the technology is poised to gain more of a foothold in...

By Rackspace, 22 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Virtualisation.

Does copyright law spell trouble for the cloud?

A recent report from the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has questioned whether current copyright legislation in the country is stunting the growth of cloud computing.

The ALRC particularly mused whether any modifications to the current law should contain exemptions for cloud services or not.

Kim Weatherall, legal academic, was cited in the report stating a belief that technology-specific exemptions could impede cloud services further.

The report, entitled “Copyright and the Digital...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Research.

Oracle Exalogic 2.0 adds cloud management feature

By Tony Baer, Prinicpal Analyst, Ovum Enterprise Solutions

Summary

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0 (“Exalogic”) adds features that will make the system better suited for its role as a cloud deployment target. It adds server virtualisation capabilities that accelerate provisioning and deliver the expected elasticity.

A new lightweight virtualisation engine optimised for Oracle workloads improves application performance. This comes atop incremental enhancements to existing features such as Oracle...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, Migration, Virtualisation.

Ponemon study: trends with transferring data to the cloud

A new report from Ponemon Institute has shown that 82% of companies have already transferred, or plan to transfer confidential data into the cloud.

The report, entitled ‘Encryption in the Cloud’ and sponsored by security experts Thales, aims to examine current trends and perceptions with storing sensitive information in the cloud.

Broken down, the survey of over 4000 IT professionals across five continents revealed that 49% of respondents had already overseen a transfer of data to the cloud; 33%...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Migration, Storage.

For VMware and Nicira, software trumps hardware

By David Krozier, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure Practice

On July 23 VMware, the server virtualisation powerhouse, agreed to acquire software-defined networking pioneer Nicira for $1.26bn; both parties expect the transaction to close in 2012.

VMware, a subsidiary of EMC, expects the acquisition to advance its progress towards programmatic control of virtualised compute, storage, and network resources – what it calls software-defined data centres.

Although Nicira’s current annual...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 31 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, M&A, Virtualisation, VMware.

Pros and cons of consolidating data into one cloud

By Sue Poremba

The cloud business has grown and matured over the past years to levels that were unimaginable at its inception. Modern cloud providers have data centers spread across the world, or at least in key regions. This allows them to offer high-speed access to data in the cloud regardless of region and also helps them keep data duplicates on different continents.

This proliferation of the cloud has also meant the availability of free or inexpensive 

By Rackspace, 16 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Storage.

What IT departments need to do to prepare for cloud adoption

Cloud computing continues to gain acceptance amongst enterprises and as a result, software vendors are working hard to meet the need.

Specifically, enterprise IT has had to address the challenges concerning security, integration with internal applications, performance, and reliability of the cloud.

With the combination of maturing platforms, generational and cultural shifts, and compelling economics, cloud-based solutions are fast becoming the undeniable choice for nearly all future non-core technology...

By Paul French, 11 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Enterprise.

Oracle Cloud is finally brought out but is the criticism fair?

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has been on the warpath for most of this week after announcing the data giant’s move to the cloud, in what was modestly described in the press releases as “the most comprehensive cloud on the planet Earth”.

Oracle Cloud had according to Ellison been seven years in the making, which perhaps explains its comprehensive nature, but the credentials sound pretty good at face...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, PaaS, Public, SaaS .