Adopt a balanced approach to private clouds

By Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Software – IT Solutions

Users are unsure of – or have very different views on – what constitutes a private cloud, which makes any survey about the subject rather meaningless.

They approach private clouds from a variety of viewpoints including bottom–up versus top–down, technology versus design, and long-term versus short-term perspectives.

Ovum does not advocate moving from a short-term, technology-centric, bottom-up approach to a long-term,...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 21 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, Private.

BSA: EU cloud uptake lower than global average

Highest number of cloud users in Romania and Greece, according to research

Research from software advocates Business Software Alliance (BSA) has inferred a surprising lack of cloud usage among European Union computer users.

The figures, surveying 4000 people, showed that across the EU, whilst 86% of respondents used cloud services for personal use, less than a third (29%) used it for business purposes.

Greece and Romania had the most...

By James Bourne, 03 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Europe, Research.

Citrix survey: Is the cloud confusing?

A survey from Wakefield Research for virtualisation experts Citrix has shown that, for consumers, many Americans are unaware of what ‘the cloud’ entails.

32% of respondents stated that cloud was “a thing of the future”, while 95% of those surveyed who thought they weren’t using the cloud actually were, for such simple tasks as online banking and social networking.

The research, which garnered responses from over 1000 American nationals, found some surprising and eye-opening...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Research.

Mind the gap – the "consumerisation of innovation"

The landscape of IT innovation is changing.

“Back in the day” (said in my gravelly old-man voice from my Barcalounger wearing my Netware red t-shirt) companies who were developing new technology solutions brought them to the enterprise and marketed them to the IT management stack.

CIOs, CTOs and IT directors were the injection point for technology acceptance into the business. Now, that injection point has been turned into a fire hose.

Think about many of the technologies we have to consider as we...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 24 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Enterprise, Trends.

Three strikes and out? Microsoft, Twitter, Google clouds suffer

It’s been a pretty heavy week for the cloud, with three major providers suffering outages of varying severity, giving us another reminder that no cloud is perfect.

Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud was down across Western Europe for approximately two and a half hours, with a flag on the Azure service dashboard stating:

“We are experiencing an availability issue in the West Europe sub-region, which impacts access to hosted services in this region. We are actively investigating this issue and...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, SLA.

Storms take Amazon cloud down – were you affected?

In the week that the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency reported worldwide cloud outages cost at least £45m over five years, the all-encompassing Amazon EC2 Cloud was down on Friday night due to heavy storms in Virginia.

From approximately 2300 EST on Friday users were unable to access various sites utilising the Amazon infrastructure cloud, including

By James Bourne, 02 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, Security.

Will People Fully Embrace Cloud Gaming?

In recent years the world of gaming has seen a shift in the way in which games are played and therefore the way they need to be developed. In 2002 Xbox released the Xbox Live system, allowing gamers all around the world to connect via the internet and play games together. Since then all of the...

By VI, 21 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, Trends.

Cloud Backup Or Sync?

Whether your data is stored in the cloud, on your desktop or on your server, you should be backing it up at least daily.

There are a myriad of backup options available on the desktop, from Windows NT Backup to Symantec and other more advanced options.

Some are mirror image backups, some are file by file. As well as backing up we should also be testing our restore processes to make sure our...

By Nathan Elcoate, 14 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Consumer, Security.

Gartner predicts the personal cloud will quickly eclipse the PC

A report from Gartner has indicated that the personal cloud will overshadow the PC as the main element of consumers’ digital lives by 2014.

The IT analysts claim the rapid growth in the usage of apps has led to this verdict, meaning a sea-change in how consumers stream, share and synchronise content providing more flexibility, user satisfaction and productivity with the...

By James Bourne, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Forecasts, PaaS, Public.