HP tops IDC cloud infrastructure market rankings, ahead of Dell and Cisco

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IDC’s ranking of cloud infrastructure providers is in: HP has hit the top of the charts, with Dell and Cisco making up the top three.

The findings, which arrive in the analyst house’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, cover storage, server and Ethernet switch and show HP’s revenue growing 37.4% between 1Q14 and 1Q15, and market share at 15.7% for total 1Q15 revenues of $985 million. Dell, in second, has first quarter revenues of $745m, a market...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Public.

Cloud providers aren’t sharing their metadata – and it leads to bad trust with customers

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The verdict on cloud vendors has come in from a new research study by Forrester: must do better in assuaging compliance fears, building support issues, and making customers feel wanted.

The survey, of 275 IT decision makers in the United States, United Kingdom and Singapore, revealed some eye-opening findings. 39% of UK respondents agreed with the statement “my cloud provider doesn’t know me or my company”. One in three argued “my provider charges me for every...

By James Bourne, 30 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Vendors.

Even bigger data: Getting the most out of your implementation

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By David Belanger, Senior Research Fellow in the Business Intelligence and Analysis Program at Stevens Institute of Technology and co-leader of the IEEE Big Data Initiative

Over the last week or so, I’ve had the opportunity to view a collection of talks and articles about new network technologies related to how data is gathered, moved, and distributed. A common element in all of these discussions is the presence of big data. 

New network technology is often the driver on...

By Dr. David Belanger, 26 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, OpenSource.

How EU legislation impacts data processing in the cloud

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Last week, the European Union agreed on proposed Data Protection Regulations that potentially impact all organisations that either use or process the personal data of EU citizens. There will now be further consultations before these become statute, but for the first time these will be regulations, rather than directives; which mean that individual EU member states will have little room for interpretation in how they are applied. 

This has implications for IT service providers, SaaS...

By Sean McAvan, 18 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, SaaS , Software.

Microsoft and HP top data centre infrastructure market, claims research

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Over the last four quarters, spend on data centre infrastructure hit $114 billion – and Microsoft and Hewlett Packard are the vendors at the top of the tree.

That’s the verdict from industry analysts Synergy Research. Microsoft is particularly dominant in the software market, with 72% of share compared to VMware on 17%. Yet that comprises less than a quarter (23%) of the overall data centre infrastructure market.

On the hardware side, HP (19%) is the largest vendor, followed...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Is your data centre prepared to withstand a natural disaster?

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Research from Zenium Technology Partners has found that one in two organisations are not operating a data centre that could continue to function after a natural disaster.

The report, entitled ‘Managing Growth, Risk and the Cloud’, found that half of companies polled has experienced disruption with their data centre due to Mother Nature, with respondents experiencing five incidents in total on average. Despite this, 45% of those polled insisted their data centre was flood...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

IBM SoftLayer opens up Italian data centre, fuelling demand for local cloud services

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IBM has opened up its first cloud data centre in Cornaredo, a municipality in Milan, strengthening its European empire.

The data centre, which runs on SoftLayer infrastructure, allows customers to more easily manage, run and store data through less latency and stronger data sovereignty.

The move follows previous openings in the UK, Germany and France. The...

By James Bourne, 16 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Melting the big data avalanche through copy data virtualisation

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The volume of data within companies is growing day by day due to new data - most of which comes from the uncontrolled proliferation of data copies. This avalanche of data is a great challenge for businesses having to manage it efficiently and securely. So, where does this copy data come from?

Copy data is redundantly generated copies of production data for purposes such as...

By Ash Ashutosh, 15 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Virtualisation.

CIO survey reveals importance of mainframe – but also the skills gap with it

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IBM celebrated the 50th anniversary of the mainframe last year – and new research from Compuware reveals the technology is still as important as ever for CIOs.

The research, which polled 350 enterprise CIOs, found almost nine in 10 (88%) see the mainframe as a “key business asset over the next decade”, while a similar number (89%) see mainframe code as “valuable corporate intellectual property” and four in five (78%) believe it is a “key enabler of...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Infrastructure.

How vendors are building data centres to protect customers and how this affects compliance

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European service providers are currently busy with the creation of multiple data centres, yet in an effort to ensure customers are able to access their data in the locations they are looking for many are being left at risk of having to return to manual provisioning. This is a pitfall providers need to avoid and, to do so, will need to consider how they can offer self-service to their customers, with the choice of data location built-in.

Offering a choice of VM template, but no choice as...

By Ian Finlay, 11 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.