Microsoft invests in undersea cables to connect global data centres

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Microsoft has announced a series of partnerships to invest in subsea cables and terrestrial dark fibre capacity in order to better connect their global data centres.

The partnerships are with Ireland-based subsea capacity-based network provider AquaComms and telecoms service providers Hibernia Networks and Chunghwa Telecom. David Crowley, managing director for network enablement at Azure, notes: “As people and organisations expect data and information at their fingertips,...

By James Bourne, 13 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Microsoft.

Councils have disaster recovery systems in place – but they’re not being tested

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There’s good news and bad news: councils in London do have disaster recovery (DR) systems in place; but many haven’t tested them in at least a year.

The findings from disaster recovery provider Databarracks, following a Freedom of Information (FoI)request, arrive at a time when the United Kingdom takes to the polls in the General Election. And the results represent a worrying sign, according to Databarracks managing director Peter Groucutt.

“As expected, all councils...

By James Bourne, 07 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

How cloud is disrupting the enterprise content management industry

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The significant disruption in technology today, driven by cloud, mobile, analytics and collaboration technologies, is changing the way organisations view enterprise content management (ECM), according to a report from the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM).

John Mancini, AIIM president and author of the report, described ECM as “past its prime” as a term which encompasses the revolution driven by cloud and mobile technologies. He explains: “The...

By James Bourne, 06 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

Gartner’s first DRaaS Magic Quadrant sees IBM, NTT, Sungard AS at summit

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Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), a commoditised offering whereby organisations can recover if their cloud service hits the skids, has had relatively slow uptake. Yet the trend has garnered enough ground for Gartner to put together a Magic Quadrant on it – and the analyst house has seen fit to put IBM, NTT Communications, and Sungard Availability Services at the top of the pile.

Not surprisingly, the platitudes have not been slow in forthcoming. Peter Groucutt, managing...

By James Bourne, 29 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Rackspace’s new UK data centre aims to combine efficiency with environmental change

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Rackspace has officially launched its new UK data centre in West Crawley, cutting the ribbon in front of local dignitaries, partners and a smattering of hacks.

The launch, on April 22 – not coincidentally Earth Day – offered the chance for Rackspace and its partner Digital Realty to map out its future and the importance of two key areas; the Open Compute Project – to whom the data centre design has been donated – and environmental change.

The 130,000 square...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Europe.

ARM-based servers: The next evolution of the cloud?

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The benefits of cloud computing have already been well documented, from increased productivity among employees to giving companies added capabilities to expand their business. While the benefits are certainly helpful, that doesn’t mean the innovation that drives the cloud has gone away. If anything, new innovations are propelling the cloud to new levels, and one of those breakthroughs may be the next big thing in

By Rick Delgado, 17 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.

Google Drive, Facebook and Twitter most popular business cloud apps – but are they safe?

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More than 15% of European organisations now use more than 1000 cloud apps with Google Drive, Facebook and Twitter the most popular, according to a report from Netskope.

The findings, which appear in the April 2015 Netskope Cloud Report, saw iCloud and Salesforce make the top five. Five cloud storage apps (Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive for Business, OneDrive and Dropbox) made the top 12, alongside four social apps (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn).

Of the organisations analysed in...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security, Software.

Majority of firms say they aren’t confident in responding to cloud-based data threats

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If data stored in the cloud is under threat, what would you do: fight the fire or hide under the bed and hope everything goes away? The majority of respondents in a recent survey admitted they would do the latter.

The research, commissioned by Informatica and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, found 60% of global respondents were “not confident” they had the ability to proactively respond to cloud-based data threats. 80% said not knowing if sensitive or confidential...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Location, location, location: The changing face of data centres

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One of the rare occasions that the subject of data centres has ended up in the mainstream news was fairly recently, when Facebook built a new data centre in Sweden. It was a precious moment when our industry – which despite being responsible for so much cool stuff in the world is not exactly considered to be the most glamorous to the average Joe – was seen on the likes of Gawker and the Mail Online.

Of course, the Facebook factor is a strong reason for this public...

By Ross Momtahan, 02 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

New report shows MongoDB to be leader of the NoSQL database pack

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Updated May 5: A report from United Software Associates (USAIN) has found MongoDB to be top of the pile of NoSQL database providers in benchmark testing.

The research tested three leading products – Cassandra, CouchBase and MongoDB – through Yahoo!’s cloud standard benchmark, YCSB. USAIN...

By James Bourne, 01 April 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research.