A CDO’s guide to data warehouse automation: Why it is needed and how to succeed with data

The four “Vs” of data are well known – volume, velocity, variety and veracity. However, data warehousing infrastructure in many organisations is no longer equipped to handle these. The fifth elusive “V” – value – is even more evasive. Meeting these challenges at the scale of data that modern organisations have requires a new approach – and automation is the bedrock.

For CDOs, it’s all about finding methods of using data for value creation and revenue generation, which...

By Neil Barton, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Why for ultimate data centre security, technology alone is not the answer

The security of data – and in particular people’s personal data – has been a hot topic in recent months. The EU’s rollout of new GDPR regulations; the Cambridge Analytica scandal; or the seemingly weekly revelations of financial institutions or consumer service providers which have had their databases hacked, are all examples most of us will be aware of.

Less often discussed but just as important as the security of our data, is the security of the data centres that house it. And at...

By Arturo Maqueo, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

A data centre with no centre: Why the cloud of the future will live in our homes

When we talk about the home of the future, we might think of technologies that will bring convenience to our lives. Refrigerators that know when we’ve run out of milk and order more for us, perhaps, or 3D printers that will make any shape of pasta you can imagine. But while this Jetsons-like vision might initially hold some appeal to the average person on the street, such innovations are likely to come and go in a flash.

In truth, we struggle to adapt to...

By Joseph Denne, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud opens up in Finland, uses natural cooling for sustainability

Google Cloud is now open for business in Finland, making it the 16th region to launch across five continents.

The move was first announced at the start of the year when Google significantly expanded its infrastructure, with five new regions and three subsea cables. Facilities in the Netherlands and Montreal have already been opened, with Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Switzerland – the latter

By James Bourne, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Google, Infrastructure.

Why it’s time for manufacturers to take security in the cloud seriously

Manufacturers deal with sensitive data every day. This includes test and quality data, warranty information, device history records, and especially the engineering specifications for a product that are highly confidential. Trusting that data to a cloud-based application or cloud services provider is a major step, and manufacturers need to fully educate themselves about the security risks and advantages of cloud-based software.

As we prepare to enter the second half of 2018, consider the following three...

Getting the most out of your data centres: How much energy is your IT system wasting?

The modern-day enterprise is conscious of the environment, and with many corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, you will of course find recycling schemes or even smart lights that switch themselves off when no one is in the room, all in order to save energy. But when we look at the biggest energy drain of any organisation, our IT system, we rarely consider measures we can take to reduce this.

As the most likely cause of major power, data centres are the first place to look when considering energy...

By Leo Craig, 26 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Data centres and cloud networks: Security in the modern context

Traditionally, companies have sought to create a hardened IT network perimeter that kept all potential cyber threats out and to protect organisations through the use of network security platforms such as firewalls. In the modern context, however, this has become a restrictive and dangerous approach and I will explain why. 

What we think of as traditional firewalls are only really able to inspect unencrypted traffic. This means that attackers will use encrypted communications to exploit and maintain...

By Neil Anderson, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Security.

Google achieves 100% renewable energy target – becoming first public cloud to do so

Google has touted itself as the first public cloud provider to run all its clouds on renewable energy.

The company, which says it is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world – almost three times as much as Amazon and Microsoft, its primary cloud rivals – has been working to attain this goal for the best part of a decade.

With the belief that 2017 would be the year the ‘road to 100%’ would be completed, the company ramped up its efforts. 2016 saw Google’s...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure.

Back to black: How to ensure a data centre’s critical infrastructure works when needed

For cloud providers and their many customers a robust and continuously available power supply is amongst the most important reasons for placing IT equipment in a data centre. It’s puzzling therefore why so many data centres fail repeatedly in measuring up to such a mission critical requirement.  

Only last month, for example, cloud service providers and communications companies were hit by yet another protracted power outage affecting a data centre in London. It took time for engineers from the...

By Simon Bearne, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, SLA.

Get smart: Achieving data-driven insights through a modernised IT infrastructure

Many organisations are beginning to rely on real-time insights to drive mission-critical business decisions, but a recent study by Accenture and HfS Research states that nearly 80% of companies can’t make data-driven decisions due to a lack of skills and technology. Based on a global survey, respondents reported that 50% to 90% of their data is unstructured and largely inaccessible.

As Debbie Polishook, group chief executive of Accenture Operations has commented: "Organisations need...

By Jeff Klaus, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.