Is hyperconvergence really key to your data centre cloud strategy?

Vendors often like to create a new name for an existing piece of technology that is essentially made up of the same components and fulfils the same functions. This is because of factors such as the competitive pressure to keep customers interested: application service provision is more commonly known today as the cloud, while converged infrastructure has led to hyperconverged infrastructure.

Sometimes there are actual technological differences between products, but this isn’t always the case....

By Graham Jarvis, 16 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Virtus reveals plans for London’s largest data centre campus

Virtus Data Centres, a UK-based data centre colocation provider, has announced the launch of two new facilities to create London’s largest data centre campus.

The two buildings, known as VIRTUS LONDON5 AND LONDON6, will total 34,475 metres squared, and will aim to deliver 40 megawatts of IT load with the secured power capacity to increase to 110 MVA.

The move will ‘further strengthen’ Virtus’ claim as the largest hybrid colocation provider in the London metro area, according to the...

By James Bourne, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

Gartner puts Alibaba in third place for public cloud IaaS behind AWS and Microsoft

Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to hold all the aces in public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) ahead of Microsoft – but Alibaba is ahead of Google to take third place in the market.

That is according to the analysts at Gartner, who argue the global IaaS public cloud market grew 31% in 2016 to total $22.1 billion (£16.5bn). AWS comprises 44% of that market share, at $9.78bn, with Microsoft in second on $1.58bn, Alibaba third on $675m, Google on $500m and Rackspace at $484m.

Alibaba,...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Microsoft launches availability zones for Azure alongside completion of Marea subsea cable

Microsoft has announced the launch of availability zones in Azure, giving customers more options if a localised data centre fault occurs – and catching up with its competitors in the process.

The move puts Microsoft alongside the likes of Amazon, Google, and Oracle in giving extra resiliency to customers with fault-tolerant locations within a data centre region. As an example, while Microsoft claims to have the most regions out of any major cloud provider – 36 regions,...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Public cloud grows strongly in sluggish data centre infrastructure market

It is something the industry already suspects, but new figures confirm it: the traditional data centre infrastructure market has nosedived over the past two years as private and public cloud roars on.

The numbers (below) come from analysis by Synergy Research, whose latest data shows spending on traditional, non-cloud data centre hardware and software had dropped 18% between the second quarters of 2015 and 2017.

The public cloud market grew 35% during the same period, while the private cloud – or...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Public, Research.

New report argues positive assessment of Nordic data centre market

Investment in the Nordic data centre market has hit $3 billion (£2.2bn) over the past 18 months, while the combined power for third party facilities and hyperscales is approaching 800MW for the region.

That is the key finding from a new report by BroadGroup, whose third Data Centers Nordic report has found that the region, noted by data centre and server operators due to its naturally cooler climes, is set fair for more investment by US and Asia-based vendors.

Third party m2 space will increase by more...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

Google launches ‘private on-ramp’ to its cloud with Dedicated Interconnect

Google has launched Interconnect Dedicated, a new service which aims to help organisations establish a private network connection direct to its cloud.

The service differs from its previous interconnect operation – now called Carrier Peering – with the direct link, while it differs from Google Cloud VPN, which securely connects on-premises networks to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) virtual private cloud (VPC) network, through having a minimum deployment per location of 10 Gbps in...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

British Medical Journal expands to China with help of Alibaba Cloud and Datapipe

More and more companies are trying to get a foothold in China as part of their international expansion – and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) is one, having worked with managed cloud services provider Datapipe to enter the Chinese market using Alibaba Cloud.

Datapipe has been working with Alibaba as a global managed service provider of its cloud arm since 2016, and was also named the leading Asia Pacific managed cloud company by Frost & Sullivan. For BMJ, the concept was straightforward, needing a...

By James Bourne, 07 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

New MIT research proposes flash memory caching model to make data centres more efficient

A new piece of research from MIT’s computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory (CSAIL) has proffered a new system for data centre caching using flash memory – potentially meaning more energy efficient and economical computing.

According to the researchers, the system they created, dubbed BlueCache, is able to keep up with requests flooding the data centre by ‘pipelining’, allowing the next instructions to be fetched while the processor performs arithmetic operations.

This...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Software, Storage.

Living on the edge: The changing face of the data centre and public cloud

Due in part to the increased prevalence of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it seems that more computing capacity is moving to the edge than ever before – and a lot of this is happening in the data centres that increasingly cloud-savvy organisations now rely upon. There are many drivers behind this change, including governance, security, regulation and IP protection.

Reducing latency

Moving datacentres closer to the edge can solve various issues, not least of which is latency. Looking into the near...

By Stuart Nielsen-Marsh, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.