Verizon Cloud goes out in planned maintenance, aims for seamless updates going forward

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Updated Over the weekend, Verizon’s cloud service, Verizon Cloud, was offline as it looked to add ‘seamless upgrade functionality as well as other customer-facing updates.’

The maintenance period was put in to improve the service and to ensure further updates went ahead without any hitches to customers. The telco giant warned the fixes could take up to 48 hours, but was completed after 40, with Verizon taking the bizarre step of issuing a press release to announce the...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, IaaS, Infrastructure.

IBM launches first SoftLayer cloud data centre in Germany, bolsters data privacy

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IBM has announced the launch of the first SoftLayer cloud data centre in Germany, joining an ever growing list of cloud service providers (CSPs) setting up roots in the European country.

The move, to Frankfurt, had been coming, with Germany and France on Big Blue’s confirmed list of targets after launching a London data centre back in July, Paris already having been...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

On the level about data centre location: How the industry is changing

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In 1914, the Harrods Furniture Depository was completed on the banks of the Thames in leafy Barnes. It served as a warehouse for many years but in 2000 its conversion to 250 residential apartments was completed. With the penthouse flats selling for £6.5m, it is easy to understand why such prime real-estate could no longer be wasted on warehousing.

In the last 20 years, the majority of data centre development has used some of the most expensive real-estate in the UK. Given that...

By Nick Razey, 06 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.

How cloud adoption trends are driven by strategic imperatives

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As this year comes to a close, let's take one last look at the most pervasive cloud computing trends - including increased usage across the different cloud service models, the key business drivers and the impact of agile innovation strategies.

Cloud computing adoption has matured, with 69 percent of survey respondents stating that at least a portion of their computing infrastructure is in the cloud. However, 56 percent of companies are still identifying IT operations that could potentially

By David H Deans, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

AWS slashes data transfer costs, simplifies other cloud pricing

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has dramatically cut its rates for several types of data transfers, as well as changing how it prices reserved EC2 instances.

In a blog post published yesterday by Jeff Barr, AWS chief evangelist, the firm is reducing its rates for outbound data transfer, along with data transfer to and from CloudFront, AWS’ content delivery network. Data transfer from AWS to CloudFront is now free of charge.

Prices aren’t going down at the same rate across the...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure.

IBM announces deal with WPP, taps into greater big data and analytics

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IBM has announced that communications services group WPP has extended its partnership with the tech giant, providing a service delivery and technology platform to run WPP’s operations in the cloud for $1.25bn (£797m).

The current agreement will last for seven years, with WPP able to expand the use of big data and analytics and deploy new products and services through Big Blue.

“As the world’s largest communications group, we are seeking to exploit...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Cloud computing and the changing role of the CIO: Which is best for your business?

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Cloud computing has been named as one of 12 disruptive technologies which will change the relationship between the CIO and the boardroom, according to a report by Advanced 365.

The evolving role of the CIO, and the C-suite in general, has long been a feature of modern business. Opinions differ, whether it’s a wag who proclaims CIO to mean ‘career is over’, or whether it’s a report which advocates more fluency and fluidity between executives.

The Advanced 365...

By James Bourne, 01 December 2014, 3 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research.

Look closer to home for the biggest cloud security issue, SME execs told

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The biggest threat to cloud security among IT is the company’s employees unintentionally exposing data, according to the latest research figures from CloudEntr.

The study, which took 438 survey responses from industries including financial and manufacturing, found three quarters (75%) of smaller businesses are most worried about their workforce when it comes to securing data in the cloud. Larger IT firms were more concerned about hackers using employee credentials to get...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

Why more organisations than you think have failed or stalled their cloud migrations

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Nearly half of organisations polled in a recent survey admitted they had failed or stalled their cloud hosting implementations, with a further half claiming they had to alter their budget and a whopping 70% force to make changes to their design.

These are the latest figures from a study of 358 respondents conducted by INetU and THINKStrategies entitled “The Adventures of Moving to the Cloud”, which aims to show CIOs and business managers it’s not a “walk in...

By James Bourne, 25 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Migration.

7 reasons why cloud governance is a challenge: Should we eradicate shadow IT?

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Another day, another report bemoaning shadow IT for cloud computing. SafeNet’s Challenges of Cloud Information Governance study, conducted by the Ponemon Institute, is the latest to put the blame of compromising data at the door of unapproved IT activity.

Shadow IT, which involves employees bypassing company policy on website and technology usage, has meant cloud security is “stormy”, according to the report. More than half (55%) of the 1,864 IT and IT security...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Enterprise, Privacy.