Putting 5 cloud myths and misunderstandings to bed

The promise of cloud computing as a way to reduce costs, manage expansion and make the creation of new services easier is very real, but we’re still in the early days of adoption.

Organisations and governments are still largely digesting what they’ve heard, sifting through the benefits, and weighing up the “fear, uncertainty and doubt” concerning its impact on businesses and services.

What is true and very real is the impact it’s having on how services are being created and how...

By Matthew Finnie, 16 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Economy.

IT jobs recovering faster than after dot-com bubble thanks to cloud

The bursting of the dot-com bubble left a long and lingering scar on the IT industry for many years.

Some would argue, rather successfully, that the industry never fully recovered after the 2001 implosion of an industry that had been propped up by the mad dash to prevent Y2K from changing life as we had come to know it.

Once disaster had been averted and the frantic race to the finish line was over, companies that had been spending big and living large suddenly had little money coming back into the business...

By Rackspace, 12 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Forecasts.

What is the long-term future of the data centre industry?

The world is changing faster than ever. The economic centres of power are shifting:  from West to East, and from North to South.  Economic liberalisation is one driver, as is the speed at which capital moves seamlessly around the world and the general demographic trends of people moving from insular communities in the countryside to faster paced environments in towns and cities.  But the biggest driver is technology. 

Manufacturing and IT technology is moving faster than it ever...

By Roger Keenan, 08 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Economy, Forecasts.

Dating site dumps Amazon EC2: “100% uptime a required SLA”

The storm which accounted for Amazon’s cloud outage over the weekend has resulted in one company ditching the AWS system over fears of further unavailability.

From 2300 EST on June 30 users of several high profile sites such as Pinterest, Netflix and Instagram were unable to access content, with AWS “investigating connectivity issues”. The issue was resolved by 0054 EST on June 31 but updates on power restoration appeared...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Economy, Industry, Migration, SLA.

Cloud downtime cost £45m over five years, IWGCR claims

This is a potentially alarming finding from the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency (IWGCR): a combined 568 hours of downtime at 13 major cloud providers has cost £45.8 million (or $71.7 million) in business since 2007.

In the report, entitled “Downtime statistics of current cloud solutions”, IWGCR analysed the 13 providers, including Amazon, Microsoft and PayPal among others, and worked out that on average, cloud services were unavailable for 7.5 hours per...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Industry, Research, SLA.

2012: the year of the cloud

2012. This is the year of the cloud. This is the year that business is realising it needs the cloud. But why?

Efficiencies is the answer.

If surviving the GFC taught us one thing, it’s how to be lean. If business, and especially small business is to survive and even thrive post-GFC, it must learn to operate on a strict diet.

To be lean and mean. This means not just micro-managing your...

By Nathan Elcoate, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Public, Security.

You Say You Want a Revolution: Are we in one?

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Remember the heady dot.com days circa 1999? We thought we were reinventing business, forming a New Economy, revolutionizing the essential nature of commerce. In our dreams! By late 2001 the bubble had burst, and what we thought was a new paradigm for business—the World Wide Web—turned out to be little more than a new marketing...

By ZapThink, 16 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Trends.

Cloud investment will create 14 million jobs worldwide

Spending on public and private cloud services is predicted to generate almost 14 million jobs worldwide between 2011 and 2015, according to a new report from IDC.

The study, carried out in association with Microsoft, predicted that around half of these new positions would be created in China and India.

More than one-third of cloud-enabled jobs will occur in the communications and media, banking, and discrete manufacturing...

By Matt Henkes, 06 March 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Infographic, Trends.