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...
Is the road to the European cloud paved with good intentions?
IDC supports EU stance on cloud computing
The International Data Center (IDC) has come out in support of the European Union’s stance on cloud computing in a new report from the analyst house – albeit one published on the EU’s behalf.
Back in September, EU digital agenda vice president Neelie Kroes set out her strategy to make the EU the ‘e-EU’ in a report entitled “Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe”, which summarised that the cloud could...
How is Google driving mobile video market growth?
Gartner: cloud makes the IT world go round
Cloud, social, mobile and information are the new ‘Nexus of Forces’ with cloud at the apparent epicentre
The convergence of four IT forces – cloud, social, mobile and information – has formed what analyst house Gartner has described as a new “Nexus of Forces” which will become the paradigm for the future of IT.
The research firm predicts that while the four ‘forces’ are currently disruptive as they are, combined they will tear up old enterprise IT models.
For VMware and Nicira, software trumps hardware
By David Krozier, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure Practice
On July 23 VMware, the server virtualisation powerhouse, agreed to acquire software-defined networking pioneer Nicira for $1.26bn; both parties expect the transaction to close in 2012.
VMware, a subsidiary of EMC, expects the acquisition to advance its progress towards programmatic control of virtualised compute, storage, and network resources – what it calls software-defined data centres.
Although Nicira’s current annual...
Is traditional IT an endangered species?
Not all major changes are visible to the naked eye. Standing next to a glacier it is difficult to determine direction (does it grow or shrink across seasons) and watching continents move takes even some stamina for the casual observer. Luckily this is not the case for cloud computing.
Apart from the very noticeable cloud hype (more on the cycle of that soon) there is also very noticeable growth. At the end of a deep and wide group effort, Gartner published its "Forecast: Public Cloud Services,...
Gartner research: Enterprise cloud vital to IT spend
Recent research from analyst house Gartner has forecast a slight increase in global IT spend from 2011, with public cloud services and telecoms leading the way.
Telecoms continues to have the largest numbers in terms of IT spend, with nearly half of the overall spend ($1.7tn) accounted for in that sector, put down to net connections in emerging markets and multiple connected devices in more mature markets.
The cloud highlights of the research were:
- Overall IT spend is predicted to go up to $3.6tn this...