85% of SMEs struggle with cost of backing up virtual servers, says report

Nearly nine in 10 small to medium businesses have experienced “cost-related challenges” with backing up and recovering virtual servers, according to the latest industry report from virtualisation provider Veeam.

These fiscal frustrations primarily included ongoing management costs, backups requiring too much storage and expensive licensing models, according to the report.

Conducted in November and December 2012 by independent market research specialists Vanson Bourne, the report surveyed C-level...

By James Bourne, 10 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Research, Virtualisation.

The important questions around uptime guarantees

Some manufacturers recently have made an impact with a “five nines” uptime guarantee, so I thought I’d provide some perspective. Most recently, I’ve come in contact with Hitachi’s guarantee. I quickly checked with a few other manufacturers (e.g. Dell EqualLogic) to see if they offer that guarantee for their storage arrays, and many do…but realistically, no one can guarantee uptime because “uptime” really needs to be measured from the host or application perspective. Read below for...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, SLA.

Five ways VMware’s vCloud hybrid service takes your data centre to the cloud

VMWare is well known for its virtualization products, so it’s not surprising that it is establishing a presence in the cloud computing world. Its hybrid cloud service, VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service, runs off of vSphere and vCloud. It’s set up as an Infrastructure as a Service offering, with a hybrid cloud approach that seeks to expand the customer’s existing datacenter, instead of replacing it. Here are five methods by which the vCloud Hybrid Service takes existing data centres to the cloud.

5. The hybrid...

By VI, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Virtualisation, VMware.

Why global ICT spending will reach $3.7 trillion in 2013

Economic uncertainty surrounding the U.S. government sequester, European debt crisis and weakening GDP in China has resulted in volatile spending patterns across most segments of the market. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), as a result of the current economic climate, business technology spending was slightly below expectations in the second half of 2012 and first quarter of 2013. IDC now projects worldwide IT spending growth of 4.9 percent this year in constant currency, down from the previous forecast of 5.5 percent growth --...

By David H Deans, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Forecasts, Infrastructure, Regulation.

LogMeIn’s PaaS solution Xively ready to connect Internet of Things

LogMeIn’s Xively is ready to connect “The Internet of Things” as a brand new PaaS (platform as a service) offering APIs for interacting with real world objects, along with real-time messaging thrown into the mix for good measure.

The cloud-based service originates from Cosm, the IoT (Internet of Things) platform by Pachube, which LogMeIn purchased back in July 2011.

LogMeIn secured another huge partner for this venture, ARM, whose technology forms the basis of many popular devices including...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Hardware, Infrastructure, OpenSource, PaaS, Scalability.

Cloud-based contact centres taking hold thanks to ROI

Recent research by Nucleus put the focus on contact centres. Their claim was twofold – firstly that there was significant ROI to be had, but equally that choosing the cloud route allows for more cost-effective customer service – if not better customer service. 

Looking purely at cost, the case for the cloud-based contact centre is clear – the initial and ongoing costs are a fraction of on-premise options, for...

By Gareth Cartman, 26 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure.

Brass tacks: Answering the security questions that matter

Enterprise security can be a labyrinthine, complex beast with many moving parts, dozen upon dozen of requirements, needs, implications, options and alternatives.

But when we get down to the nitty gritty (the brass tacks if you will), security can be simplified by six simple questions:

WHO is logging in?

WHAT are they accessing/viewing?

WHERE is the device from which that person logs in?

WHEN was any asset changed/modified/moved

HOW are they authorised/credentialed?

WHAT is the impact of the event?

Now determining the answers to those questions might require a bit of...

By Cloud Security, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Proactive security is required in highly regulated industries

Andrew Kellett, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure and SecurityMaintaining security that meets the risk and compliance requirements of the enterprise is a constant challenge. Systems and networks are becoming more open and accessible, but at the same time, threats have become more advanced, persistent, and complex. This is a particularly important issue in highly regulated markets such as financial services, where failure to protect sensitive information will have a negative effect on the business and how it is...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Hacking, Infrastructure, Security.

Choosing a cloud provider: The importance of compliance transparency

Looking beyond HIPAA, SOX or PCI-DSS compliance claims

The scary part about shopping for a cloud solution is that even if the managed services provider claims compliance, this doesn’t mean that they actually are compliant. In fact, the provider may not even realise they are being misleading. Because regulatory compliance is too often left open to interpretation, your definition of HIPAA, SOX or PCI-DSS compliance might be different...

By Ray Vallillo, 12 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Compliance, Infrastructure, Regulation, Vendors.