CenturyLink launches new private cloud, aims for public cloud capability
Updated 1756 BST: Everyone knows that if something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck – or at least we have to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae.
Thus according to the duck test if it looks and feels like a private cloud, it should be a private cloud. Yet CenturyLink aims to turn that on its head with its latest private cloud launch, which aims to offer the agility of a public cloud but with the security...
How to win big when cloud computing is pervasive
Some people are never satisfied. These fearless agents of change are everywhere. They're informed, confident and willing to experiment. They seek out the best business technology solution for the job at hand. They act on instinct. Yes, you could say that they're driven.
However, they're also at risk of being labeled as "rogue employees" because they ordered a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering and perhaps expensed it without prior approval. Sometimes they're the champion of progressive projects that are...
Rackspace plays to its strengths with new Managed Cloud offering
Rackspace has today announced a managed services offering called Managed Cloud which aims to give flexibility on managed services but with DIY-styled pricing.
The new Managed Cloud service offers two options: Managed Infrastructure, which offers what seems to be a standard 24x7 access to engineering support plus other features including architectural, security and launch guidance, and Managed Operations, which is essentially Rackspace managing the account 24x7.
Speaking to CloudTech, Rackspace VP technology and...
Fujitsu announces £1bn cloudy funding, strengthens IaaS, PaaS, SaaS commitment
Japanese IT giant Fujitsu has announced a strengthening commitment to cloud computing with a 200 billion yen (approx £1.2bn) investment over the next two financial years.
In a move that will remind CloudTech readers of competitors IBM and HP, Fujitsu is putting its eggs in one basket to “achieve its growth strategy” – in other words, bringing new offerings to market, growing its customer base and deepening deployments.
“Fujitsu has a vision of a human-centric intelligent society, one where...
Assessing the balance of power for data centre operators
Achieving the lowest possible power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating should not be the only objective of a data centre operator. After all, the most energy efficient data centre is one which has lost all power! Furthermore there is a considerable grey area around the method of PUE calculation.
Effectively consolidating space and power constrained legacy data centres into more energy efficient ‘PUE-friendly’ environments ultimately requires their migration into modern facilities. These can offer...
Why data centre moves are an opportunity for service providers
Ian Redpath, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure
Internet content providers, stock exchanges, banks, communications service providers (CSPs), and others are investing billions of dollars to build data centre space. The proliferation of data centres in new geographic locations is fundamentally changing network demands and driving larger volumes of traffic. Data centres (DCs) with thousands of servers will require terabits of optical transport. CSPs...
Customers miss out as vendors fight cloud wars, research argues
As the cloud wars gain pace from the big vendors, customers are losing out due to overwhelming failure rates, according to new research from enterprise cloud infrastructure provider iland.
“Stories about successful cloud implementations are captivating, but the reality is that cloud is more complex than many news headlines make it out to be,” said EMA vice president Dennis Drogseth. “Companies must be self-aware.”
The research, of more than 400 professionals across three continents,...
The new Nokia is placing its bets on cloud and CEM
Clare McCarthy, Practice Leader, Telco IT
Nokia held its fifth analyst event in advance of the TM Forum’s Management World (TMF Live!) in Nice. After six years under the NSN banner, the company did not hesitate to return to a Nokia brand that fronts a networks business. The “new Nokia” comprises three business units:
- Nokia Networks includes all of its core and radio access network solutions, as well as its customer experience management (CEM) and OSS solutions and services – basically the whole of the former NSN business, which...
Could the net neutrality battle kill cloud competition and create SaaS monopolies?
The scorched-earth legal and PR battle currently taking place between Netflix and Verizon makes for some entertaining headlines. But the outcome of this fight will have profound impacts for both end-users and IT professionals.
One thing that doesn’t get discussed enough is the potential effect that this battle could potentially have over market freedom and competitively within the general SaaS and media space. But before we get into this discussion, let’s look at some of the key areas of...