How IoT relates to the cloud and PaaS: Pace and flexibility

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By Alex Vilner, managing director, SaM Solutions

With all things tech switching to cloud-based platforms the ‘as a service’ industry is exploding. The one that started it all, SaaS (software as a service), is now joined by IaaS and PaaS.

The commonality for these ‘as a service’ offerings is that they are all based in the cloud, solely managed by the provider and available to clients via a membership platform.

Connected devices are changing the landscape of...

By Alex Vilner, 08 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Virtualisation.

The cloud bloat: Counting calories to prevent unnecessary waste

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Ponder this for a minute: our love affair with cloud technology and services, and the consequent struggle to keep cloud spending in check, is a lot like our daily eating habits.

Spinning up cloud services is almost as easy as grabbing food to go at your favourite burger joint. We’ve made fast food so convenient, affordable, and packed with calories, it’s become a national problem, because our consumption doesn’t match our nutritional needs or activity levels. Now...

By Andrew Atkinson, 27 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Software, Virtualisation.

Why OpenStack success depends on simplicity

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Is it any wonder that OpenStack has become so popular? It accelerates an organisation’s ability to innovate and compete by deploying applications faster and increases IT teams’ operational efficiency, according to the latest OpenStack user survey.

OpenStack is an open-source cloud operating system that enables businesses to manage compute, storage and networking resources via a self-service portal and APIs at massive scale - significantly propelling cloud services forward....

By Martin Cooper, 25 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Platform, Software, Storage, Virtualisation.

CTERA aims for converged infrastructure customers with updated cloud storage portfolio

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CTERA Networks has introduced a number of updates to its cloud storage gateway portfolio to improve flexibility, efficiency and storage capacity for remote office IT environments.

The new line-up can be deployed from KVM or VMware servers, which is suited for organisations investing in virtualised or converged infrastructure IT. It also includes a virtual application configuration for enterprises to use current their remote office/branch office (ROBO) hardware, while also getting the...

By Cloud Tech, 21 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Storage, Virtualisation, VMware.

How Intel’s acquisition of Altera could transform IoT and the data centre

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After a relatively quiet transaction that began on June 1 2015, in December Intel officially acquired the Altera Corporation and reformed it as an internal department dubbed “Intel Programmable Solutions Group.”

This acquisition represents a crucial step in the industry-wide transition towards data centre architectures that allow faster processing and lower latency. Altera’s Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) provide a critical building block in the link between...

By NEI, 07 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Virtualisation.

SDN and the software defined data centre: Opportunities and challenges ahead

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Imagine you had just arrived at London Euston railway station and wanted to walk to Leicester Square. A map from a well known search engine provider reliably informs us that it is roughly a 30 minute jaunt, but if you did not have that option, you could ask passers-by for directions ad nauseam at each junction until – assuming you do not get duff advice – you reach your destination.

This represents a good analogy for the state of more traditional networks – ‘move...

By James Bourne, 05 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Software, Virtualisation.

Hybrid cloud usage: Few companies are past proof of concept stage

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To put a spin on a famous Mark Twain misquote, reports of hybrid cloud’s life have been greatly exaggerated.

That is the key finding from a new customer study conducted by EMC and VMware, which argues nine out of 10 survey respondents have not got past the proof of concept stage for hybrid cloud, as well as having no consistent method of evaluating workloads.

Regular readers of this publication will know the message from executives is that hybrid has represented the bright, shiny future of IT...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

How performance requirements can prove a stumbling block for cloud transformation

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As businesses look to cloud for faster, more flexible growth, they confront significant challenges from a legacy application base that has varying levels of cloud suitability.

Some applications have specific kinds of performance requirements that may limit or eliminate their eligibility for virtualisation, which is fundamental to optimising cloud efficiencies.  These performance characteristics come in various flavours: A requirement for specialty hardware, a requirement for...

By Bryan Solie, 15 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Platform, Virtualisation.

The white space between hand-crafted and automated approaches to the cloud

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The journey to the cloud will be faster for some than others. For startups, the decision is easy, they are “cloud first”. They have low overheads and can test products and services in new markets with ease. This model is one of the main reasons that the likes of Uber and Airbnb have succeeded where the dot-com companies of the late 90s failed (that, and consumer Internet access and the rise of smartphones).

For CIOs of larger organisations, it’s a different picture....

By Jamie Tyler, 22 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Infrastructure, Platform, Virtualisation.

Citrix predicts market expansion in desktop as a service

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Service providers expect a significant growth in the desktop as a service (DaaS) market, according to the latest research from Citrix.

The 2015 Global DaaS Market Survey, which polled more than 500 Citrix service providers in 40 countries, shows service provider partners predict a 71% growth in DaaS, while the adoption of public cloud is set to account for half of cloud adoption for DaaS in 2016. Naturally, adoption of desktop as a service through hosted or co-located data centres...

By James Bourne, 21 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, VDI, Virtualisation.