“France too has its role to play in digital transformation”: Electricity tax cut for data centres proposed

France is looking to follow in Sweden’s footsteps – by cutting tax rates for data centres’ electricity usage.

As first reported by Datacenter Dynamics, French prime minster Edouard Philippe, speaking at the headquarters of Dassault Systemes, revealed plans to cut TICFE (taxe intérieure sur la consommation finale d'électricité) from €22.5/MWh to...

By James Bourne, 01 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

Five key elements to a successful connected enterprise

Consumers are using technology to their advantage. With it, they are less tolerant, less loyal and more promiscuous. They have learned how to exercise control over brands.

In this kind of environment, it’s important to remember that the success of any customer-facing organisation depends on the experience they deliver. Consumers want meaningful, timely, and personalised engagements, and to gain this, businesses need a...

By Thomas Vetter, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, SAP, Software.

Ignore multi-cloud today and risk becoming irrelevant in five years, report warns

Multi-cloud initiatives continue to be of great importance to European organisations – and those who aren’t heeding the warning signs today will feel the pinch in five years’ time.

That’s according to a new study from research firm Foresight Factory, alongside application network technology provider F5 Networks. The study, titled ‘The Future of Multi-Cloud’, drew on contributions from...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

How to make Amazon Web Services highly available for SQL Server

Mission-critical database applications are often the most complex use case in the public cloud for a variety of reasons. They need to keep running 24x7 under all possible failure scenarios. As a result, they require full redundancy, which involves provisioning standby server instances and continuously replicating the data. Configurations that work well in a private cloud may not be possible in the public cloud. And providing high availability can incur considerably...

By Dave Bermingham, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Platform.

Blockchain development trends: C-suite buy in, logistics and authentication opportunities

Many business leaders have a much better understanding of blockchain technology than just a couple of years ago. There's been a surge in R&D, both internally and in partnership with third parties, and a recognition that blockchain has the potential to be deployed in a variety of commercial use cases.

As the number of blockchain research projects increased, awareness among the pilot participants and elsewhere in their industries gained momentum. Now other companies are beginning to consider whether...

By David H Deans, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, CIO, Infrastructure, Research.

Why building successful SaaS delivery is easier than you think

Software as a service (SaaS) is becoming ubiquitous. It is estimated that enterprises currently use 16 SaaS applications on average, yet one in seven of these businesses also believe that more than 80% of their applications will be SaaS-based by 2020.

This would seem an especially accurate assessment too by enterprises, as the current market for SaaS products and services is worth £54 billion, yet it is expected to

By Angelique Medina, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, SaaS , Software.

AWS launches into Accenture and Capgemini partnerships

A couple of partnerships involving Amazon Web Services (AWS) with Accenture and Capgemini have been unveiled, around healthcare and enterprise migrations respectively.

The first partnership, announced with Accenture and Merck, aims to launch a cloud-based informatics research platform which is designed to help life sciences organisations in the early stages of drug development.

The platform will enable healthcare professionals to analyse and aggregate data from multiple applications and a single set of...

By James Bourne, 24 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Software.

Cloud security and small businesses – what you need to know to avoid the pitfalls

Today we work in a world that is increasingly connected, convenient and cloud-based. This comes with a world of benefits not just for enterprises, but also for small to medium sized businesses (SMBs).

It’s now easier than ever to share documents in the cloud, video-conference with colleagues across the world and compile resources so that global teams can quickly access them from shared storage. The downfall,...

By Dirk Morris, 21 September 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

The key to ‘elite’ DevOps success in 2018: Culture, cloud infrastructure, and abandoning caution

If you think your organisation has gotten serious about DevOps, the bad news is that a small group of companies are raising the bar higher than ever. But things can change depending on how you implement cloud infrastructure.

That is the primary finding from DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment Team) in its most recent State of DevOps report, which polled almost 1,900 global professionals and was put together primarily...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Google, Infrastructure, Research.

Datrium secures $60m series D funding to go beyond hyperconverged infrastructure

Datrium, a California-based hybrid cloud infrastructure provider, has raised $60 million (£45.8m) in series D funding, with the aim of helping enterprises ‘overcome major obstacles in data analysis and storage.’

The round was led by Samsung Catalyst Fund, as well as featuring new participation from Icon Ventures. NEA and Lightspeed Venture Partners – who regular readers of this publication would recognise as investors in

By James Bourne, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure.

Data centre infrastructure figures continue to rise – driven by public cloud and enterprise servers

As cloud usage continues to skyrocket, getting prime data centre real estate is a bigger priority than ever. According to the latest figures from analyst firm Synergy Research, over the past two years quarterly spend on data centre hardware and software has grown by 28%.

Total data centre infrastructure equipment revenues, taking into account cloud, non-cloud, hardware and software, hit $38 billion in the second quarter of...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

Microsoft digs down on Azure outage, explores data loss and failover question

Microsoft has put together a post-mortem on what it described as an 'unprecedented' Azure outage - exploring an interesting question of data loss and failover capability.

The outage, which affected customers on the VSTS - or Azure DevOps - service in the South Central US region, required more than 21 hours to recover all facilities, as well as an additional incident regarding a database which went offline taking another two hours to resolve.

As the status page - which originally went down with the...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

ParkMyCloud and CloudHealth team up for greater multi-cloud optimisation tools

It’s certainly a sign that the cloud industry is seriously mature – when we’re not just talking about multiple clouds, but multiple cloud management providers.

ParkMyCloud and CloudHealth Technologies, two companies in the cloud optimisation and management space, have announced an extension of their partnership with multi-cloud in mind.

The integrated product aims to...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Infrastructure, Software.

How hybrid industrial cloud computing is gaining momentum

Why do most internet of things (IoT) analytics operations occur in the cloud? The public cloud offers a centralised location for large amounts of affordable storage and computing power. But there are many instances in which it makes more sense to perform analytics closer to the thing or activity that is generating or collecting data ­– equipment deployed at customer sites.

This is particularly true in industrial and manufacturing environments, which are familiar with the...

By David H Deans, 07 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Platform.

The cloud is here – but managing its costs and optimizing benefits is up to you

A decade ago, early adapters enthusiastically embraced cloud computing, but the larger business world waited skeptically with questions such as ‘how safe is this?’ ‘How much will it cost?’ ‘Will it really improve productivity?’ ‘Will it give me a competitive edge?’

Today, there is still some hesitation around migrating to the cloud. Because the cloud is still considered fairly new technology, there hasn’t been an established trust in it yet. Some...

By Amanda Vernazza, 06 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

Global public cloud computing revenue trends: How hybrid and multi-cloud will dominate

The global public cloud computing market continues its predictable growth trend. By and large, it's viewed as an IT commodity, where customers have no loyalty to cloud service providers that follow a 'race to the bottom' mindset -- providing the lowest price at a given moment in time. That said, everything about this business model seems somewhat tentative.

The worldwide cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market grew 29.5 percent in 2017 to reach a total revenue of $23.5 billion --...

By David H Deans, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Staying competitive and resilient in a multi-cloud world ​​​​​​​

Today’s businesses don’t have it easy. They are constantly challenged to stay resilient during a time of unprecedented disruption, change, and unforeseen adversity. That means ensuring critical applications and data are always available, to keep the business ticking along no matter what may be thrown at it.

With cyber attacks on the rise and more employees choosing flexible working practices, that becomes...

By Chris Fielding, 31 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry, Infrastructure.