CORD: The telco central office rearchitected as a data centre

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The landscape

Network operators are in the throes of unprecedented challenges. The proliferation of video traffic, mobile devices, and OTT services has pushed operator networks into uncharted territory. According to Krish Prabhu, CTO of AT&T Labs, for example, data traffic has increased 100,000% in the last eight years, and looking forward, plans are now underway to roll out ultra-fast fiber and access to 100 cities across the US.

Network operators want to make their networks...

By Larry Peterson, 02 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Case Studies, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Why UK CIOs are dissatisfied with their cloud providers

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By Ryan Kroonenburg, Managing Director at Logicworks UK

After speaking with hundreds of UK technology leaders about cloud adoption, it is clear that cloud technology is transforming business models and improving cost-efficiency in the enterprise.

Despite the positive results, IT leaders have also shared serious concerns. They usually sound something like this:

“The cloud is great. The support is mediocre at best.” “I am not sure my cloud provider understands my business.” “I spend thousands of...

By Logicworks, 30 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Stop talking about cloud – and start talking about what cloud can enable

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Cloud computing is still a very trendy topic of discussion among technology leaders around the world. It’s easy to see why; cloud adoption rates are on the rise and are predicted to continue their upward trend, while cloud service providers (CSPs) continue to roll out new features, products, and services.

Times are good in the world of cloud computing – but I believe...

By David Auslander, 29 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Accelerating cloud storage and reducing the effects of latency

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Over a number of years there has been a long and hard fought battle to secure the ability to ‘accelerate anywhere’ any data type to, from and across a cloud area network (ClAN) to allow fast access to applications, or to secure data as a part of a back-up and archiving strategy. According to Claire Buchanan, chief commercial officer at self-configuring infrastructure optimise networks (SCION) vendor Bridgeworks, this battle is still ongoing....

By Graham Jarvis, 28 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

Oracle unveils Intel big data partnership while attacking IBM and SAP

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The Oracle OpenWorld 2015 event, which kicked off yesterday in San Francisco, had what one would expect from such a conference; product and integration announcements, alongside a smattering of competitor bashing.

First off, the announcements. Oracle unveiled the Exa Your Power Program, a system which enables customers to migrate off IBM Power systems to Oracle Engineered Systems through Intel technology. The program, which is jointly funded by both Oracle and Intel, offers customers a...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, Platform, SaaS , Software.

Microsoft, Amazon and Google: How cloud underpins their financial figures

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Yesterday was a pretty busy day if you were tracking financial results, with Amazon, Microsoft and Google all declaring their figures. And it was an impressive showing on the cloud side for the three tech giants, with Microsoft announcing Azure usage and compute usage more than doubling year on year and Amazon Web Services (AWS) showing similar quarterly and yearly growth.

AWS brought in $2.09bn for the firm in Q315, compared with $1.17bn for this time last year, with $5.47bn in the nine...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft and Dell team up again for “truly integrated” hybrid cloud offering

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Microsoft and Dell have continued their long-standing partnership by announcing a new “Azure-consistent integrated system for hybrid cloud” at the Dell World event in Texas.

The move is an updated ‘standard’ version of the companies’ ‘Azure in a box’ service announced last year, the Cloud Platform System (CPS). Utilising Dell’s hardware with Microsoft’s software, the two companies argue the platform is the only integrated system...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

How to avoid cloud project roadblocks

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By Jason Deck, VP Strategic Development, Logicworks

Nearly half of organisations meet major roadblocks after the initial stage of a digital project, according to a recent survey. These early failures are potentially disastrous for a project; when IT teams fail to deliver early successes, the entire endeavour starts to look like a bad idea.

A misstep in the early phases of a cloud project can...

By Logicworks, 20 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure.

The speed of cloud adoption is accelerating – faster than industry expectations

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I recently read with interest the latest research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) which shows the overall cloud adoption rate in the UK now stands at 84%, with almost four in five (78%) of cloud users having adopted two or more cloud services.  It might surprise you to know that this statistic has shifted from 48% in 2010 to 84% in 2015.

The conclusion is that cloud is certainly helping organisations meet their business objectives, with a significant proportion of cloud adopters...

By Jennifer Brenner, 15 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure.

Why the culture shift is the most important factor in your cloud strategy

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In a recent study which spoke with 300 companies on cloud adoption, 82% of the enterprises stated they had a hybrid cloud strategy, up from 74% in 2014. The continual growth of cloud adoption, in particular for enterprises, is becoming increasingly tricky to ignore.

Before you make this big step, however, there are a number of factors you must take into consideration. What vendor will you select? How will you...

By Steve Lesley, 13 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

DevOps gaining ground in businesses, but data security fears linger

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The DevOps movement is gaining ground in the UK with spending topping £1 million for one in three UK organisations, according to latest research published by Delphix.

More than three quarters (77%) of organisations surveyed said they had introduced dedicated budgets and support teams for DevOps. Companies have on average introduced seven DevOps initiatives over the past 24 months, with this figure expected to rise to nine in the next two years.

The influences for DevOps are evident....

By James Bourne, 13 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Dell agrees $67bn EMC deal: An “enterprise powerhouse” or “the walking dead”?

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Tech giants Dell and EMC have announced a definitive agreement worth $67 billion (£43.7bn) which claims to “bring together the industry’s leading innovators in digital transformation, software-defined data centre, hybrid cloud, converged infrastructure, mobile and security.”

Under the terms of the agreement, which will according to the two companies create “the world’s largest privately-controlled, integrated technology company,” EMC stockholders...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, M&A.

The hybrid IT conundrum: How to effect seamless enterprise transformation

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The term ‘enterprise transformation’ is frequently heard, relating to organisational change and moving away from legacy technologies. Accenture defines it as a “fundamental shift [of] strategy, in response to major disruptions through a complete, business-driven remodelling of how a company structures itself.” But how far down the company does change go?

Antonion Piraino, chief technology officer at IT management software provider ScienceLogic, argues...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Platform.

A roundup of cloud computing forecasts and market estimates for Q315

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  • The global SaaS market is projected to grow from $49B in 2015 to $67B in 2018, attaining a CAGR of 8.14%.
  • Global spending on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is expected to reach $16.5B this year, an increase of 32.8% from 2014.
  • Cloud applications will account for 90% of worldwide mobile data traffic by 2019, compared to 81% at the end of last year.

These and other insights are from recent cloud computing forecasts and market estimates published by research and advisory...

By Louis Columbus, 06 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Platform, Software.

Four best practice tips for creating an effective hybrid IT union

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It’s truly amazing that weddings actually work. The bride and groom bring together a vast collection of people and service providers for a celebration and expect it all to go to plan. It’s hard to imagine another scenario where all these personalities – your university mates, your buddies from work, the uncle you’ve not seen in years – would end up in the same room together, let alone in a conga line together.

The

By Jamie Tyler, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Google launches new US East Coast data centre

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Google has unveiled a new data centre with three new zones in the US east coast region, adding South Carolina to Iowa, Belgium and Taiwan as its primary data centre locations.

The expansion move comes two weeks after Microsoft cloud platform marketing general manager Mike Schutz decried Google and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for having, at the time, 12 regions combined compared with Microsoft’s 19.

“This will open up our services to customers that were waiting on a US East Coast...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Google, Infrastructure.

PaaS and app migration: How to navigate digital disruption while keeping legacy investments

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Digital technologies are having an irrefutable impact on working lives. Mobile, social media, cloud and big data technologies have been ushered into the enterprise to enable more flexible working practices for employees, more convenient access for customers and greater agility for the deployment of new services. However, it isn’t enough to simply layer these new technologies on top of an existing IT infrastructure.

Legacy applications and technology platforms must go through a...

By Greg Palesano, 02 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

US and China will continue to lead for data centre location, analyst notes

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A note from Synergy Research has shed light on the most popular data centre geographies, with the US and China coming out on top.

Not surprisingly, the US is the most popular location for cloud and internet data centres in Q215. After analysing the data centre footprint of 13 of the world’s major cloud and internet service firms, 44% of data centres were in the US. China (10%) was in clear second place, ahead of Australia, the UK, Japan, and Singapore (all 5%), with Germany and...

By James Bourne, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

Cloud computing dominates Deloitte’s 2015 global venture capital confidence survey

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  • Cloud computing is the strongest technology investment sector for the third year in a row.
  • Biopharmaceuticals and robotics are the two sectors that have gained the greatest venture capital confidence from 2014 to 2015.
  • U.S. technology hubs (Silicon Valley/San Francisco, New York, Boston, Los Angeles & Chicago), Israel and Canada dominate while confidence continues to fall in Brazil and other emerging markets.

These and other insights are from

By Louis Columbus, 30 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, M&A.