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...

By David H Deans, 17 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Vendors.

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...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Industry, Vendors.

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...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS , Vendors.

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...

By Nick Razey, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Why data centre moves are an opportunity for service providers

Ian Redpath, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure

ian.redpath@ovum.com

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...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 30 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Vendors.

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,...

By James Bourne, 24 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Vendors.

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...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 23 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Vendors.

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...

By Patrick Jobin, 20 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Vendors.

Using your MSP to manage your public clouds…step by step

Those who leverage managed server providers (MSPs) often use the MSP to access and manage public cloud services.  However, there are right and wrong ways to do this.

Many believe that MSPs and public clouds live in very different worlds.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In the past, ‘managed service providers’ was a term used to describe infrastructure services delivered on a subscription basis.  With the advent of cloud computing,...

By Logicworks, 09 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Vendors.

Green IT: Does it still matter?

By Adrian Thirkill, managing director, Easynet Global Services UK

Five years ago, you couldn’t move for ‘green’ claims from businesses. In a rush to become the first businesses to go carbon neutral, hoards of companies offset air miles, replanted forests, and invested in wind farms. “We turn our lights off at night!” they whooped. “We put monitors on automatic standby!” they gushed.  

All admirable and well-intentioned.  But there’s a worrying hint of...

By Easynet G.S., 15 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Mobility, Vendors.

Rackspace announces solid Q1 figures, aims to confound critics with business model

Open cloud provider Rackspace has announced healthy first quarter results, with CEO Graham Weston telling investors that his company will continue to differentiate from the price slashing of AWS, Google and Microsoft.

For the quarter ending March 31, Rackspace posted a net revenue figure of $421m, up from $408m at the end of Q413 and representing a 16% year on year increase.

Income fell year on year from $27.2m to $25.4m, but Q114 figures represented a boost from the fourth quarter trough of $20.8m income...

By James Bourne, 13 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Vendors.

Could we have data centres as a commodity?

For those working in the fast moving world of cloud computing it is easy to take the view that the choice of data centre is irrelevant; that although it is an essential piece of the jigsaw, one data centre is just the same as another when compared to the complexities of differing IaaS and SaaS platforms.

On this basis it is assumed that all the value in the IT chain will migrate to the cloud providers leaving data centres to earn meagre commodity margins.

The data centre however is a very long way from being...

By Nick Razey, 07 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Vendors.

Step back in time: AT&T predicts the cloud in 1993

The concept of cloud computing, or running multiple computational systems on a network, is not a new one, of course. But it’s often fascinating to note the history of computing, from IBM’s 50th anniversary of the mainframe earlier this year to time-sharing on a CPU mainframe.

As a result, a video posted by renowned filmmaker David Hoffman has brought about a fascinating insight on AT&T’s vision of cloud computing as far back as 1993.

“You can...

By James Bourne, 06 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Vendors.

If hybrid is the Holy Grail of IT, we must look beyond the clouds

By Paul Cragg, CTO, Easynet

Golf clubs, cars and IT rarely get talked about in the same sentence outside a board meeting, but surprisingly they have one thing in common: they all come in hybrid form. All combine different features to create a single, better product with improved performance. And all are created from designs based on technology innovation.

For the sake of argument, I’m going to leave golf clubs and cars well alone so we can focus here on hybrid IT, which several surveys confirm to be...

By Easynet G.S., 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Vendors.

Game of Thrones: 5 takeaways for IT

By Ben Stephenson, Journey to the Cloud

After a long wait, Game of Thrones Season 4 has officially started (no spoilers for the first episode of season 4 – I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy).  

Amidst the action and excitement, there are some lessons IT can take away from seasons 1-3 of the show. Here are five of them:

1) The war lies to the North

After Robert Baratheon dies, there is all out war for rule of the Iron Throne and control of the Seven Kingdoms. Joffrey Lannister usurps...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 11 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Vendors.

After Google and Amazon slash their cloud prices, Microsoft follows suit

Microsoft has announced price cuts on its compute facility by up to 35% and its storage by up to 65%, days after Google and Amazon Web Services did likewise.

Perhaps this is the least surprising news of the year – Amazon’s price cuts being the second least surprising. That said, everyone suspected Redmond’s cloud announcement wasn’t going to be just renaming Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure.

By James Bourne, 02 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Storage, Vendors.

How public clouds are becoming vertical market-centric

Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

Public cloud vendors are increasingly focusing on vertical markets, which will significantly accelerate public cloud adoption by latecomers. The “verticalization” of public clouds comes as a result of efforts throughout vertical ecosystems, from regulators to traditional IT service providers such as IBM, as well as newcomers such as AWS, Salesforce.com, and Veeva.

It will grow in parallel to public cloud providers increasingly moving from technology...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 28 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Public, Vendors.

Telstra takes Cisco’s global cloud platform local in Australia

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector Technology

Telstra and Cisco have announced a first-of-its-kind alliance that signals an inflexion point in the evolution of the global infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market.

Even as Australia’s largest telco, Telstra has decided that the economies of scale required for sustainable success as an IaaS provider are beyond its means. It has determined that it is better to cease investing in potentially sub-scale home-tailored cloud computing...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Vendors.

Latest cloud research notes continued struggle for channel

Research from IT services bods MTI has revealed that UK channel businesses are struggling to meet the needs of their demands due to the accelerated growth of cloud computing.

No prizes for guessing the angle of this research; if your instant thought was ‘resellers struggle in a cloud-heavy market, thus they’ll need a partner to help monetise’, then you’d be right. Yet the stats, taken from over 150 respondents with seven in ten resellers, make for interesting reading.

The results show...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research, Vendors.