Rackspace’s new UK data centre aims to combine efficiency with environmental change

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Rackspace has officially launched its new UK data centre in West Crawley, cutting the ribbon in front of local dignitaries, partners and a smattering of hacks.

The launch, on April 22 – not coincidentally Earth Day – offered the chance for Rackspace and its partner Digital Realty to map out its future and the importance of two key areas; the Open Compute Project – to whom the data centre design has been donated – and environmental change.

The 130,000 square...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Europe.

Finland has biggest take up of cloud computing services in EU, research reveals

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Finland has the highest proportion of enterprises in the EU using cloud computing, according to figures from Eurostat.

The findings from the European Union’s statistical office, from December 2014, saw more than half (51%) of Finnish enterprises in the cloud. Nordic and Benelux countries typically scored highly, with Sweden and Denmark in the top four and Netherlands and Belgium in the top 10. 24% of UK enterprises use cloud computing services.

Overall, 10 nations are ahead of the...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Research, SaaS , Software.

The lowdown on the UK government’s new Cyber Essentials Scheme

Recognising that not all organisations have adequately dealt with cyber security, the UK Government has recently developed a Cyber Essentials Scheme which aims to provide clarity on good cyber security practice.

In its Cyber Essentials Scheme, the UK Government sets out five controls which it is hoped will provide all types of organisations with basic protection against the most widespread type of Internet threats. As such, the Cyber Essentials Scheme should be viewed as a form...

By William Long, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Legal, Security.

iomart posts more profits, vows to concentrate on bespoke private and hybrid cloud

UK-based cloud service provider iomart Group has announced pre-tax profits of £14.6m for the end of the financial year – and vows to continue towards bespoke private and hybrid cloud as opposed to mass public cloud.

Revenue stood at £55.6m compared to £43.1m in 2013, representing a 29% increase, whilst revenues from iomart’s hosting segment were up by 40% to £44.7m – higher than the company’s overall revenue last year.

This represents a solid year for iomart,...

By James Bourne, 28 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Europe, Storage.

Egnyte launches in Europe: Why the CEO believes the time is right

Enterprise file-sharing platform provider Egnyte has today announced significant expansion in Europe, hiring a general manager and opening up a London branch.

The company has moved Mark Rattley to the top EMEA job, with the former EMC vice president of sales coming on board as vice president and general manager for the new Egnyte Europe.

Egynte isn’t just looking to London for expansion however, with a data centre previously opened in the Netherlands, as well as a 25-strong design and engineering team...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Europe, Storage.

Accenture partners with Orange to deliver Euro-cloud services

Ian Brown, Senior Analyst, IT Services

Accenture and Orange Business Services (OBS) have formed an alliance to support large enterprises with their cloud strategies. Accenture will provide expertise and skills in the planning, implementation, and management of cloud services with an industry solutions focus. OBS will provide its end-to-end infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and associated managed services.

This isn’t the first example of Accenture partnering on cloud services: it already has agreements...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry.

Demand for data sovereignty puts home grown data centres in the spotlight

The continuing revelations by former US National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden about the extent of data surveillance are rumbling like thunder around the cloud computing industry.

This is likely to be more than just a passing storm in a tea cup as there could be lasting repercussions on where cloud users and providers store their data.

Companies, governments and the European Parliament are starting to take a long hard look at the whole issue of data sovereignty which may well trigger a rush for...

By Simon Taylor, 11 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Security.

Analysing the maturation of standards in European cloud computing

In September 2012, the European Union released its “Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe” document, aiming for a yearly 160bn Euro (£127.6bn) boost to the European GDP by 2020 and a gain of 2.5m by the rollout of cloud.

A full 15 months later, the response by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) was published. The ‘Cloud...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Research.

Cracking the G-Cloud commoditisation conundrum

Anniversaries are always a good point to take a step back, reflect on the past and think about what the future holds. That is something I have done this week as we head into the third calendar year of G-Cloud by taking time out to reread the document which lays out the government’s Cloud First Strategy as published by the Cabinet Office in 2011.

Looking through the document it is striking how...

By Ivan Harris, 14 January 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Europe, Government.

Artmotion CEO Mateo Meier on security, storage and a Swiss Cloud

The negative press surrounding the cloud computing industry following the NSA PRISM leaks in June wasn’t a huge surprise.

But there are usually winners and losers in every situation – and Swiss cloud service providers stand to gain the most from the scandal.

Due to the country’s more stringent data privacy laws – a formal request from a prosecutor would have to be sent off before a CSP allows access to data in Switzerland – those at the eye of the storm are experiencing greater...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Interview, Security, Storage.

Swisscom sets up “Swiss Cloud”...but it’s not in response to NSA

The Switzerland-based telco Swisscom is in the process of building a national “Swiss Cloud” – but denies claims that the primary motivation is around acquiring customers spooked by the NSA scandal.

The story first broke on Reuters, with the news agency reporting that the move is “driven more by a desire to cut costs and make its systems more dynamic”, according to Swisscom head of IT services Andreas...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Europe, IaaS, Industry, Security.

G-Cloud 4 opens its doors for next round of tenders

The Cabinet Office has announced that the fourth iteration of the UK government cloud, G-Cloud 4, is open for business and is accepting submissions from suppliers for its Invitation to Tender (ITT).

Various improvements have been made to the ITT, according to Cabinet Office spokesman Peter Middleton. These include clearer application instructions, for suppliers both new to G-Cloud and for those previously on the ii and iii iterations.

The launch and timetable were posted on the UK government

By James Bourne, 08 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Europe, Government, PublicSector.

What will be the future of the cloud in Europe?

I recently tuned in to a GigaOM webinar on the future of the cloud a few weeks back. Key topics discussed were what’s driving cloud adoption in Europe and whether Europe can truly build a vibrant cloud ecosystem.

It was an interesting debate, which got me thinking: We listen to the likes of Gartner and other analysts on what the future will bring for cloud, but what do you as a cloud user or vendor really think about this?

GigaOM predicted that EMEA would account for 20 per cent of the global cloud market at about...

By Steve Rushen, 07 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Forecasts, Vendors.

How can EMEA catch up with North America in the cloud?

It’s a fairly well known truth that EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) isn’t as up to speed as North America in utilising cloud technologies. It is being addressed, if the EU’s cloud strategy launched last September is anything to go by – yet the gap is still there. So what can be done?

Duncan Greenwood, sales director at CA Technologies, believes that EMEA CIOs, in these belt-tightening times, have pressures built on them borne out of...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Private, Public, SaaS .

Did the US just give a big stimulus towards local European cloud activities?

Unless you have been under a rock for the last week it was impossible not to notice the uproar regarding the Guardian’s story on alleged information collection , allegedly called PRISM that -again allegedly- involved several major cloud service providers. The most detailed and nuanced piece so far – but it is only Sunday when I am writing this – is

By Gregor Petri, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Security, Vendors.

Cloud computing firm iomart’s profits continue to rise

iomart Group, proclaimed as the UK’s leading cloud computing company, has registered end of year profits of £10.7m before tax growth, an increase of 56% and marking a significant improvement on 2012’s £6.9m profit.

Revenue growth went up 29% to £43.1m, again an improvement on the previous year, whilst adjusted EBITDA growth (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) was 48%, up to £16.5m.

The figures are suitably impressive for the Scottish company,...

By James Bourne, 29 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, M&A, SLA, Trends.

UK G-Cloud to champion public cloud

Joe Dignan, Chief Analyst, Public Sector TechnologyThe third iteration of the UK government’s cloud store is about to go live, so what has changed and what is likely to happen next? The good news is that we appear to have reached the end of the beginning for G-Cloud, with the Cabinet Office reporting sales of £18.2m going through the first two procurement frameworks, G-Cloud i (Gi) and G-Cloud ii (Gii). The delay in getting G-Cloud iii (Giii) up and running is apparently due to there being 50% more...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 07 May 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Europe, Public, PublicSector.

Google privacy policy dispute: The facts!

Google is in the middle of a legal battle with European privacy watchdogs after the organisation refused to change its new privacy policy in order to adhere to EU compliance regulations. The watchdogs said “Google Inc.’s privacy practices don’t comply with Europe-wide data-protection rules.”

The Problem with Google’s Privacy Policy:

Google presented the new policy in March 2012 and it the changes allowed the search giant to help utilize targeted advertising by merging user data...

By maildistiller, 22 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Regulation.