Is performance engineering still needed when it comes to cloud?

Opinion Now that cloud vendors are delivering features constantly, which are backed with hard data and with good specs, the question which comes to mind is: shall we continue to measure, as we did in the days of the data centre, or shall we blindly trust the vendor and save ourselves plenty of time and duplicated effort?

This is a question I asked myself some time ago – and it has taken me some time to come up with an answer I’m happy with.

By Nazareno Feito, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data Centres, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud launches in Poland as European data centre expansion continues

Google Cloud’s European expansion continues with the launch of a new region in Poland, alongside unveiling strategic partnerships.

The new region will be hosted in Warsaw as part of Google’s commitment to Central and Eastern Europe. Prospective customers of the region will have access to the usual products, from Compute Engine to App Engine, to Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery.

By James Bourne, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Google, Infrastructure.

Microsoft expands European Azure presence with Germany and Switzerland launches

Microsoft has announced the launch of new Azure availability in Germany and Switzerland, citing increased data residency and security concerns as key to European expansion.

Azure is now available from cloud data centre regions located in Zurich and Geneva, for the Switzerland release announced at the end of last month, while Germany’s newest regions are in the North and West Central zones, in Berlin and...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

New initiative aims to create ‘first ocean-powered data centre’ in Scotland

Remember Project Natick, Microsoft’s experiment last year in placing a data centre underwater off Orkney? A little further down the Scottish coast, another company is looking to use the ocean waves to create sustainability in infrastructure – but through a slightly different method.

SIMEC Atlantis Energy is looking to build the first ‘ocean-powered data centre in the world’ in Caithness, with the aim of...

By James Bourne, 09 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

An analysis of Kubernetes and OpenStack combinations for modern data centres

Editor's note: This article was originally published on OpenStack Superuser. CloudTech has the author's permission to re-publish here.

For many telecom service providers and enterprises who are transforming their data centre to modern infrastructure, moving to containerised workloads has become a priority. However, vendors often do not choose to...

By Sagar Nangare, 06 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data Centres, Developers, Kubernetes, OpenSource, Platform, Virtualisation.

Why adaptability is critical to meet future data centre demands

The next wave of technology innovation is already here with new applications transforming the way we live, work and travel. With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), cloud-based services, 4K videos and 5G networks, data centre operators must provide more data capacity and higher computing power if they hope to keep up with the unprecedented demands.

The sheer scale and scope of the gap...

By Andreas Sila, 30 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

DigiPlex's data centre guide focuses on sustainability as key to digital transformation

Nordic data centre and colocation provider DigiPlex has launched a guide designed to help businesses solidify their data centre strategies - and avoid making long-term mistakes.

The guide was put together to address gaps in knowledge which DigiPlex argues could significantly impact data centre decision making, with ramifications for the wider business.

Naturally, one of the key topic areas is around alternatives to running on-premises data centres and the skills and experience required, whether it is through...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

IT operations in 2020: Five things to prepare for – from AIOps to multi-cloud and more

The threat of digital disruption has forced senior executives and technology leaders to rethink business models, data assets, and distribution channels, to create more innovative products and services that will delight customers and overcome more nimbler competitors. Over the last decade, enterprises have completely transformed the way they build, deploy, manage, and maintain mission-critical services as a response to increasing digitisation.

How cloud is transforming manufacturing and financial services in 2019

Two of the world’s most traditional industries have ascended to the cloud.

To meet new demands from an increasingly tech-centric world, manufacturing and financial services are harnessing digital to transform how they do business. These longstanding industries are often perceived as less flashy in comparison with some of their more technology-forward counterparts, like media and entertainment or life sciences, but the reality is that they’ve found creative, compelling ways to adopt cloud computing...

By Rachel Dines, 26 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Industry, Infrastructure.

How the combination of cloud and AI is influencing IT investment strategy

The pace of change from a traditional capital-intensive IT infrastructure model to a more flexible hybrid multi-cloud services model is influencing enterprise spending trends across the globe.

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total $3.79 trillion in 2019 -- that's an increase of just 1.1 percent from 2018, according to the latest global market study by Gartner.

IT infrastructure market development

"Currency headwinds fuelled by the...

By David H Deans, 10 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research.

Google Cloud launches Osaka data centre region, cites strategic importance of Japan

Google Cloud has announced the official launch of its Osaka cloud data centre region, making it the second facility in Japan and the 20th overall.

The Osaka region, as with all Google Cloud facilities aside from Iowa, has three availability zones and comes with the standard product set, including Compute Engine, App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery.

The...

By James Bourne, 15 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure.

Exploring WAN data acceleration: Is edge computing really necessary?

Most traditional forms of dealing with network and data latency, as well as packet loss, fall short of their promise. This includes WAN optimisation. SD-WANs are great, but their performance can also be improved by adding a WAN data acceleration layer. With the growth of the Internet of Things, therefore, organisations are looking for new ways to reduce the impact of latency and packet loss.

David Linthicum, chief cloud...

By Graham Jarvis, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Why Africa’s cloud and data centre ecosystem will – eventually – be a land of serious opportunity

Take a look at the data centre footprint of the three largest cloud infrastructure vendors – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud – and you are met with a breathless marketing message.

Azure (picture below, middle) promises 54 regions worldwide – the terminology differs for each one – promising ‘more global regions than any other cloud provider.’ AWS’ cloud...

By James Bourne, 05 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Gartner and Synergy studies show continued cyclical cloud spend

The cloud industry continues to go up and up – both in terms of global public cloud revenue and spending on data centre hardware and software.

Those are the key findings from two separate research studies, from Gartner and Synergy Research respectively.

Gartner found the worldwide public cloud services market is set to hit $214.3 billion (£164.1bn) in 2019, up 17.5% from...

By James Bourne, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

How are faster networks advancing the next generation of data centres?

We are witnessing significant uplift in data transmission speeds offered by network connectivity providers. Service providers are now promising speeds in hundreds of MBs to GBs with which, for instance, we can see live streaming of Blu-ray movie prints without any buffering.

Such network speeds are set to trigger many new technology possibilities. Businesses cannot afford to stay behind, as they have to take into account new...

By Sagar Nangare, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Trends.