Rackspace looks further to the cloud after strong results

Rackspace has announced that they are incorporating their commitment to open source cloud into their official company branding.

The hosting provider is using the tagline “the open cloud company” as part of its logo, reaffirming their belief in the cloud.

This comes after their strong second quarter results for 2012, which included a yearly increase of 29% on net revenue, up to $319 million (£204.1m), up 5.9% from the previous quarter.

Rackspace’s net income grew 43% year on year to...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Public, VMware.

Can the cloud benefit the healthcare industry?

Medical experts and researchers have been talking about the cloud in the healthcare industry for some time. When it comes to its application in this field, the information technology seems to be on a very poor level.

The majority of medical services still practice a complicated paper-based administration. Considering how many medical records, application forms and walking-orders a hospital has to issue in a single day, another solution for the whole process is highly necessary.

Enhancement of productivity and...

By Bojana Dobran, 09 August 2012, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, PublicSector, Security.

Ponemon study: trends with transferring data to the cloud

A new report from Ponemon Institute has shown that 82% of companies have already transferred, or plan to transfer confidential data into the cloud.

The report, entitled ‘Encryption in the Cloud’ and sponsored by security experts Thales, aims to examine current trends and perceptions with storing sensitive information in the cloud.

Broken down, the survey of over 4000 IT professionals across five continents revealed that 49% of respondents had already overseen a transfer of data to the cloud; 33%...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Migration, Storage.

#London2012 Olympics test the cloud out

This year, the London Olympics Committee used cloud computing muscle to simulate the predicted traffic that would hit its servers during the games.

Engineers spent six months running scenarios of swarms and spikes against the official Olympic websites and mobile apps. SOASTA, an American company, employed the cloud power of Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure to simulate both patterns of individual users and business applications. 

Cloud services have been able to instantly access a vast amount of virtual...

By Richard Minney, 07 August 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Industry.

Five tips for CIOs moving to the cloud

CIOs making strategic moves to the cloud that involve core infrastructure such as productivity tools, enterprise applications or collaboration capabilities need to be prepared for a new way of thinking and operating.

Moving to the cloud isn’t - and shouldn’t be - business as usual. It’s a switch that demands fresh attitudes to procurement, accounting, project management and, more than anything, ways of working.

This is the biggest shift in computing architecture since client/server and inevitably there will be surprises along the way but best practices and case studies are emerging. Based on over a decade of operating with companies moving to...

By Bluewolf, 07 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

Writer’s iCloud hacked as Wozniak calls cloud “horrendous”

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is hardly sitting on the fence with his opinions on the cloud

Speaking after a performance of Mike Daisey’s monologue “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”, Steve Wozniak was in uncompromising mood concerning his thoughts on cloud computing.

Wozniak reportedly told the packed theatre audience: “I think [cloud’s] going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years”.

Five years is a long time. According...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Hacking, Security.

Gartner: cloud makes the IT world go round

Cloud, social, mobile and information are the new ‘Nexus of Forces’ with cloud at the apparent epicentre

The convergence of four IT forces – cloud, social, mobile and information – has formed what analyst house Gartner has described as a new “Nexus of Forces” which will become the paradigm for the future of IT.

The research firm predicts that while the four ‘forces’ are currently disruptive as they are, combined they will tear up old enterprise IT models.

Cloud...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Forecasts, Scalability, Vendors.

Consumer cloud storage ever-present in the enterprise

The popularity of storage products such as Dropbox is infiltrating into enterprise as users go against company policy to utilise cloud-based storage.

According to a recent report from social business network Spiceworks, 33% of organisations said that their staff was using personal storage products.

The report, entitled ‘The Cloud Barometer’, aims to give insight into SMEs and their usage of cloud-based file sharing software. Spiceworks...

By James Bourne, 01 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Storage.

For VMware and Nicira, software trumps hardware

By David Krozier, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure Practice

On July 23 VMware, the server virtualisation powerhouse, agreed to acquire software-defined networking pioneer Nicira for $1.26bn; both parties expect the transaction to close in 2012.

VMware, a subsidiary of EMC, expects the acquisition to advance its progress towards programmatic control of virtualised compute, storage, and network resources – what it calls software-defined data centres.

Although Nicira’s current annual...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 31 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, M&A, Virtualisation, VMware.

How a SaaS product shook the foundations of its on-premise rival

What’s an example of on-premise software being threatened by the emergence of a SaaS upstart operating in the cloud?  Answer: Mint Vs. Quicken

Quicken, for years, had cultivated a devoted base of users who waited for each new version of the software to appear from Intuit. This nifty little personal finance tool is easier to use than QuickBooks albeit more limited in scope.  

Then came along this amazingly simple and intuitive online offering called

By VI, 30 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, SaaS .

Three strikes and out? Microsoft, Twitter, Google clouds suffer

It’s been a pretty heavy week for the cloud, with three major providers suffering outages of varying severity, giving us another reminder that no cloud is perfect.

Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud was down across Western Europe for approximately two and a half hours, with a flag on the Azure service dashboard stating:

“We are experiencing an availability issue in the West Europe sub-region, which impacts access to hosted services in this region. We are actively investigating this issue and...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, SLA.

Moving to the cloud makes great financial sense, says IDC

A detailed study from the International Data Center (IDC) has shown that companies who use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud make substantial savings over time.

The report, titled ‘Business Value of Amazon Web Services Accelerates Over Time’ and commissioned by AWS, saw the research house interview representatives from 11 organisations which had deployed AWS onto their services.

According to IDC, after three years enterprises should expect to see three and a half times their investment in AWS;...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Why cloud should be part of your business mobilisation

A survey of mobile enterprise app developers has found that a significant percentage plan to integrate some kind of cloud service into their apps in the near future.

Mobile platform company Appcelerator’s quarterly survey of its developers, carried out by IDC, found that 83% of devs will utilise cloud services and also intend to use a cloud solution for the back end of their apps.

The numbers are roughly in line with a similar...

By Matt Henkes, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Developers, Enterprise, Mobility, Trends.

Cloud Computing: essential to SMEs?

It has been reported this week that 65% of US small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) say that cloud computing is absolutely essential to their organisation and future growth plans. Meanwhile 59% have stated that their selection of

By VI, 24 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Security.

Don’t expect big changes from VMware’s new CEO

By Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst, Infrastructure, Ovum.

Paul Maritz, CEO of EMC subsidiary VMware, is to be replaced by Pat Gelsinger, who is currently president and COO of all of EMC’s business other than VMware. The swap will happen in September, when Maritz will move in the opposite direction to become EMC chief strategist.

The move does not signal immediate or major changes at VMware. While the company faces increasing competition, its dominant position in the server virtualization market is not under...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 23 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Virtualisation, VMware.

HP's Cloud Object SLA: 99.95% uptime or your money back

The cloud uptime debate rumbles on with Hewlett Packard promising their Cloud Object storage service will have at least 99.95% availability, with customers receiving service credits if it’s down.

The credits, as one would expect, increase the longer the cloud is down.

Customers who experience between 99.95% and 99.9% uptime get 5% of their bill credited; anything above 99.5% gets one tenth credited; while 99.0% gets one fifth of their bill back and if the Object Cloud is down more than 1% of the time,...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Public, SLA, Storage.

Hi-Tech Cloud hub to be part of #London2012 Olympic legacy

Cloud computing will be a part of the 2012 Olympic legacy when the dedicated media centre is turned into a London City cloud hub following the games.

The £295m ($461m) Main Press Centre and International Broadcasting Centre at the Olympic Park in East London contains over 31,000 square metres of office space and includes a number of hi-tech facilities such as 1,300 internet ports with fibre optic cabling.

The highly connected building is in close proximity to the key business district of Canary...

By Matt Henkes, 18 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Why Windows Phone 8 breaks the backwards compatibility tradition

Microsoft had always maintained backwards compatibility with most of their products. Compatibility has been one of the main reasons Windows has seen such great success, specifically backwards compatibility to systems such as MS-DOS. Even today you can get to a DOS prompt (command prompt) from Windows 7, this hasn’t changed for years and from a functionality point of view this is a bonus.

The announcement of the new Windows Phone 8 (and previously Windows RT on which Windows Phone 8 is based) flew in the...

By Nick Bowyer, 17 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Mobility.