Is traditional IT an endangered species?

Not all major changes are visible to the naked eye. Standing next to a glacier it is difficult to determine direction (does it grow or shrink across seasons) and watching continents move takes even some stamina for the casual observer. Luckily this is not the case for cloud computing.

Apart from the very noticeable cloud hype (more on the cycle of that soon) there is also very noticeable growth.   At the end of a deep and wide group effort, Gartner published its "Forecast: Public Cloud Services,...

By Gregor Petri, 12 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry.

Megaupload founder offers to fly to US to face piracy charges

Kim Dotcom has offered to travel to the US of his own volition to face charges over alleged copyright infringements related to the Megaupload cloud storage service he founded.

Under house arrest in Christchurch, New Zealand since February, the German national, who has previously opposed extradition attempts made by US prosecutors, offered terms to the Department of Justice over Twitter.

"Hey DOJ (Department of Justice), we will go to the US. No need for...

By Matt Henkes, 11 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Storage.

Gartner research: Enterprise cloud vital to IT spend

Recent research from analyst house Gartner has forecast a slight increase in global IT spend from 2011, with public cloud services and telecoms leading the way.

Telecoms continues to have the largest numbers in terms of IT spend, with nearly half of the overall spend ($1.7tn) accounted for in that sector, put down to net connections in emerging markets and multiple connected devices in more mature markets.

The cloud highlights of the research were:

  • Overall IT spend is predicted to go up to $3.6tn this...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Forecasts, Public.

Cisco's backtrack on Connect Cloud - taking privacy for granted?

Cisco has been forced to apologise for what Home Networking Vice President Brett Wingo described as “confusion and inconvenience” following the rolling out of their Connect Cloud system.

The issue concerns a cloud-based update Cisco made to their Linksys EA2700, EA3500 and EA4500 firmware which had originally been rolled out automatically to users’ routers.

The update took many users by surprise, and they weren’t best pleased...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Security.

Dating site dumps Amazon EC2: “100% uptime a required SLA”

The storm which accounted for Amazon’s cloud outage over the weekend has resulted in one company ditching the AWS system over fears of further unavailability.

From 2300 EST on June 30 users of several high profile sites such as Pinterest, Netflix and Instagram were unable to access content, with AWS “investigating connectivity issues”. The issue was resolved by 0054 EST on June 31 but updates on power restoration appeared...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Economy, Industry, Migration, SLA.

Public cloud on increase in India – in line with wider trends?

The past few days have seen a variety of cloud-oriented news come from the Indian market and reveal some intriguing trends. What are the highlights?

  • The cloud market in India is on the verge of being worth $1bn, according to consultants Zinnov
  • Public cloud – a hitherto nascent market in India – has increased significantly and should only go higher
  • Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) “have started taking advantage of the cloud” in terms of economic benefit yet exercises caution overall

The report from Zinnov, entitled...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public, Trends.

Wrong strategy: 5 ways not to compete with Amazon AWS

These days, it seems that the whole world is gunning for Amazon.

Who can argue with the success of their on-line retail ventures, Kindle franchise, and of course AWS? 

The secret to Amazon’s success is their ability to tune out the noise and focus on innovating, disrupting and creating new markets.  Here’s five reasons how not to compete with Amazon AWS:

1) Imitation is the sincerest form of...

By Zenoss, 04 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, OpenSource, Storage.

What trends can be taken from Cisco’s UK cloud adoption research?

Research recently published by Cisco Systems has revealed that cloud usage in the United Kingdom and Ireland is becoming increasingly mainstream.

Cisco, who recently brought out their cloud networking app, found a number of interesting results in their ‘CloudWatch Summer’ report:

  • Nine tenths of those polled saw the cloud as an important process – up 38% from last year
  • Nearly a third see cloud as being critical to their company – up 24% from last year
  • Security is less of a concern...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts, Research.

6 things you should know before your move to the Cloud

Strategies that suggest running company servers from data centres (Cloud Computing) are not a new concept to businesses. But as time has gone on, this strategy has now become a viable alternative to SMEs, providing a number of attractive benefits. As a result, many companies are actively turning to cloud-based strategies rather than merely refreshing server hardware.

But frustratingly - and perhaps inexcusably considering the huge volumes of ink dedicated to the serious considerations of pursuing a cloud...

By Marcie Terman, 02 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, CIO, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Storms take Amazon cloud down – were you affected?

In the week that the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency reported worldwide cloud outages cost at least £45m over five years, the all-encompassing Amazon EC2 Cloud was down on Friday night due to heavy storms in Virginia.

From approximately 2300 EST on Friday users were unable to access various sites utilising the Amazon infrastructure cloud, including

By James Bourne, 02 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, Security.

How to explain the value of PSN to public sector stakeholders

It’s fair to say that the Public Services Network (PSN) has been a long time coming. It hasn’t received the air time that G-Cloud has, for example, but it has nonetheless moved on significantly in the last six months.
 
As research we have conducted recently reveals, we’ve moved beyond simply talking about PSN - reaching a point where general understanding of the benefits it promises are such that it is now seen as central to public sector IT...

By Jeff Parris, 28 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, PublicSector.

Megaupload case gathers steam as warrants deemed invalid

The US case against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is looking shakier by the day, following news that warrants used to raid his New Zealand home were invalid.

On Thursday New Zealand High Court Judge Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled that the warrants used in January “did not adequately describe the offences to which they related”. Many of Dotcom’s substantial assets were frozen, and property seized including a 20 luxury vehicles, works of art and computers.

Moves by the FBI to copy data from...

By Matt Henkes, 28 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Storage, Vendors.

Will CliQr end fears of cloud vendor lock-in?

As the Google I/O conference gets underway in San Francisco, a Google-backed start-up has launched a cloud solution which aims to eradicate vendor lock-in.

Cloud management providers CliQr Technologies has launched CloudCenter, a product which “enables applications to get to and fluidly move between clouds with optimal price-performance and without migration disruption and expense”.

The product will have an official unveiling at the...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Security, Vendors.

Over a third of consumer content in cloud by 2016, says Gartner

There’s no such thing as too little cloud research from Gartner, and this is more interesting news for cloud users: Gartner forecasts that more than a third of consumers’ digital content will be stored in the cloud by 2016.

Gartner’s research is of course widely accepted as one of the most authoritative in the business, so this will come as another welcome trend, especially given that consumers only store seven percent of their content...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Forecasts, Research, Storage.

Is Google about to launch a new IaaS service?

With Google’s developer conference due to kick off this week, rumours are afoot that the internet giant is preparing to announce the launch of an expanded batch of cloud services.

Google I/O opens on Wednesday in San Francisco, and a number of leading industry commentators have reported that the company will announce a new IaaS offering, in addition to its existing App Engine and Google Cloud Storage facilities.

On Friday

By Matt Henkes, 25 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Public, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Nine specifications for a Cloud Computer: A call to action

What is cloud computing? We recently asked a number of people in our industry, and got back a range of interesting, and sometimes self-referential, responses. According to our respondents, cloud computing means anything from a single-tenant, multi-user application cloud (also known as software-as-a-service or “Saas”) to multi-tenant, general purpose, on-demand clouds (sometimes called platform-as-a-service or “PaaS”).

I think the world of computing, generally, is moving away from a...

By Steve Tuck, 22 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Vendors, Virtualisation.