New broadband networks accelerate managed hosting demand

Managed hosting in the UK and US is becoming more attractive to IT managers as connection reliability (and speeds) improves between corporate enterprises and remote web hosting data centers.

Signs that managed hosting adoption is set to increase for Virtual Internet and other hosting companies worldwide are evident worldwide.

By 2015, the UK hopes to achieve its goal of being the best and fastest broadband network in Europe.

“Super-fast broadband is key to driving the growth of digital industries, especially in rural...

By VI, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise.

An Apple a Day

I was sad to hear yesterday about the passing of Steve Jobs. He was a man with a vision and a dream and he certainly changed the way regular people interact with their computers. I’m sure Apple will survive, but he will be missed.

Thinking back about my own experience with Apple, I recall the initially painful move from the Microsoft Windows world. It can be a bit...

By Arthur Hicken, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Hardware, Industry.

MaaS – Municipality-as-a-Service

As I have been learning about the government sector, for purposes of developing new Cloud solutions for this market, I realized that actually the most interesting dimension to it is not the technology, but rather the potential it offers for economic development.

Certainly of course the technology is great and offers real benefits like reducing...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Government.

Why the Way We Work Will Never Be the Same Again

Guest Post By Rick Blaisdell: CTO at ConnectEdu

Many journalists are comparing the rise of cloud computing with the invention of electricity.  Now, we know that journalists are usually prone to the use of hyperbole, as electricity has completely changed the way humans live, and we are now completely dependent on it.  What about cloud computing?  

In previous articles, like 5 Ways

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 06 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Industry, SaaS .

Enterprise Cloud Computing and The Services Led Organization

Charge! That’s the rallying cry not of your IT on the way to the Cloud, but your business units as they use their corporate American Express (AMEX) cards to buy Cloud services. The Cloud, like the Internet before it, it seems deceptively easy.

Back then, it was just connect. Done. Today, it’s just subscribe. Done. The illusion is powerful and seductive, isn’t it?

As a C-level executive, you know better though. Being the CEO, CIO, or other senior executive responsible for running a global business with more than 10,000+...

By Ray DePena, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise, Industry, SaaS , Scalability, Virtualisation.

Top Cloud Computing Enablers Gaining Mind Share in 3Q 2011

Are you wondering who is gaining mind share in the 3rd quarter of 2011?  Well wonder no more. Lets take a look at the Top Cloud Enablers Gaining Mind Share, and The Leaderboard (Up and Coming Cloud Innovators, Movers and Shakers). As you know, Cloud computing has gone mainstream, and large enterprise information technology companies must continue their rapid restructuring to an on-demand model enhancing their portfolios largely through acquisitions. So lets see how they’re doing.

Here are the most recent changes this quarter, and a quick look at the 2011 acquisitions (2010 activity can be found here).

2011 Acquisitions:

By Ray DePena, 02 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Economy, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, Vendors.

Time to lighten up: Don’t get stuck in the IT past!

Over the last several months we have covered a number of technical and operational issues relating to private, public and hybrid clouds. But every now and then we all need to lighten up and enjoy the more humorous aspects surrounding the cloud hype cycle.

Here a just a few videos which tug the funny bone and offer a some pearls of wisdom. Let's start off with a Microsoft commercial which attempts to peddle their version of cloud computing by highlighting the humorous restrictions of a fictitious company called VMlimited.

Important: While you may be...

By VI, 30 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Vendors, Virtualisation.

My Favourite Open Source Software

I have a love-frustration relationship with open-source software. I could never say I hate it, because I don’t. I am however painfully aware of not only how many bad open-projects are out there, but how many almost-great ones there are that come tantalizingly close to making the grade.

We still haven’t reached the point, for example, where you can put a Linux desktop in the hands of the average consumer without good Sysadmin backup. Contrast that with the millions upon millions of windows systems...

By Arthur Hicken, 30 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Developers, Industry, OpenSource, Trends.

The Advent of the Privileged Cloud

What’s in a name?  Well, it could be a lot.  In fact, the name we assign something can have a huge impact of our perception of that thing.  Would you eat reconstituted chicken parts?  Thanks to whomever decided to call that a “nugget” you might.  

On the other hand, sometimes we come up with a name for something that makes a great idea seem much less great.  Remember New Coke?  It registered quite well on blind taste tests.  The problem was...