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What Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Can Teach SMEs About Public And Private Cloud Options

When Gartner released their latest view of the Magic Quadrant for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), many analysts were surprised to see that eight cloud service providers had been dropped from the rankings. What became clear very quickly was that the new view of the market included only the six largest players. The changes were due to what Gartner called more “stringent inclusion criteria.” The result was that the only players left on the board were global vendors with both IaaS and Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions. Whether or not you agree with Gartner’s approach, they are reflecting a trend which shows a diminishing number of large, dominant global players with integrated offerings. While this is good news for large corporations looking for a seamless service, SMEs may get lost i......

Is It Possible To Future-Proof Your IT Investment In A Time Of Innovation?

Some of the technologies we use and now take for granted were unthinkable to most of us just five years ago. With that rapid change in mind, is it possible to develop an IT investment strategy when game-changing technologies can appear seemingly overnight? Most SMEs just want their systems to work, of course, and have no interest in leading the pack when it comes to technology. The challenge comes if your competitors take advantage of new developments in a way that is disruptive to your industry – but this doesn’t mean you need to overhaul your whole IT strategy just in case such an event occurs. The best approach is to keep an eye on the trends and develop an infrastructure that suits your current business needs and has the flexibility to develop as your business grows or changes over tim......

Has The Buzz Finally Died Down On Cloud?

There was a time when you couldn’t read any IT news story or visit any tech event without someone mentioning the cloud. It was, at one time, hailed as a cure-all for any IT worries from cost concerns to the rapid scalability required by start-ups. Part of the reason we hear the buzzword less now is that it’s settled in to IT infrastructure – most companies use SaaS solutions such as Salesforce or Cisco WebEx and wouldn’t be keen to return to the old process of software being loaded from discs and updated laboriously one machine at a time. Is it time for us all to throw out our hardware and software and accept that cloud has gone from the new kid on the block to the standard? Dropbox Takes Back Its Infrastructure There was an interesting story last year about how Dropbox had decided to take......

How Data Centres Are Making VR A Reality

Those old enough may remember the Virtual Reality (VR) goldrush of the early 1990s: bulky headsets, poor graphics and motion sickness came as standard – ultimately preventing the technology from achieving lift off. Flash forwards to today, and VR is once again making headlines, with 2016 widely mooted as the year it entered the mainstream. From low-end Google Cardboard headsets to HTC’s costly Vive offering, the VR competition amongst major technology companies has accelerated rapidly, suggesting there may be more to the hype this time around. With the potential for 500 million headset sales and a total market value of $30 billion within the next decade, content developers and digital media companies worldwide are now gearing up to capture their share of this lucrative virtual world. While......

Cryptocurrency: A Whole New Mine Field Or A Profitable New World?

We’re in the middle of a Bitcoin boom. The popular cryptocurrency has steadily increased in value and the prices has fluctuated significantly recently, with it hitting $17,000 in early December and shows no signs of stopping. Cryptocurrency mining is a big opportunity for those with the right strategy. But with so many currencies to choose from, how can you find a currency that balances costs and revenue while maximising your chances of earning big? The Competitive Mining Markets Before choosing a cryptocurrency to start mining, it’s worth brushing up on the competitive nature of cryptomining. All cryptocurrencies are validated against a distributed, peer-to-peer blockchain ledger. Miners that discover new blocks can then add them to the chain, and receive some units of the cryptocurrency ......

Got Your Head In The Clouds? It Might Be Time To Look At Simpler Solutions

A recent outage at the hosting company OVH meant that many of their clients were unable to access their servers for more than 12 hours – which is a long time in the fast-paced business world, and almost an eternity for e-commerce companies. With 50,000 websites down due to the failure – caused by a leak in the water cooling system and compounded by a fault in the alerting system – many will be asking if there’s a way to avoid such problems in the future. The short answer is that there is no way to avoid it – no system is ever entirely fool-proof. A large and complex cloud environment as found at OVH can be harder to fix and restart if anything does happen. As OVH found, the restart sequence can be halted by the detection of additional faults which slow down the process. Does th......

Does Your Business Have A Robust Disaster Recovery Strategy?

Over the last year, there have been a number of incidents which have highlighted the value of disaster recovery (DR) policies. Cyber-attacks have demonstrated what can happen when a company is hacked. Air traffic control ground to a halt after, according to BA, an engineer switched off something vital in error. We’re also approaching the time of year when the weather can wreak havoc on business operations, from storms bringing down lines of communication to flooding which may limit access to an office or cause outages. SMEs Continue To Ignore Risk There are numerous reasons why you need to have disaster recovery solutions in place; still, there are many SMEs across the country that ignore the risks and keep their fingers crossed that these things won’t happen to them. For many, there is st......

What Is Hybrid Cloud And How Can It Benefit Connectivity?

While not the only barometer of the embryonic, the escalating and the potentially important, Google Trends does illustrate evolving developments better than most. Search for the term “hybrid cloud” on Trends and you’ll see a mountain of public interest rise from sea level in early 2010 to today’s current peak.  There have been significant milestones along the way, yet interest in hybrid cloud has never been greater than it is today. According to our recent IDC research report, 53 percent of European enterprises currently or plan to use a hybrid cloud solution for their corporate IT. Why? Hybrid cloud offers a number of benefits to your business, chief among them the ability to take control of corporate IT assets in the service of business objectives, such as growing into a new market or im......

Top 5 Considerations For Businesses Colocating In A Data Centre

As information, computing and data communications technologies evolve, business demand for data centre services grows simultaneously. That demand is split into two parts; public cloud, where computing is available on demand and delivered from data centres owned and operated by large US corporations, and commercial data centres. It’s vital companies understand which method will prove most beneficial for their business. As the hybrid cloud model’s popularity grows, so does the trend of businesses moving from in-house to a combination of external colocation and on-demand public cloud services. The flexibility of public cloud means choosing a provider is simple and if the cloud service provider does not meet business needs, moving is equally simple. This is not the case with colocation, where ......

The Data Centre Must Support Business Growth

After a long period of uncertain market conditions, the world economy is finally on a stable upward trend. The world is starting on a period of sustainable growth and the data centre industry needs to be part of it. Lead-times are shortening: colocation, communications and cloud projects in data centres which were on hold are becoming live again. In the UK, over 370,000 new businesses have been set up this year alone. Over the last 30 years, economic activity has moved from being paper based to embrace the digital age. This has involved most organisations buying their own computer and communications equipment and installing it on their own premises. Sometimes, that was an in-house data centre, sometimes a communications room and sometimes a server cupboard under the stairs with a 13 amp so......

Hybrid IT As The Answer To Business Change

The accelerating pace of the global economy has created a business environment of intensely competitive markets. Real-time IT, coming about from efficient and flexible IT infrastructure, is in great demand. From coping with new business initiatives, spin-offs and mergers and acquisitions (M&A), there are no shortages of situations that demand IT excellence. Understanding how the modern business landscape can drive IT evolution, and what we can do to bridge this technology gap, is key. Keeping Up With Retail Buyers Customers are undoubtedly the main driver for IT innovation and creativity. Walmart, for example, has recognised the importance of mobile as a channel for website traffic and customer shopping. Mobile now accounts for more than 40% of total website traffic during the holiday ......

Should You Care About A Global Data Centre Footprint?

Colocation infrastructure that extends around the world enables the easy delivery of the security, space, power and bandwidth needed to keep big businesses running smoothly. For many, the location of data centres is hugely important for geographic diversity and redundancy, IT asset protection and equipment failover. However, the question always comes up: “why does it matter that a provider has over 50 data centres around the world if I need just one rack?” A fair question that deserves a full answer. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, having facilities around the world mitigates risk. How? Through knowledge sharing. Working to two types of incidents; the ‘abnormal incident’ and ‘avoidable error’ means that appropriate processes are put in place to ensure ‘one offs’ remain exactly that ......

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