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Fear of governments snooping deters companies from using the cloud
ECM Plus +++ Almost half of IT experts are deterred from keeping sensitive data in the cloud because of fear of government intervention and possible legal action, according to a new survey from Lieberman Software which was released today. Continue reading →
Power requirements surging across globalised data centres – survey
Exponential gigawatts more energy being siphoned into globalised corporate data centres
By ECM Plus staff
ECM Plus /London/ +++ In a sharp rise in expected power consumption by data centres used for cloud computing as a result of globalisation of the IT and corporatist sectors, research firm DCD Intelligence has just taken the wrsps off stark findings from its DatacenterDynamics 2012 Global Census report. Continue reading →
Rackspace takes aim at Mailgun in ’open cloud’ platform expansion
By ECM Plus staff
ECM Plus /London/ +++ Rackspace Hosting, the open cloud company, has just entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mailgun, Inc., a Y Combinator startup.
According to Rackspace, their Mailgun acquisition will further enhance its product portfolio, making it easy to integrate cloud-based email services into applications and websites within minutes. Continue reading →
On-line cloud firm decked by double major outages in weekday Distributed Denial of Service meltdown
By ECM Plus staff
ECM Plus +++ On Tuesday October 4 at approximately 8:40pm CET, SoundCloud’s Operations team were alerted to an unusually high amount of unidentified traffic leading to a complete network outage. Within minutes, the company’s Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering and Head of Operations and all available operations engineering resources were deployed to investigate the issue and the company said it “worked around the clock” to locate and resolve it. Continue reading →
Catastrophic corporatist cloud outages destroying credibility of cloud as a serious business model?
By ECM Plus staff
ECM Plus +++ In the wake of the dramatic outages at behemoths Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud services, industry heavyweights were quick to weigh in with their take on the ongoing data debacles.
Riccardo Degli Effetti, data centre manager at Rackspace said: “The recent lightning strike in Ireland that has taken down Amazon’s cloud hosting service in the region is a timely reminder that outages occur, no matter how well a technology or technology provider is prepared to prevent it.” Continue reading →
Tens of millions of pounds tied up in petabytes of wasted storage as Zombie Virtual Machines continue to be a problem
By ECM Plus staff
ECM Plus +++ Real-Status CTO, Stace Hipperson, has warned that Virtual Machine administrators still need to be extra-vigilant against VM sprawl as more and more users ‘self-provision’ to set up their own virtual machines.
VMs, software implementations of computers that execute programs like physical machines, are the enabling technology behind cloud computing. Continue reading →
Are organisations holding back from making use of cloud services due to lack of understanding and reassurance?
By ECM Plus staff
ECM Plus +++ New research by IT firm Intergence Systems has found that companies are often reluctant to migrate to the cloud when there are still on-going security and management concerns around data management.
According to Intergence, cloud-based services are expanding but are also frequently viewed with suspicion, particularly for reasons such as data governance and security. Continue reading →
Autonomy’s moves into the cloud platform to expand to 25 petabytes of customer data under management
By PAUL QUIGLEY
ECM Plus +++ Autonomy has just acquired selected key assets of Iron Mountain’s digital division including archiving, eDiscovery and online backup.
In a digital asset firesale that observers see as a stratgic move into the cloud for Autonomy, this means access to Autonomy’s technology for information governance in secure, private clouds in data centres. Continue reading →
68 percent of world’s companies claim to be planning to implement a cloud strategy
By ECM Plus
ECM Plus +++ Axios Systems has just revealed results of its latest worldwide research survey that shows over 50 percent of IT professionals do not think their ITSM processes are mature enough to effectively manage cloud-based services.
According to the research, twenty-six percent of the IT professionals did think their firms were ready, whilst the other 23% said that they felt ‘unsure’. Continue reading →
Incumbents quiver as public sector edges closer to the cloud with government-wide agreed terms with Huddle
By ECM Plus staff
ECM Plus +++ The British government’s drift towards using cloud computing is gathering momentum in the wake of government-wide agreed terms with Huddle, the cloud collaboration and content management company.
According to Huddle, the commercial proposition has been jointly-developed by Huddle and a working group headed by DEFRA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in support of the Government Cloud Programme. Continue reading →
Why rush to anger your global audience? Clouds may help to scale your infrastructure, but the performance problems still remain
By JEFF KIM
Nearly every Cloud service provider extols the virtues of Cloud as a means for rapidly and cost-effectively reaching a global audience with your business applications. Even the more measured Cloud service providers state that your organisation’s critical applications should move into the Cloud, but more likely into a private Cloud, so that you may obtain a measure of security and performance guarantees (SLAs) combined with the time-to-market benefits of public Cloud. But in the end, whether you leverage the public Cloud or a private Cloud, you are still just getting Cloud. And that means unpredictable performance of your business applications in front of a global audience. Continue reading →
With a cloud security standards void to bring enterprise disasters closer?
The ostensible absence of universally-agreed cloud security standards and SLAs for enterprises who venture forth into the sexy and hip cloud outsourcing trend, without implementing an adequate risk assesment profile, is a recipe for digital data centre disaster. Continue reading →
Justin Pine takes a look at the ongoing debate around cloud standards.
Recent research conducted by Mimecast has found that a large proportion of businesses are now using some form of cloud service, with a further 30 percent planning on adopting more cloud services in the future.
Fashionable new architectures within the technology industry are not unusual. However, even allowing for a certain amount of bandwagon jumping, this rate of cloud adoption has been considerable. Continue reading →
Game-changing cloud computing hype confuses more than illuminates
Reading through the lamestream media Sunday papers of IT and business news it strikes one how little the sheeple really understand about the cloud.
The total and utter confusion of content, telecommunications, middleware, hosting, outsourcing, ROI, media and IT highlight that the whole shooting-match is a mess of terms that everyone is molding to their own terms of reference and that there is, clearly, no standard, no best-practice for cloud decisions. Continue reading →
GXS on the grid in cloud collaborator for SaaS and ISVs
Embedded integration partner programme for ISVs and SaaS providers for B2B cloud
ECM Plus +++ GXS has just taken the wraps off a new programme for collaborators in the independent software vendor community and SaaS players to embed GXS’s Trading Grid integration cloud platform into cloud services and software apps.
GXS said that their collaborators can now connect banking, manufacturing and retailer customers to make the most of their six million trading partner relationships already in GXS Trading Grid. Continue reading →
Ten years ago, if you’d asked a small businesses owner what they did to back up their data, the majority would have pulled a tape from their bag and told you how they swapped out a cassette each night and took them home for safe keeping.
But times have changed and, today, everyone is talking about ‘the Cloud’. So what does that mean? Are all Cloud services the same? And is all Cloud data protected? Continue reading →
ECM Plus – OnApp is offering hosting providers at the WorldHostingDays 2011 exhibition today, in a campaign they hope will dispel the myth that the cost and complexity of setting up a cloud hosting operation is a big deal.
In a moment of marketing madness, OnApp will give away 500 “Cloud-In-A-Box” packages that give recipients the opportunity to get cloud hosting software and services, worth well over US$50,000 – free of charge. Continue reading →
BY JULIAN BOX The current economic climate has seen the need for organisations across all sectors to identify cost savings strategies. The term ‘virtualisation’ and the concept of ‘cloud computing’ have been long discussed as cost-saving and business continuity solutions. However, before an organisation considers deploying a virtual environment and eventually utilising the cloud, it is important for companies to understand how this will fit into their overall business objectives.
Improving operational efficiency will yield cost savings as many organisations are still stuck with the inefficient model of utilising both physical only or a hybrid of physical and virtual infrastructure. These types of environments are expensive to purchase and maintain, especially when adding on power and cooling costs in server rooms or data centres. While virtual infrastructure brings about significant cost and resource savings, it also brings challenges and a shift in operations to deliver the ultimate benefits.
From IT consumerisation to user mobility, corporate network and security teams have had their fair share of challenges to deal with over the past few years. These trends have created what is often referred to as the ‘vanishing perimeter’. reducing the efficiency of traditional defences, such as proxy servers, firewalls and IDS/IPS. Continue reading →
ECM solution providers are keen to jump into the bandwagon and take advantage of what the cloud technologies can offer.
There are three options available for ECM solution providers in the cloud namely Software-as-a-Service (Saas), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) models. Each of these models has distinct advantages and disadvantages that ECM solution providers should be aware.
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model has lower investment costs and typically based on usage based payment. The challenges for ECM solution providers can vary from doing heavy customisation, data security, integration issues, data portability and vendor lock-in. Continue reading →
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