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Half of firms suffering from cloudphobia – survey

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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

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Britain suffering from inflated data centre pricing – report

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Pricing remains one of highest in Europe, increase in new raised floor space outside the London area will constrain growth in future pricing

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ A new report published by Tariff Consultancy Ltd (TCL) ‘Data Centre Pricing UK 2012’ reveals that the British data centre market is set to rise by 35 percent to 767,000 square metres of raised floor space by the end of 2017, whilst at the same time, seeing average rack space pricing remaining high at above £800 per month.

According to the report, the main reason for the increase in data centre development is the growth in new campus-based data centres outside London, which will also act as a brake on forecast future average rack space price increases. Continue reading

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Massive 65% rise in data centre power consumption – survey

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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

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Content owners offered multi-petabyte storage architecture

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Quantum extends storage scale with multi-petabyte size stores

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Storage behemoth Quantum is to expand its big data content offerings by integrating optimised object storage tech into new tiered-storage and management offerings, the corporation has stated. Continue reading

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European Data Centre Association to launch at DataCentres 2012

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Newly-formed EUDCA to exhibit at conference for content relating to the data centre industry

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Data Centres 2012 (www.datacentres2012.com) to be held in Nice on the 23rd and 24th of May is to be the venue for the formal launch of a new European Data Centre Association

According to the Association, it will be exhibiting at the event, and is welcoming new members to meet there. Continue reading

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Data centres set for future multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions – survey

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Eye on more M&A in data centre sector. Image: kevindean

Data centre M&A valued at over US$12.3 billion worldwide in 2011

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Mergers and acquisition activity in the datacentre sector for both businesses and property, generated more than US$12.3 billion in deal values globally in 2011.

The most active market is the USA followed by Britain and Australia, according to a review of finance and investment in the data centre sector, from research by consulting firm BroadGroup which assessed all publicly-available data across M&A and fund raising activity. Continue reading

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System of a Double Down: First 10 hour DDoS attack crashes SoundCloud

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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

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Glyndwr returns: New data centre opens in Cymru

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On the rise in Cymry

Internet company creates £100,000 data centre in North Wales

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ AN InActernet Service Provider has just invested over £100,000 in a new data centre in North Wales,

According to the company, Hosting UK, which is based in St. Asaph will use the date centre to cut its reliance on server space in Manchester and London. Continue reading

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Amazon and Microsoft outages clatter cloud integrity

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Cloud chaos in blitzkrieg strike

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

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Data centre conflab to buck Greek trend

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Greece plays host to datacentre investment shindig. Image: Aster-oid

Keynote at Data Centre Southern Europe’s inaugural fourm in Athens tackles key issues

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Christos Alexakis, CEO of Invest in Greece – and an economist with a specialization in financial markets will keynote at the forthcoming DataCentres Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean taking place in the Greek capital on 19 September 2011.

Alexakis is a member of the academic community as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics of the Greek University of Piraeus. Continue reading

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Cloud threat as ‘zombie VMs’ sprawl

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Virtual sprawl goes Zombie in cloud threat

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

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Vocal outburst as Tandem taps Sonus at Telehouse

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Vocal outburst at the Telehouse

Neutral Tandem deploys new SIP/IP voice soft-switch in Telehouse in the English capital

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Neutral Tandem has just rolled out a new PSX voice soft-switch from Sonus Networks in one of the world’s largest interconnection hubs, the Telehouse Docklands North location in London, England.

According to the company, th new site proffers Neutral Tandem’s international carrier customers the ability to interconnect via TDM or SIP/IP. Continue reading

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Netcetera nabs gong for best shared host at ISPA love-fest

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Shared hosting lauded in industry awards

British-based web hosting service provider fondles the mantleware in front of peers

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ At the ISPA Awards on Thursday 7th July in London town, organised by the Internet Service Providers’ Association for innovation and best practice, Netcetera’s head honcho Peter Skelton said: “Netcetera has always strived (sic) to lead the industry through innovation, service and excellent value for our customers.” Continue reading

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Egnyte’s online cloud storage goes Dutch

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Online storage at British firms seeking resilience

Safe File Sharing launched as British businesses deal with data deluge

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Cloud file specialist Egnyte has just opened its doors at a new Cloud File Server data centre in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, which, it says, will enable it to meet strong demand from British firms looking for secure file sharing and storage.

Egnyte said that small and medium-sized companies now contribute nearly half of money spent on the cloud in Britain and cite remote storage as their biggest reason for using the cloud. Continue reading

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Gyron grows datacentre space with new 8MW Hemel facility

Gyron's new Hemel data centre

New high availability ‘Maylands’ secure data centre to open in New Year

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Gyron has just started work to bring online an additional data centre in Hemel Hempstead, in the South East of England.

According to the company, when open for customer occupation in Q1 2012, the new Maylands facility will complement the existing Centro facility, also in Hemel Hempstead, that was opened by the company in 2009. Continue reading

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‘Let’s Rocket’ as id7 hunts Dell partners in SAN surge

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Intelligent interconnect for Dell SANs

id7 markets VS-fusion bootable software stack to Dell Partners:

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ Manchester-based interconnecting storage specialist id7 has launched a new targeting of their VS-fusion bootable software stack to Dell’s British partner network.

Dell partners are being sought by id7 to take to market their VS-fusion software stack which converts a Dell server into an ultra high performance storage appliance. Tests on a PowerEdge Dell R610 server, coupled with id7’s bootable VS-fusion software, show transformation of existing EqualLogic array into a rocket storage solution. Continue reading

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APC acquires Kell Systems

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APC by Schneider Electric Acquires Kell Systems
BY PAUL QUIGLEY


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+++ Kell Systems has just been acquired by datacentre tech leviathan APC by Schneider.

According to the UK manufacturing company, its ‘Server Room in a box’ boasts a soundproofed IT cabinet that enables server and network deployment wherever and whenever needed, saving space, costs and deployment times.

The range of Kell Server Cabinets will boost APC’s existing datacentre offerings to include office server storage that can be operated independently of or in conjunction with traditional server rooms, cutting capital expenditure and running costs. Continue reading

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OBITER DICTA: Cloud data center chaos set for earthquake catastrophes?

OBITER DICTA

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

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Testing times as MTI proffers EMC cloud virtualization tools

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MTI adds EMC VNX to its Solutions Centres

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ A new European cloud virtualisation platform has been launched for enterprise ‘proof-of-concept’.

Cloud infrastructure consultancy MTI has just revealed details of its plans to add EMC VNX capabilities, enabling testing of performance and functionality within a fully-integrated virtualisation architecture within a three-location cloud environment. Continue reading

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Kroll Ontrack avows varied virtualisation systems

Kroll Ontrack now supports range of virtualised systems for data recovery

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Media that has suffered a catastrophic electronic malfunction

ECM Plus – Kroll Ontrack has just confirmed it can now support virtualisation products from a range of other vendors, including Hyper-V, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Citrix XenServer, as well as VMware vSphere virtual systems.

The support will be via its in-lab and remote Ontrack Data Recovery services, the comany said. Continue reading

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FEATURE: The Challenges and Business Benefits of Cloud Computing

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A row of racks in a server farm

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. FEATURE ARTICLE: Challenges and Business benefits of cloud computing, by Julian Box. Level A conformance icon, W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0    Continue reading

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SaaS takes on new meaning in cloud storage makeover

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The new SaaS: Storage-as-a-Service

Connectria selects Scality to launch a public cloud storage service, Scality’s first ‘Storage as a Service’ customer

ECM Plus – Enterprise hosting behemoth Connectria has just given the nod to Scality for its RING as its core technology that will go into its new so-called ‘Storage as a Service’ offering.

Scality’s RING platform creates a series of nodes that are built using off-the-shelf servers. Each node on the RING controls its own segment of the overall storage pool. Continue reading

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Upcoming UK Census data offshoring destined for more debacles

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ONS offshoring Briton's personal data for £150m

Report reveals 2011 UK Census of private data set to go offshore to foreign agencies, increasing probability of yet more Government-sanctioned personal data breaches

ECM Plus – A new Guardian report indicates that the British Government’s Office of National Statistics is to pay a foreign agency £150 million in taxpayer money to undertake the collection and processing of Britain’s families and personal income data, with new extra questions in this year’s Census demanding to know the details of sources of incomes as well as additional personal data in the 32-page questionnaire, now destined to go offshore in the government cutbacks and ‘efficiency-savings’ outsourcing deal. Continue reading

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FEATURE: Key considerations for ‘cloudsourcing’ contracts – CAMM

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Cloud computing sample architecture

BY JOHN WALKER

Economics dictates that the CEO, and CFO have a balancing act delivering security, and quality operational services, whilst at the same time, attempting to reduce the organisational and operational costs of delivering the business’ mission.

One opportunity in focus is that of ‘CloudSourcing’, where, depending on the size and type of business, they may be considering engaging in a contract in which part, or all, of their operations are placed into the hands of a Cloud Provider, be this SaaS, PaaS, IaaS or any other such ‘Anything-as-a-Service’ that may accommodate the operational model. Continue reading

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FEATURE: Cloud – how a code of practice can benefit your business

Andy Burton, Chairman, CIF

The cloud is at once touted by the industry as the greatest revolution in the delivery of IT services for a generation and an obscure concept by many prospective adopters.

BY ANDY BURTON

Whilst the former is not surprising, the latter is due to the lack of understanding about how to scope cloud services and how to integrate them within the wider IT strategy.

This uncertainty can be compounded by a lack of knowledge of who to trust in balancing an on-premise capability with an online one and has, therefore, made some IT managers and business leaders reluctant towards investing in cloud services.

A credible and certifiable Code of Practice that can provide transparency of cloud service providers and their capabilities with clear guidelines of what is important, and why, is one sure step to advance adoption.

Cloud service providers need to provide information that relates to their business and operations in a standardised format to cut through pure marketing messages to the core of what and how they offer services. By providing answers to essential questions in a common form will enable end-users to make rational and informed decisions on how to progress with specific vendors. As such, a Code can encourage consumers to have clarity and confidence in their choice of provider.

Due to businesses’ uncertainty of how to embark upon a strategy that includes cloud computing, it is important to understand specifically what it is by definition, and, how it can benefit both businesses and end-users at a practical level. Cloud computing at its most basic level enables someone to access computing power and applications ‘online’ via the internet on demand.

To help cut costs for businesses, it is typically offered on a pay-as-you-use or subscription model and there are no capital costs to participate. Operating independently from hardware, it also provides resource and services to store data and run application, in any devices, anytime, anywhere, as a service.

A Code can help end-users to select the best practices and the service providers that are most suitable to their business. It takes into account three key points: transparency, capability and accountability to accurately define the services offered, standards of operation and security.

As it stands, cloud computing is so new and driven by specific vendor messaging that it lacks transparency, and for some that leads to a lack of credibility. A Code can highlight information that’s vital to making an informed business decision, such as stating the vendor’s real legal entity (behind the web presence), where their data centre operations are based, if they are owned by another company, what their operational practices are etc.

In terms of capability, organisations complying with a Code of Practice should have documented management systems, processes and resources in order to deliver services consistently for their customers 24/7 and enable service level information to be accessed by them.

Accountability involves educating the customer on the legitimacy of organisations. Service providers should be accountable for their operational practices and public website declarations, and in particular, they should actualise any public claims that they make about their service on their websites or promotional materials.

A Code of Practice is necessary to engender the trust required between businesses and cloud service providers to collaborate on the delivery of an IT strategy. If cloud service providers follow the requirements within a Code of Practice and make the information needed to make an informed decision available they are able to place a certification mark on their websites that end users will be able to recognise as a public statement of their operational and ethical intent. What is not in doubt is that what we call cloud services will continue to grow in capability and adoption, what is not so clear is the pace at which that transformation will arrive.

Andy Burton is Chairman of the Cloud Industry Forum

 

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