Outsourcery appoints Andy Burton as a non executive director

Andy Burton, who has been a leader in the development of the UK cloud sector, has been appointed as a non-executive director of Outsourcery Group, the leading Cloud Service Provider (CSP).

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Seamless physical to virtual (P2V) migration

ExtraHop Networks, a provider of IT operational intelligence solutions, announces a deal with Trader Media Group, publisher and owner of Auto Trader, a leading motoring website and magazine in the United Kingdom that contributed more than £257 million in annual revenue for 2012.

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Business leaders ignore responsibility for data in the cloud

Nine in 10 firms believe cloud service providers have accountability for data security.

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CIOs reassess their roles in the face of changing business requirements

Research highlights importance of CIOs building internal relationships with sales and marketing to improve end user customer experience.

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Shadow IT lurks uncomfortably, for IT departments

The growth in ‘Shadow IT’ is leaving IT departments caught between a rock and a hard place, according to Simon Bain, CTO of search specialists, Simplexo, who suggests that the concerns existing around managing unsupported devices are equally matched by the need to bring IT expenditure in on budget.

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Five steps to picking the right cloud provider

APM Group offers guidance based on feedback from operating CIF Code of Practice to avoid most common problems.

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DigiTar and Internap/Equinix collaboration delivers SaaS Cloud Services

DigiTar, Inc. announces the expansion of its European Cyber Solutions-as-a-Service Data Operations Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which through its association with the Internap/Equinix global infrastructure, delivers redundant Inter-facility network cross-connects, enhanced reliability and network routing options to DigiTar’s European clients. The announcement coincides with CeBIT 2013, the No. 1 event for the digital world.

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New survey highlights worrying lack of guidance from employers on use of personal devices

A survey commissioned by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has shown many employers appear to have a ‘laissez faire’ attitude to allowing staff to use their personal laptop, tablet computer or smartphone for work business, which may be placing people’s personal information at risk.

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Interoute launches Cloud Hosted Microsoft Lync Service with video and voice extras

Interoute integrates Microsoft Lync into its Video as a Service Cloud, enabling Lync users to make video and voice calls to any internal or external end devices, regardless of connectivity.

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VMware chooses Attenda

Attenda selected to participate in new VMware Program designed to accelerate enterprise cloud adoption.

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Rackspace launches OpenCenter

Rackspace® Hosting has announced major new features in its free and open source Rackspace Private Cloud Software, powered by OpenStack and supported by its own Fanatical Support services. Key among the new functionality in this release is OpenCenter™, a single interface for deploying, configuring and operating clouds at scale in an enterprise datacentre.

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The cloud models of the future

Matt Davies, director, Cordys, discusses the different approaches to cloud broking we will see develop as service providers look to new revenue streams.

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Differentiation in a crowded cloud service provider market

Organisations are increasingly looking towards Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions to reduce costs and solve a number of business challenges. By Trevor Dearing, EMEA Marketing Director, Gigamon.

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Videos

Interview with Helena Nimmo, CIO at Endava. Women working in the IT industry share their experiences – covering the opportunities they have had, the challenges they have had to overcome during their careers to date, and offering plenty of constructive thoughts and observations as to what improvements still need to be made when it comes to improving diversity within the workplace.
Paul Speciale, Chief Marketing Officer at Scality, discusses the results of the company’s recent data sovereignty survey, which found that, while the vast majority of companies have policies in place or have plans to do so, there’s a difference of opinion when it comes to relying on the public cloud alone or taking a hybrid approach when it comes to implementation.
Andrew Hollister, CISO at LogRhythm, discusses the findings of the company’s recent report, produced in association with Ponemon Institute – covering the current threat landscape, the need for clear communications between the CISO and the CEO/board level executives, and the importance of using a security framework to help build an optimised, end-to-end and resilient cybersecurity infrastructure.
Shyam Iyer, Chair, SNIA SDXI (Smart Data Accelerator Interface) Technical Work Group, Member, SNIA Technical Council, discusses the work of the Smart Data Accelerator Interface (SDXI) Working Group as it develops an open data mover interface specification - explaining the desired characteristics of the standard, as well as the roadmap which should see version 1.0 released before the end of 2022.

Expert Opinions

By David Trossell, CEO and CTO of WAN Acceleration company Bridgeworks Ltd.
While we all welcome the increased use of biofuels such as biodiesel to reduce carbon emissions, data centres need to be aware of the additional risks this poses to backup generators. The increased use of some bio component/material within the fuel industry makes the environment within the fuel tank more appealing to microorganisms. Present in large concentration, these can create issues by blocking filters and corroding metal parts within the fuel system – issues which are not likely to be covered by generator OEM warranties. Pierre Poitras, Technical Consultant at Conidia Bioscience looks at what data centres should be doing to ensure they stay online?
The retail sector is just emerging from the backdrop of intense pandemic-induced digitisation, only to find itself in an environment with many more external pressures – from the tech talent shortage to outstanding technical debt and supply chain pressures. Here, Neil Holden, Chief Information Officer, Halfords, reflects on the lessons Halfords has learned even before the pandemic, and offers some best practice advice to CIOs and CTOs as they plan and execute digitisation strategies in the current retail industry landscape.
Flooding the data center with cold supply air, in combination with an appropriate hot aisle containment solution, makes for a cost-effective, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly facility, as Gordon Johnson, Senior CFD Engineer at Subzero Engineering, explains.