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Virtual Infrastructure

Virtual Infrastructure: Creating a layer of abstraction between computing, storage, and networking hardware, and the operating systems running on it, resulting in a pool of homogeneous resources across the data center on which business services can be quickly and reliably provisioned and managed. (Source: www.expertglossary.com)

Are Enterprise Cloud Services the CIO's Key to Innovation?


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There are already signs that CIOs see what needs to be done as they try to move forward. In October 2013, Gartner predicted that cloud computing would grow to represent the bulk of new IT spend by as soon as 2016. As long as CIOs are being pushed to deliver more with less, it is clear tha ...   read more

As cloud takes over, what is the role of the IT manager?


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The industrialisation of IT has long commenced. Legacy systems requiring manual management of IT structure have fallen to the wayside, one by one, as automated cloud computing systems have usurped the place of typical IT professionals and infrastructure managers. Unrest has shaken the industry since at least 2010, and the same advice has been issued over and over again, in varying tones. F ...   read more

Cloud Compliance: Is the Cloud Keeping your Data Private?


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Public cloud computing, convenient and cost-saving, has replaced the large, on-site server rooms usually relied upon by companies. Data once saved in server rooms is stored in data centres often far from the company site, managed by a cloud provider that secures and protects the data. But at what point can conveni ...   read more

Cloud Trends for 2013 and Beyond


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The cloud has settled in to stay. Since its first emergence, cloud has been both a curiosity and a concern for CIOs and IT professionals. Now that this modern computing system has swept the information industry, what will happen next?

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Ensuring SLA compliance and disaster recovery in the cloud


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A strategic move to the cloud is often driven by two or three key considerations, most often, these include the ability to reduce capital expense and establish more predictable operating expense, and establishing a more scalable and more easily manageable infrastructure.    Whilst a company’s first foray into the cloud is likely to be proof-of-concept applications that are less mission-critical, more companies are finding it advantageous to strategically ...   read more

How CIO's Can Stay Relevant to the Business in a Rapidly Changing Environment


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To stay relevant to the business in a rapidly-changing external environment, the CIO and IT department need to be as agile as the infrastructure they provide to the business, and as open to new ways of working as the broader organisation. Today’s IT agenda, then, is not about keeping things ticking over – i.e. being ordinary and maintaining the status quo. New requirements emerge so quickly that it has become impossible to predict what’s coming down the line, so there is a growing need to ...   read more

Private clouds without the capex - Housing your private cloud within a public cloud


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It should come as no surprise that it is possible to have a private cloud within a public cloud infrastructure, in much the same way as we have virtual private networks (VPNs) over the public Internet. The most common unschooled view of the cloud is unfortunately one of confusion, with the belief that it is an amorphous collection of compute resources at an indistinct group of third party sites. That definition more closely resembles the Internet itself, however.  Before addressing p ...   read more

The Case for Virtual Data Centres


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In an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) scenario,  the  cloud-based  service being provided will include virtual server space, network connections, bandwidth, IP addresses and load balancers. Physically the pool of hardware resource is pulled  from  a  multitude  of  servers  and  networks  usually distributed across numerous data centres, all of which the cloud provider is responsible for maintaining. Th ...   read more

What's Holding Businesses Back From the Cloud?


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The typical internal IT infrastructure is mired in complexity; costly and cumbersome to manage; and the opposite of dynamic and agile. Any on-premise server that is not fully utilised represents a costly waste of resources. Extrapolate that across the entire company, and the inefficiencies are likely to assume staggering proportions. It is in this context that an organisation’s interest in cloud-based systems and services will typically originate. An overwhelm ...   read more

40% of Workers Never Heard of Virtualization, according to Cisco Study


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A new study by Cisco mConcierge partners has found that 40% of workers have never heard of the term virtualization, including IT personnel. 53% of those that don’t work in IT have never heard anything about the technology and just 34% think that the company they work for uses virtualization. Worse, 80% of top-level executives have no idea whether using virtualization solutions would benefit their company or not. Bearing this in mind, it’s no real surprise that   read more

70% of IT Managers can’t Measure Performance in Cloud


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Cloud computing is changing the way that IT infrastructures as a whole, and IT managers as a profession, are structured in the workplace and according to a recent survey, many are unsure how the changing landscape is affecting their job. The study , carried out at t ...   read more

Cabinet Office Seek Data Centre Partner


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The Cabinet Office and Government Digital Service (GDS) are looking to partner with a private service contractor that can supply "data centre colocation services” to handle "top secret” information, Computer Weekly reports. A service contract notice has been issued alongside funding of up to £700m for a four year agreement. "The operating environment is to be capable of housing computer infras ...   read more

Cisco adds Flash to Servers


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Cisco has come out on top for performance in cloud computing as shown by the VMware® VMmark™ 2.1 benchmark result, which was published on July 10th 2012. The benchmarking works by testing "real-world workloads to determine a virtualization score.” Beyond this, other factors are taken into consideration such as VMware vMotion, Storage vMotion and virtual machine provisioning time to come up with a final score, which represents the total overall score. "Because Cisco ...   read more

Cisco predicts huge growth in cloud computing traffic


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Cisco has predicted a huge growth in cloud computing in the coming years, with traffic tripling between 2010 and 2015. According to the firm's Global Cloud Index (2010-15) report, the amount of data being shifted to and from cloud systems will rise 12-fold and the total amount transmitted during 2015 is expected to reach 1.6 trillion gigabytes.In its report the firm said that the majority of data being shifted around the cloud will be hidden from end users - during processes like   read more

Deutsche Bank migrates to the cloud


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German investment bank Deutsche Bank has completed the first phase of its migration to the cloud. The firm decided to adopt the new technology as a way of streamlining internal application development.It is hoped that the cloud computing infrastructure will help the bank's developers boost the turnaround of software creation. The cornerstone of the move is the ability for ...   read more

Hybrid VDI can help cut costs


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Centrally managed virtual desktop infrastructure can be improved if the VDI is executed on the end-user's PC rather than being delivered over the internet, according to virtualization expert John Glendenning. He claimed that central execution means 20 times the amount of equipment is needed to deliver a solidly-performing virtual desktop environment.Mr Glendenning, senior vice pres ...   read more

India is Fastest Growing IT Service Market


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India is the fastest growing IT services market in the world, according to a new study from Gartner, with an average budget of $12.2m. Three quarters of the country’s large enterprises plan to further increase spending in 2013 too, providing an opportunity for service providers to capitalise on that growth. Gartner asked enterprises around the world with more than 1000 employees to reveal their spending plans. 1523 large enterprises were questioned, with 153 of these b ...   read more

Interoute recognised by Gartner as industry leader


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Researchers at Gartner have published the updated Magic Quadrant report for 2013 and have positioned leading cloud service provider Interoute Communications Ltd highly for its "ability to execute”. Interoute is the owner and operator of Europe’s biggest cloud services platform, accounting for 10 host ...   read more

Interoute’s Matthew Finnie Talks Apps at Cloud Expo Europe


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Interoute’s Matthew Finnie is due to give a talk this afternoon at this year’s Cloud Expo Europe, being held at the National Hall Olympia, London today and tomorrow. He is to give a talk at 13.50 pm entitled "The rise of the Enterprise App Store – will the Enterprise App Store change the way we purchase technology forever?” Finnie will ...   read more

IP Expo Tomorrow


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The IP Expo begins tomorrow at Earls Court, London and will run for two days with events and seminars surrounding a wealth of IT subjects, including virtualization and a host of keynote speakers. The only enterprise IT event to cover all subjects across IT is to include product launches and demonstrations and entry is free for those who pre-register attendance on the IP Expo website. It’s thought that the event will include ...   read more

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