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Taking a reality check on Cloud security

Posted by Stefan Haase | 8 Jun 2012, 14:11 PM

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One of the findings to come out of the Legal Week/Redcentric survey of law firm CIOs was that 72% of respondents cited concerns about security as the biggest single inhibitor to Cloud adoption.

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An antidote to the hot air surrounding data centre hosting

Posted by Paul Hone | 9 Jan 2012, 09:16 AM

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In potentially baffling customers with marketing spiel and hot air during their Cloud or managed hosting services pitch, many hosts are at the same time confusing matters when they talk about their data centre credentials. To camouflage their shortcomings, they may try and impress you with jargon around their SLAs, MTBFs, PDUs and more*.

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Copper-bottomed network resilience: where cable theft meets it match

Posted by Mark Hall | 21 Dec 2011, 16:05 PM

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Visitors to our offices are sometimes surprised to find one of the monitoring screens in our 24/7 Service Management Centre is running Sky News. Is this some mysterious motivational technique? I’m afraid not. It’s much more mundane than that – it’s just one of the many ways we keep tabs on what’s happening on our network.

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Backup and recovery: 3 problems and a solution

Posted by Stefan Haase | 1 Dec 2011, 13:06 PM

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74% of organisations are “not very confident” they could fully restore their systems or data after an IT failure. That’s the finding of the recent European Disaster Recovery Survey 2011 sponsored by IT group EMC and based on answers from 1,750 IT bosses in nine European countries.

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Data security and the perils of location, location, location.

Posted by Stefan Haase | 8 Nov 2011, 14:19 PM

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According to a report from Information Age’s Cloud Security 2011 conference, businesses will soon be using a Software-as-a Service application from one provider, built on a Platform-as-a-Service offering from another, which in turn is based on Infrastructure-as-a-Service delivered by a third.

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Olympics power drain too big a hurdle for Verizon

Posted by Paul Hone | 6 Oct 2011, 14:08 PM

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In June, my colleague Ian Rhodes warned that “The Olympics will be a significant challenge for the UK infrastructure”. But it’s not just bandwidth that’s the problem. Concerns over power shortages during next year’s Olympic Games in London have caused Verizon Business to dismiss the capital as the site for its flagship data centre.

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Dont let consumer problems cloud your business judgement.

Posted by Stefan Haase | 12 Sep 2011, 09:16 AM

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Although Gartner recently declared that Cloud computing is as ‘hyped up’ as it has ever been, its reputation is suffering a little. With each reported problem from the likes of Amazon, Google and more latterly Microsoft, businesses build up their defences and question if (rather than when) they should adopt Cloud services.

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Olympics front-runners: why SMEs should be part of the race

Posted by Stefan Haase | 5 Sep 2011, 16:12 PM

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A recent article in The Telegraph about London’s Olympic Stadium revealed that “the grass came from Scunthorpe, the seats from Luton and the roof from Bolton”. The fact that it was all built in Britain is truly a remarkable achievement. However, I’m reminded that I was recently asked why it was that SMEs had failed to win contracts for the 2012 Olympics.

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Its not the Cloud that fails customers. Its the Cloud provider.

Posted by Stefan Haase | 31 Aug 2011, 16:16 PM

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Evidently, the latest Amazon debacle wasn’t an act of God. Instead, it seems that the provider’s equipment – and not a lightning strike at energy supplier EBS Networks’ substation – was to blame.

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10 reasons the government should use a managed service provider

Posted by Peter Nailer | 2 Aug 2011, 13:26 PM

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A new report by the government’s public administration committee has found that an “obscene amount of public money” is being wasted on IT. The report, “Government and IT – A Recipe For Rip-Offs: Time For A New Approach” warns that the government will be “doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past” if it does not learn to be more “intelligent” in its dealings with IT suppliers.

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New next generation facility. Why now?

Posted by Paul Hone | 26 May 2011, 13:19 PM

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With a real buzz around our new Reading Data Centre plans, I’m receiving calls and questions on a daily basis, both from existing customers and potential clients (as well as the occasional competitor ‘spy’!). The main query is of course, ‘What’s in it for me?’.

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Utilising Virtualisation For Disaster Recovery

Posted by Stefan Haase | 25 May 2011, 16:13 PM

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According to Gartner, around 15-20 per cent of IT workloads are already virtualised, and this figure could potentially treble to 50-60 per cent by 2012. Such positive adoption is easily explained when you consider that the resultant benefits read like an IT director’s wish list.

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Data and information – your legal obligations

Posted by Stefan Haase | 25 May 2011, 11:41 AM

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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”) came into force on 1st January 2005 and gave the public new rights of access to recorded information held by public authorities – and email is considered part of that ‘recorded information’.

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When the Ash meets the Cloud

Posted by Phil Dyson | 23 May 2011, 10:05 AM

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So, volcanic disruption threatens to ground flights and scupper our various plans all over again. But, hidden behind the media stories of cancelled holidays and 3-day waits in the airport, the Icelandic ash has a serious effect on the UK’s economy.

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Are other providers investing…or simply in denial?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 15 May 2011, 11:13 AM

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In a competitive marketplace, it’s true that customers are swayed by attention grabbing headlines of growth, with the promise of big brand security and savings.

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