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Is the cloud inherently insecure? Should we be yearning for the Good Old Days? Hackers and outages have certainly made sure it has rained on the cloud parade in recent months. Repeated attacks on Sony’s Playstation network have rekindled the debate about the security of the cloud as have cloud failures at Amazon, Google and Microsoft.So, has the padlock come off? Is the cloud inherently insecure? Should we go back to the old days? The answer is no, no and no. The Cloud approach continues to offer a unique opportunity to business. Managing and maintaining complex hosting environments in-house can be time consuming and costly so handing that over to a company that specialises in hosting services not only reduces a big burden on management, it can also be an effective way of reducing costs. The key comes when that handover takes place. Like handing over your new born ... (more)

UK Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme is Bad for IT Business

As we enter the third month of 2012, we can but hope that this should be the year that the UK Government finally realises that its Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme is bad for business. Introduced under the banner of helping UK industry to become more energy efficient it seems to want to do nothing but penalise growth. Our raison d’etre as the owner and operator of five UK data centres is to help businesses and organisations throughout the private and public sector to consolidate their IT infrastructures. By moving their servers off their premises into data centres like ours, wh... (more)

Cloud Computing, iSlate & Social Networking

Firstly, and rather belatedly, a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you - hopefully your festive break was enjoyable and are now suitably refreshed and ready to face the challenges and opportunities that will arise through 2010. It's traditional (and never let it be said that were suffer from originality) at this time of year to dust down the crystal ball, gaze longingly into one's naval and predict what topics will dominate the news over the next 12 months. After much deliberation we are pleased to bring you our totally chartastic top 5. 1.       Cloud Computing I... (more)

All for One Cloud and One Cloud for All

Today has seen the vision of an open source cloud move one step closer with the launch of the OpenStack project. The project has the backing of over 25 leading technology companies and NASA, and is designed to foster the emergence of technology standards and cloud interoperability. The project’s key aim is to enable anyone to turn physical hardware into scalable and extensible cloud environments. OpenStack is not itself a cloud provider, rather it is a software offering that lets the end user build a cloud, either for public or private use.   An OpenStack Design Summit was held... (more)

Acid or Green Rain from Cloud Computing?

The world's data centers collectively are said to be producing more carbon emissions than consumers within many countries (Italy, The Netherlands and Argentina are some of the more headline-grabbing examples that have been cited of late). "The whole industry must be more efficient" is an all too common battle cry, in reaction to that. But does that really wash - or is it just more greenwash? As the need for computing technology grows, we are seeing more and more organizations considering building in house data centres, which will lead to a huge overall increase in carbon emissio... (more)