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Early Bird at Cloud Expo It is quite appropriate that Parallels have selected the luxury Fountainbleau Resort on Miami Beach for the location of the Parallels Summit ’10, as its combination of decadence, attention to detail, service ethic and physical setting are an example of the very best that the Hotel Industry has to offer. And it’s a model that Cloud service providers are being urged to follow if they wish to succeed in attracting customers to their offerings. It’s a given that not every company will be able to offer 5 star service and not every customer will be able to afford 5 star prices, but the model or rather the Fountainbleau analogy , is one of a combined packaged service offering for an affordable price. This theme ran loudly through the opening Summit keynotes delivered by Melanie Posey, Research Director at IDC, and Serguei Beloussov, Chairman and ... (more)

Will Cloud Computing Add Value to the Marketing Mix?

For the past 18 months the hype has suggested that Cloud Computing will be the next game changer. But will it? Or are we simply witnessing the next major land grab by a few technology giants on a perceived new market segment? A plethora of recent surveys has shown that whilst organisations are generally aware of the cloud, they are reticent to dive in and procure services. For every survey that suggests that a CIO is considering Cloud Computing as a priority for his or her organisation you will find another survey stating that business leaders haven’t a clue as to its meaning or ... (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)

Inspiring Change - Why We Need More Women in Tech

Set against the backdrop of this weekend's International Women's Day  theme of Inspiring Change, I had the pleasure to sit down with Anne Bryson, Group Technical Manager at iomart. As one of Europe's leading cloud companies iomart has long championed the employment possibilities that working in the field of technology offers to women. Sadly current statistics show that our industry is still falling short. According to research by e-skills UK, only 17% of employees in IT & Telecoms are female. Anne was asked for her thoughts on why this might be and to provide some background to... (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)