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 emissions. It's madness, really, when the
data they are storing and processing could be residing on someone else's
servers, under an outsourcing agreement. This is all about economies of
scale. After all, a business that has only a single rack, or very few racks,
in its data centre still has to pow... (more)
Is the cloud inherently insecure? Should we be yearning for the Good Old
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 environm... (more)
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)
Like many organizations across the globe today iomart is celebrating the 25th
birthday of the World Wide Web.
iomart would not exist had a young British computer scientist called Tim
Berners-Lee not submitted his idea for allowing scientists to share
information to his manager at CERN. Today our data centers provide the
physical infrastructure that enables start-ups, SMEs and large enterprises to
deliver their services online.
To mark this anniversary we asked our staff to share their memories of the
early days of the World Wide Web and we’ll come to their recollections in a
Kudos to JESS3 - a creative agency that specializes in web design, branding
and data visualization - for this excellent ‘State of the Internet’
presentation. When you take a step back and consider the mind
boggling numbers presented throughout this vid, you realise just how far
we’ve come since Nicholas Negroponte of MIT Media Labs said back in ‘97
that “the internet was the most overhyped, underestimated phenomenon in
Hindsight is a wonderful thing but how must the guys at Newsweek feel when
they look back through their archives and read this piece from Clifford