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
moment. But one member of our board really was there at its birth.
Ian Ritchie CBE is Non Executive chairman of iomart but back in the early
1980s he founded Office Workstations Limited (OWL). OWL was the first and
largest supplier of Hypertext/Hypermedia authoring tools for personal
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)
It was former Presidential Candidate and founder of Electronic Data Systems
(EDS) Ross Perot who famously said “The activist is not the man who says
the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.”
A quote which may strike resonance with the world’s politicians as they
continue to wrestle with the major challenge of setting a global green agenda
whilst battling tough economic conditions.
President Obama’s second term inaugural speech certainly won plaudits for
his determination to tackle climate change, his powerful statements
deliberately pitched to be emoti... (more)
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
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
1. 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)