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  • Next Generation Data centre Index – Cycle III

    This third cycle of the next generation data centre (NGD) research, shows that progress in how organisations in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, are preparing for changes in the way ITC is used to support their businesses has stalled for many organisations. However, detailed analysis shows how those who are investing in certain areas – and just changing the mind-set of how they approach ITC – are well ahead of those who are just trying to save money.

  • £700m government hosting deal limits bidders to North-East England datacentre

    Want to win the £700m Crown Hosting Service contract? You'll need a major datacentre near Newcastle to stand any chance

  • Musings on datacentres

    2012 was a year when organisations had to face up to the fact that the basis of IT was beginning to change. Energy costs were rapidly escalating, new technical architectures, such as cloud computing, were coming to the fore and users were off doing their own things. The potential impact on the data centre was massive – and the following report pulls together articles written by Quocirca for SearchVirtualDataCentre (now part of ComputerWeekly) throughout 2012.

  • CW Buyers Guide: Green IT

    With IT such a large energy drain for many organisations, firms that cut IT power consumption will reap big benefits. Going green means that computer room air conditioners and chillers are no longer required in the datacentre, potentially slashing energy costs by up to 50% and dramatically lowering the facility’s carbon footprint.

  • Co-location services and datacentres feel the CCA heat

    A climate change agreement (CCA) for datacentres has come into force. How will its energy-efficiency rewards shape the industry?

  • Government tenders for £700m Crown Hosting Service deal

    The government has put out a tender to procure infrastructure for a Crown Hosting Service, which will consolidate hosting services across Whitehall departments.

  • Facebook carbon footprint grows but energy-efficiency metric glows

    Facebook’s carbon footprint report shows energy-efficiency metric for all-important datacentres comfortably outperforms gold-standard figure and set to get better

  • Microsoft signs 20-year wind energy deal to power datacentres

    Microsoft has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy with EDF Renewable Energy – its “largest wind investment to date”

  • Musings on data centres – volume 2

    Analyst Clive Longbottom discusses the key issues in managing and designing datacentres, in this series of 12 articles.

  • Airbus deploys modular datacentre strategy to boost HPC capacity

    The aircraft manufacturer has deployed HP's performance optimised datacentres (PODs) to increase its high performance compute capabilities for its engineers

  • VIEW MORE ON : Green IT
  • Next Generation Data centre Index – Cycle III

    This third cycle of the next generation data centre (NGD) research, shows that progress in how organisations in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, are preparing for changes in the way ITC is used to support their businesses has stalled for many organisations. However, detailed analysis shows how those who are investing in certain areas – and just changing the mind-set of how they approach ITC – are well ahead of those who are just trying to save money.

  • £700m government hosting deal limits bidders to North-East England datacentre

    Want to win the £700m Crown Hosting Service contract? You'll need a major datacentre near Newcastle to stand any chance

  • Musings on datacentres

    2012 was a year when organisations had to face up to the fact that the basis of IT was beginning to change. Energy costs were rapidly escalating, new technical architectures, such as cloud computing, were coming to the fore and users were off doing their own things. The potential impact on the data centre was massive – and the following report pulls together articles written by Quocirca for SearchVirtualDataCentre (now part of ComputerWeekly) throughout 2012.

  • Business Continuity Management Systems

    This downloadable extract focuses on the practical elements of business continuity management and considers them from a management system perspective: Where should the emphasis be when it comes to fitting your Business Continuity Management (BCM) arrangements into a management system? The chapter uses six phases of the BCM lifecycle as a focal point and offer top tips for you to consider when developing your Business Continuity Management System (BCMS).

  • CW Buyers Guide: Green IT

    With IT such a large energy drain for many organisations, firms that cut IT power consumption will reap big benefits. Going green means that computer room air conditioners and chillers are no longer required in the datacentre, potentially slashing energy costs by up to 50% and dramatically lowering the facility’s carbon footprint.

  • Co-location services and datacentres feel the CCA heat

    A climate change agreement (CCA) for datacentres has come into force. How will its energy-efficiency rewards shape the industry?

  • Government tenders for £700m Crown Hosting Service deal

    The government has put out a tender to procure infrastructure for a Crown Hosting Service, which will consolidate hosting services across Whitehall departments.

  • Facebook carbon footprint grows but energy-efficiency metric glows

    Facebook’s carbon footprint report shows energy-efficiency metric for all-important datacentres comfortably outperforms gold-standard figure and set to get better

  • Microsoft signs 20-year wind energy deal to power datacentres

    Microsoft has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy with EDF Renewable Energy – its “largest wind investment to date”

  • Musings on data centres – volume 2

    Analyst Clive Longbottom discusses the key issues in managing and designing datacentres, in this series of 12 articles.

  • VIEW MORE ON : Data centre backup power and power distribution
  • Navigating your Future within an SOA information manufacturing system

    As the IT industry reaches maturity, IT departments should think of themselves not as data centres but as manufacturing centres for information. IT is following in the footsteps of the telephone and electricity industry before it, and becoming a commodity. The mission, whether IT knows it or not, is to provide information to its customer when they need it, where they need it, in a form that they can use it, at a price that they are willing to pay. In a nutshell its role, is becoming information manufacturing. It is the business of information manufacturing systems. Data centers are information factories and the IT staff are information builders. This is a profound shift in thinking that will have significant implications for the future of IT department, IT professionals and the business.

  • Next Generation Data centre Index – Cycle III

    This third cycle of the next generation data centre (NGD) research, shows that progress in how organisations in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, are preparing for changes in the way ITC is used to support their businesses has stalled for many organisations. However, detailed analysis shows how those who are investing in certain areas – and just changing the mind-set of how they approach ITC – are well ahead of those who are just trying to save money.

  • £700m government hosting deal limits bidders to North-East England datacentre

    Want to win the £700m Crown Hosting Service contract? You'll need a major datacentre near Newcastle to stand any chance

  • Atos revenue slips but UK growth up 3.7%

    Revenue of Atos dipped 1.9% in the first half of 2014 because of slowdown in IT orders in Europe, but UK growth was up

  • FM, IT and Data Centres

    Are Facilities and IT data centre managers implacable enemies, or is it just a need for different priorities and emphases on work that seem to get in the way? Often, Quocirca finds that an organisation has one team – facilities management (FM) – looking after the physical facility of the data centre, with another – information technology (IT) – looking after the servers, storage and network equipment, along with the software running within it. This can lead to problems where priorities clash, or where a lack of common language or views of a problem can stop things from happening.

  • Musings on datacentres

    2012 was a year when organisations had to face up to the fact that the basis of IT was beginning to change. Energy costs were rapidly escalating, new technical architectures, such as cloud computing, were coming to the fore and users were off doing their own things. The potential impact on the data centre was massive – and the following report pulls together articles written by Quocirca for SearchVirtualDataCentre (now part of ComputerWeekly) throughout 2012.

  • An Information Architecture Vision

    Information is the lifeblood of an enterprise in a knowledge-based economy, but most are awash in a sea of data unable to leverage their information holdings to gain competitive advantage and/or improve services. This “big data” challenge is projected to increase significantly over time and provide major opportunities to those willing to move their organizations from a “data rich” to an “information smart” environment. This White Paper from the Open Group assesses the “big data” problem, proposes business and architecture visions, and develops an Enterprise Information Planning and Architecture Model. The vision and model will assist companies to systematically develop their information holdings and related services to achieve business value. The paper is based upon global best practices in business and government and addresses the lifecycle management of all types of information holdings and services from transaction processing to advanced decision support to records and archiving. This report is targeted at Business Planners and Analysts as well as Enterprise and Information Architecture practitioners. It is also of interest to all other professionals engaged in data, information, and knowledge management.

  • Beyond Big Data – The New Information Economy

    Organisations are faced with an ever-increasing flow of different data types, including formal, database transactional information as well as less structured documents, voice and video. Within this mix of data types lies the intellectual property of a given organisation – and ensuring that it is in a format that can be easily mined and monetised is an on-going battle. Big data will be part of this, but other issues have to be taken into account. To uncover the true value hidden in the mass of data under the control of a given organisation requires a cohesive and coherent approach to information management. Quocirca believes that this needs a fully integrated system that acts on data streams, rather than taking actions on already stored data, and that there are multiple functions – such as data meta-tagging, deduplication, indexing, search and reporting – to ensure that the intellectual property assets can be optimally discovered and managed.

  • Business Outcomes from Big Data

    Big data has not yet led to big outcomes. Despite all the hype, less than half of all employees find that corporate information helps them get their jobs done. The problem of getting the right information to the right people at the right time is getting worse with the growing number of information sources, uses, and users. Our previous research discussed how CIOs should help foster informed skepticism to boost the ability of employees to use big data for better decisions. This study discusses the CIO’s role in making big data attainable and useful.

  • Dr Who visual effects studio builds desktop as a service for graphics

    Jellyfish Pictures, the visual effects and animation studio behind Dr Who and the Line of Duty link has developed a DaaS for GPU

  • VIEW MORE ON : Systems management
  • Next Generation Data centre Index – Cycle III

    This third cycle of the next generation data centre (NGD) research, shows that progress in how organisations in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, are preparing for changes in the way ITC is used to support their businesses has stalled for many organisations. However, detailed analysis shows how those who are investing in certain areas – and just changing the mind-set of how they approach ITC – are well ahead of those who are just trying to save money.

  • £700m government hosting deal limits bidders to North-East England datacentre

    Want to win the £700m Crown Hosting Service contract? You'll need a major datacentre near Newcastle to stand any chance

  • Time to rethink x86 datacentres

    A new breed of ARM64 based servers could offer datacentre managers an alternative to x86 machines. What's the catch?

  • FM, IT and Data Centres

    Are Facilities and IT data centre managers implacable enemies, or is it just a need for different priorities and emphases on work that seem to get in the way? Often, Quocirca finds that an organisation has one team – facilities management (FM) – looking after the physical facility of the data centre, with another – information technology (IT) – looking after the servers, storage and network equipment, along with the software running within it. This can lead to problems where priorities clash, or where a lack of common language or views of a problem can stop things from happening.

  • Musings on datacentres

    2012 was a year when organisations had to face up to the fact that the basis of IT was beginning to change. Energy costs were rapidly escalating, new technical architectures, such as cloud computing, were coming to the fore and users were off doing their own things. The potential impact on the data centre was massive – and the following report pulls together articles written by Quocirca for SearchVirtualDataCentre (now part of ComputerWeekly) throughout 2012.

  • Gartner: Best practices for I&O for cloud-readiness

    Cloud computing could end up being a hindrance rather than a help to an enterprise if not planned and implemented properly. In many infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams, it can be observed that previous failures are repeating themselves over and over. Very few organisations are mature enough in terms of people and process capabilities to be able to take cues from past failures and prepare themselves for the foreseeable as well as the unforeseen future.

  • Integrating and monitoring business-to-business (B2B) value chains

    Increasing globalisation and diversity of both the suppliers and customers a given organisation has to deal with mean that supply chains are becoming ever more complex. Maintaining capabilities across broad functions requires systems that are well integrated, audited, secure and capable of being reported on at a granular level. Cloud-based approaches introduce new opportunities to gain access to advanced functionality, but also introduce issues around B2B integration for organisations.

  • Beyond Big Data – The New Information Economy

    Organisations are faced with an ever-increasing flow of different data types, including formal, database transactional information as well as less structured documents, voice and video. Within this mix of data types lies the intellectual property of a given organisation – and ensuring that it is in a format that can be easily mined and monetised is an on-going battle. Big data will be part of this, but other issues have to be taken into account. To uncover the true value hidden in the mass of data under the control of a given organisation requires a cohesive and coherent approach to information management. Quocirca believes that this needs a fully integrated system that acts on data streams, rather than taking actions on already stored data, and that there are multiple functions – such as data meta-tagging, deduplication, indexing, search and reporting – to ensure that the intellectual property assets can be optimally discovered and managed.

  • An Introduction to Quantum Lifecycle Management

    Quantum Lifecycle Management (QLM) will enable the “Internet of Things” to have an impact on business and the world at large in a way similar to the Internet itself. This White Paper introduces QLM, explains why it is necessary, its emergence, and also how its development and acceptance will be assured under the auspices of The Open Group.

  • Practical Data Migration: PDMv2

    In this chapter from the second edition of his book, Morris outlines PDMv2 and show how it overcomes common data migration problems by using a set of integrated modules that cover the whole scope of a data migration from project start-up to legacy decommissioning and beyond. The chapter also gives a brief overview of the types of software technology available to support data migration.

  • VIEW MORE ON : Performance, monitoring and optimisation
  • Next Generation Data centre Index – Cycle III

    This third cycle of the next generation data centre (NGD) research, shows that progress in how organisations in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, are preparing for changes in the way ITC is used to support their businesses has stalled for many organisations. However, detailed analysis shows how those who are investing in certain areas – and just changing the mind-set of how they approach ITC – are well ahead of those who are just trying to save money.

  • £700m government hosting deal limits bidders to North-East England datacentre

    Want to win the £700m Crown Hosting Service contract? You'll need a major datacentre near Newcastle to stand any chance

  • Amazon, Microsoft offer free access to cloud resources for climate-change research

    AWS, Microsoft and IBM will award free access to supercomputing and cloud resources for climate-change research

  • Time to rethink x86 datacentres

    A new breed of ARM64 based servers could offer datacentre managers an alternative to x86 machines. What's the catch?

  • Musings on datacentres

    2012 was a year when organisations had to face up to the fact that the basis of IT was beginning to change. Energy costs were rapidly escalating, new technical architectures, such as cloud computing, were coming to the fore and users were off doing their own things. The potential impact on the data centre was massive – and the following report pulls together articles written by Quocirca for SearchVirtualDataCentre (now part of ComputerWeekly) throughout 2012.

  • Beyond Big Data – The New Information Economy

    Organisations are faced with an ever-increasing flow of different data types, including formal, database transactional information as well as less structured documents, voice and video. Within this mix of data types lies the intellectual property of a given organisation – and ensuring that it is in a format that can be easily mined and monetised is an on-going battle. Big data will be part of this, but other issues have to be taken into account. To uncover the true value hidden in the mass of data under the control of a given organisation requires a cohesive and coherent approach to information management. Quocirca believes that this needs a fully integrated system that acts on data streams, rather than taking actions on already stored data, and that there are multiple functions – such as data meta-tagging, deduplication, indexing, search and reporting – to ensure that the intellectual property assets can be optimally discovered and managed.

  • Crew Clothing fashions cloud-based marketing to engage buyers

    British luxury casualwear brand Crew Clothing chose cloud marketing to move from batch email marketing to a more timely and personal approach

  • Vince Cable welcomes £135m datacentre investment in Docklands

    Telehouse, London's colo and datacentre provider, to build a mission-critical datacentre in Docklands with £135m from parent firm KDDI

  • VMware Q2 revenue up 17% as investor pushes for spin-off from EMC

    VMware has reported a 17% year-on-year revenue growth to $1.46bn for the second quarter of 2014

  • Juniper Networks sales improve as network demand spikes

    Growth in demand for data and bandwidth caused sales of Juniper Networks solutions to spike during its second quarter

  • VIEW MORE ON : Data centre capacity planning
  • Next Generation Data centre Index – Cycle III

    This third cycle of the next generation data centre (NGD) research, shows that progress in how organisations in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, are preparing for changes in the way ITC is used to support their businesses has stalled for many organisations. However, detailed analysis shows how those who are investing in certain areas – and just changing the mind-set of how they approach ITC – are well ahead of those who are just trying to save money.

  • £700m government hosting deal limits bidders to North-East England datacentre

    Want to win the £700m Crown Hosting Service contract? You'll need a major datacentre near Newcastle to stand any chance

  • FM, IT and Data Centres

    Are Facilities and IT data centre managers implacable enemies, or is it just a need for different priorities and emphases on work that seem to get in the way? Often, Quocirca finds that an organisation has one team – facilities management (FM) – looking after the physical facility of the data centre, with another – information technology (IT) – looking after the servers, storage and network equipment, along with the software running within it. This can lead to problems where priorities clash, or where a lack of common language or views of a problem can stop things from happening.

  • Gartner: Best practices for I&O for cloud-readiness

    Cloud computing could end up being a hindrance rather than a help to an enterprise if not planned and implemented properly. In many infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams, it can be observed that previous failures are repeating themselves over and over. Very few organisations are mature enough in terms of people and process capabilities to be able to take cues from past failures and prepare themselves for the foreseeable as well as the unforeseen future.

  • CW Buyer’s Guide: Virtual desktops in the enterprise

    In this Computer Weekly buyer’s guide to virtual desktops, we investigate the latency and bandwidth issues that arise with thin client access, take a look at cloud economics in the datacentre, review Citrix’s XenDesktop 5 desktop virtualisation application, and see how virtualisation and business process optimisation work at the Co-operative

  • Vince Cable welcomes £135m datacentre investment in Docklands

    Telehouse, London's colo and datacentre provider, to build a mission-critical datacentre in Docklands with £135m from parent firm KDDI

  • VMware Q2 revenue up 17% as investor pushes for spin-off from EMC

    VMware has reported a 17% year-on-year revenue growth to $1.46bn for the second quarter of 2014

  • Interview: Working with software providers to improve licensing Ts&Cs

    Managing director Mark Flynn aims to turn Campaign for Clear Licensing into a membership and lobby group for IT users

  • JLT monitors user service experience with NetEvidence Highlight

    Jardine Lloyd Thompson is using using NetEvidence’s Highlight SaaS monitoring tool to check datacentre service levels and ensure that users can access applications

  • VMware opens cloud datacentre in London for European IaaS customers

    VMware launches its second UK datacentre to provide vCloud Hybrid Services for enterprises that want data their in Europe

  • VIEW MORE ON : Server and OS
  • Next Generation Data centre Index – Cycle III

    This third cycle of the next generation data centre (NGD) research, shows that progress in how organisations in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, are preparing for changes in the way ITC is used to support their businesses has stalled for many organisations. However, detailed analysis shows how those who are investing in certain areas – and just changing the mind-set of how they approach ITC – are well ahead of those who are just trying to save money.

  • £700m government hosting deal limits bidders to North-East England datacentre

    Want to win the £700m Crown Hosting Service contract? You'll need a major datacentre near Newcastle to stand any chance

  • Time to rethink x86 datacentres

    A new breed of ARM64 based servers could offer datacentre managers an alternative to x86 machines. What's the catch?

  • FM, IT and Data Centres

    Are Facilities and IT data centre managers implacable enemies, or is it just a need for different priorities and emphases on work that seem to get in the way? Often, Quocirca finds that an organisation has one team – facilities management (FM) – looking after the physical facility of the data centre, with another – information technology (IT) – looking after the servers, storage and network equipment, along with the software running within it. This can lead to problems where priorities clash, or where a lack of common language or views of a problem can stop things from happening.

  • Musings on datacentres

    2012 was a year when organisations had to face up to the fact that the basis of IT was beginning to change. Energy costs were rapidly escalating, new technical architectures, such as cloud computing, were coming to the fore and users were off doing their own things. The potential impact on the data centre was massive – and the following report pulls together articles written by Quocirca for SearchVirtualDataCentre (now part of ComputerWeekly) throughout 2012.

  • Windows 8 Secrets

    Microsoft is introducing a major new release of its Windows operating system, Windows 8, and what better way for you to learn all the ins and outs than from two internationally recognized Windows experts and Microsoft insiders, authors Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera? They cut through the hype to get at useful information you'll not find anywhere else, including what role this new OS plays in a mobile and tablet world. This extract for Computer Weekly readers takes readers through the basics of installing Windows 8.

  • AWS feels the pressure of cloud competition

    AWS became the gold standard of public cloud. But are price wars, hybrid cloud and increased competition denting its growth?

  • CW Buyer’s Guide: Virtual desktops in the enterprise

    In this Computer Weekly buyer’s guide to virtual desktops, we investigate the latency and bandwidth issues that arise with thin client access, take a look at cloud economics in the datacentre, review Citrix’s XenDesktop 5 desktop virtualisation application, and see how virtualisation and business process optimisation work at the Co-operative

  • CW Buyers Guide: Green IT

    With IT such a large energy drain for many organisations, firms that cut IT power consumption will reap big benefits. Going green means that computer room air conditioners and chillers are no longer required in the datacentre, potentially slashing energy costs by up to 50% and dramatically lowering the facility’s carbon footprint.

  • The Cloud Risk Framework

    Companies that are considering moving to a cloud computing model need effective metrics and analytics to help guide their decisions. This cloud framework is designed to help assess the financial risks of moving to the cloud. This paper is aimed at private or public entities with more than 500 employees, and considers risk from their perspective

  • VIEW MORE ON : Virtualisation
  • Next Generation Data centre Index – Cycle III

    This third cycle of the next generation data centre (NGD) research, shows that progress in how organisations in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, are preparing for changes in the way ITC is used to support their businesses has stalled for many organisations. However, detailed analysis shows how those who are investing in certain areas – and just changing the mind-set of how they approach ITC – are well ahead of those who are just trying to save money.

  • £700m government hosting deal limits bidders to North-East England datacentre

    Want to win the £700m Crown Hosting Service contract? You'll need a major datacentre near Newcastle to stand any chance

  • FM, IT and Data Centres

    Are Facilities and IT data centre managers implacable enemies, or is it just a need for different priorities and emphases on work that seem to get in the way? Often, Quocirca finds that an organisation has one team – facilities management (FM) – looking after the physical facility of the data centre, with another – information technology (IT) – looking after the servers, storage and network equipment, along with the software running within it. This can lead to problems where priorities clash, or where a lack of common language or views of a problem can stop things from happening.

  • Musings on datacentres

    2012 was a year when organisations had to face up to the fact that the basis of IT was beginning to change. Energy costs were rapidly escalating, new technical architectures, such as cloud computing, were coming to the fore and users were off doing their own things. The potential impact on the data centre was massive – and the following report pulls together articles written by Quocirca for SearchVirtualDataCentre (now part of ComputerWeekly) throughout 2012.

  • Cloudwatt deploys SDN to orchestrate public cloud service

    Cloud firm Cloudwatt integrates Juniper OpenContrail SDN, NFV solution to support its public cloud environment

  • Dr Who visual effects studio builds desktop as a service for graphics

    Jellyfish Pictures, the visual effects and animation studio behind Dr Who and the Line of Duty link has developed a DaaS for GPU

  • CW Buyer’s Guide: Virtual desktops in the enterprise

    In this Computer Weekly buyer’s guide to virtual desktops, we investigate the latency and bandwidth issues that arise with thin client access, take a look at cloud economics in the datacentre, review Citrix’s XenDesktop 5 desktop virtualisation application, and see how virtualisation and business process optimisation work at the Co-operative

  • CW Buyers Guide: Green IT

    With IT such a large energy drain for many organisations, firms that cut IT power consumption will reap big benefits. Going green means that computer room air conditioners and chillers are no longer required in the datacentre, potentially slashing energy costs by up to 50% and dramatically lowering the facility’s carbon footprint.

  • Vince Cable welcomes £135m datacentre investment in Docklands

    Telehouse, London's colo and datacentre provider, to build a mission-critical datacentre in Docklands with £135m from parent firm KDDI

  • VMware Q2 revenue up 17% as investor pushes for spin-off from EMC

    VMware has reported a 17% year-on-year revenue growth to $1.46bn for the second quarter of 2014

  • VIEW MORE ON : Desktop virtualisation platforms