CloudWATCH: taking SMEs to the cloud with the European CloudScout

Thursday, 24 September, 2015 - 14:45

More and more small businesses are using the cloud to access markets more quickly, scale and grow without initial up-front costs needed for tradition IT infrastructures. Organisations that are not using the cloud need to start their cloud journey as soon as possible, particularly small and medium-sized businesses.

CloudWATCH2: Takeaways from Cloud for Europe Certification Workshop

Monday, 14 September, 2015 - 16:15
A key takeaway of the workshop is the complexity of risk assessment for cloud services. There is a general lack of standards in cloud-specific risk assessment. An Existing ISO standard relates mainly to ICT security so there is a gap there. ENISA have identified 150 cloud risks and the Cloud Security Alliance 133 cloud controls. However, clearly checking and mapping these is a massive job for companies and is usually just too large especially for SMEs.

The European Bioinformatics Institute wins Best Datacentre Project of the Year

Monday, 14 September, 2015 - 16:00
Genomic research is one of the most exciting areas in science. Set to improve efficiency of treatments and cut costs, genomics will bring us a new age of personalised medicine that focuses on treating patients not just by their current illness, but their specific genetic make-up. However, we are only just beginning to understand the technological implications of this data-intensive research on datacentre infrastructures. And data rules. 

The Exponential Growth of Cloud Computing

Monday, 24 August, 2015 - 17:15

Cloud Computing has risen from an unheard of terminology to the base technology powering Dropbox, Amazon & Gmail.


But just how fast is Cloud Computing actually growing? Which are the best countries for Cloud environments?


2015 marks a transition for enterprise cloud computing

Thursday, 6 August, 2015 - 12:00


In a podcast for TechTarget, William Toll, vice president of ProfitBricks, observes that even in 2015, 85% of applications still reside on-premises in the world's 8.6 million data centers. In the cloud's early days, moving an application to the cloud meant adapting it, a huge challenge for corporations with thousands of applications. Many simply could not run in a first-generation cloud.


This is what Big Data really looks like: CERN, the universe and everything

Thursday, 6 August, 2015 - 11:30

While brand managers the world over complain about the deluge of data they need to make sense of these days, data scientists at CERN are trying to solve the mysteries of the universe using facilities like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator. Sifting through billions of data points from a fire hose measurable in terabytes per second, the data challenges faced by CERN’s physicists dwarf those of most commercial entities.


GE preps industrial-strength cloud of its own

Thursday, 6 August, 2015 - 11:15

General Electric plans to launch its own cloud crafted to handle industrial data and applications. On Tuesday, GE will formally announce Predix Cloud which it is building specifically to handle the types of data generated by jet engines, MRI scanners, power generation equipment, and other heavy-duty gear.