It’s easy to forget that as recently as January 2020, the idea that Britain’s office-based workforce could operate exclusively from home would have invited reactions extending from ridicule to anger. Barely three months later, the idea had become reality as Britain, along with much of the world, closed its doors in an effort to stymie the spread of Covid-19.
At times, it feels that wherever a solution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is found, that solution is faced down by a fresh problem.
Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that underpins many common cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, has started to prove itself to show serious potential in the business world.
Organisations on the cusp of migrating all, or even just part of their ICT to the cloud, must first make a decision; do they want their services to be hosted on a public cloud infrastructure? Or do they want that infrastructure to be private?
The first wave of all-flash storage systems continues to transform application performance, but a range of data-intensive workloads are demanding faster storage systems
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a key component of the digital transformation journey upon which many organisations have embarked. Fundamental to all AI applications is the ability to capture, process and understand huge data sets.
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The shifting regulatory landscape for data privacy and data protection creates restrictions around AI- and MLdrivendecisions that affect living individuals.
From a pessimist’s point of view, the global data privacy and data protection trend toward regulation has thrown a wrench into the progress and innovation around machine learning (ML) and AI technologies.
451 Research’s new Voice of the Enterprise: AI & Machine Learning survey includes a deep dive into the financial services, retail, healthcare and manufacturing verticals.
Cloud service providers are in a unique position to differentiate their offerings with cloud performance and cost optimization,yet only a minority are bundling in these services with their offerings.
commodity services or value-add - how can cloud and managed service providers stand out from the crowd?
Although the Cloud and Managed Services market has yet to become completely commoditised, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to compete with the hyperscale service providers on price alone.
Agility and adaptability are key elements in an organisation’s evolution toward digital business. Technology is the engine that fuels digital transformation, but are IT departments playing the new game (business-IT alignment) or the old one (infrastructure maintenance and operation)?
This latest Volta ebook examines some of the findings of the FCA report which, when combined with a recent data centre survey carried out by Volta, suggest that the finance sector has to address some key IT issues.
Digital transformation is already having a massive impact on many industry sectors. However, unless implemented carefully, business applications and services based on IT systems, and the data centres that house them, can be something of a double-edged sword.
Companies need to better align business priorities and IT infrastructure hosting models to boost uptime and reinforce security
451 RESEARCH- IS 99.99 IN AN INDUSTRY MYTH? UPTIME INSTITUTE STUDY SHOWS OUTAGES ARE COMMON AND COSTLY
New research shows that costly unplanned downtime is common, and may even be increasing. Advances in availability have been offset by complexity and interdependencies.
The eighth annual datacenter survey from the Uptime Institute (an independent division of The 451 Group) provides an overview of the major trends shaping IT infrastructure delivery and strategy globally
The London-based company says foreign colocation demand has been fundamental to continued growth at its Clerkenwell location. Harnessing newfound channel partner relationships, it has already augmented regional business with a number of new American tenants.
451 Research recently chaired the Blockchain Technologies track at the Blockchain Expo in Amsterdam, colocated with the European editions of the IoT and AI Expos. There is still a fair amount of wishful thinking around blockchain, but more practical uses of the technology are starting to take off
Discussions at the Blockchain Expo in London showed that blockchain is part of a bigger digital wave and that there is growing interest in using blockchain technology in an enterprise context across a wide range of industries.
Everyone knows that blockchain has something to do with the Bitcoin virtual currency and is used extensively in the gaming industry. However, rather less people understand exactly what blockchain is or what impact it is, or isn’t, likely to have in the business world over the next few years.
First there were huge, centralised computers. Then came the era of distributed computing resources, and, most recently, we returned to centralised IT, with an era of consolidation and centralisation.
Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Robotics and even Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) may all have a role to play in the data centre of the future. However, what are the demands being made on the data centre itself when it comes to supporting the development and use of these intelligent automation systems across all industry sectors?
A new 451/Uptime Institute research project finds that achieving higher availability through replication across multiple sites can be a very effective strategy, but for most CIOs, there are many uncertainties and challenges.
The efficiency, availability and security of datacenters could be improved if they were designed to be more self-regulating and to operate completely without on-premises staff.
Like any new data centre business, it took some time for Volta to become a trusted brand and to get sales off the ground, but the provider seems to have found its niche catering to media companies with post-production requirements and service providers seeking inner-city locations.
The migration of work loads off-premises and the ongoing distribution of enterprise IT infrastruc ture into colocation and cloud have cur tailed spending on enterprise datacenters. How should suppliers position themselves, and where could there be pockets of datacenter growth?
Exactly what will and will not be allowed in terms of data transfers between European Union (EU) member states and the UK post Brexit has become a real concern for organizations on both sides of the Channel, as well as those doing business with Europe and the UK from afar. Organizations were already preparing to implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into effect on May 25, 2018.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May released her whitepaper highlighting 12 key Brexit priorities recently. This first report of our Brexit series briefly highlights each of these priorities and how they could affect the technology and associated industries. In future reports, we will look much more closely at the concerns and challenges these could bring across the IT and service-provider industries.
Colocation providers have increasingly expressed interest in offering space designated for Open Compute Project hardware. In this report, we cite examples of recent colocation initiatives. Is demand for OCP space starting to bubble up or are these providers taking a ‘build it and they will come’ approach? READ
Cloud-based resiliency, which involves reducing the risk of failure by spreading critical workloads across many datacenters using networks, data replication and traffic switching, is a nascent technology, even though some operators have used it for a decade or so.
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This eBook outlines the 11 key questions you should ask any data centre provider, from where the data centre is located, to the power contingencies that are available. With these questions answered, you will be able to find the right data centre for your business and understand how to maintain the benefits delivered from your new partnership.
451 RESEARCH PAPER - THE WORLD, EUR0PEAN DATACENTERS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS WILL BECOME EVEN MORE CONNECTED
Providers across the board should never underestimate the importance of connectivity, especially as the European market enters 2017, a year that will see markets shift geographically, along with the product sets offered and partnerships that will deliver them.
UK consumers are losing trust in companies with data security and data availability challenges. According to a survey undertaken on behalf of Volta Data Centres by Red Brick Research – three quarters (74%) of consumers would significantly or fundamentally lose trust in a company if it suffered a data breach, and half (49%) of UK consumers would only tolerate issues with accessing an online service a few times before seeking an alternative provider.
Rebuilding consumer trust is without doubt one of the most critical objectives for the financial services sector across the globe. However, the product offers and customer service are not the only issues - the factors that influence consumer trust are continuously changing and evolving.
Gaming firms IT environment have a major impact in the consumer experience, and ultimately on the success of the organisation. Gaming IT decision makes need to understand if service availability rates higher than data privacy in consumers minds. Gaming IT managers also need to understand if their consumers are more concerned about the quaility of the experience or about where and how their information is stored.
Ever-increasing data volumes, big data, cloud computing and other technologies are forcing enterprise data centres to continually evolve. The Computing Data Centre Audit 2015 summarises and analyses the results of a comprehensive research programme undertaken during July and August 2015.
Looking to house your IT infrastructure? Or maybe you’re a managed service provider supporting customers in London? You need to make sure that you are seeking, and including, the input and needs of the engineers that will be working on the front line. Happy engineers will get the job done more efficiently after all. But what is it about Volta that will make your engineers love us? Download our eBook to find out.
There is a new type of datacenter about to emerge: one that will not be largely uniform like its predecessors, but whose layout and configuration will follow the requirements of large applications for optimized results. But will it ever become the norm?
The Internet of Things, distributed cloud and other edge computing applications are reshaping and in some cases redefining architectures for decentralized, distributed IT. This report includes architectural schemas for edge datacenters and networking.
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