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CIO: Changing from gatekeeper to enabler

The rise of 'shadow IT' means that CIOs must develop a hybrid cloud infrastructure that meets the needs of their business before the business itself beats them to it, suggests Ian Finlay, Chief Operating Officer at Abiquo

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Redefining the WAN with broadband

A software-defined WAN approach can help organisations to improve business agility and reduce their dependency on Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)

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Head in the cloud? Keep your feet on the ground

Jack Bedell-Pearce, Managing Director of 4D-DC, offers some constructive advice - and 6 'Top Tips' - for businesses confused by the multitude of options available when considering migrating to the Cloud.

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EU Confidential

New EU Data Protection Regulations are due to come into force in 2017; Martin Warren, Cloud Solutions Marketing Manager at NetApp, discusses what cloud providers might have to do in advance of the likely changes.

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DR to the cloud

New iomart offering uses EMC RecoverPoint for VMs.

HP Helion CloudSystem 9.0 released

Integration of OpenStack and Cloud Foundry helps customers transform to a hybrid infrastructure

Time to ditch 'old faithful'?

Cloud providers choosing the same old faces rather than looking for innovation, says CIF research.

IBM into the Mix

Advances hybrid cloud capabilities with the unveiling of Bluemix Local.

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Sleeping giant

The IT department at bed retailer Dreams can sleep well at night, knowing the company's website is always up and running, even during busy shopping periods and marketing campaigns.

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Powering the private cloud

Ricoh has implemented an Internet of Things solution that allows the print/document management pioneer to collect and analyse data from millions of devices and helps anticipate demand for their support services .

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Welcome to the October 2015 Newsletter.

As this issue of our e-Newsletter goes out the Cloud Hosting team has just returned from two exhausting days at IP Expo Europe. This year the organisers boasted of the event comprising ‘six events under one roof’. But is this really a good thing? Visitors had the choice of attending any or all of Data Analytics Europe, DevOps Europe and Unified Communications Europe, newly added to the Data Centre, Cyber Security and Cloud and Infrastructure sections already established. With over 300 exhibitors spread across the show floor, there is perhaps a danger that visitors simply cannot get round all the stands that might be of interest to them – and that is without even beginning to consider the vast selection of seminars, presentations and speeches (again over 300 at last count).

If delegates start to feel that they ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’ at an event like this, there is a real possibility that they will decide it simply isn’t worth the effort. For most delegates it has become essential to pre-plan attendance: who are the real ‘must-sees’? Where are the firms situated and how much time will it take to get between them? What time-slots will have to be booked out for the all-important keynotes or industry round tables? There is no question that IP Expo and shows like it fulfil a vital role for the IT industry and for users – but are we at risk of losing sight of why delegates attend in the first place? Is bigger necessarily always better? I’d love to hear your views, as ever.

David Tyler

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