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Elastic fantastic

Everywhere you look these days cloud vendors are promoting elasticity. Tim Pat Dufficy, Director of Products and Services for iomart, explains exactly what it means and how your business can benefit from it

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Sensor and sensibility

With the growth of the Internet of Things, it is expected that the next generation of internet users will be machines not people. Adam Chapman of Fluenta argues that the cloud will play a critical role in the collection, management and distribution of billions of new data pointss

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Busting some cloud myths

Brandon Tanner of nationwide managed services firm IT Specialists (ITS) argues that a number of ‘myths’ around cloud technologies could be preventing financial institutions from enjoying the benefits of cloud services

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Pulling together

Nigel Moulton, EMEA CTO at converged infrastructure specialists VCE, discusses the increasing need to carefully manage the potential risks of cloud collaboration in today's business environment

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HP Enterprise tackles 'cloud sprawl'

New Cloud Service Broker offering

Are you paying too much for your cloud?

Research suggests possible 74% saving from using multiple providers

MS grows UK cloud business

Spending over US$2 billion on cloud infrastructure for Europe

iomart adds United to its kingdom

Acquisition expands managed hosting services to SMBs

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Prepared for the festive free-for-all

BT's retail arm Expedite has used the ClusterControl platform from Severalnines to scale MySQL and achieve agility on BT Cloud

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Booting up

Fashion footwear retailer Office has employed Rackspace Private Cloud to handle spikes of website traffic generated by the busy summer festival season

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Welcome to the December 2015 Newsletter.

Our last e-newsletter for 2015 includes a news story from Microsoft about its increased emphasis on cloud business in Europe, and specifically the company's plans to open UK data centres in 2016. “At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more,” said MS CEO Satya Nadella at the time of the announcement. “By expanding our data centre regions in the UK, Netherlands and Ireland we aim to give local businesses and organisations of all sizes the transformative technology they need to seize new global growth.”

Our first instinct is to see a statement like this as good for the UK IT industry and indeed users as a whole: Microsoft's public backing will give cloud a 'validation' that can only help the sector. As Julian Tomison of Avanade told us: "Collectively this will benefit the UK and the industry as customers feel they have more control over where their data is stored. Questions around data residency aren’t new, but at least now we have a new solution. Having data centres in the UK helps us stay competitive when prices and services are becoming uniform. Moving forward, I predict that we’ll see more investments like this, especially as legislation like last month’s Safe Harbour ruling continue to shape the legal situation in the UK and the EU.” I'd love to hear more from our readers on the response to such a major statement of intent from Microsoft: as ever, you can email me at the address below.

David Tyler

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