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Thoughts on British ICT, energy & environment, cloud computing and security from Memset's MD

Creating a shared European cloud space

At today’s European Cloud Partnership (ECP) steering board meeting in Berlin, and the following Cloud for Europe conference, the hot topic was a proposal for a “shared data area” agreement (SDA) for European cloud. We’re note overly happy with the name so it probably won’t stay; it implies too much about locality and/or a “fortress Europe” in terms of cloud….

Europe Powering ahead on Cloud

The European Council meeting of EU leaders in October produced some impressively enlightened and ambitious conclusions with regards to the digital economy which, with the right champions, will lead to a bright future for Cloud in Europe. The Council first called for all efforts to be made for Europe’s industry to regain momentum in digital products and services, describing an…

Introducing the “10% group”

I was recently asked by Liam Maxwell (Cabinet Office CIO) to convene a group of cloudy SMEs that he could get direct feedback from. I have also been appointed to the European Cloud Partnership (ECP) steering board with the mandate of representing all British SMEs’ interests. With the help of my team I am collating the views, issues, troubles and…

The Anatomy of Britain’s Best, Cheapest, Greenest and Secure Infrastructure as a Service

On the 29th November 2012 I presented a Lightning Talk on Cloud and G-Cloud at Socitm’s annual conference, Socitm 2012, held at the Hilton in Birmingham. Socitm is the membership association for all ICT professionals working in Local Authorities and the Public and Third Sectors and suppliers to those sectors. The conference offered a number of significant sessions looking at the…

Evolution of storage #1: resilience

I contend that the next stage of evolution of storage is “Just a Bunch of Disks” (JBOD), comprised of a range of media types with different performance characteristics, and with software doing the cleverness. In this first post (1 of 2) I shall address the resilience aspects of this evolution. RAID failings Large RAID (Redundant Array of Independant Disks) systems…

How safe is cloud computing? (infographic)

Infographic summarising cloud security including using cloud computing as a weapon.

What Real Opportunities Exist In The G-Cloud For The Channel

With a number of channel companies recently named in the 2nd iteration of the G-Cloud programme, Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset explores what real opportunities the G-Cloud offers the channel. I have been involved in the G-Cloud project almost from the beginning; as the technical co-lead on Phase two of the project, proposing the detailed architecture (on the Cabinet Office…

Big Data: Don’t Believe The Hype

Scarcely a day passes by where you don’t see a headline about “Big Data” and how analysis of this big data is going to lead to huge efficiencies, targeted marketing and large profits. But are there really huge profits to be made out of data analytics (or data mining as it used to be known), both for companies collecting data…

Is The Cloud Safe?

Cloud security is nothing mysterious and the same approaches that one takes when verifying any supplier’s integrity should be followed. You should ask questions like: 1) Will the data remain within the EU (for data protection) 2) Who in the supplier organisation has access to my data and what control are placed upon them? 3) What checks does the supplier…

Energy-efficient cloud computing: Jevons Paradox vs. Moore’s Law

I am in my final year of a part-time PhD attempting to answer whether Moore’s Law (which has accurately predicted that computational power will roughly double per unit of cost or unit of energy every two years for some time) will mitigate the Jevons Paradox (see inset) in relation to energy efficiency of ICT thus allowing ICT to be an…

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