VMware snaps up social collaboration tool to boost SaaS
June 2nd, 2011 - Virtualisation pioneer VMware has upped the ante on its software as a service (SaaS) offerings by snapping up social collaboration tool Socialcast for an undisclosed sum this week, as announced by VMware itself.
The latest move by the virtualisation platform provider shows its gearing up to become a go-to in the post-PC world, especially after its other recent acquisitions of SlideRocket and Zimbra, and the introduction of an app manager to its systems.
Rackspace ranked in the UK’s top 50 Best Workplaces for seventh year in a row
London, UK 01 June 2011 – Rackspace (www.rackspace.co.uk), the world’s leader in the hosting and cloud computing industry, today announces that it has been ranked 15th in this year’s 50 Best Workplaces Awards. One of only seven companies in the IT industry included in this year’s top 50, Rackspace has now made the listlist for seven years running. This accomplishment has elevated the company into the Best Workplaces Hall of Fame.
Rackspace Brings Managed Cloud Services to the UK
London,UK - 26th May 2011 – Rackspace Hosting (www.rackspace.co.uk), the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, today announces the addition of managed support to its UK cloud service, providing customers with 24x7x365 managed services and competitive Service Level Agreements (SLAs). The new UK offering marries Rackspace’s scalable on-demand Cloud Servers with monitoring and troubleshooting support.
Enterprise email & virtualisation dominated by Apple products
May 18th, 2011 - Handheld devices produced by Apple Inc - including the iPhone and the iPad tablet computer - have seen far better rates of adoption for business purposes than their counterparts from other manufacturers, it has been revealed.
A new survey of smart phone users found that of those synced to hosted email, 61 per cent were manufactured by Apple. The Cupertino, California, company's nearest competition came in the form of the Android OS - pushed by Silicon Valley rivals Google - at 17 per cent.
Rackspace UK Spins up a Cloud Storm with SMBs and Enterprise as 3,000 Sign up in First Three Months
London,UK - 10 May 2011 - Rackspace, the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, today announces that its UK operation has signed over 3,000 cloud customers including system tracking experts Phantom and content management specialists Juicy Media, in just three months since its UK cloud launch in January.
Gartner confirms a growing role for IaaS
April 13th, 2011 - Adoption rates for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) have been confirmed for take-off by the analysts at Gartner, whose most recent figures indicate revenues will nearly triple in the years between 2011 and 2014.
The firm forecasts IaaS will generate some $10.5 billion in sales for 2014, up from an estimated $3.7 billion this year. However, analysts at the firm explained the industry still has a long way to go when it comes to implementing the infrastructure technology.
Cloud hosting works best when combining public and private solutions
April 4th, 2011- While using the public cloud can be the most efficient way for some businesses to deliver IT solutions, some aren't ready to consider the technology. And while the private cloud can be the best way to protect top tier private communications, many applications could work better outside of it.
Dell releases new virtualisation ready servers
March 22nd, 2011 - Personal computer, laptop and server component manufacturer Dell has just released a new range of equipment bound for the data centre, with its PowerEdge C5000 line all ready to facilitate virtualisation and cloud computing in the work place.
This is the third generation of 'microservers' offered by the component manufacturer and the company contends these latest models will help encourage businesses purchasing them to head into the cloud.
Hybrid hosting can help sooth security worries
March 15th, 2011 - Cloud computing has been the talk of IT circles and boardroom meetings for the past couple years due to the possible solutions it offers when it comes to simplifying networks and reducing overhead, but some businesses considering the cloud have raised questions with a public option's security measures, instead opting for a private or hybrid cloud.
Cloud computing allows Royal Mail to modernise IT solutions
March 8th, 2011 - The IT department for the Royal Mail has been leading the way when it comes to cloud computing solutions, the Telegraph recently reported, though it's been known as a conservative operation generally when it comes to IT innovations.
While the Royal Mail has been fending off competition for package and parcel delivery, as well as privatisation, higher ups have recognised the need to become more efficient, and much of this attention has been devoted to cleaning up the IT department.
Rackspace Hosting Positioned as a Leader in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting Providers
SAN ANTONIO, TX – March 8, 2011 – Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX), the service leader in cloud computing, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting.”1
The Gartner assessment, performed by the firm's IT industry experts, evaluates providers based on the completeness of their vision and their ability to execute. It categorizes providers in quadrants labeled Niche Players, Challengers, Visionaries, and Leaders. Rackspace was among the 17 providers assessed by Gartner.
IAAS and SAAS set for big growth through 2014
March 7th, 2011 - Various cloud-delivered services have been earmarked for growth through coming years, with infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) specifically named for expansion by tech researchers In-Stat.
Businesses of all sizes and in many different sectors have been snapping up cloud-based offerings in recent years, with many opting for cloud-based email hosting as an initial offering from the cloud.
Cloud storage backup tips offered by Tech Republic
March 4th, 2011 - The experts at Tech Republic have once again weighed in with ways firms can ensure they successfully make the leap to the cloud, outlining five quick tips for backing up data to cloud storage solutions, which have become increasingly popular with businesses looking to optimise their networks and servers.
Cloud computing focus for World's largest IT fair
February 28th, 2011 - The largest fair of IT vendors and managers kicks off tomorrow in Hanover, Germany, and according to participants and organisers, cloud computing will play a major role in many of the exhibitions and presentations of the event.
AFP reports more than 4,000 firms will be represented at CeBIT, with firms from 70 different countries sending their representatives to catch-up on the latest innovation in IT. Approximately 350,000 attendees in total are expected to come through the gates of the five-day event as well.
Virtualisation brought to smart phones by VMWare
February 22nd, 2011 - Virtualisation should be coming to a smart phone near you soon, if network architects VMWare have any say in the process, with the techies hoping to better equip employees with next-generation mobile devices to work remotely.
VMWare revealed its new technologies - which enable smart phone users to use their usual personal profile on their handset, but also communicate with a corporate server remotely via a separate secure connection running from the same device - at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Dedicated servers; managed or unmanaged?
February 15th, 2011 - Businesses of all sizes have been investigating ways to best optimise their storage and software delivery solutions in recent months, and dedicated servers have emerged as one of the most promising offerings for many firms needing an IT revamp.
The Hosting News has revealed a rundown of options for businesses considering dedicated servers, which give customers an unprecedented level of access whilst still being hosted offsite. Such set ups can be particularly useful when looking to host a corporate website.
Rackspace Hosting Reports Fourth Quarter 2010 Results
San Antonio, TX – February 10, 2011 – Rackspace® Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX), the world's leader in the hosting and cloud computing industry, announced financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2010.
For the quarter ended December 31, 2010:
Governments to slash IT spending with cloud computing
February 3rd, 2011 - Governments are set to dramatically reduce their IT expenditure in the coming year with the help of infrastructure outsourcing - particularly cloud computing and server virtualization technologies.
According to new research by industry analyst Ovum, both cloud computing and business process outsourcing are helping public organisations rein in their spending in the tough economic climate.
Dedicated servers enable greater game play say Homefront developers
February 2nd, 2011 - Gamers have been hotly anticipating the release of Homefront - a first-person shooter game set in a future dystopia - but many may not realise the game's developers intend to employ dedicated servers for advanced game play and options.
Often used for businesses for data storage - and, more increasingly, for applications and software delivered remotely - dedicated servers will help open up the game when compared to the constraints of traditional console gaming, according to senior designer Brian Holinka.
Rackspace Launches Cloud Infrastructure in Europe
London, UK – January 19, 2011 – Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the world leader in the hosting and cloud computing industry, today announced the launch of its cloud infrastructure to provide customers with a European based infrastructure for their cloud-based data footprint.
Rackspace Celebrates Six-Month Anniversary of OpenStack, Backed By Over 40 Cloud Computing Industry Leaders
San Antonio, TX – January 18, 2011 – Today Rackspace Hosting, (NYSE:RAX), the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, announced the six-month anniversary of OpenStack, the open source cloud project started by Rackspace and NASA. In just six short months, the OpenStack community has grown to forty companies, working together to fight the emergence of proprietary cloud stacks and create a standard way to deploy applications and connect clouds.
Rackspace Hosting and Akamai Join Forces To Give Customers Faster Online Computing, Backed By Fanatical Support
San Antonio, TX and Cambridge, MA – January 12, 2011 – Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, and Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud optimization services, announced today a strategic relationship that will enable Rackspace to offer Akamai’s web acceleration and cloud optimization services as part of its dedicated and cloud hosting portfolio.
Rackspace Crowned Customer Service Kings Second Year Running
22nd December 2010 - Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, was recognised for its commitment and dedication to customers, winning two awards at the prestigious National Customer Service Awards.
Cloud computing boosts new global start ups
December 22nd, 2010 - New technologies like cloud computing have been leveling the playing field for smaller businesses that can't afford the up-front investment costs of large data centres and servers to beef up their IT departments.
Cloud computing services can be accessed remotely by ISP and do not require businesses to purchase the same degree of physical hardware, making it an ideal IT solution for small start-ups looking to make a big impact on the global scene, according to experts.
The business case for Green IT
December 22nd, 2010 - With so much attention being paid to the environment and carbon footprints, it is no wonder that a growing number of firms are seeking to make their operations greener, starting with the IT department.
However, many of the firms which implement green policies do not have the environment at the forefront of their mind, but rather are thinking about the impact it will have on their bottom line; something which is unsurprising, given the current economic climate.
Rackspace Acquires Cloudkick to Provide Powerful Server Management Tools for the Cloud Computing Era
San Antonio, TX – December 16, 2010 – Rackspace® Hosting, the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, today announced its acquisition of Cloudkick™, the creator of award-winning web applications for easy and efficient cloud-server management. Cloudkick offers what amounts to a cockpit for navigating complex cloud environments, with all the information and controls in one elegant, convenient panel to help developers and system administrators deploy and manage their cloud environments.
Annual report highlights new security threats online
December 13th, 2010 - Web security continues to be a tricky area for businesses, as while technology and security defences have evolved over time, threats have also become ever more sophisticated as web criminals try to separate individuals from their personal and financial information.
Released last week by Symantec, the MessageLabs Intelligence: 2010 Annual Security Report found an alarming number of new malware attacks deployed throughout the year.
Report: UK cloud market set to double by 2014
December 3rd, 2010 - Cloud services have received a marked growth in interest in recent years in the United Kingdom and this trend will continue in coming years with the cloud computing market set to double in the UK by 2014, according to researchers TechMarketView.
In four years' time, the company projects, cloud services will account for a record £ 6 billion revenue stream in the UK IT services market. This revenue will account for some 15 per cent of the overall tech industry by that time, it said.
Cloud computing changing business models worldwide
November 17th, 2010 - Evaluating progress and developments in emerging technologies is what Gartner Research has become known for and its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Sydney, Australia, was full of analysis of current tech trends and forecasts for the future of IT.
Peter Sondersgaard, senior vice president of Gartner and global head of research for the organisation, delivered the keynote for the conference, explaining cloud computing would be a strong force of change in the business world in coming years.
Expert recommends applications for cloud migration
November 12th, 2010- Many businesses have increasingly been turning to cloud computing for new ways of meeting their IT needs, opting to consolidate their storage needs as well as subscribing to applications essential for their operations through the cloud.
Weighing in on the matter recently, Justin James, employee of software company Levit and James and writer for Tech Republic, recommended several applications ripe for exporting to the cloud in order to be delivered virtually.