Cloud computing critical for disaster recovery
July 27th, 2009 - The value of Cloud computing in disaster recovery operations has once again been recognised.
Business continuity has long been a field that has blighted IT departments as data loss can be so crippling to a business, yet when a server failure occurs in a data centre, frequently the disaster recovery system in place is insufficient and loss of important information is inevitable.
The Rackspace Cloud Announces Public API for Cloud Servers
London, UK - July 15, 2009 - Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE:RAX), the world's leader in hosting, today announced the availability of the public beta of its Cloud Servers® API. Cloud Servers, part of the company's portfolio of cloud services, is a leading Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering that provides inexpensive compute capacity that can be instantly sized allowing businesses to pay only for what it uses-as needed. Through the open, standards-based API, Rackspace Cloud customers can now manage their cloud infrastructure with greater control and flexibility.
Software 'bill of rights' expanded due to SaaS growth
July 10th, 2009 - The growth of Software as a Service (SaaS) has prompted Forrester Research to expand its "Enterprise Software Licensee's Bill of Rights".
According to PCWorld.com, the bill exists as a list of privileges that the research firm believes customers should be entitled to throughout the "software selection, implementation and production" process.
And as SaaS deployments have become more and more popular with enterprises, Forrester has added 11 new entries to the bill.
Gartner publishes 'magic quadrant' for web hosting and cloud computing
July 8th 2009 - Research provider Gartner has published its "Magic Quadrant for Web Hosting and Hosted Cloud System Infrastructure Services (On Demand)" report.
SaaS growing six times current size in Asia-Pacific region
June 29th, 2009 - Research from IT firm IDC has revealed that more and more firms in the Asia-Pacific region are mirroring the industries from other regions like the UK and Europe by turning to software-as-a-service (SaaS) in order to prosper during the difficult economic climate.
According to Computerworld, the senior market analyst at IDC's AP Enterprise Applications Research team, Shiela Lam, said: "Companies in the region are more keen with the SaaS subscription model as they cope with the increasing IT budget constraints.
TotalKiss.com Enters The Rackspace Cloud
London, UK, 18th June, 2009 – Rackspace Hosting, the world’s leader in hosting, today announces TotalKiss.com, the UK’s top commercial radio station website, has moved into the Rackspace Cloud. This deal will see 10 websites, including Kiss 100, Kiss 101 and Kiss 105-108, hosted and managed in the cloud. TotalKiss.com was looking for a cloud solution that could add flexibility to their infrastructure and support surges in demand. The contract includes the TotalKiss.com interface to listen live, listen again (KISS Kube) and initiatives such as Kiss Does Summer.
Banks urged to protect SaaS tools with escrow software
June 16th, 2009 - Banks and other financial institutions are being urged to protect their investment in Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions by utilising escrow services.
According to NCC Group, an escrow software service provider, businesses in the financial sector are increasingly turning to SaaS - a stream of cloud computing - in their operations. However, these firms are failing to protect themselves against a range of outcomes that could prevent them from accessing their SaaS tools.
Virtualisation makes network access easier
June 10th, 2009 - The uptake of virtualisation in Europe is being driven by a need to make network access simpler, according to one expert.
According to enterprise software solutions provider Azlan, many businesses are trying to bring the business benefits of virtualisation to the desktop, as well as seeking easy-to-manage, cost-effective desktop devices that ensure infrastructures are stable and secure.
Cloud uptake forces operators to upgrade bandwidth
June 10th, 2009 - The increasing popularity of cloud computing and net neutrality are forcing telecoms operators to upgrade their bandwidth, according to a principle analyst at research company Ovum.
John Mazur said that leading industry players in the US, like Nortel and Juniper Networks, are pushing towards high-speed Ethernet products in order to boost bandwidth.
Heat affects central London data centre
June 4th, 2009 - Reports have revealed that Sunday's high temperatures caused a data centre in central London to overheat, leading to downtime on several popular websites.
The most high profile website to be affected by the data centre crash was popular music streaming site Last.fm, which was down for several hours.
Rackspace Honoured With FT 'Best Workplaces' Laureate Award
London,UK - 28 May 2009 - Rackspace Hosting, a leading provider of IT hosting services, today announces it has won the Laureate Award for consistently achieving a top 50 listing in the Financial Times Best Workplaces Awards. Rackspace is one of a handful of companies that has achieved recognition for creating one of the best places to work in the UK for five consecutive years.
European data centre market remains resilient
April 24th, 2009 - Trying times in the global economy may be causing many companies to hold back on spending, but one sector that appears to still be thriving is the data centre market, which is showing no signs of slowing down its growth.
Tech site Zycko.com reported that Andrew Jay, the head of CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) technology practice group, spoke about the firm's 2008 European Data Centre market report, commenting that industry take up was up 131 per cent from the previous year.
Rackspace Recognised For Customer Focus Excellence in The European Business Awards 2009
London,UK - 9th April, 2009 - Rackspace Hosting, a leading provider of IT hosting services, today announces it has been recognised as one of Europe's leading customer service organisations in the European Business Awards 2009.
Cloud Security Alliance prepares for launch
April 2nd 2009 - An action group has formed to promote a new set of security guidelines and best practices for cloud computing services.
The Cloud Security Alliance is set to launch at the RSA Conference 2009 in San Francisco this month. The group is recommending cloud security standards for suppliers and users of the on-demand service.
The Alliance aims to draw up a mandate which notes the security requirements necessary for cloud computing technology, and to research best practices that will help maintain those requirements.
Confirmit Announces 118 Million Completed Interviews in 2008
19th March, 2009. Confirmit today announced the highest number of completed interviews on its platform to date, with 118 million interviews taking place in 2008. This figure brings the total number of completed interviews on Confirmit to over 430 million in the past seven years.
The numbers represent an increase of 33% in completed interviews on Confirmit's On-Demand platform over the past year.
Cloud Computing Battle Heats Up As Rackspace Announces Availability Of Cloud Servers
London,UK - 12 March 2009 - Rackspace, a leading provider of IT hosting services, today announces a series of cloud updates which include: the availability of cloud servers; cloud files coming out of beta and the ability to store data on Cloud Files through JungleDisk. This set of cloud updates will put Rackspace in direct competition with other leading cloud vendors as the cloud computing battle heats up.
The series of updates include:
Rackspace Ranked as Top IT Services Employer for Third Year Running in The Sunday Times Best Places to Work Awards 2010
London,UK - 8th March 2009 - Rackspace (www.rackspace.co.uk), the world’s leader in the hosting and cloud computing industry today announces that it has been voted as the 30th best place to work and once again the highest ranking IT Services company, in the prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Companies Awards. Rackspace wurde für seinen dauerhaften Fokus auf Identifkation der Mitarbeiter mit dem Unternehmen als eines der Top Ten-Unternehmen für Menschen, die ihre Arbeit lieben, an ihr Unternehmen und an seine Zukunft glauben und gute Arbeit verrichten, empfohlen.
Online Marketing Strategies Leave IT Departments Isolated
London, UK - 24 February 2009 - IT decision makers are increasingly falling into a "Website Wilderness" as they fail to align technology with the delivery of online marketing, according to international research launched today by Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX). The research also indicates that businesses are not engaging effectively online or aligning formal objectives with business goals.
IDC claims ITIL tools central to virtualisation integration
February 20th 2009 - New research has found that the use of ITIL-based services and a set of common software management tools could lead to more virtualisation integration.
The research from IDC shows that there's a critical requirement for more advanced software and virtualisation management tools, as IT organisations choose to increase their use of the technology.
Rackspace Hosting Reports 2008 Earnings
San Antonio, TX - (BUSINESS WIRE)- Feb. 19, 2009 - Rackspace® Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX), the world's leading hosting services provider, today reported financial results for the year and the quarter ended December 31, 2008.
Gartner claims cloud computing still pioneering
February 3rd, 2009 - While it's been forecast that cloud computing is set to boom around the world, Gartner is predicting that adoption of the services could take years to become mainstream.
The IT advisory firm said it could take up to 7 years for cloud computing to reach "mainstream critical mass and commodisation," according to Information Week.
In a release, the company laid out a three-phase evolution of the cloud computing market.
Microsoft's BizSpark to create IT jobs worldwide
February 2nd 2009 - Microsoft is set to create IT jobs around the world when it opens its BizSpark business acceleration programme.
Start-up businesses in Ireland's mid-west, which was recently hit hard by Dell's choice to cut 1,900 jobs, will be offered the chance to take part in BizSpark.
BizSpark gives start-up software companies access to current Microsoft development tools and production licenses.
Data centre awards draw nominations from all over Europe
January 8th, 2009 - Nominations for this year's Data Centres Europe Awards have reached a record number, according to the organisers. BroadGroup, who is orchestrating the event, said it looks as if the judging panel will have to consider a wider array of talent than ever before.
According to website SourceWire, the deadline for entries is 31 January, and already the organisers are seeing an increasing number of nominations for innovation and talent. In particular, countries across Europe are much more represented this year.
Diverse remote backup options encouraged
December 16th, 2008 - A leading networking services provider is encouraging companies to opt for fully-diverse remote backup options.
Hughes Communication India claims that a virtual private network (VPN) service will provide reliable disaster recovery capabilities that can be deployed around the clock from any location.
Resultantly, it provides a remote hosting solution that's both an effective and efficient way to recover from business interruption.
Rogue software found on Google sponsored links
December 16th, 2008 - Popular internet search engine Google has been found to carry ads pushing unethical software that installs malware on a user's PC.
In a blog entry from Monday 15th December, researcher Elad Sharf at web security firm Websense posted that users who search for data-compression software "winrar" on Google were returned a sponsored result for a "spyware free" version of the application.
Cisco urges IT to consider social green responsibilities
December 8th, 2008 - Cisco released an annual report stressing that the IT industry must take social green responsibilities into consideration.
The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report caused Cisco to reiterate its belief that the onus to promote green IT practices and social inclusion is on tech businesses and the industry as a whole.
Rackspace Hosting EMEA Announces Partner Awards 2008
London,UK - 3rd December 2008 - Rackspace Hosting EMEA, the world's leader in hosting, has announced the winners of its prestigious Partner Awards for 2008. The awards recognise the top performing partners for their commitment in working with Rackspace to win new joint clients and provide unrivalled service for them.
The winners were announced at the annual Rackspace Partner Day held in London.
Partner of the Year - Salmon. A Systems Integrator headquartered in Watford. www.salmon.com
Gartner survey reveals 90% of organisations set to grow SaaS
December 3rd, 2008 - A new survey from analyst firm Gartner has revealed that 90 per cent of organisations plan to grow their use of Software as a Service (SaaS) over the coming year.
What's more, according to Computerworld UK, Gartner revealed that 37 per cent of respondents plan to replace on-premises software with SaaS to drive down the total cost of ownership.
Data centre complex to be built in Inverness
December 2nd, 2008 - The Scottish city of Inverness looks set to be the site of the UK's newest eco-friendly data centre.
Highland-based IT firm, Alchemy Plus, and Microsoft Gold Partner, a wing of the software firm, have joined forces to build a £ 20 million computer complex in the city's harbour, which will offer remote data storage facilities for people and businesses.
Expansion of video-heavy websites spells changes
November 28th, 2008 - The huge expansion of sites with video heavy content in recent years has resulted in a new problem for the world's search engines.
Internet users are increasingly making use of video and picture content, while online enterprises are keen to produce the kind of content the public desires. This growth is likely to be largely influenced by the fact that bandwidth technology has increased enough for users to watch videos in real time rather than having to wait until they have downloaded.