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What does Trump and Brexit mean for EU GDPR?

Well the last few months have been quite interesting to say the least on the political front, with the UK deciding married life no longer suits them and getting a divorce from their beloved European Union, whilst the US decide to “build that wall!” and elect Donald Trump.

Posted by Adam Ryan on 14th March 2017.

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Cloud Providers Are Not All The Same

With the maturing cloud now a de facto technology choice for most businesses, especially start-ups, the choice of which cloud solution providers (CSP) to trust is the next big decision...

Posted by Julian Box on 13th November 2015.

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An Uncomfortable Question: Does the Cloud Provider Actually Matter?

Today, even the most ardent naysayers are coming out and proclaiming cloud as the only way to do computing. This is especially true in my own jurisdiction of Jersey in the Channel Islands...

Posted by Julian Box on 6th October 2015.

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The Rising Reign of Software-Defined Everything

The Internet of Things (IoT] is being discussed everywhere, and the concept is expanding to encompass the Internet of Everything [IoE]. But, let’s take a step deeper and consider something I had termed Software-Defined Everything (SDE)...

Posted by Julian Box on 11th March 2015.

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Vertical Clouds: Slow progress but the future remains bright

The growth of vertical clouds has been slow so far – but their time is still to come. Back in October 2012 I wrote an article about whether it was time for vertical clouds to start to establish themselves. Eighteen months later, what has happened to the concept of the vertical cloud?...

Posted by Julian Box on 2nd April, 2014.

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Hybrid Cloud obsession is not always the right course

Everyone’s talking about hybrid cloud but do the sums always add up? Over the last seven years of working in the cloud space there has been one constant area of discussion and yet, for something that’s the so much talked about, there’s a remarkable lack of agreement as to what it is...

Posted by Julian Box on 19th February, 2014.

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2014 - The year that we get more serious about data privacy

So, we’ve reached the end of another year in the cloud revolution: it’s time to re- examine the predictions I wrote about a year ago, as well as being time to come up with my 2014 top predictions...

Posted by Julian Box on 14th January, 2014.

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Forget the detail, businesses should focus on IT as a Service

Companies should be looking at services rather than the technical nitty-gritty. With cloud now a de facto technology choice for most businesses, especially start-ups, shouldn’t business leaders be focusing on the services that cloud enables rather than just cloud? The answer is “yes”...

Posted by Julian Box on 21st November, 2013.

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It's the Software, Stupid

SDN is far from being just a buzzword, it’s the future for cloud service providers Eighteen months ago I wrote a blog “Is the world ready for software-defined network architecture” where I discussed how software defined network (SDN) was starting to grab...

Posted by Julian Box on 10th October 2013.

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Should UK Businesses worry about where their data resides?

The PRISM revelations could prompt customers to look at Data Safe Zones. With the recent disclosure of data being collected by the US government via their PRISM systems and access to this data being given to the UK’s GCHQ, do UK citizens need to worry...

Posted by Julian Box on 15th September, 2013.

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Fight Data Privacy Breaches - Is it time for data safe zones?

In view of recent revelations, is it time for Data Safe Zones where privacy is protected? I seem to come back time and again to the subject of data residency and privacy. If you have been reading my posts over the last 18 months, the so...

Posted by Julian Box on 7th August 2013.

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SaaS Applications held back by tactics from traditional vendors

Customers should be more vocal to ensure that software vendors don’t stall the take-up of SaaS applications. Are companies ready for cloud-delivered software? That seems like a strange question to ask considering that software as a service (SaaS) is the largest of the three main areas...

Posted by Julian Box on 15th July, 2013.

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Cloud? It's all about how to handle the data

Concerns about cloud used to focus on security, now everything hinges on how data is handled. Last year, when I was meeting potential customers for our cloud service, most questions I had to deal with were about cloud security - there was a clear concern about whether moving...

Posted by Julian Box on 16th May 2013.

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Has the time now come to drop the term cloud?

With the term cloud used so often these days what does it actually mean? I’ve seen every definition of cloud computing; from old services such as a managed desktop services delivered through 10-year-old Citrix-based shared desktops, to software delivered like Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) but it’s really an application service...

Posted by Julian Box on 15th April, 2013.

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How to improve the efficiency of cloud management

The key for service delivery to customers is more automation. During the last few weeks I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking at how to improve my own business’s ability to manage our cloud services more effectively. The overwhelming focus was improving our service delivery through a...

Posted by Julian Box on 15th April 2013.

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Where in the world? Location and the sanctity of data

The location of your data is more important than ever: there are some vital questions to ask your provider. Last year, I wrote a blog on the importance of data residency in the cloud. Over the last couple of years most, if not all, cloud providers have only...

Posted by Julian Box on 5th March, 2013.

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Driving Innovation: How cloud is about effectiveness not cost-cutting

Cloud is not just about cutting costs, it should be used to drive IT innovation too. As we move into 2013, cloud is becoming more established within business. But there has been a shift in how cloud computing is perceived: it’s no longer purely about reducing its running...

Posted by Julian Box on 4th March 2013.

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The Cloud in 2012 and looking ahead to the future

2012 was the year that software defined networking made an impact – but what for 2013 As we come to the end of 2012 and look back over this year, the standout moments for me were the emergence of software-defined data centres as the way forward...

Posted by Julian Box on 23rd December, 2012.

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Cloud Computing is more than just cloud - it's about digital awareness

Cloud is being driven by a new set of drivers and we’d better get use to them In the last few years cloud computing has been making a lot of noise and a steady inroad into mainstream IT service delivery. This has been driven as much from...

Posted by Julian Box on 4th December 2012.

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Software-Defined Datacentres: Set to change the world of cloud?

The emergence of software-defined data centres could mean opportunities for a new breed of service provider A few months ago I wrote about the emergence of a new generation of cloud based infrastructure. Following the announcements at last month’s VMworld around software-defined datacentres, we ask...

Posted by Julian Box on 25th October, 2012.

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Where's your data gone? The importance of data residency

Cloud providers aren’t always up-front about where they hold customer data – it’s time they were As cloud services have become an acceptable form of IT delivery, how important is data residency? Most, if not all, cloud providers to date declare where their datacentres are located but...

Posted by Julian Box on 10th September 2012.

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Will cloud providers have to think green in the future?

Environmental issues have been put to one side in recent years but it may be time to think green – will cloud play a part? With all the recent economic issues, carbon omissions and electricity usage has dropped from the list of priorities for most organisations. But as...

Posted by Julian Box on 9th July, 2012.

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Why businesses should think like startups when it comes to cloud

It’s not just start-ups who should be looking to cloud – enterprises need to start planning for the future too. As recent surveys are showing around 80 percent of all start-ups globally are using cloud-based services for their IT requirements, should established businesses look to speed up their...

Posted by Julian Box on 5th June 2012.

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Are we set to see a new generation of cloud infrastructure providers?

Cloud providers have struggled to meet demands for enterprise-class SLAs; could a new batch of start-ups fill a gap? Cloud service providers have been creating infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings using technology never envisaged for use in a multi-tenanted cloud environment. In doing so, they have struggled...

Posted by Julian Box on 3rd May, 2012.

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Software as a Service: An old name for rehashed offerings?

You often hear that SaaS is just another name for an older technology – but such critics are missing the point I often hear two criticisms of SaaS. The first is that it isn’t a new idea: it’s the same as bureau services or those provided...

Posted by Julian Box on 15th April 2012.

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Where in the cloud do applications belong?

With Infrastructure as a Service starting to become established and Software as a Service pretty well established, will all applications get moved into the cloud or should there be a more strategic approach? As businesses start to migrate from their current on-premise configurations - whether virtually or...

Posted by Julian Box on 23rd February, 2012.

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Can Cloud Computing help UK Education deliver the IT skills of the future?

As IT takes ever bigger strides towards a software centric world whether application or infrastructure based, I couldn’t help but notice the ever increasing lack of young people within the software arena of IT, both here where I live in Jersey and the UK generally. So I decided to dig...

Posted by Julian Box on 19th January 2012.

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Making the most of your business and IT resources

Cloud Computing is a technique for sharing computing resources and applications in a highly efficient manner, presenting resouces in an easily accessible fashion whilst allowing organisations to improve efficiency and realise more value from the infrastructure. This can be achieved irrespective of an infrastructure’s current implementation, geographic location, or physical packaging. It provides a logical...

Posted by Julian Box on 1st January, 2012.

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Cloud Computing - The enabler for greener and more sustainable business?

With all the recent economic issues, carbon emissions and electricity usage has dropped from the list of priorities for most organisations. However, as businesses start to recover and the global ecomony as a whole picks up, the costs associated with running infrastructure and their environmental impact will once again become headline news. Even with the...

Posted by Julian Box on 20th December 2011.

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