An Uncomfortable Question: Does the Cloud Provider Actually Matter?

By Julian Box

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.

With technology suppliers suddenly telling you to use cloud, does it really matter which one you use, who owns the service provider, and where it stores your data? The quick answer to all three questions is ‘yes’ – but let’s look at each one:

Is there a difference between cloud service providers?

This question is probably thought about the least. There are people and suppliers that believe only the large cloud providers can be trusted, but how true is that?

Take Amazon and Microsoft. They’re the largest cloud providers in the world today, having multiple data centres around the world with thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of customers. However, they have one big, often overlooked issue — they are lock-in clouds. Sure, they have some great technology, but once you start using it, you can’t get out.

Their technology is designed to be proprietary — you have to use them and only them. Whether you use Microsoft’s Azure or Amazon’s AWS, their tools, utilities and APIs only work in their clouds. If you want to move, it will cost you so much money that it becomes prohibitively expensive to leave.
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148% More ‘Child Sexual Abuse Material’ Uncovered by the Irish Internet Hotline

On 14th May 2015 ISPAI Service launched its Annual Report covering January to December 2014 – an Analysis of Online Illegal Content – during a press event hosted in Dublin, at the Irish Architectural Archive.

In her opening addressed Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality emphasised that “ contributes to the empowerment of citizens by providing a means to report illegal material and in particular Child Sexual Abuse Material on the Internet and to have it dealt with appropriately in cooperation with the Gardaí.”

2014 was a very busy year for as it dealt with the greatest number of reports received in one year since its establishment (1999), marking a massive jump of 97% above the average of the previous seven years.

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Selecting The Right European Country for your Data Centre

It’s important to take into account where you locate your IT infrastructure, especially if you’re expanding your business into Europe for the first time. Connectivity, power, security, scalability… As if there wasn’t enough to think about when considering a new data centre, but with many cultural, political, financial, language and regulatory differences throughout the continent your decision is fraught with pitfalls and complexities.

In this infographic, based on our whitepaper produced by Interxion, they have attempted to concisely highlight some of the key criteria any business should consider when looking to deploy their infrastructure in a new country.

This infographic won’t tell you everything, but it will serve as a great guide to start your research.

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Cloud Computing Market to Hit Nearly US$20bn in Three Years…

Cloud computing market revenue will jump at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36pc to just about US$20bn at the end of 2016. However, challenges still surround public cloud adoption, a study by 451 Research suggests.

“Cloud computing is on the upswing and demand for public cloud services remains strong,” said Yulitza Peraza, analyst, Quantitative Services, 451 Research and co-author of the Cloud as-a-Service overview report.

“However, public cloud adoption continues to face hurdles, including security concerns, transparency and trust issues, workload readiness and internal non-IT-related organisational issues.”

The report reveals that infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) accounted for most of the total market revenue in 2012, with more than half of the total public cloud market share, and a 37pc CAGR through 2016.

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) made up 24pc of the total public cloud revenue last year. The report also indicates PaaS will experience the fastest growth, at a projected CAGR of 41pc between 2012 and 2016.

The infrastructure software-as-a-service (SaaS) sector, which does not include enterprise SaaS revenue, represented 25pc of total cloud revenue in 2012 and is expected to generate a 29pc CAGR through 2016.