The changing face of colocation: Winds of change – and new challenges

Arguably the roots of the ‘colocation’ market can be traced back 20 or more years ago to the original dot com boom era. This created demand from eCommerce businesses and ISPs for a more cost-effective way of the housing of their growing ‘server farms’ and the idea of sharing secure IT spaces with others was born.

These days colocation is maturing - and based on our own experience at Vantage Data Centers - the needs of colocation customers have evolved. The value...

Securing IT systems in the hybrid workplace with identity governance: A guide

The current reality of massive remote work began as a pandemic-induced necessity, but what most thought would be a short-term stopgap has become the current norm. And that’s not entirely a bad thing. I’m sure most workers don’t miss commutes or traffic, and enjoy the extra sleep and being able to take a conference call in their pajamas . As organisations have seen that they are still able to function, more and more employers and employees are embracing remote work as a viable...

How the hybrid cloud is key to enterprise AI infrastructure strategies

The wheel, steam engine and the internet created revolutionary jumps in the way people work and play. Today, artificial intelligence is reshaping science, business and personal interactions with equal magnitude. In every industry, including agriculture, healthcare, customer service, finance, manufacturing, retail and more, companies are quickly adopting AI to ensure they’re not left behind during this tectonic shift.

AI workloads have unique requirements, including strategic...

What to expect from hybrid cloud in 2021 – following a year of change

As businesses this time last year wrapped up their planning for the year ahead, few could have predicted the dramatic changes that awaited them. By Spring, the coronavirus pandemic had disrupted all manner of operations globally, forcing businesses to pivot in real-time to accommodate remote working for the vast majority if not all of their workforce. This unprecedented change accompanied by huge levels of uncertainty required heavy restructuring of IT infrastructure.

Often, we...

2021 and the future of desktop as a service: Data centres, multi-cloud and 5G

If 2020 taught the world anything, it’s that we can’t know what’s coming next. Yet we can learn from what has come before and take an inventory of current resources to anticipate how they may influence the future. Otherwise, commerce screeches to a crushing halt. In light of the events that have affected businesses across the globe this year, we’ve seen a significant uptick in cloud adoption and in particular, desktop as a service. And we expect to see these trends continue into...

Looking to adopt hybrid cloud? Don’t overlook governance

The adoption of hybrid IT environments is a standard aspect of digital transformation. During this process, many organisations encounter difficulties arising from managing access and identities across multiple applications, clouds, networks and servers. Delivering a good digital business experience to all your stakeholders – customers, employees and business partners – while managing risk requires the use of modern identity and access governance solutions. With these types of solutions,...

How hybrid work models are altering cloud strategies

Companies around the globe had to quickly adjust to a new kind of work environment when the Covid-19 pandemic forced a massive shift to remote work. Several months later, organisations and employees around the world are still adjusting to remote and hybrid work business models. In addition to the personal and organisational adjustments that must be made, IT strategies have also been forced to make adjustments.

Adjusting to the hybrid workforce

A recent Gallup poll reported that...

IBM spins off infrastructure unit to focus on hybrid cloud and AI strategy

Updated Oct 9 IBM has announced it is making the managed infrastructure services part of its global technology business (GTS) an independent company to continue its 'maniacal' focus on open hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI).

The independent company, which will be known initially as 'NewCo', will be created towards the end of 2021.

"Today, hybrid cloud and AI are swiftly becoming the locus of commerce, transactions, and over time, of computing itself," wrote...

KPMG’s Enterprise Reboot report: Hybrid outpaces multi-cloud as model of choice through Covid-19

The potential for the convergence of technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain and 5G to alter business processes was already evident. Yet the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown has shone a light on how hesitant organisations 'are likely to be flattened by savvier competitors that push the edges of innovation.'

Those words are taken from a KPMG report, put together alongside HFS Research, which surveyed 900 business and technical executives...

Nordic enterprises moving to multi-cloud strategies, says ISG report

Enterprises in the Nordic region are increasingly turning to multi-cloud strategies and seeking help from cloud and data centre providers to achieve their business goals, according to a new report.

The study, from Information Services Group (ISG), looks more towards managed service providers (MSPs), hyperconverged and colocation service providers rather than the likelier public cloud infrastructure giants. As a result, companies such as Basefarm, a Norway-based MSP acquired by...