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The Cost of Cloud Computing

Over the last month or so I’ve been building a new blog site for my virtualisation discussions.  If you are reading this post, then congratulations!  You’ve found my site.  I already write on storage at www.thestoragearchitect.com but I wanted to segment out the virtualisation part of my work and set some clear boundaries between some of my discussions, hence a ... Read More »

VMware Release Zimbra as an Appliance

At the beginning of this year, VMware announced they were to acquire Zimbra, a provider of email and collaboration software, from Yahoo.  Although the move was widely reported, it wasn’t on the face of it the most strategic of VMware’s moves.  The acquisition does provide VMware with more access into the business of delivering applications as well as infrastructure to ... Read More »

Cloud: Cloud Backup /= Cloud Archiving

This is a guest post from Patrick Jobin at StoragePipe Solutions, a provider of world-class corporate data protection solutions including online backup and recovery, electronic archiving and business continuity. Despite its mainstream acceptance, Software-as-a-Service is still a very new field.  And when it comes to data protection in the cloud, there are still many terms that are not yet well-understood ... Read More »

Atmos Online Goes Offline

Chris Mellor at The Register picked up on the announcement from EMC on June 29th that the Atmos Online service is being withdrawn from production service and will return to a development platform.  In the future, Atmos Online will only be available from partners, however the other flavours of Atmos (virtual appliance and hardware) will still be available. There are ... Read More »

Cloud Computing: Cloud /= Virtualisation

I finally managed to attend a London CloudCamp last Thursday, which conveniently co-incided with a #storagebeers evening.  For two hours of listening to the collective wisdom of the presenters and the “unpanel” we were offered free beer and food.  Now free beer is good, however I’m not sure it’s good enough to make me want to listen to yet another ... Read More »

Cloud Computing: UK Power Cuts: What About Your Data Centre?

A report published today by OFGEM, the UK’s energy regulator makes bleak reading for the future of electricity supply in this country.  The BBC discusses it here. The report highlights £200bn of under-investment and the risk of power cuts over the next decade.  It’s a damning statement on the deregulation of the power industry but should be ringing alarm bells for anyone ... Read More »