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The start of a new year is always a good time for many businesses to get their IT strategies in place. However, there has been one issue in the past couple of months that may potentially cause a lot of complications in IT departments across the US and EU; the implications for cloud com...
At the heart of the Cloud Native model is a microservices application architecture, and applying this to a telco SDN scenario offers enormous opportunity for product innovation and competitive advantage. For example in the ETSI NFV Ecosystem white paper they describe one of the prod...
Although we live in a new On Demand Economy defined by the likes of Uber, Airbnb, Facebook and Twitter among others, firms who clearly demonstrate that the strategic use of modern new technologies like Cloud and Mobile to generate huge increases in shareholder value, many still struggl...
Although MIT makes the specific point that the Platform Business Model is exactly that, a business model not a technology, there is naturally a clear and powerful link with the Cloud model ‘PaaS’ – Platform as a Service. This offers literally that, a Platform as a service, and so it c...
At the heart of the Cloud Native recipe is the shift to a ‘containerized microservices’ application architecture. This is a pretty fundamental shift in IT habits, embracing both the Docker-inspired container technology wave as well as a holistic transformation of how software is built...
A major market for telcos will be the enterprise adoption of SDN. They will be able to harness the SDN/NFV innovations from the telco industry, and apply the technologies within their data centres, as well as using new telco services that they enable. As SearchDataCenter describes NFV...
About the Cloud Native series Cloud Native is the new term that Google, VMware, SAP and many others are using to encapsulate the evolution of software development and deployment, to a Netflix-inspired microservices and continuous deployment model. Our ebook series will describe a centr...
We are well into the first month of 2016, and many predictions from the cloud sector have started to reveal different trends that we may see over the next 12 months. In 2015 we saw IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) growing 51 per cent, with cloud firml...
Cloud hosting providers like Virtustream are utilizing ‘CMPs’ – Cloud Management Platforms, to deliver Enterprise Cloud level services such as rapid deployment of SAP applications. The CMP provides the core functionality of application templating and deployment, and d...
Latest industry recognition underscores iland’s leadership in delivering cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solutions  LONDON – 20th January 2016 – iland, a global enterprise cloud hosting provider, today announced it has been selected as the 2015 Service Provider of the Year by ...
The ideal of a ‘Digital Operations Centre of the Future‘ is one where the telco industry too wholly adopts the Cloud technology wave. Mapping these principles fundamentally means applying new Cloud innovations like container technologies such as Docker, a microservices arch...
Open standards will be key to the telco SDN transformation to a Cloud Native digital operator. Naturally those at the network level will be critically important, core functions like sFlow, and for more general engineering there are initiatives like OpenNFV. In this Light Reading interv...
At the recent Cloud Foundry summit in Berlin what was most striking to me was the level of audience messaging. I was fearful of an overly techie session, with many discussions of the details of low level PaaS components and so on, however actually what was most notable about the event ...
As a flagship brand for Canadian business, the Globe and Mail is the poster child of digital media innovation in Canada, and for the purpose of this site, the CDO role – Chief Digital Officer. The Globe and Mail has been pioneering online technologies for well over a decade, but ...
While the Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrant shows Amazon leading at the top right like a home run baseball leaving the park, with Microsoft on their heels like a car-chasing bulldog, it does also show the interesting market dynamics of the upcoming challenger pack. You can download the MQ co...
A brilliant business often starts with an entrepreneur dreaming up a fantastic business idea. Most entrepreneurs at the beginning of their journeys are often strapped for cash, and according to a recent study, 95% of seed-stage founders thought it would either remain the same or get ha...
In the Gartner white paper Taming the Digital Dragon, they define the Hybrid Cloud model as an enabling blueprint for digital transformation and leadership. They give it such an elaborate name because their definition goes far beyond the normal industry use of the term, a mix of on-pr...
Gartner describes iPaaS as: “a suite of cloud services enabling development, execution and governance of integration flows connecting any combination of on premises and cloud-based processes, services, applications and data within individual or across multiple organizations.” Their M...
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been one of the most prominent IT buzz words of 2015. Whether you are talking about thermostats you can set before you get home, beacons wirelessly suggesting items to buy in your high street clothing store or wearable gadgets like the Apple Watch, IoT ...
One of the major asset development programs for the CBPN is the Cloud Provider Roadmap. Where our maturity model is intended for end-users to guide their adoption of Enterprise Cloud Computing, the Roadmap is intended for the service providers who deliver the capabilities described in...
The use of containers can be seen within a general context of implementing an ‘Enterprise PaaS’. Container technologies are now a component part of many PaaS suites. Enterprise PaaS refers to the internal application of the Platform as a Service model, with the goal of boosting softwa...
The recent uptick in cyber attacks across all sectors of the economy, have reinforced for CIOs the need to be able to address corporate boards and customers on their strategies for protection and resilience for the coming 2016 year. Cloud, Big Data, and the liability issues in the n...
In a VentureBeat article the author describes ‘the future of enterprise tech‘, describing how pioneering organizations like Netflix are entirely embracing a Cloud paradigm for their business, moving away from the traditional approach of owning and operating your own data centre populat...
iland achieves a top five ranking in all four use cases LONDON – 18th December, 2015 – iland, an award-winning enterprise cloud infrastructure provider, today announced it has been ranked in the top five of all four uses cases of Gartner, Inc.’s 2015 “Critical Capabilities for Disaster...
London – 7th December 2015 – iland, an award-winning enterprise cloud infrastructure provider, today announced that it has been awarded a place on the G-Cloud framework agreement for the supply of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Under the UK Government G-Cloud framework, iland will...
Written by Isaac George, SVP Happiest Minds I recently read a statistic from analyst firm Gartner which stated that by 2016 89% of marketers expect to compete primarily on the basis of the customer experience their brand, product and service delivers to the client or the consumer. A tr...
Digital Operations Centre of the Future Recently we’ve been working with the TMF community to define how Enterprise Cloud principles and architecture will extend into the telco world, especially as it relates to their SDN transformation initiatives, where core technologies like v...
For each solution guide we identify an associated ‘VCM’ – Vendor Capability Map. This is an organized list of how vendor products enable increasing levels of organizational maturity, as defined within an overall Enterprise Cloud adoption program. Keynote Case Study: N...
Central to the premise of the ‘Cloud Native’ approach is the use of container technologies, like Docker. Docker Containers The primary efficiency method of Cloud computing is achieved through virtualization, however VMs can be overly resource intensive as they virtualize th...
Guest post by Daniel Lambert, VP Benchmark Consulting ccording to Betsy Burton from Gartner, “By 2017, 60% of Global 1000 organizations will execute on at least one revolutionary and currently unimaginable business transformation effort,” [i] which will involve throwing out old busines...
‘Cloud Business Architecture’ is defined as the use of Business Architecture methods to drive Cloud adoption strategies. Organizations such as Blue Shield have utilized BA to drive business IT transformations, a skill set documented and developed by industry organizations s...
As the name suggests legacy modernization refers to transforming older software to new systems, such ADA83 into Real-time Java, software that is Cloud ready and thus can be migrated to Cloud providers. Legacy applications typically have many hard-wired dependencies on the computing pla...
When planning an Enterprise Mobile strategy a powerful use case industry to consider is media, especially publishing. Considering the challenges that newspapers go through in delivering an engaging news experience to the mobile format, helps quantify the scenario as a whole. For media ...
Disruptive innovations for the Canadian Digital Media sector Our Digital Media Innovations guide explores a holistic review of the technology-driven aspects of media industry disruption, covering topics such as: Mobile Media Innovations – Disruptions led by the ‘Digital New...
The purpose of the maturity model is to enable accelerated adoption of the new Cloud technologies that make disruptive business models possible, faster, the headline reference example being the ‘Platform Business Model’. Gartner says senior IT executives should be “digitally remaste...
The industry leader in DRaaS offers Veeam customers easy, cost-effective, cloud-based Disaster Recovery LONDON, UK – 2nd December, 2015 – iland, an award winning enterprise cloud hosting provider and noted leader in Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) by Forrester Resear...
By Monica Brink, director of product marketing, iland Cyber security is currently centre stage; no matter where you turn it is all over the news. Just this last month we’ve certainly heard a plethora of stories about companies that have been affected by breaches and hacks – a UK ...
ondon, UK – 24 November 2015 – Happiest Minds Technologies, a next generation digital transformation, infrastructure and security and product engineering services company, is pleased to announce the launch of mCaaS™ (Managed Content as a Service), a SaaS based digital content brokering...
By Monica Brink, director of product marketing, iland A series of large-scale cyber attacks have been in the headlines this year and, according to McAfee, the situation will only worsen as hackers use more advanced techniques to infiltrate networks. Despite this, there are still a larg...
Although the Hybrid Cloud concept has become the popularized idea of how the enterprise market will inch their way into adoption of Cloud services, twinning their own internal private Cloud with public resources, this will be a short term label soon replaced by ‘Multi-Cloud‘...