Ahead in the Clouds:

September, 2014


September 26, 2014  5:16 PM

Microsoft Azure European users take note – HDInsight performance issue

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Big Data, China, Cloud Computing, Hadoop, Microsoft, Windows Azure

Microsoft Azure cloud service status website at 5pm BST on Friday, September 26th showed that while the core Azure platform components were working properly, there was "partial performance degradation" on Azure's HDInsight service for customers in West Europe.

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September 23, 2014  5:10 PM

EMC-HP merger would have meant more of the same old complex, slow, legacy and big IT

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Cisco Systems, Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, VMware

Two large, very large companies that have been under tremendous pressure in the software-defined storage and cloud era - EMC and HP - toyed with the idea of a merger, according to Wall Street...

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September 19, 2014  2:49 PM

Dell is making all the right noises and the right bets. Will its magic work?

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Brussel, Cloud Computing, Dell, Dell PowerEdge, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, michael dell

I had a chance to see Michael Dell - in flesh - for the first time yesterday in Brussels at the Dell Solutions Summit. He delivered a great keynote on Dell's datacentre strategy, its investment plans and also spoke about all the hot IT topics - software-defined...


September 15, 2014  3:11 PM

Cloud wars just got spicier, thanks to Google

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
AWS, Cloud Computing, Google, IBM, Instagram, Microsoft, Platform as a Service

Ambitious startups and developers around the world got a big treat from Google ahead of the weekend - $100,000 worth of Google cloud credits along with 24/7 support from the tech experts at Google.

Urs Hölzle, Google Fellow launched the "


September 5, 2014  1:16 PM

Want cloud success? Eat your greens!

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Broccoli, food, Microsoft, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Vegetable

Cloud computing is becoming a default option of delivering IT services but to reap all the benefits of the cloud, enterprises must do the boring stuff first.

On Thursday, I attended a Westminster eForum seminar on the future of cloud computing where I...


September 1, 2014  1:30 PM

Five questions you must ask your cloud provider

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Cloud Computing, Encryption, FISMA, Google, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, United Kingdom

One of the main barriers to cloud adoption is data privacy. This is an issue because, for the majority of cloud providers, EU/EEA and US data privacy and Information Security standards are minefields which are very difficult to cross. And that is because...


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