Stories by Maxwell Cooter

Standards body sets out cloud guidelines

The US government is setting out to address concerns about security in the cloud. The US National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a draft document looking at issues such as privacy and security within cloud environments.

Organisations drag their heels on network automation

Nearly half of IT managers are being hit by network problems every month thanks to human error. That's according to a survey carried out by research company EMA which found that 80 percent of US companies had at least one error per month.

British businesses stumble over off-site back-up

British businesses are lagging behind many of their global competitors when it comes to disaster recovery in the clouds, according to research from Acronis. And even the companies who are diligent about backing up are failing to treat virtual servers in the same way as they treat physical ones.

Innovative start-ups get rewarded

Five innovative wireless companies snapped up awards after displaying to panel of judges the worth of their wireless-based products. Discovering Start-Ups 2010, run by Cambridge Wireless and supported by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) attempted to find the five most original uses of wireless technology.

HP looks to shut out Oracle with Salesforce deal

HP is set to sign a major deal with Salesforce in what could be a blow to Oracle. According to press reports, the computer giant is looking to ditch its CRM software, Oracle Siebel and sign a deal with Salesforce to support 35,000 to 40,000 seats.

Riverbed launches WAN optimisation for public cloud

Riverbed Technology is set to tackle the issue of ensuring optimal network performance for applications hosted within a public cloud. Riverbed Cloud Steelhead is WAN optimisation software designed to help organisations improve performance whether they're using private, public and hybrid platforms - providing that they're already Steelhead users of course.

VMware seeks to make cloud provision easy for SMEs

Vmware is set to address the problem that many SMEs find when it come to using cloud services - the lack of expertise in-house. At its VMworld Europe conference, the company is releasing the beta of a service called Go Pro, which will enable customers who are unused tp server virtualisation by simplifying connections to the clouds.

Dell enhances its datacentre offerings

Dell is launching a new series of products to cater for the drive towards virtualisation. In common with companies like HP and Cisco, Dell is looking to develop an all-encompassing architecture within the data centre, supporting servers, storage, networking and virtualisation.

Enterprises ready to turn to cloud email

The battle for email cloud is set to heat up as enterprises start to rethink their email strategies, that's according to Forrester chief analyst, Ted Schadler. And the chief beneficiaries are going to be Microsoft and Google.