Alan Priestley Cloud Builders

<p>I'm a multi-year Intel veteran, and currently hold the role of Strategic Marketing Director within EMEA. </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>My time with Intel began with a role supporting all the PC design accounts in the UK - back in the days when the i286 was the latest and greatest processor on the Intel roadmap. Since then, I've moved through various technical and product marketing roles, including being responsible for launching the Xeon processor product line in EMEA and managing the Itanium program office. </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>At present, I'm responsible for Intel's high-end server business and Cloud Marketing strategy in EMEA. This puts me at the hub of major developments in both server technology, and the cloud ecosystem it's powering. I'm now very involved with the Intel Cloud Builders programme. </p>

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End to end cloud security

End to end cloud security

Organisations that have adopted public clouds have experienced a higher number of security breaches than with their traditional IT infrastructures. This interesting snippet comes from recent research, ‘What’s Holding Back the Cloud?

published June 11, 2012 by

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The changing face of the workplace

The changing face of the workplace

Cloud computing is essentially about paying for what you need in terms of IT services and getting it when you want it. In principle start-up companies can get off the ground, and major organisations reorient their infrastructure, in days - as they don’t need onerous capital investment for IT infrastructure.

published May 14, 2012 by

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Government G-Cloud leads the way

Government G-Cloud leads the way

We don’t usually associate government with industry-leading IT but the UK government’s G-Cloud is a potential exception. Today, the perception that it’s dangerous to place private data outside of a company’s firewall tends to override the fact that the technology and know-how already exists to protect information in the public cloud.

published April 17, 2012 by

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IT workers and the cloud

IT workers and the cloud

There has been a small wave of panic lately to the end that cloud computing signals the death knell for traditional IT workers. The perception is that enterprise job openings such as server administrators, database administrators and infrastructure and network people are likely to become far fewer given that the cloud provides these services in cost-effective and flexible ways.

published March 29, 2012 by

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Big data and the cloud

Big data and the cloud

The benefits from the cloud extend beyond cost savings, ease of management and unrivalled flexibility. While these features are certainly compelling, and are driving cloud adoption, there is huge untapped potential in what the industry has now branded ‘big data.

published March 14, 2012 by

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Digital vigilantes and the maturing cloud

Digital vigilantes and the maturing cloud

The annual Cloud Expo Europe (CEE) has been and gone, and as a marker of the industry’s pulse it threw out some interesting insights. CEE is a growing event and each year it features an increasing number of industry heavyweights keen to hold forth on their cloud experiences and how they see the cloud moving forward.

published February 17, 2012 by

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Looking ahead – cloud developments this year

Looking ahead – cloud developments this year

In my previous posting I referenced some Forrester Research that took an optimistic position on cloud growth during 2012. In this post, I’m going to drill down a bit further and explain why 2012 is set to be a year of advancement for cloud technologies and some of the issues that will come to the fore.

published February 1, 2012 by

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Will 2012 be the year of the cloud?

Will 2012 be the year of the cloud?

I do believe 2012 is going to be an exciting year for cloud computing, and there are many who share this belief, too.Forrester’s US Tech Market Outlook for 2012, published in late December 2011, is optimistic about how much cloud computing will grow this year, estimating that sales for four leading vendors will increase by 23% in Q1, and will then grow 24% quarter-on-quarter until the year’s end.

published January 27, 2012 by

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One year on

One year on

The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) was formed in 2010. It had several objectives: identify customer requirements for cloud adoption; define usage models; influence industry innovation: and collaborate with industry standards organisations.

published December 19, 2011 by

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Communal Clouds

Communal Clouds

Community clouds are shared infrastructures used by several organisations that have the same concerns such as mission, security, policy and compliance requirements. They’re a relatively new concept and can be very useful for organisations that have a shared set of objectives, whether it’s companies in an industry or departments within a government organisation.

published December 14, 2011 by

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The Client Aware Cloud

The Client Aware Cloud

Rewind a few years and ‘mobility’ was the word that represented the exciting new direction for enterprise computing. The vision was that mobile devices would help enterprises spread their wings, cut their costs and thrust forward into a realm of new opportunity.

published November 28, 2011 by

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Turning up the heat to cool down

Turning up the heat to cool down

In my last blog post I touched on the need to create energy-efficient data centres to ensure cloud computing lives up to its true potential. This time around I’d like to focus on a specific method for improving efficiency through high temperature ambient (HTA) data centres.

published November 15, 2011 by

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