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Google buys Stackdriver – provider of a specialist monitoring cloud workload performance service.

This tale has got a lot of coverage, very little of which adds anything beyond what we said in the above tweet. The essentials are Google has bought Stackdriver for an undisclosed sum and has kept its plans secret. Launched in 2012, Stackdriver is based in Massachusetts and made its name mainly providing cloud monitoring… Read More


What’s wrong with software-defined data centre (SDDC) definitions?

The main problem is that the SDDC reinforces the divide between IT and Facilities and is symptomatic of an industry issue says Soeren Juul Schroeder. Unless the industry rethinks its organisational structures – and bridges that divide – we may fail to realise the potential of the software-defined data centre. According to Wikipedia, the “software-defined… Read More


The evolution of the data centre: simplifying network architecture to reduce costs

Virtualisation has changed forever the way data centres are run – and not always in ways that were anticipated. Now, writes Paul Bonner, the head of technical services at Hardware.com, operators can further reduce costs and simplify their networks by taking a multi-vendor approach. Previously when IT professionals discussed network infrastructure and data centre costs,… Read More


Clive Longbottom: Is it all stacking up?

To celebrate the launch of thestack.com, veteran industry commentator Clive Longbottom asks what we mean by a stack and whether we should care what underpins it or just the level of service it provides? When is a stack not a stack? Sorry – it’s not a joke, but a serious question. It was easy in… Read More


Tweet: 60% of UK SMEs taking advantage of outsourced IT infrastructure, according to Node4

A new report ‘Facing up to the IT infrastructure challenge’ conducted by Node4, data centre and communications specialist, highlights the growing role of cloud-based IT infrastructure for UK SMEs. The research shows the ability of UK SMEs to adopt and take advantage of the latest IT technologies to advance their business goals. The survey of… Read More



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