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Cloud World Forum Propels Cloud Industry into New Era

CLOUD-WF-LogoLondon, 27 June 2014 – EMEA’s leading Cloud event, Cloud World Forum, thrust Cloud into the spotlight once again last week with thousands of visitors, over 300 speakers and the industry’s top providers converging on the Olympia National in London and driving the most comprehensive agenda in the Cloud market.

This year the event was co-located with Big Data World Congress and Enterprise Apps World. Big Data World Congress saw Watson supercomputer demos, courtesy of IBM, insights into the use of Big Data in weather and climate forecasting from the Met Office, data analytics in the gaming industry, care of Mediatonic and a case study on data infrastructure at Spotify, delivered by Wouter de Bie, Team Lead Data Infrastructure, Spotify.

The evolving role of the CIO came into focus on Day One of the Cloud World Forum conference, with a panel discussion titled ‘Redefining the role of the CIO in the era of the Cloud’, which examined the increasingly hot topic of how Cloud is effecting the role and responsibilities of CIOs as companies fight to stay ahead of their competitors and maintain the pace of innovation.

The event boasted an impressive line-up of the industry’s technology giants including: Intel, Oracle, HP, Dell, Google and Microsoft and it also featured an exclusive C-level keynote Future Cloud Theatre, with CIOs and CTOs from leading end-users, such as: Coca Cola, UEFA, BBC, BMW, Marks & Spencer, UBS, CERN and Lufthansa.

Onyeka Nchege, CIO at Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, gave a keynote presentation called, ‘Open Happiness in the Cloud: Taking a 100 year old traditional brick & mortar organization to the Cloud’ – discussing culture and the impact of high expectations, leveraging the workforce and managing the technology rush. Nchege also discussed how the company has started to move its non mission-critical systems to a private Cloud with plans to move everything off-premise within five years.

This year’s Cloud World Series Awards winners were also crowned as part of the event. Judged by world class experts in Cloud Computing, the winners were announced in six categories encompassing: Best Cloud Service, Best Cloud Application, Best Cloud Platform, Best Cloud Security Solution, Best Cloud Data Centre & Storage Solution and Best Big Data Analytics Solution. The full list of winners can be found here:www.cloudworldseries.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/silver-lining-for-cloud-world-forum-winners/.

Ewa Campbell, Head of Marketing, Cloud World Series, said: “2014 was a real success for the Cloud World Forum. We had a strong and diverse conference agenda and there was a fantastic buzz on the show floor throughout the event. We’ve received some really positive feedback since, from visitors, speakers and participating companies and are already looking forward to making 2015’s event even better than this one.”

Following the success of this year’s event, Informa Telecoms & Media can confirm that Cloud World Forum will take place at the Olympia Grand in London for 2015. The dates for next year are 24-25 June 2015. For further information, visit http://cloudwf.com/. Alternatively, keep up to date with the event on Twitter using @CloudWSeries or #CloudWF, to gain exclusive previews ahead of 2015’s conference and exhibition.

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Silver Lining for Cloud World Forum Winners

London, 18 June 2014 – The Cloud World Series Awards recognised industry leaders from around the world last night (17 June), at an award ceremony which took place in London as part of the Cloud World Forum conference and exhibition. The Awards, which consist of six categories encompassing services from across the Cloud ecosystem, acknowledge and celebrate drive and innovation in the global Cloud computing industry.

Ewa Campbell, Head of Marketing, Cloud World Series, said: “Rewarding the excellence of our winners by acknowledging their hard work and what it brings to the Cloud industry is hugely important. These companies are laying the groundwork for the future of Cloud, which is becoming an increasingly significant part of business today. The calibre of our shortlist this year was impressive and our winners deserve the recognition they receive.”

The Awards were judged by world class experts in Cloud Computing, including: Professor Mark Skilton, Professor of Practice in Information Systems & Management, Warwick Business School; Chris Wray, Partner, Kemp Little Consulting; Kerem Arsal, Manager, Africa & Middle East, Pyramid Research; and Camille Mendler, Principal Analyst and Head of Enterprise Verticals, Informa Telecoms & Media.

The full list of winners:

  • Best Cloud Service – WINNER – AWS
  • Best Cloud Application – WINNER – PEPPERMINT
  • Best Cloud Platform – WINNER – Microsoft Azure
  • Best Cloud Security Solution – WINNER – Cohesive FT
  • Best Cloud Data Centre & Storage Solution – WINNER – Egynte
  • Best Big Data Analytics Solution – WINNER – Sales-I

Cloud World Forum is taking place at the Olympia National in London, (17-18 June 2014). For more information about the event, please visit http://cloudwf.com. Alternatively, keep up to date with the event on Twitter using @CloudWSeries or #CloudWF.

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Disaster? What Disaster? Attix5 takes Cloud recovery capability into new era

London, UK, 17 June 2014 Attix5, expert developer of world-class data protection software, today announced the launch of DynamicRestore, a revolutionary, instantaneous, Cloud-based disaster recovery solution, at the Cloud World Forum conference and exhibition in London. DynamicRestore will provide end-users with immediate recoverability in the event of a loss of critical servers and data.

DynamicRestore is being launched as part of the new Attix5 Dynamic product, which incorporates the features and benefits of the company’s current Attix5 Pro solution combined with the new DynamicRestore technology.

The innovative patent-pending business continuity and recovery technology, gives service providers the ability to offer a managed, multi-tenant, Cloud-based recovery solution to their end-users. DynamicRestore enables businesses to get their operations back up and running within minutes rather than days, reducing recovery time and saving businesses from economic failure. Flexible, time efficient and cost effective, no additional hardware or storage is required and backed-up data can be accessed from any location.

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SAP Continues to Invest in Data Centers Worldwide

SAP Delivers Reliable and Secure Data Centers, Powering the Future of Businesses

WALLDORF, Germany — April 22, 2014SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) continues to invest in new data centers that enable companies to power the future of business using SAP® Cloud powered by SAP HANA®. Worldwide, SAP hosts its cloud solutions in 16 data centers in EMEA, MEE, North America, China, and Australia that meet high security and operations standards. Customers can transition their business safely to the cloud at their desired speed. This allows them to focus on operational excellence and benefit from the real-time capabilities of the in-memory platform SAP HANA.

According to the market intelligence firm IDC, the global cloud market will double to EUR 98 billion by 2016[1].Today, more than than 73,000 companies and over 36 million people use SAP’s cloud-based solutions. This is the largest user base for enterprise cloud solutions worldwide

This year, SAP has opened a total of three new data centers in Sydney, Australia, as well as Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. As part of its open ecosystem strategy, the company has also invested in existing partner data centers in Moscow in Russia that will run cloud solutions from SAP. Additional data centers in Brazil and Canada are planned for later in 2014. SAP maintains rigorous data compliance, data accessibility and security standards that all partner data centers must meet.

Strict Data Compliance and High Security Standards

SAP data centers build the backbone of the company’s cloud business, including the SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud service as well as Cloud Solutions such as SAP Cloud for Customer and SAP Cloud for HR. State-of-the-art technology and excellent security based on high industry standards protect data not only virtually but also physically against natural disasters. They provide high availability as well as back-ups.
“SAP data centers offer customers a variety of options for the SAP Cloud portfolio. Depending on the respective data center, offerings can range from a public to a managed cloud,” said Gerhard Oswald, member of the Executive Board of SAP AG,. “Customers benefit from a dramatic simplification of IT landscapes, all in the cloud and powered by SAP HANA, and from the ability to truly power the future of their business with SAP Cloud powered by SAP HANA.”

All SAP data centers and facilities will run on 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2014, which helps minimize the carbon footprint of both SAP and its customers. In Germany, SAP received the German Data Center Award 2014 for Integrated Energy Efficiency in the Data Center.

An open ecosystem is important for the success of the SAP Cloud portfolio. The company actively helps partners offer the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service from their own data centers while helping ensure they are fully secure and compliant. Partners also have access to the relevant knowledge they require to be successful, including expertise in the deployment of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and the transition process from an existing on-premise environment.

For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom.

New OnLive Cloud Solution Delivers Secure Cross-Platform Deployment for Graphics Intensive Applications

OnLive CloudLift Enterprise PaaS provides the first seamless solution for businesses with Graphics Intensive Applications

Mountain View, California — June 12, 2014 — OnLive, the leading innovator in cloud gaming and computing services, today announced CloudLift™ Enterprise, a new cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).  The OnLive® CloudLift Enterprise service offers businesses the ability to stream latency-sensitive Graphics Intensive Applications (GIAs), such as high-definition interactive demos, simulations and 3D programs, from the cloud to virtually any device instantly, with unparalleled control, security and support.

OnLive CloudLift Enterprise is particularly suited for delivering latency-sensitive GIAs over nearly any network to a wide array of thin clients including tablets, mobile devices and Mac and PC laptops. Commonly used mobile devices and laptops have limited CPU/GPU processing and memory available, and are not able to run demanding applications. As a result, resource-intensive apps can only be accessed from expensive, high-powered PCs. Defense and Aerospace, Engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE), Automotive and Healthcare are all sectors that rely on GIAs. They typically struggle with hardware constraints, porting costs and interoperability issues of the ever-growing collection of portable and mobile client devices when delivering enterprise-level applications to employees in the field, or anywhere away from their high-end computers.

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Cloud World Forum Rides The Big Data Wave

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London, 06 June 2014 – Big Data is the future of business consumer relationships as businesses, governments, researchers and organizations across all industries attempt to harness burgeoning masses of complex data to advance applications and services. This year’s Cloud World Forum, co-located with Big Data World Congress, looks at how organizations are analysing their Big Data, to make more intelligent personalized choices about their customers and also at the risks Big Data poses.

Venturebeat  recently reported how Big Data analytics has the capability to prevent systems crashing like HBO GO, which recently failed on the first episode of the new Game of Thrones season because of high levels of traffic. Venturebeat reported that by analysing subscriber trends, HBO could have prevented the crash by adjusting its network to support the increase of traffic. However, Big Data has also recently been criticised, in a report by the White House  concerns were raised about the privacy of data and discriminatory outcomes of detailed personal profiles and automated algorithms.

Big Data World Congress will address these issues head on, leading the way on big data discussions with panels and presentations running throughout the event. On Day One, Jean-Pierre Temime, Executive Vice President, Orange Labs, will deliver a presentation titled, “How can Telco’s tap into the value of Big and Fast Data?” Also on Day One, Temine will join Mojtaba Akbari, CTO, SEPAM Group and Dr. Susan Wegner, Vice President Internet and Services, T-Labs, Deutsche Telekom, on a panel discussion looking at creating a Big Data ecosystem within organisations.

On Day Two Charles Ewen, CIO, Met Office, will present a masterclass keynote on how the MET Office is harnessing operational Big Data, looking at the role technology plays in forecasts and predictions. Day Two will also see Ian Massingham, Technical Evangelist, Amazon Web Services; discuss why Cloud Computing is vital to company’s delivery of advanced analytic and processing tools, how to overcome networking, storage and architectural challenges and the growing need for holistically flexible environments.

Dr Will Venters, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, London School of Economics, who will be speaking at Cloud World Forum said: “Cloud Computing continues to dominate the enterprise IT debate – for good reason. But capitalising on the long-term strategic impact requires detailed analysis. Events like Cloud World Forum are useful to meet others wrestling with similar issues – and to learn from their analysis”

Cloud World Forum will also look at Big Data with Susan Doniz, Global CIO, Aimia, looking at how Cloud, Big Data and next generation IT technology can help companies build relationships with their best customers on Day Two of the Future Cloud track.

Susan Doinz, Global CIO, Aimia said:“Cloud computing technology and SaaS models are allowing us to simplify and commoditize the technology that Aimia’s employees use daily, making us more flexible, responsive and effective,” Doniz said. “But more importantly, they are enabling us to offer similar benefits to our customers – a drive to standardization, flexible pricing models, and scalability to manage periods of surging data or the sheer volume and variety of data generated from the relationships with their own customers.”

The Cloud World Forum, co-located with Big Data World Congress, will take place on 17-18 June 2014, at the Olympia National, London, UK. Boasting an impressive agenda with more than 300 speakers participating from 74 countries, the event is EMEA’s largest and most comprehensive Cloud event.

For more information, to plan your visit, to view the full event programme, or to register for the event, please visit www.cloudwf.com or call +44 (0)207 017 5506. Alternatively, keep up to date with the event on Twitter @CloudWSeries or using #CloudWF.

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The CIO Challenge: How to future-proof the cloud and the network #cloudwf

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Andy Johnson, GTT Managing Director, to Provide the Opening Day Keynote Address in Transforming Cloud Theater

 London, 26 May, 2014 – The role of the CIO is evolving quickly and dramatically, elevating them to the forefront of strategic business decision making. The advent of game changing technologies such as big data, cloud computing, collaboration and virtualisation are forcing CIOs to be more involved in defining future business plans.

Andy Johnson, GTT Managing Director, will be addressing ‘The CIO Challenge: How to future-proof the cloud and the network’ during his keynote speech on Tuesday, 17 June, in the Transforming Cloud Theatre at 10:30 am.

GTT, a global leader in cloud networking solutions, is sponsoring the Transforming Cloud Theatre at this year’s Cloud World Forum event. During Mr. Johnson’s presentation he will discuss the top five factors that CIOs must consider today to future-proof the cloud and the network for tomorrow.   With such dramatic changes, it is imperative that enterprises architect a holistic end-to-end network infrastructure for optimized performance.

About GTT

GTT operates a global Tier 1 IP network with the most interconnected Ethernet service platform around the world. We provide highly reliable, scalable and secure cloud networking services. Our clients trust us to deliver solutions with simplicity, speed and agility that are unmatched by other network providers. For more information visit GTT www.gtt.net.

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