Category Archives: Managed Service

Akamai buys Prolexic for $370M

Tweet Akamai has purchased (or agreed to purchase) Prolexic for $370M. No surprise, as Akamai had a rival product called Kona Site Defender. In fact some considered Akamai the only rival to Prolexic. Akamai have deep pockets (they cache most of the Internet for most large website properties out there for example) One aspect of Akamai services that is handy though…

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Hosting for Startup Businesses

Tweet With all the talk about cloud computing it’s easy to forget that there are two other common types of hosting for startups: colocation and managed. In a cloud computing environment the servers are virtualized such that a physical machine is often shared by one or more customers and it’s easy to scale up or down as needed (shared hosting…

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Some thoughts on co-lo versus cloud

Tweet There is also the issue of data and physical privacy. You have private clouds (Internal) and public clouds (External) and Hybrid clouds. If you have the ability, hosting yourself is the most secure. You no longer need to scale up to 100 servers as you can virtualise and run multiple applications on different servers all in one box. Colocating the…

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The Cloud vs Colocation – Who Will Win ?

Tweet A very powerful chart came out recently thanks to Gartner, comparing the sheer spending (cumulative cloud investment) on cloud infrastructure by cloud leaders.  You can view the chart courtesy of The Register here. I’ll summarise it for you: Google, Microsoft and Amazon are outspending everyone else by a wide margin.  Rackspace spending is in a distant fourth place, spending less…

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Comparing the Cost of Cloud and Co-Location

Tweet Is colocation cheaper than using a cloud computing services to run the same workload? It is if you run highly-utilized servers, according to Vijay Gill, who recently ran a comparison using Amazon Web Services pricing as a benchmark. Gill is the Senior Manager of Production Network Engineering and Architecture at Google, and knows a few things about data center cost analysis….

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What should I know about Cloud computing ?

Tweet I’m shortly going to be talking to an existing customer audience (a cross section of technical and decision making management) about cloud hosting. It will be fun to talk about a subject which I know a lot about. During my time in the industry I’ve seen shifts in the way we ‘host’. From ‘host it myself’ to ‘co-location’ using…

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Check Point Friday – Building an Effective Threat Prevention Strategy Webinar – Register Now!

Tweet Designing an Effective Threat Prevention StrategyLearn about Check Point’s unified next generation solution that prevents advanced threats and malware attacks and enables an organisation to easily and confidently control access to millions of web sites. Protections include stopping application-specific attacks, botnets, targeted attacks, APTs, and zero-day threats. An effective Threat Prevention strategy enables: • Comprehensive threat protection from one…

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Cisco adds to a busy few weeks in the storage market with purchase of Whiptail for $450M

Tweet Cisco has been shopping again, this time it bought Whiptail. A flash storage vendor. There have been some big deals done in recent weeks including two big acquisitions, worth $1.1 billion, this week: Cisco buys Whiptail for $415 million (Tuesday) Western Digital buys Virident Systems for $685 million (Monday) Pure Storage lands $150 million Series E funding (August 29) Violin Memory…

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Check Point Friday – Is your network vulnerable? Register Now for the latest Webinar!

Tweet   Are you vulnerable? How to detect the gaps in your network security.An effective security strategy should be based on measurable risks and outcomes – not gut instinct. Visibility into your network is a first step towards base-lining your security and identifying areas that require attention.Do you know which high risk web 2.0 applications are being used in your…

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Check Point Friday – Management Virtualisation Webinar – Register Now!

Tweet   This week’s Check Point webinar shows you how to get more security and control by segmenting your security management into multiple virtual domains. Any size business can benefit – easily creating virtual domains based on geography, business unit or security function to strengthen security and simplify management. Multi-Domain Security Management enable businesses to segment their security management into…

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