The modern business organisation has evolved to run on its data, and the demands it makes on its data centre has evolved with it. You need your data centre to store your data and secure it while paradoxically providing instant access. You need scalability, the flexibility to deal with emerging technologies and with rising energy costs, you also need it to be efficient and environmentally friendly. The trouble is, the traditional data centre has not evolved in line with these demands. However the birth of a new generation of data centres has begun. Modular data centres are becoming recognised as state of the art high quality power efficient data centres that can be delivered in as little as four months.
Cloud services are rapidly gaining in popularity, yet a sizeable proportion of IT executives admit confusion with the concept. This research report, conducted among 352 CIOs and their peers within small, medium and large companies across Europe highlights the real opportunities of cloud services but also gives a pragmatic view of some of the issues faced in moving to them. Read More
Colt’s Annual European CIO Cloud Survey looks at the cloud sentiment and deployment in European enterprises in 2011. This year’s research finds that while awareness of cloud computing continues to increase, the cloud agenda has shifted beyond concerns about security to a wider view of risk. The survey was conducted amongst over 500 IT decision makers in companies across Europe with some level of familiarity with cloud computing. Read more
The aim of this joint white paper from Colt Technology Services and VMware® is to highlight the possibilities of cloud computing; to show how organisations can innovate in new ways; to recognise cloud computing as an enabler to free IT from the chores of ‘keeping the lights on’. All the while, being aware of the real-world barriers and challenges that lie ahead. Read More.
This white paper looks at the security breaches, areas of risk and successful strategies that use reliable In-Flight Encryption to protect confidential data. Read More.
This whitepaper explains how the cloud enables organisations of all sizes to access the kind of computing power that, in the past, only huge multi-nationals could use. We also show how our Smart Office solution helps you make the most of the opportunity ... Read More
This paper argues that while virtualisation has brought well-publicised business benefits, it should not be portrayed as a silver-bullet solution. We will discuss why a one-size-fits-all approach isn't appropriate for many companies, which are often at very different stages in their respective journeys towards virtualisation. Read More
This paper shows how the use of managed IT services can help businesses to evolve in the midst of difficult economic conditions, giving them access to cutting-edge technologies and management expertise – without requiring high initial Capex, or ongoing investments in technology upgrades. Read more
While virus protection may grab the headlines, the wider issues of reliability and business continuity are what put information security at the top of any senior manager’s agenda. But how can mid-sized businesses deal with this increasingly complex security landscape? Read More
Ethernet sounds complicated, and many technologists will tell you that it is a complex subject. We don’t believe it is. In fact, we believe it’s very simple. It was invented to bring simplicity to the problem of connecting computers together – and it succeeded. But various myths have developed about Ethernet and VPNs that confuse non-technical people and make them anxious. So get the truth and relax! Read More
Another thought leadership white paper from Colt taking a deeper look at cloud computing, its flexibility and when it should be adopted. Read more
Commissioned by Colt, Forrester has produced a whitepaper entitled ‘Building A Roadmap to Cloud Computing’ which investigates the potential business benefits of cloud computing and the key business drivers that lead to the decision to engage in cloud computing. The research is based on 15 qualitative interviews with CIO’s and other C level heads of business from Western European enterprises and is combined with Forrester’s Cloud computing survey data Forrester’s ForrSights. Read more
Deploying voice over IP (VoIP) in your business can yield numerous benefits, such as reduced costs, increased flexibility and simplified voice services. But when it comes to connecting VoIP to the outside world there are a number of pitfalls which businesses would do well to avoid ... Read More