Steve Hughes

Steve joined Colt in 2008 and has played a key role in developing Colt’s cloud and virtualisation services. He is a member of the IT Services portfolio marketing team where he is responsible for defining and introducing new services for the European market. Catch up with Steve’s latest views at http://www.twitter.com/coltandthecloud.

Leading in the digital world, where next?

14 Nov 2013

This year’s Gartner Symposium keynote kicked off with a startling prediction: by 2020 every enterprise will be digital. The internet of ‘everything’ will see 30 billion things connected by 2020, meaning that digital is becoming embedded in everything we do,…

When is a cloud like a mousetrap?

13 Nov 2013

The recent Gartner blog “Building (or buying) a better mousetrap” by research director Gregor Petri likened the development of the cloud to some of the technology battles of the past. He said “the history of IT is full of examples…

“De-concern me!” – the rallying cry of the CIO as service broker

08 Nov 2013

Our sales team had an interesting request from a new customer recently. Their CIO challenged us to “de-concern me” with the design, provision and management of integrated IT and network infrastructure. In other words, he wanted to focus on delivering…

Experton positions Colt as cloud leader

26 Jun 2013

Security, control and compliance concerns have always been cited as obstacles to cloud computing. Every year since 2010 has been labelled “the year of cloud” but some commentators have risked their necks and labelled 2013 as the tipping point for…

Colt security expert recognised with award in honour of Ron Knode

19 Nov 2012

Last week one of Colt’s security experts received the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Ron Knode Service Award. The award recognises excellence in volunteerism and was created in memory of Ron Knode’s valuable contributions towards fulfilling the CSA’s mission of promoting…

Taking on the Nexus Of Forces at Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Barcelona, 5-8 November

01 Nov 2012

Next week Colt will be a Silver Sponsor at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Barcelona – a gathering of over 4,000 CIOs and analysts. Why? Because we absolutely agree with Gartner’s key theme for the event.

Why IT will never be the same again

01 Oct 2012

There are major changes underway in the delivery and consumption of IT services that will impact everybody in their personal and business lives. While the effects are being felt already in the design of new devices, software development, data centre…

Are we hiding behind data protection? Is it the new health and safety?

03 Jul 2012

Recently at the Tier1 Research Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit in London, I sat on a panel discussing the EU legal and compliance landscape with the CTO EMEA of Microsoft, Stephen McGibbon, Digital Realty Trust VP Adam Levine, Hogan Lovells’…

“Unrecognised item in bagging area”: How far is too far for IT self-service?

11 Apr 2012

Ever since the NIST definition of cloud computing was drafted and up to it reaching its 16th and final version, the first essential characteristic has always been On-demand self-service. (Where a user can provision computing capabilities, such as server time…

Should you leave cloud deployment in the hands of IT?

06 Mar 2012

A recent Harvard Business Review article “What every CEO needs to know about cloud” was pretty scathing about the role of enterprise IT in the brave new cloud world. “At present, there’s a lot of uncertainty and scepticism around the…

“Say what you mean” – new words please…

27 Jan 2012

Then you should say what you mean," the March Hare went on. "I do," Alice hastily replied; "at least–at least I mean what I say–that’s the same thing, you know." "Not the same thing a bit!" said the Hatter. "You…

Has the NIST “as-a-service” definition come to a crossroads?

14 Oct 2011

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently published two new documents on cloud computing: the first edition of a cloud computing standards roadmap and a cloud computing reference architecture and taxonomy. Colt has been a strong…