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Software-defined networking — the journey starts now

At this year’s Gartner symposium in Barcelona, everyone was talking about software-defined networking (SDN) and how it promises to revolutionise the way IT works. Virtualisation and cloud technology have already transformed the way we provision compute and storage. But what we find now is that the network is still very rigid, inflexible and entirely dependent…

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Jefferies Data Centre Tour

On 27 November 2012 Colt played host to a number of analysts and investors at our Welwyn data centre site associated with a wider tour of multiple sites organised by broker Jefferies. In addition to the tour the participants were issued with packs which included materials on Colt’s data centre business and “An introduction to…

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Can your business continuity team prepare for an event like Hurricane Sandy?

The Olympics, Hurricane Sandy and even the continued unrest in the Middle East have kept business continuity and disaster recovery planning at the top of the business agenda this year.

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Trading in Asia – How to Capitalise on the “Un-tapped” Market

When trying to escape the fierce competition of the European and US markets, while also searching for opportunities to tap into new liquidity pools and increase revenues, HFT firms are increasingly looking to Asia – the so-called “untapped” market. KVH, a Fidelity Investments company, and MarketPrizm, a wholly-owned Colt company, have been expanding their capabilities…

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Colt security expert recognised with award in honour of Ron Knode

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 best practice for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing.

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Colt first to offer both fibre and microwave ultra low latency services between London and Frankfurt

London, 14 November 2012 Colt Technology Services today announced that it has introduced a microwave service between London and Frankfurt. The new service will complement Colt’s existing ultra low latency fibre services and makes Colt the first managed services provider to offer both microwave and fibre ultra-low latency services between these two significant trading centres.

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You want flex? You got flex!

I’d like to say the days of taking the old crystal ball approach to planning data centre capacity is long gone, but what choice is there? You know you need data centre capacity, you’re building it on your own site, it’s a capital intensive project and it’s got to meet your needs for at least…

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What do we want? Future-proofing! When do we want it? Now!

Data centre forecasting is not for the faint hearted. Let’s say a company decides to increase its data centre capacity. Generally you have a lot of different inputs into the decision making process; IT, facilities, Data centre operations, procurement, CIO, CFO, executive board. Each of these roles has a different focus and nobody wants to…

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CIOs can now future proof the data centre

London, 5 November, 2012Colt Technology Services today announced its next generation of data centres, the Colt ftec data centre, which is built with innovative flex technology. The new Colt ftec data centre addresses the biggest operational and financial risks facing CIOs today when they deploy a data centre. This is achieved by providing flexible scalability…

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

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.

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The Tech Industry Channel Is Cloud-Confused; Colt Technology Services Is Well Into It

There continues to be a cacophony of marketing noise from technology vendors about their cloud strategies; while the announcements sometimes include messaging for their channel, many partners are still unsure of their future role in the industry. Nearly two years ago, Tim Harmon and I (Peter O’Neill here) published two reports on this, and earlier…

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vCloud from Colt – Customer and Channel Ready

Earlier this month I was delighted to present on stage at VMworld Colt’s new vCloud 5.1: I was joined on-stage by Tona Monedero (CIO of Codorniu, more of which later). I talked about our geographic rollout of vCloud, and how at Colt we now have a cloud platform that is fit for purpose when it…

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