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.

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…

Is there a role for cloud brokers?

04 Oct 2011

In the rush to get to the commoditised nirvana of “on-tap” IT, new business models are being touted as the future path for IT service delivery. Recently, there has been much discussion on the potential of the cloud broker model.

Is “In The Cloud” helping understanding?

23 Sep 2011

Has the phrase “in the cloud” become such a catch-all that any attempt to define cloud computing is doomed to failure? Is the industry cloud weary and now turning back to the business challenge of how to harness IT to…

CIO European Cloud Research Coverage

06 Jun 2011

Since the launch of our European CIO Research document last week, we’ve got plenty of media coverage, both in the UK and across France, Spain, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany for our excellent report. Here are some of the…

Demonstrating vCloud Connector

26 May 2011

Earlier this month a team from Colt including Dan Senior and fellow presenter Greg Branch attended the London VMware User Group giving the opening presentation, running workshops and demonstrating our vCloud Datacenter service. We received some excellent feedback from within…

Europe in the Cloud

24 May 2011

Today we have launched our European CIO Cloud Research 2011. In its third year, the research provides Colt with a great opportunity to test opinions surrounding cloud strategy of organisations across Europe. We feel the research is unique as it…