March 19, 2014
The best companies to work for in IT
We're surrounded by innovation and creativity, but where are the best places to work in the tech world? Rene Millman takes a look. We spend such a large proportion of our lives working. As such, it makes sense to work somewhere where not only are your talents appreciated and you are treated well. This is especially true in the tech industry where creativity, innovation and a can-do and relaxed culture is prized almost as much as the benefits on offer. It's not just free food in the canteen, a football table and boozy Friday afternoons that’s important here, Indeed, the organisation in question must demonstrate trust and respect between employees and management, a dynamic working environment and camaraderie. IT Pro has put together a list of the top 10 places to work in IT. The list covers not just hard-core tech companies but also IT roles in cool companies that treat employees really well. Read more: http://www.itpro.co.uk/strategy/21840/the-best-companies-to-work-for-in-it#ixzz2xX55k2eC
March 14, 2014
Government urged to save money by ditching VMware
Ditching VMware and moving to open source alternatives such as Xen could yield the government bumper cost savings, cloud supplier Memset has asserted. Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude spoke recently about how the government could cut a significant proportion of its outlay on proprietary software applications such as Word by switching to open document format alternatives such as Google Docs.
March 14, 2014
How much should a small business pay for cloud?
How much should a small business expect to pay for public IaaS services, and how do different cloud providers compare? Research suggests that SMBs are increasingly opting for the economies of scale and ease of adoption that public cloud services offer in comparison to running applications and services on their own dedicated, on-premise servers, with the advantages of the pay as you go, on demand model which pushes responsibility for support and infrastructure upgrades onto third party provider seemingly now well understood.
March 14, 2014
Memset Urges Public Sector To Ditch VMware For Open Source
Influential government service supplier Memset has urged local and central government to ditch VMware in favour of open source alternatives. The company reckons that open-source-based service suppliers, such as itself, can shave as much as 40 percent off government bills simply by removing the licensing fees.
March 13, 2014
Open source enables government to slash IT bills: Memset
With the government’s open source procurement mandate already in place, whereby public sector organisations have to demonstrate that they have included open source choices within their procurement activities, Memset has been able to demonstrate the real cost savings that can be realised when using open source.
February 27, 2014
UCAS and Telefonica clinch project wins at UK Cloud Awards
The Cloud Personality of the Year award was given to Memset chief executive Kate Craig-Wood for her evangelical work in promoting cloud services and her work with government bodies in ensuring cloud remains in the forefront of political thinking. It was a good night for Memset, the company also won best Cloud Storage Product for its Memstore offering.
February 6, 2014
Could spying allegations hurt UK tech firms?
British tech firms could struggle to attract overseas customers after the recent revelations about government spying, according to security experts. Leaks from former CIA contractor Edward Snowden indicate the UK’s listening post, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and the US National Security Agency (NSA) may have installed backdoors into commercial encryption software and consumer hardware, and tapped fibre networks.
January 28, 2014
SMBs cheer government IT procurement shakeup
SMBs have hailed the government's recent changes to its IT procurement strategy as a bold step in fighting supplier oligopoly. Last week, the government laid out its "red line" measures aimed at making it easier for smaller firms to win public sector business. The changes include capping IT contracts at £100m and a ban on automatic deal extensions. Hosting contracts will also be limited to a two-year maximum and firms supplying services to the public sector will no longer be able to provide systems integration to the same part of government. The SMB push comes as part of a flurry of measures put in place to improve value for money for the taxpayer by working with a much wider range of suppliers. SMB firm Memset's public sector advisor Robin Pape welcomed the new measures and urged the government to rigorously enforce them.
January 21, 2014
Announcing the winners of the IT Pro Awards
What were the best products in 2013? And who were the best leaders? Read on to find out... We want to honour and celebrate tech industry's products, services and people that stood out in 2013. Hosting a virtual awards ceremony, with entries solely voted for by you, the readers, is our way of doing just that. Voting closed at the end of last year and we've now been through all your comments and the winners have been decided. The entries were all high quality and the winners beat off stiff competition to earn their accolades.
January 13, 2014
When is a cloud image a ‘first class’ cloud image?
Is there a difference between images supplied by cloud vendors? What attributes should a first-class one have? The Fedora open source Linux-based operating system recently reached version 20. Code-named "Heisenbug" after the term for a software bug that seems to alter its behaviour once studied, the Red Hat sponsored OS reaches its twentieth iteration after what marks a decade of the Fedora Project. Newly aligned for the “growing stature” (their opinion, and ours too) of ARM architecture as well as x86/x86_64, the Fedora spin machine (sorry, we mean Special Interest Group - SIG) has come up with the term “first class cloud images” to describe its approach to virtualisation excellence. Software developer (and ex-Fedora Ambassador) at managed hosting company Memset Juan J. Martinez reminds us that each cloud platform has its own characteristics and it is usually required that the virtual machines run a specially crafted version of the operating system in order to get the best results.