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.
January 4, 2014
War In The Clouds
Last quarter, Amazon won a fight with IBM to serve the CIA. This quarter, the UK government;s G-Cloud version four seems to have redressed the SME imbalance. Stuart Lauchlan reports.
December 24, 2013
Poor G-Cloud marketing blamed for downbeat council adoption
Research by Six Degrees Group suggests around 90 per cent of UK councils have not used G-Cloud yet. Nearly 90 per cent of UK councils and local authorities are yet to procure IT services through the Government’s G-Cloud initiative, new research suggests. In the survey of 300 UK councils and local authorities by G-Cloud accredited managed service provider Six Degrees Group, 87 per cent of respondents said they are not using the procurement framework to purchase cloud-based services at this time.
December 20, 2013
Poor G-Cloud marketing blamed for downbeat council adoption
Research by Six Degrees Group suggests around 90 per cent of UK councils have not used G-Cloud yet Nearly 90 per cent of UK councils and local authorities are yet to procure IT services through the Government’s G-Cloud initiative, new research suggests. In the survey of 300 UK councils and local authorities by G-Cloud accredited managed service provider Six Degrees Group, 87 per cent of respondents said they are not using the procurement framework to purchase cloud-based services at this time.
December 19, 2013
Carrenza inks WWF deal
Hosting firm, Carrenza , has inked a deal with WWF International to host up to 60 international websites. The deal comes after WWF was “ forced to move from its existing data centre by its previous supplier ”. Carrenza will also host WWF’s central IT services, including active directory and Google Search Appliance, on Carrenza technology. Carrenza - which regular readers will recognise as being one of our most recent Little British Battlers - has developed something of a track record in the charity sector, with organisations such as Comic Relief and Age UK . Outside of this sector, Carrenza has signed customers such as Cineworld and RBS . The company also recently won its first UK Government contract from the Government Digital Service (GDS) to be one of the primary suppliers to host the new GOV.UK web portal (see: LBB Carrenza bags GOV.UK hosting contract ). We estimate that Carrenza’s FY14 revenue (to end March) will top c£4.1m (representing 20% growth), while EBITDA will reach c£1.3m. At that range, Carrenza is of a fairly similar scale to fellow hosting firm, Memset (see Memset: On a government growth curve ).
December 17, 2013
HotViewsExtra: Memset’s government growth curve
We recently caught up with Memset CEO and co-founder, Kate Craig-Wood, at the company’s new offices. The Surrey-based cloud services and hosting firm (primary services are managed hosting, dedicated servers, IaaS, security and monitoring) has just relocated to gain extra space for more staff and a new secure data centre facility, which is set to go live in January 2014. With a current annual run rate of £4.7m, Memset is disproportionately well known in the IT industry. This is largely on the back of work by Craig-Wood who is an entrepreneur, supreme networker and serious techie all in one.