Martin Banks casts an eye over current developments in datacentres, mainframes, virtualisation and the wider issues of infrastructure systems as the delivery vehicle of services to business.
Time to automate parallel development tools
An interesting—and arguably important—example of a favourite hobby horse of mine emerged at the recent Intel Software Development conference in Chantilly, France. That hobby horse is the way that technologists get so carried away with the...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 30th April '13
What has technology to do with the cloud?
With Yahoo changing its description from 'media business’ to 'technology business’, when it is even more a media business than ever, the question needs to be addressed—are we now too hung up on the hook of technology just as much of the world...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 12th March '13
Cloud alternatives a much better bet than HS2
The last month has seen a small avalanche of comment on the UK Government’s decision to go ahead with the High Speed 2 rail line from London to Birmingham, and onwards to Manchester and Leeds. Much of it has been negative, not least because of the...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 6th February '13
Embassy's answer to data sovereignty
There has been a spate of stories recently about the security of data being held in third party datacentres, and in particular the security issue of the Governments with jurisdiction over those datacentres claiming—and increasingly,...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 4th February '13
Cisco-Parallels deal the mark of something bigger
Interesting trends are building up around cloud service software provider, Parallels, just ahead of the company’s major annual bash, the Parallels Summit, being held next week in Las Vegas. The prime one is the news that Cisco has bought a small,...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 28th January '13
GE's industrial analytics may be the key to big cloud management
Here’s an interesting little factoid: a General Electric GE90 jet engine, as found powering commonplace commercial airliners like the Boeing 777 and Airbus 330, produces as much data about itself in a day of operations as that produced by all the...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 21st January '13
SaaS can avoid Tech-Upgrade Cliff, even for high value tasks
Against a background of now open-ended austerity, where investment not only needs particularly careful planning but a rigorous and quite possibly unsuccessful search for funds, there is one prediction that can be made for 2013 that may cast a shadow...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 10th January '13
Thoughts to start a year by
Everyone and their dog seems to be in on the game of making predictions for what is going to happen in the world of cloud during 2013. So after a few minutes cogitation I decided to join the fray. Here, therefore, are six predictions for the cloud...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 1st January '13
The Role of Everyone in Everyone Else's Reputation Management
What follows is an extract of a whitepaper written for a client, NetPrecept Ltd, on how Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) can guard against being the fall guy’ when cloud services damage a company’s reputation. But there are wider issues in play...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 17th August '12
Getting back to it
It’s been a while since something last appeared here, and there is a reason. But I realise it is time I got back to posting blogs here, so the flow will start again, very soon. And the reason nothing appeared for a while? Well for some time I have...
Martin Banks, Lian-James Consultancy | 16th August '12
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