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Customer relationships key to service provider opportunity in the cloud

Andrew Beavis - Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Interoute cloud platform proves faster than AWS, Azure and Rackspace for network throughput, latency, and transfer speeds

Andrew Beavis - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Interoute, owner-operator of a global cloud services platform and one of Europe's largest networks, has today announced that its Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC) Cloud platform has tested highest for wide area network (WAN) performance in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan, Paris, New York and Santa Clara in Silicon Valley when compared to cloud services from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Rackspace.


Network performance is a key determinant of user experience for cloud-based software applications. Lower latency and higher throughput can support a more responsive and superior experience for users as well as lowering IT operating costs for the enterprise. Interoute VDC is a hyper-converged digital platform, with cloud computing capabilities built straight into Interoute’s vast next generation network. Performance is optimised and latency minimised as data is routed across this global backbone.


The full report, including the research methodology, is available here. Key research findings are as follows:


Interoute had the highest overall performance in each of the six European endpoints (London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan and Paris), which is crucial for customers with high network demands who want to keep their servers within Europe.


Interoute had the highest overall performance for each of the two American endpoints (New York and Santa Clara).


Key research findings for London are as follows:


Interoute achieved 53% - 277% higher network performance between its London data center and the London user endpoint compared with connections on Amazon, Microsoft and Rackspace, according to the overall Index Score.


Both Interoute and Rackspace operate data centers in London and had the lowest latencies of the four providers tested, which could be influenced by physical distance.


Matthew Finnie, CTO at Interoute, commented: “Successful enterprises are developing strategies to digitally transform their business and seeing the cloud as the key to this evolution. To ensure efficient business critical IT operations can co-exist with the migration, consolidation and agile work processes transformation, a reliable platform performance is vital. As this independent report shows, Interoute’s global networked cloud is a fast digital platform that can support the enterprise need for high speed cloud infrastructure performance locally and globally.”
Danny Gee, Senior Analyst, Cloud Spectator added: “Users expect to be able to transfer large amounts of data between their cloud infrastructure and various locations outside the network. It is important they know the actual performance and the consequent capabilities of their cloud provider. Businesses with users in close proximity to the cities we have tested in this report should consider Interoute’s large data center footprint and strong network performance when evaluating cloud service providers.”


As part of the independent research tests, Cloud Spectator set up endpoints in eight cities. To get a realistic measure of how a typical enterprise user would experience the different cloud services, Cloud Spectator tested overall network performance between virtual machines running in cloud provider data centres and endpoint virtual machines running in the data centre of an independent hosting provider in the location city. Performance aspects tested included network throughput, latency and transfer speed. The report revealed that in all the comparisons the Interoute service achieved better overall performance compared with the other providers. The data analysed in the report was collected between 1/14/2016 and 1/23/2016.

Kaspersky launches ‘IT Health Check’ to help businesses assess their cyber defences

Andrew Beavis - Monday, March 07, 2016

Kaspersky Lab has today announced the launch of its IT Health Check tool, an online questionnaire designed to assess the state of companies’ cybersecurity defences and help IT departments identify potential issues.


The tool is also designed to educate and raise awareness, promoting the need for companies of all sizes to adopt a multi-layered security approach to protect their digital assets – and that of their customers.


“With hundreds of thousands of new malicious files discovered each day, no business with an internet connection can afford to neglect their IT security,” said Kirill Slavin, general manager at Kaspersky Lab UK.


“And that means adopting a multi-layered approach to cybersecurity – including network security, endpoint security and specific solutions to protect against the variety of growing threats such as DDoS attacks and fraud. It also means enforcing strong cybersecurity policies such as access management, regularly patching software, as well as keeping staff vigilant and well-drilled on strong IT security hygiene.”


The IT Health Check not only delivers insight into the various security layers available to successfully defend against cyber-attacks, but it also encourages IT professionals and business decision makers to regularly investigate and interrogate their organisation’s cybersecurity strengths and weakness.


“To keep your business safe from the ever-growing threat of cybercrime and malware, it is of critical importance to regularly review your business’ IT security health. We hope that this tool encourages more businesses to do so.”


How it works:


Professionals completing the IT Health Check are asked to answer 15 questions relating to their organisation’s current IT security setup.
While the questionnaire is completely anonymous, as they progress through the audit, participants are able to immediately compare their responses to those of other similarly sized businesses.Upon completion of the audit, participants are provided an assessment and given the opportunity to compare all of their responses against others who have completed the audit. They then have the option of receiving a more in-depth benchmarking report at a later date.
You can find and complete Kaspersky Lab’s IT Health Check here:




Issue 19 May 2016



Hybrid Cloud

Colocation Data Centres

Cloud Based Security Systems

Sector Focus:-Healthcare