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Cloud Computing: An agent for ICT energy efficiency

Wednesday, 1 February, 2017 - 12:45

The IT energy crisis is upon us. Information and communication technologies (ICT) account for 8-10% of the European Union’s electricity consumption and up to 4% of its carbon emissions! So what role can have cloud computing on the quest for greater energy efficiency, you may ask. A number of European research projects funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme are proactively finding solutions to improve energy efficiency in cloud computing.

Cloud Computing: An agent for ICT energy efficiency

The IT energy crisis is upon us. Information and communication technologies (ICT) account for 8-10% of the European Union’s electricity consumption and up to 4% of its carbon emissions! So what role can have cloud computing on the quest for greater energy efficiency, you may ask. A number of European research projects funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme are proactively finding solutions to improve energy efficiency in cloud computing.

European Research and Innovation Results: Flexible Cloud with HARNESS

Friday, 25 September, 2015 - 11:45
Flexible cloud - Harnessing heterogeneous hardware resources: With an expanding list of applications using cloud computing, conventional commodity-based data centers may not meet desired performance requirements. Over the last three years, the researchers involved in Europe’s HARNESS project have been working to devise ways to integrate non-conventional resources into the cloud data center stack.
 

The European Bioinformatics Institute wins Best Datacentre Project of the Year

Monday, 14 September, 2015 - 16:00
Genomic research is one of the most exciting areas in science. Set to improve efficiency of treatments and cut costs, genomics will bring us a new age of personalised medicine that focuses on treating patients not just by their current illness, but their specific genetic make-up. However, we are only just beginning to understand the technological implications of this data-intensive research on datacentre infrastructures. And data rules. 
 

2015 marks a transition for enterprise cloud computing

Thursday, 6 August, 2015 - 12:00

 

In a podcast for TechTarget, William Toll, vice president of ProfitBricks, observes that even in 2015, 85% of applications still reside on-premises in the world's 8.6 million data centers. In the cloud's early days, moving an application to the cloud meant adapting it, a huge challenge for corporations with thousands of applications. Many simply could not run in a first-generation cloud.

 

This is what Big Data really looks like: CERN, the universe and everything

Thursday, 6 August, 2015 - 11:30

While brand managers the world over complain about the deluge of data they need to make sense of these days, data scientists at CERN are trying to solve the mysteries of the universe using facilities like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator. Sifting through billions of data points from a fire hose measurable in terabytes per second, the data challenges faced by CERN’s physicists dwarf those of most commercial entities.

 

Public Vs Private Cloud

Wednesday, 22 July, 2015 - 11:15

For the past few years everyone has marked-out a constant increase in public and private clouds. Whether to adopt a public cloud approach (off-premise IT capability or application, provided by others) or go for private cloud (on-premise enablement of cloud possibilities with existing IT) has always been an incensed topic for debate throughout the IT industry and the business.

Here’s why the Internet of Things has been compared to the Industrial revolution

Tuesday, 30 June, 2015 - 10:30

 

Today, the Internet of Things is rapidly building connections between devices, starting with wearables, cars and appliances. A recent report from Gartner forecasts that, “4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020.”

 

Cloud, Big Data and Education: unleashing the potential of ICT-enhanced learning - 10 March 2015

In 2013, the European Commission has set ‘a European agenda for stimulating high-quality, innovative ways of learning and teaching through new technologies and digital content’. The ICT industry has been happy to answer this call with a heavy diet of cloud services and big data. This particular workshop provided an opportunity to check where we stand in this respect and to probe the Commission’s views on how ‘Opening up education’ has fared two years on.

Transitioning to the Cloud: is the public sector buying in? - 24 October 2014

The public sector is one of the three pillars of the European cloud strategy. The European Commission has spared no effort to spur governments on to become thoroughly cloud-active - including across borders - in the best interest of their citizens and businesses. Our distinguished panel provided a state of play in this respect. They shared their perspective on how effective the various instruments developed by the Commission have proven and on a possible way forward.

The Public Sector and the Cloud: Leading by Example - 7 November 2013

Together with SMEs which lie at the heart of Europe’s industrial fabric, the public sector provides a key test bed for the EU’s cloud strategy. Since trust, security, affordability, ease of use and cost-effectiveness are the main considerations that inform the decision to transition IT systems to the cloud, governments and public institutions must set the pace. Our distinguished guests will lead a debate on how they have fared so far in this respect and what it takes to improve this act.

How Line Of Business Is Driving The Move To The Cloud

Tuesday, 9 June, 2015 - 13:15

With employees across the company empowered with greater access to technology, the tech expertise inside your business is no longer limited to the IT department. In many businesses, Sales and Marketing, HR and Finance are leading the discussions, with Line of Business (LOB) specific insight into the cloud solutions that can help drive their departments forward.

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