Author Archives : Mary Allen


Automation overdrive: from IaaS to Blueprint engine

“Automation is the lifeblood of cloud,” according to David Shacochis. “It’s like liquidity in the financial sphere – if we had to barter and negotiate every single transaction, the economy would stagnate.” Shacochis’ observation speaks to a perception of cloud technology that is commonly held if not well understood – and to his own firm [...]

David Shacochis, VP, cloud automation platform, CenturyLInk Technology Solutions

Doug Kennedy, VP, Dynamics enterprise sales and customer lifecycle management, Microsoft

Building support for cloud adoption

For users of IT, cloud entails new ways of thinking about the acquisition and consumption of technology. But if properly understood and managed, cloud’s value proposition – cost savings and business agility – is well worth the effort involved in rethinking the application of technology to business processes. With cloud, though, we’re still early in [...]


Digitization driving healthcare necessity and invention

A key beneficiary of the transformative impact of IT, healthcare is undergoing massive change. Like many other industries, this sector is renovating to set the foundations for information-based business, in which digital data serves as the source of new productivity and value. While Big Data solutions are revolutionizing clinical and pure research, EHR systems are [...]

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Richard Seroter, head of product management, CenturyLink Cloud

CTS managed services now “cloudified”

Is ‘IT-as-a-service’ a creature of vendor marketing departments or reality for consumers of IT today? As with most definitional questions in the world of IT, the answer is ‘it depends’. For many companies that rely on technology to drive the business agenda in the here and now, ITaaS represents a future vision where IT supports [...]


HP betting on open to drive market wedge

Networking is a double edged sword. The conduit to cloud, networking complexity has also lingered as a check on progress towards greater data centre agility. At the Discover 2014 event in Las Vegas last week, HP’s GM of the enterprise group Bill Veghte described networking as “the most archaic of the silos,” referring to continued [...]

Kash Shaikh, senior director, product and technical marketing, HP Networking