Cutting edge cloud computing firm Versutus IT sets up in Rutherglen

Rutherglen and California’s Silicon Valley have little in common.

However one thing the Royal Burgh does share with the sunny Bay Area of San Francisco is that it is now home to a thriving tech company.

Versutus IT, based on Farmeloan Road, was founded by Cambuslang man and former West Coats pupil Tommy Stirling.

Tommy ended up going in to catering when he left school. However he and his wife to be, Ashley, didn’t like the hours. And so he eventually got a job with Hewlett Packard (HP) in Bishopton and worked there for four years. He went on to work as an IT network storage specialist. After which he worked for the DTP group were he made enough to start his own company – Versutus.

The firm, which provides cloud computing services, has offices and data centres in London, Cheshire, Nottingham and Newcastle as well as South Africa and are currently deliberating over whether to expand to Holland or Germany.

Despite having a base in all these locations, Tommy is adamant their head offices remain in the Royal Burgh.

He said: “It made sense. I’m from Cambuslang and so is my family, so it’s right next door. We’ve got a lot of staff that stay in Cambuslang and King’s Park as well. The site has great, easy access to the city centre for the staff, but mainly I wanted to keep our head offices in the local area.”

Cloud computing has many definitions. Essentially, however, it involves accessing data storage and applications remotely. Versutus IT specialises in data back up and recovery. Basically, Versutus will store company’s details in data centres throughout the country. Should the company’s data be lost for whatever reason, Versutus will have a copy of the data.

Tommy (36) sees it as a vital service and gives an example in Newcastle of the dangers of only keeping data on site: “There was a man who had a chain of five small restaurants. He lost his laptop and his sever went down and it took him three weeks to find out who he ordered certain foods out from.

“I actually think it’s dangerous for a company not to the use the cloud. Power failure, theft or even things going on fire and your data is gone! It sounds far fetched, but it happens.

“If that happens how do you manage your business? If you don’t back up your data how will you know who you owe money to or who owes you money?”

However the real jewel in their crown, is just how fast they can get an organisations’ data back up and

As Tommy says, the major players in cloud computing storage and recovery such as Hewlett Packard and Dell could take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to restore data. Versutus can do it within one hour.

Tommy explained: “The hardware we’ve invested in our data centres is millions of pounds worth of kit.”

This is called the Versutus v Cloud and has drawn attention from far and wide in the business and IT community. The vCloud ensures rapid recovery of data, whether that’s their email, billing or customer database.

This is made possible by using technology in their data centres from Actifio, an information technology firm based in Massachusetts, thanks to a relationship Tommy has developed with the company over the years.

Thanks to this unique service, although only eight months old, Versutus already has around 90 clients, the length and breadth of the UK.

Which begs the question, why expand to South Africa of all places? As Tommy explains, they tend to be early adopters of new technology and good business relationships has already seen 32 clients sign up to their services when they get up and running.

He added: “Cloud services out there haven’t been touched by any of the big players like Dell or HP, but they tend to take up new technology quicker than most. We have been exploring the South African market for quite some time.”

So with a foothold in South Africa the next step is now mainland Europe, with the two possible destinations Germany or Holland.

Tommy added: “We’ve got a couple of customers who have offices based in these countries. They’re looking at taking on our services as well.

“We’re stuck between the two as we’re looking at the legalities. Where your data is held falls in to the laws of that country. For example we don’t have a data centre in Ireland as all UK public bodies must have their data kept in the UK, however it is different for other countries in the EU.”

So what for the future? While they continue to develop, Tommy is looking at growing his team and expanding into Europe and beyond.

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5 Cloud Computing Stories That MSPs Need to Know About, Week of Jan. 30

MSPmentor has compiled a list of the top cloud computing stories that managed service providers (MSPs) need to know about for the week ending Jan. 30.

This week’s column features cloud computing news from IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT), VMware (VMW), Docker and Box (BOX).

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5 Cloud Computing Stories That MSPs Need to Know About, Week of Jan. 23

Box shares surge 66 percent in first trading day

Box recently floated its long-awaited initial public offering, with shares opening at $14 but surging 66 percent to close at $23.23. The online file sharing service provider’s valuation rose from $1.67 billion to $2.7 billion as well.

Microsoft: commercial cloud revenue up 114 percent

Microsoft’s commercial cloud revenue rose 114 percent in the fiscal 2015 second quarter, marking its sixth consecutive quarter of triple-digit commercial cloud revenue growth. The technology giant’s commercial cloud revenue is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $5.5 billion. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, attributed his company’s commercial cloud revenue success to its Office 365, Azure and Dynamic CRM Online services.

Head of IBM SoftLayer steps down: Here’s what you need to know

IBM on Wednesday confirmed that Lance Crosby, CEO and founder of Dallas-based cloud computing provider SoftLayer, has resigned. Robert LeBlanc previously was named the leader of Big Blue’s dedicated cloud unit earlier this month. Also, IBM reportedly initiated massive layoffs this week, and some industry experts have predicted that Big Blue could dismiss around 26 percent of its global workforce, or roughly 100,000 workers.

VMware integrates select google platform services into vCloud Air

VMware and Google (GOOG) announced that they are working together to integrate Google Cloud Platform services into VMware’s vCloud Air public cloud platform. Google Cloud Storage, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud Database and Google Cloud DNS will be integrated into vCloud Air, according to VMware. Matthew Lodge, VMware’s vice president of cloud services, said he expects these services to be available on vCloud Air during the first half of this year.

Docker adds new leadership roles to open-source container project

Docker has added three leadership positions to its open-source container project – chief architect, chief maintainer and chief operator. Solomon Hykes, Docker’s founder, added that the number of Docker contributors quadrupled last year, and as a result, Docker currently boasts more than 740 project contributors, 20,000 projects and 85,000 Dockerized applications.

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A matter of trust: The importance of backups in cloud computing


Strong security is a foundational element of every public, private and hybrid cloud implementation and will be a top concern for all businesses as part of a macro trend taking grip in 2015. Research shows that 90 percent of the world’s data has been generated in the past two years – calling into question not only data storage, but also data safety.

When it comes to security in the cloud, disaster recovery (DR), backup and latency are crucial elements, In fact, reports show that for 60 percent of businesses, data loss is a result of not having a fully documented DR plan. That’s why it is important for the customer to understand the difference between simple backups, data replication and a comprehensive DR plan with RTO/RPO that complements the larger business continuity plan (BC) – something that is quickly becoming a compliance necessity, especially in healthcare and ecommerce industries. Archival data, data at rest and data under compliance retention requirements are the types of data that are ideal for the cloud because fast access and high-performance retrieval are not usually requirements and low-cost storage and back-up methods work perfectly well.

A cloud provider invested in a customer’s success can also help ensure businesses develop an effective, tailored and secure IT solution to prevent loss. Atlanta-based electronic health care aggregation company, Wellcentive, for example, protected and backed up data by adopting a hybrid mix of virtualized and collocated servers with Peak 10, overall strengthening its IT business solutions, strengthening its relationship with service providers and providing safety and security to its diverse client base.

Creating a cloud storage and backup strategy forces a company to reassess its storage requirements, and to evaluate the relative values of data and applications to the business. Only then can it provision the correct combination of protection, access, and storage type best matched to its requirements, legal obligations and budget. Furthermore, the ability of a cloud vendor to quickly and effectively identify and respond to any type of security threat or an actual breach is absolutely critical to security, protecting the customer’s data assets and minimizing data loss and downtime. A cloud provider/MSP should readily be able to provide its DR and business continuity plan that can include some of the following criteria:

  • A definitive response time and latency involved in responding to both the incident itself and informing the business of any issues
  • The specific methods and mechanisms used to identify any emergency
  • The types of security emergencies the provider is equipped to manage
  • The duration of an emergency that the cloud vendor can sustain and the specific processes for failover/fail back to the primary operations mode
  • How the cloud provider’s internal security practitioners will respond, react and communicate with each other to respond to and resolve the issue and take the necessary remedial actions, and how that will be communicated back to the customer

Suffice to say, backups in the cloud are instrumental to a business’s overall productivity and functionality, but it is important not to forget the underlying foundation of any successful partnership – trust. A provider that incorporates this aspect into its operational practices, and goes to extraordinary efforts to ensure the customer gets what he or she is expecting to, and provides a unique solution with optimal efficiency will be better prepared to not only employ thorough backup but also, proactively handle any security mishap.

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The Pentagon Accelerates Move to Cloud Computing

The Defense Department is accelerating toward wide-scale cloud computing adoption, buoyed by the promises of cost savings and untold increases in mission capabilities.

However, the largest potential consumer of cloud computing services in the U.S. government has also been the most deliberate in ensuring the security of every bit of data that moves to the cloud.

Indeed, security has been a point of friction between industry — commercial cloud service providers that want access to billions of dollars’ worth of business — and DOD brass who believe their data necessitates special requirements.

After DOD began exploring cloud in earnest three years ago, a familiar information technology song-and-dance played out: The Pentagon or its IT arm, the Defense Information Systems Agency, would release strategy memorandums or standards, which industry would strive to adhere to — and then DOD’s strategy would change.

DOD’s most recent changes in cloud strategy and DISA’s latest security requirement update, though, indicate DOD’s cautious approach has laid enough groundwork for industry to get in the game.

The proof is in the participation: The release of the Pentagon’s latest cloud security guidelines generated 800-plus public comments, the vast majority of them from industry players and cloud providers, according to DOD Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen.

Not coincidentally, Halvorsen made that announcement Thursday at DOD’s cloud industry day before a standing-room-only audience in Washington, D.C.

Halvorsen noted ongoing commercial cloud pilots with some of DOD’s most sensitive, unclassified information and touted DOD’s simplified approach to security standardization.

“If we have public-facing data,” he said, citing an example, “why wouldn’t we put it in a public cloud?”

Not There Yet

Increased dialogue with industry is encouraging, Halvorsen said, but DOD’s cloud policies will continue to evolve, much like the technology itself.

“As we put the cloud document out, the hard part – and I know this from all the interactions with industry – is that you’re all wanting a base,” Halvorsen said. “That’s not going to happen.”

An unchanging baseline made up of certain security standards would fail to keep pace with emerging cyber threats. Some requirements may be grandfathered in “where security is not a concern,” Halvorsen said. Still, standards are destined to continually change.

Other challenges also persist. Halvorsen said data sharing between cloud service providers will need to improve. Issues surrounding of liability of DOD data and the political ramifications if it is breached through the cloud also need to be worked out.

There are technical and procedural guidelines, too, that will continue to evolve. During industry-day panels that followed Halvorsen’s remarks, much was made of cloud access points – the means by which commercial cloud providers will connect to DOD networks. However, Amazon Web Services remains the only commercial cloud vendor using a cloud access point.

Questions too remain about cloud’s true return on investment and its potential impact on the workforce.

Cloud will allow for automation that will force DOD to repurpose some of its workforce.

“Today’s guidance is not quite right,” Halvorsen said.

And tomorrow’s guidance will be different, but it seems DOD, after a long journey, finally has a framework in place that puts it on the cusp of testing cloud’s potential.

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5 Cloud Computing Funding Stories You Might Have Missed, Jan. 30

Each week Talkin’ Cloud compiles a list of cloud computing financing stories for readers who might have missed the news earlier in the week. This week’s column features funding news from Datadog, Beckon, Dizzion, CloudBees and FullContact.

These stories have been gathered from Talkin’ Cloud’s article database and other media sources. If we missed something, feel free to leave a comment below. We might just add it into the mix.

Here’s this week’s list of 5 Cloud Computing Funding Stories You Might Have Missed, January 30.

Cloud Monitoring Service Datadog Raises $31M, Plans to Ramp Up Hiring. The New York-based cloud monitoring service has secured $31 million in a Series C financing round to ramp up its hiring efforts in marketing, engineering, and research and development. The company currently has a staff size of 75 employees.

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Beckon raises $13M for cloud-based marketing program. Beckon has raised $13 million in a Series B financing round to fund continued development of its cloud-based marketing platform. Venrock led the round, with participation from August Capital and Canaan Partners. Beckon has raised $23 million to date.

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Denver cloud technology startup raises $3.9M VC investment. This Denver-based cloud tech startup raised $3.9 million in venture capital.  Grotech Ventures led the Series A investment and Access Venture Partners, with participation from Point B Capital, Correlation Ventures and Service Provider Capital also participated in the round. The company plans to leverage the funding to double its staff in the upcoming months.

CloudBees Adds $23.5M in Financing. CloudBees has secured $23.5 million in a financing round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Existing investors Matrix Partners, Verizon Ventures and Blue Cloud Ventures also participated in the financing round. To date, CloudBees has raised nearly $50 million in total financing; the continuous delivery (CD) platform provider previously added $11.2 million in Series C financing last March.

FullContact Releases First iOS App, Raises $7M. The company announced it has raised $7 million in a Series C financing round. The new investment brings the total raised by FullContact to $16 million. FullContact just released a content management app for iOS.

Follow CJ Arlotta on Twitter @cjarlotta and Google+ for further updates on the story above — or if you just want to say hello.

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Slow cloud computing growth pushes Oracle profits down 12%

BENGALURU: Unable to cash in on the cloud computing growth and due to heavy discounts on its products, Oracle India’s profits saw a decline of 12 per cent in 2013-14 to Rs 297 crore.

Oracle’s rival SAP, which has been quite aggressive with its cloud push in the country on the other hand, said its cloud revenue in India is growing over 50 per cent y-o-y , while it posted a growth of 15 per cent in profit in the last fiscal. Microsoft, similarly , doubled its revenue to Rs 2,261 crore in the same period, on the back of growth in sales of its cloud-based software.

“Requirement for new databases, Oracle’s bread-and-butter business, is going down and so they are offering heavy discounts. So, while the top line maybe going up, it is happening at a smaller price and a smaller margin,” said Sanchit Gogia, chief analyst at Greyhound Research. ” Also, Oracle was initially pretty much dismissive of cloud, whereas SAP and Microsoft have been in recognition of cloud, way back in time.”

Slow cloud computing growth pushes Oracle profits down 12%

Oracle’s revenue grew 10 per cent in 2013-14. Cloud computing is seeing rapid adoption in India as customers choose to pay on a monthly basis instead of a lump sum amount. As per a recent Gartner report, the public cloud market in the country will treble to $1.9 billion by 2018. It has grown to over $638 million in 2014 from $470 million in 2013. Gartner expects India to be the fastest growing market for cloud adoption globally .

On the other hand, the overall en terprise applications market witnessed a growth in the range of 1011 per cent during first half of 2014, as per market research firm IDC. “Cloud is really opening up huge base for us in other verticals and industries and non-SAP customers,” said Rajamani Srinivasan, head of platform and technology business at SAP India.”In the last two years, our cloud business has grown over 100 per cent.”

An Oracle spokesperson declined comment on the story, saying “as per the company’s policy, we are not permitted to discuss country financial information or related data”.

“The shift towards cloud is impacting enterprise applications market in more than one way,” said Vivek Gautam, research manager at IDC.”Some of the cloud CRM vendors had a better period due to growing adoption of such solutions. The major on-premise ERP vendors too have started re-aligning their cloud strategy and targeting their installed base to move to cloud.”

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China to boost cloud computing

BEIJING, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) — The State Council, China’s cabinet, issued guidance on Friday on development of cloud computing.

China intends to markedly boost cloud computing capacity by 2017, developing an Internet power by 2020, with cloud computing as its backbone. Synthesized development of cloud computing, mobile Internet, the Internet of things and Internet financing will cultivate new businesses.

Breakthroughs are needed on cloud computing and big data. The government will support upgrades of existing e-government systems with cloud computing, and will procure more services from the private sector.

Big data research and development was also highlighted. Demonstration projects will apply big data in disease prevention and control, disaster prevention, social security and e-government.

Authorities will support industry through tax policies, law and regulations, and will encourage investment in cloud computing start-ups.

China’s cloud computing market is expected to be worth 37.2 billion yuan (6 billion U.S. dollars) in 2017 as demand for the service grows, . the China Securities Journal reported in May 2014.

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2015: A Big Year for Cloud Computing

Big Cloud Expectations

Click through for insights on factors that will have a big impact on the cloud industry in 2015, as identified by Greg Arnette, CTO and founder of Sonian.

Given the rising cloud adoption, the increased interest in data visualization tools and the rise of internal enterprise app stores, 2015 is expected to be a big year for the cloud. Cloud adoption has reached a tipping point with a majority of businesses deploying at least a portion of their processes to the cloud. Debate still surrounds whether organizations should embrace public cloud versus private cloud deployments, but businesses, as well as consumers, are becoming more and more comfortable with the technology and flexibility provided by cloud deployments.

In this slideshow, Greg Arnette, CTO and founder of Sonian, a pioneer in cloud-based archiving, provides insights on the factors he predicts will have a major impact on the cloud industry this year.

Sonian preserves, protects and presents the world’s information. More than 19,000 customers in 40 countries trust Sonian’s secure proprietary SaaS platform and cloud search engine to retain and retrieve valuable data and protect intellectual property. Sonian manages more than 20 billion objects in the cloud; every day, 17 million new documents are uploaded to Sonian’s email archive, which is integrated with the world’s five largest public clouds.

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Amazon Posts Fourth-Quarter Profit As Cloud-Computing Revenue Climbs

Amazon shares jumped 13 percent in after-hours trading on news that the company returned to profitability in the fourth quarter. Strength in the cloud-computing business was an especially bright spot.

Cloud computing means hiring a company such as Amazon to run your computer system remotely instead of managing all those machines and software in-house.

Amazon and rivals such as Microsoft have been spending a lot to build big computer server farms. In spite of that expense, IDC analyst Al Hilwa says it’s an attractive business for Amazon.

“They still make a lot more money on it than typically is made in retail,” he said.

Amazon doesn’t break out its cloud-computing revenue, but it lumps it into a category called “other.” That category was Amazon’s fastest growing segment in the fourth quarter, climbing 41 percent. One of Amazon’s fiercest rivals in cloud computing is Microsoft, which earlier this week said its cloud revenue more than doubled in the December quarter. 

Changing IT Environment

Hilwa says Amazon and Microsoft are capitalizing on companies that don’t want the headache of managing their own computer systems.

“As the IT environment sort of commoditizes more and more then there’s little reason to want to differentiate by running your own operations or email or things like that that are pretty generic,” Hilwa said. “Honestly, the cloud providers are increasingly providing better service than a lot of internal IT organizations are.”

Overall, Amazon’s net income declined 10 percent to $214 million, or 45 cents a share, from $239 million, or 51 cents, a year earlier. Revenue rose 15 percent to $29.3 billion. 

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Cloud Computing Arrangements May be too Evolving for FASB’s Short Term …


companies are saying the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s proposal on
customer’s accounting for fees paid in cloud computing arrangements shouldn’t
be tackled via its simplification initiative.

simplification initiative is aimed at hammering out—for quick issuance—areas in
U.S. generally accepted accounting principles that are found to be too complex,
but aren’t in need of broad revision which might take years to develop.

like Edison Electric Institute and the American Gas Association say, given the
complexity, variety, and evolving nature of cloud computing arrangements, the
simplification initiative is not the best forum for resolving diversity in

Given the
significant evolution of information technology over the last 15 years, and
specifically the emergence of an entirely new business model for cloud
computing, said Edison Electric, “we believe that any modification to the existing
practice should involve a more comprehensive approach to addressing a
customer’s accounting for fees paid in cloud computing arrangements.”  

comments were made in a letter dated Nov. 18, 2014, which can be found on
FASB’s website.

Reasonable Supposition.

interesting fact pattern that appears to favor that viewpoint is the current
trend in the software industry: companies moving away from on-premise software
to cloud delivery. This is a fast moving trend so it’s reasonable to suppose
any related issues should be tackled holistically. 

to statistics referenced by, Inc. in its Nov. 17, 2014 letter to
FASB, the cloud software market reached $28 billion in revenue in 2012, a 28.4%
year over year growth rate.

software is expected to grow to $76.1 billion by 2017 at a compounded annual growth
rate of 22.1 percent. “The report states that cloud delivery will significantly
outpace traditional software, growing nearly five times faster than the
software market as a whole and becoming the significant growth driver to all
functional software markets,” said Salesforce, a provider of enterprise cloud
computing solutions.

By 2017,
nearly $1 of every $6 spent on packaged software will be consumed via the
cloud, the report states.


20, 2014 issued its proposed Accounting Standards Update titled,
Intangibles—Goodwill and Other—internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40):
Customer’s Accounting for Fees Paid in a Cloud Computing Arrangement.

proposal provide guidance on how customers should account for the fees in a
cloud computing arrangement. Currently there’s no explicit guidance under GAAP
and diversity in accounting for them has ensued as well as unnecessary cost and
complexity for some stakeholders that evaluate the accounting for those fees.

The proposal
received 24 comment letters, many on board with FASB’s decision to approach it
via the simplification initiative. However, there were enough new issues raised
to make one question–whether those companies asking for a broader project
aren’t right.

also Weighed in.

for example, in its Nov. 25, 2014 letter said the proposal doesn’t address the
accounting treatment for implementation costs related to cloud computing
arrangements—but should. 

encourage FASB to consider issuing explicit guidance with respect to the
accounting treatment of implementation costs, as these costs can be
significant,” said Google.

companies, including Visa, Northeast Utilities System, Groupon, suggest expanding
the proposal or tackling additional issues.

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Denise Lugo

Denise Lugo is a Bloomberg BNA News Correspondent and covers accounting, financial and regulatory news in the Tri-State region. Since 2006, Ms. Lugo has written extensively on topics involving accounting standards-setting by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the International Accounting Standards Board and their respective advisory and Trustee groups. Ms. Lugo has also written on regulatory and audit issues stemming from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

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