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About Darren Ratcliffe


Distinguished Expert & Cloud Domain lead

Darren Ratcliffe became the Head of technical strategy, Business & Platform Services, Centres of Excellence in July 2016. Previously he was the Cloud CTO of Atos and Canopy. Darren has led the creation of many innovative cloud services. His objective is to support Atos customers on their digital journey. He is passionate about open innovation and helping the enterprise take a fresh look at their business models supported by cloud, digital and emerging technologies.




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Articles posted by Darren Ratcliffe

What is edge computing?

Ana Juan Ferrer Head of NG Cloud Lab, Atos Research and Innovation and member of the Scientific CommunityDarren Ratcliffe Distinguished Expert & Cloud Domain leadPosted on: 10 July 2019 Edge computing locates computing and storage resources at the edge of the network, with the intention of getting data and analytics to the right place, at the right time. It decentralises data processing and avoids…

Application Platform 101

When building or evolving application services it can be considered best practice to offer your consumers the highest level of technical abstraction. It helps maintain focus on the business problem being addressed in the most suitable and expedient manner. However, there needs to be recognition that some compromises will need to be made along the way. This is because elements of control will often be…

Containers: business benefits

In the previous two articles we focused on the basics of what a container is and possible adoption patterns. In this one we will look at the potential business benefits that could be achieved. Application modernisation / creation Let’s start with looking at the typical benefits of application modernisation. Agility is a baseline tenant of any successful application modernisation process or indeed the creation of…

Container Adoption

In the first part of this series we went over the basics of what a container is and its high level technical evolution up until now. In this part, we will look at how to begin to consider adoption of containers within your business. Openness is a key adoption consideration These container 'layers' are being built completely in the open, with contributions from many organisations from both…

Containers 101

There is a tremendous buzz in the industry at present with regards to containers, however because it is relatively new it is moving at an equally tremendous pace with all the big players looking to become dominant in this space. This series of articles attempts to bring some clarity to the jargon, and let you know what’s baking out there, likely consumption models and benefits. Firstly, what…

Is your voice the new DevOps power tool?

We all know the evolving role of DevOps in an organization, the function removes the barriers, real or artificial, between the IT creative and the IT functionalist to mould this in to zen like harmony. To enable this new tools have come to the fore, to support making this vision a reality. Generally this is in the form…

Why companies need to learn how to fail fast and cheaply

Digital is changing how consumers think and how they are demanding new products and services. Retail banking is a great example of this changing consumer behaviour. While people are happy to set up a bank account in a physical branch, their ongoing needs to visit the bank erode, preferring to use more convenient digital…