The top 100 best practices in big data – revealed

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The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has today released a mammoth document detailing the 100 best practices in big data security – running the gamut from traditional cybersecurity measures to cutting edge cryptographic technologies.

The document discusses each tip at more of a cursory than comprehensive level, offering a few sentences on why and how organisations should implement them. The report goes through 10 areas with 10 tips for each, from real-time security and compliance...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Security, Vulnerabilities.

EMC beefs up product portfolio with enterprise and native hybrid clouds

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EMC has announced the general availability of its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0 product, a new hybrid cloud offering aiming to help customers advance their cloud journey, as well as given more information on Native Hybrid Cloud.

“Understanding the needs of organisations to transform a more modern, automated, self-service IT environment, EMC continues to develop and deliver innovations into its cloud platforms that are designed, supported and sustained as one to help customers...

By Cloud Tech, 26 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Public cloud and the global economy: Digging further into the opportunities

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Editor's note: This article is a follow-up to the July piece ‘How the public cloud can benefit the global economy’, which drills down into two of the four areas outlined in that piece – how the public cloud enables new business models, and data sharing and collaboration between entities. The below is an image created by Chef Software which outlines the four towers.

By David Auslander, 25 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Public.

These companies have been ranked the best private cloud firms to work for

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Asana, Greenhouse Software and WalkMe have been ranked as the three best private cloud computing companies to work for, according to a new study from Glassdoor and Battery Ventures.

The study focused on larger, privately held firms, with 200 or more employees, and ranked CEO approval, as well as a ‘positive business outlook’. Participants were asked to rank on a scale between one and five, with 1.0 meaning they were ‘very dissatisfied’, 3.0 signalling...

By James Bourne, 25 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Software.

DevOps and IT jobs continue to go up the pay scale – with the US best off

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Good news if you’re an IT practitioner or manager, particularly in the US, but not so good if you’re a sysadmin; the latest examination of IT salaries from automation and cloud software provider Puppet has found that more than half of IT bods in the US earn more than $100,000 per year, while manager salaries have gone ‘off the chart’.

The latest DevOps salary report, which garnered responses from more than 4,600 IT professionals, argues that the percentage of...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Economy, Research.

Why IT remains unprepared for cloud management

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The vast majority of enterprises plan to migrate more workloads to the cloud in 2016. But IT teams may not be prepared to maintain cloud resources, a new survey by Logicworks finds.

According to the report, nearly half of IT decision makers believe their organisation’s IT workforce is not completely prepared to address the challenges of managing their cloud resources over the next five years. As cloud adoption grows, this can have...

By Logicworks, 24 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Encryption of cloud data is great – but it’s not a magic bullet

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The headlong stampede of enterprise data into the cloud has passed by.

A few years ago I might have written it was ‘underway,’ but this would grossly understate the situation.  Data which was once stored on premise has left the building, the twinkling lights on the tin box in your racks are slowly blinking out. Data osmosis is taking place, draining life force from these antiquated shells into vast data-centres run by some of the largest companies on earth.   It...

By Ed Macnair, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Regulation, Security.

Why hybrid is the answer if businesses want backup in the cloud

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With the global hybrid cloud market poised to reach $91 billion (£69bn) by 2021, as recent findings by analyst organisation Markets and Standards show, it is critical that companies assess whether their cloud strategy meets their evolving storage and recovery needs.

Businesses should resist the temptation for a “rough-and-ready” cloud...

By Jonathan Kamminga, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Claranet argues lack of understanding remains between business and IT

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It’s a well-worn theme, yet raises its head again; new research from Claranet and Vanson Bourne argues that European businesses are suffering from a lack of understanding between the IT department and the rest of the organisation.

Just over a quarter (26%) of the 900 IT leaders polled – based in Benelux, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and the UK – said they believe the wider business has total understanding of the role of the IT department. A similar number...

By James Bourne, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Research.

Collab9 gets green light as first FedRAMP-approved UCaaS vendor

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Collab9, a Cisco-powered unified communications provider based in Gardena, California, has announced it has become the first unified comms as a service (UCaaS) provider to be authorised by FedRAMP, the government security standard.

The move is aimed at federal, state, and local agencies for their unified collaboration needs, with Collab9 offering messaging, both for voicemail and email, mobility, and integration with Microsoft Office 365, Skype for Business and...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Software, UnifiedComms.

Tame the IT bear: Why businesses must take back control

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Organisations across all industries are moving towards a digital-first approach; shaking up the way they operate, drive growth and engage with customers.

Even the most established sectors are changing their go-to-market strategies as a reaction to digital demands. For example, the banking sector is undergoing severe disruption due to the rise of plucky fintech start-ups, such as Stripe or Atom Bank. The UK has recently been hailed as

By Keith Tilley, 22 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Migration.

Deloitte report reveals maturing cloud outlook for mid-market firms

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Cloud infrastructure, big data, and analytics are among the top technologies most likely to generate greater productivity, according to the latest report from Deloitte.

The findings, which appear in the firm’s latest report on mid-market technology, showed that more than a quarter of the 500 respondents argued integrating with existing apps and infrastructure was the key factor influencing how quickly cloud services were adopted.

41% of respondents admitted migration to the cloud...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

On a wing and a prayer: How to really make your DevOps practices soar

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All too often, the restrictions of engineering seem to us like the laws of physics. Think back to when horse-drawn carriages were the best available mode of transportation. Drivers could only get to their destinations so quickly, given the needs of the horses, the wheels of the carriages themselves, and the quality of the roads. A trip from one city to another could take several days. At the time, that didn’t seem like an opportunity for revolutionary...

By Adam Bowen, 19 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, DevOps.

Multi-cloud gains more and more traction – but cost still the key factor

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New research released by Turbonomic and Verizon has revealed several key reasons for businesses wanting to adopt a multi-cloud strategy, from business continuity to resilience – yet cost is still a burning issue.

The study, which polled 1,821 IT decision makers, saw the need for business continuity as the most important business driver for adoption of multi-cloud, cited by 77% of respondents, ahead of increased resilience (74%), and reduction of operational expenditure (70%) and...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Brexit? What Brexit? Datapipe acquires UK-based managed cloud firm Adapt

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US cloud provider Datapipe has announced it is acquiring Britain-based managed cloud firm and AWS partner Adapt in an attempt to expand the firm’s European presence.

The firms took the unusual step of issuing two separate press releases to cover the same news. From the Adapt side, the company noted the move to Datapipe was a ‘non-disruptive addition’ due to the firm’s similar roadmaps and propositions.

“Adapt and Datapipe both have cultures that...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Europe, Infrastructure, M&A.

AWS and Azure get the highest federal security rating: What happens from here?

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Cloud services have been able to store customers’ data for many years now, but the number of prospective clients for several vendors has recently dramatically increased.

Back in late June, the announcement was made that three vendors had received special certifications from the federal government, allowing them to store sensitive data that the government had...

By Rick Delgado, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Microsoft, PublicSector, Regulation, Security.

A CIO writes (sort of): I’m terrified of cloud lock-in - what should I do?

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“Dear Deidre,

I’m stuck in a loveless marriage.

I’m in a three-year relationship which I don’t think I can get out of. It started off great, but now I’m getting bled dry and I don’t have the freedom I thought I would have. What should I do?

Regards,

C.I O'Really.”

Some of you will be suffering from the same concerns as poor Mr. O’Really. Over the last two years it seems like every organisation has been enthusiastically walking down...

By Mat Keep, 17 August 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Vendors.

95% of SMBs plan to move to cloud hosting – as issues with web services mount up

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Nearly 95% of small to medium businesses say they either already use a cloud hosting service or plan to transition to it according to the latest study from B2B research firm Clutch.co - as web hosting providers aren’t hitting the mark.

The survey, which quizzed 300 SMBs – defined as having between two and 1000 employees – found a trend towards cloud hosting. Almost three quarters (72%) of SMBs have changed web hosting providers over the past five years, while a...

By James Bourne, 17 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

European cloud demand forces data centre uptick – but Brexit remains a worry

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Demand for European data centre space continues to rise due to greater need for cloud services – but the Brexit vote could yet send UK plans off-kilter, according to the latest note from consulting firm BroadGroup.

The analysis, which appears in the firm’s latest Colocation Market Quarterly (CMQ), argues there is ‘strong’ demand for real estate in primary European locations, arguing Paris has performed ‘particularly strongly.’ The company argues...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure.