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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Workday signs up to IBM cloud in ‘multi-year strategic partnership’

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IBM has announced that financial and HR cloud app provider Workday has signed up for its cloud services in what has been described as a “multi-year strategic partnership.”

The deal, first reported in the Wall Street Journal, means IBM’s cloud will become the primary platform for Workday’s development and testing projects – with the latter...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Research suggests “tactical rather than strategic” cloud adoption in ASEAN

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Small to medium businesses in ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) are certainly on the cloud bandwagon – but it’s a stretch to say they are confident about its capabilities.

That was the overall finding from research conducted by Data & Storage Asean and commissioned by Barracuda Networks. The survey, which polled 130 IT professionals from small businesses in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, found 73% of respondents argued their data was...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Research argues greater confidence in public cloud security from IT pros

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IT professionals are becoming more confident in the security of the public cloud compared to corporate data centres, according to the latest study from IT consulting firm SADA Systems.

The poll, which quizzed more than 200 IT managers around their use of public cloud services, found that 84% of respondents were using some form of public cloud infrastructure today.

49% of respondents said they used Google Cloud Platform, compared with 48% for Microsoft and 42% for AWS – although...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

IDC: Global revenues from public cloud will hit almost $200bn by 2020

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Global revenues from public cloud services will hit more than $195 billion (£150.2bn) by 2020, according to the latest forecast from analyst house IDC.

The new prediction, which arrives in the firm’s semi-annual public cloud services spending guide, argues 2020 will double 2016’s expected revenues of $96.5bn, and represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.4% between 2015 and 2020.

“Cloud software will significantly outpace traditional software product...

By James Bourne, 11 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Public.

Microsoft research aims to better utilise encrypted cloud data without privacy fears

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In some instances, encryption is a double-edged sword: if data is encrypted in the cloud, it’s secure, but you can’t get access to it. Yet a new research paper presented by Microsoft may be the first step to changing it.

The paper examines the concept of secure data exchange (SDE), where the aim, as a blog post from Microsoft Research writer John Roach puts it, is to...

By James Bourne, 10 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Privacy, Security.

Google acquires Orbitera to bolster multi-cloud play

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Google has announced the acquisition of Orbitera, a cloud commerce platform, to help boost its multi-cloud efforts with one eye on rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft.

“Orbitera has built a strong ecosystem of enterprise software vendors delivering software to multiple clouds. This acquisition will not only improve the support of software vendors on Google Cloud Platform, but reinforces Google’s support for the multi-cloud world,” said Nan Boden,...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Software.

AWS, Google, IBM, Microsoft top IHS Markit cloud IT infrastructure analysis

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Here’s a slightly different take on a widely analysed space: IHS Markit has put Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft as leaders in the cloud IT infrastructure services sector – but put Amazon at the left of the others.

The analyst house released its cloud services scorecard which provides an interesting examination of the landscape – certainly different in its approach to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for instance. The graph is divided into three segments;...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Adidas Group launches on Dropbox Enterprise for “seamless collaboration”

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Cloud storage firm Dropbox has announced a new customer win in the form of sports brand The Adidas Group.

The announcement, which appeared on the firm’s official blog this morning, explains how Adidas is utilising Dropbox Enterprise, which was launched in November last year, to have ‘fast, reliable access to…data’ and ‘seamless collaboration’ for its employees.

“At...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Collaboration, Enterprise, Software, Storage.