Compliance remains the key cloud security challenge, according to CipherCloud report

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Almost two thirds of organisations in a CipherCloud survey on cloud data protection say compliance and auditing privacy is the biggest security challenge associated with cloud computing.

CipherCloud, which has released its inaugural “Global Cloud Data Security Report”, found a number of interesting findings in the research, and the challenges associated with data security for Global 2000 companies.

Compliance and data protection concerns continue to remain the top barriers for...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Security.

Microsoft unveils Azure App Service, digs into cloud first mantra again

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With everything Microsoft releases, it’s a “mobile first, cloud first” mantra which accompanies it. This is no different; the tech giant has announced the launch of the Azure App Service, a cloud service which enables developers to built web and mobile apps for any platform and any device.

The service brings together the capabilities from Azure Websites, Azure Mobile Services and Azure BizTalk Services. Microsoft aims to provide an integrated solution that streamlines...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Microsoft.

Why there is still a culture of ‘hope’ and ‘fear’ around cloud and big data technologies

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Is more sensitive data being kept in the cloud? According to the latest report from Vormetric, in association with analyst house Ovum, 60% of US IT decision makers and 54% of respondents globally say they store sensitive data in the cloud.

Yet cloud environments (47%) are more of a risk to enterprise organisations than databases (37%) and file servers (29%), while cloud and big data concerns remain “genuine” and “deep rooted” according to the study, which...

By James Bourne, 24 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management.

Interoute CTO Matthew Finnie: Why the conversation needs to change in the cloud arena

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Sipping a coffee outside the hubbub of Cloud Expo Europe, Matthew Finnie, chief technical officer at virtual data centre provider Interoute, has something on his mind.

The vast majority of the activity going on in the ExCeL arena, he surmises, will be vendors pitching their position. Nothing unusual with that at a trade show, you might say, but Finnie wants the conversations to go one step further.

“I think one of the things we’re hoping for is people start to put two and two...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

Oracle CTO Ellison slams Salesforce in cloud financial results discussion

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After 27 years at the top, it remains a slight culture shock to note Larry Ellison as Oracle’s chief technical officer. But despite this he’s still stealing the headlines, by telling analysts in an earnings call his belief that Oracle will sell more new SaaS and PaaS business than Salesforce in 2015.

As reported by Seeking Alpha, Ellison told...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, PaaS, Platform, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

Severalnines: Mixing DevOps with database management and going its own way

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Sweden-based database management provider Severalnines is an interesting company. Its name would suggest SLAs but the firm, with approximately 7000 users, supports MySQL, MariaDB and MongoDB among others and enables businesses to support both SQL and NoSQL open source databases in the cloud or on-premise.

Yet the way Severalnines has built its success is of most interest. Instead of going cap in hand to VCs and building up cash without going near making a profit, Severalnines has...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, OpenSource, SLA.

Report shows majority of cloud providers not hitting SLA targets

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76% of organisations surveyed by CDW in its Cloud 401 report say at least one cloud vendor failed to meet their SLAs.

The report, released in February, found reliability (43%) as the most important metric for cloud service providers, far ahead of cost (28%) and ability to integrate with existing infrastructure (27%), meaning a double whammy for providers who couldn’t meet their uptime figures.

Cloud...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, SLA.

NaviSite’s Sumeet Sabharwal on the evolution of desktop as a service

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At the back end of 2014 Sumeet Sabharwal, group vice president and general manager at NaviSite, penned a company blog explaining how the year had been “significant” for desktop as a service (DaaS) on a number of fronts. Maturation of technology, expansion of the provider landscape, and expansion of endpoint devices, such as the support of Chromebooks, have helped create a maelstrom going into...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IaaS, Infrastructure, VDI.

Finland has biggest take up of cloud computing services in EU, research reveals

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Finland has the highest proportion of enterprises in the EU using cloud computing, according to figures from Eurostat.

The findings from the European Union’s statistical office, from December 2014, saw more than half (51%) of Finnish enterprises in the cloud. Nordic and Benelux countries typically scored highly, with Sweden and Denmark in the top four and Netherlands and Belgium in the top 10. 24% of UK enterprises use cloud computing services.

Overall, 10 nations are ahead of the...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Research, SaaS , Software.

The CIO focus on public cloud: "A viable option, but not a top consideration”

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A survey from analyst house Gartner has found that infrastructure and operations leaders should institute a ‘cloud-first’ consideration for every project on an application by application basis.

The report, entitled “Flipping to Digital Leadership: The 2015 CIO Agenda”, surveyed more than 2800 CIOs and found public cloud was an option for IT projects, but only a first consideration for a small minority.

15% of those polled aren’t considering cloud computing...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

Cisco and HP top cloud infrastructure equipment market, while IBM slips

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The latest figures from Synergy Research have found Cisco and HP to be the leaders in the cloud infrastructure equipment market, while IBM, the clear market leader in Q412, slips further down the table.

The analysts point to IBM selling off its server business to Lenovo – which is now the seventh largest vendor in the space – as a key point in the Armonk firm’s downturn.

Cisco has a clear lead in public cloud infrastructure, while HP is on top in private cloud,...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

CenturyLink: Why complexity, not the cloud vendor, locks you in

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It continues to be an extremely busy time for CenturyLink Cloud. Amidst a plethora of news and acquisitions, one stood out: the buyout of disaster recovery as a service software provider DataGardens.

As this publication has previously examined, cloud disaster recovery is certainly one of the more popular buzzwords in the IT industry right now, yet a lack of clarity still pervades. There are degrees of...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, SLA.

Dropbox Android SDK vulnerability revealed, cloud storage provider praised for response

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A major vulnerability in the Dropbox SDK for Android has been revealed by IBM Security, whereby attackers can connect applications on mobile devices to a Dropbox account controlled by the attacker.

The vuln has since been fixed, with IBM praising Dropbox for its response to the issue; the company acknowledged receipt of the disclosure within six minutes, confirmed the vulnerability within the day, and issued a patch within four days.

It’s slightly better than the flaw in Moonpig’s API,...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Storage, Vulnerabilities.

Organisations are aggressively adopting cloud – but can’t find the right security roadmap

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90% of users polled in the LinkedIn Information Security group claim they are either very or moderately concerned about public cloud security.

The survey, sponsored by CloudPassage, aimed to give a comprehensive examination of current security mindsets from a more than 250,000 respondent base with a broad section of company sizes, experience and cloud mindset.

Here are the key stats:

  • 71% of respondents are either in planning stages, actively implementing or in production with cloud environments. Hybrid cloud deployments are most common with 7 out...

By James Bourne, 10 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Security, Virtualisation.

How Red Bull North America gained its wings and flew to a different cloud storage provider

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Red Bull North America has chosen Egnyte as its enterprise cloud sync and share provider having replaced Box in a “huge” client win for the Mountain View firm.

One of the key draws for Red Bull was the use of Egnyte’s API to connect to the sales team’s iPads, enabling the team to work in the field as well as leveraging Egnyte’s back end storage.

The announcement represents a validation of Egnyte’s strategy going forward, with the company focused...

By James Bourne, 10 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Case Studies, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Moving the help desk to the cloud: Companies reticent to adopt SaaS models

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More than two thirds of respondents in a survey from Software Advice currently use on-premise help desk systems despite the prevalence of cloud-based systems in the market.

68% of the more than 200 IT staff and management respondents have on-prem deployments compared to 18% utilising vendor-hosted cloud and 13% hosting on a leased server.

The most frequently used help desk software functionality, according to those polled, is ticket...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, SaaS , Software.

Financial firms accessing cloud more readily yet roadblocks still remain, say CSA

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61% of financial businesses are developing a cloud strategy within their organisation, according to a report from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The paper, in conjunction with CipherCloud and interviewing over 100 global participants across the financial sector, found that businesses are slowly but surely moving into the cloud, with a mix of leveraging private and public cloud the optimum strategy.

The findings came out of the Financial Services Working Group (FSWG), an...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Security.

CIA claims its Amazon Web Services cloud is at ‘final operational capability’

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It was one of the most fascinating battles of 2013: who would win the lucrative CIA cloud computing contract? Two horses were in the race, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM; and it was the former who eventually came out on top despite appeals from the latter.

Now, according to CIA chief information officer Doug Wolfe, the AWS cloud has attained “final operational capability”.

As...

By James Bourne, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, IaaS, Infrastructure, Private.

Salesforce delivers another billion dollar quarter, $5bn in annual revenue, shares skyrocket

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Cloudy software provider Salesforce has announced its latest financial results, with $5.37bn (£3.46bn) in total annual revenue and another billion dollar quarter.

The results were in line with Wall Street’s expectations, with earnings per share at $0.14 and a year on year growth of 26.1%.

It certainly seems a long way since 2009, when Salesforce’s first billion dollar annual figures arrived, and late 2013, when the first billion dollar quarter arrived. CEO Marc...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

The hype around cloud computing has been justified, say enterprises

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85% of respondents in a Tata Communications survey say that cloud computing had lived up to industry hype in their experience, with 23% saying cloud had exceeded their expectations.

Increased productivity was the most popular benefit according to 69% of those polled, with better access to data (65%) and reductions in costs (63%) also highly cited. 83% of respondents admitted they experienced benefits they weren’t expecting to see.

The report added to the plethora of...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.