Why the future of cybersecurity is in the cloud

For decades we have feared the cloud.  During my time working counterintelligence for the FBI, we feared the Internet so much that agency computers functioned solely on an isolated intranet connected via hard cables.

It’s no wonder to me that that government has still not embraced the unlimited processing power cloud computing affords.  But despite the fact that utilisation of the cloud has become ubiquitous – we store our photos and memories, email accounts, business files and our very...

By Eric O'Neill, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Getting the most out of your data centres: How much energy is your IT system wasting?

The modern-day enterprise is conscious of the environment, and with many corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, you will of course find recycling schemes or even smart lights that switch themselves off when no one is in the room, all in order to save energy. But when we look at the biggest energy drain of any organisation, our IT system, we rarely consider measures we can take to reduce this.

As the most likely cause of major power, data centres are the first place to look when considering energy...

By Leo Craig, 26 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

AWS launches blockchain service – six months after saying it wasn’t interested in the technology

It turns out Amazon Web Services (AWS) may have been throwing us all a bit of a curveball with regards to blockchain. The cloud infrastructure giant has announced the launch of AWS Blockchain Templates – having previously said the technology wasn’t in the company’s plans.

Back in November, at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, the company’s dozens of announcements...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

New research explores challenges and potential with cloud-based analytics

What is the state of cloud analytics today? New research from Teradata argues that while most organisations want to run all of their analytics in the cloud by 2023, the journey is taking longer than anticipated.

The findings, which appear in the company’s latest report, titled ‘The State of Analytics in the Cloud’ polling leaders at 700 global organisations, show an apparent disconnect. 83% of respondents said public cloud was the best place to run analytics, but an even higher number (91%)...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Research.

The state of cloud business intelligence 2018: Why usage continues to soar

  • Cloud BI adoption is soaring in 2018, nearly doubling 2016 adoption levels.
  • Over 90% of sales and marketing teams say that cloud BI is essential for getting their work done in 2018, leading all categories in the survey.
  • 66% of organizations that consider themselves completely successful with business intelligence (BI) initiatives currently use the cloud.
  • Financial Services (62%), technology (54%), and education (54%) have the highest Cloud BI adoption rates in 2018.
  • 86% of Cloud BI adopters name Amazon AWS as their first choice, 82% name Microsoft Azure, 66% name Google Cloud, and 36% identify IBM...

By Louis Columbus, 23 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research.

Why the cloud IT infrastructure market is set to reach $52.3bn in 2018

Cloud service adoption continues to grow, as traditional IT vendors react to market demand. Total spending on IT infrastructure products for deployment in cloud environments is forecast to reach $52.3 billion in 2018 -- that's year-over-year growth of 10.9 percent, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Public cloud data centers will account for a majority of this spending, 65.9 percent, growing at the fastest annual rate of 11.3 percent. Off-premises...

By David H Deans, 20 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

How to make test environment management more efficient than ever

“Software is eating the world”, claimed Marc Andreessen back in 2011; though it may have seemed like an exaggeration when his essay was published, so far he has been proved correct. Now that software exists across every industry, organisations that rely on information need to reimagine themselves as software companies to avoid falling behind competitors.

In today’s society, childhood favourite Blockbuster couldn’t stand...

By Bob Davis, 18 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Monitoring, Platform, Software.

The key challenges of migrating databases to the cloud: Planning and performance

As enterprises continue to embark on their digital transformation journeys part of this change may involve migrating in-house applications, databases and data to the cloud.  But while all the benefits of cloud are widely understood, migrating a database or an application to the cloud is not always smooth sailing and there can be challenges to overcome when transitioning.  Here I wanted to highlight some of the steps enterprises should take to ensure their database migration is successful.

Why migrate to the...

By Roberto Mircoli, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Migration, Security.

Singapore overtakes Hong Kong to become strongest Asia Pacific cloud nation

Singapore has overtaken Hong Kong to be the number one cloud-ready Asia Pacific nation, according to the latest report from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).

The two regions have swapped places since the previous analysis two years ago, with New Zealand retaining bronze medal position, and Japan and Taiwan overtaking Australia. While the latter has slipped a couple of places in the rankings, ACCA said it was still a ‘strong regional contender’ which performed well in most areas but was...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration, Research, Security.

Why trust and transparency are key for companies complying with new EBA cloud guidance

New guidance from official regulators should be music to the ears of anyone involved in compliance. Clarification, reference points and approved examples make the business of compliance that much more straightforward and are generally welcomed by compliance experts. In that spirit, it was with the best intentions - to clear the pathway to cloud adoption for financial services companies - that the European...

By Frank Krieger, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Privacy, Security.