Microsoft digs down on Azure outage, explores data loss and failover question

Microsoft has put together a post-mortem on what it described as an 'unprecedented' Azure outage - exploring an interesting question of data loss and failover capability.

The outage, which affected customers on the VSTS - or Azure DevOps - service in the South Central US region, required more than 21 hours to recover all facilities, as well as an additional incident regarding a database which went offline taking another two hours to resolve.

As the status page - which originally went down with the...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Why healthcare providers need Zero Trust Security to boost their digital initiatives

  • 58% of healthcare systems breach attempts involve inside actors, which makes this the leading industry for insider threats today.
  • Ransomware leads all malicious code categories, responsible for 70% of breach attempt incidents.
  • Stealing laptops from medical professionals’ cars to obtain privileged access credentials to gain access and install malware on healthcare networks, exfiltrate valuable data or sabotage systems and applications are all common breach strategies.

These and many other fascinating insights are from 

By Louis Columbus, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

The cloud is here – but managing its costs and optimizing benefits is up to you

A decade ago, early adapters enthusiastically embraced cloud computing, but the larger business world waited skeptically with questions such as ‘how safe is this?’ ‘How much will it cost?’ ‘Will it really improve productivity?’ ‘Will it give me a competitive edge?’

Today, there is still some hesitation around migrating to the cloud. Because the cloud is still considered fairly new technology, there hasn’t been an established trust in it yet. Some...

By Amanda Vernazza, 06 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

Why data sovereignty is the only truly safe path to avoid Privacy Shield turmoil

Privacy is not just a legal obligation, it is an ethical commitment and a demonstration that you care about your customers’ privacy as much as they do.

Many people will be surprised to hear that although the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on May 25, many companies are not yet GDPR-compliant. The regulation  requires organisations to comply, and our Information Commissioner has...

By Bill Mew, 30 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

Why big data and analytics revenues will reach $260 billion

Enterprise data lakes are an essential component of many digital transformation projects. Numerous insights about customers, partners and other stakeholders are extracted from these significant commercial assets. Given the benefits, IT infrastructure and associated software investment will increase to support new use cases.

According to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), revenues for big data and business analytics (BDA) solutions will reach $260 billion in 2022 with a...

By David H Deans, 30 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

Cloud hyperscaler capex broke $53 billion for the first half of 2018, says Synergy Research

The capital expenditure of the largest cloud infrastructure players continues to rise – and according to Synergy Research, the first half of 2018 has seen record figures being published.

Total capex for the first half of this year among the hyperscale operators hit $53 billion (£41.1bn), compared with $31bn this time last year. Q2’s figures did not quite match Q1, but this is down to an anomaly, Synergy...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure.

The global state of enterprise analytics 2018: How cloud, big data and AI are key to the future

  • 71% of enterprises globally predict their investments in data and analytics will accelerate in the next three years and beyond
  • 57% of enterprises globally have a Chief Data Officer, a leadership role that is pivotal in helping to democratise data and analytics across any organisation
  • 52% of enterprises are leveraging advanced and predictive analytics today to provide greater insights and contextual intelligence into operations
  • 41% of all enterprises are considering a move to cloud-based analytics in the next year
  • Cloud computing (24%), big data (20%), and AI/machine learning (18%) are the three technologies...

By Louis Columbus, 23 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Research, Software.

Protecting your company’s crown jewels: Building cloud-based backup and DR into ransomware defence

It’s a sad fact of life that whenever someone owns anything of value, there’s someone else out there who wants to get their hands on it illegally. Today’s corporate crown jewels are the critical data on which organisations depend and the highwaymen are cybercriminals, who have built a lucrative industry from ransomware attacks that disrupt businesses, steal data and aim to extract payment from their victims.

Tackling this scourge is a critical challenge for IT managers on several levels, but...

Prometheus joins Kubernetes in graduating from Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Prometheus, an open source systems monitoring technology, has ‘graduated’ from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) – five months after Kubernetes took the plunge.

The graduation – which is essentially an affirmation of a technology having strong adoption and governance processes – was announced at the PromCom event. Prometheus has almost 20 active maintainers today, alongside more than 1,000...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise.