How cloud storage became a target for hackers – and what can be done about it

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With the recent revelations that Yahoo! experienced a hack in 2014 where the accounts of around 500 million users were compromised, it brings back into focus the importance of businesses ensuring their customers’ data is always protected.

More and more businesses are now using the cloud to store their data. As with all new technologies though, hackers will look to exploit any security vulnerabilities they can find. While it is not yet clear whether the attack on Yahoo! was on a...

By David Midgley, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Software, Storage.

SAP aims to succeed in the cloud – but can it be the next IoT giant?

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Opinion Industry leaders in each sector are carving out their share of the IoT market. The latest to stake a claim is SAP, the world’s largest inter-enterprise software company and the world’s fourth-largest independent software supplier, overall.

When the company was founded by five former IBM employees in 1972, the original premise was to provide customers with a way of interacting with common corporate databases. Now, the most common application of SAP software is to run internal...

By Alex Vilner, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SAP, Software.

AWS and VMware announce hybrid cloud partnership

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It had been rumoured, but now it’s confirmed: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware have announced a strategic alliance which will culminate in a new hybrid cloud service snappily titled ‘VMware Cloud on AWS’.

The two companies say the announcement will give customers a full software-defined data centre (SDCC) experience, combining leadership in private and public cloud. The service will run on AWS bare metal infrastructure, while the SDDC side will come predominantly...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, VMware.

One in three public sector firms have ‘no concrete plans’ for cloud

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A new research report from software and business services provider Agilisys has found that more than a third of public sector firms have ‘no concrete plans’ to adopt cloud-based technology.

The findings, which appear in the 2016 Cloud Adoption Survey, found that of the 180 respondents, 36% had no plans to migrate to the cloud.

Almost 60% said that cloud adoption would help to reduce on-site maintenance and IT support requirements, which may indicate it is not a lack of...

By James Bourne, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Infrastructure, PublicSector, Software.

Why a new era of computing has arrived with the software-defined data centre

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The delivery of IT services on-demand is becoming an increasingly common ambition for enterprises. As businesses are introduced to public cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services, they are expecting the same flexibility, real-time delivery and cost savings from services across the entire IT landscape.

In turn, this is leading to a brand new world of computing, one in which old client-server models are being turned on their heads, replaced by mobile and cloud computing. By necessity,...

By Martin Cooper, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, Software.

Microsoft and Adobe cosy up for Azure cloud partnership

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Microsoft and Adobe have announced partnership plans to make Azure the preferred cloud platform for Adobe’s marketing, creative, and document clouds, and Adobe’s Marketing Cloud the preferred option for Dynamics 365 Enterprise.

The partnership, announced in the Microsoft Ignite keynote session today, aims to help enterprise companies ‘embrace digital transformation and deliver compelling, personalised experiences through every phase of their customer...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Microsoft, Software.

Cloud usage in healthcare on the up, new research argues

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More than half of respondents in a survey from cloud migration services provider SADA Systems say cloud-based apps are improving patient satisfaction and leading to better treatment.

The survey, which polled more than 300 North American IT professionals, found Microsoft was the primary cloud infrastructure platform for healthcare organisations, cited by 42% of respondents. Google (29%) and Amazon (27%) trailed behind. In terms of mobile device management, Microsoft (55% of...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Industry, Security, Software.

Oracle’s cloud sales approach $1bn, attacks Workday and AWS in results

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Oracle has announced total revenues of $8.6 billion (£6.6bn) in its first quarter 2017 financial results, up 3% in constant currency and with the cloud change at the heart of it.

Addressing analysts after the results were announced, Safra Catz, Oracle co-CEO, said in her first remarks, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha: “Clearly, we are pleased with our...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Platform, Software.

Not so fantastic Mr Fox: How the cloud enables British business to work harder than ever

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During a speech at a Conservative Way Forward event on September 9, Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, said that Britain had become “too lazy and too fat”, with businessmen preferring “golf on a Friday afternoon” to trying to boost the country’s prosperity.

While somewhat diffused by Downing Street later as “clearly private views”, his statement was certainly thought provoking.

As the CEO of a company that provides cloud-based IT...

By Joseph Blass, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Software.

Is a cloud-managed network right for your business?

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Successful businesses have mastered how to manage their network and leverage it as a platform to engage staff and customers. Increased dependency, combined with the need for pervasive connectivity, greater insights and control over behavior, is driving organisations to embrace a cloud-managed network (CMN) model.

A CMN uses a software as a service (SaaS) model to securely deliver ease-of-use and simplicity for control and analytics of on premise devices being deployed over...

By Thomas Borrel, 12 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Mobility, SaaS , Software, Virtualisation.