How EU legislation impacts data processing in the cloud

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Last week, the European Union agreed on proposed Data Protection Regulations that potentially impact all organisations that either use or process the personal data of EU citizens. There will now be further consultations before these become statute, but for the first time these will be regulations, rather than directives; which mean that individual EU member states will have little room for interpretation in how they are applied. 

This has implications for IT service providers, SaaS...

By Sean McAvan, 18 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, SaaS , Software.

The cloud complexity gap: Making software more intelligent to address complex infrastructure

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Over the past 15 years, we have seen a unique trend emerge in managing infrastructure - ­ increasing complexity. Oddly enough, it began with the mainstream adoption of virtualisation and has rapidly accelerated since the introduction of cloud computing. To further exacerbate the issue, the ability of software that can manage that complexity - ­ what analysts such as Gartner call IT...

By Joe Kinsella, 17 June 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software.

Box announces strong financial figures, raises forecast

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Enterprise cloud storage provider Box has announced first quarter revenue figures of $65.6 million, a 45% increase year over year.

The company noted billings of $69.8m for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 and a non-GAAP operating loss of $32.6m – 50% of revenue. This contrasts with first quarter of fiscal 2015, whereby non-GAAP operating loss was 69% of revenue. GAAP operating loss for this quarter was at 71% of revenue, compared to the previous year’s 83%.

Box also gave an...

By James Bourne, 11 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

Number of cloud apps in the enterprise declines for first time – is IT fighting back?

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The average number of cloud apps used per enterprise has declined for the first time, according to the latest data from Netskope.

This shift – which the company notes is “consolidation efforts from IT begin[ning] to take hold” – is exacerbated by the lack of enterprise-grade security in most cloud apps. 89.6% of apps used are not enterprise-ready, and 90% of data loss prevention violations occur in cloud storage apps.

The latter point is of most concern....

By James Bourne, 10 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Privacy, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Dropbox opens up on enterprise cloud strategy with security and integration updates

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Dropbox has announced new features in administration, security and integration in a bid to change the way the cloud storage provider works for business.

The company is introducing tighter account security through two-step verification, tiered administrative controls, as well as an extension to the Dropbox for Business API, with new capabilities for shared folders.

CloudLock, Netskope and SkySync are among the data migration providers who are already beginning to build...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Enterprise recognises need to move from public storage to private cloud

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Employees at more than half (55%) of organisations use public file, sync and share (FSS) services. Yet almost three quarters (73%) said they were looking for or had implemented an alternative, according to a new report from CTERA.

More than half (59%) of that number said they favoured a private cloud FSS solution run either on hosted infrastructure or in their own data centre.

35% of organisations have experienced corporate data leakage in 2014 as a result of employees sharing files via...

By James Bourne, 02 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Security, Software, Storage.

Bring your own cloud: Understanding the right policies for employees

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Cloud usage has grown rapidly in the UK, with adoption rates shooting up over 60% in the last four years, according to the latest figures from Vanson Bourne. Yet there is an ongoing problem with a lack of clarity and understanding around cloud policies, and decision making within enterprises at all levels.

This confusion comes from the fact the IT department and the rest of the company have very differing conceptions about what cloud policy is and what it should be.

What policy?

By James Butler, 22 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Software.

Dropbox becomes latest cloud provider to adopt emerging ISO 27018 standard

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Cloud storage provider Dropbox has announced it has achieved certification with the emerging privacy standard ISO/IEC 27018, boosting its security credentials.

ISO 27018 was published on July 30 2014 by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) as a follow up to the widely accepted ISO 27001 information security standard. It aims to put together a code of practice for protection of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds. The standard has already been...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2015, 4 comments. Categories: Security, Software, Storage.

UK cloud adoption continues to rise – and WS2003 shutdown will accelerate it further

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Newly released figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) show that cloud computing adoption rate in the UK currently stands at 84%, with that number expecting to sizeably increase due to the shutdown of Windows Server (WS) 2003.

WS2003 will have its support stopped on July 14 and, as this publication has previously examined, many companies are leaving...

By James Bourne, 12 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Data Management, Infrastructure, Software.

Cloud-based voice and telephony services continues apace

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Almost half of companies surveyed by Britannic Technologies said they had cloud-based voice and telephony services, while two thirds said they had a partial voice solution in the cloud.

84% of respondents said they understood the proposition of cloud computing, yet there were some intriguing responses as to why companies aren’t putting their voice services in the cloud. Almost half (48%) of those polled said they were concerned about security worries, while 38% were worried...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, UnifiedComms.