Understanding the cloud security conundrum: What is the answer?

Name an online cloud storage service provider and you’ll have no problem at all finding reports for a breach. Recently, we’ve seen frequent incidents reported in the press involving companies leaking data through misconfigurations involving the cloud, as well as headlines reporting on user inexperience leading to weak security in cloud deployments.

But user error, complexity and misconfiguration surrounding cloud...

By Evtim Batchev, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Security.

Amid various privacy scares – yes, you can collaborate and communicate securely in the cloud

Last week, Facebook announced the launch of Portal, a voice-activated smart home camera device. Considering the recent data breach the company suffered, the tech press response to Portal ranged from bafflement to incredulity.

In response, Facebook senior exec Andrew Bosworth insisted< all processing was done locally on the device – so no information was uploaded to the cloud, or stored on Facebook servers. But is this sensible policy...

By John Mason, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Privacy, Security.

SAP breaks €5bn in quarterly cloud and software revenue – but profits see slight dip

SAP has claimed it is the ‘fastest growing cloud company at scale’ in enterprise software applications after breaking the €5 billion barrier for quarterly cloud and software revenues.

The figure of €5.01bn (£4.4bn) represents an increase of 7.5% on this time last year, and an increase of 1.3% on the previous quarter. Total revenues for the company were at €6.02bn, meaning cloud and software was at 83%...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, SAP.

DevOps skills demand continues to soar – with salaries going up with it

Two pieces of research have hit CloudTech’s inbox which show that if you have the right DevOps skills you can go just about anywhere – and name your price with it.

According to a new report issued by O’Reilly Media, the global median pay for DevOps professionals is currently at $90,000 a year.

The report was based on the responses of more than 1,300 IT professionals, and noted that...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Developers, DevOps, Economy.

Putting the ‘ops’ back in DevOps: Keeping relevant and providing value for IT

DevOps is the new normal for rapidly delivering high quality software and, with software as the new face of business, speed and quality can determine success. However, integrating DevOps into your organisation can take some getting used to.

Despite initial challenges, the end result has a huge upside. Once DevOps is embraced and established, continuous testing and continuous release will enable you to confidently provide more...

By Bill Talbot, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Security.

IBM’s quarterly growth rebound comes to an end – yet cloud revenues continue to tick over

So much for that run of quarterly growth: IBM’s latest financials show a 2% decline in revenues, yet cloud revenues continue to perform solidly.

Overall revenue was at $18.8 billion (£14.3bn) for the quarter, with cloud revenues at $19bn across the past 12 months. This is ticking over compared with the

By James Bourne, 17 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Cloud Academy launches new tools to aim to close the cloud skills gap

The skills gap has been a thorn in cloud computing’s side for longer than many in the industry would care to remember. Cloud Academy hopes to create a change in mindset with its latest release.

The training company has announced the launch of Cloud Roster and Cloud Catalog, two products which aim to provide a fuller picture of the cloud jobs and skills landscape.

Cloud Roster is...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

IBM launches multi-cloud management tool, continues to emphasise open, AI-driven future

IBM is making a big bet into the multi-cloud game with the launch of a new management tool aimed at integrating workloads from different providers.

The Multicloud Manager tool runs on IBM’s Kubernetes-based Cloud Private platform, and, while being optimised on IBM’s cloud, will allow organisations to manage and integrate workloads from other cloud vendors including Amazon, Microsoft, and Red Hat.

By James Bourne, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure, OpenSource.

How cloud implementation is bringing benefits to developers

Now that the cloud has gained high momentum in the technology industry, the mystery of its popularity is no longer much of a mystery – its speed and ability to scale are what make the cloud an attractive option for businesses. With its elasticity, cloud provides organisations with the capacity they need whenever they need it, and all readily available. In contrast with internal infrastructure, where there are often large expenses up front, there’s a huge value in adopting cloud due to its concrete...

By Jeff Keyes, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Digital trust: Why enterprise IT compliance matters

Do you wonder, are there significant benefits for building a culture of digital trust? New research has uncovered a direct connection between the cause and effect of bad actors in organisations across the globe. Information technology has many uses, but business leaders must be mindful of compliance.

Twenty-nine percent of employees observed at least one compliance violation at work in 2016 or 2017, according to the latest worldwide market study by Gartner. The survey, which sampled more than 5,000 employees...

By David H Deans, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Security.

How blockchain revenue will reach $10.6 billion in 2023

More CIOs and CTOs are looking for digital transformation and smart technology solutions to their line of business leader innovation requirements. Blockchain and related distributed ledger technologies are already making an impact outside of the finance and insurance space from which they emerged.

Promising new use cases are being trialed in a number of digitally transforming sectors -- notably supply chain management, retail and consumer, arts and entertainment, and public services.

Blockchain applications market...

By David H Deans, 15 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Blockchain, Infrastructure.

WikiLeaks claims to publish confidential AWS data centre location information

WikiLeaks has published what it claims is a 'highly confidential' document outlining the addresses and operational details of Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centres.

The whistle-blowing organisation claims to have published the document, originating from late 2015, as an attempt to shed light on the 'largely hidden' nature of cloud infrastructure locations.

"While one of the benefits of the cloud is the potential to increase reliability through geographic distribution of computing...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Privacy.

A roundup of 2018 cloud computing forecasts and market estimates

Cloud computing platforms and applications are proliferating across enterprises today, serving as the IT infrastructure driving new digital businesses. The following roundup of cloud computing forecasts and market estimates reflect a maturing global market for cloud services, with proven scale, speed and security to support new business models.

CIOs who are creating compelling business cases that rely on cloud platforms as a growth catalyst are the architects enabling these new business initiatives to...

By Louis Columbus, 15 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research.

Snowflake secures $450m funding for expansion and further multi-cloud exploration

The money just keeps rolling in for Snowflake Computing. The San Mateo-based data warehousing provider has announced $450 million (£341m) in additional growth funding to help grow its organisation and explore new strategies.

Snowflake offers a comprehensive and complete data warehouse – in other words, repositories of integrated data from at least one source, usually more – in the cloud, with the capability...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Software.

Companies still hitting cloud roadblocks despite extensive preparation, research finds

Organisations are recognising the benefits of the cloud and making extensive preparation – but they are still experiencing various problems with implementation, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by IT provider Softchoice, and which polled 250 IT decision makers across North America, found preparation for cloud initiatives was, on the whole, exemplary. 83% of those polled said they assessed existing...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene: On becoming a ‘major enterprise player’ – with AI as the heartbeat

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene has told an audience in London of her pride at how quickly the company has become a ‘major enterprise player’ – with artificial intelligence (AI) and security the key differentiators to their value proposition.

Speaking at the latest leg of Google Cloud Next’s world tour, Greene explained the increasing importance of AI to the cloud equation – a topic

By James Bourne, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Infrastructure, Software.

Simplifying complex public sector environments through cloud: A guide

Government and public sector organisations continue to seek ways to improve services and mitigate the risk of migrating mission-critical applications to the cloud. Already, many organisations, focused on improving the citizen experience, have set their sights on the cloud. Flexible, agile and affordable, managed cloud can accelerate the agency mission.  Still, CIOs are cautious about which applications to prioritise and what steps they must take to ensure the reality fulfils the promise.

In the US, since...

By Roberto Mircoli, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, PublicSector, Security.

Google Cloud exec laments delayed enterprise focus and chasing competition in farewell post

Former Google Cloud product management lead Amir Hermelin has said the company’s two biggest mistakes were spending too much time chasing Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure – and taking too long to realise the value of the enterprise market.

Hermelin, who had been on Google’s cloud team since mid-2012 – in other words, 18 months before Google Compute Engine

By James Bourne, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Google.

Analyst note indicates Alibaba Cloud 'force to be reckoned with' in APAC and beyond

Alibaba Cloud is naturally dominant in the locally-dominated Chinese cloud market - but it's gaining significantly in the rest of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) market, according to the latest note from data and analytics firm GlobalData.

APAC cloud services, according to the analyst house, will hit $55.2 billion in 2022 at a CAGR of 27.7%. This will be driven by an 'insatiable' trend of product launches by cloud providers drawing on the next wave of cloud services and technologies, including artificial...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Infrastructure, Public, Research.