Why the future of data security in the cloud is programmable

It’s the way software used to be purchased, and often still is. A CEO, or GM, or line-of-business owner calls into IT, and the security and compliance teams, to let them know that they are purchasing a new piece of software to drive innovation in how they deliver their products or services. Because the software needs to be customised, integrated and controlled in the company’s on-prem or cloud environment, the IT team needs to deploy it and the security team needs...

By Dave Sikora, 14 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Security.

Kubernetes and multi-cloud: How to monitor your modern applications effectively

Many companies are moving to a new way of delivering service to customers based on microservices. Rather than building huge and monolithic apps, microservices uses small and interconnected application components instead. These modern applications tend to be easier to update and expand than those traditional applications, as replacement services can be slotted in using APIs rather than requiring full rewrites.

To support this design...

By Mark Pidgeon, 11 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Containers, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, Monitoring.

OVH rebrands as OVHcloud, claims more than 70% of revenues are cloud-based

OVH has announced it is changing its name to OVHcloud to mark the company’s 20th birthday – and double down on its ambitions.

The move was announced at OVH's annual jamboree, renamed this year from #OVHSummit to #OVHcloudSummit.

The company has long-held a goal to provide an alternative to the cloud hyperscalers for the European market. OVHcloud cites clarity as the...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, Trends.

Organisations struggling with sensitive cloud data as they shun security-first approach

Corporate data may be reaching a tipping point in the cloud – but security policies are yet to follow it.

That is the key finding from a new report by security provider Thales. The study, which was put together by the Ponemon Institute and which polled more than 3,000 IT and IT security practitioners across eight countries, found that while almost half (48%) of corporate data was in the cloud, less than a third (32%) of...

By James Bourne, 10 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

What’s new in Gartner’s 2019 hype cycle for AI – and what businesses need to know about

  • Between 2018 and 2019, organisations that have deployed artificial intelligence (AI) grew from 4% to 14%, according to Gartner’s 2019 CIO Agenda survey
  • Conversational AI remains at the top of corporate agendas spurred by the worldwide success of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and others
  • Enterprises are making progress with AI as it grows more widespread, and they’re also making more mistakes that contribute to their accelerating learning curve

These and many other new insights are from 

By Louis Columbus, 09 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Research, Software.

Eradicate human error and make your cloud implementation a picnic

Sunshine, sandwiches, scenic views, and not a care in the world besides the occasional wasp. Everyone loves a picnic.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for PICNIC, an enduring acronym in IT circles standing for Problem In Chair, Not In Computer. The term, dating back to the 1980s, was first employed by frustrated IT professionals weary of dealing with computer problems arising from user error rather than any actual issues with the...

By Matt Lock, 08 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Building confidence and power: Exploring greater female leadership and participation in cloud and data analytics

Analysis Last month, Forbes published its list of America’s 100 most innovative leaders. The report’s methodology was based on four ‘essential leadership qualities of top founders and CEOs’. These were, in no particular order, perception in the media for innovation, social connections, and ‘value creation’, both in terms of track record and investor expectations.

There was, however, one glaring...

By James Bourne, 07 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Big Data, Developers, Industry.

How to make your SaaS startup stand out from the crowded cloud landscape

The SaaS model has lowered the barriers for budding software entrepreneurs to build and commercialise exciting new products, creating new markets that cater to nearly any vertical or niche you can think of. Gartner Inc. currently estimates the number of SaaS companies in existence at around a quarter of a million and predicts that the worldwide...

By Daniel Twigg, 04 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, SaaS , Scalability, Software.

SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery for AWS, Azure and GCP: A guide

The public cloud offers a myriad of options for providing high availability and disaster recovery protections for SQL Server database applications. Conversely, some of the options available in a private cloud are not available in the public cloud. Given the many choices and limitations, the challenge faced by system and database administrators is determining the best available options for each application running in hybrid and purely public clouds.

Is performance engineering still needed when it comes to cloud?

Opinion Now that cloud vendors are delivering features constantly, which are backed with hard data and with good specs, the question which comes to mind is: shall we continue to measure, as we did in the days of the data centre, or shall we blindly trust the vendor and save ourselves plenty of time and duplicated effort?

This is a question I asked myself some time ago – and it has taken me some time to come up with an answer I’m happy with.

By Nazareno Feito, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data Centres, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Sainsbury’s looks to Google Cloud for machine learning as retail cloud case studies continue to climb

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is collaborating with Google Cloud on machine learning for greater customer insights – in another example of a cloud partnership among major retailers.

The company is looking at building machine learning solutions on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), in association with Accenture, to ‘provide new insights on what customers want and the trends driving their eating habits’, in the words of Alan Coad,...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Software.

Chaos engineering is integrated into the DevOps toolchain – but what about IT ops?

Chaos engineering (CE) is the discipline of experimenting on a system in order to build confidence in the system’s capability to withstand turbulent conditions in production. This approach is becoming commonplace in DevOps practices; but how would its application extend to IT operations?

In truth, CE for IT operations offers a similar...

By Michael Fisher, 01 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Platform, Software.

Google Cloud launches in Poland as European data centre expansion continues

Google Cloud’s European expansion continues with the launch of a new region in Poland, alongside unveiling strategic partnerships.

The new region will be hosted in Warsaw as part of Google’s commitment to Central and Eastern Europe. Prospective customers of the region will have access to the usual products, from Compute Engine to App Engine, to Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery.

By James Bourne, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Google, Infrastructure.

How companies can tell good cloud sprawl from bad: A guide

Now that operating in the cloud is officially mainstream, it’s gotten a reputation for costing more than expected. Cloud sprawl, however, is rarely the problem – in fact, we like to think of sprawl as a symptom. On the bright side, it’s often a symptom of creativity and innovation by your IT team. On the dark side, it’s also often a symptom of poor planning and a lack of governance.

By Brendan Caulfield, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure.

Three reasons why killing passwords will improve your cloud security

By Louis Columbus, 27 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

Best security practices for migrating to the cloud: A guide

As more businesses embark on their digital transformation journey and shift towards a mobile cloud computing model, they must rethink their entire security architecture. Migrating to the cloud effectively marks the end of the traditional network perimeter, which means that the standard security protocols designed to protect the perimeter are no longer fit for purpose. 

A recent report from Outpost24 found that...

By Brian Foster, 26 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Security.

Puppet’s 2019 State of DevOps report: How security needs to fit into continuous delivery

You’ve got the processes in place for a revamped software delivery cycle in your organisation. The foundation has been built, the stack is in place and the culture is going in the right direction. What are you missing?

Security in DevOps is an ‘unrealised ideal’ and a key step in moving from DevOps good practice to best practice. That’s according to the latest Puppet State of DevOps Report, published earlier today. 

The report, the eighth in total, explored the various journeys...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Research, Security.

Overused but misunderstood: Unlocking clarity and confidence in the cloud

The manufacturing industry might have been slow to adopt cloud-based technologies, but the benefits are now widely recognised with many companies relying on it to automate processes and drive efficiencies. In fact, you can’t move in today’s technology driven world without hearing the term ‘cloud’. It provides the foundation for the way we run our lives both at work and at home—so much so that the term itself is almost redundant. 

Although cloud is an accepted part of...

By Kerrie Jordan, 24 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption.

Google achieves ‘quantum supremacy’ with new experiment – reports

It may sound like an amalgam of a James Bond and a Jason Bourne film title, but Google may have reached ‘quantum supremacy’ in what was described as “a milestone towards full scale quantum computing.”

Quantum computing, while still at a very early stage, is becoming something of a key battleground for the biggest cloud companies. The technology is based on the principles of quantum mechanics, where...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Hardware, Infrastructure.

AWS, Azure or Google: Do the differences between cloud providers really matter?

When evaluating public cloud providers,  it is easy to get hung up on the differences. AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud each have their own terminology, pricing, service catalog, and purchasing variations. But do these differences ultimately matter? 

Compute options

Though we are able to align comparable products across AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud,...

By Katy Stalcup, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Vendors.