Employee cloud storage trends uncovered in latest research

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Research released by WinMagic reveals two thirds of employees do not know their company policy on cloud storage – and its usage is putting business data at risk.

The survey, which quizzed 1,000 office workers at companies with 50 or more employees, found a marked difference in employees’ usage of cloud storage; 41% of respondents said they used cloud services at least once a week, while 42% never touch them.

5% of those who said they use cloud storage once a week do so at...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.

How a hybrid cloud architecture stops the data loss and shadow IT threat

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Cloud computing continues to evolve at a fast pace, while having a large impact on modern businesses.  Many organisations are considering or trialling cloud adoption, with Gartner predicting cloud computing as one of the 10 strategic technology trends for 2015, once again, showing its continuing momentum.

Cloud provides organisations with many benefits, such as the potential to reduce costs while increasing value by allowing the more...

By Ian Finlay, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Box announces Q2 financial figures, hits 50,000 customers

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Enterprise cloud storage provider Box has announced its second quarter financial results, with revenue at $73.5 million (£47.6m) and a customer base of over 50,000.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2016, ending July 31, Box announced revenue figures at an increase of 43% year over year. Billings were at $79.6m, an increase of 45% from the same period last year, while non-GAAP operating loss was at 45% of revenue, down from 57% in fiscal year 2015.

The SaaS provider noted among its 50,000...

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

More than three quarters of firms concerned over consumer grade cloud storage

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A new paper from Osterman Research in conjunction with CTERA Networks argues a clear need for organisations to adopt enterprise grade file sync and share (EFSS) software due to security and shadow IT fears.

Naturally, the conclusion of the report is less than surprising given CTERA’s continued push against consumer grade (CFSS) software. Back in July the firm released research detailing how three quarters of firms are looking for an alternative to public file sync and share services....

By James Bourne, 07 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Wuala cloud storage to shut down, offers Tresorit as potential new home

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Wuala, the Switzerland-based cloud storage service owned by data storage provider Seagate, is to terminate in November, according to a company blog post.

The post, from Wuala head of sales and marketing Markus Speth, details the three stages of closure. The company – as of yesterday – will not accept any new storage purchases or renewals, the service will transition to read-only on September 30, and on November 15 the...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Software, Storage.

The race to zero: On the path to no-cost cloud computing

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It seems that everyone is in a race, and the pace of business in the modern world is no less evident than in cloud computing. While prices for just about anything are going up, cloud storage prices are nosediving. The competition between leaders such as Google, Amazon, and Box is driving prices down and providers across the industry are being pressured to be part of the “race to zero”.

This race has been accelerating. Microsoft began providing...

By Rick Delgado, 14 August 2015, 2 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

Gartner’s enterprise file sync and share Magic Quadrant offers surprises and opportunities

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Once again, the tea leaves and crystal balls are out at Gartner headquarters as the analyst house looks to predict the shape of the enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) industry. Accellion, Box, Citrix and Syncplicity occupy the top right leaders section in this iteration, while Microsoft, Google and – perhaps surprisingly – Dropbox again sits in the challengers square.

EFSS, as Gartner defines it, is “a range of on-premises or cloud-based capabilities that...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Cloud adoption equals security: The CIO’s paradox

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Cloud technology is one of the most secure ways to store and share data that the world has ever seen. But with data security making the headlines with increasing frequency you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise. High profile hackings have at times derailed the industry’s attempts to make the case for the cloud.

Keeping data secure is not a new challenge, however. Businesses have been grappling to protect their data for decades; be it from missing paper files or...

By Mark Van Der Linden, 22 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Public or private cloud storage? The industry’s growing so quickly, you can have both

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Updated A recent survey from cloud storage and data protection hardware provider CTERA Networks found that while employees at more than half of organisations use public file, sync and share services, almost three quarters said they were looking for an alternative.

The report recognised what CTERA highlights as a growing interest and need for enterprise-grade, private cloud storage solutions. Box portrays itself as...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Software, Storage.

The CXO view: We’re still unconvinced on cloud storage security

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Less than one in three delegates polled at the Infosec 2015 event in London believe the cloud is a safe storage solution for corporate data.

The survey from digital encryption and USB specialist iStorage, which questioned more than 270 respondents including heads of IT, CIOs and CTOs, saw almost half (48%) say they do use cloud technology to store confidential information. 54% of those polled say they still use USB devices to store information.

Over three quarters (78%) said they were currently...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2015, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Security, Software, Storage.

Dropbox announces user base exceeds 400 million, with eight million business users

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Dropbox has announced its number of users has exceeded 400 million, with more than eight million business customers also on board.

The figures, disclosed on the occasion of the cloud storage provider’s eighth birthday, also reveal an impressive growth in the UK market, opened up six months ago. The company has grown from three to 10 offices over the past year.

According to the figures, 4,000 edits to documents are made each second on Dropbox, with users syncing 1.2 billion files...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Security, Software, Storage.

IBM and Box team up to “transform work in the cloud”

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Tech giant IBM and enterprise cloud storage provider Box have announced a wide-ranging partnership, aimed at content management and social collaboration to improve the enterprise cloud and digital push.

The two companies aim to integrate their existing products and services to develop new solutions across multiple verticals, from medicine, to engineering and academia.

Among the developments proposed, Box will integrate with IBM’s enterprise content management solution, as well as...

By James Bourne, 24 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

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.

Box nails big customer win with US Department of Justice

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Cloud storage provider Box has announced that it is working with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to deliver secure file sharing and collaboration to its employees.

The move represents a major customer win for the firm, who now has more than 40 federal customers on its books. “Innovative government agencies, like DOJ, are deeply committed to leveraging emerging cloud technologies to better serve the American people, while ensuring the security and privacy of sensitive...

By James Bourne, 28 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Compliance, Enterprise, Storage.

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.

The Box advantage: Growth, predictability and competitiveness

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Although Box’s stock value has had its ups and downs since its IPO in January, going public sent an important signal to investors. Aaron Levie has demonstrated that a subscription-based service is now the only viable business model in the technology industry today.

When Salesforce debuted in 2004, there was very little market awareness of recurring revenue-based business models. They were mostly associated with print media and telecoms. Eight years later, Workday’s successful...

By Tien Tzuo, 31 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Dropbox Android SDK vulnerability revealed, cloud storage provider praised for response

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A major vulnerability in the Dropbox SDK for Android has been revealed by IBM Security, whereby attackers can connect applications on mobile devices to a Dropbox account controlled by the attacker.

The vuln has since been fixed, with IBM praising Dropbox for its response to the issue; the company acknowledged receipt of the disclosure within six minutes, confirmed the vulnerability within the day, and issued a patch within four days.

It’s slightly better than the flaw in Moonpig’s API,...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Storage, Vulnerabilities.