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.

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.

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.

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.

How identities are the new security perimeter

  • Privileged credentials for accessing an airport’s security system were recently for sale on the Dark Web for just $10, according to McAfee.
  • 18% of healthcare employees are willing to sell confidential data to unauthorized parties for as little as $500 to $1,000, and 24% of employees know of someone who has sold privileged credentials to outsiders, according to a recent Accenture survey.
  • Apple employees in Ireland have been offered as much as €20,000 ($22,878) in exchange for their privilege access credentials in 2016, according to 

By Louis Columbus, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

“France too has its role to play in digital transformation”: Electricity tax cut for data centres proposed

France is looking to follow in Sweden’s footsteps – by cutting tax rates for data centres’ electricity usage.

As first reported by Datacenter Dynamics, French prime minster Edouard Philippe, speaking at the headquarters of Dassault Systemes, revealed plans to cut TICFE (taxe intérieure sur la consommation finale d'électricité) from €22.5/MWh to...

By James Bourne, 01 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

Mark van Rijmenam: On the ‘gestalt shift’ of big data, blockchain and AI convergence

When emerging technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things converge, a ‘gestalt shift’ will occur, according to a new book. “The character of the experience will drastically change,” write Mark van Rijmenam and Dr. Philippa Ryan in Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World. “All of a sudden, we can see the world through a different, more technologically advanced, lens and this opens up a completely new...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Software.

Ignore multi-cloud today and risk becoming irrelevant in five years, report warns

Multi-cloud initiatives continue to be of great importance to European organisations – and those who aren’t heeding the warning signs today will feel the pinch in five years’ time.

That’s according to a new study from research firm Foresight Factory, alongside application network technology provider F5 Networks. The study, titled ‘The Future of Multi-Cloud’, drew on contributions from...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

Microsoft makes Azure Data Box generally available for heavy duty data migration

More and more enterprise data is being transferred to the cloud, but sometimes the journey can break the network's back - which calls for less virtual and more physical solutions.

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Data Box, a physical box which organisations can order, fill up, and then return to Redmond for it to be uploaded to an Azure environment. 

Companies and users can store up to 100 TB per standard box, with variables either way. The newly announced Data Box Heavy can...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Hardware, Microsoft.

Five Kubernetes role-based access control mistakes to avoid

If you run workloads in Kubernetes, you know how much important data is accessible through the Kubernetes API—from details of deployments to persistent storage configurations to secrets. The Kubernetes community has delivered a number of impactful security features in 2017 and 2018, including Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) for the Kubernetes API.

RBAC is a key security feature that protects your cluster by allowing you to control who can access specific API resources. Because the feature is relatively...

By Kaizhe Huang, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Security.

Google Cloud launches container security tool and more at Tokyo jamboree

Google has rolled out a series of cloudy updates in time for its Cloud Next Tokyo event - around container security, in-memory data, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Container Registry vulnerability scanning, launched in beta, looks to prevent the deployment of vulnerable images by automatically detecting known security vulnerabilities during the continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) processes.

Regular readers of this publication will certainly be aware of the importance of security in containerisation and DevOps....

By James Bourne, 20 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Google, Platform.

The key to ‘elite’ DevOps success in 2018: Culture, cloud infrastructure, and abandoning caution

If you think your organisation has gotten serious about DevOps, the bad news is that a small group of companies are raising the bar higher than ever. But things can change depending on how you implement cloud infrastructure.

That is the primary finding from DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment Team) in its most recent State of DevOps report, which polled almost 1,900 global professionals and was put together primarily...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Google, Infrastructure, Research.

How the Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Controls Matrix benefits financial institutions

The self-service and dynamic nature of cloud infrastructure creates challenges for risk and compliance professionals. Tools that worked well in the traditional data centre do not translate to the public cloud.  

Due to these concerns over regulatory compliance and security, as well as the complexity involved in replacing legacy systems, financial institutions are taking a more...

By Brian Johnson, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Industry, Security.

Datrium secures $60m series D funding to go beyond hyperconverged infrastructure

Datrium, a California-based hybrid cloud infrastructure provider, has raised $60 million (£45.8m) in series D funding, with the aim of helping enterprises ‘overcome major obstacles in data analysis and storage.’

The round was led by Samsung Catalyst Fund, as well as featuring new participation from Icon Ventures. NEA and Lightspeed Venture Partners – who regular readers of this publication would recognise as investors in

By James Bourne, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure.

Data centre infrastructure figures continue to rise – driven by public cloud and enterprise servers

As cloud usage continues to skyrocket, getting prime data centre real estate is a bigger priority than ever. According to the latest figures from analyst firm Synergy Research, over the past two years quarterly spend on data centre hardware and software has grown by 28%.

Total data centre infrastructure equipment revenues, taking into account cloud, non-cloud, hardware and software, hit $38 billion in the second quarter of...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.