Demand for data sovereignty puts home grown data centres in the spotlight
The continuing revelations by former US National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden about the extent of data surveillance are rumbling like thunder around the cloud computing industry.
This is likely to be more than just a passing storm in a tea cup as there could be lasting repercussions on where cloud users and providers store their data.
Companies, governments and the European Parliament are starting to take a long hard look at the whole issue of data sovereignty which may well trigger a rush for...
The outlook for privacy and data protection for cloud in 2014
2014 is likely to prove to be a big year in data protection for many industries - none more so that the cloud computing industry with the possible adoption of the EU’s proposed Data Protection Regulation, implementation of European cyber security strategies and moves by Germany and France to set up a European Communications Network.
In a recent weekly podcast, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested a European Communications Network should be set up to avoid potential access to data by the U.S....
Moving your law firm’s data to the cloud: Easily said, easily done
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In a profession notorious for being slow to change, cloud-based solutions for many of the traditionally office-based systems like...
Research claims UK businesses struggling to cope with cloud boom
A new research report from cloud identity management provider Okta has revealed that nearly four in five (79%) UK IT decision makers are looking to increase the amount of cloud applications in their company through the coming year.
Yet the report, entitled ‘Identity Management in a Cloud and Mobile World’, also found that data security remains a concern of cloud adoption for seven in 10 organisations.
Not altogether surprisingly, the report from an identity and access management (IAM) firm focuses...
How the PRISM fallout is impacting cloud adoption
The fallout of the Edward Snowden scandal that broke over the summer is being felt globally, with concerns around governments’ ability to access data prompting many organisations to rethink their investment in ICT and the cloud. It is this information that has contributed to analysts estimating that the US cloud computing industry could lose up to $180 million by 2016. This has opened up a debate – has the PRISM...
New cloud contact center capabilities strengthen Aspect’s market position
Aphrodite Brinsmead, Senior Analyst, Customer Engagement
At its industry analyst conference in Phoenix, Arizona in January 2014, Aspect proudly discussed its newly refocused business. Two years ago the vendor was working closely with Microsoft and struggling to gain new business in a saturated contact center infrastructure market. However, Aspect begins 2014 with new products, strong financials for 2013, and a positive growth forecast.
The strategic acquisitions it made in 2013 have helped Aspect get back on...
Sony’s move to cloud gaming goes up a gear with PlayStation Now
Sony has announced PlayStation Now, a service which allows gamers to stream a variety of PlayStation titles across a range of devices without a console in sight.
The announcement was made at CES, with games from Sony’s previous three consoles being utilised and the service available on the PS4, the PS Vita, as well as Sony’s Bravia TV sets.
The technology for PlayStation Now came from Gaikai, a company which streams high-end video games. Gaikai was bought by Sony in July 2012 for $380m, a clear...
Why cloud and mobile security management is gaining momentum
3 reasons to love the bare metal cloud
When infrastructure-as-a-service is referenced, we are generally discussing virtual server offerings. Bare metal challenges that assumption, having become a major part of how hybrid clouds blend public, dedicated, and private virtual infrastructure.
Gathering Clouds’ contributor and cloud computing expert David Linthicum notes:...
Artmotion CEO Mateo Meier on security, storage and a Swiss Cloud
The negative press surrounding the cloud computing industry following the NSA PRISM leaks in June wasn’t a huge surprise.
But there are usually winners and losers in every situation – and Swiss cloud service providers stand to gain the most from the scandal.
Due to the country’s more stringent data privacy laws – a formal request from a prosecutor would have to be sent off before a CSP allows access to data in Switzerland – those at the eye of the storm are experiencing greater...
CipherCloud: NSA PRISM scandal helped company grow “tremendously”
When the NSA PRISM revelations hit back in June, it initially spelled bad news for many cloud industry players, especially in the US. With analysts speculating that the damage to the US cloud computing industry could go as high as $35bn, it was a fractured period of time.
For San Jose-based cloud information protector CipherCloud, however, it was a different story.
CEO and founder Pravin Kothari and senior vice president Paige Leidig were both at a...
The reality of data security in the cloud
Data in the cloud is increasingly viewed as the reality of IT infrastructure management.
With such ubiquitous data storage on cloud-based, cloud-based is at odds with the naysayers who continue to cite security concerns as a reason not to move data to the cloud.
So we have a discrepancy – cloud data storage is widely used, yet there are concerns about the security (compliance and privacy also) of the data itself.
The rapid rate of cloud adoption has given rise to the natural necessity to...
Cloud-based security services growth to reach $3.1bn
Swisscom sets up “Swiss Cloud”...but it’s not in response to NSA
The Switzerland-based telco Swisscom is in the process of building a national “Swiss Cloud” – but denies claims that the primary motivation is around acquiring customers spooked by the NSA scandal.
The story first broke on Reuters, with the news agency reporting that the move is “driven more by a desire to cut costs and make its systems more dynamic”, according to Swisscom head of IT services Andreas...
How to balance cloud security with agility in the healthcare vertical
Back in July, a study released from the Ponemon Institute cited cloud-based storage and mobile applications as the typical sources for cloud security concerns within many healthcare organizations. However, it was not understood if this worry was around just the concept of cloud computing and mobile computing, or if these organizations are dealing with true issues. I suspect it was the...
Steve Wozniak: I am a fan of the cloud...but let’s not go all in yet
Exclusive Steve Wozniak says he’s “a fan” of the cloud, yet he’s still worried about what could happen if consumers and companies don’t back things up locally.
This may come as something of a surprise to the tech fraternity, for whom the general consensus was that Woz wasn’t too keen on cloud – to put it politely.
Last August, after a showing of the Mike Daisey monologue ‘The Agony and...
Enterprise architecture: The key to cybersecurity
When I first discuss security in our Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course, I ask the class the following question: if a building had 20 exterior doors, and you locked 19 of them, would you be 95% secure? The answer to this 20-doors problem, of course, is absolutely not – you’d be 0% secure, since the...
Windows Azure cloud nails FedRAMP qualification, government work to rise
Microsoft has announced that its Windows Azure cloud infrastructure has been given the sought after FedRAMP accreditation for US federal cloud computing.
As the American government is trying to go ‘cloud first’, this represents an important milestone for Redmond – if perhaps a little late.
Back in June, competitors HP and Amazon announced that their clouds were secure after gaining federal...
Examining disaster recovery by the numbers [infographic]
Example 1: If you can’t test it, you don’t know it works
One can’t get serious about DR unless one acknowledges not just the criticality of testing, but also...