Intel admits data centre performance slowdown after Meltdown and Spectre updates

Good and bad news from Intel regarding the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities; firmware updates are being pushed through for the vast majority of CPUs issued by the company in the past five years, but patches are impacting data centre performance.

According to an update published yesterday, impacts in performance have ranged from 0% to 2% on industry-standard measures, including integer and floating point throughput, and server-side Java – in other words, common workloads for enterprise and cloud...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Disaster recovery plans not as good as they could be, new research warns

A majority of organisations had to deploy their disaster recovery solution at least once in the past year with many unsure as to the specifics of their availability plans, according to a new report from Syncsort.

The study, which gathered results from several reports polling more than 5,600 IT professionals globally, found that 85% of respondents either had no recovery plan or were ‘less than 100% confident’ in their plan. 31% of organisations lost a day or more due to failover, with 28% losing a...

By James Bourne, 15 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Security.

As cloud infrastructure becomes more complex, security struggles with it

As more organisations get deeper into their cloud initiatives, their infrastructures become more complex – yet according to new research from WinMagic, security and compliance is struggling to keep up.

The study, conducted by Viga, polled more than 1,000 IT decision makers and found that while an overwhelming 98% of respondents say they use the cloud in some capacity – with on average half of a company’s infrastructure being cloud-based – security is lacking in comparison. Only one in...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security, SLA.

SolarWinds acquires Loggly to strengthen its cloud portfolio

SolarWinds, an IT management software provider, has announced the acquisition of software as a service (SaaS) firm Loggly to deepen its cloud software engineering and analytics expertise.

Loggly, founded in 2009, offers a SaaS-based, unified log monitoring and log analytics product. The company has received six funding rounds in total, the most recent being a series D of $11,500,000 (£8.5m) in June 2016. The company was named

By James Bourne, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, SaaS , Security, Software.

How cloud service providers can halt hackers – with smart security protocols and reporting

When you call yourself "the global leader in secure content collaboration," you can't afford security gaffes.

Huddle, a SaaS tool used throughout the U.K. government, learned that the hard way when a BBC journalist logged into its system and was redirected to the wrong account. Imagine his shock when he realized he had access to confidential KPMG financial data. 

Luckily for Huddle, the journalist left the...

By Brad Thies, 08 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Continuing in the face of disaster: Assessing disaster recovery in the cloud age

With 73% of businesses having had some type of operations interruption in the last five years, business continuity is becoming a concern for many organisations, especially the SMEs. Business continuity incorporates pre-emptive measures such as cyber-defences to minimise risk, proactive tactics such as system backups in case a problem arises and plans for a reactive strategy, which should include disaster recovery (DR), ready in case the worst...

Five cloud computing predictions for 2018: Containers, AI, and custom clouds

Just a few years ago, not many predicted cloud computing would reach the heights we’ve seen in 2017 – 79 percent of companies now run workloads in the cloud (split almost evenly between public and private clouds). With the cloud bar constantly being raised, where do we go from here? Here are five predictions for the future of cloud computing in 2018.

True hybrid clouds emerge

Hybrid cloud is all the...

By Ronald Sens, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Hybrid, Security, Software.

New studies explore importance of data security – and how some companies struggle with it

Two pieces of research have hit CloudTech HQ, both examining how the security of data is perceived – and which data is more private than others.

Information security provider Trustwave, in its ‘Value of Data Report’ published today, aimed to look at which data was most important to the 500 IT decision makers polled across five countries. On average, the per capita value of personally identifiable information (PII) in the US is more than double that of the UK - $1,820 and $843 respectively. The UK ended up...

By James Bourne, 14 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Alibaba strengthens European cloud plans with additional C5 compliance accreditation

More evidence – as if it were needed – that Alibaba is serious about taking its cloud arm into new geographies: the company has announced compliance accreditation with Germany’s federal office for information security.

The C5 attestation – so called because its full natty title is the Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalogue – with additional requirements covers Alibaba’s elastic compute service, relational database, object storage, CDN, load balancer, virtual private...

By James Bourne, 14 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Compliance, Europe, Security, Software.

Trend Micro and AWS collaborate to boost cloud security

Trend Micro, which has announced integration with Amazon GuardDuty, is also one of the first companies for Enterprise Contracts for AWS Marketplace.

Enterprise Contracts for AWS Marketplace provides standardised contract terms across many software vendors to simplify and hasten procurement for the recently announced Amazon Web Services (AWS) Web Application Firewall (WAF) Managed Rules Partner Program.

With the AWS cooperation, Trend Micro expects to deliver application protection rules as part of the new AWS...

By Cloud Tech, 01 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Security.

Small businesses ‘confident’ about cloud storage security – but is that confidence misplaced?

The verdict has come in for small businesses securing their clouds: good in parts, but could be better.

That’s according to the latest security survey from B2B research firm Clutch. In its latest report, which polled 300 US small business with a maximum of 500 employees, 90% of respondents overall said their cloud was secure, representing a small increase from the previous year.

More than half of organisations polled said they use encryption – cited by 60% of respondents – employee training...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Software, Storage.

Skyhigh Networks snapped up by McAfee to combine endpoint and cloud security expertise

McAfee is acquiring cloud security provider Skyhigh Networks with the aim of ‘establishing the leading company to provide the cybersecurity architecture of the future.’

Skyhigh, alongside other organisations such as Netskope, is in the ‘cloud access security broker’ (CASB) space, defined by Gartner as “on-premises, or cloud-based security policy enforcement points, placed between cloud service consumers and cloud service providers to combine and interject enterprise security...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Security.

Six things to keep in mind when shopping for a cloud backup solution

When you’re looking for a cloud backup solution for your business, you’re not just thinking about storing a few files in a remote location. You’re planning your disaster recovery strategy. You want a reliable tool that will store your business data and help you recover it when you need it. The thing is, your data is spread over different types of computers, devices and applications, which makes your strategy more complicated. There are a few things you should keep in mind.

You want a cloud backup...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 24 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Are availability zones a disaster recovery solution?

I recently read an article which began “you can’t predict a disaster, but you can be prepared for one.” It got me thinking. I can hardly remember a time when disaster recovery was a bigger challenge for infrastructure managers than it is today. In fact, with ever increasing threats to IT systems, a reliable disaster recovery strategy is now absolutely essential for an organisation, regardless of their vertical market.

What does all this have to do with availability zones, I hear you cry?...

By Richard Stinton, 23 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

CSA aims to give startups a leg-up in cloud security with new report

If you’re starting a small business, then you’re probably going to be utilising cloud technologies, for cost saving if nothing else. But without security, your ambitions could be over before they have begun.

A new whitepaper from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) aims to help software as a service startups build solid security foundations early into the product development cycle and gain customer trust in the process.

The key for startups, according to the paper, is to plan their security posture...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security, Software.

Virtualised encryption: How it could be the killer app for NFV – and help with GDPR too

When it comes to meeting the new requirements of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), cloud users could well have the advantage. That may sound counter-intuitive; as one of the biggest hurdles facing companies that have migrated to the cloud is exposure of data, since the perimeter is no longer a firewall at the company edge.

GDPR is set to take effect on May 25, 2018. The end goal of this legislation is to strengthen and enforce the security of personal data.  This new legal...

By Bill Balmer, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Industry, Infrastructure, Security.

Why worldwide IT spending will hit $120 billion by 2021

More CIOs are investing in business technology that improves their organisation's resilience to cyber threats. Worldwide spending on IT security-related hardware, software, and services is forecast to reach $119.9 billion in 2021, according to the latest global market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

With nearly every industry investing in IT security solutions, enterprise spending will achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.6 percent over the 2016-2021 forecast period. Worldwide...

By David H Deans, 23 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Research, Security, Software.

Why combining access governance with authorisation management is key to identity success

In virtually every organisation or university, data is stored on multiple file servers throughout the network, often in a somewhat haphazard or random structure. Access to the data is likely just as unstructured and may put the organisation at risk by allowing employees access rights where none are required. Managing access to this unstructured data is incredibly difficult, resulting in a significant challenge when the time for an IT audit rolls around.

There are methods to bring order to this madness and...

By Dean Wiech, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Compliance, Security, Software.

Google Cloud acquires Bitium for greater identity and access management

Google Cloud has beefed up its identity and access management game with the acquisition of Bitium, a Santa Monica-based firm.

Bitium, founded in 2012, offers a variety of identity management features, including secure access, user provisioning and deprovisioning, app management and single sign on.

In a short blog post confirming the news, Karthik Lakshminarayanan, director of product management for G Suite and Cloud Identity, said the move will...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Google, M&A, Security, Software.

Stronger cloud security and guaranteed uptimes? Yes we’ll pay more, say organisations

Three quarters of organisations would be willing to pay a premium to enhance their cloud services, according to the latest note from 451 Research.

In the latest from its Voice of the Enterprise series – this time around organisational dynamics in hosting and cloud managed services – the research firm found that companies were most likely to pay more for security guarantees than anything else.

Just under half (48.7%) of those polled said they would pay to enhance their security, ahead of guaranteed...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security, SLA, Vendors.