The 2019 Forbes Cloud 100 analysed: Stripe top again amid big data boom and strong exits

Forbes has put out its latest Cloud 100, and while payments provider Stripe remains top of the shop the big five has a refreshing feel to it.

Stripe remains at #1 for the third successive year in the media firm’s list of private cloud companies – as in cloud companies which are privately held – while behind it the top five consists of data warehouse Snowflake, robotic process automation (RPA) provider UiPath, infrastructure...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, M&A, Private, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

Lacework secures $42 million in funding round to forge ahead with ‘Snowflake for security’ plan

Lacework, a provider of end-to-end cloud security automation across the biggest public clouds, has raised $42 million (£34m) in a financing round aimed at building momentum and educating security teams.

The funding, which was put together by Sutter Hill Ventures and Liberty Ventures, will be aimed at ‘supporting product innovation and go-to-market activities to help educate security, compliance and DevOps teams...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Economy, Infrastructure, Security.

Five key tips to prioritise the security of DevOps tools and processes

The demands of today’s tech-savvy customer have placed huge emphasis on software development and user experience as a barometer for success. DevOps adoption has grown rapidly as a result, with many businesses looking at routes to either introduce or accelerate DevOps workflows within their IT organisations.

‘Tool chains’ are an integral part of any DevOps programme, helping...

By Josh Kirkwood, 11 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Platform, Security.

Microsoft expands European Azure presence with Germany and Switzerland launches

Microsoft has announced the launch of new Azure availability in Germany and Switzerland, citing increased data residency and security concerns as key to European expansion.

Azure is now available from cloud data centre regions located in Zurich and Geneva, for the Switzerland release announced at the end of last month, while Germany’s newest regions are in the North and West Central zones, in Berlin and...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

New initiative aims to create ‘first ocean-powered data centre’ in Scotland

Remember Project Natick, Microsoft’s experiment last year in placing a data centre underwater off Orkney? A little further down the Scottish coast, another company is looking to use the ocean waves to create sustainability in infrastructure – but through a slightly different method.

SIMEC Atlantis Energy is looking to build the first ‘ocean-powered data centre in the world’ in Caithness, with the aim of...

By James Bourne, 09 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Cloud security woes strike again – and it’s double trouble for multi-cloud users, research finds

A survey of C-suite executives from Nominet has found that, for more than half of respondents, cloud security remains a concern – which becomes even more critical when multi-cloud comes in.

The study, which polled 274 CISOs, CIOs and CTOs, found 52% were at least moderately concerned about security with regards to cloud adoption. One in five respondents said they were ‘very’ concerned, compared to one in 10 who said...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Infrastructure, Research, Security, Software.

Why adaptability is critical to meet future data centre demands

The next wave of technology innovation is already here with new applications transforming the way we live, work and travel. With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), cloud-based services, 4K videos and 5G networks, data centre operators must provide more data capacity and higher computing power if they hope to keep up with the unprecedented demands.

The sheer scale and scope of the gap...

By Andreas Sila, 30 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Alibaba, Google Cloud and Microsoft among inaugural members of cloud security consortium

The Linux Foundation has announced the launch of a new community of tech all-stars focused on advancing trust and security for cloud and edge computing.

The open source community, dubbed the Confidential Computing Consortium (CCC), has 10 initial members: Alibaba, Arm, Baidu, Google Cloud, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat, Swisscom and Tencent.

“Current approaches in cloud...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, OpenSource, Security.

How does privileged access security work on AWS and other public clouds?

Bottom line: Amazon’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) centralises identity roles, policies and Config Rules yet doesn’t go far enough to provide a Zero Trust-based approach to Privileged Access Management (PAM) that enterprises need today.

AWS provides a baseline level of support for Identity and Access Management at no charge as part of their AWS instances, as do other public cloud providers. Designed to provide customers with...

By Louis Columbus, 27 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Management, Infrastructure, Public, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Cloud performance and change management cited in latest DORA DevOps analysis

The performance figures for those at the sharp end of DevOps implementation goes up and up – and cloud usage is increasingly becoming a key differentiator.

That’s the primary finding from the DORA Accelerate State of DevOps 2019 report. The study, which was put together alongside Google Cloud, is a major piece of work, covering responses from more than 31,000 survey respondents tracking six years of research.

By James Bourne, 23 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Research.

DigiPlex's data centre guide focuses on sustainability as key to digital transformation

Nordic data centre and colocation provider DigiPlex has launched a guide designed to help businesses solidify their data centre strategies - and avoid making long-term mistakes.

The guide was put together to address gaps in knowledge which DigiPlex argues could significantly impact data centre decision making, with ramifications for the wider business.

Naturally, one of the key topic areas is around alternatives to running on-premises data centres and the skills and experience required, whether it is through...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

DevOps learnings: Why every successful marriage requires a solid foundation

The relationship—for lack of a better word—between developers and operations engineers, is more important than many businesses are aware. High-performing teams seem to operate in an easy, DevOps bliss, but for many enterprises, forging new connections to deliver the promise of DevOps ends in frustration and squabbling.

Even the basics, like creating and maintaining useful feedback loops between teams, requires changing attitudes of staff across the organisation. And the requirement for human...

By Patrick Hubbard, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Cloud Security Alliance publishes ‘egregious 11’ list of top threats to the cloud

If one other thing besides death and taxes is certain, it is that cloud security will remain a key talking point. Whose responsibility is it exactly – and why does the shared responsibility model continue to cause havoc?

Some areas however can be nailed down much more solidly. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has issued what it calls the ‘egregious 11’ in its latest report, giving organisations an up-to-date...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

A tale of two oligopolies: How JEDI illustrates the need for multi-cloud

Opinion The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan, or JEDI for short, has been mired in controversy ever since the US government opened it up for bidding. The $10bn cloud computing contract is at the centre of the Pentagon’s modernisation project and is set to completely overhaul its information technology systems.

This is the largest public cloud contract in history, and whichever provider is chosen will provide the digital infrastructure for the world’s most powerful defense department. The...

By David Friend, 15 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Public.

The Globe and Mail moves to AWS, combining SageMaker with Sophi analytics platform

Publishing and media companies continue to utilise the cloud for their archival and architectural needs – and The Globe and Mail is the latest to move across.

The Canadian news brand has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider, citing the Seattle giant’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities as key to its decision.

By James Bourne, 15 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Infrastructure, Software.

Cloud autonomics: Moving to the holy grail of automated management and optimisation

Opinion The holy grail of IT operations is to achieve a state where all mundane, repeatable remediations occur without intervention, with a human only being called into service for any action that simply cannot be automated. This allows not only for many restful nights, but it also allows IT operations teams to become more agile while maintaining a proactive and highly-optimised enterprise cloud.

Getting to that state seems like it can only be found in the greatest online fantasy game, but the growing popularity of...

By Dusty Simoni, 14 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Why a holistic approach to cloud transformation is key to success

As applications increasingly move to the cloud, businesses often voice concerns about soaring WAN costs as well as latency issues when accessing apps. The much-anticipated benefits of a cloud transformation, including greater efficiency and agility, risk being eroded when the user experience is unsatisfactory and costs spin out of control.

How, then, can organisations successfully tackle their transformation projects to avoid these pitfalls and fully realise the benefits of the...

By Mathias Widler, 14 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure, Migration, Software.

Microsoft and Reliance Jio team up in 10-year cloud deal to ‘transform Indian economy and society’

Updated 1650 BST Indian network operator Reliance Jio has announced a 10-year partnership with Microsoft to utilise and promote Azure and ‘accelerate the digital transformation of the Indian economy and society.’

The alliance will comprise a variety of initiatives. Jio will move its non-network applications to...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft.