A guide: How to apply the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to AWS implementations

If public cloud services are in your IT mix, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) is a great way to evaluate security needs and develop a robust security strategy. The NIST CSF identifies five key cybersecurity functions - “Identify,” “Protect,” “Detect,” “Respond,” and “Recover” - to organise recommended security controls into actionable work streams. AWS users can use the CSF to plan...

By Sanjay Kalra, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Many European organisations lacking fully fledged multi-cloud strategy, says IDC

Multi-cloud is certainly a compelling trend – but according to new data from IDC, fewer than 10% of European organisations are fully on-board with a multi-cloud strategy.

The analyst firm argues that multiple cloud service usage will be an inevitability – but understanding and strategy from European firms varies wildly.

More than a third of firms polled overall (34%) said they had no plans to move workloads from current cloud providers in the coming 12 months. Yet for the UK market, 29% of...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Research, Trends.

Danger within: Defending cloud environments against insider threats

According to a recent study by Crowd Research Partners, over 90% of organisations feel vulnerable to insider attacks. This should come as no surprise. Cloud adoption and bring your own device (BYOD) policies have greatly improved businesses’ agility, but have also made sensitive business data much more readily accessible, presenting a significant IT security challenge. This is clearly demonstrated in the recent incidents involving

How resellers can make a difference in enabling organisations’ cloud transformations

Resellers and channel partners can do more to guide organisations into a cloudy future by leveraging IaaS and PaaS solutions, according to a new report from Ingram Micro.

The study, which surveyed 250 UK-based cloud end users as well as 50 resellers, found Azure was the most popular IaaS solution sold by resellers, followed by Amazon S3 and Google Compute Engine – while Azure is significantly ahead on the PaaS side.

The paper’s hypothesis is simple. As organsiations’ cloud desires are often...

By James Bourne, 01 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Research.

SD-WAN interest grows as enterprises become more cloud-ready, research finds

As enterprises are embracing the cloud, SD-WAN is more likely to be on the table for their technological roadmaps.

This is the primary finding from a survey conducted by analyst firm IHS Markit. The WAN Strategies North America study found almost three quarters (74%) of organisations polled conducted SD-WAN lab trials in 2017, with many of these moving into production trials and, eventually, live production, this year.

Investments in wide area networks more generally continue undimmed, with the adoption of...

By James Bourne, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

Getting the most out of your data centres: How much energy is your IT system wasting?

The modern-day enterprise is conscious of the environment, and with many corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, you will of course find recycling schemes or even smart lights that switch themselves off when no one is in the room, all in order to save energy. But when we look at the biggest energy drain of any organisation, our IT system, we rarely consider measures we can take to reduce this.

As the most likely cause of major power, data centres are the first place to look when considering energy...

By Leo Craig, 26 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

AWS launches blockchain service – six months after saying it wasn’t interested in the technology

It turns out Amazon Web Services (AWS) may have been throwing us all a bit of a curveball with regards to blockchain. The cloud infrastructure giant has announced the launch of AWS Blockchain Templates – having previously said the technology wasn’t in the company’s plans.

Back in November, at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, the company’s dozens of announcements...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Why public cloud revenue will reach $186.4 billion in 2018

Around the globe, CIOs and CTOs continue to transition to a hybrid multi-cloud service delivery model, supported by on- and off-premises IT infrastructure. Meanwhile, the worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 21.4 percent in 2018 to reach $186.4 billion - that's up from $153.5 billion in 2017.

The fastest-growing segment of the market is cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), which is forecast to grow 35.9 percent in 2018 to reach $40.8 billion, according to the latest worldwide...

By David H Deans, 25 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Netflix ‘testing waters’ with Google illustrates how it’s a mad, mad, multi-cloud world

Updated 1700 BST: Netflix has always been considered the poster child of Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployment – but the streaming and entertainment giant is utilising Google Cloud for certain workloads.

According to a report from The Information (paywall), citing sources close to the company, Netflix is using Google’s cloud for several functions, from disaster recovery to artificial intelligence.

The report...

By James Bourne, 23 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, DevOps, Google, Infrastructure, Platform.

Why the cloud IT infrastructure market is set to reach $52.3bn in 2018

Cloud service adoption continues to grow, as traditional IT vendors react to market demand. Total spending on IT infrastructure products for deployment in cloud environments is forecast to reach $52.3 billion in 2018 -- that's year-over-year growth of 10.9 percent, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Public cloud data centers will account for a majority of this spending, 65.9 percent, growing at the fastest annual rate of 11.3 percent. Off-premises...

By David H Deans, 20 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

The key challenges of migrating databases to the cloud: Planning and performance

As enterprises continue to embark on their digital transformation journeys part of this change may involve migrating in-house applications, databases and data to the cloud.  But while all the benefits of cloud are widely understood, migrating a database or an application to the cloud is not always smooth sailing and there can be challenges to overcome when transitioning.  Here I wanted to highlight some of the steps enterprises should take to ensure their database migration is successful.

Why migrate to the...

By Roberto Mircoli, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Migration, Security.

Automation, DevOps and unified security management key to cure cloud ills, says McAfee

Cloud services are becoming practically ubiquitous – but according to the latest study from McAfee, one in four organisations who use the public cloud has had their data stolen.

The findings appear in ‘Navigating a Cloudy Sky: Practical Guidance and the State of Cloud Security’, a report which surveyed more than 1,400 IT professionals around security concerns with private and public cloud services.

Usage numbers are as strong as one would expect – except for one. 97% of respondents...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Singapore overtakes Hong Kong to become strongest Asia Pacific cloud nation

Singapore has overtaken Hong Kong to be the number one cloud-ready Asia Pacific nation, according to the latest report from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).

The two regions have swapped places since the previous analysis two years ago, with New Zealand retaining bronze medal position, and Japan and Taiwan overtaking Australia. While the latter has slipped a couple of places in the rankings, ACCA said it was still a ‘strong regional contender’ which performed well in most areas but was...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration, Research, Security.

Hong Kong analysis shows importance of cloud technologies in improving productivity and ROI

Cloud technologies are key to Hong Kong businesses according to a new report from SolarWinds – but containers, blockchain and robotics still have a fair way to go yet.

The findings appear in the company’s latest IT trends report, ‘The Intersection of Hype and Performance.’ The research polled 75 IT practitioners, managers and directors in Hong Kong – with the overall research quizzing more than 800 respondents across four continents – and found cloud and hybrid IT was the...

By James Bourne, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research.

Data centres and cloud networks: Security in the modern context

Traditionally, companies have sought to create a hardened IT network perimeter that kept all potential cyber threats out and to protect organisations through the use of network security platforms such as firewalls. In the modern context, however, this has become a restrictive and dangerous approach and I will explain why. 

What we think of as traditional firewalls are only really able to inspect unencrypted traffic. This means that attackers will use encrypted communications to exploit and maintain...

By Neil Anderson, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Security.

Public cloud market to surpass $300bn by 2021 says Gartner – with 21% growth this year

Public cloud continues to go up and up: according to Gartner, the market will grow 21.4% in 2018 to total $186.4 billion (£131.4bn).

Almost 40% of this will come from software as a service (SaaS), with a quarter to come from what Gartner calls cloud business process services (BPaaS) – delivering business process outsourcing (BPO) – and 22% to come from infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

IaaS, however, will outstrip BPaaS by 2021 according to Gartner’s predictions. In three years total...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

How enterprise IT investment is being driven by C-level strategy

In the evolving global networked economy, every type of company essentially becomes a technology-oriented firm - in one form or another. That's fueling the strategic investment in IT infrastructure and services. Currency market changes are another key factor.

As a result, worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.7 trillion in 2018 -- that's an increase of 6.2 percent from 2017, according to the latest market study by Gartner. Senior executives and line of business leaders continue to drive many...

By David H Deans, 11 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

HPE acquires RedPixie to add Azure skills to its cloud consulting arm

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the acquisition of London-based RedPixie to further bolster its cloud consulting expertise.

RedPixie’s vision, in the company’s own words, is ‘to go beyond technology, building and managing Azure hybrid solutions for clients in financial services.’ The company was founded in 2010 and comprises a team of business consultants, cloud architects and data scientists.

The acquisition will fall under the remit of HPE Pointnext, the...

By James Bourne, 11 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, M&A, Microsoft, Migration.

Finding the right Agile formula: Making CI, CT and CD work together

In today’s world of Agile, we know that development teams must offer products and services to end users on their terms, on their choice of devices, and at their convenience - creating and differentiating features that work perfectly regardless of how much time they have to build and release the new software. At the end of the day, this combination of velocity and quality can be make or break for brands, but achieving it is no easy feat.

We believe that teams which are trying to mature their DevOps...

By Eran Kinsbruner, 11 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Google achieves 100% renewable energy target – becoming first public cloud to do so

Google has touted itself as the first public cloud provider to run all its clouds on renewable energy.

The company, which says it is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world – almost three times as much as Amazon and Microsoft, its primary cloud rivals – has been working to attain this goal for the best part of a decade.

With the belief that 2017 would be the year the ‘road to 100%’ would be completed, the company ramped up its efforts. 2016 saw Google’s...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure.