As more companies put sensitive data in the public cloud – so the security threats increase

More organisations are putting their sensitive data in the public cloud – so it comes as no surprise that cloud threats, and mistakes in SaaS, IaaS and PaaS implementation are at an all-time high.

That is the key finding from a new report by McAfee, which argues the old bugaboo of shared responsibility continues to kick in and give organisations a kick in the teeth when it comes to cloud security.

By James Bourne, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

The key trends driving IT security-related revenues to $133.7 billion

Cybersecurity solutions demand has remained strong during 2018, as more CIOs and CTOs need to ensure that their digital transformation projects have a high degree of digital trust built-in. Data privacy-related legislation has also fuelled the market for expert professional services that are skilled in IT security compliance.

According to the latest global market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on security-related hardware, software, and services is forecast to reach $133.7...

By David H Deans, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

AWS hits $6.7bn in quarterly revenue – as the biggest cloud infrastructure players get even bigger

Amazon Web Services (AWS) hit almost $6.7 billion (£5.2bn) in revenues for its most recent quarter – up almost 10% from the previous quarter and marking a 45% jump from this time last year.

Despite Amazon’s overall figures being a slight disappointment for investors and analysts – shares dipped in after-hours trading after total quarterly revenues of $56.6bn missed the $57.1bn target – AWS continues to...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

How identity and access management is causing headaches in cloud security

Identity and access management (IAM) is seen as an important tool for determining who’s who in a nefarious cloud landscape – but organisations are struggling to get to grips with it, according to new research.

The latest Cloud Report from cloud access security broker (CASB) Netskope has revealed the majority of Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmark violations occurring in Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments fall...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Microsoft cites Azure and cloud strength for more strong financials – but it’s all about the long-term ethos

It would not have been beyond the realms of possibility for this publication to open its analysis of Microsoft’s Q119 results by simply providing a link to Q418 and leaving it at that. After all, Redmond’s message has barely changed. Whereas July’s headline was ‘Microsoft Cloud...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Oracle unveils next generation cloud vision at OpenWorld – autonomous and rearchitected

“A semi-autonomous database is like a semi-self-driving car,” Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison told attendees at the company’s OpenWorld event. “You get in, you drive, and you die.”

Why the comparison? Ellison was responding to an article he read – provenance not known – around rumours Amazon was building a ‘semi-autonomous’ database. It’s not much of a...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Alibaba Cloud launches London data centres with promise for further expansion

Alibaba Cloud has opened the doors on its UK data centres, adding to its global footprint and promising 24/7 support as well as real-time monitoring.

The move confirms the Chinese provider’s UK move, with the company now operating 52 availability zones in 19 regions worldwide. The others outside Asia Pacific are two regions in the US, and one region each in Frankfurt and Dubai, while outside China Alibaba has representation in Singapore....

By James Bourne, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

Why cloud visibility matters: Gaining insights for performance and compliance

Cloud adoption is growing at a rapid pace because it enables organisations to scale their business models and meet consumer demands faster than ever before. However, with a proliferation of data and an ever-more-complex web of cloud-based business systems to manage comes a lot more user activity. As a result, many businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and more are looking for more ways to monitor how users interact with cloud applications and customer data.

This article will share how organisations are...

By Mike Mason, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Monitoring.

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.

Putting the ‘ops’ back in DevOps: Keeping relevant and providing value for IT

DevOps is the new normal for rapidly delivering high quality software and, with software as the new face of business, speed and quality can determine success. However, integrating DevOps into your organisation can take some getting used to.

Despite initial challenges, the end result has a huge upside. Once DevOps is embraced and established, continuous testing and continuous release will enable you to confidently provide more...

By Bill Talbot, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Security.

IBM’s quarterly growth rebound comes to an end – yet cloud revenues continue to tick over

So much for that run of quarterly growth: IBM’s latest financials show a 2% decline in revenues, yet cloud revenues continue to perform solidly.

Overall revenue was at $18.8 billion (£14.3bn) for the quarter, with cloud revenues at $19bn across the past 12 months. This is ticking over compared with the

By James Bourne, 17 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

IBM launches multi-cloud management tool, continues to emphasise open, AI-driven future

IBM is making a big bet into the multi-cloud game with the launch of a new management tool aimed at integrating workloads from different providers.

The Multicloud Manager tool runs on IBM’s Kubernetes-based Cloud Private platform, and, while being optimised on IBM’s cloud, will allow organisations to manage and integrate workloads from other cloud vendors including Amazon, Microsoft, and Red Hat.

By James Bourne, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure, OpenSource.

How blockchain revenue will reach $10.6 billion in 2023

More CIOs and CTOs are looking for digital transformation and smart technology solutions to their line of business leader innovation requirements. Blockchain and related distributed ledger technologies are already making an impact outside of the finance and insurance space from which they emerged.

Promising new use cases are being trialed in a number of digitally transforming sectors -- notably supply chain management, retail and consumer, arts and entertainment, and public services.

Blockchain applications market...

By David H Deans, 15 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Blockchain, Infrastructure.

WikiLeaks claims to publish confidential AWS data centre location information

WikiLeaks has published what it claims is a 'highly confidential' document outlining the addresses and operational details of Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centres.

The whistle-blowing organisation claims to have published the document, originating from late 2015, as an attempt to shed light on the 'largely hidden' nature of cloud infrastructure locations.

"While one of the benefits of the cloud is the potential to increase reliability through geographic distribution of computing...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Privacy.

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.

Companies still hitting cloud roadblocks despite extensive preparation, research finds

Organisations are recognising the benefits of the cloud and making extensive preparation – but they are still experiencing various problems with implementation, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by IT provider Softchoice, and which polled 250 IT decision makers across North America, found preparation for cloud initiatives was, on the whole, exemplary. 83% of those polled said they assessed existing...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene: On becoming a ‘major enterprise player’ – with AI as the heartbeat

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene has told an audience in London of her pride at how quickly the company has become a ‘major enterprise player’ – with artificial intelligence (AI) and security the key differentiators to their value proposition.

Speaking at the latest leg of Google Cloud Next’s world tour, Greene explained the increasing importance of AI to the cloud equation – a topic

By James Bourne, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Infrastructure, Software.

Simplifying complex public sector environments through cloud: A guide

Government and public sector organisations continue to seek ways to improve services and mitigate the risk of migrating mission-critical applications to the cloud. Already, many organisations, focused on improving the citizen experience, have set their sights on the cloud. Flexible, agile and affordable, managed cloud can accelerate the agency mission.  Still, CIOs are cautious about which applications to prioritise and what steps they must take to ensure the reality fulfils the promise.

In the US, since...

By Roberto Mircoli, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, PublicSector, Security.

Analyst note indicates Alibaba Cloud 'force to be reckoned with' in APAC and beyond

Alibaba Cloud is naturally dominant in the locally-dominated Chinese cloud market - but it's gaining significantly in the rest of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) market, according to the latest note from data and analytics firm GlobalData.

APAC cloud services, according to the analyst house, will hit $55.2 billion in 2022 at a CAGR of 27.7%. This will be driven by an 'insatiable' trend of product launches by cloud providers drawing on the next wave of cloud services and technologies, including artificial...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Infrastructure, Public, Research.