Equinix aims to utilise the power of SDN to connect its global data centre network

Talk about a global outlook: data centre provider Equinix has announced the launch of a new strategy to connect its data centres around the world through software defined networking (SDN).

The inter-metro connectivity, which enables users to dynamically connect its own infrastructure across Equinix locations as well as connect to any other customer, comes through the Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric). For enterprises, it helps them with agility, while for service providers the move helps connect them...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Software.

Netskope raises $100m in series E round, aims to move security platform beyond the cloud

Cloud security provider Netskope has announced the close of a $100 million (£77.5m) series E funding round to press ahead with its go to market strategy as well as explore new ventures.

The round, which brings Netskope’s total funding to $231.4 million, was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and included contributions from existing investors Social Capital and Iconiq Capital, as well as new participation from Sapphire Ventures and Geodesic Capital.

Among the upcoming projects for the company, best...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Economy, Security.

Why businesses must not assume GDPR compliance in the cloud

You may have noticed that more companies are storing data in the cloud and utilising cloud-based services than ever before. But many are failing to ensure that the data is secured or stored in a compliant manner, placing themselves and their customers at risk from data breaches.

With the European Parliament passing the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) last year, businesses have less than a year before fundamental changes to the way they store and secure data come into effect. As cloud adoption...

By Joseph Pindar, 02 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe.

How hyperconvergence is driving today’s hyper-marketer

Every IT industry news website, whitepaper, analyst research, and e-shot seems to reference 'hyperconvergence'. As the public cloud continues to grow so does the negative press when any form of a security breach occurs on its network. Big or small, many business leaders are now looking to systems that can have the commercial and technical agility of the public cloud whilst ensuring any data that is core to their business remains on-premise, with anything on the periphery being pushed out to the public...

By Richard Eglon, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

IBM’s ‘enterprise strong’ cloud, blockchain and AI vision laid out at InterConnect

“You need innovations that are going to continue to come out, and you need a cloud that will keep taking them on,” Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO, told attendees at the Armonk giant’s InterConnect event in Las Vegas. “There’s a long pipeline coming, and that’s what an enterprise cloud does – it embraces that.”

Chief among this pipeline is blockchain and quantum computing, with IBM’s recent announcements playing into these trends in a serious way. Earlier this week, IBM unveiled its

By James Bourne, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Sovereignty, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

You’ve migrated to the cloud – what does GDPR mean for your business?

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Ever since the new European regulation on the protection of personal data (GDPR) was voted in, businesses have started their countdown to the transition that will take place in May 2018. They now have less than 18 months to comply with the new European regulation and the consequences of its requirements in terms of data protection: strengthened cybersecurity, liability of data collection entities and new mandatory procedures.

What sets the GDPR apart from earlier legislation relating to...

By Jocelyn Krystlik, 16 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Security.

Eseye on embracing cloud, Amazon Web Services, and the IoT

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“We changed our business model to align with cloud,” explains Nick McNamara, VP sales Europe at connectivity provider Eseye.

The company has doubled down on both the Internet of Things (IoT) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) strategically, as McNamara, speaking at the IoT Tech Expo event last week, explains. “All connectivity providers, whether you’re an MNO, an MVNO, or like us a smart MNO, sell megabytes per month,” he says. “We no longer sell megabytes...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Data Sovereignty, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Sweden confirms tax break for data centres following government study

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Swedish data centre operators are to enjoy a vastly reduced electricity tax rate for providing their services after Sweden’s parliament confirmed new legislation.

The move will see the rate for data centres in Sweden move to 0.005 krona, or 0.00054 US dollars per kWh, as of January 1 2017 at a 97% cut.

Last year, a government-led study advocated the move, arguing that the data centre industry should be on an equal footing to the likes of manufacturing, which already has tax breaks on its power...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

Two in three CIOs yet to formulate ‘comprehensive’ GDPR strategy

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Businesses have been warned and they’ve been previously shown up for not having the required knowledge over the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – now, a new piece of research from mainframe firm Compuware argues that more than two thirds of...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Privacy.

The Brexit impact on GDPR: What do UK businesses do now?

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The campaigns were closely fought. Polls indicated it would be close. Still, many businesses assumed that the UK would stick to what they knew and vote to remain in the European Union (EU). In the aftermath of the vote to leave, and with the heat and hyperbole having largely dissipated, what new challenges does Brexit bring?

The Leave campaign was always a broad coalition of different interests, many with competing ideas. With a Brexit vote secured, some of those will fall by the...

By Jack Bedell-Pearce, 09 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Infrastructure.

Microsoft secures major court win with ramifications for global cloud data storage

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A federal court has ruled that the US government cannot force Microsoft to hand over data stored in other countries, overturning an original decision from a magistrate judge in 2014 and giving a shot in the arm for cloud security and data sovereignty.

The key asset in the case was data located in Microsoft’s data centre in Dublin, after the US Department of Justice had wanted to...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

What the Brexit vote will mean for data sovereignty

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The only certainty about Brexit, the UK’s departure from the European Union, is that it is going to create uncertainty in terms of data sovereignty, particularly in the field of cloud computing. Data sovereignty refers to data being held in a country in adherence to the laws of that state. That is fine if your company is based in a single location and single market but it becomes trickier if you have diverse locations and lots of different laws with which you need to...

By David Richards, 13 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

IT skills shortage leading to cybersecurity issues, research argues

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If a security system flags up an issue in your organisation and nobody acts on it, is it even an issue? Many organisations are acting that way, according to a report from Skyhigh Networks and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The research found that security budgets continue to rise – more than half (53%) of the 220 IT and security professionals polled expect their allocations to go up in the coming year – and the myriad of tools at teams’ disposals is a growing...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Privacy, Security.

What does the EU referendum mean for the GDPR legislation?

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On June 23, a referendum is being held to determine whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. But what does this mean for businesses – and in particular, what does it mean with regard to the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation?

In April this year, after months of mooting and deliberation, the European Union set out new data protection laws that businesses will have to adhere to within two years or face significant fines – up to 4% of...

By James Bourne, 10 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe.

Data sovereignty: How to shield your business from changing regulations

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International data privacy regulations can be complex and ever-changing. The invalidation of the Safe Harbour agreement by the European Court of Justice, and the ongoing negotiations about its replacement, means than many companies are now forced to rethink their approach to information governance, without the certainty of knowing exactly which regulations they will need to comply with.

Classifying information that is subject to data privacy regulations, from information that is not, can...

By Gary Weiss, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Privacy.

US increases data centre dominance, research finds

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The US has continued to grow its data centre footprint moving further ahead of China and Japan, according to the latest analyst note from Synergy Research.

Almost half (46%) of major cloud and internet data centre sites are now based in the US, according to the research, up from 44% when the last analysis was conducted back in October. China, previously accounting for one in 10 data...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation: Prepare for change

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The EU’s wide-ranging rules on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are set to significantly impact all businesses, whether in the EU or further abroad. From 2018, any organisation that collects, uses or shares personal information about European citizens will have to demonstrate compliance with the hotly contested law. This includes using various techniques to ensure that the protection of data is built into the design and infrastructure of an organisation by default.

Securing the data...

By Iain Chidgey, 29 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Security.

Enterprises given another warning over cloud app GDPR compliance

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More than 4% of enterprises have put their data at risk by sanctioning cloud apps laced with malware, according to research released by cloud security provider Netskope.

The study, which uses anonymised data from millions of users in the global Neskope Active Platform, found 88% of apps used were not enterprise-ready, while almost half (43%) of apps analysed keep data for more than a week after the service has ended, going against the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Security.

A five step crisis plan to prepare for the pending data protection legislation

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The clock is officially ticking for organisations to get their data protection policies in order, now that the final draft and approved text have been made available for the General Data Protection Regulation to replace the existing EU Data Protection Directive.

The new regulation is expected to come into effect in 2018 and will require businesses to put a much stricter focus on data protection. The headline items for organisation that collect or process EU citizen records are:

  • They must notify their supervisory authority of a data breach...

By Neil Thacker, 19 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

How to ensure enterprise cloud app use complies with the GDPR

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After months of fine tuning and approvals from various bodies, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is almost upon us.

When the GDPR finally becomes law in spring of this year after passing a final stage of approval, organisations will have two years to comply with the regulation. Two years might seem plenty of time, but the complex picture of cloud use in modern enterprises means that GDPR compliance will be a challenge. A recent Netskope and YouGov survey found that...