Enterprise blockchain firm Cypherium secures Google Cloud partnership, adding to AWS deal

Meet Cypherium. The New York-based blockchain startup is partnering with Google Cloud – making it the third major cloud provider to secure a deal with the company.

The company’s goal is to provide an enterprise-ready blockchain platform which promises up to 5,000 transactions per second. Scalability continues to be a concern for organisations looking to utilise blockchain technologies, and is seen as a determining...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Enterprise, Google.

What’s in your cloud? Key lessons to learn after the Capital One breach

The lack of visibility into the expanded cloud attack surface is a fast-growing problem that is only getting worse. Although we have seen misconfigurations in the cloud before, the Capital One breach is a sobering reality check for the security industry. We need to vastly improve threat detection and response in cloud environments.

The attack behaviours associated with the Capital One breach that occurred in March 2019 are...

By Chris Morales, 16 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Management, 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.

How public cloud will become the driving force for connected cars

Opinion The cars we drive today are very different to the first models introduced in the late 1800s. Every aspect of the driving experience has evolved, innovating to meet customer needs, industry standards and to ensure passenger safety. Our new cars now offer voice assistants, can be fuelled by electric power, and typically include satellite navigation and collision detection as standard.

It’s time...

By Steve Meek, 12 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Public, Security.

Analysing Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host and licensing changes: Risk, rage, and reward

Updated August 14 Microsoft is modifying some of its Azure licensing terms for dedicated hosted cloud services, with a knock-on effect of making services more expensive for customers of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google and Alibaba Cloud.

The move coincides with Microsoft launching Azure Dedicated Host, a service that enables users to run...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration, Mobility, OpenSource.

Why it's time to make continuous cloud security part of your developer journey

Cloud computing hasn’t always been synonymous with great security. However, despite early fears that it was less secure than data centres, the cloud is now considered a useful - and secure - solution for most critical business functions. While some of its earliest adopters could afford to be somewhat blasé about security, that’s no longer the case. The latest generation of cloud entrants mainly operate in finance and government sectors, meaning...

By Gemma Allen, 09 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Security.

How AWS certifications are increasing tech salaries by up to $12k per year

  • AWS and Google certifications are among the most lucrative in North America, paying average salaries of $129,868 and $147,357 respectively
  • Cross-certifying on AWS is providing a $12K salary bump to IT professionals who already have Citrix and Red Hat/Linux certifications today
  • Globally, four of the five top-paying certifications are in cloud computing

These and many other insights of which certifications provide the highest salaries by region of the world are from the recently published 

By Louis Columbus, 08 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Software.

How the energy industry is embracing cloud computing: Three key areas of success

Cloud technology is helping companies in every industry do more with less. In specific industry verticals, the cloud can play a key role in pushing the industry into successful digital integration. The energy sector, which is my company's expertise, is an example of how the cloud can transform an industry's operating procedures. Adoption isn't yet widespread yet, but the industry's shift to the cloud is picking up speed as we catapult into the next decade.

In energy, legacy systems that rely...

By Vince Dawkins, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Industry, Scalability, Software.

The state of the MSP in 2019: Why flexibility and further moves to the cloud are key

Managed service providers (MSPs) are in a fascinating place right now. They more often than not have plenty of longevity, while the vast majority believe today is as good as ever to be in the industry.

Yet the two points can be conflated. With longevity comes a need to change course, to avoid falling behind competitors. But as organisations continue to move to the cloud, and as their cloudy workloads become increasingly complex, the role of the MSP becomes increasingly vital. It is just about where exactly...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Case Studies, Research, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

Skybox and Zscaler team up for stronger cloud firewall integration

If there is one thing safer than a cloud security provider, it is two cloud security providers – in theory, at least. Zscaler and Skybox Security are coming together to connect two of their products for greater end-to-end protection.

The two companies will combine Zscaler’s Cloud Firewall product with the Skybox Security Suite, which encompasses visibility, vulnerability control, as well as firewall and network...

By James Bourne, 05 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

David Friend, Wasabi CEO: Cloud storage will be a commodity – and clever vendors can make the most of it

Boston-based Wasabi Technologies has a clear business strategy. “We only do storage,” CEO David Friend tells CloudTech. “We don’t do compute, we’re not going to buy supermarkets, or make movies or TV shows – we just do storage and we’re very good at it.”

This will be the first, but not the last, veiled reference to a certain Seattle-based cloud storage provider. In some ways it is a legitimate...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Software, Storage.

VMware extends Google Cloud deal, positions as hybrid partner of choice for the hyperscalers

VMware and Google Cloud have extended their partnership with the launch of a new offering which enables organisations to run their VMware workloads in Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

The product, the snappily titled Google Cloud VMware Solution by CloudSimple – the latter being a verified VMware cloud partner – will give customers the opportunity to run VMware workloads on-prem, in the cloud, or as part of a hybrid...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, VMware.

IT operations in 2020: Five things to prepare for – from AIOps to multi-cloud and more

The threat of digital disruption has forced senior executives and technology leaders to rethink business models, data assets, and distribution channels, to create more innovative products and services that will delight customers and overcome more nimbler competitors. Over the last decade, enterprises have completely transformed the way they build, deploy, manage, and maintain mission-critical services as a response to increasing digitisation.

StackRox and Skybox reports warn of dire consequences if container security is not addressed

Containers, when utilised properly, can significantly improve an organisation’s efficiency through speeding up development and automating processes. Yet like with so many technologies before it, security was never quite at the top of the priority list.

StackRox and Skybox Security, two California-based cybersecurity providers, have issued reports over the past week which come to similar conclusions: organisations are...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data Management, Developers, Security.

Capital One confirms data breach, cites cloudy approach as key to swift resolution

Capital One has confirmed a ‘data security incident’ which affected more than 100 million customers in the US and Canada – and while Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been identified as the receptacle in which the data was stolen, both customer and vendor appear not to be to blame.

Paige A. Thompson, otherwise known as ‘erratic’, was arrested on Monday and appeared in court in Seattle on a charge of computer fraud...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security.

How data and analytics benefits need to be driven by cultural change

Managing big data apps is a challenge for many IT organisations. Moreover, chief data officers (CDOs) and their data and analytics (DA) teams are not achieving the best balance required to deliver superior performance, according to the latest market study by Gartner.

"CDOs are generally focused upon the right things, but they do not have the right mix of activities," said Debra Logan, vice president at Gartner.

Data and analytics market development

The Gartner...

By David H Deans, 30 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Software.