Why attaining hybrid IT nirvana means a mix of digital growth and 'digital trust'

In many organisations today, IT is more than a utility: it has become an essential platform for their ongoing business development. Therefore, they crave a superior IT experience for their employees and other key stakeholders. For most, cloud computing is a fundamental ingredient of the digital transformation agenda.

The common commercial use cases for public cloud services have already been exploited by many organisations. Front-office applications, such as customer relationship management,...

By David H Deans, 03 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

How delivering seamless UX and improving business outcomes will dovetail in 2020

The way that consumers and end-users interact with businesses and their services has changed dramatically in the last decade. Today, nearly every transaction is supported by applications, meaning the role of IT has evolved from being a back-office function to a strategic enabler that makes the difference between success and failure for everyone in the business. 

If organisations want to succeed in 2020 and beyond, they...

By Michael Allen, 02 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, DevOps, Software.

Goodbye 2019, hello 2020: The year in cloud reviewed – and what is on the horizon

To say 2019 was a busy year for cloud would be no surprise. Yet the past 12 months has seen innovation, expansion, and drama which represents a poke in the eye for those who dismiss the industry as being consolidated and saturated.

Without any further ado, here is CloudTech’s traditional look back on the year in focus – and what the following 12 months will have in store for industry players and watchers alike.

The...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Government, Hybrid, Microsoft, Research, Security.

How to improve cloud management through a cloud resource tagging policy

Good cloud governance relies on good tag hygiene: a disciplined, well-designed approach to tagging.

In the multi-cloud environments that enterprises are embracing, implementing enterprise-grade cloud governance platforms is the key to successful management of highly complex pricing structures and evolving cloud services. Using automation to maintain good tag hygiene will support critical governance initiatives for...

By Kim Weins, 23 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Monitoring, Platform.

Amazon criticises New York Times' reporting of open source theft concerns

AWS vice president Andi Gutmans has penned a scathing response to an article highlighting concerns that Amazon is stealing the innovations of startups.

New York Times journalist Daisuke Wakabayashi wrote an article titled Prime Leverage: How Amazon Wields Power in the Technology World in which he highlighted several cases where Amazon is said to have "strip-mined" (as startups have coined it) open source technology.

The main...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Industry, Platform, Software.

Google Cloud partners with Palo Alto, McAfee, and others to bolster security

With an aim to strengthen its security and attract more number of enterprise customers to its cloud platform and services, Google Cloud has announced its partnership with Palo Alto Networks, Qualys, McAfee, Fortinet and ForgeRock.

Google Cloud and Palo Alto Networks will be jointly working on the development of a new multi-cloud security framework for Anthos, which is Google Cloud’s hybrid platform, and multi-cloud Kubernetes deployments. According to the companies, the framework will make use of Palo...

By Cloud Tech, 17 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

One third of data centre spend goes into hyperscalers’ pockets through Q3, finds Synergy

While good technology analysis revolves around exploring new markets, conducting research and publishing authoritative market share scores, sometimes insights can be gleaned by just freshening up current figures. Long-time cloud infrastructure Synergy Research has done just that in its latest note which focuses on continued hyperscaler dominance.

The latest data from Synergy has shown that data centre hardware and software...

By James Bourne, 13 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Kubernetes as a service: What is it - and do you really need it?

We have seen that, with the acquisition of Heptio, how Kubernetes is well integrated into product stacks of VMware and launched new commercial and open source solutions. 

VMware’s motive is to shift to container based infrastructure powered with Kubernetes and participate in the competitive data centre market. Additionally, Kubernetes has been well received by public cloud and other leading tech vendors by showing full-stack support to manage containers either on bare metal or the cloud.

We are now...

By Sagar Nangare, 12 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Kubernetes, Platform, Vendors.

Why cybersecurity needs to focus more on customer endpoints going forward

  • Cloud-based endpoint protection platforms (EPP) are proliferating across enterprises today as CIOs and CISOs prioritise greater resiliency in their endpoint security strategies going into 2020
  • Gartner predicts that global information security and risk management end-user spending is forecast to grow at a five-year CAGR of 9.2% to reach $174.5 billion in 2022, with approximately $50bn spent on endpoint security
  • Endpoint security tools are 24% of all IT security...

By Louis Columbus, 10 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Management, Enterprise, Research, Security.

IDC picks Trend Micro as the top vendor in SDC workload protection

Cybersecurity solutions provider Trend Micro has been named as the number one vendor in Software-Defined Compute (SDC) workload protection in IDC’s latest report.

Trend Micro company achieved a market share lead of 35.5% in 2018. Steve Quane, Trend Micro’s network defence and hybrid cloud security executive VP, said: “We predicted a decade ago that organisations would need multi-layered security to protect their cloud environments and software-defined data centres.”

Frank Dickson,...

By Cloud Tech, 09 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

Winning the IT availability war: How to combat costly downtime

Analysts predict global enterprises will spend nearly $2 trillion on digital transformation by 20221. With digital initiatives and technology becoming ubiquitous with business today, one would think that companies would be more than ready for a world where virtually every touchpoint with customers is digital. Unfortunately, the fact that Target, British Airways, Facebook and Twitter all experienced major IT outages in 2019 suggests there is still work left to do to keep services and an optimal customer...

By Mark Banfield, 06 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, SaaS , Security, Software.

How smart cybersecurity solutions are increasingly powered by AI and ML

Now that data breaches are more common, 'digital trust' is a top priority for C-level leaders that build and maintain the IT infrastructure for digital transformation. Besides, for most organisations, losing digital trust can have a significant impact on brand reputation and the bottom line.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have been adopted for their automation benefits, from predictive outcomes to advanced data analytics. AI-based cybersecurity can augment the capabilities of...

By David H Deans, 04 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Research, Security.

How to excel at secured cloud migrations through shared responsibility: A guide

  • 60% of security and IT professionals state that security is the leading challenge with cloud migrations, despite not being clear about who is responsible for securing cloud environments
  • 71% understand that controlling privileged access to cloud service administrative accounts is a critical concern, yet only 53% cite secure access to cloud workloads as a key objective of their cloud privileged access management (PAM) strategies

These and many other fascinating insights are from the recent

By Louis Columbus, 02 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Research, Security.

Alibaba Cloud releases Alink machine learning algorithm to GitHub

Alibaba Cloud has announced it has made the ‘core codes’ of its machine learning algorithm Alink available on GitHub.

The company notes it is one of the top 10 contributors to the GitHub ecosystem, with approximately 20,000 contributors. Alink was built as a self-developed platform to aid batch and stream processing, with applications for machine learning tasks such as online product recommendation and intelligent...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Applications, Developers, Platform.

McAfee notes the gap between cloud-first and cloud-only – yet optimism reigns on success

Two in five large UK organisations expect their operations to be cloud-only by 2021 according to a new report – but the gap between the haves and the have-nots is evident.

The findings appear in a new report from McAfee. The security vendor polled more than 2000 respondents – 1310 senior IT staff and 750 employees – across large businesses in the UK, France, and Germany to assess cloud readiness.

By James Bourne, 27 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Data & Analytics, Research, Security.

Microsoft and AT&T expand upon partnership to deliver Azure services on 5G core

Microsoft and AT&T have beefed up their strategic partnership, announcing a new offering where AT&T’s growing 5G network will be able to run Azure services.

The companies will be opening select preview availability for network edge compute (NEC) technology. The technology ‘weaves Microsoft Azure cloud services into AT&T network edge locations closer to customers,’ as the companies put it.

By James Bourne, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Study shows continued cloud maturation in Nordics – with manufacturing a standout

A new report from Nordic IT services provider Tieto has found the region’s cloud landscape has matured significantly since 2015 from both a strategic and operational perspective – with Sweden and Finland fighting for supremacy.

The study, the latest Cloud Maturity Index which was based on responses from almost 300 decision-makers across the public and private sectors in the Nordics, placed almost one in five (18%)...

By James Bourne, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Think of data as the new uranium rather than the new oil – and treat it like it’s toxic

In May 2017, The Economist famously ran with a front-page headline proclaiming that “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.” It focused on big tech’s collection and use of data and argued that the data economy demands a new approach to antitrust rules.

I agree with the idea that data is now about the world’s most valuable resource, but would suggest that...

By Bill Mew, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.