Why it’s time to fight back against cyber risk to cloud computing and virtual machines

Cloud computing is now a primary driver of the world’s digital economy. Governments, large corporations and small businesses are increasingly implementing cloud-based infrastructures and solutions to store their sensitive data and manage their operations.

While the cloud offers lower costs, scalability and flexibility, it also expands a company’s risk profile exponentially. In fact, attackers are continually refining their techniques to take advantage of the millions of identical binary templates...

By Simon Hartley, 31 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Security.

IBM and Red Hat appears a match made in container heaven – but is there more than meets the eye?

Analysis What about Big Blue Hat? Or how about Big Purple? Any offers for ‘in the pink?’ The proposed coming together of IBM and Red Hat, costing the former $34 billion in total enterprise value, is the stuff of dreams for caption writers. But what does it mean for the cloud industry and the two companies involved?

From IBM’s perspective, this is a continuation of a long-standing message. Those who have followed the...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, M&A, Platform.

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.

’Are we there yet?’ Orienting the map to quantum computing

There is a lot of excitement about quantum computing these days. Quantum computing is a holistically new way to solve hard problems based on the principles of quantum physics. The theory has already shown the potential payoff from this new technology could be tremendous, by enabling new methods for drug discovery, material design, and artificial intelligence, just to name a few.

For high-end computing, quantum computing has great promise to change how high-performance computers and data centers of the future...

By Travis S. Humble, 29 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry.

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 deep learning is fuelling machine vision – with revenues hitting $193 billion

In the past, machine vision was limited to highlight-controlled environments, costly sensor technology, and restrictive feature detection. Today, artificial intelligence (AI) is set to change the market, creating new classes of applications and significant new opportunities.

Machine vision is in the process of transition and dramatic expansion. Deep learning (DL) techniques are taking machine vision systems to next level, driving the mass adoption in several industries - including the automotive, retail,...

By David H Deans, 26 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Research, Software.

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.

Check Point Software acquires Dome9 to beef up multi-cloud options

Check Point Software, an Israel-based cyber security firm, has announced the acquisition of compatriot Dome9 – with multi-cloud capability once again proving key.

Dome9, which like Check Point is based in Tel Aviv, offers a SaaS platform which aims to visualise organisations’ security postures in the public cloud. Companies can have verifiable infrastructure security for every public cloud, including the behemoths of AWS, Azure and...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security.

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.

Exploring the benefits and challenges of hyperconverged and software-defined storage

The verdict on software-defined, hyperconverged and cloud storage from DataCore is in: while hyperconverged is making inroads organisations are struggling, while software-defined storage is seeing a greater number of use cases.

This analysis may not come as a huge surprise given DataCore’s primary business line is through software-defined. Yet the study, which polled 400 IT professionals who were currently using or...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Containers, Public, Research, Software, Storage.

Exploring cloud-based archival: The benefits, challenges and opportunities

In today’s enterprise, your data is your lifeblood. Everything you do and every decision you make is about how to create, utilise and protect your data. IT resilience, data protection and backups all play a part in making sure that your data is always accessible and available when you need it.

As part of your IT resiliency strategies, you build processes and infrastructure to ensure mission-critical applications can be recovered as quickly as possible via a...

By Will Urban, 22 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

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.

Amid various privacy scares – yes, you can collaborate and communicate securely in the cloud

Last week, Facebook announced the launch of Portal, a voice-activated smart home camera device. Considering the recent data breach the company suffered, the tech press response to Portal ranged from bafflement to incredulity.

In response, Facebook senior exec Andrew Bosworth insisted< all processing was done locally on the device – so no information was uploaded to the cloud, or stored on Facebook servers. But is this sensible policy...

By John Mason, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Privacy, Security.

SAP breaks €5bn in quarterly cloud and software revenue – but profits see slight dip

SAP has claimed it is the ‘fastest growing cloud company at scale’ in enterprise software applications after breaking the €5 billion barrier for quarterly cloud and software revenues.

The figure of €5.01bn (£4.4bn) represents an increase of 7.5% on this time last year, and an increase of 1.3% on the previous quarter. Total revenues for the company were at €6.02bn, meaning cloud and software was at 83%...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, SAP.

DevOps skills demand continues to soar – with salaries going up with it

Two pieces of research have hit CloudTech’s inbox which show that if you have the right DevOps skills you can go just about anywhere – and name your price with it.

According to a new report issued by O’Reilly Media, the global median pay for DevOps professionals is currently at $90,000 a year.

The report was based on the responses of more than 1,300 IT professionals, and noted that...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Developers, DevOps, Economy.

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.