You've got 99 problems when it comes to public cloud compliance – but cryptojacking may not be one

If cloud is part of the conversation for organisational digital change, then cloud security will forever be not far behind. According to new research from Unit 42, compliance needs to be stepped up, yet cryptojacking may be on the decline.

The company – the threat intelligence arm of Palo Alto Networks – put together analysis based on existing threats to cloud security over the second half of 2018, focusing on Amazon Web...

By James Bourne, 14 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Compliance, Data Management, Research, Security.

Plenty of investment is taking place in machine learning – but the skills gap isn’t going away

If you thought the cloud skills gap was bad, then it’s only going to get worse as more emerging technologies mature.

According to a new report from Cloudera, more than half of the 200 European IT managers surveyed said they were reticent at adopting machine learning technologies because they did not have enough skills and knowledge of the area.

As might be expected, plenty of...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Research, Software.

Docker and Microsoft team up in initiative for greater container control

Docker has its DockerCon event in Barcelona this week while Microsoft is running its online Connect() conference – and the two have combined on a new product which aims to help empower developers working in container environments.

The product, known as Cloud Native Application Bundles (CNAB), is an open source specification for packaging and running distributed applications, enable a single all-in-one packaging format, across...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

How the ‘severe’ cloud skills gap will impact on company culture

Another day, another story focused around cloud skillsets – or lack of them. A new survey from artificial intelligence platform provider OpsRamp has found the vast majority of respondents continue to struggle finding the right talent for cloud environments.

The research, which was conducted at Gartner’s Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies conference, found 94% of the 124 respondents were having a...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, DevOps, Research.

AWS looks to redefine hybrid cloud at re:Invent 2018 – plus make big moves in blockchain

Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, noted during his keynote at re:Invent today that on a recent business trip, a senior AWS executive found themselves sat next to an exec from an unnamed competitor. They pulled up a presentation deck which – Jassy paraphrasing – noted its product strategy was to ‘look at what AWS launches, and then move as fast as possible to get something vaguely in that area.’

So...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

India to create more than one million cloud computing jobs by 2022, report notes

Cloud computing will continue to be a business driver across the globe – and according to a new report, India will see significant growth in the coming years.

Great Learning, an ed-tech platform provider, argues that more than one million cloud computing jobs will be created in India by 2022. The potential salaries for cloud professionals in the country represents a step up from traditional IT engineers, the report adds.

By James Bourne, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, Research.

Why cloud infrastructure is an increasingly exclusive club – with only a few having the cash to get in

The figures keep going up and up for the hyperscalers – as new data from Synergy Research shows another new record for hyperscale operator capex in Q318.

Hyperscaler capex was at more than $26 billion for the most recent quarter, with spending for the first three quarters of 2018 up by 53% when compared with this time last year. This quarter’s figure is the second highest of all time; Q1 still takes the honours,...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

AWS launches new security offering which mitigates S3 misconfigurations – if customers get it right

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced extra steps to ensure customers’ S3 buckets don’t become misconfigured – but don’t assume responsibility has been taken away from the customer.

The new service, Amazon S3 Block Public Access, can work at the account level, on individual buckets, as well as future buckets created. Users can also block existing public access, or ensure public access is not available for...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Loss, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Diane Greene to step down as Google Cloud CEO: Analysing the past three years – and the future

Analysis Diane Greene is to step down as Google Cloud’s CEO after three years, the company has announced – with former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian to take over the reins.

Kurian, whose more than 20-year stint at Oracle culminated in leading product development, resigned from the Redwood giant last month having taken a period of leave. In a blog post

By James Bourne, 19 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Enterprises love the hybrid cloud – but it’s all about getting the app management right

Hybrid cloud is the ideal IT model for the majority of organisations – yet comparatively few have it in place today.

That was the key finding from a new report by hyperconverged infrastructure firm Nutanix. The study, the firm’s first Enterprise Cloud Index, polled 2,300 respondents and found that while enterprises plan to up their hybrid cloud usage, less than one in five (18%) said they were on the road to hybrid...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Netskope secures $168m series F funding to further accelerate enterprise cloud security

Cloud access security broker (CASB) Netskope has announced the close of a series F funding round of $168.7 million (£130.5m) to ‘further cement [its] position as the leader in accelerating security transformation throughout the enterprise’, in the company’s words.

The funding round was led by existing investor Lightspeed Venture Partners – whose interests in the cloud security space have included

By James Bourne, 14 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Security.

Get off of your cloud: AWS CEO claims move away from Oracle is imminent

The Oracle and Amazon mud-slinging shows no signs of slowing down. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has claimed its consumer businesses are now fully off Oracle’s data warehouse, with the vast majority of critical system databases running on its own solution by the end of the year.

The source comes right from the top; writing on Twitter, CEO Andy Jassy said Amazon’s consumer arm turned off Oracle on November 1 and moved to Redshift, Amazon’s...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

SAP acquires Qualtrics in $8bn deal to deliver stronger brand and customer experiences

SAP has announced the acquisition of research management software provider Qualtrics for $8 billion (£6.2bn) with the aim to ‘deliver the transformative potential of experience and operational data.’

Qualtrics, based in Utah and Washington, offers a platform which enables organisations to conduct internal and external surveys, gauging customer experience, employee expectations and brand advocacy. With SAP...

By James Bourne, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, M&A, SaaS , SAP, Software.

ThousandEyes assesses the key performance differences between AWS, Azure and GCP

Plenty of factors have to be taken into account when choosing a cloud provider, from performance to price and everything in between. Indeed, many organisations have gone ahead of this process and are now weighing up more than one cloud provider, assessing which workloads fit best.

When it comes to the combination of price and performance, companies

By James Bourne, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

VMware takes AWS and IBM partnerships up another notch and fills a Kubernetes-shaped hole

VMware appears intent on celebrating its 20th birthday in some style. The company's various announcements at VMworld Europe in Barcelona have further showcased its position as an enabler of enterprise cloud technologies, with acquisitions and partnerships key.

Regarding the former, VMware announced the acquisition of Heptio, a company set up by two founding Kubernetes engineers to help expand the container orchestration tool's reach into the enterprise. Craig McLuckie, co-founder, CEO and former Google product...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Enterprise, Europe, Infrastructure, VMware.

Banks want to move to the cloud – but they need better models to do it efficiently

Banks are recognising the benefits of cloud computing – but progress remains slow.

That’s the verdict of consulting firm Accenture, who has released a new report focused on how banks need to win in the digital age.

The report, which showcased the opinions of 35 executives at global banks who were responsible for technology and information security, found very few to have...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant shows the need for cloud access security brokers going forward

The role of the cloud access security broker (CASB) will become ever-more important in the context of organisational security.

According to analyst firm Gartner, through 2023 “at least 99%” of cloud security issues will be the fault of the customer. The notion of shared responsibility – one which regular readers of this publication may well be sick of hearing given its frequency – needs to be hammered...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Alibaba’s cloud revenues hit $825 million this quarter – up 90% year over year

Alibaba has hailed a 90% year-on-year increase in its cloudy operations – posting quarterly revenues of $825 million (£636m).

Total revenue for the company was at $12.4 billion (£9.57bn), meaning cloud contributed to 6.6% of the overall pot. Overall revenues rose 54% year over year, representing the first time the company’s growth did not break 55% in seven quarters.

Among Alibaba Cloud’s...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Economy, Infrastructure.