Cloud security fears continue: Managed services, messaging, FaaS at ‘perilous’ stage

As adoption of managed infrastructure services increases, new cloud attack areas arrive with them. According to a new report from Accurics, 23% of all security violations identified relate to poorly configured manage service offerings.

The study, Accurics' Cloud Cyber Resilience Report, assessed violations and drifts in real-world environments of Accurics users, as well as open source repositories and registries of infrastructure as code (IaC) components.

On average, the...

How data centre products can build synergies with the public cloud

Today’s competitive digital enterprise needs innovative technology to drive organisational agility, resilience, and powerful decision-making. The cloud has risen as a great enabler of modern enterprise.

Once seen merely as a cheap storage location, the cloud has now become central to almost all organisational aspects and transformation endeavours of large and small organisations alike. Almost all organisations are now aware of how they can create better value with the cloud and stay...

The changing face of colocation: Winds of change – and new challenges

Arguably the roots of the ‘colocation’ market can be traced back 20 or more years ago to the original dot com boom era. This created demand from eCommerce businesses and ISPs for a more cost-effective way of the housing of their growing ‘server farms’ and the idea of sharing secure IT spaces with others was born.

These days colocation is maturing - and based on our own experience at Vantage Data Centers - the needs of colocation customers have evolved. The value...

Test, test, and test some more: Emphasising the importance of DR testing

With Gartner estimating that the average cost of network downtime is $5,600 per minute or $336,000 per hour, few would argue that regular testing of a robust disaster recovery (DR) plan is essential for organisations. Even if you omit the financial implications, the lost productivity, missed opportunities, brand damage and potential data loss and SLA pay-outs associated with system downtime should be enough to keep even the most hardened IT professional up at night.

So,...

Colocation on the edge: Why regional data centres and hybrid cloud can maximise performance

A year or so ago there were over 500 hyperscale data centre in existence worldwide and a further 170 or more in the pipeline, according to Synergy Research. But the explosion in cloud adoption – public and private – is not only driving demand for hyperscale data centres. Fuelled by the IoT and the arrival of 5G, the ongoing decentralisation of the cloud is also contributing hugely to the growing shift towards distributed ‘edge’ computing.

Edge cloud environments are now...

Why cybersecurity isn’t cybersecure without detection and recovery

Anyone responsible for data security who doesn’t get a shiver down their spine when they read the about yet another high-profile ransomware attack in the news is either doing something very right, or something very wrong.  

The danger of falling victim to a cybersecurity issue is getting greater as the volume of attacks continues to rise and bad actors become increasingly sophisticated. Interpol has highlighted how Covid-19 affected both the number and nature of...

Shadow IT is always going to be here – so learn how to harness it for your business goals

Many IT leaders expected that shadow IT usage would decrease as their organisations’ cloud strategies became more sophisticated. This was a good thing, they thought, because the ominously named practice of using unapproved applications posed a real threat to cybersecurity: Gartner predicted way back in 2016 that one third of successful enterprise attacks would be on shadow IT resources.

In fact, the opposite has happened. New waves of cloud technology have enabled new business...

As the global SaaS market surges, who pays for the energy to power it?

Few consumers think about the electricity that powers their applications. But for the enterprise sector, whose reliance on SaaS is growing, this is not something that can be ignored.

That leaves many questions. How is the energy use and cost being priced into the services such as SaaS? Are SaaS providers paying too much for power?

SaaS providers are focused on cost per transaction; meaning this becomes a question for the data centre operator. Should SaaS providers demand...

How cloud-native technologies are a springboard to innovation and business transformation

Opinion Businesses agility, performance and flexibility are more necessary now than ever before — especially in these adverse, pandemic, times — in order to remain competitive and stay on course for growth. In order to remain dynamic and relevant, business transformation requires the implementation of increasingly complex and advanced applications that are able to adapt to changing circumstances, while offering innovative features and zero downtime.

Such applications however,...

Four essential strategies to secure users across all environments: Integration, automation, and more

Today’s distributed networks are increasingly diverse, often spanning multiple environments, each with their own unique requirements and standards. Securing each of those network ecosystems is challenging, especially when the end goal is consistent policy enforcement, centralised visibility, and unified orchestration and response. Organisations not only need to secure and manage both hardware-defined and software-defined perimeters, but also maintain security as those network edges...