Ransomware mitigation sees focus from AWS, Azure, Google Cloud

Ransomware mitigation strategies have become an increasingly important aspect of major cloud providers’ offering following the pandemic.

In recent weeks, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud have all published articles recommending mitigation tactics and best practice in the event of a ransomware attack.

A ransomware attack occurs when company files are encrypted and money is demanded in exchange for the decryption key and the maintained privacy...

Xbox Cloud Gaming set to bring streaming service to consoles

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Xbox Cloud Gaming is set to launch in time for Christmas this year.

The new service from Microsoft will allow consumers to play games streamed to their devices through the cloud, as opposed to having to install them locally.

Currently only available on PC and mobile devices, Microsoft plans to launch the service for its new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles as well as older Xbox One machines.

The announcement follows the trend of American tech giants...

Windows 365 cancels free trials due to ‘significant demand’

Windows 365 launched earlier this week, yet Microsoft has already had to cancel free trials for its new PC cloud streaming service due to ‘significant demand’.

The subscription-based service allows customers to rent a PC and then stream Windows 10 or 11 onto their device through a web browser.

However, within a day of going live for signups, the service reached max capacity.

“Following significant demand, we have reached capacity for Windows 365...

61% of cloud infrastructure comes from AWS, Microsoft or Google

Spending on cloud infrastructure grew by more than a third from Q1 to Q2 this year, according to the latest research from analytics firm Canalys.

Following the release of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) earnings, which made up 31% of global cloud infrastructure spending, it has been confirmed that total industry spending for this year’s second quarter sat at $47 billion (£33.8bn).

Bezos’ cloud platform now boasts an annualised revenue of $59bn (£42.4bn), making it...

Alphabet and Microsoft Q2 earnings exceed expectations, fuelled by cloud

Alphabet and Microsoft have both exceeded analysts’ expectations for their Q2 2021 earnings, in part thanks to Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure growth.

Microsoft, whose fiscal Q4 corresponds to the second calendar quarter of the year, posted revenues of $46.2 billion (£33.1bn) in the period, a growth of 21% compared to the year-ago quarter.

Meanwhile, Alphabet reported an impressive 62% revenue increase from $38.3bn (£27.4bn) in Q2 2020 to $61.9bn (£44.3bn) in the...

Microsoft bolsters cloud security approach with CloudKnox acquisition

Microsoft has acquired start-up CloudKnox Security, an identity and access management platform designed in tune with the sensibilities of modern cloud computing.

Through the acquisition, Microsoft will be able to offer CloudKnox’s package of complete visibility into privileged access, helping organisations right-size permissions, enforce least-privilege principles to reduce risk, and employ continuous analytics to prevent security breaches.

In a blog post announcing...

Microsoft snaps up RiskIQ to strengthen hybrid work cybersecurity

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Microsoft has reached an agreement to acquire RiskIQ, a specialist in global threat intelligence and attack surface management.

It is hoped that the deal will help the companies’ customers build a more comprehensive view of the global threats to their businesses, better understand vulnerable internet-facing assets, and build world-class threat intelligence.

As organisations pursue digital transformation and embrace the concept of Zero Trust, their applications,...

Pentagon cancels $10bn Jedi contract after Amazon challenge

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The US Department of Defence (DoD) has cancelled its $10 billion (£7.2bn) cloud computing contract with Microsoft, pitting it back against Amazon for a renewed bidding war over the rights to develop the Pentagon’s long awaited cloud system.

The cancellation follows Amazon’s filing of a lawsuit against the decision to award the ‘Jedi’ contract to Microsoft in late 2019, a decision which it claims was improperly influenced by political pressure from then President...

Accenture: Hyperscaling the cloud: How to choose the right partner

The cloud computing market has surged since the outbreak of the pandemic which saw years of digital transformation efforts compressed into months, and in some cases even weeks, as the world moved online.

As business confidence in the UK hits a five year high and economies start to reopen, this growth shows no sign of slowing down. Gartner predicts that the public cloud computing market will be worth $397 billion by 2022 and could be as high as nearly $700 billion by...

The most innovative companies of 2021 according to BCG: Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft all make it

Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft, and Tesla are considered the five most innovative companies, according to BCG’s analysis of the 50 most innovative companies of 2021Abbott Labs, AstraZeneca, Comcast, Mitsubishi, and Moderna join the top 50 most innovative companies for the first time this yearThe fastest movers include Toyota, who jumped from 41st to 21st; Salesforce, who jumped from 35th to 22nd; and Coca-Cola, who jumped from 48th to...