Reducing identity and access security risks in cloud infrastructures: A guide

Organisations understand the business value of cloud environments like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), but many haven’t realised how these infrastructures increasingly place the onus on them to manage security risk. In fact, Analyst firm Gartner has estimated that over the next three years 99% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault. Further, Gartner predicts that 75% of those failures will result from inadequate management of...

Microsoft adds Austria cloud data centre region to European footprint

Microsoft has announced it is building its first data centre region in Austria to continue its European expansion - two weeks after the company unveiled plans to expand in Greece.

The announcement, which was made at the Austrian Federal Chancellery, has the hallmarks of similar moves. Alongside building a cloud data centre region, Microsoft will build a centre of digital excellence, as well as look to train approximately 120,000 Austrian citizens in digital skills by...

Covid-19 acceleration contributes to $1 trillion cloud ecosystem by 2024, says IDC

The Covid-19 pandemic will continue to drive a faster conversion to cloud-based IT - and according to a new analysis from IDC, the market for cloud services and the wider ecosystem around it could top $1 trillion by 2024.

The findings, from the analyst firm's Worldwide Whole Cloud Forecast 2020-2024 report, identifies opportunities beyond public cloud services, including dedicated cloud services, enterprise private cloud infrastructure, cloud service provider build and support,...

20,000 petabytes under the sea: Exploring the potential of underwater data centres

Humans have become very good at polluting vast areas of the planet by dumping waste in the sea, so perhaps it’s about time that something we put in the sea has the potential improve pollution rather than just adding to it?

Mid-September saw the completion of Microsoft’s first ever experiment with underwater data centres off the Orkney Isles, and the reports have made for intriguing reading. The formal results have yet to be released, but initial signs suggest that the deep sea...

Nokia signs up with Google Cloud to migrate on-prem data centres

Another day, another telecoms win for one of the major cloud providers. Google Cloud and Nokia have announced a five-year strategic collaboration where the network giant will migrate its on-premise infrastructure onto Google's cloud.

Nokia is making the move as part of its 'operational shift to a cloud-first IT strategy', in its own words, as well as 'strengthen and transform its digital operations globally.'

The two companies have been working together for the past few...

Analysing AWS’ 2020 product releases: CodeGuru, App2Container, Honeycode, and more

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is always busy introducing new services, enhancing existing ones, and, quite often, driving trends. However, the company has upped its game even more in recent months.

In the first half of 2020, AWS announced an astonishing number of developments that enable technology interoperability, simplifying legacy feature removal, creating greater flexibility and time-savings for developers, and putting new capabilities at the fingertips of end-users.

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What makes the quintessential chief information security officer?

Given the strategic significance of digital transformation, IT security leadership is a really important role. And yet, only 12 percent of chief information security officers (CISOs) excel in all four categories of the 'CISO Effectiveness Index', according to the latest worldwide market study by Gartner.

Gartner analysts presented their global survey findings and discussed the key traits of top-performing CISOs during their recent 'Security & Risk Management...

How DevOps adoption – and its ecosystem – has increased during Covid: The VC perspective

A new report from venture capital and M&A data provider PitchBook has explored how DevOps tools will continue to blossom in developer and enterprise contexts - as well as how Covid-19 has quickened digital transformation.

The company's latest quarterly emerging tech report on cloud tech focused on an overview of technologies related to DevOps as it sees opportunities in 'broader organisational efforts to make complex systems, workflows and other processes more cohesive,...

IBM spins off infrastructure unit to focus on hybrid cloud and AI strategy

Updated Oct 9 IBM has announced it is making the managed infrastructure services part of its global technology business (GTS) an independent company to continue its 'maniacal' focus on open hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI).

The independent company, which will be known initially as 'NewCo', will be created towards the end of 2021.

"Today, hybrid cloud and AI are swiftly becoming the locus of commerce, transactions, and over time, of computing itself," wrote...

Palo Alto Networks warns of ‘critical’ IAM misconfigurations potentially worth millions

Cloud misconfigurations continue to cause major headaches for organisations - and a recent report from Palo Alto Networks has uncovered an identity and access management (IAM) flaw that could have been worth 'millions.'

The finding appears in the security provider's Cloud Threat Report 2H 2020. The disclosure (28 pages, PDF, email required) came about after the Unit 42 cloud threat intelligence team - the research arm of Palo Alto - was contacted by a customer requesting a test of...