Microsoft and AT&T further collaborate on IoT solutions with Azure Sphere

AT&T and Microsoft's cloudy collaboration continues: the two companies have announced the launch of a new integrated IoT offering to enable further global connectivity.

The enterprise-focused solution will integrate with Azure Sphere, an application platform with built-in features for internet-connected devices, alongside AT&T's core network.

Potential use cases include restaurants and cafes, as well as hospitals and manufacturing plants, being able to retrofit...

Not all workloads are created equal: A guide to choosing a DRaaS provider

Choosing a disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) provider can be an overwhelming task, especially if your organisation is using DRaaS as a first step into cloud services. There are many solutions to choose from including large providers like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, and also smaller or more focused providers.

The decision to work with a cloud provider for DRaaS can be clearly defined by classifying your requirements and confirming that the provider that you choose...

Kevin Samuelson, CEO, Infor: Why now is the time for industrial businesses to jump into the cloud

2020 has naturally been a year of turbulence and disruption for virtually every industry. But for cloud service providers, the Covid-19 pandemic has enabled some light amid the darkness.

As companies deployed - or hastily created - their remote working initiatives, Zoom's usage, and value, soared, creating a major spike in the wider conferencing SaaS market on its own. The same was true for infrastructure companies underpinning the software.

Yet not all industries can...

The benefits of natively integrated cloud security solutions: Deployment and management strategies

When it comes to securing cloud environments, organisations have lots of options. The marketplaces provided by cloud vendors are filled with a wide array of security solutions. Many are from vendors who also build a broad set of security products spanning cloud and on-premises environments, while others are from vendors focused exclusively on purpose-built cloud security tools. Given all of this, selecting the right tool can be bewildering.

One of the most important places to...

Oracle touts TikTok as flagship cloud customer after deal approved on US side

Updated The deal has been approved in principle - by the highest authority - and now Oracle has confirmed that social network TikTok will use the company as its 'secure cloud technology provider.'

TikTok, which had been threatened to be banned by US president Donald Trump over national security concerns, had a long list of potential suitors for its US operations before choosing Oracle over other tech behemoths, including Microsoft.

Over the weekend (Sep 19), President...

What’s new in Gartner’s Hype Cycle for endpoint security 2020

Remote working’s rapid growth is making endpoint security an urgent priority for all organisations today Cloud-first deployment strategies dominate the innovations on this year’s Hype Cycle for Endpoint Security Zero Trust Security (ZTNA) is gaining adoption in enterprises who realise identities are the new security perimeter of their business By 2024, at least 40% of enterprises will have strategies for adopting Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) up from less than 1% at year-end...

Deutsche Telekom and OVHcloud team up for Gaia-X – as Macron says Europe must resume cloud battle

French cloud and hosting provider OVHcloud and T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, have announced a cooperation to create a 'trusted public cloud offering' for Germany, France, and other European markets.

The two companies will contribute to the Gaia-X initiative, a collaboration between the European Commission (EC), Germany, France, and various organisations within the continent.

The proposed offering will 'address the specific needs of the public sector as...

Google makes 24/7 carbon free commitment – as Microsoft’s underwater data centre resurfaces

Google has announced the goal of running its business on carbon-free energy everywhere by 2030 in what the company is describing as its 'most ambitious energy goal yet.'

The commitment includes all its Google Cloud data centres and campuses worldwide, with the company saying in a statement it was 'eliminating its entire carbon legacy, effective today.'

Previously, Google said it had become fully carbon neutral - for every kilowatt hour of electricity consumed, a kilowatt...

IT operations management tools consolidation: The five key battles you need to win

If your organisation has more than 20 tools for IT operations management and DevOps, you’re not alone. According to one source, nearly 40% of IT teams are using more than 10 monitoring tools. There comes a time when you simply must clean house. This is a painful chore, akin to cleaning out the garage or basement after a few years of neglect. It requires deep analysis, an in-depth understanding of business requirements and political finesse.

Avoiding this exercise, however, is...

Progress acquires Chef for $220m to add more automation and open source to its sauce

Application development firm Progress is to acquire DevOps and automation software provider Chef in a $220 million (£168.6m) cash deal.

The acquisition of Chef, which has more than $70m in annual recurring revenue, will 'bolster Progress' core offerings', as well as aligning with its 'growth strategy through accretive acquisitions… [adding] both scale and cash flow', Progress said.

The company added that the combination of Chef's 'vibrant' developer community, as well...