Data security – and its correlate, data privacy – has become the leading issue when it comes to emerging digital technologies, especially cloud computing, big data, and the burgeoning Internet of Things. That’s why some of the world’s foremost data privacy and data security experts are calling for harmonised international standards on policies and processes related to data storage and handling.
Software defined networking (SDN) has been the darling of the networking and IT world for the past few years, billed as one of the key cloud-enabling technologies with the potential to make every digital service consumable on-demand. But despite widespread appetite for technologies that can make networks more flexible, scalable and easy to manage, SDN still has a number of hurdles to overcome before enterprises embrace the technology.
UK oil and gas firm BG Group plans to put much of its data in the cloud over the coming months and is currently trialling Box’s cloud-based storage and collaboration platform, which it plans to extend across its global network of employees and partners. But it still needs to address data classification issues, and educate employees, in order to strike the right balance between security and efficiency according to Judy Porter, BG Group’s global IT strategy.
While many enterprises are starting to shift a good portion of their application landscapes into the cloud it’s clear that many niche applications have yet to be moved, in large part because cloud-based alternatives simply don’t exist, according to IT heads in the private and public sector.
Verizon’s revamped infrastructure as a service platform, which launched into beta in October 2013 after years of development, will move into general availability for US customers this week.
Cedar Milazzo, vice president of engineering at Devicescape, a company that delivers Wi-Fi connectivity solutions to telecom operators, including insights into how people use their smartphones while off the cellular network, explains some of the lessons learned as the company embraced Hadoop and switched from MySQL to NoSQL for its core data warehouse while shifting everything into the cloud in the process.
A broad survey of UK public servants published Tuesday suggests a majority are still unaware of the UK Government’s G-Cloud initiative despite a series of high-profile deployments and combined sales of close to £250m. But some cloud service vendors believe the survey results suggest GDS’s efforts to make the cloud procurement programme more visible are paying off.
With operations in 24 countries, over 120,000 employees globally, Telefónica Group, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, is looking to put at IT at the core of everything that it does in order to compete globally in an industry currently in the throes of a digital revolution. Phil Jordan, group chief information officer at Telefónica tells BCN that cloud is at the centre of how the company plans to regain terrain lost to over-the-top (OTT) players, make its core mobile and fixed line operations more flexible and scalable, and enable it to provide next generation digital services.
Hosting, cloud and colocation service provider LeaseWeb has expanded its presence in Germany with the launch of a CloudStack-based flat fee private cloud service. The platform, originally launched in the US last year, is hosted in its Tier III datacentre in Frankfurt. The move may be a sign CloudStack is still gaining traction among service providers at a time when industry marketeers seem laser focused on its open source rival OpenStack.
Over the past year numerous international and UK-focused studies have underscored what most enterprises have, sometimes painfully, come to realise: Increased adoption of cloud computing and big data services and technology is driving transformation in businesses—not just in how the IT department functions, but in how these relatively new technologies and services are procured and consumed across entire organisations. And with the right IT skills in high demand and job specs in constant flux, businesses are struggling to manage this transition to a new model of IT.