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Security implications for cloud as Microsoft ends its support for Windows Server 2003

Scott Nicholson,information assurance and security manager, Adapt

Another year approaches and we are about to see yet another Microsoft Server reach its end of life. Windows Server 2003 (WS2003) is widely used within the industry and in a recent survey conducted by Microsoft, it was estimated that 22 million instances were still running on Windows Server 2003. Whether this announcement be a headache or opportunity, it does place an additional burden on organisations as it requires careful consideration, strategic planning and execution.

Five tips to secure your cloud future

Cybersecurity

The cloud has been central to the business workings of organisations. Reliance on the cloud as a central storage tool highlights the importance of security. With important data and documents and sensitive information stored away on the cloud, there is too much at stake. Intense effort and investment needs to be put into making sure cloud providers are providing these five main security features.

Piab CIO: ‘Cloud is essential for enabling more mobile workforce’

Piab wants to enable a more mobile workforce

Consolidating its applications and SQL servers in the cloud has made it easier for industrial manufacturing product vendor Piab to support mobile employee workstyles, the company’s chief information officer Greg Anderson tells BCN.

Cloud, IoT, Big Data: The industry’s top predictions for 2015

A roundup of the top IT industry predictions for 2015

This year was all about growth in platform as a service, omnipresent encryption, the integration of analytics into everything, and the increasing popularity of hybrid cloud management solutions. Now all of the buzz now seems to be shifting towards the Internet of Things, open source cloud, and Linux containers, with enterprise IT departments scrambling to keep up. With this in mind, here is a roundup of what tech analysts, industry veterans and shameless prognosticators say is in store for us in 2015.

Cloud to help Arab Open University provide more support to students and staff, CIO says

Abid Butt, chief information officer, Arab Open University

Arab Open University (AOU), a non-profit, private regional university spanning seven countries is looking to take more of its applications to the cloud in a bid to improve how the organisation supports staff and students in the region, according to the university’s chief information officer Abid Butt.

Emaar Egypt CIO on living in a hybrid cloud world

Moataz Hassouna, CIO of Emaar Properties Egypt

Property management isn’t the first vertical that springs to mind when one thinks of IT as a strategic differentiator. But Moataz Hassouna, chief information officer of the Egyptian division of Emaar Properties, one of the Middle East’s largest property management firms, says that IT is one of the essential means by which the company keeps ahead of its competitors.

Behind the IT strategy that powers the Nissan-Renault Alliance

Stephen Kneebone, chief information officer, Nissan

The marriage of Nissan and Renault, well into its 15th year, brought with it a significant business reform strategy that puts IT transformation at its core. Stephen Kneebone, Nissan’s chief information officer with responsibility for the EMEA region explains to BCN how the Alliance’s IT strategy is helping both brands deliver a consistent, coherent digital platform for internal users and customers.

What is OpenStack? The Foundation’s still figuring it out

Alan Clark, chair of the OpenStack Foundation’s board of directors and director of industry initiatives, emerging standards and open source at Suse

The development of OpenStack moving forward is likely to focus on refining the existing features and capabilities within the project and securing agreement on a common idea of what the core OpenStack platform consists of, according to Alan Clark, chair of the OpenStack Foundation’s board of directors and director of industry initiatives, emerging standards and open source at Suse.

Getting to a software-defined world

The world is increasingly becoming software-defined

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.

As BG Group embraces cloud a balance between security and efficiency must be found

BG Group is transforming how its employees and partners collaborate on projects

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.

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