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Cloud in financial services – what is it not good for?

Cloud: what’s stopping you?

Across the financial services sector, the question is now less about where cloud technology is being used, and more about where it isn’t used. Where do financial institutions draw the line when it comes to deciding whether to keep a process or IT-related service in-house or outsource it to specialists such as Amazon Web Services, SAP and many others?

How Google Glass will challenge and transform the enterprise

Many believe smart glasses will create significant efficiency gains in a range of verticals

Watching Google Glass adverts one gets the sense that everyday consumers will soon use these magnificent spectacles to do everything from sending tweets with a twitch of an eyelid to displaying surrounding Thai restaurants and recording live video of long walks along the Grand Canyon. Perhaps even at the same time. Smart glasses shipments are expected to top 10 million annually by 2018 according to Juniper Research. But while it could be argued that Google’s pitch for Glass relates more closely to how it can be used in familiar consumer-focused applications, this technology will likely find more innovative uses in niche enterprise applications well before it becomes normalised or cheap enough for the everyman. It will also need to overcome some key barriers first.

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Is data safer in the cloud?

With more people using cloud-based services cyber-security is changing, but not in ways you might suspect

With MI5 and GCHQ recently urging the FTSE 350 to redouble their cyber-security efforts in light of “unprecedented” levels of attack on UK PLC, and with a growing number of these enterprises among others outsourcing their infrastructure to the cloud, it’s worth asking: does the shift to the cloud actually keep corporate data safer – or undermine cyber-security measures?

What’s standing in the way of hybrid cloud?

More hybrid cloud means added complexity and a range of new challenges for the industry

With hybrid cloud uptake on the rise, the challenges involved with creating IT environments where hosted public & private clouds and on-premises infrastructure can thrive as one will become increasingly important. But what kind of implications do these challenges have for the race to provide enterprises with the most effective cloud services?

How to ensure due diligence on cloud service contracts

Cloud service customers should ensure they know what they've signed up to

Consumers of cloud services need to better assess the terms of their agreements with cloud service providers or risk vendor lock in and paying higher costs for less reliable services over the long term, according to Frank Jennings, a “cloud lawyer” at DMH Stallard.

On the up: Changing lives in Brazil


Brazil’s economy is growing fast, with 40 million people making the transition to the new middle class in the last ten years. But while there is visible wealth in certain areas of big cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro there is still huge poverty, both urban and rural. Against this backdrop, communications services are being deployed to change the lives of millions of people.

Keeping Cloud moving

It’s been a year for serious cloud investments and networking specialist Cisco has closed out 2012 with a $1.2bn outlay on privately held cloud management company Meraki.

Come one, come all

Enterprises are facing a challenge from employees who want to use personal devices to access corporate data. Perceived benefits around cost and productivity are balanced by concerns around device management and security. Mobile operators are positioning themselves to address these concerns and facilitate the trend.

The need for speed

Milliseconds can mean millions of dollars in the hyper-competitive world of high-frequency financial trading. Trading institutions are driving demand for ever faster throughput speeds in communication networks that span the globe.