Many have jumped on a recently published interview with Bill Hilf, the head of HP’s cloud business, as a sign HP is finally coming to terms with its inability to make a dent in Amazon’s public cloud business. But what had me scratching my head is not that HP would so blatantly seem to cede ground in this segment – but why many assume it wanted to in the first place.
A year after it was published, ISO 27018 – the first international standard focusing on the protection of personal data in the public cloud – continues, unobtrusively and out of the spotlight, to move centre stage as the battle for cloud pre-eminence heats up.
There is an old joke about the politician who is so convinced she is right when she goes against public opinion, that she states, “It’s not that we have the wrong policies, it’s that we have the wrong type of voters!” The foolishness of such an attitude is obvious and yet, when it comes to mandating business cloud usage, some companies are still trying to live by a similar motto despite large amounts of research to the contrary.
The IoT will not change the world in 2015. It will take at least 10 years for the IoT to become pervasive enough to transform the way we live and work, and in the meantime it’s up to us to decode the hype and figure out how the IoT will evolve, who will benefit, and what it takes to build an IoT network.
There are two sides to the cloud coin: one positive, the other negative, and too many people focus on one at the expense of the other for a variety of reasons ranging from ignorance to wilful misdirection. But ultimately, success resides in embracing both sides and pulling together the capabilities of both enterprises and their suppliers to make the most of the positive and limit the negative.
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.
Microsoft Azure has been hit by yet another global outage, this time impacting even its own online Office services and websites. The outage raises serious questions about whether these kinds of public cloud platforms are ready for mission-critical workloads.
Social networking giant Facebook is looking to get into the business networking and collaboration game, according to unnamed sources in an FT report. It would apparently take the form of a dedicated zone, called ‘Facebook at Work’, that would have familiar Facebook functionality, but shield your work contacts from any frivolous content posted in the personal section.
It goes without saying that there has been an increasing shift towards remote working in the past few years. Whether this is recession driven, or businesses are just becoming more flexible as technology moves on, there is no doubt that remote working has grown – and with it the demand for an ever more secure cloud-based software solution. Cloud software allows businesses agility, whilst lowering costs, but businesses need to know that their access is secure. The question is: Public or Private Cloud?