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Protecting your data – nude photo or not – stored in the cloud

Keep your data safe in the cloud

Recent news stories of the leaking of highly personal photos of a number of celebrities have caught a lot of people by surprise and everyone should be ensuring that their personal data is safe, regardless of what type of data or who they are. The technical details of the hack has not been made clear, however, it is highly likely that photos were extracted from cloud servers.

Getting the facts straight: why charities are resisting the lure of the cloud

Richard Cooper, director of programmes at Technology Trust

The growing use of Cloud technology in business is nothing short of phenomenal. The reason for this is that it saves on time, cost and enables flexible working. Despite these benefits, I find that many charities are still resisting its adoption. Recent research by Technology Trust found that, of 426 respondents, 58 per cent of charities still don’t use the cloud – 65.1 per cent of which are small charities. With the array of articles written about the benefits of the cloud, I wanted to know why.

Wearables will shake up enterprise infrastructure as we know it

How will wearables impact enterprise infrastructure?

First we had BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) – now hot on its heels is WYOD (Wear Your Own Devices). If there is a lesson to be learnt for enterprises it is that the consumerisaton of technology has crept up on them and created some major challenges in terms of network management, security and best practice.

Six unexpected challenges of cloud

Orsini: 'Cloud is great but managing cloud services can be a pain in ways most don't anticipate'

For years now there has been talk of how business is driving IT to move to cloud. In many cases, business teams go so far as to circumvent IT and buy cloud services themselves, taking decisions into their own hands. Much has also been written about why IT should eagerly accept this imperative and embrace the use of cloud. In reality, however, managing a cloud footprint is much harder and more specialised than many imagine.

What is this Internet of Things, thing?

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Everybody stop it – yes, stop it! What I mean is, everyone is talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) as if it’s some life changing experience – well, I don’t necessarily want to be the bearer of a reality check but it’s not! Well, at least not for now. It’s just a term; a simple phrase that’s captured a new sense of excitement and imagination across an industry that’s always eager to deliver the next big thing. In fact, the likes of Intel, Samsung, Dell and many others have established a consortium to help shape and deliver a sensible notion of just how and what the IoT might deliver to both the consumer and industry.

Is your office ready for flexible working?

Flexible working legislation in the UK will change how many businesses work, and prompt many to adopt cloud-based solutions

As of Monday, June 30th, employees in the UK with over 26 week’s service are eligible to request flexible working hours. This legislation, which previously only applied to working parents, now allows more employees to work weekends, evenings, or even set up their office from home. But what does this change mean for businesses, and is your technology up to scratch to support this new legislation?

Keeping OpenStack truly open

Boris Renski, OpenStack Foundation board member and co-founder of Mirantis

OpenStack vendors must avoid falling into the bad old habits of abusing platform advantage to lock-out customers from competing solutions, argues Boris Renski, co-founder of Mirantis

Adobe Creative Cloud: Too little too soon?

Adobe's Create Cloud suite suffered a massive outage last week, raising questions about how long the company can continue to offer non-cloud software on a cloud consumption basis

Millions of Adobe’s Creative Cloud users were unable to access their services late last week because of a malfunction with the database that stores Adobe Live account logins. The issue may highlight the growing crisis Adobe faces with its “cloud” software.

If Hadoop is the answer, what’s the question?

Jorge Lopez, director of product marketing, Syncsort

Every time new technologies enter the mainstream there is a bedding-in period; big data, and more specifically Hadoop, is no different. The UK market is still very much in its infancy and many organisations are struggling to make a proper business case; is it a next-generation analytics platform? Is it an open-source storage platform? Either way, the bottom line is that if your organisation generates a lot of data, Hadoop is likely to be on your radar already, but understanding how to sell it to the business is a skill in itself.

inBloom’s closure highlights dark side of privacy in sectors driven by data

inBloom is closing down amidst pressure from parents and teachers; the case raises important questions about privacy in our most sacred public institutions

inBloom, the US-based not-for-profit that touted a technology platform that would analyse student data to create individually tailored learning curriculums, announced Thursday that it will be winding down its operations and shuttering its doors within the coming weeks.

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