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Microsoft buys Cycle Computing to strengthen cloud business


Microsoft has announced its plans to buy HPC company Cycle Computing in order to allow its customers to do more in the public cloud.

According to the company, the deal will enable its users to use high-performance computing as well as other "Big Computing" capabilities that will improve how they run their workloads in the cloud.

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Fastly adds the power of edge computing to Google BigQuery

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Companies continue to be keen to exploit the power of big data analytics, and one of the most popular platforms for doing this is Google's BigQuery.

Edge cloud platform Fastly is announcing a new integration that allows the real-time streaming of logs to BigQuery. This, the first of a number of planned integrations with Google's Cloud Platform, aims to deliver better performance and faster real-time insights.

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90 percent of organizations will adopt VMware in the cloud by 2018

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A new study from cloud data management company Druva shows a strong trend among businesses towards moving virtual workloads to the cloud.

It reveals that in the VMware market 90 percent of companies are aiming to migrate their workloads by 2018, with a clear preference for AWS (47 percent), followed by Microsoft Azure (25 percent).

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On-premises workloads have more security incidents than those in the public cloud

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According to a new survey, workloads run on in-house systems suffer 51 percent more security incidents than those on public cloud services.

The study from cloud security and compliance company Alert Logic analyzed more 2 million security incidents captured by its intrusion detection systems over 18 months.

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Why you should be moving to the cloud


Whilst not a brand-new phenomenon, the cloud has dominated headlines in the technology sector in recent years, as more businesses migrate and harness the benefits associated with it.

Cloud computing involves businesses hosting data, applications and virtual machines (VMs) on servers in remote data centers, which are connected to devices and users through the internet or private networks.

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Fear of missing out is driving cloud investments

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Businesses are increasingly keen to move ahead with cloud strategies and, according to a new survey, one of the reasons may be simply that they don’t want to miss out.

The study from backup and archiving company Commvault with CITO Research finds that 81 percent of C-level and other IT leaders are either extremely concerned or very concerned about missing out on cloud advancements.

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McAfee launches virtual security platform for AWS

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Workloads on AWS can be vulnerable to a number of different threats including cross-site scripting, SQL injection and botnets, and if one virtual server is compromised malware has potential to move to a customer's other machines.

To secure this McAfee is launching its Virtual Network Security Platform for AWS to provide advanced security in the public cloud.

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The top five cloud security myths debunked

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Increasingly businesses are moving their data and applications to the cloud. But there are always concerns about how secure the information is.

Network security company Portnox has put together an infographic looking at some of the myths surrounding cloud security and explaining why they're ill-founded.

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One in five people put corporate data at risk via unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots

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Employees are putting corporate data at risk by using unsecured hotspots and over sharing on cloud services, according to a new report.

The study from cloud security specialist Bitglass set up Wi-Fi hotspots in random public spaces for two hour time slots, and captured and analyzed traffic, finding that of the 834 people in the public spaces, 187 unique devices (around 20 percent) connected.

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Addressing five common myths about cloud security

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There is a lot of nasty talk about cloud security solutions on the web. From calling them "inherently insecure" to branding them a as a source of imminent risk, the "folding arms gang," or CISOs/CSOs in favor of maintaining legacy solutions and the on-premise model, have surely gone to town to cast a cloud over cloud security solutions.

As a result, a number of myths about cloud security are spreading though the information security industry. Now’s the time to set the story straight and debunk the top cloud security myths once and for all.

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How to reduce public sector IT spend


In 2015, UK cancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, set out the government’s spending plans by asking public sector workers to make significant savings in a bid to reduce the deficit by 2020. Osborne stated that budgets would need to be reduced by one-fifth at the very minimum. There were also predictions that one hundred thousand public sector jobs would be shed.

With this announcement came the realization that IT departments within public sector bodies such as local councils, police forces and central government are most likely to be hit the hardest as the pressure to do more with less intensifies.

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New solution helps secure privileged accounts

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Privileged accounts allow access to all aspects of a company's IT infrastructure, so if they fall into the wrong hands the consequences can be disastrous.

A new hardware appliance solution from identity management specialist One Identity aims to make it easy for businesses to deploy, operate and maintain their privileged password systems.

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Oracle upgrades its most-popular cloud services


Oracle has announced several new upgrades to some of its most popular cloud applications.

The company says that the releases will help organizations everywhere "grow faster, differentiate from competitors and better serve their customers."

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What you need to know about the shared services strategy


Functional shared services can bring so many benefits to all sorts of organizations. Whether it’s cutting labour costs thanks to location-driven arbitrage, making services like HR and finance standardized and streamlined, or giving all internal customers the same high-quality experience, there’s a lot that shared services can bring to your company.

Most importantly of all, though, they can help to both cut down on unnecessary expenditure and increase company growth- making them the smart choice for any organization that wants to get ahead of the competition. However, have you ever thought about the extra benefits that you could reap by taking things one step further?

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What you need to know about the shared services delivery model


Shared services delivery models are becoming increasingly popular in the business world, as a way of driving growth and increasing profit margins. However, not all of these models are up to the same standard. While some of the basic approaches might be suitable for smaller businesses, your best bet is to opt for one that allows the flexibility you need to grow successfully. To help you make the right choice for your business’s future, read on to discover just why flexibility is key in today’s highly competitive economy,

Inflexible shared services models essentially mean you are putting a cap on how much you can expand your business and keep up with customer and marketplace demands. Instead, you should look at crafting an advanced shared services organization, which can quickly react to marketplace and competitive changes to stay one step ahead of the game.

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