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One in 10 UK businesses moved to the cloud

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A tenth of all UK businesses have moved entirely to the cloud, according to a new Breaking Barriers 2020 report from Fuze.

The report is based on a poll of more than 900 CIOs, and claims that the UK keeps lagging behind North America and the rest of Europe in terms of adopting cloud services. The report compares the UK with American firms, 45 percent of which have fully made the migration to cloud.

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IBM announces new data centers in Australia, California and England as cloud revenue goes up

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IBM has announced today that it will be launching four new data centers in England, Australia and California that will allow its customers to take advantage of its blockchain, big data and IoT offerings as well as have low-latency access to its cognitive services.

The firm reported its quarterly earnings this week and despite the rest of its business performing below expectations, its cloud division saw revenue increase by 15 percent year-over-year and accounted for $3.9 billion of its total revenue.

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Dow Jones server leaks personal info of 2.2 million customers

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Private information of more than two million customers of the Dow Jones publishing agency have been exposed online.

According to the IB Times, a configuration error on the Dow Jones & Co. cloud storage server led to sensitive information including names, addresses, account information, emails and the last four digits of credit cards for almost 2.2 million people becoming available to anyone with an Amazon Web Services Account.

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Microsoft finally brings OneDrive 'Version History' support to all file types

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OneDrive "Version History" is a really useful feature of Microsoft's cloud storage offering. If you aren't familiar, it lets you restore older versions of files when you need to do so. Did you mess up something you are working on and need to roll back? No problem. Well, actually, that isn't entirely true. There is one big problem -- it only works with Microsoft Office files.

Starting today, that problem is no more, however. Yes, goods news, OneDrive users -- Microsoft is now offering Version History on all files -- finally. In other words, you can leverage the safeguard on any file that you desire -- even if it isn't an Office file. With that said, the Windows-maker is gradually rolling it out, so you might not have it right away -- patience, OneDrive users...

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FBI issues a warning to parents about the privacy and safety of internet-connected smart toys

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The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued a PSA warning about the potential dangers of smart toys. The bureau encourages parents to consider cyber security before bringing internet-connect toys into the home because they could risk the privacy and safety of children.

The announcement warns of the potential for personal information to be gathered through such toys. The presence of sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components, speech recognition and GPS, coupled with cloud storage of data, is cited as cause for concern, and parents are urged to check privacy agreements.

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How prepared are businesses for cyber security threats?

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Businesses are still failing to ensure they are protecting themselves effectively online, despite the growing number of damaging security threats, a new report from BT has claimed.

The UK phone giant has teamed up with KPMG for a new guide advising businesses as to how they can stay safe online when facing the number of complex challenges involved in running a business during this rapidly-changing time.

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US border officials can't search your cloud data

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According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, border officials are permitted to search the devices of anyone entering the country with or without probable cause, though there is a limit to type of content they can view.

Senator Ron Wyden sent a letter to Homeland Security in February seeking clarification regarding why US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been conducting more searches than ever before.

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The cloud, IoT and SDN create the biggest complications on enterprise networks

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Cloud adoption is still the "most vexing factor" in increased network complexity, according to a new report by Kentik.

The report, based on a poll of 203 IT professionals attending the Cisco Live 2017 annual conference, says cloud adoption is followed by IoT, SDN, and networks functions virtualization (NFV).

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Google opens regional data center in London

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Google has boosted its UK cloud presence with the official opening of the company’s new London regional data center.

The London branch of Google Cloud Platform will allow businesses based in the UK and Europe to benefit from major savings in terms of infrastructure costs and efficiency, the company said at a launch event at its London headquarters today.

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DigitalOcean launches high performance cloud servers for compute intensive applications

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Although cloud-based server infrastructure is becoming more common, it's not usually suited to applications that need very high levels of CPU performance.

Developer-focused cloud platform DigitalOcean wants to change this with High CPU 'Droplets' featuring the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors. These provide ideal support for applications such as ad exchanges, game servers, highly active front-end application servers, and batch processing.

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Enhanced firewall integrates with Azure and DevOps tools

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Cloud security specialist Barracuda Networks is announcing enhancements to its firewall products to help customers speed up Microsoft Azure adoption and become cloud ready.

Barracuda NextGen Firewall and Barracuda Web Application Firewall (WAF) both now integrate with Microsoft Operations Management Service (OMS). A Barracuda WAF specific dashboard is now available in the Azure Marketplace, making it easy for administrators to take advantage of this integration.

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Microsoft says NTFS requirement for OneDrive is nothing new, but forgot to tell users

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Yesterday we reported about Microsoft's sudden change to OneDrive that requires the use of NTFS drives. The change not only caught people off-guard when they discovered that they couldn’t access their files, but also caused a great deal of annoyance about the lack of communication.

While FAT32 has largely been replaced by NTFS, cross-compatibility with Linux and macOS is one of various reasons many people choose the format for SD cards and external drives. Despite the fact OneDrive users are now seeing warning messages about the need to format drives using NTFS, Microsoft insists that "nothing has changed" and it merely forgot to display a warning message until now.

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UK companies reluctant to embrace public clouds

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The UK is lagging behind much of Europe when it comes to seeing the real benefits of cloud services, new research has claimed.

Despite businesses on the continent fully embracing the cloud, companies in the UK appear more reluctant to make the move, meaning they are potentially missing out on some major advantages, according to a report from Barracuda.

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What is AWS planning to do next?

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Amazon Web Services is looking to transform the fortunes of all UK customers.

The company took over London’s ExCel center this week for its AWS Summit, the largest ever event held in Europe, and laid out its view for the next 12 months in the opening keynote.

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How AWS helps BP improve efficiency and minimize costs

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Producing around 3.3 million barrels of oil through operations in over 70 countries, BP is one of the world’s largest energy companies. With so many crucial operations around the world, it’s no surprise that a reliable and robust IT system is required to keep everything on track and running smoothly.

"IT underpins every single part of our business at BP", Claire Dickson, the CIO of BP Downstream, which focuses on the refining and marketing of fuels, lubricants, and petrochemicals told the recent AWS Summit in London.

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