Articles about Cloud

Dropbox makes PDFs and images searchable with automatic OCR feature

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Dropbox is in the process of launching a new feature that will make life easier for people using the cloud storage service to house PDFs and image files: automatic OCR.

The optical character recognition is rolling out to paying subscribers, and is an acknowledgement of the fact that a large proportion of files uploaded to Dropbox are photographs of documents. By adding machine learning-powered OCR, Dropbox is making these files searchable.

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Symantec delivers integrated approach to cloud security

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Companies increasingly rely on cloud applications and infrastructure for their critical systems. Protecting these is vital and to help businesses do so, Symantec  is launching an expansion to its cloud security portfolio.

Symantec’s Cyber Defense Platform offers a broad range of protection, providing visibility and control for virtually any cloud app and integrations with CloudSOC CASB, Cloud Workload Protection (CWP) and Data Loss Protection (DLP).

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Arcserve launches cloud solution for business continuity

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The more enterprises rely on technology the more they suffer when systems fail. Data protection provider Arcserve is aiming to reduce the impact of unplanned downtime with a new cloud solution.

Arcserve Business Continuity Cloud eliminates the need for other data protection tools and management consoles with fully-integrated capabilities to protect and restore applications and systems in any location, on-premises and in public and private clouds.

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Google pulls out of $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract over AI concerns

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Google has announced that it will not be placing a bid for a cloud-computing contract with the Pentagon. The Department of Defense's JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) project could have worth up to $10 billion.

The bidding process is due to end this week, but Google will now not be taking part. The company says that this particular project is not in line with its AI policies, but it will continue to work with the US government in other ways.

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ESET launches cloud-based security management solution for SMBs

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Smaller businesses are not immune to cyber security threats, but they often don't have the budgets or staffing resources to deal with them.

To address this, endpoint security specialist ESET is launching a new cloud-based remote security management solution specifically designed for the IT security challenges faced by SMBs.

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End-user performance monitoring in the cloud and multi-cloud era

Online shoppers weren’t the only ones encountering dog images on this year’s Amazon Prime Day. Amazon Web Services (AWS) -- which supports thousands of websites globally -- experienced its own problems, as businesses attempting to access their management consoles also got puppy images.

These issues may have slipped under the radar, but they were significant -- reinforcing, once again, that even the most reputable service providers can and do experience outages (sometimes at the most inopportune times). The companies using them need to take proactive, diligent steps to insulate themselves.

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The changing network security landscape

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The adoption of the cloud and as-a-service delivery models means that the company network, which was once a closed environment, has now expanded into a range of other areas.

Alongside this expansion comes a new range of risks and a new study from cloud-delivered security specialist ProtectWise in conjunction with Osterman Research looks at the latest network security challenges and how they are being met.

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Bandwidth Alliance gets together to take on AWS data transfer fees

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The fear of being locked in to a particular service is one of the key worries that companies have when moving to the cloud. This is partly because suppliers, including AWS, charge data transfer fees or bandwidth when you want to move to another host.

Now content delivery network Cloudflare is forming the Bandwidth Alliance, a coalition of cloud and infrastructure companies (including IBM, Digital Ocean, Backblaze, Dreamhost, and Packet) that are committed to waiving bandwidth fees for customers when interconnecting directly to Cloudflare's network.

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Microsoft launches Azure-based Windows Virtual Desktop for running Windows in the cloud

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Microsoft has announced Windows Virtual Desktop, a way to run virtualized instances of Windows and Office in the cloud.

Running on Azure, Windows Virtual Desktop offers multi-user supports and enables several people to remotely log into the same Windows 10 virtual machine. Microsoft says that the service is also optimized for Office 365 ProPlus and notes that it includes free Windows 7 Extended Security Updates.

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Plex Cloud is closing down

After months of problems, Plex has announced that Plex Cloud is due to close down later this year.

Introduced a couple of years ago to provide a way for users to store their files online rather than locally or on NAS drives, Plex Cloud has been plagued with issues. The company stopped accepting new servers back in February while it investigated the problems, but now Plex has determined that a fix is simply not possible and is therefore taking the "difficult decision" to shut down Plex Cloud on November 30.

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DataOps comes to the cloud

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The movement of data into the cloud creates challenges for enterprises who still rely on traditional data integration software or single-purpose data import tools.

DataOps specialist StreamSets is launching new features that help companies efficiently build and continuously operate dataflows that span data centers and the big three cloud platforms -- Microsoft Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud Platform.

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Public cloud services used to boost DDoS attacks

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Hackers are increasingly abusing public cloud services in order to launch DDoS attacks, according to new research.

The study from anti-DDoS company Link11 shows that a quarter of all DDoS attacks in Europe in the 12 months from July 2017 to June 2018 used public cloud server-based botnets, compared to 18.5 percent in the previous 12 months.

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Containerization and serverless technology grows as companies shift to digital applications

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Businesses are under increasing pressure to innovate and modernize their architectures at an unprecedented rate to remain competitive and that often means switching to new platforms.

The latest research from machine data analytics platform Sumo Logic looks at the trends and visibility into the DevSecOps tools and solutions that are being used as organizations modernize and migrate existing applications.

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Why container frameworks risk taking the focus off development [Q&A]

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Enterprises often adopt containers as a way to save money. But they can end up spending time, resources and cash building their own container management framework and in the process getting away from their core business objectives.

We spoke to Kieron Sambrook-Smith, chief commercial officer at cloud application specialist, to discuss why enterprises tend to lose sight of business goals in order to manage containers, and the strategies they can implement to stop distracting their developers from doing what they do best, writing code.

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Europe leads the world in cloud adoption

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Europeans have the highest cloud adoption rate in the world at 84 percent according to a new report, up by 27 percent since 2016.

The study of 20,000 organisations' use of cloud technology was carried out by cloud security company Bitglass finds that Office 365 is the most widely adopted cloud application across EMEA.

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