Over the past decade or so, cloud computing has evolved significantly. Ten years ago the landscape was far different as the cloud was mainly a platform limited to preserving technology-based sectors and allowing computer enthusiasts to develop and experiment with new ideas. Now however, it is a far different prospect. No longer kept behind closed doors and reserved for the few, the cloud is absolutely open for business. The platform has risen in popularity amongst more businesses for multiple reasons and to serve a huge range of sectors. So much so that Forrester research estimates that the global market for cloud computing will exceed $241 billion in 2020. Businesses embarking on a journey into the cloud however can feel overwhelmed by the vast array of options at their disposal, and it can be challenging to establish which options work best. In light of this, almost all these businesses would have asked themselves the same question: which is really better, and where does … [Read more...] about What’s next for the private cloud?
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Presented by Stripe Shockingly, according to the IMF and other sources, only 3 percent of GDP is online today. This metric shows the enormous opportunity ahead in the online payments space. Payments vendors like Adyen, Worldpay, Braintree, and Stripe have all found some degree of success enabling traditional retailers’ ecommerce efforts, while helping new, high-growth businesses get online and up-and-running quickly. The early days of payment processors centered around payments being a necessary, but frustrating headache — commodity gateways that cut into potential profits. However, the situation today is changing. The transition of newer payment providers using public cloud infrastructures like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure gives these vendors, and the enterprises who adopt them, new strategic options… and more secure and scalable payments to boot. According to 451 Research’s 2017 Cloud Transformation Organizational Dynamics … [Read more...] about Payments, public & private clouds: What you need to know
CIOs and data center managers who run large hybrid clouds worldwide have a good chance of hearing IBM knock on their doors in the next few months. That's because IBM is opening 18 new "availability zones" for its public cloud across the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pacific. An availability zone is an isolated physical location within a cloud data center that has its own separate power, cooling and networking to maximize fault tolerance, according to IBM. Along with uptime service level agreements and high-speed network connectivity, users have gotten used to accessing corporate databases wherever they reside, but proximity to cloud data centers is important. Distance to data centers can have an impact on network performance, resulting in slow uploads or downloads. For companies that manage complex, hybrid public-private cloud environments, IBM points to its decades of experience servicing large corporate workloads. Eighty percent of the world's data is sitting on private servers … [Read more...] about IBM launches new availability zones worldwide for hybrid enterprise clouds
You’ve decided to move to the cloud. It’s faster, more scalable, and more agile. Security is a priority, but you don’t want it to slow you down. The foundational infrastructure delivered by cloud providers is secure but protecting the applications, workloads, and data you run on top of that infrastructure is your responsibility—and it’s a big one, so how do you advance your security measures and keep up with the ever-evolving threat landscape?In the past 10 years the rate of technology adoption has increased considerably – it took 75 years for 50 million people to adopt the humble telephone and only 35 days for the application Angry Birds Space to reach the equivalent number in downloads!Cloud has disrupted traditional security, there is no doubt about that. The reason for this is that we, as consumers, are driving the need for delivery of solutions much faster. People expect to consume services in a responsive and familiar way through mobile and web … [Read more...] about The importance of understanding your cloud application attack surface
Microsoft today officially launched the latest regions for its Azure cloud computing service: Australia Central 1 and Australia Central 2. The new Azure regions, based in Canberra, are designed to host the mission-critical applications of government departments and agencies as well as those of some of Australia’s most important private sector enterprises.“Australia in one of the fastest growing cloud regions in the world,” Microsoft Australia’s Azure engineering lead, James Kavanagh, told a Canberra press briefing held last week ahead of today’s launch.The new regions have been designed from the ground-up to cater to the needs of government and organisations in the energy, food, water, transport, communications, health, and banking and finance sectors. Access to the new Azure regions will be restricted to Australian and New Zealand government customers, private- and public-sector operators of critical infrastructure, and their vetted technology … [Read more...] about Microsoft offers pathway to cloud for govt’s mission-critical apps