Several press reports claim that NHS Digital now recognises public cloud services to be a safe way of storing health and social care patient data. In January 2018, the UK’s National Health Service’s digital body press statement cited Rob Shaw, Deputy Chief Executive at NHS Digital.It is hoped that the standards created by the new national guidance document will enable NHS organisations to benefit from the flexibility and cost savings associated with the use of cloud facilities. However, Shaw says: "It is for individual organisations to decide if they wish to use cloud and data offshoring and there are a huge range of benefits in doing so. These include greater data security protection and reduced running costs, when implemented effectively. With compliance to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in mind, which came into force in May 2018, the guidance offers greater clarity on how use to cloud technologies. With a specific focus on how … [Read more...] about Healthcare: how safe is the public cloud?
Investment banks are going to use public cloud 50 per cent more in the next five years. This is according to a new report by global IT consultancy firm GFT. The report is saying the increase in adoption is driven by greater awareness in the benefits of the public cloud.It is being said that cost reduction isn’t the primary driver for this adoption, but instead – increased agility and flexibility of the business. The results may result in the introduction of new measures like regulatory reporting, as well as the development of innovative client applications.The areas in which public cloud should see most adoption is development and testing, front office and risk departments. New and planned use cases include high-performance computing and big data.“The shift to public cloud in investment banking has been slow to start, but we see that banks are now willing to embrace the transformation and reap the significant benefits of becoming cloud native,” said Andrew … [Read more...] about Public cloud could transform investment banking
Verizon has selected Amazon Web Services as its preferred public cloud provider and plans to migrate more than 1,000 business applications and database systems.The move is interesting given that Verizon at one time was a public cloud player with its acquisition of Terremark. In 2011, Verizon acquired Terremark and outlined its public and private cloud ambitions. Verizon launched cloud compute and storage in 2013. But in 2016, Verizon closed its public cloud efforts and then unloaded its data center and private cloud assets to Equinix and IBM in 2017. According to AWS, Verizon began running on the public cloud service in 2015. Verizon has a companywide effort to move to the cloud to boost agility and cut costs. Verizon will now migrate production databases to Amazon Aurora, AWS' database engine. Last week, Verizon's Oath unit, which features Yahoo and AOL, selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider.Also: … [Read more...] about Verizon picks AWS as preferred public cloud provider
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2018--Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) and Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) today expanded their alliance to empower enterprise developers to run container-based applications across Microsoft Azure and on-premises. With this collaboration, the companies will introduce the first jointly managed OpenShift offering in the public cloud, combining the power of Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, and Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud."Gartner predicts that, by 2020, more than 50% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production, up from less than 20% today." 1With organizations turning to containerized applications and Kubernetes to drive digital transformation and help address customer, competitive, and market demands, they need solutions to easily orchestrate and manage these applications, across the public cloud and on-premises. Red Hat OpenShift on Azure … [Read more...] about Red Hat and Microsoft Co-Develop the First Red Hat OpenShift Jointly Managed Service on a Public Cloud
Among organizations that keep data in the public cloud, as many as one in four has experienced data theft there, according to a new survey from McAfee.This shouldn't come as a huge surprise to anyone keeping track of the countless headlines regarding unprotected servers. In spite of the risks involved, just about all organizations are plowing ahead with cloud adoption. According to the survey, 97 percent of worldwide IT professionals are using some type of cloud service, whether public, private or both -- that's up from 93 percent a year ago.McAfee surveyed more than 1,400 IT professionals for the annual cloud adoption and security survey.The vast majority of those surveyed (83 percent) said their organizations store sensitive data in the public cloud, while 69 percent said they trust the public cloud to keep their sensitive data secure. The common type of sensitive information stored on the public cloud is personal customer information (with 61 percent of respondents reporting they … [Read more...] about Report: 1 in 4 public cloud users has had data stolen