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New report claims 93% of cloud storage services misconfigured

Cloud-native misconfigurations are rampant and rising bad practices risk exposing cloud resources even further, California-based security vendor Accurics has claimed.

According to the company’s latest cloud security report, Summer 2020: State of DevSecOps, unless emerging cloud-native security challenges are not plugged, breaches will “increase in velocity in scale”.

“While the adoption of cloud-native infrastructure such as containers, serverless, and servicemesh is fueling innovation, misconfigurations are becoming commonplace and creating serious risk exposure for organizations,” said Accurics Co-founder & CTO, Om Moolchandani.


Microsoft’s latest eco-push: recycling data centre servers with the help of AI

Microsoft’s “green summer” just got even greener after the tech giant launched yet another ambitious environmental goal and a roadmap about how it plans to achieve it.

The 45-year-old tech company’s latest pledge is to eliminate waste for direct operations, products and packaging by 2030.

In a blog post, Microsoft President Brad Smith said the company recognised “the urgent need to protect the world’s ecosystems and reduce the carbon emissions that come from the creation, distribution and disposal of waste”.


Lockdown prompts 31% jump in cloud infrastructure spending

Lockdowns implemented due to Covid-19 led to a monumental rise in cloud spending in the second quarter of 2020, according to the latest quarterly figures.

The number crunchers over at technology market watchers Canalys revealed spending on cloud infrastructure services in Q2 surged by 31 percent to $34.6 billion, after companies and citizens across the globe relied on e-commerce, remote learning, content streaming and online collaboration tools to see them through national lockdowns.

“Cloud-based services were pivotal in enabling emergency continuity plans designed to maintain virtual operations during lockdown,” said Canalys Chief Analyst, Matthew Ball. 


Microsoft to ditch diesel backup power by 2030 to meet carbon negative commitment

Microsoft has detailed how it plans to meet its ambitious goal of becoming carbon negative by 2030.

The pledge, made by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, President Brad Smith, and Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood in January, is the most sweeping carbon commitment made by any company.

At the time, Microsoft said it was working on an initiative to reducing its carbon, water, waste footprints and promote biodiversity, but offered few details on what this initiative would entail.


Google Cloud launches Confidential VMs to woo regulated industries to the cloud

Google Cloud is launching a new suite of security-focused products to persuade cloud-shy organisations to migrate sensitive data to the cloud.

Heavily regulated industries such as financial, insurance, or pharmaceutical firms have been reluctant to go all-in on cloud due to strict security and compliance requirements about how sensitive data is stored.


Team Ineos UK enlists AWS HPC services to help America’s Cup bid

Sir Ben Ainslie has hailed the new computing power available to Ineos Team UK as a “game-changer” in their preparations for the America’s Cup.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist has said the team’s use of Amazon’s cloud portfolio has allowed the team to run more simulations than ever before in preparation for the competition.

Sir Ben is team principal and will skipper Ineos Team UK at the 36th America’s Cup in New Zealand next year.


Renault migrates data to Google Cloud Platform

Groupe Renault has announced a new multi-year deal with Google Cloud to help the french car manufacturer accelerate its Industry 4.0 transformation.

A major component of the partnership is optimisation of Renault’s industrial data platform, which connects and aggregates industrial data from 22 global sites and 2,500 machines.


UK Government readies £500m investment into OneWeb satellite infrastructure

The UK Government is ready to invest up to £500m for a 20 percent stake in OneWeb, the British satellite Internet company which filed for bankruptcy in March.

OneWeb filed for bankruptcy in the US after coronavirus halted its attempts to secure funding for a commercial launch.


IBM deploys AI and data science to enhance classic Wimbledon footage

Wimbledon 2020 was set to kick off at the All England Club this week.

But just like every other major sporting event under the sun, Covid-19 has stopped play, and the most-watched live sporting event in the UK won’t be returning to screens until next year.


Study reveals the scale of Covid-19-induced cloud migration

We’ve all heard how coronavirus has forced businesses to flock to the cloud in recent weeks but a new study has finally revealed the extent to which enterprises have migrated workloads to the cloud in response to the pandemic.

LogicMonitor polled 500 global IT decision makers between May and June to gauge their acceleration to the cloud.

87 percent of respondents agreed that Covid-19 had caused organisations to accelerate their migration to the cloud as companies take advantage of the technology to quickly adjust to remote workforce scenarios.


All-optical data centre within reach, claim UCL and Microsoft researchers

A new technique that synchronises computer clocks in under a billionth of a second could pave the way for “all-optical” networks, potentially leading to dramatically more efficient data centres.

All-optical networks use light photons instead of traditional electronic circuitry to transmit and route data between servers in a data centre.


Research shows organisations expect to ramp up tech investment post Covid-19

Investment in new tech by businesses is likely to increase despite uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic, new research suggests.

A survey of IT professionals by CWJobs as part of its annual Confidence Index found that almost half (49%) of senior staff believe they will increase their tech budget in the wake of the outbreak.



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