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Balancing secure and innovative software delivery

In a world where one data breach is all it takes to destroy a business, only the prepared and vigilant ones that embrace security in their operations will survive.

Yet, for many organisations, successfully integrating security into the software delivery lifecycle is still a huge obstacle. As illustrated in this year’s Puppet’s State of DevOps Report, which revealed that only 22 percent of companies at the highest level of security integration have reached an advanced stage of DevOps maturity. Delivering innovation shouldn’t result in the need to compete head-to-head with safeguarding customer data.

While there is a myriad of security practices and solutions in the market, why is it so hard to integrate security into software development?


Five steps to help refine your digital transformation strategy

These days, asking an IT leader to explain their digital transformation strategy to you can be enough to cause them to tense up and begin to sweat. But why is this?

The term ‘digital transformation’ has been used so widely and often over the past couple of years, that it’s becoming to be known merely as another buzzword. Forrester has even gone as far to describe is as a term that has, “come to mean so many things that it’s almost meaningless” – but digital transformation is still very real, with Gartner suggesting that 79 percent of corporate strategists believe it is “reinventing their business”. And, as it is behind the amount of change in the global economy, these days, you’d be pushed to find an organisation that doesn’t have some sort of digital transformation roadmap.


Blockchain-based cloud storage service reveals pricing and launch date

A distributed cloud storage service that stores encrypted data on the spare disk space of users around the world using blockchain technology has revealed its pricing model and launch date.

Storj Labs’ Tardigrade service has been in beta for developers, businesses and consumers since August and currently has 400 active users. Today, the company has come forward with a pricing model which it claims is more economical than legacy cloud storage providers.


Report slams TSB and parent company Sabadell over 2018 IT disaster

Law firm Slaughter and May have lambasted executives from TSB and parent company Sabadell over the catastrophic core banking migration that locked two million customers out of their accounts in April 2018. 

The migration from Lloyds Bank systems to TSB’s new in-house core banking platform Proteo4UK led to money disappearing from customer accounts, halved Sabadell’s 2018 profits, and eventually forced out TSB CEO Paul Pester.

Slaughter and May’s 262-page report, said to have cost £25 million to produce, criticised the TSB board for failing to “fully understand the scope and complexity” of the new IT system and found Sabadell’s IT arm Sabis guilty of failing to test the system on one of the two data centres it relied on.


Google snaps up VMware hybrid cloud specialist CloudSimple

Google has announced plans to acquire Californian-based software firm CloudSimple for an undisclosed fee, as it steps up efforts to win the business of hybrid-cloud hungry enterprises.

CloudSimple’s solutions help companies with cloud migration, disaster recovery and virtual desktop services. The purchase will help Google as it seeks to make ground on cloud rivals, Microsoft Azure and AWS, by simplifying migration to Google Cloud Platform (GCP).


Why are IT leaders flying blind into cloud migration?

Businesses need to adopt an analysis-led approach when prioritising which applications to migrate, writes Greg Rivera, VP of CAST Highlight at CAST Pilots flying into storms need to turn to their instruments for guidance. Similarly, IT leaders running into cloud migration issues need to assess applications to support and facilitate their move to the cloud…. Read More


CTO Interview: Schneider Electric’s Kevin Brown on the next phase of DCIM

When DCIM first arrived, expectations and enthusiasm were high. Yet despite early industry exuberance, first generation solutions failed to meet customer expectations and enthusiasm waned. At one point, data centre infrastructure juggernaut Schneider Electric, themselves an early DCIM investor, considered pulling the plug on DCIM completely. But in May last year, the company returned with Ecostruxure IT Advisor, touted as a “next-gen” DCIM that addresses previous customer pain points and accommodates today’s realities of distributed and hybrid IT. Is it time for DCIM to shine? At Data Center Dynamics London in November, Techerati’s deputy editor James Orme spoke to Kevin Brown, SVP Innovation and CTO, Secure Power Division at Schneider Electric, to discuss the changing face of DCIM


10 data storytelling mistakes to avoid

We live in a data-saturated world. But data only matters if you can turn information into action. To get from one to the other, you need to tell a story about your data that any person at your company can understand. 

Why? Because numbers and charts don’t motivate people to seek better outcomes. Stories do.  

So how do you tell these stories? 

Here are ten mistakes to avoid in order to tell a good story (about your data) that will drive strategic business.


The importance of choosing the right UPS battery

A UPS battery’s ability to store energy reliably and efficiently during normal operation, making it immediately available to the load during a mains failure, is critical to data centre security. Mark Coughlin, Applications Manager for Reserve Power at EnerSys reviews the key battery technologies currently available, to inform commercial and technical specifiers responsible for battery selection.


You could soon be simulating F1 from the front seat of your autonomous car

With autonomous vehicles becoming ever smarter, autonomous and prevalent on the world’s roads, drivers who previously had to have both hands on the wheel can now lounge in leisure from the comfort of their driver’s seats.

What will road users of the not-so-distant future do with all their newfound car freedom? Experts expect us to catch up on emails, conduct meetings, tune into Netflix and so on, essentially extending our work and leisure lives into the cabin.

But UK researchers have been working on a slightly different project that will be music to the ears of the world’s autonomous car-owning gamers, but lead to a few raised eyebrows in road safety circles: turning windscreens into displays for VR multiplayer in-car gaming.


Intel debuts Ponte Vecchio data centre GPUs

Intel has finally unveiled the company’s long-awaited GPU processor architecture, designed to tackle the onslaught of large data and AI workloads entering the data centre.

At AI Supercomputing 2019, taking place in Denver, the chipmaker debuted its new Ponte Vecchio GPUs, which will compete with existing offerings served up by Nvidia and AMD.

Although the accelerators will initially target the data centre market, Intel said the new architecture will eventually form the basis of its consumer chips. The data centre acceleration marketed is expected to be worth $35 billion by the end of 2025, according to Market Study Report.


Google boosts GCP with network intelligence

Google has released a network monitoring tool to help cloud migrating enterprises monitor and optimise network performance of VMs and applications deployed on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Network Intelligence Center comprises Network Topology and Connectivity Tests (currently in beta) and Performance Dashboard and Firewall Metrics and Insights (currently in alpha). Google said the four modules combined enable faster cloud migrations by revealing topology changes during migration as well as traffic flows and performance metrics before and during migration. 



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