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Hybrid cloud’s growing pains – and how to beat them: A guide to raising a good platform, so you can raise a glass later

Backgrounder Where once it was public, now hybrid cloud is the future – and by hybrid, we mean a mix of public and private. Virtualised, elastic, and on-demand resources hosted by someone else combined with on-premises infrastructure. While uptake of cloud continues to grow as a whole, Gartner has predicted in particular that by 2020 90 …
Dan Robinson, 9 Nov 2018
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Insult to injury: Malware menace soaks water-logged utility ravaged by Hurricane Florence

A water company in the US state of North Carolina already dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence will now have to juggle a complete database rebuild – thanks to a nasty ransomware infection. The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (aka ONWASA) says it will have to completely restore a number of its internal systems …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Oct 2018
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More than a third of Euro IT pros worry about keeping server lights on

Half of senior IT bods across Europe agree that their departments are struggling to cope with new tech while keeping core gear running, according a recent survey. IT is being set up to fail because it has to serve competing demands without enough resources to effectively support the organisation... The wave of "innovation" …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Oct 2018
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Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

University of Wisconsin-Madison boffins have warned submarine cable owners that their landing stations and onshore cables are at risk from rising sea levels. “So what? Submarine cables are meant to get wet!” you might say – yes, but the onshore infrastructure isn't protected against a soaking like a cable designed to exist at …
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Public cloud services could be worth $302 BEEELLION by 2021

Public cloud services will be a $302bn-plus global market by 2021 and ten vendors will account for nearly three-quarters of those sales, if the mystics at Gartner have read those tea leaves correctly. All segments are set to expand but the fast growing area is slated to be infrastructure services, jumping 36 per cent between …
Paul Kunert, 12 Apr 2018
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Brandis' infrastructure security bill off to committee

Australia's attorney-general George Brandis won't get his critical infrastructure register kicked off this year: the legislation was introduced late last week, but immediately sent off to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. The committee has been asked to provide its report into the bill in the …
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Bitcoin price soars amid technical troubles for exchanges

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) continued to soar on Thursday, creating chaos among those trying to buy and sell the cryptocurrency currency due to service trouble at several exchanges. In the past 24 hours, Bitcoin surged from around $12,700 up beyond $16,500, a new high, before retreating to around $15,500 by mid-morning Pacific …
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All your masts are belong to us outfit Arqiva confirms IPO plan

Britain's biggest mast outfit, Arqiva, has confirmed it will float on the London Stock Exchange next month, a move it hopes will raise £1.5bn and reduce its debt. The private equity owned business is a dominant player in Blighty's infrastructure and communications landscape. Some 19 million homes are connected via its 1,500 TV …
Kat Hall, 23 Oct 2017
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UK industry mouthpiece wants 'near-universal' broadband speeds of 30Mbps by 2020

Industry mouthpiece techUK has thrown its tuppence into the debate around what Blighty's communications infrastructure should look like in 2020, calling for "near-universal" superfast broadband of 30Mbps. The report, From Good to Great: Digital Connectivity for a World Class Economy, said the key features of a world-class …
Kat Hall, 14 Aug 2017

So your client's under-spent on IT for decades and lives in fear of an audit

Infrastructure as code is a buzzword frequently thrown out alongside DevOps and continuous integration as being the modern way of doing things. Proponents cite benefits ranging from an amorphous "agility" to reducing the time to deploy new workloads. I have an argument for infrastructure as code that boils down to "cover your …
Trevor Pott, 12 May 2017

Technology as a catalyst for cultural change

IT departments can do a lot to improve performance by optimising the infrastructure and the way they work internally, but the level of success ultimately depends on the prevailing business culture. Recognising this is important to achieving the best results. It is also key to understanding how the smart and creative use of …
Dale Vile, 20 Dec 2016
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IT ops doesn't matter. Really?

Listen to some DevOps evangelists talk, and you would get the impression that IT operations teams exist only to serve the needs of developers. Don't get me wrong, software development is a good competence to have in-house if your organisation depends on custom applications and services to differentiate its business. As an ex- …
Dale Vile, 19 Dec 2016

BlackEnergy power plant hackers target Ukrainian banks

The same hackers who turned out the lights at Ukrainian utilities last December have been running attacks against the same country’s banks over recent months. Security firm ESET reports that the gang slinging the TeleBots malware against Ukrainian banks shares a number of similarities with the BlackEnergy group, which …
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2016
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AWS is coming for UK infrastructure suppliers' lunch – report

Traditional IT infrastructure suppliers had better watch out, as Amazon Web Services (AWS) is coming for their lunch, having already doubled its growth in Blighty over the last year - according to research. During 2015 the outfit posted bumper UK revenue growth, up 45 per cent to £254m, according to TechMarketView's top 20 …
Kat Hall, 5 Dec 2016

New Relic: Turtles? No. It's cloud infrastructure all the way down

If you build it, they will come and measure it. "They" in this case is New Relic, which offers developers a service for monitoring application performance and, now, computing infrastructure. On Monday, the company plans to announce general availability of New Relic Infrastructure, for overseeing cloud and hybrid infrastructure …

PCS: We'll ballot Hewlett Packard Enterprise members over job cuts

The Public and Commercial Services union is gearing up to test the appetite for industrial action among services staff at Hewlett Packard Enterprises over the latest round of planned job cuts. Some 166 staff in HPE’s infrastructure outsourcing unit in Lytham that work on public sector contracts including the Department of Work …
Paul Kunert, 3 Feb 2016
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Who's laughing now, doubters? Cloud makers rake in £75bn in sales

Global cloud revenues jumped 28 per cent year-on-year to reach $110bn (£75bn) in the 12 months to September 2015. Totting up the numbers is Synergy Research, which tracks vendor revenues in six cloud services and infrastructure areas. These are: Public IaaS/PaaS, Private and Hybrid, SaaS, UCaaS, Public Cloud, Private Cloud. …
Drew Cullen, 8 Jan 2016

UK joins US financial institutions for industry resilience tests

The UK teamed up with US authorities to run a banking industry resilience exercise, dubbed Operation Resilient Shield, last week. The paper-based transatlantic exercise focused on improving information sharing and planning in the context of a cyber attack rather than fending off Red Team hackers. Leading (but unnamed) global …
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2015

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