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What is behind the slowdown in public-sector sales of ‘true cloud’ services via G-Cloud?
mar 30 2016
A recent slowdown in sales of software, infrastructure and platform services through the G-Cloud procurement framework suggests public-sector cloud adoption could be entering a new phase. Speaking at the recent Think Cloud for Digital Government event in central London, Jessica Figueras, chief analyst at public-sector IT watcher Kable, revealed details of an analysis she had carried out on the last few months of G-Cloud sales data.
AWS and Microsoft UK datacentre plans could upset SME-rich Digital Marketplace, Kable warns
mar 22 2016
SME G-Cloud providers told to brace themselves for increasing competitive threats from AWS, Microsoft and Oracle once their UK datacentres open
Can legislation ever protect our data?
mar 16 2016
The recent agreement of the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement has prompted robust debate among the European security channel's leading figures as to whether legislation can ever play a role in making our data more secure. During a roundtable discussion for tomorrow's European Security Summit - a day of specially curated content brought to you by Channelnomics Europe and CRN UK - a panel of industry experts and channel leaders debated the merits of the recently announced EU-US Privacy Shield. The conversation burst into life with a lively - albeit good-natured - debate about the extent to which legislature can ever play a meaningful role in data protection and privacy.
After safe harbour: Navigating data sovereignty
dec 18 2015
Max Schrems has a lot to answer for. The Austrian is single-handedly responsible for bringing down a key transnational data agreement that has left cloud service providers scrabbling for legal counsel. This is either a good thing, if you’re a privacy activist concerned about intrusive US surveillance policies, or a confusing and worrying one, if you’re a provider or customer of cloud services. Worried by the Edward Snowden revelations, Schrems questioned the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, on the basis that Facebook was collecting his data in Ireland and then moving it to the US for processing. The Irish DPC simply pointed to the Safe Harbour agreement and said that its hands were tied. The case was bumped up to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which on October 16 ruled that Safe Harbour was illegal. Its rationale was that it enabled companies to share data for national security purposes but didn’t address whether the protections were strong enough.
Suppliers supporting G-Cloud 7
nov 27 2015
The number of suppliers using the G-Cloud 7 has jumped 11 percent even though some are concerned that it will help them win business. G-Cloud 7 went live this week, and according to the award notice, the number of suppliers on the scheme reached 1,615, up 11 per cent on the 1,453 which were accredited on G-Cloud 6. For those who came in late, the UK Government G-Cloud is an initiative targeted at easing procurement by government departments for cloud systems. The G-Cloud consists of is a series of framework agreements with suppliers, from which public sector organisations can buy services without needing to run a full tender or competition. It started in 2012 and by May 2013 there were over 700 suppliers—over 80% of which were small and medium enterprises. As you would expect, G-Cloud 7 has the usual suspects such as SCC, Computacenter, Kelway, Memset, Agilisys, Skyscape and Liberata.
Suppliers flock to G-Cloud 7
nov 26 2015
The number of suppliers on G-Cloud 7 has jumped 11 per cent on the last iteration, but some have warned that getting on the framework does not guarantee they will win business. G-Cloud 7 went live this week, and according to the award notice, the number of suppliers on the scheme reached 1,615, up 11 per cent on the 1,453 which were accredited on G-Cloud 6. Familiar faces such as SCC, Computacenter, Kelway, Memset, Agilisys, Skyscape and Liberata were among the hundreds to make the cut.
Clash of the public cloud Titans: AWS vs Microsoft vs Google vs IBM
nov 25 2015
Unlimited storage and computing power. On tap. What's not to like? Hyperbole is hard to avoid, but it's no exaggeration to say that public cloud services may be the biggest transformative technology of our time. So much so that finding a fast-growing company – tech or otherwise – that doesn't use the public cloud is becoming difficult. But who is providing it? As it becomes more of a commodity – and the market grows exponentially each year – some of tech's biggest players are attempting to cash-in on the cloud as companies try to hyper-scale their apps and services. The public cloud is big, and growing: IDC predicts that by 2020, spending on cloud services and related hardware and software will be more than $500 billion (around £330 billion, AU$690 billion), three times the current level. There are hundreds of providers, with some big names among them vying for top spot in this lucrative market.
Cloud computing – the legal considerations
nov 24 2015
Hosting, processing and storing data remotely raises some specific legal issues for UK business. We explore just what you need to know to stay safe in the cloud. Free from the shackles of fixed data storage, the cloud is powering an IT revolution across the world. But, in the post-Snowden world, staying on top of security is more important than ever. It comes as no surprise that leading technology research firm Gartner has been forecasting that worldwide security spending is set to grow, with “roughly 10% of overall IT security enterprise product capabilities” being delivered in the cloud in 2015. But is it enough? UK-based businesses are facing an increasing array of national and international legislation they need to abide by. We look at what UK businesses need to know to stay protected.
Tokenisation, a silver bullet for security?
nov 17 2015
As Christmas approaches the threat of payment fraud and financial loss grows larger, but the success of commerce around the festive period creates new opportunities for cybercriminals. Some suggest tokenisation could be the panacea for the increasingly public threat of large scale customer data breaches. This means the replacement of sensitive data (payment card details, sensitive personal information fields, bank account numbers,) with non-sensitive data (the tokens).
Ban, regulate or advocate? 5 experts decrypt GCHQ's encryption stance
nov 10 2015
List: Today's speech by GCHQ director Robert Hannigan failed to set straight the series of confusing contradictions regarding encryption. At today's Information Assurance conference, GCHQ director Robert Hannigan addressed the 'patchy' cyber security industry, called for the government and industry to work together and debunked three myths commonly associated with GCHQ's snooping practices and the newly introduced Investigatory Powers Bill. It is the latter which has fuelled industry discussion, particularly around encryption. Claiming first to advocate encryption, Hannigan then went on to say that information relating to national security should not be beyond the reach of the government. Did Hannigan genuinely advocate encryption, or did his myth debunking actually only serve to confirm that the government wants penetrable encryption? Looking at the issues raised in Hannigan's speech, 5 security experts look to decode the true intentions from today's speech.