A cloud security provider just (quietly) opened 5 data centres in three global regions
By João Marques Lima Published: 01:11, 20 March, 2017 Updated: 01:11, 20 March, 2017
Company plans to launch ten more data centres in Q2 2017 which will cover nearly all regions on Earth.
Web application firewall service provider Cloudbric has launched five internet data centres across Asia, North America and Europe as global cloud security services demand booms.
The data centres are located in New Jersey (US), Hong Kong, Binh Duong and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), and Amsterdam (the Netherlands).
The company said the data centres will help to increase network capacity to maximise services uptime.
In addition, Cloudbric has introduced an all-inclusive, fully-managed WAF service to a range of IT service and solution providers.
Cloudbric’s VP of Product & Technology TJ Jung, said: “From individuals to small or mid-size businesses and enterprises, we are growing our service to reach all parts of the globe by engaging in partnerships with different solutions providers in the IT industry, and Cloudbric is excited to continue in this endeavour.
“Partnering with data centres, for example, means Cloudbric can be deployed on their own infrastructures instead of relying on external networks – making the delivery of Cloudbric’s advanced WAF to their clients a seamless process.”
Cloudbric currently has plans to open ten additional IDCs in Q2, specifically in cities across North America, the Middle East, and South America.
GDPR leads to new data centre builds in Germany and France
By João Marques Lima Published: 15:19, 13 March, 2017 Updated: 15:19, 13 March, 2017
Data security and scalability are today’s hot topic and the GDPR is expected to continue to trigger new developments across the EU’s member states.
As Europe prepares for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, several companies are building out their data centre fleet to comply with the regulation.
The latest organisation to announce such move is global cloud-based learning and human capital management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand, which has announced the construction and consequent opening of two data centres in early 2018.
The facilities will be located in France and Germany, and as the company explains in a statement, “will meet stringent European Union regulations and give Cornerstone clients more geographical options for where their talent data is stored”.
The two new buildings will expand the company’s data centre footprint to six hubs, with the US and the UK hosting four of these.
The four data centres in the UK and the US have a combined data storage capacity of one petabyte.
Vincent Belliveau, executive vice president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Cornerstone OnDemand, said: “Expanding our data centre footprint to multiple European locations gives our clients more choice, as well as the option to have their data housed closer to home.“
José Alberto Rodriguez Ruiz, data protection officer for Cornerstone OnDemand, said: “We take a rigorous approach to data security and scalability, and we ensure proper data segmentation between clients and for each client.
“The sheer volume of client data we handle and house, which will only grow, means we continually develop and invest in our approach to ensure data security, sovereignty and privacy.”
Are data centres cyber security strategies bespoke enough to today’s challenges?
By João Marques Lima Published: 00:15, 20 February, 2017 Updated: 22:31, 19 February, 2017
Greg Day, Vice President and Chief Security Officer EMEA at Palo Alto Networks talks how businesses are navigating the digital age without forgetting security. From data centre to cloud providers, Day also discusses how to manage cyber security with shrinking budgets.
Don’t get fooled this Valentine’s Day: 8 ways you can protect yourself from unwanted tech breakdowns
By João Marques Lima Published: 10:00, 14 February, 2017 Updated: 22:38, 13 February, 2017
From protecting your data to choosing the right cloud environment for your workloads and applications, technology in many ways mirrors real life.
Across the globe millions will be having a good time with their other half, but while those enjoy a romantic getaway from real life problems, enterprises will not have a day of rest in respect to protecting their core asset: data.
Data Economy runs eight tips by eight industry experts on to make your tech environment as safe as possible this Valentine’s Day.
Love your data
Victoria Grey, CMO at Nexsan
“This Valentine’s Day, it’s time to show love for your data! First protect it. With so many others with their eyes on your data, you can’t leave it vulnerable to ransomware or loss.
“Secondly, commit to your data long term. Public cloud is like dating, you can float from one provider to the next but, if you do, you risk others accessing your data or denying your access to it.
“With private cloud you always know where your sensitive data is. You get the promise of data that is always private and secure. Love your data, this Valentine’s, and it will be there for you, whenever and wherever you need it.”
Don’t break up with the data you love
Jon Toor, CMO, Cloudian
“Businesses have a love/hate relationship with data. They love the power of information, but hate the cost of storing it.
“Object storage is one path to marital bliss. As the industry’s simplest, most scalable storage, businesses are finding that object storage helps keep peace in the family.
“Don’t break up with the data you love. Just find more manageable ways to keep it.”
Fall in love with software
Gary Quinn, CEO at FalconStor
“Valentine’s Day can be expensive. Flowers, chocolates, gifts and cards all rise in price because, unless you want to end up on the wrong side of your other half, you have to buy them! There’s no wonder retailers are rubbing their hands with delight with the thought of additional revenue.
“The same can be said about hardware and cloud vendors. Both have organisations right where they want them – locked-in.
“The result of being locked-in to one specific hardware or cloud vendor is organisations are paying a high price for the additional storage required. That is unless they have a software solution that sits above any hardware and works in the cloud.
“This allows for the management and migration of data with any hardware, cloud or hybrid vendor. So it’s time to cut ties with your expensive hardware or cloud provider and fall in love with something that’s truly great this Valentine’s Day – software!”
There’s a perfect package for you somewhere out there
Johan Pellicaan, MD EMEA, Scale Computing
“Valentine’s day reminds us of the need to find the perfect partner, the whole package –why settle for less? And there are parallels in the work environment for tech professionals who look for products with a range of qualities, not just one.
“IT professionals are always looking for the perfect solution by combining data protection, disaster recovery, cloud, compute, storage and virtualisation. How do you pick what is right you? – Well there is the perfect package out there.
“Hyperconvergence is a great example of how a blend of attributes is stronger, more powerful and more fitting to the needs of a demanding world.”
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Counter-drone startup used in data centres surveillance raises $15m
By João Marques Lima Published: Updated: 20:26, 13 February, 2017
Software company tops $25m in raised funding with latest round led by Cisco’s legend John Chambers.
Counter-drone company Dedrone has raised $15m in a Series B funding round led by Cisco’s executive chairman and CEO John Chambers, and Felicis Ventures.
The new cash injection, which saw Chambers personally invest in the startup, will be used to increase marketing and sales efforts, as well as investing in global research and development.
Based in San Francisco and launched in 2014, Dedrone’s software is built on machine learning which works in conjunction with sensors deployed at a given site to detect illegal unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) flying over critical infrastructure assets such as data centres, industrial plants, sporting arenas, prisons and governmental buildings.
The company’s goal is to protect such buildings from smugglers, spies and in the worst case scenario, terrorist attacks.
Dedrone explains that drones threaten the physical security of data centres, and consequently their cybersecurity.
CEO and co-founder of Dedrone, Joerg Lamprecht, told Data Economy: “The whole infrastructure of a data centre is on the rooftop, where significant security threats exist, and can be damaged through aerial threats.
“A drone could fly in to the cooling elements and damage equipment, or could be equipped with cameras and a spying system to spoof the network or hack in to the Wi-Fi.”
Chambers said that drones have given people “the ability to go places” where they have never been before and at times, circumnavigate traditional physical and cyber security installations.
“Dedrone’s unique approach to use existing sensors and a powerful machine learning platform empowers enterprise and federal customers to re-gain control of their airspace,” he said.
Aydin Senkut, MD of Felicis Ventures, said: “We invested in Dedrone because we believe drone security will be a top priority for both businesses and governments around the world for many years to come.”