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What the Brexit vote will mean for data sovereignty

What the Brexit vote will mean for data sovereignty

Jul 15, 2016

The only certainty about Brexit, the UK’s departure from the European Union, is that it is going to create uncertainty in terms of data sovereignty, particularly in the field of cloud computing. Data sovereignty refers to data being held in a country in adherence to the laws of that state. That is fine if your company is based in a single location and single market but it becomes trickier if you have diverse locations and lots of different laws with which you need to comply.

When the UK is part of the European Union it has the same data sovereignty laws as other countries in the EU ...

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The democratization of data in the cloud

The democratization of data in the cloud

Jul 05, 2016

Data democratization puts crucial business information into the hands of those who need it the most. 

“Data is the new oil, the new natural resource of our time” is something I have often said. Yet this is misleading. Having a lot of data sitting around is, in fact, worthless. The real value lies in being able to analyze large and diverse data sets and act on the results.

Just like air travel was once only for the elite, data analytics was once available only to the big multinationals. It was by no means perfect, with timescales of six to nine months just to build a viable data...

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Zen and the art of cloud computing

Zen and the art of cloud computing

Jun 07, 2016

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn’t any other test. If the machine produces tranquility, it’s right. If it disturbs you it’s wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed” wrote Pirsig in 1974 in his classic book Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values. These words could not be truer today in a world where speed, convenience and ease of use are all necessary components in the modern consumer experience.

Through documenting in the first person a motorcycle journey made across America with his son and two friends Pirsig’s refle...

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Hybrid Cloud and software defined data centres: how companies can have it both ways

Hybrid Cloud and software defined data centres: how companies can have it both ways

Jun 02, 2016

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the fastest growing enterprise company that the world has ever seen - a testament to the fact that huge numbers of businesses are moving their data to the cloud not only to save on costs but to be able to analyse their data more effectively.  Netflix, Airbnb, the CIA and other high-profile organisations now run large portions of their businesses on AWS. Yet with lingering concerns about a ‘big bang’ move to cloud, many businesses are adopting a hybrid cloud approach to data storage.

Hybrid cloud is the middle ground of private storage with lower infrastr...

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Banking on the cloud

Banking on the cloud

Jun 01, 2016

Conventional wisdom that companies in regulated industries are avoiding the public cloud no longer applies.

The wave of fintech startups, digital challengers and tech giants presents a threat to the big banks that is unlikely to go away soon. The impact of the financial crisis, scandals in the interbank and foreign exchange markets and continued volatility in global markets has meant regulators the world over continue to scrutinize banks like never before. Cloud computing can help the banks to respond more effectively to these challenges by driving down costs, enabling innovation an...

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