A new Wall Street Journal news story this week claims that Amazon Web Services is beginning to make headway in the banking sector. If it’s true it’ll be a major breakthrough for the public cloud provider in an industry which has long been too risk averse and highly regulated for its brand of multi-tenant cloud computing. What the piece doesn’t mention explicitly is that if the notoriously conservative financial services industry is signing up to the public cloud, it’s most likely to be as part of hybrid deployments.
Yet even with a mix of private and public cloud installed to limit risk, organisations must remember that cloud computing brings with it a whole new set of security and management challenges. Forward planning, as always, is everything. Continue reading →
March 2014: mark it well in your diaries because it just might come to be regarded as a turning point in the global adoption of public cloud computing services. It was the month when Google and Amazon embarked on a fierce price war, cutting cloud storage costs by almost 70%. Last week Google was at it again, announcing a 47% cut in network egress charges; a 23% drop in Big Query storage prices; a 79% cut in persistent disk snapshot costs; and a 48% reduction in persistent disk SSD charges. Continue reading →