Equinix Will Acquire Packet in Major Push into Edge Computing

datacenterfrontier.com | January 14, 2020

In a major push into edge computing, colocation market leader Equinix will buy Packet, a startup specializing in distributed cloud services. The acquisition will allow Equinix to accelerate the deployment of interconnected edge services, as well as extend into “bare metal” cloud services.The deal is one of the first major acquisitions in edge computing, which seeks to process data and services as close to the end user as possible. The trend is driven by the increased use of consumer mobile devices, especially consumption of video and virtual reality content and the growth of sensors as part of the Internet of Things (IoT).Equinix has built a global data center empire, with 200 data centers and 21 million square feet of space deployed across 52 markets. Equinix has always focused on the core of the Internet, building clusters of data centers around major network intersections like Northern Virginia, Silicon Valley, Chicago and Dallas.Packet is a six-year old startup that delivers automated infrastructure for developers. Its canvas is bare metal cloud dedicated servers that can be provisioned with cloud-like ease and speed.

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Cloud Data Breaches and Cloud Complexity on the Rise, Reveals Thales

Thales | June 08, 2022

The 2022 Thales Cloud Security Report, conducted by 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, reports that 45% of businesses have experienced a cloud-based data breach or failed audit in the past 12 months, up 5% from the previous year1, raising even greater concerns regarding to protecting sensitive data from cybercriminals. Globally, cloud adoption and notably multicloud adoption, remains on the rise. In 2021, organisations worldwide were using an average amount of 110 software as a service (SaaS) applications2, compared with just eight in 2015, showcasing a startlingly rapid increase. There has been a notable expansion in the use of multiple IaaS providers, with almost three-quarters (72%) of businesses using multiple IaaS providers, up from 57% the year before. The use of multiple providers has almost doubled in the last year, with one in five (20%) of respondents reporting using three or more providers. Despite their increasing prevalence and use, businesses share common concerns about the increasing complexity of cloud services with the majority (51%) of IT professionals agreeing that it is more complex to manage privacy and data protection in the cloud. Additionally, the journey to the cloud is also becoming more complex, with the percentage of respondents reporting that they’re expecting to lift and shift, the simplest of migration tactics, dropping from 55% in 2021 to 24% currently. Security Challenges of Multicloud Complexity With increasing complexity comes an even greater need for robust cybersecurity. When asked what percentage of their sensitive data is stored in the cloud, a solid majority (66%) said between 21-60%. However, only a quarter (25%) said they could fully classify all data. Additionally, nearly a third (32%) of respondents admitted to having to issue a breach notification to a government agency, customer, partner or employees. This should be a cause for concern among enterprises with sensitive data, particularly in highly regulated industries. Cyber-attacks also present an ongoing risk to cloud applications and data. Respondents reported an increasing prevalence of attacks, with a quarter (26%) citing an increase in malware, 25% in ransomware and one-fifth (19%) reporting seeing an increase in phishing/ whaling. Protecting Sensitive Data When it comes to securing data in multicloud environments, IT professionals view encryption as a critical security control. The majority of respondents cited encryption (59%) and key management (52%) as the security technologies they currently use to protect sensitive data in the cloud. However, when asked what percentage of their data in the cloud is encrypted, only one in ten (11%) of respondents said between 81-100% is encrypted. Additionally, key management platform sprawl may be an issue for enterprises. Only 10% of respondents use one to two platforms, 90% use three or more, and almost one in five (17%) admitted using eight or more platforms. Encryption should be a priority area for enterprises to focus on when it comes to securing data in the cloud. In fact, 40% of respondents stated that they were able to avoid the breach notification process because the stolen or leaked data was encrypted or tokenised, showcasing the tangible value of encryption platforms. Additionally, it is encouraging to see signs enterprises embrace Zero Trust and investing accordingly. Nearly a third of respondents (29%) said they are already executing a Zero Trust strategy, a quarter (27%) said they are evaluating and planning one and, 23% said they are considering it. This is a positive result, but there is certainly still room to grow. “The complexity of managing multicloud environments cannot be overstated. Additionally, the growing importance of data sovereignty is increasingly raising questions for CISOs and Data Protection Officers when considering their cloud strategy, governance, and risk management. The challenge is not only where the sensitive data resides geographically, but even who has access to sensitive data inside the organisation. There are various solutions such as encryption and key management. Last but not least, continuing to embrace a Zero Trust strategy will be essential in securing these complex environments, helping to ensure organisations can support their data and manage future challenges.” Sebastien Cano, Senior Vice President for Cloud Protection and Licensing activities at Thales Thales and 451 Research will discuss the findings in more detail during a webinar on 23 June 2022. To join, please visit the registration page. About the 2022 Thales Global Cloud Security Study As organizations step beyond the urgent actions of the last two years, they’re grappling with securing the more complex environments in which they now operate. The global edition of the 2022 Thales Cloud Security Study looked at various aspects of those impacts in a wide-ranging survey of security professionals and executive leadership that touched on issues including accelerated digital transformation, cloud migration, and the complexities of managing security in a multicloud world. The 2022 Thales Cloud Security Study is based on data from a survey of almost 2,800 security professionals and executive leaders. This research was conducted as an observational study and makes no causal claims. About Thales Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum computing – to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. The Group provides its customers – businesses, organisations and governments – in the defense, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services and products that help them fulfil their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions.

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Wipro Unveils a New “Cloud Car” Platform; Aims to Accelerate the Deployment of Software-Defined Vehicles

Wipro Limited | March 03, 2022

Wipro Limited a leading global information technology, consulting, and business process services company, today announced the launch of its “Cloud Car” platform, which will be unveiled during the Engineering the Cloud Car Ecosystem panel at MWC Barcelona. Wipro’s Cloud Car platform will bring together its Wipro FullStride Cloud Services and engineering capabilities with a best-in-class partner ecosystem as well as consortiums. A first in the industry, the platform will deliver auto makers an integrated, cloud-native software solution—equipped with an end-to-end cybersecurity system—to help them innovate faster at a lower cost and keep software-defined vehicles (SDVs) digitally relevant for years. “Today, most SDVs come with pre-set features that are difficult and time-consuming to upgrade, rendering them outdated as new technologies come to market. Our goal is to make it possible for automobile manufacturers to deliver vehicles that get better every day, so both they and generations of owners can drive better return on investments.” Thomas Mueller, CTO, Engineering and R&D Services, Wipro Limited Wipro’s Cloud Car platform will decouple previously integrated software and hardware, enabling manufacturers to validate and upgrade software at an unmatched digital scale. As a result, generations of owners will be able to customize their vehicles based on their unique and changing needs. Automobile manufacturers, on the other hand, will be able to address software failures via over-the-air updates, without having to resort to physical recalls. The ‘always-on,’ ‘feature-on-demand’ functionality will come with a robust cyber security and functional safety architecture and will help increase vehicles’ residual value. “By 2030, the vast majority of new vehicles will be SDVs,” added Mueller. “These cars will connect in real-time with the world around them. They will leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to constantly gather data, provide valuable information and, eventually, make autonomous decisions. Unlocking the true potential of SDVs will require moving them to the cloud. We are fast forwarding to that future by making the Cloud Car ecosystem available to every automotive company in the world today.” The Cloud Car platform will also leverage a ‘shadow mode’ architecture, working passively in the background, gathering and consolidating data from sensors and cameras as well as the driver, which, over time, will help with the validation and safety of autonomous functionalities. About Wipro Limited Wipro Limited is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have over 220,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future.

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Unacast Turbine Offers Location Data Processing on Google Cloud Marketplace

Unacast | March 09, 2022

Unacast announced today that its Cloud-based location processing platform, Unacast Turbine, is now available on Google Cloud Marketplace. Google Cloud customers now have easier access to Unacast Turbine, enabling them to turn raw location data into valuable, privacy-friendly, human mobility insights at scale. Unacast Turbine, a cutting-edge, Cloud-based location processing platform, is creating a new gold standard for human mobility data by turning raw location data into valuable, privacy-friendly insights. The platform enables billions of location data signals to be processed in a scalable, fast and affordable way, powered by the full force of Google Cloud Platform. Unacast is a Premier Google Cloud partner and Unacast Turbine's listing on Google Cloud Marketplace provides: Easier access to the service Streamlined invoicing through Google Cloud Consolidated costs as clients can now draw down Unacast Turbine costs from their Google Cloud spend commitment Bruno Heese, managing director, EMEA partners and channels, Google Cloud, said: "Leveraging location data to drive privacy-compliant insights at scale has become a strategic focus for many organizations today. We're pleased to have Unacast's solutions available on Google Cloud Marketplace to help customers access the solutions they need to make the most of their location data and drive business value with cloud-scale." Google Cloud finds integrated solutions that deliver high quality products and services for its users. Unacast Turbine is already a leading force in the location data processing field and has been a trusted partner of Google Cloud for years, and with this next step of our Google Cloud partnership, we hope to cement Unacast's global position." Andreas H.F. Olsen, senior director, platform operations, Unacast About Unacast Unacast is a human mobility data company committed to understanding how people move around on the planet. Sophisticated and data-driven commercial real estate professionals, retailers, researchers, analysts and data scientists use our Real World Graph®, the most accurate understanding of human activity in the physical world.

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Spectrio Launches All-New Spectrio Cloud Content Management Software

Spectrio | June 14, 2022

Spectrio, one of the nation’s leading providers of comprehensive digital signage solutions, announced today the launch of its newly redesigned Spectrio Cloud content management system. Informed by years of user feedback, the all-new Spectrio Cloud CMS features an enhanced user experience, allowing clients to create and manage all their digital experiences and Spectrio products through a single platform. The release of the new Spectrio Cloud CMS advances the company’s initiative to create a unified software solution for its customer engagement products and services. With this release, Spectrio’s clients are now presented with an even easier-to-navigate portal, serving as a springboard to launch all of the digital experiences provided by Spectrio. This unified interface makes it easier for clients to find, create, preview, and schedule digital content out to their networked screens and kiosks. “At Spectrio, we are always looking for ways to make content management simple and intuitive for our clients, so they can create and deploy the content they need quickly and easily, We’ve simplified the look and feel of the CMS, giving clients an enhanced, modern experience that makes the process of updating digital content faster and more efficient.” Brandon Mullins, Vice President of Product at Spectrio Spectrio employees also utilize Spectrio Cloud to provide enhanced customer service, optimize customer experiences and connect with other digital tools and applications. The new CMS allows employees to assist clients, search the company’s knowledge base, utilize internal reporting tools, and more. Spectrio was named as a G2 Digital Signage Leader in the Winter 2022 report. In 2021, Spectrio’s digital signage software was included on Capterra’s Digital Signage Shortlist, receiving a “Top Performer” nod for its high score in both popularity and user ratings. The company was also recognized as “Best Overall Video Marketing Company” in the 2021 MarTech Breakthrough Awards for its comprehensive suite of products and services that make it simple for clients to create and implement video marketing in their businesses. About Spectrio Spectrio is a leading provider of comprehensive digital signage solutions that empowers clients to transform their business locations into modern, dynamic destinations for customers and employees. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and founded in 2002, Spectrio serves over 150,000 franchise and enterprise locations in multiple industries, including quick-service restaurants, automotive, healthcare, and financial services. With supporting offerings geared towards Overhead Music, On-Hold Messaging, WiFi Marketing, and more, Spectrio offers businesses a complete customer engagement solution at scale.

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