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SAP public cloud migration requires architectural rethink

While almost three-quarters (74%) of in-progress SAP S/4HANA implementation projects are being deployed on public clouds, analyst Gartner has urged IT leaders to avoid simply mirroring their on-premise setups in the cloud. Gartner’s Top practices for deploying SAP S/4HANA in the public cloud report identifies several benefits of public cloud deployments, including the ability to…

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CMA working paper outlines concerns about Microsoft’s competitive hold on UK cloud market

The interim findings of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) investigation into Microsoft’s cloud software licensing strategy should be a significant cause for concern for the software giant, experts have warned. However, Microsoft maintains its behaviour is having no impact on its nearest competitors, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud. The UK competition watchdog…

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Data leakage in the cloud – can data truly be safe in the cloud?

As organisations store and process data in the cloud, there are increasing concerns from administrators, data owners and CISOs’ around the possibility of misconfiguration or mishaps that lead to sensitive data being leaked – particularly to public cloud services that fall outside of the intended geographic region. In 2019, Gartner predicted that by 2025, 90%…

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How GenAI use is evolving for Google Cloud customers

Financial services giant Goldman Sachs is among the household names confirmed to be using Google Cloud’s flagship Gemini and Vertex generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) technologies. The public cloud giant’s annual user and partner conference, Google Cloud Next, showcased how its GenAI systems are being used by customers to create independent generative AI entities, dubbed agents,…

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OSS leaders detail commitments to bolster software security

The operators of leading open source software (OSS) package repositories, including the Python Software Foundation and the Rust Foundation, have set out the actions they are taking to help better secure and protect the open source software (OSS) ecosystem, underscored by a series of high-profile OSS flaws in the past few years, most notably Log4Shell.…

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Gymshark turns to Google Cloud for infrastructure revamp and generative AI trials

The CEO of direct-to-consumer fitness apparel startup Gymshark has turned to Google Cloud to help standardise the “mish-mash” of IT underpinning its operations, and is drawing on the hyperscaler’s artificial intelligence (AI) expertise to explore how generative AI (GenAI) could benefit its business. The e-commerce company, founded in 2012, has recently branched out into bricks…

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Google Cloud sets up public sector-focused business division to trap more UK government business

Google Cloud is stepping up its efforts to court public sector IT buyers with the launch of a dedicated business division geared towards helping government departments and agencies use its tools to provide better-quality public services to UK citizens. The public cloud giant announced the division’s launch on the first day of its Google Cloud…

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Las Vegas mainstay Caesars Palace likely paid off ransomware crew

Caesars Entertainment, operator of the venerable Las Vegas casino Caesars Palace, has revealed that it paid a significant sum of money to its attackers following a recent ransomware attack, which was possibly the work of the same threat actor that breached competitor MGM Resorts using the ALPHV/BlackCat ransomware. In a filing made to the US…

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BlackCat on the hook for cyber attack that crippled Vegas casinos

The ALPHV/BlackCat ransomware operation appears to be behind the ongoing cyber attack on US hospitality and leisure operator MGM Resorts, which has disrupted operations at Las Vegas casinos including Bellagio, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, the MGM Grand and New York-New York. First revealed by malware research collective VX-Underground, the gang claimed it had conducted a…

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SME disaster recovery: Five key points to consider

Disaster recovery planning is vital for smaller businesses. The rise of cyber attacks, especially ransomware, has increased the risk of disruption and data loss to smaller firms. SMEs are also vulnerable to risks in their digital and software supply chains. At the same time, enterprises and public sector organisations are increasingly aware of the risks…

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