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Call Uber for data privacy advice?

Thursday, 17 August 2017 by

By Brian Cowan That may seem a strange headline but Uber has spent the last few years having its data privacy scrutinised and the audits are going to continue.  As the cost of non-compliance is high, they could become one of the more security conscious data managers around. Uber and God The most recent investigation

EU GDPR Part Two – Responsibility

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 by

By Brian Cowan In Part One, the principle of boardroom ownership and data identification was discussed.  This blog outlines some of the steps needed to support GDPR and in particular, the levels of responsibility in an organisation. Who has GDPR responsibility ? At first glance, this would seem obvious. The IT Department manage the storage

The worlds largest datacentre planned

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 by

By Brian Cowan Plans have been unveiled to build the worlds largest datacentre, up in the Arctic circle.  According to an article in several media channels, Kolos the US-Norwegian company has revealed their plans for this massive, 600,000 sq m construction. Where would you build the worlds largest datacentre? There are four essential criteria when

EU GDPR Planning – Part One

Monday, 14 August 2017 by

By Brian Cowan It’s 9 months to go until the EU General Data Protection Regulation ( EU GDPR ) comes into force. For those of you that have not started the planning process yet, I will provide a series to blogs to aid your preparation. EU GDPR – Threat or Opportunity In truth it’s both.

August Patch Tuesday – be aware

Friday, 11 August 2017 by

By Brian Cowan This week saw the August Patch Tuesday release by Microsoft and some important security fixes to popular environments such as Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 and 2016.  25 of the 49 patches issued were to address critical security flaws. Patch Tuesday headline – Remote code execution flaw Whilst all security vulnerabilities are

SSD’s put rotational drives in a spin

Thursday, 10 August 2017 by

By Brian Cowan Corporate IT has been taking advantage of hybrid  storage arrays for several years now, using SSD for performance and rotational drives for high capacity.  The time may be coming for a rethink on this strategy. SSD limitations and benefits The demand to store and retrieve data continues to grow.  An estimated 80%

Intel i9 to make desktops fly

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 by

By Brian Cowan The average Word/Excel/Email user will probably start yawning at the thought of 18-core processors in desktop PC’s. However,  there are plenty of 4K video editors, developers and gamers that will be checking their bank balances in advance of the release.   Intel X-Series and the i9 processors        Starting with

New Intel CPU’s ramp up the power

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 by

By Brian Cowan The recent launch of the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors provide more power across the range of customer and application types.  With the major vendors releasing new server ranges based around these processors, the potential for reducing hardware footprints or introducing new services is significant. The Intel Xeon Scalable range With four

New UK Cyber laws for EU GDPR

Monday, 07 August 2017 by

By Brian Cowan The TV news today carries headlines about changes to UK Cyber laws. The stories relate to the rights of individuals to have online content removed by online providers such as social media. This was the headline grabber, but the draft proposals represent a move to adopt the principles of EU GDPR into

By Brian Cowan Since the new millennium arrived, there has been a major drive to reduce the size and power consumption of data centres. VMware have lead the market with server and desktop virtualisation, whilst hardware vendors have achieved dramatic increases in processing workload per chip.  The development of quantum computing will drive consolidation further and