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Mark Baker is Field Product Manager at Canonical.

GDPR: The Compliance Conundrum

With the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the horizon, businesses that wish to operate in the European Union are having to spend more time than ever thinking about compliance. Not only does all personally identifiable customer data need to be accounted for – a task that is easier said than done for many organisations – internal processes also have to be updated and employees need to be educated to ensure the compliance deadline of 25th May 2018 is met. Of course, GDPR is just one legislative challenge facing businesses. Financial services firms, for example, have a revamped version of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (also known as MiFID II) to respond to, while the UK telco industry is facing the prospect of new legislations being enforced after Brexit. And as fal...

2018 Cloud Trend Predictions

In the world of cloud, open source and IT infrastructure, change is a constant fact of life. Attitudes, product trends and the industry’s role within society change so quickly, that predicting the main trends of 2018 is a little like finding a needle in a haystack. That said, there are several key trends that will become more prominent over the next few years: a serverless society, future determination about private cloud, the need for responsibility amongst the technological powerhouses, the blurring lines of c-suite boundaries and increased competition for Amazon in the cloud infrastructure market. 1. Business Savvy Techies Will Blur C-Suite Boundaries The phrase ‘all companies are software companies’ has become a prominent buzz-phrase over the last few years, but 2017 was the year when ...

Is Your Stuck Stack Killing Your Innovation?

OpenStack has, to an extent, become too successful for its own good. Just seven years after its inception, many users are starting to feel frustrated and inhibited in their ambitions which they thought OpenStack would help them realise. The list of companies using OpenStack now includes eBay, Paypal, Sky, Walmart, AT&T, and Bloomberg. All leaders within their respective industries, using OpenStack to help build and manage their cloud computing platforms for public and private clouds. While they have reaped the rewards of this, with benefits including reduced IT production costs, faster deployment and scalability, some are now beginning to come across problems when trying to upgrade their OpenStack platforms. As OpenStack has become a byword for business enhancement and innovation, stag...

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