Jul 8, 2020

Cloudera: enterprise data cloud from edge to AI

Cloud
Cybersecurity
Data Analytics
Big Data
William Smith
2 min
Cloudera, the California-based enterprise data cloud company, offers companies the capacity to gain insight in the cloud from data no matter the source
Cloudera, the California-based enterprise data cloud company, offers companies the capacity to gain insight in the cloud from data no matter the source...

Cloudera, the California-based enterprise data cloud company, offers companies the capacity to gain insight in the cloud from data no matter the source.

The company’s solutions include multi-functional data analytics optimised for any cloud environment, while its Cloudera Data Platform is an integrated analytics and data management tool. The Cloudera Data Platform combines data warehouse and machine learning services with data security, governance and other controls.

Recently, the company announced the upcoming Summer launch of its Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud for hybrid cloud, allowing the easy connection of on premise environments to public clouds, with built-in security measures.

In a press release, Mick Hollison, chief marketing officer, Cloudera, said: “It has never been clearer that every enterprise needs to be a data-driven business and the data platform at its foundation must be agile, fast and efficient with a full range of capabilities from the Edge to AI,” said. “The launch today of CDP Private Cloud is the culmination of the vision for an enterprise data cloud that allows businesses to navigate complex data processes across multiple clouds, manage data governance, and enable multi-function analytics, regardless of where the data resides.” 

The company’s customers include the likes of Lufthansa Technik, Deutsche Telekom and Navistar, with Cloudera highlighting the fact that all of the top 10 telecommunications and technology companies use its services, alongside nine of the top 10 pharmaceutical and eight of the top 10 financial services organisations.

Cloudera has assisted in the data journeys of many companies, establishing Big Data platforms and building lasting alliances, as Zjaen Coetzee, Head of Data Insights Management at leading South African communications provider Telkom, explained to us: “Cloudera has played an influential role and assisted in shaping the roadmap and strategy for expansion, as well as increasing capabilities”

You can read more about that work here, in our digital report. 

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Jun 8, 2021

Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage

Technology
Fastly
servers
websites
Tilly Kenyon & Oliver James Fr...
3 min
Multiple outages have hit social media, government, and news websites across the globe

A huge outage has brought down a number of major websites around the world. Among those affected are gov.uk, Hulu, PayPal, Vimeo, and news outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, and Financial Times.

It is thought a glitch at Fastly ─ a popular CDN provider ─ is causing the worldwide issue. Fastly has confirmed it’s facing an outage on its status website but fails to specify a reason for the fault ─ only that the problem isn’t limited to a single data centre and, instead, is a “global CDN disruption” that is potentially affecting the company’s global network.

“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” the firm said.

What is Fastly?

Fastly is a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content more quickly. The company also provides security, video delivery, and so-called edge computing services. They use strategically distributed, highly performant POPs to help move data and applications closer to users and deliver up-to-date content quickly.

The firm has been proving increasingly popular among leading media websites. After going public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, shares rose exponentially in price, but after today’s outages, Fastly’s value has taken a sharp 5.21% fall and are currently trading at US$48.06. 

What are CDNs?

Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a web of small computers, or servers, that link together to collaborate as a single computer. CDNs improve the performance of internet-connected devices by placing these servers as close as possible to the people using those devices in different locations, creating hundreds of points of presence, otherwise known as POPs.

They help minimise delays in loading web page content by reducing the physical distance between the server and the user. This helps users around the world view the same high-quality content without slow loading times. 

Without a CDN, content origin servers must respond to every single end-user request. This results in significant traffic to the origin and subsequent load, thereby increasing the chances for origin failure if the traffic spikes are exceedingly high or if the load is persistent.

The Risk of CDNs

Over time, developers have attempted to protect users from the dangers of overreliance through the implementation of load balancing, DDoS (Denial of Service) protection, web application firewalls, and a myriad of other security features. 

Clearly, by the state of today’s major website outage, these measures aren’t enough. Evidently, CDNs present a risk factor that is widely underestimated ─ which needs to be rectified with haste. Content delivery networks have become a key part of the global infrastructure, and so it’s imperative that organisations start to figure out risk mitigation strategies to protect companies reliant on the interconnected service from further disruption and disarray. 

Over the coming days, both Technology Magazine and Data Centre Magazine will continue to provide updates on the current situation as developments are made.

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