May 17, 2020

Fujitsu: failed digital projects costing businesses an average of £555,000

Digital Transformation
Jonathan Dyble
1 min
According to new research conducted by Japanese IT conglomerate Fujitsu, many businesses are struggling to deliver on the digitisation of their business...

According to new research conducted by Japanese IT conglomerate Fujitsu, many businesses are struggling to deliver on the digitisation of their businesses, with failed projects resulting in huge losses.

With Fujitsu having surveyed 1,625 global businesses, one in three of respondents admitted to the cancellation of a digital project within the past two years, with these incurring an average cost of £423,000, whilst one in four firms lost an average of £555,000.

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Within the report, Fujitsu looks at the four strategic elements necessary to thrive: People, Actions, Collaborations and Technology (PACT).

Of those surveyed, seven in 10 firms stated that they were suffering from a shortage of digital skills, with 80% stating that the skills gap acts as the biggest hindrance to cyber security. Further, 84% revealed that customers are expecting them to become more digital, with 71% concerned about their ability to adapt to emerging technologies such as AI.

With such statistics having been revealed, the research generally suggested that a universal lack of the necessary skills is largely detrimental to many businesses successfully digitising their operations.

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Jun 8, 2021

Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage

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, 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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