May 17, 2020

The green Bhamashah State Data Centre opens in Jaipur, India

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India
Jaipur
Cloud
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Data centre opens in Jaipur, Rajasthan - cloud enabled part of India's digitisation plans
The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, has inaugurated India’s largest government-owned and operated data centre.

The Bhamashah State Data...

The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, has inaugurated India’s largest government-owned and operated data centre.

The Bhamashah State Data launched in the city of Jaipur, following only six months of construction which began in March this year, Inc42 reported.

The government aims for the centre to boost the region’s IT infrastructure and services, offering world-class quality.

The site was developed as part of the Digital Rajasthan scheme, which plans to place the state as a contender in the digital revolution.

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The construction of data centres form one of the three key focuses of the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).

The cloud-enabled data centre is reportedly the government’s most secure, as well as being the only Tier 4 and Uptime-certified data centre launched by a government.

The site sits on 25,000sqft, climbs eight floors and has a capacity for 600 racks. The building ha also been certified by the Green Building Rating Systems.

Following the sites launch, the government will host e-governance initiatives and applications enabled by the data centre, as well as support startups with infrastructure and IT services.

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Jun 15, 2021

IT Employees Predict 90% Increase in Cloud Security Spending

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Cloud
Cybersecurity
Investments
Elise Leise
3 min
Companies that took the initiative on cloud platforms are trying to cope with the security risks, according to Devo Technology’s report

As companies get back on their feet post-pandemic, they’re going all-in on cloud applications. In a recent report by Devo Technology titled “Beyond Cloud Adoption: How to Embrace the Cloud for Security and Business Benefits”, 81% of the 500 IT and security team members surveyed said that COVID accelerated their cloud timelines. More than half of the top-performing businesses reported gains in visibility. In fact, the cloud now outnumbers on-premise solutions at a 3:1 ratio

But the benefits are accompanied by significant cybersecurity risks, as cloud infrastructure is more complex than legacy systems. Let’s dive in. 

 

Why Are Cloud Platforms Taking Over? 

According to Forrester, the public cloud infrastructure market could grow 28% over the next year, up to US$113.1bn. Companies shifting to remote work and decentralised workplaces find it easy to store and access information, especially as networks start to share more and more supply chain and enterprise information—think risk mitigation platforms and ESG ratings. 

Here’s the catch: when you shift to the cloud, you choose a more complex system, which often requires cloud-native platforms for network security. In other words, you can’t stop halfway. ‘Only cloud-native platforms can keep up with [the cloud’s] speed and complexity” and ultimately increase visibility and control’, said Douglas Murray, CEO at cloud security provider Valtix. 

Here’s a quick list of the top cloud security companies, as ranked by Software Testing Help: 

 

What are the Security Issues? 

Here’s the bad news. According to Accenture, less than 40% of companies have achieved the full value they expected on their cloud investments. All-in greater complexity has forced companies to spend more to hire skilled tech workers, analyse security data, and manage new cybersecurity threats. 

The two main issues are (1) a lack of familiarity with cloud systems and (2) challenges with shifting legacy security systems to new platforms. Out of the 500 IT employees from Devo Technology’s cloud report, for example, 80% said they’d sorted 40% more security data, suffered from a lack of cloud security training, and experienced a 60% increase in cybersecurity threats. 

How Will Companies React? 

They certainly won’t stop investing in cloud platforms. Out of the 500 enterprise-level companies that Devo Technology talked to throughout North America and Western Europe, 90% anticipated a jump in cloud security spending in 2021. They’ll throw money at automating security processes and investing in security upskilling programmes. 

After all, company executives will find it incredibly difficult to stick with legacy systems when some cloud-centred companies have found success. Since moving from Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) offerings to the cloud, Accenture has saved up to 70% on its processes; recently, the company announced that it would invest US$3bn to help its clients ‘realise the cloud’s business value, speed, cost, talent, and innovation benefits’. 


The company stated: ‘Security is often seen as the biggest inhibitor to a cloud-first journey—but in reality, it can be its greatest accelerator’. 

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