Aug 4, 2020

IBM: Top ten cloud companies

Technology
Cloud
Kayleigh Shooter
2 min
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We take a closer look at IBM, an innovative cloud company who claimed the tenth spot in our list of the top ten cloud companies...

 IBM is an american company headquartered in New York, the company specialises in producing and selling computer hardware, software and middleware. It is also a major research organisation and holds the record for the most US patents generated by a business.

IBM’s cloud strategy brings a wealth of experience with integrating traditional critical environments with the latest technologies. The strategy can aid you in building a resilient, open and security rich solution that allows your business to create new values. 

IBM’s services reduce cost and enable you to scale your applications, identify areas of change in foundational processes and help you define your success. 

The company worked with the family owned business City Furniture, the company is based in Florida which is prone to hurricanes and other natural disasters. City Furniture needed to keep its data safe, hence it partnered with IBM to move its business critical servers to the company’s cloud environment. This innovative technology allowed for its data to be kept safely. 

IBM is seeing more customers approaching them as threats grow larger.

IBM has a team of experienced experts to help guide you through its processes and tirelessly help you with any problem that your business may encounter. 

They believe that their experts can allow you to navigate your business IT transformation and accelerate your journey.

The company has recently released an exclusive whitepaper on how you can accelerate business transformation and agility across multicloud deployments.

They say that enterprises find themselves increasingly faced with much more complex challenges to stay competitive. Part of this complexity is the need to move at a faster pace in keeping with changes in customer needs, regulations, the competitive landscape, technology shifts and, as always, the perennial challenge of budgetary constraints.

You can download the exclusive whitepaper, here.

We recently sat down with Inderpal Bhandari, IBM’s Global Chief Data Officer to find out about data and cognitive transformation strategies and the role of the Chief Data Officer. You can read this by clicking the button below. 

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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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