May 17, 2020

Salesforce and Google to partner on cloud services

Google
Salesforce
Cloud Computing
G Suite
Jonathan Dyble
1 min
Google
With a number big name technology firms having put significant emphasis on their cloud services of late, Google and Salesforce have announced the most r...

With a number big name technology firms having put significant emphasis on their cloud services of late, Google and Salesforce have announced the most recent industry development with their new partnership.

The collaboration will see Google’s office software suite, G Suite, integrated into Salesforce’s core platform, whilst Google Analytics will also be integrated into Salesforce’s marketing software.

See also:

By connecting Salesforce with G Suite, the integration will be available across Google’s Gmail, Sheets, Calendar, Drive, Docs and Hangouts Meet platforms, enabling companies to locate intelligence from Salesforce directly through the platforms.

Further, Salesforce will use the Google Cloud Platform for its core services as it looks to expand and transform its international digital infrastructure.

The integration of Salesforce Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and G Suite will be the only cloud-native collaboration of its kind, with the aim of advancing the position of both firms through the benefits that will be brought to consumers.

In an attempt to market the joint venture, Google is offering eligible Salesforce customers a one-year-no-charge opportunity to use G Suite, in the hope that firms will realise the productivity gains that the solutions will offer.

Share article

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.

Share article