Aug 26, 2020

Siemens Cybersecurity: Trust in a secure network

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Cybersecurity
Kayleigh Shooter
2 min
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We take a closer look at Siemens Cybersecurity, and how the company is committed to the safety of its customers...

 Cybersecurity is at the heart of every business, with Siemens being no exception. In an ever-evolving digital world, cybersecurity is at the heart of every business and at the front of everybody's mind. Cybersecurity threats arise every day and companies and people have to continuously adapt to overcome these dangers and not fall victim to the threats. Siemens is dedicated to protecting its clients against these ever-rising threats.

Siemens takes cybersecurity threats seriously, they say that a large number of advantages of today’s ever-adapting and increasing digitalized and connected world comes with a dangerous price: Cyberattacks have become a serious threat, more serious than ever – affecting our day to day life and not only just data anymore. 

Cybersecurity is a rapidly changing and evolving battlefield that requires awareness, continuous vigilance and resilience, and a consolidated response from all people involved. Siemens has a holistic approach to combating cyber threats. The company is a trusted partner to many high fledged technology corporations, the company's expertise in and knowledge in partnership with international standards allows for the company to pave the foundation for a long-term security partnership. Siemens has joined forces with leading technology corporations from around the world to form the Charter of Trust.

The company’s interoperable products and solutions meet and excel the strictest cybersecurity requirements for secure communication, protection of data integrity, access control, and consistent monitoring.

The company has over 30 years of experience in cybersecurity, meaning it brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to its customers to help fight against cyber threats. In an article by Siemens, a spokesman for the company says "In addition to its focus on industrial customers, Siemens also provides cybersecurity services to suppliers, power grid operators, and the healthcare sector." So not only does the company help combat cyber threats in the technology industry, but it has branched its operations out to other industries. 

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Aug 5, 2021

Gartner: no threats to AWS, MS and Google cloud dominance

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Gartner
3 min
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A new report from Gartner finds no challengers to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud’s dominance, and warns of lock-in danger

A new report from Gartner finds no challengers to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud’s dominance, and warns of lock-in danger.

The report – Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services – says enterprises have “significantly accelerated” their use of cloud infrastructure and platform service (CIPS) as they seek scalability and agility during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Strong niche players

But while it recognises strong niche players and visionaries such as Alibaba Cloud, Oracle, Tencent Cloud and IBM in its magic quadrant, it finds little to threaten the dominance of AWS, Microsoft and Google in the lucrative cloud market.

Magic quadrant – AWS

The report cites clients complaining of heavy handed sales techniques from AWS, where customers are pressured to increase spend by 20 per cent in order to renew their contracts. Companies with “significant dependence” on the platform feel they have nowhere to turn, though the report also notes that “the pressure to increase spend is not AWS’s policy and will be eliminated if the customer escalates.”

It also cautions that customers of the market leader often find they need third-party help in order to overcome the “substantial technical skills” in order to navigate the complexity of the product portfolio, and says “AWS’s new services are often not ready for meaningful enterprise consumption” because the products are “matured in public.” Gartner also says companies are misled about the abilities of AWS’s products based on its leadership position in IaaS and dbPaaS, which does not necessarily translate across to other cloud strengths.

Magic quadrant – Google Cloud

Google Cloud, the report says, is making strong gains but struggles to maintain support post-sales, perhaps as a result of rapid internal growth. It also cautions that attractive discount incentives are bound to reverse later. Google Cloud operates at a substantial loss and is not the parent company’s main source of revenue. The report praises Google Cloud’s reputation as a strategic choice and its “impressive year-on-year improvements”.

Magic quadrant – Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure, the report says, has “the broadest sets of capabilities, covering a full range of enterprise IT needs from SaaS to PaaS and Iaas compared to any provider in this market.” It also has market trust built over decades. However Gartner cautions that Microsoft, while making concerted efforts to improve resiliency, has continued to “experience some outages, particularly in association with updates and maintenance events.” Further downsides included overcomplicated licensing and a sales strategy that prevented reps from “effectively deploying Azure to bring down a customer’s total Microsoft costs.”

Gartner: ‘remarkably similar’

The report concludes that: “On the surface, many of the providers in this magic quadrant appear alike. They all have, for example, virtual machines, managed container services and managed database PaaS offerings. The various pricing models are remarkably similar and often within comparable ranges, even when negotiated discounts are taken into account.

“What’s wholly different is below the surface – at the level of architecture, implementation and operations. The resiliency characteristics afforded to clients varies widely by provider. Major outages plagued several cloud providers in this Magic Quadrant over the past year. In some cases, providers offered few capabilities to work around provider-oriented failure using accepted, modern means such as availability zones.

“Strategic cloud provider selection necessitates that enterprises consider the failure scenarios by workload and architect to manage them. In some regions, with several providers in this Magic Quadrant, the challenge of working around provider-oriented failure is insurmountable.”

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