Hot Choices from An IT Menu Jam packed with Flavour

This week is the London Technology Week event and Vissensa will be there on the 22nd with Equinix, one of our strategic data centre and connectivity partners. Looking at the packed agenda, I am really looking forward to hearing what Nuno Godinho, GM and CTO Software Europe at GE Healthcare is going to say about how Interconnection and Cloud are transforming his company.

Having already publicly shared some really insightful views on cloud deployments, Godinho draws the well aired opinion that consolidation and/or migration to clouds will generally be borne from the desire to cut costs or increase agility. But he posts a very important warning in that better and easier provisioning can encourage the uncontrolled creation of instances that tend to get forgotten and not released.  He calls this “fat finger syndrome” and advises to question the governance of the process as this behaviour actually causes increased costs and complexity.

His recommendation is to think beyond the infrastructure and remove the distance between the Development and the IT Operations - DevOps (Monitoring, Management, Support and so on).

DevOps has been an emerging trend. It promises to deliver value quicker to the customer which actually means at the same time more agility in the full process. Cloud deployments are emerging as being the perfect platform on which to create this environment.

Probably one of the most striking comments I have read or heard that Nuno very succinctly puts about DevOps, agility and the effective use of clouds is this. “It’s important sometimes to have someone with a different mind-set look at the plans, since too often I see people which have been doing the exact same thing for several years being the one directing these projects. It’s not that they aren’t important, it’s just that with time, the vision about a specific problem tends to create a tunnel vision and breaking that is very important.”

Moving on from Nuno to perhaps the other end of the spectrum, I am also looking forward to hearing Scott Moffet  COO of LMAX Exchange who is promising to give  a unique vision for global FX trading. The Way FX companies use platforms and infrastructure takes the necessary elements such as agility that Nuno discusses and marries them with network connectivity, latency and security.

I recently watched a YouTube video of Scott talking about the future of digital money and it was incredibly insightful in some of the challenges that FX companies are now dealing with and how they are planning to ensure the ever increasing use of digital money can be provided in a safe and secure environment.  He believes that digital and virtual currencies such as bitcoins are here to stay and that its companies like his that will pioneer the crypto and secure storage solutions for currencies such as bitcoin as they integrate into the more traditional operations of trading. Like many organisations regulatory demands and processes will generate a need for a technological solution to much of the FX market and it will be interesting to hear first-hand Scott’s latest thoughts on this fast moving market.

Lastly, I’m keen to absorb Guido Coenders’ session on Security in the Cloud. It’s a topic close to my heart and I’ve blogged about it and Vissensa has had guest security bloggers giving their thoughts on the subject too.

Any type of aggressive attack on cloud systems where ever they reside, are a huge danger to the integrity of the systems. If successful it, can irrevocably damage a business financially and more and more have legal and regulatory implications. One of the most common aggressive attacks, sometimes referred to as “digital terrorist attacks” is the Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack which generates huge problem for businesses and government organisations.

Guido cites Akamai’s Q1 2015 “State of the Internet (Security)” report, and notes a 116.5% increase in DDoS attacks against its customers, compared to Q1 2014 which is concerning. The increasing sophistication of these attacks is chilling and he reveals an Arbor Networks’ recent disclosure of the largest attack ever detected, a 334 Gbps attack targeting a network operator Asia in Q1 2015.

I’m sure he will have something to say about the work Equinix and Nationale Beheersoranisatie of Internet Providers (NBIP), a non-profit, Dutch-shared services centre for Internet service providers (ISPs) have been doing to defeat the DDos attack.  Their fully automated system that scrubs Internet traffic, without bringing Web sites down or requiring “black-holing” to stop the DDoS traffic has been running for over a year and can automatically detect  any DDoS attack in under 30 seconds and mitigates 99% of the DDoS attacks in under two minutes.

This is exactly that type of security that cloud providers need to continue to build the confidence for those companies still unsure if cloud deployments are suitable of them and who cite security as their number one concern and barrier to moving to a cloud deployment.

The London Technology Week Event is on the 22nd June and Codenode London and registration is still open at http://bit.ly/1W1poDG

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