IT Industry News – June 2017

Technology, IT services, and providers are constantly changing in today’s marketplace. It’s hard to keep up with the latest news. Here are a few notable articles to keep you up to date on the latest news in Data Center, Cloud, Security, Tech Transformation, and more.

Digital Realty Agrees to Buy DuPont Fabros for $4.95B

Digital Realty Trust Inc. agreed to buy DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. for about $4.95 billion in stock, a deal that would add to its data-center properties in areas such as California’s Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia.

Shaw Sells ViaWest to Peak 10 for $1.7B

Canadian telco Shaw Communications is selling its data center subsidiary ViaWest to Peak 10 for $1.675 billion. Shaw owned ViaWest for less than three years, having bought it for $1.2 billion in 2014. The sale has been rumored for some weeks.

WhatsApp Leaves IBM’s SoftLayer Cloud for Facebook Data Center: What it Really Means

The WhatsApp move is a further demonstration that in some instances—especially at this kind of extreme web scale—the economics of the public cloud still may not match the advantages of running your own data centers.

Equinix Expands Connectivity to Alibaba Cloud

Multinational enterprises can now tap into Alibaba Cloud from Equinix facilities in Hong Kong, Silicon Valley, Sydney, and Washington DC. Frankfurt and London will soon be on that list as well.

Cloud Security Spending to Hit $3.5bn by 2021, Says Forrester

According to the figures, cloud security gateways will continue to be the primary route of global spending, contributing to $1.6bn – or 45% – of the overall figure by 2021. Native infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) will come in to the tune of $1.1bn, while hypervisor security and centralised cloud workload security management are at $0.5bn and $0.3bn respectively.

WannaCry Ransomware Threat Exposes Enterprise Security Shortcomings

The WannaCry ransomware attack that hit globally in May 2017 was one of the most damaging cyberattacks of recent times. Starting on Friday, May 12, with a report of a ransomware attack on the Spanish telecom provider Telefónica, it soon became apparent that the WannaCry ransomware threat was no ordinary ransomware attack.

Securing Your Linux System Bit by Bit

As daunting as securing your Linux system might seem, one thing to remember is that every extra step makes a difference. It’s almost always better to make a modest stride than let uncertainty keep you from starting.

How ITSM Can Fast-Forward the Tech Transformation

Challenged by the fast pace of digital transformation, many companies are increasing their investment in IT service management (ITSM) as a potential solution, according to a recent survey from BMC. The resulting report, “Delivering Value to Today’s Digital Enterprise: The State of IT Service Management 2017,” indicates that a significant percent of businesses are stretched too thin in terms of staffing to keep up with changing IT needs.

12 ‘Best Practices’ IT Should Avoid at all Costs

What makes IT organizations fail? Often, it’s the adoption of what’s described as “industry best practices” by people who ought to know better but don’t, probably because they’ve never had to do the job.

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