The importance of data privacy and data sovereignty

Along with NetApp, we have hosted a round table discussion around “Data Privacy and Data Sovereignty: the challenges in the Cloud”.leaseweb_netapp_data-privacy-and-data-sovereignty

Special guest speaker for the evening was Sheila FitzPatrick – Global Data Governance Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at NetApp.

Sheila is one of the world’s leading experts in data privacy laws and works closely with the US Government, Council of the European Union, country-specific data protection agencies in Europe, Asia/Pacific, and America, as well as, National Works Councils, European Works Councils and Law Enforcement Agencies. She provides expertise and hands-on experience in the areas of global data protection compliance, data sovereignty, cybersecurity regulations and obligations, legal issues associated with cloud computing and big data, data breach compliance and management, and records management. 

Data privacy is one of the hottest topics in all industries across the globe. Understanding the critical diligence from a data privacy and sovereignty perspective (as opposed to security) will help mitigate the risks as you embark on a cloud journey. 

We would like to thank to all the attendees for their valuable contribution to the discussion. Here is where you can read more about the outcome.

We are joining Microsoft Cloud partner network as Tier 1 Provider

leaseweb_microsoftWe are happy to announce that LeaseWeb joined the Microsoft Cloud partner network as a top-level, Tier 1 provider. This enables us to elevate our existing relationship with Microsoft and increase collaboratively to define, evolve and grow the market for hybrid cloud-based services.

As part of the Microsoft Cloud partner network, LeaseWeb is joining a select group of strategic service providers that can deliver differentiated, value-added services to end customers based on the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud vision.

Achieving this status is a major milestone and the result of a lot of hard work by our product and operational teams.

By becoming part of Microsoft’s Cloud partner network, LeaseWeb can better help customers running a Microsoft stack to consume services in a datacenter that blend well with their existing environments. 

Get in touch with us if you want to learn more about our vision of the hybrid cloud, and how we can help you optimize your infrastructure.

8 Things to consider before selecting a dedicated server

Let’s say you want to become the new Facebook. Believe it or not, I regularly run into people who have this ambition. The number one question these new Mark Zuckerbergs ask me, is which server they need.

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It is always a challenge to convince them to not rush into anything. Instead, I make them sit down and tell me what they really want. Since many companies switch servers within a few months after buying and this is always time consuming (not to mention the costs), it is certainly worth your while to think well before you decide. What is the service you want to deliver? What is your workload? Does it involve large databases?

I always discuss the following 8 things to help people decide on the right hosting provider and hardware configuration of a dedicated server:

1. Business impact of downtime

What is the business impact of potential failure of your hosting environment? One of the first things to consider when selecting a dedicated server is how to deal with potential downtime. In a cloud environment, the set-up of the cloud protects you against hardware failures. With a dedicated server, you know you are not sharing resources with anyone else. But since there is always a single point of failure in one server, you need to decide whether you are able to accept potential downtime – if you do not have the option to scale to multiple dedicated servers.

2. Scalability of your application

Scalability is another important issue when choosing a dedicated server. How well does your application scale? Is it easy to add more servers and will that increase the amount of end users you can service?

If it is easy for you to scale, it doesn’t matter whether you use a dedicated server or a virtual solution. However, some applications are difficult to scale to multiple devices. Making sure a database is running on multiple servers is a challenge since it needs to be synchronized over all database servers. It might even be easier to move the database to a server that has more processing capacity, RAM and storage. Moving to a cloud environment – where you can clone a server, have a copy running in production and can add a load balancer to redirect traffic to multiple servers – could also be a good option for you.

3. Performance requirements of your server

What are your performance requirements? How many users do you expect and how many servers do you potentially need? Several hardware choices influence server performance: Read the rest of this entry »

Security, Availability and Backups: Why Leasing Servers Makes More Sense Than Buying

LeaseWeb USA CEO Lex Boost recently talked about the “lease vs. buy” technology decision for SMBs with Telecom Reseller’s Doug Green. The two discussed the hidden costs and hassles of owning equipment, potential security concerns, as well as what sets LeaseWeb apart from the competition .

As Boost says frequently, “If you’re not in the hardware business, don’t be in the hardware business.” Owning equipment tags you with all the associated costs and repairs as the equipment ages. At some point, equipment will fail, becoming a very costly fix. Leasing places all those costs on the hosting company’s side. You’re buying service not servers.

Off-premise hosted equipment also can increase the security of the data you hold. You’re less vulnerable to disasters – natural or not. And it can be challenging to prevent hacks when that’s not your primary, everyday focus.

Hosting providers can also ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements, such as HIPAA in the U.S. or similar frameworks across the world.

Leasing also allows companies to rapidly scale-up service when demand increases. Purchasing and setting up new hardware takes time, and while you’re working on the set-up, you could be losing customers while your current servers are overloaded. When you partner with a provider, you can easily scale up your infrastructure, whether you’re using cloud, a CDN or good old fashioned dedicated servers. This way you won’t lose business unnecessarily.

Lastly, the right leasing company is more than just an infrastructure vendor, but rather a trusted advisor that can help companies select the best services for their specific needs. If you’d like to learn more about how LeaseWeb can help, we’d love to start a conversation.

To listen to the podcast click here.

DDoS protection – what is a DDoS attack and how to mitigate it?

In today’s hyper-connected world, it has never been more important to address and mitigate security threats to your business. The shift to cloud services has increased substantially over the past few years and it is vital to understand how to reduce the risks that come with the move to this platform. More than 90% of internet traffic will be video within two years. The ratio of connected devices to internet users is projected to be 10:1 by the year 2020. With such a high level of connectivity, outages due to cyber security threats can cost a company up to $100,000 per minute.

The most common threat to cloud users are distributed denial of service (also known as DDoS) attacks. Studies show that targets are not limited to some specific activities but rather that every organization is a potential target. The top four reasons for attacks are:

  • Hacktivism illustrated by Anonymous or Wikileaks organizations.
  • Cyber warfare in order to destabilize a foreign government or an election.
  • Cyber espionage to steal intellectual property of a competitor.
  • Cybercrime in the form of cyberextortion, in which an attack or the threat of an attack is coupled with a demand for money to prevent or stop the attack.

Cybercrime is responsible for over 65% of attacks. It does not matter how large or small your cloud footprint is, everyone is at risk as no segment of activity is immune to attack. With an ever growing array of targets, attacks are becoming more sophisticated. Multi-vector attacks are becoming more aggressive than before with an 84% increase in multi-vector attacks over the past few years. It is also easier than ever to launch an attack due to the availability of tools that do not require special knowledge. One does not need to be a security expert to launch a damaging attack. Events of last week show that the growth of IoT (Internet of Things) is making us more vulnerable as personal devices such as webcams were used as weapons to bombard major sites like Netflix and Twitter with millions of requests. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s time to take a business-leading view of hybrid cloud

There’s a real change happening among business leaders with regard to IT operations. The days of IT being some secretive, hidden department full of technical people are thankfully coming to an end.

As business becomes more digitized, the whole organization is more aware than ever of the importance of IT. Adding to the awareness trend is cloud. The ability for any line of business to procure an online service on demand has made IT even more notable to the broader business.

The challenge is many workloads are being spun up without a broader strategy. Human nature being what it is, we love a fast solution to even the most complex problems and often have to be forced into thinking about long-term impacts.

That’s why I like communicating the virtues of a hybrid cloud – it’s the long-term IT strategy we’ve been waiting for.

Customer interest in hybrid is growing by the day, but when I meet with IT and business managers there remains a lot of uncertainty over the technical aspects of hybrid. While business leaders don’t need to become overly technical, it is certainly in their interest – and the organization’s – to get more involved with the hybrid cloud strategy.

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Join us at Cloud Expo Asia!

We are currently setting up for Cloud Expo Asia and Cloud Security Expo that will take place in Singapore, on October 12-13. If you’re attending the conference, we hope you’ll stop by our stleaseweb_cloudexpo-asiaand (K7) and talk to our engineers about migration to the cloud or the use of hybrid hosting. Furthermore, we will also be hosting the following two sessions:

DDoS mitigation: A LeaseWLetechnical deep-dive (Weds 12th October 2016, 10:40 – 11:05)

Bastiaan Spandaw, Technical Director at LeaseWeb, will address critical technical issues in combatting DDoS attacks.

 This session will take place at the Cloud Security Service Providers Theatre/Risk Compliance and Governance Theatre.

How to secure a ‘cloud company’ on a global scale (Thurs 13th October 2016, 10:30 – 10:55)

Fred Streefland, Chief Information Security Officer at LeaseWeb, will talk about how to secure a cloud company on a global scale. This session will take place at Cloud Security Expo Keynote Theatre.

If you do not have a ticket yet, you can get your free ticket here to access the Cloud Expo Asia and Cloud Security Expo locations.

Want to talk hybrid cloud? Start with our new introductory report by your side

I’m pleased to announce the availability of a new report from LeaseWeb which introduces hybrid cloud computing to business leaders.hybridcloud_2560

The report, Enter a new era of IT flexibility with hybrid cloud, is a concise guide to the technical aspects and business benefits of developing a hybrid cloud strategy. We’re pleased to offer this as an independent report of value to anyone with an interest in the topic.

As if cloud computing wasn’t confusing enough for business leaders the IT industry is now abuzz with the term “hybrid cloud”. The good news is when you understand the hybrid cloud concept the whole idea of “cloud” makes more sense as there is no such thing as IT and business service infrastructure operating in isolation.

Hybrid cloud, as most people see it, is a combination of public and private server and storage infrastructure, however, this view can be broadened to include public cloud, private cloud, content delivery networks and bare metal servers. Read the rest of this entry »

Live Transcoding Made Simple and Easy

In today’s age of livestreaming events and concerts, the numerous and diverse amounts of mobile devices, desktops and TV’s pose a challenge for any content distribution creator.  Julien Lehmann, Product Manager for CDN and Cybersecurity at LeaseWeb previews the new service of live transcoding, a service that simplifies your workflow, that will be launched during IBC 2016 in Amsterdam.

Why we organize Hackathons at LeaseWeb

PrivateNetwork_2_ScaleLeaseWeb kicked off its sixth quarterly Hackathon on Thursday, July 21st. The Hackathons are a chance for employees to step outside the usual routine and allow them to get creative, work together in new ways, and have fun. Participants are given two full days and nights to work on any kind of project whether it’s to solve a work problem, learn a new skill, or try out a personal project they’ve had in mind. Whatever it is, they have the complete freedom to try something new with the goal being to present a functional demo at the end of the second day.

Hackathons begin with a presentation where all of the participants gather to kick things off. Everyone receives a Hackathon t-shirt designed specifically for the event and then they hunker down to start work on their projects. Hackathon isn’t just for the engineering department and individuals from all parts of the company are encouraged to participate.
image3Perhaps someone in marketing has been thinking about a new tool that could help them do their job better. They might team up with an engineer to try and create that tool. New ideas and collaborations that might not have otherwise fit into the usual busy schedule are given the opportunity to be developed and tested. Several projects and tools that have been created during Hackathons have been integrated into day to day operations.

After working hard all day Thursday, participants took a break to have dinner and some fun. A barbecue spread was set out and there was plenty of chicken, burgers, salad, and beer to go around. A 45 meter inflatable obstacle course was set up in the parking lot and participants competed with each other to see who could get the best time. The winner completed the course in just over 30 seconds. After a bit more relaxation everyone was ready to get back to working on their projects. Some stayed late into the night and crashed at the office, others went home to grab some sleep before coming back in the next morning to finish up before the afternoon presentations.

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