With Singapore's new Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) coming into force this July, local companies could be slapped with fines of up to a million dollars for breaches of privacy. So it is not surprising CIOs in Singapore are turning their attention to an obvious area of vulnerability: personal data stored in the "cloud", said Stella Tang, Director of Robert Half Singapore.
When Edward Snowden ripped open the curtain and began revealing details of the NSA's data vacuuming, IT analysts warned that an unintended consequence of the program was a huge blow to the credibility of U.S. cloud providers. After all, they asked, why would anyone who cares about the security of their data put it someplace where government snoops could access it?
Microsoft will announce its rebranding of its "Windows Azure" cloud operating system to "Microsoft Azure," this week, according to a couple of tipsters of mine.
The announcement is expected to happen tomorrow, March 25, and to take effect on April 3, the second day of Microsoft's Build conference in San Francisco, said a couple of individuals who asked not to be identified, but who are familiar with Microsoft's plans.
When Microsoft was forced to change the name of its cloud storage from SkyDrive, many people thought it was unfair -- myself included. After all, SkyTV is an entirely different product. But oh well, what's done is done. Truth be told, I like the OneDrive name better; it was a blessing in disguise.
Microsoft has written to Oracle-on-Azure users, letting them know that as of March 12th they'll be paying for the Oracle bits of it.