(Bloomberg) — Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says his government is trying to safeguard sensitive information and minimize damage done by an IT outsourcing deal that could have exposed classified details to foreign powers.
His administration will now investigate the deal struck by the Swedish Transport Agency after classified information in its registers and systems was handled illegally, Lofven said at a press conference in Stockholm on Monday. The government also plans to tighten existing outsourcing rules, Lofven said.
The prime minister called the development “serious” and underscored the government’s commitment to ensuring that people “feel safe that their personal information and other sensitive information is handled correctly.”
Sweden’s transport agency, which in 2015 outsourced its IT operations to IBM, has been criticized for ignoring warnings from the Swedish Security Service. The agency also sidestepped rules in order to outsource the contract, which used vendors based in Romania and the Czech Republic. The revelations have dogged the government and Lofven is now trying to contain the fallout well ahead of elections due next year.
Sweden has already replaced the transport agency’s director general, Maria Agren. She’s also been fined by prosecutors for carelessness with secret information. This month, the agency’s chairman was removed. But the development has raised questions about the roles of the country’s sitting Infrastructure

 

The shortage of skilled, certified applicants for IT jobs is well documented. Professionals in cybersecurity, cloud and other areas of IT are in high demand around the world, and companies, governments, educational institutions and industry groups have responded by creating more opportunities for skills training and certification.
A 2014 report by the RAND Corporation said the low number of cybersecurity professionals in the labor market could pose a risk to national security, and in May IBM cited a Frost & Sullivan estimate that the workforce will be 1.8 million cybersecurity professionals short of demand by 2022 when it announced a set of initiatives to train “new collar” workers. The growing demand for AWS and DevOps skills was noted as far back as a 2013 report by tech career site Dice.
While many professionals in the industry have IT-related degrees or diplomas, it is possible to work in the field without one. Here are some of the options available to help close the skills gap and open up career opportunities.
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Web hosting control panels like cPanel and Plesk provide training and certification, but with somewhat different focusses. cPanel certifies for sales, WHM admin and command line systems administration, and has two new certifications “coming soon.” Plesk courses and exams cover a variety of Plesk tools as well as Linux, Windows, WordPress, and Git.
The Linux Foundation offers webinars and courses for individuals, as well as corporate

 

Two out of five IT decision makers say their private clouds are operating at lower unit costs than public cloud, according to survey results released Thursday by VMware and 451 Research.
451 surveyed 150 IT decision makers on behalf of VMware in February 2017 for Can private cloud be cheaper than public cloud? According to the results, data protection is cited as a reason for private cloud use by 71 percent of users. Cost-efficiency motivates private cloud use for 54 percent, asset ownership does so for 43 percent, and integration with business processes motivates 42 percent.
Almost a quarter (24 percent) say they pay less than a 10 percent premium for operating a private cloud environment, in addition to the 41 percent finding private cloud cost lower than public cloud. More than half said cost-efficiency is drives private cloud use. Respondents also said they would migrate only 50 percent of their workloads to public cloud if its cost were half that of private cloud.
The factor considered most important in achieving cost savings with private cloud is capacity-planning tools (18 percent), followed closely by favorable software license terms and automation tools (17 percent each), and cost/budgetary management tools (15 percent). Another factor in price savings for public clouds is the ability of some companies to negotiate favorable terms with software or hardware vendors or data center providers, or to reuse existing licenses.
Using a “basket-of-goods” methodology,

 

User mobility, digital workloads, and new levels of virtualization are all changing the modern business. We’re creating new types of go-to-market strategies, business enablement methodologies, and allowing the user to be truly productive. The reality here is that the pace of technology isn’t slowing down. Are you keeping up? Are you using technology to create a truly agile business model?
It’s critical to see just how far we’ve come and where current spend is trending. Consider this, global spending on IaaS rose to almost US$16.5 billion in 2015, an increase of 32.8 percent from 2014, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019 forecast at 29.1 percent, according to Gartner’s latest forecast. Last year in particular was a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to gave way to hybrid cloud, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. These organizations are leveraging agile infrastructures to dynamically control resources and user experiences.
Related: Managing the Millennial Technologist: Letting Go of Legacy Practices
This allows them to let go of legacy IT and evolve into a next-generation ecosystem.
New levels of intelligence in the data center and business world are helping create a much more fluid organization and cloud ecosystem. Automation and orchestration tools tie into almost every aspect of the business and the underlying data center, bringing forward big benefits:

Better

 

User mobility, digital workloads, and new levels of virtualization are all changing the modern business. We’re creating new types of go-to-market strategies, business enablement methodologies, and allowing the user to be truly productive. The reality here is that the pace of technology isn’t slowing down. Are you keeping up? Are you using technology to create a truly agile business model?
It’s critical to see just how far we’ve come and where current spend is trending. Consider this, global spending on IaaS rose to almost US$16.5 billion in 2015, an increase of 32.8 percent from 2014, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019 forecast at 29.1 percent, according to Gartner’s latest forecast. Last year in particular was a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to gave way to hybrid cloud, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. These organizations are leveraging agile infrastructures to dynamically control resources and user experiences.
Related: Managing the Millennial Technologist: Letting Go of Legacy Practices
This allows them to let go of legacy IT and evolve into a next-generation ecosystem.
New levels of intelligence in the data center and business world are helping create a much more fluid organization and cloud ecosystem. Automation and orchestration tools tie into almost every aspect of the business and the underlying data center, bringing forward big benefits:

Better

 

LinkedIn, which Microsoft has owned since December, has also contributed to open source. Its latest offerings, Iris and Oncall, should prove to quickly become mainstays in IT departments, unless I miss my guess.

 

IT budgets will continue to favor cloud deployments over non-cloud IT infrastructure throughout 2017.

 

Every time you use your bank card to pay for a cappuccino, join a conference call from the road, or access a streaming service to kick back and relax, you’re benefitting from a big IT trend—the growth in edge computing.…

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Network closets are a critical link between information-technology (IT) networks and infrastructure. Regardless of whether a single network closet is your entire IT setup or you have thousands of them scattered across the globe, considering your rack equipment is important…

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Industry Outlook is a regular Data Center Journal Q&A series that presents expert views on market trends, technologies and other issues relevant to data centers and IT. This week, Industry Outlook asks Patrick Donovan about lithium-ion batteries and their potential…

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