This week’s technology news from Amicus ITS – Friday 28th June 2013

Attention! C’est serious la securité!
Chorus, the French Government’s accounts payable system went offline in June following an accidental error by subcontractors. The outage was so severe that it was not possible to recover the data. Only a degraded service was available in the interim. Delayed payments to 13,400 users totalling US$232m went out 4 days later. The management system provided 22 hours per day, 5 days per week coverage. With the critical nature of data security and continuity to corporate business, having global round the clock MSP coverage will become increasingly more important in our digital age.

Vodafone strategic inroad on Euro market
UK’s mobile phone giant, Vodafone this week agreed an eye watering €7.7bn deal for Kabel Deutschland, Germany’s largest cable company. Driven by customer demand for bundled services covering fixed and mobile services, Vodafone had to act expensively and swiftly, or be outstripped by Deutsche Telekom. With last year’s £1bn purchase of Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Vodafone now enters the triple-play market offering mobile, fixed-line, broadband and Pay TV services. It faces similar conundrums in Spain and France, illustrating the need for bravery in the vertical integration game – and deep pockets.

Oracle and Microsoft in the cloud
Oracle has teamed up with Microsoft to provide their software in the cloud thanks to Microsoft Azure. Traditionally Oracle has competed directly with Microsoft but they have had a strategic change of heart. This partnership will benefit both parties in the short term. Oracle gets the benefit of new customers to their services who wish to do so on the cloud. Microsoft gets more big name support backing Azure and gains more Azure users. In the long term it seems that Microsoft will have the most to gain and helps them combat VMware thanks to this new unique partnership.

Can we still trust Google?
Back in 2010 the ICO took action against Google for its WIFI snooping in their Street View car fleet. In addition to the capture of mapping imagery they were also collecting email address and passwords via individual’s home WIFI hubs. The original action was for the deletion of all of this non imaging data. The investigation has since found that this data still existed elsewhere within Google. The action now is a 35 day limit for the removal of this or be in contempt of court. Google it seems is struggling to change its perception around personal data, an all too important issue when your business is holding users data.