Monday, March 20, 2017

IBM Bluemix in Germany, includes dashDB and Cloudant

IBM Bluemix in Germany, in German
Today, I wanted to share some exciting news with you. Most of you know that I am German. Thus, it is terrific to have IBM Bluemix available from Frankfurt, Germany, today. As can be seen on the screenshot on the right, the new Bluemix region is labeled "eu-de".

Having Bluemix Public in Germany is a big step for the IBM Cloud and customers alike. Being located next to DE-CIX means low network latency for German and European customers. Utilizing Bluemix Public in London ("eu-gb") it is possible to deploy applications with high-availability requirements redundantly within Europe. The database-as-a-service offerings dashDB ("DB2") and Cloudant are already available in the Bluemix catalog. More database and analytics services are to follow. You can check out the list of initial services here in the Bluemix Catalog for Germany.

That's all for today. I am back to MY German Bluemix...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Securing Workloads on IBM Cloud - Some Resources

Security Guides for IBM Cloud
Security Guides for IBM Cloud
Recently, I provided you with an overview of security and compliance resouces for IBM dashDB and Cloudant. Today, I want to take a broader view and point you to some good introductory material on security for cloud-based workloads. It consists of an overview of different cloud deployment models and their components. Then it digs into each of those categories and takes a look at how to secure those components and the data.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Location and Intent Matter: Data Privacy vs. US Government

Data is locked away from the US authorities
Some data is locked away
Earlier this month and last Summer two interesting cases related to data privacy were decided. Both concern US search warrants for email data stored outside the United States of America. In July 2016 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that Microsoft does not need to hand over email data stored in Ireland. This February, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania decided that Google must produce the emails which were stored outside the USA. The last case is not finally decided because Google plans to appeal the ruling. Independent of that, what is the take-away from these rulings? Let's take a look.

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