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Hosting Provider Follow-Up

In a recent(ish) post I talked about how we'd assessed European IaaS platforms.

Firstly it's generally disappointing to see how big a gap there is between the Big Three (Azure, AWS, GC) and The Rest in terms of role-specific instance types. Generally only the Big 3 have machine learning and scripted, ephemeral capabilities; by which I mean APIs for automating your dashboard.

We knew this would be missing in early stages of due diligence, and it's not something that's causing friction. The Rest generally seem to make you elasticise your needs via built-in methods, without the flexibility provided in some corners.

I hope as time progresses IaaS providers in the EU evolve sufficiently to compete, as they're currently unable to access the portion of the market needing cloud role-specific nodes.

That being said, if your SME doesn't use any machine learning, VR, satellite or gaming tech... you probably don't need to pay the premiums the Big 3 charge. For RingoDingo

Hosting Provider Due Diligence (Part 3)

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In the previous phase we looked at how we were going to measure providers against our needs, and create an initial list of potential candidates.

Having had some time to review each of the providers against some basic criteria available either online or by speaking to them, we've been able to reduce the list to three providers. Some providers were eliminated on offering but we've actually created accounts on some to do a more detailed test of their services.

We've also had a chance to review some of the responses from current and former clients about the kinds of capability & services they expect. No great surprises here but a common theme is business agility and enterprise-wide adoption of a given technology. So in short, make sure the business isn't driven by technology but rather the technology by the business - and make the technology acceptable by all departments.

So we're going for the easy ones then?

eUK Host
We've actually worked with this provider …

Hosting Provider Due Diligence (Part 2)

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In part one we established our goals and principals, which now need some sorts of measurements and assessments to be defined - these will essentially help us prove we've met our goals and are delivering the correct vision.
Assessments We'd normally apply measures, goals and assessments at high, mid and low level to capture everything from strategic goals to non-functional assessments. However in this case we have a simple set of functionals, non-functionals and are focusing on strategic validation. So directly against our goals and principals then we should measure by:
Selecting a new IaaS provider (or providers?), and migrate all our existing infrastructure & servicesComplete a successful penetration test of our own infrastructureAssess the responses from our client surveys to ensure that the capabilities they will need in 2-5 years are viable & supportableMigrating all domain ownership and closing down the accounts with US-based providers for internal use only (some …

Scam Alert - Winchester Tax Boutique

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Updated 19th September 2019: New information regarding corporate structures Background This is an interesting one as Winchester (a.k.a bespoketaxplanning.co.uk, a.k.a winchestercontracts.co.uk) have appeared on our radar before. Whilst there wasn't sufficient direct linkage to the target of that particular investigation, we dropped a stick into the digital river and wandered to the other side of the bridge.

Some two years later that stick reappeared, having floated out from under the bridge.

We can't at this stage mention the name of the organisation who are actually the focus of this current investigation, although as soon as the situation resolves we'll open the book a little. What's interesting is that - for the sake of reference we'll call them Company A - this new investigation involves unsolicited marketing emails using specific details provided to a number of companies.


It appears that winchestercontracts.co.uk is no longer in use - originally registered in …

Hosting Provider Due Diligence (Part 1)

Updates Last year we had a look at our options regarding the IaaS position vs. politics. Once the dust had settled in Q3 2018 two things became clear:
President Trump would go on to make good use of the White House to further his own stock portfolio. Well played.US-based IaaS organisations sit between a rock and a hard place in such a privacy hostile environment, despite providing excellent capability and support It still means we offer goods and services hosted - or based on - Amazon, Google and Microsoft cloud offerings in EU & EEA data centres. We decided not to invest any further in Oracle cloud as Big Reds historical approach to its re-sellers and clients has not been positive (as well as the fact that the IaaS offering simply isn't at the same level as everyone else).
A lot of US tech companies are using tax devices which shuffle the (technical) profit away from the tax authority related to the country where the revenue was made e.g. Amazon, and it doesn't seem right…

Changes in Platforms

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Over the course of 2018 I've been too busy with consultations to publish any investigative findings. However it's given the data markets a chance to settle a little bit after the changes in data protection legislation.

It appears to have created a polarised landscape of either continuation practises of some data idiots ("Didiots"?), or the adherence to consent practises. What's slightly ironic is that some of the latter camp seem to have overlooked the requirements for consent prior to May 25th 2018.

Never mind - as long as we're largely heading in the right direction, that's all that really matters.

Despite all of this we still have Didiots such as Jobzooma and Firebrand - more to come on the latter in a later publication. As I wind down the consultancy work I'll have more time to delve into this, but I thought I'd note some interesting re-brands.

Jobsite.co.uk is now TotalJobs.co.uk - I was updating my resume and was creating a new profile on J…

Scam Warning - Jobsite a.k.a. TotalJobs (Update)

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Update May 2019: Jobsite has merged with TotalJobs
Original Article Jan 2018

Over the course of the last 1-2 years I've discovered that most spam starts from online jobs boards. Some are better than others - CWJobs.co.uk was appalling and I've stopped using it but there are still two or three that are shiny lights of privacy.

I've had a lot of support from some, such as Monster, who were able to apply their own T's and C's to unlawful acquisition of personal data. In some cases repeat offenders who had a complete disregard for the law - even after being told to stop by ICO.

However one jobs board sits on the fence, seemingly unable to go forwards or backwards, Jobsite.co.uk.
Soft Opt-In The first issue is that you cannot apply for a role on their boards without creating an account / job seeker profile. Ok, well that's no big deal I guess...however when you look deeper the default profile settings are to opt-in to newsletters, unsolicited marketing from 'care…