France’s Health Data Hub to move to European cloud infrastructure to avoid EU-US data transfers

France’s data regulator CNIL has issued some recommendations for French services that handle health data, as Mediapart first reported. Those services should avoid using American cloud hosting companies altogether, such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud.

Those recommendations follow a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court in July. The ruling, dubbed Schrems II, struck down the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Shield. Under the Privacy Shield, companies could outsource data processing from the EU to the U.S. in bulk. Due to concerns over U.S. surveillance laws, that mechanism is no longer allowed.

The CNIL is going one step further by saying that services and companies that handle health data should also avoid doing business with American companies — it’s not just about processing European data in Europe. Once again, this is all about avoiding falling under U.S. regulation and rulings.

The regulator sent those recommendations to one of France’s top courts (Conseil d’État). SantéNathon, a group of organizations and unions, originally notified the CNIL over concerns about France’s Health Data Hub.

France is currently building a platform to store health data at the national level. The idea is to build a hub that makes it easier to study rare diseases and use artificial intelligence to improve diagnoses. It is supposed to aggregate data from different sources and make it possible to share some data with public and private institutions for those specific cases.

The technical choices have been controversial as the French government originally chose to partner with Microsoft and its cloud platform Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft, like many other companies, relies on Standard Contractual Clauses for EU-U.S. data transfers. But the Court of Justice of the EU has made it clear that EU regulators have to intervene if data is being transferred to an unsafe country when

Building a Private Database-as-a-Service is Emerging as a Prime Alternative to Managed Cloud Databases

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​​​​​​​Severalnines, a pioneer in providing automation and management software for database clusters, is introducing the ability to use their flagship product ClusterControl as a Private, on-prem, Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) — as a simple, more cost-effective alternative to public DBaaS offerings. Using a private, full-ops DBaaS, companies can take full advantage of working on bare metal servers where they are the only tenant. This is a great advantage for companies that need to optimize for performance (minimize overhead and latency) and create new services for both the cloud and behind the firewall.

Companies that must follow strict data governance regulations will be able to enjoy the same benefits as you have for cloud databases, but with full control, complete data privacy, and locality.

ClusterControl supports several different open source database technologies with the same benefits of scalability, reduced administration overhead, improved security, and reduced long-term costs when compared with managed cloud databases.

Our full-ops approach to monitor and automatically manage database services with various replication topologies and database-aware load balancers provides companies with a highly available database backend and the flexibility of customizations for their own specific use cases with full control at the edge.

In a public DBaaS, cloud providers bear the responsibility of achieving top-level security, but do not allow for fine-tuned and advanced security procedures to be added. With a private DBaaS, the administrator can fully restrict operations behind their firewall and are in full control of their data. 

Public DBaaS allows for quick and easy deployment of the database, and one can only deploy the topology that is supported. The deployment capabilities found in ClusterControl allow for multiple database topologies to be created or taken down on demand with just a few clicks. Users can also scale up or

phoenixNAP Shifts to Operate-from-Anywhere Cloud Communications Platform with 8×8

Global IT Services Provider Moves to 8×8 Communications, Collaboration and Contact Center Solution to Support Employees, Customers and Partners Around the World

8×8, Inc. (NYSE: EGHT), a leading integrated cloud communications platform, today announced that phoenixNAP®, a global IT services provider offering security-focused cloud infrastructure, dedicated servers, colocation, and specialized Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions, is using the 8×8 Open Communications PlatformTM to enable employees and contact center agents to operate from anywhere, and stay connected with colleagues, customers and partners around the world.

Founded in 2009, phoenixNAP’s mission has always been to provide outstanding value and service, using state-of-the-art technology, to remove the stress from IT management and maintain an incredibly responsive experience for customers so they can focus on their core business. While the company provided organizations and businesses of all sizes with cutting-edge IT infrastructure solutions and services, its legacy on-premises communications and contact center systems were hindering global growth as they were costly to maintain, difficult to administer, and unreliable. phoenixNAP needed a cloud communications platform that could be easily deployed across multiple locations and centrally administered to improve communications, collaboration and customer engagement while ensuring business resilience.

“As we expanded our global IT footprint to support organizations all around the world, we realized we had to transform how we communicate, collaborate and engage with both our employees and customers,” said Danny Fuentes, VP of Information Systems at phoenixNAP. “By adopting 8×8’s integrated cloud communications and contact center solution, we transitioned to a digital workplace enabling employees, including agents in the contact center, to use the same global platform to stay productive and responsive no matter where they are located or working. We never would have been able to do this with our previous legacy systems.”

Working closely with technology provider Insight Enterprises, phoenixNAP

HyperX Adds New Wireless Cloud Buds to Audio Lineup


HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, Inc., today announced the release of the HyperX wireless Cloud Buds ™. The new Cloud Buds offers a Bluetooth ® 5.0 wireless connection using Qualcomm aptX ™ HD and feature 14mm drivers that deliver immersive premium HyperX sound for a range of playing and listening applications. Discrete and portable, the new Cloud Buds delivers immersive on-the-go gaming and entertainment with signature HyperX comfort and a multi-functional mic, making them a great fit for today’s hybrid work and school environments that require extended hours of digital communication.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:

HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless Headphones (Photo: Business Wire)

The Cloud Buds is designed with signature HyperX comfort, featuring three sizes of HyperX patented silicone ear tips to provide ultimate comfort and sound experiences on-the-go. The Cloud Buds also utilizes a lightweight, flexible neckband that features in-line mic and multi-function buttons that can be used to answer calls, control music tracks, and activate digital assistants with ease.

“From casual listening and hassle-free gaming to jumping on the next conference call or catching up with family and friends, the new Cloud Buds offers hours of in-ear listening with HyperX’s signature quality sound and comfort,” said Andrew Ewing, console product business manager, HyperX. “Designed to meet a variety of mobile listening needs, the new Cloud Buds also offers Bluetooth wireless connectivity for convenient on-the-go audio for Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet calls while working from home or during your commute.”

The Cloud Buds is compatible with Bluetooth-ready media devices and offers up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge 1. For added comfort and flexibility, the Cloud Buds comes with three sizes of HyperX patented silicone ear

Google Cloud kicks out Proud Boys websites

Proud Boys

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Proud Boys, a far-right neo-fascist extremist group, has been kicked off Google Cloud on Thursday, and the organization has had to move its official website and online store to a new web host.

Google’s decision came after intense lobbying from Color Of Change, one of the largest racial justice organizations in the US.

“Google’s recent actions to block the Proud Boys website and online store is a welcome response to persistent demands from Color Of Change and our allies,” said Color of Change President Rashad Robinson.

“Following years of pressure, the company successfully got a Google Cloud Services customer hosting the Proud Boys’ website to remove the violent hate group’s online pages. This progress is important, but now we call on Google’s peers to follow suit.”

But the Proud Boys websites haven’t been offline for long. The official site and online store were moved to a new web host on Thursday.

According to data from RiskIQ’s Passive Total platform, the group’s websites are now hosted by German web hosting provider 1&1 IONOS.


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A Google spokesperson did not return a request for comment seeking additional information on its move this week.

Google is just the latest tech company to wash its hands of the group.

Proud Boys have been a pariah among tech companies since the summer of 2018, when the group planned to organize a new Unite the Right rally in Washington, DC. A year prior, in June 2017, a woman was killed at the Unite the Right in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Twitter banned Proud Boys accounts in August 2018; followed by Facebook in October. PayPal also canceled Proud Boys accounts in February 2019.

The FBI designated Proud Boys as an extremist group due to their far-right agenda, inclination to use violence, and support for white supremacy.