Recent CPU security flaws could uplift cloud costs by 30%

Recent CPU security flaws Spectre and Meltdown could cost businesses millions through unexpected contract uplifts.

The issues affect nearly all devices using Intel, AMD and ARM processors created within the last 20 years. This includes all machines, from smartphones to servers.

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Both vulnerabilities allow applications to steal information that’s currently being processed on a device in different ways. Combined with a malicious program, these flaws can be exploited to access confidential information on the devices, such as stored passwords and business critical documents.

How can I protect themselves?

A patch was initially seeded to Beta testers in November but is now available worldwide. Although it resolves the issue, this patch causes the operating system to change the way that it is programmed to manage its core memory.

This alteration has been reported to increase the workload of Intel chips by up to 30%, although this figure has yet to be confirmed, the patch would consequently reduce device performance overall.

Increased costs for cloud users

After applying the patch, end users may notice machines running slower than usual, with very little consequence, however, this is not the case for the majority of businesses that host their systems in the cloud.

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Depending on the contract terms, the business will pay for the resources that they use on a monthly or quarterly basis. With media reports estimating an additional 30% workload, CPU will need to be increased by 30% to account for the discrepancy. Consequently, this vulnerability will leave many businesses receiving an unexpected bill at the end of the month.

For some organisations, this can be a crippling increase and many are now having to decide what is more important – security or cost.

You can protect your bottom line

Have you signed up for a consumption-based model? To make things simple, virtualDCS uses a fixed, non-consumption price model where you know exactly what is coming out of the bank at the end of the month.

Although the overall resources that you use could still increase due to the updates, we won’t pass on the bill to you. Our customers don’t have to pay any additional costs so they still ensure that their systems are still running as securely and efficiently as ever before.

We can help improve your business systems through the cloud, reducing costs and ensuring that your systems run more efficiently than ever before.

To find out more, you can call the team on 03453 888 324 or by using the contact form, below.

How frequently should you test your Disaster Recovery strategy?

Creating a Disaster Recovery plan is essential, yet despite this fact, half of recovery plans are tested less than once a year.

Recent findings suggest that businesses still fail to realise that for a Disaster Recovery(DR) plan to be effective, it needs to be regularly tested. When creating its latest Infographic, CloudVelox uncovered that infrequent testing is actually putting businesses at substantial risk.

This information also correlates to virtualDCS findings, where the team uncovered that 35% of Yorkshire businesses do not have a Disaster Recovery plan in place.

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Why are companies not testing?

Industry experts suggest that the anticipated costs associated with implementing a Disaster Recovery plan may actually be deterring companies from testing. Perceived costs could include consulting time, downtime and reduced productivity. However, this is nothing compared to the cost of being unable to access data after an incident.

In addition to this, the CloudVelox survey also discovered that 58% of IT departments actually lack the internal resources to support the required business continuity tests, with 34% of participants stating that the overall process is too complex.


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Frequent testing

Unfortunately, there is no set rule for how often you should test your Disaster Recovery plan, however, the more testing companies conduct, the more efficient they are when reacting to an incident.

It’s recommended that the business completes a cost-benefit analysis, to work out the right testing strategy for the company, exploring RPO and RTO options. This will also help avoid spending more time on your DR than your data is worth.

For advice on protecting your systems and creating an effective Business Continuity plan, contact the team.

We’re currently offering a 14 day free trial on Veeam Cloud Connect technology, which provides simple and flexible protection.