Can data transparency be the future of outsourcing?

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The benefits of storing data in the cloud are clear. However, as businesses are beginning to closely examine what having data in the cloud entails, they’re discovering that their relationships with cloud vendors are sometimes, well, cloudy.

In a 2015 Forrester Consulting survey, more than 60% of businesses said issues with transparency were stalling further expansion into the cloud. These organisations...

By Matt Kingswood, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Vendors.

Equinix snaffles Paris data centre from Digital Realty for $211m

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Equinix has announced the purchase of Digital Reality’s Paris operations, including its real estate and data centre facility, for approximately $211 million (£158m).

The two companies, who continue to fight for supremacy in the colocation rankings – findings from Synergy Research in May showed Equinix as number one in colocation, with Digital...

By James Bourne, 04 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Reducing threats and management headaches across private clouds: A guide

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While public cloud implementations are steadily increasing, private clouds in customers’ own data centres continue to be deployed because of the perceived higher levels of security and control they offer.

But the management of a private cloud can be complex and many organisations underestimate the scale of the challenge. Security and management in particular continues to be pain points. Many go in with the assumption that in a private cloud, IT departments have more control so the environment...

By Monica Brink, 03 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Analysing effective security management in a software-defined world

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Software defined infrastructure (SDx), along with use of private and public clouds completely transforms the way IT departments manage enterprise data centres and workloads. Automation is a key component of software defined networking (SDN), bringing together network, server, security management and other IT functions or teams together.

In the past, when organisations deployed new applications, the application owner needed to collaborate with several teams. For example, one team...

Who should be in charge of big data analytics: the CIO, CFO, or a specialist?

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A new report from big data analytics provider Mu Sigma argues that higher performing companies are four times more likely to use a consistent approach to big data analysis, while consensus is divided on whether the CIO or CFO should be in charge.

The findings come from a survey of 150 large enterprises which turn over at least $500 million (£377.2m) a year, and draw some interesting conclusions on how large firms prioritise their data crunching. 23% of those polled said the CIO...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

What the Brexit vote will mean for data sovereignty

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The only certainty about Brexit, the UK’s departure from the European Union, is that it is going to create uncertainty in terms of data sovereignty, particularly in the field of cloud computing. Data sovereignty refers to data being held in a country in adherence to the laws of that state. That is fine if your company is based in a single location and single market but it becomes trickier if you have diverse locations and lots of different laws with which you need to...

By David Richards, 13 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

The top seven KPIs to measure your success in the cloud

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You’ve put a lot of effort into building your cloud business and you want to make sure you stay ahead of the competition. You’ve kept a close eye on market trends and you’ve seen there are many ways to measure business performance. But, how much do you really know about Key Performance Indicators and how they affect your business? Did you know that the right KPIs can make the difference between continued success and a slow decline?

You’re probably wondering...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 08 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure.

Why cloud security best practices mean engagement from vendors and employees

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Ransomware may be the hot topic in the news at the moment, but human error is a greater threat. Human error, in fact, is often the reason ransomware is able to infiltrate a network (by staff members clicking phishing links, for example). It’s also one of the greatest causes of data loss in the cloud. The first part of this series discussed how cloud vendors, shadow...

By Matt Kingswood, 08 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vendors, Vulnerabilities.

Cloud data backup: Inexperience and ignorance key fear factors

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Organisations’ fears of cloud-based backup are mostly down to inexperience or ignorance of how the systems work rather than technological issues, according to new survey results released by analyst house Clutch.co.

The research, which surveyed more than 300 small to medium US businesses to measure the benefits and challenges of cloud-based backup, found that 87% of respondents said online backup was either equally or more secure than on-premises equivalents. 24% argued it was...

By James Bourne, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

A disaster recovery plan: What is your IT team keeping from you?

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Your disaster recovery program is like a parachute - you don’t want to find yourself in freefall before you discover it won’t open. But amid hastening development cycles, and cost, resource and time pressures, many CIOs are failing to adequately prioritise DR planning and testing.

While IT teams are running to stand still with day-to-day responsibilities, DR efforts tend to be focused solely on infrastructure, hardware and software, neglecting the people and...