Mobility, IoT and SDN helping in network refreshes – but security may be an afterthought

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Good news and bad news, according to the latest research from Dimension Data; enterprise networks are being refreshed more frequently, but it’s coming at a cost on the security side.

The classic image of the enterprise network sagging under a series of legacy technologies is becoming a thing of the past, the company argues in its latest Network Barometer Report due to the pressure from technologies such as mobility, software defined networking (SDN) and the Internet of Things...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobility, Security, Software.

How the cloud service economy and vertical SaaS is opening up huge benefits for banks

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Regulatory and security burdens are no longer the barriers to cloud adoption that they used to be for the financial sector – and vertical software as a service (SaaS) is now making the leap a true no-brainer.  

The digital economy has created so many opportunities. So much has changed in such a short period of time; just five years ago, the notion of cloud services being used in business would have been an utterly alien concept. Now, it’s well on the way to gaining...

By Steven Boyle, 08 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Regulation, SaaS , Software.

How the financial services industry is slowly waking up to cloud computing

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Just five years ago, the idea of using cloud services would have seemed wildly optimistic even to the most radical of businesses operating in the financial services sector. But cloud is no longer the new kid on the block. After becoming the word on everybody’s lips a few years ago, it has already plumbed what the Gartner Hype Cycle terms the ‘trough of disillusionment’; often experienced by new technologies as the doubters queue up to question the impact it can have....

By Rahul Singh, 03 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry, Private, Public.

Cloud usage in healthcare on the up, new research argues

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More than half of respondents in a survey from cloud migration services provider SADA Systems say cloud-based apps are improving patient satisfaction and leading to better treatment.

The survey, which polled more than 300 North American IT professionals, found Microsoft was the primary cloud infrastructure platform for healthcare organisations, cited by 42% of respondents. Google (29%) and Amazon (27%) trailed behind. In terms of mobile device management, Microsoft (55% of...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Industry, Security, Software.

Maximising the potential of the Industrial Internet – through the right networks

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Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) often use extremely large files, which make remote working and collaboration difficult to achieve. Most businesses are able to work remotely with laptops, smartphones and tablet PCs, but the processing power required to create, store and share CAD files over a wide area network is often prohibitive. Yet with the power of the internet they can work remotely and collaboratively.

The...

By Graham Jarvis, 09 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobility.

The ‘cloud shift’ grows: Gartner predicts more than $1tn IT spend affected by 2020

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IT spending has long since been shifting from traditional IT offerings to cloud services – and according to the latest prognostication from Gartner, more than $1 trillion (£759bn) of IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud in the coming five years.

The aggregate amount of ‘cloud shift’ in 2016 is estimated by Gartner to hit $111 billion, going up to $216bn by 2020. Business process outsourcing – with the cloud segment of...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

FCA gives green light to financial firms using cloud technologies – but with a caveat

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a series of guidelines on how financial firms can migrate to the cloud and provisionally giving the green light to them.

“We see no fundamental reason why cloud services (including public cloud services) cannot be implemented, with appropriate consideration, in a manner that complies with our rules,” the report notes.

The authority notes that they have successfully supported many firms to use cloud and other IT service...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Migration.

IoT, cloud, and the logical progression to everything ‘as a service’

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The growth of all things connected and of all things cloud seems unstoppable, and monikers are jumping to the logical end…that the Internet of Things will be the Internet of Everything and that the 'as a service' model will morph into 'everything as a service'.

On-demand products have always had a place in business. For more than forty years, mainframe time has been sold ‘as a service’ where users only pay for what they need when they need it. At a time when...

By Alex Vilner, 30 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Developers, IaaS, Industry.

Why the healthcare industry's move to cloud computing is accelerating

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Physicians are targeting breast and ovarian cancer through research that crunches massive amounts of information from more than 2,000 DNA sequences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The data set is gigantic — more than 100 terabytes — and the analysis happens aboard a secure cloud-based platform through Amazon Web Services.

“By using AWS, we can store source files securely and cost-effectively with significant durability and accessibility,” 

By Karin Ratchinsky, 27 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Industry.

Airbnb: How big data is used to disrupt the hospitality industry

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Writing on Airbnb’s ‘Nerds’ hub, Riley Newman, head of data science, says: “A datum is a record of an action or event, which in most cases reflects a decision made by a person. If you can recreate the sequence of events leading up to that decision, you can learn from it; it’s an indirect way of the person telling you what they like and...

By Bernard Marr, 09 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry.