The spotlight falls on data centre resiliency as data keeps growing

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It’s hard to imagine the sheer scale of data created on a daily basis. In just one second 747 Instagram photos are uploaded, 7,380 tweets are sent and 38,864GB of traffic is processed across the internet. This equates to 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day. With IoT connections booming, this number is expected to keep growing exponentially. Almost all this data travels through a data centre at some point.

Businesses are handing the...

By Adrian Barker, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

The ruling on cloud computing: Analysing the legal perspective

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When it comes to digital transformation within the legal sector there are understandably many questions about how to handle sensitive information without compromising client confidentiality. This is also true when dealing with the internet as a whole, but particularly when it comes to cloud computing.

In a survey by the Cloud Industry Forum it was revealed that 70% of IT decision makers regarded data security as one of...

By Monica Brink, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Legal.

Is hybrid cloud in danger of becoming lost in translation?

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In the last year hybrid cloud adoption has ramped up as both cloud users and cloud vendors have matured. Yet there is still confusion in the market about what it means to go truly hybrid with many CIOs unable to agree when it comes to the true definition of hybrid cloud.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Commerce, “[Hybrid] cloud infrastructure is a composition of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures (private, community or public) that remain unique...

By David Richards, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Finance industry leading the way in DevOps implementations, research says

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Financial services firms are embracing DevOps approaches and best practices more quickly than other industries, according to new research from managed services provider Claranet.

The study, put together in conjunction with Vanson Bourne and polling 900 end user IT leaders across European mid-market businesses, found almost half (45%) of finance companies polled had already developed a DevOps approach. This compared favourably against other industries, such as retail, software, and...

By James Bourne, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, DevOps, Industry, Infrastructure.

UK businesses remain ‘risk-averse’ and lagging behind in cloud strategy, Intel argues

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Organisations in the UK are among the least likely globally to have a cloud-first strategy, according to a new report from Intel Security.

The study, which polled more than 2,000 senior IT professionals, found the UK had pretty miserable scores across the board compared to their international brethren. The UK’s score of 70% for businesses who are cloud-first – whilst still a reasonable number – lagged behind the global average of more than 80%, while only 7% of UK...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure, Security.

Microsoft unveils new offering to combat patent trolls in the cloud

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Microsoft has announced the launch of the Azure IP Advantage program to help protect intellectual property from ‘patent trolls’ in the cloud.

Patent trolls, defined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as companies or people who ‘use patents as legal weapons, instead of actually creating any new products or coming up with new ideas’, are becoming an increasing problem with code and products hosted on cloud servers.

As a result, Microsoft is making 10,000...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Legal, Microsoft, Security.

Why flexibility in cloud services is key to ERP success in today’s age

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In the fast-moving digital world, being able to quickly adapt to disruptive business processes and changing business needs is key to success and survival. While organisations might be able to adapt their strategy and culture, they also need their business systems to adapt to these new processes and requirements. The need for flexibility and near real-time response to changing business processes is especially essential for an organisation’s core ERP system.

Here are five reasons why...

By Stephan Romeder, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, ERP, Hybrid.

Threat from cloud providers keeps MSPs up at night – with Google the biggest challenger

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The majority of managed service providers (MSPs) believe their hottest competition is coming from cloud providers as opposed to fellow MSPs, with Google the vendor to fear most, according to a new piece of research from Sonian.

The study, released today and titled ‘A New World Order: How MSPs are Trying to Survive and Thrive in a Cloud-First World’, featured responses from more than 300 managed service vendors, and found in general a rather nervous...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Storage, Vendors.

Cloud wrangling in the digital age: How to get the right skill set

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The forecast for the digital era is cloudy all over. According to a recent IDC FutureScape on cloud market predictions, 50% of IT spending and 60% of IT infrastructure spending will be cloud based by 2018. Between 60% and 70% of all software, services and technology spending will be on the cloud by 2020. 

IDC also forecast that 65% of organisations’ IT assets will be offsite, in co-located, hosting and cloud data centers by 2018. One-third of IT staff will be working at...

By Antonella Corno, 01 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers.

Why you need to understand GDPR now – and what you need to do from here

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If you’ve not yet heard the term GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), you certainly well. As we approach May 25 2018, when this becomes law, the noise around it will grow.

Don’t stop reading now if the acronym seems boring and not relevant to you – it is, on both counts. What’s happening is a new law will come into play across Europe; Brexit or no Brexit, it will apply.

Yet this is not another year 2000-type hype where there was no impact or pain. The...

By Ian Moyse, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Europe.

How often should you test your disaster recovery plan?

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By Lily Teplow

As a savvy managed service provider (MSP), you know that having an effective backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution and disaster recovery (DR) plan is a necessity in today’s business landscape – just in case your client opens an umbrella indoors and their whole IT network crashes. However, having these reliable solutions in place is of no value if the processes aren’t...

Facebook to expand data centre empire to Denmark with Odense site

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Facebook has announced it will build a new energy-efficient data centre in Odense, Denmark, marking a continued expansion for tech firms choosing to store their data in the Nordic regions.

According to a report from Reuters, Niall McEntegart, Facebook director of data centre operations, told local authorities that the Odense data centre will be “one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centres in the...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure.

Hackers versus hurricanes: It's time to begin planning for real disasters

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The most common objection I come across when discussing disaster recovery (DR) is, “Oh, well we don’t get hurricanes or floods or anything like that, so we don’t need DR”. To which I always reply “That’s all well and good, but do you have humans? What about hardware and power? Do you have HVAC in your data centre?”

A disaster can be any number of things and yes, whilst nature can definitely be a cause, in research that Opinion Matters undertook on behalf of...

By Monica Brink, 13 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Netskope gives another warning to businesses struggling with GDPR compliance

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An overwhelming 94% of cloud apps in enterprises across EMEA are not enterprise-ready, while two thirds of overall cloud services are not up to scratch, according to the latest research from Netskope.

The findings, which appear in the company’s latest quarterly cloud report, found that 82.4% of services do not encrypt data at rest, 66.4% of cloud services do not specify that the customers owns the data in their terms of services, while 42% do not allow admins to enforce password...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Building your data castle: Protecting from ransomware and restoring data after a breach

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The data centre is the castle. You can pull up the drawbridge, fill up the moat, or pull down the portcullis. But at some point, you have to let data in and out, and this opens up the opportunity for ransomware attacks.

No longer is it a matter of pride and peer recognition in the hacker community for circumnavigating and exposing the security of an organisation because it is now a fully-fledged industry in its own right with the use of...

By David Trossell, 11 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Larger organisations more likely to push ahead with DevOps initiatives, research argues

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Almost half of respondents in a new study from Redgate Software say they have adopted a DevOps approach to their projects – with a further third planning to join them within the next two years.

The study, the firm’s latest State of Database DevOps survey, polled 1,000 companies globally with more than half employing at least 500 people. While 47% polled overall said they are already on the road with DevOps initiatives, this number rises to 59% among companies with more...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Software.

How McKinsey’s 2016 analytics study defines the future of machine learning

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  • U.S. retailer supply chain operations who have adopted data and analytics have seen up to a 19% increase in operating margin over the last five years.
  • Design-to-value, supply chain management and after-sales support are three areas where analytics are making a financial contribution in manufacturing.
  • 40% of all the potential value associated with the Internet of Things requires interoperability between IoT systems.

These and many other insights are from the McKinsey Global Institute’s study

By Louis Columbus, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers.

Why you can’t let disaster recovery slide off your IT budget in 2017

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As we welcome in the New Year, we are already seeing multiple blogs prognosticating 2017 trends, setting priorities and suggesting resolutions. We are also rapidly approaching the 2017 budget cycle. I am sure you will read many articles concerning new plans or resolutions for the coming year, but this one will be about an old resolution: IT disaster recovery (DR).

When disaster strikes, organisations need to be able to recover IT systems as quickly as possible. Not having a disaster...

By Monica Brink, 04 January 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

How to keep downtime to a minimum with the right cloud computing support

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The cloud has transformed the way we do business today, improving infrastructure scalability and cost models for everything from software to data storage to disaster recovery. As with any IT solution, however, cloud computing isn’t without its risks.

In 2012, the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency (IWGCR) claimed that cloud downtime had cost £45 million over five...

By Matt Kingswood, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data Management, Infrastructure, SLA, Vendors.

Top 10 disasters of 2016 reaffirm need for cloud business continuity strategy

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With 2016 drawing to a close – and some may argue with good cause – it is time to assess the landscape throughout the year. According to figures published by managed service providers IT Specialists (ITS), the 10 largest business continuity disasters of the year in the UK include storms, fires, and power outages.

Particularly observant readers of this publication will note a similar study was conducted by ITS

By James Bourne, 09 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.