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.

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.

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.

Forget about the Internet of Things for a minute – and consider the Security of Things

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Opinion The Internet of Things (IoT) is well and truly upon us – and will clearly be even more prevalent in the future. Today, IoT is already branching out into commercial networks as well as enterprise applications. Smart devices are becoming more commonplace in our households with everyday appliances now able to communicate with the internet to help our lives to run more smoothly and interconnected devices are now essential tools in our working lives as well. This...

By Monica Brink, 23 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Security.

Test, test, then test again: Analysing the latest cloud DR strategies

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In September, we hosted a roundtable with fifteen business leaders to discuss and debate the findings from our The State of IT Disaster Recovery Amongst UK Businesses survey.  The debate was chaired by Chris Francis, techUK board member. Customers Wavex and Bluestone also participated in the discussion as did our partner Zerto and industry influencers Ray Bricknell from Behind...

By Monica Brink, 05 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Why security and compliance are still the main blockers to cloud adoption

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According to the Cloud Industry Forum, 80% of UK companies are adopting cloud technology as a key part of their overall IT and business strategy. However, one of the perceived barriers to cloud adoption continues to be concerns around security and compliance, which was the key topic of discussion at a recent techUK panel in which iland took part. During this discussion, we talked about the fact that nine out of ten security professionals worry about cloud security.

One of the key aspects that...

By Monica Brink, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

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.

Why the nirvana of cloud scalability can be easily achievable today

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It’s perhaps the most captivating myth of cloud: autoscaling. A major selling point, the promise of autoscaling is that the amount of computing resource automatically scales based on load. It can handle those unexpected traffic spikes better, automatically, with no human intervention. Workloads just know for example when your website has been mentioned on a television show or in a major magazine, demand spikes, and the cloud compensates. The cloud becomes a nimble, always-on,...

By Monica Brink, 06 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Understanding UK cloud adoption strategies: Where are we currently at?

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Last week, as part of London Technology Week, we held a breakfast panel discussion looking at cloud adoption strategies and overcoming cloud security and compliance challenges. Industry experts from Cisco, techUK, Behind Every Cloud, as well as cloud users joined us to discuss and explore adoption strategies for ensuring success. In particular, we wanted to understand what is working in the UK and what is not. What are companies aiming to achieve, and where are they in their cloud...

By Monica Brink, 29 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

The key steps when migrating from a physical environment to the cloud

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As companies continue to step up the pace of migration to the cloud, many find themselves in the situation of having to bridge the gap between their physical and cloud infrastructures, which brings new challenges. IT has applications it regards as critical but lines of business have different application requirements that they regard as critical. As a result, IT often ends up becoming overloaded with requests, and as they attempt to satisfy demand with more resources, this can lead to...

By Monica Brink, 14 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Migration.

A warning shot: Why cloud security remains more important than ever

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With all the recent well-publicised hacking and malware attacks, not to mention numerous meteorological events that have affected companies around the globe over the last year, IT leaders are very aware of the need for robust cloud security and compliance.

That said it is infact now easier for companies to engage in poor security practices because users do not have the same control over their cloud infrastructure that they have over their own on-premise infrastructure. Often,...

By Monica Brink, 10 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Security.

MWC takeaways: Making sure your infrastructure is secure for the connected world

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With Mobile World Congress over for another year, I’ve now had a chance to digest everything that was on show last week. This conference, which is arguably the planet’s best venue for mobile industry networking, looked at the Internet of Things and the connected world, anything and everything from developments such as 5G to newly connected toothbrush devices that ensure consumers brush their teeth as the dentist intended.

What all these new technology innovations...

By Monica Brink, 02 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Infrastructure, Privacy, Security.

The cloud is the limit: Disaster recovery, compliance, and other key 2015 trends

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We are well into the first month of 2016, and many predictions from the cloud sector have started to reveal different trends that we may see over the next 12 months. In 2015 we saw IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service) growing 51%, with cloud firmly being pushed into the limelight. Looking to the future, there are many indications of what to expect in the year to come, including improvements to current-generation cloud environments as well as private...

By Monica Brink, 13 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Why it is vital to talk about security with your cloud provider

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Cyber security is currently centre stage – no matter where you turn, it is all over the news.

Just this last month we’ve certainly heard a plethora of stories about companies that have been affected by breaches and hacks. A UK telecoms provider experienced a detrimental cyber security attack where customers’ personal data was breached, and in a separate incident...

By Monica Brink, 02 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Security.

Bringing DRaaS to the C-suite: The key job roles analysed

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A series of large scale cyberattacks have been in the headlines this year and, according to McAfee, the situation will only worsen as hackers use more advanced techniques to infiltrate networks.

Despite this, there are still a large portion of companies that remain vulnerable, mainly due to the lack of executive interest in preparing for worst-case scenarios. The same report states that 79 percent of C-level US and...

By Monica Brink, 13 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Addressing the hurdles of cloud security: Why you may be setting yourself up for failure

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Security is trumpeted as a top concern for organisations, especially with increased investment in new technologies like mobile, cloud, and the Internet of Things. As new technologies are introduced and adversaries become more sophisticated, the threat landscape and the attack surface within organisations continues to grow. This means that not only do organisations need protection from threats, they need to protect their data and they also need to protect their reputation and brand....

By Monica Brink, 21 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Security.

You may be right to be worried about DRaaS – but help is at hand

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Latest figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) indicate that cloud adoption is at its highest figure to date, with 78 per cent of organisations now having formally adopted at least one type of cloud-based service. TechNavio echoes this surge and in particular the surge in growth of disaster recovery as a service, forecasting a compound annual growth rate of 54.64 per cent between 2014 and 2018. However, despite the striking numbers and growth expectations there are still many...

By Monica Brink, 18 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.