How cloud scalability is seducing the financial sector

The financial sector, while forging ahead in other areas of digital transformation, has been relatively slow to adopt the cloud and there has been good reason for it: banks have to deal with highly sensitive data and sharing data storage and compute resources with others could not even be envisaged, let alone adopted.

However, just under two years ago, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a new guidance for firms outsourcing to the...

By Monica Brink, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Scalability.

It’s time to build a multi-cloud strategy to make the best of falling public cloud prices

This year will see a marked increase in competition for public cloud dollars – and not just from incumbents like Amazon and Google. As demand for the cloud grows, big companies from China are making significant moves to expand their global reach – with Alibaba in particular moving aggressively into Europe and the United States.

The public cloud spend of a typical Fortune 500 can quickly escalate to eight or nine digits on an annual basis. Snap alone is paying hundreds of millions of...

By Spencer Kimball, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Containers, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

A guide: How to apply the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to AWS implementations

If public cloud services are in your IT mix, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) is a great way to evaluate security needs and develop a robust security strategy. The NIST CSF identifies five key cybersecurity functions - “Identify,” “Protect,” “Detect,” “Respond,” and “Recover” - to organise recommended security controls into actionable work streams. AWS users can use the CSF to plan...

By Sanjay Kalra, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

SD-WAN interest grows as enterprises become more cloud-ready, research finds

As enterprises are embracing the cloud, SD-WAN is more likely to be on the table for their technological roadmaps.

This is the primary finding from a survey conducted by analyst firm IHS Markit. The WAN Strategies North America study found almost three quarters (74%) of organisations polled conducted SD-WAN lab trials in 2017, with many of these moving into production trials and, eventually, live production, this year.

Investments in wide area networks more generally continue undimmed, with the adoption of...

By James Bourne, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

Get smart: Achieving data-driven insights through a modernised IT infrastructure

Many organisations are beginning to rely on real-time insights to drive mission-critical business decisions, but a recent study by Accenture and HfS Research states that nearly 80% of companies can’t make data-driven decisions due to a lack of skills and technology. Based on a global survey, respondents reported that 50% to 90% of their data is unstructured and largely inaccessible.

As Debbie Polishook, group chief executive of Accenture Operations has commented: "Organisations need...

By Jeff Klaus, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Putting the D in VDI: How virtual desktop infrastructure got its desktop back

The point of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is to offer employees anytime, anywhere accessibility to your organization’s applications and data. VDI is a “desktop away from the desktop.” The problem is that more emphasis has had to be placed on the infrastructure part of VDI due to outdated technology that creates complexity. But newer VDI technology is about to restore the desktop to its rightful place.

A promising beginning

In a tradition dating back more than a quarter of a century,...

By Amitabh Sinha, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, VDI, Virtualisation.

Why Kubernetes networking is hard – and what you can do about it

 

History tells us that networking is always the last piece of the puzzle. From mainframes, to virtual machines, and now with containers, providing compute and storage are the first two steps before the realisation sets in that all these little entities have to all communicate with each other.

For most of the last 30 years, that communication has been facilitated over Ethernet where different ends of a communication at the application layer bind to each other using IP addresses and port numbers. But...

By Pete Johnson, 03 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Containers, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, Microservices.

Keeping the multi-cloud world safe: Ensuring control and visibility

The world is going multi-cloud. Organisations seek the efficiency, speed, scalability and reduced costs that cloud promises and are rapidly moving applications and data into more hybrid environments – including to more than one cloud.

According to Cisco’s most recent Global Cloud Index, data centre application growth is exploding in this new multi-cloud world. By 2021,...

By Chintan Patel, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Security.

Can the cloud go all the way to the edge?

There is lots of conversation in the industry at the moment around the impact that edge computing is going to have on the cloud and specifically if it is going to kill the cloud, or at the very least impact its ability to cope.

With the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the predicted future ubiquity of sensors, the cloud and associated technologies in their current state won’t be able to cope with the sheer amount of data being generated by machines – and won’t be able to keep up with the...

By Dave Ricketts, 13 March 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Why cloud-native virtual network functions are important for NFV

Virtual network functions (VNFs) are software implementations of network function equipment packaged in virtual machines, on top of commercial off the shelf hardware NFV infrastructure. VNFs are a core part of NFV – as we know the base of NFV was to virtualise the network functions and software based to reduce cost and gain full control over network operations with added agility and flexibility benefits. We can say that the majority of NFV operations are focused towards how VNFs can be served in NFV...

By Sagar Nangare, 08 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Microservices, Virtualisation.