Winning the IT availability war: How to combat costly downtime

Analysts predict global enterprises will spend nearly $2 trillion on digital transformation by 20221. With digital initiatives and technology becoming ubiquitous with business today, one would think that companies would be more than ready for a world where virtually every touchpoint with customers is digital. Unfortunately, the fact that Target, British Airways, Facebook and Twitter all experienced major IT outages in 2019 suggests there is still work left to do to keep services and an optimal customer...

By Mark Banfield, 06 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, SaaS , Security, Software.

How smart cybersecurity solutions are increasingly powered by AI and ML

Now that data breaches are more common, 'digital trust' is a top priority for C-level leaders that build and maintain the IT infrastructure for digital transformation. Besides, for most organisations, losing digital trust can have a significant impact on brand reputation and the bottom line.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have been adopted for their automation benefits, from predictive outcomes to advanced data analytics. AI-based cybersecurity can augment the capabilities of...

By David H Deans, 04 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Research, Security.

How to excel at secured cloud migrations through shared responsibility: A guide

  • 60% of security and IT professionals state that security is the leading challenge with cloud migrations, despite not being clear about who is responsible for securing cloud environments
  • 71% understand that controlling privileged access to cloud service administrative accounts is a critical concern, yet only 53% cite secure access to cloud workloads as a key objective of their cloud privileged access management (PAM) strategies

These and many other fascinating insights are from the recent

By Louis Columbus, 02 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Research, Security.

McAfee notes the gap between cloud-first and cloud-only – yet optimism reigns on success

Two in five large UK organisations expect their operations to be cloud-only by 2021 according to a new report – but the gap between the haves and the have-nots is evident.

The findings appear in a new report from McAfee. The security vendor polled more than 2000 respondents – 1310 senior IT staff and 750 employees – across large businesses in the UK, France, and Germany to assess cloud readiness.

By James Bourne, 27 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Data & Analytics, Research, Security.

Think of data as the new uranium rather than the new oil – and treat it like it’s toxic

In May 2017, The Economist famously ran with a front-page headline proclaiming that “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.” It focused on big tech’s collection and use of data and argued that the data economy demands a new approach to antitrust rules.

I agree with the idea that data is now about the world’s most valuable resource, but would suggest that...

By Bill Mew, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

Cyber and the cloud: Overcoming the key security challenges amid multi-cloud rise

Cloud computing has become a prevalent force, bringing economies of scale and breakthrough technological advances to modern organisations, but it is more than just a trend. Cloud computing has evolved at an incredible speed and, in many organisations, is now entwined with the complex technological landscape that supports critical daily operations.

This ever-expanding cloud environment gives rise to new types of risk. Business...

By Steve Durbin, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vendors.

Enterprises risking data disaster by not fully exploring cloud backup timeframes, research says

The issue of shared responsibility in cloud security is an issue which refuses to go away. Yet according to a new report from backup and disaster recovery managed services provider (MSP) 4sl, organisations are risking a data disaster by misunderstanding cloud providers’ backup processes.

The study, which polled 200 UK enterprises, found a majority of respondents believe the backup times for their various cloud products are longer than the...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

The importance of securing multi-cloud manufacturing systems in a Zero Trust world

Private equity firms are snapping up manufacturing companies at a quick pace, setting off a merger and acquisition gold rush, while leaving multi-cloud manufacturing systems unprotected in a Zero Trust world.

Securing the manufacturing gold rush of 2019

The intensity private equity (PE) firms have for acquiring and aggregating manufacturing businesses is creating an abundance of opportunities for cybercriminals to breach the resulting businesses. For example, merging formerly independent infrastructures...

By Louis Columbus, 14 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Security, Software.

Even if your cloud workloads are complex and data is privileged – it’s still on the customer to secure

Another day, another example of misunderstanding shared responsibility when it comes to cloud security. Or is it?

A new report from identity and access management (IAM) provider Centrify has argued that while many organisations understand the basics of shared responsibility, the increasing complexity of workloads means that confusion occurs when it comes to privileged access.

The...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Exploring the commercial advantages of blockchain technologies – and what CIOs need to do about it

The initial commercial interest in cryptocurrency IT infrastructure was the potential to enable an alternative to government-backed fiat currencies. However, now most of the forward-looking focus is on blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that underpins the new applications.

Although deployments are still very much in the realm of the early adopter, blockchain has proven advantages across several vertical industries: it is safe, decentralised, transparent and can reduce intermediary costs.

Blockchain use case...

By David H Deans, 11 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Why businesses fail to maximise the value of data visualisation

Data visualisation has become one of the hottest tools in data-driven business management over the past few years. As business intelligence software becomes a more central part of companies’ toolkits and data practices, visualisations have improved while concurrently becoming more precise and versatile.

Even so, not every case of a business implementing BI software and data visualisation is a success. Although they are...

By Cloud Tech, 05 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Software.

A guide to enterprise cloud cost management – understanding and reducing costs

For the enterprise, managing cloud costs has become a huge problem. Public cloud continues to grow in popularity and top providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google offer competitive prices to attract enterprises. But your search to save money shouldn't stop there. There are many factors - some of which IT teams initially overlook - that can increase a public cloud bill. Fortunately, organisations can avoid any unwanted billing...

By Yair Green, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Monitoring.

Platform as a service solutions are secure – as long as they’re not misconfigured

There’s no denying that solutions that optimise data capture business success today. Platforms as a service that handle many aspects of an enterprise’s customer-facing data have revolutionised the way large companies interact with their customers, driving increased personalisation, better service, and higher value interactions.

This flexibility of PaaS solutions such as Salesforce has...

By Brian Olearczyk, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, PaaS, Platform, Security.

Why cloud IT infrastructure demand continues to fluctuate as 2019 draws to a close

Demand for computer servers, disk storage systems, and networking hardware deployed within an enterprise hybrid cloud environment remains strong. Moreover, the investment in non-cloud on-premises infrastructure seems assured by the CIO and CTO need to deliver superior security and compliance with IT regulatory requirements in several key industries.

According to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), vendor revenue from sales of IT infrastructure products for cloud...

By David H Deans, 31 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research.

How to avoid the big upcoming cloud storage problem – which could run you down

When organisations migrate to the cloud they have an application problem: deciding which apps to migrate and in what order as well as which ones to reconfigure as cloud-native. Once in the cloud they have a data problem: budgets that are flat or in decline and data volumes that are growing exponentially.

Where people go wrong is thinking ONLY about the application problem in advance. All too often when we cross the road we look left or right when we should be looking both left AND right.

It is wrong to think...

By Bill Mew, 29 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Migration, Software, Storage.

How cloud technologies continue to enable innovation in the pharmaceutical industry

The pharmaceutical world is in the midst of a sea change. As new deadlines approach for compliance with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), pharmaceutical companies are racing — and struggling — to comply. The provisions’ end goal — creating an electronic database to identify and trace the distribution of prescription drugs...

By Gina Parry, 23 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, ERP, Software.

Transitions, tracking and teams: How to get your initiatives up to multi-cloud nine

At the most basic level, nearly every company now uses SaaS systems from different cloud providers. Hybrid private/public clouds are also becoming the preferred option for enterprises, and these networks are inherently distributed. This means most organisations are currently dealing with the challenges of managing networks and services from multiple vendors. They’re having multi-cloud headaches.

We all want

By Paul Mercina, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.