A guide to securing application consistency in multi-cloud environments

Cloud computing. It is like a well-trodden path when it comes to talking about digitalisation. Multi-cloud is another term that has crossed many lips, and something that we are still getting to know now, as efforts continue to ramp up to meet the demand of the digital era. For organisations, the demand to adapt and move with the times is apparent. But the demand for organisations to transform digitally is even more pressing. The whole ecosystem of growth, progression...

By David Moss, 18 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Storage.

The unforgiving cycle of cloud infrastructure costs – and the CAP theorem which drives it

Long read Modern enterprises that need to ship software are constantly caught in a race for optimisation, whether in terms of speed (time to ship/deploy), ease of use or, inevitably, cost. What makes this a never-ending cycle is that these goals are often at odds with each other.

The choices that organisations make usually inform what they’re optimising for. At a fundamental level, these are the factors that drive, for example,...

By Amrish Kapoor, 16 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Containers, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Why the antidote for multi-cloud complexity is a unified management strategy

Start counting off the benefits of multi-cloud and you soon run out of fingers; avoiding vendor lock-in, matching the right tool for the job, democratised access to stakeholders, balancing performance and cost, geographically aligning workloads to name just five.

Yet there’s always a catch. With management of multiple clouds, one of the big gotchas is complexity. A recent MIT Technology Review/VMware study

By Brad Parks, 15 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Monitoring, Public.

Operating and maintaining systems at scale with automation: A guide

For the large or midsize MSP, managing numerous customers with unique characteristics and tens of thousands of systems at scale can be challenging. In this article I want to pull back the curtain, so to speak, on some of the automation and tools that I have used to solve these problems. The approach has three main components: collect, model and react.

Collect

By Ken Weinreich, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure.

Practical cloud considerations: Security and the decryption conundrum

Compute in the cloud may be cheap but it isn't free. Most of today’s apps are delivered via secure HTTP. That means TLS or the increasingly frowned upon SSL. It means cryptography, which traditionally has been translated to mean performance problems.

Thanks to advances in technology, CPUs are now incredibly fast and many client (and...

How to simplify and accelerate multi-cloud strategies with SDN

Hybrid cloud is becoming the go-to approach to cloud because it gives enterprises the best of both private and public cloud. They gain the security and reliability of private cloud for mission-critical data and applications, while also benefitting from the cost-efficiency and flexibility of public cloud. According to a 451...

By Jerzy Szlosarek, 20 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Demystifying the multi-cloud strategy: The key steps organisations need to take today

The cloud industry is moving at lightning speed, with enterprise adoption of multi-cloud becoming increasingly mainstream due to the need for faster digital transformation. Gartner predicts that 90% of organisations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities by 2020.

There are, of course, many benefits to deploying a multi-cloud strategy, including mitigating the risk of disaster through a single point of failure, business agility and cost saving. Having said this, multi-cloud should not be used...

By Richard Brown, 08 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Assessing the Gartner Magic Quadrant for cloud management platforms: How CMPs have ‘come of age’

Transitioning to the cloud is not so much taking a fresh plot of land and building up from there, but more trying to renovate an existing property. For larger organisations with sprawling IT outfits, it can be particularly complicated even once the bulk of the work has been done, with on-premise systems here, public cloud workloads there, and private cloud in between.

What’s more, organisations are realising that one size may not fit...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Farewell 2018, hello 2019: The last 12 months in cloud – and what’s on the horizon

2018 was yet another fascinating year when it came to cloud computing, along with the emerging technologies which complement and rely on the cloud.

As the ecosystem has matured and organisations’ confidence has increased, conversations have shifted gear accordingly. RightScale’s

By James Bourne, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Containers, Infrastructure, M&A, Security, Software.

How to backup to the cloud with a WAN data acceleration layer

Software-Defined WANs (SD-WANs) are, along with artificial intelligence, the talk of the town, but they have their limitations for fast cloud back-up and restore. However, before SD-WANs organisations had to cope with conventional wide area networks – just plain old WANs – with all applications, bandwidth congestion and heavy quality of service (QoS) going through one pipe using multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) to connect each branch office to one or more clouds.

The advent of the SD-WAN was...

By David Trossell, 21 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice.

CEOs are concerned about the cloud skills gap but doing little to remedy it – so plough your own furrow

The majority of top brass at UK organisations say they concerned about the digital skills divide – yet only a small percentage are willing to invest in digital skills training for existing staff.

That’s the key finding from a report by cloudy software firm Domo. The study, titled ‘Leading at the Speed of Data’ and which polled 107 CEOs in total, found a generational gap in some areas. 84% of CEOs aged...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Economy, Research, Trends.

DevOps skills demand continues to soar – with salaries going up with it

Two pieces of research have hit CloudTech’s inbox which show that if you have the right DevOps skills you can go just about anywhere – and name your price with it.

According to a new report issued by O’Reilly Media, the global median pay for DevOps professionals is currently at $90,000 a year.

The report was based on the responses of more than 1,300 IT professionals, and noted that...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Developers, DevOps, Economy.

Why healthcare providers need Zero Trust Security to boost their digital initiatives

  • 58% of healthcare systems breach attempts involve inside actors, which makes this the leading industry for insider threats today.
  • Ransomware leads all malicious code categories, responsible for 70% of breach attempt incidents.
  • Stealing laptops from medical professionals’ cars to obtain privileged access credentials to gain access and install malware on healthcare networks, exfiltrate valuable data or sabotage systems and applications are all common breach strategies.

These and many other fascinating insights are from 

By Louis Columbus, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Staying competitive and resilient in a multi-cloud world ​​​​​​​

Today’s businesses don’t have it easy. They are constantly challenged to stay resilient during a time of unprecedented disruption, change, and unforeseen adversity. That means ensuring critical applications and data are always available, to keep the business ticking along no matter what may be thrown at it.

With cyber attacks on the rise and more employees choosing flexible working practices, that becomes...

By Chris Fielding, 31 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry, Infrastructure.

Why the cloud is key to mitigating the menace of phishing

After the rise of ransomware over the last few years (largely combatted through better detection of the malware and more attention paid to having decent backups), phishing has stormed back onto the IT security manager’s radar.

According to our latest survey on IT security in the UK and Ireland, phishing is now the second most pressing cyber security issue after data breaches. The survey of 104 IT and security managers found that the majority of...

By Lior Samuelson, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Hacking, Security.

Exploring cloud APIs – the unnoticed side of cloud computing

Nowadays, it is increasingly easier to lose one’s self in dashboards, visualisation tools, nice graphics, and all sorts of button-like approaches to cloud computing. Since the last decade, UX work has improved tenfold; nevertheless, there is a side that usually goes unnoticed unless extremely necessary. That side belongs to application user interfaces (APIs).

An API constitutes a set of objects, methods and functions that allows the user to build scripts, or even big applications, to make certain things...

By Nazareno Feito, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Developers, Platform.

Why digital business talent is a top priority for CEOs

Who is leading digital transformation at the most forward-thinking organizations across the globe, and what are the most significant roadblocks to their progress? That depends, on who you ask. Let's consider the most common digital business challenges today, and how savvy leaders overcome them.

Digital growth tops the list of CEO business priorities in 2018 and 2019, according to the latest worldwide market study by Gartner. However, as growth becomes harder to achieve, CEOs are concentrating on changing...

By David H Deans, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, Data & Analytics, Economy, Industry.

Dare you move to the cloud using a ‘finger in the air’ calculation?

In 1747 Lord Chesterfield used the immortal line ‘Take care of the pence; for the pounds will take care of themselves’ in a letter to a friend.  It still holds true today. The cost of a cappuccino and avocado on sourdough every morning on the way into the office soon adds up.

But however lax we are with our pennies, none of us would continue to pay the barista for that early morning caffeine hit if we decide to give up coffee. Oddly, though, that is what many large businesses do every day...

By Andrew Logan, 05 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure.