Hong Kong analysis shows importance of cloud technologies in improving productivity and ROI

Cloud technologies are key to Hong Kong businesses according to a new report from SolarWinds – but containers, blockchain and robotics still have a fair way to go yet.

The findings appear in the company’s latest IT trends report, ‘The Intersection of Hype and Performance.’ The research polled 75 IT practitioners, managers and directors in Hong Kong – with the overall research quizzing more than 800 respondents across four continents – and found cloud and hybrid IT was the...

By James Bourne, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research.

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.

The cloud develops alongside ingenuity: How cloud is essential to underpin new technologies

The Internet needed a means to maximise its potential – and the solution would need to be highly adaptable and accepting of a wide variety of technology. Cloud computing has evolved with the information age.

The evolution of applications for cloud computing: A history

The Allied Telecom Group describes cloud computing as an interconnected network of remote servers; specifically, Internet-host servers that process and manage information, as well...

By Rick Delgado, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Platform.

The six keys to competing and succeeding in a cloud-first environment

Cloud computing has come a long way over the last several years. It has gone from an emerging technology used in tech startups, to a catalyst for driving enterprise business transformations. According to IDC’s CloudView 2017 report, 70 percent of CIOs say they embrace a “cloud-first IT strategy.” This shows that cloud has moved way beyond the early-adopted phase, where born in the cloud startups were the only...

By Joe Kinsella, 16 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, CIO, Infrastructure, Public.

Exploding cloud myths, part 3: Why the job is not finished once you have migrated

Moving to the cloud is not called a journey for nothing. Cloud journeys, like other transformations, comprise a never-ending bell curve of change.

So, while it may be tempting to crack open the champagne once you have migrated some initial services to the cloud and shift attention on the next item on the CIO’s ‘to do’ list, the job is far from over. This period simply marks the point at which the cloud journey veers off on a different tangent.

A business-driven transformation

Because moving...

By Brian Murray, 01 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, CIO, Infrastructure, Migration.

Exploding cloud myths, part 2: Why cloud is not digital transformation

Read almost any article on IT trends today and it’s likely that ‘digital’ and ‘digital transformation’ feature heavily. And yet there is confusion over what this actually means. It has been misappropriated by some, diluting everyone’s understanding. I have heard it used for anything from technology change to new application releases, or, even more cringeworthy, to describe any IT focused project.

The latest usage setting my teeth on edge are those IT transformation projects...

By Brian Murray, 25 October 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Industry.

Exploding cloud myths, part 1: Why the cloud does not solve all business continuity and DR pains

With all the hype about how cloud delivery brings new levels of flexibility and availability, many organisations may be falling for misleading reports claiming that moving to a cloud model somehow diminishes the need to worry about business continuity (BC) or disaster recovery (DR).

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Like the parody disaster movie Airplane, it would just take one thing to go wrong and you could find yourself in quite a pickle, but without any of the...

By Brian Murray, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Why combining access governance with authorisation management is key to identity success

In virtually every organisation or university, data is stored on multiple file servers throughout the network, often in a somewhat haphazard or random structure. Access to the data is likely just as unstructured and may put the organisation at risk by allowing employees access rights where none are required. Managing access to this unstructured data is incredibly difficult, resulting in a significant challenge when the time for an IT audit rolls around.

There are methods to bring order to this madness and...

By Dean Wiech, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Compliance, Security, Software.

Why digital transformation leaders are adopting open ecosystems

Are you open to new ideas, and given a compelling choice are you really prepared to change? That’s what informed CEOs are asking their C-suite leadership team.

The context of those questions is about determining who is most qualified to guide the organisation’s digital transformation journey. It’s also about setting expectations for C-level executives to partner.

IT and business leaders must acknowledge that they’ve likely reached a significant turning point. Business technology...

By David H Deans, 05 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, OpenSource.

Cloud job roles soar – but salaries not accelerating with it

If you’re looking for your next break in the cloud computing industry, be warned: salaries are slowing down while job postings soar.

That is the verdict of Experis, a professional IT resourcing provider, whose latest Tech Cities Job Watch looked at the challenges and opportunities in the UK technology job market.

According to the research, which utilised Innovantage’s recruitment software to analyse more than half a million employer websites, the number of cloud roles almost doubled (97.73%...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Economy, OpenSource.

Cloud security best practice: Security as a service or cloud security tooling?

A recent survey on cloud security and cloud adoption found that the single biggest impediment to moving to the public cloud was continued concerns around security.

While there has been tremendous progress in the area of cloud security in recent years, another important finding of the LinkedIn survey was that legacy tools, reconfigured for use in the public cloud just don’t work. This is mostly due to the nature of the cloud...

By David Auslander, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Public, Security.

The CIO’s guide to the new economics of real-time integration

CEOs’ decisions today to pursue digital-first strategies for greater revenue growth are defining their company’s competitive strengths in the future. CIOs and their teams are being challenged to drive a larger percentage of revenue growth in 2017 than ever before by providing IT-based insights daily.

  • Enabling faster revenue growth, improving products and replacing obsolete technologies are the top three CEO priorities have for CIOs in 2017.
  • 42% of CIOs say “digital first” is their company’s go-forward strategy for IT investments in 2017...

By Louis Columbus, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

Microsoft study warns of difficulty organisations face in attracting cloud skills

More than one in three companies admit it has been either ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ to find specific cloud skills for their organisation, according to a new study from Microsoft.

The dreaded ‘cloud skills gap’ has been long reported by this publication – ‘the trend will continue further through 2013’, this reporter once warned – but in the Microsoft...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Compliance, Microsoft.

The top five in-demand cloud skills for 2017

Financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016 reveals massive growth for the top cloud providers. With 47% and 93% revenue growth for Amazon AWS and Microsoft respectively, one thing is clear – cloud is growing at a breakneck pace.

Enterprises and small businesses will continue to adopt and invest in cloud technology. Cisco’s Global Cloud Index whitepaper shows global cloud IP traffic will almost...

By Alex Bennett, 23 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Developers, DevOps, Enterprise.

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.

Four best practice tips for creating an effective hybrid IT union

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It’s truly amazing that weddings actually work. The bride and groom bring together a vast collection of people and service providers for a celebration and expect it all to go to plan. It’s hard to imagine another scenario where all these personalities – your university mates, your buddies from work, the uncle you’ve not seen in years – would end up in the same room together, let alone in a conga line together.

The

By Jamie Tyler, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

How planning is the perfect tonic for avoiding the ‘cloud hangover’

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If there is one shortage we will never suffer in the technology sector, it is one of attention-grabbing sound-bites.

The latest one to do the rounds is the ‘cloud hangover’. It has been coined to describe the undesirable after-effects of a move to the cloud, the most painful of which is the significant unplanned for expenditure incurred by organisations in maintenance...

By Ivan Harris, 29 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Infrastructure, PublicSector.

Feeling insecure? It's time to find a data centre

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By Steve Davis, marketing director, NGD

It seems hardly a day goes by without a market survey uncovering yet more shock horror findings about companies of all shapes and sizes believing or knowing they are insecure when it comes to their data security.  But many still admit to be avoiding best practice even though threat levels are higher than ever.

Equally surprising, many organisations still view colocation data centres as being out of reach and soldier on with their servers and...

By Steve Davis, 14 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.

Five ways to monitor and control AWS cloud costs

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Many IT teams find that their AWS cloud costs grow less efficient as “clutter” builds up in their accounts. The good news is that both AWS and a small army of third party providers have developed tools to help engineers discover the cause(s) of these inefficiencies.

While there are several “easier” fixes, such as Reserved Instances and eliminating unused resources, the real issue is usually far more complex. Unplanned costs are frequently the result of...

By Logicworks, 13 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Infrastructure.