SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery for AWS, Azure and GCP: A guide

The public cloud offers a myriad of options for providing high availability and disaster recovery protections for SQL Server database applications. Conversely, some of the options available in a private cloud are not available in the public cloud. Given the many choices and limitations, the challenge faced by system and database administrators is determining the best available options for each application running in hybrid and purely public clouds.

Is performance engineering still needed when it comes to cloud?

Opinion Now that cloud vendors are delivering features constantly, which are backed with hard data and with good specs, the question which comes to mind is: shall we continue to measure, as we did in the days of the data centre, or shall we blindly trust the vendor and save ourselves plenty of time and duplicated effort?

This is a question I asked myself some time ago – and it has taken me some time to come up with an answer I’m happy with.

By Nazareno Feito, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data Centres, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Cloud Security Alliance publishes ‘egregious 11’ list of top threats to the cloud

If one other thing besides death and taxes is certain, it is that cloud security will remain a key talking point. Whose responsibility is it exactly – and why does the shared responsibility model continue to cause havoc?

Some areas however can be nailed down much more solidly. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has issued what it calls the ‘egregious 11’ in its latest report, giving organisations an up-to-date...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

IT operations in 2020: Five things to prepare for – from AIOps to multi-cloud and more

The threat of digital disruption has forced senior executives and technology leaders to rethink business models, data assets, and distribution channels, to create more innovative products and services that will delight customers and overcome more nimbler competitors. Over the last decade, enterprises have completely transformed the way they build, deploy, manage, and maintain mission-critical services as a response to increasing digitisation.

Does the rise of edge computing mean a security nightmare?

What do we mean by edge computing? In a nutshell, with edge computing you are processing data near the edge of your network, where the data is being generated, instead of relying on the cloud - or, more specifically, a collection of data centres.

As a relatively new methodology, computing at the edge invites new security challenges as you are looking at new setups or new architecture. Some say...

By Yair Green, 11 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Exploits, Infrastructure, Security.

Exploring WAN data acceleration: Is edge computing really necessary?

Most traditional forms of dealing with network and data latency, as well as packet loss, fall short of their promise. This includes WAN optimisation. SD-WANs are great, but their performance can also be improved by adding a WAN data acceleration layer. With the growth of the Internet of Things, therefore, organisations are looking for new ways to reduce the impact of latency and packet loss.

David Linthicum, chief cloud...

By Graham Jarvis, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Supply chains and digital transformation: How Manutan rebuilt its systems and strategy

Executive summary: Distributing giant Manutan moved from a reactive customer engagement strategy to a proactive approach through going cloud-native. While the process had various roadblocks, the sense of engagement and community was key. Xavier Laurent, director of value added services at Manutan, has ‘lived the journey of transformation’ over the past 10 years and discusses how the company meets customer demand in the digital...

By Ian Moyse, 07 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Architecture, Case Studies, CIO, Infrastructure.

Re-host, re-platform or replace: Which public cloud approach is right for your business?

Digital transformation continues to create opportunities for UK businesses. As uncertainty remains the mood of Britain, companies are prioritising transformation programmes to ensure continued growth. Many see digital transformation as key to becoming more competitive and a necessity to keep up with a rapidly changing business environment, and for many the cloud is critical to its success.

For years, CIOs have been caught in an 80/20 IT spending trap: 80% of the budget going to ongoing support, leaving only...

By Dob Todorov, 03 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Best Practice, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Migration, Public.

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.

SD-WAN and cloud: A marriage made in heaven or a match made in hell?

Paul Stuttard, director of Duxbury Networking, argues in South African online magazine IT Web that SD-WAN is a marriage made in heaven. Why? SD-WAN technology has the ability to optimise the cloud, while speeding up access to cloud-based applications, he claims. Stuttard further explains that just 10 years ago organisations were advised to prepare for the impact of cloud computing on their networks.

By Graham Jarvis, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Software.

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.

How ‘AI at the edge’ is creating new semiconductor demand

As more CIOs and CTOs focus attention on selecting the best-fit IT infrastructure for their particular cognitive computing needs, vendors of semiconductor technologies are exploring new ways to optimize their investment in solutions at the edge of enterprise networks.

Revenue from the sale of artificial intelligence (AI) chipsets for edge inference and inference training will grow at 65% and 137% respectively between 2018 and 2023, according to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research.

During...

By David H Deans, 26 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Vendors.

How new cloud agents are increasing confidence in the public cloud

By now, articles espousing migrating to the cloud are a dime a dozen. You can find everything from simple how-tos to complete lift and shift project plans being touted as the best way to migrate. At face value, the advantages and cost savings of moving enterprise applications to the public cloud are easy to grasp. Why wouldn’t your enterprise leverage the scale and power of the cloud, which grows as your business grows, without the huge...

By Erik Freeland, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Fulfilling the promise of NFV with reconfigurable computing

With so many new technologies vying for attention, it can be difficult for CISOs to know which ones merit attention. Will this solution save time? Will it make our organisation more productive, or enable us to do things we couldn’t otherwise do? These questions need to be considered before adopting software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV).

What makes...

By Daniel Proch, 31 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Data Management, Infrastructure.

The Morlocks are here: Why computing’s new paradigm is the time machine

Opinion We had the desktop. Then came the cloud. And next, we’ll have the time machine.

The Time Machine is one of the classic 60s-era sci-fi films. Based on the H.G. Wells novel, a Victorian-era inventor (Rod Taylor) gets propelled into the year 802,701 A.D. by a barber chair with a roulette wheel grafted onto it. In the distant future, he meets the Eloi, a future breed of humans that look like they just popped over from the...

By Michael Kanellos, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure.

IBM makes leap in latest quantum computer release – but what does it all mean?

IBM thinks it has gained a head-start on the slowly emerging quantum market with the launch of what it has described as the first commercially useable integrated quantum computing system.

Quantum computing is based on the principles of quantum mechanics and aims to take advantage of subatomic particles existing in more than one state at any time. Its much-vaunted potential therefore is in its ability to read between the lines and...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Industry.

Why efficient multi-cloud management and DevOps requires transparency

As multi-clouds become the norm, finding and addressing wasteful cloud resources jump to the top of the list of IT concerns. Keeping cloud management simple, timely, and accurate requires a view into your application usage that is clear and comprehensive.

Hybrid clouds give organisations the ability to get the best of both worlds: on-premises for traditional apps and resources they want to keep...

By Brad Parks, 03 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

How should CIOs manage data at the edge?

The ubiquity of popular buzzwords or phrases in the technology community brings a certain kind of pressure. If everyone seems to be talking about the importance and transformative potential of an exciting new technology, then as a CIO it’s only natural to want to dive straight in and explore its potential use cases as soon as possible.

This is particularly true of businesses and edge computing. After all, edge...

By Ravi Naik, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, CIO, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.