Three unbeatable security advantages of cloud-based solutions for your business

Cloud-based solutions have never been more popular than ever. Proponents and opponents have their reasons to keep debates fuelled, but small to mid-sized businesses shouldn’t ignore the security benefits cloud can offer.

Higher standards

Implementing cloud-based solutions for your business is certain to bring a higher standard of security that your in-house IT team or a locally managed system is unlikely to achieve.

Multi-factor authentication: Small to medium-sized businesses don’t have...

By Jeff Dennis, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

A CDO’s guide to data warehouse automation: Why it is needed and how to succeed with data

The four “Vs” of data are well known – volume, velocity, variety and veracity. However, data warehousing infrastructure in many organisations is no longer equipped to handle these. The fifth elusive “V” – value – is even more evasive. Meeting these challenges at the scale of data that modern organisations have requires a new approach – and automation is the bedrock.

For CDOs, it’s all about finding methods of using data for value creation and revenue generation, which...

By Neil Barton, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

A data centre with no centre: Why the cloud of the future will live in our homes

When we talk about the home of the future, we might think of technologies that will bring convenience to our lives. Refrigerators that know when we’ve run out of milk and order more for us, perhaps, or 3D printers that will make any shape of pasta you can imagine. But while this Jetsons-like vision might initially hold some appeal to the average person on the street, such innovations are likely to come and go in a flash.

In truth, we struggle to adapt to...

By Joseph Denne, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Edge or cloud? The five factors that determine where to put workloads

Should you send your data to computers or bring your computing assets to the data?

This is a major question in IoT. A few years ago you might have said “everything goes to the cloud,” but sheer size and scope often makes a smart edge more inevitable. IDC estimates that 40% of IoT data will be captured, processed and stored pretty much where it was born. While Gartner estimates the amount of data outside the cloud or enterprise data...

By Michael Kanellos, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Six key data strategy considerations for your cloud-native transformation

Many organizations are making the move to cloud-native platforms as their strategy for digital transformation. Cloud native allows companies to deliver fast-responding, user-friendly applications with greater agility. However, the architecture of the data in support of cloud-native transformation is often ignored in the hope that it will take care of itself.

With data becoming the information currency of every organization, how do you avoid the data mistakes commonly made during this cloud transformation...

Five tips for creating successful company-wide data security training

Creating a safe online environment for your business is a major concern for leaders today. With the amount of data breaches increasing steadily and consumer trust in data management declining, it’s no wonder that improving the security of IT systems is the number one priority for 55% of companies.

Employees...

By Pratik Dholakiya, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

As employee use of cloud apps explodes – can CASBs help?

Rapid adoption of software as a service (SaaS) has changed the security paradigm for enterprise applications. Provisioning is no longer an activity performed solely by IT; instead, business managers are independently purchasing cloud apps and skipping security practices. This leaves enterprise data exposed, forcing IT/security teams into reactive mode as they try to manage risks with their existing security tools using ineffective “whack-a-mole” approaches.

Ultimately, as enterprises shift more...

By Jay Barbour, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Software.

How DevOps affects IT performance – and why automation is not universal among companies yet

Everyone’s talking a good game when it comes to DevOps strategies – but automation is not as widespread in organisations as one might think.

That’s the key verdict from software management provider Puppet in its latest report. The report, State of DevOps Market Segmentation, aims to ‘reveal additional insights’ from the company’s most recent State of DevOps report, issued last year.

The 2017 analysis polled almost 3,200 technical professionals from organisations worldwide,...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Platform, Research.

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.

Organisations need ‘reality check’ on cloud costs, research advocates

How do you balance your cloud and on-premises budget – and how do you get the most out of it? It has long been a problem for organisations once they decide they want to move their systems to the cloud – and according to new research from SoftwareONE, companies continue to suffer from high costs and low visibility.

The study, which polled 300 C-level and IT decision makers in North America, had some interesting data points alongside some less surprising results. More than half (53%) of those polled...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure, Research.

Why it’s time for manufacturers to take security in the cloud seriously

Manufacturers deal with sensitive data every day. This includes test and quality data, warranty information, device history records, and especially the engineering specifications for a product that are highly confidential. Trusting that data to a cloud-based application or cloud services provider is a major step, and manufacturers need to fully educate themselves about the security risks and advantages of cloud-based software.

As we prepare to enter the second half of 2018, consider the following three...

Step aside ransomware: Why cryptojacking is the new kid on the block

With the ability to generate a staggering $1.5 trillion in revenues every year, cybercrime is big business. It’s the perfect model – earn a high income for minimum effort and risk of penalty.

It comes as no surprise then that when faced with issues around the fluctuating value of Bitcoin, cybercriminals stepped into action. These savvy criminals created a new attack technique that offers better paid out odds in...

By Paolo Passeri, 15 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Danger within: Defending cloud environments against insider threats

According to a recent study by Crowd Research Partners, over 90% of organisations feel vulnerable to insider attacks. This should come as no surprise. Cloud adoption and bring your own device (BYOD) policies have greatly improved businesses’ agility, but have also made sensitive business data much more readily accessible, presenting a significant IT security challenge. This is clearly demonstrated in the recent incidents involving

Why the future of cybersecurity is in the cloud

For decades we have feared the cloud.  During my time working counterintelligence for the FBI, we feared the Internet so much that agency computers functioned solely on an isolated intranet connected via hard cables.

It’s no wonder to me that that government has still not embraced the unlimited processing power cloud computing affords.  But despite the fact that utilisation of the cloud has become ubiquitous – we store our photos and memories, email accounts, business files and our very...

By Eric O'Neill, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Getting the most out of your data centres: How much energy is your IT system wasting?

The modern-day enterprise is conscious of the environment, and with many corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, you will of course find recycling schemes or even smart lights that switch themselves off when no one is in the room, all in order to save energy. But when we look at the biggest energy drain of any organisation, our IT system, we rarely consider measures we can take to reduce this.

As the most likely cause of major power, data centres are the first place to look when considering energy...

By Leo Craig, 26 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

AWS launches blockchain service – six months after saying it wasn’t interested in the technology

It turns out Amazon Web Services (AWS) may have been throwing us all a bit of a curveball with regards to blockchain. The cloud infrastructure giant has announced the launch of AWS Blockchain Templates – having previously said the technology wasn’t in the company’s plans.

Back in November, at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, the company’s dozens of announcements...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

The state of cloud business intelligence 2018: Why usage continues to soar

  • Cloud BI adoption is soaring in 2018, nearly doubling 2016 adoption levels.
  • Over 90% of sales and marketing teams say that cloud BI is essential for getting their work done in 2018, leading all categories in the survey.
  • 66% of organizations that consider themselves completely successful with business intelligence (BI) initiatives currently use the cloud.
  • Financial Services (62%), technology (54%), and education (54%) have the highest Cloud BI adoption rates in 2018.
  • 86% of Cloud BI adopters name Amazon AWS as their first choice, 82% name Microsoft Azure, 66% name Google Cloud, and 36% identify IBM...

By Louis Columbus, 23 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research.

Why the cloud IT infrastructure market is set to reach $52.3bn in 2018

Cloud service adoption continues to grow, as traditional IT vendors react to market demand. Total spending on IT infrastructure products for deployment in cloud environments is forecast to reach $52.3 billion in 2018 -- that's year-over-year growth of 10.9 percent, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Public cloud data centers will account for a majority of this spending, 65.9 percent, growing at the fastest annual rate of 11.3 percent. Off-premises...

By David H Deans, 20 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

The key challenges of migrating databases to the cloud: Planning and performance

As enterprises continue to embark on their digital transformation journeys part of this change may involve migrating in-house applications, databases and data to the cloud.  But while all the benefits of cloud are widely understood, migrating a database or an application to the cloud is not always smooth sailing and there can be challenges to overcome when transitioning.  Here I wanted to highlight some of the steps enterprises should take to ensure their database migration is successful.

Why migrate to the...

By Roberto Mircoli, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Migration, Security.

How the changing security landscape is forcing cloud providers to respond

The RSA Conference in San Francisco is a hotbed of news, analysis and reports on the security industry, with research from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and automation software provider Sonatype being of particular interest.

The CSA report, State of Cloud Security 2018, assesses the steps cloud providers and enterprises are taking when it comes to security, as well as regulation and the changing threat landscape.

The report notes that as the landscape for cloud services expands, so do the security options...

By James Bourne, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data Management, Research, Security.