How cloud scalability is seducing the financial sector

The financial sector, while forging ahead in other areas of digital transformation, has been relatively slow to adopt the cloud and there has been good reason for it: banks have to deal with highly sensitive data and sharing data storage and compute resources with others could not even be envisaged, let alone adopted.

However, just under two years ago, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a new guidance for firms outsourcing to the...

By Monica Brink, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Scalability.

How to pick a cloud your CIO will love: Three questions to ask

It will come as no surprise to those of you already leveraging cloud services that Forrester Research predicted that in 2018, cloud computing will become a must-have business technology. The scalability, agility and cost model allow IT teams to redirect their energy toward accelerating business initiatives without worrying about costly infrastructure investments.

As many have learned, however, it’s...

By Monica Brink, 11 May 2018, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Migration.

Eight steps for a pain-free cloud migration: Assessment, migration and support

Cloud adoption by UK companies has now neared 90%, according to Cloud Industry Forum, and it won’t be long before all organisations are benefiting to some degree from the flexibility, efficiency and cost-savings of the cloud. Moving past the first wave of adoption we’re seeing businesses ramp up the complexity of the workloads and applications that they’re migrating to the cloud. Perhaps...

By Monica Brink, 29 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration, Security.

Why there is a clearing in the cloud for financial services

The financial services sector is one of the prime markets that stands to gain many benefits from cloud computing but, to date, this has proved rather difficult. This is hardly surprising when one considers the heavy regulation within this industry. On top of this there is also a lot of fear from organisations pertaining to potential security risks with the control of data still very much a primary concern. Barely a day goes by without the announcement of the

By Monica Brink, 03 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Industry, Infrastructure.

Why APIs are key to successful digital transformation

Digital transformation continues to dominate boardroom discussions as businesses increasingly realise the organisational and cost efficiencies that digitisation can provide.

The concept reflects technology’s role in both shaping and stimulating strategic decision-making, with its ability to automate and simplify business processes, improve customer relationships, enhance productivity, and reap cost savings. In fact, IDC predicts that by the end of 2017,

By Monica Brink, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

The key themes underpinning the continued momentum for UK cloud adoption

I recently read with interest the results of the latest Cloud Industry Forum research survey into UK Cloud adoption and a couple of aspects jumped out at me, undoubtedly mirroring the experience iland is having within the UK market.

Overall cloud adoption rates among British businesses now stand at 88% and the rate of cloud adoption has increased by a whopping 83% since 2010, with an increase of 5% since last year.  In fact, today, we rarely speak with a customer that isn't...

By Monica Brink, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, PublicSector.

Assessing biotechnology in the age of cloud computing

In order to ensure that patient outcomes are constantly being improved upon it is important that the speed of change within the biotechnology sector occurs at an exponential rate. However, this continued drive for innovation puts immense pressure on IT departments to develop new technologies at speed, while also making sure that they do this cost effectively.

Add to this the fact that, more so than other industries, biotech firms are extremely tightly regulated. As a result, IT groups within this industry are often...

By Monica Brink, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

2017 is the year when IoT gets serious: Here’s what cloud providers need to know

If you attended Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month you would have heard a lot of buzz about 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) with many vendors like HPE, IBM, VMware and others talking about their role in 5G and IoT.  As iland is a V-Cloud partner, I was particularly interested to hear about the VMware IoT theatre sessions...

By Monica Brink, 14 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Regulation, Security.

Three reasons 2017 will be the year of the hybrid cloud

The enterprise will increasingly live in a hybrid IT world in 2017, split between on-premises solutions and cloud environments. Recent reports have revealed that many organisations have already started to split their cloud budgets between public and private deployments, creating demand for hybrid cloud strategies that give businesses greater flexibility as well as more workload deployment options.

It’s easy to see why...

By Monica Brink, 08 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure.

The ruling on cloud computing: Analysing the legal perspective

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When it comes to digital transformation within the legal sector there are understandably many questions about how to handle sensitive information without compromising client confidentiality. This is also true when dealing with the internet as a whole, but particularly when it comes to cloud computing.

In a survey by the Cloud Industry Forum it was revealed that 70% of IT decision makers regarded data security as one of...

By Monica Brink, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Legal.

Hackers versus hurricanes: It's time to begin planning for real disasters

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The most common objection I come across when discussing disaster recovery (DR) is, “Oh, well we don’t get hurricanes or floods or anything like that, so we don’t need DR”. To which I always reply “That’s all well and good, but do you have humans? What about hardware and power? Do you have HVAC in your data centre?”

A disaster can be any number of things and yes, whilst nature can definitely be a cause, in research that Opinion Matters undertook on behalf of...

By Monica Brink, 13 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Why you can’t let disaster recovery slide off your IT budget in 2017

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As we welcome in the New Year, we are already seeing multiple blogs prognosticating 2017 trends, setting priorities and suggesting resolutions. We are also rapidly approaching the 2017 budget cycle. I am sure you will read many articles concerning new plans or resolutions for the coming year, but this one will be about an old resolution: IT disaster recovery (DR).

When disaster strikes, organisations need to be able to recover IT systems as quickly as possible. Not having a disaster...

By Monica Brink, 04 January 2017, 3 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Forget about the Internet of Things for a minute – and consider the Security of Things

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Opinion The Internet of Things (IoT) is well and truly upon us – and will clearly be even more prevalent in the future. Today, IoT is already branching out into commercial networks as well as enterprise applications. Smart devices are becoming more commonplace in our households with everyday appliances now able to communicate with the internet to help our lives to run more smoothly and interconnected devices are now essential tools in our working lives as well. This...

By Monica Brink, 23 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Security.

Test, test, then test again: Analysing the latest cloud DR strategies

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In September, we hosted a roundtable with fifteen business leaders to discuss and debate the findings from our The State of IT Disaster Recovery Amongst UK Businesses survey.  The debate was chaired by Chris Francis, techUK board member. Customers Wavex and Bluestone also participated in the discussion as did our partner Zerto and industry influencers Ray Bricknell from Behind...

By Monica Brink, 05 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Why security and compliance are still the main blockers to cloud adoption

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According to the Cloud Industry Forum, 80% of UK companies are adopting cloud technology as a key part of their overall IT and business strategy. However, one of the perceived barriers to cloud adoption continues to be concerns around security and compliance, which was the key topic of discussion at a recent techUK panel in which iland took part. During this discussion, we talked about the fact that nine out of ten security professionals worry about cloud security.

One of the key aspects that...

By Monica Brink, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Reducing threats and management headaches across private clouds: A guide

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While public cloud implementations are steadily increasing, private clouds in customers’ own data centres continue to be deployed because of the perceived higher levels of security and control they offer.

But the management of a private cloud can be complex and many organisations underestimate the scale of the challenge. Security and management in particular continues to be pain points. Many go in with the assumption that in a private cloud, IT departments have more control so the environment...

By Monica Brink, 03 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Why the nirvana of cloud scalability can be easily achievable today

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It’s perhaps the most captivating myth of cloud: autoscaling. A major selling point, the promise of autoscaling is that the amount of computing resource automatically scales based on load. It can handle those unexpected traffic spikes better, automatically, with no human intervention. Workloads just know for example when your website has been mentioned on a television show or in a major magazine, demand spikes, and the cloud compensates. The cloud becomes a nimble, always-on,...

By Monica Brink, 06 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Understanding UK cloud adoption strategies: Where are we currently at?

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Last week, as part of London Technology Week, we held a breakfast panel discussion looking at cloud adoption strategies and overcoming cloud security and compliance challenges. Industry experts from Cisco, techUK, Behind Every Cloud, as well as cloud users joined us to discuss and explore adoption strategies for ensuring success. In particular, we wanted to understand what is working in the UK and what is not. What are companies aiming to achieve, and where are they in their cloud...

By Monica Brink, 29 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

The key steps when migrating from a physical environment to the cloud

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As companies continue to step up the pace of migration to the cloud, many find themselves in the situation of having to bridge the gap between their physical and cloud infrastructures, which brings new challenges. IT has applications it regards as critical but lines of business have different application requirements that they regard as critical. As a result, IT often ends up becoming overloaded with requests, and as they attempt to satisfy demand with more resources, this can lead to...

By Monica Brink, 14 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Migration.