The huge popularity of cloud services has seen organisations outsource applications, data and infrastructure to third party providers with the result that security perimeters have widened significantly. This has brought with it unwanted attention from cybercriminals, not only because cloud offers a potential route into corporate IT networks, but also due to the scope to evade detection from traditional security solutions.
By Anurag Kahol, CTO at Bitglass.
Many businesses today face great pressure to keep up with advances in computing technology, as well as the need to adapt to the ever-changing digital environment and remain competitive in their markets. Transforming from legacy infrastructure to one with a more digital-first focus is now a necessity for modern organisations, and it’s no simple task.
By Helena Schwenk, Market Intelligence Manager at Exasol.
For many organisations, the cloud journey has only just begun, while others continue to collect clouds as if they were coins or comic books. Both groups are venturing into uncharted territory.
By Johnny Carpenter, Director of Sales EMEA, iland.
The word ‘cloud’ now has two very different meanings for most people. Even those unfamiliar with the full potential of cloud computing and storage are likely benefitting from this technology on a daily basis. Few people still have a physical DVD or CD collection - instead we use on-demand streaming services for our entertainment. We have quickly become used to the limitless choice of music or films, stored away for us out of sight. So whether we fully understand it or not, we are all well aware of the benefits brought by the cloud to our everyday lives.
By Rob Sinfield, VP, Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management.
As the cloud services market has developed, many businesses have forged exclusive service provider partnerships to benefit from the scale, agility and performance capabilities now offered by numerous large global hyperscalers. While their enormous success is testament to the way they have met the needs of businesses worldwide, many organisations have additional requirements relating to application performance, legacy applications, data hosted under certain jurisdictions, and data security.
By Eltjo Hofstee, Managing Director, Leaseweb UK.
Load balancing of application traffic has been around for a long time. But, as more organisations move to the private and public cloud, it’s undergoing significant changes. Let’s look at some of the important considerations of this evolving technology.
By Ronald Sens, EMEA Director at A10 Networks.
While there’s a general shift towards the cloud, when it comes to ERP many businesses are still reluctant. There’s still a misconception that the switch can be an overwhelming task that will be disruptive and costly for business processes. Indeed, a report from Gartner found that companies without a plan in place for managing the transition away from on-premise systems are sinking considerable sums, without enjoying the benefits. The good news is that with the right strategy and vendor, the switch doesn’t have to be an exhausting process.
By Andres Richter, CEO Priority Software.
Research suggests that 7 out of 10 businesses are moving to the cloud. And it’s hardly a surprise. Cloud offers both the flexibility and scalability to manage huge workloads from dispersed locations around the world. The exponential growth of managed service providers (MSPs) – companies that remotely manage a customer’s IT infrastructure and/or their end user systems – has been pivotal in helping cloud computing become the business-critical asset it is today, easing the strain on businesses looking for the most agile IT solutions.
By Mark Anderson, Senior Director of Global Solutions Enablement EMEA at Equinix.
There are a lot of SaaS companies. A lot. LinkedIn lists over 44,000 SaaS companies, while business software review site G2 lists over 142,000 SaaS software products available to review. Gartner has even estimated over 250,000 SaaS companies to be in existence.
BY Daniel Twigg is Marketing Manager at Cyclr.
Is it time to stop talking about cloud? The easy answer is yes; we should focus more on the benefit to business and how the technology can help organisations meet their overall objectives. The longer, more complex answer is no; we shouldn’t stop talking about cloud, but we shouldn’t consider it the only solution.
By Javid Khan, Chief Cloud Officer, Pulsant.
The cloud services industry is growing at a breakneck pace. A recent industry projection puts the public cloud market on a growth trajectory of 17.5 percent this year to $214.3 billion, up from $182.4 billion in 2018. For an industry that is growing at this pace, I cannot help but wonder why there are still high levels of concern amongst consumers about the cloud - 60 percent of SMEs in the UK feel that their cloud services are not as secure as they should be. This statistic came from a recent Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) report and in light of the scale of cloud adoption deserves further exploration.
By Chris Burden, Chief Commercial Officer at Memset.
Park Place Technologies has been on quite some journey, as the company has grown from its core Third Party Maintenance focus to today’s data centre network optimisation specialist organisation. Ian Shearer, Managing Director, APAC & EMEA, Park Place Technologies, discusses recent developments at the company, which include several acquisitions, technical solution and professional services innovations.
Richard Hoptroff, Founder and CTO (Chief Time Officer) of Hoptroff, discusses the importance of developing the accurate time solutions on which more and more digital applications rely. The company’s pedigree in the financial sector means it is well placed to meet this demand across many industry sectors, including IoT, aerospace, defence, media, autonomous vehicles and smart cities.
Mike McAdam, Data Centre Director EMEA, and Simon Prichard, Product Strategy Manager, both at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, explain how real-time data visualisation and smart insights can help to optimise data centre power and cooling infrastructure, before discussing the wider sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the industry into the future. They also share the company’s plans to leverage its critical infrastructure expertise to expand its presence within the data centre sector.
Stéphane Estevez, EMEA Director of Product Marketing, Observability & IT Markets at Splunk, discusses the findings of the company’s ‘State of Observability 2022’ report. He outlines the three different stages of the observability journey, the main reasons why organisations adopt observability solutions and the main benefits of doing so. He ends up with some key observability recommendations.
With the publication of its fourth annual ESG Report, Digital Realty reveals progress towards environmental goals – hitting the milestone of securing one gigawatt of IT capacity in accordance with sustainable building standards.
Healthcare professionals at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust are trialling an AI application designed to help detect lung cancers on chest x-rays sooner, in the first UK project set up using the Sectra Amplifier Service.