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How Even The Smallest Company Can Seize Cloud Benefits

You’d have to have been off-planet not to have heard of the benefits of cloud computing. Putting data, programs and applications into an Internet world and away from a local physical environment such as a PC or server gives huge potential advantages. Typically these include the ability to access data anytime, anywhere, using whatever connected device is at hand. As long as we have Internet connectivity, we can enjoy all the benefits of being in the office, including security, upgrades and scalability, while on the move. However, if you’re a small business, the prospect of changing the IT approach of your whole enterprise can be daunting. If only there was a way to enjoy the benefits of the cloud without the overhead of time and effort required to get it set up and running. In fact there is......

3 Steps To Ensure Data Protection In The Cloud

Despite the burgeoning column inches designated to articles discussing the looming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the truth of the matter is that most UK businesses are still in the dark over a number of key issues related to GDPR compliance even though the deadline for compliance is a little over six months away. Let’s be honest, many organisations are still coming to terms with embryonic questions relating to what the GDPR actually is, let alone understanding the intricate details of the regulation, such as what ‘personal data’ really means and what their responsibilities are with regard to the personal data of their customers. Then, when you throw into the mix the fact that conservative estimates indicate that 88% of UK organisations now have a cloud footprint to consider, y......

What Does The Future Hold For Microsoft Azure?

When Microsoft Azure was launched in February 2010, it had a tough road ahead of it. Not only did AWS rule the roost at the time, salesforce, Google, and a number of other big names had already either entered the market or had established a niche for themselves. However, Microsoft was confident in the capabilities provided by its datacentres and the technology and infrastructure that connected them. And they weren’t wrong. Eight years later, Microsoft Azure has established itself as a major player in the cloud computing sector. While AWS still has a dominant lead over Azure, 2018 might just be the year when Azure radically increases its market share. Before we start listing all the positive signs for Microsoft Azure, let’s take a walk down memory lane and establish a timeline for cloud com......

6 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2018

Just a few years ago, not many predicted cloud computing would reach the heights we’ve seen in 2017 – 79 percent of companies now run workloads in the cloud (split almost evenly between public and private clouds). With the cloud bar constantly being raised, where do we go from here? Here are five predictions for the future of Cloud Computing in 2018. 1. True Hybrid Clouds Emerge Hybrid cloud is all the buzz. The ability for enterprises to have applications run in different infrastructures – public and private clouds and on-premise with common orchestration and management tools – is enticing. Multi-cloud, with different workloads running in different clouds and being managed separately, will become the dominant mode in 2018, while true hybrid clouds will start to emerge. There are already k......

Got Your Head In The Clouds? It Might Be Time To Look At Simpler Solutions

A recent outage at the hosting company OVH meant that many of their clients were unable to access their servers for more than 12 hours – which is a long time in the fast-paced business world, and almost an eternity for e-commerce companies. With 50,000 websites down due to the failure – caused by a leak in the water cooling system and compounded by a fault in the alerting system – many will be asking if there’s a way to avoid such problems in the future. The short answer is that there is no way to avoid it – no system is ever entirely fool-proof. A large and complex cloud environment as found at OVH can be harder to fix and restart if anything does happen. As OVH found, the restart sequence can be halted by the detection of additional faults which slow down the process. Does th......

High In The Sky Or Lost In The Fog? Navigating The Complex World Of Cloud Pricing

Businesses migrating to the cloud are understandably enthusiastic about realising all the benefits of scalability, flexibility and economy that the best cloud offerings can deliver. However, many encounter a stumbling block when confronted by the complex array of pricing models offered by different providers. Making sense of all the different options can be a major headache along the path to cloud adoption. Back in 2013, a report from analyst firm 451 found that cloud pricing was excessively complicated, and blamed the immaturity of the market for the lack of clarity and standardisation of offerings and pricing. This was making it very difficult for customers to compare different vendors and indeed sparked the creation of several cloud comparison indices in a bid to resolve the problem. Fo......

Beyond Hybrid Storage: The Future Is Multi-Cloud

The term “hybrid“ seems to be ubiquitous in the storage world at the moment – for example hybrid storage (combining flash and traditional HDDs) and hybrid cloud (combining public and private cloud). However, as with all trendy buzzwords, we have to ask ourselves what the future really holds for hybrid architectures. The Future For Hybrid Storage I recently read an article that stated that hybrid storage architectures, combining flash and traditional HDDs, are always a bad choice. Hybrid is a compromise between a legacy concept and a new disruptive one, and in the long run, the newer concept wins 100% of the market, leaving any hybrid solution at a disadvantage. I couldn’t agree more about the inadequacy of hybrid architectures and would add hybrid cloud to the list. Where my opinion differ......

Amazon Web Services Vs RackSpace: The Best Solution To Secure Your Data

There’s never enough storage space on your computer anymore. And, if you’re not set up to purchase your own servers, cloud storage is the solution for you. For most people, the question is not, “Should I use cloud storage?” Instead, you’re asking, “Which cloud service should I use?” Let’s explore… How Many Cloud Service Providers Are There? If you limit the answer to how many companies primarily sell cloud hosting services, the answer is probably 200-300. But, in addition to those companies, there are countless resellers and companies who supplement their primary business with server space. If you’re in the market thinking you should shop around, know that you will get overwhelmed if you dig too deep. Which Service Should You Choose? With so many options, you have to know that there ......

5 Things To Consider When Adopting A Hybrid Cloud Structure

Everyone is talking about the hybrid cloud, but what is it? Is it right for your business? And if so, what should you consider when shifting to a hybrid cloud infrastructure? First, let’s consider recent trends in cloud computing more generally. Cloud computing has its roots in the 1950s, with the invention of mainframe computing, but it only really took off in the 1990s, when telecommunications companies were able to start offering virtualised private network connections. This opened up the possibility of public clouds, where a third party such as Amazon or Google – or, commonly, a combination of such third parties – owns the physical hardware supporting data storage and applications, and this infrastructure is shared by multiple clients. Cloud-based server hosting, webmail, and online of......

Why Enterprise Needs SD-WAN

In the highly centralised, controlled, and self-contained enterprise IT environments of the past, static hardware-based networking worked for your enterprise. Today, requirements have legacy networks at the breaking point. Apps are both on-premises and in the cloud. Networks are both private and public. Users are mobile as well as remote. IT is more distributed, fragmented, and dynamic than ever. If your enterprise has adopted a hybrid network – a mix of MPLS, Internet VPN, and public Internet – to keep up with your application and user demands, you’ve seen the benefits of having multiple transport capabilities. However, you’ve also experienced the increasing complexity of managing quality, failover and traffic routing rules for a diverse application portfolio. Manual configura......

IoT And Cloud: Where And How Do They Cross Paths?

Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud have created quite a hype for themselves. Depending on what you want or where you are placed in service cycle, one would be the medium and other the service that you are looking for. IoT applications can work well without cloud and so can cloud host numerous other Software without any necessity of doing it for IoT-based app. But, both cloud and IoT can benefit from each other. While you will be able to instantly think of situations where IoT applications will benefit from cloud, it would require some thought on how cloud can benefit from IoT. This blog will offer a new perspective on cloud applications and their integration with Internet of Things. The Current Scenario If you are living in a metropolitan, chances are that you are using both cloud and IoT ......

Should Law Firms Use BPM Software?

Most law schools do not teach budding lawyers practical business management skills. When these lawyers arrive at a law firm they struggle to achieve the desired results. Many law firms too lack the tools needed to run an efficient and productive practice. Such organisations need to wake up and analyse their workflows, focus on activities that contribute to smooth management and invest in software solutions that can improve their performance. What law firms need precisely is business process management (BPM) software which can help their employees perform their tasks effectively.  BPM is a fast-growing market that is expected to rise from $6.96 billion in 2016 to $13.52 billion by the year 2021. A popular BPM solution used by numerous global case law companies is bpm’online. This cloud-base......