Home / Archives For cloud

cloud

To Enhance Security, Head Into The Cloud

As digital disruption continues to redefine what’s possible at an unprecedented speed and scale, organisations are increasingly turning to cloud-based capabilities to survive and thrive. The cloud has become critical not just to the day-to-day, but to enabling the IT innovation that will determine business success tomorrow. According to The Cloud Industry Forum, nearly three-quarters (78%) of UK firms are now embracing the cloud, citing flexibility (77%), scalability (76%) and reliability (74%) as the leading drivers. Yet, despite the cloud’s obvious business benefits, it still carries a security stigma. Three-quarters of CEOs (77%) cite security as their main fear when it comes to the cloud. Security is also consistently named as one of the top three barriers to adoption, whether organisa......

Have You Outgrown Your Current Web Hosting Company?

Cheap, shared hosting is great when you have no traffic. Startups don’t have a high IT budget, and it’s tempting to go with cheap $5-per-month hosting, but you soon discover this is problematic when you start driving traffic to your website. You can’t customise server resources, and you could share a server with thousands of other webmasters. Shared hosting is adequate for a new startup, but here are the telltale signs that you’re outgrowing your current hosting solution. 1. Your website performance is unacceptable Visitors will wait a second or two for a website to load, but after too long they bounce from your website. Visitors expect a site to load within a couple of seconds; if it doesn’t, they will leave. You can use monitoring tools to assess a site’s performance and identify if it’s......

The Best AI Solutions For Data Analysis

Artificial intelligence (AI) has greatly transformed the business landscape. What began as rule-based automation is currently able to imitate human interaction. Experts at BedRock IT notice that it’s not only the human-like abilities which make AI unique, but advanced artificial intelligence algorithms deliver much better reliability and speed, at a much lower price compared to its human counterparts. Some entrepreneurs are still sceptical about AI and its potential. As the AI solutions multiply, however, it’s time that they learn how to work with AI and fully embrace this powerful technology. Most companies are joining artificial intelligence pioneers like Amazon and Google to implement AI solutions for their businesses. The more data there’s to process, the more data the syst......

4 Cloud Security Tips For The Public Sector

Despite the success of the UK government’s G-Cloud initiative, questions about data security still remain. In 2016, UK government departments spent £78.1m on cloud computing services via the G-Cloud digital marketplace. US cloud providers made up the lion’s share of contracts. Total spending with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the period April to December 2017 was £14m, while £16.86m was spent with Microsoft. Yet the government sector is hit by data breaches all too often. A 2015 breach of the data.gov.uk website, for example, saw a database of 68,216 user accounts exposed for nearly two years. Major breaches like this discourage further cloud adoption. The presence of a high number of contracts with US cloud providers makes the cloud security picture faced by the UK public sector very simil......

What Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Can Teach SMEs About Public And Private Cloud Options

When Gartner released their latest view of the Magic Quadrant for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), many analysts were surprised to see that eight cloud service providers had been dropped from the rankings. What became clear very quickly was that the new view of the market included only the six largest players. The changes were due to what Gartner called more “stringent inclusion criteria.” The result was that the only players left on the board were global vendors with both IaaS and Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions. Whether or not you agree with Gartner’s approach, they are reflecting a trend which shows a diminishing number of large, dominant global players with integrated offerings. While this is good news for large corporations looking for a seamless service, SMEs may get lost i......

Legacy ADC Solutions: The Elephant In The Digital Transformation Room

Look back at the history of IT and you’ll find it littered with hardware – the mainframe, personal computers, servers, network switches, routers – the list goes on, but not for much longer. Complex, fixed and inflexible hardware devices are being replaced with general purpose commodity platforms which, with the right software, can be made to handle just about any task required. Plus you don’t even have to buy the hardware itself any more, just rent it in the Cloud to build the kind of agile software-defined datacentre needed to support the modern digital business. At least that’s the theory and there are, of course, exceptions to this move away from hardware to more flexible software-defined IT. Not least when it comes to the all important task of managing application workloads......

Can The Cloud Go All The Way To The Edge?

There is lots of conversation in the industry at the moment around the impact that edge computing is going to have on the cloud and specifically if it is going to kill the cloud, or at the very least impact its ability to cope. With the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the predicted future ubiquity of sensors, the cloud and associated technologies in their current state won’t be able to cope with the sheer amount of data being generated by machines – and won’t be able to keep up with the need for speed that these devices and sensors will demand. To put it into perspective, a driverless car generates 10GB of data every mile from details like GPS, street signs and other surroundings. In order for the vehicle to respond to that data, it needs to process information at an inc......

Has The Buzz Finally Died Down On Cloud?

There was a time when you couldn’t read any IT news story or visit any tech event without someone mentioning the cloud. It was, at one time, hailed as a cure-all for any IT worries from cost concerns to the rapid scalability required by start-ups. Part of the reason we hear the buzzword less now is that it’s settled in to IT infrastructure – most companies use SaaS solutions such as Salesforce or Cisco WebEx and wouldn’t be keen to return to the old process of software being loaded from discs and updated laboriously one machine at a time. Is it time for us all to throw out our hardware and software and accept that cloud has gone from the new kid on the block to the standard? Dropbox Takes Back Its Infrastructure There was an interesting story last year about how Dropbox had decided to take......

Have You Been The Victim Of A Cloud Cover Up?

With 90% of all companies predicted to be on the cloud by the end of this year, cloud computing has decisively moved from disruptor technology to IT mainstay. But amid the stampede to virtualisation, it pays to know that not all cloud products are created equal, in fact some are little better than lipstick on a pig. And what’s worse, some unscrupulous vendors are guilty of ‘cloud washing’ – selling unsuspecting customers poor performing ‘cloud-enabled’ products, which provide only a fraction of the benefits of cloud-native solutions. Cloud-Native Versus Cloud-Enabled: What’s The Difference? Cloud-native systems are the real deal, designed to enable a long list of web-centric benefits such as elastic scaling, run-anywhere functionality, single view of the truth and easy, seamles......

The Store Of The Future And Edge Technology

Despite the headlines of poor health on the high street, recent research shows that physical retail will still account for 80 per cent of sales globally by 2025. So how do physical retailers best leverage their key competitive differentiator – their store network — in an increasingly tough market? The answer lies in the need for change, and this includes from an IT perspective. We know that to meet growing customer expectations, new in-store experiences will be required. They will require innovative new technologies in order to satisfy this demand — including RFID, VR, AI, or frictionless check-out solutions such as those being trialled in the Amazon Go store in Seattle. To deliver any new services successfully, retailers must replace their existing IT infrastructures with newer, agile inf......

Disaster Recovery: Choosing The Right Provider For You

I wrote an article recently which centred on Gartner’s prediction that the Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) market would grow from $2.01B in 2017 to $3.7B by 2021. In my opinion, one of the main drivers for this rapid level of growth is the fact that it is ‘as a service’ and not the complex and expensive ‘create your own’ environment that it used to be. As a result, this has made DRaaS much more accessible to the SMB market, as well as enterprise customers. But, as the list of DRaaS solutions grows along with adoption rates, it’s important for customers to carefully consider how their choice of cloud provider should be influenced by their existing infrastructure. This will help to avoid technical challenges down the road. The Concept Of Disaster Recovery Before I delve into the......

GDPR Is Just Around The Corner: Will Your Cloud Services Be Compliant?

There are fewer than 90 days before the GDPR compliance deadline. By Friday 25 May 2018 organisations must be able to demonstrate that they are compliant or show evidence that they are working towards being able to satisfy the Articles that will govern data protection for the foreseeable future. So, with the deadline in mind, where should businesses be right now in the process of ensuring cloud workloads will be compliant with GDPR? Finalising Controller/Processor Contracts Organisations that originate the collection of personal data (data controllers) and operate in a cloud environment must be able to give evidence that the data they have gathered is protected as far as possible in all instances of transit, storage and processing. It’s commonplace for organisations to use a chain of third......