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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......

Why Is Cloud Hosting Faster Than Shared Hosting?

Every time a site visitor browses through a website and loads pages, the files are accessed from a remote computer also known as the Web server. If this remote computer is fast, then the page will load faster. This remote computer executes code, runs queries on the database and sends files on receipt of every request. Hence, web hosting plays a crucial part in determining website speed. Types Of Web Hosting Some common types of Web Hosting plans are: Shared Web Hosting Reseller Web Hosting Cloud-based Web Hosting Virtual Private Server (VPS) Dedicated Web Server Managed WordPress Hosting Each hosting type may be ideal for different website requirements, business situations and priorities. In this article, we will be comparing shared and cloud hosting with respect to speed. Shared Hosting A......

The Key Challenges Of Migrating Databases To The Cloud

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 Cloud? Let’s first look at why organisations might want to migrate their mission critical database to the cloud. As stated above, the benefits of cloud adoption have been widely documented over the last few years. Factors such as convenience, scalability, flexibility, and economic effici......

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 Cloud Goes Critical

The year 2016 may have been one of the most dramatic years on record for the cloud, but 2017 was no slouch either. From cut-throat competition, eyebrow-raising co-opetition, and major advances in cloud-based machine learning, 2017 was a pivotal – and productive – year for the cloud, setting the stage for what looks likely to be the most exciting year yet.  The market swing is already in full force. Thanks to a full-fledged embrace by the enterprise, the cloud is undergoing dramatic transformation as vendors rush to meet the infrastructure and business needs of today’s top companies. According to Gartner, the overall market likely grew by close to 20 percent in 2017, and IaaS in particular saw close to 40 percent growth. With digital transformation at the top of every exec......

Why Digital Transformation Leads To Multi-Cloud

The siren’s call of digital transformation boils down to “if you build an app, they will come.” There’s a lot more to digital transformation than the pretty picture of success painted in colourful pixels across the Internet. While executives nestle snug in their beds with visions of prospects and leads filling their heads, the reality is that the integration and processes required to execute successfully on an external digital transformation require a digital foundation upon which to operate. That means the ability to scale operations to handle the influx of data and traffic expected. Customer service must be ready to handle higher volumes than ever before – even if you don’t have the go-ahead to hire more headcount to prepare. That means digital enablement. It means automation, orchestrat......

Cloud: The Cornerstone Of Digital Transformation In Healthcare

Today every part of the business is subject to new expectations, competitors, channels, threats and opportunities. Every business has the potential to be a digital business. As the numbers of smart, connected devices from phones to cars to wearables are growing, companies that quickly deliver digital solutions or services, and use insights to rapidly optimise their value chain are gaining competitive advantage. Businesses that digitally transform will be able to connect more closely with customers, speed up the pace of innovation and, as a result, claim a greater share of profit in their sectors. In fact, according to a report earlier last year from IDC, the global economic impact of digital transformation to date already exceeds £14 trillion, a staggering 20% of global GDP. Put simply dig......

Avoiding Downtime: The Need For Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Strategies

Enterprise file services can make your organisational data accessible and secure, and an important aspect of enterprise file services is ensuring the uptime of users and offices around the world, with proper methods in place to recover from any scenario: fire, hardware failure, or, increasingly, a ransomware attack. It’s why more and more organisations are looking to cloud-based disaster recovery options that can help them recover instantly and easily from any productivity-killing office outage and ensure their users are uninterrupted. The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms, uses cloud-based technologies to ensure the uptime of dozens of offices and the productivity of thousands of users around the world. Similarly, global entertainment leader Live Nation modern......

Why Data Is No Longer Just The Proviso Of The IT Function

Data – or at least the collection, storage, protection, transfer and processing of it – has traditionally been seen as the role of a modern data-driven technical division. However, as data continues to explode in both volume and importance, it is not enough to gather huge amounts of disparate data into a data lake and expect that it will be properly consumed. With data becoming the defining factor of a business’s strategy, this valuable gold dust needs to be in the hands of the right business function, in the right form, at the right time, to be at its most effective. This means that traditional roles within the organisation need to adapt, as CIOs and CTOs oversee digital transformation projects across the business landscape. The aim of digital transformation is to create an adaptive, dyna......

Preparing For Brexit Is Easier In The Cloud

There is much uncertainty around how the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into effect in May, 2018 will work alongside Brexit. Both UK and EU based companies must anticipate tremendous changes to policy and politics. Many questions are being put on the table for debate. Will GDPR be as easily enforceable in the UK after Brexit? Will the terms of leaving the EU have an impact on GDPR? On the whole, there is natural concern that the combined impact of Brexit and GDPR will put a strain on UK businesses. There is also the question of how the new regulations will apply to international companies setting up offices in the EU. Gartner research indicates that Brexit will have a massive impact on how IT budgets will be spent in 2018. Organisations will want greater flexib......

Security Confidence Falls As Multi-Cloud Rises

Managing multiple challenges in a multi-cloud world can undermine organisations’ confidence to withstand a cyber-attack. The explosive proliferation of applications in the cloud has created a vast new playing field for cyber-criminals. Today, the fear of attack is constant. According to F5 Networks’ fourth annual State of Application Delivery (SOAD) report, security confidence tends to fall as moves to the cloud increase. 75% of EMEA respondents in the global customer study revealed they now embrace multi-cloud deployment scenarios. Digital transformation and competitive differentiation are the endgame, but there are plenty of pitfalls on the way. Applying consistent security policies across all company applications was deemed to be the “most challenging or frustrating” aspect of managing ......

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