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articlecloud March 26, 2014 by Nathan Pearce
The idea of hype in the technology industry is something we’ve talked about on these blogs a few times before. We’ve talked about it with software-defined networking (SDN), for example, and now I want to touch on the same idea with cloud computing. The point I’ve made about SDN is that, despite its relative infancy, it’s already a term that has lost a lot of its meaning, because there is no clear, universally agreed definition and there are so many different use cases....
articleaccesssecuritycloud March 21, 2014 by Nathan Pearce
Cloud computing is secure. There, I’ve said it. It may sound like an obvious thing to say for someone who works at a company specialising in ensuring a smooth, reliable and secure network, but there are still misconceptions about cloud security. These concerns and misconceptions often arise from fears over losing control. Some IT departments will fear that losing control of the infrastructure will leave their data and applications more open to issues such as malware, hacking and data lo...
articleaccesssecuritycloudmobility March 04, 2014 by Nathan Pearce
As far as enterprises are concerned, perimeters are disappearing. The rise of a more mobile workforce, working wherever and whenever is convenient, and cloud computing means that what a business considers vital - data, applications, people - is no longer contained within its four walls. As we’ve pointed out so many times before this has huge benefits: workers are more productive and happier, IT can reduce costs associated with device hardware and the cloud offers a cheaper and more agil...
It’s the stuff of nightmares: After months of preparation and marketing the launch day finally arrives, the “Go” button is pressed and your creation is released into the wild. Shortly after that moment your website starts failing; too many people are trying to log on and the site simply cannot cope with the extra traffic. Whether it’s a consumer electronics company announcing its latest smartphone or tablet, a band streaming its new album or an online retailer announci...
articlevirtualizationcloudsdnsdas January 31, 2014 by Nathan Pearce
You cannot fail to have noticed how much coverage software-defined networking (SDN) has been getting over the last year or so. Vendors, analysts and end users have been lining up to discuss its potential impact on not just the networking but also in the data centre and for cloud providers, telecoms companies and of course businesses using these companies. Although it is early days for SDN the benefits to networking companies, service providers, end users and more are clear to see. However it ...
articlevirtualizationsdnsdas January 21, 2014 by Nathan Pearce
The problem A lot of vendors have an SDN strategy. Unfortunately, our customers tell us that these strategies tend to vary in coherency. SDN does have a place but there is a danger of it becoming a solution in search of a problem. Consequently, starting an SDN conversation with the business case first can highlight whether the investment now, as an early adopter, is worth the risk.   Why do anything? SDN is about programmability in the network. But why would we want this? Adding...
articlesecurityidentityotp January 06, 2014 by Nathan Pearce
Let me tell you why I’m glad my gran is not on the Internet. When it comes to technology security most of my experience is with customers: with other peoples systems, not mine. However, today I write about a personal experience that scares me a little. I signed up for a Gmail account back when it was an invitation-only beta service. My first impression of it was nothing short of wow! This exclamation inspired by its simplicity, and the fact that it offered an enormous amo...
articlecloudsdn saas January 06, 2014 by Nathan Pearce
2013 has been a year of major developments in the enterprise, so I thought it’d be worth putting together a few predictions for 2014. With cloud computing and BYOD both taking off in businesses after years of hype, over the next 12 months I think these trends will continue to drive further innovations and we can expect to hear more about Bring Your Own Network – or Bring Your Own Anything – as the lines between consumer and business technology continue to blur. These will put r...
articleanalyticsbigdata December 12, 2013 by Nathan Pearce
It’s one of those technologies that seem to divide opinion, but Big Data is beginning to make a real impact on the enterprise. Despite some experts saying that it’s nothing more than hype, new figures from Gartner suggest that CIOs and IT decision makers are thinking very seriously about Big Data, how they can use it and what advantages it could generate for their business.  The study from Gartner revealed that 64% of businesses around the world are investing in Big Data techno...
Configurability versus productivity A long time ago, in a dark room far, far away, I wrote code. While at the time I thought it as exciting as being tapped into The Matrix, I will admit that the only real semblance came from the fact that I used a green font on a black background – years before the trilogy was made. Ha! Admittedly, those colors were the only available to me on that platform but I digress. Coding: I wasn’t very good at it and would never refer to myself as a ‘d...
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