Why the future of cloud infrastructure is all about the interconnection fabric

The future of cloud infrastructure means the traditional wide area network (WAN) needs to be architected and engineered differently to become a dynamic, automated, interconnection fabric between globally distributed data centre in the core and at the edge.

With the arrival of 5G networks and Industry 4.0, distributed cloud architectures are in the spotlight. Time-sensitive applications, such as industrial automation and autonomous vehicles, will use artificial intelligence (AI)...

Get your SaaS up to speed: Three productivity-killing data problems and how to solve them

With the typical enterprise using hundreds of SaaS solutions, each with its own database, it’s no wonder business leaders complain their data is siloed. Imagine now that a CEO wants to understand the relationship between data in these disparate systems. All of a sudden, she’s looking at the world’s most confusing dashboard, all the while wondering: Can I trust this information? The CEO placates herself with that knowledge that at least she has data to look at, but in the end it...

Stopping cloud attackers in their tracks: A guide

As more organizations shift from an on-premises model to the cloud, Gartner has predicted that the cloud services industry will grow almost three times faster than overall IT services through 2022. The typical business relies on a hybrid mix of public and private clouds, coupled with traditional on-premises infrastructure. As more businesses move critical operations to cloud applications – such as choosing Salesforce as their CRM or using Microsoft Azure for hosting their databases –...

Accelerating the DevOps process during Covid-19: How CFOs and CISOs can work together

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a new normal. Remote working and videoconferencing has never been more popular; and as a direct consequence, the cloud has never been more popular either. 

Yet a note of caution needs to be applied to those looking at full-speed migration. Jeremy Snyder of DivvyCloud told this publication in April that 'people are really good at creating stuff, but not at cleaning up after themselves', while writing last month Margaret Rogers, VP at...

What are you going to do when your cloud goes down? Rethinking shared responsibility

A short history of modern business IT might report that the Noughties were all about taking baby steps in cloud applications such as Salesforce, Google Apps, Taleo, Ariba and NetSuite. The 2010s saw clouds proliferate as pioneers took a ‘cloud-first’ stance and used platforms including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform to pilot, test and run services. In the 2020s, we can be confident that businesses will attempt to harness their existing cloud investments, formalising...

Covid-19 has hastened cloud migration – but don’t move without a plan

The coronavirus pandemic has magnified the importance of cloud-based technologies in major, life-altering ways and ushered in a new paradigm. Before COVID-19, experts projected the worldwide public cloud services market would jump by 17% this year, reaching $266.4 million. Software as a service is the largest segment within that market, but the second-largest — infrastructure as a service — claims the fastest growth rate.

A number of factors are driving businesses to choose...

Q&A, Simon Cuthbert, Tenfold: On the problem of over-privilege and IAM best practices

To misquote Benjamin Franklin, in this world nothing can be certain except death, taxes, and security being the biggest concern for cloud migration. Flexera's most recent State of the Cloud report last month laid it bare; more than four in five (81%) enterprises said security was the main challenge, ahead of managing spend and governance.

The latter two areas are, naturally, also linked to security. But as cloud workloads become increasingly complex, and as multi-cloud moves from...

Things you don’t hear about the cloud: Why choosing the right partner remains vital

Cloud computing is considered the driving force of modern IT, and for good reason. Considering how reliable, scalable, robust and cost-effective it is, it comes as no surprise that the cloud has completely changed the way companies operate.

Take the benchmark Flexera State of the Cloud Report, published in April, as an example. A full 93% of enterprise respondents said they had a multi-cloud strategy, with more than half of companies describing their cloud usage as...

Three reasons to perform your cloud security risk assessment ASAP

The unprecedented shock to world markets in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely permanently change the way we work. Millions must work from home, and businesses are scrambling to find ways to maintain productivity.

The shift to utilising a completely remote workforce has been relatively seamless for some companies and utterly chaotic for others. Adding to the chaos, cybercriminals are targeting organisations of all types with coronavirus-related phishing campaigns and...

Why cloud DBaaS is the future of database management for the enterprise

With on-premise database infrastructure and legacy systems slowly fading, agile, scalable, cost effective database management in the cloud is taking over.

This is because organisations now understand that to adopt to the innovations in database management system (DBMS) they need to move to the cloud. DBMS on cloud offers flexible pricing models, no capital expenses and better operating expense leveraging the pay-as-you-go model. Unsurprisingly then, the popularity of 'database as...