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Ironclad SaaS Security for Cloud-Forward Enterprises

Ironclad SaaS Security for Cloud-Forward Enterprises

The 2015 Anthem data breach was the result of a single user at an Anthem subsidiary clicking on a phishing email. Yet, the breach exposed the sensitive information of approximately 78.8 million members and cost the company more than...





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CLOUD COMPUTING

Top 7 Programming Language to Excel as Cloud Professional

March 14, 2019 No Comments

The cloud computing field is getting more prominent with time. Here is the chart that shows the growth of the cloud market. You can expect cloud computing to grow more in the future. The growth of cloud computing is also increasing the demand for professionals who can work with the cloud system. Currently, there is a shortage of skilled cloud professionals. According to Payscale.com, the average salary of Certified Cloud Professional surpasses $100k annually.

How IT is Streamlining the Healthcare Sector

February 5, 2019 No Comments

Sure enough, as new trends in IT development emerge, it has become crucial for stakeholders in the healthcare industry to be made aware of the latest disruptions within the field. In this sense, it’s important to stay abreast of the latest developments in IT that provide healthcare institutions the capacity for effective service deliveries.

Cloud Computing and Big Data: Everything you Need to Know

January 29, 2019 No Comments

Cloud computing has transformed the way organizations manage and interact with their data. Over the last few years, several organizations, including small and mid-sized companies, have migrated their data workloads and computing to the cloud. And the trend continues. As per a recent Forrester report, cloud computing will firmly establish itself as the foundation of future enterprise application platforms in 2019 and cloud spending will increase as enterprises adopt cloud tools and services in whatever way they can.

The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Small Businesses

January 14, 2019 No Comments

Two decades ago the internet and information technology revolutionized the world. Now, cloud computing is responsible for generating transformations, especially in the way companies are conducting their business. Cloud computing is being considered by small and large companies as the tool of the next decade. There will be fewer companies that still rely on the use of physical devices to store and manage data.

Why use cloud-based software for your business

January 8, 2019 No Comments

Some people refer to cloud-based software as Software as a Service (SaaS). Cloud-based software is a service that allows individuals and organizations to run applications without having to install anything on their computers or to manage a server. To run your business activities, you will just need a computer, an internet browser and a good internet connection. Operating systems, applications, network switches, and servers reside within the cloud.

Next-Gen Storage: A Building Block for Digital Transformation

January 4, 2019 No Comments

Organizations today need to take an entirely different approach to data storage than they did in the past. The age of monolithic storage arrays of spinning disks in data centers is quickly fading away. Without reevaluating storage strategy, organizations might miss out on the true benefits of digital transformation.

Cloud Computing: Tips & Tools to Increase Team Productivity

January 2, 2019 No Comments

The increasingly fast adoption of new technologies has drastically changed how business is conducted, and it isn’t expected to slow down any time soon. Businesses of all sizes recognize the benefits of cloud computing, regardless of industry. It helps control costs and is easy to scale as the business grows. It also requires less investment than physical equipment or software, as well, allowing more small businesses and start-ups to utilize the newer technologies without the typical budgetary constraints.

Benefits of Cloud Computing for Businesses

December 13, 2018 No Comments

However, with thousands of these logs being created, they can often take up a lot of space to store. Instead of keeping them local on the computer, maybe companies elect to use cloud logging. This will allow you to securely access them anywhere, will reduce the need for physical storage is often more affordable. Also, these logs can be helpful both in terms of security and compliance, so keeping them safe and secure in the cloud is a good idea.

Which Cloud Computing Skills Will Be in Demand in 2019?

December 11, 2018 No Comments

Gaining experience and becoming qualified takes time. Therefore, it is essential that you make sure any training or career development you go through will serve you well in the future along with remembering that professional training and development in this field is never ending. To make sure your CV is never put to the bottom of the pile, it is important to look at what careers the current technology we are working with today will open up for tomorrow. Such as the case with system automation skills after the amount of data processed through cloud hosts is unmanageable to most enterprises with conventional manual methods.

UDM – Taming The Unstructured Data Beast

November 27, 2018 No Comments

The Beast is Big and Getting Bigger Never has this famed quote been more appropo. Organizations have been losing the battle with the growth and rampant sprawl of unstructured data. To help put this into perspective, according the IDC’s DataAge 2025 report they predict that global storage datasphere will grow from 16ZB in 2016 to 163ZB by 2025 and over 90% of that data will be unstructured vs structured. Taming the unstructured data beast is the opportunity in the chaos for the channel. The Unstructured Data Test Do you want to find a new opportunity with your clients or prospective clients? If so, here is a simple set of test questions you can ask. 1. How much data capacity is online today in your org, both on-premises and in the cloud? 2. Where is this data located, and is that where it should be? 3. Who owns this data and can you identify them for governance compliance? 4. What data sets belong to which applications? 5. Is that data protected and secured to your required SLAs? I can guarantee that 4 out of 5 times you will get more “I don’t know…”s, “that is hard to say…”s, or non-committal monosyllabic grunts, sighs and shrugs than anyone is comfortable with. Why? Because the answers to very simple questions are often the most difficult to provide. These five questions should be enough to to find a new business opportunity, show your value to your clients, and increase your standing as a trusted advisor. To back up this test, we gave it to over 200 IT leaders and application owners and the results are available at (Link). Unstructured Data Management Report In the Unstructured Data Management (UDM) report, over 200 IT leaders and application owners shared their current perspectives, challenges and predictions about unstructured data. In this report, we sought to understand three core trends facing IT leader and applications owners. 1. What is the scale of unstructured data under management? 2. How is that data being is being generated differently today and into the future? 3. What are the new ways that data is being applied in the business? From a scale perspective, 40% indicated that the “age of machine file creation” is upon us and machine created data will far exceed human generated data going forward. This is driven by analytics, IoT, medical imaging, EDA, media, financials and dozens of other automated functions. With IDC predicting that global storage datasphere will grow by 10X (16ZB in 2016 to 163ZB by 2025) and over 90% of that new data will be unstructured, it is easy to see that we are just beginning to see the scale and scope of the unstructured data beast. The second major data trend is the cataloging and management of metadata and tagging files into data sets that feed specific workflows and real-time analytics. Organizations are beginning to think of data in groups and datasets with shared metadata categories. This better enables them to support the needs of specific workflows, applications and analytics As the metadata is more visible it helps enhance the value, usability and mobility of data to support a greater range of use cases. They are clear that data must always be searchable, shareable and deliverable for any need. Next was the transition in unstructured data’s importance. It went from being important for business continuity to being strategic for generating revenue and improving operating models. This is best demonstrated in the the use of real-time analytics and the training of machine learning models. Analytics and machine learning are improving everything from marketing (via churn prediction, recommender systems, and targeted ad placement) to cancer diagnosis (via image recognition). The ability to operationalize data is a competitive weapon, and when combined with auditable integrity, it’s a game-changer. Competitively, data must and will be used for driving revenue, improving product designs, creating better customer interactions, finding ways to lower cost, and optimizing supply chains (both physical and digital). The Unstructured Opportunity for the Channel All of this leads us to the opportunity for the channel. The problems have changed and the solutions need to evolve with them. We think that when you ask your clients to take the “unstructured data test” you will find an consulting and business opportunity right in front of you. There are now new tools that can help you scan these vast sources of data and create a single catalog. Use these tools to help clients understand the scope and scale of the challenge in front of them. Help them to think of data as a dynamic resource instead of a static one stuck in silos. We see an evolution happening. Legacy unstructured data, new machine-generated data, IoT, real time analytics and AI/ML can be leveraged using a modern UDM approach that provides: ● Data visibility: The ability to see, search and find all of your data ● Data classification and organization: : The ability to organize, understand and govern your data ● Data protection: The ability to backup, archive and recover data ● Data mobility : The ability to programmatically move your datasets to the right places throughout their lifecycle We have seen this opportunity manifest in the real world, with companies like Paige.AI improving cancer diagnostics by accelerating machine learning workflows, moving the data to the right place at the right time and then providing the ability to track and recreate data sets for specific ML models. This closed loop UDM capability is required to meet the challenges of the future. Best of all, this is not just a future vision, but something we are deploying today with channel partners like FusionStorm, Red8, SnowCap, and P1 Technologies.

Getting Started with Amazon Redshift – Best Practices

November 13, 2018 No Comments

Businesses are generating staggering amounts of data—and extracting the most value from this information is paramount. Amazon Redshift provides organizations what they’re looking for: Affordability and flexibility combined with a powerful feature set. Download our solution overview covering some of the best practices on loading data and making the most of Amazon Redshift.

How to Enhance Your Data and Analytics Process

November 13, 2018 No Comments

It isn’t always easy to keep pace with today’s high volume of data, especially when it’s coming at you from a diverse number of sources. Tracking these analytics can place a strain on IT, who must provide the requested information to C-suite and analysts. Unless this process can happen quickly, the insights grow stale.

Expert Tips For Maximizing The Power of Amazon Redshift Spectrum

November 13, 2018 No Comments

Amazon Redshift Spectrum is revolutionizing the way data is stored and queried, allowing for more complex analyses and better decision-making. This fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud allows organizations to run complex queries on data stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Help increase performance and potentially reduce the cost of your queries with Amazon Redshift. Download your complimentary ebook and get ten valuable tips on using Matillion ETL for Amazon Redshift.

Moving On Up From Desktop To Dedicated Server

October 29, 2018 No Comments

Over the years, companies that didn’t embrace new technologies have been finding it hard to keep afloat in the ever-changing world of technology. Accordingly, most businesses find it hard to get started with new technology that would probably improve their business. American taxpayers lose over 1.5 trillion dollars due to outdated technology. As a business, you need to be at the forefront of embracing new technologies if you wish to remain relevant.

Do You Need a Multi-Cloud Structure?

October 24, 2018 No Comments

There are so many different cloud softwares available on the market but some of them still fall short. In this scenario, which is better? To struggle with what you have or to branch out and see what else is on offer. We think the latter, so we have put together this guide to help you learn about multi-cloud structures. No matter what your business involves, you may be able to find a use for a multi-cloud structure in your online operations.

Compliant IT Operations for Hybrid Cloud, DevOps, and Containers

October 16, 2018 No Comments

Download this white paper by paper Enterprise Management Association and learn about the four key requirements for risk free and compliant DevOps. See how you can restore governance of numerous dynamic DevOps environments.

Think Differently About Your Workloads and Cloud Performance with Oracle

October 9, 2018 No Comments

Searching for a cloud platform that’s fit for today’s needs, but will also rise up to tomorrow’s challenges?

Ironclad SaaS Security for Cloud-Forward Enterprises

October 5, 2018 No Comments

The 2015 Anthem data breach was the result of a single user at an Anthem subsidiary clicking on a phishing email. Yet, the breach exposed the sensitive information of approximately 78.8 million members and cost the company more than $100 million. A quick search for “security breach” won’t just deliver news about the biggest scandal from the past few years. Instead, you’ll likely find one from just yesterday or last week. Following the digital transformation, data breaches are happening more often.

Cyber Defender Strategies: What Your Vulnerability Assessment Practices Reveal

September 13, 2018 No Comments

What’s your vulnerability assessment style? Are you scanning weekly, monthly or quarterly? And, what does your scanning habit reveal about the maturity of your organization’s vulnerability assessment practices, a critical part of cyber hygiene? These are the key questions Tenable Research set out to answer in our Cyber Defender Strategies Report. We discovered four common vulnerability assessment strategies in use today. These strategies tell us how mature an organization’s vulnerability discovery process is – and help us identify ways to improve.

Cybersecurity Insiders 2018 Application Security Report

September 13, 2018 No Comments

What happens when you mix swelling application portfolios and eager attackers? According the 2018 Application Security Report from Cybersecurity Insiders, you find 62% of organizations less than fully confident in their application security posture. With over 20 charts and graphs, the 2018 Application Security Report gives you insight into the most critical appsec trends and challenges, and provides an overview of the tools cybersecurity professionals choose first when keeping applications safe and secure.

Unified Communications & Collaboration: Navigating The “All-Or-Nothing” Misconception

August 28, 2018 No Comments

UC&C is a common platform for communications, both internally and externally, within an enterprise organisation. The components included in any UC&C solution — voice, IM, video, etc. —will vary from organisation to organisation. At any rate, UC&C brings all those communication lines together into a seamless integration for the end users.

Journey to the Cloud Smartpaper: Decisions ahead: Navigating your journey to the cloud?

August 28, 2018 No Comments

View this Smartpaper and read about some key decisions that can lead you to the right private cloud approach for your business.

Seeing through the fog in the cloud: advanced micro-segmentation and your data center’s visibility problem

August 20, 2018 No Comments

As the benefits of on-demand scalability, usage-based pricing, and infrastructure cost savings of the cloud become increasingly compelling, organizations of all sizes are migrating their applications and workloads. Hybrid cloud adoption in particular is rapidly growing. According to one report, the hybrid cloud market is forecasted to grow 22.5% annually, jumping from $33.3 billion in 2016 to $91.7 billion by 2021. By combining the performance and security advantages of dedicated hosting with the above benefits of virtual servers hosted in the cloud, hybrid clouds provide a solid value proposition for businesses in many industries.

Top 4 Benefits Of Cloud Computing

August 16, 2018 No Comments

Cloud computing is a miracle of modern technology, and something that everyone, whether you run an online business, simply have a business website, or even blog for personal reasons, should be using. There are a vast number of benefits to cloud computing, and in many cases, you may already be using the cloud without realizing. After all, every time you update your status on social media or check your account balance on your smartphone, you are using the cloud. Here are some other great benefits of signing up for cloud computing today.

How Cloud Computing Can Improve Your Business Efficiency

August 14, 2018 No Comments

The main uses of cloud computing can be extremely beneficial to the speed and quality of your website. This articles go into detail on how you can use cloud computing to your advantage. Cloud computing is becoming more and more popular in the business community. This market is expected to reach $159 billion worldwide by 2020. While most companies only use the cloud to store data and share files, this technology has a wide range of applications.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: The Increasing Value of Cloud-based Process Improvement Solutions

July 26, 2018 No Comments

New Zealand’s Promapp Solutions – an industry-leading provider of cloud-based business process management (BPM) software for creating and managing business processes online – recently expanded its US presence. After establishing a strong US foothold by attracting a range of marquee clients from its office in San Francisco, Promapp has now opened a second US office in Austin, TX. The new office already has seven employees, with plans to add more in the near future. IT Briefcase spoke to Promapp’s CMO, Sarah Berkowski, about the company’s new Austin office and its importance to Promapp’s US growth in response to increased market interest in cloud-based process improvement solutions.

Oracle Perspective: The Rise of the Cloud Security Architect

June 25, 2018 No Comments

As organizations are adjusting their priorities around a cloud-centric strategy, one position has stood out as one of the most central and strategic in meeting security and compliance milestones—the Cloud Security Architect (CSA).

Keeping Pace at Scale: Results From Oracle and KPMG Cloud Threat Report 2018

June 25, 2018 No Comments

View this infographic to view the results from a recent Oracle and KPMG cloud threat report 2018.

Cloud Security for Dummies

June 25, 2018 No Comments

Security was once an inhibitor to cloud adoption, but today security has become a reason to move to the cloud.

Top Three Ways Veritas Access enables the Multi-Cloud

June 15, 2018 No Comments

ecent research found that 74% of enterprises currently use two or more different cloud infrastructures. Why? Because multiple clouds can offer better overall performance, eliminate vendor lock-in and improve your ability to address different business needs. The problem is that multiple clouds also add complexity that can make it more difficult to manage and protect your data in and across all these different environments. The brief, “3 ways Veritas Access enables multi-cloud adoption,” explores the data protection challenges created by multi-cloud adoption, what to look for in a solution, and the three ways Veritas Access can help you manage and protect your data in and across multiple clouds.

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