2018 was a year where technology headlines dominated the news – from high profile data breaches from household names, to the implementation of a new piece of legislation that brought data and its usage into the public eye. To get the inside track on what the industry thinks is coming next in 2019, we spoke to a range of IT experts to find the trends that will shape the year to come in technology.One of the primary themes underlying all the technology challenges is the need to provide seamless customer experiences. Rupert Spiegelberg, CEO at IDNow commented: “The ‘Now Economy‘ companies face the challenge of providing their digital customers with a convenient, seamless service, from onboarding to checkout, while remaining cost-effective and in-line with industry and national legislation. In 2019, we will see how both startups and established companies leverage the power of AI technology to develop new digital business models.”Multi-cloud and hybrid … [Read more...] about Cloud, applications, security and data privacy – what do the experts think is coming up next in 2019?
Enterprises understand the advantages and benefits cloud technology brings, but rushing to migrate to the cloud, and migrating too much data, is risky business. This is according to a new report by Kaspersky Lab, which says organisations are under pressure to migrate “100 per cent to the cloud”.Based on a poll of 250 IT security leaders, the report states that more than half of CISOs see uncontrolled cloud expansion as a top security concern.The lack of talent is also making management of complex IT environments an increasingly difficult task. Hybrid cloud adoption requires experts, which means CISOs are faced with staffing problems. A third (38 per cent) argue it’s hard to find people to handle the ‘cloud zoo’.“There’s no denying that with the business benefits it brings, cloud is a key part of the strategic digital transformation journey for many enterprises. The use of cloud is growing fast, and businesses are not going to be put off … [Read more...] about Cloud could be the biggest security risk to businesses
caption Thomas Kurian source Shutterstock On Friday, Diane Greene announced she would be stepping down as Google Cloud’s chief exec. Greene’s replacement will be the 22-year Oracle veteran Thomas Kurian, who before resigning in September, was president of product development with the company, and a key player in its cloud efforts. When he steps into the role in January, he’ll be leading Google Cloud as it continues its quest to topple Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud wars. But who exactly is Google Cloud’s new CEO? Here’s a closer look at Thomas Kurian’s life and career: Thomas Kurian is 51. He was born in Kerala, India. His father was self-educated and became a successful executive in the manufacturing industry. His mother was born to Indian parents living in Sri Lanka. She immigrated to India to go to college, which was uncommon for women at the time. source Getty Source: Business Insider Kurian has an identical twin … [Read more...] about Meet the 22-year Oracle veteran executive who’s going to lead Google in the cloud wars against Amazon and Microsoft
Public cloud providers are everywhere, literally. In fact, it’s not an exaggeration to say that the big three cloud providers - Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud (GCP) are in a great race for cloud dominance.Analyst research firms predict that the global public cloud market will continue to rise briskly at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 per cent and will be predominantly influenced by the top three players. So much so that at the beginning of 2018, Forrester predicted the Big 3 would capture at least 76 per cent of the cloud platform revenue in 2018 and rise to 80 per cent by 2020. That’s big.Yet what do enterprises really know about overall cloud performance?Unfortunately, there’s not much metric performance data that IT architects and leaders have had at their disposal, with which to make decisions. To be clear, there is a lot of data out there comparing public cloud providers. In fact, you if you conduct a search for “AWS … [Read more...] about Public cloud performance: Who comes out on top?
Deciding how to host your business’ application or product is important for making sure that your IT infrastructure can perform and scale. How well you know your business, and what it needs in the long-term, will impact how and where these systems are set up and managed.When it comes to IT infrastructure a number of options are available. If you have a clearly-defined set of business goals, know what the current state of your organisation’s IT infrastructure is, and are ready to make a change to maximise deployment in the long-term, managed colocation could be just what you are looking for. But what is managed colocation and why choose it over on-premises or cloud-based solutions?What is managed colocation?The provisioning of space for IT infrastructure and equipment that is owned by a business but housed on a service provider’s premises is known as colocation. It’s a good option for businesses wanting to keep control of their systems but don’t have the … [Read more...] about Managed colocation – why it may be the answer for your business