Eight Best Practices For Cloud Security
Eight Best Practices For Cloud Security
/ Mar 27, 2015 0 COMMENTS

There’s been a lot of FUD spread around in recent years on the subject of the public cloud. But as often happens in technology, convenience trumps security as far as users are concerned, and cloud services are just too convenient to turn down. Whether it’s to access your work files from home, to speed up…

Six Pitfalls To Avoid In The Hybrid Cloud
Six Pitfalls To Avoid In The Hybrid Cloud
/ Feb 9, 2015 0 COMMENTS

It’s prediction season for the year ahead, and one of the most popular forecasts this time is that 2015 will be when hybrid clouds become practical. This isn’t one of those forecasts that come around time and again though – like “this is the year of desktop Linux” – no, this one is pretty solid….

The Software-Defined WAN and WAN Optimization: Networking’s Dynamic Duo
The Software-Defined WAN and WAN Optimization: Networking’s Dynamic Duo
/ Jan 19, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Today’s WANs have become remarkably complex. What used to be relatively straightforward point-to-point links have multiplied, meshed, and hybridized, as well as gaining layers of management and optimization to overcome the inherent weaknesses of telco connections and wring more capacity from them. At the same time, more and more users and services are moving off…

Here Comes The Petabyte Event Horizon
Here Comes The Petabyte Event Horizon
/ Dec 29, 2014 0 COMMENTS

A step change is on the way for data storage, and in particular for networked storage. Technologies that have served us well for a decade or more are about to run out of steam, and the point-of-no-return looks to be when you start counting in petabytes rather than terabytes. If there is one thing that…

Is Software-Defined Storage A Solution In Search Of A Problem?
Is Software-Defined Storage A Solution In Search Of A Problem?
/ Nov 20, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Software-defined storage, or SDS, seems such a great idea. After all, when we are faced by a new project most of us still think in terms of how many drives to buy for it, yet the fact is that we can never know what that project will need as it evolves, so we almost always…

5 Ways To Make New Technology Easier To Adopt
5 Ways To Make New Technology Easier To Adopt
/ Nov 13, 2014 0 COMMENTS

There is no shortage of potentially useful business technology. What is in short supply is the time and budget needed to implement it. With that in mind, here are a few things to look for or do yourself that should make the process easier and cheaper. What we are seeking here is the equivalent of…

Do We Store Too Much Data – Or Too Little?
Do We Store Too Much Data – Or Too Little?
/ Sep 30, 2014 0 COMMENTS

The world’s data stores are growing at an alarming rate. Market researchers at IDC have estimated it at 40 percent per year, which will take us from 4.4 zettabytes in 2013 to 44 zettabytes in 2020 – a zettabyte is 10^21 bytes. That’s a thousand exabytes, or a million petabytes. The costs for business are…

The Truths And Costs Behind Free Public WiFi
The Truths And Costs Behind Free Public WiFi
/ Sep 25, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Public WiFi usage is growing — and how! As a result, the likelihood is that your staff are using public hotspots.  Even if they are not allowed to access work-related systems via public hotspots (or can only do so via a VPN), your staff could still be exposing their (and your) mobile devices — and…

The Rise of the Phabulous Phablet
The Rise of the Phabulous Phablet
/ Aug 21, 2014 0 COMMENTS

After decades of mobile phones getting ever smaller, mobile phones are now getting bigger and bigger. Not so long ago, a smartphone screen more than four inches across was a monster – the HTC Desire/Inspire HD excited a lot of interest in 2010 with its 4.3-inch screen, for instance – but now screens five inches…

Generation Mobile, Serendipity Corners, and the All-Wireless Edge
Generation Mobile, Serendipity Corners, and the All-Wireless Edge
/ Jul 14, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Is your network edge mostly wired, or has it shifted over to mostly wireless? If you think it is still the former, have another think: how many of the tablets and smartphones out there have Ethernet sockets? How many of your laptop users — especially the younger ones, fresh out of college — actually bother…