Container security: 5 current trends you can’t afford to ignore

Enterprise confidence in containers continues to accelerate – not just in terms of the number of businesses now running containerized applications, but also in how many of those deployments span the entire application lifecycle. A recent survey by Market Cube finds that 87% of IT professionals are utilizing containers, and 90% of those are using … continue reading

Creating a multi-layered security architecture for your databases

Data security has never been more important than it is today. Considering the amount of data collection most modern apps require, it’s imperative to keep private and proprietary data safe and secure — and with measures like HIPAA, PCI DSS and the European Union’s GDPR, it’s also the law. Keeping databases secure from existing and … continue reading

Ensuring high availability and disaster recovery for SQL Server in the cloud

Failure is an option in IT, including in public clouds — despite their resilient, carrier-class infrastructures. And many of the failures that regularly cause downtime are excluded from the cloud service providers’ money-back service level agreement guarantees. For this reason, the customer, specifically the IT operations staff, is responsible for ensuring uptime for all SQL Server … continue reading

Network automation – To plan or not to plan is the question

“A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.” – Confucius As the network evolves into a more dynamic environment due to the introduction of new concepts such as virtualization and software-defined everything, it is becoming imperative that operators automate as much as possible. Whether it be software-defined WAN, data … continue reading

5 ITSM trends and topics that will fuel digital transformation

Digital transformation is the buzzword that every CIO and most top-level managers are so concerned about. So, for all the hype around it, what is digital transformation, and is it really happening? Yes, it’s happening. With time, DX has become the driving force of businesses. Over the last few decades, the organizations that have disrupted … continue reading

IT Ops cost and digitization is accelerating retail industry move to cloud

Traditional retailers’ IT Ops teams are moving a greater percentage of their business-critical workloads from their datacenters to public clouds than their counterparts in other industries. The shift, a prevailing focus at last week’s annual National Retail Federation (NRF) show in New York, is poised to continue over the next few years. Various studies that … continue reading

premium Five considerations when moving toward cloud native

Building applications had rapidly become the easy part of development. Whether on the web or mobile, these applications need a place to live, and that place is constantly changing. From local servers in closets to colocation facilities to the cloud, we’ve seen rapid change over just the last few years. Now we have containers and … continue reading

Gartner: The future of infrastructure is always on, always available

The future of IT infrastructure is about being always on, and always available, everywhere, according to a presentation by Gartner at its IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies, held this week in Las Vegas. With applications so critical to business today, any outage could spell disaster for those companies, according to a number of conference … continue reading

premium Is security killing your digital transformation?

Hackers love traditional security. So do your competitors. Want to ruin their day? Forget what you know about how faster development increases risk. If your approach to security is slowing you down, it’s only a question of which you’ll lose faster—your data or your customers. To begin, let’s agree on one fundamental principle: In the … continue reading

premium Defining a new network landscape

The latest advances in software-defined networking (SDN) promise to enable automation of IT operations, particularly among enterprises shifting to DevOps, application modernization initiatives and hybrid and multi-cloud architectures. Network systems providers such as Arista, Big Switch Networks, Cumulus, HPE, Nicira and Juniper were among the earliest to deliver on the concept of SDN at the … continue reading

premium The challenges of developing and maintaining software in critical infrastructure

Over the past decade, enterprise software investments have increased significantly, and don’t show any signs of slowing down. Gartner Group recently predicted 9.5 percent growth in enterprise software spending in 2018, with another 8.4 percent growth in 2019, totaling $421 billion. Driven by the fast pace of improvement in what software can do, it is … continue reading

premium Why it’s time to finally ditch the Big Four in ITOM

In July 2018, Broadcom announced its plan to acquire CA Technologies for nearly $19 billion. While analysts have furiously debated the merits of a chip manufacturer buying an enterprise software company, the CA acquisition heralds a momentous shift in the $25 billion IT operations management (ITOM) software market. For more than two decades, four technology … continue reading

Analyst View: What edge computing means for I&O

Many digital business projects create data that can be processed more efficiently when the computing power is close to the thing or person generating it. Edge computing solutions address this need for localized computing power. Gartner defines edge computing as solutions that facilitate data processing at or near the source of data generation. For example, in the context of … continue reading

Erasing the silos that inhibit effective IT incident response

While serving on the front lines of major incident response, the last thing enterprise IT teams need is to have to consult an org chart to determine the right participants across several functional areas. Whether delivering new services or restoring services after a disruption, the core components of the development and production squads: DevOps, IT … continue reading

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