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Choosing the optimum cloud for your business

In recent times, cloud platforms have rightly taken their seat at the forefront of mainstream IT plans, alongside on-premise servers. Cloud’s ability to enhance business agility, deliver cost savings, open new streams of revenue, improve application performance and unlock routes to leverage emerging technologies is widely acknowledged.

As a result, businesses have adopted cloud in their droves. Yet while the technology is thriving, the sheer myriad of choices available can make it a daunting task for IT managers when looking to find a cloud platform which meets their specific organisational needs.


5 cloud myths debunked

In order to tap into cloud’s potential, it is imperative for any business to understand the elements of cloud technology and the benefits that it brings to the table.

But it is equally important that businesses don’t fall for the myths that persistently surround cloud.


Black Friday: Why retailers should shop around for the best tech

Since bursting into the lives of UK shoppers in 2014, Black Friday has fast become the busiest week in the retail calendar. Cyber Monday is the online sister of Black Friday, and that too has ballooned in recent years. In fact, last year, a record-breaking $7.8 billion worth of sales were made on Cyber Monday.

With all this demand, comes greater responsibility. Luckily for those retailers looking to capitalise on this record-busting sales event, there are plenty of cutting edge technology solutions to help them get it right.

Techerati spoke with nine technology experts to get their thoughts and advice for retailer best practice this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.


AI, Cloud Computing and IoT: How digitalisation is driving dramatic IT changes in healthcare

Today, IT within the healthcare industry is undergoing profound changes. This has been driven, in part, by the development of advanced new treatments, including robotics, analytical imaging and robust data networks, which enable the lessons learned from pioneering medical practitioners to be distributed to peers around the world, more rapidly than ever before.

For healthcare providers, ensuring a quality environment of patient care is paramount. New technologies—from digital imaging to security-enhancing baby finders to “always-on” wearable technology—are helping to reduce errors, improve care, and decrease costs simultaneously.

In the 2019 Global Health Care Outlook Report Deloitte states that, “there is an exponential increase in the pace and scale with which digital healthcare innovations are emerging. Digital technologies are supporting health systems’ efforts to transition to new models of patient-centered care and helping them develop ‘smart health’ approaches to increase access and affordability, improve quality, and lower costs.”


Why are IT leaders flying blind into cloud migration?

Businesses need to adopt an analysis-led approach when prioritising which applications to migrate, writes Greg Rivera, VP of CAST Highlight at CAST Pilots flying into storms need to turn to their instruments for guidance. Similarly, IT leaders running into cloud migration issues need to assess applications to support and facilitate their move to the cloud…. Read More


Why media services need a strong multi-CDN strategy

Content delivery networks (CDNs), geographically distributed networks of servers working together to deliver fast internet content delivery, provide a dependable content distribution system for many websites and applications, including webpages, video, games, downloadable objects, streamable media, and even software updates.

CDNs are extremely popular among brands and website owners who need to deliver their content fast to a global audience. Indeed, according to data from BuiltWith, over 80% of the top 10,000 websites are using a CDN, with the global market predicted to grow from $10.9 billion in 2018 to $24.9 billion by 2025.


The hidden costs of microservices

Microservices are hot right now. IT colleagues I talk with are excited about their potential, and thought leaders in various industries are speculating about their transformative power – and with good reason. Used effectively, microservices have the capacity to improve the flexibility and scalability of many software-based applications.

However, they’re not the right solution for every scenario. When they’re used without a strategic plan, they can end up costing a lot more than a company expects (in the same way that poorly planned cloud deployments can lead to outsized bills). Here, I’ll highlight some of the hidden costs microservices can add to a company’s IT program and offer some tips for evaluating whether they make sense in a given scenario.


CEO Q&A: How Weather Source uses Snowflake Data Exchange to share climate data faster

When did Weather Source first hear about Snowflake Data Exchange and decide to get involved?

Snowflake first popped into our mind when we read an article following the massive amount of funding it had secured. And after looking a little deeper, we found that Snowflake’s solution was ideal for our data requirements. In late 2018, our VP of business development contacted Snowflake to discover Snowflake’s proposition of an innovative data marketplace where data providers such as ourselves could showcase our data offerings.

The timing was perfect as Snowflake hired a new Director of Data Sharing, Bryan Naden, who explained the ambition of the Snowflake Data Exchange (SDE) and it instantly struck a chord with us. It was his priority to onboard data providers in advance of the SDE rollout, so we were at the very forefront of this exciting new data initiative.


Why centralised connectivity is the most secure approach for businesses

Cloud computing has offered a wealth of opportunity for businesses across the globe. From encouraging vast and continuous development of services, applications and platforms, to giving companies a myriad of choices when it comes to finding the right solution to drive business benefit. However, cloud computing does open the door to new risks that need to be acknowledged. These risk factors come in many different shapes and sizes, including unauthorised system access, mass data loss, or the complexity of network identity management.  

Visibility is absolutely key for businesses to make informed and educated decisions. Without the full picture, correct decision making is nearly impossible and will ultimately lead to failure. With an understanding of where the risks and threats lie, companies can build a defence to mitigate these threats; this is where having centralised connectivity is essential. 


Dropbox’s bid to build a smarter workplace

When Dropbox first launched its groundbreaking file sync and share app in March 2008, it was just over a year since Apple launched the first iPhone. Just as the iPhone heralded a now-ubiquitous feature of our daily lives – the smartphone, Dropbox represented one of the earliest examples of a SaaS application aimed squarely at improving workplace productivity.

Fast forward to the present day, and there is a bewildering assortment of cloud-based software applications vying for employee attention and promising to make their lives easier. Firms are swimming in a sea of applications and each on average relies on over 150 to stay productive, according to Okta. Because of this oversupply, productivity is, in fact, being hamstrung. Employees have hundreds of tabs open, each bombarding them with notifications and forcing them to switch environments. 


A comprehensive guide to cloud adoption in Europe’s banking sector
Julian Schmücker is the European Banking Federation expert on cloud computing and organiser of the federation’s Cloud Banking Forum – a policy hub for European banks, cloud service providers and EU observers. Ahead of his appearance at Tech Week Frankfurt 2019, Julian breaks down the best practices for banking in the cloud European banks fully... Read More

What the rise of Alibaba Cloud means for your multi-cloud strategy

We’re now living in a multi-cloud world. More businesses than ever are deploying a multi-cloud strategy and reaping the benefits. The numbers speak for themselves – with Cisco estimating that more than half of enterprises already use an average of four different cloud vendors, and Gartner predicting that 70 percent of enterprises will employ a multicloud strategy by the end of this year.

When it comes to choosing cloud providers to meet different technical or business requirements, the  “big three” providers Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud (GCP) and Microsoft Azure, are well known to businesses. However, there’s a new kid on the cloud block that’s looking to challenge these players’ dominant market position – Alibaba Cloud.

In fact, having seen enormous growth in the last few years since opening its first data centre in the US in 2015, Alibaba Cloud is now the third biggest cloud provider after Amazon and Microsoft, with a 7.7 percent share last year. For businesses looking to develop a successful multi-cloud strategy, Alibaba Cloud is now a serious contender in the cloud race and is increasingly being considered as a potential cloud partner.



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