Explosive data growth and complexity have turned data management models upside down. Processes and technology traditionally employed for storing, backing up and protecting data are unable to handle growing data volumes from a wide variety of sources. This is placing enormous strains on IT operations and threatening the safety of mission-critical data.
Cloud computing operates on a shared responsibility model. That means an organization can’t rely solely on the cloud provider’s security controls to protect business applications and data. An organization must bear the responsibility of identifying any gaps that exist in the cloud provider’s security and then fill those gaps.
Data backup systems aren’t exactly the most exciting part of the IT environment, but they’re absolutely essential to preventing data loss. Unfortunately, traditional backup processes have three traits that are unappealing for any part of your business. They’re typically slow, complicated and costly. In addition to the challenge of backing up exploding data volumes, most organizations have redundant copies, or they’re holding on to old data for no reason. This makes recovery processes unnecessarily complex and confusing.
Historically, the storage market tends to be slow to change. However, data volumes continue to increase rapidly, and organizations are looking for new ways to use and analyze various types of data from a wide range of sources. As a result, there is a more urgent need for new storage models. Analysts expect software-defined storage in particular to buck the traditionally slow evolutionary trend and start shaking things up in 2017.
Nobody would argue that 2016 was the year of ransomware, which tops many lists of the greatest security concerns in the enterprise. According to Kaspersky Lab, a ransomware infection happened every 30 seconds during the third quarter of 2016. The FBI even released a technical guidance document to help organizations protect their networks from ransomware. The FBI reports that the number of ransomware attacks increased from 1,000 per day in 2015 to more than 4,000 per day in 2016.
Every organization knows the amount of data being generated is skyrocketing. However, most organizations lack a clear understanding of how much data they have, where that data resides, and the value of various types of data.
Software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) is rapidly emerging as an efficient way to architect, deploy and operate corporate WANs. Applying software-defined networking (SDN) principles at the network edge, the technology enables IT organizations to dynamically mix and match connectivity options to optimize traffic, improve application performance and control expenses. This makes it easier and cheaper to deploy and manage connectivity for branch offices and remote locations.
Topics: IT Infrastructure
More organizations are using the cloud, but only a handful are maximizing its value, according to a recent survey from Cisco and IDC. Although 68 percent of organizations are using the cloud, only 31 percent of these organizations have mature cloud strategies, and just 3 percent have fully optimized their cloud strategies to deliver superior business outcomes.
Veritas Technologies recently held its first conference since its split from Symantec, with an agenda that underscored the company’s evolving technology strategy. Veritas Vision 2016 featured a number of product announcements, including new data management solutions that address the need for data protection, data availability and data insight across public, private and hybrid cloud environments.
The rise of mobility has forever changed the concept of work. The traditional workday and workplace no longer have boundaries. Data, applications, business contacts and multiple modes of communication are never more than an arm’s length away. Collaboration with someone across the hall or across the country is equally simple. Work tasks can be accomplished anywhere – at home, in a coffee shop, at an airport or in a waiting room.