In a previous post, we discussed how organizations are responding to increasing user demand for content, especially video, by deploying content delivery networks (CDNs). A CDN is an integrated system of strategically located servers that dynamically delivers digital content based on the geographic origin of the request.
Organizations are transmitting and storing unprecedented amounts of data. This data is constantly travelling through wired and wireless networks, desktop and mobile devices, and cloud-based services. As organizations leverage an ever-expanding technological toolshed to become more productive, flexible and agile, they’ve also created a virtual smorgasbord for cybercriminals.
Consumers crave digital content, particularly video, on both desktop and mobile devices. According to Juniper Research, video content represents approximately 60 percent of global IP traffic. From live event streams and on-demand HD video and audio to social media applications and gaming channels, digital content consumption is growing exponentially on a global scale.
Hackers are no longer merely just for open ports on network firewalls. They have shifted their tactics to targeting applications directly. Security experts say 80 percent of attacks today happen at the application layer, thus evading traditional methods of perimeter and core network protection.
In a previous post, we discussed how a cloud assessment, which involves evaluating your existing infrastructure, applications and services in terms of both technology and business value, can make your cloud migration seamless and efficient. Traditionally, most organizations have been drawn to the cloud because of the cost savings. Instead of installing, owning and maintaining technology, you use a service provider’s technology, scale up or down as needed, and pay as you go. But the benefits extend far beyond dollars and cents.
Organizations are increasingly migrating services and applications to the cloud in order to reduce capital expenses, simplify IT management and provide employees with greater flexibility. But while the cloud can provide a number of tantalizing business benefits, organizations large and small continue to make many of the same mistakes as they race to the cloud. A lack of thorough planning is the source of some of the most common pitfalls:
Just about everyone agrees that the economic model of the American healthcare system is unsustainable, despite very different approaches for fixing the problem. The increasing urgency to reduce costs and improve efficiency is changing the economics of healthcare.
Every year, groups of technology prognosticators proclaim, “This will be the year of VDI!” When you look at the benefits of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), it’s easy to understand the optimism. VDI delivers a consistent desktop environment and access to the same data and applications across any device. Centralized desktop management and improved resource utilization increase operation efficiency. Security is also easier to manage because all the data is stored in the data center — a lost or stolen device won’t result in data loss.
End-user computing is quickly changing from a PC-centric environment to an environment that encompasses a wide range of devices. Organizations are changing their approach to capitalize on the improvements in productivity, flexibility and agility that mobility offers. Instead of providing employees with a single, physical computer where all business tools and resources reside, organizations are now providing access to business tools and resources from virtually any device.
When it comes to the protection of a given item, there are always risks involved. If you don’t get a home security system, you could experience a break-in. Forget to lock your bike? It may not be there when you go back for it. In cloud environments, the risks of ignoring or not prioritizing security are significant.