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Designing the Next Generation Data Centre

At the turn of the 21st century, virtualisation promised a flexible, centralised data centre. But the global IT community wasn’t aware of the need. Early adopters and innovators realised business advantages well before virtualisation gained mainstream adoption. Today virtualisation is pervasive, reaching market maturity in its lifecycle. Cloud is the new disrupter, offering innovators a ride on its growth trajectory.

If you are a service provider (SP) thinking about your next generation cloud and hosting services, this paper will help you navigate a go-forward strategy. It provides next generation data center (NGDC) trends and business strategies in the context of five architectural principles. It examines key market influences fueling IT transformation in the SP market and the technological trends that support them.




Leading the way in technology support

In a world that demands continuous availability, IT environments need to be supported like well-honed racing teams support their cars and drivers. Every element must work perfectly to reach the finish line, and proactive integrated strategies deliver the best performance.

Many companies rely on legacy technology support plans that meet minimum requirements to keep their business running. They neglect to update their strategy to include new devices, platforms and technologies.

Technology support leaders, however, actively redesign their support roadmap to address these issues, and are reporting many business advantages.




The Forrester TEI total economic impact of IBM Multivendor services

Evaluate the potential financial impact that MVS may have on their organizations. MVS provides hardware maintenance support to a wide range of non-IBM devices like servers, storage and networking equipment that are out of OEM warrantee or are approaching end-of-life.




Technology Support: One Destination

What are your choices when your IT equipment comes from multiple vendors? What is your best choice when it comes about HW and SW support? Discover how IBM is innovating technical support with cognitive computing.




Re-thinking Enterprise Tech Support for the World of Internet of Things

Way back before the phrase “Internet of Things” was hot (in fact, way back before there was an Internet), there were connected ATM devices. The ATM was actually pioneered by IBM in the 1960s and 1970s and went on to change the face of banking.

24/7 availability gave customers more options while also freeing up time for bank workers to sell additional services and provide support, rather than just handling money. Over the years, the ATM’s technology has changed drastically, reaching the point where there’s something of an arms race between bankers protecting customers, and criminals attempting to skim customer information.




Case Study: Optimising Chester Zoo's Website

Chester Zoo opened its doors in 1931 and became the North of England’s Zoological Society shortly afterwards in 1934. Since then it’s grown to home over 11,000 animals; it welcomes over 1.4million visitors every year, and was recently voted the UK’s best zoo, Europe’s second best zoo and the sixth best zoo in the world by TripAdvisor. Its website is hosted on Dedicated servers with UKFast.




Data Sovereignty

The long-criticised set of principles for Safe Harbour has been judged inadequate and a replacement, Privacy Shield, is set to land soon. However, questions over the strength of data privacy protections still remain and, as seen in the ongoing case of Apple vs the FBI, there are no guarantees of data sovereignty from US firms beholden to US government demands.

There are still underlying questions about US government’s access to data stored by US firms, even when it’s apparently stored on UK shores.




Case Study: Seamlessly Secure Hosting for eviid

The experience inspired the creation of a video data capture app. The team explained: “What consumer smartphone technology has been missing is a feature that not only allows instant two-way video communication, but which turns that captured footage into evidence and treats it accordingly. eviid does just that.”




GDPR Explained

The general data protection regulation (GDPR) is the new european legal framework for the protection of personal data. The regulation officially comes into effect on 25th May 2018. It comes in place of the 1995 data protection directive (DPD) and, prior to brexit, would have led to the UK implementing a new act in place of the existing data protection act 1998.

The GDPR has been designed to address the inconsistent data protection laws that currently exist throughout the EU’s member states, amongst other data protection concerns; and includes new responsibilities for data controllers and processors.




Hosting & Data Security

Data has no borders. If a cyber-attack occurs and your data falls into the wrong hands, there is nothing to prevent it from being taken from one country to the next.

With the rate of cyber-attacks increasing every month, it has never been more vital to understand where and how your data is stored.




IT & Technology Predictions 2017

There’s no doubt about it, 2016 has been a rollercoaster of a year, and one that will certainly warrant a mention or two in the history books. Not only was the global political and economic climate rocked to its core, but a significant rise in security breaches has highlighted just how vulnerable some newly adopted technologies still are.

With both feet now firmly in 2017, this report takes a look at the impact of new technologies such as the Internet of Things and the introduction of various legislation on businesses over the next 12 months.




Hosting Guide to eCommerce

In the early 2000s, when Amazon sold little more than books and CDs, eCommerce was in its infancy and taking its first steps into unchartered territory. The ability to purchase any product or service via the web was a major coup, particularly when you add slow dial-up speeds into the mix, and back then there was certainly no pressure for stores to crawl their entire database in milliseconds to deliver a result.

A decade or so later and eCommerce is no longer a fledgling industry, but a fully-grown adult that becomes increasingly sophisticated by the transaction. And, like any mature adult, it has responsibilities resting on its shoulders.

This guide explores how the worlds of hosting and eCommerce collide, and the role each plays in providing a top quality experience to a consumer market with high expectations of its digital services.




5 Steps to Good Governance

Information governance may not be your favorite thing. Which is exactly why it should be done efficiently and seamlessly, so that employees can focus on more exciting goals—innovative, business-growing goals.

Ideally you want to enable easy access to content and collaboration tools from any device with the security, scalability, data governance and administrative controls IT requires. From simplifying content management to empowering global teams, find out how to work smarter and faster than ever before in 5 steps.




The risk of letting malware execute

On the Internet, there are only victims and potential victims. Everyone has exposure, from individuals to large enterprises. Every minute sees more connected devices added to the attack surface. In the race to broaden and deepen defences, security teams are faced with the additional challenge of increasing complexity. More products, more events and more monitoring are making it ever harder to find relevant and true indicators of compromise, pushing the security situation closer to bedlam. This spiralling complexity diminishes a security team’s awareness and responsiveness, ultimately driving up the true cost of operational security.

Defenders didn’t inflict this on themselves. The proliferation of vendors and products, driven by overwhelming need and a growing security economy, has created a wide diversity of approaches to solving various security problems. In seeking to find a novel, often information-centric angle, however, many of these solutions have inadvertently created new challenges and failed to improve security.