Why Out-of-Band Management Is Essential for Minimizing Costly Downtime

Why Out-of-Band Management Is Essential for Minimizing Costly Downtime

The high cost of downtime is well documented. According to research by the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data center outage is nearly $9,000 per minute. The average total cost is nearly $750,000. These figures include the cost to detect, contain and recover from the outage, along with productivity losses, lost revenue, opportunity costs, customer churn and reputational damage. Clearly, rapid response to read more...

Pandemic-Related Telework Requires a New Approach to Cybersecurity

Pandemic-Related Telework Requires a New Approach to Cybersecurity

Cybercriminals are preying on fears of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to spread malware, perpetrate scams, and compromise systems and networks. Many of these attacks are targeting employees who are working from home under “social distancing” policies. Organizations should shore up their cyber defenses to ensure that attacks on remote workers don’t result in a security breach. The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security read more...

Why the Next-Gen Data Center Must Be ‘Green’

Why the Next-Gen Data Center Must Be ‘Green’

The data center has undergone a number of major changes over the years, from mainframes to client/server computing to web-scale computing. This evolution occurred over decades, but in recent years the changes have been fast and furious. Key trends include the rapid rise of cloud computing,  ever-increasing demand for storage, and the growing adoption of artificial intelligence, data analytics and other resource-intensive applications. One consequence of the accelerated evolution read more...

IT Complexity Drives the Need for AI-Powered Performance Monitoring

IT Complexity Drives the Need for AI-Powered Performance Monitoring

When we think about IT complexity, we often visualize stacks of hardware appliances. But there’s growing complexity in what you don’t see — the systems, services, and tools that underlie modern applications. According to a recent study conducted by Vanson Bourne, the typical mobile or web application transaction crosses 37 different technology systems or components. This increase in complexity makes it harder for organizations to manage read more...

Why Your Organization Should Be Taking a Close Look at SD-WAN

Why Your Organization Should Be Taking a Close Look at SD-WAN

Any organization with multiple branch offices needs connectivity between those locations.Traditionally, organizations have used MPLS for WAN connectivity due to its reliability andperformance. Those capabilities come at a steep price, however — MPLS is significantly moreexpensive than broadband and fiber-optic Internet connections. The costs go up fororganizations with a global footprint, and those that need a lot of bandwidth. MPLS is a complex deployment. It read more...

Pandemic Preparedness Should Be Part of Your Business Continuity Plan

Pandemic Preparedness Should Be Part of Your Business Continuity Plan

The Coronavirus has not officially reached global pandemic status, but organizations should nevertheless be prepared for the threat. In fact, experts say that pandemic preparedness is a good business practice that should be part of every business continuity plan. It can be easy for organizations to disregard the virus until it hits their region. However, organizations may rely on business partners and contractors who are read more...

How to Deploy Smart Data Centre Infrastructure Management

How to Deploy Smart Data Centre Infrastructure Management

Over the past decade, many organisations have deployed Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) platforms. This is software that captures the availability and performance metrics of the hybrid IT environment such as cloud infrastructure, servers, network devices, power and storage systems. These platforms monitor and collate the availability of IT infrastructure and provide utilisation metrics in real-time to help the IT and data centre operations teams manage read more...

The Distributed Cloud Model is a Gartner Top Trend. Here’s Why

The Distributed Cloud Model is a Gartner Top Trend. Here’s Why

Forrester Research estimates that about 20 percent of enterprise workloads now run in the public cloud. A survey by Goldman Sachs aligns with that estimate, finding that 23 percent of workloads run in the cloud with 43 percent of organizations expecting to migrate additional workloads by the end of 2022. Many cloud initiatives have focused on the so-called low-hanging fruit — email, collaboration, file-sharing and read more...

How Multiple Transit Gateways Can Simplify VPC Connectivity for Large Enterprises

How Multiple Transit Gateways Can Simplify VPC Connectivity for Large Enterprises

In a previous post, we discussed the Transit Gateway managed service from Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS Transit Gateways act as a hub for connecting multiple Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) and virtual private network (VPN) connections within a single region. They enable a hub-and-spoke model with centralized control of traffic routed among VCPs.  As we explained previously, Transit Gateways have some limitations — for one read more...

Why More Enterprises Are Adopting Network Functions Virtualization

Why More Enterprises Are Adopting Network Functions Virtualization

Networking has always been a hardware-centric affair. Organizations purchase, implement and maintain a wide array of routers, switches, load balancers and other gear on a device-by-device basis. The result is a highly complex network environment that is difficult to manage and lacks the agility to meet today’s changing business demands. That’s slowly changing as more organizations adopt network functions virtualization (NFV). As the name implies, read more...