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Battling With Bandwidth – Average Cost of DDoS Attack Was $40,000 An Hour

Battling With Bandwidth – Average Cost of DDoS Attack Was $40,000 An Hour

High Cost of DDoS Attacks

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks involve the use of multiple compromised systems, often infected with a Trojan, to target a single system. The array of compromised systems flood the resources or bandwidth of their victims, typically one or more web servers, in an attempt to make an online service unavailable to its users. Earlier this year, one report noted that DDoS attacks had doubled in the first quarter as compared with the same period last year, and in 2014 the first documented attack of appliances involved in a botnet attack came to light. A survey of IT managers from 270 North American organizations found the average cost of a DDoS attack was $40,000 an hour – 15% of respondents reported their costs at under $5,000 an hour, but on the other end of the scale, 15% of those surveyed stated costs above $100,000 an hour. Digital Attack Map shows the United States and the United Kingdom receiving high volumes of DDoS attacks, with China marked as one of the top sources of attacks.

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Battling With Bandwidth 

jordan-jacobsIt’s been suggested that the owners of compromised systems used in DDoS attacks be held accountable should they not have a minimal level of protection in place, and SingleHop, a leading MSP for private cloud and managed hosting services, has taken this responsibility to heart. Discussing the dilemma with CloudTweaks, Jordan Jacobs, SingleHop’s VP of Products, comments, “DDoS mitigation is no longer an optional service. With bandwidth becoming more available and at lower cost, every company, no matter the size, has become a target. The challenge with mitigation is that not only do you need to have the capability, you have to have the needed bandwidth to handle the increase in traffic.” With over 5,500 customers in 124 countries, and data centers across the US and Europe, it’s no surprise that SingleHop has been experiencing a consistent increase in both the frequency and duration of DDoS attacks on hosted services.

To ensure a robust frontline defense, SingleHop has partnered with Radware to provide an automated solution: SingleHop Shield™ Attack Mitigation Services now includes Radware’s DDoS Mitigation Solution. Ben Desjardins, Radware’s Director of Security Solutions, asserts, “Migrating applications and other elements of computing to the cloud has many benefits for organizations of all sizes, but also creates some new elements of exposure and a general reduction in ability to manage security controls. As companies look to move critical operations and production systems to cloud hosting providers they would be wise to consider the security capabilities of those providers to protect against availability threats, such as DDoS attacks. It’s also important to understand what technologies the provider is using for protection and be sure they satisfy well understood requirements for attack detection and mitigation.

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In the past, DDoS attacks have typically been blocked through manual processes, taking engineers’ time away from other key priorities. By partnering with Radware, SingleHop has been able to convert the high expense of manual defense into profit. Jacobs remarks, “Radware’s advanced attack mitigation capabilities and flexible licensing made partnering with them an easy choice. Radware’s security technology in combination with SingleHop’s advanced automation engine allows us to offer customers a powerful enterprise DDoS solution on-demand and on an as-needed basis to provide the highest levels of protection in a consumable and affordable fashion for businesses with smaller budgets. Radware’s licensing enables us to provide a solution that can protect multiple customers without having to scale the cost to meet the size of the attacks.”

Radware, a global leader of application security solutions for cloud, virtual, and software-defined data centers delivers service level assurance for business-critical applications through its solutions portfolio and enables its customers to quickly and cost-effectively adapt to market challenges while maintaining business continuity and maximum productivity. Said David Anderson, Corporate Vice President North America for Radware, “SingleHop saw an opportunity to monetize on what otherwise was an expensive cost-of-operation for their business. Not only were they able to meet the attack mitigation needs of their customers, but they successfully built a profitable high margin new service.”

By Jennifer Klostermann

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Back To The Drawing Board

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Back To The Drawing Board

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Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises: It’s About More Than Just Dollars

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises: It’s About More Than Just Dollars

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises

The surface costs might give you pause, but the cost of diminishing your differentiators is far greater.

Will a shift to the cloud save you money? Potential savings are historically the main business driver cited when companies move to the cloud, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a cost-saving exercise. There are many other compelling reasons to make the move, perhaps most importantly agility and scalability. A better question might be – will shifting to the cloud improve your business or differentiated value?

Most businesses have already made the leap, although 45% of organizations still have on-premises compute capacity today, according to Tata Consulting. It predicts that by 2020 that percentage will drop to just 12% as businesses journey through digital transformation. There are solid reasons for why so many businesses are making the move, but it’s not without risk. 

Risks to your business

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For smaller businesses, there’s still an argument that staying on-premises will be cheaper in the long run. When you factor in the investment in time and energy, coupled with the potential disruption and risk to your existing business, a badly handled move to the cloud can prove to be very expensive.

You are also placing a great deal of trust in your chosen partners. Where will your data be hosted? Compliance and regulatory conditions have to be factored into any deal. If a data breach does occur, your company will still be liable, and so it’s vital to perform due diligence on cloud vendors.

But overall, the potential benefits far outweigh the risks, and there are hidden costs with the on-premises model, not to mention an inability to change quickly with an ever increasing market evolution.

 Calculating the real costs

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Some people view the adoption of software or infrastructure as a service as renting instead of buying. It may appear more costly per user, if you calculate the amount you’ll pay for cloud-based services over a number of years, compared to a one-off fee for a software package and hardware, but there are hidden costs associated with an on-premises approach and sinking capex into an on-premises model can be an unforgiving anchor around your ability to differentiate.

If you scale up, then you’ll need to go back to your software vendor and negotiate from a position of weakness. You’ve already paid out for software, and you can’t claim any money back, even if it no longer meets your needs. With cloud-based services, you can scale up and down as required or even out, digitally extending the breadth of capabilities within your organization’s remit.

Consider also the maintenance overhead with on-premises software. You’ll have to run your own servers, handle back-ups, tune performance, patch and update, and plan disaster recovery. You’ll need space and expertise. You’ll have to handle customer support, ensuring that your users have a smooth experience that meets expectations. Every little headache associated with your platform must be dealt with by you, round-the-clock.

Simple economies of scale mean that it will be impossible for any but the very largest of businesses, to operate at anywhere near the cost of a cloud provider. The cloud will always be much cheaper upfront because you only pay for what you use, it’s typically a short-term subscription model, and you eliminate hardware and installation overhead. You also benefit from the latest updates, and your software is easier to manage.

Staying agile

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Don’t underestimate the importance of flexibility with the cloud. One of the main advantages of cloud-based services is that they offer an easier and faster digital transition from one platform to the next. You can also adopt a digital platform such as MetaArc that integrates into alliance partner services such as a Citrix workspace cloud solution which can be balanced from a blended digital model perspective. An open policy, open technology, and balanced ecosystem of partners allows you to continually differentiate and evolve your business with needed agility.

Being locked in, stuck with a rapidly aging system that would be too expensive or too disruptive to upgrade, can spell disaster for any business. That’s a real risk with a complete on-premises approach, and from a competitive standpoint it can be a serious handicap. Time and time again, agility has been shown to deliver a growth in new business, increased innovation, and greater speed to market with new products and services.

It’s important to assess the implications for your business and for some, an on-premises approach, or more likely a hybrid approach, will still make more sense than wholesale cloud adoption. But don’t be hypnotized by the bottom line, and don’t forget to factor in the business value of flexibility or the cost of business lost against trailing differentiators.

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By Nicholas Lee

Popcorn Time Downed As Industry Continues To Take On Pirates

Popcorn Time Downed As Industry Continues To Take On Pirates

Popcorn Time In The Dark

Popcorn Time, a movie streaming app that uses bits of torrents from various sites to compile movies and TV shows to then be streamed, appears to have been knocked out of the game, at least temporarily. The popular web streaming site has emerged as a free, but illegal competitor to Netflix.

Like most torrent sites, the site allows people to gain access to movies and media without having to pay for it.

Popcorn Time has now gone through multiple iterations. Following pressure from legal authorities and movie companies, the crowd-supported website has been shut down on several different occasions, including two separate times in the last 24 hours. Each time a shutdown has happened, a new developer has stepped up to the plate and relaunched the torrent program.

Is Popcorn Time gone for good this time around? Perhaps not, but with an increasing number of hosting services bending to the will of legal authorities and copyright companies, even if the service is revived, it may be short-lived.

This might not be a bad thing, however. Piracy has become a major threat for content creators, many of whom are already struggling with dropping ad revenue and other challenges. Fact is, content can’t be created for free, especially when it comes to movies and TV shows.

Piracy becoming costly for media producers

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Industry experts estimate that at least 45 percent of Americans download movies illegally, rising to 70 percent among younger demographics. The Motion Picture Association of America estimates that piracy in the United States alone costs the industry $20.5 billion dollars per year.

An older study (2003) found that stronger copyright laws could add as many as 1.5 million jobs to the global economy, and generate $400 billion dollars in economic growth. Given how much conditions have changed over the last ten years, and how piracy has proliferated, up-to-date numbers could potentially be much higher.

Fact is, as more and more data and information moves online, the risk of piracy will continue to increase. Either that, or law enforcement will have to increase substantially, and on a global scale. In some countries, such as China, pirated software, for example, makes up more than 80% of all copies of a given software program.

Further, while piracy does give people access to free movies, software programs, and other forms of media, it also threatens the underlying economics that make media production profitable. If this profit drive is severely restricted, the industry’s capabilities will likewise be hindered.

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By Brian Brinker

Furthering Business By Seeing Beyond

Furthering Business By Seeing Beyond

Furthering Your Business

Here is a typical customer service story that illustrates the gap between the power of modern commerce and the struggling mindset of business.

John is a retail customer, who, like many people, enjoys shopping at specific stores. He re-visits these stores often, out of habit and convenience. He recently purchased a coffee maker from a homewares store in his neighborhood just one week prior to moving house. He brought it home, but did not open it. It remained in its original packaging. Two weeks later, after moving into his new house, he found the coffee maker, removed it from its box and plugged it in. It did not work. He called customer service and was told to take it to a local affiliate – a store that was not a direct part of the chain, but that sold some of the chain’s branded merchandise.

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When John arrived at the affiliate store, with his coffee maker in hand, the young sales clerk informed him that although the store was connected to the homewares chain, she was not able to accept the appliance, since her store did not directly deal with this particular brand. She politely suggested he return to the main store back in his old neighborhood. John left the store, with his coffee maker under his arm. He felt a little under-appreciated and consequently decided to switch his loyalty to their competition.

Question: what – if anything – could the young sales clerk have done differently to stop John from leaving the brand?

This type of customer service scenario happens very often. It is the end result of an absence of long-range thinking on the part of higher-ups in the retail chain, a subsequent lack of education of front-line retail staff and a lack of time. Store associates seldom have the time or the permission to think proactively.

Data is King

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The people who manage this affiliate store overlooked a key component of the new business economy. Even if the coffee maker was rightfully not a brand that they supported, the cost of returning it on behalf of the customer pales in comparison to what John would have left them in return: data. Customer relationships and customer data carry a far greater value than any individual transactions. Business, both in the B2C (retail) and B2B (industrial/commercial) spheres, relies increasingly on big data and analytics. This is the material that helps further individual customer relationships, spreading them out into additional channels.

Data allows vendors to outperform – For example:

Up-selling:John, your 4-cup coffee machine is good, but have you considered an 8-cup model, so you can make enough for guests?

Cross-selling: “John, most people who buy this type of coffee maker also buy this amazing kettle, made by the same manufacturer, with six different water temperature settings.

Data-based selling: “John, last time you shopped at the main store, you bought a highway safety kit for your car. Do you know about our really great thermos cups? They’re perfect for enjoying that great coffee safely while you’re driving.”

Subscription services: “John, we’ve partnered with this premium coffee supplier who sends coffee by courier. Not only will you never run out, they always send an additional sampler with every shipment.

Freemium: “John, I know you might never have tried coffee shipments by courier before, so we are happy to send the first 1-week package at no charge. You can order online if you like it.

Loyalty: “John, if you choose to order your coffee online, maybe you want to try our loyalty app. It works on your smartphone and you get points and rewards with every purchase.”

Mobile Commerce: “John, since you’re thinking about the loyalty app, you might want to think about our full, downloadable native app that shows the specials throughout the entire store, but primarily the areas that we know you like the most, like coffee and cars. If you set the permissions, it will also know when you physically enter the store and you will get 15% off automatically.”

New Service Lines: “John, we are offering gourmet dessert preparation classes online in conjunction with a local catering school. Perhaps you or a family member might wish to sign up, to learn how to make great desserts to go with that wonderful coffee.

The sales clerk in this scenario was only doing what she had been instructed to do, which points to a deficiency of vision in the management hierarchy. John should not have been allowed to leave the store without the clerk entering his account code to find out who he was, how long he had been a customer of the main store, and to identify and deliver these types of up-sell opportunities right there and then. The clerk should have been educated to understand that rejecting a customer for any reason will result in a high possibility of losing that customer, whereas helping him would have opened up more channels of loyalty and business.

Data is king. Customer data gives company representatives at any level the opportunity to fully understand the needs of each client/customer and to address them in a high-touch, contextual manner. That is the currency of modern commerce.

For more on this topic, please visit businessvalueexchange.com, sponsored by HP Enterprise Services.

By Steve Prentice

Low Cost Cloud Computing Gives Rise To Startups

Low Cost Cloud Computing Gives Rise To Startups

Balancing The Playing Field For Startups

According to a Goldman Sachs report, cloud infrastructure and platform spending could reach $43 billion by 2018, which is up $16 billion from last year, representing a growth of around 30% from 2013 said the analyst.

This phenomenal growth is laying the foundation for a new breed of startup entrepreneur, which is clearly reaping the benefits of cloud computing.

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First and foremost, startups that offer software or online services have to prove their business model works in the cloud before they are likely to get any venture capital funding these days,” said James Staten, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research. “That means their business starts in the cloud.

Cloud computing in many ways allows startups to compete with bigger more established companies, it gives them a level playing field in terms of IT infrastructure and gets them up and running in a fraction of the time that it would take a traditional brick and mortar business.

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Another clear advantage of cloud computing is mobility, employing talent from around the globe, these employees can work from home using their own devices, there is no need to spend six figures on  expensive IT equipment including servers, front end equipment as well as licenses, again representing huge savings on startup costs which can also seem attractive to potential investors.

With the big leaders in the cloud computing industry like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure offering attractive solutions, startups now no longer need to spend capital on a centralised IT department or the range of IT staff that this normally entails.

In Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure they cite AWS as the dominant industry heavyweight with Microsoft’s Azure a clear second. “there’s Amazon, and then there’s everyone else”, the report goes on to say “AWS has a diverse customer base and the broadest range of use cases, including enterprise and mission-critical applications. It is the overwhelming market share leader, with over 10 times more cloud IaaS compute capacity in use than the aggregate total of the other 14 providers in this Magic Quadrant”.

Potential Downsides

downsidesHowever industry experts are warning startups to tread carefully and consider their options, as cloud computing also has its downsides.

Outages can happen and big companies like Google are not immune, as we seen recently when their Gmail service went down, denying access to as many as 5% all internet users.

Microsoft’s Azure has also been prone to these outages, something which customers are increasingly expressing concern about.

Also Service Level Agreements (SLA’s), need to be scrutinised as the vast majority don’t offer any real substance or guarantee.

Turning The Corner

Looking towards the future, many startups that become stable and profitable tend to move away from third party cloud computing options and begin to develop their own in house solutions as well as offering these solutions to other companies to increase profits and business further.

For aspiring startups choosing to go down the route of cloud computing, you can read the informative article entitled “Cloud Computing Checklist For Startups”.

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In closing there is a vast number of advantages for startups who want to trim costs and jump on board  this booming billion dollar cloud computing industry, however consider all of your options thoroughly before taking that giant leap.

By David Doyle

Infographic – Western Digital $19 Billion Dollar SanDisk Acquisition

Infographic – Western Digital $19 Billion Dollar SanDisk Acquisition

IRVINE, Calif. and MILPITAS, Calif. — Oct. 21, 2015 — Western Digital® Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) and SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock. The offer values SanDisk common stock at $86.50 per share or a total equity value of approximately $19 billion, using a five-day volume weighted average price ending on October 20, 2015 of $79.60 per share of Western Digital common stock. If the previously announced investment in Western Digital by Unisplendour Corporation Limited closes prior to this acquisition, Western Digital will pay $85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock; and if the Unisplendour transaction has not closed or has been terminated, $67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

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The combination is the next step in the transformation of Western Digital into a storage solutions company with global scale, extensive product and technology assets, and deep expertise in non-volatile memory (NVM). With this transaction, Western Digital will double its addressable market and expand its participation in higher-growth segments. SanDisk brings a 27-year history of innovation and expertise in NVM, systems solutions and manufacturing. The combination also enables Western Digital to vertically integrate into NAND, securing long-term access to solid state technology at lower cost…

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Integrating Supply Chain Solutions On The Cloud

Integrating Supply Chain Solutions On The Cloud

Integrating Supply Chain Solutions

When oversimplified, Sales & Operation Planning (S&OP) is the iterative process behind optimizing Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Finance, Operations & Post Sales. It provides Executives from cross-functional organizations, a framework to collaborate and maximize utilization of its’ resource and ultimately optimize productivity across its’ entire value chain.

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Why should this be of interest to you?

In a complex multi-matrix Enterprise environment, your goal may be to accurately measure current and future Demand variables across each node of your value chain, hopefully maintaining accuracy and consistency.

Or in an isolated functional organization, you find yourself responsible for improving any one of the following (or so you are told):

  • Demand Generation
  • Improve Sales
  • Increase Revenue
  • Reduce Cost (of Business Operations)
  • Optimize Throughput (Plants, Production line, Time-to-market etc…) and the likes

I am assuming (and sincerely hope) you already leverage technology to optimize your specific business area or areas. If not, this blog can serve during your technology selection process.

Let’s step back…so we can move forward.

The Road so far for S&OP Technologies:

Since its conception in the 1980’s, by Richard Ling, S&OP Solutions has evolved to a significantly mature state. We also may know them of SCM Systems. SCM’s core strength is in its ability to tailor ad-hoc processes so to meet desired results; while accommodating varied levels of organization maturity. This allowed it to evolve continuously and iteratively (we call it agile now). However, when compared to other technology solutions, it’s evolution over last 25 years, appears dwarfed. Why?

Our flaws are often the mirror image of our strengths. And so it has been for SCM Solutions.

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Through its evolution into Supply Chain Collaboration (SCC), S&OP has remained focused in hyper-optimizing specific functional areas with bare minimal process automation, limiting itself to critical business information. Although this selective bias allowed us an ability to measure only some of the core KPI’s (revenue, performance etc.), it made it impossible or cost prohibitive to measure the intangibles – Constraints, Channel Behaviors, and Cross-functional efficiencies.

Only a handful few, likely 20% of the Fortune 100, may have the capital to muscle up and create this custom visibility across isolated applications. The rest of us will have to looked into the future…

We can better understand this as we find S&OP’s drive to morph itself into Integrated Business Planning (IBP) through early-late 2000s. IBP (often touted as the Big brother of S&OP) is a term coined by OliverWight group and widely adopted by leading Solution Providers.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” — Aristotle. And that’s how S&OP technologies will continue to evolve.

The differentiating factors:

1. Existing investments in isolation (ERP, CRM, APM etc.) CANNOT be scaled up efficiently to meet IBP needs. Need for an Integrated Ecosystem has driven this surge in API driven frameworks across all products.

2. Best-In-Class S&OP applications are already available, but they appear optimal in a silo and too difficult (or expensive) to be tightly integrated.

3. Internal Maturity alone will not determine success. Improve Maturity of your Partners, Suppliers, 3PLs etc. ecosystem as well.

4. Further, optimize the Speed & Cost of Doing Business? Choose products which allow: Rapid Deployment, Mobile-Enabled Enterprise, Omni-Channel Management, Private/Hybrid Cloud etc.

5. Real-time Demand Planning: Extend your core Application modules to mobile endpoints.

6. Data & Everything in between: With access to disposable (read relatively inexpensive) Cloud Storage, we can now track all Business-behavioral data. Mine them based on your own algorithms (iterative evolution) to pro-actively determine meaningful changes – like channel behaviors,

7. Leverage IOT: IOT will significantly improve Visibility of Goods across the Fulfillment, Transportation phases. Industrial IOT (IIOT) will disrupt and revolutionize the service levels which 3PLs are able to provide today (…a future article)

Our Future:

With the stabilization of Best-in-Class frameworks across isolated Applications (thanks to SaaS), we find a spike in the overall maturity curve for applications within a functional area. But these isolated SaaS Applications may provide the maximum intrinsic value because of the issues we discussed above.

It is not a surprise that SCM Applications demonstrated a 10.8 percent annual growth accumulating a $9.9B in 2014. While the SCM Cloud demonstrated an above-market growth of 17 percent.

Companies who are positioned with a Technology Stack, instead of isolated applications, can provide exponential value. Primarily from leveraging its eco-system and in tightly coupled process integrations, pre-baked into the environment. Hence, the top 3 market leaders – SAP, Oracle & JDA Software, controls a whopping 44.8% market share in 2014.

By Sourin Paul

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Why Hybrid Cloud Delivers Better Business Agility

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Cloud Computing – The Real Story Is About Business Strategy, Not Technology

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Mobile Connected Technologies – The Future Of The Healthcare Industry

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Infographic Introduction – Benefits of Cloud Computing

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4 Different Types of Attacks – Understanding the “Insider Threat”

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How Big Data Is Influencing Web Design

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Business Analytics Vs Data Science

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The Monstrous IoT Connected Cloud Market

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3 Keys To Keeping Your Online Data Accessible

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Is Machine Learning Making Your Data Scientists Obsolete?

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Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

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Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

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Three Challenges of Network Deployment in Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Private Cloud

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Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

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Choosing IaaS or a Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

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Adopting A Cohesive GRC Mindset For Cloud Security

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