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IT Simplified: Cloud Native

Cloud-native is a term used to describe applications that are built to run in a cloud computing environment. These applications are designed to be scalable, highly available, and easy to manage.

By contrast, traditional solutions are often designed for on-premise environments and then adapted for the cloud. This can lead to sub-optimal performance and increased complexity.

As enterprises move more of their workloads to the cloud, they increasingly looking for solutions that are cloud-native. Cloud-native solutions are designed from the ground up to take advantage of the unique characteristics of the cloud, such as scalability, elasticity, and agility.
Because cloud native applications are architectured using microservices instead of a monolithic application structure, they rely on containers to package the application’s libraries and processes for deployment. Microservices allow developers to build deployable apps that are composed as individual modules focused on performing one specific service. This decentralization makes for a more resilient environment by limiting the potential of full application failure due to an isolated problem.

Container orchestration tools, like Kubernetes, allow developers to coordinate the way in which an application’s containers will function, including scaling and deployment.

Cloud native app development requires a shift to a DevOps operating structure. This means development and operations teams will work much more collaboratively, leading to a faster and smoother production process.

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IT Simplified: Virtualisation

Computing virtualization or virtualisation is the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something at the same abstraction level, including virtual computer hardware platforms, storage devices, and computer network resources. In more practical terms, imagine you have 3 physical servers with individual dedicated purposes. One is a mail server, another is a web server, and the last one runs internal legacy applications. Each server is being used at about 30% capacity—just a fraction of their running potential. But since the legacy apps remain important to your internal operations, you have to keep them and the third server that hosts them, right?

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How COVID-19 has pushed companies over the technology tipping point—and transformed business forever

In just a few months’ time, the COVID-19 crisis has brought about years of change in the way companies in all sectors and regions do business. According to a new McKinsey Global Survey of executives, their companies have accelerated the digitization of their customer and supply-chain interactions and of their internal operations by three to four years. And the share of digital or digitally enabled products in their portfolios has accelerated by a shocking seven years. 

Nearly all respondents say that their companies have stood up at least temporary solutions to meet many of the new demands on them, and much more quickly than they had thought possible before the crisis. What’s more, respondents expect most of these changes to be long lasting and are already making the kinds of investments that all but ensure they will stick.

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cloud computing security

Rushed digital transformation is creating security risks

The pandemic provided the kick in the pants that many enterprises needed to finally get long-gestating digital transformation efforts underway. But for many organizations, such transformations turned into rush jobs, with many digital transformation projects being hatched far earlier than expected.

While some of these transformations came out in one piece, many weren’t so fortunate, carrying with them a virulent case of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities have in turn led directly to a surprising number of breaches.

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Six predictions for the future of the edge

The edge is going to change the way we interact with each other and the world.

Thanks to edge computing, the world is about to look much different.

Within a decade, the edge will boast more computing power—and produce far more data—than the cloud does today, says Lin Nease, HPE Fellow and chief technologist for IoT.

The edge is where the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and ultrafast 5G networks are converging. And that will change our lives dramatically over the next few years.

Here are six major trends we can expect to see over the coming decade.

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5 ways to power your Business with Cloud Services.

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If your company is like most growing organizations, you’re are always on the lookout for simpler, more cost-effective ways to run IT. 

You might have heard that more and more businesses are achieving those results by turning to as-a-service, pay-as-you-go approaches for IT infrastructure. 

But you might have assumed that it’s a move that works best for larger companies.

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Risk-Free Path to Cloud Migration

The focus of the IT budget spend on expensive infrastructure, on-premise licenses, ongoing maintenance, and year-long, risky IT projects that divert money, people, and focus away from your core business, are long gone.

Cloud has changed all of that — it costs less, provides innovation faster, reduces maintenance through streamlined configurations, and is more secure. Customers don’t have to worry about setting up and maintaining infrastructure, which means that they can spend more time focusing on their business. 

Within finance, moving to cloud applications means less time spent on rudimentary manual tasks. Businesses get access to the latest technology and innovations faster, with cloud deployments incorporating new features like artificial intelligence to streamlined workflow and augmenting existing processes. These advancements will allow for better reporting, minimized human error, and automated compliance. 

So, are you ready to look at the more powerful world of agile finance?