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How and why to benchmark your public cloud

How (and Why) to Benchmark Your Public Cloud Performance
April 9, 2018 by

Cloud Computing, Performance Monitoring

Back in 2011, the average company spent just $6,300 on cloud computing. That’s a drop in the bucket for all but the smallest IT budgets. Things have changed in the intervening years. At the beginning of the decade, companies were just beginning to dip their toes into the cloud. Now they’re completely submerged. Out of
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Enterprises solving public cloud connection and access issues

5 Ways Enterprise IT Is Solving Public Cloud Access
March 27, 2018 by

Cloud Computing, Networking Technology

Public internet access has little appeal when it comes to mission-critical cloud connections. High latency, low bandwidth and patchy speeds depending on location are just a few hurdles that companies must endure. Here are a few ways you can troubleshoot your public cloud connections and improve cloud access for business applications: 1. Just Build a
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AWS monitoring tools explained

AWS Monitoring Tools Explained
March 20, 2018 by

Cloud Computing, Performance Monitoring

Managing security and performance in the cloud is a tradeoff. On the one hand, your traditional applications will certainly break—they’ll be unable to monitor the data flaws that occur in the cloud, as there’s no analogue in a traditional data center. On the other hand, you’ll have undreamed-of visibility—something that no traditional data center can
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The Satori botnet is waking up--are you prepared?

Unpatched Routers Play Host to Huge New Botnet
March 6, 2018 by

Cloud Computing, Industry Insights

The next internet-crashing botnet is slowly starting to wake up. Since late December, a botnet known as Satori has been infecting new endpoints and generally showing the signs of a disaster waiting to happen. How should you brace yourself for the next large-scale DDoS attack? A Dormant Botnet Reawakens The last time we saw the
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Cloud ERP solutions from Microsoft, SAP and Oracle lead the pack

Who’s Winning in the Cloud ERP Software Market?
February 6, 2018 by

Cloud Computing, Industry Insights

For some time, there’s been a quiet war going on between the top three providers of enterprise ERP software—SAP, Oracle and Microsoft. Lately, that war has been taking place on a new front: the cloud. All three major players have pushed out cloud versions of their flagship ERP software within the last few years, with
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Smart networks and SDx are changing corporate networks

How Smart Networks Are Changing Corporate Networks
January 29, 2018 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

The WAN used to be controlled by hardware switches and physical cabling. Although this is still the case in many companies, a number of businesses have set up something entirely new—a fully programmable WAN. This is an upheaval. It brings many changes to the discipline of information technology, such as: How architects design their networks
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AWS cloud certification has a low bar and could pay off for IT

Are You Certified to Fix AWS?
January 25, 2018 by

Cloud Computing, Performance Monitoring

Some people are always called upon to fix things. It’s true in families (Hi Mom. Yes, I can fix your computer), and it’s also true in businesses. There are plenty of instances in which people who aren’t necessarily trained for the job might find themselves in charge of a company’s EC2 implementation, for example. If
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ERP cloud systems are challenging

ERP is Changing Because of the Cloud—How Should IT Departments Change in Return?
January 18, 2018 by

Cloud Computing, Industry Insights

The cloud changes things, and not always in a good way. A recent survey from the security vendor AlgoSec shows that 30% of companies find that their applications don’t work as expected after a cloud migration. ERP is no exception to that rule. Those using cloud ERP solutions increasingly find that once their vendors finish
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Why GDPR means you have to monitor WiFi

Are You Prepared for How the GDPR Will Change WiFi Networks?
January 4, 2018 by

Industry Insights, Performance Monitoring

Not enough American companies are ready for the GDPR—the General Data Protection Regulation, adopted last year in the European Union and set to go into effect in May of 2018. According to research from Spiceworks, only 5% of US companies are currently preparing for these data protection regulations. On the face of it, this seems
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SD-WAN and MPLS can work together with monitoring

Switching to SD-WAN Doesn’t Mean Ripping Out Your MPLS Network
January 2, 2018 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

SD-WAN was originally designed to be the successor technology to MPLS networks, but it doesn’t appear to have worked out that way. Research from Nemertes has shown that nearly 80% of companies with a pre-existing MPLS deployment retain the technology after SD-WAN adoption. Clearly there is some synergy between SD-WAN and MPLS. How does an
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