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The value of adding managed/hosted services
as you reach for the clouds

The cloud in 2017: 3 trends by Quest

If your organization is like most others, it’s using plenty of cloud services – an average of five if yours is a small or mid–size operation, 18 if it’s large.

After all, maintaining in-house IT infrastructure drains valuable time, effort, and management bandwidth for the sake of capabilities that today’s hyperscale public cloud environments can provide far more effectively.
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Cloud security in 2017: stronger than ever

The cloud in 2017: 3 trends by Quest

If you’ve concluded that the public cloud services you use are as secure, or even more secure, than your traditional on-premises environment, you’re in good company – nearly two-thirds of IT leaders surveyed last year agree with you.

Why cloud security tops on-premises security

As they bring in yet another cloud service (and mention it only after the fact, if at all), most of the managers of your lines of business probably don’t think much about cybersecurity – but cloud services providers certainly do. Their reputations depend on it, which is why they’re investing in a two-pronged approach to cloud security:
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The importance of cloud-transforming technologies

The cloud in 2017: 3 trends by Quest

Did you know that the typical cloud user leverages six clouds on average and 80% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid clouds this year?

Here, then, is a quick look at the transformative change now occurring under the hybrid, multi-cloud hood:

Accelerated cloud workload automation

For the sake of platform-independence, cloud workload automation is reaching above the orchestration layer to ease application management and accelerate app delivery by speeding up both initial deployment and ongoing DevOps integration.
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The cloud in 2017: 3 trends to watch out for

The cloud in 2017: 3 trends by Quest

In this age of the restless customer – not merely digital-centric but also “adventurous, experimental, and downright fickle” – I notice three crucial cloud-shaping trends:

1   The shadow IT underground

Business units everywhere buy cloud services without IT department approval in a mass decentralization of IT “authority.”

Why? Because these cloud services help business units stay competitive, responsive, and innovative at a time when 40% of consumers have expressed “a high willingness and ability to shift spend,” and another 25% are leaning that way.
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Choosing a business resilience service provider

IT resilience and Service Provider by Quest

In my last post, I described key capabilities needed to achieve the IT resilience that’s become so critical to sustaining business resilience in an always-on world.

Getting those capabilities to work for your business takes more than a pro–vider with appropriate IT service/product offerings. You’ll also need a provider with considerable depth of business experience and understanding as well as a vendor–neutral willingness to customize and integrate available technologies.

It’s this combination of technology, business, and integration acumen that puts IT resilience – and business resilience – within your reach.
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Of IT resilience and business recovery:
From days to hours to minutes to seconds with 6 capabilities

IT resilience and business recovery by Quest

As I’ve noted, IT resilience requires designing for the continuous availability of all business processes, workflows, technologies, and policies needed for always-on operations.

To do this, you need outwardly-focused, cloud-conscious backup and business recovery solutions able to provide continuous data protection and end-to-end recovery automation regardless of what’s in your IT environment or how/where it changes.
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Uh oh, downtime!

Downtime by Quest

The impacts of downtime on a business can be devastating, as this cringe–inducing chart reveals:


Downtime impacts
Downtime impacts by Quest
Source: 3 Steps to IT Resilience, Forrester

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Staying secure in a dangerous age:
Overcoming cybersecurity complexity – with cloud and managed security services

Cybersecurity Complexity by Quest

The last time I posted, I described several cybersecurity solutions which are moving beyond the reactive, siloed offerings that continue to be necessary, but are no longer sufficient to protect our enterprises.

These solutions can seem daunting. The complexity of it all often overwhelms.

This is partly due to what’s happening to our information infrastructures, which are also becoming more complex as they go hybrid. They are, essentially, boundless as they accommodate internet communication. Meanwhile, today’s in–house data centers are increasingly virtualized and typically combine a variety of cloud and managed services.
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Staying secure in a dangerous age:
How to face down ransomware

Face-down Ransomware by Quest

In my last post, I focused on several key types of cyber threat most likely to challenge your business right now. This time, I’m drilling down — to ransomware and what you can do to protect your enterprise from it.

Why ransomware prevention? Because security experts regard ransomware as today’s most serious cyber threat, having increased 35% in just a year to an average of nearly 1,000 per day in 2015.
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Staying secure in a dangerous age:
Know the threats you face

Know the threats you face by Quest

Fasten your seatbelt. I’m driving into the realm of digital security, which can turn into a rather hairy ride.

Despite its challenges, digital security deployment is what stops the hackers, malicious actors, and spies from stealing everything. So let me begin by telling you to stay vigilant, because as the use of digital technologies becomes more pervasive, so do the attempts to exploit it for nefarious purposes.
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