Cloud computing refers to the delivery of on-demand computing services including IT infrastructure, storage, network systems, and applications over the internet. Services are provided by a third-party vendor who handles the management and maintenance of the physical data centers where the cloud services live.
Most organizations have multiple security controls to detect suspicious behavior and identify security threats. But these mechanisms often work in isolation, making it difficult to get a comprehensive view of the network environment. As cyber-attacks become more sophisticated, isolated security controls will prove inadequate for monitoring and protecting a distributed network.
A recent O’Reilly survey shows that 25% of businesses plan to move all their applications to the cloud within the next year. More and more businesses are leveraging the many benefits of the cloud including cost savings, increased security, greater flexibility, and increased performance. But if you’ve decided to move your important business data and applications to the cloud, you should also have a comprehensive application migration testing strategy in place.
Cloud-based solutions have become an important part of IT for organizations as they ditch traditional server rooms for virtualized IT infrastructure. But many companies still need the security that comes with an on-site data center. Now, they’re looking at hybrid cloud technologies seeking to maximize the benefits of both the public and private cloud.
Gartner reports that global spending on cloud IT infrastructure is expected to reach $104 billion by 2024. This comes as more and more organizations leverage the benefits of the cloud including optimized IT costs, increased security, and reliability. In fact, over the last decade, many businesses have moved from physical on-site data centers to virtualized data center solutions as server virtualization has become an industry-standard practice.
Virtualization is a technology that creates abstract versions of physical resources traditionally bound to physical hardware. Resources can include desktop environments, servers, operating systems, storage, and networks. Virtualized environments are simple to manage and are a cost-effective way for small and medium-sized businesses to expand their IT infrastructure.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a cloud-based service that delivers processing power, storage, and network infrastructure to businesses on an as-needed basis. It is a scalable alternative to a traditional data center that allows businesses to avoid the cost of provisioning and maintaining their own physical IT infrastructure.
Cybersecurity has long presented a challenge for the healthcare industry. In 2015, over 113 million records were compromised; more than the previous 6 years combined.
Desktop as a service (DaaS) is a cloud-based solution for deploying virtual desktops to end-users. The virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is hosted by a third-party cloud provider who handles the deployment, management, and maintenance from their data center. Virtual desktops can be deployed to any location and various types of end-user devices.
Remote teams and distributed home networks have made it more difficult for IT teams to provide centralized support. Hackers have taken advantage of the increased attack surface to release new types of cybersecurity threats and CIOs are worried about remote employees falling prey to increased phishing and malware attacks.