BY HARRY ZAREK, JANUARY 17, 2017
CLOUD COMPUTING, SECURITY

Empower users or protect assets? We shouldn’t have to choose.

Business operates in a digital world where we spend a significant part of our day connected and interacting with people, applications and information both inside and outside our organisation. For our internal IT environment, we manage access to applications and data in a formal way. But when our staff go out to the internet, we can’t restrict where they go. We have an “honour principle” that they will go only to business relevant sites. But  …>> more

Want to win in retail? Here’s what you need to know

The retail landscape is more crowded than ever before. Competition ranges from digital stores that can ship to any geography and market, to out-of-country retailers setting up shop locally. With so many choices available to today’s consumer, a retailer must adapt to evolving consumer expectations in order to compete and attract consumers. For most retailers, competitive positioning is based on their brand strategy along with how they engage with customers. Some drive business by cutting  …>> more

What to consider if you’re looking to adopt flash storage

Until recently, flash-based data storage has been significantly more expensive than spinning disk drives. This has typically made it only feasible for organizations with deep pockets or niche applications that required high performance. But the price of flash has definitely dropped, and many traditional vendors and upstart vendors have matured their technologies through new configurations and software. more
BY STEVE SPENCE, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
MANAGED SERVICES

The Productization of Managed Services

A new model of IT managed services is rising out of the ashes of yesteryear’s outsourcing model. But unlike the legendary ostrich-like phoenix, this new Managed Service is not being reborn as a lumbering prehistoric phoenix but more like a flock of nimble starlings. more

Inspiration from a 20th century warrior

When I was thirteen years old my father took me to see George C. Scott’s cinematic portrayal of General George S Patton. I was forever to become a student and fan of one of the most controversial generals of the Second World War. more

Accelerating Microsoft SQL with Flash Technology

With the ever increasing demand for speed and throughput, SQL databases can present performance challenges to enterprise businesses that rely on them. Many organizations have resolved this in part by adopting flash technology. Microsoft’s recently announced licensing changes provide further incentive to integrate flash technology. Databases were some of the first applications to leverage flash arrays. They are the preferred choice to accelerate high-performance OLTP – Online Transaction Processing applications on Microsoft SQL server databases  …>> more