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Losing network control

Michael Hack at Ipswitch explores the challenge of controlling IT complexity

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The cloaked network

A 'connected-everywhere from anything' world demands a new security model, writes Jason Garbis at Cryptzone

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Implementing Disaster Recovery as a Service to avoid losing your business

Peter Hannah at NETGEAR on the importance of protecting your virtual business with DRaaS

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Are we entering a new phase in memory storage ?

IBM's latest phase-change memory breakthrough could prove a game changer for the storage industry

Unlocking the Power of Digital Transformation

New global study from Brocade highlights the need to free IT from its legacy constraints

LightCyber brings its behavioural attack detection solutions to the UK

LightCyber Magna platform for detecting active network attacks available in UK market for the first time


Unified Monitoring

Paessler AG consider the role of unified network monitoring as a meta-security solution

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CCTV: come on in...

IoT is reinvigorating CCTV systems - but it's also making them a cyber-attack target

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Next Level Networks

Len Padilla at NTT Communications explains why SDN and NFV represent a new and exciting approach for enterprise IT

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Managing email security

Businesses place heavy reliance on email, but can any single system lock the hackers out?

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Network Computing Awards 2016: The Winners!

The results from the 2016 Network Computing Awards were revealed at an evening ceremony at the Hotel Russell in London on 17th March. Here we profile some of this year's winners:

Contact Centre Product of the Year

Winner: VoiceSage - VoiceSage Contact

Runner-up: Solgari - Solgari Cloud Business Communications

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CRM Product Of The Year

Winner: SugarCRM - Sugar Enterprise

Runner-up: Workbooks - Workbooks CRM

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Network Management Product of the Year

Winner: Paessler - PRTG

Runner-up: Extreme Networks - Netsight

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Welcome to the May 2016 Newsletter.

There's a lot of talk about digital transformation in the industry this month as evidenced by two newly released studies. Brocade's latest global research, featured in the news section, found that while the vast majority of IT departments and professionals surveyed are keen to progress a digital transformation strategy they are often held back in their attempts to do so:

"Eighty-seven percent of respondents are currently adopting digital transformation strategies, with 94% claiming their CIO views this as vital to achieving business objectives yet almost four fifths (79%) state they are restricted in their ability to support it adequately. This is due to lack of budget (49%), security concerns (43%), the inflexibility of current systems (26%), and the time drain of maintaining legacy systems (22%). More alarmingly, almost a third (29%) of respondents say that the limits of legacy technology are preventing their organisation's IT department from delivering even on immediate business demands, let alone enabling innovation for the future."

For Brocade the way to progress our digital transformation strategies lies in moving away from legacy IT systems and embracing "New IP" network infrastructures and technologies such as NFV (Network Functions Virtualisation). For more on asset light technologies such as NFV and SND read Len Padilla's of NTT Communication's insightful article on next level networking in this issue of the newsletter.

Another new report, this time from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), highlights the role that Cloud computing can play in enabling digital transformation. "...Cloud computing and Digital Transformation go hand in hand," according to Alex Hilton, CEO of CIF. "85 per cent of businesses with a Digital Transformation plan have benefited from a tangible competitive advantage. Cloud services, which effectively offer unlimited and dynamic IT resources, form the foundation of Digital Transformation and can facilitate rapid business change. But it is also clear from our research that Digital Transformation strategies serve to directly enhance the effectiveness and benefits of Cloud implementations in their own right." You can read the key findings of the CIF's report here

We can expect to hear much more about digital transformation and the need to move away from traditional legacy IT infrastructures in the near future. Seven in ten UK organisations expect to have implemented a digital transformation strategy by the end of 2017, according to the CIF's research. Have you started thinking about yours?

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