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A promising trajectory

ISACA International President Christos Dimitriadis on the demand for skills-based cybersecurity training

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Making the most of the cloud

Kevin Linsell of Adapt underlines the importance of a strategic approach to cloud adoption in the UK

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SAP attack

Mariano Nunez at Onapsis on the need to implement a proper SAP cybersecurity program

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UK Cloud Adoption in 2016 - the story so far

Extreme Networks surveys UK cloud users on the state of the cloud market at the halfway point of 2016

Bridging the visibility gap of hybrid IT

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor incorporates NetPath and Network Insight to deliver hybrid IT visibility

Free NetVizura NetFlow Analyzer license for Academic Institutions

Analyzer provides flexible monitoring of traffic statistics for complex network environments


The case for crypto-segmentation

Certes Networks explore how to secure enterprise applications to fit with modern work-styles and threats

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The gift that keeps on giving?

Cloud adoption has complicated the need for software licenses, according to Alex Hilton of FAST

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Optimising infrastructure

Ayman Gabarin of Cirba explains why automation doesn't always guarantee a fast track to infrastructure utopia

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Peer-to-peer storage

Frank Bruegmann at cloudplan outlines the transition from centralised cloud file storage to P2P file storage

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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:

Storage Product of the Year

Winner: FalconStor FreeStor

Runner-up: Atlantis Computing – Hyperscale

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IT Optimisation Product of the Year

Winner: F5 Networks - Application Acceleration Manager

Runner-up: Schneider Electric - StruxureWare DCIM Software

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Testing /Monitoring Product Of The Year

Winner: Netreo - Omnicenter

Runner-up: iTrinegy - NE-ONE Network Emulator and Profiler

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Welcome to the June 2016 Newsletter.

We’ve a decidedly cloudy outlook to things in June - but we’ll leave talk of Brexit for future issues and instead concentrate on cloud computing for now. Two new reports on the state of cloud adoption in the UK, from Adapt and Extreme Networks respectively, have found that while there is significant demand for and uptake of cloud services for businesses in the UK (the Adapt report found that 90 per cent of businesses are adopting the cloud for core applications) there seems to be a lack of strategy involved in our race to embrace it.

In this issue Kevin Linsell, Director of Strategy and Architecture at Adapt, offers his guide to strategic cloud adoption, advising that “To make the most of a cloud implementation it needs to be part of a strategy that fits in with and supports the business objectives it serves.” This relies on the IT department being fully involved in cloud deployment - particularly when you consider that their research also found that “…55 per cent of businesses were using more than one cloud provider, and a sixth of this number were in fact using three or more.”

Extreme Networks have also revealed the results of their own research on the state of cloud adoption in the UK as we reach the halfway point of 2016. Extreme found that security remains the number one trend driving the IT strategies of the companies surveyed (77.4%), followed by BYOD (55.5%) and cloud (44.5%). However they also discovered that a third of those surveyed felt the cloud was failing to adequately support BYOD and IoT initiative in the workplace: “This is concerning because as organisations continue to multiply IoT initiatives to drive greater efficiency and insights into their business, they will need to be able to securely on-board, monitor, control and support IoT devices and applications, if they are to compete as a digital business.”

The cloud complexity doesn’t end there either, as we also have an article from Alex Hilton, CEO of FAST, which examine the management of software licenses as part of a cloud strategy. The cloud is a nebulous concept at the best of times, but as Adapt’s Kevin Linsell concludes, “If you are clear in your objectives and understand the possibilities of what cloud can deliver for your business today and its potential for the future, all that is left to consider in your move to the cloud is the pace.” Blue skies from here on out then?

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