Why retailers need to put their heads in the cloud

11 May 2021

Alex MacPherson, director of solution consultancy and account management, Manhattan Associates

Alex MacPherson, director of solution consultancy and account management, Manhattan Associates

 

If theCovid-19 pandemic-induced disruption to retail in 2020 taught retailers anything at all, it’s that the need to be flexible is crucial not only to business continuity, but to business survival.

The seemingly never ending uncertainty caused by repeated lockdowns, social distancing, lack of clarity as to what you could and couldn’t do, having to work from home with no end in sight - not to mention finally “getting Brexit done” – has had an enormous effect on society as a whole. Combine that with the closure of non-essential shops and the rise of ecommerce has had just as big an impact on retail as an industry too.

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Vipre releases latest cybersecurity defence bundles

11 May 2021

Vipre UK & Ireland has released its latest cybersecurity defence bundles, providing businesses with protection at their core, edge or across the entire business network. 

The latest packages marry the essential security foundations of e-mail and endpoint protection with the emerging necessities of security awareness training, web access control, protection from misaddressed e-mails, multi-layered DLP and cloud-based VPN.

“The cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve, and as the ongoing pandemic presents even more opportunities for hackers to strike, businesses need to implement the right solutions to strengthen their cyber defence strategy,” said Andrea Babbs, UK general manager, Vipre Security. 

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‘DC cooling infrastructure must be compliant ahead of summer’

11 May 2021

Data centre operators must ensure cooling infrastructure being repaired or replaced is compliant with regulations if extreme heat reaches similar heights to last year, according to a temperature control specialist.

Affecting both the UK and EU, the 2020 F-Gas ban is a requirement of EU Regulation 517/2014 and means no refrigerants with a high global warming potential (GWP) can be used in cooling systems. For European data centres with mechanical cooling systems, this means refurbishment or replacement of aging infrastructure must be compliant with these regulations.

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Network monitoring in a hybrid world

06 May 2021

In 2021, we face more network vulnerabilities, security attacks and data breaches than ever before in the history of IT and communications. This has increased the demand for stronger network performance and the tools used to manage the network. Given this, it’s imperative businesses find a way to accommodate all of these systems and networks with the right network monitoring and security tools to protect our corporate assets and - of course - the bottom line.

Neil Collier, co-founder and technical director of GCH Test & Computer Services explains how using the internet for all users has changed significantly since March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the globe.

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