Connectivity that’s fit for a world of hybrid working

15 July 2021

Ashish Surti, executive vice president, technology & security, Colt Technology Services

Ashish Surti, executive vice president, technology & security, Colt Technology Services

The early days of the pandemic saw many people forced at short notice to abandon their desks and work from home. Some 18 months on, and for many of us remote working no longer feels like the temporary measure it once did. Pre-pandemic, working in a home setting was the privilege of a few individuals, with most employees travelling daily to an office.

Now we have entire business ecosystems running on a much more blended basis, with a lot of people still based at home 100% of the time, while others have returned to a traditional office setting. Some distribute their time as they choose between home and office. All of these workers expect to be fully functional with secure access to essential workloads and applications regardless of their whereabouts. That’s the reality of hybrid working – whole teams located apart but united by technology on a level playing field. And it’s a phenomenon that’s here to stay. Gartner’s research shows that 74% of organisations have plans to enable hybrid working on a permanent basis post-Covid.

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Rackspace Technology underpins iPensions Group’s innovation and digital transformation strategy

13 July 2021

Rackspace Technology, the end-to-end multicloud technology solutions company, is providing backbone private cloud infrastructure and security solutions to iPensions Group, supporting its ambitious plan for modern and innovative technology development.

iPensions Group provides a range of self-invested personal pensions for UK and non-UK residents. Over the last four years the company invested significantly in its in-house technology capabilities, designing and developing a highly scalable pension platform architecture. The technology-focused enhancements deliver automations for enhancing process digitisation and improving customer journey and experience.

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What is the ‘hybrid cloud visibility gap’ and why does it matter?

08 July 2021

Adrian Rowley, senior director EMEA at Gigamon

Adrian Rowley, senior director EMEA at Gigamon

Adrian Rowley offers insight into the pervasive issue of the hybrid cloud visibility gap, and explains why observability is key for cloud migration, security and customer experience.

The ‘hybrid-cloud visibility gap’ is a direct consequence of a period of accelerated digital transformation and the rapid, sometimes unplanned and unprepared for, shift to the cloud. The IT landscape that we knew before the COVID-19 pandemic has altered significantly, meaning that many digital tools and traditional processes have become practically obsolete. While network monitoring remains a top priority, full visibility into all data-in-motion has often been lost as organisations have rushed to implement multi and hybrid cloud infrastructure alongside their on-premises systems, yet many legacy tools do not stretch seamlessly to the cloud environment. In fact, visibility has often been completely restricted, so much so that each cloud embodies its own island of visibility. This creates a ‘gap’ that needs to be bridged in order for NetOps teams to once again achieve a unified view of their network and ensure that potential cyberthreats are detected and data processing is optimised.

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Is now the time to outsource your security function to an MSP?

06 July 2021

Scott Dodds, CEO, Ultima

Scott Dodds, CEO, Ultima

The structure of IT security teams varies across different businesses. Of those that have a dedicated in-house security team, many roles come into it; CISO, risk and compliance groups, security ops centre, threat intelligence teams and malware analysis teams to name a few. This complex division of responsibilities may work harmoniously together, but what happens when one element fails?

Many organisations are already seeing a need to digitise operations and are moving to the cloud in large numbers. Whilst this addresses a specific need to scale a business and improve efficiencies, if it is not managed correctly with the necessary security infrastructure in place, the pay-off will be poor visibility and a lack of control over what is happening in the cloud environment. In this scenario, traditional methods of defending the perimeter are no longer fit for purpose.

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