Blancco study highlights the rise in e-waste during global pandemic

18 November 2020

Blancco, a firm that helps organisations safely erase data and keep current data secure, has released its new report, The Rising Tide of E-Waste, which shows the impacts the Covid-19 pandemic has had on electronic scrap.

The study, for which Blancco partnered with Coleman Parkes, also shows that 97% of companies surveyed had to buy laptops during the pandemic.

 

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Avoiding costly downtime – how MSPs can manage their network

16 November 2020

By Alan Stewart-Brown, VP EMEA, Opengear

For Managed Service Providers (MSPs), managing a network is a big responsibility. Availability is the top priority in order to provide customers with constant access to critical applications that help to ensure their businesses are able to function. When a network goes down this can be due to a variety of causes such as cyberattack, hardware failure or human error and the result of this downtime can cost enterprises over $100m loss in revenue a year.

The need for network resilience has become even greater during the Covid-19 pandemic. Even with lockdown measures easing and offices beginning to re-open, many employees who have adapted to working from home are continuing to do so. The requirement to work from home has placed increased strain on networks and a heightened sense of importance on seamless connectivity. With some businesses choosing to switch permanently to a hybrid model where workers can choose to work from home or the office, it seems the need for MSPs to ensure greater resilience and uptime may be here to stay.

Surges in demand and increased network traffic from the remote working revolution and the switch to the hybrid model could potentially cause an increase in outages. A scaled-back workforce could make dealing with the increased network traffic and demand more challenging for MSPs and could also provide hackers with exploitation opportunities.

The consequences of downtime

The pandemic isn’t the only threat to network uptime. Network outages were a very real threat to service levels prior to the pandemic and, without the right solutions in place, they could continue to be a significant threat as the world continues to adapt to the new normal.

While there is constant investment and improvement of network reliability and robustness, there is always a chance that a hardware failure from software updates or misconfiguration, through to database faults can lead to downtime. Depending on the severity of the fault, that downtime can last for days. Even in the best-case scenario where downtime might last only a couple of minutes, the impact on the enterprises relying on the affected network can be serious.

Downtime can have many negative impacts on enterprises, from huge revenue losses, to damaged customer relationships leading to reputation damage, to loss of productivity. Worse still, the momentary loss of business-critical applications that rely on an affected network can bring enterprises to a grinding halt. In this scenario, the loss of data from that application can result in legal and financial headaches.

In such scenarios, relationships between enterprises and MSPs they once relied on can quickly turn sour as network outages are often a breach of Service Level Agreements. Some enterprises might seek financial recuperation from the MSP while others might look to change providers completely. For MSPs, this can result in more than losing valuable customers – it can also have a negative impact on their reputations.

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30 October 2020

Darren Fields

Darren Fields, vice president, networking, EMEA, Citrix

Networking+ had quick caatch-up with Darren Fields, vice president, networking, EMEA at Citrix.

Here's what he had to say:

1. What was your big career break?

I was given a telemarketing opportunity on a temporary basis at Xerox one summer. After great results I was asked to join the London Sales team.

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Escaping from data lockdown with a digital evolution

20 October 2020

With data amassing at an exponential rate, digital transformation continues to be throttled as businesses struggle to achieve the insight they need from the data. To achieve value from data, businesses need to be able to access what they need, when they need, by the right people, in a usable format.

Peter Ruffley, CEO, Zizo, has previously detailed the first three aspects businesses should consider to get out of data lockdown, including data access, responsibility and outcomes. With the data readily available and the company goals in mind, businesses need to ensure that the data they’re analysing will be of value and help them meet these objectives.

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