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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Autonomous cloud security

11 May 2021

Scott Dodds, CEO, Ultima

Scott Dodds, CEO, Ultima

The Covid-19 pandemic has created exponential growth in companies requiring cloud services, but their IT staff don’t have all the technical skills to effectively and safely move them to the cloud. This leaves companies open to security vulnerabilities as well as meaning they are not optimising their cloud environment. 

While many businesses have risen to the challenges of remote working, infrastructure and security remain an issue. But automated cloud services with in-built security solutions can solve these problems. They can be bought on a pay-as-you-go basis, addressing large CAPEX outlay issues and allowing companies to overcome legacy application issues and provide security that protects both employee and company from outside attack. 

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Zero-trust networking

11 May 2021

Darren Fields, regional vice president, cloud networking, EMEA at Citrix

Darren Fields, regional vice president, cloud networking, EMEA at Citrix

Imagine you are in a foreign city for the first time and need to take a taxi cab to reach your destination. When hailing a taxi, the only thing you can go by is a quick inspection: if it looks like a taxi, carries the typical “taxi” sign, a taxi registration number, and the name of a taxi company written on its doors, you get onboard – unless the car, again at first glance, is in terrible shape. 

As soon as you have taken your seat in the cab, you need to trust the driver: you need to assume that they will take you to your destination smoothly, won’t endanger your safety by speeding or drunk driving, and will avoid unnecessary detours. This is always a somewhat uneasy feeling – but we cope with it. 

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Optimisation is key as data centres come under new scrutiny

06 May 2021

The pandemic has driven awareness of the critical role data centres have in society. We are so reliant on online services they are as important as public utilities. Robust, reliable and high-speed connectivity everywhere, not just the office, is now the expectation as working and schooling from home continue. If the tip of the internet of things triangle is your mobile phone, the base is the data centre.

For every online shopping click or MS Teams school lesson, there is an energy and environmental impact. The data centre industry has a responsibility, especially when it comes to environmental impact to ensure we are being as efficient as we can be while maintaining utility levels of service.

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5G and micro data centres: the foundation of enterprise IoT

04 May 2021

The global pandemic has quickly brought the need for fast and reliable communications to the forefront of networks worldwide. 5G is a technology that enterprises are betting on to increase communication and enable new business models. Within the next few years, everyone will be affected by the new 5G networks' emergence, and rollout has already begun. Almost 110 operators have or are currently launching new 5G networks, reported GSMA Intelligence.

The power of O-RAN

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