You might recall we made some predictions at the start of 2015 (here just to refresh your memory.) So lets take a look at what the DTE experts think will be big in 2016!
Enterprise environments have become more complex as the shift in IT know how has moved from the "IT Geek" into mainstream knowledge. It is not that long ago that the concept of using a wireless home network to stream cloud applications would have terrified my mother, yet as it stands she is know fully aware of how o get the best out of her broadband, TV, mobile, kindle and plethora of gadgets. (I blame Star Trek for preparing us all when we were younger for the concept!)
My point is that we know have the technology dream on the horizon, IoT or IoE depending on who you talk too. For the enterprise class business this means the potential to improve running costs, deliver better business outcomes and strengthen the competitive edge. managing, and running these new super massive networks is going to be costly. Just look at the current cost of operations in IT budgets, many industry pundits predict 75-90% of IT budget is spent, not on the technology but operational costs. That is a lot of your budget that is simply not getting used to its best.
Application Centric Infrastructure from Cisco has and will continue to be one of the best ways to cope with the increased growth of your Data Center, Converged Network and which ever version of the cloud and mobility you decide to go with.
One of my technicians has been working on a client site for the last couple of weeks, the poor lad has been in Las Vegas of all places terrible I know. Whilst on site he got caught up in several conversations with the networking team discussing how they measure network efficiency. Did they look at how fast data travelled across the network, how much power the network consumed or how easy it was for end users to get what they expected from the network. Of course how you choose to measure the effectiveness of anything within your IT estate is up to you and should be aligned to you business goals. There are any number of tools available out there to help you measure your network speeds and indicators of performance.
Even if your an established Network Manager or your new to the role and inherited a network full of problems, what are the top 3 things that are creating networking to be less than excellent?
I asked amongst our technicians and clients and this is what they had to say.
superheroes are everywhere these days! You see them in the cinema, on our TV and if you have children probably adorned on various articles of clothing and games! These range of heroes out there is amazing from the law men of Mega City 1 through to Earth's mightiest heroes The Avengers. Acting as a protection against the evils of the world in all its forms. And it is the latter group of super powered characters that I was watching only recently at the cinema that got me thinking about cyber security.
The premise for the latest movie is all about protection and security, as Tony Stark and Bruce Banner accidentally create a new foe for themselves, whilst trying to protect the planet from all kinds of nasty things. Their new Nemesis breaks into their systems, steals information and escapes out to the wider world through their network and computer systems. The information stolen is then used to bring about certain doom for the earth. Sound familiar? Network vulnerabilities being exploited an, information stolen and all fingers pointed at some one who should have been able to deal with the breach before it became an issue. So what can the Avengers teach us about keeping our networks and company information safe?
Then To Now:
Your company's network infrastructure is most likely one of the most important elements to running your enterprise. The network supports every area of the company from delivering services to each and every department that improve daily operations, through to offering analytics that help your company develop and grow. Go back about 10 years ago and you simply needed to make sure that your business systems could support the flow of information around the business and you could afford to work in silo's of IT designed for specific tasks, not so in todays converged and application driven world. So what do you need to consider when looking at your IT infrastructure, and how do you align these decisions to business goals?
As a global infrastructure specialist we have helped many of our clients understand the new world of networking and how virtualization, cloud, IoT, SDN, and mobility are changing the face of their business. Our check-list below outlines the key actions we go through to help global enterprises identify the right solutions to achieve their business goals.
You know the acronym but do you know the detail behind it?
You have probably heard a lot about this new wave of cyber criminal and how they are using APT to attack your business, steal your data and put your organisation at risk. Recently we have witnessed a great deal of press over attacks on Sony and other high level enterprise companies. People who you would think were ahead of the game and ready to fend off any would be cyber criminal. The truth is though they have not been, and as a result these highly publicised network breaches have resulted in lost revenues, lost reputation and possibly a head or two rolling!
SO, what is an Advanced Persistent Threat or APT?
This video from APT experts FireEye gives a great explanation, and also looks like it could be a scene from Tron.
In the current economic climate that the world operates in, IT departments and heads of procurement are under constant and rising pressure to deliver solutions on ever decreasing budgets. It is perhaps partly due to this that the grey market has become so prominent. Indeed, Computer Weekly reported that the grey market is estimated to be worth approximately £24 billion worldwide. They go on to explain that the grey market can tempt under-pressure clients with prices that can sometimes be up to 70% less than suppliers’ list prices.
The first Vendor Chronicles of 2015 is here, and where better to start than with one of the most innovative vendors in cyber security: FIREEYE. Jason Steer is Director of Technology Strategy here in the UK and his knowledge of FireEye and the security industry are second to none.
DTE: Enterprises appear to be under more cyber threats than ever before. Network security is constantly in the news these days from hacked cloud accounts through to the recent Sony leak. When there are so many security solutions on the market how are these attacks still getting through?
JASON: Simple - Sadly the security tools we have used for the last 10 yrs plus just aren’t designed to detect these types of attacks today; we have the wrong tool for the job. Customers need to re-consider their risk profile & risk appetite – then review if they still think they have the right tools knowing how many other organisations with organisations with sophisticated security in place have already been breached.
Whatever your aims and pain points, our specialists will meet with you to discuss what you want to achieve from your network infrastructure.