Cloud Computing: Can you do without it?
Cloud computing has seemingly become the silver bullet of the digital age. It has laid the foundation for new types of businesses like Uber and Airbnb to come from nowhere, to reshape industries. But does the cloud live up to the hype? Is it worth the effort for these businesses to make the switch? What are the hidden costs and threats of them moving to the cloud?
IoT: Its moment has come
For years, there has been talk of the wonders of the Internet of Things (IoT). Enabling machines to send and receive data has long been touted as the next big thing, but although it has held a lot of promise, IoT never really seemed to get out of the starting blocks. This seems to be changing. As devices are becoming 'smarter' and cheaper, networks are being configured to handle large quantities of data.
FTTH and FTTB: What it means for your business
Fibre to the Home (FTTH) and Fibre to the Business (FTTB) are game changers, in that it means a lot more than just having a faster way to stream video services like Netflix and Showmax. This roundtable looks at how fibre will affect business and the country at large.
How PoPi will change your business
The Protection of Personal Information Act, or PoPI as it's better known, is going to shake up how businesses treat consumers' private data. This roundtable looks at the implications of the act for companies, especially regarding the processes in place to handle and dispose of data correctly.
Storage: Getting the strategy right
Picking the right data storage strategy is not easy. Cloud computing has given business a lot of options, but there are still those who argue that storing data onsite is a good option. How does a business pick a storage strategy that stays within the budget, but also has any eye for its future needs? This storage roundtable discussed how to come up with and put in place a strategy that effectively deals with storage needs.
The evolution of the datacentre
Company executives have a lot of big decisions to make when it comes to their datacentres. There is compelling argument to do away with it all together and transfer all the data into some outsourced facility. But there are also reasons to keep the datacentre on-premise. This roundtable dives into the reasons for and against these moves.
Desktop virtualisation: why it's still relevant
When the concept of desktop virtualisation arrived a few years ago, it promised the world. Where previously, businesses had to manage specifics, like what applications were loaded onto each PC manually, virtualisation allowed them do so remotely via centralised control. Desktop virtualisation, in effect, enables organisations to give their employees the flexibility to work anywhere, on any devices, but without compromising security. Virtualisation also protects a business in the case of an unforeseen event. If bad weather, for instance, prevented its employees from coming to work, it could have them work from home.
Enterprise mobility: what's driving it?
The arrival of smart devices has made it possible for busy managers to run their businesses from anywhere. But although there's greater flexibility, it also means corporate IT departments have to operate under new paradigms. With enterprise mobility changing the nature of not only the IT departments, but of the organisations themselves, businesses have a lot to consider when embracing it.
Getting to grips with data
Using software to find patterns in large data sets is old hat for most organisations. But with the amount of data being generated increasing, how do businesses not get swamped by all the data available to them? Big data and data analytics looks promising, but does it offer real solutions?
Building a future-proof storage strategy
It's getting tricky for CIOs to get their data storage strategy right. For the most part, before the rise of cloud computing, all they had to decide was if they were going to keep it in their own servers or have it hosted. Cloud computing has disrupted this model. It enables businesses to cut costs, allows for flexibility when it comes to scaling and gives it the capacity to adapt to new technology. If a business wants to future-proof its storage strategy, is it as simple as outsourcing everything to the cloud? Or is there more to it? We discuss this with several experts in the field.