IT security concerns shift from one quarter to the next, but are businesses using their budgets to address the right problems? Yes or no, they are certainly increasing their security expenditure, according to a recent ZDNet article revealing information from a study by Tech Pro Research. Of the 244 respondents that took part in the study, 41 percent claimed that they will be spending more on IT security next year. This is a significant leap compared to the 16 percent that planned to increase their budgets in 2012. Only a handful of companies are cutting back. Of the entire group, 11 percent said they'd be decreasing expenditures on IT security in 2014.
Companies are spending more to protect their information, but what are the major concerns that business leaders are trying to address? ZDNet noted that social engineering attacks exploiting bring your own device (BYOD) policies are the latest problem that businesses are attempting to solve with beefed up security measures. Loose company policies have allowed so many data breaches that organizations such as Tech Pro Research, the providers of the study on IT security, are offering pre-made BYOD solutions optimized to protect businesses against commonly linked threats.
Other IT problems plague businesses
ZDNet cited a series of additional security concerns that companies are preparing for, including internal threats, mobile malware, increased network access complexity, cloud service integration and employee awareness of phishing. The list continues, but does awareness of IT security problems make for any real progress when it comes to creating an effective defense against malicious software and cybercriminals? A recent report from Information Week disagreed, claiming that the current state of IT security is in desperate need of repair.
Information Week provided companies with advice on how to overhaul security, making it stronger and saving businesses extra money in the process. Their main suggestion was for executives to start implementing dynamic rather than static risk assessment methods, taking day-to-day factors into account rather than revisiting security measures every few months to make minor tweaks. Although this might be a more expensive strategy at first, the benefits would ideally pay off a great deal in the long run.
One potential element of this new take on risk management is a company's use of variable risk models. This approach takes into account the attack surface that leaves businesses vulnerable and threat intelligence to detect and protect specific weaknesses within networks. These real-time assessments can create a much safer environment for companies eager to protect their data.
Businesses that rely on large database management systems to store their information are constantly looking for new ways to ensure the protection of their digital property. It is important for companies to stay ahead of the curve when cybercriminals are always developing new methods to breach databases and steal valuable information about customer finances and corporate secrets. To help businesses identify weak points in their cyber security, ZDNet recently highlighted major database vulnerabilities that have recently turned into serious IT security concerns.
The article cited a Dark Reading report that researched the most common weaknesses among companies with large collections of data that need to be protected. ZDNet noted that haphazardly deploying databases can be among the most detrimental things for a business. Database administrators need to be extremely thorough in their integration of management systems, especially if a company has never utilized one before. Companies cannot be too careful in testing newly installed systems for bugs and vulnerabilities.
ZDNet reminded Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) to be aware of any weakness that might remain from previously hacked databases. While the initial threat may have been addressed, new techniques can always be employed by hackers to attempt another breach. Sadly, enterprises can also be stolen from by their own employees. Database backups are a common target in these instances, so ZDNet suggested that businesses encrypt this information as well as database network interfaces.
Businesses should prepare for the worst
The best way for companies to protect their databases from harm is to proactively address security concerns instead of trying to fix them once it's too late, according to a recent article from Light Reading. Managers should realize the negative impact that a cyber attack can have on their organizations. The article stated that malicious security breaches cost businesses an average of $840,000 in 2012. Time is also a casualty in these attacks. It typically took 80 days for businesses to detect these crimes and up to four months to repair the damages. Executives should educate their employees on the potentially devastating effects of these incidents.
There are also ways for businesses to optimize their current security measures. Light Reading advised that CISOs do thorough risk profiles to determine what might make their organizations particularly appealing to cybercriminals. Creating security strategies based on this information can help businesses keep their most important data safe.
Along with the many conveniences afforded by the dawn of the digital age, modern businesses are also at a great deal of risk simply by virtue of being online. This is why assessing database protection risks has become one of the major IT security concerns for businesses around the world. Threats to enterprise security remains a problem, and preemptive strategies often work best. Companies should take risk management seriously if they want to protect themselves against the many threats that face them, according to a recent article from ZD Net.
Despite knowing the financial damage that can come with a security breach, too many businesses fail to assess risk in the early stages of their development. This can be due to confusion about which department of the company is responsible for making these assessments. Chief Information Security Officers are a relatively new position devoted specifically to the protection of digital property, but ZD Net suggested that employees throughout IT be made aware of potential risks. The growing trend of cloud based data storage adds another dimension of complexity.
"In many organizations, there is [sometimes significant] technology and infrastructure deployed elsewhere, such as within lines of business or by sales and marketing departments," Gartner research director Anne Robins told the news source. "Many organizations also have supplier arrangements with service providers [such as cloud or SaaS providers] that … need to be part of the scope of security risk management."
Businesses cannot be diligent enough
It can be easy for companies to overlook minor details while assessing their risk of a security breach. ZDNet noted that routine IT operations are the most commonly targeted entry points for cybercriminals to gain access to private business information. Another blind spot develops when companies fail to assess internal risk. Unfortunately, security measures must be taken for databases to be protected from employees that could take advantage of them for their own purposes.
Integrating certain tools such as software asset management (SAM) and software license management (SLM) solutions can also help to reduce business risk in a number of ways, according to a recent article from CIO magazine. Not only can these systems uncover software inefficiencies to help save businesses money, but they can also determine if an enterprise is running any unstable or unlicensed platforms that could get them in trouble with copyright laws or bring about other financial liabilities.
IT industry giant Oracle is continuing to hold the top spot in the database management services sector, but recent Q2 numbers might show the company to be on a plateau, according to ZDNet contributor Larry Dignan. The business recently released its second quarter earnings at 67 cents a share, with flat revenue of $9.2 billion and analysts expecting little growth over the next quarter. Big data is becoming a common strategy across industries, so what is causing the software leader to stay where it is?
ZDNet suggested that cloud computing trends are a main factor that could keep Oracle from growing. While the company is used to closing large licensing deals with companies looking for database management solutions, database-as-a-service (DBaaS) is subscription-based and does not provide large revenue spikes like licensing. Oracle will have to get used to lighter but steadier business as the cloud transition continues.
Another possible reason for Oracle's stalling performance is the less-than-average numbers coming from its hardware department. ZDNet noted that new products such as the fifth-generation Exadata Database Machine X4 will need to start selling more to make up for lagging performance in software and services.
Why OpenSource, and why now?
In an interesting coincidence, Oracle also recently announced that it will be supporting OpenStack management frameworks across many of its database products, according to InformationWeek. Analysts and consumers are raising eyebrows at this turn of events, knowing their history of Oracle as the quintessential private enterprise and the reputation of the tech meritocracy known as OpenSource software. With numbers already at a standstill, many are wondering what the future of the company will hold.
InformationWeek questioned whether Oracle will commit itself to supporting OpenStack with its products, a list that currently includes Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. If the company were to follow up on its word, businesses could be enjoying the benefits of highly versatile and customizable database management services. While Oracle might experience an initial decrease in licensing sales, supporting these OpenStack options could potentially attract legions of new customers looking to cut down on licensing and management costs. It could be a win-win situation for Oracle and the future of OpenStack.
As more businesses look to adopt cloud computing solutions for their database management needs, Oracle will continue to be at the forefront of the industry, but perhaps in a different way than customers are familiar with.
For a long time, cloud computing services acted as a nebulous hint of what the future could bring for companies seeking a better way to store data. According to a recent article from Forbes, trends toward adopting database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solutions in place of traditional silo-based database management services are starting to catch on across industries. The numbers speak for themselves in this case. The report cited a study from market analysts 451 Research that predicted revenues from DBaaS providers will rise from a $150 million in 2012 to $1.8 billion by 2016.
Why are DBaaS solutions the wave of the future? Forbes noted that the services are cheap, easy to use and allow businesses to create new databases on the fly. Companies no longer need to throw money at buying more storage and infrastructure when they can hire databases as a service. There are numerous other benefits to this technology which Forbes allowed Oracle's director of core technology partner programs in EMEA, Javier Puerta, to explain in his company blog.
"Database as a Service (DBaaS) offers organizations accelerated deployment, elastic capacity, greater consolidation efficiency, higher availability and lower overall operational cost and complexity," wrote Puerta. Where companies were previously restricted by prohibitively expensive internal storage, cloud-based data management solutions address all of the problems that come with holding seas of data in-house.
What is the catch with DBaaS?
While many businesses are participating in the DBaaS craze, a recent blog from CSO Online advised executives to look at both sides of the coin. The main warning that CSO gave regarded the security and maintenance of a company's data. With large volumes of information being stored elsewhere, a business has the potential to become completely reliant on the service. If something goes wrong with their storage, a wealth of important data could be lost without being backed up anywhere.
Next to the risk of losing data, CSO reminded businesses that security problems can also plague organizations that use DBaaS solutions. Because of the cheap cost and ease of use, DBaaS options are ideal for cybercriminals looking to steal data and store it anonymously. This could compromise the security of a business or even result in identity theft for an entire customer base. While companies are growing more aware of the risks associated with DBaaS, enhanced security will likely become a feature of the next cloud computing advancements to address these concerns.
Big data is here to stay, and businesses are constantly looking for the newest advancements in database management systems that will change the way they accommodate and analyze ever-growing streams of information. Some developers believe that open-source software is the wave of the future when it comes to providing the optimal database solution for businesses, according to OpenSource.com contributor Mark Travis.
High levels of scalability is the main advantage of using open-source solutions, such as the relational database management system InfiniSQL, which is currently in development by Mr. Travis. His report claimed that InfiniSQL can perform over 500,000 multi-node transactions per second and can be a valuable asset to any business relying on heavy amounts of ecommerce traffic. This kind of massive vertical scalability will allow large companies to collect greater amounts of information, as well as analyze and process transactions at a high rate.
What database administrators want to see
While InfiniSQL and other high-capacity database management platforms offer the ability to handle heavy volumes of data, a recent report from Database Journal described what DBAs really want out of their software, as well as ways to optimize their current solutions. As more kinds of data begin to saturate company infrastructure, businesses are seeking more horizontal scalability to accommodate these changes. DBAs are starting to emphasize the importance of scaling out to keep up with new varieties of data.
Database Journal also suggested that business leaders take some extra time and resources to plan and train their employees on the implementation of big data, especially if few workers have experience in the field. Because there are few individuals with a great deal of expertise in big data integration, the report advised that companies train their current staff on big data analytics instead of hiring expensive new employees.
A drawback of big data is that it does not remain relevant to a business for very long. This is why Database Journal urged DBAs to ensure that their companies have a way to quickly and thoroughly purge their databases of unnecessary information whenever they might need. Some data such as sensitive customer records might need to be archived in a data warehouse, but management software runs best when it is unencumbered by large amounts of extra information.
Finally, Database Journal emphasized the mission-critical nature of big data analytics in the face of a disaster. As employees gain familiarity with big data and begin to rely on its insight, disaster recovery could be greatly expedited by its implementation.
While hundreds of database management systems strive to gain popularity and support, industry leader Oracle remains in the top spot, according to InfoWorld. The report referenced DB-Engines.com, a tracking system that analyzes mentions on the Web, job postings through LinkedIn and technical discussions to create a list of the most popular database systems. Although the tracking method does not measure the database quality of these management systems, it can offer a peek into major trends in the market.
Although Oracle is currently in the top spot on DB-Engines, it is down 149.13 points from last year and only about 160 above competitor MySQL, the only open-source database management solution in the top three, rounded out by Microsoft's SQL Server. These three industry giants are miles ahead of their competition, with SQL server topping the fourth-place PostgreSQL by nearly 1000 points.
Online trends can be deceiving
Despite Oracle's drop in rankings determined by mentions online, their business is showing no sign of slowing down. InfoWorld also mentioned that MySQL is an Oracle project, leaving Microsoft as the only other top three competitor. According to Trefis, Oracle now accounts for a market share of 48 percent, with its database products generating around $13 billion every year. As the amount of machine generated data continues to increase rapidly, analysts are confident that Oracle will remain a dominant force, already having grown 11.4 percent since 2008.
However, Trefis went on to make the prediction that Oracle will be seeing forthcoming competition such as SAP's HANA database. The report noted that increased adoption of cloud technology could pose some challenges for the industry leader as it only just recently released its 12c database with cloud connectivity. As corporate IT budgets become tighter, many enterprises will be looking for ways to save and going to providers such as SAP and Microsoft that offer cheaper solutions. Oracle remains one of the pricier database systems to purchase and implement, requiring a specialized staff to integrate and maintain.
Oracle will continue to attract large corporations with more free cash for their IT budget, and long-time customers of the service are unlikely to switch providers and risk the possibility of losing data and time. Switching services can be a very expensive move. As Oracle looks to implement more cloud solutions for its customers, Trefis expects them to maintain a secure hold on the sector for years to come.
More people are using mobile banking to view their balances and make transactions, but many of these individuals are not as well protected as they'd like. According to Dark Reading, security flaws are preventing mobile banking applications from being as safe as possible. Configuration and design problems were cited as the main factors compromising the security of both reputable banks and their customers.
The past year has seen a huge increase in the number of people conducting mobile banking. Dark Reading cited a Pew Research Center study that saw a 24 percent jump in banking application users from 2012, bringing the current figure to about 35 percent. Following security tests from the experts at Praetorian, it was revealed that eight out of every 10 mobile banking apps were not reaching the standards necessary to prevent data breaches from cybercriminals.
Mobile platforms continue to be one of the main IT security concerns for major banks such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley. Smaller regional banks and credit unions, however, are prone to many more weaknesses in their mobile software. This is due to the rapid increase in demand for mobile banking features and a scramble to develop applications that end up being released before they are completely secure.
"But we found that regional banks and credit unions tend to manifest this more than the megabanks … and a lot of them tend to outsource the development, and it's more a one-and-done," Founder and CEO of Praetorian Nathan Sportsman told the news source. "But megabanks do theirs in-house, so there's more [ongoing] maintenance."
Text messages protected by flimsy security
Some specific aspects of mobile banking security have been pinpointed as problematic, according to PCWorld. For cybercriminals, text messages are becoming increasingly easy to compromise with malware, which can disguise itself as a bank and request a user's personal information. Banks should not rely on SMS-based authentication methods because they are no longer safe for customers to use.
To combat the new generation of malicious software, PCWorld suggested few things banks can do to beef up their security. Rather than operating in HTML, banks should utilize certificate-based identification, geolocation, fingerprint recognition technology and in-app encryption, to name a few. Few banks are keeping up with these trends and will need to adapt if they want to remain safe from harmful malware programs such as SpyEye and Zeus.
In an increasingly global market, collaboration is becoming an essential element of any successful business strategy. Whether it takes the form of remote database management, a live video conference call or a simple tweet, companies worldwide are utilizing collaborative efforts to advance their businesses. According to Business News Daily, the effects of properly integrated collaboration are so significant that businesses will soon need to adapt them to stay afloat.
The main benefit of collaboration is its ability to cultivate innovation. Anyone who has worked in a creative environment knows that ideas are more plentiful when brainstormed with coworkers. When employees collaborate with individuals from other sectors of a business they are more likely to discover better solutions for the company as a whole. This is often more effective than isolated groups trying to work through problems without second opinions.
A well-balanced business is constantly critiquing itself from within to generate feedback and make necessary adjustments. Business News Daily suggested that having this kind of system in place will dramatically reduce risk of shortsightedness for businesses down the line. By sharing credit for ideas and allowing for greater attention to detail, collaborative efforts often result in much better thought-out solutions with longer-lasting results.
Optimizing office culture through collaboration
Using collaborative technology doesn't have to be reserved for business. Companies can benefit from using these digital tools to enhance employees' work experience and improve the morale of an office. Biz Community recently provided ways that event managers can improve corporate culture through collaborative methods, touting the importance of a positive social environment.
Mobile collaboration was described as being the best way for distant coworkers to keep in touch using social networks such as Facebook and Pinterest. When employees keep a vibrant user profile on these sites it becomes easier to form and keep connections overseas, building channels of communication and providing better opportunities for collaboration. Biz Community also advised that mobile platforms become the primary way that companies organize employee events, allowing for hype to build in the days leading up.
By monitoring analytics, event planners have access to a wealth of information that can help them better coordinate future affairs. In an age when corporations are becoming increasingly specialized by department, social collaboration tools are invaluable to maintaining open communication. When workers are happy, business leaders can expect more productivity and natural collaboration.
As commerce becomes more digitalized each day, security threats to online business increase alongside it. Database security is a fast-growing market in the IT industry and for good reason. Cybercriminal activity is becoming a serious problem for many businesses who operate mainly online, and companies are constantly looking to advance security measures to ensure the protection of their customers as well as themselves.
Although the next big leap in digital security has yet to arrive, online businesses can still take measures to maximize the effectiveness of their current protection methods. A guide from The Wall Street Journal provided some guidance on how companies can get the most out of their security systems without having to stretch their budgets any further.
Too many businesses install new software and computer systems without customizing the security options that come standard with the products. Instead of personalizing account names and passwords , IT managers and employees alike fail to make their security very tight. The Wall Street Journal noted many companies that still use stock usernames such as 'administrator' and paper-thin passwords like "01234" may think they're saving time by keeping things simple, but they are actually risking the safety of their information and failing to use their security investments wisely.
The Wall Street Journal also reminded online businesses that rely on ecommerce to consider outsourcing their payment systems to a service that specializes in transaction security. Although creating an in-house payment method might seem like the most logical choice at first, companies will thank themselves in the long run by recruiting services such as PayPal to handle it for them. Too many compliance standards and security risks can make developing a safe transaction channel a nightmare for software teams and may not seem worth the hassle.
Don't forget mobile security measures
A common pitfall for many online businesses is their failure to properly optimize mobile security for their employees and customers, leaving a wide open opportunity for hackers to infiltrate their databases. A recent report from Business2Community asked Bistech, a UK IT leader, how companies can reduce their chances of a mobile break-in.
Businesses should create foolproof security policies in the workplace and apply them directly to smartphone and tablet platforms. Mobile devices are inherently less secure due to their ability to be accessed anywhere, and companies with bring your own device policies are especially at risk because of this. By having a universal security rulebook, companies won't have to worry about weak links outside the office.
The concept of big data has been thrown around the tech industry for years now, but what are companies doing to make sure they harness its power properly and effectively? More importantly, how do companies designate responsibility for this job within their organizations? According to Forbes, more businesses are finding it difficult to attract the human capital necessary to make the most out of what big data has to offer. The highly desired position of data scientist is becoming more valuable as data continues to increase exponentially.
Database experts have always been key players in the industry, but their services are becoming more crucial as companies begin to lag behind the constantly growing stream of data brought on by dynamic mobile platforms. With more data available to analyze, more strategies and possibilities for optimization arise with the proper resources. Forbes explained that big data is key for businesses wanting to automate workflow and maximize efficiency, but that hiring the right personnel to do these jobs is becoming expensive and harder to come by. Many companies are seeking software to fill this niche labor market.
"Adding more humans like expensive data scientists is not the solution – software is the answer. More data, more people, more complicated questions. You can't just make up data scientists," Bruno Aziza, CMO of Alpine Data Labs, told the news source. Professionals like Aziza are looking for the next advancement in software to integrate into their workloads and allow employees in all branches of the company to utilize big data with hands-on features such as collaborations and visual representations.
Database management remains a top priority
Companies in need of streamlined database management services are constantly in search of ways to lower costs and gain efficiencies, and this is reflected in a rapidly expanding cloud computing footprint within the IT industry. According to a recent report from Seeking Alpha contributor Trefis, software development market leaders Oracle are seeing steady growth with the increased demand for optimized database solutions.
With a market capitalization of over $150 billion, Oracle represents the second largest company in the industry and has caught up with cloud adaptation after partnering with Microsoft and Salesforce last quarter. IT developers such as Oracle are striving to be the ones that offer the next groundbreaking solution in big data analytics and usher in the next generation of business optimization.
While smart mobile devices afford countless modern conveniences and allow for constant connection, some are beginning to see the darker side of the mobile revolution, according to Forbes. Internet users have long been familiar with the phenomenon of companies tracking browsing history to create targeted advertisements, but eyebrows are being raised at the new trend of customer location tracking to optimize retailers' marketing efforts.
Tech security firm AVG is offering an out for smartphone users who prefer to draw the line when companies begin tracking their movements. The app is currently the only option for customers who share these IT security concerns and want to keep their locations private. This route is getting more popular as consumers become more aware of the implications surrounding these new practices that utilize MAC addresses to take note of users' whereabouts.
"Consumers are better off shutting out this kind of tracking," Jim Brock, vice president of privacy products at AVG, told the news source. "Because MAC addresses also are routinely collected in apps, your location history can potentially be matched with other information about you, including your identity."
Brock hopes that companies start to adopt more transparent policies regarding mobile location tracking in the future and allow users to opt out for themselves.
E-commerce transactions are at risk
Because people spend so much time on their mobile devices, the technology is not only a goldmine for companies looking to get more consumer data but also for hackers and scam artists who take advantage of relaxed online security measures. According to a recent report from the Jacksonville Business Journal, smartphone shoppers should be especially careful this holiday season, because mobile transactions are rarely as secure as those on their native platforms.
The news source cited a study from the ThreatMatrix Global Intelligence Trust Network that revealed the increasing popularity of mobile shopping. Nearly one out of every four online transactions that occurred between Black Friday and Cyber Monday were done on mobile devices. Still, few buyers realize that there are a number of factors that make shopping on a phone different from a laptop.
The main reason why mobile shoppers and online retailers with mobile options are at risk is because the platform does not provide the same level of quality information necessary to ensure a secure transaction. This makes online scams much easier for cybercriminals who can pose as mobile users from home. Businesses need to make sure to increase mobile security for the sake of their customers and themselves.
Big data is only getting bigger. As the amount of digital data increases exponentially in the coming years, mobile platforms will be the primary source for the growing flow of information and database quality, according to a recent report from Business Insider that examined a BI Intelligence study. Canadian Bank CIBC predicted that the quantity of data will grow by a multiplier of 50 over the next 10 years. Unsurprisingly, smartphone use already accounts for a substantial majority of that information.
Business Insider explored some of the ways BI Intelligence predicted mobile technology will play into the future of big data, suggesting that optimization and personalization of the user experience will see a huge surge, along with advertising fueled by location data. The news source reminded smartphone users that they are constantly creating data, even when their devices are left unused in their pockets. As these trails of data become consolidated and analyzed, a bigger picture of app and search trends will begin to appear.
Where mobile BI needs to improve
Despite the clear trend of mobile platforms as a source for endless streams of data, Computer Weekly recently reported that a only a handful of companies are adopting mobile business intelligence solutions and even fewer are taking advantage of social media analytics. Citing a recent Business Application Research Center (BARC) BI survey, CW reported that a mere 16 percent of companies are using mobile BI, twice the percentage of use two years ago. This is likely due to a number of issues plaguing the implementation of these mobile resources, with security being the main culprit.
"We've seen simple starts, with dashboards on tablets, but once underway we start to see problems, especially with security and central mobile device management," Carsten Bange, CEO of BARC, told the news source. "Security mechanisms are only just being introduced in some of the software. We saw one project that was fully developed for 100 people, and the company CSO stopped the whole project. So 'include security from the beginning' is a lesson there."
The opportunities for businesses to implement this technology are endless, but mobile BI needs to be refined before its use becomes widespread. Other problems such as screen size adaptation have popped up as companies try to switch from one platform to another. As the demand for fluid integration across platforms increases, businesses should expect mobile BI to be yet another industry standard.
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The role of IT in big data enterprises is changing as information technologies continue to evolve. As corporations expand, their production rates also increase. As such, decision-makers will need to make adjustments to their daily operations to accommodate this growth. If organizations fail to change the way they handle this information, they could risk accounting errors, data loss and insufficient maintenance.
Developing business intelligence (BI) solutions for growing companies
According to CCJ, IT managers can help support the growth of their enterprises by providing innovative information maintenance tools, such as remote database administration. A sudden rise in information can be overwhelming to decision-makers who are not used to high volume increases, but with this solution, a third-party source will help the corporation categorize its data. Additionally, they will provide operational maintenance and increased security.
The news provider reported that without leveraging a BI strategy, companies risk inconsistencies within their data storage that could result in inaccurate accounting. Auditing errors, for instance, become more frequent without an automated or assisted service. Rather than displaying active, real-time changes in database logs, legacy solutions often fail to recognize a complete list of changes. Remote DBA experts can help mitigate these risks.
Another prevalent mistake that new big data enterprises make is housing irrelevant information. Although these strategies allow for increased storage, companies should still try to keep their digital assets relevant to established goals. By being mindful of this solution, IT managers will be able to simplify the accounting process and ensure data is easily managed.
The growth of the big data business model
CIO reported that big data enterprises are becoming more prolific as the business landscape changes. As Internet-optimized storage, such as cloud computing and Oracle, make it easier and more cost-efficient for organizations to advance, IT managers are learning how to supply their companies with the tools they need to integrate additional business models.
As enterprises grow, decision-makers should consider how a new BI strategy might be able to augment their existing data storage solutions. Additionally, with help from a third-party source, companies will be able to take their businesses to the next level.
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Cloud security is a topic of concern among enterprise decision-makers, but as this storage structure adapts to the needs of corporations, the conversation is becoming more positive. For instance, rather than accusing cloud providers of allowing data breaches to occur, IT experts are beginning to question the distribution of responsibility.
Cloud services require new security methods
The Guardian reported that as companies transition their daily operations to a cloud-based infrastructure, determining the safest way to handle the data transfer is uncovering more questions than answers. For instance, the source noted that the stability of the cloud in reference to outages and the potential loss of information was of particular concern for big data corporations.
As this is a relevant and continually debated issue in cloud computing, the news provider reported that companies should begin their transitions by deciding how much information must be outsourced, if any of the data is too sensitive to be sent to the cloud and how they will manage an outage if one were to occur.
According to Computer World, security is a major proponent in Internet-based infrastructures because of the growing rates of cybercrime. As more corporations launch cloud solutions, it's essential that decision-makers adjust their understanding of safekeeping information by integrating new strategies. Leveraging cloud-based applications, for instance, can help reduce the amount of time IT managers have to spend protecting their companies from cyberattack.
Remote database support is an option that organizations can deploy that syncs information with another company, which is dedicated to providing off-premises guidance and additional security.
As the cloud landscape continues to adapt to the needs of enterprises, determining the most beneficial methods for protecting digital architectures is an ongoing process.
With cloud services, one primary goal is increased cost efficiency. As this storage strategy continues to evolve, decision-makers are being presented with new features that make leveraging the cloud easier and more customizable. According to eWeek, as more options are introduced to the market, competition between cloud providers is expected to grow, the cloud market will become more standardized and security strategies will continue to be the focus for future cloud deployments.
More features equates to increased competition
Now that the cloud market has grown to encompass a wider variety of features, providers of these strategies are trying to keep pace with larger developers to maintain a competitive edge. Thus, IT teams now have several options at their disposal, and to attract potential clients, cloud providers are constantly striving to add more features to their ecosystems. The source noted that this phenomenon is leading to a faster development of new features, which will likely only continue.
As more companies move to the cloud, legacy solutions are becoming obsolete. According to the news provider, traditional strategies are slowly being replaced by Internet-optimized digital infrastructures for their increased flexibility and agility. The ability for these resources to provide enterprises with increased customization has made it easier for IT teams to construct needs-based architectures.
The definition of cloud services
EE Times reported that as the year draws to a close, predictions for 2014's cloud services are already rolling in. As was previously mentioned, competition between providers is growing, but the source also noted that new configurations are being announced that help further distance the misconstrued ideology that the cloud is a technology, rather than a highly flexible environment.
Cloud-based applications, for instance, often connect information to a third-party source that syncs with the organization's data. These solutions typically provide additional resources, such as security maintenance and categorization support. Now that the cloud has become a common across different industries, it's easier for organization leaders to leverage services, such as database administration, to augment existing operations and to introduce new features.
In an effort to remain ahead of the rapidly changing systems, decision-makers should ensure their cloud services are up to date and ready to ring in the new year.
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As cloud providers create new features for enterprise infrastructures, more big data companies are beginning to consider how their digital architectures could be improved by leveraging one of these options. The widespread description of the cloud is also evolving, but according to ZDNet, what the media portrays the cloud to be and how it actually works may not be an adequate representation of the existing model anymore.
Getting facts straight about the cloud
The source reported that most businesses launching cloud-based infrastructures for the first time are misinformed about the differences between basic services, such as private cloud and public cloud. Now that these strategies have begun to mature, they are incorporating more relevant solutions that corporations can use to their advantage. Flexibility and scalability remain the hallmarks of the cloud, but with the addition of cloud-optimized applications, the different aspects of cloud computing – on-premises or off-premises – are being customized to better suit enterprises' needs.
Companies that deal primarily with big data, for instance, can leverage exterior resources that help categorize and structure information. Figuring out how to maintain new digital assets is imperative for the successful growth of a corporation, and by utilizing the services of remote DBA experts, decision-makers can ensure that they have the right resources to expand.
Matching the pace of the cloud
For businesses to continue growing with the cloud, however, the news provider noted that IT teams need to make sure they keep with the changing cloud landscape. One of the most common misconceptions about cloud services is that they're meant to replace existing operations. With this mentality, it's easy for decision-makers to be confused about the benefits of cloud computing.
Rather than considering these solutions to be new technologies unto themselves, the source encouraged business leaders to treat the cloud as a means of augmenting strategies with scalable memory and flexibility. Once these misconceptions are clarified, NetworkComputing reported that it should be simple for IT teams to revolutionize the way their companies manage big data.
The resources available to businesses that have leveraged a cloud option far outpace traditional strategies, and the sooner enterprises make the transition, the better.
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The development of the cloud has changed the way IT managers handle corporate infrastructures. The integration of scaling storage and remote access features have made it easier for organizations to save on operational expenses by providing increased flexible memory requirements that are not possible with legacy equipment. As more enterprises shift away from on-premises storage, the growth of traditional methods is fading, reported InfoWorld.
The IT paradigm shift
The popularity of the cloud's innovative and customizable approach to enterprise infrastructure has made it easier for IT managers to create digital architectures that more directly cater to the tech needs of different companies. Although cloud services are still considered an emerging market, the enormous foundation they have created in the corporate world has already impacted the way companies are upgrading their storage systems. According to the news provider, the rising demand in cloud-based solutions have reduced the market for legacy equipment.
This rapid evolution of an enterprise strategy is relatively atypical, noted the source. However, there are a few reasons why the rise of the cloud might have been predictable. Its fluid, on-the-fly adjustment speeds make it ideal for big data organizations that experience regular fluctuations in the amount of information they process throughout the fiscal year. Additionally, the cloud's customizable environment enables IT managers to build their own interfaces from scratch or leverage cloud-based applications that can be tailored to construct unique, needs-based architectures.
Database administration, for example, connects the organization's cloud to a team of remote DBA experts who will help decision-makers guide the categorization of information. Unlike traditional methods of data storage, which typically require a more hands-on approach, the cloud allows IT teams to avert their focus from the full-time duties of data maintenance so they can spend more time addressing the needs of the company.
According to Dark Reading, data analytics on the cloud is becoming even easier as providers continue to simplify the way that information is managed across these digital infrastructures.
Although every cloud developer is unique, businesses considering a transition should spend time clarifying their corporate goals so that the best options can be deployed.
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As the cloud market advances, more companies are switching to cloud-based infrastructures to manage their corporate IT. Because of its scalable storage capabilities and its remote access features, cloud services provide decision-makers with increased mobility, enhanced customization and the ability to change their strategies more readily than with traditional architectures.
Enhanced security essential for successful cloud deployments
As with all new technologies, however, discerning the best way to secure the company's network after deploying the cloud is the next step. According to Rajiv Gupta, contributing writer to USA Today, the rapid growth of the cloud has led to an increase in the amount of data that is outsourced to a third-party organization. As a result, the source noted that the expansion of the cloud might have occurred faster than cloud developers can create lasting solutions to the services' weak cybersecurity.
Information breaches can be prevented, however. Although cloud providers leverage their own high-quality data maintenance strategies, cybercriminals are learning how to circumvent these protections, which weakens the cloud market overall. In an effort to thwart hackers, the source reported that layers of defense are key in preparing a safe cloud-based environment.
Encryption, for instance, should be the first layer of defense that is applied to data before it is sent to the cloud. With this strategy, sophisticated algorithms scramble information so that if stolen or compromised in any way, the information is rendered useless unless the hacker also retrieves the decryption key. Cloud-based applications, such as database administration, can also be utilized to provide a team of remote DBA experts who will help companies maintain the integrity of their information.
Learn how the cloud provider manages security
SC Magazine noted that decision-makers should make a conscious effort to learn how their potential cloud providers handle data security. As every cloud is unique, the services and information maintenance strategies often differ between cloud developers, and it's important for IT managers to be aware of how their data will be protected. According to the source, the evolution of the cloud is moving toward a more centralized version of security, focusing on innovative and unique approaches to safeguarding information after it has already been deployed.
Decision-makers who are considering a transition to the cloud should be conscious of the cloud's features and determine how it can help the company stretch the bottom line.