Interest in cloud migration has steadily increased at the rate of 60% year-on-year since 2015. As more and more organizations move to cloud, they face challenges with lift and shift/forklift migrations. These include losses in application functionalities and performance degradation resulting in a higher TCO. It has slowly come to light that forklift migration is not the best-fit solution for a cloud movement and an application-down approach has to be considered for cloud transformations. This research discusses the need for organizations to take a holistic bi-directional view of both applications as well as infrastructure in order to achieve a business-oriented, risk-free & high velocity transformation.
As Windows 7 approaches its end-of-support deadline of 14 January, 2020, most enterprises find that their existing Windows landscape is an assortment of Windows 7, 8 and 10. How does the Windows 7 end of life (EOL) affect enterprises? As with any other unsupported operating system (OS), Microsoft will stop deploying bug-fixes, security patches or any new functionality for Windows 7, making the OS more susceptible to malware attacks and data misuse. This is bad news for more than 43% of enterprises who are still using Windows 7.
The global cloud IT market currently accounts for 42.8% of the total IT spending (based on an estimate by IDC) and is set to hit $390 billion in revenues by 2020 (according to a study by Bain & Company). Cloud has revolutionized the world of IT and we are just beginning to scratch the surface. The proliferation of cloud infrastructure comes with its own share of challenges – and one of the most pressing concerns is that of security. A spending projection of $105 billion on security technology by 2020 underscores the magnitude of the threat. Bruce Schneier, well-known security guru has rightly said, “Security is a process and not a product” – because it is not a one-time effort but a continuous endeavour to keep threats at bay and secure the enterprise. This is especially true as attacks become more sophisticated and capable of wreaking unprecedented damage. In this whitepaper, we will outline steps that organizations must take while designing their security policies and sketch a secured reference architecture on Microsoft Azure to better understand how to protect and secure your cloud infrastructure.
As industries continue to understand Industry 4.0 – the potential of IIoT is yet to be realised. The need to develop efficient systems comes with its own set of unique challenges. Apart from work culture transformation and regulatory challenges, enterprises are faced with multi-dimensional challenges; primarily, communication and collaboration across systems. How can industries cross this hurdle and adopt Industrial IoT solutions smoothly? Introducing OPC UA – a complete solution that covers security, data preservation across layers, data analytics of meta-data and vendor-platform independence. The system looks at a global communication standard that takes care of complex communication channels between central components. This white paper aims to address interoperability challenges through OPC UA implementation.
EUC leaders must align end user needs and business goals by shifting their focus to delivering exceptional user experiences rather than mere device management. Catering to the needs of end users who bring in consumer class SaaS productivity apps and various devices to work, demands a complete revamp of the traditional EUC engagement model. It requires enterprises to redefine EUC strategies, including IAM, device management, security and privacy, and support. This paper aims to help EUC leaders revamp their strategies to adapt to the changing trends while ensuring maximized productivity.
Digital disruption is the most discussed topic in this era of what is popularly termed the 4th Industrial Revolution and it has brought in a sea change in the way an organization works or delivers its goods and services to their end customers. We are now in an era where the largest movie businesses do not own movie theatres (Netflix), the largest taxi company in the globe owns no car (Uber)and the largest real estate & hospitality company does not own any real estate or hotels (Airbnb). At the same time, there are many traditional businesses that continue to transform on a 2-Speed IT (McKinsey) / Bi-modal IT (Gartner) way. Digital transformation (DX) has also redefined workplaces with Wi-Fi First approach and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), leveraging connectedness, staff fluidity and democratization via smartphones and IoT. Microland takes a look at the challenges and the solutions to setting up a smarter workplace. We approach the evolution of ‘SmartBranch’ operations by leveraging five digital accelerators.
Digital transformation is the new business mantra today, thanks to two key organizational imperatives - agility and innovation. Digital transformation, in turn is the leading driver of increasing cloud adoption; it accounts for 63% of cloud engagements. According to Forbes: 83% of enterprise workloads will operate in the cloud by 2020. Unsurprisingly, the cloud migration services market is booming and is expected to be worth nearly USD 9.5 billion by 2022. If there’s one thing that most enterprises will agree on when it comes to moving to the cloud, it is this. It’s pretty easy to get things wrong the first time. A cloud migration project has a one-in-three chance of going south, due to various reasons. For one, there are many ways of leveraging cloud service providers. For another, there is no one-size fits all solution. Add to it the people, processes, strategy, cost, and time barriers and you have a disaster waiting to happen.
Addressing the challenges of exponential growth in the number of IT applications and increasing complexity of the application landscape are some of the challenges keeping CIOs up at night. Business growth coupled with creation of functional silos in most organizations often leads to a disparate IT environment with several redundant elements in the IT application portfolio. In today’s hyper-competitive business environment as organizations strive to achieve leaner operations, rationalizing the application portfolio is a critical first step. A comprehensive exercise in portfolio rationalization not only optimizes the total cost of ownership (TCO) of IT investments but also aligns the IT environment with business needs, enabling the creation of an enterprise-wide integrated IT environment.
Every business today uses the internet. This naturally involves the use of networks. The network is an interconnection of multiple devices, termed as hosts connected using multiple paths for the purpose of transmission and reception of data. When the centralized server fails, the organization’s data is at risk. The performance of the entire network degrades when control plane processes fail, as is the case when routing convergence requires additional memory. These challenges compromise network performance, thereby creating a need for an architecture that combines standard computing and networking hardware with management software to create a system that is more distributed and scalable. This whitepaper identifies the challenges faced by IT professional’s inefficient migration of business applications to Cloud, and provides an efficient business strategy for delivery of application transformation. Additionally, the white paper addresses different cross-slicing issues that are integral to application transformation.
Expensive hardware upgrades, lack of easy provisioning, inability to rapidly scale up/down, and multi-service provider relationships with vendor lock-ins, are driving up costs and complexity. For decision makers who are constantly scouting for better alternatives, what’s the way out? Enter SD-WAN. Based on the state-of-the-art technology - software-defined networking (SDN), it provides secure and scalable architecture at a much lower TCO. SD-WAN also seamlessly connects business branches, without the hassle of deploying additional systems, manual MPLS upgrades, or dedicated IT teams at individual locations. This paper takes a deep-dive into the need for network transformation, how to leverage SD-WAN to deliver on its promise, and who should drive the transformation.