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Skills shortages blamed for problems with SAP cloud migration

SAP remains one of the most commonly used enterprise resource planning tools and many businesses are looking to migrate their SAP to the cloud from on-premise systems. But this is being held back by a shortage of skills.

New research from Ensono shows just four percent of UK IT leaders say they have completed their SAP to public cloud migration strategy. 80 percent of those who haven't completed projects say they have postponed or canceled their migration of SAP applications to the public cloud due to the SAP skills shortage and 74 percent have taken a similar decision due to a lack of public cloud skills.

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Why do you need a global footprint for your cloud?

With the increased awareness around cloud solutions, most organizations immediately think about reducing cost and shortening time-to-market. As more ideas around cloud are discussed, other criteria like performance, security, compliance, workload segmentation, and how to integrate the cloud become more relevant to an existing environment. The profile of a global cloud footprint; however, is an equally important consideration. 

It may be time to think about why having a standardized global cloud footprint matters. Here are ten good reasons why: 

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86 percent of IT pros see hybrid cloud as the ideal model

Hybrid cloud is seen as the ideal infrastructure model according to 86 percent of respondents to a new survey by Nutanix.

It also reveals that the pandemic has shifted the way IT leaders think about their future plans. The majority of respondents (nearly 76 percent) report the pandemic has made them think more strategically about IT, and nearly half (46 percent) say their investments in hybrid cloud have increased as a direct result of the pandemic, including public and private clouds.

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Less than a third of organizations use cloud data leakage protection

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Only 31 percent of organizations use cloud DLP, despite 66 percent citing data leakage as their top cloud security concern, according to a new report from Bitglass.

In addition organizations say they are unable to maintain visibility into file downloads (45 percent), file uploads (50 percent), DLP policy violations (50 percent), and external sharing (55 percent) in the cloud.

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Failure to keep up with complexity leaves businesses at ransomware risk

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Increasingly businesses have data stored in hybrid- and multi-cloud environments, but a new report shows that this extra complexity could also be putting data at risk.

The report out today from Veritas Technologies found that only 36 percent of respondents say their security has kept pace with their IT complexity, underscoring the need for greater use of data protection solutions that can protect against ransomware across increasingly varied environments.

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IT leaders and front line staff disagree on cloud priorities

While 47 percent of IT decision-makers strongly agree that COVID-19 has accelerated their cloud maturity, only 29 percent of line-of-business IT employees feel the same.

A new report from technology modernization firm SPR surveyed 400 IT decision-makers and the same number of workers to look at how IT teams see their businesses’ cloud resiliency strategy for 2020 and beyond.

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IBM makes it easier for clients to use public cloud services

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IBM is using this week's KubeCon to announce an initiative enabling clients to take better advantage of public cloud services in any environment they choose.

From today the company will open source Kubeflow Pipelines on Tekton to provide a standardized solution for creating and deploying machine learning models in production and to make machine learning models portable across hybrid cloud environments.

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Enterprises accelerate cloud transformation but struggle with security

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Enterprises have embraced the moving of multiple applications to the cloud using containers and are utilizing Kubernetes for orchestration. But the findings of a new report also confirm that many are inadequately securing the data stored in these new cloud-native environments.

The report from cloud-native data protection specialist Zettaset shows businesses are continuing to leverage existing legacy security technology as a solution.

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IT spending remains buoyant despite the pandemic

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In the face of restrictive lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, IT budgets have held up remarkably well according to a new study, as technology becomes a critical ingredient in launching new products and services.

The report from OpsRamp is based on responses from 230 IT operations and DevOps executives in the US and UK with at least 500 employees and $5 million in annual IT budgets.

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Operating as cloud first: What it really takes

Let’s take a look back to a time before COVID-19. Systems engineers walked the datacenter floor and managed the infrastructure on-site. A team could purchase, physically receive, and rack-and-stack new infrastructure if needed to run critical platforms on an OpEx model. For many, this former reality seems like a long lost memory.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, price instability has limited predictive budgeting, manufacturers have faced debilitating delays and individuals can no longer enter and exit a datacenter at will. The demand for web-based applications has increased as consumers change the way they interact with everything from grocery shopping to entertainment. Many organizations are facing a harsh reality of working to meet demand while relying on an unstable supply chain.

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Europeans don't trust US tech giants with their data

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A new study reveals that 82 percent of Europeans don't trust US tech giants with their personal files, despite increasing reliance on cloud services due to COVID-19.

The survey of 4,500 people across the UK, France and Germany, conducted by pCloud, one of Europe's fastest-growing file-sharing and cloud storage providers, finds the biggest concerns are personal data being used for commercial gain (51 percent) and the possibility of hacks (43 percent).

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Shift to remote work drives overhaul of enterprise access technology

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This year's massive and sudden shift to remote working has boosted the adoption of cloud technology and the security implications of this transition will reverberate for years to come, according to the latest Trusted Access report from Cisco company Duo Security.

Daily authentications to cloud applications surged 40 percent during the first few months of the pandemic, the bulk of these coming from enterprise and mid-sized organizations looking to ensure secure access to services.

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How to solve your data storage dilemma with cloud object storage

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In a world that thrives on the consumption of data, it is not surprising that today we are witnessing tremendous data growth to the point that it is now in danger of overwhelming organizations. 

This is creating massive data sprawl whereby many organizations are experiencing a slowdown in operational productivity and efficiency and this sprawl is hampering future innovation and growth.

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Could your business benefit from a cloud backup solution?

The average cost of downtime has been estimated at £193K per hour, so every minute counts if your systems are down or your data has been compromised. Data loss and security breaches are becoming increasingly common events in today’s world. It is not a matter of when, but if a disaster of any kind will happen. All of an organization's information must be protected and readily available at all times in order for a business to survive. Considering this fact, the importance of backups cannot be overestimated and backing up vital data is an integral part of any business’s IT strategy. 

Ensuring effective off-site backup solutions is essential to any business, whether large or small. If an organization's backups are not well-managed, comprehensive disaster recovery becomes difficult, if not impossible. Business interruptions happen. It’s how you respond that is important to your bottom line. 

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Bouncing back: Disaster recovery and data protection during a pandemic

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Even organizations with solid disaster recovery (DR) and data protection plans in place now need to re-visit their strategies due to the significant changes levied by COVID-19. However, the fact is, most companies were unprepared to begin with, and data protection and DR -- already a tricky proposition -- became even more difficult and complex during the pandemic. 

Overnight, companies of all sizes went remote. Initially, IT handed out laptops to staff as they left the building or relied on employee-owned devices. Many users connected to the corporate server via virtual private network (VPN), which were complex for IT to manage, difficult to provision, hard to scale and often providing poor performance.

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