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How to avoid downtime and disruption when moving data

How to avoid downtime and disruption when moving data

May 17, 2017

Increasingly organizations need to move data between data centers and/or the cloud, but the risk of downtime during transition is a sticking point.

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017 is here, and hopefully it will present a fresh opportunity to review some of the cloud’s limitations in this area.

Some 60 percent of all enterprise IT workloads will be run in some form of public or private cloud by as soon as next year, according to 451 Research’s latest estimate. It projects particularly strong growth in critical categories, including data analytics and core business applications. Findings...

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Four nines & failure rates – will the cloud ever cut it for transactional banking?

Four nines & failure rates – will the cloud ever cut it for transactional banking?

Apr 26, 2017

Nearly nine hours of unplanned outage a year - in real-time banking? Is it any wonder financial services hasn’t made the final leap into the cloud?

Banks looking to take their cloud plans to the next level are likely to have returned to the drawing board following the latest Amazon Web Services outage, which disrupted the online activities of major organizations from Apple to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. One estimate suggests US financial services companies alone lost $160 million[1] – in just four hours. It’s been a timely reminder that any downtime is too much in an always-on d...

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Why banking should stay well clear of blockchains

Why banking should stay well clear of blockchains

Apr 21, 2017

As much as financial services institutions need to innovate, backing the wrong digital platform could be their undoing.

If the financial services industry is banking on blockchains as the basis for new service innovation, it will be sorely disappointed. Blockchains’ design principles are completely at odds with those of the industry, and are fraught with flaws that could be catastrophic for financial institutions.

I’ll come on to why in a moment. Clearly, there is a lot of hype and momentum around blockchains. WANdisco sees this first hand: we’re increasingly being approached by banks who thin...

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Using Big Data to Fight Dementia

Using Big Data to Fight Dementia

Apr 13, 2017

Technology is revolutionising our understanding and treatment of disease. Medical professionals and patients are all producing huge amounts of data on a daily basis from a vast array of sources including electronic health records, genomic sequencing, high-resolution medical imaging, sensing devices and smart phone applications that can monitor patient health. This could prove particularly valuable when trying to increase our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases like dementia.

Nearly 44 million people worldwide now suffer from dementia - a number that is expected to spike to 115 million ...

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Is hybrid cloud in danger of becoming lost in translation?

Is hybrid cloud in danger of becoming lost in translation?

Feb 14, 2017

In the last year hybrid cloud adoption has ramped up as both cloud users and cloud vendors have matured. Yet there is still confusion in the market about what it means to go truly hybrid with many CIOs unable to agree when it comes to the true definition of hybrid cloud.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Commerce, “[Hybrid] cloud infrastructure is a composition of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures (private, community or public) that remain unique entities, but that are bound together by standardised or proprietary technology that enables data and application portabi...

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