Mike Vizard

Mike Vizard has covered IT for more than 25 years, and has edited or contributed to a number of tech publications including InfoWorld, eWeek, CRN, Baseline, ComputerWorld, TMCNet, and Digital Review. He currently blogs for IT Business Edge and contributes to CIOinsight, The Channel Insider, Programmableweb and Slashdot. Mike blogs about emerging cloud technology for Intronis.
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UK study shines spotlight on scope of IT security challenge

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 20, 2017 11:36:38 AM

Despite the increased awareness concerning IT security threats, a new survey from the United Kingdom suggests far too many organizations still don’t have anything approaching a formal IT security strategy.

Three-fifths (57 percent) of the respondents to a survey conducted by the University of Portsmouth have attempted to identify cybersecurity risks to their organization using, for example, health checks and risk assessments. But, the survey also highlights that a sizable number of those businesses still do not have basic IT security protections place.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Shift to business intelligence in the cloud makes steady progress

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 18, 2017 10:57:48 AM

One of the primary benefits of shifting to the cloud is it makes it simpler to apply analytics and business intelligence (BI) applications against data residing in a centralized repository. Prior to the cloud, most of the relevant data inside any organization was distributed across applications running on any number of servers or devices. The problem is that it becomes difficult to make anything approaching a fact-based decision when the data residing in those disparate platforms conflicts. For that reason, savvier organizations are investing in BI applications that enable them to more easily consolidate data in way that allows them to make better decisions based on data that has been vetted by the organization.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Docker containers serverless computing set to transform IT services

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 13, 2017 12:03:27 PM

As profound an impact as cloud computing may have had on the delivery of IT services, managed service providers would do well to note that the shifting of virtual machines from an IT environment running on premise to shared public infrastructure represents a modest innovation from a technical perspective.

In fact, some ten years since public clouds were first adopted, it’s only now with advances such as Docker containers and serverless computing that we are about to witness IT being fundamentally transformed.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

IDC foresees 10-fold increase in data by 2025

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 11, 2017 10:17:49 AM

The fact that an estimated 163 zettabytes of data is expected to be created on an annual basis by 2025 may not come as much of a surprise to managed service providers who already contend with a massive amount of data. But a new report from International Data Corp. (IDC) commissioned by Seagate suggests that the source of that 10-fold increase in data being generated in 2016 will be very different.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

MSPs stand to benefit most from rise of multi-cloud computing

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 6, 2017 1:53:46 PM

At this point, it’s no secret that Microsoft has been gaining some ground on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the public cloud. But new survey data from 451 Research suggests that both Google and IBM are picking up momentum as well.

The 451 Research survey of 700 IT professionals finds that AWS remains top dog in the public cloud, with 56 percent of respondents relying on AWS for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). But AWS is starting to fall behind in two important categories.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

How the rise of SD-WANs benefits MSPs

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 4, 2017 10:13:34 AM

Most managed services providers aren't strangers to providing network services. But thanks to increased interest in software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) more innovation is now occurring at the edge of the network than at any time in the recent memory of most MSPs.

Historically, the branch office inside most organizations has been served by routers augmented by WAN optimization appliances and stateful firewalls. That approach, however, created something of a kludge at the edge of the network. IT organizations were happy to have somebody manage it all on their behalf. But the costs associated with managing each individual device using a command line interface (CLI) made it a challenge for MSPs to profitably deliver those services.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Communications service providers make slow but steady cloud transition

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 30, 2017 9:59:02 AM

A new global survey of 137 IT decision makers that work for a range of communications service providers finds that the majority are embracing cloud infrastructure to deliver their next generation of services. But even though it may be less expensive to employ public cloud service providers, a full 59 percent of the respondents to the survey conducted by Oracle say they would prefer to maintain control over both their hardware and software even if it winds up being less flexible.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Microsoft Azure ascends in the public cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 28, 2017 11:07:10 AM

Microsoft finally appears to be catching up to Amazon Web Services in terms of public cloud adoption. A new survey of 235 IT professionals at organizations with 500 or more employees conducted by UBM Media, publisher of InformationWeek, on behalf of Sumo Logic, finds that 66 percent of respondents are using either infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) or platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings from Microsoft. That compares to 55 percent for AWS.

Those survey results come on the heels of a survey conducted by JP Morgan that found that a majority of CIOs view Microsoft as the more critical of the two cloud service providers.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Survey finds debate over IT buying influence to be spurious

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 23, 2017 11:21:44 AM

There’s fierce debate these days over just who in an organization makes the decision when it comes to acquiring IT products and services. For the past several years, many IT vendors have been making the case for focusing on line-of-business executives rather than IT professionals. At the core of that thinking is the simple fact that most IT budgets are only a single-digit percentage of overall revenue, and most of those dollars are already allocated.

Less than 20 percent of the average IT budget is allocated to new products and services. The only tried-and-true way to get the amount allocated to new products to increase is to convince IT leaders that buying something new can be paid for by reallocating IT budget dollars away from something else.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Blockchain technologies will create raft of IT services opportunities

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 21, 2017 10:53:01 AM

As blockchain technologies start to move up the hype curve, it’s only a matter of time before customers start asking IT service providers how and when what amounts to a new way of storing data will be relevant to them.

Pioneered as a means to create an immutable ledger to keep track of transactions involving Bitcoin digital currency, distributed databases that time-stamp data to create a system of record are now being developed for use in a wide range of applications. At the IBM InterConnect 2017 conference this week, Everledger CEO Leanne Kemp described how the startup company is leveraging a blockchain database that IBM has exposed as a service to keep track of where diamonds are shipped.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

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