Shifting an IT infrastructure to cloud is not a question of if but when. The current trend shows a continuous decline in the use of on-premises infrastructure or internal private cloud. According to Gartner, “an average organization expects to triple its allocated share of capacity to public cloud services across the next two or three years”.
Many senior business leaders believe that cloud offers the scale and flexibility needed to support the operating model transformation at the speeds unmatched by internal IT organizations. It helps to speed up new product development by innovating, delivering digital services to customers.
In this article, we’ll discuss the six steps which every IT team must follow to build a scalable cloud infrastructure:
1. Determine the role of cloud in your enterprise’s digital strategy: Today, every organization needs to be efficient in terms of agility, scalability, and cost optimization. While developing the cloud strategy for your organization, start by examining how cloud can enable your business activities instead of starting with a perspective of corporate IT.
2. Determine the priorities and trade-offs: Before you collaborate with a business partner, determine the priorities and trade-offs between speed, cost and risk. Educating your business partners about the cloud and its required trade-offs is an important part of developing a wider digital understanding of the enterprise.
3. Begin with simple projects and build up on them: Today, digital priorities of organizations are changing so rapidly that every strategy needs to be flexible in order to meet the changes in demand. Adopt a test-and-learn approach by beginning with projects that are less complex in nature and building iteratively to high-value efforts. Read more
Petya ransomware is a part of a new wave of cyber attacks that has hit enterprise networks across the world. Ukraine and Russia are the worst affected, though the attack has also impacted some companies in other Western European countries, US and India.
Researchers are calling Petya a wiper and not a ransomware. The aim of this wiper being mass destruction of data and not collection of money from victims and enterprises. This was first reported by Matt Suiche, founder of the cyber security firm Comae. You can read his detailed blogpost on Medium (blog.comae.io) explaining why Petya is a wiper, not a ransomware. Cyber security firm Kaspersky has also come to the same conclusion.
What is the difference between a Wiper and a Ransomware?
A wiper and a ransomware differ in their intent and motive. The goal of a wiper is to destroy and damage data, excluding any possibility of restoration whereas the goal of a ransomware is to make money and it can restore the modifications it makes on your system.
How to protect your organization against it?
Common delivery methods for such malwares are via phishing emails or scams and the payload requires local administrator access to execute. Most major antivirus companies like Symantec and Kaspersky claim that their software has been updated to actively detect and protect against “Petya” infections. Keeping your Windows up to date – at the very least by installing March’s critical patch MS17 – 010 – will defend your system and also protect against future attacks with different payloads.
Organizations need to be aware of how threats affect their organizations through gaps in their infrastructure, unsafe application updates, or infected web adverts. Here are some protective measures that you can take to protect your organisation from Petya and similar attacks:
- Install the latest Microsoft patches, including MS17-010 which patches the SMB vulnerability.
Today, organizations need intelligent business solutions to grow, evolve, meet the changing customer needs and market requirements to capture new opportunities in the process.
But, there are times when
- Businesses are worried about their continuity due to employee movements, competition, inherent inefficiencies, low productivity, etc.
- There are issues with Inventory Management
- Improper sales forecasts are made
- There is a mismatch between the demand and supply
- Employees get lost mid-way when multiple tasks pile up and affecting the business productivity
What organizations need are intelligent applications that work together seamlessly over the cloud. This is where Microsoft Dynamics 365 comes into the picture. It allows business applications to work together and smoothly across CRM and ERP systems and offers business intelligence, flexibility, and growth and transforms businesses in such a way that they can respond to the specific business requirements efficiently through custom-built apps. Microsoft Dynamics 365 lets you manage and run your business while enabling you to:
- Engage with customers by building personalized experiences across all customer touchpoints,
- Empower their employees by offering familiar tools to turn big data into actionable insights,
- Optimize their operations with the help of predictive guidance through intelligent applications, and
- Transform products and business models by making them more proactive.