Stephen Watts
What is Ransomware as a Service? RaaS Explained
BY Stephen WattsStephen Watts

Software is shifting away from locally-installed apps to Software as a Service web applications that run in the cloud. Criminals are cashing in on this trend, which has led to the creation of Ransomware as a Service (RaaS), a growing threat to business. RaaS refers to various online malware exploits that bad actors can use to attack the IT assets of businesses and individuals. These attack programs are created by criminal entrepreneurs who sell their services to other criminals. The people who buy these programs then extort or blackmail their victims by holding computer systems to ransom. It’s painfully clear that the popularity of these ransomware platforms will continue to grow, so you must be prepared. How Ransomware as a Service Works Most models for RaaS follow a similar … [Read More]

Is Container Pricing the Answer to Mainframe Cost Containment?
BY Jay LipovichJay Lipovich

It was confidently predicted that the last IBM® mainframe would be unplugged – twenty years ago! Hasn’t happened. Not likely to happen. Mainframes are powerhouses of highly responsive transaction processing and massive data handling – two foundational … [Read More...]

AWS ECS vs EKS: Selecting the Best Platform for Your Workload
BY Chad RobinsonChad Robinson

Choosing a container management platform can make your head swim these days. In addition to the Open Source options (e.g. Kubernetes, Swarm, and Rancher), it seems every cloud vendor has its own custom offering as well, and despite all being based on Docker, … [Read More...]

Getting Started with Governance and Compliance for AWS
BY Stephen WattsStephen Watts

As organizations accelerate innovation in the cloud, security and compliance become increasingly complex. Among its many benefits, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) ecosystem offers end users assuredness that governance principles are being upheld and risks … [Read More...]

What is Edge Computing? Edge Computing Explained with Examples
BY Muhammad RazaMuhammad Raza

Edge Computing is a relatively new paradigm that aims to bring computational power in close proximity of IoT sensors, smartphones and connected technologies. The concept dates back to the 1990s, when Akamai solved the challenge of Web traffic congestion by … [Read More...]

What is Software-Defined IT Operations? SDITO Explained
BY Muhammad RazaMuhammad Raza

Enterprise organizations adopted virtualization, automation and orchestration to realize the promised value propositions such as ease of infrastructure provisioning, management and maintenance. Yet, enterprise IT spends most of its time in efforts to merely … [Read More...]

What is driving the boom in on-premises hardware?
BY Chrissy KiddChrissy Kidd

In late February this year, Morgan Stanley released an industry estimate that surprised the technology industry. In it, the financial and investment giant predicts an increase in sales in the purchasing of on-premises hardware, reversing a steadily decreasing … [Read More...]

What is Identity-As-A-Service? IDaaS Explained
BY Muhammad RazaMuhammad Raza

Cloud computing brings unprecedented new requirements to manage user identity and access privileges. The average number of cloud-based apps used in enterprises ranges between 900 to 1200 different services. If each service requires its own set of login … [Read More...]

China Construction Bank Enhances Mainframe Workload Management while Progressing to the Cloud
BY China Construction Bank CorporationChina Construction Bank Corporation

Who says the mainframe is a thing of the past? It powers 92 of the top 100 banks worldwide and 23 of the top 25 US retailers1. Running their core business on mainframe does not prevent organizations from reaching their digital transformation goals. China … [Read More...]

What is Software-defined infrastructure? SDI Explained
BY Muhammad RazaMuhammad Raza

Several decades ago, virtualization was introduced to transform the way IT infrastructure resources were consumed. The logical abstraction between the physical hardware and the software resources allows organizations to improve IT service performance. Since … [Read More...]

What Exactly Does a System Architect Do?
BY Stephen WattsStephen Watts

The system architect role is vital to the successful definition, design, delivery, and support of any IT project. A system architect analyzes and recommends the right combination of IT components to achieve a specific business, department, team, or functional … [Read More...]