15 Business Problems That Can Be Solved By Moving to the Cloud

cloud computing technologyAccording to a recent Intel Security report, 93 percent of a sample of 1,400 IT security professionals claim that they use some type of (hybrid) Public / Private cloud service for their business operations. The cloud is rapidly becoming a popular resource for businesses from all backgrounds, and for good reason.

If your organization hasn’t yet tapped into the power of the cloud, here are some detailed benefits of (hybrid) cloud computing technology that are worth considering.

1. Importance of data and where it is stored (GDPR)

Your business should have a clear concept of the value (and sensitive nature) of the data that is critical for operations. The inherent need to undertake efforts to assess risks and costs involved with current data storage practices is real (GDPR). Especially in an international business organization, deciding where to house data is a complex question that is largely determined by how that data will be utilized.

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Meet Us at the World’s Biggest Game Industry Event!

GDCLeaseweb is excited to be returning to the Game Developers Conference (GDC 2018) with an even bigger presence than we had last year. We’re rolling out a 30×10 booth and bringing along our partners from Crytek to help tell the story of how they’re using Leaseweb’s platform to get as close as possible to their users.

Overall, the gaming market continues to surge. For consoles, PCs and even mobile devices, it is a golden age in gaming.

When game developers approach us, they primarily ask for three things: power, rapid scaling, and flexibility. Over the long run, it takes all three to build a stable and cost-effective platform.

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Advantages of Adopting a Cloud Solution in a Post-Brexit World

cloud solutionThe UK doesn’t officially exit the European Union until 11 p.m. (UK time) on March 29, 2019, and a two-year transition will follow the exit to ensure that businesses have ample time to adapt to new policies. The management of enterprise data in the cloud will no doubt be one of the areas impacted, and IT decision makers will need to formulate a plan to deal with the uncertainty in a post-Brexit world.

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are seen by many as the foundation of the British economy. Besides making up more than 99 percent of firms in the private sector, according to the Federation of Small Businesses, they also employ 60 percent of the total private sector workforce. Since 2010, SMEs have been responsible for the creation of around two million jobs, and they comprise 73 percent of private sector job creation in the UK.

In “The Economic Consequences of the Brexit Vote,” authors Born, Müller, Schularick, and Sedláček postulate that the magnitude of uncertainty surrounding the decision and the fact that many policies are as yet unknown will contribute to a negative impact on the UK economy. In a study from the University of St. Andrews on the future strategic plans of 10,000 SMEs, the results indicated that business leaders expect to suffer from reduced levels of investment, less access to financing, and an overall lower level of growth. Sixteen percent of SMEs responded that the Brexit decision would present a significant obstacle to their business growth.

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Implement API Security Measures to Protect Your System

API securityIf you are familiar with platform security policies, chances are you’ve heard of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). This non-profit organization focuses on improving software security and makes it a primary mission to ensure software security is visible, which makes it easier for organizations and individuals to make informed decisions with their software by distributing information about AppSec to users across the globe.

The increasing use of mobile devices, coupled with more application services and integrations, micro-services, and clouds, are drastically changing the landscape of security. OWASP issues a top 10 standard set of rules that are applied to security policies across various platforms, and the most recent list, published in 2017, presents notable changes that reflect these increases. The most evident change is the inclusion of OWASP A10 — under-protected application programming interfaces, or APIs for short.

Why Is API Security Important?

APIs contain programming standards, instructions, and protocols that allow two applications to communicate with one another. Essentially, APIs serve as a bridge that ensures proper and consistent communication between two systems.

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How Your Business Could Benefit From Adopting Hybrid Cloud Solutions

hybrid cloud solutionsOver the last few years, we have seen a significant increase in adoption of cloud computing technology. These patterns demonstrate a great opportunity for innovation amongst businesses, especially those looking for more flexible and secure infrastructure solutions, which can be found in hybrid cloud solutions.

Analyst firm Gartner found that cloud computing ranks among the highest on its disruption scale and has become a $246.8 billion industry as of 2017.  These services will only continue to grow in popularity and will act as a necessary enabler for future disruptions.

Although some businesses remain skeptical of cloud computing, the infrastructure has proven to enhance or replace all parts of a business’s IT environment while promoting improved efficiency, the opportunity for expansion, and greater flexibility.

Hybrid cloud solutions work by combining both public and private cloud infrastructures, providing greater flexibility for companies that are looking for hosting resources and as well as the ability to run classified applications privately while maintaining SaaS and IaaS on a public cloud.

Besides increased flexibility, there are a few other notable benefits of hybrid cloud solutions include:

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From Ops to Devops: a Story About Transformation

devopsOver the last couple of years Leaseweb’s product engineering department has gone through some major changes, and by far the biggest was how our product engineering department has evolved.

In earlier blogs, my colleagues Arnoud and Sander already talked about Maturity models and scaling our engineering department. However, I want to tell you about how, from the perspective of an Ops engineer, our journey went from Ops to DevOps.

When I joined Leaseweb we had an Operation department (HOSD) and a development department (Leaseweb Technologies). Both departments worked closely together on delivering great products to our customers but also sat apart from each other simply because we were two departments sitting at different floors.

So, at some point the teams and our management came to the conclusion we needed to look into improving inter departmental communication and cooperation. Back then (this was in 2015), DevOps was already a big buzzword so we decided to also go for a DevOps approach and the Product engineering department was born (it had a different name back then, but that’s beside the point).

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Exciting Trends Poised to Impact the MarTech Industry in 2018

martechMarketing has come a long way from being just a sign outside a shop or ads in the phonebook. Digital marketing and technology now go hand in hand, and “MarTech” is a broad term applied to any major initiatives that rely on the power of technology to realize marketing objectives.

Once hampered by privacy concerns raised from data collection, customer demand for omnichannel personalization has brought about increasingly granular marketing. Technology allows for the collection of an impressive amount of data, but data for its own sake won’t optimize your marketing efforts. In order to reach the next level of marketing performance, you’ll need to use MarTech to unearth and understand the insights buried in that data.

While MarTech is a powerful tool that can make or break your marketing campaign’s performance, it’s also a versatile one that can be utilized in many ways. The following trends around MarTech will prove critical to marketing in 2018:

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SAP HANA Is Fast but Too Pricey?

sap hana fast priceyOver the course of the past year, a number of our LeaseWeb teams set out to undertake the largest software transformation in the recent history of the company. The goal was to implement several SAP software products, including SAP HANA. Throughout this journey, we experienced the highs and lows that accompany any major undertaking, but that is a subject for another time.  In this blog we would like to explain what SAP HANA is, as well as the challenges and opportunities that come with it.

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Meet Us at the Biggest SaaS Conference of 2018

SaaS ConferenceThis year LeaseWeb USA will again be a sponsor at SaaStr in San Francisco on February 6-8.  It will be one of the biggest SaaS conferences in the world, with three days of amazing content and high-quality networking.  The event is expected to attract over 10,000 SaaS founders, VCs, and executives; all gathered around the theme “Learn & Scale Together.”

LeaseWeb has been hosting Internet companies for over 20 years. We have worked with organizations of all sizes including many young companies that have grown exponentially over the years using our hosting platforms.  Furthermore, we have a solid understanding of what companies need to know when choosing a cloud solution for SaaS.

Not all SaaS companies are the same, but what they do share is a need to maximize their cost-to-performance ratio, something that can be a major factor in your choice of a cloud provider. Here are a few tips for selecting the best SaaS hosting partner:

  • Know what you need. Write down your requirements before you start selecting your provider. Hyperscalers can be expensive; they can also present the perfect solution in some situations. Remaining realistic about your needs will save you money in the long run.
  • Think about a hybrid cloud model. If your company experiences peaks in traffic on a daily or monthly basis, you might benefit from a hybrid cloud model, hosting some of the workloads on hourly-billed services and the base load on a longer contract that lowers monthly fees.
  • Don’t forget about legacy software. Chances are good that you have some legacy software to host, too. Make sure your provider can connect your cloud services with your legacy software to avoid having data stored twice.
  • Consider colocation. If you’ve already spent a significant amount on equipment to run your application and haven’t yet written it off completely, choosing a hosting provider that can host your machines and connect them to the cloud will allow you to utilize the benefits of the cloud without losing the investment in your equipment.

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How Multi-CDN and Hybrid CDNs Further Improve Content Distribution

content distributionIntroduction
Content delivery networks (or CDNs) offer a reliable content distribution system for websites and online video platforms across the world. These systems work to speed up content delivery, such as web pages, videos, games, and even software updates to web users based on their geographic location and performance. There are different types of CDN options, and each offers its own unique solution for IT professionals:

With a single pure-play CDN, you have a single provider using their own network and hardware. These were traditionally designed as hardware-based, with PoPs deployed in geographical locations based on the provider’s preference, often based upon the most economical option and thus, not necessarily the best performing option. Although the single CDNs are marketed and perceived as such, no single CDN provider could give you the best performance everywhere in the world at every point in time. The main benefits of such a solution, in addition to speed (in the specific location where the Point-of Presence are located) are offload from the origin server, security and high availability. Those benefits are highly significant and that’s why this market has been growing continuously for the last twenty years.

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