As more and more organizations become familiar with the cloud, they are moving towards buying software as a services (SaaS) based on actual usage. In fact, it is predicted that SaaS will become the dominant software consumption model by 2018. According to Gartner, as this occurs the steep decline in maintenance fees will translate into a total revenue loss of up to 40% for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). This means that ISV’s priorities are shifting, leading to changes in their current operating models.
Having been in the software industry for many years, I have seen first-hand what it means to transform from a traditional license and maintenance fee model to a subscription based SaaS. Through numerous discussions with ISVs with regard to transforming their business, what I’ve found is that while there is no single right approach, there a few common themes that always arise. What follow are 7 strategic considerations to keep in mind.
1. Should I build my own cloud?
Building your own cloud means that you have to invest substantially in infrastructure and in developing new capabilities. If your business has the scale to build a cloud in a cost-efficient way, including access to the technology, budgets, and the skilled resources to maintain the infrastructure, it can definitely be an opportunity. However, if you lack the scale of a larger enterprise, building a cloud solution probably won’t provide a competitive advantage, so it’s worth outsourcing to a partner who can meet your current needs and scale with you as you grow. Read the rest of this entry »
Fred Streefland, IT-Security Manager at LeaseWeb and Dave Maasland, CEO Eset Netherlands.
A version of this article originally appeared on Computable.
Recently we’ve had the opportunity (a quite fun and interesting opportunity), to visit a number of Information Security and Cyber Security congresses. During these congresses we were flooded with relatively ‘new’ developments such as Next-Generation, IoT (Internet of Things), IoT DDoS, Security Intelligence Platform, et cetera. The fact that some these terms have become ‘hype’ is not in itself a problem, but we did begin to wonder whether the security world may be looking at things in the wrong way and thereby missing the demands that need to be addressed.
In this article we will suggest a new way of looking at cybersecurity that stops viewing it as a goal in itself and instead as something that is directly connected to business needs. As it stands now, it seems that too many security-organizations are missing the mark.
Security can be quite complex, but its essence is quite simple. Security is nothing more than reducing or taking away risks, and making them visible so that the business can accept them and continue doing its work – nothing more, nothing less. To do this as effectively and efficiently as possible, we, as security-people, have to understand the business and not see it solely from an IT-Perspective but form the broader perspective of the business itself.
When starting from the business, we first have to identify, map, and categorize the risks for the specific business. Second, we have to determine, together with the business itself, which risks need to be dealt with in which order. When that’s done, the person responsible for security within the company has to set-up a security-plan that depicts how these changes are executed. When doing so, there should always be clear goals and deadlines. Ideally, this should be done in a ‘smart’ way, one step at a time, so as to not engage in too many projects at once.
Lesson 1: Start with the business (and its risks)
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We are currently getting ready for some interesting sessions at Cloud Expo Europe and Cloud Security Expo. This will take place in Paris on 29 – 30 November. If you are attending the conference, it will be great if you can stop by the LeaseWeb stand (D40). Our engineers will be happy to discuss with you about migration to the cloud or how hybrid cloud fits your business needs.
We are also hosting the following two sessions:
Date and Time: Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 10:40 A.M.– 11:05 A.M.
Presenter: Julien Lehmann, Product Manager at LeaseWeb will address critical technical issues in combatting DDoS attacks. This session will take place at the Cloud Security Service Providers Theatre/Risk Compliance and Governance Theatre.
Date and Time: Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 10:10 A.M. – 10:35 A.M.
Presenter: Robert van der Meulen, Technical Evangelist at LeaseWeb, will discuss about Hybrid Clouds combine various types of infrastructure, allowing you to optimize them for specific workloads. This session will take place at the International Theatre.
If you do not have a ticket yet, you can get your free ticket here to access the Cloud Expo Europe and Cloud Security Expo locations. Hope to meet you there.
Data privacy is one of the hottest topics in all industries globally. Understanding the critical due diligence from a data privacy and sovereignty perspective will help mitigate risk.
Privacy is not a security issue
Today, we face other and more complicated challenges than ever before regarding data privacy. Privacy is not a matter of security. Privacy concerns the contents of data -personal data- and its storage, transfer, access and processing methodologies. Under EU law, personal data can only be gathered legally under strict conditions, for a legitimate purpose.
In this day and age tech-disruption causes new business models requiring even profounder use of data; leading to increased transfer of vast amounts of personal information across borders. GDPR and other data protections laws are being implemented to protect data from misuse, respecting the rights of the data owners. The rules are strict but data-privacy shows itself to be a wheel with many spokes.
The new currency
Data is currency, and the sense of urgency surrounding this is obvious; worldwide regulations develop fast and data leaks easily get in the eye of the (social) media storm causing heightened concern about privacy risk. The sanctions of the GDPR (4% of global annual revenue) will even hurt giants like Google, Apple and Microsoft. Times will change in benefit of privacy for the individual but conflict in data protection rules per country cause a bottleneck for business.
Challenges are plenty Read the rest of this entry »
We are happy to announce that we have started a strategic partnership with Northwave to offer clients advanced managed security services. LeaseWeb clients are now able to put their IT environments under the permanent protection of the Northwave Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).
The partnership is set up to guide and advise LeaseWeb customers on all security related topics.
The new security services are delivered as a tailor made extension to the Leaseweb Private Cloud, Dedicated Hosting and co-location services and available December 1st 2016.
For more details, read our press release here.
Along with NetApp, we have hosted a round table discussion around “Data Privacy and Data Sovereignty: the challenges in the Cloud”.
Special guest speaker for the evening was Sheila FitzPatrick – Global Data Governance Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at NetApp.
Sheila is one of the world’s leading experts in data privacy laws and works closely with the US Government, Council of the European Union, country-specific data protection agencies in Europe, Asia/Pacific, and America, as well as, National Works Councils, European Works Councils and Law Enforcement Agencies. She provides expertise and hands-on experience in the areas of global data protection compliance, data sovereignty, cybersecurity regulations and obligations, legal issues associated with cloud computing and big data, data breach compliance and management, and records management.
Data privacy is one of the hottest topics in all industries across the globe. Understanding the critical diligence from a data privacy and sovereignty perspective (as opposed to security) will help mitigate the risks as you embark on a cloud journey.
We would like to thank to all the attendees for their valuable contribution to the discussion. Here is where you can read more about the outcome.
We are happy to announce that LeaseWeb joined the Microsoft Cloud partner network as a top-level, Tier 1 provider. This enables us to elevate our existing relationship with Microsoft and increase collaboratively to define, evolve and grow the market for hybrid cloud-based services.
As part of the Microsoft Cloud partner network, LeaseWeb is joining a select group of strategic service providers that can deliver differentiated, value-added services to end customers based on the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud vision.
Achieving this status is a major milestone and the result of a lot of hard work by our product and operational teams.
By becoming part of Microsoft’s Cloud partner network, LeaseWeb can better help customers running a Microsoft stack to consume services in a datacenter that blend well with their existing environments.
Get in touch with us if you want to learn more about our vision of the hybrid cloud, and how we can help you optimize your infrastructure.
Let’s say you want to become the new Facebook. Believe it or not, I regularly run into people who have this ambition. The number one question these new Mark Zuckerbergs ask me, is which server they need.
It is always a challenge to convince them to not rush into anything. Instead, I make them sit down and tell me what they really want. Since many companies switch servers within a few months after buying and this is always time consuming (not to mention the costs), it is certainly worth your while to think well before you decide. What is the service you want to deliver? What is your workload? Does it involve large databases?
I always discuss the following 8 things to help people decide on the right hosting provider and hardware configuration of a dedicated server:
1. Business impact of downtime
What is the business impact of potential failure of your hosting environment? One of the first things to consider when selecting a dedicated server is how to deal with potential downtime. In a cloud environment, the set-up of the cloud protects you against hardware failures. With a dedicated server, you know you are not sharing resources with anyone else. But since there is always a single point of failure in one server, you need to decide whether you are able to accept potential downtime – if you do not have the option to scale to multiple dedicated servers.
2. Scalability of your application
Scalability is another important issue when choosing a dedicated server. How well does your application scale? Is it easy to add more servers and will that increase the amount of end users you can service?
If it is easy for you to scale, it doesn’t matter whether you use a dedicated server or a virtual solution. However, some applications are difficult to scale to multiple devices. Making sure a database is running on multiple servers is a challenge since it needs to be synchronized over all database servers. It might even be easier to move the database to a server that has more processing capacity, RAM and storage. Moving to a cloud environment – where you can clone a server, have a copy running in production and can add a load balancer to redirect traffic to multiple servers – could also be a good option for you.
3. Performance requirements of your server
What are your performance requirements? How many users do you expect and how many servers do you potentially need? Several hardware choices influence server performance: Read the rest of this entry »
LeaseWeb USA CEO Lex Boost recently talked about the “lease vs. buy” technology decision for SMBs with Telecom Reseller’s Doug Green. The two discussed the hidden costs and hassles of owning equipment, potential security concerns, as well as what sets LeaseWeb apart from the competition .
As Boost says frequently, “If you’re not in the hardware business, don’t be in the hardware business.” Owning equipment tags you with all the associated costs and repairs as the equipment ages. At some point, equipment will fail, becoming a very costly fix. Leasing places all those costs on the hosting company’s side. You’re buying service not servers.
Off-premise hosted equipment also can increase the security of the data you hold. You’re less vulnerable to disasters – natural or not. And it can be challenging to prevent hacks when that’s not your primary, everyday focus.
Hosting providers can also ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements, such as HIPAA in the U.S. or similar frameworks across the world.
Leasing also allows companies to rapidly scale-up service when demand increases. Purchasing and setting up new hardware takes time, and while you’re working on the set-up, you could be losing customers while your current servers are overloaded. When you partner with a provider, you can easily scale up your infrastructure, whether you’re using cloud, a CDN or good old fashioned dedicated servers. This way you won’t lose business unnecessarily.
Lastly, the right leasing company is more than just an infrastructure vendor, but rather a trusted advisor that can help companies select the best services for their specific needs. If you’d like to learn more about how LeaseWeb can help, we’d love to start a conversation.
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