Why Standardizing Cloud Security Gets CSPs Noticed

Why Standardizing Cloud Security Gets CSPs Noticed

Companies care about IT security. They have to. Even if C-suite executives do not fully appreciate the implication of zero-day vulnerabilities or shape-changing malware, recent headlines demonstrate the power of IT security failures over corporate bottom lines. This drive for security intensifies in the cloud because most businesses do not supply their own cloud access. Instead, they rely on third-party cloud service providers (CSPs).

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Original Author: Doug Bonderud

Why Amazon’s recent outage was a networking issue, and how to prevent it

Why Amazon's recent outage was a networking issue, and how to prevent it

The recent AWS outage exposed the dependence of countless enterprise applications on a few cloud components. Nick Kephart published a very good analysis here that explains how a route leak from data center provider Axcelx was responsible for this incident. This is not a new problem. Route leaks caused by incorrect BGP advertisement have resulted in much larger outages.

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Original Author: Khalid Raza

Report: Health Care Organizations Remain Prime Cybercrime Targets

Report: Health Care Organizations Remain Prime Cybercrime Targets

According to MSPmentor, a new study by the Ponemon Institute reveals cybercriminals are targeting health care organizations and their managed service provider (MSP) partners. Today, MSPs are playing a more important role in protecting patient information. Health care data security has quickly become one of the core responsibilities of cloud-based MSPs.

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Original Author: Marissa Tejada

Why streaming analytics is such a big deal

Why streaming analytics is such a big deal

I see a future with relatively little batch processing, where even long processes will run a bit at a time. As traditional storage gives way to new data architectures and streaming becomes easier, “real time” data analytics / streaming analytics will become the new normal. With a client-server architecture dependent on a relational database management, streaming or event processing is relatively rare. You have traditional messaging products like Tibco, MQ Series, or your favorite messaging implementation.

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Original Author: Andrew C. Oliver

Contractually Obligated: Service-Level Agreements and Savvy IT

Contractually Obligated: Service-Level Agreements and Savvy IT

Service-level agreements (SLAs) are the go-to document in the event of a conflict between the provider and client. It determines who bears responsibility and which specific actions must be taken to ensure compliance. However, as noted in a recent MSPmentor article, some managed service providers (MSPs) still choose to act without an SLA. Part of the problem is that there are several tough conversations with clients about what gets covered and what needs to be left out.

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Original Author: Doug Bonderud

So You Want to Buy Some Apm

So You Want to Buy Some Apm

Listening to what your business partners need from an application perspective and then delivering on that within a tight timeline and a modest budget can create challenging opportunities for any IT Manager. Think about how extensible your APM solution should be.  If it is flexible enough to integrate ubiquitously, and dynamic enough to be configured rapidly, then you will be poised for expansion and ready to begin monitoring anything that comes your way.

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Why healthcare depends on mainframe computers

Why healthcare depends on mainframe computers

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to go to a number of enterprise computing conferences every year, which means that I get to talk to a lot of people who live and breathe big iron every day. This obviously includes hardware and software engineers (my people!), but also a lot of professionals who use mainframe computers every day. And one thing that I’ve noticed is that the healthcare industry is well represented in the mainframe community, which got me thinking about why the medical field relies on these machines so much. Here are what I see as the top reasons why just about every major healthcare organization in the United States continues to rely on mainframes every day.

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Original Author: Bryan Smith

MIT Health Care Analytics Research Demonstrates the Benefits of Predictability

MIT Health Care Analytics Research Demonstrates the Benefits of Predictability

A new study by MIT featured in MIT News offers new insights into health care analytics, revealing that electronic medical records contain data that is 90 percent predictable. The findings are interesting for managed service providers (MSPs) that specialize in assisting clients with electronic health records and solutions for health care data analytics.

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Original Author: Marissa Tejada

HIPAA Compliance Standards: What MSPs Should Know

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets forth strict guidelines for the privacy and security of patient information. Those managed service providers (MSPs) serving the health care field may want to learn and review HIPAA compliance standards to attract more business. However, this is not enough; MSPs will also need to have proven security and business continuity processes in place in order to properly position themselves within the health care market.

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Original Author: Kelley Katsanos

5 database monitoring issues that need your attention now

5 database monitoring issues that need your attention now

As the old management adage goes, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” In the fast-paced world of IT, this more accurately translates to, “You can’t improve what you don’t measure.” When it comes to your database, a continuous database monitoring system provides the foundation for progress: metrics. Without a monitoring system, it’s impossible to determine whether changes — server configurations, software releases, new business processes, etc.

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