Mobility adds an interesting new wrinkle to the management of sensitive data, especially in highly regulated industries like healthcare. Mobility makes data portable and enables that data to travel anywhere at any time, which means ensuring the security of data accessed from mobile devices is paramount to all mobile initiatives.
This year, we’ve doubled down on helping our partners harness the power of the Managed Cloud and Fanatical Support for their clients. We have worked to empower our partners to offer their customers Rackspace’s superior cloud infrastructure and our suite of managed services that eliminate the need for their end customers to worry about the resources and management required to do it themselves.
There’s a debate raging in IT about what steps established organizations should take to move their older traditional applications to the cloud. On one side of the argument you have a contingent of IT professionals already reaping the benefits of cloud computing. They assert that the future of IT is in the cloud—that companies need to get on board by moving their apps to the cloud now. On the other side you have old-school IT folks with an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. They rightly point out that these traditional apps are often the backbone of a company’s business and argue that running them on dedicated infrastructure seems to be working just fine. So why tinker with a good thing?
At the Gartner Catalyst Conference last week, Rackspace CTO John Engates spoke about how the cloud has evolved beyond a one size fits all solution. Today, companies have a choice. They can choose a commodity cloud and deal with the cost, pain and time of managing it all themselves; or they can choose a Managed Cloud, cloud infrastructure that includes built-in high-touch service and support from a team of experts.
More data and higher stakes are adding to the pressure to maintain bulletproof application security. With the hyper-connected nature of enterprise environments, single outages can wreak widespread havoc extending far beyond the IT department. End-user productivity takes a hit three times harder than IT productivity during an outage. Non-IT/security departments absorb more than half of DDoS attack-related costs with customer support bearing 63 percent of the burden.