Blog posts by Mike Small

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Will Azure Arc Help Hybrid IT Customers to Find the Pot of Gold?

At Ignite in November 2019 Microsoft announced Azure Arc which is now in public preview. Azure Arc extends Azure Resource Manager capabilities to cover Linux and Windows servers, as well as Kubernetes clusters on any infrastructure across on-premises, and multi-cloud. In French “L’arc-en-ciel” is the word for rainbow so will Azure Arc help customers to find a much-needed solution to their hybrid multi-cloud management challenges? The Hybrid Management Challenge As well as on-premises IT services, most organizations are now using cloud services from multiple...

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IBM Cloud Satellite Announcements

The idea behind cloud computing used to be simple – let the cloud service provider provide and manage the IT services and infrastructure while you get on with your business. However, reality got in the way and cloud computing has become yet another dimension in the complex web of IT service delivery. It is against this backdrop that the announcement of IBM Cloud Satellite at this year’s THINK conference needs to be judged. Public Cloud meets the real world The public cloud provides great flexibility for developers - allowing them to obtain the computing resources they...

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COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Privacy Is not the only Challenge

In the UK there are plans to use a mobile ‘phone app to trace people who have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 to warn them to go into quarantine in order to slow the spread of the virus. This approach is reported to have been successful in other countries, but it has raised concerns over individual privacy and how the government might use the data. However, while data analytics and other techniques can help with the pandemic privacy is not the only challenge. Quarantine Works Plagues are not new, and history has taught us that the most effective response to a...

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5G and Identity

5G Identity and Authentication 5G is the next generation of cellular mobile communications intended to support the massive increase in capacity and connectivity that will be required for the future cloud of things and to provide the enhanced bandwidth needed for new mobile data services.  The security of both depend upon being to identify not only the people but also the things that are using the network services.  Organizations need to act now to take account of how 5G will impact on their identity and access management governance and processes. 5G identifiers First it...

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5G - How Will This Affect Your Organization?

What is it that connects Covent Garden in London, The Roman Baths in Bath and Los Angeles? The answer is 5G mobile communications used by media organizations. On January 29th I attended the 5G Unleashed event at the IET in London. (The IET is the body that provides professional accreditation for Engineers in the UK). At this event there were several presentations describing real world use cases of 5G as well as deep dives into the supporting infrastructure. While 5G is being sold to consumers as superfast mobile broadband there is a lot more to it than that. It has the potential to...

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Cisco Promises Future of the Internet – But Can They Deliver?

On December 11 th I attended an analyst webcast from Cisco entitled “The Future of the Internet”. At this Cisco unveiled its plans for its next generation of networking products. While this was interesting, it did not meet my expectations for a deeper vision of the future of the internet. The timing is interesting because 50 years ago in 1969 there were several events that were seminal to the internet. Many people will remember Apollo 11 and the moon landing – while this was an enormous achievement in its own right – it was the space race that led to the...

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AI for Governance and Governance of AI

Artificial Intelligence is a hot topic and many organizations are now starting to exploit these technologies, at the same time there are many concerns around the impact this will have on society. Governance sets the framework within which organizations conduct their business in a way that manages risk and compliance as well as to ensure an ethical approach. AI has the potential to improve governance and reduce costs, but it also creates challenges that need to be governed. The concept of AI is not new, but cloud computing has provided the access to data and the computing power needed to...

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Sustainable Data Management

Getting competitive advantage from data is not a new idea however, the volume of data now available and the way in which it is being collected and analysed has led to increasing concerns . As a result, there are a growing number of regulations over its collection, processing and use. Organization need to take care to ensure compliance with these regulations as well as to secure the data they use. This is increasing the costs and organizations need a more sustainable approach. In the past organizations could be confident that their data was held internally and was under their own...

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AI Myths, Reality and Challenges

The dream of being able to create systems that can simulate human thought and behaviour is not new. Now that this dream appears to be coming closer to reality there is both excitement and alarm. Famously, in 2014 Prof. Stephen Hawking told the BBC: "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race”. Should we be alarmed by these developments and what in practice does this mean today? The origins of today’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) can be traced back to the seminal work on computers by Dr Alan Turing. He proposed an experiment that...

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Are You Prepared for a Cyber-Incident?

According to the Ponemon Institute - cyber incidents that take over 30 days to contain cost $1m more than those contained within 30 days. However, less than 25% of organizations surveyed globally say that their organization has a coordinated incident response plan in place. In the UK, only 13% of businesses have an incident management process in place according to a government report . This appears to show a shocking lack of preparedness since it is when not if your organization will be the target of a cyber-attack. Last week on January 24th I attended a demonstration of...


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