3 Things You Should Know Before Upgrading Your Network

modernethernet2013resizedWith increasing mobility, thanks in part to BYOD; the rise of Big Data; and more and varied uses for the cloud, networks are getting a workout like never before. To keep up with changing needs, organizations need to increase bandwidth to optimize their networks’ performance.

If your organization is taking steps to improve bandwidth, it isn’t alone. According to the Killer Apps 2013 survey by Ipanema Technologies and Easynet Global Services, businesses are prioritizing investments in their networks, with budgets increasing for 52 percent of organizations. This comes after modest investment in corporate networks during 2012.

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ISO 27001: More Than a Data Center Standard

Managed-HostingWe recently announced that our German data center and office in Frankfurt received ISO 27001 certification.

This is just the latest of many ISO 27001 accredited CenturyLink facilities around the world – including in London and Singapore – and it’s certification is central for businesses relying on it to secure, store and manage their data. Here’s why:

IT underpins and supports almost every aspect of a business these days. The volume and value of data used in everyday business increasingly informs how organizations operate and how successful they are. ISO 27001, quite simply, helps protect this information.

The 27000 family of standards, created and overseen by the International Organization for Standardization, offers a set of specifications, codes of conduct and best-practice guidelines to ensure strong IT service management.

ISO 27001 is a technology-neutral, vendor-neutral information management standard that offers the prescription for the features of an effective Information Security Management System.

This extensive catalogue of requirements focuses on all areas of business. The main drivers for security are undoubtedly globalization, government directives, terrorist activities and threats from hackers, where ISO 27001 is increasingly being seen as a prerequisite for doing business in a secure way.

This process-oriented standard goes beyond the preservation of electronically processed data; it also applies to all safety-related aspects of personnel and business processes, including physical security, such as access and business continuity management. As a result, the certification is not restricted to the data center: It also covers offices.

ISO 27001 certification has become the benchmark in security and shows that, when it comes to data protection, Savvis and other certified providers meet the legal requirements of nations across the world.

ISO 27001 is recognized globally, throughout the EU via the European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

There are a growing range of regulatory and statutory requirements that relate to information protection, bought on in part, due to the proliferation of threats to information.

Put simply, ISO 27001 is not a marketing ploy.

As businesses turn to cloud to realize cost and efficiency savings, while supporting innovation, ISO provides assurance for the infrastructure that supports these emerging technologies.

Donald Badoux is managing director, Germany, for CenturyLink.

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Thriving With New Technology Starts With a Strong Network

blog-cloud-keyboardIn today’s business climate, the key to staying competitive — and thriving — is embracing and implementing new technology.

In fact, more than 40 percent of companies are upping their investments in technologies such as mobile, analytics, cloud, and social over the next two years, according to a recent IBM Tech Trends study. This growth shows why it’s so important for businesses to make sure their networks have the bandwidth speed needed for optimal performance. Because behind every great technology is a great network — one that lets business and IT leaders be prepared for anything.

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Are Cloud Brokers Wasting Government IT Resources?

Thanks to its myriad benefits, cloud computing is becoming a significant topic of conversation among government agencies. For the government, cloud features such as security, standardization, and interoperability are especially important — and agencies that acquire cloud services directly from a provider can see great advantages.

Regrettably, the federal government is moving toward adopting a cloud broker model, as evidenced by the recent announcement that the General Services Administration is launching a cloud broker pilot to manage the performance of federal cloud services contracts.

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Why own technology equipment in this day and age?

LPCroppedBLOGIMAGEJULY6.25Times have certainly changed.  In the past, a business would need to invest heavily in purchasing computers, servers and software.  That old business model is becoming obsolete. More and more, business owners are turning to cloud-based services, where the equipment and software are purchased and operated by the service provider.

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SLA 101

What level of assurance do you have from your Internet provider that your service will work when you need it? If your connection is important to your business – or if you use cloud services-make sure your provider stands behind the service they deliver with a service level agreement, or SLA on availability.

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BYOD: From Fad to Business Necessity

As adoption becomes more widespread, Bring Your Own Device or BYOD is making the move from trend to business way of life: Workers enjoy the anytime, anywhere access that BYOD provides and companies benefit from the efficiency that this accessibility creates.

And BYOD isn’t just having an affect on the organizations that allow the use personal byoddevices for business — it’s influencing the devices themselves. In fact, a recent article, “How BYOD Is Pushing BlackBerry Out,” got us thinking about why BYOD is partly responsible for the decline of some products, notably RIM’s BlackBerry, which was once the darling of the enterprise business world.

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From Disaster to Happily Ever After? A Roundup of Recovery Trends

Disasters happen. And though business and IT leaders like you can’t prevent them, you can curtail the losses and costs that disasters cause — by ensuring that Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) plans are in place at your organization.

Hurricane season, flooding, tornadoes and other severe weather threats remind us once again just how important it is to be prepared 

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