Cisco ELA 2.0 becomes Cisco EA: What this means for you

The best technology companies stay in step with their customers’ needs, and for many, that means accommodating an increasingly software-heavy world.

For Cisco in particular, it means switching many services to a subscription model that’s simpler for its customers. The most recent change was the renaming of Cisco’s Enterprise Licensing Agreement (ELA) 2.0 to the new Cisco Enterprise Agreement (EA). The name change has no effect on the offering, but represents several organizational siteseekerfts that every Cisco customer—and potential customer—should know more about. Continue Reading…

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Don’t let out-of-control cloud spend turn you into a punchline

TV shows can often be unrelatable—how often do you meet a teenage werewolf, or fight off a horde of immortal ice zombies? But every once in a while, a TV show may throw you something so familiar you wonder if they’ve taken it from your own life. Maybe it’s a particularly complicated breakup, or a conversation with a teacher that really resonated with you. Or maybe it’s overspending on your allotted cloud budget, and scrambling to figure out what to do next.

That last one was a recent storyline on HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” one apparently familiar to enough viewers to warrant airtime. Just like the characters on the show, many companies struggle to control their cloud spend, and often aren’t aware of runaway costs until it’s too late. Unlike the characters on that show, you now have this blog post to help you figure out what to do about it. Continue Reading…

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5 tips to secure your Azure environment

Most of you are thinking about security. Many of you are using the cloud. And because many of you are Microsoft shops, you’re probably using – or likely to choose – Azure.

For those of you on Azure looking at cloud security, the first thing to understand is that, similar to other cloud platforms, Azure involves a shared security model. While Azure and Microsoft are responsible for securing its infrastructure, you remain responsible for securing your applications running in Azure.

As you move from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Platform as a Service (PaaS) to Software as a Service (SaaS) on the cloud continuum, you are responsible for more and more of your individual security controls. Therefore, you will need to follow cloud security best practices, including essential monitoring, scanning, and access control.

These five best practices will help you conquer security in Azure. Continue Reading…

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3 risks you take when your cloud app security is lacking

Cloud apps have added a new world of possibilities and scalability to business operations. Data is more accessible, distributed teams can work from anywhere, and collaboration is easier than ever.

But there is one thing to keep in mind: Your data is not necessarily more secure. Cloud apps are still vulnerable to attack and human error, and data can be lost forever if you’re not careful. Many apps don’t come with sufficient security and data protection capabilities, and recovering data—when it’s possible—often comes with a hefty price tag.

Even if you think that such an attack or mistake could never happen to you—a risky gamble—there are other reasons to worry: Can you hedge off a legal inquiry or compliance issue? Continue Reading…

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