The importance of dedicated servers in the cloud era

Considering the prevalence of cloud computing among businesses today, many held the belief that dedicated or baremetal servers will soon lose favour as an IT solution. Not only has this proven to be incorrect, but there has in fact been a growth in dedicated server use worldwide. In this article, we discuss the reasons why. Continue reading “The importance of dedicated servers in the cloud era”

The risks of modern ransomware

Ransomware Protection | Vade Secure

Ransomware attacks remains a significant cybersecurity threat for consumers and businesses in Australia and around the world. In the Annual State of Malware Report published by Malwarebytes, they described a 90% increase in ransomware detection over the past year. Malware developers continue to tweak and release better versions of ransomware to make them more difficult to detect and mitigate.  In this article, we outline key trends and prevention strategies for modern ransomware attacks.

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Location, location, location – choosing your colocation datacentre

man looking at colocation data centre

If you are in the market for colocation, you will have seen advertisements for datacentres all around the country, or even internationally. Colocation, in essence, is making arrangements to house your hardware, software and data to a 3rd party datacentre. As you may already know, the expense of maintaining an IT infrastructure is significant and comes with many responsibilities such as security, climate control and maintenance. So where should your colocation datacentre be located?

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Calculating ROI for colocation

When researching server hosting options for your business, you have likely found two key services:

  • Colocation – you supply and manage your server hardware which is installed in a datacentre. You pay for datacentre space, power and data, and usually incur high capital expenditure due to the upfront investment in hardware.
  • Baremetal servers – you lease hardware as well as datacentre space, power and data from a service provider. The hardware is managed for you and as it is leased to you, no upfront capital investment is required.

These services are very different, but in a bid to move towards digital transformation it can be difficult for SMEs to determine which approach is best suited for their business. Successful business leaders make decisions based on what will benefit their organisation over the medium and long term. It would not be wise to invest a significant amount of resources on something that does not yield a favourable return on investment, and the same applies to your business’ colocation strategy. 

But as the old saying goes, you can never improve on something that you are not measuring. In this article, we clarify the essential questions that decisionmakers should ask themselves when determining ROI (return on investment) for colocation, and whether a leased dedicated server is more appropriate.

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Why lease a baremetal server over colocation?

When businesses come to us looking to upgrade their IT systems, a key question tends to be whether they should purchase their own hardware and colocate it in a datacentre, or lease their infrastructure as a service. There’s no straightforward answer to this, unfortunately; it depends on the type of hardware you need, and the resources your organisation has to manage infrastructure.

In this post, we examine the different use cases for colocation and infrastructure-as-a-service.  Continue reading “Why lease a baremetal server over colocation?”

Different Types of DDoS Attacks and How to Mitigate Them

DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks can be described as one of the most prevalent and dangerous cybersecurity threats impacting businesses today. According to a report published by Arbor Networks ATLAS, there have been at least 610,000 cases of DDoS attacks affecting markets around the world from July 2017 to December 2017 (6 month period).

report published by Arbor Networks ATLAS

The cost of every one the above-mentioned DDoS attacks can be devastating. A risk assessment report published by Kaspersky Labs estimates that the average cost of a DDoS attack on small businesses is $106,000 and over $1.6 million for a large enterprise.

Considering the prevalence and potential damages cited above, it is clear that DDoS attacks are increasingly becoming a threat. This article provides an overview of how attacks work, and steps businesses can take to mitigate the risk.  Continue reading “Different Types of DDoS Attacks and How to Mitigate Them”

DDoS attacks & their impact on Australian businesses

Australia is now one of the top 10 countries where businesses are targeted by DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, according to recent  research published by Netscout Arbor.  In 2017, 22% of all cybercrime activities targeting victims in Australia were DDOS attacks. So should business owners be concerned?

In this article, we break down the technical aspects of DDOS attacks in lay-mans terms. Also, we go over a few actionable steps to mitigate risks for your business.  Continue reading “DDoS attacks & their impact on Australian businesses”