Sponsor: Rackspace, Ltd.

Minimizing Data Disruption Through Business Continuity Planning

Experts Share Tactics to Help Financial Services Organizations

According to PWC, attacks on financial institutions grew 130% last year. And in a recent outage at a regional bank, equipment failure led to $15 million in lost revenue and another $5 million in fee waivers and associated costs. In addition to the raw cost of an incident, financial organizations also face the risk of exposed customer information, regulatory fines, loss of trust and impact to stock prices.

In the webinar, Minimizing Data Disruptions Through Business Continuity Planning, our experts will:

  • Define the scope of data continuity, including disaster recovery and mitigation.
  • Discuss common causes of service interruptions.
  • Show you how to identify the right data continuity solution for your organization.
  • Define tiers of disaster recovery, including multi-tenant DR and full-featured solutions.
  • Share strategies for handling complexity and other DR issues.

An effective business continuity strategy can provide immense value for your organization — better planning would have saved that regional bank $20 million and a lot of dissatisfied customers.

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Navigating Multi-Cloud Complexity And Integration

Both the number of companies using multiple clouds, and the number of clouds they’re using, are growing. And, according to our recent Cost of Expertise Report, 44% of IT workers say they spend more time maintaining cloud services than initially expected.

In our new webinar, Navigating Multi-Cloud Complexity and Integration, our experts will:

  • Examine the financial and business costs associated with management and maintenance of multiple clouds.
  • Explore ways to integrate monitoring, maintenance and management of your clouds.
  • Share how TotalTrax, a Rackspace customer, found greater efficiency in its multi-cloud environment.
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Modernizing Legacy Databases & Applications

Stepping out of legacy databases and applications is complicated and one of the biggest challenges IT organizations face. You can’t afford to maintain the status quo, and yet you cannot afford a costly misstep in the process of modernization.

  • How do you know where to start?
  • What’s a cost-effective replacement for a legacy database?
  • How much can you reasonably expect to save with a modernized application stack?

In our new webinar, Modernizing Legacy Databases & Applications, Rackspace experts will share their modernization experiences and how we helped TotalTrax, a telematics firm, move its applications from an on-premises customer environment to a cloud model.

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Minimizing Migration Risk & Disruption

Migrating your application portfolio is a critical first step for success in the cloud. But the process, if performed correctly, requires painstaking discovery, planning, testing and data configuration. This webinar provides a closer look at some of the more common hiccups companies face during migration. We’ll also discuss how Aeroméxico, the largest airline in Mexico, partnered with Rackspace to build a high-volume digital environment capable of supporting customer transactions for each if its 600 daily flights.

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Choosing The Right Platform For Each Workload

Selecting the right cloud platform for your workload, architecting a solution and modernizing operations is a complex process. There are many variables to consider, including the level of scalability you require, the level of security your data needs, and your business continuity and governance requirements. This webinar takes a look at cloud selection through the lens of British Medical Journal’s need to run multiple workloads with very distinct requirements.

  • What are some of the big differences between clouds?
  • What are some commonalities?
  • What are some common needs that dictate one cloud over the other?
  • How can you be sure you’re making the right choice?
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Should I Migrate to Hosted Private Cloud?

Managed hosting is an IT service model that provides companies with dedicated, single-tenant, leased infrastructure from a managed services provider . The solution includes servers, software, storage and networking and can also include specialized services like managed security1 . Companies choose their OS, and the service provider handles the administration, management, support and security . Resources are not shared, so companies receive the full performance capabilities of the infrastructure they lease . Managed hosting offers the strategic benefits of IaaS2, cost reduction and of moving on-premises IT infrastructure, systems and applications to the cloud3 . Its enhanced security and protected environment make managed hosting a logical choice for companies regulated by PCI DSS, SOX, HIPAA and FISMA . As proof, over half of all companies recently surveyed by Tech Pro Research reported a risk decrease following an IaaS implementation2 in the cloud.

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Cost of Expertise Report

The Cost of Cloud Expertise report was developed by Rackspace to explore the importance of expertise to an organization’s cloud evolution and the impact the current technical skills gap is having on businesses. In collaboration with LSE academics and Vanson Bourne, we surveyed more than 950 IT decision makers and 950 IT pros from across the globe to better understand the barriers to increasing cloud usage, the impact this has on innovation and business growth, and the skills organizations require to compete in our technologically driven world.

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Should I Outsource My IT Infrastructure?

Managed hosting is an IT service model that provides companies with dedicated, single-tenant, leased infrastructure from a managed services provider . The solution includes servers, software, storage and networking and can also include specialized services like managed security . Companies choose their OS, and the service provider handles the administration, management, support and security . Resources are not shared, so companies receive the full performance capabilities of the leased infrastructure . Managed hosting offers the strategic benefits of IaaS, cost reduction and of moving on-premises IT infrastructure, systems and applications to the cloud . Its enhanced security and protected environment make managed hosting a logical choice for companies regulated by PCI, ISO, SOX and FISMA . As proof, over half of all companies recently surveyed by Tech Pro Research reported decreased risk following an IaaS implementation in the cloud .

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Drive Top-Lin Growth: Six Best Practices for Modernizing Financial Services IT

Financial services organizations around the world are modernizing IT to drive top-line growth and streamline compliance burdens. From multinational brokerage houses to local branch banks, digital transformation initiatives are moving financial institutions toward more secure, agile, and cost-effective infrastructure and applications, empowering workers and improving customer experiences.

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5 Must-Know Private Cloud Tips on-demand webinar

The investment in and power of a private cloud requires deep thought and planning before making the move; so, before you decide what to move to a private cloud, watch our new debate-style webinar to get advice from Rackspace experts.

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10 Steps to Success in Public Cloud Adoption

Poor planning is the top mistake organizations make when approaching public cloud adoption. With the pressure to transform while maintaining IT operations, public cloud projects often suffer from rushed implementations, lack of expertise and inadequate organizational support. Before the first chunk of data ever moves to the cloud, there are a myriad of decisions to be made.

Our white paper, 10 Steps to Success in the Public Cloud, boils those decisions down to ten milestones to guide your strategy and planning activities.

Whether you’re starting out or stalled out, review these important considerations to get on track. The white paper covers:

  • Planning frameworks and best practices
  • Ways to foster education and communication
  • Tips on building your business case and selecting pilot workloads
  • Strategies to address security and governance
  • Automation and migration methodologies
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Managed Security Service Providers for Dummies

The conversation about “Why Cloud?” has long since passed for many businesses and the question has transitioned into “How Cloud?” and “Is it safe?” The value the cloud brings to a business is measured in many ways — from speeding innovation and reducing time to market to streamlining operations and reducing capital expenditures. However, one of the largest inhibitors to cloud adoption is concern around the security of leveraging a service provider in a multi-cloud world. Much is at stake protecting your customers and your business, and naturally, you should be cautious. Although some of these concerns are beginning to subside over time as cloud technologies continue to mature, traditional controls and processes must adapt to new platforms, new development methodologies, and advanced technologies.

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Locking Down Private Cloud Security

In study after study, security is noted as a top concern in moving to the cloud.

  • 1/3 of surveyed central IT professionals still call cloud security a significant challenge.
  • 52% of surveyed technology decision makers have concerns around the risk of unauthorized access, data integrity and protection in the cloud.
  • 62% of surveyed IT security professionals say their top cloud concern is unauthorized access to data by outsiders.

Despite the widespread concern, security can be one of the core benefits of moving to the cloud. According to the Alert Logic Cloud Security Report, in a cloud environment you’re actually safer from incidents like Trojans, brute force attacks and other suspicious activities.

This white paper compiles industry data and expert insights to discuss the opportunity to leverage private cloud while maintaining — or exceeding — your data security requirements.

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Navigating the Complexity of Big Data Transformation

Big data is here and taking enterprises by storm. Companies across industries recognize that drawing insights from the myriad sources of data is a critical imperative to win, serve, and retain customers. Unfortunately, access to data does not immediately equal access to insights. Bridging that gap requires large-scale technology and process changes, including modernization of legacy systems and the adoption of platforms that connect data storage systems to systems of insight.

In February 2017, Rackspace and Intel commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine how organizations are working to derive business value from big data. The research supporting this paper explores the impact of cloud adoption and the modernization of legacy architectures, databases, and applications as enterprise organizations work to become more agile.

For this research, Forrester conducted a quantitative online survey across 314 senior corporate managers, IT managers, and senior data analytics leaders involved in big data decisions and strategies from the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Nordic Region. In addition, we conducted six in-depth, qualitative interviews.

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The Public Cloud Smackdown

Choosing a public cloud vendor within your organization can be a grueling battle between differing opinions. And if it begins to resemble a cage fight more than a heated debate, then it might be time for outside experts to weigh in.

In this session, our experts in Azure, AWS and Google square off to:

  • Compare and contrast the distinguishing features of each cloud ecosystem
  • Explain why there are times you need multiple platforms to stay ahead
  • Share why a multi-cloud approach is the model of choice in today’s ever-changing world
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