As technology improves and organizations such as Microsoft, Oracle and IBM innovate new ways to take advantage of the cloud and big data, businesses are repeatedly told that they need to move into the future and adopt these solutions. Everywhere executives turn news sources and vendors are advertising big data and similar technologies. With the amount of press they receive, one is likely to assume that companies are retiring their relational databases in favor of their nonrelational counterparts.
Despite the well-known and oft-reported risks for corporate IT systems, too many organizations are behind the curve. However, when the press ruminates on data breaches and cybersecurity, many individuals conclude that businesses are the only targets of hackers. Recent news suggests that this belief in almost entirely inaccurate.
Despite the focus on mobile technologies and cloud computing, the rest of enterprise IT is still evolving at average rates. This is creating an interesting dichotomy in the job market and at universities around the world, as IT professionals must decide whether to stick with tried-and-true technological skills or to invest their educations into emerging solutions, such as the cloud, mobile app development and software-defined data centers.
Despite the proliferation of cloud services, virtualization technologies and cutting-edge hardware, maintaining business continuity in the event of a disaster – natural or man-made – is still a complex series of processes and procedures. In fact, the complications in modern enterprise IT – the lack of integration, shadow IT, bandwidth limits, legacy systems and so on – are making disaster recovery an incredibly difficult practice. To guarantee success nowadays, businesses must employ multiple methods and cover every base.
Nowadays, the cloud is leveraged by almost every organization in the world in some way or another, whether it’s using Amazon Web Services Relational Database Service or something for end users such as Salesforce.com. It’s nigh-on impossible to avoid cloud computing, and these platforms have become so popular that many organizations have turned to multiple cloud-based solutions.
The market for relational databases is very competitive, as organizations nowadays have plenty of options. Oracle Database is one standard in enterprise IT, which makes plenty of sense, having been around the 1970s, but IBM is just as popular, as well. Recently, the relational database market has been stirred up thanks to the cloud and open source projects.
After a long year of data breaches and intrusion attempts, database administrators, IT professionals and business leaders collectively decided to buckle down of cybersecurity. While a few of the attacks were caused by lax security policies and poor network visibility, 2014 will also be known as the year of systemic vulnerabilities.