by Neil Murray
Less than a hundred years ago it was common practice to simply place your money or valuables under a mattress. Although this approach was convenient, your finances could easily be stolen, lost or simply forgotten about.
Today the idea of stuffing your salary beneath the bed is absurd. Almost everyone now has access to a bank account and only a handful of conspiracy theorists question the fundamental value associated with this system.
Less than a hundred years ago it was common practice to simply place your money or valuables under a mattress
Now we expect banks to keep our money safe and provide complimentary services. Aside from giving us new ways to use our money, we hope that it’ll also invest it wisely so we see some interest.
We’re seeing a similar trend emerge in cloud computing.
To begin with we all stored our valuable data in our on-premise datacenter, the IT equivalent of putting it under our corporate mattress. Now the cloud is widely accepted as a reliable and safe repository.
Organizations are turning to companies like Mimecast to host their data, recognizing that reputable cloud providers specialize in securing data for their customers. They offer technology, expertise and cost efficiency that is very tough to match. Like the bank, they stand or fall on their ability to store, protect and make data available – it’s all they focus on.
We’re close to a time where cloud service providers like Mimecast, will become the protected data repositories through which every company, organization and individual will access information – be it medical records, corporate communication, customer or financial data.
There are still some cloud skeptics of course who believe that remotely hosted services are less reliable and remove control from the owner of the data – but they’re increasingly in the minority as the economics and technical facts of cloud services become more compelling.
Just as banking quickly moved from simply storing dusty bank notes to providing added value services, cloud service firms like ourselves are doing the same with corporate data.
We’re seeing this metamorphosis play out in the form of the “Big Data” discussions which center around how to make data work harder for a business. A great deal of the value is actually in the detail or metadata. This is pretty hard to surface as it’s hidden and disconnected across your organization in multiple data stores. In email, on personal hard disks, cloud services and data centers. As you consolidate, archive or store all your data on secure cloud services the potential to cohesively surface increased value from the data begins to emerge.
We’ve already begun implementing services that absorb corporate information of all shapes and sizes into a cloud-based information ‘banking’ service – an Interactive Archive that dusts your metadata off and puts it back to work.
The biggest remaining challenge, however, is cloud standardization. Like the financial industry, the cloud sector must also have a uniform set of practices that offer users piece of mind when accessing a service of this nature.
Mimecast has long been a supporter of developing cloud standards and was one of the first cloud archiving vendors to align with the Cloud Security Alliance. Mimecast has also adopted a stringent approach to data security that is bolstered by the company’s adherence to internationally recognized industry standards such as ISO27001.
The cloud industry is growing at a rapid rate, and these services are demonstrating the value that can be drawn from a cloud archive, we expect that over time a handful of ‘information banks’ will emerge.
You wouldn’t hide your cash beneath the mattress and expect it to earn interest, so why would you do the IT equivalent with your valuable data?
by Nessa Lynchehaun
Clouds are everywhere. Even in the mostly blue skies over HP Discover in Barcelona this week.
Typical scene at HP Discover, photo cred to Instagram user @Karl_Kovacs
On Wednesday 11th December at 1:10pm in the Discover Theatre DT4.2, Hall 4 I’ll be sharing with attendees the benefits of moving their email service to the cloud with my colleague Johan Dreyer, Lead Solutions Architect.
I’m looking forward to the session because 2014 seems set to be the year when large numbers of organizations will shift significant services, applications and infrastructure like email, from their historical 100% on-premise strategy to a hybrid or full cloud basis.
IT teams in organizations of all sizes are eyeing up the cloud and considering their first or next move. They’re asking themselves – what parts of my infrastructure or application suite can be best served for the long term by a move to the cloud? What must I keep on premise? How do I get the best of both worlds?
Also, many IT channel companies that serve the needs of these organizations, are looking at how they can augment their existing services with a cloud offer.
There has been impressive innovation in cloud services in recent years. In many areas, these services now offer the customer the best option for their organization. In your own environment it can be expensive and a struggle to dedicate the resources and talent necessary to deliver the same level of innovation.
You can simplify your environment, get improved cost of ownership and have the reassurance that you will benefit from the attention and innovation of a provider 100% focused on excellence just on that specific service. A cloud service provider will also deliver you the best practice they have seen from working with thousands of other customer environments like yours.
The growing popularity of Microsoft Office 365 and specialist services like Mimecast or SalesForce, show how many see cloud services giving them improved productivity while reducing their infrastructure complexity and management costs. Customers are also thinking in depth about how the targeted use of cloud services can co-exist alongside their on-premise infrastructure giving them greater flexibility, functionality and ROI.
So where to start for maximum benefit? Email is an obvious target for first consideration for any cloud strategy. You would expect us to say that – we’re a cloud email security service provider after all. But we are not alone in recognizing that email continuity, security and archiving services make a great candidate for transition to the cloud.
But the benefit of focusing your cloud strategy on your email services doesn’t end with the significant improvement in cost effectiveness, security and reliability. Once your email archive is in our cloud service, Mimecast can help you get a great deal more of benefit out of this under-utilized information archive.
When data is consolidated or archived you can make it work harder for you. Information becomes more easily accessible and valuable insights can be unlocked from data in static reports.
Companies have already begun implementing services that absorb corporate information of all shapes and sizes into a cloud-based information archive or ‘banking’ service like ours –interactive archives dust off metadata and put it back to work.
So whether you go fully cloud, hybrid or transition just some of your services, a commitment to cloud makes economic, management and strategic sense.
So if you happen to be at HP Discover why not pop by our stand to find out more or even join us in our presentation. You can find us in Hall 5 Cloud Zone, Stand 514.
by Peter Bauer
On Tuesday night at an award ceremony in central London, Mimecast was recognized as a leader in the UK tech sector for the fourth consecutive year in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 ranking. Only one other firm has achieved this. So I hope you won’t mind me taking a moment to celebrate this.
The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 is one of the UK’s foremost technology award programmes. Now in its sixteenth successful year, it is a ranking of the country’s 50 fastest growing technology companies, based on revenue growth over the last five years.
The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 is a respected ranking of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the UK. The rankings are created by looking at percentage revenue growth of firms over five years. We’re proud that not only did we make the list this year with growth of 526 per cent, but this is our fourth consecutive year in the top 50.
To be ranked once is great recognition of the progress we’re making as a firm but we stand out for making the list four years in a row. This shows we’re leading the pack in our sustained performance in the UK tech sector. This reflects our commitment to ongoing innovation, the constant hard work of our team and the enthusiastic support we’re seeing for our technology and company from our customers, partners and investors. I’d like to thank them all.
If you’d like to find out more about the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 you can visit their website here or read our press release for more information.
by Orlando Scott-Cowley
You can’t have failed to notice the brouhaha surrounding LinkedIn’s Intro App; ‘security consultants’ from far and wide are ranting about the potential for the app to be a huge security hole or target for hackers, but very few, or none that I noticed, had spotted the silver lining here; there’s huge untapped potential built into the way we communicate and the 3rd party sources of data we could integrate into those communications.
Your real social network, your most accurate social network–is your email contact list
Firstly, I’m not downplaying the security risk of routing your email through a 3rd party whose job it is to collect as much information about you as possible. Not to mention the serious security breaches LinkedIn suffered recently. But I think it is important to point out that for corporate users, LinkedIn’s app doesn’t (yet) support Microsoft Exchange; the only supported email platforms are Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail and iCloud, so the imminent risk is related to personal information rather than corporate data.
Secondly, there is a silver lining to all of this; and if LinkedIn had thought about it, they could have exploited this idea in a much more business friendly way. Business users are, after all, their entire user base. As Google and Yahoo are finding out through the US Legal process, there are some obvious sensitivities to ‘scanning’ customers email for content; even if the scanning helps the provider serve up ads. I’m sure LinkedIn thought this through, but the poorly thought out implementation of Intro does make me wonder.
Back to the silver lining. Think for a second about two groups of users, if you will.
The first is a set of ‘contacts’ you’ve collected for quite some time; a group of people you barely know and communicate with rarely. These will be colleagues, both ex and current, people you ‘meet’ at meetings and at trade shows, recruiters, industry friends etc. In short a small network of people you mutually collect and connect to in the hope they’ll help you find your next employer.
Of course the first group is your LinkedIn contacts, and the second is your email contacts. LinkedIn is very much static, and I see Intro as being LinkedIn’s way of helping you connect more, or to be blunt, gain more static contacts for their business model.
On the other hand your real social network, your most accurate social network–is your email contact list. I don’t mean your address book, I mean the real time dynamic set of people and email addresses you are communicating with right now; your sent items today, yesterday and the day before, the people you collaborate with the most. This is where the real value is, and where email service providers could really show you who you connect with, when, why and for how long. The dynamic nature of this group also means it’s up to date, as of right now, and importantly if you chose to you could extend your view into that group down several degrees of connection. Think about who you’ve emailed today, who those people are emailing, and who their contacts are emailing—that’s a real business social network. And all of that without getting a single email from a recruiter.
If LinkedIn Intro had helped us identify those live connections without intruding on the way we connect, that would really be an App, that would really be useful, and in an enterprise or business context it would be infinitely valuable.
by Engin Yilmaz
Instant Messaging (IM) and Microsoft’s Lync in particular, are joining email as critical communications and file sharing tools in the modern organization. That means important conversations and data are being shared over Lync that need to be archived for future e-discovery.
Mimecast Archiving for Microsoft Lync IM: Secure, cloud-based interactive archive for all Lync Instant Messages including transferred files, shared presentations and whiteboards during group conversations or conferences
Lync in particular is growing in popularity. According to Microsoft, 90 of the Fortune 100 companies currently use Microsoft Lync IM as part of their employee communications. Analyst firm Ovum said, in a blog from March this year that 45 per cent of enterprises it had met were extending their deployment of Lync.
For regulated businesses failing to archive their IM traffic could be a breach of their legal and compliance regulations. IM counts as electronic information so organizations have a legal responsibility to archive it. Although it’s not just regulation that drives IM archiving; we’re seeing a dramatic growth of archiving as a best practice as more legal cases cite email and IM conversations as critical evidence, emphasizing the necessity of having the right tools in place for archiving and eDiscovery.
Most businesses that we talk to are aware that a lack of strategy on how best to archive IM traffic is preventing them from complying fully with their obligations, while many organizations believe integrating IM archiving with their existing email and file archive is just too complicated and expensive. There is also anecdotal evidence to suggest that quite a few organizations believe that by simply running Lync they are automatically archiving their messages, which is simply not the case. So for some putting off the pain of fixing this for as long as possible is fast becoming a problem, while for others their compliance requirements complicate their archiving strategy further.
Fortunately, your Lync archiving project doesn’t need to be a complex one.
I am happy to say that Mimecast has a solution. Today we released a cost effective, yet easy to implement and manage Lync archiving solution: Mimecast Archiving for Microsoft Lync IM.
It’s a secure, cloud-based interactive archive for all Lync Instant Messages including transferred files, shared presentations and whiteboards during group conversations or conferences. It’s fully integrated with Mimecast’s UEM Archive, so complements our other archiving products for email and files. Also the Mimecast Administration Console gives administrators a simple and unified interface for searches against all electronic content and conversations, now including Lync IM.
So now, Mimecast customers know they have an easy way to archive the growing volume of Lync IM conversations in their organizations. You can find out more about it here.