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 Mounil Patel
Mimecast has won the 2013 Healthcare IT Summit XCellence Best Newcomer award in the payer organization category.
Mimecast named “Best Newcomer” in the payer organization category.
We received our award at this year’s event in Palm Springs, California, where we presented to C-level executives at various sessions during the Healthcare IT Summit. During these sessions, we had the opportunity to speak about the power of email, and how it can improve efficiency and satisfaction between patients and healthcare providers. We focused on two important aspects of the Mimecast solution: secure communications and cost consolidation.
During a session with payer groups, we spoke about the challenges and concerns plaguing organizations when it comes to Protected Health Information (PHI) and email security. We discussed the ways in which Mimecast solves these challenges, allowing healthcare organizations to use email as a core communication tool, safely and securely.
Payer organizations rely on our technology to successfully reduce the risk, complexity and overall cost of email management. The XCellence Awards help validate our commitment to ensuring payer groups have the proper technology in place to use email successfully, internally and externally.
by Mark Bilbe
Within five years of opening our North America operation, Mimecast has been named by The Boston Globe as one of Massachusetts’ best employers in the publication’s Top Places to Work magazine, for a second consecutive year. At a reception hosted by The Globe, Mimecast was awarded the 19th spot on a list of 40 medium size companies.
The Boston Globe named Mimecast a Top Place to Work in Massachusetts for the second consecutive year.
This award is near and dear to us, because it is centered on our employees, and we value the hard work and time spent growing our company. Mimecast’s culture is built on collaboration, work-life balance, and physical and mental wellness. We support employees with wellness-conscious perks that promote a positive and collaborative work environment, including a wellness studio with yoga classes; a fully equipped gym and shower area; catered healthy lunches; relaxation area; and smoothie bar.
Mimecast has a social, collaborative work environment. We also encourage our employees to work together with an open floor plan where no one has a separate office – not even our CEO. Employees also have the option to work from home to support their work-life balance.
We are honored that The Globe recognizes our culture and effort as an employer, and we look forward to what’s in store for next year’s survey as we continue to grow as a business.
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.