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The Centurylink Technology Solutions Blog - Trends in IT Infrastructure

When Silicon Valley-based RMS wanted to introduce the global insurance industry to an entirely new way of analyzing real-time risk on-demand, it turned to the cloud and strategic IT services from CenturyLink Technology Solutions to create a robust infrastructure strategy that could bring its vision to market faster.

We talked with Paris Georgallis, SVP of cloud platform operations at RMS, about the technology trends and industry dynamics driving the company's decision to host its platform in the cloud:

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When the topic of choosing a colocation provider is discussed, a famous Forrest Gump quote comes to mind: "Life [is] like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

Like a box of chocolates, data centers are all different. What may appear as minor nuances between providers could result in a major impact to the performance of your business. Whether it's an improved customer experience, 100 percent uptime for critical applications or better alignment of IT with business priorities, knowing what to look for in a data center colocation provider is crucial to success.

CenturyLink Security

In a recent InfoWorld article, it was uncovered that months after the Heartbleed bug was discovered, over 300,000 websites are still vulnerable. Given this finding, and with the discovery of the latest vulnerability known as "Man in the Middle" (CVE-2014-0224), how are you keeping your web environment safe?

penSSL has already succumbed to two devastating blows in 2014, and we are only half way through the year! The very software that was purposefully designed to securely protect your sensitive communications has the spotlight on it and keeping your information safe is not getting any easier. Those that just finished patching in order to mitigate damage caused by Heartbleed are immediately finding themselves patching again to mitigate the Man in the Middle attack under CVE-2014-0224 which is arguably worse than Heartbleed.

CenturyLink Big Data

If you're considering leveraging a solution from an Anything-as-a-Service (XaaS) managed service provider, make sure you understand what infrastructure underpins that solution.

Businesses - large and small - often turn to
colocation and cloud services because they want to focus on their core competencies rather than on using valuable resources to design, build and maintain an IT infrastructure that allows their organization to run smoothly. And now there's an interesting trend in which many XaaS providers are doing something similar: They are contracting with larger IT service providers to host their equipment and manage their IT operations.

On June 17, 2014, CenturyLink Technology Solutions will hold the event "Enterprise Cloud and the New Rules of IT" during London Technology Week. The event will look at how enterprises can deploy cloud solutions that are both IT ready and developer friendly.

David Shacochis, vice president, cloud platform, at CenturyLink Technology Solutions, recently spoke with William Fellows, research vice president at 451 Research, who will be a guest speaker during the event. In the video interview below, William and David discuss the rise of shadow IT, what's in store for the cloud market and why London needs a technology week.