Mar 25, 2014

Refurbished IT: A Cost-Efficient, Green Approach To Big Data

Refurbished equipment, you know, "used"  is a cost-efficient and environmentally beneficial solution to meeting the growing demand for mined data.

Today, businesses are making enormous investments in Big Data and analytics to secure new customers, enhance existing client relationships and gain a competitive advantage. Worldwide, the trend is accelerating rapidly.

70% Of Companies Rely On Used Tech
What you may not know is that many organizations are turning certified refurbished IT equipment to make it all happen. Refurbished equipment is a cost-efficient and often environmentally beneficial solution to meeting the growing demand for mined data. In fact, according to research firm IDC
, up to 70% of companies have purchased used, reconditioned equipment in the past two years.

The facts are clear. Refurbished machines extend the life of older IT equipment that otherwise would require disposal, they serve as an affordable alternative to new equipment, and they can help a company improve its business case to acquire much-needed analytics solutions that will help them make better decisions and grow.

From a quality standpoint, refurbished machines are reconditioned, tested and certified for resale using rigorous processes and original manufacturing standards. We can even rebuilt the equipment to meet specific client needs, such as a new analytics application that transforms information into insight and helps a company improve its marketing outreach. Maintenance contracts and guarantees
can also be attached, to provide even greater assurances.

3 Ways Refurbished Equipment Goes Green
In addition to all this, refurbished IT equipment works seamlessly with new technologies to help organizations:

* Support innovation, grow and transform
* Reduce total cost of ownership so capital can be used for other   
* Meet business and IT requirements despite financial or credit 

The combination of high quality and low price can also make pre-owned equipment a good solution for special projects, temporary capacity and unexpected changes, for example when a physical move doesn’t require the latest technology. Pre-owned technology can also help businesses maintain a legacy environment or facilitate a disaster recovery solution.

In the end, the reuse of IT equipment is not only a cost-effective approach to expanding/upgrading IT infrastructures, it is an environmentally responsible course to take.

To be sure, a wide variety of used equipment is available, including personal computers, servers, storage, printers and networking devices. design for IT uses refurbished equipment to meet certain IT needs within its own infrastructure.

We recognize the positive impact of refurbished IT equipment on the environment, as well as a company’s bottom line.

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Mar 21, 2014

Technology focus in securing BYOD is a mistake, say experts...

Focusing on technology when trying to secure mobile devices is one of the worst and most common mistakes businesses make, according to a panel of IT and legal experts at the London SC Congress 2014.

Rick Doten

The nature of the issue depends on the business, but that means understanding the business and what specific risks apply, said Rick Doten, chief information security officer (CISO) at enterprise mobility firm DMI.

“Any enterprise cannot apply appropriate controls before it understands how employees are using mobile technology and it does a risk assessment to ascertain if there are any privacy issues,” he said.

Many organisations fail to define what they are trying to protect, said Paul Swarbrick, global CISO at legal firm Norton Rose Fulbright. “The biggest danger of BYOD is not understanding the risks,” he said.

“Security should not be about the technology; it should be about the data and protecting that data wherever it is used, and about educating employees to access data securely," said Swarbrick.

In many cases, employees are using new technologies but in old-fashioned ways, introducing new risks, he added. “Not all firms realise they need to evolve their business processes to keep up,” said Swarbrick.

“Technology solutions should be driven by the business; technology platforms should not be a requirement in themselves, but merely part of the solution to meet business needs.”

Doten said companies should aim to protect data on mobile devices to the same level that it is protected within the enterprise, based on proper risk assessments.

“But it is important to identify the data and the level of protection required before looking for the most appropriate controls to apply,” he said.

Common failing

Another common failing is overlooking the importance of drawing up and enforcing policies to ensure businesses retain proper control of their data, said Ann Bevitt, partner at law firm Morrison & Foerster.

“Policies are key to success because they are an important way of ensuring that a company’s control over its data is the same on employee-owned mobile devices as it is on company-owned equipment,” she said.

But Bevitt warned of the danger of tracking employees using the geo-location data transmitted by their mobile devices. “Firms must be careful not to do this without notifying their employees,” she said.

Expanding on his position, Swarbrick said that essentially, when it comes to mobile solutions, security needs to become just another business requirement.

“If it is a business requirement, it will be captured at the start of the project and translated into the final solution rather than having to be added on afterwards,” he told us.

“Businesses need to recognise that security is increasingly a business"

By Warwick Ashford

Feb 19, 2014

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