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Volume 30, Issue 1

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Jon Seals

Jon Seals

Cloud providers are quickly scaling up their serverless computing capabilities in their efforts to capitalize on the growing demand for enterprise-class services. But is this something the enterprise should embrace to a significant degree?  And are there risks to simply pushing code onto a third party without any knowledge of how it will be supported on an infrastructure level?

By now, most organizations should be familiar with the concept of serverless computing. Workloads are, in fact, hosted on a server, it’s just that the cloud provider takes full responsibility for provisioning and managing those resources so the enterprise can concentrate on service- and application-level performance.

In many ways, this is the fulfillment of the cloud’s promise to offload platform and infrastructure concerns from the enterprise, essentially turning IT into a utility that is consumed rather than a construct that must be built and maintained. As Avalara CTO Peter Horadan explained to Datamation recently, this can produce upwards of a 100-fold decrease in the already low cost of the cloud because it allows organizations to pay by the number of functions they require per day, not the amount of resources they need to preallocate.



Lone Worker Safety – What Does it Mean?

Not every employee has the benefit of working with peers. Some are lone workers who do their jobs pretty much solo without coworkers or even supervisors nearby. Contractors, field workers, home health care nurses, social workers, realtors, and fleet drivers are just a few examples of lone workers. It is estimated that there are 53 million lone workers in Canada, the United States and Europe combined; a total of about 15 percent of the overall workforce. IDC estimates there are approximately 1.3 billion people who are considered mobile workers, many of whom work alone all or part of their day.

According to the Health and Safety Authority, lone workers include:



Emergency Notifications Then and now

If we are old enough, we can think back to the time when emergency notifications at work were fire alarms, overhead speaker alerts, and possibly a phone call with an automated message. These are also the days when most of us drove to work, stayed at the same desk at the same location for eight hours, then drove home. How many of us can say we follow this same nine to five, predictable schedule?

The truth is, few of us work that way anymore. We are mobile. We work at the coffee shop, in the car, at the airport, from the hotel, in the office, and at home. We travel from facility to facility, client to client, office to office. Our mobile devices help us do more wherever we are. Of course, there are plenty of us who work in offices, factories, warehouses, and facilities. Lots of us still use desktop computers all day long while others rely on two-way radios. But the “norm” is no longer the norm.



Some 70% of companies have experienced at least one supply chain interruption during the past year, with an unplanned IT or telecommunications outage the leading cause, according to the eighth edition of the Business Continuity Institute’s (BCI) Supply Chain Resiliency Report, produced in association with Zurich Insurance Group.

Covering 526 respondents in 64 countries, the report studies the causes, costs, and frequency of such events while also looking at companies’ progress in responding to supply chain interruptions and mitigating further occurrences.

While 70% of respondents reported at least one supply chain interruption during the past 12 months, only 17% said they have had no supply chain disruptions, with 13% saying they did not know. Perhaps more alarming is the increase to 13%—from 3% previously—of respondents reporting more than 20 such incidents.



Learn to select from today’s wide range of DRaaS providers, including what questions to ask and how to be sure they fit into your overall recovery strategy

The use of various “cloud” technologies is becoming increasingly popular and is often part of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery solutions. These technologies can be very flexible and cost effective. As organizations become more comfortable using Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), leveraging both concepts as Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is becoming more acceptable. It can be an attractive option, especially for resource- or cost-constrained organizations. In many ways, organizations have some level of DRaaS with their SaaS or IaaS providers. But for our discussion, DRaaS will be related to your managed environments and not any SaaS solutions.

The services offered by DRaaS providers can be put into three categories: