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When digital meets physical

Digital transformation is like a penetrating wind reaching into all areas of commerce, business and government. If there’s any doubt about this, consider what industry analysts IDC recently said: at the end of 2017, the vast majority of the world’s largest businesses will put digital transformation at the centre of corporate strategies. I recently gave a presentation at an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) conference about the need for and benefits of digital transformation. ICE understands the winds of change have been blowing for some time and recently launched a digital transformation campaign. Digital transformation takes different shapes according to the industry in which it is taking place. Within civil engineering and construction, it is largely digitised engineering and the ability to monitor infrastructure so engineers can use real data to influence construction and maintenance. This is significant and the implications are tremendous. The Three Gorges Dam in China is…

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Cogeco Peer 1 launches Apparmor

New web application provides businesses with access to a complete suite of DDoS security products TORONTO, ONTARIO, August 16, 2017 – Cogeco Peer 1 today announced the availability of a new web application protection product. AppArmor defends against Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks and rounds out Cogeco Peer 1’s full suite of DDoS protection products capable of securing client infrastructure from the network to the web application layer. Today’s cyber criminals are sophisticated and use globally distributed and highly scalable resources to compromise enterprise networks. Recent incidents such as last year’s Mirai attack on Dyn which targeted sites Netflix and Twitter highlight the threat posed by Internet of Things (IoT)-based bots. With the number of IoT devices sitting at 8.4 billion according to Gartner and only poised to grow, a robust DDoS defense that goes beyond perimeter-only solutions is clearly a priority for businesses. “DDoS attacks are becoming easier…

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Partnering with the right web hosting provider

How should a company decide on which web hosting provider to use? Many businesses only look at the price when partnering with a website host provider, but there are other considerations that can better guide companies seeking the best provider match for their business. It is definitely not all about the price. CNET offers a few tips for picking the right one: Know your hosting needs. For example, text-only sites have different needs than video-heavy sites do. Picture what you want to do with your website now—and then form an educated conclusion on what you plan to do with it for following 12 months. Do you expect it to grow significantly? If you do expect your site to grow, find out if the web host provider can work with you to take your site to the next level. Does the provider offer options for more processing power, memory capacity, disk…

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Cogeco Peer 1 and Brytlyt partner to revolutionise enterprise data analytics

Brytlyt combines GPU database & analytics with the latest High-Performance Computing hardware from Cogeco Peer 1, to solve a dilemma many enterprise technology teams face today   LONDON, UK, 25, July, 2017 – Cogeco Peer 1, a globally recognised specialist provider of colocation, network connectivity, managed hosting, cloud and managed services, today announced its partnership with Brytlyt. Brytlyt provides organisations with Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) database and analytics platform that combines extreme data processing power with ease of use, scalability and integration with legacy systems, using PostgreSQL and their patent pending IP. The partnership is set to drive a joint commitment to innovation for companies looking to harvest business growth from the latest developments in GPU database and analytics software while simultaneously requiring a level of access and support, which bigger cloud providers do not offer. Brytlyt and Cogeco Peer 1 are working together to address the core business needs…

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Great British Scaleup Programme partners with Cogeco Peer 1 for infrastructure support

From digital acorns do big tech companies grow. This is one great reason why it’s an honour to be chosen as the infrastructure services partner for TechMarketView’s Great British Scaleup Programme. The programme is aimed at supporting privately held, UK tech SMEs to accelerate their growth further with the help of external investment. Cogeco Peer 1 is the first tech partner to be chosen for the programme, and we’re going to be providing insight and support around cloud, hosting, colocation, security and network and connectivity solutions. In practice, this means an initial free infrastructure assessment provided by our solution engineers and network architects. Also, advice on technology mixes that are not only the best for current operations, but also provide a platform for rapid scale up in the future. Tech start-ups are faced with many challenges ranging from finding a suitable flexible contract and office accommodation to finance and transport…

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Shock and awe: the blockchain unpacked

A book review of The Business Blockchain  There’s nothing short of a revolution happening in world of business and computing, according to author William Mougayer. “If the blockchain has not shocked you yet,” he writes in his book, The Business Blockchain, “I guarantee it will soon.” His belief is that blockchain technology is the biggest technological breakthrough since the Internet – an instrument of social and political change with the potential of disrupting everything from commerce to financial services to the exchange of ideas and information. Blockchain technology of course is best known as the underpinning of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Employing a peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange of data, a blockchain authenticates and permanently records every transaction on a distributed public ledger. It can only be sequentially updated, thereby ensuring that every single exchange of data can be continually reconciled, and cannot be erased. It is incorruptible. The essence of the…

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