Study Shows Future of Healthcare is Shaped by Hybrid Cloud

Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in private cloud, hybrid and multicloud computing, today announced the healthcare industry findings of its third annual Enterprise Cloud Index Report, measuring healthcare organizations’ plans for adopting private, hybrid and public clouds. The findings point to a growing trend within the sector: with more than two-thirds (70%) of respondents reporting that COVID-19 has caused IT to be viewed more strategically within their organizations and the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation that is likely to shape the future of healthcare.

As COVID-19 hit, healthcare organizations looked for ways to effectively support the skyrocketing technology demands of the COVID-19 pandemicーfrom enabling remote work, to implementing telehealth practices, to supporting an increasing patient load. As a result, they sought out IT solutions that could support their organizations’ growing needs and support their digital transformation. With digital transformation top of mind, the healthcare industry is more bullish than any other sector about adopting a hybrid IT model, with 95% of respondents agreeing that hybrid is their ideal choice.

Today, more than half of healthcare respondents have increased their public cloud (56%) and hybrid cloud (51%) use and nearly half (46%) have invested more in private cloud environments in an effort to quickly provide new work-from-home employees with access to IT resources. While 77% of healthcare respondents previously had some employees working remotely one year ago, that percentage has increased to 93% this year since the onset of the pandemic.

Other key findings of this year’s report include:

  • The future of healthcare is dependent on decommissioning of legacy architecture: Currently, more healthcare companies run exclusively traditional, non-cloud-enabled datacenters (27%) than any other industry, compared to 18% globally. Over the next five years, however, healthcare organizations plan to shrink that gap with an expected 21-percentage-point drop in legacy datacenter installations and a corresponding 32-point increase in hybrid cloud deployments.
  • Healthcare organizations look to hyperconverged infrastructure to support IT modernization and pave the way to hybrid cloud: Hyperconverged infrastructure is often seen as the basis for a hybrid cloud infrastructure, the HCI of the next decade, as it helps accelerate cloud adoption by sharply reducing the time it takes to build the software-defined infrastructure necessary to support private cloud, while also providing the scalability of cloud technology. About 64% of healthcare respondents say they’ve either fully deployed HCI or are in the process of doing so, significantly outpacing the approximately 50% of global respondents who are using or deploying hyperconverged infrastructure.
  • Security, privacy and compliance pose a significant challenge to the industry’s digital transformation: 58% of healthcare respondents described security as a significant challenge, compared to 51% of global respondents. Healthcare respondents also ranked cost control (45%) and business continuity (45%) more often as significant challenges than any other industry.
  • As the healthcare industry evolves, cost advantages will be the main gating factor for IT infrastructure deployments: All industries, including healthcare, indicated that security, privacy, and compliance solution strengths were highly important to infrastructure decision-making.

“The healthcare sector has clearly charted a path toward technology transformation, specifically a hybrid cloud consumption model that will enable HIT teams to provide security, ensure regulatory compliance, and enable healthcare providers to deliver care. The future of healthcare requires embracing technology—including cloud technologies—to secure, organize, and protect patient data,” concludes Aaron White, Sr. Sales Director, METI at Nutanix.

The 2020 respondent base spanned multiple industries, business sizes, and the following geographies: the Americas; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and the Asia-Pacific (APJ) region.

To learn more about the healthcare findings, please download the report here.

Multi-Cloud Requires Impeccable Digital Hygiene

By: Dave Russell, Vice President, Enterprise Strategy at Veeam Software

Gartner estimates that by 2022, 75% of enterprise customers using cloud infrastructure as a service will adopt a deliberate multi-cloud strategy. Up from 49% in 2017, this is a fast-growing trend, which shows little sign of abating as businesses continue to ‘mix and match’ the services provided by the big four hyperscalers – AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and Alibaba. With that said, Gartner’s used of the term ‘deliberate’ multi-cloud strategy is a telling one, as it implies that there is such a thing as an accidental or even haphazard counterpart.

The truth is that there is, and in the IT world this is a tale as old as time. Infrastructure evolves and expands organically, based on the need for short term fixes and challenges posed by managing increasing data volumes. The pandemic underlined this fact in a big way. According to Veeam’s Data Protection Report 2021, 50% of CXOs in Saudi and 52% in UAE said that the need to maintain operations during the pandemic had held back their strategic digital transformation initiatives. It is only now that we will see a shift as businesses move beyond the crisis stage of their Covid-19 response and start to look at how the digital infrastructure and skills they acquired through short-term necessity can be evolved into a coherent, longer-term vision.

There is no reason why the same is not true when it comes to multi-cloud. Flexera’s 2021 State of the Cloud report found that 92% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy. The question I would post, is how many have a deliberate multi-cloud strategy? Yes, many enterprises will have weighed up the pros and cons of working with each cloud provider and implemented a Cloud Data Management strategy to ensure they can manage and protect data across multiple public cloud platforms. But we must not pretend that a significant number are likely to have found themselves working with multiple cloud provides, based on factors such as what platforms their partners use, through mergers and acquisitions, or in an attempt to contain spiralling costs. This is where the risk of multi-cloud can begin to offset the benefits.

Send in the digital health inspectors

Multi-cloud brings a number of challenges in terms of cloud security, skills, and cost optimization which businesses must be aware of before investing heavily in this as a strategy. Focusing on security first, so often cybersecurity vulnerabilities can be traced back to low levels of digital hygiene – a problem that is exasperated by using multiple cloud providers. In an ideal world, businesses would all have the required digital hygiene to successfully manage a multi-cloud environment, reaping the benefits of scalability and diverse capabilities this can brings. But in the real world rather than the ideal world, many businesses are still challenged by shadow IT and employees who require more extensive training when it comes to handling data compliantly, being more savvy when it comes to spotting phishing links, and using strong, varied passwords that they change regularly.

This takes us onto skills because as well as employees requiring training to improve their digital hygiene and savviness, multi-cloud also creates a skills void at a more technical level – within the IT team itself. Finding talented and experience system administrators and IT personnel is challenging enough as it is. Now you have to find ones who are well versed in not one, but two or three different cloud platforms. Compatibility and interoperability between these platforms are almost non-existent. They are written using different code, programming language and standards. Simply put, they’re made using different bricks. So, it is important that organizations looking to leverage a multi-cloud strategy are furnished with technical skills in all of the platforms they plan to use. This is essential for not only managing and protecting data across multiple public clouds, but also optimizing the costs of this strategy.

The public cloud opens up an array of exciting opportunities for organizations looking to consume Software as a Service (SaaS) and manage the exploding data volumes which have challenged IT departments globally. However, there is a feeling among IT teams that the public cloud has not completely fulfilled the promise of being cost-effective. In fact, for many cloud costs are spiralling out of control. So, it stands to reason, that if it’s difficult to contain the costs of using one public cloud, it certainly isn’t any easier to contain the costs of using multiple clouds. This is where having a cohesive Cloud Data Management strategy comes into play. Businesses need to be honest with themselves and ask whether they have adopted an intentional multi-cloud strategy, or did it just happen? If it’s the latter, that is fine, but it’s time to conduct a full review of your cloud provision, and ensure you have the required skills on board to maximise your use of each cloud, contain your storage costs, and to ensure data is fully protected across all infrastructure.

Businesses looking to deliberately form a multi-cloud strategy must first ensure that their standards of digital hygiene – including cybersecurity protocols, tracking, clear roles and responsibilities – are fit for purpose. This is fundamental to the success of reaping the very real benefits of, while managing the potential risks in terms of cloud security and cost containment.

From On-Campus to On-Demand: Secure Networking for the New Higher Education

By: Amr Alashaal, Regional Vice President – Middle East at A10 Networks

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, connectivity played an important role in university life. In recent years, it has become a routine practice for students to attend lectures virtually. A wealth of online learning resources is available both within university networks and on the internet. Meanwhile, online retail, banking, health services, gaming, media, and more are mainstays of student life.

Now a global pandemic has radically accelerated this trend. Universities everywhere have been forced to create and expand online remote access for their students, including many of which had not yet begun the evolution. More than just a convenience, connectivity has become a lifeline for students—and network admins to meet their needs. For university IT, this means making a fundamental shift from on-campus networking to supporting a distributed network across the globe.

Empowering the New University

The pandemic has been a wakeup call for university IT: Improvisation and patchwork of legacy infrastructure and security will no longer suffice. Institutions of higher education need a well-thought-out plan for moving to a more resilient, on-demand model. With current on campus traffic relatively light at many universities, the best time to upgrade is now.

Continued Needs of the On-campus Model

For their on-campus learning population, universities need to leverage their existing on-campus networks to support growing devices and traffic. Even if the on-campus population is not growing, the number of devices and connections continues to rise. Rather than purchasing costly new IPv4 addresses on the market, a carrier-grade network (CGN) solution makes it possible to extend their current pool through carrier-grade NAT (CGNAT), which uses address and port translation in large scale to extend the life of an IPv4 network infrastructure.

Meanwhile, it’s important to have a plan in place for IPv6 migration. Specialized resources such as student ERP, registration, billing, online classes, and collaboration will be accessed on devices that will increasingly run IPv6, while network infrastructures may still be running IPv4 for the foreseeable future. Since IPv6 is not backward compatible with IPv4, universities will have to accommodate the coexistence of IPv4 and IPv6 networks to ensure business continuity and prepare for future growth.

Ensuring High Availability

Higher education faces one of the most challenging environments in IT. From proliferating unmanaged devices, to spiky traffic patterns driven by class schedules, to highly latency-sensitive applications such as online classes, research, video, music, and gaming, university IT faces requirements more similar to a commercial service provider than an enterprise. In meeting these demands, IT must have a fully developed strategy to ensure high availability, disaster recovery, multi-cloud security, and load balancing.

Secure On-demand Education

As the university environment expands beyond campus, institutions need a security model based on the recognition that a threat can come from anywhere. The Zero Trust model responds to these challenges by adopting the approach of “trust nobody”—inside or outside the network. Cybersecurity strategies are redesigned accordingly along the following key principles:

  • Create network micro-segments and micro-perimeters to restrict east-west traffic flow and limit excessive user privileges and access as much as possible.
  • Strengthen incident detection and response using comprehensive analytics and automation.
  • Provide comprehensive and centralized visibility into users, devices, data, the network, and workflows.

With learning platforms and resources accessible via the web, it’s essential to protect them against HTTP and web application-based security flaws. Web application firewall (WAF) systems use specific knowledge of HTTP and web-application vulnerabilities to filter or block these attacks without ever exposing the web servers or applications. This helps protect the environment against attacks such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and cross-site request forgery (CSRF).

Automated DDoS protection is critical to protect against widespread and easily launched DDoS attacks. Universities should leverage DDoS threat intelligence, combined with real-time threat detection, to defend against DDoS attacks no matter where they originate. Methods such as automated signature extraction and blacklists of the IP addresses of DDoS botnets and available vulnerable servers can help organizations proactively defend themselves even before the attacks starts.

Integrated Security Approach
Over the years, most organizations have collected a number of security point solutions, addressing specific threats and typically from many different vendors, added incrementally as new threats were identified or a new approach provided. These legacy systems increase the complexity of operations, add latency into applications and reduce security efficacy. An integrated approach that consolidates security functions as much as possible will allow these functions to work together seamlessly, enabling compliance and unified security.

In conclusion, while the shift to remote and on-demand learning has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the transformation of higher education had already been well underway. Driven by trends in finances and enrollment, universities have needed to expand the opportunities and options available to students not only on campus, but around the world as well. The evolution in business models is now clear; what remains is to ensure that the university’s technology infrastructure can support the new direction. The network is front-and-center in this effort. By upgrading their capability to support growing numbers of connections and rising traffic, ensure cybersecurity and compliance, and maintain availability wherever and however students connect, universities can provide a solid foundation for success for their institutions and students alike.

Kodak Alaris Announces EMEIA Partner of the Year Award Winners

Kodak Alaris hosted more than 200 partners from 43 countries at its 2021 virtual Partner Summit for the Europe, Africa, India and Middle East (EMEIA) region. The overarching theme for the 2021 edition, which was opened by Kodak Alaris President & General Manager, Don Lofstrom, was ‘Growth Starts Here’.

The annual Partner Summit is a clear demonstration of Kodak Alaris’ commitment to its channel partners as the primary vehicle for delivering information management solutions that simplify and improve the way its customers work. During the 2021 event, Lofstrom provided a recap of the business’ strong performance in a year that presented unprecedented challenges, and reinforced the company’s commitment to continue to invest for growth. Plans to further expand the company’s market reach include bringing to market new versions of its award-winning production capture and distributed capture scanners and software solutions; continued innovation within the cloud-based connected solutions software and solutions space; forming and building new partnerships; and enhancing the company’s skills in software solutions and professional services to support these initiatives.

The event also shone a light on the excellence, growth and engagement of its top partners, with the company recognizing ten partners from the EMEIA region in its annual Partner of the Year awards. An important event on the annual calendar, the awards celebrate partners who have demonstrated excellent growth, engagement, innovation and implementation of customer-centric solutions based on Kodak Alaris’ technology and services portfolio. The winners were chosen based on their commitment to customers, investment in solutions from Kodak Alaris, year on year revenue and growth trajectory, as well as successful joint wins over the past year.

Two partners in the UK scooped awards this year. Midwich was named Top Value Added Distributor, in recognition of its strong performance across all four quarters, excellence in terms of stock holding and product range, and initiatives such as work from home bundles and NHS pricing. Restore received the Top Performing Partner accolade. The company recorded strong overall performance and celebrated a number of key wins including an NHS hospital trust and large government agency.

In Germany, Datapool won the Top Solutions Partner Award, recognizing service excellence and outstanding performance in sales of Kodak Capture Pro Software. The Top Strategic Partner honor went to ALOS, who successfully won a number of significant multi-site tenders within the financial services sector.  e-das (now part of Ibykus) received the Service Partner Growth Award. e-das recorded significant year on year growth and continued to add value to Kodak Alaris’ software portfolio, providing customers with complex and challenging requirements with customized solutions. Vision Business Service GmbH earned a Special Award in recognition of a custom solution developed for a customer operating in a high-security arena. 

High Performance for Information Technology (HP IT) was the winner of the Service Partner Loyalty

Award. With travel restrictions in place limiting Kodak Alaris’ ability to support customers in Saudi Arabia onsite, HP IT stepped up, working collaboratively with the region’s service team to keep customers up and running. Also based in the UAE, Rookie Ninja scooped the award for Top Value Added Distributor Emerging Markets. In perhaps the toughest year of trading, the company achieved the highest revenue across the emerging market.

Other award winners included Viveris (France) who scooped the New Software Assurance Solutions Partner Award and Belgium-based Procedo who received the Top Performing System Integrator Award.

“These awards recognize the considerable contribution that our partners make to our business and applaud their success in helping our customers leverage Kodak Alaris technology solutions to solve the complex challenges they face,” said Gerry Kelliher, EMEIA Managing Director, Kodak Alaris. “The 2021 award winners have gone above and beyond, continuing to deliver outstanding levels of customer service and solve problems for their customers during these unprecedented times.”

For more information on the Kodak Alaris Partner Program, please visit the website.

L’occitane relaunches the beloved almond milk concentrate

L’OCCITANE is a committed brand and proudly enacting on change by holding true to brand values – reducing waste and respecting biodiversity. As cultivators of change, L’OCCITANE has always promised ingredients from natural origins and incredible sensuality experience of Provence. With this, L’OCCITANE is excited to introduce the relaunch of the Almond Milk Concentrate. Your all-time favorite body cream is revamped and ready to conquer you again with firmer, softer, smoother, and moisturized skin.

Cultivating Almond is a sixth sense

We’ve replanted 17,000 Almond trees and counting!

“You plant pieces of wood with three bit of roots on the ground in the middle of the stones and you think what’s going to happen? And then, after three years, we see the first flowers and about ten small almonds. And at this moment we are proud and proud. And then we tell ourselves that this is it, the adventure begins. But it is not an adventure of a year or two. It is an adventure for 40, 45, 50 years. Somewhere, it’s a secret. You say to yourself: I have to live to see them grow old – we’ll go with them.”

JEAN-PIERRE, Almond Producer

Almond Milk Concentrate

Formulated with powerful almond and walnut seed extract, melts deliciously into the skin, to help it look firmer and smoother. The Almond Milk Concentrate will still have the same jelly-creamy texture, the mouthwatering almond scent and the moisturizing power from the sweet almond oil and almond milk. 

What’s New?

  1. Improved formula
  2. Will now include 95% natural origin ingredients, to meet our clean charter*
  3. Formulated without silicones, sulfates, phenoxyethanol, PHMB
  4. Same iconic jar design but will now feature:
  5. NEW packaging (lighter jar, made with 31% recycled glass)
  6. NEW aluminum seal to replace plastic lid
  7. NEW packaging design which highlights the almond ingredient, its traceability and efficacy

* Through our dynamic programs of continuous improvement, we have set a new global challenge for ourselves with our “Clean Charter” criteria in addition to our Formulation Charter commitments: these additional criteria highlight our increasingly commitment to even more natural formulas (leave-on products) and ingredients that minimize our environmental impact (rinse-off products), without any compromise on the sensoriality, efficacy and safety of our products.


At an online presentation reserved for the press, Azimut Yachts unveiled its new Azimut Grande Trideck flagship, the brand’s first yacht with three decks and an expression of the DNA that continues to give the company its signature ability to innovate in terms of design, style and construction.

Azimut Grande Trideck has three decks “plus one”. “Plus one” because Trideck has an extra deck in the stern in addition to the traditional three. The result is a cascade of four staggered terraces descending from the Sun Deck to the water’s surface.

The launch of the new flagship also gave Azimut Yachts the chance to bring forward the introduction of A-LIVE, a cutting-edge multi-sensory immersive digital experience that makes use of 360-degree vision to allow online users to move around the yacht and, above all, to convey the sense of openness and contact with the water.

Azimut Yachts again makes use of new digital tools and the presentation offered an opportunity to introduce A-LIVE, the immersive digital experience available on the brand’s website from May 29.  This state-of-the-art multi-sensory system makes use of 360-degree vision – complete with sound design and unexpected plays of light and reflection that reproduce the images and sounds of the waves, the wake and the wind – not only to allow online users to move freely around the yacht and find out about the distinctive features of its design and styling, but also to convey the sense of openness and contact with the water that in the past could only be experienced on board.

This immersive, dynamic tour of the yacht is also enhanced by a series of In-Depth Hotspots, which when clicked on play videos containing details about all the advanced technology on board.

A-LIVE therefore represents an evolution of the A-ROOM, the digital space introduced by Azimut Yachts in January for everyone interested in finding out about new products in detail.

The technical data sheet, full description, and images of Azimut Grande Trideck will be available from Friday 28.


Launched last week, May 19, 2021, Evo V8 is the new flagship in the Evo Yachts fleet, the famous brand owned by the Mercuri brothers’ Blue Emme Yachts.

The owner and the Evo Yachts team watched the traditional launch ceremony from the dock at the Torre Annunziata marina near Naples, celebrating the outcome of months of careful planning and construction work involving the shipyard’s engineers and craftsmen. With Evo V8, they have showcased the construction capabilities, attention to detail, and drive for innovation that have been a feature of Blu Emme Yachts right from the outset.

The most eagerly awaited arrivals this season include the new 24-metre model, which has a refined minimalist design and is set to amaze the market with its hi-tech content and original ideas. The construction of Evo V8 has marked a turning point for the company, said Production Manager Paolo D’Orazio: “During these hectic months, the shipyard’s team have worked on this ambitious project with dedication, passion and commitment.

The creation of Evo V8 is the result of an important period of growth for the shipyard and this fills us with pride. At the same time, the launch is also a point of departure towards new increasingly ambitious and innovative projects.”

Evo V8 represents a revolutionary experience, a point of intersection between suggestions from the two worlds of sailing and motor yachts, transforming our perception of the cruising experience.

Republic of San Marino showcases attractions at Arabian Travel Market and reveals Dubai Expo plans

Officials to highlight key national attractions and plans for the participation at the upcoming Expo Dubai

DUBAI, UAE: The Republic of San Marino for the first time ever will showcase the unique attractions and heritage in the UAE during the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) and will offer insights about the country’s participation at the upcoming Dubai Expo later this year. Attending the ATM will be Republic of San Marino’s Minister for Tourism and Expo, Federico Pedini Amati and Commissioner General of San Marino to Expo 2020 Dubai, Mauro Maiani. 

The ATM is an ideal platform for the Republic of San Marino officials to communicate and engage with partners, media and sponsors about the deep cultural and economic ties between San Marino and the UAE as well as strengthen crucial relationships to encourage more tourists at cultural sites, natural areas, retail and tourist attractions within the Republic of San Marino.

As the country gears up to be at the Expo Dubai, its participation at ATM reinforces the country’s efforts to position itself as a must-see tourist destination nestled within Italy and easily accessible via key airports such as Rome and Bologna. San Marino is located in Northern Italy and is an independent country founded more than 1700 years ago with a territory of 24 sq miles and 33.000 inhabitants.

Minister for Tourism and Expo of the Republic of San Marino, Federico Pedini Amati said, “We are delighted to be part of the Arabian Travel Market and share new developments for tourism and highlight our participation at Dubai Expo as we work together to help rebuild trust in travel and showcase our country’s appeal to potential visitors around the globe. This ATM is a great opportunity to highlight our country’s strengths and offer a short glimpse into our culture and our common interests. We are also keen for visitors to see a piece of San Marino in the UAE as we have a unique Fibula – a brooch in form of an eagle currently exhibited at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.”

During the presentation, the Ambassador to the UAE and Commissioner General Expo 2020, Mauro Maiani will unveil the main theme and title of the San Marino Pavilion at the Expo located in the Opportunity area. The Pavilion will be dedicated to the replica of the “Treasure of Domagnano” found in San Marino in late 1800.

The most important piece of the treasure, the fibula is now at Louvre Abu Dhabi. The pavilion will also tell the History and tradition of the country as well as its modern economic system based on tourism but also in innovative companies. The national day of San Marino at Expo 2020 will be on 10 December 2021.

Ambassador to the UAE and Commissioner General Expo 2020, Mauro Maiani  said, “We are keen to present our country as a destination for different types of travellers. Tourists can enjoy the classical Italian tourism tour, attend cultural and festival events that we organize mainly during summer time and we cater to the wedding tourism industry as well. San Marino is also a shopping destination with its old town full of stores and the brand new San Marino Outlet Experience, one of the biggest Italian fashion outlet malls in Northern Italy, opening on June 24.”

The San Marino Tourism Board, together with San Marino Outlet Experience and the incoming tour operators Mondo Immagine and Podium Tour Operator will be present at the ATM within the Italian National Tourist Board (ENIT) Stand number EU2550.

Integrating the Longer-term Home Office into your Hybrid Workplace

By: Guido Kragten, Category Lead for Cloud Platforms at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard company

Finally, there is a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. As we get closer to the easing of lockdowns and social restrictions, many organizations are starting to look forward to welcoming employees and clients back to the office.

But if you think that this is the end of working from home, think again. While working from home was initially a reactionary solution to COVID-19, now that it has demonstrated its value, it is here to stay. In fact, I believe we will see a renewed focus on the home office as it becomes an integral part of organizations’ long-term hybrid workplace strategies, and not just a stopgap solution.

This new approach will require a further change in mindset and network infrastructure. If organizations wish to enable their employees to successfully work from home in the long-term without impact or risk, their remote foundations need to be as strong as possible – before they even start thinking about the physical office. Here are three things they must consider.

  1. Connectivity and access at the Edge is critical.

With the home office set to become a permanent place of work, organizations can no longer afford to ignore the limitations of home network solutions and consumer-grade network equipment, which can cause user experience problems that pose a very real threat to workforce productivity and business continuity.

Indeed, as expectation levels rise and patience levels fall in the wake of the pandemic, employees at home must be able to connect and collaborate at the same level and access the same network functionality and applications as they do when in the office.

To achieve this, organizations need to find ways to extend their infrastructure to the Edge of the network (where employees are now connecting). This will include looking for remote access solutions that can provide home workers with fast, reliable enterprise-level network performance. These solutions must be able prioritize network tasks to eliminate bandwidth bottlenecks and have built-in policy enforcement to ensure that employees can connect securely to the network and key applications.

Plug-and-play options should also be considered, as they make installation effortless for employees – and in turn, IT teams.

  • Network security will be more complex than ever.

The rapid transition to working from home throughout the pandemic brought with it significant complexities for network security – complexities that must now be addressed if employees are to be allowed to move freely between the office and home.

IT teams no longer have complete control over which devices employees are using and the risks they are taking. This new explosion of unmanaged devices connecting regularly to the network at its Edge means that organizations are faced with a much larger attack surface, but lack a good view of it.

They must find ways to increase visibility and control – without increasing workload. After all, securing and monitoring end users, devices and things, on a scale that a hybrid workplace model requires, takes time that IT teams do not have.

Automation and Zero Trust Security models are the only way to effectively streamline security operations. With real-time monitoring, IT teams will be able to detect, prevent, isolate and stop network breaches, ideally before they happen. Solutions like automatic device categorization based on network fingerprint and dynamic segmentation will provide the reliable, effortless control needed. 

But they should also be aware that any failures in connectivity and access will have implications for security and can compound threats. If employers fail to provide adequate remote working solutions, employees may search for digital workarounds, potentially downloading and installing tools and apps from questionable sources. Security must get back on the front foot.

  • Organizations need to take full responsibility for the at-home employee experience.

The only way a hybrid workplace model can truly succeed is if the work-from-home experience is on par with the in-office experience.

We have already spoken about the need to provide the same levels of connectivity and access. The quality of network experience directly impacts workforce productivity, collaboration and working relationships and as such, employee experience is fast becoming a performance metric for IT.

But network performance cannot be the only consideration, and satisfied employees require more than just digital capabilities. If the home office is to truly be a permanent extension of the workplace, employers must take a more holistic approach to equipping the employee experience.

This means that factors such as physical workspaces, comfort and ergonomics, and additional equipment like headsets and monitors – which have largely been left to employees to date – may now also be considered the employer’s responsibility under a hybrid workplace model.

What other benefits are employees missing out on when they work from home? What tools and equipment do they not have access to? What aspects of the employee experience would discourage them from seeing the home office as a viable alternative – and can we address them?

These are all questions that organizations must ask if they want to successfully integrate the home office into their long-term strategy.  

What does the future hold?

The truth is that no one knows. As we saw in 2020, circumstances can change at any moment and organizations must be ready to respond accordingly. What happens if your employees grow tired of working from home? If the trend for third-party collaboration spaces picks up where it left off pre-pandemic?

With this in mind, flexible network technology such Remote Access Points offer a low-risk solution to support home workers at the Edge as needed. They offer easy provisioning and can be easily turned off and mailed back – providing control and visibility while ensuring a consistent, safe experience.

Longer-term, organizations will need to focus on building an agile network that can scale when and as required. This will be the most resourceful way of ensuring that you only pay for the connectivity you need at any given time.


Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet releases three new 42 mm Royal Oak Offshore Divers in stainless steel. Powered by a new movement, Calibre 4308, these models are fit for the wildest adventures in and out of the water. These three watches in khaki, blue or grey sport a new dial aesthetics as well as a new interchangeable strap system to style up your dive.


The three new Royal Oak Offshore Diver models are powered by a new automatic movement with second and instant-jump date indication. Calibre 4308 is equipped with a patented setting mechanism that brings stability and precision when adjusting the watch’s function. Its diving scale featured on the dial’s inner rotating ring is activated with a unidirectional click mechanism linked to the 10 o’clock crown. The watch’s sapphire caseback reveals Calibre 4308’s refined finishing techniques, such as “Côtes de Genève,” “traits tirés” and circular graining, as well as a new dedicated oscillating weight in blackened 22-carat pink gold.

The Royal Oak Offshore Diver is fit for underwater exploration up to a depth of 300 metres as well as for any above-ground outdoors adventures. Thanks to its 60 hours of power reserve, the watch can easily adapt to a few days rest between expeditions.


With the release of the new Royal Oak Offshore Diver, the Manufacture launches an innovative interchangeable strap system for the latest additions to the Royal Oak Offshore collection. The ease and efficiency of the new system will allow clients to change the straps and buckles of their new timepieces themselves with a quick click and release.

Rubber straps in hues of green, blue, grey and black are available for the new Diver models, as well as three calfskin leather straps in beige, brown and black for more adventures on dry land.