How Modern is your Workplace

June 21, 2021

By

Vikas Bhonsle

CEO

Crayon Software Experts India

So what does it take to make a modern workplace? A Modern Workplace is a term used to define organizations that recognize digital collaboration, technology and tools as the way of the future. It is a new age evolution of work culture that breaks the restrictive idea that work, and employees must be restricted to a particular geography and that the security of a company’s data and resources is strictly premise centric.

Modern workplace instead aims to decentralize security and workplace collaboration, helping enterprises to expand their bases. Today, businesses are spread across the globe, and this requires the adoption of modern workplace practices. The modern workplace focuses on remote working thus enabling companies to make the most of cloud solutions and making it easy for employees to work from anywhere, using any connected device, and at any time. Employee collaboration in real-time from any location is one of the biggest highlights of the modern workplace.

Thus, transforming into a modern workplace requires the organization to have a flexible environment that supports continued collaboration and communication. A modern workplace enables an organization to leverage technology developments and culture changes to achieve its goals.

Characteristics of a modern workplace:

1. A Mobile Workforce: A mobile workforce is one of the most critical elements of a modern workplace. Cloud-based data drives and collaborative tools enable the workers to stay in touch and access their work files, remotely. With the arrival of the new normal, the need to have a seamless remote working strategy for organizations has found utmost priority. In the recent Microsoft India’s country-specific findings of its first annual Work Trend Index shows that nearly three-fourths (74%) of Indian employees are keen on flexible remote work options, which reveals insights, challenges, expectations and motivations that will shape the future of work in India.

2. Employees Collaborate and Work as a Team: With a host of online project management and ERP tools, the modern workplace enables the employees to be more collaborative. Files and data are easily shared with the help of these tools, and this in return accelerates work, saves time and the progress is measurable.

3. Cloud-centric: Modern workplaces are cloud-centric. Hence, from storing data to computation, it is all done over the cloud. Cloud technology eliminates the need for company servers and users can access data from anywhere.

4. Technology adaptation: The modern workplace creates an ecosystem, where enterprises are more tech-savvy than their traditional counterparts and stays ahead with trending technologies. This helps the team to adapt to changing IT developments and progress faster than the traditional ones.

5. Have in Place Advanced Security Measures: Due to its acute dependence on cloud technology or digitization, cybersecurity is a foremost priority for a modern workplace. Remote access from any device can breed vulnerability for a network if it does not regulate its access control. The contemporary workplace recognizes these challenges and has mechanisms to protect the infrastructure. It has advanced protection features that protect your data and system. Organizations must ensure that the workforce embraces the modern way of working. This can be achieved by supporting the workforce in adapting to new technologies and training them to use the same. Also, to retain the employees, enterprises must create a healthy atmosphere where employees can think freely on ideas and most importantly, express the same. Furthermore, as we see more people adapting to remote working, team collaboration and regular exchange of information and ideas are crucial in a modern workplace.


ATEN Joins Computex 2021 Virtual Event to Showcase its Latest Products

June 21, 2021

New products and solutions will be revealed at the virtual booth

BENGALURU, India / TAIPEI, Taiwan – June 21, 2021 – ATEN International, the leading provider of AV/IT connectivity and management solutions, participated in the Computex 2021 Virtual Event to showcase its latest products at its virtual booth, where visitors will be introduced to ATEN solutions for control rooms, collaborative spaces, remote management, server rooms, SOHO, gaming, and green energy.

Established in 1981, Computex has become one of the largest ICT tradeshows in the world, and this year it will continue to offer an exceptional visitor experience with keynote speeches, the all-new smart online platform integrated with AI and automation technology, and various matchmaking opportunities.

The ATEN virtual booth is located at the 5G Communication and Networking area, and it provides visitors with a look at our connectivity and management solutions, with new product debuts including the VP3250 multi-in-one presentation matrix switch, the VE1843 video transceiver, and the VK2200 control box. Other products such as the CS1953 hybrid KVMP switch, the UC9040 all-in-one multi-channel AV mixer, and the OL3000HV professional online UPS are also featured in the exhibition.

VP3250 – 5 x 2 True 4K Seamless Presentation Matrix Switch with Control (Coming Q3 2021)

The ATEN VP3520 is a multi-in-one presentation matrix switch that integrates a video matrix switch, 4K scaler, HDBaseT extender, audio mixer, and control functions into one compact device. It delivers 5 video inputs to 2 video outputs, with up to True 4K video resolutions, and features Seamless Switch for zero-second source switching. The VP3520 is capable of controlling AV devices such as displays and projectors, and includes an audio mixer as well to meet the demands of advanced applications.

VE1843 – True 4K HDMI/USB HDBaseT 3.0 Transceiver (Coming Q3 2021)

The ATEN VE1843 is a video transceiver that integrates both transmitter and receiver functionality in a single device. It offers a maximum of 18G bandwidth, and is capable of extending uncompressed True 4K video, 7.1ch Dolby/DTS audio, control signals (IR, RS-232, USB2.0, Ethernet) and stereo audio via one Cat6 cable up to 100m. The VE1843 features a fan less, smart heat management design that enables efficient heat dissipation and 24/7 operation.

VK2200 – Control Box Gen. 2

The ATEN VK2200 is part of the ATEN Control System, an Ethernet-based management system that controls hardware devices in a room via a mobile device. As a controller, the VK2200 offers serial, relay, IR, digital I/O, and dual LAN port connections. It features a high-performance quad-core CPU and 2GB of memory to monitor and process complex operations and be controlled by multiple users. A dedicated Control LAN port isolates connections from the corporate network in order to fulfill high-security demands.

Join ATEN at Computex 2021 Virtual to explore more business opportunities!

For more information, please visit the event page: https://virtual.computextaipei.com.tw/

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About ATEN

ATEN International Co., Ltd. (TWSE: 6277), established in 1979, is the leading provider of AV/IT connectivity and management solutions. Offering integrated KVM, professional AV, SOHO, and intelligent power solutions, ATEN products connect, manage, and optimize AV/IT equipment in corporate, government, education, broadcasting and media, and transportation environments. ATEN has 630+ issued international patents and a global R&D team that produces a constant stream of innovative solutions, resulting in a comprehensive portfolio of products available worldwide.

Headquartered in Taiwan, ATEN International Co., Ltd. has grown to include subsidiaries and regional offices in China, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, Australia, the U.S., the U.K., Russia, Turkey, Poland, India, and Romania – with R&D centers in Taiwan, China, and Canada.

For more information about ATEN, please visit www.aten.com.


Future of Data Center in India and Role of Indian Government in Securing them

June 21, 2021

Data is growing at an exponential rate in the modern borderless world. Over 2.5 Quintilian bytes of data is generated every day across the globe. India alone is set to produce 2.3 million petabytes of digital data by the year 2020, and it is growing at a rate that’s much faster than the world average. A recent report by JLL found that India’s colocation data centre market size is expected to reach $4bn in market size by 2025, registering a CAGR of 21%.

However, due to Covid-19 pandemic many companies are finding it difficult to manage their in-house data centre as it requires a lot of resources to keep them functioning properly across the clock as IT staffs have to monitor many perimeters like lightning protection, wiring, fire control, UPSs and airflow management together to ensure physical security for data storage. As we are moving forward in this post pandemic scenario companies can overcome these challenges by either two ways; Adoption of cloud (Public/Hybrid) or Micro Data Centres.

Hybrid cloud combines public cloud and private cloud into a seamlessly blended infrastructure. Adding traditional IT into the mix results in a full hybrid IT model that allows companies to take advantage of the public cloud pricing, the general flexibility of cloud computing and the security of dedicated hardware.

Secondly with Micro Data Centres; With edge computing, IT infrastructure can locate either on premise, or at locations near to end-users. Designed to complement existing public cloud or colocation deployments. We all know that enterprises are going for cloud, but the data centre could become decentralised with micro data centres. Micro data centres have a smaller footprint than conventional data centres, cost less and suffer less latency and many vendors like SuperMicro, Dell etc. have come out with the solution of, fast deployment in edge environments.

The rising demand for pre-integrated, physically secure and remotely monitored containerised data centre solutions is pushing out traditional data centres – Gartner estimates that 80% of enterprises will move on from data centres by 2025, a market gap which will be filled by innovative industry players in the micro data centre market growth is concerned.

Clubbing these infrastructure changes with upcoming Government of India’s Personal Data Protection Bill (PDPB), enterprises have to be sure that they will be complying towards these new set of regulation that is due to come in 2022. The upcoming bill will regulate the storage, processing, usage of Personally identifiable information (PII) of Indian Citizens for bodies that store or process these information which will include several parameters like storage of data on Indian Continent and just like General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there will be strict actions against any non-compliance towards the Personal Data Protection Bill.

So moving forward enterprise can work in a way of storing their confidential data in-house in their Data Centres and migrating their internal processes like Email, ERP, CRM, Backup etc. to cloud based SaaS providers which can cater to their business needs like Druva, Quest, Micro Focus, Carbonite, LogMeIn that offers solutions which can help customer adopt cloud easily so that companies can focus their attention on supporting their business critical processes and not in managing their IT infrastructure.

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About TechnoBind

TechnoBind is the first Specialist Distributor in the Indian IT channel space, offering a hybrid distribution model placed synergistically between broad-based and niche distribution, to deliver high business value for its reseller partners. TechnoBind helps partners to implement solutions, which solve specific business pain points arising out of the rapidly changing facets of technology for businesses. The company’s sole focus has been on technologies that help the customer handle his Data and the associated challenges of Data Treatment. For more information, visit http://technobind.com


MESTEK Launches USB Port 58mm Thermal Receipt Printer for Small Business on Amazon

June 18, 2021

Built-in power supply design to save space (Small Size), ideal for bill printing in POS systems, supermarkets, retail stores, restaurants

BENGALURU, India – June 18, 2021 – Mestek, a leading provider of consumer electronics and high quality IT peripherals, with standards of quality and competitive prices, recently launched USB Port 58mm thermal receipt printer for small business. The plug and play Mestek MST-407 printer perfectly prints the bills with the added benefit of low noise and high-speed printing with this easy to use thermal printer.

Mestek printer is ideal for applications in retail, hospitality, healthcare and more where a compact printing solution is required. Featuring a USB as standard interface. The USB POS Printer is simple and convenient to operate, quick and easy paper change, easy maintenance. The 58mm thermal printer combines exceptional performance and energy efficiency along with professional-grade printing. Its lightweight portable design, and USB connectivity, are widely compatible with a large number of operating systems making it all the more functional. These thermal printers come with low noise levels which make them ideal for using in work environments. MST-407 prints at a super-fast speed of 90mm/sec, thus helping to effectively trim the amount of time. Additionally, it comes in dimensions of 50 x 50 x 50 millimeters. The lightweight machine weighs only 1 kilograms and is easily portable with a compact and lightweight design which makes it convenient for use.

Price and Availability

Mestek MST-407 USB Port 58mm Thermal Receipt Printer are available on amazon and with PremiumAV brand store for purchase. For price and availability please click here

For for information visit here


Business Contingency Plan for Banking during the Pandemic

June 17, 2021

By Nikhil Korgaonkar, Regional Director, Arcserve India & SAARC
 
The sector of banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI) is becoming highly digitally enabled as financial and banking activities are core to any society. In particular, digital adoption has become fundamental for banks to stay relevant and in business, causing an increase in data volume. Data is the lifeblood of every financial organization and is experiencing this exponential growth due to the digital enablement of financial services. For instance, COVID-19 provided the impetus to online trading through UPI, which doubled from the previous year’s 2.1 lakh crore rupees to 4.3 lakh, crore rupees in January 2021.
Unfortunately, there are also many downsides from digital dependence. For instance, banks have become an attractive target for cyber-attacks. In December 2020, two Indian banks were reported to have suffered from two different ransomware attacks, namely the Egregor ransomware and the Everest ransomware.
Trouble in the IT infrastructure is another type of disruption caused by digital dependence. A leading private sector bank had multiple instances of downtime in the last few months in its internet banking, mobile banking, and payment utility services. As a result, India’s Reserve Bank of India (RBI) asked the bank to temporarily shut down its digitization initiative and stop sourcing new credit card customers.
Many other similar disruptions dotted the Indian banking sector last year since the pandemic catapulted digital transformation to a new height. Therefore, to keep India’s financial backbone up and running in March 2021, the RBI asked banks to share and implement their business contingency plans (BCPs). A standard BCP includes measures to prepare for anticipated disruptions, ensure smooth flow of operations and staffing, identify critical resources, and form crisis management groups. To show the criticality of the existence of a BCP for the banking industry, RBI shared its BCP before it issued the directive for other banks.
RBI also emphasized the criticality of having cybersecurity and IT resilience for banks and asked them to have a distinguished, focused approach for each.
Protection from Multi-fold Increase in Ransomware Attacks
The year 2020 was razed by two major crises, the COVID-19 pandemic and ransomware attacks, a specific kind of cyberattack. Unfortunately, nothing is stopping the ransomware attacks in today’s pro-digital world. Criminals are always on the lookout to breach an organizations’ IT network. They either steal its data or sell it on the darknet. Or they steal and trade but also hold the network to ransom, demanding large sums before releasing it.
In addition to banks and financial institutions, several other large governments and private organizations such as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Cognizant, and Honda were also attacked by ransomware in the last year. It is noteworthy that these organizations were also not without any security measures like the banking industry. For instance, Honda had spent millions on its cybersecurity protocol, creating layers of security to protect its invaluable asset: data.
Cybersecurity Ventures’ 2020 report estimates cybercrime damage to be around US$6 trillion by the end of this year, with a cyberattack occurring every 40 seconds in 2016 to every 11 seconds in 2021, equivalent to about 3 million businesses being affected by ransomware attacks in a year. The average ransom payout has also nearly tripled over the last year.
With that, the question arises, how do organizations protect their data despite having security measures? What if the first line of defense (cybersecurity) fails? Will it still be possible to retrieve data seamlessly within minutes to ensure business continuity? Would the last line of defense stand? Can data protect itself when all security measures have failed?
Critical Data Protection Objectives That Need Consideration
Two main objectives drive the data protection space: Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO). RPO is the amount of data you can afford to lose when you bring back your system online after a disaster, and RTO is the minimum amount of time you can allow to bring up your plans after a disaster.
The value of data a company protects is not always the same. For example, data such as email that has not been accessed in the last 5-6 months is more for archival purpose, while fast data can be used by bank executives to quickly access a customer’s records to see their current financial standing and past purchases with the bank, allowing the bank to offer new products. Another example is data under the human resources department. It is not as crucial as customer data for business continuation. So why use the exact solutions to protect all data with equal priority?
It is crucial to segregate data and have different measures to protect it, as shown here:
  1. Data and Secondary Systems (RPO/RTO > 24 hours)
  2. Business Critical Systems (RPO/RTO – 1 to 4 hours), and
  3. Mission Critical Systems (RPO/RTO – Near Zero).
Daily backup is not good enough when it comes to mission-critical data that needs a near-zero downtime. You need to look beyond “backup” that can give you RTO of hours to a day.
It would be best to have DC DR solutions with replication capabilities that should be platform-agnostic and seamless to transcend between physical, virtual, cloud, multi-cloud, on-premise, off-premise, or hybrid environments. Keep the mission-critical data continuously available between DC and DR.
Again, most solutions fail as they are not application aware but merely a snapshot of replication between storage devices on JBODs or VM-level replication. This is not good enough when every transaction, every row of your database, is essential, and you need solutions that go far beyond that point.
Follow a Holistic Ransomware Protection Approach
As India prepares for a full-throttle adoption of a digital-only world, it is essential to identify what you are trying to protect and what needs actual protection. Do your cybersecurity measures protect your data, and what are the stakes in case of a failure?
Ransomware prevention requires multi-fold strategies. Remember, there are no “silver bullets” to prevent ransomware attacks. It is possible to reduce the probability of an attack with cybersecurity measures, yet an orchestrated recovery is crucial if one still takes place.
Banks should look at creating multimodal strategies that can give a solid last line of defense. One of the most successful strategies has been the 3-2-1-1 Backup Strategy. In this, three different copies of data are created, one primary and two backups. The backups are then separately stored locally on two different storage media. One of these is kept in offsite storage (secure storage, cloud, etc.), and the other copy is on immutable storage, which can be a separate safe cloud.
Whenever a data protection and recovery solution with proper cybersecurity in place is implemented and aligned with the 3-2-1-1 best practice approach, one or more copies of your data will always be available for recovery in the event of a ransomware attack. The strategy can also enable you to spin up virtual machines so that your vital business applications can start immediately while data is being restored in parallel.
It is commendable that RBI has initiated a highly process-oriented strategy building for Indian banks and is leading from the front. It remains to see how quickly the Indian banking sector can implement it. Important to note here is that the same data protection and recovery strategy can apply to any enterprise that deals with huge volumes of customer data and cannot afford business downtimes, even seconds. This brings us back to the importance of having a functional BCP that ensures all organization’s critical functions continue to be available to individuals, businesses, and governments under all circumstances.

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