CenturyLink: Why complexity, not the cloud vendor, locks you in

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It continues to be an extremely busy time for CenturyLink Cloud. Amidst a plethora of news and acquisitions, one stood out: the buyout of disaster recovery as a service software provider DataGardens.

As this publication has previously examined, cloud disaster recovery is certainly one of the more popular buzzwords in the IT industry right now, yet a lack of clarity still pervades. There are degrees of...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, SLA.

Is cheap and unlimited cloud storage bad news?

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By Simon Langlois

Everyone can agree, storage quotas for cloud services are increasing very quickly. And this means only one thing: cloud storage is getting dirt-cheap. This is nothing new, as organisations have been getting more and more gigabyte (GB) for their buck in the past months. Some of the industry’s biggest cloud players, like Amazon, Google and Microsoft have been engaging in a war on storage. Who will include the biggest quota at the lowest price? And who will cut...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 12 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Software, Storage.

The cloud service provider and security vulnerabilities: Three steps to prevention

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IT departments worldwide face a dizzying array of security threats, whether they manage traditional or NextGen/cloud based environments. IT security experts report some very frightening statics:

  • Approximately 400,000 new malware instances are recognised daily
  • New kinds of malware are gaining prominence including Ransomware, Scareware, and banking malware.
  • New attack vectors include public cloud, software-as-a-service provider environments, third party services providers and mobile devices.
  • Reports of politically or cause sponsored terrorism and corporate espionage are on the rise...

By David Auslander, 09 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Modular data centres: Standardise your way to a customised cloud

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It may seem counterintuitive, but enterprises and smaller firms can standardise their way to their own hybrid cloud model through smart use of modular data centres.

Large enterprises (and the rest of us) have tended to see pre-fabricated modular data centres (or containers) as an emergency option for extra capacity or one-off events. However, they have one crucial advantage over installed data centres: whilst the majority of data centres are designed, installed and tested in situ and...

By Chris Smith, 05 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.

Faster still: Analysing big data analytics and the agile enterprise

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By Mark Davis, Distinguised Big Data Engineer, Dell Software Group, Santa Clara, California 

Big data technologies are increasingly considered an alternative to the data warehouse. Surveys of large corporations and organisations bear out the strong desire to incorporate big data management approaches as part of their competitive strategy.

But what is the value that these companies see? Faster decision making, more complete information, and greater agility in the face of competitive...

By Mark Davis, 27 February 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics.

Cloud disaster recovery in a nutshell: How does it work?

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Disaster recovery - the IT industry’s latest buzz words. Although a popular subject, many of the articles out there are not providing accurate or enough information to demystify the concept. How does one explain disaster recovery to a SMB owner or an organisation’s president without confusing them more than clarifying? Or without boring the hell out of them? Here’s my attempt.

First, there are a few terms you’ll need to acquaint yourself with. Like RTO and...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 24 February 2015, 5 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, SLA.

Federation of Small Businesses warns of continued security fears for SMBs in the cloud

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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found nearly two fifths of small businesses are sceptical about the benefits of cloud technology when compared against security risks.

The survey, which was conducted in association with Verve and polled over 1200 SMB professionals, found 59% were using cloud services of some description, and of those, the biggest worry was a risk of data being lost, stolen or damaged, cited by 61% of respondents.

55% were worried about not being able to...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

Microsoft becomes first vendor to adopt latest international cloud privacy standard

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Microsoft has announced it is the first major cloud provider to adopt the ISO/IEC 27018 standard, claimed as the world’s first international standard for cloud privacy.

The standard, which was published by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) last year, sets out to establish “commonly accepted control objectives, controls and guidelines for implementing measures to protect...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Privacy.

Healthcare data security: Is cloud encryption alone enough?

By Kenneth N. Rashbaum, Esq. and Liberty McAteer, Esqs.

This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel.

What if the data of 80 million Anthem subscribers were encrypted at rest? And...

By Logicworks, 16 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Want to pick up the right cloud storage for your business? Leviathan offers a few ideas

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Risk management consulting provider Leviathan Security Group has released a whitepaper discussing the issues in choosing local and cloud storage, as well as potential vulnerabilities and risks.

The paper on the value of cloud security, and vulnerabilities in storage, assumes three scenarios, based on small, medium and large businesses, and outlines solutions based on their business needs:

  • For a small consultancy scenario, the nature of their work means they are unlikely to connect back to the office during the work day, although many will...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Storage.