Swisscom sets up “Swiss Cloud”...but it’s not in response to NSA
The Switzerland-based telco Swisscom is in the process of building a national “Swiss Cloud” – but denies claims that the primary motivation is around acquiring customers spooked by the NSA scandal.
The story first broke on Reuters, with the news agency reporting that the move is “driven more by a desire to cut costs and make its systems more dynamic”, according to Swisscom head of IT services Andreas...
How to balance cloud security with agility in the healthcare vertical
Back in July, a study released from the Ponemon Institute cited cloud-based storage and mobile applications as the typical sources for cloud security concerns within many healthcare organizations. However, it was not understood if this worry was around just the concept of cloud computing and mobile computing, or if these organizations are dealing with true issues. I suspect it was the...
Steve Wozniak: I am a fan of the cloud...but let’s not go all in yet
Exclusive Steve Wozniak says he’s “a fan” of the cloud, yet he’s still worried about what could happen if consumers and companies don’t back things up locally.
This may come as something of a surprise to the tech fraternity, for whom the general consensus was that Woz wasn’t too keen on cloud – to put it politely.
Last August, after a showing of the Mike Daisey monologue ‘The Agony and...
Enterprise architecture: The key to cybersecurity
When I first discuss security in our Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course, I ask the class the following question: if a building had 20 exterior doors, and you locked 19 of them, would you be 95% secure? The answer to this 20-doors problem, of course, is absolutely not – you’d be 0% secure, since the...
Windows Azure cloud nails FedRAMP qualification, government work to rise
Microsoft has announced that its Windows Azure cloud infrastructure has been given the sought after FedRAMP accreditation for US federal cloud computing.
As the American government is trying to go ‘cloud first’, this represents an important milestone for Redmond – if perhaps a little late.
Back in June, competitors HP and Amazon announced that their clouds were secure after gaining federal...
Examining disaster recovery by the numbers [infographic]
Example 1: If you can’t test it, you don’t know it works
One can’t get serious about DR unless one acknowledges not just the criticality of testing, but also...
Nirvanix shuts down, gives customers two weeks to move data
Enterprise-level cloud storage provider Nirvanix has unexpectedly announced it is shutting down effective September 30, with customers frantically searching for another place to store their data by then.
Several sources have reported the news, with the Wall Street Journal claiming that the storage provider had lost its latest round of funding, and had run out of money to continue operating.
The Twittersphere was varied as the community took the news in:
New paper questions whether cloud consumers get what they pay for
Consumers need to be made more aware of what they’re purchasing in a cloud solution, according to the latest research paper.
The team of researchers, including IBM and Google, published their findings in a paper entitled ‘Verifying Cloud Services: Present and Future’, and aimed for this to be an education for cloud customers – punters need to examine “in breadth, rather in depth”, how a CSP performs.
The researchers put this down to a series of issues which need answering:...
Is your critical data safe in the cloud?
For a rapidly growing network of companies with critical data, migrating to the cloud has moved from an idea to reality.
But while cloud services promise rich economic benefits, scalability and flexibility, they also can trigger significant perceived risks for companies that are highly concerned about security, data protection, reliability and availability.
Primarily, breaches of one’s data can prove both devastating and costly, with any breaches sparking downtime that could lead to potential loss...