Private cloud service is a last resort
Enterprise should leave private cloud services as a last resort, says Gartner, beginning their journey to cloud computing with simple apps running in the public cloud, though only after thorough analysis.
During the IT Symposium on Tuesday, Gartner analyst Daryl Plummer advised how, if you do plan on using the cloud, you should start with common apps, like email, social, productivity and Web, then work your way through to the advanced apps.
The blame game: Does cloud storage result in data loss?
What Elephant in the Room? 5 Excuses to Avoid the Cloud
Is the Cloud the Next Iteration of Data Security?
Sitting in a meeting with a partner of ours, who provides cloud-based desktop and application services, I was struck by a statement by one of the company founders. He said “Yes, we provide customers with an efficient way to access their corporate data, consume application resources in the cloud, and drive down costs. But I’ve always maintained that our number one value to our customers is that we protect and secure their data.”
An interesting take, considering that the #1 concern...
Public cloud security remains MISSION IMPOSSIBLE….. for now
Someday, cloud security vendors and cloud...
Cloud Security Part 2: The SECRET Sauce
Cloud Identity and Security Best Practices
The Advent of the Privileged Cloud
What’s in a name? Well, it could be a lot. In fact, the name we assign something can have a huge impact of our perception of that thing. Would you eat reconstituted chicken parts? Thanks to whomever decided to call that a “nugget” you might.
On the other hand, sometimes we come up with a name for something that makes a great idea seem much less great. Remember New Coke? It registered quite well on blind taste tests. The problem was...
Cloud Security Part 1: Why So Many Cloud Servers are Vulnerable
Paranoia Will Destroy Ya
There’s an amusingly pugnacious post over at ZDNet by Ken Hess that asks why so many people seem to be paranoid about cloud computing.
Hess, with tongue in cheek (I think), conjures images of survivalist loonies in describing the mistrust that some of his readers apparently exhibit towards cloud. That seem like a bit much, but what with all the vendor hype surrounding cloud, I wouldn’t blame buyers for being...
How Analytics and Business Intelligence Are Accelerating Cloud Adoption
5 Simple Rules for Creating a Cloud Strategy
Perception Differences between Adopters and Non-Adopters of Cloud
What makes some enterprises adopt cloud computing while others, despite being well informed, decline the opportunity? IaaS providers tout lower cloud computing cost, boast easy scalability, and assure security; but these marketing messages have enticed only 10% of U.S. firms to adopt cloud deployments thus far and another 10% plan to do so within the next 2 years. Are some identifiable cloud computing problems preventing the other...
Securing Your Journey to the Cloud [Infographic]
Back to school: Disaster recovery lessons
The past week and a half have brought us the trifecta of business continuity / disaster recovery (BC/DR) stories: Hurricane Irene, the San Diego blackout, and the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I’ll try not to belabor the point – stuff happens, and business need to be prepared – and instead highlight some of the more important lessons.
Lesson #1 – Disasters happen all the time.
It’s unfortunate that our industry refers to “disaster recovery”. The word disaster sounds like...
Dome9 launches new cloud firewall service
A new product aimed at creating a firewall for public and private clouds has launched.Dome9, a Tel Aviv based software company which founded last year, is just one of several cloud security companies to crowd an increasingly busy market sector. Its new offering is software as a service as well as an API that allows customers to let legitimate users access the ports for cloud-based servers. When deployed as an agent, the software works on any number of public and private clouds, such as Amazon, GoGrid and others...
Microsoft cloud outage hits millions of Hotmail users
Millions of Hotmail users were unable to access their accounts for at least two hours this morning after Microsoft’s Cloud suffered an outage, according to reports.
Problems began at around 4am this morning however, it was reported in a company blog that Microsoft had sorted the problem by 5.45am, although repairs went on for some time after this. Commenting in its 365 Twitter feed, Microsoft suggested the problems were down to an issue with the Domain Name System.
In addition to Hotmail, the outage...
Backup is NOT Disaster Preparedness
I just got done reading a survey report put out by Symantec on the topic of SMB disaster preparedness. It stated what I think most of already know, that something like 50% of small and midsize businesses (SMB) don’t have a disaster plan. This is a terrible state of affairs, and I applaud Symantec for highlighting the issue with the report.
Much less laudable was Symantec’s recommendation for how SMBs can address the gap. As I read, and then re-read the report to be sure, I realized that all the...
Is Encryption the Solution to Cloud Security and Privacy?
By Guest Blogger Erik Heels, Partner at Clock Tower Law Group, experts in patent law
Wikipedia defines "cloud computing" as "the logical computational resources (data, software) accessible via a computer network (through WAN or Internet etc.), rather than from a local computer. Managing local computers is hard: there are security issues, computer lifecycle issues, accessibility issues. Cloud computing, ideally, is easy: set it and forget it,...