Aftershock: An online movie giant rides a “cloud” tremor

On April 21, 2011 a digital earthquake hit the United States and reverberated around the world. Online businesses rattled and hummed as they coped with a massive vibration that shook their faith in the biggest IT revolution since the Internet: Cloud Computing.

Some businesses shared the same cloud skyscrapers and all went down at once. And, there were some big names in this skyscraper including Netflix, Quora and FourSquare -- the very poster-childs for the cloud revolution.

The result is something IT...

By VI, 29 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Security, Storage.

The Ins and Outs of Opting

There has been another rash of security/privacy issues by major internet companies. Actually it’s more of an ongoing issue than it is a recent outbreak. And much of the ongoing trouble is related to a poor understanding of “opt in” vs “opt out” methodologies, and some pretty poor business choices in that area.

By Arthur Hicken, 18 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Security.

Inadequate IT security creates 'perfect storm for hackers'

Fears around new technologies like cloud computing, smartphones and virtualisation are central to the security concerns of many IT departments, while pressure to improve business productivity and a lack of collaboration with different business divisions is leaving enterprise IT open to increased security risks, according to a new report.

The annual ‘State of Endpoint’ study, carried out by the Poneman Institute for endpoint management and security specialist Lumension, found that the...

By Matt Henkes, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry, Research, Security, Virtualisation.

Amazon Web Services Cloud Security

Cloud security ranks very high on the list of concerns for potential Cloud users. AWS went to great lengths to address these concerns and is attacking security issues on multiple levels: • physical security • providing secure data and services • certifications

Cloud security is shared between cloud service provider and customer. Both parties are thus responsible for managing and securing IT environment. AWS provides highly secure and controlled platform with many security features customers can use. AWS manages and...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, PublicSector, Security.

Cloud computing named in top 10 strategic technologies

Analysts have found that cloud computing will make significant impact on industries during the next three years. At the Gartner Symposium last week, delegates heard that enterprises will deliver a broader range of cloud services over the next two years. Users will notice an increase in enterprise-level cloud services. Providers, including Oracle, IBM and SAP, have major initiatives to expand services and Microsoft will continue to build on its offering. Hybrid cloud computing will also be a major focus next year, along with new certification programs, including fedRAMP and CAMM, which will be ready for trial, enabling more...

By Dani Millward, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Private, Public, Security.

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.

This...

By Dani Millward, 21 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Private, Public, SaaS , Security.

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...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, SaaS , Security.

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...

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...

By nScaled, 27 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise, Security.

How Analytics and Business Intelligence Are Accelerating Cloud Adoption

During the last few weeks of completing a research project on buyer personas, a key finding of of just how quickly enterprises are switching out legacy reporting apps for SaaS-based analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) is emerging.

I’ve been interviewing sales VPs, sales operations...

By Louis Columbus, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, SaaS , Security.

5 Simple Rules for Creating a Cloud Strategy

Over the last 18 months, the media, technologists, analysts, CIOs and CEOs have all been talking about the cloud. Now, most organizations are embarking on some form of cloud computing, but as always, technology is the relatively easy part. For those of you wanting to keep your feet firmly on the ground, and looking to set your direction and strategy, here are some simple guidelines to help you along the way.

By Gregor Petri, 23 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Compliance, Enterprise, SaaS , Security, Virtualisation.