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.

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...

By NEI, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise, Scalability, Security, Virtualisation.

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...

By nScaled, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Industry, Security.

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...

By Verity Gough, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, SaaS , Security, Vendors.

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...

By Verity Gough, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Security.

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...

By nScaled, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Security.

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,...

By CloudSwitch, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Consumer, Hacking, SaaS , Security, Storage.

It’s Not a Disaster Recovery Plan If You Don’t Test It

There’s a fine story by Jacob Gsoedl over at SearchDisasterRecovery.com called, “Disaster recovery in the cloud explained” that makes for good reading.

Gsoedl provides a good overview of matters. I would like amplify one topic that I think deserves more emphasis than Gsoedl provides – testing.

As one of our customers recently put it to me, “You don’t actually have a DR plan if you...

By nScaled, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, Infrastructure, PaaS, SaaS , Security.

Market Forecast: The Future is Already Here – It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

The prescient quote by William Gibson aptly describes the worldwide Software as a Service (SaaS) market today, especially in the enterprise.

Global adoption and growth of SaaS within enterprises is unevenly distributed yet growing rapidly.  One...

Zenny’s Weekly Cloud Links #25 – VMworld, Telstra, Cloud Security, Hybrid Cloud

Zenny, Zenoss, ZebraEvery Friday we like to highlight some of our favorite posts on Cloud Computing, service orientated infrastructure, DevOps, and anything else that grabbed our attention over the week. Here are some great articles from the week of August 29th that are worth taking a look at. Enjoy!

Public cloud remains unappealing, warns report

Companies are increasingly migrating to the private cloud but are less enamoured with the prospect of public cloud services, a report has revealed.

A survey of IT managers by IT solutions company, Precise has found that businesses seems to be switching onto the benefits of virtual computing with 37 percent saying they will migrate 61 percent or more of their applications to a private cloud environment in the future. But while cloud technology remains the next Big Thing in IT, only six percent of companies are...

By Verity Gough, 01 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Compliance, Enterprise, Security.

SQL Injection – When Will We Learn?

Once again a major web site has been hacked using good old-fashioned SQL injection. Over the weekend Nokia’s developer forum was hacked, resulting in a Homer Simpson face being put up on their web (funny) and the loss of names, email, and other personal for many developers (not funny). This is but the latest in a now very long string of SQL injection attacks, and personally I don’t see much excuse on the part of those attacked.

It might have been possible...

By Arthur Hicken, 31 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Economy, Enterprise, Hacking, Industry, Infrastructure, Private, Security.

How the Cloud Helped Us Through a Hurricane

As the path of Hurricane Irene became apparent late the week of August 22, GreenPages’ Managed Services operations team realized we had some serious planning to do.  

On the morning of Thursday August 25, our Operations Management team reviewed our plan for Hurricane Irene, which was bearing down on our Network Operations Center in Charlestown, MA as well as GreenPages’ Kittery, ME headquarters.  The topic of conversation: how would we maintain availability of our critical systems...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Infrastructure, Migration, Security, Storage.

American Idol, Blockbuster, and Microsoft 365: Innovate or Die

I attended the Microsoft Partner Conference last month in Los Angeles, CA, and there were two major topics during the week.  The first was the recent release of Office 365 which is the epicenter of Microsoft’s cloud computing vision.  The second was which Hollywood stars we would see, obviously.   

However, the only star I saw was an Allison Iraheta performance that Microsoft sponsored at the Staples Center.  (Allison, if you were unaware, came in...