Are companies spending more and more on the cloud?

According to analysis from research firm Frost and Sullivan, over half of Australian companies using cloud computing services are spending 10% of their budget on the cloud.

Further research revealed that 70% of Australian enterprises in the cloud are looking to boost their services “significantly” in the next 12 months.

The overall research into Australian business showed:

  • 53% of companies using cloud computing services spend more than one tenth of their IT budget on cloud solutions
  • 31% spend more than 20% of their budget on the cloud
  • Perhaps...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Migration, SaaS , Security.

Can the cloud benefit the healthcare industry?

Medical experts and researchers have been talking about the cloud in the healthcare industry for some time. When it comes to its application in this field, the information technology seems to be on a very poor level.

The majority of medical services still practice a complicated paper-based administration. Considering how many medical records, application forms and walking-orders a hospital has to issue in a single day, another solution for the whole process is highly necessary.

Enhancement of productivity and...

By Bojana Dobran, 09 August 2012, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, PublicSector, Security.

Writer’s iCloud hacked as Wozniak calls cloud “horrendous”

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is hardly sitting on the fence with his opinions on the cloud

Speaking after a performance of Mike Daisey’s monologue “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”, Steve Wozniak was in uncompromising mood concerning his thoughts on cloud computing.

Wozniak reportedly told the packed theatre audience: “I think [cloud’s] going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years”.

Five years is a long time. According...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Hacking, Security.

Cloud Computing: essential to SMEs?

It has been reported this week that 65% of US small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) say that cloud computing is absolutely essential to their organisation and future growth plans. Meanwhile 59% have stated that their selection of

By VI, 24 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Security.

What are the 7 challenges facing federal cloud computing?

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that, while the US ‘Cloud First’ enterprise project is making tangible progress, there are seven cloud lessons for the public sector.

The report, subtitled “progress made but future cloud computing efforts should be better planned”, charts the progress of Cloud First – a federal policy which exhorts agencies to find a cloud-based IT solution whenever logistically possible.

Things appear to have moved forward since...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Establish secure remote access with limited staff and budgets

With some of the recent breaches of restaurant chains, I’ve got to think that many of them were related to poor remote access practices. I say this because in all of my years of consulting, I have found that very weak controls around the remote access is a lot more common than one would think.

Even today you will commonly find things like POS Servers directly accessible on the Internet via VNC, RDP, or pcAnywhere. I have even seen SQL databases that contain credit card data made directly accessible over...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 13 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

Cisco's backtrack on Connect Cloud - taking privacy for granted?

Cisco has been forced to apologise for what Home Networking Vice President Brett Wingo described as “confusion and inconvenience” following the rolling out of their Connect Cloud system.

The issue concerns a cloud-based update Cisco made to their Linksys EA2700, EA3500 and EA4500 firmware which had originally been rolled out automatically to users’ routers.

The update took many users by surprise, and they weren’t best pleased...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Security.

Storms take Amazon cloud down – were you affected?

In the week that the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency reported worldwide cloud outages cost at least £45m over five years, the all-encompassing Amazon EC2 Cloud was down on Friday night due to heavy storms in Virginia.

From approximately 2300 EST on Friday users were unable to access various sites utilising the Amazon infrastructure cloud, including

By James Bourne, 02 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, Security.

Will CliQr end fears of cloud vendor lock-in?

As the Google I/O conference gets underway in San Francisco, a Google-backed start-up has launched a cloud solution which aims to eradicate vendor lock-in.

Cloud management providers CliQr Technologies has launched CloudCenter, a product which “enables applications to get to and fluidly move between clouds with optimal price-performance and without migration disruption and expense”.

The product will have an official unveiling at the...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Security, Vendors.

Where to allocate resources in the cybercrime war

The cost of protecting ourselves against cybercrime can far outweigh the cost of the threat itself, according to a new study led by computer scientists at The University of Cambridge.

At the behest of the UK Ministry of Defence, the research team compiled the first estimate of direct, indirect and defence costs of different types of cybercrime.

The report’s authors, which included experts from Cambridge University, working with colleagues in Germany, the Netherlands, the USA and UK, concluded that...

By Matt Henkes, 18 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Industry, Regulation, Security.

Cloud-based solutions best defence against cyber “DDoS” attacks?

A recent paper on distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks by Neustar concludes that only cloud-based DDoS solutions offer a comprehensive defence against increasing attacks that are expected to surge by as much as 40% in 2012.

“Cloud solutions provide the bandwidth (as measured in Gbps) to absorb today’s massive network layer attacks, plus the technology diversity and processing power to handle application-layer and high packets-per-second strikes,” said Neustar.

Neustar...

By VI, 12 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Hardware, Security.

2012: the year of the cloud

2012. This is the year of the cloud. This is the year that business is realising it needs the cloud. But why?

Efficiencies is the answer.

If surviving the GFC taught us one thing, it’s how to be lean. If business, and especially small business is to survive and even thrive post-GFC, it must learn to operate on a strict diet.

To be lean and mean. This means not just micro-managing your...

By Nathan Elcoate, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Public, Security.

The cloud security question: Benefit or barrier?

Despite perceptions to the contrary, small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) are benefiting from increased IT data security as a result of a move to cloud computing, according to new research from comscore and Microsoft.

The results of the research, carried out among SMBs in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and the US, oppose the perception of security as the Achilles heel of the cloud argument.

The study shows that 35% of U.S. companies surveyed had experienced noticeably higher levels of security since...

By Matt Henkes, 15 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Security.

Cloud Backup Or Sync?

Whether your data is stored in the cloud, on your desktop or on your server, you should be backing it up at least daily.

There are a myriad of backup options available on the desktop, from Windows NT Backup to Symantec and other more advanced options.

Some are mirror image backups, some are file by file. As well as backing up we should also be testing our restore processes to make sure our...

By Nathan Elcoate, 14 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Consumer, Security.

Data breach costs fall despite increased security challenges

The average cost of a serious IT security breach has fallen over the past two years, despite an increase in their frequency and severity, a new report has claimed.

For the first time in seven years the average cost of a breach has decreased, from $7.2m in 2010 to $5.5m last year. Also, the cost per compromised record fell by 10% to $194, the lowest since 2007.

The Ponemon Institute’s research, carried out on behalf of security specialist Symantec, also revealed that negligent employees are still the...

By Matt Henkes, 21 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security.