LogMeIn’s PaaS solution Xively ready to connect Internet of Things
LogMeIn’s Xively is ready to connect “The Internet of Things” as a brand new PaaS (platform as a service) offering APIs for interacting with real world objects, along with real-time messaging thrown into the mix for good measure.
The cloud-based service originates from Cosm, the IoT (Internet of Things) platform by Pachube, which LogMeIn purchased back in July 2011.
LogMeIn secured another huge partner for this venture, ARM, whose technology forms the basis of many popular devices including...
Cloud-based contact centres taking hold thanks to ROI
Recent research by Nucleus put the focus on contact centres. Their claim was twofold – firstly that there was significant ROI to be had, but equally that choosing the cloud route allows for more cost-effective customer service – if not better customer service.
Looking purely at cost, the case for the cloud-based contact centre is clear – the initial and ongoing costs are a fraction of on-premise options, for...
Brass tacks: Answering the security questions that matter
But when we get down to the nitty gritty (the brass tacks if you will), security can be simplified by six simple questions:
WHO is logging in?
WHAT are they accessing/viewing?
WHERE is the device from which that person logs in?
WHEN was any asset changed/modified/moved
HOW are they authorised/credentialed?
WHAT is the impact of the event?
Now determining the answers to those questions might require a bit of...
Proactive security is required in highly regulated industries
Choosing a cloud provider: The importance of compliance transparency
Looking beyond HIPAA, SOX or PCI-DSS compliance claims
The scary part about shopping for a cloud solution is that even if the managed services provider claims compliance, this doesn’t mean that they actually are compliant. In fact, the provider may not even realise they are being misleading. Because regulatory compliance is too often left open to interpretation, your definition of HIPAA, SOX or PCI-DSS compliance might be different...
Analysing the road to converged infrastructure [infographic]
IBM backs OpenStack as the path to wider cloud adoption
Fears of cloud insecurity “should not drive infrastructure decisions”
Alert Logic’s latest cloud security report has summarised that cloud security providers (CSPs) are “inherently no less secure than enterprise data centres”, and that cloud security threats continue to follow a consistent pattern.
In its State of Cloud Security Report, subtitled “Targeted Attacks and Opportunistic Hacks”, the network security provider observed over 45,000 security incidents and found that some things don’t change; Web application attacks are the biggest...
Breaking down management barriers to adopting hybrid cloud technologies
By Geoff Smith, Sr. Solutions Architect
It is inarguable that change is sweeping the IT industry. Over the last five years a number of new technologies that provide huge technological advantages (and create management headaches) have been developed. We have attempted to leverage these advances to the benefit of our organizations, while at the same time struggling with how to incorporate them into our established IT management methodologies. Do we need to throw out our mature management protocols in...
Microsoft’s cloud strategy and roadmap evident at Convergence 2013
Where are the highest paying cloud computing jobs?
Using analytics to better understand the cloud computing job market is fascinating.
One of the most advanced companies in this area is Wanted Analytics, who aggregates job postings from over 500 job boards and maintains a database of over 600 million unique job...
5 reasons VPNs suck in the cloud
How "policy as a service" is critical for cloud deployments
The financial ROI of cloud security and compliance is judged by decision makers in end-user organisations by the same measures as is done for Cloud computing in general, i.e. by how much it cuts up-front capital expenditure and in-house manual maintenance cost. However, manually translating security policy into technical implementation is difficult, expensive, and error-prone (esp. for the application layer). In order to reduce security related manual maintenance cost at the end-user organisation, security tools need to become more automated. With the emergence of cloud PaaS, it is therefore logical to move all or parts of the model-driven...
Can your business stay secure in the cloud?
Cloud security is not a paradox!
“Is cloud computing secure?” A question that has been asked since the dawn of “the cloud” and the answer has been debated many times over. Cloud security has been a long, never-ending discussion and more often than not evidence shows businesses rarely regret taking the plunge into a cloud infrastructure.
Despite the misconception that the cloud is entirely unprotected, there has still been a phenomenal growth in the cloud market in recent years....
Choosing the right content delivery network
By Sharon Florentine
Sharon Florentine is a freelance writer who covers everything from data center technology to holistic veterinary care and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.
Welcome to Generation Now. Today’s users want information in an instant. Make them wait more than a second or two for your webpage to load and they’ll surf over to the first competitor who feeds their demand for instant gratification.
Using a Content Delivery Network or Content Distribution...
4 non-obvious costs of cloud downtime
Remember when Twitter went out for 40 minutes last July? Twitter was so contrite that it posted the following statement:
“The cause of today’s outage came from within our data...
Cloud and business technology trends to watch in 2013
America’s defence department moves towards cloud computing
IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds continue to evolve
By Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software
Cloud computing is an increasingly multi-faceted phenomenon. It continues to quickly evolve not just at private and public cloud levels (and increasingly in the continuum between these two extremes) but also at infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) levels.
In the Ovum report, 2013 Trends to Watch: Private and Public Clouds, Ovum advises that cloud service providers and consumers need to take into account...