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Cloud migration best practices for law firms

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: David Linthicum.

Legal IT Professionals’ online survey of its readership presented a split decision on about a move to the cloud. “The online news publication covering international legal information technology asked readers: ‘If your law firm’s management asked for your advice regarding moving key applications to the cloud, would you be in favour of this strategy?’

The 438 responses from legal information technology staff, lawyers and paralegals was nearly split down the middle, with 46% opposing and 45% in favour, while 9% had no opinion.” The complete survey report can be found here. The participants of this 2013 survey might be a bit more cloud-oriented these days, as more law firms find a new home for IT in the cloud...

Cloud Computing: Elastica Named Emerging Vendor for 2014 by CRN

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Elastica, the leader in Data Science Powered Cloud Application Security, today announced that it has been recognized as one of 2014's hottest emerging technology vendors by CRN, the top news source for solution providers and the IT channel. The annual Emerging Vendors list identifies up-and-coming technology vendors that have introduced innovative new products, creating opportunities for channel partners in North America to create high-margin, cutting-edge solutions for their customers:

"Solution providers are always on the hunt for the next big technology trend so that they can bring new solutions to their customers before they even know they need them. These vendors are on the forefront of IT innovation and are offering products and services that channel partners can use to stay ahead of the competition," said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company, publisher of CRN. "We congratulate 2014's Emerging Vendors for creating the next wave of technology that will drive the IT industry forward and for opening the door to new, unique solutions from the IT channel."...

Must-know: Cloud computing services and deployment models

Grazed from MarketRealist. Author: Anupama Shukla.

Huge investments and differentiated services provided by Cloud leave no doubt that it’s being aggressively used and adopted. However,every business is different and so are its applications, confidentiality, and the level of support required. As a result, cloud computing has different offerings and deployment models to suit varied business requirements.

The previous chart illustrates the cloud service models of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS that are built on the cloud computing essential characteristics. The cloud service models can be used either individually or in combination with other service models to create the cloud deployment models...

Arkadin Wins Cloud Computing Excellence Award for New UCaaS Solution Arkadin Total Connect

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: PR Announcement.

Arkadin, one of the world's largest and fastest growing providers of Unified Communications and Collaboration services, announced today that it is the winner of The Cloud Computing Excellence Award. Presented by Cloud Computing magazine, the award honors exemplary performance in bringing new and differentiated cloud-based offerings to market. Arkadin won the award for Arkadin(R) Total Connect, a Microsoft Lync hosted service. Integrated into Arkadin 'as a Service', Arkadin Total Connect provides a fully integrated UC ecosystem with Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint.

"It's an honor to be recognized for the excellence of Arkadin Total Connect," says Mark Alexander, managing director, Arkadin North America. "Our new cloud-based UC service gives businesses of any size a convenient all-in-one solution to meet all their collaboration needs, including telephony."...

Report: PaaS Proportion of Market is Significant and Growing

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

The platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market is growing considerably, and according to the latest research from MarketsandMarkets, the cloud computing segment is still on track to reach a value of nearly $7 billion by 2018. But for now, the market has already grown since the company released its market data late last year, growing to an estimated $1.28 billion this year from $1.23 billion in 2013.

According to MarketsandMarkets, the expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the global PaaS market is 32.54 percent. Some industry experts say that although software as a service (SaaS) is still the big growth area within the cloud segment, PaaS is the next big up-and-comer...

Hybrid Cloud Integration: An Opportunity for IT

Grazed from Baseline Magazine. Author: Dennis McCafferty.

Organizations are increasingly moving toward hybrid cloud integration models, according to a recent survey from Technology Business Research (TBR). As a result, the hybrid cloud represents a potential $7 billion hybrid integration market this year, as IT environments are expected to move toward becoming fully hybridized, the findings state.

However, the market is still far from mature, with only a minority of large enterprises currently investing in the integration required to create hybrid clouds. Clearly, the trend creates opportunities for IT professionals who can help organizations move forward with hybrid cloud strategies. "A hybrid IT environment is the end-game for cloud, with the hybrid cloud as a first step," stated one of the reports in the series, "Hybrid Cloud Customer Research."...

Cloud Computing: How A Regular Employee Helped Put Amazon On The Path To Billions Of Dollars

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Richard Feloni.

Last year Amazon's cloud computing business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), brought the company $3.8 billion in revenue. As LinkedIn CEO Reid Hoffman, along with entrepreneurs Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh, illustrate in their new book "The Alliance," this multibillion-dollar business wasn't the brainchild of CEO Jeff Bezos or even an executive.

It came from Benjamin Black, an employee who had been with the company a little over a year. It was 2003, and Black was recently promoted to website engineering manager. As Black explains in a blog post, he wrote a short paper that outlined a way to restructure Amazon's infrastructure, and at the end "mentioned the possibility of selling virtual servers as a service."...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft brings two open source tools to Azure

Grazed from ITWorld. Joab Jackson.

Following through on promises from new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft continues to add support for non-Microsoft technologies, allowing them to run well on the company's Azure cloud hosting platform. "There are a wide variety of platforms and technologies that developers and IT managers like to use.

We're just trying to assure that regardless of your choice, it will work well on Azure " said Doug Mahugh, a technology evangelist for Microsoft Open Technologies, a subsidiary that develops software and tools for non-Microsoft platforms. "Our decisions about where to invest are very much driven by what is popular with developers," he said...

Demand Revs Up Avaya's Fast-Track to the Cloud Initiative

Grazed from SysConMedia. Author: Pat Romanski.

Avaya has escalated its efforts to get customers to fast-track to the cloud with the first of several sweeping initiatives that will optimize solutions and processes for delivery of collaboration as a service (CaaS) via the Avaya Collaborative Cloud. Strong demand for Avaya communications and collaboration applications from large and midsize enterprises is driving a focus on expanded scale and reach as well as simpler, faster provisioning that requires fewer resources.

Avaya collaboration solutions, including unified communications, video and contact center via the cloud, offer a new path to greater business agility. While many other areas of IT have successfully adopted cloud-based solutions, the communications infrastructure is one of the last remaining hold-outs due to complexity and concerns around reliability, security and privacy...

Toward a More Confident Cloud Security Strategy

Grazed from SysConMedia. Author: Richard Moulds.

The cloud has hit the mainstream. Businesses in the United States currently spend more than $13 billion on cloud computing and managed hosting services, and Gartner projects that by 2015, end-user spending on cloud services could be more than $180 billion worldwide. It is estimated that 50 percent of organizations will require employees to use their own devices by 2017, which will depend on shared cloud storage. All of this requires encryption.

Organizational deployment of encryption has increased significantly in recent years. Its use spans everything from encrypting data in databases and file systems, in storage networks, on back-up tapes, and while being transferred over a public and internal networks. Although this might seem that we are moving in the right direction when it comes to enterprise data protection, there's a real risk of creating fragmentation and inconsistency - referred to as encryption sprawl - as different organizations deploy diverse technologies in different places to secure different types of data...