Key to HIPAA compliance is understanding your data center and cloud risks

Grazed from TechRepublic.  Author: Brian Taylor.

Regarding HIPAA compliance, understanding "risks in your own data center," said David Pollard of Connectria Hosting, "is key to understanding your risks in the cloud." Pollard, Regional Director at Connectria, says that he still encounters executives who believe that hiring a "HIPAA cloud provider somehow mitigates their own needs for compliance." HIPAA is the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
Healthcare organizations to need dig deep into their cloud service agreements and also perform a HIPAA assessment to know "where your vulnerabilities lie, allowing you to find a provider that will help you cover your gaps," explained Pollard. Nor can HIPAA cloud providers in the current threat environment say they "have a HIPAA Compliant solution and only provide the minimum infrastructure."...

Cloud Computing: Snowflake Computing opens data warehouse to the masses

Grazed from PCWorld.  Author: Blair Hanley Frank.

 Snowflake Computing announced Tuesday that its cloud-based data warehouse service is available to all users.  Called the Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse, the service allows companies to pool all their data and workloads in a single warehouse that can be accessed by all their users. The warehouse is designed to handle administrative tasks for many of its users, like automatically scaling to match a company’s demands and handling hardware provisioning by itself so that administrators don’t need to spend as much time managing it.
In addition, Snowflake’s service is capable of taking in both structured and semi-structured data, without requiring users to ensure that it’s all in one format before uploading to the warehouse...

Cloud Computing: Managing Application Service Delivery in the Hybrid Datacenter

Grazed from WindowsITPro. Author: Vic Nyman.

Enterprise computing now occupies a new space called the “Hybrid Datacenter.” As organizations work to achieve the promises of cloud computing while retaining the benefits of on-premises deployments, they are increasingly operating in a new, highly heterogeneous environment that creates new challenges, including application service delivery. Application service delivery in the Hybrid Datacenter is one of the biggest challenges that IT Operations teams will need to meet for their organizations to be successful.

I like to start with a basic premise: IT organizations exist to deliver application services. Every business and organization is now highly dependent on applications. Whether it’s consumer applications for banking, scheduling, buying airline tickets, or coordinating youth sports team schedules, or business applications for HR, ordering, or production management; organizations of all sizes today rely on applications to function...

Cloud Computing: NTT Building its Largest Datacenter in Mumbai

Grazed from TeleAnalysis.  Author: Editorial Staff.

NTT Communications Company, the ICT solutions and international business within NTT is building its largest datacenter in Mumbai.  NTT is building 3 lakh square feet datacentre in Chandivali, Mumbai which is planned to be operational by 3rd quarter of CY 2015.

Sharad Sanghi, CEO & Managing Director – Netmagic, an NTT Communications Company said, “Netmagic continues to innovate and create Intellectual Property through R&D whether it is in the area of improving PuE, automation in cloud, business processes or new products. The company is building its largest ever datacenter in Mumbai and will be operational from 3rd quarter of CY2015. We continue to intensify our product roadmaps, and plan to augment our cloud offerings and invest in building compatibility and skillsets for supporting diverse technology platforms.”...

Expanding the Cloud: The Top Data Center Markets in North America

Grazed from AreaDevelopment.  Author: Editorial Staff.

oud computing is on the rise and so are North American data centers. Cisco forecasts that global data center traffic will triple by 2017 to 7.7 zettabytes, a compound annual growth rate of 25 percent. 

That means an expanding data center market, and even though demand is up, prices are still reasonable. In fact, the data center market is seeing high demand and low prices – an unusual combination. The competitive pricing is due in part to the large number of options available, yet the industry is expected to enjoy 32 percent growth in North America by 2016, ultimately becoming a $14.8 billion market, according to 451 Research...

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Cloud Computing: As PC sales fall, Intel eyes the data center as its next big hope

Grazed from Fortune.  Author: Jonathan Vanian.

If you needed another reminder that the personal computer business is continuing to slump, look no further than Intel’s flat first quarter revenues that it blamed on people being uninterested in buying PCs.

But as those sales continue to decline, Intel sees a bright light when it comes to selling microchips to data center operators and cloud companies that handle computing for their customers. Intel expects this business will contribute more heavily to its future revenue. It’s just a question of whether that business will grow fast enough to offset the public’s lack of interest in desktop computers...

Cloud: Datacenters, Meet Software!

Grazed from SysCon. Author: Roger Strukhoff.

The PC revolution has redefined the notion of a computer over the past four decades. Now it might be time to redefine the notion of a collection of computers, that is, to redefine the notion of a datacenter. Datacenters are thought of as big places. Some of the more recent plants used by mega-users like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook have acres of land under roof, with many tens of thousands of individual systems and power requirements that would support a small city.

Even your friendly local, on-site enterprise datacenter is likely to be a big room with a big budget commitment and a lot of people hired to manage it. But what if a datacenter could fit in the corner of a room, or under a desk, or in the palm of your hand? This seems to be the direction we're headed, as data loads simultaneously grow exponentially and become ever more distributed...

Delphix Adds New Cloud-Ready Features to Bridge the Gap From the Data Center to the Cloud

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Delphix, the market leader in data as a service (DaaS), today announced the company has updated its award-winning DaaS Platform to support Amazon GovCloud, OpenStack, and KVM hypervisor environments for simple migration to both private and public clouds. With support for Amazon GovCloud, Delphix enables government agencies to achieve successful cloud migration to Amazon Web Services while increasing data security, gaining data agility, and lowering cost.

Cloud deployments are becoming not just feasible but essential for federal agencies. The cloud promises transformative gains in execution, increased service offerings, and lowered costs. The "Cloud First" mandate has spurred agencies to migrate many of their non-product applications to the cloud, however these agencies face several challenges, including the complexity of deployments, governance, and costs. Cloud computing opens many new opportunities for faster execution, increased service offerings, and lower infrastructure costs, but complexity and risk concerns often stall progress or limit the type of applications that agencies are comfortable migrating...

Location, location, location: The changing face of data centres

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Ross Momtahan.

One of the rare occasions that the subject of data centres has ended up in the mainstream news was fairly recently, when Facebook built a new data centre in Sweden. It was a precious moment when our industry – which despite being responsible for so much cool stuff in the world is not exactly considered to be the most glamorous to the average Joe – was seen on the likes of Gawker and the Mail Online.

Of course, the Facebook factor is a strong reason for this public interest - but there is something inherently… cool… about building a data centre in such a remote location (not to mention the green credentials). But Facebook isn’t doing this for the PR; it sees real potential for savings in this region...

Microsoft eyes Government's move to cloud with local data centres

Grazed from BusinessStandard. Author: Shivani Shinde Nadhe.

With three data centres being set up by Microsoft in India the Redmond-based company is expected to have a leg-up in having a bigger pie of the Indian cloud computing business. Microsoft globally has spent over $4.5 billion to set up 19 data centres (DCs) across the globe as it accelerates its strategy to be a Mobile First, Cloud First company.

In the last 12 months the company has expanded its DCs from eight countries to 19. These includes in countries like Australia, Japan, China and India. In India, many believe, that this will allow Microsoft to target the government sector which so far has been vary of adopting to public cloud from third party players...