Cloud Adoption

Data Security Concerns Impact Cloud Deployments

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Nathan Eddy.

While organizations continue to adopt cloud computing solutions, data security remains an issue, according to survey of enterprises commissioned by Asigra and performed by the customer metrics and research organization, TechValidate.

The survey found 21 percent of respondents cited data security as the biggest concern while the location of where the data was stored came in at 7 percent. Backup related costs, user-related data loss and service provider stability all ranked at 3 percent. Overall, 59 percent said that all of these were concerns with respect to storing data in the cloud...

Will Cloud Computing Become a Regulated Industry?

Grazed from BackupTechnology. Author: Editorial Staff.

The use of cloud services is becoming more and more common in businesses of all types and sizes. However, there are still many businesses who are reluctant to commit to cloud computing because of concerns, primarily over reliability and security. For many businesses, trusting a cloud provider with something essential to everyday business processes, such as a hosted exchange server or backup of essential data, is often the most difficult step to take. From this point of view, having a set of industry standards that can help to guide buyers is potentially very positive for customers and providers alike.

As the cloud computing industry picks up more momentum, some, like the Open Data Center Alliance, are promoting the idea that it should become a regulated industry. This would standardise services offered by cloud providers and would ensure customers could trust they were buying from a reputable company in what is a new and extremely fast growing sector of the IT industry...

Cloud Technology Overturns IT Assumptions

Grazed from HealthLeaders. Author: Scott Mace.

I'm here to say that healthcare should be thankful it has come late to part of the technology party. Why? Because healthcare doesn't have to play by the so-called rules that existed a few years ago. Healthcare can challenge the assumptions that drove decisions a short while ago and take advantage of cloud computing technology that overturns the conventional wisdom—and price structure—of IT services.

Want an example? Recently, I spoke to Qualsight, a healthcare provider you probably haven't heard of, even though it serves more than 75 million health plan members. Chicago-based Qualsight launched eight years ago to connect independent ophthalmologists to healthcare plan sponsors to provide their members laser vision correction services. Today, the ophthalmologists operating out of 800 locations let Qualsight boast of being the nation's largest Lasik services manager...

Cloud Computing: Azure has processed 200 billion authentications for 50 million accounts, now averaging 4.7 billion weekly

Grazed from TheNextWeb. Author: Alex Wilhelm.

Today Microsoft’s Azure team released a number of statistics concerning its platform, touting its scale and speed. Since its birth in 2010, Microsoft claims that Azure has processed a total of 200 billion authentications for a total of 50 million active user accounts. The cloud computing and storage service now averages some 4.7 billion authentications weekly.

Azure, a product that has struggled somewhat in the shade of Amazon’s broad and popular AWS cloud computing and storage services, is fighting for mind and market share. It appears to be making progress. Chest-thumping its 9,000 requests per second, Azure claims that in the United States, the average authentication takes less than a second...

Apprenda gets the hybrid cloud religion

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Apprenda, a true believer in private Platform as a Service, is embracing the hybrid cloud with its latest release. CEO Sinclair Schuller said many companies are ready to test out at least some workloads in a public cloud.

Apprenda, a startup that’s bet big on a .NET-focused private Platform as a Service, is branching out. With its new Apprenda 4.0 release, the company says it can connect on-premises environments running Windows Server 2012 with Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services resources as needed...

Can Natural Disasters Doom The Future Of Cloud Computing?

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Robert Shaw.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many people are asking whether cloud computing can withstand nature’s wrath. The storm took several major cloud computing companies offline, including Amazon Web Services (at least on the East Coast), and left thousands of websites and online services down for hours—and in some cases days.

Hurricane Sandy has definitely proved that the cloud is vulnerable to natural disasters and extreme weather patterns, but that hardly presages the death of cloud computing. All computers and electronic systems are equally susceptible to the same events. Millions of people lost telephone and electricity service in the wake of Hurricane Sandy (as is the case for essentially all major storms). But cloud skeptics seem to conveniently forget that even if cloud services didn’t go down, victims of natural disasters without power still wouldn’t be able to access them...

Soaring High Into 2013 With Cloud Services

Grazed from Business Solutions. Author: Colin Jack.

It is quite easy to predict that cloud computing will remain an elevated priority for IT departments and companies in 2013. For managed service providers (MSPs) who already provide online IT service offerings, the cloud presents a way to expand offerings and increase incoming revenue. In speaking with a number of service providers, we’ve seen that offering cloud solutions can be done without a large investment of time or infrastructure by using existing virtualized assets.

There are two underlying reasons why some MSPs are successful at this and others just plod along. The first is in which services are offered and how. We have all heard the phrase, “the proof is in the pudding.”...

Laws And Regulations Governing The Cloud Computing Environment

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Rick Blaisdell.

Cloud computing technologies developed around them a complex legal and regulatory environment. There are federal, international and even state laws that impose responsibilities to both cloud computing tenants and providers. Regardless of which side your business is on, you have to consider the legal issues, especially those related to the data you collect, store and process. Different sector specific laws for cloud computing tenants and providers

To ensure you are in legal compliance, you may want to know more about American laws. In the United States, privacy and security are spread over different industry specific laws and regulations:...

Cloud Computing: UK Expert Says Now It's War

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Doug Bonderud.

According to Simon Wardley, a UK scientist turned technology thinker, cloud computing has passed from the "growth" stage of its development to "war," where tech giants struggle with rapid change and start-ups plant their flags on virtual battlegrounds. If war is coming, how do midsize IT make the most of it?

Throw Down the Gauntlet

A recent Silicon Republic article quotes Wardley as saying "business is little more than warfare, a catfight." He contends that in the cloud age - just like the agricultural, industrial, and information ages - there are periods of peace, war, and growth. Thanks to the commoditization of technology, the IT industry has seen a long period of peace, which Wardley describes as a form of inertia. Now, he says, "New entrants, not the incumbents, are causing the greatest level of change." War comes...

Cisco Merges Cloud, MSP Programs

Grazed from Channelnomics. Author: Larry Walsh.

In another sign cloud computing and conventional managed services are converging, Cisco Systems Inc. today announced the consolidation of much of its channel program to encompass solution providers that sit on both sides of the services divide. The new Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Program places solution providers that deliver cloud computing services – mostly application and software-as-a-service – and MSPs that remotely monitor and manage infrastructure under the same channel umbrella.

The logic behind the move is to eliminate redundancy and confusion in the marketplace created by increasingly arbitrary monikers assigned to both types of partners, explains Arjun Lahiri, senior manager of worldwide channels at Cisco. Customers told Cisco that the differing services categories and certifications were creating more confusion. The consolidation under CMSP provides greater insights into which partners can deliver “Cisco powered” services...