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Cloud Deployment Models – Read The Important Differences

Cloud Deployment Models – Read The Important Differences

Cloud Deployment Models With most organizations focusing on leveraging the cloud in order to cut capital expenditure and control operating costs, there is aggressive growth in business for cloud adoption. However, the cloud can bring security risks and challenges for IT Management, which can be more expensive  for the organization to deal with, even considering the cost saving achieved by moving to the cloud. Therefore, it is very important for businesses to understand their requirements…

Google Drive: Just Another Collaboration Tool?

Google Drive: Just Another Collaboration Tool? If you’ve logged into Google lately, you may have noticed that their new product, Google Drive, is replacing their old documents product. Google Drive is being billed as their ultimate in cloud storage and comes with 5 GB of free space. You have the ability to use Google Drive with both PCs and Macs. In addition, you can currently use it on Android devices, and iPhone/iPad apps are coming…

Cloud Computing Turns Your Projects Into Open Source Experiments

Cloud Computing Turns Your Projects Into Open Source Experiments

Open Source Experiments If you look around the world of software and computer platforms these days, you will notice that many of the most successful computer applications were actually built by a large number of people. Anyone who wants to bring this kind of success to their own business should look into the world of cloud computing. By helping everyone communicate in the cloud, you actually make it easier to make quick changes to projects…

Top Trends In Cloud Computing For SMEs

Top Trends In Cloud Computing For SMEs Following Gartner’s recent report on what it sees as the 5 key trends that will shape cloud computing strategies between now and 2015, provides his perspective on the impact cloud computing will have on an SME audience. Gartner’s trends tend to focus on the larger organisations, typically 5000 seats and above, yet in the UK, 99% of businesses are sub 250 employees and will have different requirements, benefits…

Managing Mobile Devices Connecting To The Cloud

Managing Mobile Devices Connecting To The Cloud

Managing Mobile Devices As new innovations continue to fill the technology marketplace, a shift in how business and the IT consumer alike utilize technology is shaping the face of a more connected. We are becoming more streamlined in our day to day processes, thanks largely in part to the power of mobile computing. Computing technology available off the shelf is pound-for-pound, far more powerful and as such more sustainable, than ever before. Take into consideration…

Africa: Cloud Computing’s Secret Weapon

Africa: Cloud Computing’s Secret Weapon

Cloud Computing’s Secret Weapon Cloud computing’s best opportunity for unparalleled progress and worldwide relevance lies in how deeply and effectively it penetrates the African information technology community. Point blank. Why is this so? Simply because the massive continent remains in the dark ages of technology of all sorts, a condition which has fostered as many difficulties in thwarting this lack of progress as it has defined Africa as a potential gold mine for the cloud…

Top Threats For Cloud Computing

Top Threats For Cloud Computing Cloud computing reached the point where computing functions as a utility. Here are the top cloud computing threats to help organizations better understand them and make the best choices for their businesses. Threat no 1: Security threats With cloud computing managing critical enterprise data, are enterprises and individuals possible victims of hacking and data loss? Although it is not a very common issue, this may occur. For this reason, adoption…

Apple Vs. Google: The Great Cloud War

Apple Vs. Google: The Great Cloud War

Apple Vs. Google You wouldn’t have expected it a few years ago, as Apple and Google were focusing on different sectors of the tech industry. In some cases, they actually created technologies that could benefit from each other. However, the two giants are just about ready to go toe-to-toe with each other nowadays. This has been prompted by Google’s Android OS being the only decent challenger to Apple’s iOS dominance. Additionally, Google and Apple have competing cloud…

Business Agility Of Cloud Computing

Business Agility Of Cloud Computing

Business Agility of Cloud Computing Cloud computing is a fresh approach to IT operations. In companies with non-agile IT organizations there is misunderstanding between IT managers and stakeholders. IT finds that money and skill sets are the problems while stakeholders feel that there is a lack of infrastructure and technology to meet the ever increasing needs of companies. The solution is simple; a private cloud that applies virtualization, automation and self service which will help…

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New Report Finds 1 Out Of 3 Sites Are Vulnerable To Malware

New Report Finds 1 Out Of 3 Sites Are Vulnerable To Malware

1 Out Of 3 Sites Are Vulnerable To Malware A new report published this morning by Menlo Security has alarmingly suggested that at least a third of the top 1,000,000 websites in the world are at risk of being infected by malware. While it’s worth prefacing the findings with the fact Menlo used Alexa to compile the list of the top million – a ranking site which is notoriously flawed with spammers and companies paying…

SaaS And The Cloud Are Still Going Strong

SaaS And The Cloud Are Still Going Strong

SaaS And The Cloud With the results of Cisco Global Could Index: 2013-2018 and Hosting and Cloud Study 2014, predictions for the future of cloud computing are notable. Forbes reported that spending on infrastructure-related services has increased as public cloud computing uptake spreads, and reflected on Gartner’s Public Cloud Services Forecast. The public cloud service market was predicted to grow from $76.9B in 2011 to $210B in 2016, with IaaS, PaaS, and cloud management and…

Report: Enterprise Cloud Computing Moves Into Mature Growth Phase

Report: Enterprise Cloud Computing Moves Into Mature Growth Phase

Verizon Cloud Report Enterprises using the cloud, even for mission-critical projects, is no longer new or unusual. It’s now firmly established as a reliable workhorse for an organization and one that can deliver great value and drive transformation. That’s according to a new report from Verizon entitled “State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud 2016.” which was released on November 9 2015. The report finds that “Organizations are using cloud to create new customer experiences, reengineer…

Shadow IT To Remain A Focus For Both Cloud Vendors And CIOs

Shadow IT To Remain A Focus For Both Cloud Vendors And CIOs

Shadow IT To Remain A Focus Shadow IT, a phenomenon defined as building internal IT systems without the official organizational approval has been a growing concern for CIOs over the last few years. In 2015, it climbed to the top of the list of the emerging IT threats, with as much as 83% CIOs reporting they have experienced some form of unauthorized delivery of cloud services. This trend has a lot to do with the…

Cloud Infographic – The Future (IoT)

Cloud Infographic – The Future (IoT)

The Future (IoT) By the year 2020, it is being predicted that 40 to 80 billion connected devices will be in use. The Internet of Things or IoT will transform your business and home in many truly unbelievable ways. The types of products and services that we can expect to see in the next decade will truly feel like science fiction to those of older generations. To the newer generations born into a natural and…

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks Does cloud security risks ever bother you? It would be weird if it didn’t. Cloud computing has a lot of benefits, but also a lot of risks if done in the wrong way. So what are the most important risks? The European Network Information Security Agency did extensive research on that, and identified 35 risk categories. This analysis is used by a number of players in the industry, including certain banking regulators.…

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Monetizing Internet Of Things There are many interesting ways in which companies are looking to connect devices to the cloud. From the vehicles to kitchen appliances the internet of things is already a $1.9 trillion dollar market based on research estimates from IDC. Included is a fascinating infographic provided by AriaSystems which shows us some of the exciting ways companies are jumping on board and connecting devices to the cloud.

Cloud Computing Checklist For Startups

Cloud Computing Checklist For Startups

Checklist For Startups  There are many people who aspire to do great things in this world and see new technologies such as Cloud computing and Internet of Things as a tremendous offering to help bridge and showcase their ideas. The Time Is Now This is a perfect time for highly ambitious startups to make some noise. CMS (Contact Management Systems) such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal are either free or inexpensive. Being a small startup you’re…

Explosive Growth Of Data-Driven Marketing

Explosive Growth Of Data-Driven Marketing

Data-Driven Marketing There is an absolute endless amount of data that is being accumulated, dissected, analyzed with the important bits extracted and used for a number of purposes. With the amount of data in the world has already reached into multiple zettabytes annually. A Zettabyte is one million petabytes or one thousand exabytes. With data creation doubling every three years (according to Cisco, among others), we will reach an unthinkable yottabyte by the year 2040.…

7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

Cloud Security Missteps Cloud computing remains shrouded in mystery for the average American. The most common sentiment is, “It’s not secure.” Few realize how many cloud applications they access every day: Facebook, Gmail, Uber, Evernote, Venmo, and the list goes on and on… People flock to cloud services for convenient solutions to everyday tasks. They are so easy to start using that consumers rarely think twice about setting up an account or downloading a new…

2017 Brings DLP Technology and IoT’s Weaknesses to Light

2017 Brings DLP Technology and IoT’s Weaknesses to Light

DLP Technology In regards to data loss prevention (DLP), in the last five years many companies rushed to implement DLP solutions without taking the time to first identify the data that should not transit egress points. Most of these rushed implementations have not been successful. Security analysts, in particular 451 Research, have been recommending that companies should first identify and classify data before deploying DLP. Unfortunately, we are just now seeing companies execute this approach.…

The Rise Of BI Data And How To Use It Effectively

The Rise Of BI Data And How To Use It Effectively

The Rise of BI Data Every few years, a new concept or technological development is introduced that drastically improves the business world as a whole. In 1983, the first commercially handheld mobile phone debuted and provided workers with an unprecedented amount of availability, leading to more productivity and profits. More recently, the Cloud has taken availability far beyond the simple act of voice-to-voice communication, allowing businesses to untether employees from their desks and give them…

Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security It’s no secret many organizations rely on popular cloud providers like Amazon and Microsoft for access to computing infrastructure. The many perks of cloud services, such as the ability to quickly scale resources without the upfront cost of buying physical servers, have helped build a multibillion-dollar cloud industry that continues to grow each year. Still, even though cloud has helped many companies, there are tradeoffs with cloud services such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) that…

How To Humanize Your Data (And Why You Need To)

How To Humanize Your Data (And Why You Need To)

How To Humanize Your Data The modern enterprise is digital. It relies on accurate and timely data to support the information and process needs of its workforce and its customers. However, data suffers from a likability crisis. It’s as essential to us as oxygen, but because we don’t see it, we take it for granted. Because we take it for granted, we don’t often think we need to go open a window for fresh air.…

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises: It’s About More Than Just Dollars

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises: It’s About More Than Just Dollars

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises The surface costs might give you pause, but the cost of diminishing your differentiators is far greater. Will a shift to the cloud save you money? Potential savings are historically the main business driver cited when companies move to the cloud, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a cost-saving exercise. There are many other compelling reasons to make the move, perhaps most importantly agility and scalability. A better question might be…

7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

Cloud Security Missteps Cloud computing remains shrouded in mystery for the average American. The most common sentiment is, “It’s not secure.” Few realize how many cloud applications they access every day: Facebook, Gmail, Uber, Evernote, Venmo, and the list goes on and on… People flock to cloud services for convenient solutions to everyday tasks. They are so easy to start using that consumers rarely think twice about setting up an account or downloading a new…

5 Things To Consider About Your Next Enterprise Sharing Solution

5 Things To Consider About Your Next Enterprise Sharing Solution

Enterprise File Sharing Solution Businesses have varying file sharing needs. Large, multi-regional businesses need to synchronize folders across a large number of sites, whereas small businesses may only need to support a handful of users in a single site. Construction or advertising firms require sharing and collaboration with very large (several Gigabytes) files. Financial services or healthcare providers have stringent compliance requirements. As a key stakeholder, your recommendation or decision impacts the degree of adoption…

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions Running a cloud server is no longer the novel trend it once was. Now, the cloud is a necessary data tier that allows employees to access vital company data and maintain productivity from anywhere in the world. But it isn’t a perfect system — security and performance issues can quickly darken your cloud. And as far as performance is concerned, it’s simply not ideal to be hosting large files such…

The Five Rules of Security and Compliance in the Public Cloud Era

The Five Rules of Security and Compliance in the Public Cloud Era

Security and Compliance  With technology at the heart of businesses today, IT systems and data are being targeted by criminals, competitors and even foreign governments. Every day, we hear about how another retailer, bank or Internet company has been hacked and private information of customers or employees stolen. Governments and oversight organizations are responding to these attacks with calls for tighter control and regulations, from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) beefing up…