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Cloud Infographic: The Grinch Who Stole Data

Cloud Infographic: The Grinch Who Stole Data

Cloud Infographic: The Grinch Who Stole Data

While we are all very happy about the entire cloud data storage concept and feel that it’s a breath of relief from the constant battle against malware, key loggers, PC monitoring software, and whatnot, we tend to forget that there are steps which we need to take to ensure security even after we have shifted all our digital luggage to the cloud…

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Infographic Source: Mobistealth

Cloud Infographic: Stacking Up Google Music Vs iTunes and Amazon

Cloud Infographic: Stacking Up Google Music Vs iTunes and Amazon

Cloud Infographic: Stacking Up Google Music Vs iTunes and Amazon

Music cloud services have become hugely popular. These digital music lockers are making people pay for music again, and why not? These huge music libraries in the cloud have pretty much every song you could ever want. That is an amazing amount of convenience, made even better by the fact it streams to nearly any device. Music lovers can have high-quality streamed music with actually downloading it. Continued

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ScienceLogic Delivers Smart IT Software For Enterprise Private Cloud Management

ScienceLogic Delivers Smart IT Software for Enterprise Private Cloud Management

Multi-tenancy, automation, and extensive out-of-the-box support for integrated cloud platforms supportaccelerated enterprise private cloud deployments

RESTON, Va. – December 12, 2012 – ScienceLogic™ Inc. today announced enhancements to the company’s award-winning data center and cloud management platform to give enterprise IT managers real-time and multi-tenant insight, visibility, and control over private cloud environments. The ScienceLogic platform provides unified monitoring out-of-the-box for integrated stacks like FlexPod and VCE Vblock, and the underlying technologies – Cisco UCS, NetApp, EMC, VMware, Xen, Microsoft Hyper-Vetc – that are designed specifically to deploy private clouds.

 “As more enterprises deploy private and hybrid cloud environments, they must deal with levels of complexity, scale, and speed unlike anything they have faced previously,” said Antonio Piraino, CTO, ScienceLogic. “Enterprise clouds require a highly integrated approach to monitoring and management, across aheterogeneous set of vendors and technologies. Traditional IT management provides only point solutions that were never meant to work together – per vendor, per technology, per data silo. Our customers are able to leapfrog the time and investment needed to integrate these disparate solutions, launch private and hybrid cloud environments confidently, and get to market faster for true competitive advantage.”

Enterprise IT teams who want to be successful at deploying and operating private clouds to launch IT services as rapidly as the business requires will increasingly model their operations against these types of leaders and become a “service provider” to the rest of their organizations. Architected from the ground up to handle dynamic and heterogeneous computing environments at scale, ScienceLogic Smart IT solutions are the platform of choice for leading global service providers, like Equinix, Fasthosts, and Dimension Data.

The ScienceLogic platform integrates the core IT infrastructure management functions needed to run today’s complex, distributed computing infrastructures – including physical and virtual systems, performance, network, service, event and asset management capabilities, as well as multi-tenancy, run book automation and service desk – all in one product with one unified code base, user interface and centralized data repository. Key features of the newest version include:

    • Dynamic visualization of Cisco UCS, EMC, NetApp, VMware, Xen, and Microsoft Hyper-V infrastructure components in real time and grouped logically according to customer, service, or function
  • Automated correlation of infrastructure health and availability issues across the private or hybrid cloud technology stack to business and customer impact for business-aware alerts and notifications
  • First vendor support of just launched Cisco UCS Central, for proactive monitoring of global and distributed Cisco UCS deployments at scale
  • Extended support for FlexPod and Vblock stacks and component technologies

About ScienceLogic

The standard for centralized, “Smart IT” operations and dynamic cloud management across any mix of data center and cloud environments, ScienceLogic enables service providers and enterprises to improve IT efficiency as well as deliver differentiated service offerings. The ScienceLogic platform unites and correlates critical IT functions and data to provide a constantly updated, actionable view of business service delivery. In contrast to legacy tools, ScienceLogic pre-integrates event, fault, availability, performance and asset management, as well as service desk and  runbook automation, in a single product. The platform is easily extended to manage both existing and emerging technologies and applications, making it a solid foundation for the fluidity of modern IT environments. 

ScienceLogic is a selected Network Management Module in the Cisco Smart Business Architecture; Registered Developer in the Cisco Developer Network Program; certified by VCE as Vblock Ready; certified as VMware Ready and a VMware Elite Technology Alliance Partner; Dell Independent Software Vendor partner; NetApp PlatinumElite Partner. For more information, visit www.sciencelogic.com.

ScienceLogic is a trademark of ScienceLogic Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other company, product and service marks may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Source: ScienceLogic Inc

Cloud Infographic: Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO)

Cloud Infographic: Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO)

Cloud Infographic: Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO)

Let’s look at some ways to calculate ROI from cloud computing.

  • Cost savings and rate of adaption. By reducing costs brought about by delays in decision and quick transitioning to new capabilities to keep up with market trends, organizations can rapidly improve the standing of their company against the competition which brings about more revenue quicker and gives them a chance to grab important market share.
  • Total cost of ownership. Because of a virtually non-existent barrier to entry and low technical skill requirement, cloud computing ensures that even non-IT staff can configure and run infrastructure and applications suited for the organization’s needs. This includes savings through labor and expertise cost, maintenance costs, and of course installation costs. Continue Reading
Nice Cloud Infographic

Infographic Source: EvolveIP.net

Cloud Infographic: The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic: The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic: The Future Of Big Data

Big data is not new. It has existed for ages and can be attributed even to the initial years of computing. However, one might do well to consider why is there an increased buzz around this now. The answer is quite simple: Significant advances that have been brought about by x86 hardware have actually helped in bringing computing power to the masses. However, with new technologies, cloud computing has extended this power. Now, users have extended perimeters, while still being able to control costs effectively. 

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Big Data And eDiscovery: Professionalism Pays

Big Data And eDiscovery: Professionalism Pays

Big Data and eDiscovery: Professionalism Pays

Big Data is a hot concept in the business world right now. As a business phenomenon, the immediate benefits of utilizing Big Data are part reality and part hope. On the reality side, most medium and large-sized organizations do have some form of Big Data issues to contend with, meaning they have data sets so large and complex that they are difficult to process using on-hand database management tools and other tools – but because they have Big Data, they also have the desire to mine it, use it and gain insights related to the business, from it..

The mythology component comes into play when Big Data is hailed as a wondrous treasure trove of information that, once mined (that is, in the right way), will lead companies to great riches and success because suddenly new products will become known and more efficient processes will show themselves. That’s not to say there isn’t much to gain from mining Big Data. It can contain useful information that does help companies create success.

However, capitalizing on the information contained in Big Data requires tools, skill, patience and a little luck. That’s also true for a specific subset of Big Data: the legal compliance area of information management known as eDiscovery, which presents its own special difficulties. If traditional Big Data issues pose challenges to process for business insights, legal Big Data (eDiscovery, et al.) is even more challenging in that it requires data handling standards more strict than normal data migration or IT-related Big Data processing.

The Big Data associated with eDiscovery deals with potential and actual designated evidence. That means there must be a record of its creation, transfer, use and storage – a virtual chain of custody. As well, maintaining data integrity is paramount to ensuring its usefulness, whether in court or as a part of another legal scenario, such as a hearing, arbitration or regulatory examination.

To complicate matters even further, legal Big Data tends to come from unstructured locations such as emails filed by a user manually in a folder in Outlook or a presentation stored on a USB key. This makes it more difficult to identify, gather and use. For these reasons, eDiscovery has its own Big Data challenges, ones that are not necessarily easily solved using some of the newest Big Data mining and analysis techniques that are coming to market with great fanfare.

The good news is that Big Data is nothing new to eDiscovery professionals. These professionals rarely have the luxury of using typical and mature data mining and analysis techniques such as refined BI tools. Those of us working within the legal data compliance and legal information management industries know all too well the kludges, hacks, jimmying and other band-aided and duct-taped methods for identifying, gathering, processing, analyzing and otherwise handling data in a fast and furious manner, all to avoid the scenario in which lawyers are waiting for technical professionals to produce documents.

Through necessity, we have become very good at ensuring the rapid delivery of the few critical emails and presentations needed for the case among the millions that are not relevant, and we’re capable of doing it all in a way that withstands the computer forensic scrutiny of the domain, having developed specific new tools to mine Big Data for legal matters. So when it comes to combing through large data sets for legal assets and evidence, it pays to turn to the professionals who know how to get it done right – eDiscovery experts.

By Alon Israely,

Alon Israely, an attorney and Certified Information Systems Security Professional, is Manager of Strategic Partnerships at BIA. Introduced in 2011 and built on technology utilized since 2002, BIAs TotalDiscovery is the first on-demand, cloud-based integrated Legal Hold, Data Collection and ECA Solution available. With no software to install or hardware to provision, TotalDiscovery can be utilized immediately, with no extensive training or configuration required. TotalDiscovery was designed for cases of all sizes, from a few custodians to thousands. With its unique, flexible and predictable pricing model, no up-front costs and instant availability, it was designed with small and medium size cases in mind, while its advanced features, like Enterprise Connectivity, cater to the needs of larger enterprises. Find out more at www.totaldiscovery.com.

 

Cloud Infographic: Fresh Insights Into Cloud Adoption Trends

Cloud Infographic: Fresh Insights Into Cloud Adoption Trends

Cloud Infographic: Fresh Insights Into Cloud Adoption Trends

Cloud computing is now in heavy use in the industry and even the consumer market is starting to consider the benefits of cloud computing. Even though it is using the same technology that we have since more than 10 years ago, the cloud computing paradigm made all of the difference by simply changing the implementation of networking technology. But what exactly drives the development of cloud technology, what motivates its constant update, and what prevents people from adopting it?

Infographic Source:  Capgemini

Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 And The Cloud

Cybersecurity Act of 2012 and the Cloud

Speaking of Laws and Regulations Governing the Cloud Computing Environment, we cannot ignore the latest cybersecurity bills proposed this year. There have been many cyber bills proposed, but none was as important as the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, supported by the Obama Administration. Cybersecurity is a top administration priority for Obama’s second term. His approach to IT security will influence the U.S cloud computing environment over the next four years.

When it comes to cloud computing, security is top-of-mind for each institution, public and private. In a recent study, defense contractor Lockheed Martin and its Cyber Security Alliance partners acquired feedback from government agencies in an effort to measure attitudes around cloud computing and cybersecurity. 85% of government technology decision makers cite cybersecurity as a high priority, with at least one or more related initiatives underway.

This year, in July, senators Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins proposed the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 . The act would have required companies to voluntary create best practices for the protection of key infrastructures from cyber attacks. In August, The Cybersecurity Act of 2012was defeated in the Senate, but President Obama continues to support some of the cyber security standards.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 sets cyber security standards for critical infrastructure, and encourages information sharing on cyber threats between businesses and the U.S. government. Data breach or intrusion risks are seen to be higher for any company that stores personal information or that operates in the cloud.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 is the product of a public-private partnership and would:

  •    Allow private industry groups to develop and recommend voluntary cybersecurity best practices
  •    Allow owners of critical infrastructure to participate in a voluntary cybersecurity program.
  •    Permit information-sharing among the private sector and the federal government.
  •    Require designated critical infrastructure to report cyber incidents.

The Obama Administration has been particularly focused on improving government services through the use of cloud computing technologies. Government agencies using cloud computing technologies should keep a close eye on The Cybersecurity Act. No matter the outcome of the legislation, companies still have to ensure that they are compliant with existing laws with respect to cybersecurity.

By Rick Blaisdell

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How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart  Breaches Formal verification is not a new concept. In a nutshell, the process uses sophisticated math to prove or disprove whether a system achieves its desired functional specifications. It is employed by organizations that build products that absolutely cannot fail. One of the reasons NASA rovers are still roaming Mars…

Utilizing Digital Marketing Techniques Via The Cloud

Utilizing Digital Marketing Techniques Via The Cloud

Digital Marketing Trends In the past, trends in the exceptionally fast-paced digital marketing arena have been quickly adopted or abandoned, keeping marketers and consumers on their toes. 2016 promises a similarly expeditious temperament, with a few new digital marketing offerings taking center stage. According to Gartner’s recent research into Digital Marketing Hubs, brands plan to…

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…

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…

The Storytelling Machine: Big Content and Big Data

The Storytelling Machine: Big Content and Big Data

Bridging The Gap Between Big Content and Big Data Advances in cloud computing, along with the big data movement, have transformed the business IT landscape. Leveraging the cloud, companies are now afforded on demand capacity and mobile accessibility to their business-critical systems and information. At the same time, the amount of structured and unstructured data…

The Big Data Movement Gets Bigger

The Big Data Movement Gets Bigger

The Big Data Movement In recent years, Big Data and Cloud relations have been growing steadily. And while there have been many questions raised around how best to use the information being gathered, there is no question that there is a real future between the two. The growing importance of Big Data Scientists and the…

Digital Marketing Driven by Cloud, Big Data and IoT

Digital Marketing Driven by Cloud, Big Data and IoT

Digital Marketing Successful digital marketing campaigns are being driven largely by trending technologies, specifically the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and The Cloud. These may be used for a huge number of marketing applications, from optimizing the performance of sports teams to improving science and research, even helping to aid law enforcement. Amazon Web…

5 Essential Cloud Skills That Could Make Or Break Your IT Career

5 Essential Cloud Skills That Could Make Or Break Your IT Career

5 Essential Cloud Skills Cloud technology has completely changed the infrastructure and internal landscape of both small businesses and large corporations alike. No professionals in any industry understand this better than IT pros. In a cutthroat field like IT, candidates have to be multi-faceted and well-versed in the cloud universe. Employers want to know that…

Who’s Who In The Booming World Of Data Science

Who’s Who In The Booming World Of Data Science

The World of Data Science The nature of work and business in today’s super-connected world means that every second of every day, the world produces an astonishing amount of data. Consider some of these statistics; every minute, Facebook users share nearly 2.5 million pieces of content, YouTube users upload over 72 hours of content, Apple…

Disaster Recovery And The Cloud

Disaster Recovery And The Cloud

Disaster Recovery And The Cloud One of the least considered benefits of cloud computing in the average small or mid-sized business manager’s mind is the aspect of disaster recovery. Part of the reason for this is that so few small and mid-size businesses have ever contemplated the impact of a major disaster on their IT…

Three Challenges of Network Deployment in Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Private Cloud

Three Challenges of Network Deployment in Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Private Cloud

Hyperconverged Infrastructure In this article, we’ll explore three challenges that are associated with network deployment in a hyperconverged private cloud environment, and then we’ll consider several methods to overcome those challenges. The Main Challenge: Bring Your Own (Physical) Network Some of the main challenges of deploying a hyperconverged infrastructure software solution in a data center are the diverse physical…

5% Of Companies Have Embraced The Digital Innovation Fostered By Cloud Computing

5% Of Companies Have Embraced The Digital Innovation Fostered By Cloud Computing

Embracing The Cloud We love the stories of big complacent industry leaders having their positions sledge hammered by nimble cloud-based competitors. Saleforce.com chews up Oracle’s CRM business. Airbnb has a bigger market cap than Marriott. Amazon crushes Walmart (and pretty much every other retailer). We say: “How could they have not seen this coming?” But, more…

The Importance of Cloud Backups: Guarding Your Data Against Hackers

The Importance of Cloud Backups: Guarding Your Data Against Hackers

The Importance of Cloud Backups Cloud platforms have become a necessary part of modern business with the benefits far outweighing the risks. However, the risks are real and account for billions of dollars in losses across the globe per year. If you’ve been hacked, you’re not alone. Here are some other companies in the past…

Despite Record Breaches, Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority

Despite Record Breaches, Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority

Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority Research has revealed that third parties cause 63 percent of all data breaches. From HVAC contractors, to IT consultants, to supply chain analysts and beyond, the threats posed by third parties are real and growing. Deloitte, in its Global Survey 2016 of third party risk, reported…

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Cloud Architecture These days, Multi-Tier Applications are the norm. From SharePoint’s front-end/back-end configuration, to LAMP-based websites using multiple servers to handle different functions, a multitude of apps require public and private-facing components to work in tandem. Placing these apps in entirely public-facing platforms and networks simplifies the process, but at the cost of security vulnerabilities. Locating everything…

How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart  Breaches Formal verification is not a new concept. In a nutshell, the process uses sophisticated math to prove or disprove whether a system achieves its desired functional specifications. It is employed by organizations that build products that absolutely cannot fail. One of the reasons NASA rovers are still roaming Mars…

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…

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…

Disaster Recovery – A Thing Of The Past!

Disaster Recovery – A Thing Of The Past!

Disaster Recovery  Ok, ok – I understand most of you are saying disaster recovery (DR) is still a critical aspect of running any type of operations. After all – we need to secure our future operations in case of disaster. Sure – that is still the case but things are changing – fast. There are…