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See You In Health: Cloud Computing For The Healthcare Industry

See You In Health: Cloud Computing For The Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry has been making its move toward technology, putting iPads and tablets into the hands of healthcare professionals and now, the latest big move has been adopting the concept of cloud computing to organize, share data and protect patient information and healthcare data from being tampered with or lost. Some might be wondering why medical professionals have waited this long to “hop on the cloud.” Perhaps the healthcare industry wasn’t ready before but they are definitely ready now. Greg Arnette, CTO of Sonian, a company that creates cloud-based technologies for businesses says that the healthcare industry has needed a more resilient network that is more up-to-speed than the average hospital’s IT network can offer. The most enticing part of a cloud computing system is the consistency in speed, uptime and its price tag.

Cloud storage,” says Arnette, “can cost as little as 10 cents a month for ‘fast’ storage.” Here are a few other reasons why the healthcare industry is finally using cloud computing systems to store, share and back-up valuable data.

Protecting Patient Information

A hospital’s IT network is secure in the same way that locking a door is a temporary protection; it is easier for a hacker to understand how a companies’ security system functions and break-in than it is to cut through a cloud computing system that has several layers of security that are maintained at an administrative level. Plus Arnette explains that cloud systems are expected to adhere to privacy standards beyond HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), but also to PCI (credit card industry). Cloud computing solutions like VaultLogix online backup system offers clients full compliance to the industry regulations sited above and the IRS.

Sharing Records

Having a patient’s information on a cloud server could save lives. If a patient falls ill while they are traveling, their physician while abroad can access the patient’s records and get a better understanding of his medical history and whether the patient is allergic to certain foods or medications. If the patient is unconscious, he won’t be able to share this information on his own and it could be a matter of life or death.

Mobile Applications

Most cloud structures have great mobile apps that can allow healthcare professionals to access and change patient information on a tablet or smartphone. Having this kind of accessibility can be risky, but it can also make sharing and changing information easy. Rather than being required to sign into an intranet computing system to access files, you can use any type of machine to sign in to a cloud computing system and not worry about whether your machine has special permissions.

Updates in Structures

Another reason why cloud structures can be more secure than a hospital IT network is that a cloud back-up software is constantly upgrading and raising the bar for a client’s security. IT professionals try to stay current with their security measures but doing regular upgrades to networks can cause downtime and possible data loss, which is not optimal for hospitals that are up and running 24 hours a day. With the busy, high-demand schedule that most healthcare professionals have, it makes sense that more hospital IT departments are turning to cloud technology to organize, protect and back-up their valuable data.

By Terry Ritter,

Terry is a recent graduate majoring in computer science. Terry spends much of his time writing as well as reviewing new gaming programs.

The History Of Virtualization

The History Of Virtualization

The History Of Virtualization

IT administrators realized very early that conventional methods of managing IT environments were no longer effective because of dynamic business requirements in agile environment. Demands for faster time to market, installation and up-gradation requests, need to quickly apply security patches to operating systems and applications, and many other management complications drove to a new strategy to endpoint and hosting server handling and management.

Various IT challenges such as low server utilization, complex server-storage migration, inefficient server deployment, agile Business Requirements, increased total cost of ownership, server sprawl, high-availability requirements, disaster-recovery complexity, green IT requirements, automation, and policy driven management led to the innovation called virtualization

Virtualization has been changing information facilities due to its capability to consolidate hardware resources and decrease energy costs. Virtualization is the means of establishment in a new, effective era of cloud computing, pushed by need for spending budget effectively, agility and other challenges in the traditional environment.

For anyone already using a virtualized server environment providing basic IT elasticity and scalability, organizations are very near to being able to progress your facilities to take benefits of the extra advantages provided by private cloud implementations such as self-service, automation, and faster time to market, and deliver your Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

By Mitesh Soni

Mitesh is a Technical Lead at iGATE. He is in the Cloud Services Practice (Research and Innovation) and loves to write about new technologies. He is SCJP, SCWCD, CCSK,VCP. He firmly believes that highly organized research is guaranteed to produce nothing new and try to come up with different attributes to attach with his research.

Cloud Computing In FMCG Sector

Cloud Computing in FMCG Sector

A vertical market or vertical is engaged in trade based on specific and specialized needs where competition is within a well-defined segment. Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) – or Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) is a vertical that fulfil the primary needs of consumers. Each one of us uses fast moving consumer products every day such as dairy products and baked goods, cosmetics, teeth cleaning products, and shaving products.

Dynamics such as rapid urbanization, global exposure etc. in FMCG sector has created new challenges; thus business intelligence has become a new mantra for FMCG sector, which leads to intelligent business. Enterprise content management also plays a vital role in supporting analytics. Along with benefits, usage of technology comes with certain barriers such as cost, efficient utilization, feasibility etc.

Advent of Cloud Computing has changed the scenario for all kinds of companies in FMCG sector. Combination of BI and ECM, popularly known as Enterprise Information Management (EIM) is considered as future trend and with Cloud computing, it will bring huge change in FMCG sector by addressing various dynamics which are seen as roadblock in the potential growth of the FMCG sector.

Cloud computing can be a key enabler for BI and ECM in FMCG Sector for the following reasons:

  • Data is moving into the cloud; mainly, with the burst of Cloud Storage options and RDBMS availability in the cloud. Shared architecture philosophy, on the other hand, does support elastic scalability. It also supports other cloud objectives such as lower costs for resources, maintenance, tuning and support, less operational expenses.

  • Data workloads are becoming increasingly weighty.

  • Analytical and Reporting applications need to be used as service to meet the varied demands.

  • BI technology needs to be experienced in enterprises before full acceptance and for this sandbox testing cloud is the best choice.

  • Computing and data storage resources can be planned in incremental basis according to the need and successful execution of proof of concepts in Cloud and paid as per usage.

The FMCG sector in particular will enjoy EIM capabilities on cloud, on-premises or managed via outsourcers. Cloud computing is starting to change the scenario for EIM based on potential cost savings and technology benefits. Organizations can establish Cloud, BI and ECM practice. There is a potential for offering services to valued customers in the area of Cloud based EIM services in FMCG sector as well as other verticals also. It is better to build Proof of Concepts to start with and then it can be enhanced as a service offering. Dedicated EIM Service to cater to the companies in FMCG sector and other verticals looking for such services will be in demand for next few years.

By Mitesh Soni

Mitesh is a Technical Lead at iGATE. He is in the Cloud Services Practice (Research and Innovation) and loves to write about new technologies. He is SCJP, SCWCD, CCSK,VCP. He firmly believes that highly organized research is guaranteed to produce nothing new and try to come up with different attributes to attach with his research.

Cloud Infographic: The BYOD Revolution

Cloud Infographic: The BYOD Revolution

Cloud Infographic: The BYOD Revolution

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 the power of virtual computing and it would seem that the journey is just beginning.  Read: Managing Mobile Devices Connecting to the Cloud

In today’s educational environments, more and more students, guests, and faculty are BYOD bringing in their own Wi-Fi devices into the school’s network. This presents a unique challenge to the IT administrator. This paper discusses the challenges and solutions IT administrators are facing and how HP is addressing the security and management of the multiple devices being introduced into the wireless/wired network.  Read: Bring Your Own Mobile Devices To School

Below is an infographic that provides a little more insight into The BYOD Revolution produced by: Asigra 

Infographic Source:  Asigra

The Mobile Movement – Collaboration Without Compromise

The Mobile Movement – Collaboration Without Compromise

The Mobile Movement – Collaboration Without Compromise

Fueled by the combination of a new breed of mobile productivity apps, cloud services, and more traditional enterprise apps and infrastructure, today’s mobile workers can now communicate and collaborate over smartphones and tablets in ways that simply weren’t possible even a few years ago.

There are now hundreds of mobile business and productivity apps that extend, complement or even replace the functions of desktop mainstays such as Microsoft Exchange and Office—creating mobile workflows that may not fully replace the desktop experience, but certainly change it. With more collaborative and social messaging features; more convenient file access and sharing; and more ways than ever before to view, edit, annotate and exchange documents; these new collaborative apps are addressing the real needs of today’s highly mobile workforce. IT can either fight this wave or find a way to align user expectations and needs with their security, compliance and support requirements. Finally, IT can say “Yes!” and embrace the shift towards true, real-time collaboration.

Read this whitepaper to learn how to enable mobile collaboration while maintaining data security and strict end user privacy – whether on BYOD or a mix of corporate- and employee-owned devices.

The Desktop

The move towards true, real-time collaboration involves an understanding of changes in user behavior and expectations. As pragmatic individuals, mobile workers are looking for the fastest and most seamless way to manage their ever-increasing workloads and stay productive at all times. While they’ve been trained to accept their desktop experience, most workers find it cluttered, confusing, and inefficient—too many windows; too many applications that don’t work well together; and too many keystrokes, clicks, drags, and drops to perform even the most basic tasks. Often, their intention is simple and specific. They seek to complete a task quickly and completely. Their imperative is productivity, and they’re realizing that today’s mobile apps and devices often just “work better.” It’s not at all unusual to see a user sitting at his or her desk, and preferring to access email from a touch-based iPhone, iPad, or Android device even as a laptop or desktop system sits mere inches away.

Communicating at the App Level – Continue Reading…

 

Laws And Regulations Governing The Cloud Computing Environment

Laws And Regulations Governing The Cloud Computing Environment

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:

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

  • Under HIPAA’s Privacy Rule, an entity may not use or disclose protected health information unless as permitted or required by the Rule, or as authorized in writing by the individual affected. HIPAA’s Security Rule complements the Privacy Rule and deals specifically with Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI). It lays out three types of security safeguards required for compliance: administrative, physical, and technical. The Rule identifies various security standards for each of these types. Required specifications must be adopted and administered as dictated by the Rule.

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)

  • It has 2 key rules for “financial institutions” storing data in the cloud: the Financial Privacy Rule and the Safeguards Rule. The Financial Privacy Rule requires institutions to notify each customer at the time the relationship is established and annually thereafter about the personal information about them collected, where that information is kept, with whom is shared, how is used, and how it is protected. The Safeguards Rule requires financial institutions to develop a written information security plan that describes how the company plans to protect clients’ nonpublic personal information.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard

  • The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) was jointly developed by Visa and MasterCard to simplify compliance for merchants and payment processors. It has 6 core areas and 12 requirements that cover best practices for perimeter security, data privacy, and layered security.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

  • FERPA is a federal law that protects student information collected by educational institutions and associated vendors. These institutions must have the student’s consent prior to disclosure of personal data including grades, enrollment status, or billing information. Protection of student information according to FERPA regulations is a key consideration in using cloud-based applications that handle student records. IT administrators must be aware of the information that is passed to a cloud network or application.

US-based cloud tenants and providers must consult a plethora of industry-specific laws to determine their legal risks and obligations. But if you don’t adequately protect the information you store, there are some important consequences you should assume, like fines or lawsuits. Remember that fines and lawsuits can have devastating consequences for small or midsize businesses.

So, do you know what laws should govern your cloud computing technologies?

By Rick Blaisdell

Cloud Archiving And The Benefits For Your Business

Cloud Archiving And The Benefits For Your Business

Cloud archiving is a document storage solution that means that data and documents no longer need to be stored as physical, paper documents, but can be transformed into digital format and stored in ‘the cloud’. Many businesses have mounds of paper documents and filing cabinets stacking up in their places of work, some even have whole rooms filled from floor to ceiling with old paper documents that need to be kept but are taking up valuable real estate in their buildings.

However, cloud archives provide a solution to this very predicament, allowing businesses to get their space back as they can now have all their old data and documents scanned into digital format and stored in ‘the cloud’.

This solution enables businesses to access their documents ‘anywhere, anytime’ as documents are stored in a central online storage that can be accessed from multiple offices or locations; at home or on the move.

Most organizations do not have the luxury of having their own sophisticated IT department and therefore online document storage provides them with a better and cheaper backup and disaster recovery service.

By using a cloud archive solution companies can rest assured that their documents are safe, secure, and also easily retrievable. Have you ever spent a long period of time searching through filing cabinets and drawers to find the document that you need? This is the case for all businesses all over the world, and many spend several days each year just searching for and organizing paper documents. But what if you could type a few words into a search query, and instantly be shown the document you want? Cloud-based storage enables you to do that.

A cloud-based archive solution is also protected from damage or loss and allows easy access to specific data when it is required for a compliance audit. The data is encrypted and stored in a fully redundant, geographically separate hosted environment, so if something happens to one of the data centers then the documents are fully backed up in the second.

Security has become incredibly important for regulatory purposes within a lot of organizations, along with business continuity and employee well-being. This has meant that document security has become a challenge for many businesses but they can trust that their documents are completely safe in a cloud archive.

By John Pittman,

John Pittman, VP Business Development,, SecureCare Technologies, Inc. SecureCare securely digitizes, processes and stores sensitive information. Today it provides a ‘super secure’ cloud based fax service named Sfax and Scrypt is a cloud-based document scanning and archiving solution.

Cloud Whitepaper: Virtual Network Architecture

Cloud Whitepaper: Virtual Network Architecture

Cloud Whitepaper: Virtual Network Architecture

Looking back at how the IT landscape has evolved over the past 20 years, it is amazing to see the striking parallel between the evolution of technology and the evolution of business. In the Client /Server era, it was normal for IT initiatives to take months or even years on end. This was reflective of the pace of business at that time; it seems the whole world ran at a slower pace as purchasing behavior was still dictated by the physical world and global competitors were separated by vast distances. As industry transitioned into the Internet era, the world became increasingly flat, new business models emerged and new competitors from around the globe became as close as a mouse click.

The amazing technological progress that has led industry through the Internet and into the Cloud era was made possible in large part by the advancement of open innovation in the server and software industries. The open x86 architecture, powered by Moore’s law, has unleashed unparalleled innovation and value over multiple generations of microprocessor technology. Similarly, the open x86 software industry has grown to provide revolutionary advancement in every facet of business and industry. Server virtualization has further unleashed value by enabling on-demand resource availability, asset efficiency and business continuity.

In contrast, the Networking industry has yet to benefit from such open innovation initiatives. Unlike the open x86 market, there is no modern software development ecosystem for the leading network operating system; there are no modern standards for intelligent programmable interfaces to enable automation; virtualization is primitive, static, and fractured.

This whitepaper outlines the principal elements of VNA and maps out its principal applications for traditional, virtual and cloud IT environments.Dell‖s Virtual Network Architecture (VNA) framework is a direct response to this growing need for networking solutions to be brought into the modern age. VNA is designed to be both innovative and practical, based around a set of open, flexible architectures that provides the benefit of the latest innovations in networking. VNA is also designed to integrate tightly with innovative new network virtualization solutions such as the Hyper-V Network virtualization framework jointly developed by Microsoft and Dell.

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