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UAE’s Cloud Computing As Security On An Upward March According To Latest Analysis

UAE’s Cloud Computing as Security on an Upward March according to Latest Analysis

Despite ranking as one of the telltale recipients of spam, en masse, on the planet, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has faced all odds and championed the cloud like no other country in the Gulf. A reputable research agency, on tech matters, has provided the latest details on this progress, to the effect that cloud computing security is taking a life of its own in the UAE.

Reports show that the  nation’s gross returns on the security wing, alone, inside the cloud industry was about $8.7M in 2012, and projections indicate this might rise manifold, to hit over seventy two million dollars, by the turn of the current decade. The upshot growth of the security subsector underlies the fact that an aggregation of companies in the logistics and wholesale niches has plunged into the sector, with staying power. There are even hints that as the anti-spam and other safety-in-the-cloud campaigns, take center stage, there may even evolve a ‘cloud as a service’ framework that will be an industry preferential to safety matters for organizations.

Though, the United Arab Emirates with Dubai and Abu Dhabi being its computing hotspots, is still lagging in its unilateral embrace of the cloud. However, the fact that the industry has survived and even shown handsome returns, even in its small scope and amid a fusillade of web threats, means it may yet prove an attractive prospect for the majority. The major tags that are predisposing this future inclination are the benefits the industry brings forth, including the pay-as-you-use flexibility and big data storage provision, besides retailers’ technologies, all accessible in a click.

Impressive, too, for the country’s improvement in the cloud security niche, is the fact that large companies that form the very lifeline of the country’s economy are also in the fold. From gas multinationals to petroleum giants and from financial institutions to government corporations, the tide is turning all the way to the cloud atop the UAE’s Internet.

New Threats for Corporations

Amid the growth of the safety offering of cloud computing in the UAE, there is now evidence that this growth is coming, hand in hand, with grim prospects. Social networking by corporate workers of companies may yet prove the means by which information-phishing, ID thievery and other data hijacking limitations may proliferate into the country’s cloud. Inversely, however, it might also be the means of strengthening the industry. According to the latest survey figures, there will be corporations that will turn external environment’s weaknesses, such as, the social networking sites that their staff access, into ways of appropriating new security apps. Indeed, this is already happening as major organizations start to comb the developer and even in-house markets for the latest stats that can nip web threats in the bud.

Scores by Neighboring Countries

Despite being another high performer on the negative spam list of the world, India, to the south of the UAE, has also made gains in the cloud. Vaunting one of the biggest markets for IT firms among emerging economies that include Russia and China, the country has now a projection for 2013 that traces an ongoing growth margin of 36%, in the cloud market. This will amount into $443M, an increase of $127M from the 2012 figures. This is hardly a surprise because the cloud market is a highly scalable one, like most IT dispensations, and thus can grow manifold. However, how is the security factor faring, in the mean time?

Reports for 2013 show that, with some 11% of the market, the cloud security factor in India just manages to inch at the bottom of its top five cloud priorities. The leader is Software as a Service (SaaS), but what astonishes is that advertising comes before the safety factor. Still, the country may expect an improvement, in coming years, for most companies now combine management with their security wings, meaning a close priority for the latter in any management task.

Thus, as UAE takes a leap forward in the cloud security offering, India is experiencing a hike in general cloud growth. The fact that both countries are spamming receiving ends of the world does not seem to check the improvements and may even turn the dice, in their favor, as they seek applications to overturn the newest security threats. This is why many corporations in the United Arabs Emirates are going a step further by actually marketing their very security prowess, to assure their clients.

By John Omwamba

Two Mega Cloud Conferences: What Google I/O And GigaOM Pro Each Had To Offer

Two Mega Cloud Conferences: What Google I/O and GigaOM Pro each had to Offer

The cloud has finally settled after the weekend’s dual momentous occasions. Google I/O, the yearly gathering of tech heads on the West Coast of the US is finally over, with lauding and misgivings, alike. On the fringes was also a cloud computing platform that seeks similar, albeit more academic, answers than those of the former conference: GigaOM Pro’s conference. Here is an analysis of what the two disparate approaches to the fundamental world of the Internet, applications and the cloud, in general, had to offer the 2013 infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) enthusiast.

Google I/O: The Event

From the hailing of Larry Page, as a speech maker par excellence, to getting down to business with the newest update to the emailing wing of the company’s cannon of services, Google I/O was equally a success and a failure. Analysts now discuss, with fervor, how Gmail has a quicker interface after its godfather improved on its storage dispensation. Right now, the unofficial storage interplay between the more cloud-oriented Drive and the web-mail is an official fact, according to the briefing over this conference. Users of the mailing service will now utilize more real-time reply technology, courtesy of a fresh button that will automatically launch for a fast answer to a query, next to the inbox, meaning that users will utilize it to affirm or deny a request in straightforward and handy epithets like, yes or no.

The shortcoming of the conference, however, was its lack of giving sufficient attention to the business side of things. The company’s collaboration technology, for the business cloud, did not receive mention overnight, although there have been related improvements on the social dispensation. For instance, Google Hangout has welcomed a remote application from one’s desktop, meaning working from the PC, and not necessarily online, to talk one-on-one with worldly pals. This real-time technology will see its success tag mostly to the user-friendly interface that it will bring when it focuses its drive on the ‘home’ screen, or rather desktop.

Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Larry Page, was instrumental on making all the company’s provisions meet the unified cloud dispensation. For this to happen, the service must strive to be integral, and consequently, some now-popular enterprise tools, like G+ must join the cloud side of Google. That is, users of the social networking offering will now turn more business out of it, following its upgrading at this yearly conference, where it has moved a step up into becoming part of the Apps. Indeed, this social network has never counted among the engine’s official applications. If it joins the apps dispensation, then it will enhance the cloud needs of users, including storage, improved real-time correspondence with member business outfits, and enhanced placement of remote pals on the Big Spider that is the web.

GigaOM Pro’s Answer

While Google I/O was busily upgrading its cloud, popular services’ and apps’ departments, GigaOM Pro was digging deep into matters cloud as it relates to social networking at business. According to Stowe Boyd, there is an analogy between Margaret Mead and the current spate of social media that can or cannot help business process. In lieu of destroying entrepreneurial process when trying hard to make them more scalable, social media, should, instead, be a relegation, or part of a diverse cultural plan, that every enterprise should study, in its own niche, to suit its social work. In other words, it will be no longer, ‘this store provides’ or ‘this vendor has the best option,’ but a concrete report of the enterprise culture, around, and integrating it as a formula, into the social scene of the industry. Thus, apps, social media tools and other offerings that suit the company, or its larger industry, will be the only things that will matter, other than select vendors, when using Twitter or Facebook at work. To do this, companies will have to comb diverse cloud apps and social widgets to come up with an optimal one for their business models.

Rivaling Google I/O’s three-and-a-half speech-making tech crusade, GigaOM Pro was on the sidelines, with as much time, to let its team explain why implementing the cloud at work is not a straightforward but hobnobbed plan. Indeed, one has to study architecture of various resources, because no one road suits all cloud infrastructures for all entities. This means giving time, patience and resources, to analyze what various cloud services are providing, and inherently, cutting out the leading vendors in the given niche. The only remaining parts, before implementing, are the possible advantages, for the business, on the select cloud model.

Thus, two conferences came up on the fringes of the third week of May 2013, with diverse and constructive results. When a similar time next year one will be speaking about the Google I/O, may be it will not be on an upgrade of services or apps, but the mushrooming further of its integral cloud engine with all services therein. The Pro, on the other hand, perhaps will be seeking answers in uncharted seas of the big data boom of 2014.

By John Omwamba

Russia May End Imminent Cloud’s ‘Ides of March’

Russia May End Imminent Cloud’s ‘Ides of March’

Russia May End Imminent Cloud’s ‘Ides of March’ as it Improves on International Scoreboard

Russia has a cloud and big data conference this October, in the central-European nation of Austria, just marches away from Latvia. The latter is the destination at which most Moscow cloud companies have set base for their cloud servers, to eschew persecution at home. Indeed, Latvia has been the telltale sign of where the legendary Ides of March, which signaled the end of a king in Shakespearian lore, would have come from, were it not for the encouraging news of an improvement in Russia. The large country that stretches from Eastern Europe to the far lands of Asia currently ranks highly, on the global cloud scoreboard.

Forbes.com recently ranked the country position 14, ten slots down from the United States, signaling a great improvement. This means that despite the close watch at home of what cloud computing companies are doing, Russia is also relaxing its grip on the various resources that power the operations of server-based technology.

The improvement is due to a consciousness about IP. The report stated that Russia was instrumental in ratifying Internet Protocol concessions, thus expanding the horizon of identity for would-be users of the cloud in the country. It is worth to find the Russia’s story quite progressive, in contrast to half-a-dozen other continental nations that had negative growth, in the same report.

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The latest news, however, May 12, points out to a continuing erosion of major firms from the country that are working from within but whose servers are in, mainly, Latvia. A single data warehouse in the latter nation says that it has five hundred projects, from Russia and its scion, Ukraine.

The above development is easy to confirm. Over the weekend of May 11-12, the web went awash with how Russian law enforcement personnel visited a cloud center and demanded to have a chat with the staff, before confiscating equipment. This, however, does not prevent work from continuing for most of the nation’s cloud resources, including servers, software, and apps, all have infrastructural base in neighboring nations.

The saving hand of cloud technology in the last remaining bastion of the former USSR, where policy matters may steal a march on technology, is manifest in the ease of forfeiting capital-intensive machinery. Cloud requires none of the common bulky hardware to enable one operate from a typical work base. What matters is a data center, which can be external, an email service, file-sharing applications and storage-scaling equipment, all of which need not be in-house. At least this is how most Russian kingpins of the cloud do in order to keep their data secure.

Russia Cloud Conference

In spite of these policy distractions, the country’s tech community is still on the fast lane of technological commitment. The best epiphany is the Russia Conference, for big data and cloud computing that will occur in Central Europe on the seventh day of October of the year. The major focus will be on the issue of security, advantages of the cloud, as well as, limitations of computing, and the entrepreneurial appropriation via the cloud, among others. The conference, interestingly, also has the helping hand of the authorities since the national and local administrations will be in attendance, besides Chief Technology Officers.

By John Omwamba

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Cloud Syncing: A Big Ado About Functionality In Google Play Game’s New Release

Cloud Syncing: A Big Ado About Functionality In Google Play Game’s New Release

Cloud Syncing: a Big Ado about Functionality in Google Play Game’s New Release

According to leaks on the Big Spider, the world of gaming is getting a new face that may perhaps eclipse existing applications like the iOS Gaming Center if Google Play Games comes mid-May, with a cloud-synchronization feature, among a ton more stats. Allegedly, the company is on course to prove that it is ‘much ado about everything’ rather than the Shakespearian negation of ‘much ado about nothing,’ when it syncs the google-play with its cannon of existing services. Google+, its web-based mail, and Android OS are all part and parcel of how Google Play’s gaming wing will operate.

Cloud and Google: Syncing Abilities

Hitherto, serious perpetrators of the gaming platform have been employing a dead app, which has been lying dormant under the Play Services option. The only lacking thing was that it was not in one with the settings’ icon that also incorporates Gmail and the company’s mandatory networking site, among others. Now, it appears like not only will this cloud-syncing application embed into the new settings, but will come with its novel adapter.

The element of the soft adapter will be an added glory for hounds of tech devices. They will be saving their previous gaming sessions in one tablet and accessing them on phone, or another gadget, still ‘live.’ This is the first time that the Internet giant has made the gaming niche to operate fully on its cloud computing dispensation.

Analysts are touting that the very entry of the platform into more than just online but server storage functionality, is a curtain raiser for players who have the gusto to stay long. Indeed, even before the official launch of this update, resilient enthusiasts who play for hours on end, are forwarding their gratitude for the new app which will allow them extend play. The element of saving sessions and beginning where one left on a remote server is some great development worth the time of a play king who is more than a spectator.

Other Developments

Cloud is not just the big earner of the spoils by the father company, Google, for other existing services are getting a share, too. It appears kike Google+ might be the luckiest networking site that ever passed the gates of the Internet throne. For now, it will be impossible not to work on Google Play Games without having an account on this networking portal. The same case applies to Gmail users, who oblige to have an account, irrespective of their wishes, soon as they sign into the web mail.

There are some significant ways in which G+ will matter to the cloud observer. One of these is the fact that it will be possible to put a limit to the kind of invitees who can observe, reconnoiter or play with one. This points out to the use of free widgets that, in a normal situation, control the kind of messages one would like to filter in or out of a blog message forum, for example. Through the networking site, too, it will be possible to expand and shrink chat pals, form and disband playmate-chat rooms, and do a horde

more. Another cloud plus is that the chat element of real-time engagement will become a worthy embedment: it will be possible to manage settings for quick notifications, meaning that, in one’s chat circles, it will be impossible for a game to pass by without receiving the news on the same.

Leaderboards is another attachment that will be worthy of a look, by a cloud hound, in the new gaming update. It will be both public and private. For the one, it will be possible to manage a ubiquitous folder for whichever position one currently ranks in the leaderboards, each seven days, or so, while, for the other,the user can keep scores that are not impressive in the private folder. Of course, G+ will be the center stage of all this because it will optimize the public and private folders, accordingly.

In a word, it is time that the gaming technology received a new kid in the block. It will be cloud-based, meaning extended time between supporting devices, and great saves for continuing play another time. This, of course, will become official when Google meets, and possibly unveils Google Play Games, mid-May, San Francisco, on the West Coast.

By John Omwamba

Amazon Spot On German Engineering Prowess

Amazon Spot on German Engineering Prowess as it Rolls out Cloud Development Center

Germany is becoming a soft spot on which cloud technology on the course to maturity can land on, at least for Amazon, via its data arm. Just a year after acquiring one of the proud moments of its technology rollercoaster in Europe, the Peritor, whose location is in Berlin, a development that was the genesis of the highly acclaimed OpsWorks devops, the company is once again hunting for native engineers from Europe’s economic powerhouse.

On May 3, it became official that Amazon Web Services would set up a development capital for its cloud-based technological spoils in Deutschland. The two centers will be in Dresden and Berlin. The former city tastes its first real consideration in the data factor, especially due to the fact that the rival city, Berlin, has precedence in being a data hotspot for Amazon. Another city in the same basket is Frankfurt, which acts as a web content churning conduit for data that the company mines and distributes from its continental headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

Sizable Engineer Number

The cloud firm has since intimated on the search for 70 engineers from Germany. These will serve as technology overlords who will chart the course for hypervisors. They will also be instrumental in helping in managing-tool control, besides offering assistance in OS matters for computer systems.

Intelligence is rife that the new search for engineering experts that will lead to the inception of a major development conduit to support the work of data centers is quite a ‘major expansion.’ In the heels of acquiring Peritor from the German capital in 2012, this is arguably the most advanced step that the global firm has taken, to date. The cradle of experts in technology and a sizable number they are at seventy, will surely be the mainstay of the company in data.

The software aspect is not the only big plan that Amazon is keen on. Rather, it is also establishing machine learning tools that will project the core operations of the company’s enterprises. To this end, the company will thereby bring the leading lights of computing technology from Germany, onboard.

What does Machine Learning entail?

Machine learning is a system that scientists configure in data platforms, which in a cloud computing context, entails making a reference application that can act as a benchmark for all technical jobs in the future. The major characteristic of this phenomenon is that it is quantitative because it is a technique that is accurately or competitively repetitive. This is why fraud detection, search for products, and consumer behavior recommendations all need machine learning to take off. Furthermore, the algorithms that the team keys in must be flexible, or scalable, so that the present staff can contextualize it in contemporary business matters without changing the core benchmark.

On the above explanatory, it is essential to tag the fact that Amazon said in a press release it predated March 12 2013 that it was searching for a highly technical team for the machine learning job.

Ralf Herbrich, alongside Chris Schlaeger, who are co-directing the fresh development station in Germany themselves attest to the forward march of their firm. They say that by moving the center to Germany is bespoke of the versatile talent in the nation, as well as, a reflection of the kind of investment gusto they have in Western Europe.

Amazon has landed a big data wasteland in Europe. Besides the largest in Ireland, it has also managed to penetrate to single countries via small-scale data facilities and services. There is also staff that promotes its AWS dispensation through sales. Alongside these is a whole managerial team that drives the company’s foreign enterprises forward, cloud, product or marketing.

Amazon is not just making strides in cloud. In related news, the firm announced that its popular Android Appstore is increasing its girth on the planet: its Aussie, Canadian, Brazilian Indian, Mexican and South African markets will soon join the bandwagon that the US, the UK and Japan head.

By John Omwamba

Finding Links Between The Spectacular Lion King Musical And Cloud Computing

Finding Links between the Spectacular Lion King Musical and Cloud Computing

The Lion King musical is a spectacular rendition, and a down-to-earth theatrical production, that brings the great original film, the Lion King (1994) to the stage. Now, courtesy of its many sequels, impressive commercial and on-stage success, it has spawned a world of its own that can receive review from sales and production viewpoints, under the cloud computing perspective. Firstly, a word about the current musical will suffice. Beginning 1998, the musical has toured many nations, and its latest stage was in Sao Paulo Brazil, March 30 2013, but has slated appearances in May and October, 2014, in various English cities. Given its wild success, here is a look at its gamut of success, cloud-wise, first in sales.

Sales

Given the 2011 release of eight discs to represent the trilogy that includes the original and two stylistically diverse sequels, one can imagine how audiences rushed to purchase these cassettes. However, the contemporary animated film lover can learn the power of minimalism of purchasing discs through the cloud. Amazon, for one, offered not only the films in the Blue-Ray, DVD and Digital formats, but a book that encapsulates the delivery of the movie in breadth.

Amazon, as a cloud provider, thus solves a question of searching for diverse, yet unified products of the same production in various nooks, unsuccessfully. The book, on the other hand, that came out in 1998, stretches the nostalgic pictures of Young Simba, from the eyes of an avante garde producer, who tries to imitate the splendor of the original Lion King on the stage. Now, the cloud aspect comes in handy: for the theater enthusiast who does not have time to travel to Broadway, New York, to see the live production, then here is a book that can relive the same experience. The site reveals that the nearly-two-hundred-page book has spread outs of illustrations and panoramic diagrams that rival those of the film, thus bringing the reviewer closer to the actual production that he or she missed.

On Stage/Plot

Cloud technology also fits quite snugly in contextualizing the plot and actual presentation of the musical that spawned off from the original film. The story where Simba flees his land after the false insinuation by his tricky Uncle that he murdered his father, Mufasa, is an attestation of the many viewpoints that a network as big as the cloud must bring upon users, just like Pride Land, the young lion’s realm is huge. The Circle of Life, a song that seeks to encapsulate all animals in the land, also encompasses the power of the cloud to include all kinds of technologies that merge into one in big data. Another aspect of plot that has parallels in cloud matters is the ‘Hakuna matata’ (no worries) attitude that young Simba takes while in exile, subsisting on ‘bugs’ as his daily bread. This echoes the minimalism of cloud computing: with just a small machine at one’s desk, one can use remote servers to get tetra bytes of information. Thus, it removes bulkiness and reinstates minimalism. No wonder Simba could survive on bugs and yet eventually have the strength to come back and defeat his Uncle and reclaim Pride Land.

Thus, there are ready links, both external and internal, between the latest staging of the Lion King musical and cloud computing. It can be how one can manage to get all sequels in one digital format and in one shopping avenue, or how the plot correlates to the sweeping power of technology, but they all serve as sufficient proof of the relationship.

By John Omwamba

Cloud Computing May Fast-Track Road Operability

Cloud Computing May Fast-Track Road Operability

Road Operability

Cloud computing is making infrastructural breakthroughs on the roads even as the term ‘infrastructure’ becomes more tech and virtual than its original meaning. Even if one hears of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in computer matters, pretty often, it might be soon possible to think out of the box and attach it to the physical tarmac. In Europe, for example, plans are under way to ensure that the operability of transcontinental routes improves. Small operators will be able to collaborate with large consortiums to make use of every means of transport possible be it road or rail.

Surface travel that makes use of trucks or locomotives to convey bulky merchandise, in a single trip, can help enhance operability. Several small-scale suppliers can convene to use a single stretch of road without paying undue duties to transport the same by various means. This is because cloud computing will enable them to select a given route on the map, as well as help to bring together various suppliers who can decide on a given large carrier to convey their goods in one volley. This will echo economies of scale: where many large containers that are almost empty are on the road, simultaneously, one can have several suppliers communicate and collaborate on a single trailer to do a job that many half-empty carriers will do expensively.
Cloud computing is also helping to improve safety concerns on the road. The latest breakthrough is in Ireland where a student grouping has received recognition for its efforts to alert reckless drivers via an innovative gadget. It uses the same mechanics of storing data and displaying it like the conventional cloud. The gadget’s sensors on the engine of the vehicle can relay information about possible crossings (in an area where intersections number 29 in a stretch of 7KM) and thus reduce casualties.

Maps such as those on Google may also be quite handy at evangelizing the rules of the road. When drivers are faced with route decisions, they only have to consort the maps to get data about the most convenient to use. The same case applies to situations where an emergency has occurred on the only way that the chauffeur knows while gridlocked in a traffic jam. It will only take an eye tour of the map, on display, to study the inner streets to negotiate the way out of the snarl up and thus reach the destination in time.

Finally, roads may no longer have to be a headache to chauffeurs if driverless vehicles make it big time. There are now California-based manufacturers who are testing these on public routes. The premise of their possible mass use in the future is that they will overcome traffic because they will keep in tandem with each other, thus shunning human-inspired overlapping. Needless to say, they may even overcome the problem of over-speeding, waiting at termini and the like habits of the modern vehicle possible to cause passengers migraine. Their sophisticated road-smart technologies will help them book appointments with passengers and drive at an optimal speed.

If infrastructure will ever return to its original meaning, namely the road network, it will be courtesy of breakthroughs in cloud computing. However, that will only come to be if the WHO prediction that by 2020 monthly accident figures in the globe will have reached one hundred and fifty thousand, does not turn into a reality. This will also happen when mileage and carrier information will be as comprehensively documented, all over the world, as the United States currently does.

By John Omwamba

Cloud Seen As Next Frontier For Jobs And Educational Opportunities

Cloud Seen As Next Frontier For Jobs And Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

For a long time, popular imagination has attached cloud computing to technological and corporate success. cloud-education-jobs features in cloud discussions mainly when talking about asynchronous learning or budget-worthy methods of sharing library databases. Now there is a better chance to make use of the learning systems to tap into the fourteen million employment opportunities that the cloud will deliver in three years’ time. Many of these opportunities will come from leading software and hardware giants. Each will seek qualified personnel, and thus the emergence of learning as a potential source.

As such, job and employment creation will demand two approaches:

Modernizing Collaborative technology

To give a rough example, Office 365 has had a profound effect in the way collaboration across the student and teacher base has occurred. This is because it helps to leverage learning the modern way. Such technologies bring resources closer to the desktop so that learners can enter into the employment sector with computing skills that matter to the contemporary world. The above system and others like IBM’s help to slash on expenditure. Firstly, educational institutions do not have to buy equipment or install software where one cloud package can render the same effect. Secondly, the technology creates a relaxed learning experience where library resources are available within a click and lecturers can concentrate more on productive lines rather than staying on a topic that students can research together.

A Treasure-trove of Jobs

Analysts have indeed indicated that the job base in cloud circles in and outside the educational sector is expanding. It is no odd thing to know that cloud has become a big surprise to many corporations who are now considering it a management risk if they do not fill up positions fast. They have been caught off guard. Instead of Information Technology specialists they now need CIOs, vending personnel, infrastructure builders and policy guides in orchestration matters. The secret to all these jobs is that they need educated minds who understand the practical rather than the hyped side of the cloud. Talking about hype, the vapor that has hung for several years around the cloud is now gone. There are even IBM programs that are offering degrees on cloud computing and related subjects. If graduates will not get an opportunity directly after or while they are still schooling, it will be a fallacy. This is because some chances require very particular skills that only a program covering the given area can help meet. Thus, one needs to keep the head off the clouds for now and look down-to-earth. There are now degree courses that make a cloud specialist out of the typical IT expert. There are also numerous employment chances that by 2015 will reach fourteen million in and out of the education sector. It goes without saying that these slots will need competent individuals with certificates to prove to the boss that they passed through the right academic channels and gained experience along the way. Through the use of existing programs for collaborations and new open source formats, cloud is poised to create more opportunities.

By John Omwamba

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How To Overcome Data Insecurity In The Cloud

How To Overcome Data Insecurity In The Cloud

Data Insecurity In The Cloud Today’s escalating attacks, vulnerabilities, breaches, and losses have cut deeply across organizations and captured the attention of, regulators, investors and most importantly customers. In many cases such incidents have completely eroded customer trust in a company, its services and its employees. The challenge of ensuring data security is far more…

Ending The Great Enterprise Disconnect

Ending The Great Enterprise Disconnect

Five Requirements for Supporting a Connected Workforce It used to be that enterprises dictated how workers spent their day: stuck in a cubicle, tied to an enterprise-mandated computer, an enterprise-mandated desk phone with mysterious buttons, and perhaps an enterprise-mandated mobile phone if they traveled. All that is history. Today, a modern workforce is dictating how…

Three Factors For Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Three Factors For Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy A few weeks ago I visited the global headquarters of a large multi-national company to discuss cloud strategy with the CIO. I arrived 30 minutes early and took a tour of the area where the marketing team showcased their award winning brands. I was impressed by the digital marketing strategy…

Don’t Be Intimidated By Data Governance

Don’t Be Intimidated By Data Governance

Data Governance Data governance, the understanding of the raw data of an organization is an area IT departments have historically viewed as a lose-lose proposition. Not doing anything means organizations run the risk of data loss, data breaches and data anarchy – no control, no oversight – the Wild West with IT is just hoping…

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Customers in the Cloud Global enterprises in every industry are increasingly turning to cloud-based innovators like Salesforce, ServiceNow, WorkDay and Aria, to handle critical systems like billing, IT services, HCM and CRM. One need look no further than Salesforce’s and Amazon’s most recent earnings report, to see this indeed is not a passing fad, but…

Achieving Network Security In The IoT

Achieving Network Security In The IoT

Security In The IoT The network security market is experiencing a pressing and transformative change, especially around access control and orchestration. Although it has been mature for decades, the network security market had to transform rapidly with the advent of the BYOD trend and emergence of the cloud, which swept enterprises a few years ago.…