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Is Cloud Lock-In A Bigger Issue Than Security?

Cloud lock-in a bigger issue than security Before LabSlice I was employed as a Security Architect for a major bank. Banks, government departments and  health providers are naturally suspicious of technology solutions that they do not fully control. This is why cloud security is frequently listed as a concern for big industry, typically followed by operational uptime concerns.…

A Taxonomy Of The Amazon Cloud

A Taxonomy Of The Amazon Cloud

Using the Amazon cloud is a challenge, partly due to the overwhelming number of terms that must be understood to just get your servers up and running. Below is a taxonomy break-down that you can use as a reference for getting started with the Amazon cloud.: Cloud Computing: A self-service environment for the creation of highly-scalable applications,…

IaaS and PaaS to disappear by 2012

IaaS and PaaS to disappear by 2012 Cloud computing comes with its own unique acronyms, which can at times make it a confusing space to work in. The two key acronyms people know are: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): The provider gives you on-demand access to compute infrastructure, with console access (RDP or SSH) to…

3 Quick Ways To Reduce Your Amazon EC2 Cloud Charges

3 Quick Ways To Reduce Your Amazon EC2 Cloud Charges

Reducing Your Amazon EC2 Cloud Charges The Biggest difference between standard web hosting and cloud-based hosting can be seen when you get the monthly bill. A standard web host, like GoDaddy, will charge you a flat monthly fee and give you access to a single, fixed server. Whereas a cloud-based host, like Amazon EC2 will…

Would A Cloud By Any Other Name Sell As Well?

Would a cloud by any other name sell as well? My last blog entry ‘Does Gartner understand cloud computing’ generated a lot of interest, especially in the twitter-o-sphere. This was no surprise, as opinions about this space tend to be very mixed. More so, I suspect that there is frustration with vendors, as your average…

Does Gartner understand cloud computing?

Does Gartner understand cloud computing? By Simon Ellis of Labslice – CloudTweaks Contributor I like the Gartner Magic Quadrant. It provides for a quick overview of a specific domain, lists the key players and assigns them a high-level effectiveness rank. It’s a great tool, and also a very dangerous one. For those who understand a…

The 2010 cloud computing winner

The 2010 cloud computing winner Who was the 2010 cloud computing winner? It’s a subjective topic. And you’re really comparing apples to oranges. There are SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings, all serving different customer needs. Some vendors are established, while others are only just getting started. And of-course, people tend to declare a technology they…

What Should SMEs Do To Prevent Common Mistakes?

What Should SMEs Do To Prevent Common Mistakes?

Spending And Planning Wisely Overview – Billions of pounds from valuable IT and communication (ICT) budgets are wasted each year due to common mistakes in the market. These are some of the pitfalls you should avoid. With small businesses (especially start-ups with online ambitions) relying more and more on their understanding and utilisation of ICT, it’s…

The Cloud Above Our Home

The Cloud Above Our Home

Our Home – Moving All Things Into The Cloud The promise of a smart home had excited the imagination of the movie makers long ago. If you have seen any TV shows in the nineties or before, the interpretation presented itself to us as a computerized personal assistant or a robot housekeeper. It was smart,…

5 Considerations You Need To Review Before Investing In Data Analytics

5 Considerations You Need To Review Before Investing In Data Analytics

Review Before Investing In Data Analytics Big data, when handled properly, can lead to big change. Companies in a wide variety of industries are partnering with data analytics companies to increase operational efficiency and make evidence-based business decisions. From Kraft Foods using business intelligence (BI) to cut customer satisfaction analysis time in half, to a…


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