Category Archives: Cloud Computing

Cloud Infographic: Paper Vs Big Data In US Healthcare

Cloud Infographic: Paper Vs Big Data In US Healthcare

 Paper Vs Big Data In US Healthcare

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.

There will undoubtedly be many more areas of concern moving forward. The good news is that much of this can be prevented. Proper trainingResearchData Storage, File Management, Privacy etc… are a number of key areas to focus on.

Included is a timely infographic by Bottomline Technologies which indicates that hospitals could save up to $45 Billion per year by switching from traditional paper based registrations to cloud based data storage services. It’s something to certainly ponder.

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Infographic Source: Bottomline Technologies

Five Ways Service Providers Are On Course To Miss The Boat In Cloud Services

Five Ways Service Providers Are On Course To Miss The Boat In Cloud Services

Five Ways Service Providers Are On Course To Miss The Boat In Cloud Services

Service providers (SPs) have a golden, but short-lived opportunity to commercialize the $30B cloud services market before AWS and others call it “game over.” By being more agile, able to scale and playing to their strengths, SPs can use the cloud to not only consolidate their existing revenue streams but create new ones.

Trouble is, outdated mindsets and a lack of customer-first innovations are causing too many SPs to let the cloud services opportunity sail away without them. Here’s a look at the five ways SPs will miss the cloud services boat if they don’t move quickly:

1) Taking a Defensive Approach to Cloud Services

SPs today have two options: passively concentrate just on protecting their existing business. Or recognize the cloud tide is coming in and make a plan to lead their market with a cloud services model based on innovation and differentiation. A differentiated model, with simplified uplift to commercialization, and growth through resellers and the channel offers an offensive strategy for accelerated growth that will help SPs thrive.

Those SPs that will be successful in cloud services will understand their markets and customers better than others, anticipate the next wave of innovation — and then create services that deliver greater benefits.

2) Missing the Shift from Infrastructure to Apps and Services

Bigger cloud players with more resources are driving innovation and cost-reduction in cloud infrastructure; that’s not where SPs will make their mark. Instead, customers are looking to SPs to provide solutions beyond just infrastructure. They want preconfigured business applications (e.g., email, CRM) that can easily be deployed, much like what consumers get from an app store. This capability to deliver application provisioning offers SPs an opportunity to differentiate and drive new revenue in a market where they can excel.

What’s more, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) can speed parts of the application provisioning process. But without the flexibility and agility to deliver complete applications to end users, SPs cannot take full advantage of the benefits of IaaS.

The concept of cloud blueprints offers SPs a way to drive extraordinary levels of efficiency and effectiveness, increase quality of service and reduce cost. Like blueprints used in the construction industry, cloud blueprints contain everything needed to successfully build, deploy and share applications in the cloud including server, software, storage, network, images and firewall details, and importantly, how they all relate.

3) Failing to Offer Flexible Contracts and Service Provisioning

SPs that want to keep customers locked into inflexible contracts will fail. Instead, SPs must offer customers customized billing based on their individual requirements and help support complex reseller models by billing accordingly.

All cloud services billing models have pros and cons depending on the customer, usage model and internal budgeting requirements. The key is for SPs to understand that a number of different models exist, and the benefits each supports. I’m an advocate of Burstable Virtual Resource Pools that offer a set of virtual resources in a multi-tenant platform with a fixed total configuration, the ability to be reconfigured as required, and payable as a single monthly fee but able to “burst” capacity by the hour/usage as required for a separate (possibly premium) rate.

4) Adopting a ‘Not Invented Here’ Strategy

Too many SPs have their heads in the sand about the tremendous business opportunity inherent in offering cloud services. Others are taking a doomed DIY approach to building cloud capabilities, costing them time and money.

The cloud is exponentially more complicated than traditional hosting. SPs could spin their wheels trying to successfully build cloud capabilities themselves and still find themselves woefully behind. Others are betting – and losing — on open source solutions like OpenStack that lack the necessary functionality (by itself) to tackle real business challenges.

To be successful, SPs need to partner with a proven cloud services vendor that can help them quickly deploy differentiated services specific to their customers’ needs.

5) Failing to Develop a Niche

Cloud computing offers SPs the opportunity to position themselves at the heart of their customers’ operations. It’s an opportunity for them to leverage trusted relationships, be unique, and expand their services…and their margins, too. In today’s cloud services world, SPs can become one-stop shops for their customers’ needs; ranging from the homogeneous IT infrastructure services they provide today, to a growing array of high margin applications and services. SPs can offer it all and deliver it with one service level agreement, one point of contact and one bill.

By adopting extensible, customizable, flexible solutions, SPs can adapt to changing cloud demands, providing limitless opportunities. This gives them the ability to quickly commercialize the cloud and grow with no limits to stay competitive, no matter what environment is being developed on. The cloud is handing SPs a bigger, brighter future, but they have to change course today if they have any hope of getting onboard.

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By Tony Lucas

Tony is Founder and Senior Vice President, Product with Flexiant (www.flexiant.com), a leading global provider of cloud orchestration software solutions.  Lucas spent 12 years as CEO and majority owner of XCalibre Communications, a web hosting company. During the latter half of this period, he developed the FlexiScale cloud computing technology, which now forms the core component of Flexiant’s Cloud Orchestrator platform. Lucas is a frequent speaker at cloud computing conferences and a recognised expert in his field.

Cloud Computing Makes Democratization Of Big Data Possible

Cloud Computing Makes Democratization Of Big Data Possible

Cloud Computing Makes Democratization of Big Data Possible

Putting the power of big data into the hands of small businesses can help them to achieve improved results in sales and marketing and in providing the products their customers want most. A number of factors have come together to allow the democratization of big data analytics and to provide a practical option for small business owners and administrators in managing their enterprises more effectively.

Big Data and the Corporate Cloud

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One of the most important elements in the new big data paradigm is the increasing availability of cloud storage and applications for smaller business operations. Cloud computing systems allow remote storage of and access to corporate data through secure login technologies. In general practice, the cloud allows staff members to perform work and access data at any time and from anywhere with a secured Internet connection. This can boost productivity and increase profits in companies of all sizes. In the context of big data, however, cloud systems can allow truly scalable data storage for large projects and everyday needs. This can make big data analytics an affordable possibility for many smaller firms without the resources to maintain on-site server space for these analysis tasks.

Advanced Services by Hosting Providers

As big data becomes a greater factor in business planning and operational decision-making, hosting service providers are offering a greater range of services to the small business community. These newer services include the following:

  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) allows companies to outsource maintenance, upgrades and hosting of necessary software applications on a case-by-case basis.
  • Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) arrangements are more comprehensive and include networking services, server space and online storage capacity. These services are typically scalable and may be configured to suit the specific needs and budgetary constraints of the corporate customer.
  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) allows business clients to outsource all elements of their IT structure to the service provider. Staff members and customers can access these resources through secure online login technologies; all maintenance, hardware, software and security measures, however, are managed at the service provider level. Customers typically pay for IaaS arrangements on a scalable usage model rather than on a flat per-month fee basis.

The increased availability of these cloud services has made it possible for small businesses to derive their own analytics from big data and has provided added accessibility for companies of all sizes.

Implementing Big Data in Small Business

In the business arena, big data comprises a wide range of different data sets. For example, a small business that does both online and in-store sales may have large sets of data for foot traffic and sales in their brick-and-mortar locations and equally large data sets regarding virtual traffic and sales online. Finding points of commonality between these data sets through the use of big data analytics can provide insights into customer buying patterns and can offer added targeting power for marketing and promotional strategies. Because of the inductive nature of big data calculations, companies can often create predictive models that allow even more fine-tuning of advertising messages and media choices in the competitive marketplace.

The Three Vs of Big Data

According to analyst Doug Laney of Gartner, big data analytics implementations are defined by three elements:

• Volume refers to the sheer amount of data to be processed and mined for useful information

• Velocity is the speed at which data analytics can be performed for business needs

• Variety in big data has to do with the types of data that can be cross-checked and compiled into useful reports for use in the small business world

These three Vs are critical to understanding big data and making it more widely available for small to medium-sized businesses in today’s competitive marketplace.

Cloud computing services play a critical role in modern big data analytics. Companies that specialize in big data analytics consulting can be valuable allies in the effort to make more productive use of data sets and to optimize business processes.

james-mccannBy Jim McCann

Jim is the Information Insights Practice Lead for Paragon Solutions. Paragon Solutions is an advisory consulting and systems integration firm specializing in various industries. For more information on Paragon’s business intelligence systems and solutions, contact marketing@consultparagon.com.

Cloud Infographic: Crypto Web Report

Cloud Infographic: Crypto Web Report

Cloud Infographic: Crypto Web Report 

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…   Read The Full Article:  10 Tips For Keeping Your Cloud Data Safe

Attached is an infographic chart provided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation which provides excellent information of companies utilizing encryption methods.

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Infographic Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Cloud Infographic: The Past, Present & Future Of Data Storage

Cloud Infographic: The Past, Present & Future Of Data Storage

Cloud Infographic: Past, Present & Future Of Data Storage

Over the past few weeks we’ve posted some excellent history/evolution themed infographics such as: “The Evolution Of Big Data” , “The History Of Managed Service Providers“, “The History Of Security” and now an excellent infographic found over at Mozy called: “The Past, Present & Future Of Data Storage…”

You may also like to read a recent guest post by Claire Broadley which provides some good insight into the top 5 cloud data storage myths.

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Infographic Source: Mozy

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Information Highway

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Information Highway



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By David Fletcher

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Top 5 Cloud Storage Myths Your Employees Think Are True

Top 5 Cloud Storage Myths Your Employees Think Are True

Top 5 Cloud Storage Myths Your Employees Think Are True

Cloud storage is becoming more common in business, but it’s by no means ubiquitous. Some businesses are holding back from adopting the cloud on a large scale, citing a number of misconceptions for their hesitancy.

Rather than delay your adoption of cloud storage, look closely at the reasons your employees are using to delay your move to the cloud. While no network is perfect, the cloud is probably a much better fit for your business than you expected.

Here are some of the most common myths.

1. The Cloud Isn’t Private Enough For My Files

Some people think that the cloud is a privacy risk, and by putting their files into cloud storage, they’re at risk of being spied on. While cloud storage involves transmitting data over the internet, your files aren’t necessarily available to anyone who wants to see them.

Services like SkyDrive and Dropbox unencrypt data after it’s received so their features like file versioning work, but there are other services, like SpiderOak and Mega, that don’t. And if your business is already using another provider, you can use a service like BoxCryptor to encrypt files before transmission, making them more secure.

2. Cloud Storage Is Too Complicated

‘Cloud’ is something of a buzzword, and if you’re not used to the terminology, you might be confused as to the practical benefits of cloud storage. Many businesses struggle to get buy-in from employees when they utilise complicated systems in the workplace.

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But cloud storage need not be any more complicated than a regular network storage facility, such a shared drive. In fact, most cloud storage providers have made their apps so easy to use, many employees eventually prefer them to traditional network drives. For one thing, there are no problems with permissions and access: cloud storage just works.

3. I Can’t Use My Business Account With My Private Account

This myth is based in truth, and it’s come about because of the massive adoption of Dropbox. Most of us signed up for free Dropbox cloud storage accounts via referral links, and then found that our employers had assigned us a second Dropbox – an inconvenient move, since it was impossible to use both on the same device.

Now, Dropbox has changed that. Its new Dropbox For Business product will soon enable employees to use personal and private cloud storage side by side.

4. The Cloud Is Not Eco-Friendly

Cloud storage requires the use of several servers instead of just one. That’s because data is duplicated across multiple physical machines, lowering the likelihood of downtime and making your data more available. That means more servers are used, and there’s a bigger demand for power.

But the cloud is actually driving the adoption of green technologies as companies realize they have to cut back on data centre power costs (to save the planet or save money, depending on your perspective). Some are using wind or solar power; Apple’s iCloud is partially powered by a massive solar array.

Additionally, the cloud allows servers to be virtualized. This process that ensures they’re used more efficiently because several server instances can run side by side on the same machine.

Some companies are also moving their data centres to cooler climates such as Finland to cut down on cloud power consumption.

5. There Will Never Be Any Downtime

This is a common myth about cloud storage, and it’s also the only negative point in our list. But in order to be honest with employees, it’s worth tackling the uptime issue early on.

The cloud is a robust place to put your files, and uptime is generally as close to 100 per cent as anyone could hope for. However, it’s not guaranteed to be 100 per cent all of the time. Any company that says its network, servers or infrastructure never fail is either very new or slightly dishonest.

Cloud storage is generally very reliable – so much so that outages always hit the headlines. Downtime is rare, but it happens. Rather than selling your staff an unrealistic utopian vision of the cloud, it’s best to be honest and stress how infrequent these outages are.

6. I Don’t Need Cloud Storage – I’m Always Careful With Data

The final myth is that some people don’t need to use cloud storage. Inevitably, the people who claim they are careful are the people who assume computers never stop working and hard drives never fail. These employees are the ones that could cause your business real problems.

It’s up to the business to make cloud storage convenient, accessible and useful to the user. That might include things like mobile device syncing, fast internet connections, masses of space or collaborative editing. Once you prove the benefits of cloud storage, its far easier to get buy-in from your more stubborn members of staff.

Moving Into the Cloud

Cloud storage is a flexible, inexpensive alternative to hard-wired storage, yet it opens doors for collaboration, backup, sync and mobile access. It’s difficult to imagine a business that wouldn’t benefit. Rather than holding back, look at the benefits: soon, your employees will wonder how they lived without it.

By Claire Broadley,

Claire is a technical content writer working with OnlineBackupReviews.org. You can compare over 30 cloud storage services here

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Cloud Infographic  – 5 Ways To Become Extinct As Big Data Evolves

Cloud Infographic – 5 Ways To Become Extinct As Big Data Evolves

Cloud Infographic – 5 Ways To Become Extinct As Big Data Evolves

The enterprise is currently in a ‘Big Data Limbo’, where leadership has begun, or is preparing to invest in analytics – but lacks clear direction with where and how to implement.  The technology is powerful, and like the moniker suggests, “Big Data” is massive, leaving some executives with the impression that for these projects to be successful, IT departments must ready themselves to boil the proverbial ocean.

Below is an infographic provided by the group over at infochimps.com

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Infographic Source: infochimps.com

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