Category Archives: Cloud Computing

Living In A Post-Safe Harbor World: What Your Company Needs To Know

Living In A Post-Safe Harbor World: What Your Company Needs To Know

Living In A Post-Safe Harbor World With the striking down of the Safe Harbor agreement in October, we have seen the tip of a data privacy iceberg whose global implications will play out well into the new year. In 2016, U.S. businesses can expect a regulatory domino effect that will occur region by region, as more governments will take steps to protect citizen data, preserve national security interests, and build legal fences to protect local…

Dissecting Mr. Robot TV Series: Spotlight On Burning Online Privacy Risks

Dissecting Mr. Robot TV Series: Spotlight On Burning Online Privacy Risks

Mr. Robot And Burning Online Privacy Risks Despite the rapid development of web tools and computer security systems, online privacy remains a serious issue for most web users. According to some statistics provided by isaca.org, the total number of online security incidents worldwide grew to 42.8 million, leaving a great number of victims behind. As one of the most genuine TV references to this burning issue, the 2015 cyber-thriller series Mr. Robot represents an interesting portrayal…

Cloud Is Changing The Game For Retailers On Cyber Monday

Cloud Is Changing The Game For Retailers On Cyber Monday

Cloud Computing, Retailers And Cyber Monday In 2014 Cyber Monday sales shattered previous records, increasing by 17% year-over-year from 2013 for a record $2.04B. This year sales are expected to continue trending upwards. This means more shoppers, more transactions, more data, and less bandwidth. Retailers all over the country have been preparing for this day for months, looking to maximize revenue. From releasing marketing and advertising materials to optimizing bandwidth for consumers, retailers must make…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Hydro Cancellation

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Hydro Cancellation

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Black Friday Cloud Specials: Who’s Offering What?

Black Friday Cloud Specials: Who’s Offering What?

Black Friday Cloud Specials From its rather humble beginnings in the early 1960s to the global shopping phenomenon it has become today, Black Friday has become a vital date in the calendar of most retailers, whether big or small. The story goes that the name was a nickname that the Philadelphia police gave to the awful traffic that they came to expect every year on the day after Thanksgiving. In a December 1961 PR statement…

Going Green With Big Data And The Cloud

Going Green With Big Data And The Cloud

Green Technologies  Amazon has just launched its fourth renewable energy program, increasing its data centers’ use of green power thanks to a new wind farm to be built in rural Paulding County, Ohio. Starting in May 2017, this green plant will generate 320,000-megawatt hours of electricity yearly, specifically to provide power to Amazon’s cloud data centers. But investment in green technology isn’t the only way IT giants are promoting a greener world – the Cloud…

Cloud Pinup: LIMA – Taking The ‘Personal Cloud’ To The Next Level

Cloud Pinup: LIMA – Taking The ‘Personal Cloud’ To The Next Level

LIMA: The Personal Cloud Startup With every passing week, cloud storage gets easier and moves further into the mainstream. One of the biggest trends in cloud computing right now is the concept of the private cloud, and a new storage device and app called Lima is a logical link in the cloud’s evolutionary chain. The company’s tagline is “Build your personal cloud in seconds”, and it’s an accurate reflection of what they do. Lima was founded in…

The Fundamental Uses Of Cloud Computing

The Fundamental Uses Of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Fundamentals Cloud Computing covers a range of IT entities working together: Hardware such as servers, PCs, tablets and mobile phones; Infrastructure including networks and block storage; Platforms handling object storage, databases, identities and runtime; and Applications for providing content, monitoring, collaboration, and communication. To fully understand Cloud Computing, you’ll need a grasp of its core characteristics, the different service and deployment models, and also realise that mitigating glitches and complications is part of the…

Is Your Office 365 Data Properly Protected?

Is Your Office 365 Data Properly Protected?

 Office 365 Data Security As more and more people collaborate and access data from outside the office and across multiple devices, the potential for SaaS data loss increases dramatically, and the damage can be catastrophic. A staggering 60 percent of companies that lose critical data shut down within six months of the loss incident, according to research from Boston Computing Network. Collaboration One productivity tool – Microsoft Office 365 – has become the talk of…

Holiday Shopping For Drones? 5 Things You Need To First Know

Holiday Shopping For Drones? 5 Things You Need To First Know

Holiday Shopping For Drones? FAA’s New Drone Registration Proposals The Christmas shopping season is upon us and the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is speculating that one of the hottest items for well-to-do shoppers will be drones. They are speculating that up to a million drones could be sold in the coming weeks – a development that complicates matters for an agency seeking to regulate the public airspace. As such, the registration of drones has become…

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The Internet of Things Lifts Off To The Cloud

The Internet of Things Lifts Off To The Cloud

The Staggering Size And Potential Of The Internet of Things Here’s a quick statistic that will blow your mind and give you a glimpse into the future. When you break that down, it translates to 127 new devices online every second. In only a decade from now, every single vehicle on earth will be connected to the Internet of Things (IoTs), according to Mobile Future, an association of cutting-edge technology and communications companies. And while…

Moving Your Enterprise Apps To The Cloud Is A Business Decision

Moving Your Enterprise Apps To The Cloud Is A Business Decision

Moving Your Enterprise Apps Whether it be enterprise apps or any other, if there is any heavy data that is going to be transacted in and through an app, then affiliating it with the Cloud becomes a must. And then an important question arises: How do you decide when to integrate your enterprise app with the Cloud and when not to? According to IDG’s Cloud Computing Survey, 69% of businesses have migrated at least one…

Cloud Computing – A Requirement For Greater Innovation

Cloud Computing – A Requirement For Greater Innovation

Cloud Computing Innovation Sao Paulo, Brazil has had trouble with both energy and water supplies as of late. Despite it is the rainy period. Unfortunately Sao Paulo is very dependent on its rain as a majority of its power is generated from large dams. No water, no energy. Difficult situation for a city of some 20 million people. A friend living in Sao Paulo called and said – today we all had to leave work.…

A New CCTV Nightmare: Botnets And DDoS attacks

A New CCTV Nightmare: Botnets And DDoS attacks

Botnets and DDoS Attacks There’s just so much that seems as though it could go wrong with closed-circuit television cameras, a.k.a. video surveillance. With an ever-increasing number of digital eyes on the average person at all times, people can hardly be blamed for feeling like they’re one misfortune away from joining the ranks of Don’t Tase Me, Bro, esteemed internet celebrity. However, if you think viral infamy is your worst-case scenario when it comes to…

Digital Transformation: Not Just For Large Enterprises Anymore

Digital Transformation: Not Just For Large Enterprises Anymore

Digital Transformation Digital transformation is the acceleration of business activities, processes, and operational models to fully embrace the changes and opportunities of digital technologies. The concept is not new; we’ve been talking about it in one way or another for decades: paperless office, BYOD, user experience, consumerization of IT – all of these were stepping stones along the path to digital transformation. Today, digital business transformation is driven by technology innovation and user/customer behavior. Technology…

What You Need To Know About Choosing A Cloud Service Provider

What You Need To Know About Choosing A Cloud Service Provider

Selecting The Right Cloud Services Provider How to find the right partner for cloud adoption on an enterprise scale The cloud is capable of delivering many benefits, enabling greater collaboration, business agility, and speed to market. Cloud adoption in the enterprise has been growing fast. Worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a 19.4% compound annual growth rate to go from $70 billion in 2015 to $141 billion in 2019, according to IDC.…

Cloud Infographic – The Drone Consumer Revolution

Cloud Infographic – The Drone Consumer Revolution

The Drone Consumer Revolution Drones are an exciting new area of research and development. There are so many potential uses for these connected devices that it will be very interesting to see all the possibilities and how they will be used in the near future. Part of the growing issue will be finding collaborative ways to seamlessly connect drone style devices (Internet of Things) with the thousands of new cloud services hitting the market. Unfortunately, drone…

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 Services’ (AWS) premier partner 2nd Watch, which focuses on shifting enterprise workloads into the public cloud, has released the results…

How Big Data Is Influencing Web Design

How Big Data Is Influencing Web Design

How Big Data Is Influencing Web Design For all you non-techies… You’re probably wondering what big data is (I know I was….a few years back) so let’s get the definitions out of the way so we’re on the same page, okay? Big data is A LOT of data – really, it is. It is a catchy and rather new term that refers to a large volume of both data, structured and unstructured, that is impossible…

Cloud Infographic: The Explosive Growth Of The Cloud

Cloud Infographic: The Explosive Growth Of The Cloud

The Explosive Growth Of The Cloud We’ve been covering cloud computing extensively over the past number of years on CloudTweaks and have truly enjoyed watching the adoption and growth of it. Many novices are still trying to wrap their mind around what the cloud it is and what it does, while others such as thought leaders and keen developers are moving ahead full-force creating tremendous new security, storage, data monitoring based applications.  Its an exciting…

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises: It’s About More Than Just Dollars

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises: It’s About More Than Just Dollars

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises The surface costs might give you pause, but the cost of diminishing your differentiators is far greater. Will a shift to the cloud save you money? Potential savings are historically the main business driver cited when companies move to the cloud, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a cost-saving exercise. There are many other compelling reasons to make the move, perhaps most importantly agility and scalability. A better question might be…

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 years after their intended lifespan is because the correctness of their software was mathematically verified before deployment. Similar trusted 24/7/365…

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks Does cloud security risks ever bother you? It would be weird if it didn’t. Cloud computing has a lot of benefits, but also a lot of risks if done in the wrong way. So what are the most important risks? The European Network Information Security Agency did extensive research on that, and identified 35 risk categories. This analysis is used by a number of players in the industry, including certain banking regulators.…

Data Breaches: Incident Response Planning – Part 1

Data Breaches: Incident Response Planning – Part 1

Incident Response Planning – Part 1 The topic of cybersecurity has become part of the boardroom agendas in the last couple of years, and not surprisingly — these days, it’s almost impossible to read news headlines without noticing yet another story about a data breach. As cybersecurity shifts from being a strictly IT issue to being a mission-critical component, BODs are also becoming more interested in what their organizations are doing to plan their incident…

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 configurations. The smart network layer may be the leading component that is tasked with the need to automatically learn the…

Two 2017 Trends From A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Two 2017 Trends From A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Reaching For The Stars People who know me know that I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I recently had the opportunity to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While I won’t give any spoilers away for the few who haven’t seen the movie yet, I do want to mention a couple of trends from the galaxy far, far away that are affecting the ways businesses will do IT in our world in 2017. And…

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 year. Still, even though cloud has helped many companies, there are tradeoffs with cloud services such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) that…

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 darken your cloud. And as far as performance is concerned, it’s simply not ideal to be hosting large files such…

Through the Looking Glass: 2017 Tech and Security Industry Predictions

Through the Looking Glass: 2017 Tech and Security Industry Predictions

2017 Tech and Security Industry Predictions As we close out 2016, which didn’t start off very well for tech IPOs, momentum and performance has increased in the second half, and I believe that will continue well into 2017. M&A activity will also increase as many of the incumbents will realize that they need to inject new DNA into their stagnant cultures and flat to declining revenue numbers. Cyber Security Market Expands My first prediction, which…