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Cloud Startups And The Importance Of Optimizing For Site Loading Times

Cloud Startups And The Importance Of Optimizing For Site Loading Times

Optimizing For Site Loading Times

When the Internet was first introduced to the world, it was nothing more than a selection of webpages containing basic information, with access normally being given over a dial-up connection. This process is now seen as something from a bygone era, especially with the introduction of lightning-fast Internet connections and devices that can handle a multitude of processes in one sitting.

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As such, the online community demand results when they’re browsing the Internet. Many use the World Wide Web as part of the daily routine, so expect websites to be able to display information instantly. Many website owners recognize the importance of a website that loads quickly, and often look for ways to offer their visitors a seamless browsing experience while ensuring that the website is robust and secure.

Many webmasters have opted for shared hosting in the past, as it offered a cost-effective solution which for the most part, was robust enough to handle a steady stream of visitors without being a burden financially.

The drawback with shared hosting is that as the server space is shared with other users, another website could suffer if another user suddenly had an influx of visitors. This would result in a website that would suffer from slow loading times, and in some instances, downtime of a website.

A cloud server eliminates this hindrance, as the website isn’t based within a single server, rather it draws on multiple services and connected servers that comprise a cloud, thus offering a more robust and seamless browsing experience. However, it is still important that cloud startups are able to optimize the site to ensure loading times are kept to a minimum.

Optimizing a Website on Cloud Sites

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The optimization of a website is something that should be ongoing, whether it’s for search engine optimization purposes, or to ensure that all pages are loading quickly. Media is a big driving force behind the popularity of website nowadays, and you’d be hard-pushed to find a website that doesn’t contain some kind of media attachment such as a picture or video.

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Files that are held in one location can cause a webpage to load slowly, depending on a number of factors, such as geographical location and the current visitor count. A content delivery network (CDN) ensures that media files are sourced from servers nearby the visitor’s location, ensuring a speedy download of anything media-related.

Coding

There are a number of options available when it comes to hosting a website, but those with access to a web designer will more than likely opt for a completely original website. While this is to be encouraged, it is still important that a bespoke website is coded correctly, regardless of the platform it will be hosted on.

Ensuring the number of file system operations is reduced, and that database queries are optimized means there is less work going on behind the scenes, which will result in a website that will perform and scale as expected.

Traffic

Very few websites have a set number of visitors each day, but it’s still important to monitor traffic, as a sudden spike of traffic could mean your website is a little overwhelmed if the correct steps haven’t been taken. Monitoring traffic is important, as it allows you to converse with your service provider to help ensure the website is robust enough to deal with a sudden traffic spike, meaning that new visitors are converted into return visitors, as opposed to a high bounce ratio.

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While cloud startups have the benefit of a hosting platform that works in their favor, it can do some of the work. Those behind the website still need to ensure that the necessary tweaks are made in order to offer their visitors a faultless browsing experience, slow-loading times can have the following detrimental effects.

  • Loss of traffic
  • Unforeseen downtime
  • Negative search rankings
  • Reduced sales conversions

There is no made-for-all solution when it comes to optimizing a website for speed, and while instilling a cloud platform is a good start, every cloud startup should ensure that they have an optimization plan in place to help make the necessary tweaks to ensure the website and the business behind it is a success. Even a site that takes a couple of seconds longer to load could mean you lose a whole new demographic of visitors, and potential customers. A few of the CloudTweaks readers favorite speed optimization tools are pingdom tools, gtmetrix, webpagetest.org as well as Google PageSpeed insights. These should help you on your way.

A website that is able to deal with visitors promptly while still being able to deliver aesthetically-pleasing visuals and engaging content is ready to face the online community with its head held high.

By Paul Simpson

The Wearable Tech Healthcare Market Continues To Grow

The Wearable Tech Healthcare Market Continues To Grow

Wearable Tech Healthcare Market

Wearable technology has come a long way over the years offering a broad array of products and services. In the next few years we can expect continued growth and many new opportunities for businesses to tap into this exciting market.

Wearable device market value from 2010 to 2018 (in million U.S. dollars)

The graphic from Statistica offers statistics on how the wearable electronic market has evolved. There is clear indication what began in 2010 as a $6.3 million industry is now estimated at a $7 billion market and is predicted to be valued at over $12 billion by 2018.

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Healthcare Wearables

The healthcare industry has started to adopt wearable technology with solutions such as automated devices for asthma monitoring and management, back therapy devices to bring relief from lower back pain, battery operated knee brace to provide relief from pain for more than 40 hours as well as sensors to monitor family members with memory problems attributed to conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Displays, sensors, batteries, and networking components are a vital part in the systematic component chain to help drive the wearable tech industry.

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By Glenn Blake

Learning From Past Mistakes: Predictions For Cybersecurity In 2016

Learning From Past Mistakes: Predictions For Cybersecurity In 2016

Predictions Cybersecurity 2016

From Ashley Madison to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), hackers did not discriminate between organizations or industries when it came to unleashing cyber-attacks in 2015. This past year, data breaches affected millions of people with headlines of a new hack appearing almost daily. On an individual level, customers’ passwords were compromised, credit card information stolen, and private lives became public to name a few ill-fated scenarios.

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On the other hand, the organizations that were hacked lost millions of dollars, trust from their customers, and brand credibility. Many will not recover from such serious blows to their reputations. Businesses can only withstand a cybersecurity hack if they invest the time, effort, and money into response, recovery, and the future protection of the organization and its customers.

With lessons learned from 2015 in mind, here are four predictions related to cybersecurity that will make news in 2016:

1. CEO turnover will increase

In 2016, organizations will come to realize that a cybersecurity breach is inevitable and stakeholders will point to the CEO as the responsible party when they occur. No one is immune to cyber threats and the sooner corporate boards and C-suite executives realize this, the better off their organizations will be.

Because cybersecurity is no longer an issue solely reserved for IT departments, the C-suite, particularly CEOs, will be held responsible for data breaches. The sophistication of cyber threats is unprecedented, requiring executives to evaluate the access of data from employees, customers, partners, regulators and vendors. As such, after a breach occurs, many CEOs will either be forced to step down or be fired.

Additionally, executives must be able to demonstrate they have taken all possible precautions to protect their customers’ data. Public expectations of transparency are likely to increase based on the increasing number of breaches. If CEOs cannot provide evidence of their organizations’ efforts, they will be swiftly replaced.

2. CISOs will be scrutinized more than ever

Corporate boards will scrutinize new CISO hires more than they had previously and more than any other C-suite position. A CISO will be expected to mitigate cyber risk, and ensure the organization maintains the philosophy and practice that compliance does not equate to security. Being compliant is important, but organizations must assume that measures must be taken above and beyond compliance and have strategies in place for identifying areas in need of security improvements.

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Performing penetration tests – tests where third parties are paid to infiltrate an organization’s infrastructure in order to uncover holes in security – will be one way CISOs will help arm their organizations against unfriendly hackers. Having a data breach response and recovery plan will be another way CISOs mitigate risks for their businesses and their customers.

3. Cyber insurance will become more popular

As 2015 demonstrated, data breaches are a very real and pervasive threat. Only by taking preemptive measures and proactively preparing a response and recovery strategy will organizations be able to bounce back when one occurs to them.

Part of this proactivity will come in the form of cyber insurance. Even with executives understanding the need for a cybersecurity strategy, it is difficult to calculate all potential costs involved in a breach. Financial considerations must include both direct and indirect costs. An example of direct costs is the financial reparations paid to affected customers after a breach. Indirect costs can include the legal fees incurred while an organization is sued for these reparations.

By purchasing an insurance plan, organizations will be able to minimalize the out-of-pocket costs of a breach.

4. Mobile device management (MDM) will be critical

Organizations will come to understand the threat that connected devices pose to their enterprises. Individuals are using unsecure mobile devices and cloud-based applications without realizing it, which is why MDM and its providers will play a vital role in maintaining organizational security.

Entry into an organization’s infrastructure via a mobile or connected (IoT) device can be relatively simple if the organization is not prepared. For example, if a person’s cell phone or an application on his or her cell phone is hacked and the device is connected to a company’s wireless internet system, a hacker can gain access to the company’s network.

2016 will inevitably be a year with many more data breaches, but hopefully 2015 has taught us that C-suite proactivity and strategy can minimize cyber risk. Learning from the missteps of 2015 will enable organizations to approach cybersecurity with a top-down approach, making it a priority for employees at every level.

 

Larry Jones' HeadshotBy Larry Jones, CEO, Coalfire

Larry Jones is the chairman and CEO of Coalfire and has over 25 years of experience building, operating and growing public and private companies. Under Jones direction, Coalfire is the leader in cybersecurity risk management and compliance services and is the trusted advisor for the leading brands in the healthcare, retail, financial services and technology industries. Jones has a successful track record as a corporate director and chief executive for companies such as StarTek (NYSE:SRT), MessageMedia (NASD: MESG), and Neodata.  Jones, alumnus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Boston University, has more than 25 years of experience building, operating and growing public and private equity backed companies.

Are You Sure You Are Ready For The Cloud? SDI

Are You Sure You Are Ready For The Cloud? SDI

Software Defined Infrastructure

Well, we have come full circle with this string of subjects; about making sure you are ready for the cloud. We have talked security, storage, access, connectivity and feasibility to name a few.

Now, lets discuss SDI. What is SDI? It simply stands for “Software Defined Infrastructure”. Many people have their own versions of what that truly encompasses, but I take it at face value only. It is infrastructure built, configured and accessed through software only.

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As an example, lets take a look at an OpenStack cloud. Many of you already know that OpenStack is an open source cloud management tool. It does more than that, but to find out, you should grab a copy and play with it.

So lets say we have a base installation for the cloud:

  • We have COMPUTE nodes to house our virtual server instances
  • We have INFRASTRUCTRE nodes to manage a make the functionality of the cloud work
  • We also have a CONTROL/LOGGING node to keep track of the working of the cloud.

Now with this scenario, you would think that the INFRASTRUCTRE nodes create the SDI. But they in all honestly, they only contribute. The COMPUTE nodes create the virtual server instances. In a regular datacenter, servers are hardware, so therefore they are part of the overall infrastructure.

What about routers, switches and firewalls? They too are hardware in a standard datacenter, but are a virtual instance created in the cloud. You can even have Load Balancers created virtually in the cloud, or just use its functions from the command line. And of course, they are also hardware in a standard datacenter.

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What about storage? In OpenStack, you have local storage connected to the compute nodes, called “ephemeral” storage. That means the storage gets unallocated and goes away when a virtual instance is deleted. There is also block storage, which is storage used specifically to create volumes for instances to use by themselves or to share. Either way, it is not deleted when the instances that are using them are. Block storage is just like your NFS or SAN devices that are also quite common in just about every datacenter.

Lets look at a typical SDI now that we know the players. This will be from the software side only. We are assuming that all hardware is installed correctly for the cloud to function in an appropriate way.

You create a virtual server instance (VM). You tell it to connect to a network so it can communicate with the internet: virtual LAN, virtual switch, connected to a virtual router, then connected to the internet companies physical router through the physical wires that tie your systems together.

You create a volume inside the virtual storage provider (there is normally a physical storage device connected to the cloud, but you use the cloud’s controls to make the volumes.

So, lets look at what you have:

  • Virtual Server Instance (vCPU, RAM, Local Storage)
  • Virtual Volume (Connected to Block Storage)
  • Virtual LAN (Gets an IP address and Gateway from cloud management tool)
  • Virtual Router (Connects Virtual LAN to Physical LAN)
  • Virtual Firewall (Restricts access to and from Virtual Server Instance)
  • Virtual Load Balancer (Makes sure that if you need Load Balancing technologies, it is there to provide the pools for functionality)

As you can see, it is the same as if it was all physical hardware, but virtual. That is the whole premise of SDI. I tell my clients “It’s just the same as a virtual datacenter. It has all the moving pieces except air condition and power cords”)

By Richard Thayer

Cloud Email Marketing Services vs. Transactional Email Services

Cloud Email Marketing Services vs. Transactional Email Services

Cloud Based Email Marketing Services

Every business can benefit from successful implementation of email marketing strategies, but the variety of SaaS on the market can be a little overwhelming at times. Whether you’re interested in learning more about email marketing or hoping to clear up any confusion surrounding transactional email, a little research into these services can only improve the ways you digitally interact with your clients.

What You Need to Know About Email Marketing Services

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We’re already familiar with email marketing—we find those emails in our inboxes on a regular basis. You’re on the receiving end of an email marketing service any time you receive a mass email update from a company you care about, or a promotional message from your favorite store. Businesses employ these services in order to streamline the mass emailing process, reach out to potential clients and keep current clients loyal and informed.

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Depending on your business’ average number of contacts, your chosen marketing service could run you anywhere from $10 to almost $200 a month (but that’s a lot of contacts). Some favorably reviewed examples are Benchmark Email, iContact, and MailChimp.

What You Need to Know About Transactional Email Services

Transactional emails are, to put it simply, triggered messages. When you make a new account with a website or purchase something online, for example, the confirmation email you receive is transactional—it’s sent in response to a user action. Those notification emails you get from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (He’s following you! She replied to your message!) are transactional, too.

Using a dedicated service means that you will be able to send a greater number of these emails at higher speeds, which is good news for both growing and established businesses. Pricing obviously varies depending on the amount of clients you serve. Depending on the service, you can pay per thousand emails sent (usually $.10 or more) or purchase a monthly plan that comes with a set number. Additionally, quite a few services offer a set number of free emails. The Cloud based Amazon SES, MailChimp’s Mandrill, and Mailjet are just a few transactional email options to choose from.

When to Use an Email Marketing Service

You should consider an email marketing service if your business is the type to send newsletters, new product announcements, automated (not triggered) marketing campaigns, birthday messages, demographic-specific info, “lifecycle” messages (emails sent at certain points over the course of a client’s relationship with a business, i.e. discount incentives for new users or sign-up anniversary rewards), or general promotional emails.

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Successful businesses measure and analyze the results of their marketing strategies so improvements can be made in future marketing endeavors. An email marketing service can provide analytics and feedback to show you what works and what doesn’t.

When to Use a Transactional Email Service

Transactional email comes into play if your business sends enough one-to-one messages to necessitate a dedicated service. In addition to the earlier examples of account creation, purchase receipts, and social media interaction, this service works well for user password reminders or resets, invoices, newsletter signup verification, initial acknowledgement of a customer service request, and any other kind of customized automated response. Thanks to the service, these messages are sent seconds after the initial trigger action, which is crucial to maintaining client satisfaction.

Choosing What Works for You

Email marketing can do wonders for both creating and maintaining brand loyalty, so experienced and new businesses alike can stand to benefit from a marketing service. According to VerticalResponse,  the top five industries to employ both email marketing and social media strategies are non-profits, real estate, marketing and advertising, Internet, and health and wellness. If your business falls into any of these categories, you’ll definitely want to consider a service—especially if you’re looking to grow your client base.

As for transactional email service, there’s a little more room to choose. Do your clients have accounts on your website? They may need account and password confirmation emails. Are you starting to get more customer service requests than you can immediately handle? An automated response might do the trick until you can get to the overflow. If your business’ volume of automated emails is growing, a preemptive move into transactional email service can save you time in the long run.

If you’re interested in changing the way you send email, make sure to do your research first. Check an online comparison list to see how your potential service stacks up against its competitors. Once you’ve selected a suitable service, gauge how many emails you send in a month. From there, you should be able to choose a plan that fits your business—be it transactional, marketing, or both.

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LeoBy Leo Welder

Leo Welder is the Founder and CEO of ChooseWhat.com, LLC, a website that guides entrepreneurs through the process of starting a business, and Zilker Ventures, LLC, which manages a family of B2B information sites.

Smart Cities: What Will The Future Bring?

Smart Cities: What Will The Future Bring?

Evolving Into Smarter Cities

As the digital world empowers us and gives us access to more information than ever before, it comes as no surprise that ‘smart cities’ are quickly becoming a reality, and soon will become more commonplace across the globe. Governments across the world are keen for their cities to become part of a environment that allows cloud-connected devices to collect data about a city’s surroundings and inhabitants.

While this may sound a little intrusive at first, it’s worth remembering that to make a city a success, data has to be collected in some form. Before the birth of the Internet, this may have been done in a number of ways. For example, if something was damaged within the city, then someone would report it and then it would be rectified.

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Cutting Out The Middleman

The aim of a smart city is to cut out the middleman, and offer those who reside in the city a more pro-active solution that will allow for the automation of data collecting via a number of different devices to create an infrastructure that looks to benefit the population of the city.

And while there a number of benefits for those who reside in the city, the businesses located within a smart city also look to benefit from the infrastructure. Those who use social networks will have at some point realized that they are faced with online adverts that suit their preferences. A similar practice can be implemented into a smart city, with businesses making offers based on your recent spending habits, and even the way you feel.

Connected Cars

The fact that a city is run by a series of connected devices could even change the way we travel. There’s no mistake that driverless cars are the catalyst for smart cities, and while driverless cars are still to make their debut officially, they will offer a number of benefits both for those being transported, and the environment overall.

Many drivers will have been caught up is some sort of traffic jam, or find themselves waiting in a huge line due to an accident that has occurred on the road. An autonomous car will be able to collect data from a range of different devices, advising the driverless car of the dangers ahead, which would therefore take the passenger to their destination via an alternative route.

This means that traffic managements is a more organized affair, and passengers should find that their ride into work is far cry from the long winded and stressful endeavor they’ve had to endure in the past.

As the driverless cars will be electric, the environment will benefit from cleaner air, which means the smart city itself will be a more desirable place to live. It also means that the urban population will become more efficient, and the over-burdening of public transport will become a thing of the past as shared rides become available.

Energy Monitoring

There also plans to monitor how energy is being used. The real-time stats that can be recorded will allow cities to reduce emissions, as well as saving the city money.

One project has already been launched by NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress within New York City’s Hudson Yards, and data will be monitored in relation to air quality energy production and pedestrian traffic among other things.

A similar initiative has been launched in Chicago. The Array of Things project looks to make Chicago a smart city by placing sensors throughout it. Add to this the similar initiatives launched in South Korea and it’s plain to see that steps are being taken to introduce smart cities globally.

Contingency Plan

cloud-recoveryThere are those who may scoff at the idea of a smart city, for fear that the data being collected is available to cyber criminals. While in theory, this isn’t out of the realms of possibility, the conversion to a smart city will be one where a great deal of research has to be carried out in relation to a robust security solution, as well as a contingency plan should the worst-case scenario scenario.

Many faults can be picked out of a world that conforming to embrace the digital era more than ever, but give the current financial climate of the world, having the ability to view real-time data in relation to a number of a different occurrences within the city allows those in charge to make pro-active decisions in the way we use energy, water and road vehicles.

Evidently, there will be a great deal of change associated with the conversion of cities across the globe, but up to now, may have adopted rapid changes within the technological world with relative ease. As we rely on smart devices every day, it makes sense to use the technology available to shape a better and cleaner future.

By Paul Simpson

Possible Google And Ford Self-Driving Car Partnership

Possible Google And Ford Self-Driving Car Partnership

Google And Ford Self-Driving Car Partnership

One of the biggest announcements coming out of the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in January may have nothing to do with laptops, smartphones, or home gizmos.

During the show, Ford will reportedly announce a partnership with Google to build self-driving cars. The new autonomous vehicles may not carry the Ford brand, as the two companies will work on a joint venture that is legally separate from Ford, according to Yahoo Autos.

The news comes mere days after Ford announced it would start testing its own fleet of self-driving cars in California beginning in 2016. Those tests are expected to use Ford’s autonomous Fusion Hybrid, but it’s not clear if the software powering them will be Ford’s or Google’s.

Even if Ford retains its own autonomous software as a back-up, it’s clear Google is far ahead of any car maker in terms of development. Google’s self-driving cars have been a sight on California roads since 2010…

Full Article Source: PCWorld

Countdown To A Successful Cloud Migration

Countdown To A Successful Cloud Migration

Successful Cloud Migration

The intrinsic benefits of the cloud such as rapid and affordable access to superior technology, reduced operational costs, and the lack of infrastructure overheads means organizations are moving, and will continue to move, from legacy to cloud environments. Though the service providers involved do their best to provide user-friendly products likely to improve business management and operations, the migration itself can be tricky.



10. Training

Ensuring a thorough knowledge of how your chosen cloud system works will ensure you and your team are able to take advantage of all of the benefits on offer. Training for both the migration and use of cloud services should be incorporated into your strategy. The time and money invested here will quickly provide meaningful returns.

9. Managed Cloud Services

Though costing more, managed cloud services provide more bang for your buck, ridding you of the burden of IT infrastructure and management. Unless you have reason to invest in and manage your own IT team and framework, a managed service will always be worth the premium.

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8. Compliance and SLAs

Compliance can be a nightmare, but don’t let it be your problem. Ensure you have a signed service level agreement (SLA) in place before moving to the cloud mentioning all your organization’s requirements and service expectations. Some of the cloud compliance acts to consider include:

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)
  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI- DSS)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
  • European Union Data Protection Directive
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
  • SB-1386

7. Impact on Staff

Carefully consider implications of cloud migration on staff. Database administrators, networking staff, and application experts may not be needed should you migrate, and specific regulations affecting your business in this regard will have to be careful studied.

6. Reporting Downtime or Outage

Ensure the cloud service you’re subscribing to notifies you of outages via SMS or email. Recording these details helps test your provider’s reliability. A transparent downtime reporting mechanism is another must-have that ensures your business doesn’t suffer from cloud disruptions.

5. Security

The security of the cloud is one of its essential benefits, relocating it out of physical disruption zones while providing enhanced cyber security. With major cloud players providing public cloud services as per ISO/IEC 27018:2014, you should treat this as the benchmark and insist on the same level of security from your provider.

4. Recovery Strategy

Reliable cloud providers will include disaster recovery strategies in their SLAs, and in the event of a failure you must be able to safely undo damaging processes and/or recover all data. Ensure your choice of service provider gives you complete control over your data while providing all of the necessary safety features.

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3. Choosing the Right Partner

Typically, choosing a well-established and proven cloud service provider will ensure both smooth migration and convenient services that will improve your business operations. Check for transparent billing and be sure to understand the pricing structure before signing up. Be careful not to compromise on quality for a cheaper service.

2. Risk Assessment

Risk analysis prior to cloud migration allows you to assess what customizations you might require and helps ensure your provider can and will do what you need it to do. Be sure that legacy applications will run smoothly in the new cloud environment, and make any necessary changes before the move. And don’t forget that the relocation of your data to the cloud can be an incredibly time-consuming job.

1. What’s Moving

This isn’t an auction; everything doesn’t have to go. Once you’re certain that a move to the cloud is to your benefit, decide whether moving data, applications, IT infrastructure, and/or IT operations will provide the greatest advantage. Though starting a new business in the cloud can be extremely cost effective, more established businesses can take the time to move piece by piece as suits the organization best.

By Jennifer Klostermann

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Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Cloud Architecture These days, Multi-Tier Applications are the norm. From SharePoint’s front-end/back-end configuration, to LAMP-based websites using multiple servers to handle different functions, a multitude of apps require public and private-facing components to work in tandem. Placing these apps in entirely public-facing platforms and networks simplifies the process, but at the cost of security vulnerabilities. Locating everything…

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

Cancer Moonshot In his final State of the Union address in January 2016, President Obama announced a new American “moonshot” effort: finding a cure for cancer. The term “moonshot” comes from one of America’s greatest achievements, the moon landing. If the scientific community can achieve that kind of feat, then surely it can rally around…

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…

Despite Record Breaches, Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority

Despite Record Breaches, Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority

Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority Research has revealed that third parties cause 63 percent of all data breaches. From HVAC contractors, to IT consultants, to supply chain analysts and beyond, the threats posed by third parties are real and growing. Deloitte, in its Global Survey 2016 of third party risk, reported…

Cloud Services Providers – Learning To Keep The Lights On

Cloud Services Providers – Learning To Keep The Lights On

The True Meaning of Availability What is real availability? In our line of work, cloud service providers approach availability from the inside out. And in many cases, some never make it past their own front door given how challenging it is to keep the lights on at home let alone factors that are out of…