The Massive Tech Deal : Dell and EMC

The Massive Tech Deal : Dell and EMC

The Dell EMC Deal Dell has acquired EMC for a whopping $67 billion, a Brobdingnagian deal regarded as the biggest takeover in the technology industry. Shareholders at EMC will get around $33.15 per share, which includes $24.05 per share in cash and tracking stock—valued at $9 per share—at VMware, the company’s popular cloud and virtualization…

Secure Cloud Video Conferencing Is Possible

Secure Cloud Video Conferencing Is Possible

Secure Cloud Video Conferencing Video conferencing has gone far beyond the conference rooms at large corporations. Although the H.323/SIP Room can be awesome, it’s expensive, requires a lot of IT knowledge and it’s yesterday’s solution. Clouds are secure Sure people try to scare businesses away from clouds, but those people probably work for Big Tobacco.…

Dell Acquires EMC For $67 Billion

Dell Acquires EMC For $67 Billion

Dell Inc. this morning formally announced that it has agreed to acquire network storage giant EMC Corp. EMC 6.66% for approximately $67 billion. Under terms of the complex deal, EMC stockholders would approximately $33.15 per share. This includes $24.05 per share in cash and $9.10 worth of a tracking stock for VMWare VMW 1.75% ,…

Massive Cuts In Electricity Taxes For Datacenters In Sweden

Massive Cuts In Electricity Taxes For Datacenters In Sweden

Government Study Finalized Today. Suggests Massive cuts in electricity taxes for datacenters in Sweden A 97% reduction in electricity taxation for datacenters – this is the proposal by a government commissioned study today handed in to the Swedish Ministry of Finance. Sweden is aspiring to become “the home of the internet” as global demand for…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Snowball Effect

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Snowball Effect

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Moving Deep Into The Amazon With QuickSight

Moving Deep Into The Amazon With QuickSight

Amazon QuickSight Amazon is moving ever deeper into the cloud. This should come as no surprise, of course. While Amazon is most well-known among consumers for its online retail store, the company was among first big, mainstream firms to make a serious foray into the cloud sector. Now Amazon is looking to ramp up its services…

Engagement Through Password Literacy

Engagement Through Password Literacy

Citizen Engagement Literacy The term “engagement literacy” is not commonly-used at this moment, but it is a concept that bears greater attention in an age where personal data is king. Citizens and consumers now provide two currencies to the retailers and companies around them. The first is actual money, transferred either electronically or by hand,…

Clouding Around: Apple, Twitter And Amazon Web Services

Clouding Around: Apple, Twitter And Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services Expands to Analytics At its annual AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon unveiled a smorgasbord of new products designed to poach legacy customers at rival companies like Oracle and IBM. One of the most notable is the new AWS Import/Export service, which Amazon says is “faster, cleaner, simpler, more efficient, and secure.” Moving petabytes of…

Mobile Connected Technologies – The Future Of The Healthcare Industry

Mobile Connected Technologies – The Future Of The Healthcare Industry

Mobile Connected Technologies Clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities are embracing new mobile technologies in order to be more efficient in their daily tasks. With faster communication and better collaboration, clinicians can spend much less time handling medical devices and more time administering care to their patients. Industry experts are stating that mobile connected technologies…

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Are Cloud Solutions Secure Enough Out-of-the-box?

Are Cloud Solutions Secure Enough Out-of-the-box?

Out-of-the-box Cloud Solutions Although people may argue that data is not safe in the Cloud because using cloud infrastructure requires trusting another party to look after mission critical data, cloud services actually are more secure than legacy systems. In fact, a recent study on the state of cloud security in the enterprise market revealed that…

Choosing IaaS or a Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

Choosing IaaS or a Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

There is a Difference – So Stop Comparing We are all familiar with the old saying “That’s like comparing apples to oranges” and though we learned this lesson during our early years we somehow seem to discount this idiom when discussing the Cloud. Specifically, IT buyers often feel justified when comparing the cost of a…

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…

Do Not Rely On Passwords To Protect Your Online Information

Do Not Rely On Passwords To Protect Your Online Information

Password Challenges  Simple passwords are no longer safe to use online. John Barco, vice president of Global Product Marketing at ForgeRock, explains why it’s time the industry embraced more advanced identity-centric solutions that improve the customer experience while also providing stronger security. Since the beginning of logins, consumers have used a simple username and password to…

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…

Low Cost Cloud Computing Gives Rise To Startups

Low Cost Cloud Computing Gives Rise To Startups

Balancing The Playing Field For Startups According to a Goldman Sachs report, cloud infrastructure and platform spending could reach $43 billion by 2018, which is up $16 billion from last year, representing a growth of around 30% from 2013 said the analyst. This phenomenal growth is laying the foundation for a new breed of startup…

Cost of the Cloud: Is It Really Worth It?

Cost of the Cloud: Is It Really Worth It?

Cost of the Cloud Cloud computing is more than just another storage tier. Imagine if you’re able to scale up 10x just to handle seasonal volumes or rely on a true disaster-recovery solution without upfront capital. Although the pay-as-you-go pricing model of cloud computing makes it a noticeable expense, it’s the only solution for many…

Cloud Security: The Top 8 Risks According To ENISA

Cloud Security: The Top 8 Risks According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks Does security in the cloud 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,…

Cloud Computing Is Greener Than You Think

Cloud Computing Is Greener Than You Think

Cloud Computing Is Greener Than You Think Last week we touched upon how a project in Finland had blended two of the world’s most important industries, cloud computing and green technology, to produce a data centre that used nearby sea water to both cool their servers and heat local homes.  Despite such positive environmental projects, there…

Infographic: IoT Programming Essential Job Skills

Infographic: IoT Programming Essential Job Skills

Learning To Code As many readers may or may not know we cover a fair number of topics surrounding new technologies such as Big data, Cloud computing , IoT and one of the most critical areas at the moment – Information Security. The trends continue to dictate that there is a huge shortage of unfilled…

Protecting Your Web Applications In A Hybrid Cloud Environment

Protecting Your Web Applications In A Hybrid Cloud Environment

Protecting Your Web Applications It’s no secret that organizations are embracing the cloud and all the benefits that it entails. Whether its cost savings, increased flexibility or enhanced productivity – businesses around the world are leveraging the cloud to scale their business and better serve their customers. They are using a variety of cloud solutions…