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Securing AWS GovCloud With Cloudchekr

Securing AWS GovCloud with Cloudchekr “He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson in statecraft.”                                          – James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), American poet, essayist, critic and diplomat. Let’s talk about some obvious truths: America is the world leader in technology and innovation Cloud computing is here…

How One City Embraced Virtualization As The Key To Success

How One City Embraced Virtualization as the Key to Success “The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare.”                                                                                                –  Daniel P. Moynihan (1927-2003), American politician. You won’t normally associate government with speedy decision-making, especially as regards to the adoption of a new paradigm. Fortunately, things have been different…

When Cloud Computing Failed: Harris Corporation Steps Away From the Cloud

When Cloud Computing Failed: Harris Corporation Steps Away From the Cloud Amidst all the news of cloud computing successes, the occasional cloud computing failure does draw attention. However, before we write off this incident as an aberration, it’s important to examine the context and reasons why a company that launched cloud computing services with much…

US Senator Seeks Federal Funding for New York Cloud Computing Center

US Senator Seeks Federal Funding for New York Cloud Computing Center It’s no secret that the US Government is a big supporter of cloud computing. Although this support has declined slightly from the days when former Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra was at the helm of the country’s information technology initiatives (See: The Architect…

Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity Conducts Hearing on Cloud Computing

Sometime back I had written an article on how US government officials had expressed reservations on adopting cloud computing (See: Does Moving to the Cloud work for the US Federal Government?). However, as per the testimonies from several Federal officials before the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, it would seem that, in…

Cloud Computing: Risks vs Benefits – Part 2

Cloud Computing: Risks vs Benefits – Part 2 In Part 1 of this two-part article, I discussed the context in which, in spite of some drawbacks, cloud computing made sense in the long run (See: Cloud Computing: Risks vs Benefits – Part 1). In the second and concluding part, I carry this argument further and…

Can Increased State Taxation Hinder Cloud Computing? – Part 1

Can Increased State Taxation Hinder Cloud Computing? – Part 1 “The best things in life are free, but sooner or later the government will find a way to tax them.”  – Anonymous. Tax officials are usually the most hated representatives of the government, often without reason. However, some recent developments may well provide a valid…

Can The US Government “Lead by Example” in Cloud Computing Adoption?

Can The US Government “Lead by Example” in Cloud Computing Adoption? The US Government and cloud computing have been the subject of many of my articles over the last few months. From coverage of former Federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s efforts to accelerate cloud computing’s adoption by the Federal government (See: The Architect of the Official…

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Cloud Infographic: Cloud Computing Growth

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Computing Growth

An excellent infographic provided by AwesomeCloud which predicts a continued high level of growth in the cloud computing industry. Potentially staggering numbers for Public Cloud IT Services of $100 Billion by 2016. Infographic Source: AwesomeCloud

The Future Of Work: What Cloud Technology Has Allowed Us To Do Better

The Future Of Work: What Cloud Technology Has Allowed Us To Do Better

The Future of Work: What Cloud Technology Has Allowed Us to Do Better The cloud has made our working lives easier, with everything from virtually unlimited email storage to access-from-anywhere enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. It’s no wonder the 2013 cloud computing research IDG survey revealed at least 84 percent of the companies surveyed run at…

Cloud Infographic: The Education Of Tomorrow

Cloud Infographic: The Education Of Tomorrow

Cloud Infographic: The Education Of Tomorrow  Online Education is a very exciting topic for many as it opens up many new doors and opportunities. We’ve touched on areas such as Massive Open Online Sources (MOOC) which provides tremendous levels of cloud based interconnectivity. We’ve taken a look into higher education,  the increased demand for online courses as well as…

Cloud Infographic – What Is The Internet of Things?

Cloud Infographic – What Is The Internet of Things?

What Is The Internet of Things? “We’re still in the first minutes of the first day of the Internet revolution.”  – Scott Cook The Internet of Things (IOT) and Smart Systems are based on the notions of Sensors, Connectivity, People and Processes. We are creating a new world to view and measure anything around us through…

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things There are many interesting ways in which companies are looking to connect devices to the cloud. From the vehicles to kitchen appliances the internet of things is already a $1.9 trillion dollar market based on research estimates from IDC. Included is a fascinating infographic provided by AriaSystems which shows us some…

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Moving From Email Into The Cloud

Moving From Email Into The Cloud

Mobile Collaboration In The Cloud Imagine that you, as a manager, are told by the powers that be that you have to find “efficiencies” within your department that will result in one million dollars of savings annually. You struggle with this. You send an email to everyone on your senior team. “Where can we save…

IT Security: Think Like A Thief – And An Average Joe, Too

IT Security: Think Like A Thief – And An Average Joe, Too

IT Security: Think Like A Thief – And An Average Joe, Too With security threats to information services growing in sophistication, frequency and variety, IT professionals on all sides of the marketplace are realizing an urgent need to reinvent themselves to better anticipate the bewildering variety of attacks that they and their customers face. The…

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Cloud Service Provider Selection Considerations

Cloud Service Provider Selection Considerations

Why Cloud Brokers Make Sense Different workloads perform differently on different cloud service providers. Enough so that it is prudent in planning to consider the optimal configuration and the optimal CSP for your solution. Consider this old word problem from years ago. One person can carry two buckets of water. It takes 5 minutes to…

Migrating to a Business Cloud (5 Warnings)

Migrating to a Business Cloud (5 Warnings)

Migrating to a Business Cloud  In theory, migrating to cloud computing should be easy. Choose a cloud provider, move the files to the data server and everything is good to go. While that may work for the personal cloud, migrating into a business cloud format is a lot more complicated. As Ann Bednarz pointed out…

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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Health care welcomes the cloud, as resistance crumbles

Health care welcomes the cloud, as resistance crumbles

Not long ago, if I mentioned the word “public cloud” when visiting a health care company, I was likely to be walked politely off the property. The pushback came hard, to be kind. But I figured that once cloud computing became more proven and the world did not collapse as data was relocated to public…

Actuate brings wearables to big data with Android Wear integration

Actuate brings wearables to big data with Android Wear integration

The company, which moved to a freemium model this summer, was on hand in London today to demonstrate how organisations could send alerts to Android Wear devices when thresholds were reached with a micro version of its online dashboard available … Read the source article at THE INQUIRER