Keeping Your Data And Applications Secure On The Cloud When you have all your data and applications permanently stored within your enterprise, you can get away with big security holes and poor data management practices without a serious external threat. However, once your applications and data move to the cloud, your margin for error becomes much smaller. Confidential enterprise data could be traveling all over the public Internet, enabling your employees to work anywhere, anytime, while at the same time exposing data to malicious eyes. In this post, I will cover some of the things your organization needs to get
The Government and the Cloud: Defining the Relationship They say change comes slowly or not at all. The cloud computing movement is thankfully maintaining a slow crawl over the powers-that-be in our governments at every level: local, state, national, even international. (But let’s save the complex, meaty discussion of the global cloud for another piece.) Although practically all of us are quite aware of the influence cloud exerts over the Internet-savvy members of our communities — that is to say, “everybody” — the government still hesitates to truly engage with the growing technological power. True, our leaders and their processes
SaaS Business Apps Drive SMB Cloud Computing Adoption Much of cloud computing’s infancy was fueled by software development firms, enterprise tech companies, and large financial institutions. IBM sparked the trend in 2003 with its on-demand computing initiative. By late 2005, Amazon recognized the potential market for IaaS and PaaS solutions and launched its EC2 service less than a year later. Fast forward five years, and almost every tech startup relies in some way on EC2, Windows Azure, Google Apps Engine, or similar IaaS and PaaS services. But it’s SaaS solutions—and their popularity with SMBs—that have driven cloud computing adoption and
Customers and the Cloud: What Has It Done for Them Lately? Too often, in my opinion, does the conversation on cloud computing circle around the gurus on the top and the fanboys that chase their coattails. Cloud is no different than any other technological revolution in that it provides a nurturing forum for otherwise outcast yet knowledgeable nerds to unite in esoteric discourse. But people, the nerds aren’t alone in purchasing cloud product. They don’t even comprise the majority of cloud consumption. That distinction falls to that lowly, knowledge-challenged, directionless and impressionable flock of sheep known as the general public.
Xerox Exclaims Its Cloud Pride On the cusp of big news from Google per its new Drive cloud offering, Xerox is following hot the big G’s heels with some vital cloud news of its very own today. “We’re ready to start talking about it,” Xerox Cloud Services’ vice president Rob Schilperoort said bemusedly to IT World recently. By “it,” Schilperoort was most likely referring to Xerox’s significant change-up and adaptation as a company, from solely document upkeep and outsourcing to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service, as well as moonlighting relatively recently as a Software-as-a-Service provider to boot. One of Xerox Cloud Services’ most
Cloud Auditing – Making sure that your cloud works per your expectations As cloud computing get increasingly complex and finds use in core enterprise applications, it it time to pay more attention to auditing. Auditing ensures that your cloud installations works per your expecations. The auditing could be done either internally by your IT or business teams, or could be done by a third party service. Regardless of who does the audit, it is important to understand the different considerations in cloud auditing. Regulatory compliance audit In many industries such as healthcare and finance, there are strong regulations that mandate