Cloud Apps of the Week On the lookout for the latest cloud applications worth your download? Here’s an impressive trio that will scintillate for couch potatoes on the go, literature obsessives, and the Facebook frustrated. What if you could TiVo your desktop via your mobile phone? PocketCloud from Wyse empowers its users to accomplish just that: remotely access their Macs or PCs at home, with just a few touches on their Android, iPhone, or iPad. Reaching your files on Photoshop or your engaging in your latest Minecraft adventures is a snap with PocketCloud’s emphasis on ease of use and non-fussy
Advantages And Disadvantages Of Cloud Computing To Accounting Firms The cloud computing concept is really very simple. The software programs are on the World Wide Web which accounting firms do not need to manage, install, or buy. There is no need to hire IT professionals because these firms only need a robust internet connection and a browser. Network switches, operating systems, applications, and servers are unknown to these accounting firms. For these organizations, such things belong to the cloud, the World Wide Web, and the cloud computing supplier. An accounting firm can benefit from cloud computing in different ways. One,
Corporate Espionage in the Cloud Era Wow!! That was our reaction when we saw this story about cloud file sync and share that was allegedly used in a case of theft at a law firm. Well, wow and DUH of course this was bound to happen. Whether this turns out to be really nefarious or not is for the courts to decide, but believe me when I say that this is neither the first time, nor the last time that someone will – for good or bad intent – allegedly use DropBox (and its various me to’s) to illegally access information. Chances
Can The US Government Assuage Cloud Privacy Concerns? Even as the world tries to find a balance between individual privacy and the eternal vigilance of a nanny state, cloud computing is a casualty of the heightened security concerns in post-911 America. This is something that I had explored in earlier articles, from the ramifications of the PATRIOT Act (See: Is Cloud Computing a Threat to Consumer Rights?), to how rivals of American cloud vendors are actually touting the latter’s vulnerabilities to government investigation as a key business differentiator (See: Your Data in Australia is subject to the US Patriot Act).
Secure Cloud Hosting Now Available in Europe: Firehost At Cloud Expo Europe last month, FireHost officially announced our expansion into Europe, with our newest data center locations in London and Amsterdam. We’ve taken our unique cloud hosting environment, un-matched security, support and scalability that you have experienced in the US, and made it available in Europe. See our official press release for more details, or visit our new site at: www.firehost.co.uk. European privacy rules are very specific about how data is protected. So much so, that large international organizations are already feeling the pressure and reacting by exploring data sovereignty solutions to guarantee
Disaster recovery plans in the clouds Both large and medium/small-sized companies have significantly increased their organizational data in recent years. Analyzing large data sets will become a key basis of competition, underpinning new waves of productivity growth and innovation, according to a research by MGI and McKinsey’s Business Technology Office. The ability to store, compound date, and then synthesize results in an extensive analysis has more than ever become accessible through digital storage and cloud computing technologies. But what about “What if” capabilities? Is cloud computing reliable for disaster recovery plans? Did you know that companies lose almost $90,000 every
Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 6 This is the seventh in a continuing series on startups raising funding. You can read the first six in the series here: 1. Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 5 2. Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 4 3. Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 3 4. Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 2 5. Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 1 6. Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money Today, there are two startups in focus – Code 42 and Knowlarity. Code 42 (http://code42.com/) Minnesota-based cloud backup
Cloud Computing In Financial Service Organizations While technology seems to be the cost and time efficiency driver in many industries, cloud computing is the emerging solution for the financial service industry, especially capital markets. In order for their assets to be used optimally by multiple consumers, financial organizations require ad-hoc access to significant computing resources, virtual desktops, shared data information, cost transparency, and “What-If” capabilities. I will list some of the most important cloud changing perspectives that can benefit large corporations and SMB’s: Resource Management – enables organizations to build agile, responsive data center infrastructures; Pay per Use – organizations