5 Reasons Why The Cloud Is Still Not 100% Secure In the last year, many big cloud companies have come under cyber attacks leading to outages and data losses Cloud companies offer tremendous trade-offs to businesses in terms of flexibility of scale, better security, reduced manpower and maintenance cost. The majority of organizations and individuals are now convinced of the value of the cloud and are starting to migrate their data over their. Now, it’s generally assumed that ones data is more secure within the cloud than it would if it were residing inside an unsecure desktop or server room.
How Cloud Computing Will Help Your Small Business The days of storing paper files in stacks of boxes are long over. But digital storage for small businesses can still be a headache without the right technology. Cloud computing, however, is an easy and data-friendly way to keep every file you need safe and easily accessible in one online location. (Image Source: Shutterstock) Better Storage and Protection Cloud lets businesses store any amount of data without worrying about maintaining a private server — something unrealistic for many small businesses. With cloud computing, small businesses don’t need to rely on purchasing hardware that can
Dreamforce13: A Heavyweight Event For CRM And The Cloud San Francisco’s Moscone Centre is rocking again this week with a huge meeting of minds and talents hosted by Salesforce.com. The event, called Dreamforce13 features keynotes from industry heavyweights such as SalesForce CEO Marc Benioff, FaceBook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and evangelists such as Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. With entertainment and general fascination being provided by legends such as Greenday, Neil Young, MC Hammer, Huey Lewis, and Peter Gabriel, the event just seems to ooze cool. Who woulda thunk it? Music legends hanging out at tech conventions
The High Cost Of Cloud Service Provider Downtime With so many businesses moving over the cloud, even just a few minutes of service provider downtime can have a massive effect not only on individual businesses, but on the economy as a whole. Over the last five years, there has been an estimated 568 hours of provider downtime, resulting in an economic impact of $71.7 million. The average business loses an average of $300,000 per hour in an outage, with brokerage firms missing out on approximately $6.5 million per hour. Clearly, it’s time to take a good look at your provider
What PCI DSS 3.0 Means For Cloud Service Providers The only constant is change. Earlier this month, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council released version 3.0 of the PCI DSS standard (along with the accompany Payment Application Data Security Standard). In it are a few key focus areas that will directly affect Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), which is why it makes good business sense to start thinking about version 3.0 right now. While some of the rules aren’t required for existing implementations until 2015, smart CSPs understand that customers will certainly be asking about the changes in 2014. The
Cloud Infographic: Data Center Of The Information Highway For many years, companies have been building data warehouses to analyze business activity and produce insights for decision makers to act on to improve business performance. These traditional analytical systems are often based on a classic pattern where data from multiple operational systems is captured, cleaned, transformed and integrated before loading it into a data warehouse. Typically, a history of business activity is built up over a number of years allowing organizations to use Business Intelligence (BI) tools to analyze, compare and report on business performance over time. Included is an infographic provided
How Cloud Helps Pay Off The Mortgage A great deal of the buzz surrounding cloud technology has to do with business-related issues such as data storage, security, and mission-critical business applications, but sooner or later every person who works directly with cloud technology, as well as every other person who doesn’t, has to go home to their house, buy some groceries and pay some bills. One of the largest and most important bills required to be paid by many of us is the mortgage, a delightful word that comes from ancient French and which means “dead pledge,” or in other