Enterprise Cloud Solution Runs Order-to-Cash Billing Operations Cycle30 utilizes the enterprise-grade cloud platform from SunGard Availability Services for its billing services for telecom, cable and utility operators in North America. Jim Dunlap, president of Cycle30, addresses why cloud computing is an integral part of the company’s plans. Last year, Cycle30 adopted a cloud computing solution. What do you see as the key business benefits of cloud computing? “Cloud computing allows us to evolve our application platform as rapidly as our business needs dictate. Provisioning a virtual machine does not require the detailed planning it once did because we can always
Is India The Next Cloud Computing Superpower? “I was in Bangalore, India, the Silicon Valley of India, when I realized that the world was flat.” – Thomas Friedman, American journalist, columnist and author. Thomas Friedman, in his famous book The World is Flat, expresses the belief that with the Internet and other means of communication, geographical boundaries and distances have ceased to matter. This, in turn, has led to globalization and one of its most visible symptoms of outsourcing. At the same time, he argues that when low-skill and low-wage jobs are exported to foreign countries, more advanced and higher-skilled
Can The RSA Conference Help Dispel Cloud Computing Security Fears? “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” – Sven Goran Eriksson, noted soccer coach. It’s no secret that fear about security, or lack of it, is the major stumbling block ahead of universal adoption of cloud computing. While many of the concerns are unfounded, some do, in fact, have bases. I have addressed these issues, and some possible solutions, in an earlier article (See: Cloud Computing Risks – And How to Deal With Them). In fact, I have argued that cloud computing is no less safe than
EPA Firmly Backs Cloud Computing at the Mobile World Congress Cloud computing emerged as an important discussion topic at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the European Privacy Association (EPA) issued a statement highlighting all the benefits of cloud technologies. EPA presented its campaign to encourage companies to invest in a cloud that respects privacy and to make cloud services more privacy compliant. The organization also pointed at the fact that European companies are lagging behind U.S. enterprises in terms of investment in cloud-based technologies and platforms. The European Union is developing a cloud strategy, according to Commissioner
Unlikely Lessons For The Cloud Computing Industry “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” – C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), British scholar and novelist. It may be difficult to admit, but cloud computing has a lot to learn from that one industry that has a huge number of consumers, most of whom wouldn’t admit to being consumers – the pornographic industry. We will try not to be judgmental here, but consider the adult entertainment industry (definitely a more euphemism) in the light of its willingness to embrace and extend new technologies, including the nascent one
Akamai Introduces New Cloud Defense Solutions Akamai Technologies, Inc. unveiled new cloud defense architecture aimed at protecting customers from increasing number of sophisticated Web attacks. Enhancements include improved protection from distributed denial of service (DdoS) attacks as well as improved cloud firewall featuring advanced vulnerability scanning and custom rules for additional protection against application layer attacks, the company said in a press release. Companies worldwide incur estimated losses of one trillion dollars a year, according to antivirus company McAfee, and Akamai unveils a new cloud security solution to help global business reduce financial damages from the growing number cyber attacks.
The Advantages of Cloud-Based Email Archiving – PDF Learn how your organization can benefit from moving to a cloud-based email archiving solution, what is involved in the move, and how to ensure you are truly protected from a legal, compliance and security standpoint. Archiving in the cloud has been rapidly growing in popularity, offering a number of benefits, which are attractive to companies of all sizes and all industries. These benefits are especially important in these times of tighter budgets, shrinking IT teams, and increased email volume. However, security and legal compliance of cloud solutions continues to be an area