Cloud Infographic: Data Center Downtime Yet in a year of high-profile outages, many businesses have been taking a second look at their incident response plans. This year alone has seen outages from Amazon, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft – brands that most of us associate with uptime and reliability. Watching the titans of cloud environments experience failure has left many businesses uneasy. The cost of even a brief outage can be extreme. Some media outlets estimated that Amazon’s 49-minute outage cost the company upwards of $5 million in revenue. Dropbox’s reputation for reliable cloud storage took a hit when their customers were unable to
Delivering Data Security in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud In the past few years, we’ve seen a drastic change in the types of security threats organizations are encountering – and where they’re confronting them. For years, hackers were motivated by a desire for fame, recognition or support for a specific cause, but now it’s turned into a mainstream criminal or government activity. Today, that has changed. Organized groups understand that data is the new currency and they’re looking for specific data sets that can lead to financial gain or national advantage. Major financial and business institutions are direct targets
Potential Powerful Pitfalls – Big Data, Big Trouble Information has always been a great source of power. Kingdoms were often won and lost through scout reports, misinformation and treachery. Even now we fear those that hold too much of it and often cry foul in the name of privacy. But if you asked me, as a collective social generation, we have forsaken our privacy willingly so we should all just calm down about it. Traditionally, we have collected only relevant data and stored those according to some form of sorting process so that we can make sense of all of
Storage Stalemate: Why Current Trends Are Breaking Old Storage Solutions While new technologies are being adapted at lightening pace across all kinds of industries, one thing has not changed: IT departments are expected to use antiquated storage solutions to meet their new storage needs. Just as we wouldn’t expect anyone to use a twenty-year old phone to communicate effectively, it is unreasonable to expect IT professionals to use tape and proprietary storage arrays to store massive amounts of data, especially in this era of powerful cloud computing. The simple fact is that it is impossible to manage today’s storage needs
The Education Revolution: Cloud In The Classroom With the back-to-school season now upon us, parents, students and teachers everywhere are once again struggling with the perpetual challenge of making kids job-ready in a high-speed and fast-changing environment. There is little doubt in anyone’s mind that information technology plays a central role in all areas of life but sadly, access to this technology and the subsequent reaping of its benefits often stays out of reach, either due to lack of funding, lack of familiarity, or outright resistance. In a recent USA Today special feature, in which CloudTweaks played a central role , Dr.
Hybrid Cloud: The Influential Factor Of Flexibility You might have seen many articles on private cloud or a public cloud, but a cloud strategy is not limited to this only. The answer may be in an intermediate range, the Hybrid Cloud. First of all, let’s see how these services are deployed. Private cloud – internalized or externalized: A private cloud is a cloud infrastructure operated directly and exclusively by an organization. The best known example is that of a cloud that runs on an internal IT company. Obviously, this infrastructure can be internalized. Under these conditions it is operated by
Public Clouds Have Internal IT Beat for New Projects, and It’s Slowly Killing off Enterprise IT For departments in organizations that need to get an application deployed, the fastest and most effective option is renting IT resources on a public cloud such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), rather than working with the internal IT department. As a result, cloud providers like AWS are slowly killing off enterprise IT, as on-premise IT staff and hardware are needed less and less. This ease of application deployment on a public cloud comes from the democratization of the application deployment process: Anyone with a