Cloud Computing – Threat or Opportunity? Part 2 In Part 1 of this two-part article, I had discussed whether cloud computing is a threat or an opportunity for IT companies (See: Cloud Computing – Threat or Opportunity? Part 1 ). In this concluding part, I discuss the same issue from the IT employee’s point of view. Let’s start with a real-life example, albeit in a different industry. When Japanese automakers started using robots, there was obviously a drop in employment; one robot, effectively, could do the work of multiple humans. Consequently, there were cost savings and increased quality, leading to
What Do Small and Mid-sized Cloud Computing Companies Need To Begin Operations? “Cloud Computing” is one of the most popular tech buzzwords out there now, and completes with “Nanotechnology” as the leading technology of the future. In spite of some highly-publicized failures (See: Should You Be Concerned? A List of Recent Cloud Computing Failures – Intuit Goes Down) and obfuscation of the term itself (See: Do You Know What Cloud Computing Is?), cloud computing remains on track to become one of the biggest employers (See: How Cloud Computing Can Create Jobs) and revenue generators in the near future (See: Where
How to Choose Your Cloud Provider Each day, the cloud computing marked is bringing new options of cloud providers and services. I named some of them here. If you have decided to pursue cloud computing for your company, you have to bear in mind that selecting the right cloud provider is crucial in this process. First, you must prioritize your information and choose where you will be the focus. Make sure your IT department is up for the task. Your information and its security will depend in a large measure on how you communicate with the cloud provider and what
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Cloud Computing – Threat or Opportunity? Part 1 Threat – an indication or warning of probable trouble Opportunity – a good position, chance, or prospect, as for advancement or success A new technology, a new way of thinking, a new environment, a paradigm shift – these are often threats to established players who dominate the landscape. However, these same things often offer opportunities for others to thrive. Consider the dinosaurs. While a meteor impact is considered the most probable cause of their extinction, scientists believe it is actually the changing climate in the aftermath of the impact that killed them. However, warm-blooded mammals began to flourish. In other words, the changed environment after the impact
The State of Data Security: Defending Against New Risks and Staying Compliant Today’s IT and business managers must take a hard look at the risks and costs of potential data loss. Creating a proactive data security plan arms you with the knowledge you need to manage the risk and helps you to stay compliant with data protection rules and regulations. We all know that data breaches are constantly in the news—in fact security breaches compromised more than 500 million U.S. records since 2005. Plus, lost data due to human error or negligence is just as much of a threat. Fortunately,
8×8 and VCE Deliver Cloud Services to Businesses Business communications and cloud computing solutions provider 8×8 and VCE are collaborating to deliver cloud computing services to businesses utilizing the Vblock Infrastructure Platform. VCE or the Virtual Computing Environment Company was formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel. This company was established to create a fully integrated IT platform that combines compute, network, storage, virtualization and management technologies from Cisco, EMC and VMware. 8×8 is able to accelerate deployment of cloud-based computing solutions by adopting the Vblock platform. These solutions have the ability to significantly cut down
Dimension Data Acquires OpSource To Accelerate Global Cloud Strategy Johannesburg, South Africa and Santa Clara, CA – June 30, 2011 – Dimension Data announced today that it has acquired OpSource, an enterprise cloud company, in a deal that will see Dimension Data, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Holdings, accelerate its cloud computing services offerings. At the same time, Dimension Data, a US $4.7 billion ICT services and solutions provider has created a centralised Cloud Solutions Business Unit which will report directly into Dimension Data’s CEO, Brett Dawson. OpSource will become part of the Dimension Data Cloud Solutions Business Unit.