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
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Wrong About Amazon Web Services In their research report published the other week, Morgan Stanley came out projecting that Amazon Web Services (AWS) may be on track to reach $22 billion in revenues by 2022. Although it seems that the financiers understand the magnitude of the paradigm shift and the impact it will have on existing IT incumbents, they seem to have missed some key dynamics taking place in the IaaS cloud market, leading to conclusions that could end up being way off the mark. Originally launched in 2006, AWS is the undisputed cloud pioneer. With
The Great Debate: Is The Cloud Ready for Mission Critical Applications? We all know cloud is the future of IT, but there are still a few unanswered questions. For instance, with all the high-profile cloud outages, is the cloud really ready for mission critical applications? This common question arises because inevitably, we wonder if the cloud is more or less reliable and secure than our own data centers. In a recent survey from North Bridge Venture Partners on cloud computing trends, 50 percent of respondents said they were confident cloud solutions were viable for mission critical business applications. Only three percent
Cloud Infographic: Cloud And Mobile Adoption Increases IT Security Risks As more businesses transition their mission-critical operations to cloud and mobile-ready applications, the direct consequence is increased security vulnerability. Last year, more than 30% of all mission-critical business applications were already in the cloud. That number is expected to rise to 50% as early as 2015. And as more business processes continue to expose themselves, the need for more stringent security measures becomes even more apparent. An obvious solution would be to restrict the inclusion of sensitive data on cloud-driven applications. Unfortunately, as many as 15% of business leaders admit to not knowing how
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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.
As more and more organizations embrace cloud computing to save money, increase productivity, and to gain the ability to scale their infrastructures up or down on a moment’s notice, concerns still remain around the level of performance, availability, and overall security of their databases once they move to a hosting vendor. Since most companies lack the in-house expertise of working in the cloud, many of the fears organizations have with moving their databases from a dedicated environment to the cloud start with the overall comfort level of managing their data in a virtual environment. A few years ago, performance degradation