Top 5 HIPAA Security Risks As Providers Migrate to the Cloud The HIPAA and HITECH Acts made a huge splash in the healthcare industry as organizations were forced to adapt new safeguards for protected health information, especially in regards to electronic medical records (EMRs). As hospitals migrate to electronic patient health information (ePHI), they must maintain compliance whether they use in-house servers or cloud hosting solutions. With organizations required to report breaches affecting 500 or more patients since the final compliance date of 2006, there’s been some time to collect data. Based on the official breach reports from 2009 to mid-April 2013, here are the top
What Is The Key Criterion For Selecting A Cloud Service Provider? Cloud computing has matured enough for a lot of people that jumping on it is no longer scary. The technology has also advanced enough that even data conversion and migration are no longer considered as daunting, just a little annoying. Because of this new influx of prospective clients, many cloud service providers are popping out every day. But the problem is that not all of them are the first-hand owners of a cloud infrastructure. Most of them are actually just “re-branders” or “white-label brands”. This means that they are only partnered with a bigger provider which
Understanding the different roles in a cloud computing setup If you are migrating from enterprise to a cloud based solution, it is necessary to understand the different roles in cloud computing. In this post, I will cover the 6 major roles in the cloud setup. Cloud Service Provider This is the entity that provides the cloud service. The cloud service provider owns and controls the cloud computing platform. The services include SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and IpaaS (Integration Platform as a Service). Based on the services provided, the CSPs
7 Salient Trends and Directions in Cloud Computing Cloud computing is a rapidly evolving field and as more enterprises join the platform, new trends are emerging. In this post, I will cover the major trends in cloud computing for the immediate future (2012-14). Cloud storage goes mainstream in consumer segment. While cloud based storage services such as the Dropbox have existed for a while, they have not captured the mainstream “mom & pop” users. The problems include small storage limits (2 GB in case of free Dropbox accounts), requirement of separate apps to install, weak integration with the file systems,
How is the Software Outsourcing Industry Embracing the Cloud One of the cloud computing trends I identified referred to custom cloud computing services and I believe that outsourcing providers will gradually turn into experts in migrating to the cloud and offering this type of services. Whether you wish to migrate some of your applications or build new ones, a software outsourcing company can help you during this process. But is the IT outsourcing industry ready for the cloud? Here are some guidelines on how an outsourcing provider can help you with your cloud migration: Now that you can store your
InstaCompute: Simple & Instant Cloud Computing Overview: InstaCompute is an upcoming cloud solution from Indian Telecom Giant, Tata Communications, provisioning raw computing resources on-demand by offering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions for cutting edge application development & testing, scalable web applications, cost effective and on –demand computing power whenever, wherever you need it. InstaCompute is competing in a market largely dominated by Amazon & Rackspace, by coming up with computing resources that are cheaper, more flexible, multiple payment options to choose from and an expanding choice of data centers, keeping the global nature of business in perspective.