Beware of Computer Malware: The Cross-Platform Problem There was a time where you could safely assume a portable drive hooked onto to a windows PC wouldn’t be able to transfer some strain of malware to a MAC system. Most viruses were a match made in heaven for Windows, and MACs were getting none of that action. Things have changed, however. We’re now faced with cross-platform threats such as Koobface, the story of which has been illustrated in the following infographic. Malware such as Koobface is only a tiny part of a much larger botched up security puzzle. One way to
How Cloud Computing Will Help Your Small Business The days of storing paper files in stacks of boxes are long over. But digital storage for small businesses can still be a headache without the right technology. Cloud computing, however, is an easy and data-friendly way to keep every file you need safe and easily accessible in one online location. (Image Source: Shutterstock) Better Storage and Protection Cloud lets businesses store any amount of data without worrying about maintaining a private server — something unrealistic for many small businesses. With cloud computing, small businesses don’t need to rely on purchasing hardware that can
Where Does The Buck Stop In The Cloud? Who is responsible for outages caused by IaaS failures. Is the relationship between traditional data centers and customers better for small and medium businesses? Consider these two scenarios. One You are hosting your busy website on a cluster of managed dedicated servers located in a trusted data center. You have a close working relationship with the system administrators who manage your servers. They helped you to set up your infrastructure and they understand the needs of your business, acting as first line of defense against outages and performance issues. One morning, your cluster
Making Business Resiliency Part of Business As Usual Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) have become non-negotiable requirements for virtually every IT department. Business resiliency is an umbrella concept that must address everything from basic business continuity to high-level risk management, security, crisis management, and more. With today’s IT architectures supporting servers, networks, and applications, BCDR has evolved from simple backups and restores to a broad range of business resiliency services. This shift demands a strategic, proactive and multidisciplinary approach to sustaining critical IT services in the face of a range of disruptions. Increasing business complexity – more markets, more
Cloud Infographic: 2013 Cyber Security Intelligence Index Based on daily monitoring of security for more than 4,000 clients, IBM has determined that DDoS attacks are on the rise. The average large company must filter through 1,400 cyber attacks weekly according to the IBM Cyber Security Intelligence Index. But many organizations do not have the on-site expertise or the right IT skills and tools required to combat them. Also, many do not have an incident response program in place or rely on existing programs that are out of date, not regularly tested or recently updated to address the growing exponential threats.
Cloud Infographic: Big Data Opportunities Big Data has seen its fair share of coverage over the past couple of years. Much of the focus has been placed on the Analytics and Monitoring of Big Data. This will be a much discussed area and expect a large number of startups to put forward new and innovative services to help analyze, locate and extract critical data from their findings. Here is an infographic courtesy of Elexio which provides some really nice insight into the growing opportunities of Big Data. Infographic Source: Elexio
Securing Cloud CRM for better Customer adoption Cloud Computing and CRM Cloud computing is the techno-business strategy of web-based access of diverse set of applications from any device and less workload on the Customer Service Representative’s (CSR) device as the software and data gets stored elsewhere. Any kind of application can be accessed through cloud, right from trivial word processing software to complex analytical engine for an enterprise. The primary benefit of cloud platform is that it allows an organization to focus only on its core competency as the complexity and overhead of managing IT applications and infrastructure will be
The Cost Advantages of Hosted Disaster Recovery Solutions There’s a common saying among datacenter professionals that no matter how much it costs to have a disaster recovery program, the cost of not having one is far greater. This was often used to convince skeptical CEOs of the need to build duplicate datacenter infrastructure despite its high cost and low utility. Lately, however, the cost side of disaster recovery has dropped precipitously as modern hosted solutions allow enterprises to avoid much or all of the up-front expenses while still providing reliability and availability levels equal to, or even better than, in-house