On Rob Kaufmann’s Thesis: NAS vs. Cloud Part 1 A few weeks back KPI Analytics employee Rob Kaufmann suggested that network attached storage (NAS) solutions for data serving could in numerous cases provide a greater advantage than Cloud services. Specifically, he cited that it would be preferable for those serving massive files or very sensitive data. This was debated at a press conference on July 17th. I’m here to suggest that although Kaufman is making some interesting points, his NAS route isn’t as promising as Cloud – even given the nascent form of the latter. On many counts that Kaufman
FireHost Expands Its Global Business Continuity Solutions New DNS hosting options provide better redundancy and security (Dallas, Texas — Aug. 15, 2012) — FireHost, the leading secure cloud hosting company, today announces new business continuity choices supported by DYN DNS hosting. DNS hosting extends FireHost’s business continuity capabilities beyond high-availability and load balancing solutions. The new business continuity options support clients who require constant uptime and sophisticated failover configurations for their websites or Web applications. “FireHost has been ahead of the curve with regard to securing a public cloud environment and finding advanced ways to boost performance,” said Jason Rieger, CTO of FireHost. “Now we move
Which Governance Framework Is Right For Cloud Computing? The Threat Cloud computing is revolutionizing how organizations use technology worldwide and for a good reason, it leverages on economies of scale more than any application of technology in recent history. And with the economic stability of the world swaying back and forth, organizations and businesses are forced to embrace that which makes them more stable and compete in a shaky market. Cloud computing allows them to do just that as it leverages their business processes with high returns and low costs. But the aggregation of data and information in a single
17 million cyber-attacks blocked between April and June by secure cloud hosting provider London, UK – July 24, 2012 – Secure cloud hosting company, FireHost, has today revealed the latest statistical analysis of attacks successfully blocked by its servers located at data centers in the US and Europe. During the period of April to June 2012, the web applications, databases and websites of FireHost’s customers – spread across 33 countries worldwide – were protected from a total of 17 million cyber attacks, of which more than two million were categorized as the most serious kind of attack, and among FireHost’s ‘Superfecta’.
Can the Gov’t Avoid Gaffes in the Cloud? It’s no surprise that programs that shape our government on all levels of jurisdiction are rapidly and eagerly enlisting into the cloud computing fray. Finally, several of cloud’s noteworthy assets — scalable and streamlined storage and infrastructure, and services purchasable a la carte, for example — have started to beguile departments and bureaucracies frazzled by tightening budgets and increased demand for high-quality service to constituents. But governmental involvement frequently means thwarting several of risks in cloud that could hamper the experience. How can government companies enter cloud without fear of making major
Kidney Research Reconfirms Cloud’s Importance The National Kidney Registry has embraced cloud computing as a critical component of its mission to streamline and improve its organ matching processes. The NKR’s primary matching system, known as SMELAC, was recently relocated to Microsoft Windows Azure, in a move to significantly quicken the pace of processing new organ match-related data. MarketWire reports that Azure has boosted SMELAC’s computing capacity by 400%, fast enough to allow for researchers to synchronize their efforts in producing a new organ match. Organizations from disciplines with precious and sensitive data, such as banks and hospitals, have typically been
Is my Public Cloud too Public? Addressing security concerns of the Public Cloud Enthusiasm for cloud computing has as much to do with economics as technology. Growth in the number of applications and the volume of data that must be managed have made datacenters a major item of corporate expense. Public cloud computing looks like a way to get a handle on some of these costs. The concept of cloud computing is straightforward: you replace capital-intensive IT assets that must be internally managed with rented “pay-as-you-go” IT capacity and services at commoditized prices. These services are built with new technologies
Emerging Markets: Emerge Leaders in Cloud Computing Adoption – II This is the second part of a two-part article. To read the first part, see: Emerging Markets: Emerging Leaders in Cloud Computing Adoption – I The TCS report, which was produced after surveying 606 companies across 16 industries, followed by in-depth studies of six – CTB/McGraw Hill, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Dell, AOL, an unnamed telecom major and an unnamed CPG company with $5 billion in revenue – provided some interesting results. The biggest driver of cloud applications is not to cut IT costs. Perhaps the most important finding of this