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What You Should Know About Cloud-Based Security In 2017



Article Written by Sally Perkins

We have all come to appreciate the benefits of using cloud technology - the reduced cost of storage, the easy transferability of data, the improved collaboration amongst team members. It has become the norm for companies and organizations to utilize cloud-based storage for projects amongst co-workers, and families are also using the cloud to keep track of all of their family files and photos.

But with all of the benefits, there is also the trickier side of cloud technology: security. Unfortunately, cloud security faces many challenges, including a lack of trust by its users and general misinformation and misuse. Due to data breaches, hijacked accounts, insider threats, and data loss from malicious attacks, cloud security is not always the most reliable.

If you are concerned about utilizing the cloud for online storage in 2017 and wish to know more about its technicalities, you should consider the facts about cloud security:

Cloud Computing: Amazon Plans to Take On Google Translate, Media Reports

Grazed from Slator. Author: Florian Faes.

Google Translate could get a formidable challenger. Amazon is preparing to roll out its own machine translation service, CNBC reported, citing an anonymous source. Slator was unable to independently verify the report. We will provide follow-up coverage as the situation evolves.

Amazon will offer the machine translation (MT) technology it is already using internally to third parties, according to CNBC. The service, to be provided by cloud computing arm Amazon Web Services, could be announced before the annual Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas in November 2017...

Virtustream COO: Hybrid Cloud Has Already Won

Grazed from Silicon. Author: Sam Pudwell.

Having passed through the first wave of cloud computing, businesses are now looking at how to optimise their cloud operations and get the best ‘bang for their buck’ related to their specific needs. This is happening across all industries and has led to organisations frequently splitting workloads across different cloud platforms and vendors, taking either a multi-cloud or hybrid-cloud approach in what has become an extremely complicated world to navigate. According to Simon Walsh, COO of Dell-owned Virtustream, the route taken is usually triggered by a business problem – or what he calls “a compelling event” – and more often than not, the answer is hybrid.

A hybrid world

“Cloud is a way of doing stuff, it’s something you do not something you buy,” he explained. “Every single company will have a compelling event which forces a change of something.” He cited Jaguar Land Rover as an example, a Dell EMC customer that is currently focusing on updating its legacy data centre infrastructure in order to keep pace with a rapidly changing industry environment. This poses some interesting questions for CIOs...

Read more from the source @ http://www.silicon.co.uk/cloud/virtustream-hybrid-cloud-215785?inf_by=595261ac681db80f048b4767

How Does Cloud Hosting Affect SEO?

Finding any way to give your website an edge against the competition is a top priority for many businesses and brands. While the fundamentals of search engine optimization remain the same over time, many minute changes lead to shifts in how - or if - select pages are ranked in search.

While Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines all have their specific algorithms and formulas, most imitate one another to some extent. Because of this, improving your SEO performance across all search engines is relatively straightforward. Nevertheless, it still takes time and patience to produce noticeable results.

One area where many brands have wondered about the implications of SEO is in cloud hosting. What are the ramifications of using a cloud-based hosting system and what are the potential benefits? Today, we'll review the ways that cloud hosting can affect your broader SEO strategy so that you can decide whether making the switch is worth it.

Hidden cloud migration gotchas - and how to avoid them

Grazed from CIO. Author: Esther Shein.

Building a technology stack from scratch in the cloud can be a dream -- if you’re a startup. But if you’re an established company steeped in on-premises solutions, shifting to the cloud can mean unexpected hurdles and headaches beyond belief. Companies looking to make good on the benefits of moving to the cloud need to go in with eyes wide open.

To be sure, the much discussed benefits of the cloud -- in terms of time to market, cost savings, the ability to scale resources as needed, and so on -- are real. But enterprise cloud adopters say they have been surprised by some of the lesser-documented challenges migrating to the cloud brings, such as the difficulty in changing traditional mindsets, the lack of visibility into the new infrastructure, the cost of data transfers, governance issues and how licensing agreements need to be revised or new ones negotiated...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cio.com/article/3202697/cloud-computing/hidden-cloud-migration-gotchas-and-how-to-avoid-them.html

Cloud Computing: Google no longer to scan Gmail messages for selling Targeted Advertisements

Grazed from CrazyEngineers. Author: Editorial Staff.

In a move to revamp the privacy and security measures, Google has recently stated that its free Consumer Gmail content would not be used or scanned for any ads personalization henceforth. The policy change would put an end to the practice which has been in place since the launch of Gmail in 2004.

Gmail is the world’s preeminent email provider with more than 1.2 billion users. To make up for its free services, the Tech major sifted through what the Gmail users were discussing and showing ads relevant to some of the topics. This naturally prompted privacy and security concerns amongst its many users...

Amazon hits back after Walmart tells suppliers to stop using its cloud services

Grazed from TheDrum. Author: Tony Connelly.

The fallout follows on from a report in the Wall Street journal, which revealed the US retail chain had told the technology companies it works with to stop using Amazon cloud web services and move to competitors instead. Amazon has become a dominant player in cloud-based storage and computing power with its Amazon Web Services program.

Known as AWS, it has a 44% share of the market, according to Synergy Research Group, and its clients include Netflix, Airbnb, General Electric and the CIA. In April the company reported its cloud services platform had generated $3.7bn in sales over the previous three months. Now with Walmart aggressively investing in e-commerce, it is trying to undermine its rival's dominance in the space...

Read more from the source @ http://www.thedrum.com/news/2017/06/25/amazon-hits-back-after-walmart-tells-suppliers-stop-using-its-cloud-services

Cloud Computing: NetApp, Cisco Advance Converged Infrastructure Genre with FlexPod SF

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Chris Preimesberger.

Storage maker NetApp, once described as a "nice little server company" but is now among the world leaders in storage hardware marketshare, is celebrating its 25th year in business. It has been a true survivor in the cutthroat IT products and services business. In this regard, please note: Only about 15 percent of companies that go public on the Nasdaq index last 20 years.

NetApp has been on the index almost 22 years, since December 1995. Why has NetApp forged on when others have fallen? Well, if you ask co-founder Dave Hitz, it's probably because the company has been able to change lanes fairly quickly when it comes to seeing market trends as or before they happen and then adjust to them...

Read more from the source @ http://www.eweek.com/storage/netapp-cisco-advance-converged-infrastructure-genre-with-flexpod-sf

Cloud Computing: Wal-Mart Prods Partners, Vendors to Leave AWS for Azure

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Aldrin Brown.

The competition between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and a host of brick and mortar retailers reached a new intensity this week that could significantly impact managed services providers (MSPs) who partner with the market leader in public cloud, or with second place Microsoft Azure.

On the heels of Amazon’s announcement last week that it planned to acquire grocer Whole Foods Market, retail giant Wal-Mart revealed it has been asking some of its vendors, developers and other tech partners to no longer host applications on AWS, the Wall Street Journal reported...

Read more from the source @ http://mspmentor.net/cloud-computing/wal-mart-prods-partners-vendors-leave-aws-azure

Cloud Computing Protest Offers Lessons For Buyers & Suppliers

Grazed from PublicSpendingForum. Author: Frank McNally.

A recent protest decision from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides several important lessons for procurement professionals who are buying cloud-enabled services as well as vendors hoping to sell them. Let's dive in! Red River Computing Company protested the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) request for quotations (RFQ) for agency-wide enterprise computing services and cloud computing services.

Red River challenged both the technical and price evaluation, asserting that DHS's best-value determination was flawed. GAO denied Red River's challenge of the technical evaluation but sustained its challenge of the price evaluation. Each decision is instructive, so let's take a closer look...