October 2013

How the cloud is disrupting the business landscape (infographic)

Grazed from SiliconRepublic.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing isn’t going anywhere soon, with IT research and advisory company Gartner Inc forecasting that nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. A new infographic, in the meantime, takes a closer look at just how the cloud is disrupting the business landscape.

From Cloud to Thunderstorm’ by ClickSoftware, begins by highlighting the growth of the public cloud services market, revealing that by the end of 2013 public cloud is expected to grow by US$131bn.  The infographic proceeds by illustrating how the cloud has changed the workforce and how we do business. Just look at the advent of BYOD (bring your own device), for example, where are employees are using their own mobile devices for work purposes.  The infographic wraps up by taking a quick look at IT jobs of the future...

Is it Time to Replace Your Old Server with Cloud Computing?

Grazed from SpiceWorks.  Author: Savvis.

IT professionals have been reluctant for years to embrace cloud computing, but they’re starting to not have a choice. CIOs, IT directors and business users are demanding that their IT departments use cloud computing solutions. In fact, many business users are simply circumnavigating the IT department and using cloud apps for different business functions.

IT professionals don’t want to lose control over their designated arena, but using cloud computing solutions doesn’t mean that you have to give up all control. There are many different ways to use cloud computing to your advantage, which also benefits your company...

Unleashing the Cloud with Enterprise Mobility

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Lindsey Nelson.

As the demand for access to information anytime and anywhere only continues to grow within businesses, many are turning to not one, but rather two solutions, to fulfill their needs: mobile and cloud. Mobile cloud platforms provide the tools, technologies, and infrastructure businesses require to be successful in today’s world.

Both cloud and mobility, alongside big data, and social networks are forming a powerful business and computing model says an Oxford Economics white paper, Unleashing the Cloud – Putting Mobility to Work. This blend is the driving force behind the transformation in how we communicate with colleagues and also make business decisions...

Pre-Cloud Computing Implementation Security Threats (infographic)

Grazed from TechTerrain.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Due to the enormous amount of data stored on company servers today, owners who want to transition to the cloud computing server environment must understand how the threats to cloud computing security impacts their business.

Even though there are many attractive advantages to making this move, it is important that the business owner understands the potential for financial loss or ruin if the inevitable does occur. When the owner reviews the pros and the cons of cloud computing, they may find the disadvantages outweigh the advantages to this investment. Also, once the move has been made, they may not feel comfortable with going back since a third party will already have access to all of the company’s confidential information...

Verizon takes on big game with new enterprise IaaS

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

The new Verizon Cloud,  which entered public beta last week, has some big game in its sights. Verizon CTO  John Considine said the cloud offers the scale of a huge cloud but without the “noisy neighbor” issues associated with other public clouds (read: Amazon Web Services). Noisy neighbor happens when one customer’s cloud workload on shared infrastructure sucks up most of the resources impacting other jobs on the same infrastructure.

Verizon Cloud builds on work by CloudSwitch a company Verizon acquired in 2011 again optimized version of the Xen hypervisor. And Considine said it will run existing VMware workloads  – an important consideration given that VMware virtualization dominates in corporate server rooms. for more on the guts of the system and its prospects check out Gartner cloud guru Lydia Leong’s take...

Flexiant Joins €4.5 Million Consortium to Deliver Context-Aware Cloud Topology Optimisation and Simulation

Grazed from Flexiant.  Author: PR Announcement
Flexiant today announced it has joined a consortium of leading organisations and universities from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and Sweden focused on using real-world data to optimise and make more efficient cloud computing.
Named ‘CACTOS’, the €4.5 million project seeks to address issues arising from the growth and complexity of cloud infrastructure. Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator will anchor the project by collecting and utilising historical data and research. This data will allow CACTOS to optimise differing hardware options to deliver a simulation that will allow complex algorithm based analysis.

ECmanaged shortlisted for SCV Awards: “recognition of innovative character ECmanaged”

Grazed from ECmanaged.  Author: PR Announcement
ECmanaged, the award-winning Cloud and IT management tool, has been shortlisted for yet another prestigious prize. The jury of the SVC Awards (Storage Virtualization and Cloud awards) has selected the Barcelona-based start-up as one of the best Software as a Service contributions to the Cloud market.  Nine companies will compete in a public voting to bring the Best Cloud SaaS award home. The pioneering multi-Cloud and IT management tool, ECmanaged, will defend its nomination in an online voting open to the general public from October 11th to November 8th, 2013. 

Europe Aims to Regulate the Cloud

Grazed from The New York Times. Author: Danny Hakim.

The words “cloud computing” never appeared in a 119-page digital privacy regulation introduced in Europe last year. They do now. Even before revelations this summer by Edward J. Snowden on the extent of spying by the National Security Agency on electronic communications, the European Parliament busied itself attaching amendments to its data privacy regulation. Several would change the rules of cloud computing, the technology that enables the sharing of software and files among computers on the Internet.

And since the news broke of widespread monitoring by the United States spy agency, cloud computing has become one of the regulatory flash points in Brussels as a debate ensued over how to protect data from snooping American eyes...

Large Enterprises Float Toward Hybrid Clouds

Grazed from IT Jungle. Author: Jenny Thomas.

Whether you are part of a large enterprise or a small business, it is inconceivable to think your company is not aware of the explosion in cloud computing in recent years. Even if a cloud deployment isn't in your organization's immediate future, keeping an eye on the trends can help you make a better decision about going cloud should the time ever come.

The analysts at Gartner make it their business to follow what's happening in IT, and there has been some movement in the cloud market that has caught their attention. In a recent report, Gartner says nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. Which means there must be some serious cloud action happening when you consider 2017 is really right around the corner at less than four years away...

C-Level Execs Most Likely To Bend Cloud App Usage Rules

Grazed from BizTech2. Author: Editorial Staff.

While most business professionals are worried about the security of cloud-based applications, they are not deterred from using them to store their personal and professional data, and they are not losing sleep over their data and information, according to a recent survey from SafeNet Labs, the creator of SafeMonk.

When SafeNet Labs, a technology incubator initiative of SafeNet, Inc., asked hundreds of business professionals worldwide if they were worried about the security of the cloud-based applications or data stored in the cloud, 52 percent checked “Yes”; however, sixty-four percent of respondents said they still frequently use cloud-based apps to store their personal and professional data. Ironically, when asked what keeps them up at night regarding their data and information, more than half answered, “Nothing keeps me up; I sleep like a baby.”...

Unisys moves Forward to cut cloud computing costs

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Rene Millman.

Unisys has unveiled its latest enterprise computing platform, which is aimed at helping large firms and cloud service providers cut physical server requirements by up to 70 per cent. Dubbed Forward, the platform combines Unisys’ security partitioning technology (S-Par) with Intel’s Xeon virtualisation technology to give organisations a flexible computing fabric to handle mission-critical workloads.

The company said the platform, available in December, would be ideal for organisations looking to move away from expensive Unix environments to Linux and Windows-based ones. Furthermore, the platform is reportedly capable of handling secure cloud and big data workloads, according to Unisys, and can cut down on server sprawl by consolidating datacentre resources...

Cloud security - a chargeable extra?

Grazed from Diginomica. Author: Phil Wainwright.

Every security breach of third-party data harms public trust in cloud computing. Not only well-publicized mega-breaches like the theft of login data, encrypted credit card data and source code from Adobe, but also the word-of-mouth damage that arises every time an individual has their account hacked.

You’d think that cloud computing providers would go out of their way to minimize vulnerabilities. Of course they invest massive sums in securing their datacenters against direct attack. But most attacks today don’t come at the physical network perimeter. Why try and tear down the walls when you can just steal the keys and walk right in? Most attacks today gain access by stealing or cracking passwords that allow the hacker to assume a trusted user’s identity...

Jitscale Offers Companies Tips to Keep Data Safe in the Cloud

Grazed from Jitscale. Author: PR Announcement.

The sudden closing of enterprise cloud storage provider Nirvanix has left more than 1,000 of their customers scrambling to quickly migrate data to new providers. Cloud infrastructure provider Jitscale today outlined some tips that will help companies keep their cloud-based data safe in the event of an unexpected disruption in service.

"While some skeptics have used the Nirvanix closure to bolster their belief that the cloud is not safe for a company's data or platforms, Jitscale does not subscribe to this point of view," said Eelco van Beek, chief executive officer at Jitscale. "The benefits of the cloud are numerous and remain relevant, despite the failure of one company."...

The New Bank Robbers: Emerging Cloud Threats

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Robert Malmrose.

Willie Sutton, the famous bank robber, is credited with robbing more than 100 banks between the late 1920s and the early 1950s, when he was arrested, convicted and imprisoned. Sutton stole more than $2 million during his prolific crime wave. In an article published in The Saturday Evening Post in January 1951, a reporter asked Sutton why he robbed banks, to which Sutton allegedly replied, "Because that's where the money is." In his autobiography, Sutton denied that he actually he used those exact words, but then wrote, "That's what almost anybody would say… it couldn't be more obvious."

Modern-day bank robbers aren't using masks and guns, but rather computers and social engineering. As businesses move their intellectual property and client data into cloud technologies, it's clear that the new bank robbers are going to be found in the cloud. Why? The worldwide public cloud services market is growing tremendously. And they're not just targeting banks anymore, but any company where they can find data to resell, disrupt or exploit...

IBM downgraded on growing threat from cloud, SaaS

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: Editorial Staff.

IBM Corp. IBM -0.58% was downgraded to an equal-weight rating by Barclays on Monday morning. In a note to clients prior to the opening bell, analyst Ben Reitzes wrote of the impact of cloud computing and the growth of software-as-a-service, or SaaS, "which seem to adversely impact all of IBM's segments in some way." He said his report was not a call about the company's second half of the 2013 fiscal year.

"It is increasingly clear to us that investors will evaluate IBM on cash flow more than earnings until revenue starts to grow meaningfully," he wrote, cutting his price target on the stock to $190 from $215. IBM shares were last down 0.7% to $182.83 in morning trades on Monday...

Read more from the source @ http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ibm-downgraded-on-growing-threat-from-cloud-saas-2013-10-07?link=MW_latest_news

Is Splunk Cloud a Cop-Out?

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Darryl K. Taft.

Splunk recently announced Splunk Cloud, a new service that delivers Splunk Enterprise in the cloud. However, at least one competitor is asking whether Splunk Cloud is a cop-out. In a blog post, Charlie Oppenheimer, CEO of Spunk competitor Loggly, claims that Splunk has given up on Software as a Service (SaaS).

“It appears that Splunk has thrown in the towel on Software as a Service (SaaS) and replaced Splunk Storm with a hosted software model,” Oppenheimer said in his post. “We were always skeptical that a company with such a phenomenally successful enterprise software business would disrupt its own business with a serious SaaS offering. And with today’s announcement of Splunk Cloud now it seems that the doubts were justified.” Splunk officials declined to comment on Oppenheimer’s claims...

Cloud Computing and Disaster Recovery for Midsize Firms

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

Cloud computing has become an important part of the most reliable and effective disaster recovery solutions. That is proven by the fact that disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) is growing in popularity as more and more organizations become comfortable with cloud deployments. DRaaS is a big consideration for midsize firms as they seek solutions to ensure that their precious data is safe no matter what disaster may occur.

More Disaster Recovery Adoption

According to analyst firm Gartner, more than 30 percent of midsize companies will have adopted cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) by next year. Gartner's findings, recently featured in InfoTech Spotlight, also outlined the key benefits of using cloud computing for DR. Cost savings is one big benefit. Additionally, firms may reduce their recovery testing. The study points out that reduced complexity at start-up is also important and that organizations will put DRaaS in place to support critical applications and those that require short recovery times...

Cloud Security Alliance Announces CISO APAC Forum Speakers And Agenda

Grazed from Marketwire. Author: PR Announcement.

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) today unveiled the speaker line up and presentations for its upcoming CISO APAC Forum to be held December 17-18 at The Venetian Macau. The announcement was made at a press conference today hosted jointly with Macau SAR Bureau of Telecommunications Regulation (DSRT), Macao Computer Society (MCS) and attended by leaders of CSA Hong Kong and Macau Chapter.

Designed to be a gathering of the world's leading minds in information security and definitive authorities in cloud computing, the CSA CISO APAC Forum will be the CSA's first main event in East Asia, having held both the first CSA CISO APAC Forum last November and the inaugural CSA Congress APAC this past May in Singapore. This year's event will address, through presentations, case studies and first-hand experiences, some of the most controversial and debated topics in cloud security including panels on Cryptography and Privacy as a Business Model; Governmental Cloud Strategy and Experience Sharing; Big Data & Emerging Threats Experiences; Emerging Cyber Threats & Securing the Cloud; and The CISO Report 2013 and CISO Guide by OWASP...

IT grapples with personal cloud storage use

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Mary K. Pratt.

The CIO at Utah State University, Hawley says he and his team must serve the university's employees and deliver the tools they need. But he realizes that many of the school's users are finding outside options, installing unsanctioned applications that they find easier to use. "People always gravitate to the most functional or least-cost solution. And in our 'freemium' world, those things are available by the dozen," he says.

Hawley says he suspects that employee use of unauthorized IT tools is particularly prevalent these days, as telecommuting and bring-your-own-device policies become increasingly common. People everywhere are becoming more mobile. Empowered first by company-issued laptops and now by their own smartphones and tablets, employees of all stripes want to do their work from any location at any time with any device, and they're turning to the cloud to help them do it -- using hosted services to share, store and sync work files with just a click...

How Cloud Computing Benefits Your Company

Grazed from SmartDataCollective. Author: Asher Ross.

The benefits of the cloud, such as lower costs, scalability and flexibility, are numerous. But while SMEs have enthusiastically embraced the cloud, large companies have been more reluctant to invest in this technology. It's time for change: the cloud has advantages for the company and also of greater magnitude will see CIOs essential as a way to secure the future of their organizations.

CIOs are increasingly warming to the cloud. A survey in May this year by the analyst firm Research found that 92 percent of CIOs and IT professionals think the cloud is good for business. The same survey also found that only 31 percent of companies that describe their infrastructure is mainly based on the cloud, indicating a rejection among most organizations to take positive steps towards cloud adoption. Seems that if larger the company, the greater the resistance...