July 2014

Cloud Computing and the Security Market

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

The cloud computing market is growing by leaps and bounds, which in turn affects the security services that are paired with it. A new survey found that over the next five years, firms will add to the steady projected growth, and midsize firms in particular will find significant opportunities in this growing market.

A Big Rise

According to a new report from MarketsandMarkets featured in Cloud Times, the cloud security market is set to increase by 15 percent each year. By 2019, it is expected to be worth a whopping $8.71 billion. The report, titled "Cloud Security Market – Global Advancements, Forecasts & Analysis (2014-2019)," revealed that increased use of the cloud and related security services are reshaping the entire market. In its analysis, MarketsandMarkets divided the cloud computing security market into several categories, ranging from data loss prevention, Web security, email security, cloud log management and analysis, encryption, network security and other industrial categories like retail, manufacturing and transportation...

Re-thinking Colocation in the Age of Cloud Computing

Grazed from GreenDataCenterNews. Author: Keao Caindec.

Cloud computing has swept through the IT infrastructure industry and made it easier for companies to use servers, storage and software applications on demand and “as-a-service.” But what about the data center colocation industry? It has changed very little over the last eight years and remains as inflexible as ever with multi-year term agreements and big minimum space requirements.

Businesses want more flexibility to run temporary workloads, build private clouds and have a less risky path to migrating applications to a hybrid public-private cloud model. What can be done to make colocation easier and more “cloud-like?”...

Microsoft Lync & Office 365 Outage: A Reminder of Cloud Risk

Grazed from TomsITPro. Author: James Sullivan.

Last week Office 365 users received a crash course in public cloud risks. First, Microsoft's Lync instant messaging service suffered a North American outage on Monday, June 23. This was followed by an almost nine hour outage of the company's Exchange email service the next day, June 24.

Microsoft Lync is a business-centric communication service that provides voice over IP (VoIP), instant messaging and video conferencing, among other things; all of this behind Microsoft's firewall. The outage has been attributed to problems that arose during a data center migration. Microsoft attempted to fix the issue by rerouting traffic to a different data center, but this ended up being a fix for only a portion of affected customers...

You're paying too much for the cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

You can't go a month without hearing about some price drop by a major cloud computing provider, with others quickly following suit. Though it seems like a race to the bottom, in fact the cloud providers are starting to make real money. Public clouds function much like utilities. How much businesses pay for these utilities depends directly on how they consume cloud-based resources such as storage, compute, and applications. Companies that consume cloud services efficiently pay less, and the inefficient ones pay more.

There are two efficiency-related reasons why you're probably getting larger cloud bills than you should: First, applications aren't optimized to effectively use cloud resources. This means the applications use the cloud resources in ways that will allow the application both to perform better and to use fewer costly resources...

NIST Outlines Cloud Challenges Facing Forensics Professionals

Grazed from ExecutiveGov. Author: Jay Clemens.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a report that outlines the cloud computing challenges for digital forensics as identified by the industry and legal community, GCN reported Monday. William Jackson writes the NIST’s cloud computing forensic science working group prepared the draft interagency report as part of the agency’s efforts to further the adoption of cloud computing.

The report categorized the challenges for forensics professionals into architecture, data gathering, analysis, anti-forensics, trustworthiness of first responders, roles of data owners and users, legal jurisdictions, technical standards and training, according to the report. NIST seeks to identify standards and tools to address those challenges and determine further technological requirements to help fill the gaps, GCN reports...

See more at: http://www.executivegov.com/2014/07/nist-outlines-cloud-challenges-facing-forensics-professionals/#sthash.OdEyUW94.dpuf

Cloud-pricing insights

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Paul Burns.

Cloud computing has had a significant impact on the traditional hosting and managed service provider (MSP) industries. Many providers that only offered dedicated infrastructure are now clambering to offer more-flexible, elastic infrastructure in an attempt to keep up with the shift to the cloud. Some have simply added virtual private servers (VPS), while others have built elastic Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings using commercial or open-source cloud-management platforms. The latter services often include programmatic APIs, object storage services, and other capabilities offered by the big three IaaS players: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, and Google.

One of the major challenges for providers building their own IaaS offerings is driven by the ongoing price war taking place among established IaaS players. Service providers building these modern infrastructures must make significant capital expenditures while contending with continually dropping prices. Meanwhile the most successful IaaS providers are already accumulating margins at scale and using them to fund ongoing growth. These dynamics make it difficult for emerging IaaS providers to build and price services profitably...

Trintech Accepted by Cloud Security Alliance as Corporate Member

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Trintech , a leading global provider of integrated software solutions for the Last Mile of Finance™, today announced it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance [CSA] alongside dozens of the most highly recognized cloud computing providers worldwide. This new relationship further acknowledges Trintech’s commitment and dedication to providing highly secure and least-risk cloud-oriented applications for end-to-end financial governance.

“Our Cadency ™ cloud-based record-to-report solutions have transformed the way many of our customers perform everything from balance sheet certification and regulatory compliance, to financial close, disclosure and journal entry management,” said Sharon Walsh, Trintech Vice President of Technology Services...

Maginatics Wins Cloud Computing Excellence Award

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Maginatics Inc., an emerging leader in distributed enterprise storage solutions, today announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named the Maginatics Cloud Storage Platform as a 2014 Cloud Computing Excellence Award winner. The Cloud Computing Excellence Award, presented by Cloud Computing magazine, recognizes companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market.

"Recognizing leaders in the advancement of cloud computing, TMC is proud to announce Maginatics Cloud Storage Platform as a recipient of the Fourth Annual Cloud Computing Excellence Award," said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "Maginatics is being honored for their achievement in bringing innovation and excellence to the market, while leveraging the latest technology trends."...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft boosts anti-snooping protection in Outlook.com, OneDrive

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: Juan Carlos Perez.

Microsoft has added encryption safeguards to the Outlook.com webmail service and to the OneDrive cloud storage service, in part to better protect these consumer products from government snoops. “Our goal is to provide even greater protection for data across all the great Microsoft services you use and depend on every day. This effort also helps us reinforce that governments use appropriate legal processes, not technical brute force, if they want access to that data,” Matt Thomlinson, vice president, Trustworthy Computing Security, at Microsoft wrote in a blog post.

The move follows similar ones from other cloud computing providers. For example, Google announced end-to-end encryption for Gmail in April, including protection for email messages while they travel among Google data centers. It recently announced similar encryption for its Google Drive cloud storage service...

The Real Cloud Computing Revolution

Grazed from CIO. Author: Bernard Golden.

My last post noted that the IT industry appears to suffer from cloud computing ennui, as the number of Google searches for the term over the past two years has dropped significantly. I also said that other evidence indicates that many IT users appear to have put cloud computing in the "done and dusted" category despite not really understanding it very well.

I went on to say that, far from being completed, cloud computing growth is accelerating. The biggest challenge to IT is that end users, frustrated with the leisurely pace of internal IT group cloud implementations, will solve their problems by placing applications in public cloud computing environments...

Cloud Computing: Uncovering the Virtues of Virtual Desktops

Grazed from CIO. Author: Chris Carroll.

Can you name a single activity that consumes more IT staff time and presents more potential exposure to enterprise security risks than maintaining desktop and laptop computers across the enterprise? Despite the widespread use of remote desktop management tools, administrators must periodically descend upon offices and cubicles to upgrade or troubleshoot PCs.

Most organizations have grown accustomed to distributing PCs to employees, maintaining and upgrading them, and then replacing them every few years. But you can now disrupt this repetitive cycle and drive down the costs of acquiring and maintaining PCs for your connected workforce. Desktop virtualization is an increasingly popular approach that allows the enterprise to reduce desktop IT costs, improve operational efficiency, and increase control over desktop computing environments...

Amazon sues former employee for taking Google cloud job, in new test of non-compete deals

Grazed from GeekWire. Author: Todd Bishop.

Amazon is suing a former Amazon Web Services strategic partnerships manager, Zoltan Szabadi, alleging that his new job at Google Cloud Platform violates the terms of a non-compete agreement that he signed when he originally joined Amazon. The suit will be closely watched in the tech industry as a new test of the standard employment agreements that Amazon and some other large tech companies require employees to sign when they’re hired, restricting their activities if they leave.

The case also underscores the growing rivalry between Amazon and Google in the cloud. “Szabadi was directly and integrally involved with the marketing of Amazon’s cloud computing business to its partners and resellers, and played a significant role in developing Amazon’s business strategy and direction in this area,” the suit says. “Szabadi was involved in developing, implementing and managing Amazon Web Services’ strategy for many of its partners, and was the first point of contact for most partners who were considering working with Amazon.”...

Mainframe: A Resilient Model for the Modern Cloud

Grazed from SysCon Media. Author: Jose Castano.

Technology is moving at a blistering pace. In today's era of data-centric, complex environments where the lines between business and technology are becoming increasingly blurred, organizations are moving beyond virtualization to cloud computing to meet new challenges and keep up with the pace of change. Critical investments are needed to keep companies competitive, and chief among these technologies is cloud computing. In fact, Gartner expects cloud computing to become the bulk of new IT expenditure by 2016. The bottom line is, if you're not already looking at cloud as an essential investment, you're risking your survival into the next era of computing.

The emerging cloud-based model of computing requires systems that can provide very fast response times to huge volumes of requests. And, mission critical services such as healthcare, finance, transportation, public utilities, and other industries require very high levels of availability, security and other industrial-strength capabilities. Those attributes, qualities and requirements make the mainframe the ideal platform for such mission critical cloud-based workloads...

Cloud Computing: Dropbox for Business folders can now be shared in read-only mode

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Juan Carlos Perez.

Users of Dropbox for Business will now be able to share folders with colleagues without necessarily giving them rights to edit their content. Giving users read-only access to folders hasn't been possible until now: Dropbox for Business users by default granted edit rights to the people they shared the folders with.

Dropbox makes this move as it faces heightening pressure both in the consumer and enterprise cloud storage and file share markets from rivals like Microsoft and Google. Dropbox hasn't rolled out the new feature to all of its business customers, but admins can turn it on for their users. The company plans to gather feedback from early adopters and make it broadly available later on...

Red Hat Adds Cloud-Management Certification for OpenStack Partners

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: Christopher Tozzi.

Red Hat (RHT) is introducing a new incentive for enterprises to adopt its open source OpenStack cloud computing solutions. Now, the company will certify cloud-management solutions for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The certification offering comes as part of Red Hat's OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network, which the company calls "the world's largest commercial ecosystem for OpenStack." Through the program, Red Hat will provide certifications for integrating channel partners' cloud-management products into RHEL OpenStack.

Red Hat is pitching this initiative as a way for enterprises to take full advantage of the diversity of OpenStack solutions now available on the market without having to commit to a single vendor's offerings. Instead, they will be able to adopt any of a wide range of the certified OpenStack management tools and integrate them into RHEL OpenStack...

Cloud Migration Continues Despite Unexpected Challenges

Grazed from Midsize Insider.  Author: Sue Poremba.

Cloud computing solutions may be growing in use, but a new survey of 400 global IT professionals by Enterprise Management Associates finds that cloud migration is fraught with failures and unexpected challenges. As InformationWeek reports, the survey reveals that companies are turning to cloud computing in order to keep up with technology innovations. Charles Babcock puts it simply: "The enterprise now wants the advantages of cloud computing, and IT needs to deliver." By migrating to the cloud, companies of all sizes — especially small and midsize businesses (SMBs) — are able to stay more competitive.

At the same time, however, the report adds that cloud migration appears to be overwhelming IT departments, which is leading to unexpected challenges such as monitoring and correcting problems on the fly. By not being able to meet these challenges, IT departments are seeing computing failures. "Unfortunately, many IT organizations lack the skills they need to perform these tasks," InformationWeek quotes from the report. "In part, this is because clouds represent an entirely new platform — from their pricing models to their operational metrics — and thus require entirely new expertise."...

Cloud storage viewed as a commodity, price war ignites

Grazed from TechTimes.  Author: Robert Lawson.

Cloud storage is now viewed as a commodity and the result is a bidding war between the major consumer and enterprise solutions offered by tech companies such as Google Drive, IBM SoftLayer, Dropbox, Box, Apple iCloud and Amazon Cloud Drive and Web Services (AWS/S3). 

The mantra of the day is, "it's in the cloud," a phrase that, several short years ago, would have held a completely different meaning to consumers. But because of the exponential shift in the worldwide information economy, the "consumerization of IT" has taken hold and placed a premium on value in terms of flexibility, scalability, reliability, cost and mobility...

How to recover after a cloud computing misstep

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Stacey Collet.

DreamWorks Animation knows the magic of the cloud. Since 2003, the famed studio has held its product development, design and manufacturing functions in a hybrid cloud environment, long before the storage option was even called "cloud." The cloud gives the Los Angeles-based company "massive flexibility in both human and digital capital," says DreamWorks CTO Lincoln Wallen, adding that it gives "any artist access to any movie from any site, anywhere, on any project... instantly."

It also allowed DreamWorks to move from producing one movie every 18 months to three movies a year. A blockbuster solution, no doubt. But things proved trickier when cloud options were weighed for corporate and back-office functions. In 2012, DreamWorks switched email systems from Microsoft Exchange to Gmail on the Google Apps platform to create a uniform framework for its 2,600 employees, half of whom used Linux for creating animation and the other half Microsoft tools for corporate functions...

Read more from the source @ http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/425298/how-recover-after-cloud-computing-misstep

Cloud Computing 101: How the Cloud Supports Telecommuting

Grazed from InfoTech Group. Author: Steve Saslow.

What a different world we live in than the one most of us grew up in, am I right? - Mobile technology. A wealth of information our ancestors couldn't have dreamed of at our fingertips. A computer just recently passed the Turing Test for the first time, and Google is making investments in research and development firms that aim to “cure” aging.

Unlike the brave men and women who braved the primitive Earth before us, carving out their survival wherever they stood, today's men and women can run businesses and work for corporations from the comfort of their own homes or even while moving swiftly around the planet...

Bull launches new range of bullion servers for Big Data and Cloud Computing

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Bull is launching a new range of bullion(TM) servers designed to speed up the implementation of Big Data and private Cloud infrastructures. The latest bullion systems feature a suite of leading-edge technologies for the next generation of Data Center. The bullion S servers have been developed by Bull with the aim of delivering an innovative response to the new requirements created by the massive explosion in enterprise data and the challenges of Data Center modernization and optimization.

Featuring an architecture designed to support up to 240 processing nodes and exceptional memory of up to 24TB, the bullion servers are engineered for performance and in-memory computing. Powerful, reliable and scalable, the new bullion models are designed to be the most efficient enterprise servers for Data Center optimization, information systems modernization and transforming raw data in real value for organizations...