Technology Adoption

5 steps to overcome cloud insecurities

Grazed from ComputerWeek. Author: K.S.Abhiraj.

Speaking of current cloud security landscape, while security and privacy concerns gets ameliorated the way cloud gets procured yet, major concerns are amplified by re-permeterization and control over organizational assets and the potential for mismanagement of those assets. Transitioning towards public cloud involves a crisp transfer of responsibility and accountability to cloud provider over information, as well as core systems whereas the core pain area seen in today’s date in private cloud environment is the way Cloud gets procured in sync without proper security equation with an unknown security denominator.

Despite the inherent loss of control, the cloud service subscriber still requires to take the responsibility for their methodology on how to align the business operations vertically with the cloud providers architecture and near-to-perfect stratagem on how to procure and integrate with the provider, thus to avoid any security fluctuations which can exhibit an opportunity for external players to penetrate...

Cloud Computing Myths Explained: Part 2

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Richa Pokhriyal.

OWNERSHIP: Cloud would make me lose control and ownership over my data

A common feeling – I would lose control over my data. Because you are not storing your data physically with you it’s obvious to feel like this. You don’t know about the data storage, security mechanism and legal terms at the storage location (if it is a different country). Well this is actually a precaution you need to take care while negotiating SLA. Usually good cloud providers explain ownership in the service agreement and store and protect data as per your requirement and specifications. In case you don’t see this clause, you should ask your provider for the ownership clarification.

If you have a feeling of getting locked in with one vendor, simply ask for a plan in advance about the process of data and application transfer if you choose to migrate to another vendor later or back to in –house. It may sound asking about the divorce process even before engagement but to avoid any doubts you should discuss with your provider...

Cloud Savings Piling Up

Grazed from Information Management. Author: Jim Ericson.

Management consulting firm Navint Partners LLC has released a report and white paper documenting the success of cloud computing adoption when it comes to cost savings. The key finding: 90 percent of participants in a survey reported they had received 100 percent of forecasted savings when their companies adopted cloud technology.

The sampling of CIOs across North America included client and non-client executives, mostly from global organizations with more than 5,000 employees, offering a view into the ways large organizations view cloud adoption, according to Navint. Navint further engaged Robert Summers, the CIO of tax preparer Jackson Hewitt, to dig into the findings...

Survey Predicts that Cloud's Full Impact is Still About Three Years Away

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Cloud computing is poised to reshape and disrupt the way organizations use information technology, right? Ultimately, yes — but a new industry survey says it may be a few years before the disruptive effect of cloud is fully felt across the business landscape.

These are part of the conclusions of a new survey of 252 cloud users, providers, consultants and integrators jointly conducted by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and ISACA, an IT certification group. The survey finds the cloud market has not yet reached a level of maturity that will support major industry disruptions. “Instead, the survey participants believe that platform and infrastructure service offerings are still in the infancy stage of maturity, while software service offerings are just emerging from infancy and are in the early stages of market growth. The respondents estimate that it will take approximately three years for cloud platform and infrastructure services to be firmly placed within the growth stage, and at least two years for software services to reach that stage.”...

Commodity vs appliance-based cloud has split industry

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Derek Du Preez.

Whether companies should be looking to commodity-based computing for public cloud offerings or highly engineered systems has caused a split in the IT industry. This is according to Derek Wilson, managing director for Global Platforms, BT Innovate & Design, who spoke to Computerworld UK at Oracle OpenWorld this week in San Francisco.

Wilson’s comments come shortly after CEO Larry Ellison’s announcement that Oracle will be branching into infrastructure-as-a-service, which will be offered on its highly engineered systems. This approach differs to companies like Amazon Web Services, which run on commodity hardware...

Cloud Computing: Timing your move into disruptive technologies

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Nicholas D. Evans.

Cloud computing. Mobile technology. Big data. Social networks. With so many disruptive technologies on the horizon, timing your move into each can make the difference between getting ahead of the competition and falling irreparably behind. One thing that can help you gauge when to take up an emerging technology is the technology adoption life cycle. This sociological model, invented by researchers at the University of Iowa who were studying the adoption of hybrid seed corn by farmers, illustrates that adoption typically follows a bell curve, with the first adopters being the innovators, followed by the early adopters, the early majority, the late majority and finally the laggards.

It can certainly be argued that, over the course of the 20th century, technologies were adopted at a faster and faster pace. For example, the telephone took 25 years to reach 10% penetration of U.S. households, and another 39 years to reach 40%. Midcentury, |color television took 18 years (between 1954 and 1972) to reach 50% adoption by U.S. households. More recently, the smartphone needed just 10 years to reach 40% adoption by U.S. consumers, and the tablet has reached 10% penetration in less than three years...

Private cloud computing - some impeccable benefits

Grazed from Blue MauMau. Author: Andy Roberts.

Advances in virtualization and distributed computing have allowed corporate network and data centre administrators to effectively become service providers that meet the needs of their "customers" within the corporation. Marketing media that uses the words "private cloud" is designed to appeal to an organization that needs or wants more control over their data than they can get by using a third-party hosted service such as Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud or Simple Storage Service. Private cloud computing, offers a number of significant advantages, which includes lower costs, faster server deployments and higher levels of resiliency. What is often over looked is how the Private Cloud can dramatically changes the game for IT disaster recovery in terms of significantly lower costs, faster recovery times, and enhanced testability.

Before we talk about the private cloud, let's explore the challenges of IT disaster recovery for traditional server systems. Most legacy IT systems are comprised of a heterogeneous set of hardware platforms - added to the system over time - with different processors, memory, drives, BIOS, and I/O systems. In a production environment, these heterogeneous systems work as designed, and the applications are loaded onto the servers and maintained and patched over time. Offsite backups of these heterogeneous systems can be performed and safely stored at an offsite location. There are really 2 options for backing up and restoring the systems:...

Is your startup in the cloud? What about your development team?

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Editorial Staff.

The advance of cloud computing has significantly simplified the life of modern start-ups by offering all the necessary technical resources without wasting time on maintenance. This model is indeed effective. But is it possible to create an equally effective business model to offer professional “cloud” development team’s services?

Having analyzed the most common problems faced by business owners engaging offshore service providers to tackle their web development projects, QuartSoft Corp., a technological partner for many start-ups with an office headquarter in Silicon Valley highlights a few major complaints:...

The Proposed "Cloud Computing Act of 2012," and How Internet Regulation Can Go Awry

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Eric Goldman.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced a new bill, the “Cloud Computing Act of 2012” (S.3569), that purports to “ improve the enforcement of criminal and civil law with respect to cloud computing.” Given its introduction so close to the election, it’s doubtful this bill will go anywhere. Still, it provides an excellent case study of how even well-meaning legislators can botch Internet regulation.

What the Bill Does

From its 1980s origins as a law restricting hacking into government computers, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has morphed into a general-purpose federal law against trespassing on anyone else’s computers. With that breadth, the CFAA extends to a wide variety of activities, ranging from data scraping (see, e.g., EF Cultural Travel v. Explorica) to fake profiles (see, e.g., the Lori Drew prosecution related to Megan Meier’s death) to ex-employees walking out the door with competitively sensitive information (see, e.g., US v. Nosal and WEC v. Miller)...

Cloud Computing Brings a Cultural Change for Midsize IT

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Sharon Hurley Hall.

Business adoption of cloud computing is happening fast. This sector alone is predicted to outpace growth in the overall IT industry fivefold. But this brings challenges for hardware and software vendors and for the IT administrators who are using their products, says Antone Gonsalves in ReadWriteWeb. The IDC research he quotes suggests that by 2016 companies will spend $100 billion on cloud services, an annualized growth rate of 26 percent. And the SaaS market will be a huge chunk of that, accounting for 60 percent of the public cloud by 2016.

New Models for Vendors

Both software and hardware vendors will need new revenue models in this new cloud-based business environment, and that could bring benefits for IT administrators at midsize businesses. Software vendors will have to broaden their offerings beyond the Fortune 5000 to target a wider range of customers. That may lower the entry point for IT administrators looking to get into cloud services at an affordable price. (And they WILL have to get in. A Washington Technology article points out that cloud computing is no longer an optional extra, but a must-have in business.) Within the hardware business, providers that now target IT departments directly will shift to supplying the companies providing cloud services. Those companies will ramp up demand as cloud business becomes more widespread...