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7 Benefits of Cloud Computing

Even if you haven't yet signed up for cloud computing, you will most certainly have heard of it. Cloud computing means that you can upload (and download) documents to a safe space online, rather than keeping them all on your own laptop or server. You can also use cloud-based apps to make things even easier; these include accountancy apps and word processing programs. It is a much more secure way to store your important files and information, and you can access your documents from any computer or mobile device wherever you happen to be. 

If you're still unsure about using cloud computing, we've put together some of the main benefits to show you just how useful it can be. 

Cloud Licensing in Your Environs

One of the first hurdles you'll face when migrating to The Cloud is the bewildering variety of license options available. While working with financial and legal terms can be excruciating, it can also help you choose the right provider and save money for your small business. To understand Cloud licensing, use this beginner's guide to get a better feel for how software licenses work.

The Permanent License

Previously, there was a perpetual license, whereby your software was stored on a physical disk and you were allowed to use it for an unlimited period under the terms of the End User License Agreement (EULA). Think of the EULA as the rule book for software; it tells you things like how many machines the software can install, how long you could have access to free updates, and how much liability the company is willing to shoulder if something goes wrong when you use the software.

Why Data Breach Transparency Protects Business

Article Written by Avery Phillips

In a perfect world, data breaches wouldn't happen. Unfortunately, the reality is that criminals are looking for any way to exploit the cybersecurity flaws of your company. Companies using data storage methods relying on big data, the cloud, and the IoT are finding all too often that they are not bulletproof and that a data breach can bring a business to a standstill or worse. However, there is one way to lessen the blow of a data breach. 

Disclosing to your customers that a data breach has happened and exhibiting total transparency afterward isn't just ethical, it's mandated. Transparency is also the only way to get your business back on track. Being open and honest when answering customer questions about a data breach will help you to regain their trust and protect your business operations. 

Below are some ways that transparency protects your business and some tips on how to be transparent in the event of a data breach.

Bitglass 2018 Report: Cloud Security Adoption Trails Cloud Usage, Leaving Two Thirds of Organizations Vulnerable

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Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, today released the 2018 Cloud Adoption Report, its fourth such study, which examines cloud adoption in more than 135,000 organizations around the globe. The report corroborates what is now broadly apparent -  the flexibility, productivity and cost savings benefits of cloud apps have fueled widespread adoption in every industry. Surprisingly, the report finds that the adoption of cloud security technologies lags cloud adoption, leaving many at risk of a data breach. 

The report finds that while 81 percent of organizations globally now use cloud apps, just 25 percent of organizations have adopted single sign-on (SSO), which is typically the first, most basic cloud security technology implemented. SSO combined with multi-factor authentication lowers the risk of phishing and password hacks.

"Cloud adoption hits new highs year after year as organizations worldwide have come to trust platforms like Office 365 and AWS, but it is surprising to see that far fewer organizations have invested in basic technologies like SSO to protect their data in the cloud," said Rich Campagna, CMO, Bitglass. "The disparity suggests that data breaches will continue to plague organizations."

 

IGEL and Dizzion Team to Deliver Endpoint-as-a-Service

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IGEL, a world leader in endpoint management software for the secure enterprise, today announced that Dizzion, a full-service end user computing (EUC) and Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) provider, is leveraging IGEL's smart, simple and secure endpoint management solutions to deliver compliant Endpoint-as-a-Service capabilities to customers across a wide range of industries including healthcare, financial services and education.

"Many of our customers, particularly those operating within regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services, must abide by strict compliance controls and security frameworks such as HIPAA and PCI," said Rob Green, CTO, Dizzion. "One of the pieces our customers struggled with prior to IGEL was compliance at the endpoint. Now, with IGEL's software-defined endpoint management solutions, we have been able to solve that challenge and deliver the end-to-end compliance our customers require."

2nd Watch Launches Automation Frameworks for DevOps and Cloud Infrastructure

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2nd Watch announces two new services for cloud automation: the 2nd Watch Modern CI/CD Pipeline and the 2nd Watch Machine Image Factory. Both services automate core functions of DevOps style software development and cloud infrastructure management, saving companies money and time. Companies can deploy the services on AWS, Azure or multi-cloud infrastructure, leveraging technologies specific to those environments.

The 2nd Watch Modern CI/CD Pipeline helps companies automate and accelerate application code development and save up to 75 percent on traditional implementation costs. Continuous integration/delivery (CI/CD) is a key piece in the DevOps lifecycle, consisting of tools which automate the release of software throughout the entire development and QA cycle. Typically, companies create these pipelines in-house by weaving together multiple tools. Now, development teams can automate that step and leverage 2nd Watch's standard pipeline framework, which can be easily replicated for each project. By using a previously deployed and trusted pattern, this cloud native solution brings confidence to an otherwise highly complex undertaking, which can be inconsistent. The Modern CI/CD Pipeline leverages Packer, Ansible and Terraform with options for Chef or Puppet, or 2nd Watch can customize the pipeline as needed for unique requirements.

How Technology Can Help You To Engage With Your Customers

As a business owner, you know how important your customers are. Engaging with them is essential to keep them as loyal to you as possible because they all have a lot of choices. If they feel they are getting more attention from another company, they will transfer their loyalty and their money to them. 

Being able to engage well, though, is entirely different to simply engaging. You mustn't, for example, try to sell too hard, or bother your customers in any way. You should, of course, always answer questions and reply to comments. Getting the balance right when it comes to customer engagement is crucial, and technology is always a great place to start when thinking about engagement. Here are some ways to get it right. 

Rackspace Continues Build Out of Executive Team

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Rackspace announced today that Mark Bunting has been named Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Bunting joins the executive leadership team, led and built out by CEO Joe Eazor over the past year. Under Eazor's leadership, Rackspace is poised to continue its transformation as one of the industry's broadest providers of IT and professional services across applications, data, security and infrastructure. 

"I've known and worked with Mark for years and am excited to have him formally on board," said Joe Eazor, CEO, Rackspace. "His appointment to CMO, in combination with the recent additions to the Rackspace executive team, serves as a signal to the market that we're ready to drive Rackspace forward as a digital transformation leader."

 

AWS Announces Pay-per-Session Pricing for Amazon QuickSight

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Amazon Web Services announced pay-per-session pricing for Amazon QuickSight. Amazon QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered, business analytics service that makes it easy for all users within an organization-regardless of their technical skill-to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from their data. With pay-per-session pricing, any user can have read-only access to interactive, data driven dashboards in Amazon QuickSight and pay only when they've accessed these dashboards. This makes Amazon QuickSight an even more cost-effective way for customers to make personalized business analytics available to everyone, whether they have tens, hundreds, or thousands of users. Pay-per-session pricing for Amazon QuickSight dashboards starts at $0.30 per session up to a maximum of $5 per user, per month, and is available in Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition in all supported AWS regions. With pay-per-session pricing there are no upfront costs, no annual commitments, and no charges for inactive users. To get started with Amazon QuickSight, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/QuickSight.

Latest Trends in Cloud Computing Technology



Article Written by Juned Ghanchi


Cloud Computing technology has become highly popular in the recent few years, so much so that people sometimes forget that these luxuries didn't always exist. It hasn't been long ago when we used to delay work because the file was lying on our system in some other place or used to carry our USB drives, CDs, or floppy disks wherever we went. Now, however, everything has become storable, accessible, and editable on the cloud, eliminating the need for carrying hardware everywhere. 

The way in which we share information has been revolutionized with cloud. Both everyday technology users as well as the business world are enjoying the benefits of the shift. It was cloud that enabled massive open online courses (MOOCs) in 2012 that scaled organized education for the first time. Since then, the industry is growing at a rapid pace as it has much more room for growth, innovation, and development. Every industry, be it banking, education, health, agriculture, or any other business have significantly progressed as stakeholders have taken advantage of the cloud instead of setting up physical infrastructure. Let's check out the recent trends in cloud computing technology.