A security researcher last month warned that cloud services can be exploited for criminal purposes. At the Black Hat security conference, Thomas Roth said he was planning to release an open source kit which will enable users to crack Wi-Fi passwords by leveraging the computing power of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud running on GPU-based servers.
1. Get smart
Before making a move into the cloud, get educated on the principles and definitions of cloud computing, advises Johan Goossens, head of NATO’s Allied Command Transformation’s (ACT) Technology & Human Factors Branch in Norfolk, Va.
"We started in the summer of 2010 with educational efforts. We got ourselves smart on the terminology, sitting down with vendor partners," he says.
Hoping to service the growing market for cloud computing systems, Oracle has packaged two file management software programs into a single integrated offering, called the Oracle Cloud File System, the company announced Monday.
Salesforce.com has named Jeff Lautenbach as senior vice president of enterprise commercial sales for the Americas. He reports to Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, executive vice president of sales and will lead Salesforce.com in its efforts to sell cloud computing to large enterprises.
A growing number of companies are set to make use of cloud computing infrastructure services in the next few years.
This is the opinion of a new report from IT analyst Gartner, which forecast the global enterprise software market will record revenue growth of 7.5 per cent in 2011 compared to last year.
Tom Eid, research vice president at Gartner, said: "The focus in the enterprise software industry is on upgrading of build-run-manage technologies to improve agility, establishing cloud computing infrastructure services and results-reporting transparency."
Companies that are planning to implement master data management procedures should plan carefully for how they want the work to proceed.
This is the opinion of Gartner research vice president John Radcliffe, who explained that it is necessary to have a strong data governance framework in place before such initiatives get underway, reports Information Age.
"Unless organisations take a holistic, business-driven approach to master data management, addressing governance and metrics requirements in particular, they risk having their master data management programmes fail," he said.