Companies that are planning to employ cloud computing solutions at their organisation should be looking to work with a vendor who can reassure them over various compliance issues.
According to Computerworld commentator Bernard Golden, meeting legal and regulatory requirements should be a central focus for cloud computing vendors, with the issue forming part of the provisioning process.
Few people would argue against the efficacy of open, interoperable systems. And yet market forces being what they are, a fully open IT universe has forever been hopelessly out of reach.
But as virtualization and cloud technology continue to encroach on isolated, proprietary infrastructure, are we approaching an era in which openness is not only desirable, but necessary?
Companies that neglect to implement a suitable data management strategy for their needs could be heading for disaster, according to one commentator.
A contributor to Business News Daily made the statement, adding that storing information on a central server is a great way to exert control over what is retained.
Such a set up could be ideal for organisations that "employs robust security", while the cost of such an arrangement is low, especially when compared with the costs required a few years ago.
NASA has put its Shared Services Center website into a secure government cloud to reduce call center inquiries and improve operational efficiencies.
NSSC is running live within RightNow Technologies’ Secure Government Cloud, which meets Federal Information Security Management Act and National Institute of Standards and Technology moderate security compliance levels, according to RightNow officials.
NASA Shared Services Center, located at the Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi, offers financial management, human resources, information technology and procurement services to NASA and its centers.
Egress Software Technologies, an innovator in secure collaboration, announced today a technology partnership with SaaS provider MXSweep to incorporate email encryption into their service portfolio. With over 3,000 customers in 16 countries across the globe, MXSweep provides an extensive range of on-demand security services that includes email security, email content control & compliance, email disaster recovery, email & file archiving, and web and mobile security.
Arun Chandrasekaran, research director for Frost & Sullivan’s Asia-Pacific ICT practice, told ZDNet Asia in an e-mail the "cloud has the potential to shift manpower requirements from blue-collar IT workers to white-collar IT workers".
As it looks to improve companies’ daily business interactions and effectiveness, IBM has announced new partnerships with SugarCRM and Ariba, as well as increased adoption of LotusLive public cloud services.
IBM also announced that the Australian Bureau of Statistics, C&D Foods, Crawford & Co., the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, General Milling, General Motors Components Holdings, and the Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australia will benefit from its cloud initiatives.
Companies looking for ways in which to reduce their outgoings could do well to reduce the number of files they have stored on central servers using a data deduplication solution.
A blogger for the Register has suggested corporate information such as employee contracts and pensions advice is just one area in which an organisation can vastly reduce the number of individual copies that are stored.
However, a deduplication solution could yield "spectacular results" on backup data, which is often replicated on a weekly or even daily basis.
Each time a new version of Windows is released, many computer users find that their hardware is suddenly outdated. For cash-strapped schools, upgrading to the latest hardware with each major software release is simply impossible. A New York startup called NeverWare is offering a possible solution—a server that lets even decade-old PCs upgrade to the latest Windows 7 operating system.