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Assessing the Risks of Migrating Your Offering to the Cloud
Assessing the Risks of Migrating Your Offering to the Cloud
by Ian Gotts
The numbers make the point. Migrating from the traditional on-premise model to cloud computing is a painful journey and costs you money. A story brings it to life: Looking at the resignation letter on my desk, I don’t understand how we got it so wrong. He was our top salesman and was the most vocal about offering a cloud solution alongside our existing product. And now he’s joining our biggest competitor, which hasn’t even considered the cloud. Why?
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Your Cloud Availability: 98%, 99.99% or 99.9999%?
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at i am OnDemand

We discussed my belief that the nines (99.99…%) are still marketing than the real deal today - What do you think? The market and tools used to measure your uptime immature or do not really exist. The concept of availability in the cloud is determined by the level of responsibility and liability that the vendors have for their customers. These notions include the ability to monitor, proactively fix and maintain continuous communication with users, giving them clear and genuine visibility into what exactly is going on and when the system is expected to return to normal. It is also necessary, here, to define the concept of downtime. At a very basic level, it is when the system is not available. However, the more precise answer depends on the criticality of specific features and components of an application or service.


Data Privacy and Compliance in the Cloud Preview PDF
Gerry Grealish - Vice President, Marketing & Products at PerspecSys

An in-depth report on how cloud data encryption and tokenization satisfy industry mandates and legal regulations associated with protecting sensitive data in cloud SaaS applications. Read More: http://www.perspecsys.com/resources/resource-center/knowledge-series/data-privacy-compliance-in-the-cloud/


Data Control and Data Residency – Consider Your Options Carefully When Planning the Move to the Cloud
Gerry Grealish - Vice President, Marketing & Products at PerspecSys

The benefits associated with adoption of the cloud are well documented and understood. Organizations cite tremendous cost savings, fast deployment times and streamlined application support & maintenance when compared to traditional on-premise software deployments. So what is holding many companies back from adopting the cloud? Read more: http://www.perspecsys.com/data-control-and-data-residency-consider-your-options-carefully-when-planning-the-move-to-the-cloud/


Beyond PCI - Exploring Tokenization for Cloud Data Protection
Gerry Grealish - Vice President, Marketing & Products at PerspecSys

Tokenization has a long history in the payment card industry as a standard approach for the protection of payment card information. Well-established industry standards for tokenization are published by the PCI Security Standards Council as part of the PCI DSS (data security standard). More recently, a category of solutions called cloud data protection gateways has emerged to address the data residency, security and privacy compliance needs of organizations seeking to adopt public cloud technology, and tokenization is commonly offered – in addition to encryption – as core functionality in these solutions. In this one-hour session, Coalfire, a leading PCI QSA, FedRAMP 3PAO, and HITRUST CSF Assessor will join PerspecSys to: Highlight recent findings from a Coalfire perspective report on the top risks associated with the cloud, Explain the use of tokenization to protect cloud application data, exploring its strengths and highlighting practical deployment considerations, Share key evaluation criteria when assessing possible solutions.


Loud in the Cloud
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

Learn how SuccessFactors customers achieved measurable results--download this free booklet.


Summary of Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing (NIST-December 2011)
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

Summary of Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing (NIST-December 2011) NIST has discussed following things: -Benefits and drawbacks of public cloud services from a security and privacy perspective. -Key security and privacy issues in public cloud computing and precautions -Guidance on addressing security and privacy issues.


Can Clouds Plug the Ozone Hole?
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Director of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

Environmental protection has been a major concern over the past few years… and if it hasn’t been an issue for us, it probably should be. In any case, as an IT analyst it is important to know where we fit in and scrutinize our contribution to the environment from an analytical perspective, leaving all subjectivity aside.


10 Cloud Computing Uses, Day 1: Agriculture and Irrigation
Patrick Pushor - CTO & Founder at CloudChronicle.com

Cloud computing can help farmers automate their business processes, gain efficiency through "just-in-time" resource utilization, and provide a path of least resistance for expansion.


Hybrid Cloud Computing
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

Hybrid means a thing made by combining two different elements; a mixture. A hybrid cloud is a composition of at least one private cloud and at least one public cloud WHERE organization provides and manages some resources in-house and has others provided externally AND remains unique entities but is bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability.


The Pop-Up Cloud
Joey Widener - Sr. Product Evangelist at AT&T Hosting & Cloud Services

How the cloud can support your limited life application needs!


Your application would be a GREAT FIT in the Cloud if...
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Director of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

3 Reasons why your application would be a great fit in the cloud. Even if your application does not satisfy these conditions, we offer alternative ways for you to gain from the benefits of Cloud.


Your application may NOT YET be ready for the Public Commodity Cloud if...
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Manager of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

This article highlights 5 reasons why your application may not yet be ready for the Public Commodity Cloud, and subsequently provides alternatives in the Enterprise Cloud space that solves these issues.


Hybrid Cloudonomics - Part 2
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Auther at I Am OnDemand.com

The first part of Weinman’s lecture discussing the basic “go to the cloud” and demonstrating cloud environments’ loads of different corporations’ web applications. In this part we will bring 6 scenarios presented by Weinman, each includes a brief analysis and proof of its cost and benefits.


Cloud Savings Breakdown
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Manager of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

Breakdown of cost savings per month - across public cloud options and private cloud. Average savings amount to approximately 58% per month...


Hybrid Cloudonomics: a Lecture by Joe Weinman - Part 1
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Auther at I Am OnDemand.com
Joe Weinman - VP, Strategic Solution Sales at AT&T Inc

Joe Weinman is well known in the cloud computing community as the founder of Cloudonomics. Presenting complex simulation tools, Weinman characterizes the sometimes counterintuitive business, financial, and user experience benefits of cloud computing including its on-demand, pay-per-use and other buisness aspects. Last month I had the pleasure of participating in Weinman’s webinar. Weinman discussed several interesting points which I would like to share with you.


Does Cloud = Savings?
Paula Klein - Editor and Community Manager at Smart Enterprise Exchange

Will your business lower costs by using cloud services? That seems to be a key bottom-line question that CIOs — and their bosses — want to know. Why then is it so hard to get a simple answer?


Cloud Customers Must Understand Weak Points
Charles Babcock - Author & Editor-at-Large at Information Week

A panel of cloud computing advocates met the issue of the recent Amazon Web Services and Sony Playstation Network outages head on Wednesday at Interop 2011 in Las Vegas, a UBM TechWeb event.


There's More than One Cloud in the Sky!
Joey Widener - Sr. Product Evangelist at AT&T Hosting & Cloud Services

Due to recent, and highly publicized, outages, there has been much commentary about the “validity” of the cloud. On the flip side, there’s been some great commentary on how such outages can be minimized significantly by leveraging the cloud.


3 dirty little cloud computing secrets
David Linthicum - Author & Founder at Blue Mountain Labs

Every overhyped technology has good and bad aspects. The trouble is that few are willing to fill you in on the bad aspects. Doing so is often met with several dozen rounds of being called a hater. Cloud computing is no exception. Here are the three major cloud computing secrets: 1. Some public cloud computing providers are falling and will fail. 2. Public clouds don't always save you money. 3. Using clouds can get you fired.


The Underappreciated Benefits of Clouds
Dustin Amrhein - Technical Evangelist, WebSphere Emerging Technologies at IBM

I am a little fascinated at the preponderance of focus the industry sometimes puts on the cloud attribute of elasticity. Sure, it is important, and in fact, a necessary attribute to truly consider something a cloud. It also makes for cool reading in case studies where companies have successfully harnessed elasticity in the cloud to reap business value. However, in my experience with enterprise users, many would benefit from a couple of less sexy, but equally important attributes of cloud: standardization and automation.


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IBM Cloud Executive Roundtable
Erich Clementi - General Manager, Enterprise Initiatives at IBM

How can moving to a cloud computing environment help your business? And what is the future potential for cloud computing? IBM cloud computing executives, Ric Telford, Maria Azua, and Erich Clementi, share their vision for cloud computing in this round table discussion.


Security and Cloud Computing: Can They Really Coexist?
Paula Klein - Editor and Community Manager at Smart Enterprise Exchange
Timothy Chou - Strategic Advisor at Cloudbook.net

Experts and IT executives discussed how businesses can truly achieve a level of security that will satisfy the skeptics in the organization and also protect sensitive corporate, customer, and business partner data in a distributed environment. View the panel discussion with Timothy Chou, Arnold Felberbaum, Chief IT Security and Compliance Officer at Reed Elsevier, Joseph A. Puglisi, former V.P. and CIO, EMCOR Group; Kurt Rao, Corporate VP, Information Technology Services, Time Warner; Oswin Deally, Senior Director, Enterprise Security Operations, Liberty Mutual; Gijo Mathew, VP, Security Product Marketing, CA Technologies, and Elizabeth Butwin Mann, CISO, Mycroft.


Cloud Computing Security Risks; Private and Public Clouds
Drew Bartkiewicz - CEO of CloudInsure at CyberRiskPartners, LLC

Cloud computing security issues are at the top of every cloud user's mind. Network professionals need to understand the scope of cloud computing security risks, and how threats should be handled. In this video, senior site editor Rivka Little sits down with Drew Bartkiewicz, CEO of CyberRiskPartners. Bartkiewicz discusses the most prevalent security risks when it comes to public and private clouds, such as how other cloud users are compromised when it comes to public clouds. Bartkiewicz also addresses how cloud providers are addressing these cloud security issues in a public model vs. private model, compiling threat profiles based on the size of the cloud infrastructure


Minds for Sale
Jonathan Zittrain - Professor of Law & Co-Founder & Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Jonathan Zittrain reprises his popular Minds for Sale talk at Harvard Law School. He presents the potential dark side of cloud labor, discusses how cloud computing is not just for computing anymore, and takes questions from the Harvard Law School Alumni Community.


The CIO of Stratus on Why Cloud
Joe Graves - CIO at Stratus Technologies, Inc

The CIO at Stratus, Joe Graves, discusses how he transformed his cost infrastructure while increasing delivery to businesses using cloud computing.


Uncovering Value in The Cloud and On Your Desktop
Chris Capossela - SVP, Information Worker Product Management Group at Microsoft Corporation

Uncovering Value in The Cloud and On Your Desktop. From Forrester's IT Forum 2009.


World Economic Forum (Dubai)
Drew Bartkiewicz - CEO of CloudInsure at CyberRiskPartners, LLC

CEO of CyberRiskPartners, LLC discusses the global impacts of the Internet and the implications for shared risk, self-governance, and the future of data privacy.


The Director of the National Business Center on Cloud Computing
Company Profile: Department of the Interior National Business Center (NBC)

The Director of the National Business Center, Doug Bourgeois, discusses the service level benefits of Cloud Computing, security in the cloud, and governance and readiness.


Competition, On Premise Cost Comparison & the Next Big Thing for NetSuite
Zach Nelson - President & CEO at NetSuite Inc

Zach Nelson on Competition, On Premise Cost Comparison & the Next Big Thing for NetSuite


The Web as Random Acts of Kindness
Jonathan Zittrain - Professor of Law & Co-Founder & Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Cybersecurity Expert and Social theorist, Jonathan Zittrain, explains how the Internet is held together by millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.


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Data Privacy and Compliance in the Cloud Preview PDF
Gerry Grealish - Vice President, Marketing & Products at PerspecSys

An in-depth report on how cloud data encryption and tokenization satisfy industry mandates and legal regulations associated with protecting sensitive data in cloud SaaS applications. Read More: http://www.perspecsys.com/resources/resource-center/knowledge-series/data-privacy-compliance-in-the-cloud/


Loud in the Cloud
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

Learn how SuccessFactors customers achieved measurable results--download this free booklet.


Measuring the Business Benefits of Today's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Solutions
Jeff Kaplan - Founder & Managing Director at THINKstrategies, Inc

In 2009, THINKstrategies launched the Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Award program to recognize SaaS companies who are offering solutions which deliver measurable business benefits for their customers. Since the BoSS Award program was launched, there have been over sixty (60) award winners ranging from well-known brand-name companies to little known niche players. This report is a compilation of the BoSS Award winners. It clearly illustrates the tangible benefits which today’s SaaS solutions are delivering to organizations of all sizes across nearly every industry. These stories also demonstrate why the SaaS market is growing rapidly and fundamentally changing the nature of the software industry. Go to http://www.saas-showplace.com/bestofshowplaceawards.html to learn more about the BoSS Awards program, apply for an Award, or read about the latest Award winners.


Dispelling the Data Security and Privacy Myths About Cloud-Based, Software-as-a-Service CRM Solutions
Jeff Kaplan - Founder & Managing Director at THINKstrategies, Inc

The convergence of a series of major macro-market trends has sparked the emergence of a new generation of powerful and cost-effective, web-based solutions which are quickly becoming viable alternatives to traditional, on-premise software and systems, such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Cloud Computing. Yet, despite the growing examples of organizations gaining tangible and measurable business benefits from SaaS solutions, many corporate decision-makers are apprehensive about adopting these cloud-based services because of concerns regarding data privacy. They are particularly concerned about using services delivered by U.S.-based providers because of the ominous language contained in the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act, commonly referred to as the U.S.A. Patriot Act. THINKstrategies believes these risks have been overly exaggerated and raise unfair questions about doing business with U.S.-based companies. Ironically, companies who avoid contracting with leading U.S. SaaS providers may be at greater risk of data privacy breaches by continuing to rely on traditional, on-premise software applications and locally hosted servers. This whitepaper examines the myths and realities of SaaS/Cloud Computing, the U.S.A. Patriot Act, and data privacy, with a focus on the CRM arena. It also recommends reasonable approaches to overcome common corporate concerns so businesses can fully capitalize on the potential benefits of SaaS/Cloud Computing.


Top Threats to Cloud Computing PDF
Company Profile: Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)

The purpose of this document is to provide needed context to assist organizations in making educated risk management decisions regarding their cloud adoption strategies. In essence, this threat research document should be seen as a companion to "Security Guidance for Critical Areas in Cloud Computing". As the first deliverable in the CSA's Cloud Threat Initiative, this document will be updated regularly to reflect expert consensus on the probable threats which customers should be concerned about.


Shedding Light on Cloud Computing - a Primer PDF
Gregor Petri - Advisor for Lean IT & Cloud Computing at CA Technologies

This Primer provides a structured overview of what cloud computing is and what the potential benefits and risks are. In addition it explores how cloud computing will impact IT management and IT’s role in the organization as a service provider.


Trends in Electrical Efficiency in Computer Performance PDF
Jonathan G Koomey - Independent Researcher at Jonathan Koomey Independent Researcher

Intel and Microsoft funded a series of peer-reviewed research papers that assess the energy and environmental impacts of information technology in several unique cases. This research is on the long term trends in the electrical efficiency of computation, which implies that mobile devices will rapidly become much more power-efficient and ubiquitous. The energy efficiency of computation has doubled about every 1.6 years since 1945 with remarkable consistancy - a trend that has important implications for mobile computing technologies.


The Energy and Climate Change Impacts of Different Music Delivery Methods PDF
Jonathan G Koomey - Independent Researcher at Jonathan Koomey Independent Researcher

Intel and Microsoft funded a series of peer-reviewed research papers that assess the energy and environmental impacts of information technology in several unique cases. This research compares the energy and CO2 emissions associated with downloading music to those from buying a physical CD, concluding that downloading music yields 40-80% reductions compared to buying a CD. These findings demonstrate one concrete example of effectively using technology for improved environmental outcomes, i e, the benefits of dematerialization using IT.


Server Energy Efficiency Implications on Large Scale Datacenters PDF
Jonathan G Koomey - Independent Researcher at Jonathan Koomey Independent Researcher

Intel and Microsoft funded a series of peer-reviewed research papers that assess the energy and environmental impacts of information technology in several unique cases. Trends in servers are pushing cloud computing providers and in-house data center operators to restructure their organizations, eliminate misplaced incentives, increase capital utilization, and change the ways they specify and purchase equipment.


An Essential Guide to Possibilities and Risks of Cloud Computing PDF
Maria Spinola - Cloud Computing Researcher, Copywriter, Evangelist & Advisor at Independent

A Pragmatic, Effective and Hype-Free Approach for Strategic Enterprise Decision Making. Cloud Computing is quite possibly the hottest, most discussed and often misunderstood concept in information technology (IT) today. Cloud Computing proposes to transform the way IT is deployed and managed, promising reduced implementation, maintenance costs and complexity, while accelerating innovation, providing faster time-to-market, and the ability to scale high-performance applications and infrastructures on demand. The goal of this papr is to provide a realistic perspective of the possibilities, benefits and risks of Cloud Computing, what to look for, what to avoid, and also some tips and best practices on implementation, architecture and vendor management strategies. It is important to consider all those aspects before you decide either to move or not to move your systems, applications, and/or data to the "Cloud", in a "hype free" approach.


The Financial Value of On-Demand IT Services
Vernon Palango - ITSM Consulting & Training Principle at InteQ

The economic downturn experienced nationwide has tightened budgets and forced organizations to re-evaluate and streamline their solutions. The recent introduction of SaaS within the IT Service Desk space has enabled a tremendous opportunity for organizations of all sizes to implement a cost-effective, yet comprehensive, help desk application. This whitepaper discusses the ways in which On-Demand IT Services allow organizations to reap financial value from their IT department.


Study Tour 2008: The Consumerization of Enterprise IT: Choices and Risks in Moving to the Cloud
Doug Neal - Research Fellow, Executive Programme at CSC Leading Edge Forum

The value of cunsumerized services, available to anyone, delivered from 'the cloud', is no longer in doubt. Millions of people and thousands of businesses are already on board. It is no longer a matter of if you will make use of them, but of when and for what.


Rackspace Green Survey PDF
Lanham Napier - President & CEO at Rackspace Hosting, Inc

Learn more about the perceptions that our business customers have regarding environmental issues and the impact of IT on climate change.


Study Tour 2007: Green IT: New Competencies for the 21st Century IT Leaders
Doug Neal - Research Fellow, Executive Programme at CSC Leading Edge Forum

In today's economy, few predictions seem more certain than the increasing need for more environmentally friendly business and technology strategies. Forward-thinking organizations are already preparing for the many challenges and opportunities of this new Corporate Social Responsibility frontier.


Estimating Total Power Consumption by Servers in the U.S. and the World PDF
Jonathan G Koomey - Independent Researcher at Jonathan Koomey Independent Researcher

The amount of electricity used by servers and other Internet infrastructure has become an important issue in recent years as demands for new Internet services (like music downloads, video-on-demand, and Internet telephony) have become more widespread. One of the weaknesses in the literature on data center electricity use has been the lack of credible estimates of the aggregate power used by all servers and associated equipment in the U.S. and the world. The data on the floor area and power densities of data centers are anecdotal and limited by the proprietary nature of such data in most companies. Data on the installed base of servers are also closely held by the companies who track it, and server technology continues to change rapidly, necessitating constant updates to measurements of power used by particular server models.


Preparing for the real costs of cloud computing
By: Bob Violino
Computerworld - At a cloud computing conference in New York in June, a number of speakers pointed out that the cloud is moving past the hype stage and is beginning to deliver tangible benefits to organizations. These improvements include increased flexibility and agility. But moving to the cloud can also mean added costs, some of which might be unexpected, according to IT executives whose organizations have implemented cloud services or are considering them.
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Government cyber dangers – threats from the cloud and large suppliers
By: John Reid
Government responses to cyber attacks have been reactive and fragmentary. With no clear authority to mandate better security, the importance of cyber issues will only increase in the move to cloud computing
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Cloud Computing and Clean Energy
By: Bill Opalka
Could wind and solar power be used to power a distributed network of data centers connected by fiber-optic cable that would bypass the transmission grid? Researchers in New York are trying to find out, with a public-private partnership of business and academia that wants to power the “cloud computing” networks with servers that rely on wind or solar-generated electricity.
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The 4 biggest threats facing the cloud
By: JP Mangalindan
Cloud computing is clearly here to stay. But these factors could make the transition a bumpy one.
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Cloud development: 9 gotchas to know before you jump in
By: Bob Violino
Whether developing, testing, or deploying your apps in the cloud, you have to unlearn some beliefs and learn new ones to make it work
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Cloud computing and Internet use suck energy, emit CO2, says Greenpeace
By: Tiffany Hsu
Clicking on all those viral videos, chain emails, celebrity tweets and paparazzi photos online sucks up enough energy to rank the Internet –- if it were a country -– fifth in the world for electricity use. That’s more power than Russia uses, according to a new report about cloud-computing from Greenpeace.
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How Dirty is your Data
By: Gary Cook, Jodie Van Horn
Information Technology (IT) is disruptive. Largely for the better, IT has disrupted the way we travel, communicate, conduct business, produce, socialise and manage our homes and lives. This disruptive ability has the potential to reduce our dependence on dirty energy and make society cleaner, more efficient and powered renewably. But as we applaud the positive, visible impacts and measurable, game- changing potential of IT, we also need to pay attention to what’s behind the curtain.
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Risk Management in Cloud Computing
By: Sri Prakash
n a troubled economy, cloud computing seems like a great cost saving alternative and it is. Whether in good times or bad, any pragmatic cost saving measure is a 'good' measure.
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Cisco's New Data Center Offers Cloud Capabilities, Green IT
By: Jeffrey Burt
Cisco Systems is opening a new data center that is going to take on multiple roles for the networking giant, from acting as a showcase for its wide-ranging data center technologies to driving down costs through its multiple environmentally-friendly features.
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How can 'cloud computing' benefit small businesses?
By: Steve Ball
Many people are predicting that 2011 will be the year that cloud computing goes mainstream. A key technology trend of the past few years, analyst firm Gartner has now predicted that cloud computing will be one of the top ten strategic technologies in 2011. Here Steve Ball (details below) looks at why small and growing businesses should embrace the cloud, and how it can help revolutionise their IT:
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Businesses adopting cloud computing for increased flexibility?
By: Staff
Flexibility is the main driver for businesses looking to make the switch to cloud computing. That is according to research conducted by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), which found 53 per cent of respondents to a survey of 450 senior IT and business decision makers cited it as the main reason to introduce the changes.
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The Real Cloud Imperative Is Greater Simplicity
By: Charles Babcock
I saw the look of consternation on some faces: Doesn't cloud computing involve a lot more complexity? Haven't we already managed to create too much complexity on our own, without your assistance? And you're advising us to adopt more -- just so we can call it cloud computing?
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Computing in the 'Clouds' Offers Conveniences
By: Sandy Berger
In our fast-moving world of technology, common words sometimes take on new meanings. Apples and blackberries used to be fruits. Now they are also a type of computer and mobile phone. To back up used to mean to go backward. Now it means to make a copy of your data.
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How cloud computing can reduce your carbon footprint
By: Robert Jaques
he cloud computing paradigm is sending shock waves throughout the IT world as companies and organisations of all sizes across all vertical sectors wake up to the potential benefits of the cloud.
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Help - my desktop in the cloud has evaporated!
By: David Cartwright
If everything is in the cloud, desktop and apps, then what does support do for a living and what are the new set of challenges this presents? On the face of it, cloud computing solves a lot of problems. Centralised computing, ease of management and update, a managed service approach that reduces the need for in-house expertise … the list of advantages goes on and on.
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Doing business in the clouds
By: Otilia Haraga
Cloud computing has a couple of aces up its sleeve, both for large companies and SMEs. First, it has the advantage of scalability, letting companies control their computing power and pay only for what they use. Secondly, it allows infrastructure outsourcing, which can relieve users of IT administration burdens. This makes cloud computing no longer just a prophecy but a reality to which both IT providers and consumers are adjusting. However, concerns remain regarding the confidentiality of data stored in the cloud.
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Three major risks of Cloud computing
By: Chloe Herrick
IT professionals looking to place data in the Cloud should be aware of three major risks, including data leakage, the loss of visibility or control of the data, and unauthorised access to data, according to global services firm Ernst and Young. The firm’s senior manager, Pieter Danhieux, told attendees of IDC’s Cloud for Business Conference 2011 that while Cloud service providers are often talking about scalability, availability, cost reductions, efficiency and effectiveness, they had not addressed Cloud security as a business enabler.
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Managing Your Cloud Computing Risks
By: Joseff Betancourt
I’ll be the first to admit that I love cloud computing platforms, i.e., Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). To be honest about it, I’m utterly addicted to them. I use Basecamp HQ for a lot of my project planning and tracking, to host my business e-mail accounts using the Gmail enterprise systems and to have a few sandboxes on Amazon AWS S3 and AWS CloudFront. So I’m not one to be calling the kettle black.
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Salesforce.com: Less Carbon, New Features and 'The Facebook Imperative'
By: Samara Lynn
On Wednesday, Salesforce.com held its Cloudforce 2011 event in New York. The keynote, given by chief executive Marc Benioff, detailed Salesforce.com's successes including its impact on improving the environment and the company's overall strategy, which he deemed "The Facebook Imperative." In addition, Benioff advised businesses to realign their computing mindset to a mobile one and announced several new Salesforce.com features. Benioff stressed how by using Salesforce.com, thousands of customers have been able to reduce their carbon footprint by not having to deploy and run hardware in their local datacenters. For Benioff, cloud computing means energy efficiency.
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Cloud Computing Won't Boost Productivity Much, Study Suggests
By: Gary Kim
Cloud computing represents part of the next great wave of computing architecture, many would argue. But the big benefits likely will come in the area of computing costs, rather than productivity gains for small and large businesses.
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