- 09.11 2014ArticlesA report from the Institute for Health Technology Transformation, which includes input from four provider IT leaders and a major cloud vendor, addresses the status of cloud computing along with seven takeaways that healthcare executives should know. Findings in the report along with other industry surveys “indicate that the most important concerns that healthcare organizations have about the cloud are related to security and control of data, regulatory compliance, availability, bandwidth and cost,” according to authors. “Nevertheless, it is clear that these concerns are gradually diminishing as providers begin to see the many benefits of going to the cloud." Read More ➚
- 09.11 2014ArticlesThe last few years have seen a definite explosion of interest in cloud computing solutions for businesses of all sizes, to the point of cloud storage wars bringing down the price and ever increasing data storage. However, while cloud computing offers several distinct advantages for small to medium sized businesses, some business owners have been hesitant to consign all of their company’s important data to a public storage medium. Still, the advantages of cloud computing are hard to ignore... Read More ➚
- 09.05 2014ArticlesWorking in the information security field, I obviously hear a lot about the cloud and its many security implications. There are definitely valid security concerns associated with cloud computing, but isn't the entire industry of information security based on the concept of securing information – no matter where it resides? Security professionals need to accept the cloud as simply another platform that must be secured in order to protect information. Working with a variety of businesses, I have learned that each takes its own approach to embracing cloud solutions. While there are obviously some similarities between cloud acceptance and organization type, corporate culture seems to be the larger variable in play for the adoption of cloud... Read More ➚
- 09.04 2014ArticlesAs data is increasingly stored and managed in the cloud, more businesses are considering moving their business intelligence (BI) to the cloud as well. Many midsize businesses and enterprises may have been holding off on shifting these kinds of mission-critical operations to a cloud-based solution, but at this point the benefits far outweigh the risks and IT managers cannot afford to have their business be one of the few remaining holdouts... Read More ➚
- 09.04 2014ArticlesCloud storage options are quickly emerging as one of the most popular, and efficient methods of storing important data that you simply couldn’t bear to lose. Even though the concept of cloud storage has been around for a significant period of time now, many people still do not understand what it entails. Many small businesses struggle with making the step to this alternate form of storage, as they feel unsure about whether or not it is a safe solution to keeping their data secure. They wonder whether they can depend on software that has not been locally stored in their computer to provide them with the data they need, and whether it is possible to rely on firms from other parts of the world to keep their information safe. The truth is, cloud storage provides many businesses for small, to medium sized companies... Read More ➚
- 09.04 2014ArticlesFor small business owners watching the use of cloud computing accelerating around them, it can be easy to simply jump onto the bandwagon. However, cloud computing in the SMB sector is still cautious of moving wholesale to these hosted services, which is why a hybrid approach has become highly popular. The RightScale 'State of the Cloud' report 2014 states: "Although the use of cloud is a given, enterprises often have different strategies for adopting cloud that incorporate varying combinations of public, private, and hybrid cloud infrastructure. Enterprises have multiple choices when it comes to cloud architecture because multiple cloud vendors are ready to provide services."... Read More ➚
- 08.27 2014ArticlesBy now, you've probably read more than you ever thought you would about how the Internet works under the hood. We've seen Netflix and Comcast grapple over how much it should cost to send you episodes of "Orange is the New Black." We've seen federal regulators try to unpack that dispute by looking at the market for interconnection — that middle-mile part of the Internet that delivers Web content to your broadband provider, who then passes it along to your computer. We've seen a big debate about whether interconnection should be subject to the same net neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission wants to apply to the last mile of the Web. The interconnection market might be complicated and opaque to most of us, but it's a vital part of our Internet experience — which makes a new blog post by the networking company Cloudflare so illuminating. Cloudflare is one of a number of companies that move data to and fro across the Web. Because so many other networks connect to it, the company has a good vantage point from which to observe global Internet traffic flows. And what it finds is that more companies in North America pay for interconnection than in almost any other region of the world... Read More ➚
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