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At the enterprise level, more and more employees are using mobile devices to read email, access calendars, and access databases. Apps running on mobile devices can access back-end corporate software and data residing on the cloud. Security, Mobile application development and Mobile device management are important aspect for creating a mobile cloud environment. Identity management also needs to be extended to mobile devices.

2 years, 1 month ago on Managing Mobile Devices Connecting To The Cloud

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RightScale study (http://onforb.es/MGFn2s) found that more than half of the IT leaders who plan to include a private cloud option choose open source private cloud solutions. Among those, 41 percent plan to go with open source-based private cloud options such as CloudStack, OpenStack or Eucalyptus. With open source clouds, organizations are building more cost-effective cloud solutions that can compete

with vendor provided private and public clouds offerings.

2 years, 1 month ago on Cloud Computing Turns Your Projects Into Open Source Experiments

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The shift to give customers a usage software-pricing model for software consumed in the cloud can eliminate over-priced software package. Rationally, a company starts paying for consulting before even buying the software and also pay throughout the life cycle of the product. Once software is deployed, vendor again charges for support, upgrades and maintenance for years to come. According to a study, the total cost of services for selection, implementation, maintenance and support ranges from 40% to 100% of the cost of software. Implementation costs for cloud products can reduce the cost to 20 percent less for on-premises software. Cloud apps are multi-tenant, so same software and costs are

shared by customers. Cloud providers don’t also charge for maintenance and support.

2 years, 1 month ago on The Cloud Effect: A Dent In Traditional Software Pricing

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Businesses need to think how they want to deal with outage risks. At first companies kept mission critical processes in house. They can also adopt a multi-cloud operating model. Spreading their resources over several sites and sometimes several providers, ensure that if a power failure brings one data center, other still can work.

2 years, 1 month ago on The Effects Of The Amazon Web Services Outages

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Cloud will get improved Infrastructure with resilience, flexibility for SMEs. This flexibility paired with the resilience makes cloud computing a compelling answer to many disaster continuity problems. In addition, it gives options for SaaS, software, appliances, or managed service-levels, ease and flexibility of deployment and strong security and virtualisation solutions. Cloud computing also allows SMEs to only pay for the computing power they use with the ability to scale requirements up or down as needed.

2 years, 1 month ago on Top Trends In Cloud Computing For SMEs

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Cybercriminals are always one step ahead of the latest developments in Internet and cloud computing is no exception. The threat is based on the ability of these cyber criminals to infiltrate networks and cloud providers, with most venerable are registration and validation processes, and credit card fraud. Other likes, by sharing technologies you are sharing risk too. Virtualization is the example as it allows multiple companies (eg clients of a cloud provider) share resources and applications over a single piece of hardware. In addition, you can not always trust the cloud provider's employees.

2 years, 1 month ago on Top Threats For Cloud Computing

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One more aspect of ROI is the adoption of open source based cloud services. According to the Future of Open Source Survey, 40 percent of significant technology innovations from new projects in open source are cloud-based. The survey says there were 10,000 new mobile open source projects started in 2011, up from 4 000 in 2010 and half of the respondents say that at least 75% of the computer code used in their organizations is open source code. This significantly saves cost on licensing and the renew of licensing.

2 years, 1 month ago on ROI (Return on Investment) From Cloud Computing

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Ease vs. Control, Interoperability, SLA, end-to-end performance optimization, security, privacy, pricing and scalability will be the next de-facto for future cloud providers. We can expect that cloud technology will go beyond and play a multiplication of cloud capabilities role in both the virtual and the real world.

2 years, 1 month ago on Cloud 2012: What to Expect in the Latter Six Months

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 I agree that cost will be main driving factor. Companies can significantly reduce operating costs for maintenance of their data centers. The content of highly skilled workers on a permanent basis in the company is costly and often not the optimal approach to the maintenance of existing infrastructure. For small data centers, cost is significant because despite the relatively small size of the data center, the complexity of the technologies remains high. Clients who use data-center outsourcing primarily interested in a guaranteed level of availability, that is, availability of equipment. This trend of technology forces companies to reduce costs and improve service quality to abandon the traditional model of its own infrastructure. It can be noted that outsourcing services are focused not only on technical support and maintenance of infrastructure, but also the ability to assist companies to restore the health system after the accident.

2 years, 1 month ago on In-House Or Outsource – Your Data Center Infrastructure?

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Certainly nice points! Very well documented Balaji. The majority of business-critical applications continue to rely on access to a fast storage. For these applications, any delay in access can greatly affect the results. For this reason, it is vital to the business to consider the cloud back up and storage for many data processing applications.

2 years, 1 month ago on 7 Reasons Why You Need To Move From Archival Tapes To Cloud Backup Solutions

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The movement may be a surprise to observers of Microsoft, which has traditionally seen itself as a platform built around the huge success of Windows. But certainly, it is good news both for Microsoft and Linux. Microsoft will receive dividends from such cooperation with Canonical. But with its Azure cloud, Microsoft is facing another competitor, Amazon Web Services, which offers Linux distributions like Ubuntu Canonical and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

2 years, 1 month ago on The Odd Couple: Microsoft And Ubuntu Work It Out In The Cloud

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Most recent studies also favor cloud computing adoption for SMBs. According to the results of IDC’s latest cloud survey (http://bit.ly/L4q2aW), SMBs are benefitting from cloud computing and mobile processing. The survey says technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility, combined with a sound plan and comprehensive security and data protection solutions enable SMBs to better prepare for and quickly recover from potential disasters. Another study carried out by Comscore and Microsoft found SMBs are finding that move to cloud technology is simplifying the adoption and improving the overall security of their infrastructure. And study conducted by Forrester Consulting found that cloud computing solution can play an important role in data storage or disaster recovery for SMBs.

2 years, 1 month ago on 6 Reasons Why SMBs Should Embrace Cloud Computing

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A recent survey from The Aberdeen Group (http://bit.ly/KeXU6k) says 72 percent of responding companies allowed BYOD. Another study from IDC says (http://bit.ly/JlsnCI) worldwide WLAN revenue grew 13.9 percent in the first three months of the year, with the enterprise segment alone jumping 27.2 percent due to the BYOD push.

2 years, 1 month ago on Cloud Infographic: The Real Cost Of BYOD

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Companies can extend the real advantages of virtual private cloud. Enterprise no longer needs to manage the inbound access to its infrastructure. A collaborator or partner needs to access a resource or resources, access is available immediately after provisioning. The list also include Personalized services to increase your security level, an analysis of your web traffic, services of very high availability for your critical services (customer portal, online store, ...). Virtual private clouds are a great opportunity for SMEs to internationalize and expand their businesses because they offer the advantages of cloud computing at a lower cost and simplicity of the private cloud. The maturity level of organizations deploying their own private cloud must be high. It is thus restricted to a fringe of firms with the skills, resources and specific needs.

2 years, 1 month ago on 4 Things To Know About Virtual Private Clouds

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A research from Forrester (http://bit.ly/GBxTdF) suggests Multitenant architectures must strike a balance between sharing and security. Second, Metadata map models prevent pathways to shared resources, allowing for increased flexibility and third, multitenancy improves security. It secures all assets at all times, since those within the main perimeter are all different clients.

2 years, 1 month ago on Multi–Tenancy In The Cloud: Understanding Its Benefits

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How do you think healthcare would benefit by implementing cloud from risks like information security, protected health information privacy, inadequate access control policies, and services availability? Identity management is another risk where healthcare need to keep sensitive information unencrypted.

2 years, 1 month ago on How To Reduce Risks In Cloud Computing

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 @MaxBuchler  What I mean say is that these items need to be discussed and put in paper as part of SLA. You don’t want to be in a situation where your provider is pointing a finger at the infrastructure issue or outage and saying it wasn’t their fault. Incorporate SLA terms that indicate how your company will perform based on these resources. What does it mean to your operations if the cloud is down? When will you be using the service? How long can your business operate without the cloud service? What are your non-production times? What is your company business continuity plans in case of a cloud service outage? Latency might be a problem with cloud providers, so you need to consider that aspect too.

2 years, 1 month ago on Working On A Cloud Software Service Level Agreement

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Cloud providers have controls and can help with encryption and authentication, but businesses have to select the right security controls. According to a new report by IDC (http://bit.ly/KTgheN), SMBs spending on data security technologies will exceed $5.6 billion in 2015. Endpoint, messaging, network, Web, identity and access management (IAM), and security and vulnerability management (SVM) are six areas that SMBs will invest more in terms of security. Data privacy, security and reliability are important to a company's success - another report from Intermedia (http://mwne.ws/JE1Fjl) suggests.

2 years, 1 month ago on Data Security In The Cloud: Solutions For Consumers And SMBs

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The future of marketing through cloud is going to be simple and and powerful integrated campaigns. Cloud marketing with each forums (website, news, social, search, email, and mobile) can help marketers to buy cloud marketing software to easily managed integrated campaign for better results in lead generation and brand perception.

2 years, 1 month ago on Can The Cloud Help A Marketing Professional?

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Companies can insist on SLAs that reflect the full scope of service. For example, if cloud provider serving up hardware infrastructure like routers, network, server, and application infrastructure then make these as part of the SLA selection process. It also makes sense to collect SLAs from other cloud providers so you can compare what others are offering.

2 years, 1 month ago on Working On A Cloud Software Service Level Agreement

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IDC report (http://bit.ly/cnFnCX) also underlined worldwide revenue from public IT cloud services exceeded $21.5 billion in 2010 and is expected to reach $72.9 billion in 2015. Microsoft released the results of a study commissioned from IDC (http://bit.ly/HZrklM) about the growth prospects of cloud computing in terms of employment. The report says that the public and private cloud services will create 14 million new jobs worldwide between 2011 and 2015. The majority of the jobs related to cloud will be concentrated on three main sectors – communications and media companies (2.4 million), banking (1.4 million) and discrete manufacturing industries (1.3 million).

2 years, 1 month ago on Cloud Worth Billions: Emerging Trends In Cloud Computing Investment

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According to report from technology research firm Gartner titled “Top Industry Predicts 2012: Industries Face intensified Consumerization and Technology Disruption,” (http://bit.ly/ztRcLC) reveals external social cloud-based services will generate 25 percent of consumer-driven banking products and services by 2015. Social cloud based services have the potential to bring social business, social software, and social media together to produce more enterprise collaboration and communication and consumer engagement.

2 years, 1 month ago on Social Cloud: The Explosion Of The Social Cloud

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Several driving factors are combining to create “Bring your own cloud” or BYOC trend. Personal cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Docs, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, Box, etc. enable easy multi-device access. But the negative downside is that every individual may well have their own favorite cloud service and if enterprises allow this they will find data scattered all over the place leading to more data security breach. Microsoft released Cloud Fundamentals Video Series on TechNet that has some more insight to BYOD and BYOC trend (http://bit.ly/GWO2Ki).

2 years, 1 month ago on BYOD Is In – Bring Your Own Cloud, Not So Much

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If you look at each cloud definitions and when it comes to privacy and security, it is the private cloud that works best. But at times, organizations are confused when asked to choose between a private cloud and public cloud. The evolution of mobile devices, high-speed connections and data-intensive applications has given the fear that confidential data will be vulnerable to threats if placed in a public cloud environment. But several tailored made services including Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud are now offering public cloud applications to be used in a private cloud set up. Once organization starts adopting public clouds and its similar features in a safe private cloud environment then they will be able to trust public clouds better.

2 years, 1 month ago on Cloud Security: Public Or Private, It’s Getting Better

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In addition to the above lists, if the cloud providers are also offering solutions and deployment options, customization and integration, wide range of customized products and services best suited for individual company, data recovery and disaster prevention, some kind of metrics and reporting, scalability solutions for growing business and lastly training and support, then it is always an added advantage to new cloud entrants.

2 years, 1 month ago on 10 Things To Look For In Your Cloud Service Provider

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Cloud computing certifications and Cloud certifications can extend in finding right IT specialist for cloud. Big players like Microsoft, HP, EMC, and IBM have their own cloud certifications that help you to find right skills IT specialist about products and technologies. Others like Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), Arcitura Education, Cloud Security Alliance, CompTIA, RackSpace Hosting, Oracle, Salesforce.com also offer Cloud Certifications.

2 years, 2 months ago on How To Find IT Specialists For The Cloud

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As cloud becomes default choice for many businesses, the single biggest challenge for cloud providers and adopters is to understand and justify the challenges And complexities associated with it. With each new technological execution, the complexities associated with IT environments grow. According to the 2012 Strategic Security Survey by InformationWeek (http://bit.ly/JOoBOS), managing complexities is the number one security challenge for IT decision makers. Another finding from Enterprise Management Associates' "Radar for Application Performance Management for Cloud Services: Q1 2012," (http://bit.ly/x9KL12) say cloud application management complexity is a growing challenge for enterprises. One such challenge is to build an end-to-end picture of the transaction or application.

2 years, 2 months ago on Cloudy Apps: New Challenges And Complexities

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Resiliency in cloud computing infrastructure and investment that is made on the availability and continuity is the key to success in cloud. Organizations can make sure their cloud contracts cover costs to the business including data corruption. Interoperability and data portability can also be added for a better understanding between customer and provider.

2 years, 2 months ago on Go Away – You’re Not Serious About The Cloud

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The problem with cloud computing is where is it located and which state has the rights to tax it? Some may tax it where it is used. Some states may tax it based on the location of the servers. There are not enough clear tax guidelines whether the cloud transaction is subject to the state's sales tax.

2 years, 2 months ago on Tax Issues In Cloud Computing

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Moving workloads off of a CPU onto a cloud based GPU results in massive performance improvements, flexibility of utility-based pricing, and reliable access to system. Virtual machines can also be provisioned to use GPU to minimize the security risks.

2 years, 2 months ago on The NVIDIA Game Changer: Cloud-Hosted GPUs And Gaming-As-A-Service

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Cloud computing is now leveraging SMEs to access new markets and promote their products and services throughout the world. The imperative to innovate in today's business climate is encouraging more SMEs to consider the cloud for their technology value-add. The low cost of entry, greater efficiency and fast access from pay as you go hosted cloud services eliminating the need of internal data storage, CRM systems and email servers.

2 years, 2 months ago on The 5 Best Ways For Startups And Small Business To Leverage The Cloud

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Some more points:

- Data updates to the DR site more often in real time

- Evaluate the Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO). This will provide you an idea and estimate how soon to get back online from disaster.

- Remote data center setup with servers, storage, networking equipment and internet access.

- Align your BCP with your business objectives and priorities.

2 years, 2 months ago on Disaster Management Checklist For Cloud Computing Customers

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According to estimates from Gartner, cloud market is expected to reach $ 148.8 billion by 2014. Multiple Cloud service interruptions occurred recently leading to the debate about the reliability of cloud. But these failures should not jeopardize the development of cloud computing.

How the companies are concerned about cloud outages? Could they continue their activities by being deprived of their critical applications? What would be the consequences? What recourse would they have? How can they protect themselves? The answers to these questions can prevent you on most of these issues described in the article.

2 years, 2 months ago on Preventing A Cloud Outage

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BYOD trends is an added advantage for business to adopt telecommuting. Companies can use SaaS model to let employees virtually access the software they need for work. In addition, employees can use cloud communications to access their business phone on multiple devices. This can be achieved by networking your voice and data system with cloud. It will help telecommuters to check email, make call, check voicemail, and faxes in one place. What’s your opinion on letting employees telecommute?

2 years, 2 months ago on Cloud Accounting And Telecommuting: Reasons Why Companies Need It

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@pcalento Quite True!! But if we look at some of the very recent reports and survey, overall cloud acceptance and adoption is expected to quite fast across all of federal government. According to a recent study by the MeriTalk Cloud Computing Exchange (http://bit.ly/IUDChu), 70 percent of federal employees said they expect the use of cloud apps will increase within the next two years. By 2016, the government is expected to allocate $78 billion for IT solutions. Another study from CDW reveals 41 percent of federal government agencies as of the summer of 2011 had already written plan for using cloud computing. The number will jump to more 32 percent by 2016. One more report from Deltek (http://bit.ly/JPVBFq), provides some insight on how likely particular department or agency is moving forward with cloud adoption. As per the report, Department of Transportation was ranked at 7.5 while Department of Homeland Security ranked significantly lower at 2.5. Government cloud computing initiatives are expected to continue towards increasing efficiency and cost savings through software and cloud services.

2 years, 2 months ago on Is The Federal Government Moving Fast Enough On Cloud Computing?

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Each cloud storage providers have their own advantages. Amazon cloud drive is best suited for syncing your music either through Amazon or Google Play; if you are syncing files instantly over LAN and in needs of useful apps then go with Dropbox; if you are a business professional and looking to create and edit office documents and project files on the go then Google Drive or SkyDrive service is the one for you; finally if security, collaboration and sharing of files are your top most requirement then Box cloud service is the answer for you.

2 years, 2 months ago on Review Of The Top Cloud Storage Providers In The Consumer Segment

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Cloud is helping in best-in-class technology infrastructure in every corner of the society. From office and accounting software, critical response information databases to emergency planning and response software and hosted, cloud can be optimized for peak performance. Government initiatives like the US Environment Protection Agency implements cloud base suite of software to plan for and respond to chemical emergencies.

2 years, 2 months ago on Forget The Time 100: Here’s The Coolest In Cloud

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Another study from Microsoft (http://bit.ly/JPVBFq) says SMBs are increasingly more confident on the benefits of cloud computing after adoption. Forty-five percent said it was easier to integrate systems, thirty-eight percent said they spent less time managing security, and forty-two percent said the cloud made it easier for them to scale their business to explore new markets. Others say cloud has benefited them in terms of improved agility and competitiveness and better scalability.

2 years, 2 months ago on SMBs Are Adopting Virtualization, Cloud And Mobility For Improved Disaster Preparedness

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Managed cloud hosting also provides several other benefits including - rapid elasticity, consumption-based billing, dynamic computing infrastructure, web analytics, control panel solutions.

2 years, 2 months ago on Web Hosting Moves To The Cloud With Managed Cloud Hosting

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 @pcalento To answer some of the concerns:

- Check whether your cloud provider will accommodate your own security practices and policies;

- Look for an independent security audit of the host;

- Ask your service provider where the data will reside and how it is secured. Based on the geographic location, check data protection laws in the relevant jurisdictions.

- Deal with cloud service providers that have excellent record in security and those having security certifications

- Inspect public cloud provider physical security and staff vetting controls

- Check your provider monitoring systems and processes

- Check SLA, its availability, and penalties

2 years, 2 months ago on Is My Public Cloud Too Public? Part 3

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According to a new Microsoft study, Indian SMEs are gaining significant IT security benefits from using the cloud. As India Internet ecosystem emerges users spending on cloud technologies will also evolve and enterprises will start building out their IT infrastructure in the cloud. IBM India sees (http://tinyurl.com/7h7po9t) public cloud market in India expected to exceed $2,500 million by 2015.

2 years, 2 months ago on Spreading Prosperity Through Cloud Computing

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Every time there’s a major cloud outage, one question always confused user; should they be putting their trust and data in the technology? One good outcome from this article is that outages don’t make cloud computing unreliable or risky. You just need to be prepared to go to a backup plan. Companies can make strategies not to move all their applications to cloud and in particular critical applications like customer relationship management, business facing or trading applications can sit as standalone apps. One more aspect came out here - company need to find out how their cloud provider supports them in case of outages. Always keep in place a disaster recovery plan.

2 years, 2 months ago on Is Your Company Ready For A Cloud Service Outage?

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 @cloud computing Agreed with Balaji! The problems of these services are based largely on the complexity of them as they often consist of many software and hardware components. A huge number of virtual machines that are used in the clouds, especially in public clouds require such control systems. Unsafe application programming interfaces, vulnerability of shared technologies, loss or leakage of data, unknown risk profile could also be added to the list.

2 years, 2 months ago on The Top Five Threats To Cloud Computing

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One important aspect of SaaS implementation is the level of Service Level Agreement (SLA) with vendors.  Businesses need to decide implementation based on system availability, response time, disaster recovery, problem resolution, application transition and database transition. Other challenge is the controlling of software application version. If business needs an older stable version than the newest faulty one, then it is difficult to roll back using SaaS solutions.

2 years, 2 months ago on The State Of SaaS Adoption

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Nice article. Thanks Balaji for taking pain in compiling data protection steps. I would like to add some more points here, which are also important.

Secure Computing Architecture- For enterprises, it is crucial to implement secure computing architecture when dealing with personal data. As such, there should be some policies in place for securing the data.

Privacy Impact Assessment- The assessment is to identify what and how personal data is collected, stored, used and disclosed. It will then help analyzing the possible privacy impacts of the cloud computing solution.

Transferring personal data to third party provider- Third party provider should have security measures in place to safeguard user data and to minimize the impact on privacy of personal data. The provider must keep personal data effectively secure against unauthorized access and conduct.

2 years, 2 months ago on Keeping Your Data And Applications Secure On The Cloud

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The government need to redirect more resources to cloud computing to take advantage of efficiencies and in turns more saving. Several Federal agencies can clarify procurement rules to facilitate purchases using measured cloud services or cloud subscription and appropriate solutions  for low, medium and high risk. This can lead to more saving.

2 years, 2 months ago on Is The Federal Government Moving Fast Enough On Cloud Computing?

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Cloud has the potential of creating greater generator of jobs worldwide. A new study from IDC firm commissioned by Microsoft (http://tiny.cc/1gf8dw) revealed spending on public and private IT cloud services will generate nearly 14 million jobs worldwide from 2011 to 2015. China and India together are expected to produce nearly 6.8 million cloud-enabled jobs during same period. It will mainly be fueled by boom in mobile computing devices (smartphones and tablets), growth of big data and in some cases flexibility in government policies to adopt cloud computing in government agencies.

2 years, 2 months ago on Gussy Up Your Employment With Cloud Computing

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If we take the same line of approach for large enterprises and SMBs in SaaS Business Apps usage, the analysis is strikingly similar. Most large companies have reached a reasonable state of development and their growth pattern, at best, moderate. Its SMBs segment which are the new kids on the block and get all the attention. Even for enterprise applications, most future growth will come from the SME market. The similarity is the infrastructure (computers, networks and enterprise applications), but usage will be very different. In my opinion, for the SME segment, cost-sharing model and low TCO will lead to mass adoption of SaaS Business Apps.

2 years, 2 months ago on SaaS Business Apps Drive SMB Cloud Computing Adoption

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Cloud computing indeed is simpler because in one or other way it can be suitable for all types of organizations and business models. Cloud computing is certainly one way to make access and use technology simpler, cheaper and faster, but it is also an opportunity

to foster new business models.

2 years, 2 months ago on Why Simple Solutions Are Better For The Cloud

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Cloud based accounting systems is the trend for the present and for future. With an accounting system in the cloud, you know your data is backed up instantaneously across multiple servers. But the success of cloud account software depends on how mid-sized business quickly adopt to it. A quick guide, the 2012 Cloud Accounting Evaluation Guide, from FinancialForce.com (http://tiny.cc/thl5dw), which released this infographic, might help companies become more aware of the new cloud accounting software marketplace.

2 years, 2 months ago on Cloud Infographic: Evaluating Cloud Accounting Software

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