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 @cloud computing  I do like to extend this list further with few additional threats which might be directly or indirectly related to the one pointed out by you;

 

5. Insecure Vendor API's: Weak API's can prove be a vulnerability point for malicious intruders. 

 

6. Colocation/Data Amalgamation: Though most are tightly coupled, your data can be mixed with others and vice versa.

 

7. Identity Theft: Cloud vendors hold most of your private data and it can subject to be used without intimation. 

 

8. Regulatory Compliance: Is your cloud vendor complying with all the Government and/or industry standards and regulations?

 

9. Forensic Support: What kind of support is available in-case of a breach? Does the vendor allows your intervention for a joint investigation?

 

10. Geographic Location of data/services: Where in the world does your data physically exist? 

2 years, 2 months ago on Top Threats For Cloud Computing

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@dstott

The solution pointed out by you is certainly workable but EU must come up with other plans to adapt the cloud with confidence. Though their are no major investments in cloud, EU being a allegiance of may countries with close ties with each other can build joint cloud infrastructure and solutions. For example, their are many countries/locations in EU that are ecologically colder throughout the year. Installing computing infrastructure their can reduce the massive power/electricity costs to keep such facilities under moderate temperature.   Besides, I'm not sure about Russia being a member of EU, but one of their company are among the top provider of Information Security solutions (Kaspersky). So if they jointly work to foster cloud growth all of these countries and their companies can gain substantially from cloud , even with the above mentioned barriers pointed out by Florence. 

2 years, 2 months ago on Why Is Europe Not Storming The Cloud?

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Incubation program such as these will certainly help Microsoft in gaining their much desired supremacy in cloud and equally beneficial for startups. SoftLayer also introduced a similar program where they provided their compute infrastructure on subsidized rate and free in some cases for new entrants. 

2 years, 2 months ago on Microsoft’s Plans for Cloud Computing Influence: Incubating Startups

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I agree with you on quite an extent on the realm you displayed on it's security. However, cloud is environmentally green and also it can save a lot of your greens ($).  These might not be apparently visible but the true effect of cloud computing in terms of environmentally and financially green matures after sometime. 

 

For Example: (Based over logical assumptions)

 

An XYZ company currently have 5 in-house servers. They cost $1000/server initially, consume $50/month electricity and produce 5kg of CO2/month. If we compute it over 1 year, 1 server cost $2200 and produce 60Kg of CO2. And for 5 it would be $11,000 annually with 300Kg of CO2/month.

 

Enter the cloud model now. The company decided to virtualize it's server, internally i.e. private cloud. A typical cloud server is slightly expensive than standard server but it can power upto 5 simultaneous servers. 

 

The cost of 1 Virtualization specific server would be $2000 and it would consume almost same or less amount of energy ( due to new and efficient energy saving compliant architecture)  and 5kg of CO2. Now if we calculate it annually a cloud server will;

 

Capex: $2000  Opex (Power) : $1200 and 60Kg of CO2. The total would be $3200 annually with 60Kg of CO2. 

 

This model has given almost 70% in financial saving and its quite Green in terms of less electricity consumed and CO2 produced. 

2 years, 2 months ago on No More Cloud Delusions!

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 @sarojkar  DLP is one good way to control such issues as pointed out by Spencer. However, having a solid information security policy eradicate most of the concerns for these remote devices. Another policy I saw at a firm was that mobile devices were only allowed to "READ" access to any cloud data and also doesn't supported saving login credentials on mobile browsers with user session terminated if their is no activity after 60 seconds. 

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

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 @sarojkar SME's are and will be the largest adopters of cloud since it provides them with business agility, reduced Capex and Opex, flexibility to scale and most of all easy access to a plethora of solutions readily available. Large enterprises are opting for cloud but due to stringent security and compliance requirements, public cloud vendors might not be able to capitalize over them significantly. 

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

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 @sarojkar This is the real beauty of cloud as it really has eliminated the hefty software+implementation-+maintenance costs associated with the traditional model. However, once figuring out the economy of cloud one shouldn't just see the reduced flat monthly rental inclusive of support. A cloud solution might cost more than the traditional software if we calculate the rentals over couple of years of time and the business loss due to vendor down-time. 

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

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 @cloud computing Agreed with you. I think the biggest revolution cloud brought us is the ability to source virtually any kind of software/application without the need for installing/updating them and Google Docs is no exception. How the cloud is progressing, I see a time when everything (OS to basic offline apps) will be sourced from the internet and our computers will act as dumb machines.

2 years, 2 months ago on Cloud Computing Simplified

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@sarojkar

The effects of cloud computing in perspective of a vendor are virtually inevitable. AWS are pioneers of cloud and certainly might have the most powerful cloud infrastructure but still they face such problems. For an end-user/business perspective, as Christian pointed out, we need to have a strong risk management and mitigation policy in place. Perhaps, an expensive but feasible route would be to have another cloud vendor as your DR/Backup provider which can provide the most essential/required infrastructure in-case of such down-times.

 

If we do simple math, Paypal loses about $225,000/Hour as Florence pointed out and potentially it can lose a million$ if they are down just for 4hours annually. But having a third-party DR/Backup solution might cost considerably less than this if computed annually.  

 

 

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

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@AlfredWinston

Great compilation of terms. These will certainly help non-techie persons in understanding and demystifying the basic cloud jargon and to take informed decisions.

 

2 years, 2 months ago on What Terms Me On, Cloud Computing Lingo?

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It's quite obvious the position Google enjoys currently, due to it's unrivaled products & services and the massive market share, Google Drive has the potential to win this battle as well. To start of, they are providing 5 Gb of free storage, which is more than twice its' competitor has to offer. Besides, Google has the largest and most renowned computing infrastructure, so the end-user's will be assured that their data is in reliable and safe hands.

2 years, 3 months ago on Cloud Infographic: Google Drive And The Battle For The Cloud

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This was much awaited and expected. Cloud Hosted GPU's will ramp up the speedy delivery of graphical rich applications in the cloud. I hope we will have Virtualized GPU in future where it's entire processing power id distributed among several clients.

2 years, 3 months ago on The NVIDIA Game Changer: Cloud-Hosted GPUs And Gaming-As-A-Service

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There are Data Center security standards such as SAS 70, which can ensure the Security Architecture of a Cloud Provider. Besides, Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has provided a series of guidelines that can help in assessing the risks/security/controls.

2 years, 3 months ago on How To Implement Cloud Computing Security

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Accounting information is "Sensitive", " Private" and "Confidential" for most organization's. So trusting a SaaS Accounting System may be a difficult ordeal for them.

2 years, 3 months ago on Accounting Software As Software-As-A-Service: Advantages And Disadvantages

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Another supportive benefit of cloud computing is the ability to build application that can be accessed by any device with any device globally or Application Virtualization in short. Virtuon's Virtual Application Platform ( http://virtuon-inc.com/solutions/virtual-applications.html) removes the need for re-developing the application to support various platform. 

 

Such solutions have tremendous benefits for small businesses where they can reduce their operational cost substantially without the fear of vendor lock-in an other risks. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Benefits of Cloud Computing To Growing Small Companies

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It's so nice to see how the cloud is becoming a top-level strategic decision. Back in the days, internet was considered an in-secure mean of data backup/recovery but now with the advent of cloud computing; even top Fortune 500 companies are reaping the benefits, flexibility and economy cloud has to offer.

 

A disaster recovery/backup solution sourced from cloud not only eliminates heft capital + operational expenses but their rapid delivery and global access keeps the business moving no matter where you are.

2 years, 3 months ago on SMBs Are Adopting Virtualization, Cloud And Mobility For Improved Disaster Preparedness

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Third-party audit and certification is another measure a Cloud Vendor can take to further complement its security architecture. It also ensures end users that an external organization has validated the security mechanism of this vendor unbiased and they can be assured that their data will remain secured with their infrastructure.

2 years, 3 months ago on Keeping Your Data And Applications Secure On The Cloud

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It's amazing to see how the cloud is changing different business models altogether. Besides the typical hosting, cloud adds layer of managed hosting, security and the flexibility to provision on demand , pay as you grow billing methodologies. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Web Hosting Moves To The Cloud With Managed Cloud Hosting

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A cloud job role, as described by Jeff, certainly will be the need of the hour. Organizations relying on internet for their businesses Must-Have a cloud oriented strategic measures with their decision making. All importantly, the new CEO should have some "cloud" within them.

2 years, 3 months ago on Be A Cloud Executive Officer

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Very informative article. Looking forward for the third edition to complete this discussion. The crux of this report will certainly help organizations in evaluating their cloud vendors.

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

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Very Informative. This check-list is ideal for startup's and organizations that are thinking or in process of transitioning to Cloud. However, I feel we can also add " Cloud Migration" within it ; the capability of a Cloud Provider to transfer your data from the previous or to a new Cloud Provider. In the early days of Cloud there might be many transitions in between different providers/vendors until the consumer find the right service. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Basic Checklist For Cloud Computing Customers

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