The five ways to make cloud success a reality for your business


Everyone is looking for that silver bullet which makes their cloud implementations a success. It’s little wonder that events such as Cloud World Forum and Cloud Expo are at the forefront of executives’ minds.

At Cloud World Forum in London last week, MongoDB VP strategy Kelly Stirman spoke of five directions in which the industry is changing, and how companies can make their cloud success a reality: embrace failure, double down on ops, and pick your partners wisely.

Rule number one, Stirman argued, was to embrace failure. To be able to embrace failure, you need to iterate quicker. “Today, customers expect applications faster,” he tells CloudTech. “When you wake up in the morning, you look for apps to have been installed on your phone, and to do that people need to embrace a more iterative project development lifecycle.

“Cloud makes this possible because the lead time to do things and the cost to do things is so much less, that it becomes reasonable to screw up and then recover,” he adds. “Most people aren’t comfortable with that.”

Quick iteration links in to point number two – move beyond lift and shift. Amazon is not doing releases every few days, but every few seconds. It’s a world away from where most companies are, but Stirman argues simply taking your existing application stack and moving it to the cloud isn’t going to give you a huge amount of value.

“Most people think ‘it’s going to take eight weeks for IT to get my infrastructure ready for my application, and the cloud can be just a couple of minutes’, but that’s kind of it,” he says. “If your application didn’t scale, or you had some limitation in your data centre, it’s going to be the exact same problem – or worse – with cloud.”

Stirman adds: “Things that are really important about the cloud, like elasticity, paying for what you actually use, different storage products so you can optimise for hot and cold data, programmable automated infrastructure – that’s what really is powerful and valuable about the cloud, and you need to make that part of how you think about using [it], not just lift and shift.”

Vendor lock-in, although a long-term enterprise IT issue, has long since been a worry for businesses moving to the cloud, finding the implementation is not for them as their business needs change and then finding they can’t get out of it. But it still warrants a warning note from Stirman.

He explains: “The slightly controversial assertion I made [was] in my lifetime, the tow most proprietary technologies that have come to market have been Apple and cloud. These cloud vendors [are] all based on open source software, and different types of standards – but they themselves are highly proprietary. It is inevitable that you are going to get locked in.”

Cloud products are ‘carefully designed’ for a lock in, he argues. The pricing models are the same, you can’t compare prices between offerings, there are charges to get data in, there are charges to get data out, and so on. “All of these players are adding value on top of the core stack, and the more you use those, the more you get locked in,” Stirman says.

Stirman took to burst two myths around the cloud. The first was regarding the security of the cloud – a subject which is often a bugbear for executives as survey data bears out. “It’s just not true,” he says. “Most of these guys are vastly more secure than any of us can design in our own systems.” Secondly, the idea that if you move to the cloud your operations teams halve is also a red herring. “You need them more than ever, because what you’re going to do is use way more infrastructure,” he says. “The operational obligations you have are directly proportional to the number of operating systems. So if you take a big server and slice it up for virtualisation, you are increasing your operational overhead.”

The MongoDB exec saved his most controversial comments for last; there will only be three players in the cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space; Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Everyone else will run out of money. “The real cloud opportunity is going to be products that are mostly infrastructure as a service agnostic; they are layers you could play in a cloud vendor, or across those three that give value add services,” he explains.

“What’s going to be interesting to see is, are Amazon and Google and Microsoft going to let other vendors come in and play in their infrastructure stack, or are they going to hold people out, the way Apple does, and really own the value added services on top of the stack?

“You’ve got to pick your partner carefully,” he adds.

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Hapoalim, Leumi adopting cloud computing

Now it is official: Israeli banks can use cloud computing technology for their customers. Supervisor of Banks David Zaken yesterday published the final regulation on the subject allowing the banks to use cloud computing technology, subject to various restrictions. In particular, the banks are barred from using cloud computing in their core banking activities or system. In addition, each bank seeking to put data on the cloud will have to obtain separate permission from the Bank of Israel.

Israel’s two largest banks, Bank Hapoalim (TASE: POLI) and Bank Leumi (TASE: LUMI), plan to use cloud computing technology. Bank Leumi has been planning the transfer of some of its customer data to the cloud through US company Salesforce, and has been waiting for the regulator’s approval. It is believed that Bank Leumi plans to put some of the data on Salesforce’s cloud in the UK within a few weeks. Bank Hapoalim is also in the process of transferring data to cloud computing technology. The bank currently has two projects in this area, and it is believed that some of the data will be moved to the cloud by the end of the year.

The banks can transfer data only to a cloud subject to European Union information protection regulation. The preference for Europe over the US probably stems from the fact that in the US, regulatory and government agencies have more access to cloud data,while in Europe they are more restricted.

Zaken has also ruled that the board of directors must approve the use of cloud computing technology, and the bank must conduct thorough due diligence for the cloud computer services provider before it is selected, and must regularly monitor the provider during the period of the agreement. The bank must also make sure that the Bank of Israel Banking Supervision Department will be able to conduct audits of the cloud computing services provider, if necessary.

“The use of cloud computing technology will enable us to create a more secure and completely different interaction with the customer. We’ll be able to understand the customer better, and offer him or her personally tailored value propositions,” Bank Leumi first executive VP and head of technologies division Dan Yerushalmi told “Globes.”

Yerushalmi explained that the bank had selected Salesforce because of its customer management solution, with the product itself using cloud computing technology. The bank is expected to move basic data to the cloud, such as names, account numbers, and other identification fields. At the same time, data which offers are relevant to the customer will also be put on the cloud.

Yerushalmi adds that the user of cloud computing technology also has advantages in efficiency. “With the cloud, resources can be optimized, thereby saving up to 20% on regular computerization and development costs. We have also trained the bank’s employees to operate and maintain the system working with the cloud, so we don’t have to recruit additional personnel,” he said.

Salesforce VP business development Natan Gavish said, “The Supervisor of Banks’ decision now allows the market to improve its ability to provide access to advanced technologies for financial institutions. It’s only a matter of time before financial institutions decide to adopt these technologies, and in my opinion, in a short time we won’t be able to understand how we ever did without them.”

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing technology is in effect obtaining computer services through a remote computer hooked up through the Internet or a communications lines. The use of cloud computing saves money on equipment, infrastructure, and storage for a large volume of data.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news – – on July 2, 2015

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Today’s Tech: How A Startup Attorney Uses Cloud Computing

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Technology today's tech Cloud computing used to be a foreign concept to many lawyers, but these days most lawyers are working in the cloud whether they know it or not. Cloud computing offers so many advantages over traditional on-premises software — including convenience, mobility, flexibility, affordability, and 24/7 access — that it’s hard to avoid using cloud computing for work-related purposes. That’s why so many lawyers start using cloud computing services like Dropbox to share documents — oftentimes after being prompted to by other lawyers involved in a case — without even realizing they’re collaborating on documents in the cloud.

But not all lawyers stumble into the cloud unknowingly. Some choose cloud computing with their eyes wide open, after carefully researching their options. Steven Ayr is one such lawyer.

Last year Steven joined Fort Point Legal, a Boston law firm that focuses on representing small businesses and startups, after practicing law as a solo practitioner for a number of years. As a solo, his law practice was 100% paperless and all of the firm’s data was stored in the cloud. So when he started at Fort Point Legal, he was first in line to help move the firm into the cloud: “When I got here, the firm was on its way to a cloud-based practice but I nudged it along. For a firm like ours that’s growing quickly, it’s scalable and it takes out a lot of the management costs since we don’t have to worry about having an in-house IT department. And, from a productivity and security standpoint and the built-in ability to have 24/7 access from anywhere, it just makes sense for us.”

But according to Steven, it’s not just cost savings and convenience that make the cloud so appealing; the cloud also allows them to compete with larger law firms.

“We use the cloud-based software since it’s a relatively inexpensive way for a smaller law firm to get the capabilities that used to be reserved for larger firms. Whether it’s data management or security, the cloud really is the great equalizer,” he explains. “There aren’t many law firms our size in Boston that do what we do. Instead you typically find small departments within very large firms. So web-based software levels the playing field for us.”

The firm uses a number of different cloud-based tools. First, there’s Google Apps. “We use Google Apps for our email contacts and calendars. It’s the hub of our practice. We share calendars amongst team members so we can see what’s going on with everyone’s schedule and we can create specific calendars to keep track of different issues. So, for example, we have a calendar to keep track of corporate filings throughout the year that is accessible to everyone.”

The firm also uses Asana, which provides web-based task management software. “We can forward emails into Asana and it will create a task using the body text of the email and will also add any email attachments to the newly created task. Team members can then comment the task as well. And over time you can follow each matter as it progresses and tasks are checked off.”

Dropbox is another web-based tool that the firm relies on. “We use Dropbox as our central file repository. We use it to collaborate, but it’s not ideal for collaboration since it doesn’t update in real-time like Google Drive’s collaboration. We use Dropbox Pro because of the higher level of encryption it provides, since in Massachusetts we have very strict data privacy laws. Another reason we prefer Pro is because you have access to more security features when it comes to team members, including the ability to remotely wipe devices.”

Another cloud-based tool the firm uses is “We recently switched from Ring Central to because we were seeking a more user-friendly interface and better customer support. Another reason we really like this service is because there’s no limit to customization you can set up in terms of how you want phones to ring and at what time of day and in what order.”

Cloud-based tools benefit their firm in many ways. Not only do they provide convenience and save their firm money, they also make the firm more appealing to their target market. “Our startup clients would be put off if we didn’t use these tools with them. We use them regularly with clients and many of my client interactions take place online now.”

Of course there can be drawbacks when collaborating with clients online, as Steven acknowledges: “There is arguably lack of human touch when a lot of client communication occurs online. So it’s important when using cloud computing tools for client communication to be cognizant of that fact and to take steps to maintain those connections.”

His advice to lawyers seeking to use cloud computing software in their practice? Plan carefully. “Think through your needs before you start implementing different types of software. Take the time to research your options and sit through demos with sales reps. Figure out what you truly need ahead of time so you can avoid wasting time by constantly switching between systems and software.”

So that’s how one business lawyer uses cloud computing software in his practice. As always, if you or an attorney you know is using technology in a creative or unusual way in your law firm, drop me an email at [email protected] I’m always looking for new attorneys — or judges — to feature in this column.

Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York attorney and the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase, web-based law practice management software. She’s been blogging since 2005, has written a weekly column for the Daily Record since 2007, is the author of Cloud Computing for Lawyers, co-authors Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier, and co-authors Criminal Law in New York. She’s easily distracted by the potential of bright and shiny tech gadgets, along with good food and wine. You can follow her on Twitter at @nikiblack and she can be reached [email protected]

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Watching over the evolution of OpenStack and open source cloud computing

It was back in June of 2013
when TheServerSide was first introduced to OpenStack, Red Hat’s
ambitious attempt to do for cloud computing what they did with the
open source Linux model, that is, make a commodity out of it leverage
it as a major revenue stream. From the 2013 Red Hat Summit, we first
floated the basic What
is OpenStack?

articles, while asking questions such as Will
the Red Hat model work for IaaS cloud computing?

Stepping forward in time to
2015, we have seen an incredible ecosystem build around OpenStack, as
organizations who want to leverage the benefits of open source
software when building hybrid cloud infrastructures are constantly
opting for this software. At the 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver,
it was impressive to see the just how much OpenStack has grown, with
more and more vendors doubling down on the project.

Getting up to speed on OpenStack

If you’re not familiar with
OpenStack, it’s worth investing some of your time learning about it.
Here’s a collection of articles from TheServerSide and the TechTarget
family of sites that will help you familiarize yourself with
OpenStack and what’s going on in the world of open source cloud

guiding design tenets behind OpenStack software

to OpenStack? Learn these 5 cloud computing terms

software development promise aided by OpenStack

set to revolutionize PaaS platforms

guide to OpenStack storage

develops its own static code analysis tool for Python

The evolution of an open source project

There’s also a few other
articles, while older, provide some interesting perspective on how
OpenShift fits into both Red Hat’s portfolio of products, and their
long-term strategy for revenue generation.

Hat embraces open source hybrid cloud computing with OpenShift

the Red Hat model work for IaaS cloud computing with OpenStack?

OpenStack: How Red Hat commoditized open source cloud computing

really is worth your time finding out more about OpenStack, as it
really is one of the most interesting and exciting things going on in
the industry today.

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Government cloud on the rise: NSA and DOJ move to Amazon Web Services


At the Amazon Public Sector Symposium last week, the NSA announced that it will be moving some of its IT infrastructure to AWS. The NSA follows several other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in joining the CIA in the Amazon cloud in the last nine months.

“The infrastructure as a service which Amazon provides has shown us significant IT efficiencies,” said Alex Voultepsis, chief of the engineering for the NSA’s Intelligence Community Special Operations Group, at a panel last week. Voultepsis then estimated that the agency will save 50-55% on infrastructure costs alone by moving to AWS.

The state of the government cloud

In 2010, the CIO of the U.S. government, Vivek Kundra, famously declared that the federal government must move to a “cloud first” policy. It has taken five years for the first federal agencies to get on board, but there is a long way to go. According to a report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, an average of 2% of IT spend went towards cloud computing in 2014. The seven largest federal agencies did not even consider cloud computing services for 67% of their projects.

The Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group (CCCAG), a nonprofit that builds awareness of the role of cloud computing in society, industry and government, regularly speaks with government IT leaders to discuss the cloud. According to a report in Forbes, CCCAG’s leaders frequently hear concerns such as “the costs savings aren’t real, the technologies aren’t proven” or “there’s not enough data security.” Research conducted by the Congressional Research Service similarly cites security, network infrastructure requirements, and compliance as the largest challenges.

Despite resistance, analysts believe the federal government is at a tipping point in cloud adoption. The IDG estimates that in 2014, federal government spending on private cloud was $1.7 billion, with just $118.3 million on public cloud; they expect this number will double by the end of 2015.

The reason for these sunny projections? Analysts anticipate that adoption of the cloud by the Department of Defense and other early adopters on the state level — including health and security agencies that obviously have very sophisticated security and compliance requirements — will push hesitant federal agencies out of the pilot phase.

Healthcare and defence on AWS

Federal and state Health and Human Services Departments must adhere to very restrictive and punitive data hosting standards. However, special federal and state regulations and incentives have provided strong incentives for state HHS departments to develop Electronic Health Record (EHR), Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX) and Health Information Exchanges (HIE) systems on the cloud. The success of these projects should serve as a model to cloud-averse federal agencies.

Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is a prime example of an early cloud adopter. In 2014, Massachusetts EOHHS launched Virtual Gateway (VG), a platform that connects more than fifteen state agencies, on Logicworks’ hosted private cloud. VG provides over forty software applications used by eighty thousand users including state workers, health care providers, and the public. Healthcare providers may use VG applications to send claims to the EOHHS or to submit disease information to the Department of Public Health, reducing redundancy and improving reliability of services.

“By consolidating information and online services in a single location on the Internet, the Virtual Gateway, a critical computing infrastructure platform, simplifies the process of connecting people to critical health and human services programs and information,” said Manu Tandon, Chief Information Officer for Massachusetts EOHHS.

The rapid progress of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) across most states should also serve as a model for federal agencies. Largely driven by the HITECH Act, states and providers are required to consolidate and secure health records across multiple local agencies and hospitals, in order to improve interoperability of systems and quality of care for patients. In many cases, these organizations are enabled and supported financially by statewide health information exchange grants from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The HIEs for 30 states are currently hosted on a private cloud, and California’s HIE, CalIndex, is hosted on Amazon Web Services.

Consolidating IT resources across agencies

Regulations in this vertical were specifically oriented to the interoperability of data across multiple agencies, hospitals, and providers. This is a challenge that the cloud is able to fulfill more simply and inexpensively than traditional hosting. The ability to share cloud resources across multiple agencies is also a clear benefit of cloud-based hosting for the federal government, and the success of state-run agencies and large, complex federal departments like the Department of Defense will recommend the cloud as a key interoperability solution.

A similar need existed among multiple defense agencies. Commercial Cloud Services (C2S), the Amazon cloud region established by the Central Intelligence Agency for classified data, is now open to all 17 federal intelligence agencies, according to TechTarget reporting.

“We cannot continue to operate in the silo mentality of each agency not talking to each other…we’re leveraging this initiative to start working together,” said Jason Hess, cloud security manager for The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

In the next 6-18 months, SaaS and IaaS offerings for the government cloud will likely become more robust to meet the growing demand of federal agencies. Lessons from the cloud deployments of the most highly regulated federal and state agencies will accelerate cloud adoption. Hopefully, agencies beyond defense and healthcare will soon be able to pass on cost savings — and improved service quality — to taxpayers.

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Four in five execs think conventional security is not enough for cloud …


Earlier this week, this publication reported on a C-level study which showed a distinct lack of trust in cloud storage for fully securing corporate data. Now, a new survey from CloudPassage sheds light on the security executive perspective; 80% of security execs in North America don’t believe conventional network security solutions are enough to protect their cloud computing environments.

This is an interesting finding, not least because the amount of IT real estate based in public, private, or hybrid cloud environments is expected to reach 58% in the next 18 months compared to 43% today, according to the respondents. Similarly, while two thirds of customer data resides on-premise, that number is expected to fall to 50% in 18 months with 31% in private cloud and 19% in public cloud – so the pressure is on.

There were not many surprises when respondents were asked on the top drivers for adopting cloud infrastructure; improved agility and scalability (74%) won out ahead of cost efficiencies (67%), reduced IT overhead (60%) and faster time to market (55%).

Surprise, surprise, security concerns (66%) in general were the number one barrier impeding cloud infrastructure deployments, ahead of reconfiguring systems and applications (52%) and lack of confidence meeting compliance requirements (37%) – an issue spotted in another recent study, this time from Forrester. Only 4% said they had no concerns with cloud infrastructure deployments.

According to 65% of survey respondents, it takes three months or longer to deploy a new security solution for their cloud infrastructure environment, which leaves enterprises open to new threats and vulnerabilities which may emerge during deployment time. Only 2% of those polled said they were not concerned with the security of customer data residing in the public cloud.

Mitch Bishop, the chief marketing officer of CloudPassage, bemoaned how concerns about cloud security “continue to dog the industry.” “The plethora of point solutions on the market are overwhelming and confusing for security teams,” he said.

“A whopping 77% of survey respondents are experiencing tool fatigue and want a single solution for visibility, enforcement and compliance that is on-demand, deploys in minutes, fully automates a majority of security functions, and works across all their infrastructure: private, public, hybrid clouds and even bare metal servers.”

You can look at the full study here (email required).

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The Future of Cloud Computing: $127 Billion Market By 2018 [REPORT]


A lot has been written or spoken about in regards to cloud computing market and its growth over the last few years. The subject has become an enigma and can be seen to perplex even those most technically minded individuals.

The subject has even made it to the big screen in recent times. Jason Segel’s character Jay Hargrove explained that nobody understands the cloud in a recent release from Columbia Pictures, where some rather personal material of him and his on-screen wife Cameron Diaz fell into the wrong hands.

From the first cloud-based companies such as Flycast radio and Keynote presentations in the late 90’s, everything from storage of photos and social media to storing of inventory and point of sale is managed through a cloud-based system nowadays.

The cloud is essentially several servers, some networking hardware and pieces of software connected to the internet. We then utilize this when it comes to saving, organizing and collecting our data, as it’s more powerful than anything our own computers could ever handle.

Despite this, companies and its possible consumers still regard security as a pitfall for cloud computing and in truth it is purely dependent on the chosen provider, in regards to the experience you receive. However, a survey by RapidScale showed that 94% of businesses saw an improvement in security after switching to the cloud.

This is due to many factors including lower capital expenditures, smarter usage, and increased capacity. Growing technological developments such as disaster recovery are also pivotal to the future of cloud computing. The same report by RapidScale suggested that 43% of companies that experience a disaster never reopen, which has led to more than 50% of ‘cloud using organization’ transferring their most precious material to secure, isolated data centers.

The Cloud Computing Market

In a recent presentation based on the report, titled State of the Cloud Computing 2015, from Bessemer Venture Partners’s Byron Deeter showed that the cloud computing market is growing at a 22.8% compound annual growth rate, and will reach $127.5 billion in 2018. There are now 28 private cloud $1.5 billion+ business’, with market leaders Dropbox being valued at an estimated $15 billion.

The 300 up and coming privately held cloud companies looking to reach that prestigious elite which were mentioned in BVP’s Cloudscape are able to benefit exponentially from higher availability, increased geographic reach and improved business continuity because of the cloud.

The report also claims that by 2018, 62% of all CRM  software will be cloud-based, Salesforce will leverage on cloud the most and strengthen its market leader position. 30% of all application spending is for SaaS-based applications, projected to grow at a CAGR of 17.6%  from 2013 to 2018.

CRM cloud revenue

The impact of mobility on the cloud-computing market is all time high. Enterprise mobile having more potential to monetise than consumer mobile. Think about this, 80% of employees don’t work on desktop and the majority of internet consumption is from mobile devices. With nearly 3.6 billion smartphone users by the end of 2014, the global penetration of smartphone has already crossed 50%. The growth of mobile internet in developing countries, including the big two – China India, has been phenomenal in the last two years.

According to the BVP’s report 43% of enterprise apps make more than $10,000 a month, compared to only 19% of consumer apps. The revenue from the majority of consumer apps, 50%, clocks between $1 and $1000 as revenue from monetization per month.

mobile monetisaion revenue

The Future – Bandwidth, Alternatives Mobile

So how does the future look? It didn’t look so good to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Pay attention to his infamous statement he gave in  2009, now infamously said:

“Oh, I am going to access data on a server on the Internet.’ That is cloud computing?…Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?”.

Despite Ellison’s open concern there are some tangible threats such as bandwidth demands, which will only intensify as cloud usage increases. This has led to the FCC establishing usage guidelines for the internet, given priority to low latency data, or building a possible fast and slow lane for broadband. This has led to the argument though that shouldn’t the internet be shared equally?

There have been alternatives to combat this though known as ‘Inverse cloud models’ also called machine-to-machine computing. Dell recently reported in their article “Demystifying the Cloud” that companies have been coming up with their own branded versions. Major technology companies Cisco and IBM have “The Fog” and “Edge computing” respectively.

The benefits of machine-to-machine computing over cloud-based is that it can “distribute some data transmission among routers and endpoints, rather than sending them to a server and back”. Meaning that the data doesn’t have to travel as far, resulting in the process being a lot quicker.

This could be a topic of significant interest as Forbes recently reported that the number of devices connected to the internet will more than double from the current level, with 40.9 billion forecasted for 2020.

In regards to security, as mentioned earlier, it depends mostly on the provider, David Linthicum, a cloud computing visionary who has authored 13 books on computing, believes the market convergence lies with Google, AWS and Microsoft. Which he says is as “easy to call as the sunset”.

Deeter, who we mentioned earlier believes the impact of mobile, will be significant in regards to enterprise business apps. It’s worth noting that 85% of enterprise B2B workers have access to a smartphone and that there are many different reports suggesting now that internet usage has tipped the scale from desktop to mobile.

This is in conjunction with the number of enterprise apps increasing by over 210% in 2014. Over half of the enterprise apps available tend to make more than £10k a month than consumer apps. It’s  evident then that enterprise mobile apps will continue to have a significant impact and Deeter’s closing piece is to “become great on mobile, or your next challenger will”.

Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun Microsystems, perfectly summed up the impact that cloud computing will have “It has security, directory, identity, privacy, storage, compute, the whole Web services stack”.

Computer Weekly announced last year that Coca-Cola soon plan to run their mission-critical ERP systems in a private cloud. CIO Onyeka Nchege predicts that in the next five years the company would be using a lot of public cloud services, and move away from current private cloud strategy. This strategy is one that Linthicum believes will become the norm.

“We’ll see the continued fall of the private cloud-only implementation. Public clouds will be paired with private clouds to form hybrid or multiclouds, which provide enterprises with more cost efficiency and scalability”, he added.

With a greater knowledge and understanding over time, the hope is that people’s misconceptions of cloud computing will vanish. But if they do, it will be interesting to see how demand is handled in regards to bandwidth and alternative options.

Author: Richard Protheroe is a content marketer for Veeqo who supply cloud-based inventory management software for retailers selling on multi-channel platforms such as eBay, Amazon, Shopify and Woocommerce.

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Healthcare Cloud Computing Market Worth $9.48 Billion by 2020

DALLAS, Jul 01, 2015 (PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX) — DALLAS, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

According to a new market research report “Healthcare Cloud Computing MarketAby Application (PACS, EMR, CPOE, RCM, Claims Management), by Deployment (Private, Public), by Service (SaaS, IaaS), by Pricing (Pay as you go), by End-User (Providers, Payers) – Analysis and Global Forecasts to 2020″, published by MarketsandMarkets, this report studies the global Healthcare Cloud Computing Market for the forecast period of 2015 to 2020. This market is expected to reach $9.48 Billion by 2020 from $3.73 Billion in 2015 at a CAGR of 20.5% during the forecast period.

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Based on application, The Healthcare Cloud Computing Market is categorized into clinical information systems (CIS) and nonclinical information system (NCIS). In 2015, CIS is estimated to account for the major share of the healthcare cloud computing market.

On the basis of service model, this market is segmented into software-as-a-service (SaaS), information-as-a-service (IaaS), and platform-as-a-service (PaaS). In 2015, the software-as-a-service (SaaS) segment is estimated to account for the major share of the market.

Based on deployment model, the market is segmented into private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud. In 2015, the private cloud segment is estimated to account for the major share of the healthcare cloud computing market.

On the basis of pricing model, this market is segmented into pay-as-you-go and spot pricing. In 2015, the pay-as-you-go segment is estimated to account for the major share of the healthcare cloud computing market.

Based on component, the market is segmented into hardware, software, and services. In 2015, the software segment is estimated to account for the major share of the healthcare cloud computing market.

On the basis of end users, the market is segmented into healthcare providers and healthcare payers. In 2015, the healthcare providers segment is estimated to account for the major share of the healthcare cloud computing market.

On the basis of regions, the market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia, and the Rest of the World (RoW). In 2015, North America is estimated to account for the largest share of the healthcare cloud computing market, followed by Europe and Asia. North America is expected to continue to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Over the years, the adoption of cloud computing in healthcare is likely to increase owing to the rising need to curtail healthcare costs and enhance the quality of healthcare, reforms benefiting healthcare IT, proliferation of new payment models and cost-efficiency of cloud technology, and the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Moreover, teleCloud and the formation of accountable care organizations (ACOs) are creating growth opportunities for the healthcare cloud computing market. However, the security of patient data on cloud is a crucial issue that is likely to restrain the growth of this market.

Some major players in the global Healthcare Cloud Computing Market include athenahealth, Inc. (U.S.), CareCloud Corporation (U.S.), ClearData Networks, Inc. (U.S.), Carestream Health (U.S.), Dell Inc. (U.S.), GNAX Health (U.S.), IBM Corporation (U.S.), Iron Mountain, Inc. (U.S.), Merge Healthcare, Inc. (U.S.) and VMware, Inc. (U.S.).

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Cisco To Buy OpenDNS Cloud Security Firm for $635M

With security Relevant Products/Services threats growing across a wider range of devices, Cisco Relevant Products/Services is aiming to boost its emphasis on “security everywhere” through its acquisition of the San Francisco-based firm OpenDNS. Valued at $635 million, the deal is expected to close in the first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year.

Founded in 2006, OpenDNS launched its line of cloud Relevant Products/Services-based Umbrella security products in 2012. Combined with the company’s predictive threat intelligence Relevant Products/Services platform, Security Graph, those products are aimed at providing “anywhere, anytime” security for the growing Internet of Things.

OpenDNS’s offerings will fit into Cisco’s current focus on services for enterprises dealing with ever-larger numbers of devices on their networks. With an estimated 50 million devices predicted to be connected to one another by 2020, the risks for security breaches and other attacks will only keep growing, the company said.

Building on a $35M Investment

The acquisition of OpenDNS will improve Cisco’s ability to provide “enhanced visibility and threat protection Relevant Products/Services for unmonitored and potentially unsecure entry points into the network Relevant Products/Services,” Hilton Romanski (pictured), Cisco’s senior vice president and head of business development, noted in a blog post Tuesday.

OpenDNS’ cloud platform supports more than 65 million users a day, said Romanski, adding that the acquisition will boost Cisco’s existing technologies with “broad visibility and predictive threat intelligence.” Members of the OpenDNS team will move into Cisco’s Security Business Group, headed by Senior Vice President and General Manager David Goeckeler.

Cisco last year was one of several investors to provide $35 million in funding to OpenDNS to help the company speed adoption of its cloud-based services. Other recent security acquisitions by Cisco include SourceFire, which was purchased for $2.7 billion in 2013, and ThreatGRID, acquired for an undisclosed amount and integrated into Cisco’s security portfolio last year.

Always-On Computing Driving SaaS Security

“Security services are moving rapidly to SaaS (software Relevant Products/Services-as-a-service) models because of the always-on nature of computing in the third platform era,” Christina Richmond, program director for IDC’s Infrastructure Security Services research practice, told us.

By adding OpenDNS’ technologies to its own portfolio, Cisco will gain “better visibility and therefore the capability to detect unknown threats earlier and thwart them faster,” she added. OpenDNS, in the meantime, will be able to access more resources to grow its services and expand its number of users.

In a report on emerging IoT security issues released earlier this month, OpenDNS found that “most company leaders, including the IT and security professionals charged with protecting valuable and confidential information, are not fully aware of the scale of IoT presence within their networks. This lack of awareness may also be fueling a misunderstanding or underestimation of how insecure IoT devices are.”

IoT devices are “actively penetrating some of the world’s most regulated industries including healthcare, energy infrastructure Relevant Products/Services, government, fiancial services, and retail,” according to the report. Of the 500 IT and security professionals surveyed, 23 percent acknowledged that their companies had no controls to prevent users on unauthorized devices from connecting to their networks, the report noted.

OpenDNS Director of Security Research Andrew Hay, one of the report’s authors, said the study showed that “IoT devices are making their way into our corporate networks, but are not up to the same security standards to which we hold enterprise Relevant Products/Services endpoints or infrastructure.”

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7 Things You Should Know About Cloud Computing

The old age saying, “Sky is the limit” resonates VERY well with cloud computing, given all the benefits it offers businesses of all sizes in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and collaboration.

However, there are certain things you need to know to keep your risks down to bare minimum.

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Here are 7 things you should know about cloud computing:

1. Going cloud means storing your files over the Internet (the cloud): – All your stuffs – electronic files, software, applications, documents, and virtually everything – are stored in a gigantic “off-site” hard drives, and you can access them using your web browsers through your PC, mobile phones, tablet with an Internet connection. That means your files could be stored in a remote giant server in Minnesota or something.

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2. You are already floating in the “cloud”: – If you are already using web email and photo-sharing sites, which means you are already using cloud services. In a recent survey conducted by the NPD Group, over 76% people responded saying they had used these web services in the past, but only 22% of them actually were familiar with the term “cloud computing”.

3. Free up IT staff’s time: – A good chunk of an IT staff’s time is spent on managing, troubleshooting, and maintaining the equipment. Cloud computing provider offer both the IT infrastructure solution as well as management services, allowing you to offload those tasks to the provider, while freeing up your IT staff who can engage in other important task of your business.

4. Clear `the clutter off the desk: – You get free storage as well as a range of services using the cloud, for both personal and professional use. For instance, MediaFire, a cloud storage service, offers up to 10 GB free storage, which is enough to hold 5-6 HD quality movie; Mega offers 50 GB free storage.

In addition to offering e-mail, Google allows you to create documents, spreadsheets, and calendars (for free). Likewise, Spotify, an internet based music service, offers millions of songs for free, not to mention the usage of its unlimited storage for first six months.

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5. Encrypt your information from the start: – Make sure to encrypt your information right from the start, which is VERY important for documents containing your social security number. Look for “https://” at the start of a website’s URL; s meaning secure. Also, check the site making sure that the data is encrypted when it is stored.

Always use cloud services from well-established companies having strong reputations like Google, OneDrive, and Salesforce. For additional level of security, encrypt your Word documents as well as Excel files before storing them in the cloud (you can do this by clicking the Microsoft Office button, and then clicking “Prepare” and then choosing “Encrypt Documents”).

6. Support cloud back up with alternate option: – Over 25 million accounts were affected when Dropbox had a data theft back in 2011. Though only tiny percentages of users were affected, you could be the next victim. Experts recommend that you support the cloud storage with an external hard drive and encrypt all your files. If someone steals it, they will not be able to scramble the data without your password

7. Boost your business success: – Business owners have access to sophisticated technologies at very low costs, which mean huge savings in a software and energy costs just by moving from an e-mail program to web-based mail and transforming from anti-virus protection to cloud software. For instance, lets you manage all your personal information, no matter where you are located.

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