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Cloud: security threat or solution?

Cloud: security threat or solution? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Can cloud computing tackle new and emerging cyber threats – or is this just a new round of security industry marketing hype?
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Security and Cloud Computing at SMB Crossroads

Security and Cloud Computing at SMB Crossroads | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing may be the marquee player in IT services, but when it comes to giving business leaders the cold sweats, security still steals the show, at least among the cloud’s newest arrivals.
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Their concerns are not unfounded. In their annual Security Threat Report for 2013, Symantec Corp. said attacks on SMBs jumped 18 percent from the year earlier.

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Picking Office 365 is the easy part -- now comes migration

Picking Office 365 is the easy part -- now comes migration | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Getting your email data into Office 365 can cause some heartburn, but there are many ways to minimize the pain
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To help you do that, Microsoft has provided the MAP (Microsoft Assessment and Planning) toolkit for Microsoft Online Services. It's a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool for making the move to Exchange Online.

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Stormy days for the cloud

Stormy days for the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Shaken confidence in the American cloud industry could cost it $180 billion, or 25 percent, by 2016, with much of that revenue going to foreign competitors in Australia, Germany and France.
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For the oddest of reasons the author appears to put the entire blame on Edward Snowden ignoring the fact that it was the NSA's PRISM program that was in breach of privacy laws.

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Turning the legal industry tanker around on cloud adoption

Turning the legal industry tanker around on cloud adoption | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Due to the very nature of law firms, the storage of sensitive information in an external environment has naturally been met with some caution.
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...... despite adoption levels growing rapidly over the past few years, it is only recently that the legal sector has begun to give cloud services serious consideration.

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Soon, cloud capacity will be available in a spot market

Soon, cloud capacity will be available in a spot market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Infrastructure as a Service marketplace will enable organizations to acquire IaaS cycles, as well as potentially sell excess capacity.
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In a few months, it may be possible to buy cloud infrastructure capacity on an open market, just as energy or physical commodities are now traded.

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Back to the Future: Why the Cloud Won't Replace the Mainframe

Back to the Future: Why the Cloud Won't Replace the Mainframe | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A mainframe computer system, on display at the Computer History Museum, in Mountain View, California. Image: Pargon/Flickr This week marks the 50th birthda
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Today more than 10,000 mainframes still run hundreds of thousands of enterprise apps for business, finance and administrative systems and that’s unlikely to change any time soon.

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The Law Society warns UK law firms about cloud computing risks

The Law Society warns UK law firms about cloud computing risks | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Guidance about cloud computing from The Law Society is responding to the increasing use of cloud storage and the security risks involved in law firms.
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The Law Society warns that today’s law firms planning to move their IT into the cloud should be aware of the risk of lawful interception by intelligence agencies.

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The Heartbleed OpenSSL flaw is worse than you think

The Heartbleed OpenSSL flaw is worse than you think | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
On a scale of 1 to 10, this vulnerability is an 11. Here are the steps to take to thoroughly protect yourself from this OpenSSL bug
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If you think you've patched the few computers you have that use OpenSSL and have called it a day, you probably don't understand how pervasive OpenSSL is. It is probably the way you connect to your security appliances. It's probably the way you connect to your routers, gateways, and switches. It's probably the way you connect to many of your (non-Microsoft) cloud services.

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Public or Private Cloud? The Decision Comes Down to Risk, DISA CIO Says

Public or Private Cloud? The Decision Comes Down to Risk, DISA CIO Says | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
‘You have to understand risk and the data you’re dealing with,’ David Bennett says.
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Myriad factors play into these decisions – projected cost savings, information sensitivity and availability, to name a few – but according to U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency Chief Information Officer David Bennett, the single most important element continues to be risk.

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How Cloud Computing Has Changed Education

How Cloud Computing Has Changed Education | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Education - Here’s an overview of the positive impact of cloud computing on the educational landscape across the country – and the world.
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Backing up and storing your files and other content to the cloud, where they can be accessed anywhere at any time, has been a huge catalyst in the technology market as of late.

 

Image courtesy of ec.europa.eu

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HelloSign for Gmail

Vimeo is the home for high-quality videos and the people who love them.
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Fill out and sign documents without ever leaving Gmail. Never print, sign, and scan again. It's free!

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How cloud computing is evolving to help the mid-market

How cloud computing is evolving to help the mid-market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Smaller businesses can focus on what they want to do.

At Phoenix we are taking a different approach to cloud services. We have many years of experience in delivering services remotely to our custo
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The demand for these services has driven a global race to provide high availability, low-cost commoditised services which have now become commonplace in large enterprise business.

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Virtual Reality: The Future Of Cloud Gaming Is Almost Upon Us

Virtual Reality: The Future Of Cloud Gaming Is Almost Upon Us | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Virtual Reality - So which technology do we look to, which will allow us this needed increase in reactive response? Two words: virtual reality.
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Given that true virtual reality hardware is pretty much non-existent at this point, current games are extremely limited.

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How can we adapt "cloud gamiing" to business? Can we use the cloud to store WHO and WHERE information to "match the hatch" of where you are and what you are doing and then make a game out of all of it? 

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Secure Cloud Computing: Virtualizing the FreedomBox

Secure Cloud Computing: Virtualizing the FreedomBox | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

In 2010 I asked Professor Eben Moglen to speak to the Internet Society of New York about software freedom, privacy and security in the context of cloud computing and social media. In his Freedom in the Cloud talk, he proposed the FreedomBox as a solution: a small inexpensive computer which would provide secure encrypted communications in a decentralized way to defeat data mining and surveillance by governments and large corporations.

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Homomorphic encryption allows data to be processed in an encrypted form so that only the end user can access it in a readable form. So far it has been too demanding for normal computers to handle.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Explosive Growth of Cloud Computing

INFOGRAPHIC: The Explosive Growth of Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Today I have an infographic from a UK based internet service provider called Eclipse Internet all about the growth of cloud computing. The 1st part of the infographic is about the growth of cloud com…
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Excellent Infographic on the amazing growth of the cloud.

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Competitor Price Monitoring | Tracking Competitor Prices

Competitor Price Monitoring | Tracking Competitor Prices | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
ITSYS Solutions offers Monitor Competitor Prices, Track Competitor Prices, Competitor Price Monitoring, Competitor Price Tracking, Competitor Tracking, Track Competitors, Product Catalog Monitoring service.
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All scrapes run on our high speed cloud servers with anonymous IPs.

 

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Cloud computing enables businesses to discover their entrepreneurial spirit

Cloud computing enables businesses to discover their entrepreneurial spirit | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

While cloud services have levelled the playing field for SMEs, larger enterprises adopting the technology can also benefit.

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...... larger enterprises retained their dominance by relying on infrastructure, scale, access to multiple markets and superior technology. The arrival of cloud computing has eroded these advantages, ...................

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Made in IBM Labs: Enabling Dynamic Prioritization of Data in the Cloud

Made in IBM Labs: Enabling Dynamic Prioritization of Data in the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

As more and more companies take advantage of applications, processes and services delivered via the cloud, vendors are struggling with increased complexity and challenges associated with ensuring uninterrupted data availability. IBM's patented technique creates a cloud environment in which Quality of Service priorities can be modified according to real-time or expected conditions, to reduce data bottlenecks in the cloud, thereby ensuring that clients receive the level and quality of service they expect..

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Report: NSA secretly exploited devastating Heartbleed bug for years (Update: NSA denies)

Report: NSA secretly exploited devastating Heartbleed bug for years (Update: NSA denies) | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
News of the Heartbleed bug has brought the Web to its knees, and Bloomberg says the NSA has been exploiting it for at least two years.
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A September Snowden-supplied revelation revealed that the NSA can easily defeat many of today’s encryption technologies, and in an aside that now seems precognizant, the SSL protocol was then rumored to be a particular favored target for the Agency.

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Is cloud computing about to get cheaper because of Linux?

Is cloud computing about to get cheaper because of Linux? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Elastichosts claims its by-the-hour billing system is 50% cheaper than Amazon.
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Elastichosts' IaaS solution, Elastic Containers, charges by real-time usage, measured every 15 minutes, meaning customers would pay less when the servers are less busy, such as overnight.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Data Security Risk And Prevention

INFOGRAPHIC: Data Security Risk And Prevention | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Security Risk - Cloud Infographic: Data Security Risk And Prevention
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Excellent Infographic from Continuity Central

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Is Data Scraping Useful For You?

Is Data Scraping Useful For You? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As a business, it is important to always have relevant and useful information on hand for when you might need it. It can however be difficult to acquire all this information and especially to sort ...
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There are many reasons you should go for web scraping services. Here are a few.

 

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Identifying Roadblocks in Embracing Hybrid Clouds

Identifying Roadblocks in Embracing Hybrid Clouds | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Before you embrace a hybrid cloud, it is essential to comprehend the business benefits of hybrid cloud computing, the security factors, and how one can mitigate the risks involved with the use of public clouds along with a private cloud.

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.. hybrid clouds offer the cost and scale benefits of public clouds while also offering the security and control of private clouds.

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VIDEO: What is Jumpstarter? A next-generation hosting platform

VIDEO: What is Jumpstarter? A next-generation hosting platform | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Jumpstarter - a next-generation hosting platform. In this video we give you a basic idea of what Jumpstarter is all about.
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Hosting websites has never been this easy. Keep your websites up and running. Zero server hassle.

 

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VIDEO: Xbox One Cloud Computing Demo Shows How CPU Assist Can Beat The PS4

VIDEO: Xbox One Cloud Computing Demo Shows How CPU Assist Can Beat The PS4 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The Xbox One cloud computing demo recently show off by Microsoft shows at least one way the Xbone can beat the PS4 performance gap.

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..... in physics and AI heavy situations, cloud computing is claimed to make a huge difference .........

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