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How can we protect our information in the era of cloud computing?

How can we protect our information in the era of cloud computing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Private information would be much more secure if individuals moved away from cloud-based storage towards peer-to-peer systems, where data is stored in a variety of ways and across a variety of sites, argues a University of Cambridge researcher.
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The strength of a peer-to-peer system is that its value grows as the number of users increases:

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How cloud providers can prevent data loss: A guide

How cloud providers can prevent data loss: A guide | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud service providers find themselves in a struggle balancing responsibility for maintaining data integrity with delivering cost effective solutions to their customers, all the while protecting their own data assets and bottom line.
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Due to the complexities around data centre and cloud security, this article will deal destruction and corruption of data only.

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A guide to help cloud data center operators determine the impact of data loss, and what to do to prepare against it.

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Box Rolls Out Cloud Security Service

Box Rolls Out Cloud Security Service | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Online file-sharing service Box recently announced Box Trust, a service to help its customers successfully embrace a modern security Relevant Products/Services framework as they move information and collaboration to the cloud Relevant Products/Services.

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The companies in Box Trust will include Symantec, Palo Alto Networks, Splunk Relevant Products/Services, MobileIron, Airwatch by VMware Relevant Products/Services and others.

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Enterprises Moving Big Data Workloads to Public Cloud

Enterprises Moving Big Data Workloads to Public Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
More than half of large enterprises are either already using public cloud resources for their big data analytic needs or plan to do so, according to a report by Gigaom Research.
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The report finds that only 13 percent of respondents say they would only use private data centers for all analytic processes.

 

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Marvel Is Forcing Google To Identify The ‘Age of Ultron’ Trailer Leaker

Marvel Is Forcing Google To Identify The ‘Age of Ultron’ Trailer Leaker | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

When the trailer was uploaded to Google Drive, it was associated with a “John Gazelle;” Marvel is asking Google to hand over all information related to Mr. Gazelle, including address(es), name(s), email address(es) and so forth.

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A federal judge granted Marvel’s request for a subpoena, which will give Google no choice but to hand the leaker’s information over.

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Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Business?

Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Business? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Computing: Increasingly pallet and lumber companies are looking to web-based software programs to help manage key aspects of their business. Find out why this technology may be useful for your operation.
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In a broader sense, cloud computing expands beyond just software applications, and can be used to describe any Internet-based computing in which large groups of remote servers are networked to allow centralized data storage, and online access to computer services or resources.

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The Myth Of The Green Datacenter

The Myth Of The Green Datacenter | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Here's the reality when it comes to datacenter energy consumption: If the cloud industry were a country, according to a recent study, it would be the fifth largest energy consumer in the world.

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Nevertheless, it cites calculations that wireless networks connecting users with the cloud services consume the equivalent energy in 1 pound of coal to transport 1 GB ...........

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IBM set to sell Elastic Storage in a Power-based box

IBM set to sell Elastic Storage in a Power-based box | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The software-defined storage technology will be available in software, cloud and integrated form
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Elastic Storage is software that can turn file and object storage all across an enterprise, from tape to server-based flash, into a single, virtualized pool of capacity. Depending on the needs of applications, it can automatically shift data between those resources for faster access to the most critical data.

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Linode Beefs Up Managed Cloud Hosting and Storage Services

Linode Beefs Up Managed Cloud Hosting and Storage Services | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Linode has added new features to its managed cloud hosting offering, including free cPanel administration software and site migrations, as well as discounts on server-administration services.
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Specifically, the new offerings include: ...........

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Using The Knapsack Problem To Cut The Carbon Cost Of The Cloud

Using The Knapsack Problem To Cut The Carbon Cost Of The Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

... the cloud is completely understandable, and it's one of few areas in climate where the emissions costs are also. And because it is quantifiable it can benefit from combinatorial optimization. the famous rucksack problem where a traveller has to try and fit everything in without leaving anything behind.

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.... environmental critics are part of the 'nobody understands the cloud' masses .....

 

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How Cloud Computing Can Help Small & Medium Businesses

How Cloud Computing Can Help Small & Medium Businesses | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Computing has become a hot topic over the last several years. With every type of business aspect being performed ‘in the cloud’ lots of different size companies are utilizing cloud-based…
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.... the benefits of cloud computing and how these systems can be implemented at a budget friendly cost.

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How Cloud Computing Can Help Small & Medium Businesses.

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Disaster Recovery as a Service: Can small businesses now benefit?

Disaster Recovery as a Service: Can small businesses now benefit? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Small businesses are increasingly seeing the advantage of software as a service. It’s a model that opens up new possibilities to them.
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Cloud storage is even simpler. The data for entire small business can be uploaded without having to worry about investing in extra hardware or complex technology. But what about ‘Disaster Recovery as a Service’ or DRaaS for short – is that just for the bigger organizations....

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Cloud computing becoming the new norm, despite concerns

Cloud computing becoming the new norm, despite concerns | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Growing number of businesses looking to the cloud for data storage solutions
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After hundreds of naked celebrity photos were allegedly hacked from Apple’s iCloud this Labor Day weekend, many are questioning the security of “the cloud.” But that hasn’t stopped the steady influx of businesses switching from in-house data storage to cloud-based solutions.

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Understanding cloud storage models

Understanding cloud storage models | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The roles of instance, volume, and object storage in the modern, virtualized data center
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At the root of all storage is some set of physical storage protocols, so I’ll begin with a quick recap of physical storage.

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What is RaaS in Cloud Computing?

What is RaaS in Cloud Computing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
RaaS is one of the cloud computing services and it stands for Recovery as a Service. It is sometimes also referred to as DRaaS, short for Disaster Recovery
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How does RaaS work?

 

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VIDEO: No, you can't buy a cloud at Best Buy

VIDEO: No, you can't buy a cloud at Best Buy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing is confusing enough, without personal NAS providers muddying the waters
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By now we've all seen that Western Digital commercial for the "personal cloud," in the form of My Cloud. Western Digital is the latest company to push the concept, with compelling TV commercials, such as the one below

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Cloud storage in iOS 8.1 doesn't work as you expect

Cloud storage in iOS 8.1 doesn't work as you expect | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive all support Apple's cloud storage APIs, but only Box works with direct open and save for files
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If you run Box, Dropbox, and/or Google Drive on your iPhone or iPad, you should be able to access those cloud storage services directly from iWork and other apps that support the new cloud file APIs, right?

 

Wrong.

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Seagate intros Kinetic HDD as legacy infrastructure replacement

Seagate intros Kinetic HDD as legacy infrastructure replacement | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Arguing that cloud storage models as we know them are "broken," Seagate is plugging away at its Kinetic Open Storage platform with a new HDD option.
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An overview on storage is provided via another link on the article.

 

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Small Businesses, Get Acquainted with Cloud Computing

Small Businesses, Get Acquainted with Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing presents a number of advantages particularly helpful for small businesses.
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One benefit the little guys have over Goliaths is their ability to adapt.

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Dataguise Extends Big Data Reach into the Cloud

Dataguise Extends Big Data Reach into the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The majority of Big Data platforms are being deployed on premise, but as storage costs rise, more of that data will be stored in the cloud.
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.... it is starting to look as though there soon might be a lot more Big Data deployments on public cloud computing platforms.

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Top cloud Apps to store your data

Top cloud Apps to store your data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The trend of cloud computing is picking up and more and more people are making use of this.
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Data stored on cloud is safe from hard drive crash and theft and you can access your data anywhere across the globe as long as you have an internet connection. Cloud acts like a storehouse for unlimited data digitally.

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An Example of Success in the Cloud | Cloud Computing content from Talkin' Cloud

An Example of Success in the Cloud | Cloud Computing content from Talkin' Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
All kinds of businesses can benefit from cloud adoption — even those in technology. Here's an example of how one technology provider found success in the cloud.
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It took me five minutes to fire up my home desktop, install one of my five instances of Office365 available to me, download the client connector to our main PSA solution and I was up and running.

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How Cloud Computing is Changing the Healthcare IT Industry

How Cloud Computing is Changing the Healthcare IT Industry | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The accelerating migration to cloud computing represents a change for the way the healthcare industry sources its health information technology.
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Medical imaging is one of the most prolific uses of cloud in healthcare. By using a cloud solution for storing and sharing large data files involved in medical imaging saves hospitals, physicians and other organizations in health care costs while boosting speed and efficiency.

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The accelerating migration to cloud computing is changing the way the healthcare industry sources its health information technology

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Enterprise Cloud Services Retooled as Google for Work

Enterprise Cloud Services Retooled as Google for Work | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google is retooling its Enterprise Cloud Services with a new name and better accessibility for smaller businesses. It's now called Google For Work.
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Some of the most accessible features include Google Apps for Work. Every user who signs up for Google for Work gets access to their own business email address.

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Samsung Chooses Dropbox over Google Cloud for Device Storage | Cloud Computing Mobile Services content from Talkin' Cloud

Samsung Chooses Dropbox over Google Cloud for Device Storage | Cloud Computing Mobile Services content from Talkin' Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Starting this month, several Samsung mobile devices will have Dropbox selected as the default cloud choice—a slight blow to Google Drive.
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Samsung's mobile devices are based on Android, of course, so it's a little surprising that Samsung has chosen Dropbox over Google Drive, making it a good win for Dropbox.

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