Posts Tagged ‘data security’

What’s at stake in the cloud?

4 October 2011 – The new federal strategy for implementing cloud-computing solutions is called “Cloud First”— and with good reason. We now systematically prefer cloud-computing solutions to those based on local servers and laptops. The allure of efficiencies, economies of scale, high-end services and — most importantly — reduced costs are almost irresistible.

But, as American governments at the federal, state and local levels rush headlong toward cloud computing, wouldn’t it be wise to pause and ask, “What’s at stake?”

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E-Discovery Moves to the Cloud

26 August 2011 – Electronic discovery is moving to the cloud. This is hardly surprising when one considers the client-focused benefits of cloud computing and the extraordinary market opportunities for vendors.

Let’s look at the numbers. The market for electronic discovery continues to grow with some estimates indicating aggregate software and services revenue growth from over $3 billion in 2010 to in excess of $6 billion by the end of 2013. Within this quickly emerging and expanding market, there is a pronounced increase in the acceptance and availability of cloud based electronic discovery offerings. For the two dozen or so leading vendors in this market, the opportunity is staggering.

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Experts help clear air on cloud computing

23 August 2011 – In essence, cloud computing is an umbrella term referring to the technology that allows IT services such as computation, software or storage to be handled by data centres offsite. These resources can be accessed by an individual or organisation through the internet.

William Fellows, co-founder of technology analyst firm The 451 Group, believes cloud computing offers a very attractive model for enterprises today.

“The main advantage is that instead of buying new computers and having to shell out capital expenditure, you can rent space on a cloud provider’s computer and you can recognise the money you spend on it as operational expenditure,” he says.

“The economic benefit is that it allows people to avoid having to provision all the IT to meet their peak demand – they can offload many of the tasks to a third-party client provider.”

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Cloud computing gains traction in South Africa

22 August 2011 – Cloud computing is gaining ground in South Africa for a number of reasons. This includes vastly improved bandwidth capability, both in terms of quantity and quality, greater affordability of bandwidth and improved security technology that addresses many of the concerns businesses have had around the concept of the cloud in the past.

The reality is that there has never been a better time to get into the cloud in South Africa. While there may not be “enough bandwidth” for everything that could be done, there is certainly sufficient availability for many applications already and the price is coming down fast.

As the advantages of the cloud have begun to outweigh previous security risks, so too have security measures improved.  Encryption capabilities now extend up to 2048 bit encryption and a move towards three-phase authentication, such as seen in financial institutions, with usernames, passwords and one-time pins, is now available to secure the cloud.  Using multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) can also help to vastly enhance security measures, in effect extending a private LAN into the cloud and … Read more

The legal traps of cloud computing

11 August 2011 – Recent disasters such as the Lush, Distribute.IT and Amazon outages have proven just how crucial planning for the cloud is. Especially after the recent Amazon outage which took offline a host of sites including FourSquare and Yelp.

A range of legal experts working in the IT industry say many small businesses are completely unaware of where their data is located, how much it is costing them, and many don’t even know if they’ll get their data back if they ask for it.

While cloud computing has its benefits, they say, many SMEs don’t bother reading the fine print – and it comes back to bite them.

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Investing: is there sunshine ahead for cloud computing?

31 July 2011 – Technology investors have their heads in the cloud these days.  Cloud computing, which supplies on-demand hosted services over the Internet, requires only that its clients have a computer and Internet access. It handles the functions traditionally performed by a firm’s in-house hardware and software.  Cloud computing’s potential is reflected in the soaring stocks of companies actively involved in providing cloud services, but stumbling blocks include security concerns and confusion about what the cloud really is.

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Will the government get serious on cloud security, data privacy?

31 July 2011 – When the federal government finally does undertake the task of legislating around cloud computing, it seems very likely that security measures and data privacy will drive the ship. On Tuesday, the TechAmerica Foundation’s CLOUD2 commission announced a data- and security-heavy set of recommendations to guide the federal government’s efforts in regulating, adopting and promoting the cloud, following up on a recent Brookings Institution discussion on a proposed Cloud Computing Act that focuses on those two issues. This isn’t surprising, given that these are two areas in which the government can most directly affect the nature of the cloud.

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Cloud computing: data may be subject to U.S. laws

31 July 2011 – In a recent piece, Philip D. Porter explains that data stored in the cloud may be subject to numerous laws aimed at protecting privacy and national security.  Porter, a partner at Hogan Lovells, points out that because few cloud service providers accept responsibility for compliance with particular laws and regulations, customers must understand the legal requirements that they must satisfy and then undertake due diligence to determine whether the cloud computing services they are considering enable them to comply with applicable laws and regulations.

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Investors have their heads firmly in cloud computing

30 July 2011 – Technology investors have their heads in the cloud these days. Cloud computing, which supplies on-demand hosted services over the Internet, requires only that its clients have a computer and Internet access. It handles the functions traditionally performed by a firm’s own in-house hardware and software.

The global cloud-computing market is expected to reach $241 billion in 2020, up from $41 billion in 2010, according to Forrester Research. That long-term potential is reflected in the high-flying stocks of companies actively involved in the concept.

A stumbling block, however, is concern over the security of data when a client firm can no longer control it on its own premises. Hackers and crashed systems are, after all, a company’s worst nightmares.

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Demystifying the Government Cloud

28 July 2011 – It seems that everyone is talking about cloud computing these days. IT managers are enthusiastic about hosting their data and software on the internet, rather than on managed, dedicated servers, because it makes data more accessible, and easier and less expensive to update. The cloud can support any number of services or applications, and it removes the need to install or upgrade software. Moreover, the cost of acquiring and implementing web-based software is typically a lot lower.

Clearly, public sector organisations stand to benefit greatly from the cost savings and technological benefits that cloud computing offers. So why is it that public sector organisations are taking longer than others to adopt cloud computing?

One potential obstacle is that the market is relatively new, so many buyers lack confidence in their ability to choose the right solutions. With so many cloud-based products and services on the market, they want to make sure they have enough experience to make informed decisions. What should we look out for? What is or isn’t a good buy? How much should we … Read more