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Cloud App Integration: Incredibly Important, But Also Problematic

January 22, 2013 Added by:Ben Kepes

As we move into the cloud-dominated world, the issue of integration is more prominent as enterprises realize how many different systems are being used throughout their organizations. While one of the best things about cloud is the democratization of technology, this is also one of the most problematic areas...

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If IaaS is Going to be Heterogeneous, PaaS Will be Even More So

December 13, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

It’s something I’m actually quite passionate about – not using management tools that force business units to adopt a particular solution that may or may not really meet their needs. It makes no sense and actually hampers the ability for cloud to deliver the benefits it promises...

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CloudBeat 2012 - "Whose job is cloud security?"

December 11, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

People are still stuck on authentication, mainly passwords. We as an industry or customer base haven't been very good at figuring out how to manage identities, without sticking our customers with a million different sites which don't share common identities...

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If you are not serious enough about your security don’t expect your IT service provider to care

December 10, 2012 Added by:Hani Banayoti

Another year coming to a close and I am full of hope for new thinking on security for the road ahead. One particular aspect in our profession that I would like to see change in the very near future is the typical approach to incorporating security in contracts with IT Service Providers...

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Is PaaS the optimal cloud service model option for security? (Part 1 of 2)

December 06, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

It would seem that in the IaaS cloud service delivery model unless you know what you're getting into it may be quite tough to deploy a solid, risk-averse cloud-based application. Now, PaaS is different than the other two in that it is a compromise between extensibility and built-in security features...

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On Terms of Service, and a Global Code

November 25, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

TOS;DR aims to help with what is possibly the biggest lie on the internet, that which users make when they click that they have read, understood and accepted the terms of service of their provider. The fact is that no one reads them but rather vaguely hopes for the best...

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Accessibility and the Untold Issue Around Cloud Computing

September 26, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

The decision was made during the consultation process that universal design and accessibility issues should be outside the scope of the document. That was a necessary decision as the drive was to come up with a readily consumable document that vendors could easily comply with...

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Preparing Developers for Tomorrow’s Cloudy World

September 17, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

"The advent of cloud computing has removed infrastructure as a barrier to rapid and massive scaling of applications. [IaaS and Paas have] made it possible for a developer to create an application one day and have it utilized by hundreds of thousands of users the next..."

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CIOs Seek Value But See Challenges with Cloud Computing

September 16, 2012 Added by:Bill Gerneglia

The face of corporate IT changes dramatically with a move to the cloud – no longer do people need to spend time racking and stacking servers, patching software and other low level tasks – the fact is that in the long run individual organizations will not have email server administrators, desktop software support personnel or systems administrators...

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Are Applications and Services on the Public Cloud Secure?

September 15, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

Any application that was built to be secured independently of the environment will do as well in a public cloud as it did in your private data center. If you build the application to be low-risk independent of your environmental controls you shouldn't have to worry where it lives...

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Data Mobility and Security Biggest Cloud Computing Concern

September 10, 2012 Added by:Bill Gerneglia

BYOD issues continue to cause headaches for IT departments. Security mandates grow exponentially as they struggle to prevent data leaks from private networks onto public clouds. The biggest concerns with public clouds are the loss of data and control of the location of that data...

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Keeping Safe In The Cloud

September 09, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

“With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away through the legalistic terms of service with a cloud provider that computer users must agree to... the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it...”

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Google Wallet: Please Tell Me They’re Joking...

September 08, 2012 Added by:Joel Harding

No computer in the world is safe from a determined hacker. Most of us don’t properly secure our computer, our smart phone, or even our wallets. So how in the heck does storing your credit and debit card information “in the cloud” help you secure your already vulnerable information?

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DMTF's Cloud Infrastructure Standard

September 07, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

CIMI is arguably more complex than a simple standard – it reflects that people want to rubber stamp a standard, but also want to deliver proprietary functionality as a point of differentiation from the competition. CIMI is a positive initiative, but the proof is in the pudding...

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Steps to Ensure a Smooth(er) Migration to a Cloud Service

August 30, 2012 Added by:Bozidar Spirovski

Assuming you have selected a service to migrate to a cloud provider, and have selected the cloud provider, even after contract signing, things may still be far from complete. The migration process is the thing that can be very painful and can break the entire service for an extended amount of time...

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On Cloud Outages (Yeah, They Happen)

August 29, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

Cloud vendors are quick to point out how reliable their data centers are with redundant channels, power supply structures and the like. Any application running on the cloud needs to consider the same issues – it is unrealistic to rely on one single data center – a chain is only as strong as its weakest link...

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