One of the big revelations within the evolving PRISM scandal is how important
a role big data and cloud computing have played in enabling the NSA to
facilitate the scale of monitoring they achieved.
While there are many things to be said on both sides of the discussion around
the PRISM program, its diminished presence within the 24 hour news cycle has
given many within the cloud computing and big data industries pause enough to
provide some analysis of the programs impact on the technology space.
Mark Milian of Bloomberg recently published a post articulating the perceived
problems the PRISM fallout proposes for U.S. based cloud providers.
Did the NSA mess cloud computing up for the rest of us?
Citing a global survey detailing respondents’ reticence to continue with
cloud providers, market projections for the cloud industry have been reduced
on expectations that more ... (more)
At some level, every business is utilizing outsourced platforms. But where
infrastructure as a service is concerned, what are some key indicators that
managed services is the next logical step?
Most companies are comfortable with outsourcing some portion of their
infrastructure and applications (think about the degree you use AWS, or
Salesforce.com). But outsourcing isn’t simply an option for super large
businesses who want to consolidate costs or increase agility. For businesses
that are looking to grow, at whatever scale, managed services presents a path
that can enable great... (more)
Securing your data used to be simpler (if not necessarily easy). You had IT
infrastructure in your data center. You adopted security controls at all
levels – from physical security, controlling who could enter the facility,
up through the network and system, and application layers. IT security looked
a lot like perimeter security in a building – the valuables are inside, the
attackers are outside, so you have good walls and strong locks and monitor
what passes through.
The cloud explodes this model. Today, your data is in your own facility, at a
managed hosting provider’s data c... (more)
When you think of cloud computing in the healthcare vertical, you also have
to think of security and governance. Indeed, the need to control and secure
healthcare data in the cloud is a big issue, and thus cloud governance is
On the whole, cloud computing needs governance to succeed. If you think
about it, at the end state of the cloud computing implementation, we’ll
have thousands of services and data elements under management. To control
how they are accessed, added, deleted, and altered, we need a solid approach,
processes, procedures, and technology. That is wh... (more)
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HOT FRIDAY! Some would say too hot. But the cloud is pretty cool.
Wrapping up this week’s cloud news include heavy discussions among the big
players new businesses who are trying to tackle make an impact, and how cloud
computing is evolving to the point that companies should pay close attention
to how that can affect current and future adoption. On top of that, CIOs are
increasingly acknowledging the cloud as inevitable.
Did we miss anything good? Let us know on Twitter @CloudGathering.
Albeit Microsoft’s boas... (more)