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Taking to the Cloud: A Look at the Future of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has gone far beyond an inevitability or trend; the cloud is a reality now, a business tool that many companies have been using for years. The recent explosion is just the latest in a series of developments that have seen many businesses adopting the cloud and making it a regular part of their operations. According to a recent study, 58% of businesses spend more than 10% of their yearly budgets on cloud services. There’s little debate that cloud computing is sweeping through the business world, but what does the future hold? A close look at current trends and movements reveals details that could shed some light on what awaits the cloud in the years to come. New Applications & Services Cloud providers are always looking for ways to stand out from the rest of the pack, and the best way to do that is through developing the latest innovative applications. In most cases, the innovations will come from already existing providers or those businesses that are already using cloud computing. It is this added experience that can be a driving force for new solutions and applications in the cloud community. Existing services can also be expected to get better,...
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Three of the Worst Cloud Security Threats

Even though everyone has been talking about how great cloud systems arelately, there are certain security threats that they are prone to and that you should be aware of. After all, you will be placing a lot ofyour most important and most personal files onto a cloud server of your choice, so the last thing that you would ever want is for it tobe hacked into or compromised in any way that would cause you to lose your files or your privacy. And you certainly don't ever want yourfiles to be damaged either. To help you keep your files and your computer equipment as secure aspossible, continue reading for three of the worst threats that cloud servers face. Data Loss Data loss can happen if a disk drive completely fails or dies and there isno backup to save the data that was stored on that disk drive. This can also occur as a result of human error. For example, if someoneloses the key that unlocks the data that is encrypted on a drive, it can be gone forever with no hopes of retrieving it again. Or dataloss can even occur as a result of a malicious attack. Ensuring you have at...
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New Cost Explorer Enables Companies to Better Track and Analyze Cloud Spending

According to InfoWorld, Amazon has just released a new service known as the Cost Explorer, with the goal of enabling organizations to more easily view and analyze their spending using Amazon's hosted cloud services. Amazon Web Services have, in the past, been criticized for the difficulty involved with tracking and projecting cloud costs. It seems that the industry giant was listening, because the new tool is likely to be a big hit with current users.To assist users, the Cost Explorer, which is free, will come with several preconfigured reports that can help make clear the totals of daily spending, the monthly spending for each service, and more. Cost Explorer allows users to create customized filters for cost analysis based on services, tags, time period and accounts. Cost Explorer is capable of analyzing data for the current month as well as the previous four months of available data.According to a recent study by RightScale, about 94% of companies now use cloud technology in some capacity. However, there is a wide variety of adoption levels when it comes to deployment. Keeping the cost of cloud services under control can be difficult for companies that use it for a large range of capabilities.Amazon seems to...
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A look into Web-Based Software

There’s no doubt that cloud computing unleashed countless possibilities in today’s technological world. Email services, cloud storage and virtual computing environments are some of the few examples.   Perhaps, one of the best benefits of the cloud for business organizations is web-based office suite software.   First off, a web-based application is any kind of computer software that you use over the internet through the aid of your web browser. Apart from installing a web browser on your PC, there is absolutely no local installation involved in using web-based applications.   Why Use Web-Based Software? For businesses, using web-based software will free you from having to worry about the technical aspects of installing the software on PCs and maintaining them too. All the data security, upgrades, and even backups are handled by a totally different crew of IT specialists, leaving you with only one task: to work.   Security Safety of your data shouldn’t be ignored as well. Traditional software allows users to save their files locally on their PCs, and no one can really argue that there is danger in doing this.   However, as much as clicking the “Save” button will give you assurance that your work is...
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What is a Secure Private Cloud?

Public Clouds are readily available from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, HP, Dell & Memset amongst others. These Public Clouds use Virtualisation technology to store multiple instances of virtual machines on large pools of physical servers within geographically dispersed data centres. This will mean that customers will be running their virtual machines alongside other customers on the same physical server without any knowledge of who the other customers are or what they're using it for. Not everybody wants to share the hardware that their systems run on with unknown neighbours. However, people do still want to take advantage of the efficiency savings derived from using the Cloud. That’s when you seek out a Secure Private Cloud. That’s not to say Public Clouds are insecure, they are and work very well with the hypervisor separating virtual machines from one another to all intense purposes the same as if they were on separate physical machines. So if the hypervisor keeps you separated what’s the big issue? Well, legislation may mean that if you store sensitive data you may not be allowed to keep that data on hardware you share with others. Alternatively you may work with partners who have strict security procedures from preventing you...
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