Fears About The Cloud: Education And Security

March 22nd, 2013 No comments

In today’s fast-moving world of technological advancement, we are entrusting more and more of our precious data to systems that we might not have a thorough understanding of. Cloud computing is one such convenience that, while revolutionizing the way we store digital information, is also raising some eyebrows when it comes to security. The key to assuaging fears about security in the cloud is education. Read on to learn more:

Security concerns. Many people mistakenly believe that their data stored in the cloud is somehow less secure than the data that is stored elsewhere on their computers or in the Internet. That is simply not true. However, what is true is that cloud security requires its own set of specific considerations, some that are not as pertinent to other forms of storage. When it comes to ensuring data security in the cloud, there are some common concerns that need to be addressed: data encryption, verifiable security checks through the provider, and sensitive data privacy are at the top of the list.

Shared responsibility. There are three types of cloud hosting: Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). One thing that all three of these hosting service types have in common is that they all require a shared responsibility between them and you when it comes to the security of your data, in varying ratios. For example, SaaS cloud hosting assumes the majority of the security responsibility, while requiring the least from the end user, and IaaS cloud hosting puts the majority of the security responsibility on the user. However you cut it, though, you cannot escape the need to seriously consider your data’s security, no matter where or how it is stored in the cloud.

How you can do your part to protect your cloud-stored data. The first, and most important, thing you can do is take time to thoroughly review the contractual and legal components of your agreement with your cloud hosting provider. This information is made available to you before you enter into a contract with a provider, and it is your responsibility to understand what your responsibilities are. Secondly, you should never just assume that your cloud hosting service is providing protection to your standard. If, in the contract, your provider commits to providing security measures, then you should ask what measures, specifically, are being used, and get proof.

As you can see, it is not enough to entrust cloud storage providers with the security of your data. You must take personal responsibility for that which is important to you, and that means taking proactive measures to ensure your information is safe in cloud storage.

About the Author: Sheryll Wickenhauser uses a disk and a cloud system for backing up her data. She prefers the Backblaze backup service and a separate hard disk she stores off-site for her business.

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Cloud Technology And How It Can Slash Costs And Multiply Capabilities

March 20th, 2013 No comments

Cloud Technology

Cloud computing platforms offer businesses increased mobility, greater flexibility and less of a need to use physical storage devices. Cloud technology involves innovative technologies that can help companies run more efficiently. This translates into the capability of providing faster customer service and enhanced communication. Additionally, cloud platforms also allow prospective clients, employees and business owners quicker access to essential information.

Enhanced Customer Experience
The drive for efficiency and speed have become a catalyst for creating improved storage technologies. This can help enterprises acquire and store greater amounts of data, proactively perform analytics and provide customized services and products for their customers. Cloud data services allow users to have access to virtual storage to share data in files on either a private or public basis. Having data on the cloud equates to greater computing capacity and power while cutting costs.

Cloud Technology and the Future
Application technology and programming techniques change frequently. With cloud computing, the objective is making the technology better while remaining user-friendly. Internet based development is rapidly growing as many online networks look for new avenues to help businesses communicate and share data with clients. It has been widely accepted that today’s computing environment will ultimately become cloud based as people and companies move away from local applications.

Addressing Cloud Security
One concern among consumers and some online business owners regarding cloud technology is security. Cloud applications in reality are usually served by very secure and large computer firms. Data such as passwords, credit account details and banking information can all be encrypted and protected by cloud providers. Platform owners typically have strong measures in place to ensure safety from outside intrusion as well.

Affordable and Reliable Storage
Whether you are a small online marketing firm or a multinational enterprise, companies of all sizes can realize more efficiency, productivity gains and cost savings never before possible prior to cloud solutions. Cloud computing service offers greater scalability, reduced administration complexity, less hardware use along with savings on energy. Additionally, businesses have very little financial risk when adopting cloud alternatives. If you need application hosting or cloud storage or a combination of both, cloud providers provide transparency in pricing which makes it easy to calculate cost savings.

Competitive Advantage
One of the largest benefits of switching to the cloud is being able to grow without concern for purchasing expensive new infrastructure equipment. This allows companies to position themselves to compete more effectively in the marketplace against larger firms. Technology personnel costs can be reduced by half in many instances. In fact, many municipalities, businesses and government agencies nationwide are now realizing these cost savings after changing to cloud based applications.

Johnny is a managed it services provider. When he’s not working dillegently to assist a customer with project it services over at My IT Pros, he’s fiddling around with computer parts in his garage.

 

 

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Prevent The "End Of The World"; Increase Your Chances Of Data Recovery

March 15th, 2013 No comments

 

 

While not about Cloud Data, per se, today’s guest post has some excellent tips for helping you recover from a bad situation.

Increase Your Chances Of Data Recovery

Dead hard drive? Lost data? End of the world? It very well could be, especially if you are near to discovering the cure to cancer or to eradicating the flu virus. But no matter what kind of information is on your computer, earth-shattering discoveries or not, hard drive failure will always seem like doomsday. The worst part? You may not be able to recover all (or any) of your data from your failed hard drive.

Your Dilemma: Signs of Hard Drive Failure

You live in New Jersey, and you’re trying to learn a few of the languages spoken there. But each time you use your language programs, your computer freezes and makes strange grinding noises. Recently, when you tried to open one of your assignments for your language class at the local college, your computer couldn’t find it. You need to keep your language programs intact, and you have gigabytes of pictures, videos, and Word documents. So how can you ensure that your data won’t be lost?

Increase Your Data Recovery Chances

There are a few things that you can do to give your hard drive the best chance of full data recovery.

1) Stop using your computer immediately!

Your first option, especially if your computer is “grinding” and having obvious mechanical issues, is to stop using your computer all together. Yeah, you’ll have to use the library’s computer for a while, but leaving your data alone is the best option.

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2) Don’t write any new media onto the malfunctioning disk.

If you continue to use your computer, don’t put more data on your hard drive. Not only is it unreasonable, but you could accidently write over other data. Even by surfing the web, you risk losing more data because the browser saves files on its own.

3) Delete old files.

If you are still using your malfunctioning computer, you should delete extra, unused files. You may be able to prevent overwriting data by freeing up some space on your hard drive.

4) Back up, back up, back up!

The best way to keep your data safe is to back it up frequently. Be sure that every new important piece of data that is stored on your computer is backed up. If you have copies elsewhere, you won’t even have to worry about data recovery. Once you see any sign of your hard drive dying, find a way to back up files immediately.

5) Find a professional data recovery service.
So you don’t have a back up, and your hard drive isn’t getting any better. Don’t jump directly to home remedies. There are free programs to recover your data, but these could make the situation worse. Professionals, such as Secure Data Recovery Services, will be able to salvage more data than at-home efforts.

Prevent Your Doomsday

Do everything you can to prevent losing your language programs. But remember that even with all of these efforts, most of these steps just delay the inevitable, which is hard drive failure. Still, if you lose any data, take your computer to a professional first.

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Claire Young has been writing about computers and other modern gadgets since 2008. She is always on the lookout for new or up-and-coming products so that she can review these for other users.

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Pros and Cons Of A Cloud Storage – Why Use A Cloud Storage?

March 11th, 2013 No comments

Pros and Cons Of A Cloud Storage – Why Use A Cloud Storage?

disk storageCloud Storage is a new technology which people use to secure their data, information, organizational servers and business community operations. However, many  people are unable to take a final decision about the cloud storage because they are still unaware of the pros and cons of the cloud storage.

Pros Of Cloud Storage

1. Ease and Convenience

Cloud offers very convenient and easy data storage, which is beneficial for the small business owners, who are not much aware of the computer technicalities. Once the data is up, it is maintained by some manager who is off-site. The company or the owner of the organization does not have to maintain the data, and therefore no extra responsibility is required for data storage maintenance. The owners can also sync their data storage system with their emails and mobile phones, and get updates about the alterations and modifications on a daily basis.

2. Scalable options

The owners can buy more space as the business flourishes. An intelligent way is to make the first installation with 25% more space than the required one. This space is upgradable which makes Cloud storage scalable and hassle-free.

3. Greater Security

The companies store data on their own servers, which can be disrupted or dismantled by the external data killing agents like server crash, fire etc. In cloud storage, the data storage outside the organization enables the users to back it up whenever required. The encryption before transmission and storage ensures greater security for the organizational data.

Cons Of Cloud Storage

1. Expensive

The owners of small businesses and organizations when move to the Cloud storage, they are more concerned about the pricing strategies of the cloud storage. The prices and rates of the other data storage providers are mush cost-effective than the cloud storage. On a larger scale, other data storage companies provide various packages which differ on the basis of the required space and affordability of the company. However, cloud storage mostly proves to be expensive for most of the small business owners.

2. Credibility

Being a new technology, cloud storage is normally not trusted by the small business owners. If we analyze the cloud storage and society on the basis of Diffusion of Innovation theory, it seems that the diffusion is quite low as compared to other new technologies, being released in the past few years. Analysts are worried about the reluctant behavior of the small business owners towards the Cloud storage, and believe that the adoption of cloud storage is taking much longer time than other technological equipments.

3. Control and Capacity

To control the operations on the cloud storage, one needs to sign a service-level agreement or contract with the administration of the data storage provider. This agreement allows the administration to access the data of the organizational computer systems, and therefore people are precarious about their precious and confidential data.

Another problem about capacity and control arises when it comes to the file transfers. An organization using the services of cloud storage needs to have a very high-speed internet. If due to some technical problem, the internet stops functioning, then the company computers will also be unable to transfer files and data with each other.

Author Bio:

The article is written by Gloria Philips who loves to describe the necessity of best cloud storage for internet users. She is a technology blogger whose articles appear on Tech, fashion and beauty blogs.

 

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MS Azure Blob Storage outpaces Amazon S3

March 7th, 2013 No comments

Nasuni, the cloud storage vendor, has a new report, White Paper: The State of Cloud Storage in 2013, that saysamongst other things, Azure has passed Amazon S3 in price/performance value. Nasuni publishes the annual report to share the information that it gathers in order to properly evaluate CSPs for its own use. In much the same way that traditional enterprise storage vendors use commodity disk drives as components in their products, Nasuni uses public cloud storage from the major CSPs as a component in their Storage Infrastructure as a Service.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn last year’s report, tests demonstrated that Amazon S3 was the top performer due to its overall performance and consistent results. Although other offerings showed potential, they had not yet reached the level of performance that Amazon S3 demonstrated.

For the 2013 CSP Performance Test, Nasuni measured performance across three categories:

  • Write/Read/Delete Speed: This test measures the raw ability of each CSP to handle thousands of writes, reads and deletes (W/R/D) with files of varying sizes and levels of concurrency.
  • Availability: This test measures each CSP’s response time to a single W/R/D process at 60-second intervals over a 30-day period.
  • Scalability: This test measures each CSP’s performance consistency (or lack thereof) as the number of objects under management increases into the hundreds of millions.

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