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Cloud security – why privates better

Posted by Stefan Haase | 26 Sep 2011, 11:25 AM

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At a recent Cloud Circle forum event I joined a panel of experts for a Q&A session in which participants from a wide range of organisations were able to discuss their Cloud related experiences and concerns.

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Barriers to the Cloud – whats holding companies back?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 13 Sep 2011, 16:45 PM

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A recent survey from Norway on the uptake of Cloud Computing cited 91% of public sector and 83% of private sector respondents as indicating “maintaining control over data and security to prevent data being compromised by third parties” as a primary concern when making the move to Cloud-based services.

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Dont let consumer problems cloud your business judgement.

Posted by Stefan Haase | 12 Sep 2011, 09:16 AM

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Although Gartner recently declared that Cloud computing is as ‘hyped up’ as it has ever been, its reputation is suffering a little. With each reported problem from the likes of Amazon, Google and more latterly Microsoft, businesses build up their defences and question if (rather than when) they should adopt Cloud services.

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The US Patriot Act: Whos looking at YOUR data?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 7 Sep 2011, 15:48 PM

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Recent data compliance examples from Google and Microsoft have highlighted the significant vulnerabilities with Cloud service providers who data hosting services are based outside the UK. This may not provide sufficient control over where your data is actually stored, it has implications related to data protection, and may expose your data to scrutiny by the US government.

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Olympics front-runners: why SMEs should be part of the race

Posted by Stefan Haase | 5 Sep 2011, 16:12 PM

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A recent article in The Telegraph about London’s Olympic Stadium revealed that “the grass came from Scunthorpe, the seats from Luton and the roof from Bolton”. The fact that it was all built in Britain is truly a remarkable achievement. However, I’m reminded that I was recently asked why it was that SMEs had failed to win contracts for the 2012 Olympics.

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Its not the Cloud that fails customers. Its the Cloud provider.

Posted by Stefan Haase | 31 Aug 2011, 16:16 PM

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Evidently, the latest Amazon debacle wasn’t an act of God. Instead, it seems that the provider’s equipment – and not a lightning strike at energy supplier EBS Networks’ substation – was to blame.

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Is Cloud computing the mainframes close cousin?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 31 Aug 2011, 16:14 PM

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From George, the Meccano robot, to his project to recreate the code-cracker Colossus, and founding of the National Museum of Computing, Tony Sale, who sadly died yesterday, can be viewed as the embodiment of the computing age. Looking back at Tony’s career and the extroadinary advancements in technology over recent decades I wonder whether we have gone full circle. I ask myself, is Cloud Computing a close cousin of the mainframe?

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Happy 30th birthday IBM PC – but its time to make way for the next generation

Posted by Stefan Haase | 12 Aug 2011, 13:22 PM

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In his blog post of August 12th 2011 marking the 30th anniversary of the IBM personal computer, Mark Dean, one of the engineers who designed the first machine, declares that PCs “are going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs.”

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IT Directors Forum: Findings Part 1

Posted by Stefan Haase | 21 Jun 2011, 14:12 PM

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The Public Sector has undoubtedly been hit by the comprehensive Spending Review and the cuts that have been applied to a variety of their sector verticals – blue lights, local government, health and so on.

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Utilising Virtualisation For Disaster Recovery

Posted by Stefan Haase | 25 May 2011, 16:13 PM

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According to Gartner, around 15-20 per cent of IT workloads are already virtualised, and this figure could potentially treble to 50-60 per cent by 2012. Such positive adoption is easily explained when you consider that the resultant benefits read like an IT director’s wish list.

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Data and information – your legal obligations

Posted by Stefan Haase | 25 May 2011, 11:41 AM

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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”) came into force on 1st January 2005 and gave the public new rights of access to recorded information held by public authorities – and email is considered part of that ‘recorded information’.

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Protecting business-critical data under tight fiscal constraints

Posted by Stefan Haase | 25 May 2011, 10:13 AM

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Exponential data growth brings with it many tough challenges for modern business. IT teams are struggling to ensure data availability under tight fiscal constraints.

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Customer service – a big deal for smaller clients

Posted by Stefan Haase | 24 May 2011, 11:42 AM

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During my participation in a recent Q&A panel debate at a Cloud Circle Forum event I got a reminder of what many of the large Cloud services providers may have forgotten… the importance of service management for smaller clients. The question, “How do you treat small clients?” posed to the panel by one of the audience members was a stumbling block for the likes of Google, IBM and Microsoft.

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Are other providers investing…or simply in denial?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 15 May 2011, 11:13 AM

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In a competitive marketplace, it’s true that customers are swayed by attention grabbing headlines of growth, with the promise of big brand security and savings.

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