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Maria Spínola

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In the previous article we looked at some Cloud Security Advantages. Now let's now look at some Cloud Challenges. Cloud Challenges • Trusting vendor’s security model • Customer inability to respond to audit findings • Obtaining support for investigations • Indirect administrator accountability • Proprietary implementations can’t be examined • Loss of physical control; Data dispersal and international privacy laws • Need for isolation management • Multi-tenancy • Logging challenges • Data ownership issues • Quality of service guarantees • Dependence on secure hypervisors • Attraction to hackers (high value target) • Possibility for massive outages • Encryption needs for cloud computing Let's look depper into a few of the major concerns. How can you be sure your Data is Safe? Data safety in the cloud is not a trivial concern. Some online storage vendors such as The Linkup and Carbonite h... (more)

Cloud Computing, in Plain English, to IT Directors, VP's, CIO's and CEO's

Sometimes we forget that every day, new people are discovering Cloud Computing, and that they know very little about it. So the objective of this article is very simple... to explain Cloud Computing, in plain English, to IT Directors, VP's, CIO's and CEO's:, I hope that with this video, you could understand what is Cloud Computing and what it can do to your company. In the nexts articles, I will try to explain the followings points: - Why Should IT Directors, VP's, CIO's and CEO's Care About Cloud Computing? - Cloud Computing Equals to SaaS, Grid, Utility Computing, Hosting? - What Exact... (more)

Rushing To Cloud Computing Can Be Bad

Business managers know that in spite of the benefits of every new technology/business model, there are also risks and issues like trust, loss of privacy, regulatory violation, data replication, coherency and erosion of integrity, application sprawl, and dependencies, among others. Therefore they realize that rushing things when it comes to Cloud Computing can be a very bad decision. However, ignoring Cloud Computing all together, because of a belief in your ability to secure your own environment better than a service provider ever could, or jumping rapidly into it because the man... (more)

Cloud Computing News: Week 20 to 26 July 2009

This list is a summary of Cloud Computing news that I posted during the past week on Twitter: - Unisys & #CloudComputing: Exclusive Q&A with Rich Marcello http://bit.ly/JmBad (via @cloudnomics) #Security & #Privacy are big concerns... - Sun Microsystems view on #CloudComputing: http://bit.ly/1cm61n - List of advantages of #CloudComputing http://bit.ly/X8mKB (via @CloudMarkets) ME: and list of advantages vs risks: http://bit.ly/oBwga - How is Your Cloud Computing Provider Doing? http://bit.ly/nXWYM (via @cloudysaas) - The tech jobs that the cloud will eliminate... and which become mor... (more)

Cloud Computing News: July 27 - Aug 2, 2009

This list is a summary of Cloud Computing news that I posted during the past week on Twitter: - When a SaaS solution should or should not be considered Cloud? http://bit.ly/cj4mo (via @CloudExpo) - RT @JohnTreadway EXCELLENT post by @ghaff on CloudCamp Boston + observations made there: http://bit.ly/19eZjd via @beaker - #CloudComputing trend is growing - Innovators have to be quick to survive... by @jmkap http://bit.ly/2icmS (via @cloudbook) - #CloudComputing Makes Servers Obsolete http://bit.ly/rdXFI (by @lmacvittie) #CloudViews - Cloud Computing Use Cases #WhitePaper Published by @... (more)