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Cloud Fuels Disruption in Security Market

Cloud computing is having a major impact on all other areas of IT and delivering generally profound changes to the business world. Here’s a look at how the security field is evolving to embrace the cloud in 2016. Malware Protection Use of Firewalls Load Balancing Encrypting Switching App-Based Storage Conclusion The security industry is rapidly changing, with firewall and switching companies fading away to make room for solutions more directly geared toward the cloud. On the other hand, there are certain types of security firms that will continue to grow as the landscape shifts increasingly from physical to virtual. Malware Protection Anti-malware companies have expertise related to security, but their focus has traditionally been on in-house systems. Now that the cloud is becoming so central to computing, malicious parties are turning to those systems as points of entry for attack. In 2016, anti-malware firms will further invest in the development and introduction of cloud-specific tools. The services that will be used are fundamentally similar since the basic idea is to check traffic for possible malware injections. One challenging aspect is interoperability, notes TechCrunch – “how the anti-malware solution gets inserted into a cloud system to which it doesn’t necessarily have access.” […]

Cloud as a Standard-Bearer of Service-Oriented Architecture

Cloud can be thought of as today’s version of the old tech notion of service-oriented architecture. Let’s look at SOA, its benefits, and how cloud fits into the picture. What is Service-Oriented Architecture? Thinking in Terms of Services Benefits of Services How is Cloud a Further Evolution of SOA? How Cloud SOA is Different What is Service-Oriented Architecture? Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is an approach to building IT systems that embraces the service as the fundamental point of focus. Here are three basic parameters of an IT service: It is logically based on a task that occurs over and over again, with a standardized outcome (such as delivering geolocation data or organizing financial documents). It exists as a single entity. It could also include additional services. Thinking in Terms of Services Service is not an idea that originally comes from IT, of course. Instead, it is a straight business term. Look in any business directory and you will immediately notice how many different types of services are being offered. For any type of service available on the market, the company, or provider, “is offering to do something … that will benefit other people or companies (the service consumers),” notes the Open […]

Interoperability: Key to Fast Cloud Growth

From Legacy to the Virtual Expanse Speed as an Ultimate Priority 2015 & Beyond From Legacy to the Virtual Expanse Earlier in the history of the Internet, companies created massive customized environments to store and access customer data, marketing copy, bookkeeping, best practices, and more. When these were developed, interoperability was not a concern. Typically the software adopted by companies was about making life easier for the IT department (in the sense that they had control of those variables). User-friendliness wasn’t always prioritized, which led to people getting frustrated with IT. That whole dynamic started to get upended about 10 years ago. That was when Web 2.0 apps started hitting browsers, followed by an explosion of mobile apps. These fundamentally user-focused applications were exactly what people wanted in business. A short time following the rise of the app, cloud started making it possible for employees to access software immediately, which is how Shadow IT started to develop, explains Ron Miller of TechCrunch. “Instead of going to IT and asking for resources, a process that could take weeks,” he says, “users could sign onto a cloud service and provision software, servers, storage and even developer tools with a credit card.” As these […]

Big Banks Talk Containers & Cloud

In the finance sector, data safety is paramount. The adoption of cloud and containers by two huge banks demonstrates that these technologies are of use to virtually any organization. The Growing Financial Cloud Simplification at the Big Banks Streamlining & Public Cloud Forest, Not Trees Top Performance & Security The Growing Financial Cloud For financial firms, the question of using the third-party virtual systems of public cloud is challenging: financial information must be highly secure both to maintain reputation and to stay in line with regulations. Any data solution used by banks must be carefully scrutinized prior to deployment. Two of the findings from a poll published in the spring by the Cloud Security Alliance suggest that the financial industry, like healthcare and the rest of business, are increasingly comfortable with cloud technology, particularly public cloud: More than four out of five finance-sector companies that are still establishing their cloud plan will use public options (as opposed to private or hybrid ones), at least in part. Almost three-quarters of poll participants were currently transitioning from hybrid to public models. Those “two statistics show added comfort and assurance when practicing in the cloud and [are] an encouraging sign of maturity in […]

Trends & Forecasts from the IDG Cloud Survey

As one author explains, cloud is not only technologically but philosophically disruptive: it has changed the way we understand digital interaction. Let’s look at that broad view and then zero in on highlights from a 2015 cloud survey. Cloud as a Tech Model Highlights from New Cloud Survey Use of Cloud to Meet Business Goals Forecast for Adoption of Cloud Infrastructure & Apps Use of APIs in 2016 Budgets Decision-Makers Effect on IT Cloud as it Should Be Cloud as a Tech Model In the just-published book A Pre-History of the Cloud, author and former network engineer Tung-Hui Hu explores how the cloud changed our perception of the Internet. He does so by tracing the development of the use of cloud as a model within communications and technology. One of the first appearances of something that resembled the cloud was in a 1922 diagram that suggested a system of telegraph connections to enable mathematicians to rapidly interact for better weather forecasting. Another project fashioned in a similarly nebulous, interconnected manner came in 1951, when AT&T announced its new electronic skyway, which was a US-based network of microwave relay stations. In the 70s, the notion of cloud had been embraced as a […]

The De Facto Cloud Should Be Transformative

There are all these reports coming out that cloud is now the “de facto” choice for technology – that basically it has trumped legacy systems so substantially that it’s now the top tech priority for businesses. But if cloud is now standard, it must also be transformative in order to incorporate finance chiefs. Cloud at Top of Business Now Considered the “De Facto” or Default Choice Leveraging the Potential for Transformation Why Settle for Mediocrity? Cloud at Top of Business It’s obvious to most businesspeople that technology is now central to business success. The ever-changing landscape of technology can only be ignored at one’s peril. What’s the evidence? In fact, a report released in June found that almost three out of four chief executives around the world believe that technology is disrupting their industry – in other words, they say it is the one element that most greatly influences the market. Technology is important, but what’s the most key technology for development, differentiation, and competitive advantage? Here are the top responses: Cloud computing – 63% Mobile tech – 61% Internet of things – 57% Cognitive computing – 37% Groundbreaking manufacturing tech – 28% [RELATED: Do you want cloud that’s never oversold? […]