Cloud

Cloud Computing {1}

by Michael M
Today we are entering a age where technology is changing all of the time and is changing rapidly. We always have a computer at the tips our fingers with our smart phones, laptops, and even our tablets. With all of this changing technology we need to chage the way we store our data so it can be accessable to us anytime anywhere and even on any computer. That technology is now here and is becoming popuar for everyone within the business world and even for resedential use. This new technology is known as cloud computing. It allows you to have all of your data on
all of your computers allowing you to make updates and will allow you to store the data back to the cloud so you can access it later. Apple is one company that is using cloud computing. It will allow people to store all of their music and pictures on the cloud and can be accessed using a apple device. Apple will give 5 gb of space to people to use on their server. read more...

Amazon facilitates the cloud for government agencies {Comments Off on Amazon facilitates the cloud for government agencies}

by Edwin T
The article i chose included Amazon’s Web Services, specifically Amazon GovCloud, which is a tool aimed at giving government agencies the means to move information into the cloud.  One of the advantages of GovCloud is compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations which requires that data be accessed within the United States.  This was an issue holding government agencies from moving into the cloud.  NASA is currently among one of the many agencies taking advantage of GovCloud, and that’s because GovCloud supports security controls such as FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act).  “Today, over 100 government agencies are taking advantage of AWS and we’re excited to continue working with agencies as they implement the Federal Cloud First policy to become more efficient, agile, and innovative through more effective use of technology infrastructure,” vice president of AWS global public sector Teresa Carlson said. “AWS is the next step in that evolution.” read more...

What is the Cloud? {2}

by Nelson T
In an article that I have read from PC Magazine Online, cloud computing is the next big thing coming to consumers and businesses. Cloud computing allows people to have complete access to their personal data as well as data from other users as well. This is called Personal Cloud Computing. An example of one of the many benefits of the personal cloud is automatic sync. If a user searches for music using their mobile device, purchases a piece of music from their favorite artist, the mp3 file downloads not only on their mobile device but also downloads automatically to their home computer and other devices that are linked that cloud account. Other items include the user’s address book, email and documents.  Having access to the cloud is fairly cheap and this is attracts business. Businesses can use the cloud to do some serious data mining on the fly. Having access to information coming from their users. A way that a cloud can be distinguished is from key attributes such as it being from a third party vendor that is usually off site, accessed over the internet, minimal IT knowledge are a few attributes. Cloud computing is very useful for a connected consumer and for the success of a business. As an owner of an Apple iPhone, I am a user of their cloud service named iCloud. I find this service to be very useful. Just like my example from earlier, anything i do on my mobile smartphone is sync automatically to cloud servers and then pushed to my laptop and other devices that are connected to the iCloud service. I have personally realized the benefits of this service and its been great since the start. I rely on it almost everyday to make sure I get what i need from anywhere I am connected. read more...

Cloud: Risk VS Reward {4}

by Evin C
The article I have chosen this week touches on some of the basic concepts of the cloud service currently available as well as touching on certain risk versus reward factors that may influence the use of such a service. With the offering of a cloud service on the rise with many big name businesses such as Amazon, Google and Apple (soon!), what is the future? The article’s author discusses valid points dealing with cloud’s future in the industry. Once all of our data stretches to the cloud, assuming it does, what could happen if the cloud fails? What’s to stop everything from being lost in a matter of seconds? The rewards of efficiency and convenience cloud offers also comes with the risk of vulnerability and dependence. The future is what this article really tries to convey to it’s readers and I believe it is worth the read. Don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself! read more...

Security Vulnerabilities With Cloud Computing {1}

by Daniel S
Cloud is composed of two sections – the user and the cloud. Cloud is possible due to “virtualization” which is the cloud’s central technology. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is the most common form of cloud. Just Enough Operating System (JeOS) is another form of cloud where cloud handles most of the users tasks. Cloud computing has many security concerns. The following are all areas of concern for cloud’s security: XML signatures, browser security, denial of service, reputation fate sharing, side channel, loose control over data, and dependence on internet. XML signatures are used to ensure the authenticity of data within the “simple object access protocol (SOAP)”. This is an area for security concern because an attacker can duplicate a fragment of XML and add additional codes to control the computer to do what the attacker wants it to do. This is called “wrapper attack”. Browser security is another problem. Often times, “phishing” is used to steal log in information. Denial-of-Service (DOS) attacks happen when the attacker overloads the server with so many requests that the server ends up having too many requests to tend to and gets slowed down. Reputation fate sharing is where one hardware is shared amongst many users. Security risk depends on how it is abused by the users. Side channels is where information is channeled from one machine to another. Loosing control over data is another security risk. With PCs, there is control over how data is stored. With cloud, a third party is in total control of the data storage on the server. There has to be a certain level of trust between the user and the provider. The user has to trust the provider not to share information stored on the server and especially not to sell the information to other third parties. Dependence of the Internet increases as application numbers increase and the more we use cloud. This can be a security issue because if there is a major virus out, it could disable the Internet for many users. read more...

Trusteer Cloud-Based Service Protects Financial Institutions {1}

by David H
The article that I read is about many companies is using Trusteer to secure customers from their personal account or asset. The author mentions that by using the Rapport product it can enhance the real time cloud base on phishing protection service. For phishing filter, it will decrease of fraud and can catch the theft when they try to steal customer data account. Basically what phishing filter does is it will block any malicious website which it thinks that was not secure to launch in. By doing so, the fraud cannot access to customer data info. On other hand, Trusteer anti phishing will check whether the website is legitimate site or not. The author mentions that there are three actions that Trusteer service will perform if the website identifies it is criminal: read more...

Cloud Computing {2}

by Jamal A
The article I read talks about how working in a cloud environment is becoming the modern fashion for IT professionals.  There are some advantages of cloud browsing such as flexibility, efficiency, cost reduction and environment friendliness.  According to the article, there are some differences between traditional servers and cloud servers. Traditional servers and cloud servers are two diverse methods of storing data. The best way to explain is that traditional servers provide physical accessibility where you can control or restrict the direct connections. On the other hand, cloud browsers is all about virtualization meaning the server and its components are located somewhere else and the only way to contact or access data is by the screen in front of you.  Because of cloud computing, employees will be able to use any device to access, transact and manage their work. Companies are concerned about the data security more than ever that is the reason they are adapting cloud computing, because it is the safest way to access data.  Supporting that cloud computing, however, has Encryption of sensitive data used by cloud based virtual machines. Even though, cloud servers are available 24/7 the data is only accessible according to company policies. read more...

Cloud Computing Data Storage and Security {Comments Off on Cloud Computing Data Storage and Security}

by Michael V
The article written by Lara Farra describes the benefits in contrast to the risks of cloud computing. Cloud computing is described to be a method of moving data that was previously stored in your own personal computer to be stored in someone else’s servers in order to reduce hardware costs or to access them on any device with an internet connection. Despite the convenience of cloud computing, the author points out three major flaws in the system: security, server availability, and privacy. Many of these concerns are related to hackers who are expected to pose a major threat to the security of the client’s data, as cloud computing servers are growing to become serious targets for hackers who want to extract people’s information. The lack of laws regarding cloud computing also fails to set a suitably high standard for these data storage companies, and also allows for the government to easily attain information through these servers. read more...

Cloud Computing: Green or Not? {1}

by Joshua L
The article I chose was a study of whether cloud computing is actually more energy efficient/green than traditional computing practices where each user performs all computing on their own personal computer. The articles went into detail about the circumstances for which cloud computing can be much more efficient than conventional computing because of vast energy savings in transport due to inactivity and low screen refresh rates, but it also considered how cloud computing can actually consume more energy in transport than conventional computing due to high screen refresh rates. The conclusion of the article made it clear that “… the energy consumption of cloud computing needs to be considered as an integrated supply chain logistics problem, in which processing, storage, and transport are all considered together.” read more...

Recent Price Cuts in Cloud Computing Services {5}

by Vincent S
In recent weeks, the three major players in cloud computing services have all announced price cuts to their more basic service packages.  Google, Amazon, and now Microsoft have all announced a coming price drop in their online data storage services.  Most analysts in the industry speculate that the reason for dropping prices is to attract new businesses to convert to a cloud computing setup.  Although many new businesses have switched to cloud computing services, many companies with legacy systems continue to avoid conversion to the cloud.  As stated in PC World magazine, David Linthicum, CTO of Blue Mountain Labs, does actually agree that cloud computing is always the cheapest solution.  His belief is joined by many other experts in the field who argue that legacy systems have the advantage of using software and hardware solutions that can substitute for cloud services.  By avoiding the strict licensing terms of cloud services, businesses can in some circumstances save money by avoiding the cloud.
For me, this article reaffirmed what I already believed.  Cloud services are amazing and of course represent the shift of technology in this century.  However, it has not yet reached the point of complete feasibility.  There still exist many situations in which cloud computing may not be the best solution for your business.  I know that one day cloud services will completely take over and leave no other solution.  But in the mean time, companies that are providing cloud services have to raise awareness and compete with non cloud solutions.  At this point, they do not have total market penetration and these recent price drops show their attempts to expand the market.  I will even go as far as to say that their recent price drops are part of bigger plan to create the illusion that cloud computing is the absolute cheapest and easiest solution which is still not yet true.  The reality is that cloud computing can be very expensive, despite that, it is a growing trend that will dictate the technology of the future. read more...