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Cloud Computing

Cloud computing, also known as on-demand computing, is a kind of Internet-based computing where shared resources and information are provided to computers and other devices. It is a model for enabling ubiquitous, on-demand access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources. Cloud computing and storage solutions provide users and enterprises with various capabilities to store and process their data in third-party data centers, relying on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale.

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Considering cloud tradeoffs and determining the right mix for your organization.
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As managed cloud service providers, we often get asked to intervene when cloud deployments go awry. Attracted by apparent ease-of-use, flexibility and low computing costs, companies quickly adopt leading public cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
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You deserve ‘straight talk’ from your cloud provider about your risk, your costs, security, uptime and the processes that are in place to protect your mission-critical applications.
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There’s a movement in Information Technology (IT), and while it’s hard to define, it is gaining momentum. Some call it “stream-lined IT;” others call it “thin-model IT.”
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Your data is at risk. Probably more today that at any other time in history. There are simply more people with more access to the Web with bad intentions.
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Absolutely true! Backup is mandatory these days. I would recommend multiple backups (different hosts). The most common threat these days is indeed Ransomware and that's because it is very different from other types of viruses. Learn more about it and what you need to do to keep your data safe. Remember to always keep everything patched and updated!
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When speed and performance are vital to revenue, companies must have complete confidence in their cloud environment.
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People should trust cloud with their businesses especially because its seems that Cloud is here to stay. Recently I read some interesting facts & figures and this industry is growing faster than expected.
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Do you know what to look for when considering cloud computing? Should you hire someone or try to do it yourself? I'll be covering these questions and looking at the best options for you and your business.
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In the wake of AWS' S3 outage, we want to discuss the importance of storage and data diversification in the event of a hack, crash, or system disruption. We spoke with Experts Exchange’s COO Gene Richardson for a deeper understanding.
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The next five years are sure to bring developments that are just astonishing, and we will continue to try to find the balance between connectivity and security. Here are five major technological developments from the last five years and some predictions for the future.
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Each year, investment in cloud platforms grows more than 20% as an increasing number of companies begin to transition to virtual storage and operations. Moving to remote cloud servers comes with many benefits, including three important factors needed as a company grows: scalability, shareability, and a larger communication scope. Cloud operations remove the worry of updating servers if storage needs change or the company expands and moves. Files and documents are also accessible from any location and any device with the right log-in information. 

The rise in popularity of SaaS and PaaS services has a lot to do with new, innovative companies offering customizable solutions to everyday corporate and technology needs, such as lead generation maintenance, process funnels, and payment chains. This sudden popularity, however, not only receives attention from investors and developers, but hackers.

As with any cybercriminal focus, cloud platforms are seen as a land of opportunity because the additional service expands the area available for a hacker’s reach. Before, the only hacking portal may have simply been a server within the company walls. Now, in addition to that server, there are payment processes and client lists lingering in the cloud. When you consider that in 2017 we may see 73%
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What does it mean to be "Always On"?
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What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

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Learn how the use of a bunch of disparate tools requiring a lot of manual attention led to a series of unfortunate backup events for one company.
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Concerto Cloud Services, a provider of fully managed private, public and hybrid cloud solutions, announced today it was named to the 20 Coolest Cloud Infrastructure Vendors Of The 2017 Cloud 100 by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company. This annual lineup recognizes the most innovative cloud technology suppliers in each of the following five categories: infrastructure, platforms and development, security, storage and software.

To learn more, visit Concerto Cloud Services. You can also find additional resources on their dedicated Vendor Topic Page.
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Many CHPs use the buzzword ‘Cloud Hosting’ to sell the idea of reliability. Most consumers have the opinion that cloud hosting is easily scalable and can handle just about anything. Further, most CHPs are not transparent and hide the underlying architecture and resources available. With that in mind
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There is no doubt that cloud is gaining importance. Many of you must have read about this technology and its growing importance. More and more organisations are embracing this technology not forgetting start-ups. The process begins by dipping the toe in the ocean of cloud for testing environments, deployment of new applications. The next step is moving non-mission critical data, analytics to the cloud. And eventually, by moving mission critical data to the cloud server, the transition to the cloud is complete.
 

This approach has led to the steady growth to the industry’s significant evolution and has emerged as a natural choice for the majority of the organisations. Though, keeping aside the benefits of cloud, CIOs and CFOs cannot overlook the risks, pain and cost associated with cloud migration. With the technologies in past where more and more hard work is associated along with CFOs writing so may checks, the transition to the cloud is by most of the organsiations viewed as another potential exercise in pain. Let’s see how the above assumption can be proved wrong.
 

Have a Migration Plan


Moving to cloud can sometimes change the entire IT setup of the organization. It is important that organisations should carefully and deeply gauge the impact of such a change to the organization and then prepare themselves accordingly.
 

Initially, the decision makers
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It's not a product page link. It's topic related referential link. I request you to review it once.
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A customer recently asked me about anti-malware and the different deployment options available for his business. Daily news about cyberattacks, zero-day vulnerabilities, and companies that suffered a security breach made him wonder if the endpoint anti-malware his company has been using is doing what it should.

 

Protection that follows the endpoint wherever it goes

Malware prevention and detection at the endpoint is a best practice every company should (and probably already does) follow. There are three main reasons to use endpoint agents:

 

  1. Endpoints tend to move and leave the network, so even if you run network-based anti-malware, your endpoints are protected only when connecting to the network.
  2. The way to infect the endpoint is not just via the network but also by plugging in a peripheral device (like a USB or camera) that the network doesn’t see.
  3. None of the anti-malware solutions protect against all threats, and since they get constant signatures updates (for new known vulnerabilities), it can address threats after infection.

 

The disadvantages of an anti-malware agent on the endpoint include:

 

  • The complexity involved with deployment
  • Updates (clients and signatures)
  • False positive investigation
  • Performance impact on the machine
  • Troubleshooting when it blocks legitimate business applications

 

In addition, most businesses use multiple platforms (different OSs, legacy solutions, services, appliances) that aren't supported by most anti-malware vendors.

 

Inspecting traffic in motion before it hits the target

The biggest advantage of network-based anti-malware is that it inspects the traffic while it is in motion, before it hits the endpoint that is the actual target - an in-depth best practice for defense.

 

Network anti-malware is always connected and usually gets automatic signatures updates, which makes it more reliable and secure. In addition, they are platform agnostic, as they see all traffic, so any platform on the network is protected.

 

The downsides of network-based anti-malware are that endpoints are only protected when connected to the network, and that it’s blind to peripheral devices.

 

Cloud-based Anti-Malware: the network advantages without the box constraints

When using on-premise network anti-malware solutions, it usually runs on an appliance that already inspects the business traffic (next generation firewall, UTM, secure web gateway).

 

Enabling the anti-malware capabilities on that box introduces two challenges:

 

  1. Capacity constraints: the anti-malware engine is a “heavy user” of computing and memory resources. This means that your appliance is now required to do a lot more processing on the same traffic load. The ability to grow (more users or traffic) is limited by the appliance capacity and can be extremely challenging if SSL traffic inspection is required.
  2. Continued maintenance: the appliances’ software needs to be upgraded and patched. This means network downtime, compatibility testing, IT investment and need for skilled resources. The impact is heavier in a multi-site environment.

 

Cloud-based anti-malware overcomes appliance limitations, as all business traffic is inspected via a managed service in the cloud, regardless of location. This eliminates the need to deploy and configure appliances at each location. A cloud-based service is elastic, and the vendor is responsible to scale it to address customer traffic needs. It is also the vendor’s responsibility to make sure the service is always up and running and has the latest updates, so the customers no longer need to maintain the solution for optimal performance and effectiveness. Also, mobile users can dynamically connect to the service on the go, so they are always protected even when they are away from corporate locations.

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Cloud-based technologies and services will continue to grow in popularity in 2017 thanks to the simple, scalable and cost-effective solutions they deliver. Here are three areas where cloud adoption is poised to really take off.
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Most of the applications these days are on Cloud. Cloud is ubiquitous with many service providers in the market. Since it has many benefits such as cost reduction, software updates, remote access, disaster recovery and much more.
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For cloud, the “train has left the station” and in the Microsoft ERP & CRM world, that means the next generation of enterprise software from Microsoft is here: Dynamics 365 is Microsoft’s new integrated business solution that unifies CRM and ERP functionality into a common data platform.
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Moving applications to the cloud or switching services to cloud-based ones, is a stressful job.  Here's how you can make it easier.
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Threat Trends for MSPs to Watch
Threat Trends for MSPs to Watch

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Despite its humble beginnings, phishing has come a long way since those first crudely constructed emails. Today, phishing sites can appear and disappear in the length of a coffee break, and it takes more than a little know-how to keep your clients secure.

Is your company's data protection keeping pace with virtualization? Here are 7 dynamic ways to adapt to rapid breakthroughs in technology.
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Steve Terp was featured in a video created by CRN about how "Channel Is Crucial To Market Disruption". Click on View source to see the video and article
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Big data transfers via information superhighways require special attention and protection. Learn more about the IT-regulations of the country where your server is located. Analyze cloud providers and their encryption systems for safe data transit. Set in-house rules for preventing data loss.
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Exchange server is not supported in any cloud-hosted platform (other than Azure with Azure Premium Storage).
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Transparent Cloud
Meet the world's only “Transparent Cloud™” from Superb Internet Corporation. Now, you can experience firsthand a cloud platform that consistently outperforms Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM’s Softlayer, and Microsoft’s Azure when it comes to CPU and disk performance.
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Cloud Computing

Cloud computing, also known as on-demand computing, is a kind of Internet-based computing where shared resources and information are provided to computers and other devices. It is a model for enabling ubiquitous, on-demand access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources. Cloud computing and storage solutions provide users and enterprises with various capabilities to store and process their data in third-party data centers, relying on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale.