Hybrid cloud computing security Real life tales

Bob Violino, IT World Canada,  Monday, February 28, 2011

For all the talk about public clouds versus private clouds, many organizations will likely end up with a mixed IT environment that includes both types of cloud as well as non-cloud systems and applications--at least for a next several years. Security remains a concern for many CIOs, but if the business case supports it, companies are going to move all but the most sensitive and high-risk data to the cloud. Those executives that have started weaving together cloud and non-cloud environments say they've taken steps to ensure that security is an early consideration, have included security provisions in service-level agreements (SLAs) and contracts, and have worked to maintain compliance and secure integration.

Local Governments Embrace The Cloud Faster Than Feds

Elizabeth Montalbano, InformationWeek,  Thursday, February 24, 2011

While the public sector in general is moving to cloud computing for a number of reasons, state and local governments in particular are making the leap faster than their counterparts at the federal level, a Microsoft government executive said this week.

Gov't Infosec Pros Question Fed's Security Resolve

Eric Chabrow, GovInfoSecurity.com,  Thursday, February 17, 2011

Government IT security managers and professionals overwhelmingly believe the federal government does not place enough emphasis on cybersecurity, according to the inaugural State of Government Information Security survey, unveiled Thursday by GovInfoSecurity.com at the RSA2011 conference in San Francisco.

Senate Forms Privacy Subcommittee

Howard Anderson, Executive Editor, HealthcareInfoSecurity.com,  Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., will head a new subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law, said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

How much are free cloud computing services worth?

Roger Jennings, SearchCloudComputing.com,  Thursday, February 10, 2011

Free trial offers are de riguer for cloud computing providers looking to further cloud adoption. Microsoft’s Azure Platform and Google App Engine are the two major contenders in the Platform as a Service space; Amazon Web Services is today’s 800-pound Infrastructure as a Service gorilla. And all three have free offerings. Here are explanations of their "freemium" services and comparisons of quotas for no-charge cloud-based computation, data storage and data ingress/egress, as well as calculations of their total value to users.

Weighing the cloud computing standards dilema

Bill Claybrook, SearchCloudComputing.com,  Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Many IT pros view the lack of cloud computing standards as a potential roadblock to adoption, stemming from cloud provider lock-in fears and the inability to move virtual machines and data from cloud to cloud.

VMware readies vCloud Connector for hybrid cloud

Colin Steele, SearchCloudComputing.com,  Monday, February 7, 2011

VMware is preparing a cloud computing plug-in for vSphere that connects private and public clouds, known as hybrid cloud computing, but IT administrators are left scratching their heads over the product's actual value.

Forrester: SaaS Won't Succeed With Some Apps

Chris Kanaracus, PC World,  Friday, February 4, 2011

Given all the hype SaaS (software as a service) has garnered, you might be inclined to think every category of software will be delivered predominantly from the cloud at some point. Not so, says a new Forrester Research report. In fact, SaaS will only be "a disruptive force" in software categories that account for about a quarter of global software spending and will have "little or no effect" on many of some 123 market segments studied, Forrester analysts Liz Herbert and Andrew Bartels write.

The Feds tap NIST to accelerate adoption of public cloud standards

Laura Smith, IT Knowledge Exchange,  Friday, February 4, 2011

How serious is the Obama administration about cloud computing? Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has assigned the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) the task of “accelerating” the government’s secure adoption of cloud computing.

Advice for dealing with the top 10 risks in public cloud computing

Laura Smith, SearchCIO.com,  Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Public cloud computing risks are numerous enough to field a top 10 -- or even more. Professional organizations and CIOs are developing threat lists to help them come to grips with the public cloud, an entity that will continue to seep into the enterprise IT environment whether they like it or not