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As more organizations move critical data to the cloud, security takes on ever-increasing importance, according to a recent report on cloud security. The Security for Business Innovation Council, consisting of IT security professionals from 19 companies worldwide, called cloud computing the main disruptive force for 2013. In its report, "Information Security Shake-Up," the group said it was evident many organizations are preparing to move more business processes to the cloud. This year, it will even be "mission-critical apps and regulated data" consigned to the cloud, according to an article on NetworkWorld.com. The Council includes security professionals from Coca-Cola, eBay, FedEx, EMC, Fidelity Investments, Intel, Johnson & Johnson and Walmart, among several others. "Although supplier lock-in and system availability are some of the big concerns with the cloud, se... (more)

Cloud Computing Is Getting Personal

The personal cloud will be the main catalyst in bringing services otherwise unavailable to developing nations. While businesses have been deploying cloud technology for some time, it's only recently that personal cloud services have emerged. The rise of the personal cloud means content, applications and computing power can move off the device. While iPhones and iPads are unlikely to fade in popularity, the personal cloud will create opportunity, according to an article on NetworkWorld.com. Opportunity for users who have not been able to afford services historically tethered to ... (more)

CIOs Chime in on Cloud Computing Adoption

A new study has found that IT complexity already existing within an organization is one barrier to implementing a cloud system. NTT Europe recently completed a study that found 56 percent of CIOs and senior IT leaders see complexity of their own Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems as the biggest barrier to their organization's enterprise wide adoption of the cloud, according to an article on Forbes.com. The survey contends that cloud adoption continues to be tactical in nature as a result of the inordinate complexity of existing and legacy ICT platforms. Compl... (more)

Why Small Business Needs Cloud Computing

They may be small in terms of the number of employees, but small businesses stand to reap big benefits when it comes to cloud computing. Cloud is uniquely suited to meet the needs of a small business trying to grow quickly. If you are an entrepreneur or own a small business, here are some reasons compiled by SmartDataCollective.com, why cloud computing would be a good fit. Less Startup Costs Many potential entrepreneurs are inhibited by the huge upfront costs required in order to get a business up and running. Investing in technology can be particularly consuming, but with the cl... (more)

Cloud Data Backup Makes Sense for Small and Midsize Businesses

Cloud Data Backup Makes Sense for Small and Midsize Businesses With increasing data storage demands resulting from new content types - rich digital media, social media and machine-generated data - small and mid-size businesses have been challenged to incorporate sophisticated methods to back up critical company data. For many types of small businesses, it just doesn't make sense to go out and buy all the storage hardware, software and services that were required before the advent of cloud backup, which now has a track record of about seven years. It is the right time for SMBs to ... (more)