The next BriefingsDirect IT leadership discussion focuses on how global telecommunications giant AT&T has created advanced cloud services for its business customers. We'll look at how AT&T has developed the ability to provide virtual private clouds and other computing capabilities as integrated services at scale. To learn more about implementing cloud technology to deliver and commercialize an adaptive and reliable cloud services ecosystem, we sat down with Chris Costello, Assistant Vice President of AT&T Cloud Services. The interview was conducted by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Here are some excerpts: Why are business cloud services such an important initiative for you? AT&T has been in the hosting business for over 15 years, and so it was only a natural extension for us to get into the cloud services business to evolve with customers' changing business demands and technology needs. We have cloud services in several areas. The first is … [Read more...] about AT&T cloud services built on VMware vCloud Datacenter meet evolving business demands for advanced IaaS
What cloud service is best
Many companies are anxious to take advantage of big data cloud services to crunch vast amounts of data for analysis. However, the lack of inherent data security can be a deal-breaker. Now there's a new service that provides integrated data encryption throughout the processes and infrastructure of Amazon EMR. Service subscribers maintain complete control of their encryption keys, thus bolstering the security of their data.More and more companies are beginning to use big data cloud services to process vast amounts of data. Such services make it possible to parse and analyze unstructured data in order to identify patterns and ultimately improve business strategies.For example, a security analytics application can take huge amounts of data from log files or a security information and event manager (SIEM) to crunch the data to find indications of interest, attack or compromise. Armed with the resulting information, an organization can fine-tune its IT security defenses to stop future … [Read more...] about Encrypt and secure data in the Amazon big data cloud service
Would most enterprises really rather fend for themselves when it comes to security? One reputable survey seems to say so. Organizations are largely investing technology and staffing budgets earmarked for information security into related in-house skills and technology, according to a 2016 SANS Institute report on IT Security Spending Trends. That could and probably would be the topic of this article but for one little thing.DDoS security stands out as the only exception in the aforementioned report with companies spending outside their own ranks for detection and remediation. Most companies surveyed prefer cloud service-based DDoS protection when picking a provider.A list of top DDoS protection cloud services given in random order can include F5 Silverline, Arbor Networks’ Arbor Cloud, CloudFlare’s advanced DDoS protection, VeriSign DDoS Protection Service, Imperva Incapsula, Akamai Kona Site Defender, Cisco Guard, and Level3 DDoS Mitigation. There are many more such … [Read more...] about What is the right DDoS protection cloud service for your organization?
Streaming music has quickly become the norm for phones, as unlimited services deliver tens of millions of songs with immediate access (plus offline playback). Why use up all your storage on a local library when you can pluck an even wider array of songs and albums from the cloud?Luckily, you’ve got options—lots of them, really. Pandora and iHeartRadio deliver free custom radio stations, Tidal caters to audiophiles with optional hi-res streams, and even Amazon lets you access a million-plus songs with a Prime subscription. But when it comes to on-demand streaming with a huge vault of songs to choose from, most users are likely to gravitate towards the big three of Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play Music.All three have more than 30 million tracks, a $10/month price tag for full access, and similarly good sound quality (to the average ear)—but which really offers the best on-the-go experience for Android owners? We put the three mobile apps head to head in usability, … [Read more...] about Which streaming music service is best for your Android phone?
Cloud computing is a familiar phrase within the tech industry, but it's become a bit of a blanket term because it involves so many different types of services, including Platform as a Service, Software as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service. There are even different blends of cloud computing, such as private, public and hybrid. An up and coming element within cloud computing is the industry cloud. It operates within a vertical space and focuses on specialized processes with tools, technologies and business services tailored to a specific industry such as healthcare, education or finance. The best part is that services are managed by experts who understand the specialized needs of a specific industry. Tech Pro Research, TechRepublic's sister site, surveyed about preferred vendors, budgets, decision-making priorities and what people loved - or hated - about industry cloud services. Sign up for a free Tech Pro Research 7-day trial and download the full report today. … [Read more...] about Research: Companies are spending more on industry cloud services
Let the cloud revolution begin: In the next three years, businesses will rapidly move operations to a hybrid cloud environment. A new report from global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company surveyed 800 CIOs and IT executives worldwide, and found that many plan to soon make a core shift from "building IT to consuming IT" by migrating to the cloud."The cloud debate is over—businesses are now moving a material portion of IT workloads to cloud environments," the report stated. "The impact will be considerable, for consumers and vendors of technology alike."Businesses reported plans to reduce workloads located in on-premises environments, moving many instead to dedicated private cloud, virtual private cloud, and public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers—all of which are expected to see much greater adoption rates in the coming years. On-premises private cloud environments are expected to stay flat, the report found. SEE: Industry cloud research report … [Read more...] about The cloud age is finally upon us, report says
I write about security, so my interest in "Cloud Services" or "Time-sharing Reincarnate" to us old timers is whether they are secure or not. Almost from the start, cloud services triggered my concern meter by the incessant reminding of how convenient the cloud is.Since when is convenience a bad thing? Not normally, but current ideology in the digital world has convenience and security being polar opposites. I liken it to the mixing of water and oil. After a good shake, they may appear to be a single solution, but given enough time, they will separate.I'm often asked for my opinion regarding cloud services. But, I politely refuse, explaining that current arguments — pro and con — about security and cloud services are moot. There hasn't been any supportable evidence either way.That is until now...As I mentioned, I've been pursuing any and all leads about cloud-services security. And up until now, they have been dead ends. Then I caught wind of a research team, and their … [Read more...] about Cloud services: The threat of side channels
Every enterprise needs to keep out the bad guys. An array of firewalls, proxies, web filters, VPNs and access tokens form an IT barrier that keeps the business secure. It also protects the dwindling empire of the IT department and stifles innovation. It hinders the work of the guys on the ground by keeping them away from the cloud service toolbox.It's easy to make a business case for the cloud if it helps the bottom line. If it's a choice between 300 days of project time to revamp the in-house AD system, or just throw it away and pay Okta to use their cloud-based AD system instead, a case can be made for breaching the IT barrier.But what about the little guys - the people in the small support departments located in the enterprise backwaters? The people in the teams with tiny budgets? They don't need sweeping cloud integration, cloud scale, or even cloud pricing. They do need a few niche services to help them along — services which the central IT deparment probably can't provide. … [Read more...] about Getting cloud services to the little people: A dilemma for IT
Finding insights in an ocean of data has become one of today's most pressing business challenges, and software vendors are rushing to help. The latest is Adobe, which has added a host of algorithms in its cloud services to help brands uncover patterns and put them to work.Adobe's Creative, Document and Marketing Cloud services already use data science to help brands hone their message to customers, and the algorithms announced Wednesday add more capabilities.In the Marketing Cloud, for instance, a new auto-allocate capability billed as a "content traffic cop" helps marketers identify the best offers, messaging and creative materials for engaging with customers. An online retailer could use it to determine that a particular promotional video is driving the most purchases, and automatically push that video to more online visitors even as it tests other content.Users of Adobe's Campaign tool, meanwhile, can now test predictive subject lines through a new beta program. The … [Read more...] about Adobe adds data-science muscle to its cloud services
While the first wave of cloud integration was driven by businesses' needs to reduce costs and increase efficiency, the next wave will focus on leveraging cloud services to expand company offerings and improve competitive positions. Todd Benjamin, vice president of hosted services at Hostway Corp., said this is especially true for companies that provide technical services to businesses. He said a growing number of IT firms are now looking for partners with cloud delivery expertise so that they can deliver cloud services as resellers. "Companies that provide IT services to businesses rightly want to focus on their core competencies to succeed in a highly competitive economy," Benjamin said. "They are looking for cloud experts as partners to round out their portfolio of offerings." [Cloud Computing: A Small Business Guide] Benjamin offers companies in the market for a cloud partner several tips for finding the right match: Enterprise-class capabilities: Assessing the core … [Read more...] about 5 Things to Look for in a Cloud Service Provider