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Cloud Provides Government Agencies An ‘Innovation Dividend’ – Forbes

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

The move to cloud — now being undertaken by numerous U.S. government agencies — is providing an “innovation dividend” as it frees these organizations from the day-to-day systems maintenance and upkeep activities and enables them to focus more closely on their missions and constituencies. Yet, as with all organizations, the learning is still going on

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Hybrid Solutions to Become New Standard in North American VoIP Access and … – PR Newswire UK (press release)

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Hybrid Cloud

- Customers find value in integrated cloud-based and on-premise enterprise communications solutions, finds Frost & Sullivan  MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) access and session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking services continue their rise as the de-facto communications tool linking business premises and service provider networks in North America. In fact, VoIP access and SIP trunking services are well on their way to eclipsing legacy digital telecommunications, owing to their advanced capabilities and typically lower costs. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the North American VoIP Access and SIP Trunking Services Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $3.22 billion in 2014 and estimates this to reach $10.29 billion by 2020

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CipherCloud Acquires Cloud Security Analytics Technology – PR Newswire (press release)

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, CipherCloud, a leader in cloud security, expands its platform through the acquisition of core technology from Anicut Systems, a privately held provider of adaptive security as a service. This acquisition complements the company's commitment to delivering a holistic cloud security platform that enables enterprise cloud adoption.

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CLOUD COMPUTING The Weather Co Teams with IBM for Real-Time Analysis – Top Tech News

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Cloud News

Every year, extreme and unpredictable weather in the U.S.

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The impact of net neutrality on cloud computing – IT World Canada (blog)

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Cloud News

Net neutrality has been in the news a lot lately, but there’s much less discussion of its relationship to and impact on cloud computing (or, for that matter, the Internet of Things). Recent developments in net neutrality On February 26, 2015, the FCC in the United States ruled in favor of “net neutrality” by reclassifying broadband access as a telecommunications service and applying Title II (common carrier) of the Communications Act of 1934 to Internet service providers (ISPs)

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Skkynet Welcomes New Partners in Asia and Pacific – Business Wire (press release)

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc. (“Skkynet” or “the Company”) (OTCQB: SKKY), a global leader in real-time cloud information systems, recently completed reseller agreements with five new sales and technical partners for its Secure Cloud Service™ and related software. The Secure Cloud Service and Cogent DataHub® provide secure, real-time access to plant data from any location, and offer unique business opportunities for system integrators and consulting engineers

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Health Care, Financial Firms Lead in Cloud Security – eWeek

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

The health care industry is investing in new cloud services to provide patients with a more flexible approach when selecting medical coverage. The rapid migration of data into the cloud is bringing about new data protection challenges and strategies in the enterprise market, according to a report from CipherCloud.Of the 12 vertical industries profiled, health care (38 percent) topped finance (25 percent) as the leading sector adopting cloud data protection, and together, they accounted for 63 percent of all organizations with a data security mitigation strategy.Health care and finance protected 100 percent of all electronic protected health information (ePHI) and personally identifiable information (PII), perhaps unsurprisingly, as these industries face strict data privacy requirements from government and sector specific guidelines."The health care and financial services industries are leading the investment in cloud data protection and are at the forefront of enabling cloud-based solutions," Dos Dosanjh, CipherCloud’s global director for cloud solutions, told eWEEK.

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DDoS attacks costs enterprise £100000 per hour, study finds – ZDNet

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

Symantec DDoS attacks are on the rise and the enterprise is paying up to £100,000 per hour during cyberattacks, according to new research. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks attempt to shut down online services by overwhelming services with too much traffic, and remain a popular method for hacktivism -- such as the Anonymous attack on the US State of Indiana website in response to a controversial bill -- as well as a means of distraction while sophisticated network intrusion takes place

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IBM Announces IoT Business Unit, Cloud Services – InformationWeek

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

IBM ups the ante on Internet of Things analysis, launching a $3 billion bet on cloud-based ecosystem. How will Microsoft and Amazon respond? 11 IoT Programming Languages Worth Knowing (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) IBM last fall introduced an Internet of Things Foundation service on its BlueMix cloud-based application platform.

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Clouds a Major Source of Concern Over Data Loss – eWeek

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

With databases and file servers typically rated as top risks for storage of sensitive information, they are now also joined by big data environments. Control over the location of cloud-based data and the vulnerabilities from shared infrastructure are among the top concerns of businesses, according to a study sponsored by enterprise data security firm Vormetric.The which was conducted online on the company’s behalf by Harris Poll among 818 IT decision makers (ITDMs) in various countries, including 408 in the United States, found 82 percent of respondents lack of control over the location of data.More than 80 percent of organizations surveyed said they use cloud and big data services, with 54 percent claiming to keep sensitive company information in the cloud."Enterprises need security options that offer both better visibility and higher levels of service commitments from cloud providers.  Survey results show enterprises are willing to adopt more cloud services provided their list of business needs are met," Derek Tumulak, vice president of product management for Vormetric, told eWEEK

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In ‘Cloud’ we trust – Business Spectator

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

It has been nearly a decade since Amazon released the first popular public cloud service. In that time, we have seen companies of all sizes dip their toes into the water, weighing up early concerns like security and data sovereignty against the agility and cost savings afforded by leasing rather than owning infrastructure.

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Cybersecurity at Aetna Is a Matter of Business Risk – Wall Street Journal (blog)

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

Security breaches have become a daily fact of digital life, prompting some companies like insurance giant Aetna Inc. to approach cybersecurity as just one more business risk that needs to be managed, much as they approach fluctuating currency prices or the threat of lawsuits. It’s a departure from a traditional mindset, in which cybersecurity is viewed primarily as a tech problem that needs to be fixed

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Microsoft Azure Services Power Ziosk Dining Experience – InformationWeek

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

Microsoft HDInsight and Azure ML help Ziosk gain dining insights from more than 77,000 table-top tablets deployed at Chili's and other restaurants.

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8×8 Teams With Arrow Systems Integration to Bring Next-Generation Cloud … – Business Wire (press release)

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT), a leading provider of cloud-based unified communications and contact center solutions, today announced it has signed an agreement with Arrow Systems Integration, formerly Arrow S3, calling for the addition of 8x8’s complete suite of services to Arrow’s world-class unified communications platforms and services portfolio.

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5 factors to consider when selecting the perfect cloud backup provider – Information Age

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 in Enterprise Cloud

Cloud backup has been around for more than a decade. It’s one of the most mature applications of cloud technology and has become a common feature of the business landscape due to its reliability, efficiency and automation capabilities.Today, the cloud backup market is fairly saturated, offering businesses and consumers a wide range of services to choose between. Consequently, there are a number of factors to take into consideration when choosing a backup services provider

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