Wait, going to the cloud could create jobs?

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 26, 2014 8:30:00 AM

A common belief among IT pros, and perhaps one of the reasons they have resisted the cloud for so long is that it would reduce the number of IT jobs. The theory goes if you are closing data centers, chances are you are going to need fewer people, but is that really the case? I'm beginning to think it's not and here's why.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Consolidation coming to collaboration in the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 25, 2014 8:30:00 AM

For as long as almost anyone can remember anything to do with collaboration in the cloud has been fairly fragmented. But with the unfurling this week of separate cloud services from Cisco and IBM it’s apparent that a long overdue wave of consolidation of collaboration services is finally in the offing.

With the launch of Project Squared, Cisco is the furthest along in terms of delivering an offering that IT service providers can broadly implement. In the case of Cisco, the company is leveraging its Webex collaboration service base to create a new cloud service that allows end users to share messages, post files, and start voice and video calls. Files are rendered in the cloud and are immediately viewable alongside messages with no downloading of files required.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Advanced Persistent Threats– the Cyber Kill Chain response and other "cures"

Posted by Alan Earls on Nov 24, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are trouble. And it can be difficult to figure out an appropriate response, one that is effective rather than just costly. 

In pursuit of that goal, Lockheed Martin’s Computer Incident Response Team created what they describe as an intelligence-driven defense process they have called the Cyber Kill Chain®. It is a process that helps IT remediate and mitigate advanced threats in the future. The program grew out of a paper on Intelligence-Driven Computer Network Defense authored by Lockheed Martin intrusion analysts Eric Hutchins, Michael Cloppert and Dr. Rohan Amin. It was first published at the 6th Annual International Conference on Information Warfare and Security in March 2011.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Cloud 5: AWS checks Docker box, Azure outage was not end of the world as we know it

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 21, 2014 9:04:00 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, AWS announcements at re:Invent put competitors on notice it's not standing pat. Google and Microsoft may have deeper pockets than AWS, but it has something they don't have: marketshare. And AWS let its rivals know it's not going to sit idly while they spend billions.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

AWS announcements at re:invent put competitors on notice it's not standing pat

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 20, 2014 8:57:00 AM

Amazon's head of AWS Andy Jassy was asked about his deep-pocketed rivals, Microsoft and Google last week, and he made it clear he wasn't concerned about their money because in his view AWS could hold its own. He went so far as to say that some day, AWS would make more money for the Amazon empire than Amazon.com. All chest beating aside, AWS certainly let their rivals know they will continue to build out the product and the others can, well, bring it on.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Driving the shift to digital business

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 19, 2014 8:33:00 AM

Just about every business executive these days is repeating a “digital business” mantra without fully understanding what that all entails.

In fact, a poll conducted by the research firm Saugatuck Technology finds that only a quarter of the enterprise leaders surveyed said their companies were already “Fully Engaged” or “Established” in digital business, with 74 percent having no digital footprint just yet.

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Topics: Growing Your MSP Business

Things are getting real in data security regulation

Posted by Intronis Staff on Nov 18, 2014 9:02:00 AM

Managed service providers once had what would be viewed today as a relatively simple responsibility when it comes to their own security and compliance procedures. However, a combination of much higher rates of cybercrime, data breaches and identity theft along with the transforming state of federal regulations, has made things a bit more complicated, and these firms are now also expected to take a stance on privacy protection that was once saved for advocacy groups and the like. 

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Topics: IT Security

Cloud 5: CEOs pushing cloud now, AWS ain't afraid of no Google, and is the datacenter dead?

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 14, 2014 9:10:00 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, The private cloud has always been a contradictory notion. The private cloud in a private data center isn't really the cloud. In fact, it requires an external host to be a cloud.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

The private cloud has always been a contradictory notion

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 13, 2014 10:14:00 AM

Yesterday at AWS re:Invent, AWS Senior VP of Web Services Andy Jassy quoting IDC in his presentation, said "by 2020 the distinction between private and public cloud will disappear." It got me thinking where the notion ever came from in the first place.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

New look, same focus on making IT service providers successful

Posted by Aaron Dun on Nov 12, 2014 8:28:00 AM

It’s been a banner year for Intronis partners. Intronis has transformed itself over the past 12 months with new technologies and new programs designed to help our Partners become more profitable while growing as fast as they desire. Today, we unveil a new look and logo that is designed to reflect this transformation, and how our partners view our partnership.

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Topics: Announcements