Ron Miller

Ron Miller is a freelance technology reporter and blogger. He is editor at FierceContentManagement, contributing editor at EContent Magazine, and enterprise reporter at TechCrunch. Ron blogs about cloud technology and the cloud services market for Intronis.
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Cloud 5: Rise of cloud service brokers, Four disruptive cloud startups, and Google's enticing startup offer

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 19, 2014 1:22:26 PM

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, Android apps on Chromebooks could introduce complications in the enterprise. End users are going to love having Android apps on their Chromebooks, but IT might not be as thrilled because the addition of apps could potentially make these secure machines much less so by introducing malware and viruses.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Android Apps On Chromebooks Could Introduce Complications In The Enterprise

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 15, 2014 10:32:56 AM

The first Android apps for Chromebook appeared in the Chrome Web Store last week and the implications are huge for the cloud-based laptops, but for enterprise users it could introduce some complications that negate the reasons enterprises might buy them in the first place.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: First Android apps come to Chromebook, HP nabs Euculyptus, and creating a coherent cloud strategy

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 12, 2014 8:42:00 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, Celebrity nude photo hack proves little about cloud security. The celebrity nude photo leak debacle is a moving target and we still don't have all the information, but whatever the final outcome, and whoever is to blame, it would be a mistake to consider this a broad indictment against cloud security. The fact is nobody's data is completely safe.

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Cloud's role in nude photo debacle, Alibaba wants a piece of the IaaS market, and NASA's massive cloud migration

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 5, 2014 9:05:00 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 most recent blog posts, Celebrity nude photo hack proves little about cloud security. The celebrity nude photo leak debacle is a moving target and we still don't have all the information, but whatever the final outcome, and whoever is to blame, it would be a mistake to consider this a broad indictment against cloud security. The fact is nobody's data is completely safe.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5, Cloud Trends

Celebrity nude photo hack proves little about cloud security

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 3, 2014 8:38:00 AM

As though to prove that news breaks, even over a holiday weekend, word leaked Sunday about a huge release of celebrity nudes apparently taken from their iCloud accounts. For what it's worth, several of the hacking victims have suggested these are Photoshopped fakes, but whatever the truth, there remain many unanswered questions about how this could have happened. One theory that's been circulating suggests it was an iCloud hack.

And while Apple looks into the matter, and if it's at fault, it announced it closed a hole in the Find my iPhone tool where brute force protection was not implemented. This hack was published shortly after the photo release and Apple closed it shortly thereafter.

Other theories have suggested that it was a simple case of guessing passwords or using phishing schemes to gain access to accounts. That could account for one or two accounts, but it’s hard to imagine that all these starlets fell for a phishing scheme or use simple passwords.

All that said, there is so much we still don't know, but before you use this for your anti-cloud rant, step back, take a deep breath and understand this isn't necessarily a case of lax cloud security so much as proof of the sheer relentlessness of hackers.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Cloud 5: AWS attracts developers with free beer, cloud in 3 words, and why one admin ditched his servers for the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 29, 2014 8:47:13 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 most recent blog posts, We need a new operating system for the hybrid cloud era. We have big operating systems created for the desktop era and we have Google Chrome OS, an OS made for the cloud era, but what we lack is something in the middle that takes into account the way people work today across both environments.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5

We need a new operating system for the hybrid cloud era

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 26, 2014 7:57:00 AM

If you look at the evolution of operating systems, they developed at a time when we had desktop computers often connected to networks in a client-server architecture. Today, that's changing, but we are still using the same heavyweight operating systems. Could a lighter weight system like Chrome OS be the future for operating systems, or do we perhaps need a third alternative?

It's a question worth exploring, especially as companies move more and more of their computing to the cloud. As we do this, how do we make this all work in a hybrid environment where companies are using at least some on-premises software?

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Has cloud killed on-prem software, the enterprise cloud wars, and cloud computing and scale

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 22, 2014 9:06:22 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 most recent blog posts, If SMBs aren't in the cloud today, what are they waiting for? A recent survey found just 37 percent of small businesses have fully embraced the cloud. In my view if you're starting a business today, you should be 100 percent in the cloud. There's no reason beyond regulatory requirements to start dealing with software in-house and all that entails.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Cloud 5: The road to 44 trillion gigabytes, PaaS shootout, and cloud makes us all outsourcers

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 15, 2014 9:15:22 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 most recent blog posts, If SMBs aren't in the cloud today, what are they waiting for? A recent survey found just 37 percent of small businesses have fully embraced the cloud. In my view if you're starting a business today, you should be 100 percent in the cloud. There's no reason beyond regulatory requirements to start dealing with software in-house and all the entails.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5

If SMBs aren't in the cloud today, what are they waiting for?

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 14, 2014 10:32:00 AM

A recent survey of small business owners conducted by Emergent Research for Intuit found just 37 percent of small businesses have fully adopted cloud computing today. What are the other 63 percent thinking?

When you look at the cloud landscape, and you see large enterprises reluctant or slow to join, you can understand that to some extent. They have legacy systems and security issues to resolve that smaller companies don't usually have to worry about.

Smaller businesses typically go to the cloud because they don't want to worry about maintaining systems and software. They want to be free to devote their time to running their business.

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Topics: Cloud Trends