In a  InformationWeek  article “Google Puts A Mobile Spin On Cloud Security” , by Ericka Chickowski, she announces that two factor authentication is immediately available as an option for Google Apps Premier. She says that the service, costing $50.00/ month that most of the business customers use will be rolled out to standard users. The article suggests that this could be huge for cloud applications. In particular, Julian Lovelock states that this is because you can access many different credentials …

In the Information week , August 9th Edition there is an article “Define the Cloud, Then try to tame it.” It references the DMTF, a standards body formerly known as the distributed management task force. They are trying to cut through the jumble of cloud computing terms and hope to write a public set of API’s that cloud vendors use to supply standard cloud services. Is this appealing to everyone or should the cloud suppliers be encouraged to provide their own API’s?

I recently attended the inaugural meeting of the 7 x 24 Exchange group held in Southfield on September 14th. The topic of this initial seminar was “Come learn about Containerized Data Centers and Packaged Infrastructure”. The presentation was given by HP and Active Power. The talk was centered around learning how containerized systems compare to traditional brick-and-mortar data centers in the areas of: Reliability Lead time Time-to-Construct Capital Costs and Operating Costs Energy Efficiency Goals My take away from this …

In David Linthicum’s article “Leveraging Cloud Computing for Business Continuity” in the Summer 2010 edition of Disaster Recovery Journal he argues that in many instances cloud computing is not a fit due to specialized requirement of the applications. He states that many enterprises deal with data that has special security requirements, such as PCI & HIPAA data. I think he was referring to “public clouds”. That begs the questions if the “public” cloud computing vendors can’t support those apps due to …

In the Summer 2010 edition of Disaster Recovery Journal an article “Leveraging Cloud Computing for Business Continuity” by David Linthicum speaks to the fact that  DR for the cloud could become the next “killer app”. Leveraging cloud computing resources as a backup system is nothing new he states.  But now, says David….we have a greater number of innovative cloud delivered systems to chose from.   We at Online Tech couldn’t agree more. The private cloud not only benefits clients in production environments, …

In the 5/17/10  InformationWeek  article “5 Steps To Smart SaaS Operations” by Michael Healy, the article speaks to the 5 SaaS pitfalls and how to avoid them. In the dollars and sense section of the article, he says, “if you think operating expenses are the TOP consideration, you think wrong.” In a survey of 393 business pros, they asked which of nine factors had the greatest likelihood of being incorporated into an ROI study at their companies on the business …

In the 5/3/10 InformationWeek article “Microsoft’s Cloud Plan: What’s In It For You?” by Chris Murphy, he says that Microsoft is all in. The article suggests they are actually trying to help people do what they really will need to do for the modern time. I guess if you are a complete Microsoft shop there might just be something in it for you. However, if you are like most companies not all your apps are Microsoft based, how does that …

In a recent ClickOnDetroit.com article entitled “Community Alert: 3,500 Without Power In Southfield” they explain how a simple outage can lead to the dreaded conclusion of “No word on when power will be restored.” It just continues to demonstrate that if you still have your production Information Technology equipment in an unprotected environment, you are at risk to a indefinite outage. Ask yourself, what happens if there is a prolonged outage? How many dollars of production are lost? Can my …

In the April 19th edition of NETWORKWORLD there is an article entitled “Cloud Computing is the big story at Interop Las Vegas”. The article written by Brad Reed states ”Clearly cloud computing is a game changer and it’s one technology that we think people should know about”. We at Online Tech feel the same way.  Whether you currently have a data center or not and are thinking  about cloud computing for your organization, the private cloud could bring your business …

In the March 22nd edition of NETWORKWORLD there is an article entitled “10 hot tools for the data center”. The article suggests that by implementing this list of the 10 hot tools it will make life easier for the IT executives who are upgrading their data centers. One of these tools costs as much as $500,000. Wow! If you have a data center currently and you are having problems, perhaps you should look outside at a fully managed data center …

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