Encryption is becoming more and more a part of our personal and professional lives. One could even argue that we can’t live without it. In fact, it’s become so standardized that Amazon recently announced it was bringing back encryption to its Kindle Fire tablet after removing it in a previous version and hearing customer complaints. And with all the media coverage surrounding Apple’s latest encryption fight, it’s safe to say it’s at the forefront of security-related minds. Encryption, which typically uses an …

What is object storage?

Posted on March 22, 2016 by

Even though object storage has been around for a while, it hasn’t grown in awareness and popularity until recently. But what is it? Object storage, also known as object-based storage, is a cloud storage system that views data as objects, rather than a file (file system storage) or blocks within a sector (block storage). It can be implemented at multiple levels, including the system, interface and device level. Unlike block storage, which splits files into, well, blocks of raw data, …

All forms of media have been dramatically transformed by their digitization, including video, music, the classifieds, magazines and pictures. This digital transformation enabled a new business model and was an onslaught that decimated the print and analog industries as we knew them. Now data virtualization is heading for IT. Is that a bad thing? IT professionals claim they benefit from it. All of this virtualization will call for more and more of their expertise, they say. As everyone digitizes everything, the world …

Looking for the best place for data hosting? Consider Indiana. If you’re in charge of finding a place for data hosting, one of the bigger challenges can be finding the right location. You want a place that’s safe but also not impossible to get to if needed. After all, you’re looking for a place to store your most valuable asset—your data. Here are three reasons why you should choose Indianapolis, Indiana to host your data, whether it’s stored via cloud, colocation …

You’ve decided to outsource your IT needs to a third-party provider. But who should you trust with your critical infrastructure and data? This article will give you some tips on what to look for in a secure hosting partner and provide you with a checklist of what you should expect to find when you take a tour of a potential data center. The data center provider you choose is more than just a building. You’ll be keeping the most valuable …

It was not that long ago when the word “cloud” referred only to the visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the sky. In 2016, it is often used to describe almost anything on the internet. However, in the IT world, it refers to the physical and virtual infrastructure to host applications and store data and there is increasing pressure to “move to the cloud” because of the tremendous benefits. But which cloud is right for your business? Well, it depends on what …

We’ve already talked about the need to invest in an IT security budget as a best practice for business. Whether that’s an alarm for the door, a safe to guard money, or a firewall behind its network systems, security helps people and organizations sleep better at night. But even with a lock on the door, burglars can still find a way to get in. The same goes for the security of your data. We’ve all heard of the data breaches of Target, …

Introduced in 2011, Service Organization Control (SOC) reports are becoming more and more popular in data security and compliance discussions with every passing year, especially SOC 2. But what is a SOC report? Which one do you need? Why is a SOC 2 report so important? Do you actually need it, or is it something that just looks good on paper? There are three types of SOC reports, but we’ll mainly talk about the second one for now, which is “designed …

With the growing popularity of the cloud, more and more companies are turning to it for their production sites. But what about cloud-based disaster recovery? Does it offer the same kind of benefits? As disaster recovery can be complex, time-consuming and very expensive, it pays to plan ahead to figure out just what your business needs. Putting your disaster recovery plan in the cloud can help alleviate some of the fears that come with setting it up. Here are four big …

The European Commission has confirmed a replacement for Safe Harbor, the law that protected data transfers between the United States and the European Union, and expects it to be enforced within three months, according to computerweekly.com. On Feb. 2, the European Union announced details of the EU-US Privacy Shield deal, which will replace the now-invalid Safe Harbor law. The new Privacy Shield law is expected to keep the seven principles of Safe Harbor intact, and will provide enhancement to two specific …

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