Tag: Cloud Computing

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 …

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 …

Data protection and the cloud

Posted on June 19, 2014 by

In my last blog post I made the case that data is money. So it’s important to have a strategy for data protection just as you would for cash management. It helps to have a framework when developing a strategy. One framework for developing a data protection strategy is the Data Protection Spectrum. Traditionally, costs grow exponentially as you move from “Not Never” on the left of the spectrum to the “Always On” to the far right. But the cloud …

For the upcoming IMN Data Center East Conference, I’ve been invited to speak on the panel called “Staying Ahead of the Curve on Services” about managed services for data center operators. From my experience, two of the highest value managed services a data center operator can provide are backup and managed security services. I wrote about backup services in a previous post, so this one is about considerations for offering security services around cloud computing and colocation. Hosted security as …

Cyber criminals are being drawn to the healthcare industry like moths to a flame and providers are more vulnerable as the sharing of electronic health records proliferates. To help diminish both those trends, the Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2) recently compiled its “10 Steps to Maintaining Data Privacy in a Changing Mobile World.” With a goal of explaining “how healthcare organizations can best protect themselves from the rapidly growing threat of security breaches and medical identity theft,” the paper …

At the end of May, I’m speaking on a panel at IMN’s Data Center East Conference in New York City. The panel is titled “Staying Ahead of the Curve on Services (for data center operators)” and will focus its message on market demand for managed services that deliver high value for colocation and cloud computing users. I define high value as an essential service that a service provider can deliver at a lower cost and with higher quality than their …

Well hello, Indy! Earlier today, Online Tech announced it has acquired a data center in downtown Indianapolis and will outfit it with the company’s full product line of secure, compliant cloud and colocation services. The Indianapolis Data Center, located roughly an Andrew Luck hail mary pass from Lucas Field, is the company’s fifth data center and its first outside of Michigan. At Online Tech, co-CEOs Yan Ness and Mike Klein stress the importance of “win-win” situations between the company and …

Highly successful tech venture capitalist Fred Wilson created some waves last week when he predicted Apple wouldn’t be among the top three most important tech companies in the world by 2020. Speaking at a conference in New York City, he said he envisions Google, Facebook and “one that we’ve never heard of” making up that triumvirate. Why would his dismiss the current largest tech company in the world (Apple’s first quarter revenues of $43.7 billion was more than Google, Facebook …

This Thursday, April 24th, Online Tech’s Director of Product Management Jason Yaeger will be speaking at the Detroit Data Connectors security conference. The Detroit Data Connectors conference is a one day event focused on various security concerns plaguing businesses around the world. Ranging from email and wireless security to VoIP, USB drive security to LAN security, this conference touches on many hot button IT security topics. Jason’s presentation, running from 4:30-5:15pm will be on the various concerns when working to …

When the Ponemon Institute’s fourth annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security was released earlier this month, it stated that use of cloud services is the second-highest security risk concern for healthcare organizations. Employee negligence was the runaway winner in that category, mentioned by 75 percent of leaders interviewed for the study. Cloud services (41 percent) was bunched in a tight race for second-place with mobile device insecurity (40 percent) and cyber attackers (39 percent). According to the …

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