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Above the clouds : managing risk in the world of cloud by Kevin T McDonald

By Kevin T McDonald

This publication acts as a primer and strategic consultant to spot Cloud Computing top practices and linked hazards, and decrease the latter to suitable degrees. From software program as a provider (SaaP) to exchanging the complete IT infrastructure, the writer serves as an educator, consultant and strategist, from runway to getting the association above the clouds. Preface -- advent -- Ch. 1. atmosphere path to the clouds -- Ch. 2. Preflight fee -- Ch. three. Taxi runway -- Ch. four. Tower clearance -- Ch. five. Securing the cabin -- Ch. 6. Take off -- Ch. 7. Above the clouds

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The heaviest part of the physical infrastructure bother – the staff requirements, perhaps a bit of the technological risk, and that the next best thing will be half again as expensive – has been effectively bottled.  So let’s see how to find the right path, shall we? The larger they are, the less likely they are to fall This may be a bit of a surprise, but the bigger the organization, the less they may benefit from outsourcing their services, since larger organizations have purchasing power and internal production costs that approach or even surpass all but the largest Cloud service providers.

Disaster recovery/data storage in the Cloud will allow databases to be backed up to lower­cost Cloud storage vendors.  Mozy is now offering a 2 GB free consumer account and larger data storage is available for a few dollars a month. The same features and more are available for enterprise users. These can take the form of simply configuring disks to store backups, all the way up to full­blown replication environments that can be switched on as production environments in the event of a problem. This is one stop short of fully converting to the Cloud environment for processing.

Another might be a collaboration platform that provides access to developer tools, document sharing, online slide decks or video archival and retrieval. Microsoft ® Exchange and SharePoint ® hosts fall into this category. A sub­class of PaaS is “communications as a service”. Vendors such as Vonage and Skype now provide Cloud­ based communications using a public Cloud model to provision services. Skype is now offering additional web widgets to provide Skype links on customer service sites.

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