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Cloud Worries Dissolving with Service Provider Assistance

Monday, December 31st, 2012 by

Today’s cloud computing world is rapidly maturing, especially as more users migrate mission-critical resources to the hosted environment. As the cloud continues to evolve, many decision-makers will become increasingly confident in the technology’s ability to keep sensitive assets protected, enabling vendors to watch their services reach full-scale adoption.

A recent study by KPMG International highlighted this ongoing phenomenon, noting that cloud computing revenue will double in size during the next two years, largely because companies are moving more mission-critical, data-rich applications to hosted environments.

Cloud worries dissolving with service provider assistance

Cloud worries dissolving with service provider assistance

In the past, decision-makers were somewhat intimidated by the cloud. In today’s world, executives are less worried about falsified security concerns and more interested in saving money, as roughly 60 percent of service providers said cost savings was the primary driver behind the adoption of their offerings, KPMG reported.

“While providers are seeing the challenges of a maturing, yet still relatively young, market, we are at a pivotal point in the evolution of the cloud ecosystem as users become more comfortable with a variety of cloud applications,” said Gary Matuszak, an executive at KPMG’s technology, media and telecommunications practice. “Leading cloud providers know they must evolve to provide a new level of scale, capacity and capability.”

Addressing challenges in the industry
The primary difficulty most service providers are having is supplying evidence to users about real cost-saving opportunities, as only 39 percent of vendors believe cloud users have a realistic idea of the cost-reducing capability of the cloud, KPMG noted.

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Security and Adaptability: Unlocking the Full Potential of Big Data and the Cloud

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 by

Enthusiasm for and investment in Big Data and the Cloud is spurring innovation in a suite of new technologies that seek to transform information into knowledge at reduced costs. But the potential of Big Data and the Cloud is threatened by security, privacy, legal and regulatory constraints which prevent data integration and information sharing.

While the costs to capture, store and exploit data are declining, the costs of mishandling data are rising for every enterprise; and threaten to extend the data-poor environments in which we have long operated, forcing continued inferences and limits on data insights.

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Technology leaders like Google,Facebook and Target have reshaped their industries using Big Data, but each is facing increased scrutiny over data handling. The result has created an atmosphere of concern and trepidation and has deterred many in the Fortune 1000 from embracing Big Data.

The relationship between Big Data security and Big Data innovation is not zero-sum, but rather they are mutually reinforcing concepts. Traditional data security approaches, which have proven inadequate, deal with disequilibrium by seeking counterbalance. In this case more security, more privacy, and more constraints lead to limited data access, continued fragmentation of data sets, and missed opportunities.

Instead of addressing these challenges as an afterthought or applying solutions around the edges, solutions that bake in and address security, privacy, legal and regulatory constraints from the onset enable new insights, while simultaneously building trust and transparency. Such a data-centric security model promotes adaptability and re-conceptualizes the relationship among data, users and applications and reduces administrative burdens and risks. Simultaneously it unlocks the potential for innovation and serves as a mechanism for supporting the integration of disparate data sets and for more complete information sharing.

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GoGrid Gives Back: 6th Annual Season of Giving

Monday, December 17th, 2012 by

GoGrid has partnered again with the Family Giving Tree and the San Francisco Food Bank to give back to our community and share much-needed items throughout the holiday season.

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Since 1990, Family Giving Tree has been fulfilling the holiday wishes of children in low-income neighborhoods. The Family Giving Tree works with local social service agencies that interview the families and then send their specific wishes to “Elves” who distribute them to host companies like GoGrid throughout the Bay Area. Our employees fulfill one or more of these wishes by providing toys, gift cards, and happy memories to kids in need. GoGrid’s goal every year is to provide at least 25–35 gifts during the holiday season, with additional gifts donated through GoGrid’s Family Giving Tree website.

Together with the San Francisco Food Bank, GoGrid sponsored a holiday food drive to fill food pantries throughout Marin and San Francisco Counties. This year, we’re happy to report that GoGrid employees donated more than 620 pounds of soup, canned meat, peanut butter, and other non-perishables.

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Resources: If you’d like to join us in the Season of Giving, you can make online donations via the Family Giving Tree’s website or the San Francisco Food Bank’s website through the end of 2012.

SMB Decision-Makers Have Varying Cloud Demands

Friday, December 14th, 2012 by

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are doing everything in their power to gain a competitive advantage over rival enterprises that often have more exhaustible resources. In many cases, SMBs are adopting cloud computing services to achieve these goals, as the technology is now well known for its ability to reduce costs and drive innovation.

A recent report by Spiceworks highlighted the growing trend among SMBs to migrate to the cloud, noting that 36 percent of SMBs are already using cloud servers. Another 9 percent said they plan to be using the cloud within a year, while another 28 percent of SMB decision-makers are actively looking for the right provider and services to cater to specific needs.

SMB decision-makers have varying cloud demands

To complicate matters for cloud vendors, not all SMBs are looking for the same thing. While the majority of companies require a highly scalable environment that is capable of supporting high-volume and long-term storage at an affordable cost, each executive has his or her own specific demands. As a result, Spiceworks narrowed down the list to five specific categories that most cloud users fall into.

The ‘nuts and bolts’ buyer
These individuals are usually the nitty gritty decision-makers that ensure the cloud solutions are functional and within a specific budget, Spiceworks noted. In many cases, these executives will ask questions about monthly expenses, maintenance costs and other practical financial questions in regard to specific services and applications.

The defensive purchaser
While getting down to the fine financial points is important, many organizations need to ensure cloud environments support a firm’s ability to meet compliance requirements. For this reason, some decision-makers are classified as the “CYA” buyers, as they are more focused on asking providers questions regarding data protection, audit support and other security aspects, Spiceworks noted. In general, cloud computing environments are highly secure, as this is a major competitive point for vendors, InfoWorld said in another report.

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The 12 Days of Cloudiness

Thursday, December 13th, 2012 by

Happy Holidays to all of our friends, family and followers!

On the 1st day of Cloudiness, GoGrid gave to me,
Cloud infrastructure made easy.

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On the 2nd day of Cloudiness, GoGrid gave to me,
Public and private VLANs,
and cloud infrastructure made easy.

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On the 3rd day of Cloudiness, GoGrid gave to me,
Infinite cloud storage,
Public and private VLANs,
and cloud infrastructure made easy.

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On the 4th day of Cloudiness, GoGrid gave to me,
Secure hardware firewalls,
Infinite cloud storage,
Public and private VLANs,
and cloud infrastructure made easy.

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