Counting on the Cloud: AWS Continues to Leads the Pack in Public Cloud Reliability

Ronda Peoples Newsroom, Uncategorized

Cloud providers and their consumers know that the secret sauce for an effective cloud solution combines superior IT performance with meaningful cost savings. A key ingredient of the performance piece is the reliability offered by the chosen cloud environment. While consumers’ growing expectation for bullet-proof reliability is driving many cloud providers to make improvements, Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to …

Control Your Data Security: The Shared Responsibility Model

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Professional Firms

If your firm is serious about data security and you want to move to cloud IaaS, AWS offers the most control.  But with control comes responsibility.  While AWS ensures the security OF the cloud, you must ensure your security IN the cloud.  Get a good summary of how it works with this great AWS video on the Shared Responsibility Security …

Cloud Computing is Becoming a “Major” Part of Higher Education

Ronda Peoples Newsroom, Uncategorized

As companies across the globe shut down their on-prem servers in favor of cloud infrastructure and the benefits thereof, the skills and know-how required of the information technology professionals these companies employ is evolving. Thankfully, many institutions of higher learning are responding to this changing landscape. Already, most major colleges and universities offer ample courses related to cloud computing. Some …

5 Questions Every Law Firm Should Ask About Cloud Security and Control

Kenneth Johnson Uncategorized

Many law firms that I encounter would love to be enjoying the benefits of cloud computing but are unable to do so, not for technical reasons but for political ones. Every firm includes members for whom the idea of being able to touch a physical machine in a room where their data are stored somehow gives comfort. This is certainly …

Sustainable Computing: AWS Continues Keeping Its Promise

Kenneth Johnson Uncategorized

Not much was made about Amazon’s recent $350 million deal to purchase Annapurna, an Israeli-based low-energy chip maker.  Most of the commentary centered around potential cost savings for AWS by reducing its power usage across such a massive global compute platform.  And this certainly has to be one motivator.  But this move, combined with massive investment in wind farms, also …

A “Fifty Shades” Article for the Business World

Ronda Peoples Uncategorized

By now, most companies know that, even if cloud computing isn’t in their present, it certainly is in their future. If you are contemplating a move to the cloud but feel under-informed or overwhelmed by your options, there’s a new checklist just for you. I have to admit that the article’s catchy and timely title is what initially caught my …

Its All About Choice: Data Storage Products on AWS

Kenneth Johnson Uncategorized

Moving to Amazon Web Services offers a dizzying array of new capabilities, and the pace of innovation on the AWS platform is hard to keep pace with for the average user. Take storage for example. AWS offers at least 6 different datastore products: 1) DynamoDB 2) Instance Store (ephemeral EC2 storage) 3) Amazon RDS 4) Amazon EBS 5) Amazon S3 …

An Enterprise CIO’s Perspective on Security in the Cloud

Kenneth Johnson Uncategorized

I talk about cloud security on this blog a lot because it is important to Blue Sentry and to our customers.  In fact my last post talked about the tremendous increase in Security that AWS customers enjoy over what they are able to do on their own.  I found this recent post by head of AWS Enterprise Strategy, Stephen Orban …

Too Little Too Late: Anthem Moves to Cloud

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Cloud Technology

In the wake of the most massive security breach in recent memory (and that is saying a lot) Anthem, the 2nd largest healthcare network in the U.S., has announced its plans to move to cloud infrastructure. The planned $500 million deal with IBM will result in a hybrid cloud environment. Anthem, like most large enterprises, has chosen, at least initially, …