2 Questions to Answer When You Suspect Cloud IaaS Has Stopped Making Financial Sense

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

Today I came across an old article by Cade Metz on Wired from 2013 chronicling the experience of some well-known start-ups on the public cloud. The companies highlighted, which included Uber, Zynga, MemSQL and others, had started on Amazon Web Services only to find that, as their business scaled, their AWS bills grew to such a size that self-managed infrastructure …

Google Turns Up Heat on AWS with Nearline Storage

Kenneth Johnson Uncategorized

Yesterday Google announced its new archival storage product, Nearline.  Nearline is one of three classes of object storage on the Google platform which also include Standard and Durable Reduced Availability (DRA).  Nearline is comparable to AWS Glacier in that it is designed for data that is not frequently accessed and is priced at $.01 per gigabyte per month (same as …

5 Capabilities of a Private Cloud That Every Firm Should Focus On

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Security & Compliance

The terms Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud are by now very familiar to all of us. We have often heard CTOs of the global enterprise speak in suspicious terms of public cloud and the security thereof, extolling the virtue of their home-built private clouds. But now we see in some recent data the growth of ”private clouds” stagnating …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Use Case for Collocation in a Cloud IaaS World?

Kenneth Johnson Uncategorized

I am such an evangelist for cloud IaaS, I sometimes get asked, “Would you ever recommend collocation?” Usually I am asked this by someone who currently uses collocated infrastructure and understands the difference between what she has and true cloud IaaS. For those readers for whom the line is foggy, the difference between collocation and cloud IaaS essentially boils down …