Survey Says … Cloud Adoption Booming for Global Business Leaders

Ronda Peoples All Firms, Cloud Technology

In December, KPMG released the results of its annual survey on cloud computing. The survey, which collected and analyzed responses from over 500 executives in financial services, healthcare, retail and other industries worldwide, focused on increases in cloud services adoption, the catalysts driving those increases and how businesses are utilizing cloud computing in new ways. You can read the full …

Was Gordon Moore Arguing for Cloud IaaS in 1965?

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Microsoft Azure

The other day over lunch a client and I were discussing Cloud IT and he observed that Moore’s Law demanded that his company adopt cloud IaaS.  I had never thought of Moore’s Law in this context, but after that lunch I see it in a new light.  Most people know that Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Intel proposed his now …

Microsoft Azure announces most powerful instances to date

Lee Hylton All Firms, Cloud Technology, Featured, Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure has announced the general availability of their new G instances. These are their most powerful cloud instances to date. The new G-series instances go up to 32 cores, 448 GiB of RAM, and 6,596 GB of local SSD storage.  At the lower end these G instances may be suitable for running Remote Desktop Session Hosts all the way …

The Silver Lining: Security Lessons from the Sony Hack

Ronda Peoples All Firms, Featured, Security & Compliance

Now that the dust is settling around last month’s Sony Pictures hack, companies around the globe are asking “How can we avoid such a devastating data breach?” The emerging answer seems to be cloud computing. The resources that the leading cloud providers – such as Amazon Web Services (aws) and Microsoft Azure – have committed to security is unmatched and …

Sustainable Computing: An Emerging Reality on Amazon Web Services

Kenneth Johnson All Firms

More and more companies are becoming concerned with the amount of power they are consuming and the effect it may have on our planet. For many companies nothing consumes more power than the IT footprint. Even apart from other cloud benefits such as, better security, lower cost, increased performance for remote work experience, HIPAA compliance etc., reducing carbon footprint may …

Self-Healing Cloud Infrastructure

Lee Hylton All Firms, Cloud Technology, Featured

Yesterday AWS announced “Auto Recovery” for its Elastic Cloud Compute (Ec2) instances. Now with Cloud Watch properly configured AWS will constantly run systems checks to look for many common problems including: loss of network connectivity loss of system power software issues on the physical host hardware issues on the physical host. According to Amazon, “When a system status check of …

Will I really save money by taking my firm to the cloud?

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Cloud Technology, Featured, Law Firms

For most companies the hope of saving money is one of the primary motivators of going to the cloud. Even as most companies large and small are saving 40% to 60% on average by closing data centers and migrating to cloud infrastructure, it has been my experience that professional firms often expect to pay more for cloud computing than they …

Cloud IaaS for Legal IT Professionals

Ronda Peoples Cloud Technology, Law Firms

We have found in our discussions with our law firm clients that three primary concerns, in order of their importance when thinking about migrating to the cloud, are: 1)      Security 2)      Performance 3)      ROI See Cloud Iaas for the Legal IT Pro for our latest thinking on these topics for law firms considering cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Blue …

The Forecast is Cloudy for HIPAA-Covered Entities

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Featured, Security & Compliance

As the popularity of all things “cloud” is skyrocketing, more and more industries are considering adoption of cloud technology. For the healthcare industry, HIPAA compliance presents some unique obstacles to enjoying the benefits of cloud IaaS. In addition to the requirements that apply to all HIPAA data processing, two specific requirements present challenges to would-be cloud adopters: All applications which …