The IaaS Provider With Highest Up Time: The Other Half Of The Story

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

Brandon Butler of Network World is one of my favorite bloggers on cloud topics. His post comparing up time of the major cloud providers in 2014, highlights the CloudHarmony statistics comparing nearly every major provider.  He gives a great non-biased presentation of the numbers, which speak for themselves. CloudHarmony maintains a single web server in each region or availability zone …

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 …

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 …

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 …