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 …

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 …

Cloud Desktops: An Emerging Solution to the Growing Problem of Theft

Ronda Peoples Uncategorized

Long gone are the days when a company’s workforce packed up at 5:00, leaving desktop computers and all their contents safely behind the secure, locked doors of the office. A growing percentage of today’s workers – enabled by mobile devices such as laptops and tablets, along with ubiquitous wi-fi and flexible work hours – carry their devices, and much of …

Workmail, Workdocs and Workspaces: AWS Moves Further Up The Stack

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Law Firms, Professional Firms, Uncategorized

Yesterday AWS announced the preview of Workmail, an Outlook-compatible email and calendaring service priced at $4 per mailbox and scheduled to launch in 2Q 2015. When the news broke, most of the talk was AWS was becoming distracted by the success of Office 365 and embarking on an impossible bid to unseat Microsoft Office 365. But when you dig a …

Are Cloud Desktops Here to Stay?

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

Certainly the most popular product requested by our clients are desktops in the cloud.   Law firms and other companies that have distributed workforces or the need to work “on the go” love the convenience of remote desktop access.  While Blue Sentry offers a high performance and economical cloud desktop that can even be HIPAA compliant if necessary, there are many …