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Building A Future in the Cloud

Enterprise IT is headed for the cloud. Companies in a wide range of sectors have flocked to cloud computing for cost-savings, big data analytics, and convenient storage solutions. But some major enterprises have still been slow to adopt the new technology out of security concerns. With a private cloud service, enterprises can leverage the cloud without worrying about hacking, leaks, or even NSA snooping. According to the April Congressional Research Service report, half of federal agencies already use cloud computing to some capacity, echoing the private sector’s rapid adoption. And an IDC report predicts that enterprise cloud revenues will jump up to $67.3 billion in 2016, from $22.9 billion in 2011. Enterprises that look forward to long-term growth should capitalize on the private cloud as early as possible, to avoid being left behind in a drastically shifting market. Options for enterprises range from re-architecting data onsite to cloud-sourcing data to third party providers. With deployment flexibility for private, public, and hybrid solutions, there’s a way for all enterprises to tap the cloud for their unique needs.

Cloud Infrastructure for Long-Term Growth

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Smaller businesses have been quick to adopt the cloud as it allows them to compete with larger competitors around the world. But some enterprises have remained reluctant to make the switch. According to Steve Smith, CEO at Equinix, “We continue to make headway with CIOs as they begin to adopt cloud services and understand the strategic implications [of] their data center strategy. However, broad public cloud adoption outside of small-to-medium business is still in the early days.” But while growth may be slow, it is still inevitable according to Pacific Crest Securities analyst, Michael Bowen. “CIOs of large enterprises are migrating legacy IT requirements and workloads more slowly to the cloud than originally anticipated,” said Bowen. Instead of full on adoption, some have opted for the flexibility and security of a hybrid cloud infrastructure. According to Rackspace, over half of cloud purchasers plan future hybrid deployments at their companies. And Tim Aranki at Pariveda Solutions believes the hybrid model has staying power for enterprises not wanting to fully commit to the cloud. Aranki said, “I believe the hybrid cloud is a natural evolution of the managed datacenter. The private datacenter is not going away anytime soon, but the ability, and need, to grow IT assets every year without continual infrastructure investments is critical. Beyond infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings continue to grow at many cloud providers.”

The Hybrid Cloud

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Cloud adoption is the new technological standard, but deployment will have to meet the unique needs of different enterprises. For some CEOs and CIOs, the hybrid cloud is a way to use the cloud without handing over security. CEO Larry Lang of Quorum says, “It truly delivers the best of both worlds: the elasticity, scalability and agility that the public cloud brings, but also the control, visibility and security that the private cloud offers. In addition, it offers the ability for enterprises to pay only for what they need, adding to its cache. Flexibility is the mark of a technology that will prevail in the years to come, and it defines the hybrid cloud. Its ‘best of both worlds’ draw makes it attractive to enterprises that don’t want to or can’t commit to the expense, complexity or security concerns presented by the public and private clouds.” While hybrid cloud remain popular with cautious enterprises, private cloud services can offer a real solution to security concerns, provided that encryption keys are exclusively stored on user devices.

Managing IT in the Cloud

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Protect Yourself With the Private Cloud

Trusting a third party cloud service to offer real protections can be a challenge as many “secure” services on the market have security gaps that leave private corporate and consumer data wide open to third party attacks and even governmental spying, in the light of the ongoing NSA PRISM program. One cloud storage and sync service that sets itself apart from the rest of the market is SpiderOak Blue. This service provides enterprises with fully private cloud storage and sync, featuring all of the benefits of the cloud along with 100% data privacy. SpiderOak Blue is available with onsite deployment and private servers or outsourced deployment through a private and secured public cloud server.

With 256-bit AES encryption, SpiderOak shields sensitive corporate data so that files and passwords stay private. Authorized accounts and network devices can store and sync sensitive data with complete privacy, because this cloud service has absolutely “zero-knowledge” of user passwords or data. And all plaintext encryption keys are exclusively stored on approved devices because SpiderOak never hosts any plaintext data. This way, even if programs like NSA’s PRISM continue to stand unchallenged, consumers can rest easy knowing that their data is truly protected and brands can gain diehard customer loyalty by publically securing consumer information. SpiderOak Blue’s cross-platform private cloud services are available for enterprises on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, along with Android and iOS mobile devices.

SpiderOak’s Cutest Tech Couples Contest

Ahh, lovebirds. You know the type. That sickeningly sweet pair featured in our favorite romantic comedies.

We at SpiderOak are not known for being matchmakers when it comes to romance, but we’d like to think we found the perfect match between you and your data. You and your data are quite the pair. Now we want to know your thoughts on future tech power couples.

The new power couples in tech – who do you think that would be?

We want you to look at all the companies today and let us know who you think would make the perfect couple and why. Let’s take Microsoft and Skype for example. Their eyes locked when discussing issues like CIO and enterprise IT. Skype was wooed on their first date under the Silicon Valley stars. Eventually, it became a match in heaven after they realized they had so much in common in LTE based networks and mobile trends. Who’s next?

Name Your Couple

Post your match on our Facebook page or on Twitter and tell us why you think your two picks would make a good love connection. Based on the number of Facebook ‘Likes,’ or retweets we’ll award first, second, and third place best matches. On Twitter, use the hashtag #SOLove with your submissions.

Prize

    • First place: 14 Gigs
    • Second Place: 10 Gigs
    • Third Place: 5 Gigs
    • Everyone else: 14% off all yearly plans

 

Cupid will reveal the winners on February 14th. We can’t wait to see your matches!

Help spread the word!

Copy and paste this tweet: Name the perfect tech power couple & why for a chance to win free GBs http://bit.ly/Y7nn64 #SOLove #Vday

Baiting the Rebate

While watching the news this morning, I couldn’t help but notice the larger
retail companies getting frustrated and somewhat whiney about the slowing
economy. I suppose operating at such tight margins, subtle downturns in
spending can have a dramatic effect on their bottom line. In the quick snippet
I was watching, the larger retailers were offering incentives for people to
cash their rebate checks at their stores – ensuring this economy continue a
forward momentum.

As a child, my friends and I used to ride our bikes downtown. Not downtown
like you might imagine in a city but a little downtown that defined our
existence and freedom. There were many little stores bearing various names of
either the people who owned them (Mike’s Ice Cream), a fruit (Cherry Pit Cafe),
or a playing card (Fredrickson’s Ace Hardware). And in the mornings when we
were lucky enough to catch an episode of Mr. Wizard, we would head to the
hardware store in search of various items to complete our task for the day. It
was quaint, safe, and unique in every way.

I go back there often as my parents still live close by. However, it doesn’t
look anything like the downtown I remember. A new mall was erected on top of
the old buildings with newer stores – chain stores. Most of the places of my
youth are no longer there although a few remain and remind me of the downtown I
knew as a bike-riding child.

So what do these two seemingly disparate thoughts have in common? These
larger companies that have spread themselves throughout the country, raised
rents, squeezed mom & pop stores toward bankruptcy by offering more product
at cheaper prices through bulk buying are now upset, sad, and looking for
consumer assistance due to the presently tough economic times. So much so that
they are incentivizing consumers to spend their rebate checks (which should
probably remain unspent and saved as more difficult times are looming ahead) in
their stores.

But this, of course, should not fool us into thinking these organizations have
a new found consciousness or care about the state of our union. In fact, many
of these organizations continue to ship jobs and functions overseas. It appears
in the end, as in the beginning, it is only ever about one thing – the bottom
line. And I cannot help but think it incredibly embarrassing and unethical for
these companies to claim some sort of national interest in baiting consumers to
spend rebate checks at their stores.

As a believer in America, capitalism as a whole, and the free market economy, I
realize that squeezing out smaller players over time is prone to happen and a
natural – in unfortunate – course of events. Darwin knew from whence he spoke.
However, I can’t help but muster very little sympathy toward these big
chain-based companies as why shouldn’t they also feel the pain of hardship as
their smaller mom & pop based predecessors did before them. In this case, the
pain should even be healthy, forcing them to streamline their operations, and
perhaps some good will even come of it.

And as a small business owner – albeit of a virtual based software company – it
is tough not to root for the little guy. It is tougher, however, to imagine
that the world of my youth will be in such stark contrast to that of my
children. And thus, as if holding tightly onto hope, I continue to seek out and
shop at the mom & pop stores that remain. For sure, the purpose of distributing
these rebate checks is to stimulate economy and it flows just as well through
the registers of small shops as it does for big ones. In the end, let’s all do
some good by doing well!