Secure Cloud: Healthcare Leads The Way

Healthcare and pharmaceutical companies are now the driving force behind secure cloud, according to a poll that specifically asked about use of security-enhanced cloud environments. The survey, conducted in the first quarter of 2015, revealed that healthcare was well ahead of other industries with similarly strict laws and regulations for IT. Healthcare and pharmaceutical organizations are not alone in their desire for bolstered cloud security, of course. However, there are numerous ways that healthcare firms are especially motivated to use cloud’s efficiency and speed within a secure setting, as through the world’s only healthcare-exclusive cloud

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MessageStream

MessageStream Cloud Marketplace, a service by Giacom World Networks, is the UK's largest and most successful partner only network in the UK. Dedicated to IT resellers, MessageStream delivers a range of hosted solutions to more than 3,500 IT support companies, including Hosted Exchange, Office 365 and Hosted Acronis Cloud Backup. One place, one click, one bill. It’s that simple. IT professionals use the MessageStream Cloud marketplace to add residual value to their existing portfolio, and deliver a range of cloud-based services to lock-in long-term repeat revenue. We work tirelessly to ensure the MessageStream experience is an outstanding one, from the first sales enquiry and the on-boarding of your clients, to the on-going support you receive many years on. Our goal is to consistently offer value-driven cloud services, and maintain strong and profitable relationships built on confidence and trust.

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What Is Cloud-Native and Why Does it Matter for CI

Article | February 20, 2024

Continuous intelligence (CI) relies on the real-time analysis of streaming data to produce actionable insights in milliseconds to seconds. Such capabilities have applications throughout a business. In today’s dynamic marketplace, new CI applications that use data from various sources at any given time might be needed on very short notice.The challenge is how to have the flexibility to rapidly develop and deploy new CI applications to meet fast-changing business requirements. A common approach employed today is to use a dynamic architecture that delivers access to data, processing power, and analytics capabilities on demand. In the future, solutions also will likely incorporate artificial intelligence applications to complement the benefits of traditional analytics. Increasingly, cloud-native is the architecture of choice to build and deploy AI-embedded CI applications. A cloud-native approach offers benefits to both the business and developers. Cloud-native applications or services are loosely coupled with explicitly described dependencies.

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Cloud Infrastructure Management

Why Microsoft Should Spinoff Its Cloud Business

Article | February 29, 2024

Microsoft currently features old-school solutions that are growing relatively slowly (Office and Windows) and new cloud solutions that are growing tremendously (Dynamics 365 and Azure). If the company stays in its current form, Microsoft stock will keep steadily advancing. But because the company’s total top and bottom lines are never going to increase much more than 30% or 35% per year, the shares are never going to deliver truly huge returns. But that would change if the company was to spin off its rapidly growing cloud businesses. In such a scenario, the current owners of Microsoft stock would receive shares in a cutting edge cloud services company (let’s call it Azure), and shares in a company focused on providing old, mostly PC-based software to businesses and consumers.

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Intelligence Giant Upgrading its Cloud Technology

Article | August 8, 2023

With the huge amounts of data in all fields, a future in the cloud is imperative to help deal with this explosion of data, especially in the field of intelligence technology. This is the reason why the US Central Intelligence Agency is updating its cloud technology. The agency has recently released a draft request for proposal for its Commercial Cloud Enterprise contract.The C2E tens of billions contract will be a multi-award commercial cloud computing contract with a five-year base period and two five-year options for a period of performance of up to 15 years, according to nextgov.com.In a March 2019 presentation by the Directorate of Digital Innovation, a division of the CIA, the department outlined its vision for C2E. It would be broad and include infrastructure, platform and software cloud services supporting a broad range of users, with a variety of security clearances and a worldwide presence, as reported by techcrunch.com. The principal C2E Program objective is to acquire cloud computing services directly from commercial cloud service providers with established records for innovation and operational excellence in cloud service delivery for a large customer base,the department stated in the presentation.Apparently, the agency prefers to avoid all the attention that the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud procurement process got, and quietly go about its business.

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AWS tags US$235 million to expand its cloud infrastructure in Latin America

Article | February 10, 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is raising its stake on cloud computing infrastructure in Latin America. Proof of this is that the IT company will use R$1 billion (around US$235 million) to expand its data center in Sao Paulo. These millions will be used for its Data Processing Center located in that part of Brazil. In addition, a portion of these US$235 million will also be used to increase the services it offers to both public and private parties.The move gives reason to suggest that AWS is upping the ante in the future of startups and tech in the region that rely on cloud services to develop their own products.It launched its cloud center in Brazil in 2011 but it’ll be getting some beefing up thanks to these funds. Moreover, AWS has two Edge networks in São Paulo and two in Rio de Janeiro. As well as one in each of the following cities: Bogotá (Colombia), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Santiago (Chile).The objective of all of this is to be the region’s prime provider of cloud infrastructure and beat out its competition AKA, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft’s Azure.

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MessageStream

MessageStream Cloud Marketplace, a service by Giacom World Networks, is the UK's largest and most successful partner only network in the UK. Dedicated to IT resellers, MessageStream delivers a range of hosted solutions to more than 3,500 IT support companies, including Hosted Exchange, Office 365 and Hosted Acronis Cloud Backup. One place, one click, one bill. It’s that simple. IT professionals use the MessageStream Cloud marketplace to add residual value to their existing portfolio, and deliver a range of cloud-based services to lock-in long-term repeat revenue. We work tirelessly to ensure the MessageStream experience is an outstanding one, from the first sales enquiry and the on-boarding of your clients, to the on-going support you receive many years on. Our goal is to consistently offer value-driven cloud services, and maintain strong and profitable relationships built on confidence and trust.

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Aviatrix’s Distributed Firewall: A Breakthrough in Cloud Security

Aviatrix | October 13, 2023

Aviatrix, a leading provider of secure cloud networking solutions, unveiled the results of a comprehensive technical assessment conducted by TechTarget's Enterprise Strategy Group, highlighting the efficacy of its revolutionary distributed cloud firewall in fortifying cloud-based cybersecurity. The report underscores the growing need for a simplified and comprehensive security architecture to safeguard applications on public cloud infrastructure as organizations increasingly leverage multiple cloud providers. According to the evaluation, the Aviatrix Distributed Cloud Firewall significantly reduces the complexity of securing public cloud infrastructure, streamlining crucial aspects such as threat blocking, policy definition, enforcement, and microsegmentation. This is a significant development considering the challenges posed by traditional firewalls that struggle to adapt to the dynamic nature of cloud computing. Alex Arcilla, Senior Validation Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, reportedly remarked, Many organizations are still working with traditional data center network firewalls that have been virtualized to work in the public cloud, and they're now finding that they're saddled with the same – if not more – challenges than they faced when deploying firewalls on premises. [Source – Cision PR Newswire] Aviatrix's innovative Distributed Cloud Firewall, a key offering within its Secure Cloud Networking suite, revolutionizes network security in the cloud by enabling distributed inspection and enforcement. This approach enhances security, scalability, and agility while substantially reducing costs. Notably, the distributed architecture allows for a cost reduction of over 30% while delivering a 14-fold increase in aggregate security throughput compared to conventional, centralized firewall architectures commonly adapted for cloud environments. It was proven that the Aviatrix Distributed Cloud Firewall can create a zero-trust security posture in multicloud environments by protecting the current perimeter, locking down environments with policy configurations based on cloud resource attributes and tags, and filtering traffic from one service to another. These features ensure comprehensive security measures for east-west service-to-service traffic within cloud environments and internet egress traffic. Rod Stuhlmuller, the Vice President of Solutions Marketing at Aviatrix, emphasized that the introduction of Aviatrix's Distributed Cloud Firewall earlier that year had signaled the beginning of a new era for cloud network security. He further noted that customers were rapidly embracing this solution. Additionally, he highlighted that the technical analysis by Enterprise Strategy Group underscored the value that Aviatrix was providing to enterprises struggling with contemporary cloud security challenges and associated expenses. However, the Aviatrix Distributed Cloud Firewall, with its intricate functionalities and sophisticated network security configurations, may present a considerable obstacle for users less familiar with such intricate setups. Consequently, the successful deployment of this firewall may require the involvement of specialized experts to ensure its optimal performance. Moreover, the initial financial investment and the intricacies involved in the integration process of the Aviatrix Distributed Cloud Firewall may create barriers for smaller organizations, potentially limiting their access to the advantages it offers. Notwithstanding these challenges, the Aviatrix Distributed Cloud Firewall effectively addresses the continually changing security requirements of modern cloud environments. It presents a seamless and cost-effective solution for establishing comprehensive cybersecurity measures within a cloud-based infrastructure, thereby enhancing the overall security posture and minimizing potential risks. About Aviatrix Aviatrix, a Santa Clara-based software development firm, caters to a global clientele of over 500 companies, providing secure cloud networking solutions that foster innovation and cost control. Its pioneering Aviatrix Certified Engineer (ACE) Program facilitates digital transformation for businesses. Specializing in hybrid cloud networking, VPC peering, and cloud security, Aviatrix is recognized for its expertise in simplifying and streamlining networking architectures across multiple cloud service providers.

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IDrive Backup adds Unlimited Cloud to Cloud Backup, enabling users to safeguard all of their Microsoft Office 365 & Google Workspace data

Prnewswire | May 05, 2023

IDrive Backup, an industry leading cloud backup service, has announced the addition of unlimited cloud to cloud backup, giving users the opportunity to backup and restore all of their Microsoft Office 365 and Google Workspace data. For organizations and personal users that rely heavily on those cloud services, it's extremely important to have a second copy of their data stored elsewhere with an established and reliable backup company such as IDrive, as no service is immune to system failure and restores can then become very difficult. Cloud to cloud backup with the award-winning IDrive allows users to backup their data from one cloud service to the IDrive cloud, making it an ideal solution for those who want to protect their data from potential loss due to service outages or other issues. This provides an extra layer of protection for important data by backing it up to an entirely separate cloud, keeping that data secure, recoverable, and accessible. Backing up Microsoft Office 365 data with IDrive allows users to backup their entire Microsoft Office Suite including OneDrive, SharePoint, Exchange, and Teams data, unlike other backup services who only protect a limited amount of this data. By using this single backup solution approach, users can eliminate the complexity and costs associated with maintaining multiple separate backup agents. Features of Microsoft Office 365 Backup with IDrive include: Automated backups - runs three automated backups on a daily basis, protecting data from accidental deletion and ransomware or malware attacks. Seamless retention - retains previous versions of the backed up data as point-in-time snapshots, enabling users to run point-in-time restores of their data to the exact state it was in at the time of the backup. Granular recovery - search and recover specific files, entire folders, images, videos, emails, and even contacts and calendars. Company-wide search and restore - easily search and restore information from a single platform, as well as monitoring and controlling the data with organization-wide visibility. For Google Workspace data, including Google Drive, Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts, using IDrive to backup this data can be critical to help safeguard it against accidental deletion, ransomware, or other outages or issues. IDrive's intuitive data retention system with automatic snapshot schedules ensures safe retention of multiple versions of the backed up data, with 3 automatic daily backups that are retained for 30 days and enabling users to perform point-in-time restores. Users also have full comprehensive control over their backups through a centralized web console, helping them to migrate, export, download, and perform cross-user restores with ease. IDrive Cloud to Cloud Backup is an available add-on for all plans including Mini, Personal, Business, Team, and Enterprise for $20/seat/year for unlimited storage. IDrive Cloud to Cloud backup is also available as a stand-alone plan for the same cost. About IDrive IDrive Inc. is a privately held company specializing in cloud storage, online backup, file sharing, remote access, compliance and related technologies. Core services include IDrive®, IDrive® e2, RemotePC™ and IBackup. The company's services help over 4 million customers back up over 500 Petabytes of data.

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Anjuna Security Joins Cloud Security Alliance

Anjuna Security, Cloud Security Alliance | September 15, 2021

Anjuna Security, the Confidential Cloud platform provider, announced that it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world's leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. The Anjuna platform leverages the confidential computing technologies now present in the latest generation of public clouds and servers to isolate data and application workloads from would-be attackers, rogue insiders, and malicious software. Industry-standard secure enclave technology transforms public clouds into fully trusted environments even in untrusted geographies. These hardware-based locked computing environments ensure data privacy and protection for applications, including personally identifiable information (PII), proprietary algorithms, and AI code. "Anjuna makes it simple and practical to use powerful hardware-level security features in clouds and servers from all major providers," said Ayal Yogev, CEO and co-founder of Anjuna. "With Anjuna, security protections deploy transparently with no changes to applications and no disruption to IT operations. About Anjuna Anjuna Security makes the public cloud secure for business. Software from Anjuna Security effortlessly enables enterprises to safely run even their most sensitive workloads in the public cloud. Unlike complex perimeter security solutions easily breached by insiders and malicious code, Anjuna leverages the strongest hardware-based secure computing technologies available to make the public cloud the safest computing resource available anywhere. Anjuna is a member of the Confidential Computing Consortium, founded in 2019 under the auspices of the Linux Foundation to define and promote the adoption of confidential computing—the protection of data in use by performing computation in a hardware-based secure enclave, or Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). More than 20 industry leaders have joined the group, including Alibaba, AMD, Anjuna, ARM, Baidu, Facebook, Google Cloud, IBM, Intel Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat, Tencent, and VMware. About the Cloud Security Alliance The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is the world's leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. CSA harnesses the subject matter expertise of industry practitioners, associations, governments, and its corporate and individual members to offer cloud security-specific research, education, certification, events and products. CSA's activities, knowledge and extensive network benefit the entire community impacted by cloud — from providers and customers, to governments, entrepreneurs and the assurance industry — and provide a forum through which diverse parties can work together to create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem.

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Cloud Security

Aviatrix’s Distributed Firewall: A Breakthrough in Cloud Security

Aviatrix | October 13, 2023

Aviatrix, a leading provider of secure cloud networking solutions, unveiled the results of a comprehensive technical assessment conducted by TechTarget's Enterprise Strategy Group, highlighting the efficacy of its revolutionary distributed cloud firewall in fortifying cloud-based cybersecurity. The report underscores the growing need for a simplified and comprehensive security architecture to safeguard applications on public cloud infrastructure as organizations increasingly leverage multiple cloud providers. According to the evaluation, the Aviatrix Distributed Cloud Firewall significantly reduces the complexity of securing public cloud infrastructure, streamlining crucial aspects such as threat blocking, policy definition, enforcement, and microsegmentation. This is a significant development considering the challenges posed by traditional firewalls that struggle to adapt to the dynamic nature of cloud computing. Alex Arcilla, Senior Validation Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, reportedly remarked, Many organizations are still working with traditional data center network firewalls that have been virtualized to work in the public cloud, and they're now finding that they're saddled with the same – if not more – challenges than they faced when deploying firewalls on premises. [Source – Cision PR Newswire] Aviatrix's innovative Distributed Cloud Firewall, a key offering within its Secure Cloud Networking suite, revolutionizes network security in the cloud by enabling distributed inspection and enforcement. This approach enhances security, scalability, and agility while substantially reducing costs. Notably, the distributed architecture allows for a cost reduction of over 30% while delivering a 14-fold increase in aggregate security throughput compared to conventional, centralized firewall architectures commonly adapted for cloud environments. It was proven that the Aviatrix Distributed Cloud Firewall can create a zero-trust security posture in multicloud environments by protecting the current perimeter, locking down environments with policy configurations based on cloud resource attributes and tags, and filtering traffic from one service to another. These features ensure comprehensive security measures for east-west service-to-service traffic within cloud environments and internet egress traffic. Rod Stuhlmuller, the Vice President of Solutions Marketing at Aviatrix, emphasized that the introduction of Aviatrix's Distributed Cloud Firewall earlier that year had signaled the beginning of a new era for cloud network security. He further noted that customers were rapidly embracing this solution. Additionally, he highlighted that the technical analysis by Enterprise Strategy Group underscored the value that Aviatrix was providing to enterprises struggling with contemporary cloud security challenges and associated expenses. However, the Aviatrix Distributed Cloud Firewall, with its intricate functionalities and sophisticated network security configurations, may present a considerable obstacle for users less familiar with such intricate setups. Consequently, the successful deployment of this firewall may require the involvement of specialized experts to ensure its optimal performance. Moreover, the initial financial investment and the intricacies involved in the integration process of the Aviatrix Distributed Cloud Firewall may create barriers for smaller organizations, potentially limiting their access to the advantages it offers. Notwithstanding these challenges, the Aviatrix Distributed Cloud Firewall effectively addresses the continually changing security requirements of modern cloud environments. It presents a seamless and cost-effective solution for establishing comprehensive cybersecurity measures within a cloud-based infrastructure, thereby enhancing the overall security posture and minimizing potential risks. About Aviatrix Aviatrix, a Santa Clara-based software development firm, caters to a global clientele of over 500 companies, providing secure cloud networking solutions that foster innovation and cost control. Its pioneering Aviatrix Certified Engineer (ACE) Program facilitates digital transformation for businesses. Specializing in hybrid cloud networking, VPC peering, and cloud security, Aviatrix is recognized for its expertise in simplifying and streamlining networking architectures across multiple cloud service providers.

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IDrive Backup adds Unlimited Cloud to Cloud Backup, enabling users to safeguard all of their Microsoft Office 365 & Google Workspace data

Prnewswire | May 05, 2023

IDrive Backup, an industry leading cloud backup service, has announced the addition of unlimited cloud to cloud backup, giving users the opportunity to backup and restore all of their Microsoft Office 365 and Google Workspace data. For organizations and personal users that rely heavily on those cloud services, it's extremely important to have a second copy of their data stored elsewhere with an established and reliable backup company such as IDrive, as no service is immune to system failure and restores can then become very difficult. Cloud to cloud backup with the award-winning IDrive allows users to backup their data from one cloud service to the IDrive cloud, making it an ideal solution for those who want to protect their data from potential loss due to service outages or other issues. This provides an extra layer of protection for important data by backing it up to an entirely separate cloud, keeping that data secure, recoverable, and accessible. Backing up Microsoft Office 365 data with IDrive allows users to backup their entire Microsoft Office Suite including OneDrive, SharePoint, Exchange, and Teams data, unlike other backup services who only protect a limited amount of this data. By using this single backup solution approach, users can eliminate the complexity and costs associated with maintaining multiple separate backup agents. Features of Microsoft Office 365 Backup with IDrive include: Automated backups - runs three automated backups on a daily basis, protecting data from accidental deletion and ransomware or malware attacks. Seamless retention - retains previous versions of the backed up data as point-in-time snapshots, enabling users to run point-in-time restores of their data to the exact state it was in at the time of the backup. Granular recovery - search and recover specific files, entire folders, images, videos, emails, and even contacts and calendars. Company-wide search and restore - easily search and restore information from a single platform, as well as monitoring and controlling the data with organization-wide visibility. For Google Workspace data, including Google Drive, Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts, using IDrive to backup this data can be critical to help safeguard it against accidental deletion, ransomware, or other outages or issues. IDrive's intuitive data retention system with automatic snapshot schedules ensures safe retention of multiple versions of the backed up data, with 3 automatic daily backups that are retained for 30 days and enabling users to perform point-in-time restores. Users also have full comprehensive control over their backups through a centralized web console, helping them to migrate, export, download, and perform cross-user restores with ease. IDrive Cloud to Cloud Backup is an available add-on for all plans including Mini, Personal, Business, Team, and Enterprise for $20/seat/year for unlimited storage. IDrive Cloud to Cloud backup is also available as a stand-alone plan for the same cost. About IDrive IDrive Inc. is a privately held company specializing in cloud storage, online backup, file sharing, remote access, compliance and related technologies. Core services include IDrive®, IDrive® e2, RemotePC™ and IBackup. The company's services help over 4 million customers back up over 500 Petabytes of data.

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Anjuna Security Joins Cloud Security Alliance

Anjuna Security, Cloud Security Alliance | September 15, 2021

Anjuna Security, the Confidential Cloud platform provider, announced that it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world's leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. The Anjuna platform leverages the confidential computing technologies now present in the latest generation of public clouds and servers to isolate data and application workloads from would-be attackers, rogue insiders, and malicious software. Industry-standard secure enclave technology transforms public clouds into fully trusted environments even in untrusted geographies. These hardware-based locked computing environments ensure data privacy and protection for applications, including personally identifiable information (PII), proprietary algorithms, and AI code. "Anjuna makes it simple and practical to use powerful hardware-level security features in clouds and servers from all major providers," said Ayal Yogev, CEO and co-founder of Anjuna. "With Anjuna, security protections deploy transparently with no changes to applications and no disruption to IT operations. About Anjuna Anjuna Security makes the public cloud secure for business. Software from Anjuna Security effortlessly enables enterprises to safely run even their most sensitive workloads in the public cloud. Unlike complex perimeter security solutions easily breached by insiders and malicious code, Anjuna leverages the strongest hardware-based secure computing technologies available to make the public cloud the safest computing resource available anywhere. Anjuna is a member of the Confidential Computing Consortium, founded in 2019 under the auspices of the Linux Foundation to define and promote the adoption of confidential computing—the protection of data in use by performing computation in a hardware-based secure enclave, or Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). More than 20 industry leaders have joined the group, including Alibaba, AMD, Anjuna, ARM, Baidu, Facebook, Google Cloud, IBM, Intel Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat, Tencent, and VMware. About the Cloud Security Alliance The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is the world's leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. CSA harnesses the subject matter expertise of industry practitioners, associations, governments, and its corporate and individual members to offer cloud security-specific research, education, certification, events and products. CSA's activities, knowledge and extensive network benefit the entire community impacted by cloud — from providers and customers, to governments, entrepreneurs and the assurance industry — and provide a forum through which diverse parties can work together to create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem.

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