Will Cloud Storage Become a Crucial Component of Business?

Abhinav Anand | March 28, 2022 | 23 views

Will_Cloud_Storage

Why Opt for Cloud Storage?

Earlier, storing data was one of the biggest challenges that users and organizations faced equally. The first hard drive, which was introduced in 1956 by IBM, weighed over a ton and almost occupied a whole room. The hard drive had acapacity of just over 3700 kilobytes. Whatmight seemtoo little in contemporary times was considered a technological revolution back inthose days.

The introduction of cloud computing and cloud storage completely changed the landscape of storing data. Cloud storage is the storageof data across multiple servers instead of a physical device. Cloud storage has been in great demand since organizations have begun migrating to cloud platforms. Cloud storage scores big byproviding businesses with a virtual infrastructure that is highly effective in accessibility, scalability, and data customization.


What Difference Would Cloud Storage Make in Your Business?

Cloud storage offers businesses various benefits that would help them improve their overall functionality. Using cloud storage, companies can effectively increase their accessibility while reducing the overall expense of data storage on local servers. Even though many organizations have seen positive results in shifting to storing data in cloud, several organizations are still skeptical about making this shift.

We'll now be talking about how cloud storage would aid businesses in addressing these lingering doubts.

 

Cost-Efficient

The first and foremost benefit is moving to storage in cloudwould help organizations cut down on their storage costs. Cloud storage is generally more affordable as the cloud service provider divides the cost of infrastructure among multiple businesses. In addition, moving your business to the cloud reduces the organization's hardware and maintenance costs.

 

Enhanced Security

By opting to store data on the cloud, organizations would be using cloud storage housed in a data center that provides enterprise-level security compared to having hardware within the office premise. Additionally, there is absolutely no single point of failure in the cloud as data is backed up onmultiple servers.

 

Scalable Service

One of the most important features of cloud data storage is the option of a pay-per-demand feature that organizations can avail. With this, youneed to pay for what you want to use.This eliminates the need to estimate how much storage space you would require for the year and risk paying for storage space that can remain unused.

Cloud computing is a great euphemism for centralizing computer services under one server.

Evgeny Morozov, author and technology skeptic


Features Offered by Corporate Cloud Storage Providers

While you are trying to evaluate how effective cloud storage would be for your organization, it is essential that you also weigh the features offered by cloud storage providers. To ease you throughthis step, we have listed some of the most renowned cloud data storage providers and their salient features.

 

Microsoft One Drive

One of the most widely used cloud storage services, Microsoft One Drive, connects files across Office 365. They also provide users with complete visibility and control oversecurity. OneDrive for business also offers capabilities like syncing reports and managing migrations.

 

Google G-suite

Built on Google's robust and secure global infrastructure, remote teams can easily stay connected and do it all with utmost safety. Their built-in security features help keep data, devices, and users protected, and along with that, the files are also automatically backed up in the cloud.

 

Amazon Web Services

AWS ensures that organizations get a flexible and secure cloud platform where they can go about their business. Using best-in-class encryption and little downtime, AWS ensures that customer information, identities, applications, and devices are protected.


How Does Cloud Migration Assist the C-suite?

Several businesses and IT professionals worldwide are constantly shifting from on-premise infrastructure toa scalable, economical, and agile infrastructure by migrating to the cloud, especially those inclined towards using cloud storage.

According to IBM's research, 60% of the 380 CIOs and CTOs polled stated that their IT infrastructure isn't entirely prepared for the future or large-scale disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moving data to the correct cloud solves communication, collaboration, security, storage, and data availability issues.

Features of cloud storage that the C-suite can leverage are:

  • Flexibility in Operation
  • Increase in Transparency
  • Enhanced Risk Management
  • Improved Security


Conclusion

When you see the overall picture, using cloud storage would, in many ways, improve the functioning of organizations. Once you have cracked how to use cloud storage, the rest of the process is a mere cakewalk to leverage its benefits. Using cloud storage can help businesses drastically reduce infrastructure and maintenance costs with the right strategy.


FAQ

 

What Does Cloud Storage Mean?

Cloud storage is the cloud computing model that stores data on the internet through a cloud computing provider who manages and operates data storage as a service.

 

What Are the Types of Cloud Storage Available?

There are four types of cloud storage services:

  • Public cloud storage
  • Private cloud storage
  • Hybrid cloud storage
  • Community cloud

 

Why Do We Need Cloud Storage?

Using cloud storage helps you make your data highly accessible. With cloud storage, you can access your files from anywhere with an internet connection. This also helps you cover major issues like hardware failure or any other kind of malfunction.

Spotlight

Action To Action™

Action To Action consisted of highly professional members who have earned an extensive and valuable experience in the business industry across multiple segments over more than 50 years.

OTHER ARTICLES
CLOUD STORAGE

Vulnerable AWS Lambda Function – Initial Access in Cloud Attacks

Article | March 21, 2022

Our security research team prepared to explain a real attack scenario from the black box and white box perspective on how a vulnerable AWS Lambda function could be used by attackers as initial access into your cloud environment. Finally, we show the best practices to mitigate this vector of attack. Serverless is becoming mainstream in business applications to achieve scalability, performance, and cost efficiency without managing the underlying infrastructure. These workloads are able to scale to thousands of concurrent requests per second. One of the most used Serverless functions in cloud environments is the AWS Lambda function. One essential element of production raising an application is security. An error in code or a lack of user input validation may cause the function to be compromised and could lead the attackers to get access to your cloud account. About AWS Lambda function AWS Lambda is an event-driven, serverless compute service which permits the execution of code written in different programming languages and automates actions inside a cloud environment. One of the main benefits of this approach is that Lambda runs our code in a highly available compute infrastructure directly managed by AWS. The cloud provider takes care of all the administrative activities related to the infrastructure underneath, including server and operating system maintenance, automatic scaling, patching, and logging. The user can just use the service implementing their code and the function is ready to go. Security, a shared pain From a security perspective, due to its nature to be managed by the cloud provider but still configurable by the user, even the security concerns and risks are shared between the two actors. Since the user doesn’t have control over the infrastructure behind a specific Lambda function, the security risks on the infrastructure underneath are managed directly by the cloud provider. Using AWS IAM, it’s possible for the user to restrict the access and the permitted actions of the lambda function and its components. Misconfiguration on permission over IAM roles or objects used by the Lambda function might cause serious damage, leading attackers inside the cloud environment. Even more importantly, the code implemented into the Lambda function is under user control and, as we will see in the next sections, if there are security holes into the code, the function might be used to access the cloud account and move laterally. Attack Scenarios We are going through two attack scenarios using two different testing approaches: black box and white box testing, which are two of the main testing approaches used in penetration testing to assess the security posture of a specific infrastructure, application, or function. Looking at the Lambda function from a different perspective would help to create a better overall picture of the security posture of our function, and help us better understand the possible attacks and the related risks. Black box vs white box In Black box testing, whoever is attacking the environment doesn’t have any information about the environment itself and the internal workings of the software system. In this approach, the attacker needs to make assumptions about what might be behind the logic of a specific feature and keep testing those assumptions to find a way in. For our scenario, the attacker doesn't have any access to the cloud environment and doesn’t have any internal information about the cloud environment or the functions and roles available in the account. In White box testing, the attacker already has internal information which can be used during the attack to achieve their goals. In this case, the attacker has all the information needed to find the possible vulnerabilities and security issues. For this reason, white box testing is considered the most exhaustive way of testing. In our scenario, the attacker has read-only initial access in the cloud environment and this information can be used by the attacker to assess what is already deployed and better target the attack. In this attack scenario the attacker found a misconfigured S3 bucket open to the public where there are different files owned by the company. The attacker is able to upload files into the bucket and check the files configuration once uploaded. A Lambda function is being used to calculate the tag for each file uploaded, although the attacker doesn’t know anything about the code implemented in the lambda. We can be pretty confident there is an AWS Lambda function behind those values. The function appears to be triggered when a new object is created into the bucket. The two tags, Path and Size, seem to be calculated dynamically for each file, perhaps executing OS commands to retrieve information. We can assume the file name is used to look for the file inside the OS and also to calculate the file size. In other words, the file name might be a user input which is used in the OS command to retrieve the information to put in the tags. Missing a user input validation might lead an attacker to submit unwanted input or execute arbitrary commands into the machine. In this case, we can try to inject other commands into the file name to achieve remote code execution. Concatenating commands, using a semicolon, is a common way to append arbitrary commands into the user input so that the code would execute them if the user input isn’t well sanitized. Mitigation We have seen the attack scenario from the black box and white box perspectives, but what can we do to mitigate this scenario? In the proposed scenario, we covered different AWS components, like S3 buckets and AWS lambda, in which some security aspects have been neglected. In order to successfully mitigate this scenario, we can act on different levels and different features. In particular, we could: Disable the public access for the S3 bucket, so that it will be accessible just from inside and to the users who are authenticated into the cloud account. Check the code used inside the lambda function, to be sure there aren’t any security bugs inside it and all the user inputs are correctly sanitized following the security guidelines for writing code securely. Apply the least privileges concept in all the AWS IAM Roles applied to cloud features to avoid unwanted actions or possible privilege escalation paths inside the account. Let’s have a look at all the points mentioned above in detail on how we can enforce those mitigations. Disable the public access for the S3 bucket An S3 bucket is one of the key components in AWS used as storage. S3 buckets are often used by attackers who want to break into cloud accounts. It’s critical to keep S3 buckets as secure as possible, applying all the security settings available and avoiding unwanted access to our data or files. For this specific scenario, the bucket was publicly open and all the unauthorized users were able to read and write objects into the bucket. To avoid this behavior, we need to make sure that the bucket is available, privately applying the following security settings to restrict the access.

Read More
CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT

IBM's Cloudburst: A Credible Step Forward in the Cloud Computing Arena

Article | March 15, 2022

IBM CloudBurst is a ready-to-use, self-contained service delivery platform that can be deployed fast and efficiently in a data center. It enables the data center to create service platforms for a wide range of workload types with a high degree of integration, flexibility, and resource optimization, resulting in a better request-driven user experience while also reducing costs and expediting time to market for the company. In addition, the GTS installation service is included in IBM CloudBurst, making it a comprehensive bundle of hardware, software, and services to get it up and running in your environment right away. To quickly integrate cloud computing, IBM CloudBurst combines the necessary hardware, software, and service components. IBM CloudBurst, as a single solution, simplifies the complexities of establishing a cloud computing architecture, allowing businesses to immediately grasp the benefits and financial potential of a dynamic infrastructure. For de-mystifying a cloud computing model, CloudBurst can help enterprises discover the benefits and business possibilities of a dynamic infrastructure more rapidly. As a cloud computing quickstart, IBM CloudBurst allows businesses to demonstrate the benefits of the delivery model in a specific area of their data center or for a single internal project. Building a Dynamic Infrastructure With IBM Cloudburst IBM’s Service Delivery Manager Solution for x86 and Power systems is based on a pre-integrated, software-only stack. It is installed as a set of virtual images that automate the deployment of IT services and enables resource monitoring, cost management, and service provisioning in the cloud. Similarly, depending on your company's needs, you can pick how much capacity to employ by adding cloud bursting to your LSF Cluster. When time is money, the cloud is ready. The meter stops, and the cloud waits when demand is low. Computing Heavy Workloads With Resource Planning It's challenging to establish a delicate balance between the expense of computing resources and the cost of delayed judgments. However, with the introduction of cloud bursting, a new level of flexibility has become available to break the impasse. When space in your data center is limited, you can now extend your existing IBM Spectrum LSF cluster to the IBM Cloud, where you can access almost infinite resources and only pay for what you use. “Automating IT resources to support new applications is critical because at most companies, a business user typically must wait weeks to get access to new IT resources due to the manual processes required to set up resources,” said Lauren States, vice president of Tivoli Cloud Computing for IBM. This automation not only simplifies the initial creation of a proof-of-concept cluster but also provides the basic toolset for the rapid provisioning and takedown of resources that define cloud bursting. Conclusion One of the numerous advantages of the cloud is that you are never tied to a specific piece of hardware. If you choose a storage cluster and later require more capacity or performance, you can always rebuild it with more resources. Today's businesses can pick from a variety of storage technologies. That is why it is critical to comprehend the many alternatives, their usefulness, and the appropriate use cases for the various storage mechanisms. To meet today's modern business needs, IBM offers a variety of storage options.

Read More
CLOUD APP DEVELOPMENT

Elastic releases security solution for the cloud

Article | June 9, 2022

Elastic announced the launch of Elastic Security for Cloud, extending the capabilities of the existing Elastic Security offering, which included SIEM and endpoint protection, to incorporate cloud risk and posture management and cloud workload protection. The new solution allows enterprises to manage their security posture for cloud-native and hybrid environments with infrastructure detection and response (IDR) and a machine learning offering that can detect known and unknown threats in cloud environments. This approach means that enterprises can detect and respond to malicious activity in the cloud as soon as possible to minimize the risk and damage caused by intrusions. Addressing cloud complexity The release comes as modern enterprises are struggling to secure cloud environments. Research shows that not only are 76% of organizations using two or more cloud providers, but also that 35% of organizations have more than 50% of their workloads in the cloud. This means for many organizations, protecting the cloud attack surface is now vital to maintaining operational stability. In other words, the complexity of cloud deployments has created a need for solutions with cloud detection and response capabilities, so that enterprises can respond to threat actors who are targeting this new attack surface. “The world has rapidly transitioned to the cloud and chosen operations over security. Cloud infrastructure is stood up and torn down at a blazing rate and many different teams are deploying these cloud instances. Just answering the question, ‘Am I good?’ is an increasingly complex question to answer for CIO/CISOs,” Mike Nichols, vice president of product for Elastic Security Elastic’s answer to monitoring these environments, is a cloud posture management and IDR solution that can improve security teams visibility over external threats. The cloud security market Elastic Security is competing in the global cloud security market, which researchers valued at $40.8 billion in 2021 and anticipate will grow to $77.5 billion by 2026 as enterprises attempt to keep up with the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks, and rise in bring your own device (BYOD) and (choose your own device) policies. In the realm of cloud security, one of Elastic’s main competitors is Splunk, a cloud and observability monitoring platform that can monitor public clouds, apps, services, on-premise data centers, and edge services. Last year, Splunk announced it had received a $1 billion investment from Silver Lake. Another competitor in the market is Wazuh, an XDR and SIEM tool designed for protecting endpoints and cloud workloads with vulnerability detection, log data analysis, workload protection, and container security. Wazhu currently has more than 10 million downloads per year and is used by a range of companies including Verifone, Walgreens, Rappi, Grubhub, Intuit, and more. Although, one of the key differentiators between Elastic Security is that the solution is built on the Elastic Search Platform, with analytics, SIEM, endpoint protection, XDR and cloud security all offered as part of one single offering.

Read More
CLOUD APP DEVELOPMENT

Database Management in the Cloud Computing Era

Article | May 20, 2022

Database Management in the Cloud Computing Era A cloud computing database is ideally a service that is built, deployed, and delivered via a cloud platform. A cloud platform as a service (PaaS) delivery model allows organizations, end-users and applications to store, manage and retrieve data using the cloud. When seen from a structural and design perspective, a cloud database is not very different from one that operates its business using its own on-premise servers. However, ever since big data has entered space, database management has become a little more complex. In addition to all the traditional and structured data, we also have semi-structured and unstructured data coming in from almost all directions. In recent times, there has been significant adoption of cloud platforms, infrastructures and services. The idea of the blend of cloud technology with database services has garnered more demand with respect to management. Cloud databases, which arealso widely termed Database-as-a-Service (DaaS), offer various added options for organizations to choose. With the current rate of adoption, experts have a strong feeling that DaaS will, just like any other "as-a-service", will become the standard solution for all highly sensitive and mission-critical data. How Can Cloud Database Management Help Your Business? Every organization has the constant need to manage its data in the most efficient way possible. A cloud database effectively fulfills all the needs of any organization with respect to data, ranging from keeping the information secure, accurate and consistent for resource utilization and optimal performance. Cloud data management is constantly changing the way organizations think about data. The cloud helps bring in the required versatility, security, and professional data management assistance that is required. For any business to survive and succeed, it should ensure that the data is healthy so that everyone in the organization has access to the data they need, when they need it. "Line-of-business leaders everywhere are bypassing IT departments to get applications from the cloud (also known as software as a service, or SaaS) and pay for them similar to a magazine subscription. And when the service is no longer required, they can cancel that subscription with no equipment left unused in the corner." - Daryl Plummer, Gartner analyst Effective Strategies forDatabase Management in Cloud Computing Using a cloud-based database ensures that it is easy for your database to grow along with your needs and requirements, in addition to scaling up or down on-demand to accommodate specific peak-workload phases. Ideally, before procuring a cloud data management system, it is essential to have a solid strategy that would suit best with your organization's ecosystem and, at the same time, would also help you getthe most out of the system you select. Exploring the Best Practices for DBM in Cloud Computing With the idea ofeffectively developing, monitoring and managing database infrastructure, there are various methods that organizations can use. These days, organizations also have the option for a ready-made database management system or picking a tailored solution as per their requirements. Keeping all these aspects in mind, it is also essential that these organizations enroll themselves in the best practices followed to ensure optimum results are achieved. Some of the best practices for database management in cloud computing are mentioned below: Before moving to the cloud, build a robust data management architecture. Give cloud data integration requirements the first priority. Regardless of the data's platform or location, govern it comprehensively. Use encryption and VPN to protect data in transit. Automate database management tasks to keep track of them. Why Is Cloud DBMS the C-Suite’s Pick? While it is more than evident that in today's age and time, data management is one of the most crucial components of any organization, it is also right up the area of value addition for all the top executives in an organization. Every industry relies vastly on data and its management, with the significant shift towards cloud servicestaking place constantly several organizations and the c-suite are now evaluating what cloud services bring to their table, especially on the data front. Once the core pain points are assessed and the c-suite gets the picture of how cloud database management systems would help them become more efficient, there wouldn't be any other obvious choice. Microsoft Consulting Services, along with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), partnered with Walgreens to create the Information, Data, and Insights (IDI) platform powered by Azure.When patients or medical providers initiate the prescription fulfilment process, Azure Databricks and Azure Synapse Analytics move hundreds of related data points through the IDI. Pharmacists can access information through a centralized dashboard interface and request data visualizations.Pharmacists gain real-time insights, and the system can scale as needed to meet current needs. During peak times, the platform can handle more than 40,000 transactions per second. Compared to Walgreens’ previous solution, the private cloud-based architecture, saves an enormous amount of time on every transaction — prescription data that once took about 48 hours to reach its data warehouse can be handled by Walgreens within minutes. Conclusion With the next big things being data and the cloud, how can an amalgamation of both be wrong? Having said this, everyone willhave their own share of concerns and questions. But with what is being built and functions being worked upon, this space is bound to bring in numerous opportunities. So when the world is slowly makingthis shift, it's time you reconsidered, if you haven't already, before you get overwhelmed at the helm of data! FAQ What Are the Best Features Available in Cloud Database Management? While there are numerous features that one can leverage using Cloud Database Management, the top 5 of its features are listed below: Elasticity Scalability High availability Easy data reduction Redundancy Which Is the Most Popular Cloud Database? One of the most popular and widely used cloud databases is the Microsoft Azure cloud database. It provides services in computing, networking, databases, analytics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things. In Cloud Computing, What Is Database Management? Cloud data management is a technique for managing data across cloud platforms, either in combination with or instead of on-premises storage. Disaster recovery, backup, and long-term archiving can benefit from using the cloud as a data storage tier. In addition, resources can be acquired as needed using cloud data management.

Read More

Spotlight

Action To Action™

Action To Action consisted of highly professional members who have earned an extensive and valuable experience in the business industry across multiple segments over more than 50 years.

Related News

CLOUD STORAGE

Clario Picks the Box Content Cloud to Power Collaboration

Box | June 20, 2022

Clario has chosen Box as its single, integrated solution to consolidate regulated and unregulated content in the cloud, according to Box, Inc., the leading Content Cloud. Clario, a renowned clinical trial data management firm, has already implemented Box to power safe collaboration among its 2,600 employees. Clario is a prominent provider of decentralized (DCT), hybrid, and site-based clinical trial endpoint technology. Clario has conducted over 19,000 clinical trials and contributed 870 regulatory approvals in the previous 30 years. In the two years between 2019 and 2020, the firm backed 70 percent of all FDA approvals. “Clario generates rich clinical evidence by fusing scientific expertise and global scale with a groundbreaking endpoint technology platform, minimizing risk in clinical trials around the globe. It is crucial to maintain the highest quality across every aspect of our work, and for that reason we have standardized all regulated and unregulated content using Box as our single validated, secure platform,” Jay Ferro, Clario’s Chief Technology & Information Officer The company has evolved via acquiring cutting-edge biotechnology companies since its foundation in 1972. In 2021, two top clinical research data management technology businesses, ERT and Bioclinica, joined to form Clario. “Clario is leading the way in clinical trial technology that will transform patients’ lives,” said Manu Vohra, Managing Director, Global Life Sciences at Box. “We’re incredibly excited that Box is playing a central role as Clario moves forward, powering GxP use cases across the merged organization and helping consolidate 12 different content management systems into one.” GxP Validation was first announced by Box in 2018 as a novel solution to ensuring GxP compliance in the cloud. Clario joins a growing list of major life science and biotechnology companies, including AstraZeneca, Amgen, and Allergan, in embracing Box to power new working methods.

Read More

CLOUD STORAGE

Couchbase adds Google Cloud to Capella Database-as-a-Service

Couchbase | June 03, 2022

Couchbase, Inc., a leading modern database for enterprise applications, has announced the availability of its Couchbase CapellaTM Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) offering on Google Cloud. As a result, customers now have more options for where Capella can be deployed, enhancing application alignment and supporting hybrid and multi-cloud strategies from a single platform at a lower cost than competitors. "Accelerating the development and deployment of database applications has become increasingly important to companies that are digitally transforming their businesses. By making its Capella offering available on Google Cloud's secure and flexible global infrastructure, Couchbase is providing customers with a cost-effective way to speed up the development of their applications," Ritika Suri, director of Technology Partnerships, Google Cloud Capella is a fully-managed database as a service (DBaaS) that offloads database management lowers expenses, and provides database freedom for developers as well as corporate application performance at scale. In addition, the familiarity of SQL as Capella's query language greatly reduces the learning and usage curve for developers and across enterprises. Customers of Couchbase Capella receive the following benefits: Easy as SQL. Develop with agility across use cases. Premium performance and cost efficiency at scale. Multi-cloud. "With Capella on Google Cloud, we offer flexible multi-model access and data structure capabilities that allow customers to develop with agility for an even broader set of use cases, all from a single vendor," said Scott Anderson, senior vice president of Product Management and Business Operations at Couchbase. "Our customers look to Couchbase to help make their modernization strategies a reality and we've seen strong demand from our customers for Capella on Google Cloud. Extending Couchbase Capella to Google Cloud means we can accelerate growth and product innovation at scale for even more customers, giving them the flexibility to go across cloud service providers."

Read More

CLOUD STORAGE

ICF Partners with Google Cloud

ICF | June 01, 2022

ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI), a global consulting and digital services provider, is partnering with Google Cloud to expand its cloud and analytics services to public sector clients. "As organizations across the public sector execute on their digital transformation strategies, there is an increased need for technology partners and solutions that seamlessly support these transformation goals," said Lesta Brady, director, federal sales, Google Cloud. "We're pleased to partner with ICF and continue helping customers across the public sector with the solutions and expertise they need to move into the next stage of their digital transformation journeys." ICF's partnership with Google Cloud illustrates ICF's success in accelerating digital transformation for federal agencies on Google Cloud's platform, which includes supporting federal health clients such as the National Cancer Institute and many others. The partnership further expands the company's digital and partnership ecosystem in support of its multi-cloud strategy. Combining ICF's deep domain and technology consulting expertise with new Google Cloud capabilities enhances ICF's capabilities to rapidly deploy digital solutions that advance our customers' missions and increase operational efficiency. "ICF's partnership with Google Cloud strengthens our ability to bring greater innovation to federal agencies so they can deliver better citizen services, faster, With Google Cloud as a partner, ICF can provide more clients with the interdisciplinary partners they need to accelerate their migrations to the cloud and increase their mission impact." Mark Lee, ICF executive vice president and public sector lead ICF combines public sector domain expertise with an ecosystem of platform partners and digital practices to deliver responsive, scalable solutions that achieve clients' mission outcomes and a step change in productivity. The company's digital solutions help mission leaders solve critical problems, modernize systems, harness the power of data and analytics and optimize the customer experience to drive positive change from within. Read more about ICF's digital transformation and federal health IT services and its technology partnerships. About ICF ICF is a global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 full- and part-time employees, but we are not your typical consultants. At ICF, business analysts and policy specialists work together with digital strategists, data scientists and creatives. We combine unmatched industry expertise with cutting-edge engagement capabilities to help organizations solve their most complex challenges. Since 1969, public and private sector clients have worked with ICF to navigate change and shape the future.

Read More

CLOUD STORAGE

Clario Picks the Box Content Cloud to Power Collaboration

Box | June 20, 2022

Clario has chosen Box as its single, integrated solution to consolidate regulated and unregulated content in the cloud, according to Box, Inc., the leading Content Cloud. Clario, a renowned clinical trial data management firm, has already implemented Box to power safe collaboration among its 2,600 employees. Clario is a prominent provider of decentralized (DCT), hybrid, and site-based clinical trial endpoint technology. Clario has conducted over 19,000 clinical trials and contributed 870 regulatory approvals in the previous 30 years. In the two years between 2019 and 2020, the firm backed 70 percent of all FDA approvals. “Clario generates rich clinical evidence by fusing scientific expertise and global scale with a groundbreaking endpoint technology platform, minimizing risk in clinical trials around the globe. It is crucial to maintain the highest quality across every aspect of our work, and for that reason we have standardized all regulated and unregulated content using Box as our single validated, secure platform,” Jay Ferro, Clario’s Chief Technology & Information Officer The company has evolved via acquiring cutting-edge biotechnology companies since its foundation in 1972. In 2021, two top clinical research data management technology businesses, ERT and Bioclinica, joined to form Clario. “Clario is leading the way in clinical trial technology that will transform patients’ lives,” said Manu Vohra, Managing Director, Global Life Sciences at Box. “We’re incredibly excited that Box is playing a central role as Clario moves forward, powering GxP use cases across the merged organization and helping consolidate 12 different content management systems into one.” GxP Validation was first announced by Box in 2018 as a novel solution to ensuring GxP compliance in the cloud. Clario joins a growing list of major life science and biotechnology companies, including AstraZeneca, Amgen, and Allergan, in embracing Box to power new working methods.

Read More

CLOUD STORAGE

Couchbase adds Google Cloud to Capella Database-as-a-Service

Couchbase | June 03, 2022

Couchbase, Inc., a leading modern database for enterprise applications, has announced the availability of its Couchbase CapellaTM Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) offering on Google Cloud. As a result, customers now have more options for where Capella can be deployed, enhancing application alignment and supporting hybrid and multi-cloud strategies from a single platform at a lower cost than competitors. "Accelerating the development and deployment of database applications has become increasingly important to companies that are digitally transforming their businesses. By making its Capella offering available on Google Cloud's secure and flexible global infrastructure, Couchbase is providing customers with a cost-effective way to speed up the development of their applications," Ritika Suri, director of Technology Partnerships, Google Cloud Capella is a fully-managed database as a service (DBaaS) that offloads database management lowers expenses, and provides database freedom for developers as well as corporate application performance at scale. In addition, the familiarity of SQL as Capella's query language greatly reduces the learning and usage curve for developers and across enterprises. Customers of Couchbase Capella receive the following benefits: Easy as SQL. Develop with agility across use cases. Premium performance and cost efficiency at scale. Multi-cloud. "With Capella on Google Cloud, we offer flexible multi-model access and data structure capabilities that allow customers to develop with agility for an even broader set of use cases, all from a single vendor," said Scott Anderson, senior vice president of Product Management and Business Operations at Couchbase. "Our customers look to Couchbase to help make their modernization strategies a reality and we've seen strong demand from our customers for Capella on Google Cloud. Extending Couchbase Capella to Google Cloud means we can accelerate growth and product innovation at scale for even more customers, giving them the flexibility to go across cloud service providers."

Read More

CLOUD STORAGE

ICF Partners with Google Cloud

ICF | June 01, 2022

ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI), a global consulting and digital services provider, is partnering with Google Cloud to expand its cloud and analytics services to public sector clients. "As organizations across the public sector execute on their digital transformation strategies, there is an increased need for technology partners and solutions that seamlessly support these transformation goals," said Lesta Brady, director, federal sales, Google Cloud. "We're pleased to partner with ICF and continue helping customers across the public sector with the solutions and expertise they need to move into the next stage of their digital transformation journeys." ICF's partnership with Google Cloud illustrates ICF's success in accelerating digital transformation for federal agencies on Google Cloud's platform, which includes supporting federal health clients such as the National Cancer Institute and many others. The partnership further expands the company's digital and partnership ecosystem in support of its multi-cloud strategy. Combining ICF's deep domain and technology consulting expertise with new Google Cloud capabilities enhances ICF's capabilities to rapidly deploy digital solutions that advance our customers' missions and increase operational efficiency. "ICF's partnership with Google Cloud strengthens our ability to bring greater innovation to federal agencies so they can deliver better citizen services, faster, With Google Cloud as a partner, ICF can provide more clients with the interdisciplinary partners they need to accelerate their migrations to the cloud and increase their mission impact." Mark Lee, ICF executive vice president and public sector lead ICF combines public sector domain expertise with an ecosystem of platform partners and digital practices to deliver responsive, scalable solutions that achieve clients' mission outcomes and a step change in productivity. The company's digital solutions help mission leaders solve critical problems, modernize systems, harness the power of data and analytics and optimize the customer experience to drive positive change from within. Read more about ICF's digital transformation and federal health IT services and its technology partnerships. About ICF ICF is a global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 full- and part-time employees, but we are not your typical consultants. At ICF, business analysts and policy specialists work together with digital strategists, data scientists and creatives. We combine unmatched industry expertise with cutting-edge engagement capabilities to help organizations solve their most complex challenges. Since 1969, public and private sector clients have worked with ICF to navigate change and shape the future.

Read More

Events