Computing, fast and slow

SOME ingredients are missing: the ping-pong table, cheap furniture, and inappropriate T-shirts. But otherwise this could be a shared workspace for internet startups: people sit around long tables and in front of large screens; others lounge on bright orange couches; the walls are full of sticky notes saying things like “I’m happy” or “be yourself”—the products of a brainstorming session. However, this office in a building in central London belongs to IBM, an information-technology giant long known for its buttoned-down culture and blue business suits. The new “interactive experience lab”…

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10 Steps to Keeping Your Company Data Secure in the Cloud

1. Understand the shift With on-premises installations, you go it alone. But, you have a partner when you host resources on a public cloud service provider’s infrastructure. Who is responsible for what (in terms of security) depends on the cloud service model you use (IaaS or PaaS or SaaS). At the end of the day, you are accountable for ensuring your solution is secure and is meeting compliance obligations. So you should reevaluate your controls for shared responsibility. Start with the Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Control Matrix (CCM). If you…

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5 Ways to Avoid Cloud Migration Failure

5 Tips for Avoiding Cloud Migration Failure 1. Get executive buy-in Possibly the most essential step before initiating a cloud migration project is getting executive buy-in. You’ll need high-level support to secure the resources and cooperation to overcome cloud migration challenges. Working closely with the business will help them to better understand the challenges of migrating to the cloud. Executives who are far removed from the process may become frustrated with the use of time and resources. 2. Understand business requirements While understanding the technology is important, it’s also essential…

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How to overcome five major cloud challenges and get back to your business

The process to deploy and manage cloud services is challenging, and most businesses are seeking cloud vendors for the complex undertaking. Even with the cloud’s many benefits, some companies (including the ones already cloud computing) are still reluctant to fully adopt cloud computing. They are impressed with its obvious advantages, but they are also overwhelmed by its vast range of challenges. The trend most companies are following to overcome the various concerns is working with a cloud service provider to gain access to their expertise and resources. Let’s take a…

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