IT pros agree: Security is better in the cloud

About 42 percent of IT decision-makers and security managers say they are running security applications in the cloud, according to a survey of about 300 IT security pros from Schneider Electric. Almost half of those surveyed said they are likely or extremely likely to move their security operations to the cloud in a few years.… Continue reading IT pros agree: Security is better in the cloud

Microsoft’s Docs.com is sharing dangerously sensitive personal files, information

If you use Microsoft’s Docs.com to store personal documents, stop reading this and make sure you aren’t inadvertently leaking your private information to the world. Microsoft sets any documents uploaded to the document sharing site as public by default—though it appears that many users aren’t aware of it. That means anyone can search Docs.com for sensitive… Continue reading Microsoft’s Docs.com is sharing dangerously sensitive personal files, information

What the enterprise cloud really means

For years people like me have carped that not only is the public cloud a small slice of IT spending, but the big public clouds are also much more likely to attract startups or other digital natives as customers instead of conventional enterprises. That begs an important question: What then exactly is the “enterprise cloud”?… Continue reading What the enterprise cloud really means

The barrier to cloud security isn’t the technology

You want solid cloud security, so you work to find the best approach and technology. But that won’t get the job done. The truth is that competent cloud security technology is available, and most IT organizations’ cloud teams are good at finding and using it. But cloud IT doesn’t exist in a vacuum, so having… Continue reading The barrier to cloud security isn’t the technology

Look before you leap: 4 hard truths about IoT

Most technologies go through a stage when everything seems possible. Personal computers in the early 1980s, the internet in the late 1990s and mobile apps around the beginning of this decade were like that. But so was the first unboxing of a Galaxy Note 7. In time, either suddenly or gradually, reality sets in. [… Continue reading Look before you leap: 4 hard truths about IoT

Review: SaltStack shifts devops into high gear

The only sane and efficient way to manage a large numbers of servers—or even a few dozen, if they change often—is through automation. Automation tools have to be learned and mastered, so they exact a significant up-front cost, but they dramatically reduce the administrative burden in the long run. Perhaps most important, they provide a… Continue reading Review: SaltStack shifts devops into high gear

How much can a fiber carry? Facebook and Nokia are pushing it

Facebook and Nokia have found a way to push a lot more data through a submarine cable across the Atlantic, which could help the social network keep up with the growth of video and virtual reality. On a 5,500-kilometer (3,400-mile) cable between Ireland and New York, the companies tested a new technique developed at Nokia… Continue reading How much can a fiber carry? Facebook and Nokia are pushing it

Calculate your cloud costs with this simple formula

“Cloudops” is the latest buzzword. Its meaning is simple: the ability to operate workloads, including both applications and data, once they get to the public cloud. What’s not so simple is figuring out what cloudops will cost over time, both based on future changes in technology costs and on adding or deleting workloads from the… Continue reading Calculate your cloud costs with this simple formula