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Palerra, the cloud security automation company, announced enhanced support for Amazon AWS, allowing IT security and DevOps teams to automate activity and configuration monitoring, anomaly detection, and orchestrated remediation, thereby meeting compliance mandates within complex infrastructure deployments. "Monitoring and threat detection for AWS is a non-trivial task. While Amazon's flexible environment facilitates successful DevOps implementations, it adds another layer, which can become a target for potential threats. What's more, securing infrastructure and meeting compliance mandates is not all up to Amazon and should be a shared responsibility with the organization using it," said Rohit Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Palerra. "We have supported AWS since day one and are thrilled to announce we are expanding our support to provide holistic visibility across comp... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing: Industry Predictions for 2012

With 9th Cloud Expo - Cloud Expo Silicon Valley - still in full swing at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California, what is being said about the future landscape of cloud computing? In this round-up we asked a variety of members of the cloud computing ecosystem, from CIOs to independent consultants to marketeers. We asked in each case for their top five predictions. Here are their views on what's in store in 2012: Santa Clara Convention Center is getting ready for Cloud Expo Silicon Valley DIY Service Provision | Cloud of Devices | Security Breach Looms | Personalized SPs ... (more)

Amazon Is Seriously Challenged By Microsoft | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Amazon Is Seriously Challenged By Microsoft AWS was in the premier position having had a head start of more than 4 years in the cloud related business. The lowering of prices by Microsoft; a new CEO; an emphasized bet on the cloud have all contributed to Microsoft Azure's adoption by the enterprises. One of the reasons for this being the better tooling; the variety of applications and services; and not-for-Windows only shift have all contributed. Microsoft brought in a lot of enhancements that should prove this advantage Microsoft has gained further. The storage options with SSDs... (more)

CloudBerry Backup for Amazon S3: Introducing Simple Mode

Note: this post applies to CloudBerry Backup 1.5 beta and later.   CloudBerry S3 Backup is a powerful Windows backup and restore that automate backup and restore processes to Amazon S3 cloud storage. One of the unique features of CloudBerry Backup is that you can access your backup storage using other Amazon S3 clients. In other words you don’t need CloudBerry Backup client to access your data. This is possible firstly because we leverage Amazon S3 as our backup storage and users have their own Amazon S3 accounts. However, even though you could access your files the file struct... (more)

The Challenge of Cloud Integration

If you have not seen or read James Urquhar’s recent articles on “’Go to’ clouds of the future”, I encourage you to do so. It’s a great assessment of today’s service providers position in the marketplace as they transition to cloud computing models. I’m inclined to agree with several of the points that James makes in “’Go to’ clouds of the future” particularly when he states, “start-ups and small businesses will be seeking integrated services, either from one vendor, or a highly integrated vendor ecosystem.” He also adds, “But there are very few companies out there today that can... (more)

Three Years of Cloud Predictions | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Three Years of Cloud Predictions I just published a series of 2015 cloud predictions, as have many fellow bloggers.  So to complement these predictions let me offer my 2013 and 2014 predictions, along with 2015.  I'll let you decide which ones I got right and which ones I missed as we look to 2015: Dec 2012: Top Five Cloud Predictions for 2013 Hybrid cloud will enter the hype cycle; AWS will publicly acknowledge the hybrid cloud; traditional premise-bound colocation leaders will lose market share to cloud-enabled colo players; public versus private cloud debates will be rendered... (more)