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Articles and blog posts associated with security and cloud computing are a daily occurrence, unless some well-publicized breach occurs in the cloud.  At that point the number of commentaries and discussions will increase exponentially, and then, over the following week, return to normal frequency.  I decided to focus on security as it relates to cloud storage, to see if something really new and different is occurring, and if overall changes need to be contemplated, as it comes to classic data security activities.  When I focused in this way, I quickly discovered that not much has changed, and security of data in the cloud is highly dependent on the same precautions and understandings as security of your data in a private data center. In this recent article, it was suggested that files of one owner residing on a physical device with the files of others could somehow r... (more)

Introducing: Free CloudLayer Storage Application for iPhone

The free CloudLayer iPhone application is now live at the iTunes App Store. You can click on this link to take you right to it in either iTunes or on the iPhone directly.  This will allow you to register. Read the rest of my blog post on the subject here. ... (more)

ParaScale's Cloud Storage Service Provider Claims

In a recent interview, Sajai Krishnan, CEO of Parascale made some interesting observations about the needs of the cloud storage marketplace and how the offerings from Parascale met them. Krishnan gives us his perspective of the cloud storage market and current opportunities in that space, primarily helping service providers build their own cloud storage offering to retain customers who might otherwise look to Amazon S3. We welcome competition in this space. While we agree with his assessment of the market, there are four claims that deserve a fact check: CLAIM #1: “.. in terms of... (more)

Cloud Storage: A Business Model Toolkit for Service Providers

We have built a free Cloud Storage Toolkit for Service Providers to help them answer the question: "Should we enter the Cloud Storage marketspace?" The toolkit includes a tutorial and a spreadsheet - both of which are accessible immediately when you sign up for our Cloud Storage Strategy newsletter. [15-page tutorial] THE TUTORIAL is a 15 page document which shows you how to use the Cloud Storage: A Business Model for Service Providers spreadsheet. It explains each of the 15 variables which make up the model, step-by-step. [15-variable spreadsheet model] THE SPREADSHEET is a custo... (more)

An Introduction to Cloud Computing and Business Model Disruption

Gray Hall offers his insights about the critically important question we’re asking: how will cloud computing disrupt your business model? We start by defining a basic yet useful framework for understanding business models; this framework applies to businesses of all types and is adapted from Wikipedia . We’ll look at causes and types of disruption, keeping in mind that disruption can produce both positive and negative change. We’ll also tell you where the money is - i.e., the areas which offer the most promise in terms of business opportunity and profit. In his introductory post... (more)