5 Little-Known Facts About Cloud Computing

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What is an adjective that best describes cloud computing? Universal. We use the cloud in numerous applications every day. It can help companies of all sizes to grow and better serve their clients. It even helps organizations around the world to improve the environment, keep kids in school, and advance developing nations. Read on to learn five little-known facts about cloud computing:

  1. Cloud saves energy:
    A case study using the CLEER (Cloud Energy and Emissions Research Model) simulation found that if all American businesses switched to the cloud, companies would shrink their energy footprints by a whopping 87%.
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cloud-computing-saves-energy/ 
  2. Cloud can help developing nations:
    Developing nations could use the cloud’s help to bridge the digital and economic divides by using the cloud initiative. A great example is ULAP, a cloud-computing infrastructure located in the Philippines. It is designed for research universities, that are focused on increasing the number of Ph.D.s and students that intend to advance in science and technology. “This infrastructure creates demands for research infrastructure as professors and advanced science students require computing resources for research projects.”
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2011/11/03/how-cloud-computing-can-boost-developing-nations/ 
  3. Cloud can cut costs in universities:
    In 2000, the University Competence Centre (UCC) had universities pay $26,000 for the use of software; however, after switching to the use of a private cloud, each university now pays $6,760; more than 74% reduction in cost. In 2005 UCC delivered their services using virtualization; although, that cut the cost by half, it wasn’t enough scalability and that’s why they transitioned to cloud computing. By not spending as much on hardware and multiple servers, the cloud has flexibility that allows users to effortlessly change the university’s usage intensity and easily extend to other institutions:http://events.futuregov.asia/articles/2010/jul/19/cloud-helps-universities-cut-costs-74-cent/ 
  4. Cloud can protect your business from environmental disasters:
    When it comes to Mother Nature, there are no invincible data centers. Storing your data in the cloud can protect your data if an unexpected disaster occurs because it’s not dependent on one location. More flexibility means more safety:
    http://www.real-user-monitoring.com/cloud-computing-could-give-you-shelter-from-storms/ 
  5. Cloud assists those with special needs:
    Cloud computing supports ESA (Education Services of America), a company that provides alternative programs for those with special needs and students at-risk of dropping out. By using a private cloud, it was the best way to address the small IT staff. For the tech students, apps became easily accessible with the use of cloud. Also, by using the cloud it no longer limited the software being used, to only computers on site. The flexibility of cloud aids student’s specific needs; students can use the applications from home or elsewhere.
    http://www.govtech.com/education/Cloud-Helps-At-Risk-Special-Needs-Students.html

All of these facts include positive influences on the economy and society as a whole. Cloud isn’t just a service, it’s a movement. If you would like to find out how you can change your business through the cloud, contact us today to learn more.

Reliability In Software Key To Success

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Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves, particularly when it comes to software development. We spend so much time thinking of the apps we will put on our systems, our phones, and our tablets that we forget about how they fit together in the bigger plan. Sometimes we create our own applications because it doesn’t exist yet.

As a data center services provider, Intelishift Technologies thinks that what you’re doing to keep your business secure plays to long-term success. Sometimes that means taking a step back to looking at reliability in software development.

Open-Source Software

Whenever you decide to go with a 3rd party provider, you give in to their software design. How much do you think of their reliability?

If your developers don’t have confidence in their tools, than chances are that reliability goes out the window with the people the pay to keep your systems secure. They need to be validating the risks they see in open source software to keep your systems up and running. Would you operate your car without wearing a seat belt? Software is the same way.

Coding Right Beats Fixing Later

Better coding starts with thinking about quality and security before you code you software. Some companies just don’t understand that part, and that’s why security is still an issue. Code right from the start and you’ll have less problems along the way.

Compete Reliably With Wholesale Pricing

Intelishift Technologies knows that colocation services relies on wholesale prices and competitive services for small and medium sized companies if you’re going to compete effectively in today’s environment. Take a data center services tour in Ashburn, Richmond, Chicago, Milwaukee, Austin, Phoenix, and Sacramento. You’ll be glad you did!


Cyber Attack On BlueCross BlueShield…Again

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CareFirst BlueShield (BC/BS) is on the warpath with hackers again. Only 2 months after 11 million records were stolen, someone breached 1.1 million records of current and former enrollees again. The cyber attackers got away with names, birth dates, email addresses and subscriber info, but not Social Security numbers. What’s more, BC/BS found out that they have been on the radar since at least December 2013. That’s bad business for someone in the health care space.

The question is… what do they do about cyber security? Obviously the path they have chosen is not enough.

4% Of Cyber Spending Goes To Security

If I were BC/BS, I might take some of DARKReading’s theories about cybersecurity into account. Apparently, only 4% of cyber spending is related to this area. Clearly, that doesn’t do anything for businesses big or small. Cyber security is a growing game, and the hackers will win unless we do something about it.

Best Cyber Security Practices

Jeff Williams, the author of Why We Can’t Afford To Give Up On Cybersecurity Defense, offers up some tangible advice:

1.     Provide developers with standard application defenses.

2.     Verify that defenses are right.

3.     Check applications are using defenses appropriately.

4.     Provide training and support.

BC/BS needs to take note of these simple measures if they are going the stop the security breach.

Operating In A Data Center For Small To Medium Businesses

Where are you in all of this? Chances are you need invest more assets in cybersecurity.  Intelishift Technologies is willing to provide the colocation and data center pricing that lets small to medium sized operate in this environment. We proudly offer colocation in Ashburn, Richmond, Austin, Phoenix, Milwaukee, and Sacramento.

Cyber Security Needs New Ideas

According to a recent survey, 29 million patient records were stolen between 2010 and 2013. Add the slew of them that cropped up in 2014, and you can see that this is an epidemic that is growing stronger, not weaker. With the cry for big data and more access electrically, what you do to protect your data is critical.

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Ask About The Problems

If you talk to RSA President, Amit Yoran, he might just tell you that you’re solving the wrong problems. Now, a different solution that looks at where the data comes from—the network or cloud to laptops or phones—needs to be surveyed constantly or you’re missing something. To keep the data secure, you have to know where the data is coming from and where it goes. Always.

A Full Blown Cyber Security Plan

In his recent speech on a five point cyber security plan, Yoran also noted that paying attention to authentication and identity play a key role because these tend to be the building blocks to deeper infiltrations. You can’t assume that it’s over when you’ve caught them. Your attackers may have penetrated into related fields. In essence, you’re teaching the enemy your attacks will protect. They will bypass these and continue to hack elsewhere unless you have a security plan that covers all venues.

Electronic Health Records Only The Beginning

What does all these mean to the health care environment? You have to be thinking that your systems aren’t foolproof. In 2015, 80% of the doctors and 60% of the hospitals who treat Medicare patients will have electronic health records. That’s Obama’s way to modernize health care and ensure that doctors, hospitals, and insurance agencies can talk to one another.

In theory, that’s great, but with all these doctors, hospitals, and insurance agencies looking at the data, are they looking at who else is looking at the data? Probably not.

It’s More Than Healthcare…

While the data in the survey was connected to health care, and there is government backup to ensure “compliance” in this one area, it is easy to see how this impacts all of industry. Home Depot. Target. TJ Maxx. The list goes on. Maybe it is time to consider Yoran’s idea and come up the a plan that will carry you through the cyber security changes that are taking place.

That’s where your data center services provider comes in. Intelishift likes to think we’ve got a handle on the in’s and out’s of data. If you have a question about colocation, security in general, then please give us a call. We’re located in the Austin, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Sacramento, and Washington DC areas.

Need even more ideas to consider before talking with your colocation center? Check out Data Center Top 11 Checklist.


Big Data Already Used By Your Competitor

Ashburn takes a lot of pressure when it comes to big data. We have 70% of the world’s Internet traffic. Every day, 48 petabytes of WalMart’s data goes whizzing by. And, it is home to more than 5 million square feet of data center space… some of it belonging to Amazon.
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In fact, Amazon is only one of the big guys that moved in. Google and Facebook are here too. It makes me wonder if they participated in the Capgemini survey, which says, “Over half expect to face increased competition from start-ups enabled by data.” Ouch.

The “Nudgers” Win With Accuracy, Relevancy, and Communication

In Capgemini’s survey, Big & Fast Data: The Rise of Insight-Driven Business, says that nearly a third expect new companies will nudge in from competing industries as they reinterpret and adjust to big data. It is a matter of the accuracy, relevancy, and communication. Without those three key ingredients, your big data initiative won’t reap the competitive advantage you seek.

Real Power In Being The Underdog

If you look at it from a competitive standpoint, being the underdog has some real power. Small to medium sized businesses have the energy to pull on big data that they didn’t have 10-20 years ago. More importantly, you have data center service providers who can help you build datacenters the way Amazon, Google, and Facebook did. You’ll do business faster and at a colocation wholesale price that you can pay. Combined, it’s all you need to compete in an environment that constantly changes.

Top 11 Checklist Makes It Easy

Intelishift’s Data Center Top 11 Checklist will help make your data center questions easy. It gives the items you should ask every vendor to get a clear picture of what they can actually do for you. And, if you’re looking in Ashburn, Richmond, Chicago, Milwaukee, Austin, Phoenix, and Sacramento, we would be pleased to give you a tour. You might be surprised by how Intelishift gives more power to boost your competitive advantage today… and in the future.

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What Do Colo Pricing And Location Have In Common?

You remember what it was setting up shop. People kept telling you, “Location, location, location” as you looked the spot that you could afford. After all, your brick and mortar store had to have enough presence to gain people’s trust and loyalty. To far out of the drive path and customers wouldn’t come in. But same thing doesn’t cover the Internet… right?

Image of datacenters like RagingWire and Rackspace.

 

Colo Pricing Vs. Location Pricing

Colo pricing doesn’t have the same stigma of location pricing. Nowadays, you can shop around to figure out which brand is best for you. (In fact, 70% of the world’s Internet traffic flows through Ashburn.) Ask how close—or far—from the backbone you’ll be. You’ll want your brand presence to be easy to use. While the ads for s…l…o…w… Internet on TV are funny, the thought of fast Internet is no laughing matter.

Data Center Service Providers Serve You, Too

How long does it take customers to load pages and look through your stuff? How optimal as your systems for creating the right experience running the business—from managing the supply line to talking to customers?

If you think the more you spend on colocation the better, you are thinking wrong. The question to ask data center providers is how close the are to the backbone. The answer they tell you is an idea of what working with them will be like. Super fast. Or… half… slow…

The 11 Tips Help

What to colo pricing and location have in common? Not much anymore. Maybe it will help if you download the 11 Tips before you begin to frame your questions. They’ll make you look like a pro, asking all the questions you need to find a data center provider.

In our experience, we have learned that people need their data super fast all the time. It comes not only operating datacenters in Ashburn, Richmond, Chicago, Milwaukee, Austin, Phoenix, and Sacramento, but from Intelishift using our own services each step of the way.