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5 out of 10 people in the cloud have experienced the benefit of disaster avoidance / recovery. Learn more in our survey of 1,257 cloud decision makers. In last week’s blog, we explored the rise of both disaster recovery (DR) concern and cloud adoption. In this third and final installment, we are going to look at another situation where the cloud helped an Evolve IP customer during a natural disaster. The cloud can help organizations rise above natural disasters, a realization that became clear to executives at Apria Healthcare following Hurricane Katrina. As the devastating hurricane hit New Orleans and storm waters knocked out telephone service, Apria, a national deliverer of home health care services, could not take calls from customers, many of whom had made hurried departures from the area and were now in need of extra oxygen tanks, among other supplies. Foll... (more)

Evolve IP’s Scott Kinka Responds to the Latest USA Today Article

USA Today recently published research showing that 43% of companies have had a data breach. My response? It’s an interesting article. Unfortunately, the only actual “reason” mentioned in here is human capital. Front door attacks are designed to fool end users into giving away the keys to the kingdom. And even more unfortunate, is that there is little that we can do on the network security side to ensure that people aren’t fooled. Many people try to migrate to the cloud rather than start fresh there, which perpetuates many of the hidden dangers of their previous architecture. T... (more)

Public, Private, Hybrid, and Other Clouds

When I sat down to write this post, I did some prep reading to see what the bloggers I follow were saying on the topic. But by the third post, I was reminded that we (the tech nerds) are not generally helpful. Tech nerds talk and write in our own language. We write to look smarter than the next guy. We invent words to describe what we’re doing, and if these words catch on in the mainstream, we just invent another one to further confuse the issue. It’s at this point that the big box manufacturers and software companies adopt the word and modify it for their own nefarious intentions... (more)

Sensationalized Press Coverage Will Not Kill the Cloud

You don’t have to be a techie to have heard about the challenges Amazon’s faced with its EC2 elastic cloud offering over the weekend. States of emergency were declared up and down the eastern seaboard after a destructive line of thunderstorms knocked out power in over 4 million homes — including Amazon’s East Coast cloud data center. The outage took down Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram and well-known cloud applications, as well as cutting off access to countless numbers of businesses whose names we might never know. Since then, media and social media have been speculating on what ... (more)

Investing in Cloud: Getting the Most Bang for Your IT Buck

Worldwide IT spending is projected to rise US$3.8 trillion in 2014 according to recent Gartner research, a 3.1 percent increase from spending in 2013, which was $3.7 trillion. While not a huge jump in dollars, it does indicate that companies have been conserving cash over the past few years and are ready and willing to invest - albeit conservatively - with the recovery in place. The promise of the Cloud has been validated and tested now over several years and organizations are increasing budgets and plans accordingly, more liberal spending is being seen by Cloud service provider... (more)