Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cloud governance lacking in state governments

Government bodies often develop a reputation for being slow to embrace new technology. This notion isn't entirely unjustified – governments are naturally reluctant to take on risk, and their bureaucratic nature poses an obstacle to broad adoption. Consequently, state governments were not among the first organizations to embrace cloud services. But they're rapidly working to make up for lost time. Across …

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Automating Private Cloud Infrastructure with Puppet Enterprise and Razor

1. The Challenge We received a call from a customer who had a very specific need: The company wanted 88 dedicated hypervisors deployed in our Iceland-based cloud footprint. Furthermore, the client wanted a very specific hardware spec provisioned, which required a custom order to the manufacturer. This was all fine, but because it would take six weeks to physically build and …

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Automating PCI Compliance on AWS using Puppet

The Challenge A customer who brought in a large pre-existing AWS environment had an upcoming PCI audit and requested that our Security team advise and assist in preparing for the audit. Because the Datapipe Security team had been active participants in developing our PCI compliance Puppet modules, they knew immediately we could deploy them and quickly prepare the instances for the audit. (More work …

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New Global Center of Excellence will help Enterprises Migrate to the AWS Cloud

One of our main goals at Datapipe is to future proof IT for our customers. This means many things, but key among them is that: We listen to our customers and develop solutions based off their feedback, and We find and work with great partners to ensure our customers have access to the best the industry has to offer. Delivering …

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Cloud optimization: 3 Ways to improve the efficiency of your cloud usage

With cloud computing firmly established as a basic business tool in virtually every sector, a growing number of company leaders are turning their attention to the issue of cloud optimization. Cloud optimization is fast moving from a luxury to a necessity as cloud services come to form an increasingly large component of organizations' overall IT infrastructures. It's no longer enough …

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Top 10 HIPAA Data Breaches of 2014

Last year, we highlighted the 10 biggest HIPAA data breaches of 2013, as determined by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Topping the list was Advocate Medical Group’s loss of four laptops containing more than 4 million patient records. Rounding out the top 10 was United HomeCare Services, Inc., with a similar laptop theft resulting in more than …

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Datapipe Acquires GoGrid – A Roundup of Reactions

On January 20th, 2015, Datapipe announced the acquisition of GoGrid, a respected provider in managed cloud and dedicated servers, and a leader in cloud orchestration and big data solutions. Tech media and influencers responded quickly with analysis and reactions to the acquisition, and its implications for the industry. Below is a collection of articles and quotes that caught our eye: Barb Darrow of GigaOm, from Datapipe …

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Successful cloud governance depends on nuanced understanding

Ever since cloud computing first began to gain traction as a mainstream IT resource, cloud security has been a popular topic of discussion. For quite a while, business leaders were wary of adopting cloud services specifically because they were perceived to be less secure than legacy alternatives. As time has passed, most IT decision-makers have come to realize that, with …

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Multi-clouds offer greater potential value

Until fairly recently, the biggest argument running through the world of cloud computing was the question of private versus public. Private clouds offered a greater degree of security and control, but public cloud services have the potential to minimize costs. The right choice often depended on each organization's unique goals and requirements. Now, though, this issue has largely been settled. …

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Multi-cloud orchestration a useful but complex strategy

Multi-cloud orchestration can yield tremendous benefits for companies eager to improve their cloud capabilities. Multi-cloud orchestration is a natural component of hybrid IT deployments, which enable businesses to take advantage of the unique benefits offered by private, public and community clouds, while avoiding the detrimental aspects of each. Consequently, it's a fairly safe bet that multi-cloud deployments will see their …

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Datapipe’s Acquisition of GoGrid: Two Industry Pioneers Create New Levels of Customer Value in the Cloud Era

Datapipe has long been a leader and innovator in the managed IT services industry. We have carved out a unique space for ourselves in the market, delivering unprecedented customer value through cutting edge solutions in the security, integration and management of multiple cloud platforms, including AWS. We are constantly seeking to expand our services and empower our customers with the …

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Multi-cloud orchestration offers major backup benefits

Cloud computing is here to stay. The technology has easily passed the point where it can be considered a questionable or risky resource – instead, cloud services are now widely and correctly seen as basic essentials for businesses in every sector. Company leaders who previously fretted about whether or not to deploy cloud solutions now focus on the question of …

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Retailers increasingly turning to big data analytics

As big data analytics tools become more affordable and usable, the technology's influence is both growing and expanding into new sectors. Businesses that have barely touched big data in the past few years are now fully embracing these assets, eager to take advantage of the insight that these solutions may bring.  This trend is clearly visible in the retail sector. …

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Expanding big data uses will require upgraded platforms

Big data has established itself as one of the most powerful resources available to companies today. The technology, once used by only the most technologically innovative enterprises, is now widely accessible, and valuable, to firms in every sector. As Techvibes recently highlighted, there are a number of major changes on the horizon in the big data space. These developments will present …

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Enterprise exploration of big data projects to accelerate in 2015

Big data analytics is still a relatively immature technology. While there can be no doubt that these efforts can yield major, positive results, many large-scale organizations have not yet developed robust, ongoing strategies and solutions in this area. This status quo is quickly changing, however. As InfoWorld recently highlighted, 2015 is likely to see enterprises make significant advancements in terms …

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