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Assess the benefits and risks of compliance as a service

With compliance as a service, organizations can lean more heavily on their cloud providers to ensure adherence with certain regulations -- but not without some risk.

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  • IBM Bluemix

    IBM Bluemix is a cloud computing platform from IBM that offers both platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

  • shared responsibility model

    A shared responsibility model is a cloud security framework that dictates the security obligations of a cloud computing provider and its users to ensure accountability.

  • Cloud Foundry

    Cloud Foundry is an open source cloud platform as a service (PaaS) on which developers can build, deploy, run and scale applications on public and private cloud models.

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Applications

Cloud applications allow companies to eliminate the need to install, run and maintain an application in house by outsourcing it to an application provider in the cloud. The most well known of these providers today is Salesforce.com which sells CRM software as a service. Read news and technical advice on application compatibility in the cloud and the pros and cons of using cloud-based applications. This topic covers enterprise applications, productivity applications, custom applications, collaboration, Gmail, SlideRocket.com and Google Apps.

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  • cloud bursting

    Cloud bursting is an application deployment model in which an application normally runs in a private cloud or local data center but can also run in a public cloud when the demand for computing capacity spikes.

  • Microsoft Office Delve

    Microsoft Delve is a discovery and collaboration tool within Office 365 that uses machine learning to help users work more efficiently.

  • cloud database

    A cloud database is a collection of content, either structured or unstructured, that resides on a private, public or hybrid cloud computing infrastructure platform.

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Costs and management

Deployed correctly, cloud computing will save you money, but there are lots of caveats to getting it right. And with on-demand, pay-as-you-go cloud services, it's critical to write rock-solid service-level agreements to ensure service levels are being met. This topic covers the reliability of cloud services, how to write SLAs to ensure cost-effective use of cloud services and how to weigh cloud providers' service levels and cloud pricing. This topic also includes information on how to build and manage a private cloud infrastructure to reduce IT costs. This topic covers pay-as-you-go services, writing service-level agreements for the cloud, SLA management, ensuring service levels in the cloud, monitoring service-level performance and the economics of cloud computing.

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  • cloud bursting

    Cloud bursting is an application deployment model in which an application normally runs in a private cloud or local data center but can also run in a public cloud when the demand for computing capacity spikes.

  • TOSCA (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications)

    The Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) is an open-source language used to describe the relationships and dependencies between services and applications that reside on a cloud computing platform.

  • Google Cloud Storage Nearline

    Google Cloud Storage Nearline is a public cloud storage service from Google intended for data archiving, backup and disaster recovery.

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Development

Discover how cloud computing development platforms let you fire up and test the upper limits of an application in minutes and shut it down just as fast. This section covers all the latest information on developing apps in the cloud, test and development in the cloud, technical advice on writing code in the cloud, cloud APIs and platform as a service. This topic covers Microsoft Windows Azure, workflow for development in the cloud, AWS, EC2, Google App Engine, application performance testing in the cloud, Hadoop, open source cloud and Eucalyptus.

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  • DevOps

    In its most broad meaning, DevOps is an operational philosophy that promotes better communication between development and operations as more elements of operations become programmable. In its most narrow interpretation, DevOps describes the part of an organization’s information technology (IT) team that creates and maintains infrastructure.

  • IBM Bluemix

    IBM Bluemix is a cloud computing platform from IBM that offers both platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

  • open API (public API)

    An open API, also known as a public API, is an application programming interface that allows the owner of a network-accessible service to give universal access to consumers of that service, such as developers.

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Security

Cloud security issues and the risks of cloud computing are not well understood today and are one of the biggest barriers to adoption of these services. This section helps CIOs and IT managers assess the security risks of cloud computing with the latest information on cloud security standards; how to manage data security in the cloud, data privacy in the cloud and the regulatory and compliance implications of moving to a cloud model. This topic also covers auditing cloud computing service providers and cloud computing risk management.

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  • shared responsibility model

    A shared responsibility model is a cloud security framework that dictates the security obligations of a cloud computing provider and its users to ensure accountability.

  • Microsoft Azure Security Center

    Microsoft Azure Security Center is a set of tools and services for securing virtual machines that run on the Azure public cloud. With Azure Security Center, an IT team can establish security policies, set up alerts and receive recommendations for addressing potential Azure security threats.

  • cloud computing

    Cloud computing is a general term for the delivery of hosted services over the internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.

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Private cloud

Enterprises unwilling to trust their mission-critical applications or data in the public cloud look to private cloud computing as a way to introduce automation, self-service portals and further efficiencies to the company than virtualization alone can offer. This topic covers essentials enterprise IT need to build a private cloud architecture, including the latest news and tips on private cloud providers such as VMware, Citrix, HP, IBM, Dell and others.

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  • IBM Bluemix Local

    IBM Bluemix Local is a private version of the IBM Bluemix public cloud platform. Users deploy the IBM Bluemix Local platform on their own on-premises hardware, behind their firewall within their own data center.

  • VMware Cloud Foundation

    VMware Cloud Foundation is an integrated software stack that uses SDDC Manager -- an automated lifecycle management tool -- to bundle compute (vSphere), storage (VMware vSAN) and network virtualization (NSX) into a single platform that can deployed on premises as a private cloud or run as a service within a public cloud.

  • cloud infrastructure

    Cloud infrastructure refers to the hardware and software -- such as servers, storage and virtualization software -- required to support cloud computing.

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Public cloud

Using a cloud computing service can mean greater server and compute capacity when you need it and without the costs and management headaches of owning all the hardware. Public cloud computing services, in particular, offer easy and inexpensive set-up, a pay-per-usage model and the scalability needed to meet specific needs. Get news and the latest research on the advantages of using a public cloud computing architecture, on-demand storage and managed infrastructures. This topic covers Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), IBM, Rackspace, Google, Verizon/Terremark, Savvis, Windows Azure and others.

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  • Docker

    Docker is an open source software platform to create, deploy and manage virtualized application containers on a common operating system (OS), with an ecosystem of allied tools.

  • IBM Bluemix

    IBM Bluemix is a cloud computing platform from IBM that offers both platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

  • Cloud Foundry

    Cloud Foundry is an open source cloud platform as a service (PaaS) on which developers can build, deploy, run and scale applications on public and private cloud models.

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    The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the largest biomedical library in the world.

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  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

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    A mass notification system is a platform that sends one-way messages to inform employees and the public of an emergency.

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  • hybrid hard drive (HHD)

    A hybrid hard drive (HHD), sometimes known as a solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD), is a mass storage device that combines a ...

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    A USB flash drive -- also known as a stick, thumb or pen drive -- is a plug-and-play portable storage device that uses flash ...

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  • RRAM or ReRAM (resistive RAM)

    RRAM or ReRAM (resistive random access memory) is a form of nonvolatile storage that operates by changing the resistance of a ...

  • JEDEC

    JEDEC is a global industry group that develops open standards for microelectronics.

  • M.2 SSD

    An M.2 SSD is a solid-state drive (SSD) that conforms to a computer industry specification written for internally mounted storage...

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  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

  • Zadara VPSA and ZIOS

    Zadara Storage provides block, file or object storage with varying levels of compute and capacity through its ZIOS and VPSA ...

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