Google is making SSL Certificates a bigger priority in search rankings

Google has just published an interesting blog post about SEO best practices on its Webmaster Central Blog, and one interesting detail is that Google is going to start ranking sites with SSL Certificates higher. Google is making this move because it believes in making the internet a more secure place, and a more secure web starts with more secure website ...

Google tests out status page for its whole cloud platform

  SUMMARY:Cloud users want a dashboard that shows outages or delays across all services. Amazon and Microsoft have one already and now it looks like Google’s is on the way. Google already fields a status page for Google App Engine. And for Google Apps. Now it’s testing out one for its overall Google Cloud Platform. Clearly marked as ...

Tectonic shift as public cloud giants acknowledge the power of private deployment options

photo: Barb Darrow SUMMARY:News flash: Amazon and Google start to realize that businesses want more than public cloud. Among all the cloud news this week, the bulk of attention went to dueling price cuts by Google and Amazon that went across the major services. But equally, or perhaps more important, was that Amazon continued to acknowledge the existence ...

Cloud and data third-quarter 2013: analysis and outlook

Slower and less-hyped growth occurred in the cloud-computing marketplace in the third quarter, including noticeably less news coming from cloud-computing providers. The normal summer slowdown accounts for part of this trend, but it seems most enterprises are just starting to work with cloud computing rather than following the technical drama of the past several years. ...

Microsoft breaks Telstra Office 365 monopoly

news Technology giant Microsoft has revealed plans to break the monopoly which its partner Telstra has on selling its Office 365 software as a service productivity suite in Australia, in a move which will widen the software’s ecosystem substantially. Office 365 has been on sale in Australia exclusively through Telstra for the past two years, after ...

Microsoft gooses Azure security with multifactor authentication

SUMMARY:Two-factor authentication adds an additional layer of security — and another step — to accessing your data on the Windows Azure cloud. Microsoft checked off another checklist item for Windows Azure when it turned on multifactor authentication on Thursday. Multifactor authentication requires that a user put in her password or code as the first step ...

Meeting the bandwidth demands of taking your business into the cloud

Deciding if the cloud is right for an organization is a tricky, mathematical dance. Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock Moving infrastructure from premises to the cloud can make sense for a lot of businesses. Few are going to look back on their lives, warmly recalling that time that they backed up their Exchange server or increased ...

Tough questions to ask your cloud provider, part 1 1

What should you ask a potential cloud provider to decide if they are right for your organization? Some tips to get you started. Cloud computing has evolved a lot over the course of the past few years. The market has changed significantly since its inception, and many good practices have evolved into de-facto standards for ...

Don’t be fooled: The cloud will be here quicker than you think

While cloud computing remains a small but fast growing component of tech spending, it is likely to develop in ways technology chiefs will not expect. Although use of cloud services is growing faster than the overall enterprise IT market, it is still a small part of overall IT spending. But while just 38 percent of ...

Choosing a cloud provider: Bringing business and IT together

As the public cloud industry matures, more companies will face the challenge of choosing the right cloud provider. It’s not a decision to be made in isolation. By now, most organizations have thought about migration to the cloud and evaluated top class cloud IaaS providers. Presumably all these organizations did their best to be diligent when ...