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  • Question

    Is Quickbooks Online safe?

    Posted June 22, 2011 - 4:11 pm

    Given the rising surge in hacking attacks from Anonymous, Lulzsec, as well as attacks from Russia and China, is a cloud-based service like QuickBooks Online or Mint safe to use for a company’s finances? We’ve always kept our books on local servers because the first rule of security is _physical_ security.
  • Question

    Is Quickbooks Online safe?

    Posted June 22, 2011 - 4:11 pm

    Given the rising surge in hacking attacks from Anonymous, Lulzsec, as well as attacks from Russia and China, is a cloud-based service like QuickBooks Online or Mint safe to use for a company’s finances? We’ve always kept our books on local servers because the first rule of security is _physical_ security.
  • Question

    How can Best Buy’s Music Cloud service succeed?

    Posted June 22, 2011 - 10:44 am

    Best Buy has announced their own cloud-based music service, named Music Cloud. It is set to compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple. However, Best Buy is only known as a store where you can buy stuff; the other companies have a good deal of experience selling services.
  • Question

    How can Best Buy’s Music Cloud service succeed?

    Posted June 22, 2011 - 10:44 am

    Best Buy has announced their own cloud-based music service, named Music Cloud. It is set to compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple. However, Best Buy is only known as a store where you can buy stuff; the other companies have a good deal of experience selling services.
  • Question

    Will Dropbox start paying attention to their security?

    Posted June 21, 2011 - 10:23 am

    Earlier this week, Dropbox accidentally turned off password authentication for its 25 million users for a four-hour period. This, on the heels of an FCC investigation into whether their CEO lied when he told the media that Dropbox was encrypting users data, which we later learned they were not doing.
  • Question

    Is GoDaddy's recent announcement that they're providing cloud hosting good or bad?

    Posted June 20, 2011 - 8:52 pm

    GoDaddy is one of the largest web hosting companies, and they provide a great deal of email services as well as domain registration and DNS. Although it makes great sense for them to join the cloud market, is this good or will it stifle competition?
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    Is Cloud Computing threatened by the stock market bubble?

    Posted June 16, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Cloud-based services are getting massive revenue from their IPO’s. Is this a sign of a stock market bubble? And could this have adverse effects once the bubble bursts?
  • Question

    Have you used SoundCloud?

    Posted June 16, 2011 - 10:43 am

    I just started playing with SoundCloud last month. Not only is it free for me to post music, but you can also listen to what other users post. I found some cool electronica made by some guy in New York that I've been digging.
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    How difficult would it be for Microsoft to deliver an iCloud-like service with Windows 8?

    Posted June 15, 2011 - 1:30 pm

    It appears that Apple's iCloud service is just 5gb of integrated cloud-based storage for their apps: productivity, photos, music. Couldn't Microsoft fix their 25gb SkyDrive service to make it easier to use from Microsoft Office, Windows Live Photo Gallery, and Windows Media Player? It would seem kind of dumb _not_ to do this.
  • Question

    Any suggestions for automated cloud backup systems?

    Posted June 15, 2011 - 9:31 am

    I'm looking for an automated cloud-based backup system for work. We've got a couple of servers that hold users' documents and a few databases. Does anyone have experience with Carbonite Pro? I heard about them on a podcast.
  • Question

    Is there an affordable way to use the cloud to back up my files from home?

    Posted June 14, 2011 - 3:58 pm

    I was disappointed in the limitations of Flickr for storing my photo collection – using the free service, images are resized and you cannot download them back to your pc.
  • Question

    How do you hold managed service providers accountable when their products fail?

    Posted June 13, 2011 - 4:43 pm

    For instance, if a virus or spam gets through an MSP like Postini, and affects your business, what recourse does your company have?
  • Question

    Will SaaS (software as a service) replace desktop applications in the enterprise market?

    Posted June 13, 2011 - 4:42 pm

    Are products like Google Docs good enough to displace Microsoft Office on the desktop? Won’t longtime users be resistant to this migration?
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    Do you think cloud providers are lax about implementing security measures?

    Posted June 13, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    The FTC is investigating cloud storage provider Dropbox after it was recently revealed that they had not been encrypting customers’ data as they had been telling them. Dropbox has now announced plans to implement this feature.
  • Question

    Is cloud storage private?

    Posted June 10, 2011 - 9:56 pm

    What's the best way a company can protect its privacy as they implement cloud storage?
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    Can I trust Amazon's cloud music service with my songs?

    Posted June 10, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    Can I trust Amazon's new cloud music service to not lose my songs? Shouldn't their recent issues with EC2 be a warning? I don't want to lose a bunch of time on a cloud music service that disappears, especially after the debacle with MP3.com.
  • Question

    Is the IT department being bypassed in moving to the cloud?

    Posted June 10, 2011 - 11:13 am

    The ease of acquiring and provisioning cloud services has made it possible for business executives themselves to move their departments to the cloud without going through the IT department. This trend does allow business decision-makers to react more quickly to opportunities and needs, but at what cost?
  • Question

    What happens if my cloud provider goes out of business?

    Posted June 7, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    The cloud is a crowded marketplace with new vendors popping up every day. There are many good providers out there, but what happens to my cloud apps and data should I choose wrong, and pick a provider that later goes out of business?
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    At what point are cloud service backups less expensive than on-site storage?

    Posted June 7, 2011 - 2:27 pm

    Is there a certain volume after which it makes more sense to deploy an on premise storage array rather than use cloud backup?
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    iCloud: Should I believe the hype?

    Posted June 7, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    As a business exec looking to invest in the most cost effective small business development, should I believe the hype surrounding this? It appears for the most part to be a consumer-oriented technology. But, in the past, consumer technologies have morphed into valuable business tools (IM, for example).
  • Question

    Is Google services a true cloud?

    Posted June 1, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    Google has come out with a pretty comprehensive set of as-a-service applications, but is is true "cloud computing?" I've always assumed that it was, but have seen some disagreements on that point.
  • Question

    What is "cloud washing"?

    Posted June 1, 2011 - 1:25 pm

    I keep hearing the term "cloud washing" being used in relation to how people market cloud computing. What is cloud washing?
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