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True story from the consulting trenches: the operations staff had left hours ago, shaking their heads and reluctantly leaving the consultants to resolve a problem with their code. It was well past midnight, in the middle of winter, in a town many time zones from home. The project was late. Altogether, this was an awkward situation that you probably know well. The consultants - falling into that murky classification of not quite outsider, nor regular employee - worked from hobbled accounts; the security staff were pros and took their charge seriously. By 2:00 a.m., the group was stuck. They needed to change a properties file residing on a remote server, but the distributed file system wouldn't allow it, rightfully sneering at the group like the grubbiest serfs in the kingdom. But there was a Web server... ...And this server was running as root. Before you could say "ex... (more)

Cloud Security Alliance Identifies Top Cloud Security Threats

Security, Management & Compliance Track at Cloud Expo Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Today marks the beginning of RSA conference in San Francisco, and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has been quick out of the gate with the release of its Top Threats to Cloud Computing Report. This peer-reviewed paper characterizes the top seven threats to cloud computing, offering examples and remediation steps. The seven threats identified by the CSA are: Abuse and Nefarious Use of Cloud Computing Insecure Application Programming Interfaces Malicious Insider... (more)

Top Five Mistakes People Make When Moving to the Cloud

Cloud is now mature enough that we can begin to identify anti-patterns associated with using these services. Keith Shaw from Network World and I spoke about worst practices in the cloud last week, and our conversation is now available as a podcast. Come and learn how to avoid making critical mistakes as you move into the cloud.   ... (more)

How to Get Rich Quick with Cloud Computing

You know that a technology has hit the mainstream when it appears in PCWorld. Such is the case for cloud computing, a topic PCWorld considers in its recent piece Amazon Web Services Sees Infrastructure as Commodity. Despite the rather banal title, this article makes some interesting points about the nature of commoditization and the effect this will have on the pricing of services in the cloud. It’s a good article, but I would argue that it misses an important point about the evolution of cloud services. Of the three common models of cloud–SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS–it’s the later, In... (more)

No More Iron in the Cloud

Iron Mountain, the well known information management company, is exiting the cloud storage business. The company announced yesterday that they will be phasing out their basic cloud storage services by 2013. Iron Mountain isn’t the first provider to turn its back on the cloud just as the space is getting off of the ground; but it is probably the most high profile company to exit this business. I’ve always liked Iron Mountain because the name makes me think of the Hobbit (remember Dain of the Iron Hills?) In fact I think that Iron Mountain is one of the all time great company name... (more)