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The Internet of Things: A Cloud Frontier That’s Being Settled Today (Part 1 of 2)

The cloud and Internet of Things are often referenced in conjunction. The IoT is considered an application of cloud computing by many. While the Internet of Things does require the cloud to operate, its scope and power will have a major impact on how cloud computing develops.

  • Deep Connection between Cloud and IoT
  • Big Data of Things will Empower the Cloud
  • Let’s Make Some Mmagic with the IoT
  • Harnessing the Internet of Things with Cloud Servers

Deep Connection between Cloud and IoT

Every January, one of the biggest tech events in the country is held in Las Vegas: the Consumer Electronics Show. As expected for the 2016 event, there was an increasing amount of cloud discussion among companies and attendees. The majority of new electronic products, ranging from vehicles to kitchen appliances, are integrated with the cloud. Gradually the technology is becoming more ingrained throughout industry and, in turn, throughout our lives.

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How Do We Prevent Hacking on the Cloud Through Authentication?

Sam Guiliano June 21, 2016 by under Security 0 Comments

Failure to adopt two-factor authentication (2FA) or multifactor authentication (MFA) can be a major and costly mistake for those using cloud services. Adding security can make it less likely that you get hacked. Here are some tips to incorporate 2FA or MFA into your business.

  • Could Hacking End Your Business?
  • Factors to the Rescue
  • How Does 2FA Work Exactly?
  • 2FA in Action – 3 Steps of Access
  • Trusted for Years

Could Hacking End Your Business?

Getting hacked and potentially bankrupted is one of those things that, like a car crash or an illness, can seem to be an unlikely threat until it happens to you. The figures for small business, though, are incredible: one in five small businesses get hacked each year, and 60% of those that do are bankrupt within six months. In other words, a scary percentage of small businesses get hacked each year, and for the majority of those that do, it’s “game over.”

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Like Marty McFly, You Can Future-Proof Your Business Using Cloud and Other Tools (Part 2 of 2)

Adnan Raja June 10, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting, Technology 0 Comments

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  • Improve Your Mobile Stance
  • Bring Your IT Abreast of Time
  • Cloud: It’s Not as Ambiguous a Choice as it May Seem
  • Human Future-Proofing
  • Ready for the Future?

Improve Your Mobile Stance

You need your business to be empowered, or you won’t get very far – and in some ways, you won’t even be functional. Just look at Marty McFly. Realizing he didn’t have any plutonium in 1955, he and Doc Brown had to connect a lightning rod to the flux capacitor in order to get back to 1985. For all Marty’s future-proofing, getting his father to win the affection of his mother, the progress he needed was impossible without a new solution for an old time-travel problem.

Just like Marty needed lightning (and hurry to deliver it, Doc Brown!), you need mobile. Yes, of course mobile is hardware rather than a basic resource, but this part of your business is so increasingly important that focusing on it really will fuel your business’s success.

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Like Marty McFly, You Can Future-Proof Your Business Using Cloud and Other Tools (Part 1 of 2)

Marty McFly showed us how to future-proof our own lives when we use time machines. Now it’s up to us to future-proof our businesses through cloud and other new technologies.

  • What is “Future-Proofing” a Business?
  • Beyond Tech: Future-Proofing as a Business Ultimatum
  • Looking at the Future More Broadly
  • Updating Your IT
  • Tip #1: Simplify
  • Tip #2: Purchase Assuming that You Will Grow
  • Adopting a Cloud VPS to Embrace the Future

What is “Future-Proofing” a Business?

Suffice it to say that Marty McFly ran into some problems in 1955. The character, played by Michael J. Fox, accidentally drew the attention of his mother and distracted her from his father. Before he went Back to the Future, McFly was in danger of overwriting his own existence! The only answer for him was to rapidly future-proof the world of 1955 so that when he returned to 1985, he would still be alive and well.

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Could Cloud Computing Cure Cancer?

Angelina Jolie used genomic sequencing to learn that she was highly likely to eventually develop breast cancer, allowing her to make an informed decision and get a double mastectomy. However, celebrities aren’t the only ones who can benefit from advanced genetic analysis – which is now much more affordable and accessible thanks to projects such as the Collaborative Cancer Cloud.

  • Angelina Jolie: Survival through Personalized Cancer Data
  • Expediting Healing with the Collaborative Cancer Cloud
  • Spinning Up Your Own Cloud VPS Server

Angelina Jolie: Survival through Personalized Cancer Data

Angelina Jolie was told by her doctors in 2013 that she had a problematic variant of the BRCA1 gene that put her in an extremely high-risk category for breast cancer. In fact, it meant that her likelihood of developing the disease was a whopping 87%. Understanding how very real the threat of cancer was for her simply because of hereditary factors, Jolie opted to get a preventive double mastectomy – which effectively nullified her chances of getting the illness, dropping her to just 5% susceptibility.

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5 Ways Cloud Big Data Solves Business Challenges

Sam Guiliano May 25, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Over the first half of this decade, big data grew massively in business. During the second half of the decade, we’re seeing a global migration of big data to the cloud. Here is why that transition is happening.

  • The Early Days of Big Data
  • Why are cloud data analytics now pivotal?
  • #1 Argument – More open-source-friendly
  • #2 Argument – Strong focus on ease-of-use
  • #3 Argument – Collaborative approach to analytic challenges
  • #4 Argument – Cloud a good place to assess cloud
  • #5 Argument – Most reasonable location for data pipeline
  • Onward & Upward

The Early Days of Big Data

Every company likes the basic idea of using big data to their advantage. That’s why there has been such a surge to adopt tools to do so. Look back a half-decade ago, and we see enterprises from retail to insurance to telecom all taking forward steps with these initiatives. Those were essentially the early days on the big data frontier. The experiences of those firms, and the developing services of their providers, bolstered the understanding of big data and how companies can work through obstacles.

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HIPPA Compliant Hosting Hangout with Gabriel Murphy

The hack of Anthem, the second largest health insurer in the United States, cast a huge spotlight on the protection of electronic medical records. Announced in February 2015, the breach compromised 78.8 million user accounts, all of which were stored unencrypted.

To put that number into perspective, the largest breach of 2014 (which, like Anthem, is widely believed to be the work of security researchers sponsored by the Chinese government) was that of Community Health Systems in Tennessee, an incident in which “only” 4.5 million patients were affected.

Although experts and consumers are concerned that health data should always be encrypted, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) does not explicitly require encryption. That is the topic of an article by Elizabeth Snell for HealthIT Security: “Should HIPAA Regulations Require Data Encryption?”

Snell argues that while insurers and other healthcare entities do not legally have to encrypt, “this does not mean that facilities can simply ignore this particular security measure because they find it time consuming or costly.” She details how legislators around the United States are working to pass measures so that encryption is no longer optional.

We explored the topic of HIPAA compliance in the first episode of our Google Hangout on Air (HOA) series (see the video above). The HOA featured Internet entrepreneur and development technologist Gabriel C. Murphy, who has cofounded four Internet companies and been a thought leader in the hosting industry since 1997.

Atlantic.Net is an industry leader in HIPPA Compliant Hosting with a full array of VPS Cloud Servers ready to deploy in under 30 seconds.


HIPAA Compliant Hosting Hangout with Gene Geiger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do4N__UQpu4
Much of the focus on healthcare technology is on its dark side, the potential that the information will be hacked. That’s a reasonable concern, especially given the gigantic exposure of user data at Anthem, which many security experts now believe originated with government-sponsored IT security researchers in China.

Well, here’s the light side: healthcare technology is saving lives – as demonstrated by a recent Information Age article by Bryan Lewis of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI): “How Big Data is Beating Ebola”. VBI is a firm that specializes in computational epidemiology, which essentially means that they study data related to epidemics to better control the spread of disease and determine the degree of success achieved by public health efforts.

In order to properly understand how the disease might spread, VBI designed a virtual model containing populations that were each assigned adjustable characteristics. The virtual geographic environment was fed information including race, sex, age, typical family arrangements, travel between different areas, and gatherings – essentially a predictive analytic model on a worldwide scale.

The synthetic data “was created in such a way that it mirrored actual census, social, transit and telecommunications data patterns from the targeted population,” explained Lewis.

The resultant sophisticated system allowed VBI to help improve the response to the disease and minimize its death toll, which exceeded 9000 as of January 2015.

While the Anthem hack reminds us that technology with patient data must be incredibly secure, the positive impact of computing on healthcare is truly remarkable. We must build systems that improve the effectiveness of healthcare while never forgetting the security concerns when handling protected health information (PHI).

The second episode of our Google Hangout on Air (HOA) series (see the above video), featured Gene Geiger, one of the founding partners of security and compliance firm A-lign. We spoke with Geiger about the general security climate and compliance with the Healthcare insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).  Atlantic.Net offers a full lineup of SSD Cloud Servers that fully support our full line of HIPPA Compliant Servers.

By Moazzam Adnan


Why Managed Cloud Solutions Are Increasingly Popular

Sam Guiliano May 14, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Managed hosting services are really a market that is booming right now, according to industry analysts. What is this option all about? Why are companies choosing it more frequently? Generally speaking, with public cloud, you are getting an environment that is significantly safer than what most organizations would be able to design on-premises – simply because of economies of scale.

  • Cloud infrastructure growth rapid, with managed hosting a major component
  • What is managed cloud hosting exactly?
  • Why, specifically, do businesses choose managed cloud?
  • Finally, did we mention that it’s safe?

Cloud infrastructure growth rapid, with managed hosting a major component

An August 2015 report by Research and Markets found that the market for infrastructure-as-a-service was set to hit $109 billion last year. It was projected to almost double by the end of the decade, reaching $206.9 billion. According to this analysis, each of the industry’s segments will contribute to the growth, with the largest source of revenue coming from the manufacturing and finance industries during that fast expansion. Many customers of cloud infrastructure companies will use managed hosting services, according to the forecast – which will result in a breathtaking compound annual growth rate for managed cloud of 16.2% through 2020.

As seen in those statistics, firms are turning to these hosting plans in greater numbers. They are able to use these plans to establish enterprise-grade computing systems that are based on operational rather than capital expenses. Like traditional legacy systems stationed on-premises at companies, this infrastructural option can be used to achieve all of the business’s digital needs, such as service delivery and collaboration, leveraging the speed and reliability of cloud.

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Why the Cloud is Now Central to Business Computing

Adnan Raja May 11, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Big companies used to be unsure about the security of cloud. In 2015, there was a noticeable shift as enterprises became increasingly convinced that the safeguards of cloud providers trumped those of their own in-house datacenters.

  • From Worried to Confident
  • Changing Perception Fueling Rapid Cloud Growth
  • Cloud in a Single Step

The affordability and easiness of cloud computing have really never been in question. That’s made it hugely popular among startups and other SMBs, while enterprises have been skeptical about the risk of moving more of their data and systems off-site.

However, times have changed, after big companies began to realize they were falling behind and making their market position vulnerable through their aversion to cloud. Enterprise cloud started to really gain steam in 2015, according to Kevin Kelleher of Time.

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