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5 Ways Cloud Big Data Solves Business Challenges

Brett Haines 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.

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Why Managed Cloud Solutions Are Increasingly Popular

Brett Haines 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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Six Day-to-Day Truths About Cloud

Adnan Raja May 3, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Previously, companies were unsure about cloud. Now, adoption of the technology in business settings is rising steadily, thanks in large part to the success of the consumer cloud. Here are stats and interesting facts.

  •  Trust in Cloud Rising Fast
  • Growth of Cloud – Stats
  • Six Day-to-Day Cloud Truths
  • Cloud Really Can be a Breeze

Trust in Cloud Rising Fast

Mobile devices and touchscreen PCs are a big part of the past decade of computing, but an even more significant advance is the rise of cloud technology. However, that road hasn’t been easy. The majority of enterprises used to be unsure about using cloud because they wanted their own server, with their own security precautions. Plus, they worried about integration between on-premises and cloud systems.

Everything is different following the success of the consumer cloud. Basically think about whatever files you used to store on your own computer but now keep at a distance. Examples include YouTube for videos, iTunes for music, and Instagram for photos. Cloud is part of our daily lives.

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How Can Cloud Computing Make Your Business More Productive?

Sam Guiliano April 27, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Everyone in business management wants to leverage the best possible tools to complete tasks simply and affordably. Cloud is such a strong tool for business that failing to fully adopt it has cost the US government billions of dollars. Cloud isn’t just about cost, though. There are many different ways in which the cloud enhances productivity.

  • Cloud: avoid at Your Own Risk
  • A Multi-Billion-Dollar Improvement
  • Why is Cloud Good for Productivity & Growth?
  • Even Faster Cloud

Cloud: Avoid at Your Own Risk

Anyone in business, especially those who own or manage a company, always wants to use the best, most robust tools at a friendly price. One example is cloud-computing environments.

Cloud computing is becoming more prominent all the time, in some cases to the point of being the standard. As an example, industry analysts expect an incredible 90% of mobile traffic to be handled through cloud applications in 2019, up from 81% in 2014, notes Forbes. That may sound like a small amount of growth, but not when you consider that cloud traffic is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 60% between 2014 and 2019.

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What are the Signs that a Company Should Move to the Cloud?

Sam Guiliano April 20, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Companies are increasingly moving to the cloud, with 95% now using at least one cloud-based service. Let’s look at three top benefits and how to gauge if it’s time for you to migrate.

  • Is Cloud Worth it?
  • Cloud Benefit: Peace of Mind
  • Cloud Benefit: Scalability
  • Cloud Benefit: Cost
  • Is it Time to Migrate?
  • The Question of Cloud

Is Cloud Worth it?

Did you ever get asked to an event related to cloud and felt unsure if it would be a waste of your time? It’s easy to see the cloud as irrelevant if you have your IT systems already established. The essential thing you need to understand is the extent to which cloud might benefit your business: will it be worth it?

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Specific Benefits of a Cloud Server For Small Business

Adnan Raja April 6, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

In this spinoff of our previous article about general benefits of a cloud server over an on-premises one, we look at the specific key advantages of cloud computing for small business. Then we explore a six-step SMB cloud transition checklist.

  • 7 Benefits of Cloud for Small Business
  • 5-Step SMB Cloud Transition Checklist

7 Benefits of Cloud for Small Business

Generally speaking, cloud computing is a positive choice for business. It’s an especially easy and sensible direction when we are talking about SMBs and startups.

For one thing, the typical issues enterprises might raise related to cloud – particularly integration and security – are minimized at a small business because the systems are less complex and because growth is prioritized over concerns with third-party data protection. Cloud Hosting services actually tend to be a major improvement in security over in-house systems, but that’s more obvious in the context of SMBs.

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Advantages of Having a Cloud VPS Server Rather Than Buying Your Own

Sam Guiliano March 25, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting, VPS 0 Comments

Increasingly, business is moving from the physical servers of onsite data centers to the virtual servers of the public cloud.

  • Away from On-Premises
  • The Need for Change in Business
  • 11 Advantages of Cloud VPS Servers
  • Switching Your Business to a Cloud VPS

Away from On-Premises

The era of companies having their own data centers is quickly drawing to a close. As business increasingly finds its technological home in the cloud, IT departments are having to rapidly adjust. In fact, nearly 2 in 5 small businesses (37%) have completely transitioned to the cloud. There is a lot of growth ahead, though. According to a 2014 report from Intuit, 80% of businesses will be cloud-based by 2020.

There has been a recent trend in which businesses are shifting from capital expenses (CAPEX), the realm of an on-premises datacenter, to operating expenses (OPEX), the realm of public cloud computing. OPEX is the route that more and more companies choose – especially since month-to-month and even moment-to-moment agility has become so valuable to business. Plus, cloud allows you to cut your power usage by optimizing your server efficiency.

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