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Improving Collaboration with the Cloud

Editorial Team September 30, 2013 by under VPS Hosting 0 Comments

Years ago, managing projects used to consist of executives overseeing a group of teammates working together to achieve a common goal—a new innovation or improved process. Not anymore!

Now, project management is very much a social system. According to Mattias Hallstrom, author at The Guardian, the social approach to running companies, process and projects are here to stay. And just what is powering these social applications of management? You won’t have to look much farther than the highly popular cloud hosting.

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Why the Cloud is Raising Climate Questions

Editorial Team September 26, 2013 by under HIPAA Data Centers 0 Comments

As we all are very well aware by now, the architecture behind the cloud consists of extremely complex and technically evolved data centers that serve to store, process and deliver information instantaneously over the Internet.

The cloud also allows users to access information that would have previously been stored locally; instead of being forced to access a critical file from a work computer, employees have access to all of the information they need from their favorite library or coffee show.

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5 Security Tips for Cloud Computing

Cloud adoption has been growing over the last couple of years primarily driven by cost reduction and speed of adoption. However, according to a survey performed by KPMG, the top barriers to cloud adoption remain to be related to security and compliance.  Data security is projected to remain the most important SLA parameter in 3 years. Fundamentally, the data and network security is about three control objectives i.e. confidentiality, integrity and availability.

Know Where Your Data Lives

Being able to know where your data physically, goes a long way in establishing your cloud security and risk assessment. Some cloud providers could have data centers in international locations and which may be subject to laws and policies of that jurisdiction. The data center location is also critical in evaluating latency impacts on your application that you are communicating with. International data centers often suffer a reduced latency that may pose a risk for your business applications on the cloud.

Have a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan

In 2009, a lightning strike triggered Amazon EC2 outage and the cloud services were offline for about 4 hours as an aftermath. Data backup and availability are critical and one of the main challenges facing the service providers. Take a long term view on your hosting services and make sure that you backup your data at appropriate times to ensure that the customer data is not lost. Understand the risks associated with data availability and disaster recovery issues that may impact your business. Big companies have lost their data due to improper backup procedures and it is one of the growing concerns for moving your services to the cloud.

Understand How Your Data is Protected

Understand and solicit clear information around how your cloud server hosting provider protects your data with encryption and firewall security, especially if you need HIPAA compliant cloud server hosting. Encryption is a must-have on public cloud SaaS solutions and the need to be secure and encrypted. Cloud computing resources should be sheltered with a mandatory inbound firewall. Devise plans for how you are going to monitoring network attacks or hostile system activity even if you are on the cloud. You are only going to be able to understand the sufficiency of your security if your cloud provider is willing to disclose their security practices. Some providers treat the security practices as confidential which can become more challenging.

Third Party Audits: Service Organization Control Reports

Curious if your provider is serious about security? Research to see if they have been audited by third parties to build trust and confidence with the customers. In February 2013, Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) released their position paper stating the purpose of SOC 1 and SOC 2 reports for cloud service providers appropriating SOC 2 as the de facto standard for cloud security.   SOC 2 audits conducted in accordance of AT 101 cover controls relevant to security, availability, processing integrity, or privacy. In 2013, the number of data centers and CSPs which underwent a SOC 2 attestation increased by 100% YOY from 7% in 2012 to 14% in 2013. Aside from SOC 2, PCI Compliance, HIPAA Compliance and ISO certifications are important indicators for dedication your cloud service provider has for security.

Hassan Sultan is a partner at Reckenen, which provides accounting and assurance services to privately held companies.  Atlantic.net offers reliable and cost-effective Cloud Server hosting for a wide range of business opportunities.

Atlantic.Net offers HIPAA compliant cloud storage solutions. Contact us today for a consultation.


What is Server Load Balancing? The Function of a Load Balancer

Kent Roberts September 10, 2013 by under HIPAA Data Centers 0 Comments
English: SMLT mesh with nine 1Gig paths (all c...

Lets get technical: Nine 1Gig paths (all connections active and load balancing traffic) 9Gb/s full duplex mesh providing 18Gb/s of bandwidth between core switches. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reliability of a system is measured in uptime, the percentage of time throughout a given window that a site is up and fully operational.  Network reliability and high uptime figures are crucial to keeping users happy. One important way reliability is enhanced is with redundancies – safeguards so that if anything fails, the client still won’t experience a problem. A strong system will always have multiple redundancies in place.

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Hosting Voice and Data is Beneficial for Small Businesses

Small and medium-sized businesses need to be adaptable in order to stay competitive and grow. The ability to change and adapt due to economic or market changes is a characteristic of a smart business, which allows for economic growth and new opportunities. A fast- growing trend is enabling organizations to move their server infrastructure and telecommunication services to a hosted environment. The rate at which SMB is adapting new voice and data technologies is growing at a phenomenal rate. The trend is to move data and voice into a data center environment, most recently into a cloud or virtual server, commonly referred to as cloud computing or VPS Hosting.

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What is Digital Illiteracy?

Editorial Team August 12, 2013 by under VPS Hosting 0 Comments

I know I have become a bit lazy these days in regards to my computing skills.   It’s a housekeeping attitude, if you don’t do it regularly, things start to get murky on your laptop. So what is the problem exactly?  Well here’s where Marc Scott highlights what seems to be a real growing problem… Digital illiteracy:

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Cloud Advisory Council One-Year Anniversary: Mission Overview

English: Diagram showing overview of cloud com...

Diagram showing overview of cloud computing including Google, Salesforce, Amazon, Axios Systems, Microsoft, Yahoo & Zoho

At Atlantic.Net, we hold various certifications (such as SSAE 16, Type II), titles (such as Official Server Host of Disaster Recovery Journal), and organizational memberships (such as the Cloud Advisory Council). Our history of Atlantic.Net accolades and achievements is not just an effort to show credibility. Integrating ourselves with the hosting world, general IT world, and overall marketplace helps us learn and grow synergistically with expertise from our industry and all walks of life.

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