Archive for the 'Cloud Computing' Category

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Should you redesign an app for the Cloud?

I recently visited with SearchCloudProvider’s Dina Gerdeman about 3 important factors to consider when weighing the options of migrating/redesigning for the Cloud. Read the full article here: Cloud application architectures: When to redesign an app for the cloud

Take a Sneak Peek at our Next-Gen Secure Cloud

We will be announcing a next generation secure cloud platform shortly. I want to give you some insight of our thoughts around cloud and security.

Secure Cloud Platform Sneak PeekCustomers are often faced with choosing between greater business agility or highly secure and compliant-ready environments. We do not think this is a fair trade-off. No customer should be forced to forgo the full promise of cloud to achieve running in a secure and compliant environment. Nor should a client need to sort through piles of log data to keep themselves compliant when outsourcing to a cloud service provider. We are addressing this very quandary.

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Additional Observations from the HIMSS12 Conference and Results from the Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey

HIMSS Health IT Conference and ExhibitionAs mentioned in the previous blog entry, Layered Tech recently attended the annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition, the premier healthcare IT show of the year. In our last post, we recapped the main takeaways related to HIPAA, hosting and cloud computing, but there were some other aspects from the show we felt were noteworthy. Also, during the show, HIMSS released the results of its annual Leadership Survey. The findings illustrate the state of the industry, the challenges faced and the objectives that are top-of-mind for healthcare organizations.

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Healthcare IT and Hosting – Observations from the HIMSS12 Conference

By Brian White, Director of Business Development for Layered Tech

HIMSS Health IT Conference and ExhibitionLayered Tech recently attended the annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition, the premier healthcare IT show of the year, and we wanted to share what we thought was interesting and informative in terms of trends and news related to hosting, cloud computing and compliance. The education sessions covered everything from managing mobile devices to implementing electronic health records (EHRs), health information exchanges (HIEs) and bioinformatics. In addition, the application of technology and provider/vendor collaboration to reduce costs while increasing patient care were key focus areas for the more than 37,000 attendees and 1,100-plus exhibitors.

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Blog Series: Reducing Risk with PCI-Compliant and Secure Community Clouds, Part III

By Jeff Reich, Chief Risk Officer, Layered Tech

In parts one and two of this blog series, we’ve examined how community clouds are viable environments for PCI compliance, and in this segment we will explore how security is instrumental in guarding against data breaches.

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Blog Series: Reducing Risk with PCI-Compliant and Secure Community Clouds, Part II

By Jeff Reich, Chief Risk Officer, Layered Tech

In the first installment of this series, we looked at the magnitude in which companies are experiencing security data breaches and how PCI compliance can help businesses overcome these issues.  In this installment, we’ll examine how community clouds are emerging as an alternative environment for companies looking to achieve PCI compliance and robust security while also reaping benefits including reduced overhead.

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Blog Series: Reducing Risk with PCI-Compliant and Secure Community Clouds

By Jeff Reich, Chief Risk Officer, Layered Tech

It seems almost daily a new report emerges detailing how a company suffered a data security breach, resulting in the release of sensitive data for hundreds of people.  To help guard against these attacks, companies can become PCI compliant, but it is not an easy goal to achieve and does not guarantee complete and total security.  As an alternative, community clouds provided through third-party resources like Layered Tech offer security options and a path to compliance without the cost and labor issues present with in-house systems.

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Brad Hokamp Interview with Light Reading

We were recently approached by Light Reading, one of the most widely read IT publications in the industry, to do an interview on Layered Tech’s approach to cloud computing services.  Naturally, we obliged, and our president, Brad Hokamp, sat down with Light Reading’s editor, Phil Harvey, to discuss the results our clients are achieving with our managed compliant cloud solutions:

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CA Announces AppLogic 3.0

This week CA Technologies announced Applogic 3.0. This comes after VMware announced vCloud Director 1.5 and Citrix acquired Cloud.com. This was an exciting month of events for the leading Cloud OS platforms. This is interesting to Layered Tech and our customers because this illustrates the rapid maturing of cloud platform technologies. It exemplifies that these technologies initially targeted to service providers like Layered Tech are also adopting many of the capabilities enterprises are looking for to build out private, hybrid and secure multi-tenant cloud environments.

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Cloudbook Profiles JDA and Layered Tech

Cloudbook, an independent authority and educational resource for cloud computing, recently published an in-depth look at JDA’s process of evaluating and selecting a private cloud provider.

With the help of consultants from Burstorm, JDA — the leading supply chain solutions company — met the challenge of finding a flexible cloud provider who could help consolidate 1 million users from over 100 countries into a single hosted cloud environment.

View the videos and read the article over at Cloudbook to learn why Joe King, SVP of JDA Managed Services, selected Layered Tech to help migrate JDA’s mission-critical managed services to the cloud.  This is an interesting read and an excellent insight into how a well-respected enterprise selected a private cloud hosting provider.