Does the Cloud Reduce Small Business Risk?

Though they are becoming more familiar with the overused marketing term "cloud", small business owners are still uncertain about cloud computing. Many wonder if it can actually boost profitability without presenting a greater risk than its worth. To help decide it may be a good idea to start by locking down a reliable definition of cloud computing in small business terms.

Patching Windows is a major time sink

Network World reported the results of their Windows patching survey today. It showed that rebooting servers after updates is highly disliked, followed by lack of manpower as those in IT have other duties as well, and that testing patches against other software before deployment is another major time eater for IT.

After asking if IT departments were too slow to patch Windows, they asked their readers to participate in a survey about Windows patching.

Patching Windows is a major time sink

Network World reported the results of their Windows patching survey today. It showed that rebooting servers after updates is highly disliked, followed by lack of manpower as those in IT have other duties as well, and that testing patches against other software before deployment is another major time eater for IT.

After asking if IT departments were too slow to patch Windows, they asked their readers to participate in a survey about Windows patching.

10 Lessons to Learn From Amazon's Outage

Amazon's cloud outage rocked the IT world on April 21st. That's when its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Relational Database Service (RDS) went dark, knocking some high-profile sites offline and causing disruptions to others. During the postmortem that followed the event, Amazon determined an issue with its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) service in its North Virginia data center was to blame.

About that Amazon thing…

There was lots of thunder in the cloud, lots of blather from "the pundits" and questions from customers and prospects at Virtual Density this week. This following the extended outage at Amazon’s Northern Virginia datacenter last week. That it came on the heels of a nice article featuring our firm as a cover story in the Fairfield Business Journal earlier in the week, was kinda interesting in a "may you live in interesting times" kinda way.

Go Figure – The Feds Get Cloud Computing…

Whodathunkit? It seems the word "progressive" has more than one meaning when used to describe the current administration. While the US government is not known for its agility or ability to be nimble when adopting technology, the White House issued a document on February 8th called "The Federal Cloud Computing Strategy". Personally, I'm glad they used the word Strategy and I'm even gladder to hear they have one.