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In the age of global cyberattacks, corporate enterprises and government agencies that have some type of cloud-based network solutions should be looking at a strategic design focus that guarantees a very secure intelligent infrastructure unsusceptible to cyberattacks or natural disasters. Hardening an organization's data center as well as its networks (and clouds) is a critical step to ensuring its business continuity. In today's corporate business environment, many organizations cannot survive if their core applications are out-of-service for a couple of days. Forget "disaster recovery" as it's a dated term, like data processing, and is a dated concept. More resilient systems, which are not susceptible to disasters and outages, are what should be planned and designed, especially for any organization's mission-critical applications. Business continuity, where enterpri... (more)

Cloud Transactions: Timing as a Service (TaaS)

Many organizations are starting to look at cloud computing as a universal solution, but there are many applications that cannot be considered unless the framework of cloud computing includes Timing as a Service (TaaS)© as part of its fabric. Mission-critical applications require security measures including encryption, monitoring, and redundancy/resiliency, but that is not enough. As stated in an earlier article: (http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/2164323 ) If cloud computing is going to spread to more mission critical-type applications, it needs to get more exact and accur... (more)

Cloud Computing: Network Janitors

If Cloud Computing is going to be part of the critical network infrastructure of an enterprise, senior executives better realize that no technology runs by itself. You need people that are very skilled in all aspects of planning, designing, implementing and managing these systems. There are dynamic people and there are also caretakers that can only do minimum maintenance on systems. The idea that you can run Cloud Computing applications with a bare minimum of skilled people is a nice sales pitch, but in reality organizations better make sure they have skills on staff or skills r... (more)

Mobile Wallets: The Latest Digital Bling

In this acute age of class warfare, elitism, and social media tools, somewhere in the middle of all of it, the retail and financial services industries are spawning the latest "Must-have" digital bling: mobile wallets (or digital wallets). Will credit cards become a thing of the past?  Will retailers pull away from all the transaction fees they have to pay on credit card purchases and go to a smartphone app-based transaction model instead? What about other payment processors like PayPal, Google, and others? These are some of the strategic questions starting to pop up across diffe... (more)

Some Clouds Are Safer Than Others

RFIDs are great capabilities in many industries, just understand their limitations and the technology that can compromise them. More and more people are getting credit cards with a built-in RFID chip in them. That little RFID chip (Radio Frequency ID) can transmit your credit card info out several feet when it is scanned by any reader. Most people don't know this. You can tell if your credit card has an RFID in it because most cards will be marked by one of several symbols: PayWave, PayPass, or BLINK or the symbol that looks something like this )))) There are some cards that have... (more)