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The pace of cloud growth and adoption remains inextricably linked to the pace of cloud education. Whether it's due to security concerns being allayed or cloud definition confusion being reduced, the small- and medium-business space seems ripe for education-based growth. Add in the continued cost-efficiency-based adoption of public cloud by SMBs that are priced out of significant infrastructure capital expenditures, and the growth trend is reinforced. With this overall trend in mind, here are additional predictions for 2014 in the cloud marketplace: Cloud providers will increase cloud security education. Gartner's Predicts 2014 document notes that "while cloud is becoming part of the fabric of IT, confusion is still rampant, and longstanding beliefs about security and operations continue to ‘cloud' opinions and approaches." Cloud companies will serve themselves by ... (more)

Cloud Security Checklist: Make Sure Your Data Is Safe

Recent reports of a massive data breach affecting popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Yahoo have many companies rethinking security practices and wondering how to protect vital data. If your company uses cloud services to conduct business and manage data or is contemplating a hosting partnership, it's natural to wonder if your service provider is taking all the steps necessary to keep your confidential information secure. It's an important issue: Cloud resources are becoming a must-have service for businesses since they offer scalability without requiring a massive ... (more)