Category Archives: Cloud Computing Technology Insights

A New Way to Think about Cloud Service Models (Part 3)

Part 3 – PaaS: A Spectrum of Services In my previous post, I started developing the notion of a “universal” cloud service model that has IaaS is at one end and SaaS at the other of a spectrum. But spectrum of what?  I … Continue reading

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A New Way to Think about Cloud Service Models (Part 2)

Part 2 – A Universal Service Model In my previous post, I introduced the idea that all cloud services are “platform as a service,” especially when we think of the entire Internet as the platform, and the various services available … Continue reading

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A New Way to Think about Cloud Service Models (Part 1)

Part 1: IaaS != Entrée Most discussions aimed at answering the question “What is cloud computing?” start with the three service models as defined by NIST: IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS.  At this point, I won’t offend you by assuming you need … Continue reading

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Privacy: The Cloud Model’s Waterloo?

Part 2 – How Privacy Could Cripple the Cloud Security and privacy are often mentioned together. This is natural, because they are related, yet distinct topics.  Security is a technical concept concerned with the controlled access, protection, integrity, and availability … Continue reading

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Privacy: The Cloud Model’s Waterloo?

Part 1 – Privacy Ain’t the Same As Security Most people consider the word privacy solely in the context of cloud deployment models, where a private cloud is one reserved strictly for the use of a specific group of people that have … Continue reading

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Privacy: The Cloud Model’s Waterloo?

Part 1 – Privacy Ain’t the Same As Security Most people consider the word privacy solely in the context of cloud deployment models, where a private cloud is one reserved strictly for the use of a specific group of people that have … Continue reading

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Becoming an IoT Automation Geek

I’ve long wanted more automation and remote control over my house, but until recently such wasn’t possible without a lot of special project boards, wiring,  gaps in functionality and – most importantly – time. Now, with the Internet of Things … Continue reading

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The Myth of Cloud Insecurity (cont.)

Part 3 – Leaping the Chasm In my previous posts (Part 1, Part 2) in this series, we established the theory that the human species has come to rely on physical ownership and control of something as necessary and sometimes even sufficient … Continue reading

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The Myth of Cloud Insecurity (cont.)

Part 2 – Distributing the Security Perimeter In part 1 of this series,  we examined the fallacy that physical ownership and control of hardware, combined with multi-layered perimeter defense strategies, leads to the most secure IT deployments.  In the hyper-connected cloud era, … Continue reading

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The Myth of Cloud Insecurity

Part 1 – The False Sense of Physical Security As is often the case when new paradigms are advanced, cloud computing as a viable method for sourcing information technology resources has met with many criticisms, ranging from doubts about the … Continue reading

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