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For health organizations, breaches are a constant threat, due to the high value of healthcare data - Social Security Numbers, treatment records, credit information, and other sensitive personally identifiable information (PII). And the cost of a breach to a health system or hospital can be devastating. And the health care industry has seen its share of breaches in the past quarter alone. For example, the National Health Service in England and Scotland was hit by a Wanna Decryptor ransomware attack affecting at least 16 of its organizations. Within two days 150 countries were affected. Also last quarter, up to millions of patient records at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York stored on a backup system managed by iHealth Innovations were exposed to a data breach. Despite all the focus on preventing protected health information (PHI) theft and thwarting the next ... (more)

The Network Beneath the Clouds

Lew Tucker's response to the Lew's Law blog further helped to clarify the point I was trying to make about the rise of IT automation and the network's pivotal role: While I'm sure this is more obvious than brilliant, the cost of computing will continue to fall bounded only by the cost of the power to produce the computation. We're simply turning electricity into computation and communication using electrons to move around bits. What cloud computing does is to use automation, scaling, multi-tenancy, and a competitive marketplace to bring us closer to this lower bound for the cost ... (more)

The Coming Network Evolution: Cisco Gets It, Do You?

Greg Ness's Blog I think it is only a matter of time before ALL of the leading networking players start talking about the (strategic importance of the) network as a way to succeed in an uncertain economic climate. Last week, in "Cloud Computing, Virtualization and IT Diseconomies" I talked about the increasingly intense pressures already building on static network infrastructure, and the underlying need for more intelligence and automation. I think the new survival mantra for the coming economic weakness will be "He (or she) who automates wins." As the industrial age emerged from... (more)

Nick Carr's Cloud-Network Disconnect

Virtualization and cloud computing are promising to change the way in which IT services are delivered and, in effect, transform computing as we know it today.  I think the promises are likely to come true, if and only if critical technology issues are addressed. Nicholas Carr told a recent audience at IDC Directions that "Cloud computing has become the center of investment and innovation."   While he is not a technologist, his sometimes shocking insight into the transformation of IT have been prescient, even if he doesn't sweat the details of how complex IT infrastructures can mo... (more)

The Three Biggest Tech Barriers to Cloud Computing

I recently posted about the Dizzying Economics of Cloud Computing when it occurred to me that the technological barriers must be equally mystifying for many.  So I thought I would initiate a discussion about the barriers to the adoption of cloud computing by the enterprise. At stake are the valuations of a gathering storm of public companies in technology, from Cisco, Juniper, F5 Networks, VMware, IBM, VMware, Microsoft and Citrix to advertising player Google and bookseller Amazon.  The shape of adoption and growth will be impacted by how these barriers are addressed. As I mentione... (more)