Why Should You Pursue a Microsoft Certification?

If you’re considering taking a Microsoft Official Curriculum course (or your company is considering sending you to one) you should know that it’s a good choice for both of you. The most obvious benefit of taking a Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) course is that you’re getting information about Microsoft technologies from the source. Coupled with […]
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Cloud Service Models: What is PaaS (Platform as a Service)?

Cloud computing has become a widely adopted model for IT infrastructure environments. It includes three basic service models: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). IaaS was described in a previous post. This blog focuses on PaaS, and a future post will highlight SaaS. IDC has indicated the cloud services market has entered an “innovation […]
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Why You Need to Pay Attention to Cloud Computing

The adoption of cloud computing is revolutionizing today’s business. This trend has also elevated the importance of IT and business alignment because cloud enables new business models that have until now were not economically viable. A recent study confirmed this trend by showing that the vast majority of organizations of all sizes use both Software-as-a-Service […]
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Microsoft Windows Azure Makes Some Big Jumps Forward With FedRAMP and Barracuda

Microsoft’s Windows Azure product line first appeared in 2008. When I first learned about it, I concluded that it was a nice complement to Amazon Web Services and an alternative or competitor to Google’s cloud services. Windows Azure let you develop and run your applications in a PaaS space, analogous to Google App Engine but […]
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Large and Small Clouds Close, Hang On To Your Data!

In Learning Tree’s Cloud Security Essentials course we caution that any move into the cloud needs to be preceded by careful consideration of how you will get your data and operation back out again. Availability is the leg of the CIA triad effected by business pressures. We just got another reminder of this. Nirvanix was […]
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