Cloud Computing: United States Businesses Will Spend $13 Billion On It








Security Professionals Identify IT Risks Associated with Cloud Computing







At the simplest level, cloud computing lets you share files and resources via the web. If you run a small business, you read about cloud storage as a way to backup and protect your data. Companies, such as, Google Docs (now Drive), DropBox, Carbonite, Cubby, and a slew of others. If you need to choose an online backup provider, take a look at Tim Fishers post: 40 Online Backup Services Reviewed . Looking beyond online backup, to understanding where the cloud is going, I look to Louis Columbus who writes extensively about the cloud here on Forbes and elsewhere.
















IBM 5 Reasons Businesses Use The Cloud

The research found that just 37% of respondents were confident that they knew what cloud computing was, up from 34% in 2013. While 36% stated that they had little or no understanding of cloud in the context of computing, compared with 38% the year before. >See also: Survey exposes differing views toward public cloud Although two in five (39%) correctly identified online file hosting services, such as Dropbox, as cloud-based, just one in four correctly identified iTunes (24%), email services like Hotmail or Gmail (24%) and scalable hosting across multiple servers (25%). Commenting on the results, Matt Mansell, 123-regs Managing Director, said: Cloud grows in popularity with each year that passes in business spheres with business owners taking advantage of the flexibility and scalability that it brings but members of the general public do not (knowingly) share this enthusiasm, despite the popularity of the term across the technology and consumer market. This in itself is by no means problematic. After all, why should a consumer care about the technicalities of how their services are delivered? For consumers its the end result that matters. The majority of people simply want innovative applications that can offer a smooth user experience on a range of devices.









Central Logic Selects ClearDATA Healthcare Cloud Computing Platform to Host Its Patient Flow Software







Hundreds of hospitals have worked with Central Logic to improve patient satisfaction, reduce wait times, increase admissions, optimize LOS, streamline communication, and grow financial margins. Central Logic's transfer center, scheduling, and capacity optimization solutions provide robust functionality while reducing operational costs. For more information, please visit http://www.centrallogic.com/ . About ClearDATA ClearDATA Networks, Inc. is the market leader for healthcare cloud computing and information security services for healthcare providers and software and service companies, and is 100% dedicated to the healthcare field. ClearDATA's HealthDATA Suite of Cloud Computing Solutions enable providers to fully automate, protect, and securely manage healthcare medical records, applications, IT infrastructure and digital storage.







Public out of sync with business when it comes to cloud computing, survey finds







Enterprises are having difficulty recruiting security professionals and the most security organizations in the world are experiencing embarrassing security breaches. Consequently, security professionals believe that cloud providers must be experiencing the same problems. Since this is a fair conclusion, cloud providers need to fess up to these issues and tell users how they plan to address them. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) understands these risks and is working with the industry to acknowledge and address them.



Apple Releases Icloud Control Panel 2.1.3 For Windows Vista












Disclosed in KB article DL1687 on Apple Support, iCloud Control Panel 2.1.3 for Windows Vista bears a formal set of release notes (which basically include the programs description) but no changelog. The iCloud Control Panel makes it easy to keep your contacts, calendars, and bookmarks up to date automatically between your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Windows Vista PC, Apple says. It also includes Photo Stream, which wirelessly pushes photos you take with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the Pictures library on your PC no cable syncing required, the company adds. The documentation continues with the various uses of iCloud and iCloud Control Panel on Windows PCs, but not a single word is said about the actual purpose of this update. After all, this isnt the first time Windows Vista users get a taste of the iCloud management tool. However, as Apple always updates iCloud Control Panel whenever it rolls out new Windows software, were left to assume that this release has something to do with iTunes 11.1.4 for Windows. The Cupertino giant carefully points out that iCloud Control Panel 2.1.3 is for Windows Vista users.









Apple updates iWork for iCloud, Mac adding new features







RELATED WASHINGTON: Apple has reportedly updated its iWork office suite across all platforms, including OS X and iCloud on the web, and has brought in password protection for uses to share their data securely. The updated iWork suite includes customizable alignment guides and a vertical ruler on the Mac, a built-in remote feature on iOS and added the crucial password-protected web sharing of iWork documents, spreadsheets and presentations. According to TechCrunch, users can now share their documents via iCloud with a user-assigned password using either Pages 2.1 on iOS or iWork for iCloud beta. The upgraded suit also lets easy access for reviewing shared content on the web via a new 'list view' of all documents, spreadsheets and presentations that have been shared. The report said that other major tweaks include sorting using multiple columns or rows in Numbers 3.1 on OS X, the addition of new transitions and display options to Keynote, landscape viewing and editing of spreadsheets in Numbers on iOS and keyboard shortcuts object manipulation in the iWork for iCloud beta.



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