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Should Credit Card Data be Stored in the Cloud

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Opinions | 0 comments

There are six main entities involved in credit card processing in the cloud: 1. The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (regulatory) 2. The Cloud Service Vendor 3. The Client 4. The Merchant Bank 5. The Payment Processor 6. The Behind the Scenes Security Providers The PCISSC has developed regulations over credit card data storage and operations in the cloud. While cloud credit card processing is already here and has been for approximately a decade, as a credit card holder, you would not even know if your data was stored in the cloud or whether your transactions were being processed in the cloud. Millions and millions of credit card...

Open SSL Heartbleed Vulnerability

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Technology | 0 comments

The Open SSL Heartbleed Vulnerability isn’t new. It has proliferated online for approximately two years, leeching itself within Open Secure Sockets Layer code around the web and then exploiting crypto-security vulnerabilities. Online rumors hint that the NSA even knew about the existence of the risk-laden virus for some time, but chose not to inform the general public about its safety issues. Why? Because Heartbleed supposedly made their business of online spying much easier during the time the knowledge of its existence was suppressed. Large businesses and commercial websites where secure transactions and secure data are absolutely necessary to their integrity have performed internal checks to ensure they are impervious...

Windows Azure Cloud

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Development | 0 comments

Which is the Top Cloud? Windows Azure Cloud? or Amazon’s AWS Cloud? Amazon’s AWS cloud computing platform has been the top industry cloud computing provider for several years in a row. Windows Azure Cloud typically ranks within Top 10 industry lists for Cloud Computing Providers, but isn’t one of the top 5 cloud service providers. Why? Many industry insiders feel that Microsoft is often behind the curve in launching and maintaining new technologies aside from its popular software and OS megapoly. Microsoft’s Successes and Failures One example of Microsoft’s weakness in rolling out a viable and popular product would be the Windows smartphone which is perceived to be the...

Cloud Computing Future

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Technology | 0 comments

Years ago I had a computer store. We built our own custom computers and then sold them via the store outlet. It was a booming business and there was always something new on the horizon. I saw the migration from 286, to 386, to 486 and finally the Pentium line of processors. It was an exciting time as technology evolved as well as the operating systems which supported them. I remember thinking in the early 90’s… with the advent of the Pentium processor, the end user would have more than they would ever need in processing power. I was correct at the time. Now, instead of the technology evolving,...

New Windows Azure Issue

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Technology | 0 comments

Interesting that a recent issue with Windows Azure involving FTP data access didn’t sound the alarms. Microsoft acted swiftly in resolving the issue without any noticeable detritus of customer complaints. In addition, Microsoft mobilized and took care of the problem very quickly. That it happened on October 30th, traditionally known as Mischief Night, preceding Halloween, was a coincidence, since there was nothing malicious about the issue itself. The Azure Websites problem was resolved in a little over 24 hours and didn’t seem to disrupt any clients’ uptime or website functionality. With Windows Azure, there is duplicity in how deployments can launch into production from staging and Azure recommended two...

Windows Azure Gaming Development

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Mobile | 0 comments

Windows Azure Gaming Summit Most gamers aren’t aware of the vast infrastructure of virtual machines and software that run their video game systems especially in the online and mobile gaming universe. Behind every MMORPG or mobile videogame lies a complex and expansive network to support these online and mobile games. Like the Wizard of Oz pulling levers behind the curtain, there are game development wizards continually working behind the scenes to maintain, enhance and develop video games. An upcoming Microsoft summit on July 1, 2013, in London, England, will explore Windows Azure as a Cloud Gaming Platform. Game developers, designers and video game architects are expected to attend the...

Cloud Backup Disaster Proof Technology

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 in Technology | 0 comments

Is cloud backup disaster proof technology? Given recent hurricane Sandy storm damage, it will be a challenge for many businesses who did not have their data backed up, to resume operations. If the data generated by your business is this important, this valuable, this irreplaceable, what can you do as a business owner to ensure that it is protected? The answer to this over the years has been to back up the data onto a server, perhaps even multiple servers. Using enterprise grade backup software, an entrepreneur could safely save their business data onto a server in hopes that if the production data set was lost, the backup would...

Steve Wozniak Cloud Computing Drawbacks

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Opinions | 2 comments

Steve Wozniak Cloud Computing Drawbacks Discussed… In a recent public interview, one of the co-founders of Apple Computing, Steve Wozniak a/k/a “The Woz”, offered what he felt were valid drawbacks to the technology of cloud storage and development. His opinions, as always, offered some insights into cloud technology that should bear closer scrutiny. Let’s take a look at four areas that could affect the end user. Data Security To a large degree there is overwhelming evidence that points to the fact that a user’s data is susceptible to attacks from hackers. It is statistically true that hackers breaking into data centers has become more commonplace. A cloud server is...

Steve Wozniak Cloud Computing Opinions

Posted by on Sep 1, 2012 in Opinions | 0 comments

A Clouded Perspective from a Brilliant Innovator… I have been a software engineer for over thirty years. So has Steve Wozniak, and it’s just one of the reasons I like him. Steve Jobs may have been the designer, the dreamer, the man with the plan, but when it came time to put the rubber to the road it was ‘The Woz’ who made it work. In a recent interview Steve Wozniak offered some insights into cloud computing that might be interpreted as a bit ‘cautious’. Let’s take a look at some of the Steve Wozniak cloud computing opinions and concerns and see if they are valid. Data Security: Steve...

Windows Azure Pattern Technology

Posted by on Sep 1, 2012 in Technology | 0 comments

The movie “A Brilliant Mind” featuring Russell Crowe was a story about Nobel Laureate John Nash. Nash’s gift was that he could recognize patterns in almost any type of repeated action or grouping. This talent presented the idea that there is a recognizable pattern in repeated actions. Storage technology offers the same type of pattern recognition through the repeated access of data. It is this applied model that can increase data reliability and accessibility. Here is how patterns impact data storage and usage and how Windows Azure Pattern Technology basically functions. In order to ensure that critical data can be accessed quickly and reliably, a method for tracking a...

Windows Azure Cloud Services Protocols

Posted by on Sep 1, 2012 in Communication | 0 comments

Here are some crucial details about Azure Cloud Services protocols and communication. A cloud’s job is to handle data in the most efficient manner possible. Whether it be sending or receiving a user’s data, cloud services must offer the highest degree of efficiency. In conjunction with that, and a very close second, is the safety of the data. Moving data from server to client or from server to server opens the data to corruption, loss, and even thievery. Windows Azure security protocols, as well as hard and fast communication conventions, offer a high degree of safety for a user’s data. At the lowest level, TCP/IP offers the single most...

Windows Azure for Websites

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Development | 0 comments

Windows Azure for Websites a/k/a offers App Developers focus. Software engineers and application developers over the years have had to take into consideration the idiosyncrasies of the platform they were developing for. To a large degree, the available infrastructure as well as the operating system would limit the design and functionality of an application. It has always been part of the developer’s job description to pay attention to the generic platform the application is to be written for. In order to escape the confines of infrastructure, platform, and development language a revolutionary approach was employed. In order for this approach to be successful, it was imperative to make the...

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