Health Care at Cloud Expo
We all know that technology is key to reducing health care costs, eliminating
dangerous errors, and eventually providing coverage for all. I like
learning from others, so while we consider ourselves innovative, there is no
point in repeating mistakes made by others. Here's a fact motivating the
Dutch -- one of the leading nations in using modern technology (SOA, XML.
HL7v3, Schematrons, Virtualization, Cloud computing) for solving their heath
"Currently some 90.000 people (out of a population of 16 million) are
hospitalized yearly due to wrong medication."
Fourth Grade Math shows that we, in the US, may be hospitalizing (300/16 x
90,000) over 1.6 Million individuals due to wrong medication.
A review of the Dutch Health Care Initiative that has evolved for almost a
decade shows that they are on the leading edge of deploying... (more)
Gateway Sessions at Cloud Expo
Security has been on the forefront of discussion in the technology community
as being the primary concern gating enterprise adoption of cloud computing.
Although this is a valid concern, most cloud providers, owing to the security
demands of maintaining a multi-tenant infrastructure, provide strong security
provisions, perhaps better than an enterprise's own data center.
Legal, compliance and process issues become more significant rather than
technical security concerns.
Moving into 2010, reliability will be a higher concern for enterprises.
Recent ou... (more)
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) published Version 2.1 of its Guidance for
Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing with a significant and
comprehensive set of recommendations that enterprises should incorporate
within their security best practices if they are to use cloud computing in a
The Guidance provides broad recommendations for operational security concerns
including application security, encryption & key management, and identity &
access management. In this article, we will consider security implications of
REST- and SOAP-based communication between co... (more)
Throwing its hat in the Platform as a Service (PaaS) ring, Microsoft has
joined the likes for Salesforce.com and Google with its annoucement of
Microsoft Azure Platform. Microsoft Windows Azure Platform provides three
Windows Azure: A cloud services operating system that serves as the
development, service hosting and service management environment for the
Windows Azure platform. SQL Azure: A cloud hosted relational database that
removes the burdens of RDBMS installation, patching, upgrades and overall
software management for relational databas... (more)
Secure Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
Security in the Ether, by David Talbot
MIT Technology review recently published a great article titled: Security in
the Ether addressing security, privacy and reliability issues resulting from
Some of the interesting points in this article include:
The cloud security threat is across two related dimensions:
i) cloud resident data may be lost due to equipment/software failure or
stolen by a hacker because of the shared resouce nature of cloud computing
ii) cloud data may be mishandled by the cloud provider because of technology... (more)