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The Wall Street Journal published an article Wednesday focused on the growing number of small-business owners expected to utilize cloud computing services in 2011,–mentioning cost savings and disaster safeguards/security as the prevailing benefits.

Nextpoint was happy to be mentioned by Michael Tracy, a Nextpoint Discovery Cloud customer, as a cost-effective way to manage his relevance reviews.

Read the article, “Small Companies Look to Cloud for Savings in 2011” here:

http://twe.ly/lzn

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One of the fundamental challenges in web archival is the complexity of the web.  Unlike paper archival, or even email archival, where the formats are basically the same — web archival, including social media platforms, are comprised of multiple, sometimes dozens, of technologies and modes of operation.

Flash, multimedia, AJAX, javascript rollovers are just the beginning.  Authenticated user sessions – for “non-public” or properties with public/private hybrid publishing, such as Facebook – provide numerous individual challenges.

When the Lab approached this problem, the solution wasn’t to try to build a technology that auto-detected and solved every variation before it happens – that’s not a sustainable, viable or necessary solution.

SmartCrawl™, released into Cloud Preservation today, is an architecture that provides a framework to custom configure multiple options of how an individual data source (a “feed” in CP)  is the caputred (a “crawl”).

This major release adds functionality to deliver highly customized, forensically sound, automated data capture from cloud-based content of all kinds, including the public web, private firewalled data, the social web, the mobile web, and B2B SaaS.

Combined this evolution is already delivering a tsunami of new data stores — necessary to unlocking value in the corporate environment and ultimately, to deepening and enriching the relationships brands are having with their customers.

By improving the quality of the preservation, we’re letting our customers do what they do best – focus on their customers – by answering the business challenges around managing this data.

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As though this argument isn’t clear enough, rarely is there such a perfect case study on how the cloud in general, and specifically Amazon Web Services, provides security and redundancy far greater than any corporation, law firm, or even government can currently provide.

http://money.cnn.com/2010/12/09/technology/amazon_wikileaks_attack/index.htm

The Wikileaks story is an important security discussion initially because the “cables” that were “intercepted” were actually encrypted emails that succumbed to the greatest security vulnerability there is – people with bad intentions. No technology can overcome that vulnerability.  People are the number one vulnerability – it’s not even close.

But for an entirely different set of reasons, this is episode should be a wake-up call for every major law firm and corporation.  These organizations are now on notice that when Amazon, PayPal, Mastercard, and Visa are attacked within days of perfectly rational and legal business decisions becoming public, then everyone is vulnerable.

Can your IT department repel this type of attack?  What if your company decided not to provide a service to WikiLeaks?  What if your law firm represented someone adverse to WikiLeaks?  Can your IT department withstand the attack?  PayPal, Mastercard and Visa found theirs couldn’t.

Are your IT departments as experienced, tested and equipped as these companies?  These companies who represent some of the the biggest, most technically capable, most internet savvy companies in the world today.  Credit card companies?  Do you think they ever have to deal with internet-based fraud? Pay-pal is part of eBay!

Then there is Amazon Web Services.  Where even the hackers announce “we can not attack Amazon . . . we don’t have enough forces.”

Enough said.  I want those people on my team.  I want Amazon Web Services protecting my data.

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