Articles By Don Sheppard

The NIST cloud computing program

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a developer of standards for the U.S. government.  According to their website, their mission is: “From the smart electric power grid and electronic health

Published on: July 8th, 2014 Don Sheppard

Is loss of control the biggest hurdle to cloud computing?

Some systems managers still believe the promise of cloud computing exceeds the technological reality.  They cite the “ities” – security, customizability, longevity, quality, reliability and others – as being key inhibitors to adoption

Published on: July 2nd, 2014 Don Sheppard

Cloud-in-depth for data security and protection

What do we mean by cloud security?  In my opinion, there are various answers to this question, depending on your cloud role, the complexity of your cloud solution, and your requirements for security,

Published on: May 21st, 2014 Don Sheppard

Changing of the IT guard

It occurred to me the other day that we are in the middle of a changing of the guard in the IT business. The IBM System/360 mainframe computer was announced in 1964 (all

Published on: May 1st, 2014 Don Sheppard

Is this the cloud computing end game?

For some organizations, start-ups in particular, cloud computing will be the only IT game in town. Given the choice between acquiring, installing and operating a data centre full of equipment and buying public

Published on: April 23rd, 2014 Don Sheppard

Cloud computing standards update – ISO JTC1/SC38

I last wrote about the cloud computing standards work of ISO/JTC1/SC38, which is the ISO committee concerned with distributed application platforms and services, back in October of 2013.  Here’s an update. The final

Published on: April 2nd, 2014 Don Sheppard

Innovations in banking are coming

With all the paradigm shifts occurring in the world of ICT – specifically social networks, mobility, big data and cloud computing – there can be little doubt that traditional institutions such as banking

Published on: April 1st, 2014 Don Sheppard

Apple’s security flaw – an isolated incident?

The news of the security flaw in Apple’s SSL/TLS implementation was reported in the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business today (Feb. 27) and in many other publications over the past few days.

Published on: February 28th, 2014 Don Sheppard

The transformation to cloud computing

It wasn’t so long ago that mainframes were being called legacy and distributed servers (or data centres full of them) were the darling of the IT industry.  Over time this resulted in “silos”

Published on: February 26th, 2014 Don Sheppard

An example of cloud computing … or not?

In a previous blog I suggested cloud computing could be defined using standardized characteristics. This is a “black box” approach in which we describe what we observe externally without knowing what’s “under the

Published on: February 3rd, 2014 Don Sheppard