5 must-read cloud stories for March 30

GitHUB hit by massive DDoS attacks

Software developer platform GitHUB is recovering from what has been called the largest cyber attack in the organization’s history.

GitHUB was hit by a series of distributed denial-of-services (DDoS) attacks that began last Thursday. Large volumes of Web traffic were sent to the site, particularly, two Chinese anti-censorship projects hosted on GitHUB.

The attackers used new techniques including using the “Web browsers of unsuspecting, uninvolved people to flood github.com with high levels of traffic,” GitHUB said.

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Amazon drops cloud storage price

It’s looking more like a race to the bottom as Amazon recently announced it is dropping the price of its unlimited cloud storage plan to just US$5/month.

The company’s Unlimited Everything Plan allows customers to store an unlimited number of documents, files, photos, videos, movies and music in Amazon’s Cloud Drive.

The cloud storage price war heated up last year with Dropbox dropping the price of its Pro plan to $9.99/month for 1TB of storage. Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage and charges 1.99/month for 100GB and $9.99/month for 1TB. You can get 5GB for free, 20GB for 99 cents/month and, 200GB for $3.99/month and 1TB for $9.99/month with Apple’s iCloud.


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KPMG-Microsoft cloud partnership expands

Microsoft and professional services firm KPMG are growing their existing partnership to provide clients with new software-as-a-service offerings that will help businesses unify customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning and analytics services while adhering to regulatory and compliance requirements.

The two companies will develop a new integrated data analytics platform for both cloud and on-premises environments. The hybrid cloud technologies will be enhanced with compliance and change management expertise from KPMG.

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The hidden cost of ‘cloud hangover’

Like a nasty hangover, the effects of unforeseen expenses tied to a cloud rollout can come back with a kick.

Sungard Availability Services, surveyed several U.K.-based senior IT decision makers and found that 87 per cent of the execs encountered some unplanned cloud expenditures.

The research found that the companies of the respondents were spending the equivalent of about $375,550/year just to keep their cloud services running effectively.

Furthermore, organizations were spending around $506,580 on unforeseen cloud costs over the last five years.

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5 things to consider in picking a cloud backup provider

Cloud backup is one of the more mature applications of cloud technology and there are many providers in this market.

Asking the right questions will help your company pick out the perfect provider for you needs.

Performance and versatility are two of the factors you should when shopping for the cloud backup provider. Find out what else you need to know here


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