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Should I join Public Cloud or Private Cloud ?

There are two troops of Cloud Army : IBM , VMware, HP & EMC2 form one troop while Amazon, Google & Salesforce form the other troop. Yes, you guessed it right first troop provides Private cloud services and latter provides Public cloud services. Lets take a close look on which is the best as far as money is concerned.Cloud cost breakdown table at the bottom clearly explains the cost involved for every service provided by either private or public cloud provider.
Interesting piece of code :
if ( $companyWorth >= 1Billion Dollars ) {        $PrivateCloud = "Yes"; } else {        $PrivateCloud = "Try the Public Cloud."; } // end of cloud computing evaluation

If your company needs elasticity (frequent scale up and scale down in IT Infrastructure) you should go with Public cloud to maximize the ROI else Private cloud is the way for you. Note : Security concerns are not considered yet.

Welcome to the CloudStore

CLOUD computing is meant to provide flexibility, reliability and scalability, helping a company to save money on its IT infrastructure and services. Keeping this in mind , it also makes sense to save money on the software licenses being used. Considering the above points , it makes more sense to buy the best in terms of quality of service, cost of the service & top providers in that domain. This is analogous to the fact of buying a branded personal computer or an assembled one, both have their pros and cons.

A change in IT procurement has begun with the availability of online catalog of cloud-based services. Cloud App Store is an initiative of UK government in association with G-Cloud. CloudStore (beta) is an online catalog with more than 1700 apps from 255 suppliers available for buying by the UK public sector.  Its a central repository where companies can compare an app from different providers and make a smart decision before moving to that cloud service. CloudStore provides an …

Where is the Big Data ?

When we say Big Data what does it actually mean ? what are the metrics to measure Big Data ? Which sectors of industry are facing the problem of Big Data ? How useful is it to analyze the data ? The infographic from getSatisfaction provides a meaningful insight into the current situation and potential of data.



How to Block USB Ports on Windows Endpoints

Blocking USB ports should only disable the usage of mass storage devices like external hard disk drives,pendrives, flash memory, memory card readers,bluetooth devices,usb data cards and any such device in which information can be stored. Devices like usb mouse, keyboards should still work with the usb ports. These devices are differentiated as Human Interface Devices or HID.
Why to disable usb ports :
We need to disable USB ports to prevent unauthorized/confidential data transfers.

Mechanism to block USB ports on Windows :

Modify the key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\USBSTOR\" with value "start" and data = 4

How to enable/disable usb ports:

start = 3 means enable usb ports
start = 4 means disable usb ports

How to disable USB sticks and limit access to USB storage devices :

* Go to Start > Run
* Write regedit in Run box and press Enter
* Now select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > System > CurrentControlSet > Services > USBSTOR
* Now double …