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Automating and Simplifying Compliance

Viewing compliance as a “check the box”, one-off activity needs to become a thing of the past. Compliance and security information is dynamic – always changing – and the number of recent cyber breaches makes it clear that what we’re doing today is not working. On top of this, the ever-evolving nature of compliance standards is making it more difficult than ever to stay current on the latest requirements. Continue reading…

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Carpathia and Altiscale Talk Hadoop-as-a-Service in Upcoming Webinar

Big data and large-scale analytics are increasingly important for optimizing business operations, improving customer relations and uncovering new opportunities. Hadoop-as-a-Service has emerged as an ideal solution for even the most complex business intelligence requirements, providing businesses with predictable pricing, proactive project management and the always-on access to data they are looking for.  Continue reading…

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Finding Your Best Fit Cloud

The promise of cloud is real. According to Forrester Research, the public cloud market is set to reach $191 billion over the next six years.  The promise of a one-size-fits-all cloud strategy however, is not.

Every organization has different needs and is at varying stages of their cloud journey, and to ensure long-term success, companies must find the right solution mix for their specific needs.  Our latest infographic – Finding Your Best Fit Cloud – offers an in depth look at the critical steps organizations should take before embarking on a cloud journey, and offers advice for how your business can find its “best fit” cloud. Continue reading…

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GFE versus BYOD: It’s a Risk-based Decision

Federal agencies are looking for the best way to give an increasingly mobile workforce secure access to data anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

As a result, federal managers are trying to decide if government-furnished equipment (GFE) is the best approach to lock down data or should managers implement the policies and technology to allow workers to securely use their own personal mobile devices.  At the end of the day, it is a risk-based decision. Continue reading…

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Avoid These Common Healthcare Compliance Mistakes

It’s been said that experience comes from hard lessons. If that is the case, many healthcare providers are gaining some hard experience with the latest HIPAA rules.

The latest Omnibus Rule, issued in January of 2013, expands and clarifies dozens of rights and responsibilities listed under the original HIPAA Act passed in 1996. These include everything from patient notification and authorization to the myriad of regulations regarding the collection, meaningful use and dissemination of protected health information (PHI). Continue reading…

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How to Avoid Cloud Silos? Build from the Inside Out

Don’t repeat the sins of the past as your agency plots its journey to the cloud.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years from years of helping organizations build the right strategy and architecture, it’s the need to avoid moving to the siloed systems that emerged during the era of client/server computing into your current cloud environments. Continue reading…

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A Quick-Study Guide to HIPAA Compliance

Strange as it may seem, the Omnibus Rule updating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is going on two years old, and it seems there is still a fair amount of confusion as to what the guidelines all mean and how they apply to outsourced and cloud-based data infrastructure.

The rule covers a plethora of topics – everything from broader patient privacy protections to new ways in which compliance is monitored and enforced. But with healthcare-related data loads on the rise, it’s no wonder many organizations are still struggling to maintain compliance and provide top-notch customer service. Continue reading…

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Healthcare Compliance: The People Problem

For most healthcare providers, preserving the sanctity of protected health information (PHI) is more than simple compliance with state and federal regulations. It’s a matter of trust.

Every time news of another data breach hits the web, confidence in the affected provider, and the healthcare industry in general, suffers. Continue reading…

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The Answer to Hybrid Cloud: The Starter Kit for Microsoft Azure

During the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference last week, Carpathia announced the launch of an exciting new hybrid cloud offering with long-term partner, Equinix: The Starter Kit for Microsoft Azure.

Designed to help businesses and federal agencies overcome the challenges of balancing security and compliance with the cost saving benefits of the public cloud, Continue reading…

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