Cloud migration costs are overwhelming businesses ZDNet's Larry Dignan tells TechRepublic's Karen Roby about the issues that businesses are encountering when trying to move to the cloud. Google Cloud is launching a storage plan that features fixed monthly pricing for a year and covers bursts in a move to give enterprises more predictable costs for budgeting.The plan, called Storage Growth Plan for Google Cloud Storage, is timely given enterprise concerns over costs. Variable pricing for cloud infrastructure can give CFOs agita even though there are returns from agility as well as lower capital expenses. Cloud storage costs can be volatile as data shifts locations and sits on different tiers. In addition, backup, replication and workloads for analytics and machine learning can all jack up costs. Enterprises are also creating more data by the minute. Google's Storage Growth Plan rhymes with data plans from wireless providers where you can roll over minutes. The plan also rhymes with the … [Read more...] about Google Cloud launches fixed monthly fee plan for storage that smooths out cloud cost bursts
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A new business email campaign (BEC) has been found striking financial companies and spreading malware through the Google Cloud Storage service.On Wednesday, researchers from Menlo Labs said they have been watching the BEC scam for some time, which is focused on the employees of banks and financial services companies. The campaign follows the typical track of BEC schemes by using social engineering and phishing emails tailored for their targets in a bid to lure potential victims to click malicious links and download malware payloads.The BEC scheme has been active since August this year and appears to be focusing on financial services in the UK and US.However, this particular scheme does have an interesting element which the researchers say is becoming ever more common -- the use of legitimate, well-known storage services to instill further trust in a phishing message. More security news Google announces crackdown on Play Store ratings and reviews WSJ website defaced by PewDiePie … [Read more...] about This business email scam spreads Trojans through Google Cloud storage
directory We found 22 cloud services your business definitely needs to try When it comes to cloud services and software-as-a-service (SaaS), we're all familiar with the usual players. But there's a huge world of opportunity and available resources beyond Google, Dropbox, Salesforce, Amazon, and Microsoft. Read More In 2007, Drew Houston, Dropbox's CEO, got sick and tired of misplacing his USB drive, so he created the first personal and small business cloud storage service. It was a radical one in its day. Today, everyone and their uncle seems to be offering cheap or free cloud storage.Also: How to sync multiple cloud storage services for free TechRepublicThat's great! Except, well, how do you choose which one is right for you? It used to be that most people decided simply on the basis of how much free storage space they got. That's simple, but it only tells part of the story.The real value from a cloud storage service comes from how well it works for you. As you'll see, some … [Read more...] about What’s the best cloud storage for you?
It's been a busy couple of weeks for smart displays, an emerging category of voice-activated touchscreens seeking a place in your living room or kitchen. First, Amazon introduced us to its new-and-improved, second-gen Echo Show. Then came Facebook, with the surprise announcement of a pair of "Portal" smart displays with cameras that can automatically track you as you move during video calls. The very next day: Google rolled out the smart-home-centric Google Home Hub. Google Home Hub takes on the Amazon Echo Show 14 Photos That's three, count 'em, three titans of tech battling it out to get you to buy in on their smart displays this holiday season (not to mention ones from Lenovo and JBL that already made their debut earlier this year, or ones from Sony and LG that are yet to arrive). So, how do these new displays stack up against one another? Let's start the best way I know how: With a sizable, borderline unwieldy chart that's chock full of specs:Amazon Echo Show … [Read more...] about Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub vs. Amazon Echo Show
Google Cloud Platform rolled out new replication and transfer options for its storage including dual-regional replication for data, more redundancy choices and a developer library for C++.The storage updates, announced at Google Cloud Next in London, offer more control for customers as well as options for analytics workloads. Here's the breakdown:Google Cloud Storage is getting new dual-regional options where customers can pair specific Google Cloud regions. The idea is that this dual-regional service provides business continuity, availability and low latency. Customers will be able to pick their storage bucket and pair regions so that data will be automatically replicated. Dual regional options are in beta. According to Google, dual regional options can help analytics and big data workloads since compute and data can be stored closer together. Google said that customers will be able to read or write to either region in a pair without flipping between primary and secondary locations. … [Read more...] about Google Cloud adds dual region support for storage aimed at analytic workloads