Security still the ‘No. 1 obstacle’ to cloud adoption

International companies are still wary of cloud adoption because of concerns over data security and legal exposure, including very specific worries from European businesses about American government interference in the wake of the Patriot Act.

Today in Cloud

Scottish cloud infrastructure company, Flexiant, has released a new version of their Extility cloud infrastructure solution. Providing cloud infrastructure since 2007, Flexiant launched Extility in 2010 and has seen some success selling this to managed service providers in Europe and elsewhere. Today’s release sees the existing Service Provider Edition joined by a more lightweight (and cheaper) Foundation edition… and an option to download and run this free of charge for up to three months. Like others in the space, Flexiant can struggle to help customers understand the potential of a complex product. Free trials of various kinds are one welcome way in which potential customers can kick the tyres, but there can still be an uphill struggle to get customers to invest enough time, effort, and thought to ensure that they really grasp what they’re being offered.

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Public healthcare and IT have a long history of not getting along. Complex problems, sensitive topics, intransigent incumbents, and fluid project specifications combine to make these projects prone to cost overruns and failure. Today’s Financial Times reports on a new attempt to deliver something timely, useful, and cost-effective, leveraging the cloud computing solutions of Scotland’s Flexiant. The system, to be piloted by a team of researchers from Edinburgh’s Napier University and London’s Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, aims to store patient data in Flexiant’s cloud and give the patient the controls to decide who gets access to which details, when. Healthcare professionals, carers, and family could all have timely access to an authoritative view of the patient’s data, which in principle leads to better decision making… and better outcomes for the patient.