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Free Windows 10 Virtual Machines Lets Anyone Try Microsoft's Edge Browser

Article written by David Marshall

Even though Microsoft's Edge browser has been available to Windows 10 users since its release on July 29, not everyone has tried it yet.  Perhaps you have no interest in upgrading to Windows 10, or maybe you just haven't gotten around to it yet.  Either way, if you have an interest in trying your hand at the new browser, you can now do so without updating your main system.

Microsoft has announced that it is making available a set of free virtual machines (VMs) with Windows 10 and the new Edge browser.  It's designed for Web developers to test how Websites function with the new browser software, but anyone with a virtualization platform can use it -- and in return, receive a safe Windows 10 environment that they can try out.


How the cloud makes data integrations easier

Grazed from CIO. Author: Rich Murr.

Is the cloud everything it's cracked up to be? Any new technology goes through a hype curve, but generally speaking, I believe cloud-based solutions have done a pretty good job of matching some very lofty expectations. The growth numbers continue to prove this out, as companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, and others experience extraordinary growth on what are already multibillion-dollar cloud businesses. By solving very real problems for their customers, they’re being amply rewarded.

That’s not to say there aren’t significant areas for improvement, however. One of the biggest challenges facing cloud adopters is integrating applications and data, something that has also been challenging for traditional IT departments ever since they moved beyond the mainframe. Not sure what integrations are? Trust me, you've been impacted by them - at least when they haven’t been implemented well. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?...

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Cloud Computing: DoD new cyber security reporting rules for contractors

Grazed from Lexology. Author: Davis Wright Tremaine.

In a move that highlights the changing winds of federal cybersecurity policy, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) has issued an interim Rule (“Rule”) that imposes new security and reporting requirements on federal contractors, and new requirements for DoD cloud computing contracts.

The Rule requires federal contractors to report cyber incidents that result in an actual or potentially “adverse affect” on covered defense information (CDI), a covered contractor information system (a federal contractor’s information system that handles CDI), or on a contractor’s ability to provide operationally critical support. CDI includes “controlled technical information, export controlled information, critical information, and other information requiring protection by law, regulation or Government-wide,” but does not include classified information which is governed by a separate rule. The Rule also imposes restrictions on cloud computing contracts, including that data covered by the contracts be maintained within the 50 states...

VMware vows holy grail for cloud

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

On Monday, VMware showed off technology that it says will move working computing jobs between private and public clouds provided all the clouds involved run VMware VMW 0.11% software. An analogy would be if a car company could move an automotive assembly line between one plant and another without shutting it down. You can see the difficulty.

The crowd at VMworld 2015 applauded the demo of cross-cloud live migration but details on availability were scant. A blog post about the “Project Skyscraper” preview said the goal is to let customers “extend their data center to the public cloud and vice-a-versa by seamlessly operating across boundaries while providing enterprise-level security and business continuity.” No timeframe was given...

EMC Advances Case for Hybrid Cloud Computing

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

EMC is slowly, but surely pulling together the elements of its federated ecosystem to create a hybrid cloud computing platform. Under the auspices of The EMC Federation today at the VMworld 2015 conference previewed components that will be added to a Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud platform that combines elements of products and services from EMC and its VMware and Pivotal sister companies.

Berna Devrim, director of EMC cloud solutions marketing, said the goal is to make it a lot simpler to set up, deploy and manage hybrid cloud computing environments than it is today. At the core of the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Platform will be new application lifecycle automation tools that will enable IT organizations to deploy applications on topo of both VMware vSphere and OpenStack environments as well as instances of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings based on the Virtustream platform that EMC acquired in May...

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Zentera Systems Demonstrates Its Cloud Over IP CoNET Network Security Fabric for Cloud Ecosystems at VMworld 2015

Grazed from Zentera. Author: PR Announcement.

Zentera Systems is demonstrating its CoIP (Cloud over IP) CoNET network security fabric at Booth 1637 in VMworld 2015, August 30-September 3, San Francisco, CA. The CoNET platform allows companies to define, configure, provision, secure and manage extensive overlay networks over existing network infrastructure.

CoNET can connect company datacenters to public and private clouds, set up partner-to-partner networks, enable remote access networks and support rapid datacenter network migration. The platform leaves the existing network and security infrastructure unchanged while supporting virtual IP-based routing, security logs, 3rd party advanced threat detection, data encryption, whitelisting and cloud firewalls...

Engineers get rapid-fire access to giant files in the cloud

Grazed from CIO. Author: Mary K. Pratt.

At Milwaukee Tool, the long, long waits to open large CAD files were making international collaboration between engineers in the U.S. and China inefficient--and threatening the company's goals for innovation, agility and speed. Eric Hanson, the company's vice president of IT and business optimization, says engineers in China often had to wait multiple hours for the tool company's design files, typically about 2GB each, to open.

Because of the lag, engineers in China saved files locally so they could be opened quickly. But that meant their changes weren't visible to engineers in other locations, and vice versa, until files were later synced. Moreover, because engineers worked with local files, there was a chance that files might not have up-to-date information, which could lead to duplication of effort and incomplete product designs, Hanson says...

Cloud Computing: Velostrata decouples storage and compute by streaming workloads

Grazed from ITWorldCanada. Author: Gary Hilson.

Moving data and workloads to the cloud can be a hefty task for enterprises and some still prefer to keep everything on-premise, so a startup has come up with a solution that decouples storage from compute. “The common assumption was to provide adequate performance, you needed to couple storage and compute,” said Issy Ben-Shaul, founder and CEO of Velostrata.

“We decided to challenge that premise.” The company enables enterprises to stream production workloads from on-premise storage into the cloud computing. The decoupling is done without sacrificing performance, he said. Ben-Shaul said most customers are looking to make use of the cloud, but there are still some key barriers. Enterprises are less likely to move workloads into the cloud if they have particularly large data sets in the terabyte range, he said...

Cloud Computing: 5 gadgets that may soon 'Rest in Peace'

 Grazed from TimesOf India.  Author: Kumar Saurav.

We will soon open cars with our smartphones, store data on Cloud and command computers with our voices.   You know what's the most magical thing about technology? It is its fixation to replace old with new, obsolete with promising and smart with genius. \

This is the reason why, every decade, a set of tech things that eased our lives in a million ways make way for something newer, better and brighter.For example, the fixed line gave way to the pager and mobile, cassettes to compact discs and digital content, wires to infrared and Bluetooth, yellow bulbs to CFL and LEDs. Here are a few other products that will soon age and fade...

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FAA moves away from owning data centers, to the Cloud

Grazed from IntelligentAerospace.  Author: Courtney Howard.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials, wanting to benefit from advanced computing solutions in the Cloud, awarded a $108 million, 10-year contract to CSC Government Solutions, which will lead an overall integration effort to include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and other leading Cloud providers.

The contract enables the FAA to take advantage of Cloud technologies, such as Software As-A-Service, Platform As-A-Service, Infrastructure As-A-Service, and Colocation in a highly secure and resilient environment, officials say.  Being in the Cloud will give the FAA on-demand, pay-per-use computing and data storage over a secure FTI connection. The move away from FAA-owned data centers to outsourced locations will increase efficiencies and flexibility while saving time and money and simplify information-sharing...