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Apple to Sell Personal Cloud Storage Device Starting Next Month

Grazed from Nicole Henderson.

Next time you are in an Apple store, you may see an unfamiliar device. Starting on June 7, Apple will be the exclusive retailer for the Apollo personal cloud storage device, a consumer play from Promise Technology, a storage firm based in California. Apollo offers 4 TB of storage, and allows up to nine members to use it. With the Apollo Cloud App users can quickly access personal content from anywhere. Of course the big sell is the fact that the user owns the physical device where their cloud lives unlike other cloud services where you may not be sure who has access to your data.

According to Promise Technology, unlike other cloud services, there are no recurring fees with Apollo. According to a review by Mac Rumors, the Apollo is priced at $299. While the device certainly won’t replace cloud storage as we know it (Apollo is not even recommended as a sole backup device), it is part of a larger trend of personal cloud storage for users who want to take “control” of their privacy...

Cloud Computing: The Internet Gains A Sixth Sense

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Jon Markman.

At a conference called the Internet of Things World, held in Santa Clara, Calif. this month, many of the world’s leading tech firms will explain how sensors, analytics and cloud computing will change everything. Recently it has become convention to dismiss the Internet of Things. Pundits point to the troubles at Google’s Nest, the lack of open standards among the competing connected-home platforms and the absurd notion the masses are clamoring for connected toasters and wine bottles as proof the IOT is all sizzle and no steak. The pundits are wrong. They’re missing the paradigm shift the IOT represents because they’re too focused on the machines.

Behind the devices of the IOT is a whirlwind of new ideas and possibilities as ubiquitous sensors, real time analytics and powerful cloud computing intersect. It’s about collecting and leveraging vast amounts of data in real time, and it will touch every sector, every industry. That’s why leading analysts and technology firms have converged at the Santa Clara Convention Center...

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Cloud Computing: The Future of Content Management

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: John Newton.

We know that big data is a big issue. Day by day, the data that businesses create is getting increasingly cumbersome and the value it contains is being outweighed by the complexity its management creates. This problem is one that John Newton has tackled over the last 25 years, first by designing and developing Documentum in the early Nineties and then with Alfresco, the world’s second largest open source enterprise content management company. John has had one of the longest and most influential careers in content management and he has invented many of the concepts widely used in the industry today.

How has the content and document management market changed since you started in the field?

Content and document management started really when the client/server revolution started to take off back in the late Eighties/early Nineties. Windows and Macs provided an environment to create more and more content and displacing mainframe applications. Storage at the time was limited to organising all those files using an eight letter name followed by a three letter extension...

Cloud Computing Stack Layers (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) Market Approach to $100.4 billion by 2016

Grazed from ClusterMapping. Author: Editorial Staff.

A new study on: Cloud Stack Layers - IaaS, PaaS, SaaS: Market Shares and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2010-2016. IBM is the market leader in SOA Platform as a Service (PaaS) with 73% market share. Oracle / BEA /Sun participate in the market with 6% share, Microsoft with 5% share in 2009. is the leader in virtualized software systems with 50% share in the CRM SaaS software as a service market. Different companies are leaders in different segments.

Applications and infrastructure markets come together to make information technology delivery a utility. On demand systems scale to meet the needs of users and users only pay for the capacity they use. Strategies relate to different ways to position software, hardware and services for the most effective product set. The 2010 study has 737 pages, 206 tables and figures...

RapidFire Tools Launches New Tool That Enables MSPs to Deliver Internal IT Security Services

Grazed from RapidFire

RapidFire Tools Inc. today launched Detector™, a new software appliance that enables managed services providers (MSPs) to more easily identify internal threats to client networks, which according to industry reports, account for more than half of all breaches. Detector is the only software appliance that automatically scans a company's network on a scheduled basis for suspicious anomalous user behaviors, unexpected network changes and internal threats; and sends out daily alerts to the MSP regarding the detected issues. The security tool incorporates "machine learning" that allows it to become "smarter" the longer it is attached to a network. It also employs a proprietary "SMART-TAG"™ feature that allows the MSP to fine-tune the tool with additional information to identify relationships and dramatically reduce false-positives. This comprehensive approach delivers more detailed and relevant information about the client's network, allowing the MSP to better mitigate risk and offer a meaningful internal IT security service.

Atlantis Computing Announces Strategic Alliance With Citrix to Deliver Hyperconverged Appliances

Grazed from Atlantis Computing

Atlantis Computing®, the leading provider of Software-Defined Storage, today announced the company has entered into a strategic alliance with Citrix that will combine the Citrix Workspace Suite software stack running on Citrix XenServer with Atlantis HyperScale all-flash hyperconverged appliances and Atlantis USX software-defined storage solutions. Atlantis USX is the first SDS platform to be certified on the hardware compatibility list for Citrix XenServer 7.0.

Atlantis HyperScale includes compute, storage, networking and virtualization, reducing the infrastructure cost per desktop to as low as $125 per desktop for a virtual desktop and $82 per user for a hosted shared desktop. Customers such as Arizona Tile have simplified their Citrix XenDesktop infrastructure by replacing costly storage array upgrades with pre-integrated Atlantis HyperScale hyperconverged appliances that cut costs and improve user experience.

Microsoft Azure Now Available Through Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace

Grazed from Microsoft and Ingram Micro

Strengthening its Ecosystem of Cloud, Ingram Micro Inc. today announced the availability of Microsoft Azure on the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace in the United States.

Demonstrating its commitment to driving the growth of cloud sales in the region, Ingram Micro is now offering Azure via the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, enabling channel partners to deliver Microsoft cloud solutions using a true consumption-based model. The fully automated process empowers channel partners to seamlessly purchase, provision, bill in a pay-as-you-go plan, and manage Azure while benefitting from topline revenue, ownership of the customer relationship, and quicker business transformation.

Rackspace, Microsoft and Guest Forrester Research Discuss All Things Cloud Computing in New Video Series: Solving for the Cloud

Grazed from Rackspace, Microsoft

Although it's become apparent that cloud is here to stay, businesses, and particularly enterprises, still have many unanswered questions when it comes to the cloud.

Rackspace helps its customers navigate tough questions by offering access to its deep pool of experts. In that vein, and in an effort to tackle some of the larger questions that remain about the cloud, Rackspace invited Microsoft and a moderator from Forrester Research to take part in its inaugural edition of "Solving for the Cloud," an ongoing video series in which Rackspace experts sit down with industry experts to share their thoughts on all things cloud computing.

Are There Workloads that Don’t Belong in the Public Cloud?

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Jon Oltsik.

According to ESG research, 75% of organizations are currently using a public cloud service while another 19% have plans or interest in doing so (note: I am an ESG employee). Furthermore, 56% of all public cloud-based workloads are considered IT production workloads while the remaining 44% are classified as non-production workloads (i.e. test, development, staging, etc.).

This trend has lots of traditional IT vendors somewhat worried, as well they should be. Nevertheless, some IT veterans believe that there are limitations to this movement. Yes, pedestrian workloads may move to the public cloud over the next few years but business-critical applications, key network-based business processes, and sensitive data should (and will) remain firmly planted in enterprise data centers now and forever...

Cloud market moving to higher value services rather than commodity pricing

Grazed from Author: Daniel Robinson.

Customers that view cloud computing as a way of cutting costs by reducing IT provisioning to commodity services may be getting the wrong end of the stick, as the market is increasingly turning to value-added services that are a better fit for customer requirements. The latest Cloud Price Index report from analyst 451 Research claims to show that, rather than being dominated by cut-throat commodity pricing, the cloud market sees customers increasingly looking for value-added services, and providers are moving up the stack to meet this demand and maintain profits.

"Despite all the noise about cloud becoming a commodity, our research demonstrates a very limited relationship between price and market share. Certainly, being cheap doesn't guarantee more revenue, and being expensive doesn't guarantee less," said Dr Owen Rogers, research director of 451 Research's Digital Economics Unit...