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"How to Solve the Top 5 VMware VM Issues" - VMware Expert Webinar

Grazed from VirtualizationSoftware.  Author: Webinar Announcement.

Attention VMware Admins... How would you like to find out what the top 5 virtual machine problems are, how to find them and the steps you need to take to fix them permanently (with GUI and PowerCLI instructions)?

If you haven't had these virtual machine problems yet - trust me, you will.  These VM problems and their solutions have been selected based on the real-world feedback from thousands of VMware Admins and you'll have two VMware vExperts live on the Webinar to offer insight and remedies...

Cloud Computing: Every Company Needs A Chief Digital Officer

Grazed from TechCrunch.  Author: Neha Sampat.

In an increasingly digital world, where everything from marketing to R&D and customer service is becoming digital, the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) is more important than ever in helping drive company growth and a better connection with customers.

Recently Gartner released its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015 citing the impact of the digital business shift as a driving force behind these trends. With that, the number of CDO jobs has doubled since 2013 and continues to grow...

Adobe’s Cloud Photoshop Suggests We May Finally Realize The Dream Of Streamed Computing

Grazed from TechCrunch.  Author: Darryl Etheringtom.

I’ve been writing about tech for nearly a decade now, and in that time, one thing has always seemed perpetually promising, and yet also ultimately unsatisfying: remote streaming consumer computing. I’m not talking about remotely connecting to your work PC to grab a couple of files, but actually using programs interchangeably with your own local apps, despite some being hosted and run entirely on a server in some data farm nearby. Inevitably, however, this idea has been met with the harsh truths of reality, which has led to situations like the original OnLive flameout, for instance.

Remotely streaming software has huge advantages – it means users don’t have to worry too much about their operating system, hardware specifications, or even necessarily device form factor when they’re choosing software, and that could be very good news for the future of low-cost, modestly specced devices like Google’s Chromebooks...

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Cloud Computing: Amazon and Google Change Places on Going Green

Grazed from ScientificAmerican.  Author: Joshua Learn.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  One technology giant on the forefront of renewable energy implementation has come out on why it rolled back its research and development while another, which has been largely inactive on the sustainability front, has just announced a new goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy use.

While Google Inc. engineers have finally spoken up this week in an article in IEEE Spectrum about the reasons the company has cut funding for the research and development of renewable energy, Inc.'s Web services division just announced "a long-term commitment" to achieving full reliability on renewable energy for its "global infrastructure footprint."...

Cloud Computing: No Longer a Concept - Utilizing the Internet of Things

Grazed from Midsize Insider.  Author: Marissa Tejada.

The Internet of Things (IoT) may no longer be a future concept. Recently, industry leaders have been discussing the IoT as a solution for current business problems.

The New Possibilities of Things

An article in Enterprise Apps Today covered the discussion of IoT at the Connected Cloud Summit in Boston. There, industry leaders talked about the new wave of business solutions that are now possible because of IoT thinking. One executive cited a simple example of climate-control-as-a-service — a way in which IoT technology can control room temperatures so firms don't overpay or waste more energy than necessary...

Cloud Computing: Cisco Unveils Enterprise Collaboration Tool

Grazed from CIOToday.  Author: Dan Heilman.

Building on its previous work in electronic collaboration forms that include audio and video conferencing, Cisco Relevant Products/Services Systems is now offering ways to manage workers’ day-to-day interactions and tasks. The networking giant this week announced the availability of Project Squared, a service aimed at offering an online gathering place for getting work done.

Project Squared is delivered via an app or the Web. It is the latest response to changes in the way people work in 2014, which often involves being on the move with smartphones and tablets instead of in front of computers, according to Cisco. These mobile Relevant Products/Services workers are more at home using instant messaging and find e-mail cumbersome. That development has encouraged a wave of next-generation collaboration tools...

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Cloud Computing: The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes

Grazed from Wired.  Author: Daniel Burrus.

When people talk about “the next big thing,” they’re never thinking big enough. It’s not a lack of imagination; it’s a lack of observation. I’ve maintained that the future is always within sight, and you don’t need to imagine what’s already there.  Case in point: The buzz surrounding the Internet of Things.

What’s the buzz? The Internet of Things revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication; it’s built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors; it’s mobile, virtual, and instantaneous connection; and they say it’s going to make everything in our lives from streetlights to seaports “smart.”...

How ShapeBlue aims to bring next-generation storage benefits to cloud environments

Grazed from TechWeekEurope.  Author: Duncan Macrae.

ShapeBlue, an independent global CloudStack integrator, has forged a new strategic partnership with solid-state array SolidFire to deliver next-generation storage solutions to organisations running IaaS cloud environments.  ShapeBlue historically has been storage vendor agnostic, citing a lack of clear differentiation in block storage solutions for implementing public and private cloud environments.

New partnership

With the new partnership, ShapeBlue now intends to leverage SolidFire’s full enterprise feature set including guaranteed quality of service (QoS), complete system automation and scale-out storage design to bring its customers radical increases in functionality and efficiency in delivering cloud-based services...

Sophos Unveils Cloud Server Protection Solution

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Dan Kobialka.

Sophos this week announced Cloud Server Protection, a cloud-managed security
solution that is designed to help channel partners protect customer servers against cyber threats and data loss.

The U.K.-based computer security hardware and software provider said its new Cloud Server Protection solution delivers host intrusion, malware and web protection by expanding Sophos Cloud's capabilities and giving users better visibility into the current security status of all of their managed servers via a web-based interface...

Open-source IaaS: OwnCloud 7 Enterprise Edition arrives

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

If your office is like mine, you already have a lot of storage. Over the years, it's probably become quite a mix of storage-area networks (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS), and servers. More recently, your staff has started to use tablets, smartphones, and Chromebooks instead of PCs for work. A cloud would make sharing your files with your mobile staff much easier So, what's a CIO to do?

Dump all your old gear and move to a new cloud-based storage system? I don't think so!  One possible good alternative to making the most of your existing storage infrastructure while providing a cloud-friendly, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach is the new ownCloud 7 Enterprise Edition...