November 2013

EMC Ramps up for Private-Public Cloud

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Rob Enderle.

I’m at EMC’s analyst event in Boston this week and it’s an interesting event. One of the compelling stats that they shared: approximately 18% of large companies are choosing to build their own public cloud because they feel they can do it better and cheaper than services like Amazon Web Services can. EMC is moving on this opportunity with a solution called “Project Nile” and I think the trend is very interesting. Let me explain.

Private vs. Public Cloud

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the IT space you likely know this: private cloud efforts have advantages that include compliance, security, and IT oversight. Disadvantages include cost, inflexibility, and bureaucratic red tape. These services are supplied and managed by IT, using technology generally purchased through third parties...

Cloud Computing: Quandis Joins Amazon Web Services Partner Network

Grazed from FloridaNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Quandis, Inc., a leading provider of default management technology solutions, announced that it has become a technology partner of Amazon’s Web Services Partner Network (APN). Joining APN underscores the investment and commitment that Quandis has made to utilize Amazon Web Services (AWS) for cloud computing.

“We’ve been using AWS cloud-based storage services for quite some time to cost effectively and efficiently support our enterprise-level client base,” said Eric Patrick, CTO of Quandis. “By joining AWS Partner Network we are able to take advantage of a number of different services that benefit us, it allows us to further scale our technology, and it provides us with additional expertise in managing data that resides in the cloud.”...

Oracle accelerates database and cloud strategy

Grazed from CloudComputingNews. Author: Tim Jennings.

Oracle’s September 2013 customer event was notable for a series of announcements designed to help the company’s customers improve the speed and agility of their information systems. The flagship news revolved around Oracle’s core competence of database technology, with forthcoming releases of an in-memory option for Oracle Database 12c that promises to significantly speed up analytic queries, and of an enterprise-grade Database as a Service (DBaaS) offering, part of the Oracle Public Cloud. The latter is reaching a new level of maturity, assisted by the acquisition earlier in 2013 of cloud infrastructure specialist Nimbula.

One of the dominant themes of the conference was machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), and here Oracle is positioning its Java technology as an end-to-end platform for solution development. It also announced an upcoming new version of its Java as a Service offering, which again provides enterprise-grade development capabilities in the Oracle Public Cloud. These headlines were further supported by new engineered systems for in-memory computing and for database backup, and by good progress across many areas of the product portfolio...

What CFOs Need To Know About Cloud Computing

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Janel Ryan.

Today’s business environment requires CFOs to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. Given that the topic is cloud computing, a CFO will likely hear a lot of hype, but the most important thing to consider in a cloud solution is, “Which business problems do I want to solve?” Consider these:

Maximize Cost Efficiencies
From a cost savings perspective, cloud computing can preserve capital, turning a large, upfront CapEx into an OpEx. Cost savings stem from providing a “pay as you go” model.

Strategy
Cloud computing is not one-size-fits-all. As you review your business needs and priorities, understand that while some applications will be a better fit for cloud. The low barrier to entry in terms of capital outlay can make it possible for you to reach new customers across the globe. Further, new customers can come online faster because resources are readily available and scalable...

Cloud Computing: SafeNet Updates ProtectV to Encrypt Amazon EC2 Workloads

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

SafeNet is adding encryption to Amazon (AMZN) EC2 workloads, as well as the ability for customers to maintain full ownership of encryption keys, to its ProtectV data protection offering. SafeNet ProtectV with Virtual KeySecure was designed to run entirely on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure and is also compatible with AWS CloudHSM.

Cloud encryption and, more specifically, the ownership of encryption keys has been getting additional notice lately as customers look for security solutions that not only can protect their cloud-based apps and data, but also place the encryption keys in their hands, giving them a certain amount of ownership over the security of their own cloud endeavors...

SSH - Does Your "Cloud Neighbor" Have an Open Backdoor to Your Cloud App?

Grazed from InfoSecurity. Author: Gavin Hill.

Secure Shell (SSH) is the de facto protocol used by millions to authenticate to workloads running in the cloud and transfer data securely. Even more SSH sessions are established automatically between systems, allowing those systems to securely transfer data without human intervention. In either case, this technology underpins the security of vital network communications. According to the Ponemon Institute, organizations recognize SSH’s role in securing network communication and list threats to their SSH keys as the number one most alarming threat arising from failure to control trust in the cloud.

SSH authentication holds only as strong as the safeguards around the authentication tokens, the SSH keys. Failure to secure and protect these keys can compromise the environment, breaking down the trust that SSH should establish. Malicious actors take advantage of common mistakes in key management, the following are some of the common pitfalls organizations fall prey to...

Free cloud storage service MegaCloud goes dark

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

The website for MegaCloud, a provider of free and paid consumer cloud storage, is inaccessible and users of the service are complaining on social media sites that they have not had access to their data for days. It's unclear why the service is not working and whether it is because of a technical glitch or if the company has gone out of business. When attempting to access MegaCloud.com, it returns a notice that the site could not be found. None of the other sites associated with MegaCloud work either, such as the features page, pricing information and the contact links.

The service appears to have been dark for at least a couple of days. Users on various Internet forums have been posing questions about the service and why it is down, for two days, as of Friday. The site IsItDownRightNow.com shows that the site is not accessible, and has about a dozen people questioning why...

Everybody Loves Cloud in Theory, Let’s Do Something About It in Reality

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Editorial Staff.

According to most all credible research including Gartner, cloud computing promises economic advantages, speed, agility, flexibility, infinite elasticity and innovation—and at Tech Data, we too believe in that philosophy. So with so many obvious advantages, why aren’t more solution providers investing in and leading with the cloud?

Consider this question: We all love cloud in theory, but do we,in fact, really “get it”? I would assert that we’re not there yet. It’s a bold statement, but one that I’m willing to stand behind. In fact, I’ll take it one step further and say that the true success of cloud in the channel collectively depends on all of us—through our collective adoption and enablement. The sooner that we as an industry are educated and understand and embrace the value of cloud for the end user, the sooner we can begin to truly capitalize on everything that the cloud has to offer. The potential of cloud solutions is significant and multi-layered. We have, in fact, barely tapped the surface...

Cloud Computing: Time for a closer look at software security

Grazed from TMCNet. Author: Kathleen Richards.

Virtualization and cloud computing have advanced rapidly despite overarching security concerns. Industry guru and provocateur Chris Hoff predicted a bumpy ride, and some of the vendor and technology fallout, as virtualization deployments spun up -- and lowered costs for some companies -- but security lagged behind. After two years of research and "solid hands-on collaborative work with networking, security and audit practitioners and managers" at enterprises and service providers worldwide, Hoff delivered a landmark presentation on the issues surrounding virtualization security at the Black Hat conference in 2008 that caught people's attention.

Five years later, we are thrilled that he is the author of our November cover story, "Virtualization Security Dynamics Get Old," and catching us up on the past, present, and perhaps most importantly, future of virtualization, cloud computing and security. Many of the problems he initially outlined remain, but progress is being made, writes Hoff:..

Cloud Computing: The commodity data center?

Grazed from DataCenterDynamics. Author: Nick Razey.

For those working in the fast moving world of cloud computing it is easy to take the somewhat arrogant view that the choice of data center is irrelevant; that although it is an essential piece of the jigsaw, one data center is just the same as another when compared to the complexities of differing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms. On this basis it is assumed that all the value in the IT chain will migrate to the cloud provider’s leaving data centers to earn meagre commodity margins.

The data center, however, is a very long way from being a commodity. A commodity typically has three characteristics; the product is the same, the quality is the same and the price is the same. And because the products are interchangeable they are usually bought and sold via efficient spot markets which exactly match supply and demand and which prevent any suppliers earning excessive returns...

Cloud Computing: Baidu's e-mall shut over copyrights

Grazed from ECNS. Author: Editorial Staff.

Chinese search engine Baidu launched an online shopping mall Thursday, but the e-mall powered by cloud computing was shut down in less than 24 hours due to suspected copyright issues. The e-mall provides service allowing users to trade electronic files, including videos, pictures, documents as well as music. Users can also post transaction information and comments. All the transactions are done via Baidu's payment platform, baifubao.

Baidu said earlier it doesn't own copyrights of all the electronic files uploaded by its users nor does it have the obligation to check the files, according to a statement detailing its cloud computing operating system. The search engine required potential users to sell copyrighted resources based on an honor system. If any copyright complaints were filed, the use of related electronic resources will be stopped, Baidu said...

Cisco and NetApp Readying New, Cloudier Flexpods

Grazed from Datamation.  Author: Pedro Hernandez.

Cisco and NetApp celebrated their three-year FlexPod partnership by teasing the cloud-enabled upgrades that that companies have planned for the platform.  In a brief statement, the companies said that they are preparing "several technology enhancements to better enable IT and service providers to become cloud providers." FlexPod is an integrated system offering (compute, storage and networking) meant to speed IT infrastructure deployment and configuration in enterprise computing environments.

Their joint FlexPod solutions have caught the attention of data center operators, according to Marcus Phipps, senior manager of Data Center Solutions Marketing for Cisco. He noted in a blog post that during the past three years, "we've experienced some tremendous growth, more than doubling new installations year-over-year, and now we have more than 3,000 customers globally."...

Renovo Launches Cloudfyi, Its Cloud Based Financial Reporting Solution

Grazed from Renovo.  Author: PR Announcement.

Renovo Corporation, a leading provider of financial reporting solutions, announced the launch of Cloudfyi, the cloud version of its successful on-premises financial reporting software, Renovofyi. The addition of Cloudfyi to Renovo's product suite expands the company’s market reach as well as the range of offerings for clients.

"We are proud as a leader in financial reporting to be the first company to launch an independent financial report writer for the cloud. Cloud computing is rapidly becoming a reality and is driven by a desire to significantly improve business and IT agility. With our Cloudfyi release, companies will be able to quickly produce financial statements and provide the supporting details that managers need to more effectively run their businesses, without installing any hardware or software. Our vision is to leverage the latest technology innovations with our world class financial reporting solutions to help businesses of all sizes increase productivity and lower IT cost," said Renovo President, Maureen Okerstrom...

How Cloud Computing Can Save Us From The Zombie Apocalypse

Grazed from CloudTP.  Author: David Linthicum.

Let’s face it, there are two things that will occur shortly: The movement to cloud computing, and the rise of the dead. Here’s how one will save us from the other.  It’s just a matter of time before we migrate many of our existing IT assets to public cloud-based systems. However, it’s also just a matter of time before the dead rise from the grave and attempt to eat our brains. Yes, I’m saying that the “Walking Dead” could be a documentary.

Of course the first thing we ask ourselves as walking corpses are making their way to our office building is, “How can the migration to the cloud save us from forever roaming the earth as zombies?” Here are some guidelines that should keep you safe in case of the zombie apocalypse:...

Swisscom builds 'Swiss Cloud' as spying storm rages

Grazed from Chicago Tribune.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Swisscom is building a "Swiss Cloud" that could loosen the grip of U.S. technology giants and attract foreign companies looking for a way to shield sensitive data from the prying eyes of foreign intelligence services.  Companies are increasingly turning to cloud computing - an umbrella term for technology services such as email and business software offered remotely via the Internet instead of on-site - to cut costs and add flexibility to their IT departments.

But revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) secretly gathered user data from nine big U.S. tech companies including Google, Apple and Facebook has demonstrated that privacy for users of cloud services can be compromised, and some suggest customers could seek out alternatives to the dominant U.S. providers to try and protect sensitive information...

Cloud Computing: Salesforce.com Launches $1 Million Hackathon

Grazed from TopTechNews.  Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

Hackathons are making headlines these days but one cloud provider’s contest is coming with the largest single hackathon bounty ever. Salesforce.com is turning heads with a $1 million #salesforcehack during its Dreamforce event.  Here’s the deal: Developers will create the next killer mobile app on the Salesforce Platform for a chance to win a cool $1 million.

Salesforce has noticed a trend: with social networks rising -- and with the simultaneous proliferation of mobile devices -- developers are looking to capitalize on the potentially lucrative technology shift to create a new class of enterprise apps...

Telecom wins govt cloud-computing work

Grazed from Stuff.co.nz.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Telecom says it has been selected to provide cloud-based desktop computing solutions to government agencies, alongside Datacom and Japanese-owned companies Dimension Data and Fujitsu.  However, that has not been confirmed by the Internal Affairs Department, which said it was still negotiating with a "fourth" supplier.

United States technology giants IBM and Hewlett-Packard could not immediately be reached for comment on whether they had sought places on the all-of-government supply panel or still hoped to be included.  Government chief information officer Colin MacDonald said the successful suppliers would supply "virtual desktops" to government agencies...

Clouds tipped to suck up IT spend

Grazed from WhaTech.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The use of cloud computing is growing and by 2016 will account for become the bulk of new IT spend, according to Gartner. “2016 will be a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017,” Gartner says.

Gartner expects cloud services revenue in Australia to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.3 percent from 2012 to 2017 across all segments of the cloud computing market. It expects software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to have even higher growth rates, 23.6 percent and 24.5 percent respectively...

Mobile Strategies, Cloud Computing and the Role of Speed and Agility

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Kevin Benedict.

In our world of near ubiquitous connectivity the competitive arena in many industries has moved from the physical to the digital, and from the tempo-of-old, to the tempo-of-the-new. The word tempo means the rate or pace of activity (aka. business operations). Any IT decision that gets made today should consider how different options and choices will impact today's and future's tempo of operations. Can and will the solution you choose support tomorrow's required tempo of business?

In many countries in Latin America new and emerging e-invoicing requirements have been passed by national tax authorities. In some countries today, the seller of a product needs to electronically record an sale/invoice (in real-time) with the tax authority before a product can be delivered. The tax authority issues a real-time unique transaction code to be attached to the invoice number. Once the product is delivered the buyer electronically acknowledges receipt (in real-time) with the national tax authority and the process is closed and documented with the tax authority. If a product is found to be sold and delivered outside of this real-time electronic reporting system, stiff penalties will be applied...

Cloudyn puts Managed Service Providers back in the Cloud Game

Grazed from PR NewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Cloudyn, the leading cloud cost analytics and optimization company, has released a new platform called Cloudyn MSP that enables Managed Service Providers to create new revenue stream, increase profit margin and round-out their cloud offerings.

MSPs, including system integrators and cloud resellers can easily visualize cost, usage and saving opportunities across all customers. Cloudyn's offering also enables accurate cost allocation and calculation of profit margins for each and every customer. While MSPs currently control about 15% of on-premise business IT, enterprises are rapidly moving to the cloud, and MSPs are seeking new ways to stay relevant. Cloudyn's monitoring and optimization tools enable them to be the cloud hero for their customers...