December 2013

PRISM Break: Cloud storage firms increase security to attract enterprise customers

Grazed from VR-Zone.  Author: J. Angelo Racoma.

With the prospect of government taking a peek into online data and communications, cloud service providers are kicking up security a notch to ensure privacy for clients. Will this be enough to prevent Big Brother from watching?

Businesses that have at least some reliance on cloud computing in order to share and store some of their most important documents may have a few reasons to feel unnerved about who can and cannot access them. The main cause of anxiety for many enterprises, particularly those in the US, is the potentially frightening prospect of government-sponsored snooping...

UK risks falling behind others as businesses admit data protection and regulation issues are delaying cloud adoption

Grazed from ITProPortal.  Author: Wayne Scott.

In this video, Tom Salkield, Director of Professional Services at NTT Com Security outlines the key findings of a new research report commissioned by NTT Com Security.

NTT Com Security's global research covered 700 organisations in the UK, USA / Canada, Germany, Nordics, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. The study shows that while over a third (36 per cent) of UK companies have adopted cloud in the last one to two years, almost a quarter (22 per cent) have yet to adopt cloud technology. This is compared to an average of 14 per cent globally...

10 Traits Of Highly Effective Cloud Leaders

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe MCKendrick.

With the growing adoption of cloud computing comes a new class of leaders. They come from both IT and the business side of their organizations. They understand and are comfortable with the notion of bringing in new types of solutions to address business problems, as well as to super-charge innovation. At the same time, they understand the needs of the business, and are capable of communicating with and listening to business users from across the spectrum.

What does it take to bring about these special traits? The move to cloud is fraught with potential cost overruns, dashed expectations, data loss, and ham-handed attempts to quash “unsanctioned” projects. Highly effective cloud leaders need to know how to deftly navigate these shoals, and move cloud efforts forward. Here are 10 qualities that help define highly effective cloud leaders in this new era, who are moving their organizations forward. Highly effective cloud leaders:..

Eyes on the cloud: Six predictions for 2014

Grazed from HelpNetSecurity. Author: Kent Landry.

As we head into 2014, people in the cloud virtualization industry begin to wonder exactly what to expect from the technology in the New Year. We’ve seen some interesting and exciting developments emerge recently, including advancements in software-defined networking, explosions in cloud consumerization applications like Dropbox, and such instrumentation innovations as the “smart house”—an automated home that connects your thermostat, smoke detector, alarm system, appliances, and lighting to the Internet, giving you complete remote access and connectivity—the Internet of Things.

After nearly five years in the cloud industry, I’ve made many predictions for different technologies, but I’m particularly excited about what’s in store for the cloud. As we’ve seen in 2013, cloud computing has really changed the way business is done, bringing a whole new level of transparency and accountability to the customer experience...

LiquidFrameworks, Inc. Named a 2013 UP-START Cloud Awards Finalist

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

LiquidFrameworks, a leading provider of mobile field operations management solutions for companies in the oilfield, industrial, and environmental industries, today announced that it was named as one of three finalists for the 2013 UP-START Cloud Award for the Best Mobile Solution category. LiquidFrameworks was recognized for changing the way companies in the oil and gas, industrial, and environmental services industries manage their mobile field operations. Their FieldFX product suite is a complete mobile field operations management solution that empowers companies with the ability to organize and manage jobs, quotes, field tickets, equipment, contracts, price books, and labor, along with customer-specific electronic forms.

The UP-START Award finalists are disruptive and next-generation cloud computing companies, who are defining cloud technology and were selected by cloud industry experts during a 2-stage open vote, will present their solutions to attendees of the UP Cloud Computing Conference in Santa Clara on December 3, 2013, where the final round of voting will commence...

We should replace the word 'cloud' with 'somebody else's computer', says security expert

Grazed from Computing.co.uk. Author: Danny Palmer.

Replacing all instances of the word "cloud" with "somebody else's computer" might make organisations stop and think about the security implications of cloud computing. That's according to computer security expert Graham Cluley. He believes the "trendy" use of the word "cloud" has been responsible for a certain carelessness by organisations as they ship their data off to cloud providers without properly considering how sensitive data could be vulnerable if stored this way, especially if it isn't encrypted.

"You need to encrypt your data. Nobody used to use the word cloud - we all used to say "internet" but now it's trendy to say cloud," Cluley told Computing. "I'd like to suggest a new phrase so that every time we say cloud we say 'somebody else's computer'."  Thinking about it in those terms, Cluley argued, would logically lead to IT professionals thinking a little harder about where and how they store data, especially if it is of a sensitive nature...

Cloud Computing Boosts The Economy

Grazed from HostReview. Author: PR Announcement.

Cloud computing is the most effective means for small, medium and large enterprises in reducing their IT cost. Not only does it eliminate most of the infrastructure CapEx because it eliminates the need to buy servers any more, even the total operating cost of running the infrastructure is significantly lower. The benefits apply both to start-ups and to established organizations. Had it not been for the Cloud, Instagram could never have gone from zero to 100 million active users in less than 18 months; the infrastructure scale-up challenges, not to mention the capital investment in hardware, would have curtailed such growth to a minor percentage of what actually transpired.

Thus Cloud Computing is undoubtedly a great boon for companies everywhere, and, therefore, a boost for the world economy. In a recent interview with bodHOST’s CEO Probal DasGupta, he recalled the Instagram growth, and its $1 billion acquisition by FaceBook; and, compared it to the mere $35 million paid by Yahoo for a similar service, Flickr, in 2005. One factor that might have played in Instagram’s favor was access to more advanced Cloud technology...

Akamai buys Prolexic to boost cloud computing security

Grazed from V3.co.uk. Author: Daniel Robinson.

Akamai Technologies has announced its intention to acquire security firm Prolexic Technologies in order to offer customers using its cloud platform protection against cyber attack from the internet. The acquisition, which is expected to close in the first half of 2014, will see Akamai purchase all of the outstanding equity of Prolexic in exchange for a cash payment of approximately $370 million. The buyout is subject to the usual conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Akamai, which operates a cloud-based content delivery network with a global presence, said the move will enable it to provide customers with a comprehensive portfolio of security solutions to defend their web and IP infrastructure against application-layer, network-layer and data centre attacks...

Flexiant: Service Providers Struggling with Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Revenue generated from public cloud is estimated to grow to upwards of $107 billion by 2017, but according to the head honchos at Flexiant, there's an apathy running through the services provider world. Although plenty of services providers have caught the cloud bug already, Flexiant's leaders noted in a discussion with Talkin' Cloud that many still don't "get" the cloud and how they fit into the market.

Flexiant focuses on helping services providers with orchestration software they can use to run a public cloud and increase revenue, but George Knox, Flexiant's CEO, said many firms don't yet understand the mindset of deploying and selling cloud services. That lack of understanding crosses all types of services providers—from managed services providers to telcos...

SimpleScan Delivers Cloud-Based Faxing Service

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Document Capture Technologies (OTCQB: DCMT), an innovator in cloud-based document management and productivity solutions for small businesses, today launched a fax service that allows documents to be sent from a computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection. SimpleScan now turns a smart phone or desktop scanner into a virtual fax machine that transmits digitized documents to any fax number.

"Eliminate the time, cost and hassle of faxing documents on the go," said Karl Etzel, COO, Document Capture Technologies. "The inclusion of fax in SimpleScan Connect's suite of document management services is one more way we enable small business productivity and efficiency, especially for those who send faxes infrequently."...

AMD chief executive discusses the how the chip manufacturer is embracing the cloud

Grazed from The Washington Post. Author: Mohana Ravindranath.

Since its founding in 1969, chip manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices, has produced the chips powering machines from IBM’s PCs in the 1980’s to Microsoft’s recently released Xbox One. Today AMD is eager to branch out into cloud services, as business begins to expand beyond desktop computing. In October, Verizon selected AMD’s microprocessor to power some of its Internet-based cloud computing and cloud storage offerings.

In a conversation with The Washington Post, AMD chief executive Rory Read discussed how cloud computing creates opportunities for the company in both consumer and government markets. When data was stored on local servers, AMD was focused on how to process and display it on one particular device, Read said. “Now with the cloud, you have to be able to set all of that graphics and display [on any device].”...

Zadara Storage Expands North American Channels With Two New Members of the Zadara Integration Partner Program (ZIPP)

Grazed from Zadara Storage.  Author: PR Announcement
 

Zadara Storage, provider of enterprise-class private cloud storage by the hour, today announced that it has further expanded North American channel availability of its award-winning Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) enterprise Storage as a Service (STaaS) offering by naming two new members of its Zadara Integration Partner Program (ZIPP). Capella Telecommunications Inc., a value-added reseller to Canada’s telecommunications industry, and SoftNet Solutions, a solutions provider specializing in high performance enterprise computing applications, will be able to provide their customers with the option of accessing data center-grade SAN and NAS features to support Tier 1 primary storage for low latency, high IOPS applications - affordably, with a monthly payment option, and without the downsides of traditional enterprise storage.

Salesforce Announces the Launch of Its Innovative Cloud Computing Platform Called 'Salesforce1'

Grazed from GreatResponder. Author: Maria Dehn.

The CEO of Salesforce Marc Benioff announced one of the most ambitious cloud computing based platform of the company last week. He unleashed the innovative and highly capable cloud platform during the IT event of the company “Dreamforce” in San Franscisco. He termed the platform as the most promising, futuristic and ideal for the integrated approach for customers to experience the internet of customers on a single platform.

Explaining the features and capabilities of this cloud platform, Benioff said, “This platform is very suitable for the developers for mobile, social and cloud applications – and we have strived to provide the best way to interact with the customers the way they deserve to be interacted.” He further said that mobile applications are a bit difficult to build but this new generation platform makes it more convenient for the developers. He further pointed out that they have assessed the way to connect with the customers very delicately and developed this platform as a complete and consolidated solution to connect the customers entirely new way...

Public Cloud Usage Will Become Universal

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Shawn Drew.

The public cloud, and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions in particular, may have developed a proven track record over the past few years, but that has not led to universal business adoption as some had predicted. All that could be about to change, however, in light of a new survey that shows more and more businesses are ready to take the plunge into the cloud. IT managers at midsize businesses need to be cognizant of this fact in order to keep their departments up to date and their companies a step ahead of the competition.

Cloud Computing and IaaS Are Mainstream

The new research comes from a survey taken by Riverbed at Amazon's AWS re:Invent 2013 conference held in November. The 122 participants, all responsible for IT management or application development, were asked a number of questions regarding their company's current cloud situation...

Strategy rules when stepping into the cloud

Grazed from WhaTech. Author: Ed Rooney.

With all the talk about cloud computing, many businesses leaders are left wondering which approach is best to ensure moving to the cloud results in a successful outcome. Like anything that involves change, a prudent strategy from the outset will reduce the risk and this is no different for cloud adoption.

There is no shortage of promises made by cloud providers. Benefits like agility, speed to market and cost reduction are common talking points during cloud presentations. With the benefits of the cloud model well defined, the biggest challenge for many organisations is how to change from delivering on-premise IT to a cloud alternative...

Google Joins a Heavyweight Competition in Cloud Computing

Grazed from New York Times. Author: Quentin Hardy.

Google already runs much of the digital lives of consumers through email, Internet searches and YouTube videos. Now it wants the corporations, too. The search giant has for years been evasive about its plans for a so-called public cloud of computers and data storage that is rented to individuals and businesses. On Tuesday, however, it will announce pricing, features and performance guarantees aimed at companies ranging from start-ups to multinationals.

It is the latest salvo in an escalating battle among some of the most influential companies in technology to control corporate and government computing through public clouds. That battle, which is expected to last years and cost the competitors billions of dollars annually in material and talent, already includes Microsoft, IBM and Amazon...

New OpenNebula 4.4 Retina Bringing Simplicity to Enterprise Cloud Computing

Grazed from PR NewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Release of OpenNebula Retina with a simple but feature-rich, customizable and open solution to manage enterprise private clouds and virtualized data centers. The OpenNebula Project is excited to announce the nineteenth stable release of its widely deployed OpenNebula cloud management platform, a fully open-source solution for data center management and enterprise cloud computing. With a sysadmin-centric approach, OpenNebula is the open operating system of choice in the converged data centre, combining a powerful virtualization manager that supports traditional IT features such as fault tolerance and failover, with the dynamic provisioning, elasticity and multi-tenancy of the enterprise cloud.

OpenNebula 4.4 Retina includes support for multiple system datastores, which enables the definition of scheduling policies for storage load balancing. The monitoring subsystem has switched from a pulling mechanism to a massively scalable pushing model, being now able to monitor hundreds of thousands of VMs in a few minutes...

Evolve IP Acquires Midwest-Based Cloud Computing Company Paragrid

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Evolve IP, The Cloud Services Company, today announced that it has acquired Paragrid, an Inc. 5000 cloud services company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The strategic acquisition is part of Evolve IP's national expansion plans and complements its current presence in the Midwest market.

Founded in 2008, Paragrid is a cloud computing provider with a product set that compliments Evolve IP's current portfolio of cloud computing services. Paragrid's services, including virtual servers, managed and consulting services, disaster recovery and virtual desktops, are deployed with a national customer base that consists of corporate, healthcare, higher education and government organizations...

Datapipe Meets Enterprise Demand for HPC Cloud; Guaranteed Performance Storage Fueled by SolidFire

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Datapipe, a global provider of managed services and infrastructure for outsourced IT and cloud computing, today announced that it has selected SolidFire, the leader in all-flash storage systems for next generation data centers, as the primary storage system for its Stratosphere® Cloud platform. The Stratosphere® Cloud platform was designed to meet the increasing demands of current and prospective enterprise customers, whose businesses depend on guaranteed performance and reliability.

Datapipe's Stratosphere® Cloud platform delivers support for a wide range of customer solutions including high performance computing (HPC), managed private cloud, as well as elastic self-service public and private cloud offerings. All offerings are accessible via the Stratosphere® Cloud Management Portal or programmatically via API. Stratosphere® enables enterprises to solve complex business problems and drive new revenues using popular big data applications and NoSQL databases in a secure and predictable high performance cloud...

IDC Sees Costly Battle for Cloud Developers Ahead

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Don Clark.

An already fierce battle for primacy among cloud services will shift into a more costly phase next year, IDC predicts. To the victors go the spoils–software developers. The research firm, as a part of a broad annual year-ahead forecast being issued Tuesday, predicts that the big companies jockeying to take over more corporate computing jobs will pony up to expand their computing capacity in 2014.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see them grow their cloud data centers by 20%,” said Frank Gens, an IDC analyst who helped lead the forecasting effort. Amazon.com’s Web services unit has a head start in the field, but players like IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, VMware and Salesforce.com are jostling to catch up. Such services–part of what IDC calls the 3rd Platform market–don’t simply provide generic computing cycles, Gens said. Rather, they have assembled distinct stacks of software to help companies make Web-based applications...