January 2014

Cloud Wars In 2014: Amazon Versus Google And Other Follies

Grazed from ReadWrite.  Author: Sharon Wagner.

When we look at the future of cloud, we have to consider the current business trajectory. It’s clear to me that the three most consumed cloud resources are compute, database and storage—they account for about 80% of the average business customer’s monthly cloud bill.

Given the fact that these three components are the basic foundations for any cloud application, it should come as no surprise that most cloud vendors expect to continue to invest in these domains in 2014...

Cloud Computing: The Threat From Within - When Mobile Imperils Your Business' Security

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Jamie Wadell.

Whilst the benefits of today’s online technologies are vast and varied, it’s nearly impossible for a novice to grasp the full extent of the online threats we expose ourselves to on a daily basis. According to a security survey by Fortinet’s, the levels of ignorance to more complex hazards is dangerously high.

Whether caused by inadequate safety measures or human error, enough leaks and security breaches have been reported in the news to make us wonder just how vulnerable our data really is. The evolution of cloud computing and the boom in tablet and smartphone sales leaves little room for doubt: the remote access phenomenon is moving ahead full steam...

2014 Forecast for Cloud Computing

Grazed from IDG News.  Author: Sharon Florentine.

Thanks to cloud computing along with other disruptive technologies such as mobility, M2M and big data analytics, workers will have more and better information at their fingertips, allowing them to make smarter decisions faster in 2014.

"We are experiencing the democratization of enterprise technology," says David Small, chief platform officer of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "Mirroring what has happened in consumer technology, enterprise technology users look for services to be delivered on demand, to a time and place of their choosing and in the way that they want. In 2014, enterprise success will be measured by how well organizations are able to use technology to meet user expectations and harness individual innovation."...

When cloud computing is just computing

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: David Linthicum.

According to Midsize Insider (an IBM publication), “The term ‘cloud’ has been an IT catchphrase for a short period although the types of services that define this technology have been in use for some time. This kind of computing may already be mainstream and no longer have the need for a catchphrase.”

This is something I’ve been saying for awhile, that the term ‘cloud’ will eventually bake out of cloud computing and it will be just another model for computing.  Much like other technologies that came along in the past, it just becomes a part of our architectural arsenal.  The term “cloud” always seemed buzz-wordy to me.  Indeed, we called it other things before the term “cloud” stuck, including on-demand, Web 2.0, Internet-hosted, etc., but I’m not sure those are any better...

Corelynx Successfully Implements Its Open Cloud Architecture Based on OpenStack

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

Corelynx has announced that all its cloud services and software will be based on Open Stack powered open cloud architecture. Open cloud architecture will benefit both Corelynx, and its customers. Corelynx will gain from the unparalleled innovation found in open source communities along with the vibrant ecosystem of ISV partners that grow from these open standards initiatives. The customers will benefit from the ability to leverage the open source and open standards APIs and to extend them—either through third-party capability or through innovation and extension of their own.

Corelynx and OpenStack

OpenStack is the largest active open source, cloud project community in the world with 189+ organizations and 9,100+ individuals participating. This huge global collaboration of developers and technologists are working to produce a ubiquitous Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) open source cloud computing platform...

Microsoft enhances cloud OS offerings

Grazed from CIOL. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft recently announced a wave of new enterprise products and services to help companies seize the opportunities of cloud computing and overcome today's top IT challenges. New Windows Server, System Center, Visual Studio, Windows Azure, Windows Intune, SQL Server, and Dynamics solutions will accelerate cloud benefits for customers. Complementing many services, these new offerings deliver on Microsoft's enterprise cloud strategy.

Hybrid infrastructure and modern applications

To help customers build IT infrastructure that delivers continuous services and applications across clouds, Microsoft has released Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2. Together, these new products empower companies to create datacenters without boundaries using Hyper-V for high-scale virtualization; high-performance storage at dramatically lower costs; built-in, software-defined networking; and hybrid business continuity...

2014 Will Be A Big Year For Desktop-as-a-Service

Grazed from BizTech2. Author: Editorial Staff.

Scott Davis, CTO for VMware’s End User Computing B.U. shares his vision for technology in 2014. “I think we will see a growing realisation that mobile app to cloud services is the key distributed application construct to focus on. That means less focus on securing and managing physical devices, as well as less reliance on VPNs and the corporate LAN itself since it is becoming a less significant boundary. There will be a greater focus on app to cloud service security technologies. I think we will see more embracing of mobile/cloud applications in our day to day lives. The apps on your phone will become the brains for your car’s navigation and audio systems, and the car dashboard becomes just the display technology,” says Davis.

As part of this broader movement to the mobile/cloud, he predicts 2014 will be a big year for Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) aka Windows-as-a-Service. With users demanding greater mobility and access while IT departments look for ways to reduce TCO of enterprise desktops, DaaS is an ideal approach for enabling/delivering access to business critical Windows applications for mobile users in a cost effective manner...

Carbonite Revamps Cloud Offerings, Plans Backup Appliance

Grazed from The Var Guy. Author: Charlene OHanlon.

Cloud backup provider Carbonite (CARB) is streamlining its lineup of services offerings to better meet the needs of its solution provider partners and their customers.? The company is doing away with its current five-plan menu of services and is now categorizing its plans into three core areas: Personal, Pro and Server, said David Hauser, senior director at Carbonite.

The move coincides with what the market needs and how the market is purchasing new cloud services, he noted. “What we found out with our current structure is people have different needs—some SOHOs have a personal need for backup, while some just want to do servers,” he said. “These better align with what the market is asking for.”...

Privacy On Public Clouds - Five Issues You Must Know About

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Manoj Tiwari.

Cloud computing is everywhere and presents a compelling value proposition for its end users. However issues like privacy and security still are grey areas when it comes to public clouds. Here presented are five issues one must be aware of:

1. You own the data and hence the responsibility CSP

Many cloud users do not know the answer to this question – Who owns my personal information once I upload it on the Cloud Service Provider’s (CSP) server? Most public cloud service providers recognize that the user retains ownership of data once it is uploaded. (e.g. https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms) This also means that you have decided to trust the CSP with handling of your data. The CSP may have some responsibility for handling the information safely but not all. You may choose a different service provider or choose not to put particular data on cloud altogether. But the buck stops at you are responsible for the data you put up there...

The 8 Commandments of Cloud Security

Grazed from CloudComputingTopics. Author: Editorial Staff.

Did you know that more than half of American companies have converted to the cloud? No one can deny the benefits of cloud computing, but security issues are still a concern for many. Since the days of PRISM, surveillance controlled by the NSA, Americans have been acutely aware that their data is being tracked. Cyber-crime mimicking “Big Brother” has reached new levels when it comes to the security of your data and communications.

Are You Securing Your Cloud In The Right Manner?

Cloud Computing is not just about securing a good cloud service provider; it’s about ensuring that your data and communications are secure. Gaining confidence and trust in your cloud service provider (CSP) is just a mere aspect of cloud security. Here’s a look at eight commandments every company should follow to ensure the security of your cloud no matter what region...

Cloud vendors must meet federal security standards by June

Grazed from FederalTimes. Author: Nichole Blake Johnson.

The June deadline is quickly approaching for cloud providers to prove their services meet federal security standards. Meanwhile, agencies are being advised to inventory whether their cloud contractors have made the cut. The deadline isn’t that far off considering it can take a company six months to complete the government’s security cloud program, known as FedRAMP. Cloud services in use at federal agencies must meet FedRAMP security requirements by June 5.

“If agencies have cloud providers that have not been accredited they should contact my office and ask if they are in the pipeline,” said Maria Roat with the General Services Administration. Roat, who serves as FedRAMP director, spoke last month at the Federal Cloud Computing Summit in Washington...

Cloud Computing: 2014 Will Be a Big Year For IBM

Grazed from MotelyFool.  Author: Timothy Green.

2013 has not been kind to IT giant IBM . The company's stock has been declining since hitting highs last March, with disappointing earnings and a collapse of the hardware business in emerging markets largely to blame. IBM was the only stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average to decline in 2013, even after a significant end-of-year surge.

2014 will be a year of challenges for IBM, but the company should continue to make progress toward its long-term goals. Hewlett-Packard managed to win some market share from IBM in the server business in 2013, and the general trend toward cloud computing will continue to pressure IBM's hardware business and the server industry as a whole. Meanwhile, Amazon's aggressive expansion of its cloud services has put IBM in the position of playing catch up, with at least one high-profile private cloud contract going to the retail giant instead of Big Blue in 2013. There's certainly plenty to worry about going forward for IBM, but many of these worries seem overdone...

Cloud computing biggest IT trend in 2013 ahead of PRISM and big data

Grazed from V3.co.uk.  Author: Michael Passingham.

Cloud computing remained the main force for change for V3's readership of IT professionals, with four-fifths of voters in our end of 2013 poll citing the cloud as having had the most impact on business technology over the last 12 months.  Off-site services dominated proceedings, receiving 78 percent of the vote. In recent years cloud has become a ubiquitous term for all off-premises services which cover almost every element of the business technology landscape, so it is no surprise IT chiefs continue to rate its significance.

Issues surrounding cost and security, which have so often been the key reasons to avoid cloud computing, are beginning to fade away as data centres powering cloud services become ever more efficient and even governments begin to take some of their private data off-site.  More than $100bn will be spent on cloud computing services in 2014, according to IDC, making up five percent of the predicted global IT spend of $20tn, further proving its worth...

Personal Cloud Storage Accounts Total One Billion In 2013, Generating 685 Petabytes

Grazed from BizTech2.  Author: Editorial Staff.

ABI Research forecasts that the active accounts associated with personal cloud storage services will exceed 1 billion at the end of 2013, nearly twice as many as a year ago. Over the next five years the global account base will more than triple, reaching 3.61 billion by the end of 2018. In the meantime, the aggregated data storage utilised by personal cloud services is expected to increase from 685 petabytes in 2013 to 3,520 petabytes in 2018.

Senior analyst Aapo Markkanen comments, “Various factors are contributing to the rapidly increasing personal cloud uptake, including the consumerisation of enterprise IT and multiple device ownership. For storage needs, the most far-reaching driver is the expansion and improvement of camera technologies. In particular, cameras embedded in smartphones have generated large amounts of high-resolution image and video content. This trend toward ubiquitous cameras is only set to intensify, as camera capabilities gain traction in wearable computing and the Internet of Things.”...

The private cloud is giving way to the public cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

Private clouds were the right solution for many enterprises that wanted to realize the value of cloud services without actually moving to a public cloud. However, from what I can see, the trend now appears to moving to deployments on public or hybrid cloud models.  Gartner seems to agree. Michael Warrilow, a research director at Gartner, says more enterprises will look to use public and hybrid cloud models in 2014 as they realize "it's impossible to private-cloud everything."

Although a private cloud is indeed a solid and viable architectural option, it's typically overused. Enterprises that want to maintain control of their hardware and software see the private cloud as an option to help them kick the cloud can farther down the road. They can claim to have a cloud, but that cloud looks like the other systems lying around the data center. Moreover, the cost is about the same or more than traditional systems...

Beware the geopolitically dis-integrated clean cloud

Grazed from ComputerWeekly.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

Developers should take note of the more evolved and complex nature of cloud computing environments in the wider sphere of total computing ecosystems -- so much so that they should consider cloud as sometimes, more than just "simple" software application development processing and storage capacity capabilities supplied as a service.

Sometimes, a cloud is not just a cloud.  Now we also have to consider the fact that a cloud can be a Geopolitical Cloud.  SAP cloud computing evangelist Sven Denecken reminds us that in China you need a local Chinese cloud and that, unfortunately, security and data protection concerns have accelerated the geopolitical discussion around cloud datacentre location dramatically in recent times...

InterCloud Acquires Integration Partners-NY

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Chris Talbot.

InterCloud Systems, a Red Bank, N.J.-based IT and telecom solutions provider, is adding to its growing cloud portfolio through the acquisition of Integration Partners-NY (IPC-NY).  The two companies serve similar markets—enterprises and services providers. InterCloud already has a cloud practice, serving its customers by providing cloud platforms and professional services wrapped around those platforms. By acquiring IPC-NY, InterCloud is expecting to add to its portfolio of cloud and managed services.

Through IPC-NY, InterCloud plans to further its distribution of its cloud platforms to both new and existing customers. According to InterCloud, IPC-NY has grown rapidly over the last five years, with 2013 revenue of $25 million...

Cloud over National Security Agency uber-computer

Grazed from TheAustralian.  Author: Editorial Staff.

THE National Security Agency is making strides towards building a "quantum computer" that could break nearly any kind of encryption, The Washington Post has reported.  The Post said leaked documents from fugitive ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden indicated the "cryptologically useful computer" would allow the secret intelligence agency to break encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world.

Quantum computing has been a goal among commercial firms such as IBM because it could exponentially increase the speed and security of computers and other devices...

Google Ventures backs DNAnexus' $15M round for R&D cloud platform

Grazed from FierceBioTech.  Author: John Carroll.

Google Ventures has joined a group of investors seeding DNAnexus' cloud-computing services for biomedical researchers with a $15 million C round.  Mountain View, CA-based DNAnexus bills itself as a centralized hub for sorting through the virtual mountain of genetic data that is being generated, working with researchers hunting down the causes of complex diseases in search of new therapies. That's right down Google Ventures' alley. The round was also backed by Claremont Creek Ventures, TPG Biotech, and First Round Capital.

Just weeks ago DNAnexus joined with Amazon ($AMZN) and Baylor College of Medicine to update researchers on a huge sequencing program aimed at understanding the genetics involved in heart disease and aging. Hundreds of scientists have sequenced thousands of genomes and exomes, creating 430 terabytes of data, which the consortium provides tools and cloud services to analyze in search of the genetic causes of diseases...

Best- And Worst-Performing Cloud Computing Stocks Of 2013

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Louis Columbus.

The five highest performing cloud computing stocks year-to-date on the Cloud Computing Index are Qualys (NASDAQ: QYLS), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), NetSuite (NYSE:N), Workday (NYSE:WDAY) and CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA).

A $10K investment in Workday shares made on January 4th of last year is worth $15,802 as of market close yesterday, and $10K invested in Qualys shares are worth $15,421 for the same time period. Included in the comparison is the annualized gain or loss and total gain or loss of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP shares for the same time period...