February 2014

Is IBM’s $4.4 Billion Cloud Bigger Than Amazon’s? Not Quite.

Grazed from Recode.net.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Is it possible that IBM’s new cloud computing services business unit — the one that got suddenly bigger last year after the acquisition of SoftLayer — is bigger than cloud computing’s dominant player, Amazon Web Services?  It turns out that it is, but it’s not a very good comparison. It all depends on what you consider to be “the cloud.”

Let’s start with the basic numbers, which have emerged in recent days as both IBM and Amazon have reported their fourth-quarter and annual results.  If you look at IBM’s cloud business strictly by revenue, the company’s CFO Martin Schroeter disclosed on a conference call with analysts on Jan. 21 that it finished the year with $4.4 billion in cloud revenue, a 69 percent increase over the prior year...

Microsoft Plans to Cut Azure Cloud Storage Cost to Match AWS Cloud Services

Grazed from GreatResponder.  Author: Maria Dehn.

A substantial reduction in the prices of Azure cloud storage services is being implemented by Microsoft Corporation in the wake of making its cloud computing services more affordable and competitive against the cloud services giant AWS. This was announced by the software giant on Jan 28, 2014.

This announcement came after the announcement of AWS to reduce the prices of its public cloud services earlier a few days before. This cost reduction in the domain of cloud storage and other cloud computing services indicates a clear rivalry of these two giants to capture as much customer base as possible, in this domain of business...

Cisco InterCloud Champions the Hybrid Cloud

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge.  Author: John Rath.

During a busy week at the Distributech conference in San Antonio, and its own Cisco Live event in Milan, Italy – Cisco (CSCO) announced an extension of its cloud portfolio with InterCloud, and an expansion of its vision of Fog computing, to spark new innovations in the Internet of Things.

At Cisco Live, Cisco debuted its new InterCloud hybrid solution, introduced new validated designs, Cisco Services for cloud strategy, management and operations, and version 4.0 of its Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC).  “Cisco introduced the concept of the ‘World of Many Clouds’ two years ago, and since then, we and our partners have been enabling an ever-expanding world of highly secure clouds, helping organizations shape their own unique cloud journeys,” said Robert Lloyd, Cisco president of development and sales...

Parallels Named to CRN’s Top 20 Coolest Cloud Platforms and Development Vendors for 2014

Grazed from Parallels.  Author: PR Announcement.

Parallels®, a leading hosting and cloud services enablement provider, is proud to announce that the company has been named as one of the Top 20 Coolest Cloud Vendors of 2014 as part of the Cloud 100 by CRN, for the second year in a row. This annual list recognizes the most innovative cloud vendors and solutions tailored to address the cloud computing industry’s unique needs.

“Parallels offers a breakthrough platform for hosters,” industry site CRN said, citing Parallels tremendous growth of its partner channel year-over-year and more than a 400% increase in partners who use the Parallels PartnerNet portal...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft heir apparent, a UWM grad, seen as 'wise choice'

Grazed from JSOnline.  Author: Kathleen Gallagher.

As he walked into the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee computer science lab to begin his day, department chairman K. Vairavan had to wonder: Why was a sleeping bag rolled up on the floor?  The answer came quickly: Satya Nadella had left it there. The graduate student had spent the last few nights sleeping in the lab on the seventh floor of UWM's engineering and math sciences building so he could spend more time on his research.

More than two decades later, the UWM graduate is widely believed to be next in line to head one of the world's largest and best-known companies: Microsoft Corp.  Nadella, now the company's enterprise and cloud computing boss, could be named as early as Monday to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's third chief executive officer. If he is tapped for the job, it will end months of Wall Street speculation and produce bragging rights for his local alma mater...

IT Technology Trends 2014: Fiber Internet, Cloud Computing

Grazed from PacketWorks.  Author: Editorial Staff.

As 2014 dawns, so does fresh technology, and new innovation. Advances in internet technology should allow for drastically faster internet connections. Advances in wireless technology will potentially make Ethernet a thing of the past. Lastly, advances in cloud technology, specifically cloud storage and cloud processing, should become more mainstream to the general public.

Internet Technology

Fiber internet is the latest major innovation in internet speed. Internet speed is something that has seen little innovation since broadband came onto the scene in the year 2000.  2014 is looking to change that, and become the largest speed increase since the introduction of broadband internet: Fiber internet. Click here for more information...

5 Tools for Sharing Information via Cloud Computing

Grazed from SelectBizMarketing.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Over the past few years, some exciting tools have been developed to take your business into the cloud and allow you to share information without a long string of email correspondence. This is also known as cloud computing and can be a great way to streamline your business tasks, helping your company to be more profitable.

Below you will find a few of our favorites and what we like about them. Not everyone is ready for cloud computing, but it will become more secure and cost effective over time.  Cloud Computing offers you the opportunity to run your business from remote locations, access data from multiple devices and in many cases, can save you significant dollars on hardware and IT expenses...

TELUS opens $75 million next-generation cloud computing data centre in BC

Grazed from FierceTelecom. Author: Editorial Staff.

Today, TELUS officially opened its state-of-the-art Internet Data Centre in Kamloops. One of eight TELUS Internet Data Centres across Canada, the Kamloops Internet Data Centre will serve as the foundation of TELUS' next-generation cloud computing services for thousands of Canadian businesses. Designed to be scalable, the centre has the capacity to increase its physical footprint and information storage capacity to meet the expanding information technology needs of clients well into the future.

TELUS invested $75 million to build the centre, creating 200 local construction jobs. The centre has created 75 permanent Canadian jobs, 25 of them in Kamloops. This significant investment is part of $3 billion in infrastructure and facilities upgrades TELUS is making across British Columbia from 2012 through 2014 and builds upon the $29 billion TELUS has already invested in operations and technology throughout the province since 2000...

IBM develops cloud migration software to eliminate vendor lock-in

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Editorial Staff.

IBM scientists have developed a software toolkit, which enables storage systems to access and use third-party private and/or public clouds for data migration, backup or file sharing which is directly addressing cloud-adoption related concerns about security, reliability and vendor lock-in.

IBM inventors have developed new cloud storage software that provides a simple interface for clients to dynamically migrate data across multiple clouds, while keeping it confidential and secure.Today, clients across all industries, including banks, retailers and government, are embracing cloud computing to drive business innovation and growth, but underlying concerns about security, reliability and vendor lock-in have inhibited widespread cloud adoption...

Bonsai Cloud Solutions Sets Industry Standard for Unlimited Online Backup and Online File Sharing

Grazed from PR NewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Bonsai Cloud Solutions is your answer to online backup and online file storage. They provide an all round great service and product within the UK, providing unlimited file storage backup, dedicated online drives for remarkably easy-to-use syncing and sharing features. They are also approaching the Business market with a brilliant service that offers businesses, the ability to create internal collaboration projects. All this is available on Apple and Windows computers, plus Apple and Android mobile devices. Any other device can access all the great features through the beautiful web portal that each user gets.

Everyone wants the high level of importance and better support you get as a business customer, for the service you use at home, Bonsai Cloud Solutions does exactly that, every customer for them is their most important customer. As they provide business solutions along side home solutions, they are well aware of the quintessential factors that every user wants in a great service and product...

Bloombase to Partner With VMware for Its TAP Cloud Computing Program

Grazed from GreatResponder. Author: Maria Dehn.

The Bloombase data security company has aggressively passed through the technology lane from physical security to virtual data centers and then, from big data to the cloud computing technology. The company announced on this weekend on Jan 31, 2014 that it is going to join the Technology Alliance Partner Program initiated by VMware Company. This program is designed to provide the innovative and cutting edge cloud computing and virtualization solutions to the customers in IT industry.

This announcement by Bloombase may augur well VMware’s ambitious program to lead the marketplace with the most innovative solutions in the industry. Bloombase has successfully proved its strength in the domain of data security in all big sectors of the information technology such as – big data, virtual data centers and cloud computing...

Nuix Demonstrates Continued Innovation with Cloud eDiscovery Capabilities on Office 365 and Other Hosted Platforms

Grazed from Nuix. Author: PR Announcement.

Nuix, a worldwide provider of information management technologies, today announced it has developed the ability to apply massive eDiscovery processing power on demand by adapting the Nuix Engine for popular cloud computing infrastructures. Nuix continues to invest in innovation and product development, now enabling customers to meet court deadlines by conducting rapid, large-scale eDiscovery indexing, searching, case assessment and export in the cloud. Crucially, processing can take place within cloud environments such as Microsoft Office 365, without having to move it or download it behind the firewall.

“I have been saying for many years that as more organizations move their data to the cloud, it will become essential to conduct eDiscovery and investigative search in the cloud, alongside the data,” said attorney and forensic technologist Craig Ball. “Nuix remains ahead of the game in building the next-generation tools the legal industry needs now and will need in the future.”...

InterCloud to Acquire RentVM, Inc.

Grazed from GlobalNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

InterCloud Systems, Inc, a single-source provider of end-to end IT and next generation network solutions to the service provider and corporate enterprise markets through cloud platforms and professional services, announced today the impending acquisition of RentVM, Inc.. RentVM expands InterCloud's cloud and managed services capabilities by providing InterCloud an SDDC (Software Defined Data Center) platform to offer enterprise-grade cloud computing solutions.

RentVM's platform provides self-service portal that allows for auto, on demand provisioning of Cloud assets through a hierarchy system supported by enterprise level security and offering clients a streamlined process to virtualize existing infrastructure and integrate to cloud solutions. This Cloud orchestration system includes a software defined network (SDN) management tool that allows for quicker time to market for IT teams orchestrating growth in IT environments globally...

The power of on-demand, and the reason cloud providers don't like it

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Dr. Owen Rogers.

IT vendors had a golden age before the invention of the cloud. It was essentially a risk-free implementation. Customers required a product, sales would propose a solution to which the customer would sign and commit, the customer would pay upfront, the vendor would start manufacturing, and eventually the solution would be delivered to the customer. Once delivered, it was unlikely the customer would suddenly drop the technology, and move on to something else.

At every step of this journey the vendor took steps to prevent its risk. The contract was negotiated per customer, thereby ensuring the deal was profitable. The customer paid upfront so the vendor didn’t need to borrow money or risk the customer defaulting on a debt. The contract commitment was made beforehand, so the customer took the risk that the solution might not be used...

Red Hat's Love-Hate Affair With The Cloud

Grazed from ReadWrite. Author: Editorial Staff.

Among the several reasons for Red Hat to embrace CentOS, its erstwhile copycatting nemesis, one explanation has largely been overlooked: The cloud made them do it. More specifically, OpenStack made them do it. Red Hat had all but sewn up the market for Linux in the data center. But in the cloud, the market for Linux is both wide open—and perhaps nonexistent.

OpenStack Loves Freedom

OpenStack polls its user base every few months to see which technologies are popular on the open-source cloud platform. The most recent results from October show strong adoption for Ubuntu and CentOS, and very little for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL):...

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Spreading data across the hybrid cloud: What goes where?

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Del Lunn.

The term hybrid cloud is used to refer to a combination of public and private clouds that are tailored to suit an organisation's specific business needs. As a minimum, a single private cloud and single public cloud are all that are required to create a hybrid cloud computing platform. However, organisations can always combine multiple private and public clouds to suit the business' requirements.

A public cloud enables organisations to adopt enterprise class technologies for their environment at an affordable price point. However, security, availability, compliance, performance, portability and the cloud provider's market longevity can often be of concern. A private cloud can answer these concerns but is more expensive to deploy and operate. A hybrid cloud offers both these benefits by integrating an organisations data and processing the data into the correct cloud. This prompts the following question: with regards to the hybrid cloud, which data goes where?...

Cloud Computing: Oracle Calls Out Amazon, Salesforce

Grazed from CRMBuyer. Author: Richard Adhikari.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said last week that his main rivals were the new generation of cloud companies, and that IBM and SAP were no longer in his gun sights. Oracle is focusing on cloud infrastructure companies such as Amazon and SaaS providers such as former ally Salesforce.com, Ellison told attendees at CloudWorld in San Francisco.

"Oracle may have some big ambitions, but if it thinks it's going to severely dent this IaaS/PaaS market share picture any time soon, it's kidding itself," John Dinsdale, chief analyst at the Synergy Research Group, told CRM Buyer. "IBM, Microsoft and Google are all pushing very hard and aggressively growing their IaaS/PaaS revenues, but [Amazon Web Services] remains in a league of its own," he continued...

Cloud-based education apps could be data mining for ads

Grazed from FierceGovernmentIT. Author: David Perera.

A public sector cloud computing association says court filings made by Google in its defense against a lawsuit filed over email keyword-targeted advertising show the search engine giant mining educational users data for ad targeting purposes. Google offers "Apps for Education," for which it turns off ads by default, notes Jeff Gould, chief executive officer of San Francisco, Calif.-based Peerstone Research, in a blog post on SafeGov.org.

SafeGov describes itself as a forum for information technology providers and experts who are dedicated to promoting trusted and responsible cloud computing solutions for the public sector. But, declarations by a Google attorney (.pdf) and an employee (.pdf) in lawsuit filed in the U.S. Northern California district by some Gmail users who allege that Gmail machine email reading amounts to a violation of wiretapping law show that Google is in at least some cases scanning Apps for Education emails in order to target ads on other Google platforms, such as YouTube...

Cloud-based BIM to Take off in 2014

Grazed from Sourceable. Author: Editorial Staff.

A crucial factor for the success of a business is choosing the right location. One of the biggest challenges for efficient BIM project management has been file size, central storage, and equal and timely access to project files and raw computing power. Web-based BIM projects (located in the BIM Cloud) provide team members with the advantage of remote access to a centralized location on the Internet. This provides on-demand global team access to the BIM-based project regardless of their geographic location.

Centralized Storage: A web-hosted BIM project site provides scalable, centralized project storage. As the project grows, additional file storage can be purchased when required. Contractually, owners are requesting more documentation to be delivered for Facility Management (FM) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M)...

Hybrid Cloud Technology? Why You Will Need It.

Grazed from BitCloud. Author: Editorial Staff.

There’s a lot of noise and hubbub in the cloud computing marketplace, with vendors large and small vigorously promoting their individual cloud offerings, leading to a fair degree of uncertainty and confusion. How much of it is “pie in the sky” as they say? Perhaps a little history can put “the cloud” into perspective before we examine the hybrid cloud concept. Back in the 1970s distributed computers were interconnected via a networking architecture, using telephone circuits that were permanently-connected or dial-up point-to-point lines.

The early 1980s saw the arrival of packet-switched networks (such as X.25), in which the computers were connected more loosely, without permanent point-to-point lines, with the abstraction of dynamic “logical” circuits rather than a direct physical circuit connection for an entire session. Data packets for a message could travel across different circuits at different times, and the packet-switching protocols saw to the proper eventual reassembly of each message at the destination...