May 2014

Huawei Selects SOASTA to Provide Cloud Performance Testing

Grazed from Utilizer. Author: Elizabeth White.

SOASTA® Inc., on Tuesday announced that Huawei has selected SOASTA to provide continuous integration and robust functional test automation for its business and consumer offerings. Huawei will utilize SOASTA TouchTest and CloudTest for internal testing of Huawei’s apps, ensuring peak performance and user experiences for its PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) ecosystem.

“We chose to work with SOASTA because of its unrivaled leadership in cloud and mobile testing,” said Guoqiang Rong, President of Device Cloud, Huawei. “SOASTA continues to outperform the competition by ensuring top application performance and quality user experiences, allowing our developer base to bring their apps to market quickly...

Cloud Computing Requires IT To Evolve

Grazed from MeshIP. Author: Danny Palmer.

The “cloudification of services” means that IT has become the backbone for every other part of the enterprise, and the department needs to evolve in order to keep up with the pace of change. That’s what Frank Slootman, president and CEO of ServiceNow, told the audience during his keynote at the platform-as-as-service IT solution provider’s Knowledge 14 conference, taking place at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco.

“We really think IT needs to start thinking differently about itself. Too many of us think of IT as another department like facilities, HR or a general services type department. We don’t see it that way,” he said, using the metaphor that IT needs to be strong enough to be the organization’s backbone as more move their services into the cloud...

Govt should adopt 'cloud first' policy

Grazed from CIO. Author: Byron Connolly.

The Federal Government should follow other sectors like banking and adopt a ‘cloud first’ policy for all low risk, generic IT services. This was the first of two cloud-related recommendations made by the National Commission of Audit today. The commission said this policy could help reduce IT costs over the next three to five years as cloud computing becomes the default option.

“The Commonwealth Government has been slow to adopt cloud computing. A reliance on bespoke, legacy systems, concerns about security and privacy of placing public data in the cloud, and general risk aversion all impede progress,” the commission said. The second recommendation was to establish a whole-of-government cloud computing provider panel...

Agile IT Nominated For Microsoft Cloud Partner Of The Year Award for Cloud Excellence

Grazed from PR Web. Author: PR Announcement.

Agile IT is being recognized for its innovative approach to helping organizations integrate with Cloud technology by being nominated for the Microsoft Partner of the Year award for Cloud Excellence, a national honor. The Partner of the Year awards highlight and recognize the excellence and achievement of Microsoft partners who have produced exceptional results for their customers, with a focus on extending business productivity systems and delivering the benefits of Cloud computing.

The winner of the award will be announced in late May and awarded at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. this July. “To be nominated for this national award is an honor that we don’t take for granted – especially as we continue to grow our business,” said John Gilham, CEO of Agile IT...

Cloud Security Alliance Releases Update to Software Defined Perimeter (SDP)

Grazed from CSA. Author: PR Announcement.

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a not-for-profit organization which promotes the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, today announced the release of two key documents related to the CSA’s Software Defined Perimeter (SDP), an initiative to create the next generation network security architecture. The SDP Version 1.0 Implementation Specification and SDP Hackathon Results Report provide important updates on the SDP security framework and deployment in protecting application infrastructures from network-based attacks. CSA will be providing press briefings about SDP developments at Infosecurity Europe.

The SDP, a collaboration between some of the world’s largest users of cloud computing within CSA’s Enterprise User Council, is a new approach to security that mitigates network-based attacks by creating dynamically provisioned perimeters for clouds, demilitarized zones, and data center infrastructures...

NewCloud Networks Chooses Veeam to Power Top of the Line Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions for the Mid-Market

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Nationwide cloud computing and communications provider, NewCloud Networks has selected Veeam to power their state-of-the-art backup and disaster recovery solutions for virtual environments. Having recently expanded their data center footprint, NewCloud was in need of reliable data protection software in order to provide a surefire backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution to their virtual and hybrid cloud customers.

“Virtualization in the mid-market is on the rise, and with that comes the need for geographic redundancy and true disaster recovery,” says Sam Kumar, President of NewCloud Networks. He adds that “after extensive research by our Engineers, we selected Veeam as our vendor for backup and disaster recovery in virtual environments because they possess the necessary expertise in our technologies as well as dedication to providing top of the line support.” Mike Waguespack, Senior Director of Veeam Software’s Global Cloud Group, stated, “We are excited that NewCloud Networks has selected Veeam. At their rate of growth, we are confident NewCloud will help increase the number of workloads protected with Veeam.”

Cloud Computing: Revenge of the CIO - the new chief enabler

Grazed from InformationAge. Author: Ben Rossi.

It has been about a decade since cloud computing emerged as the third platform — the next phase of the IT revolution beyond mainframe and client/server. It has taken a while, but cloud services as a platform for enterprise computing are showing signs of maturity, especially where data security and regulatory compliance are concerned.

In the past, these two areas have caused a lot of restless nights for CIOs wondering where their enterprise data is and who is accessing it. Many CIOs are reluctant to adopt cloud services, at least until they can feel confident that enterprise data isn’t at risk and that compliance requirements can be met...

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Layered Interleaving - Securing Storage of Data in the Cloud

Grazed from ijset. Author: S. Malcom and D. Dhayalan.

The storage of data and information in Cloud has many challenges in designing that has been profound influence on the performance of the system. The biggest issue when storing data in Cloud is that the verification of data integrity at untrustedserver. The verifier’s role has two categories: private access ability and public access ability.

The private access ability scheme achieves high efficient, while the public access ability allows anyone, not only the data owner, to challenge the correctness of data storage when it has no private information in the server. The major concern in this scheme is secure and effective in dynamic operations on data blocks...

A Flow Sensitive Security Model for Cloud Computing Systems

Grazed from Cornell. Author: Wen Zeng, Chunyan Mu, Maciej Koutny, Paul Watson.

The extent and importance of cloud computing is rapidly increasing due to the ever increasing demand for internet services and communications. Instead of building individual information technology infrastructure to host databases or software, a third party can host them in its large server clouds. Large organizations may wish to keep sensitive information on their more restricted servers rather than in the public cloud.

This has led to the introduction of federated cloud computing (FCC) in which both public and private cloud computing resources are used. A federated cloud is the deployment and management of multiple cloud computing services with the aim of matching business needs. Large number of data and services are required to be allocated in different clouds for business concerns, which creates security risks, due to the operational independence of clouds and their geographic distribution...

Microsoft acquires New Zealand-based cloud computing company GreenButton

Grazed from TheNextWeb. Author: Jon Russell.

Microsoft is stepping up its cloud computing game after acquiring GreenButton, a New Zealand-based startup that uses its Azure platform and has an existing relationship with the Redmond company. The deal was first revealed on a New Zealand government website, which shows that Microsoft is now the company sole shareholder, and Microsoft has since confirmed the deal to TNW and it has been officially announced on its blog. The value of the deal has not been made public.

GreenButton provides ‘on-demand’ cloud solutions, based around a high-intensity cloud burst technology — for example, customers can use its products to run high performance computer, or big data analytics in the cloud. The premise is that GreenButton saves them the pain of investing in and maintaining high-intensity hardware and network resources that are traditionally required to carry out these tasks...

Server CPU Performance Pre and Post Cloud Computing - infographic

Grazed from ProfitBricks. Author: Andy Lurie.

Remember When CPU Performance was Guaranteed? Since the early launch of the PC in the early 1980’s, CPU performance has been defined by the clock speed and front side bus of the processer. It was simple and easy to understand and Intel and AMD battled the MHz and GHz wars over the years.

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This infographic looks at server class CPUs from the Pentium era CPUs of 1993 to today. Along the way, a lot of new technologies totally transformed the way we look at CPU performance. Beginning with the advent of X86 server virtualization in 2001, VMware and other virtualization technologies permitted multiple operating systems, and their related processes, to be run in parallel on a single CPU...

Microsoft's Cloud, Juniper's Opportunity: ISI Group Tidbits from Ethernet Summit

Grazed from Barrons. Author: Tierman Ray.

ISI Group analyst Brian Marshall today weighs in with some thoughts on cloud computing after attending the first day of the Ethernet Technology Summit taking place this week. For those of you unfamiliar, the summit is an annual event attended by “several hundred mostly senior level engineering staff and mid-level management” from “leading companies” such as Google (GOOG), Comcast (CMCSA), Cisco Systems (CSCO), Dell and startup Big Switch, among others, “to exchange thoughts on future network topology design.” Overall, he sees some progress by Cisco, and opportunities for Juniper Networks (JNPR):

We came away convinced that the Ethernet market and technology dynamics will continue to evolve very rapidly and could create greater opportunity for share shifts in the coming years. While more open models for switching and routing platforms create risk for incumbents, we believe CSCO [NEUTRAL] is adapting to emerging industry trends with skill (e.g., ACI or application-centric infrastructure with the Nexus 9k, etc.) and we continue to warm up to the name...

Afraid of the cloud? How to handle your fears

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Sharon Gaudin.

A study released this week shows that 73% of IT executives believe cloud providers are hiding performance problems. Industry analysts say IT professionals are smart to be cautious, but added that they need to do their homework and ask the right questions before selecting a vendor.

"I don't know if it's a matter of distrust," said Jagdish Rebello, an analyst with IHS. "They are wary of the hype. The enterprise IT folks are being very, very cautious about their migration to the cloud. They see the cost benefits but when they look at reliability and security, there is essentially a fear of going wholeheartedly to the cloud."...

Global Cloud Computing Conference 2015, Philadelphia, USA - August 03-05, 2015

Grazed from OMICSGroup.  Author: Event Announcement.

Recent cloud research shows that spending on public IT cloud services have reached $47.4 billion in 2013 and is expected to be more than $107 billion in 2017. Over the 2013–2017 forecast period, public IT cloud services will have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.5%, five times that of the industry overall.

By 2017, it is expected that public IT cloud services will drive 17% of the IT product spending and nearly half of all growth across five technology categories: applications, system infrastructure software, platform as a service (PaaS), servers, and basic services.  Software as a service (SaaS) will remain the largest public IT cloud services category, capturing 59.7% of revenues in 2017...

ISC High Performance, Frankfurt, Germany - July 12-16, 2015

Grazed from ISC.  Author: Event Announcement.

Commemorating 30 years of conference journey, ISC High Performance will present you with another power-packed and memorable HPC conference and exhibition in 2015. To that we add an extra touch of excitement by hosting you in Frankfurt, a world-class international destination.  

With over 2,600 international attendees from the HPC and scientific computing communities, 160 exhibitors and a unique conference program, there is no other HPC forum larger or more suitable than ISC High Performance to learn about the latest developments, exchange knowledge and make valuable connections.

For more information and registration, visit http://www.isc-hpc.com/home.html

CIO Cloud Summit 2015 - Chicago, IL USA - June 25-26, 2015

Grazed from CDM.  Author: Event Announcement.

In just a few years, cloud computing has transformed from an ambitious concept into a mainstream tool. As CIOs need to operate a lightweight, leaner and more efficient IT shop, cloud-based applications and services have been well received by CIOs working to support the highly demanding and dramatically changing enterprise. However, many things are still unknown about the cloud.

For example: How do technology executives know that data is secure? Which data stays on premise and which goes into the cloud? How can we efficiently manage cloud environments? What are the compliance laws governing cloud computing?...

Cloud World Forum 2015, London, UK - June 24-25, 2015

Grazed from Informa.  Author: Event Announcement.

Cloud World Forum 2015 is Europe’s largest expo for C-Level decision makers looking to achieve business agility through Cloud, Mobility, Analytics & Social Technologies in the IOT World.  As the region’s most trusted and well attended event by C-Level IT purchasers, architects, developers, and the leading Cloud vendor community, Cloud World Forum provides a key learning and networking platform driven by in-depth research with the IT community.

Cloud World Forum recognises that businesses of all sizes lack the time and money to waste on the wrong solutions or strategies, with speed rather than size now acting as the differentiator for enterprises, SMEs and start-ups alike. Powered by and maintaining Ovum’s high research integrity, the two day event is the only in EMEA to bring unheard case studies and first to market solutions ready to advance businesses’ digital transformation...

RedHat Summit 2015 - Boston, MA USA - June 23-26, 2015

Grazed from RedHat.  Author: Event Announcement.

Red Hat Summit is a premier open source event for the enterprise IT industry. Delivering the information and best practices you need to build better infrastructure, Red Hat Summit can help you uncover solutions and use open source technology to your business advantage. While other conferences focus solely on products and technical characteristics, Red Hat Summit takes into account the critical role IT departments play in the enterprise...

That’s why Red Hat offers tracks for developers and business executives. You can learn about Red Hat products and technologies, hear from our strategic partners about the value of Red Hat solutions in the enterprise, and see how Red Hat creates solutions, not just products...

@ThingsExpo East 2015 - New York, NY USA - June 09-11, 2015

Grazed from SysConMedia.  Author: Event Announcement.

Attend @ThingsExpo, June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center. Learn what’s going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is "IoT-Ready."

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.

All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices--computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors--connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades...