August 2014

Cloud Computing: Pertino Simplifies Extending VPCs Across WANs and Between Providers

Grazed from Pertino. Author: Editorial Staff.

Pertino, a company reinventing networking for the cloud era, today announced a modern approach to WAN-based VPC using its Cloud Network Engine service. As cloud adoption increases, so does the demand for extending VPC over the WAN to connect public cloud servers across different regions and providers and with remote servers and users. Today's WAN-based VPC solutions are very complicated and inflexible, creating significant friction with the dynamic and elastic cloud infrastructures they connect. The Pertino Cloud Network Engine enables IT and DevOps professionals to build secure, cloud-based VPCs in minuteswithout configuration or hardware that work anywhere with any public cloud provider.

According to IDC, worldwide spending on Hosted Private Cloud services is set to surpass $24 billion in 2016, and analysts "anticipate that virtual private cloud will be the predominant operational model for companies wanting to take advantage of the speed and lower capital costs associated with cloud computing."...

On-Demand Cloud Computing Stats Revealed

Grazed from Solar Communications. Author: Editorial Staff.

On-demand cloud computing is estimated to create 3.8 million jobs and generate up to £197 billion to European Union CDP by 2020. This is according to research from the European Commission. A report published by ITProPortal says this displays just how important on-demand cloud computing is in addressing demands for agility and growth in business.

This cloud model allows organisations to access a pool of configurable resources, including servers, application and storage. It means businesses can access services in a flexible and pay-as-you-go manner, instead of purchasing hardware and licenses outright. The business benefits of using the cloud are multiple. Forty-six per cent of those questioned claimed more effective mobile working was an advantage...

How to see the social side of cloud computing

Grazed from InfraScience. Author: Editorial Staff.

As companies continue to migrate toward cloud computing on a variety of enterprise fronts, it's important for business leaders to make sure they're getting the most out of the experience. There are constantly new tools and dynamic strategies rolling out that are meant to boost productivity and increase corporate success, but not all of these are as successful as others. What matters most is keeping clear lines of communication both within and among outward-facing channels, tasks that are best established and maintained through social media.

A social world

The presence of social media is becoming proliferate both in the cloud and on mobile devices. Consumers already make ample use of this technology, so it behooves companies to keep up with the trend. After all, who buys retail products, determines what's trendy or influences the flow of enterprise investments if not consumers?...

Cloud Computing: Storage is the heart of the next generation data centre

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Jeramiah Dooley.

Public cloud services have put huge pressures on enterprise IT to compete in a more agile way. When it can take days or even weeks for IT departments to procure and manually set-up necessary networking and storage hardware to support new applications, why wouldn’t employees turn to providers who can meet their needs within minutes?

To meet these demands, the hardware infrastructure needs to be more than fast; it needs to be flexible and scalable with rapid automation to meet the needs of its users. Storage has a key role to play here, with a sophisticated management layer that can separate performance and capacity - independently controlling access speeds and available drive space on an app-by-app basis - it has now become possible to virtualise performance independent of capacity...

The EPA doesn't know what clouds it has - and neither do you

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

Do you know how much cloud computing is really going on in your organization? If you're like IT management in most companies and government agencies, you don't have a clue. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn't know how many cloud computing contracts it has or how secure they are, according to a recent audit by the agency's inspector general, in a report released last week.

In at least one instance, the EPA may not have had access to a subcontractor's cloud for investigative purposes. Worse, that same subcontractor was not compliant with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), which sets security standards for cloud providers. Most IT leaders don't have a real understanding of how many cloud computing (or other technology) resources are being used -- and to what extent -- right under their noses. It's called "shadow IT" for a reason: Those technologies are in the shadows...

Michael Dell Invests in Cloud Video Surveillance

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

MSD Capital has made a "multi-million dollar" capital investment in Eagle Eye Networks, an Austin, Texas-based cloud surveillance security company. Announced on Thursday, the Series B funds will be used to further expand the Eagle Eye Security Camera Video Management System (VMS) to "meet the rapidly growing" demand from its customers, the company said.

Austin Ventures and Enrique Salem, former CEO of Symantec (SYMC) and current board Member at FireEye, a Milpitas, California-based network security company, also participated in the financing round. "Cloud technology is transforming the video surveillance industry, with broad applications spanning both security and business operations," MSD Capital founder Michael Dell said in a statement...

Read more from the source @ http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing-funding-and-finance/michael-dell-invests-cloud-video-surveillance

Stacking up Open Clouds

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Sachin Shridhar.

In the evolving world of IT where the only constant is change, students and professionals alike are always looking out for IT trends, and skills they need to update themselves with in order to stay relevant. According to Forrester, the global cloud computing market is set to explode from US$40.7 billion in 2011 to US$241 billion by 2020.

CIOs everywhere are dedicating increasingly larger budgets to cloud computing, indicating the growing importance of clouds in many organizations’ IT strategies. This comes as no surprise, considering the task and cost efficiency of cloud for daily business operations. Higher cloud adoption will come with increasing demands for people who can operate them. IT professionals who also become cloud experts are likely to find their expertise highly valued by many organizations preparing for this impending cloud explosion...

Managing Mobile Risk in the Cloud

Grazed from WallStreetTech. Author: Andrew Waxman.

With firms increasingly dependent on mobile computing platforms for everything from customer apps to enterprise process management, there’s been an upswing in software development and management activity taking place in the cloud. Jumping on the mobile trend also means that potential for exposure to hackers, malware, and plain old code errors is higher than before. Yet the ever-increasing importance of speed-to-market makes it more and more likely that data security and data privacy will be neglected. With firms focused on critical state-of-the-art trading and payment apps, how to make sure they are not?

Few research studies have been completed on the success rate of major cloud implementations. However, it should not be a complete surprise that while companies will publicly assert confidence in their cloud implementations, in private they may have more doubts and issues to deal with. This is not surprising. First, like any other project, implementations of cloud-based applications are subject to execution failure...

CIA's Amazon-Built Cloud Goes Live

Grazed from NextGov. Author: Frank Konkel.

The Central Intelligence Agency is now officially an Amazon Web Services cloud consumer. Less than 10 months after a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge ended a public battle between AWS and IBM for the CIA’s commercial cloud contract valued at up to $600 million, the AWS-built cloud for the intelligence community went online last week for the first time, according to a source familiar with the deal.

The cloud -- best thought of as a public cloud computing environment built on private premises -- is yet far from its peak operational capabilities when it will provide all 17 intelligence agencies unprecedented access to an untold number of computers for various on-demand computing, analytic, storage, collaboration and other services...

I Still Don’t Know What the Cloud Is!

Grazed from MSPMentor.  Author: Michael Brown.

That may not be something that YOU (as an managed service provider) are saying at this point, but it is likely still something that clients or potential clients are saying. Or more accurately, not saying, but thinking. In this funny and lighthearted (but very accurate) article at news.com.au, the cloud is broken down into a much more approachable subject. This is an important way for MSPs to understand the cloud, if their goal is to persuade less cloud-educated decision makers that the cloud is a great solution for their business.

National Institute of Standards and Technology – Fairly Unhelpful

People shouldn’t feel bad if they still haven’t wrapped their heads around the cloud. “Cloud Computing” has been mentioned more than 48 million times on the internet, and ultimately the US Government decided that is should be accurately defined. By the National Institute of Standards and Technology, no less.

“It came up with this: ‘cloud computing can and does mean different things to different people.’”...

A Comprehensive Cloud Strategy for Data Security

Grazed from RSA Conference.  Author: Robert Moskowitz.

As popular as cloud computing has become, and as fast as it continues to grow, it brings with it a whole new set of data security concerns. Without a robust cloud strategy for ensuring security capabilities, cloud computing has little strategic value, particularly since a single data breach can cost an organization far more than it has gained from the advantages of cloud-based data storage.

Even without the reality of lost or compromised data, the mere possibility of compromise gives administrators of public, private, and hybrid clouds nightmares. The very nature of cloud computing is in fact problematic, as organizations contract with third-party providers for a variety of cloud services but are frequently reluctant to permit them access to sensitive cloud-based data...

ActiveState Stackato Enhances Enterprise-Friendly PaaS Functionality With Version 3.4

Grazed from CloudComputing Today.  Author: Arnal Dayaratna.

ActiveState today announced the release of Stackato 3.4, the polyglot platform as a service based on Cloud Foundry. Key features of the release include advanced version control functionality that allows customers to roll-back an infrastructure to a previous version with zero downtime. Version 3.4 also features enhanced audit controls that give administrators streamlined visibility regarding user access to the platform.

Today’s release also contains enhancements to Stackato’s quota usage dashboard in conjunction with more granular application monitoring and management functionality. Moreover, Stackato 3.4 contains notable upgrades to its system upgrade functionality that facilitate upgrades from one version of the platform to another...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft announces Azure availability through Open Licensing

Grazed from Microsoft.  Author: PR Announcement.

Starting from today customers are able to buy Microsoft Azure usage credits through Open Licensing programs.
Open License is Microsoft’s volume licensing option intended for corporate, academic, charitable, or government organizations that wants to pay as you go.  The Open License agreement requires a minimum initial purchase of five software licenses, but then you can acquire additional licensed products through Open License in any quantity at any time during the two-year agreement term.

Azure credits could be bought in blocks of $100 and the total amount purchased is summed in a single OSA key and last for 12 months.  This new purchasing option fits between the large Enterprise Agreements and the nearly-unmanageable (at least for a mid-size company) credit card payment method, it allows to create a budget and consequentely buy upfront as needed.

Cloud Computing: Monitoring - The Most Abused Requirement

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Jyoti Trehan.

Monitoring was the most important requirement when computers were just computers. What I mean by this statement are those times when there were barely any monitors or consoles attached to the computers, when printing was a costly affair and storing, backing up and restoring data was a big challenge! Monitoring was one of the main features that the mainframes provided to bridge the lack of transparently inherent in the erstwhile computer architectures.

The developers and users alike were inquisitive and actively looking for what was stored on the storage devices and how accurate and correct it was. It was hard for users to remember for a long time what exactly they punched on punch cards and how many cards really got read successfully by the card reader...

The Forecast Is Sunny for Cloud Careers

Grazed from VMWare.  Author: Heidi Pate.

The linked infographic distills data behind what’s driving the demand for IT professionals with cloud-related skills and why the hunt is on for top talent. Scroll through the entire image for a final section of lucrative careers and top companies hiring...

To view the infographic and read more from the source visit:  http://blogs.vmware.com/cloudops/2014/08/skyrocketing-cloud-careers.html

Cloud Computing: IBM acquires CrossIdeas to Expand Security Offerings with Identity Intelligence

Grazed from PRNewsWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

IBM announced it has acquired CrossIdeas , a privately held provider of security software that governs user access to applications and data across on-premise and cloud environments. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the burden of more government regulations and increasing sophistication of security threats, business leaders are demanding that IT and security executives implement access governance policies and solutions that provide visibility into operational and IT risks. Based in Rome, Italy, CrossIdeas helps organizations seamlessly manage identities and application access by bridging the gap between compliance, business, and IT infrastructure to help reduce the risk of fraud, conflicts of duties, and human error in business processes...

The Expanding Impact of Cloud Computing

Grazed from SysCon Media.  Author: Dana Gardner.

Over the past five years, the impetus for cloud adoption has been primarily about advancing the IT infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) fabric or utility model, and increasingly seeking both applications and discrete IT workload support services from Internet-based providers.  But as adoption of these models has unfolded, it's become clear that the impacts and implications of cloud commerce are much broader and much more of a benefit to the business as a whole as an innovation engine, even across whole industries.

Recent research shows us that business leaders are now eager to move beyond cost and efficiency gains from cloud to reap far greater rewards, to in essence rewrite the rules of commerce.  Our latest BriefingsDirect discussion therefore explores the expanding impact that cloud computing is having as a strategic business revolution -- and not just as an IT efficiency shift...

The compelling case for cloud - in their own words

Grazed from WhaTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

A US provider of cloud computing services has put together a handy guide on all the issues to be addressed and the questions to be answered when planning a migration to the cloud. Along the way, drawing on quotes from multiple sources and experts, the guide makes a compelling case for adopting cloud services and indeed suggests they will soon come to dominate the IT landscape.

Windstream Communications’ ‘2014 Cloud Guide, Insights for a Great Migration’, quotes Joe McKendrick, an independent researcher and speaker on IT trends and markets, saying: “Cloud computing is set to become mainstream computing, period. … The biggest news for cloud computing is that it will not be news. It’s the way we do computing today.”...

Cloud Computing: Comcast boosts Internet speeds

Grazed from SfGate. Author: David Einstein.

After last week's item about Comcast, I was deluged with responses from readers who, like me, received a letter from the company saying we had to upgrade our cable modems in order to get the most out of our Xfinity Internet service. As I wrote in the column, my old Docsis 2 modem was delivering the Internet at the advertised rate of 25 megabits per second, and when I asked Comcast, I was told I didn't really have to upgrade to a faster Docsis 3 model.

On Friday, I got a robocall with the same message about the need to upgrade - which I thought was odd until I learned that earlier that day, Comcast had quietly doubled the maximum speed in California for its (and my) Performance Internet plan to 50 Mbps. Knowing that my Docsis 2 modem could only handle speeds up to 38 Mbps, I bought a Docsis 3 model at Target for $70, and now I am getting the faster service...

Cloud Computing: Does Oracle Linux 7 give Larry a cutting (open) edge?

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

Oracle has this month introduced the Oracle-flavoured Linux 7 open source operating system. Freely distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPLv2), Oracle Linux is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and follows the RHEL7 release, which arrived this June. This distribution of Linux represents what Oracle would like to us to consider as its more open and community focused side, although of course a paid support model is available and widely adopted.

But it’s not just about whether the software is free or not; what matters today is how open it is and how the software itself is architected and used by the developers and users who come into daily contact with it. The company asserts that its latest baby is the “only major enterprise Linux distribution” that publishes all bug fixes and security errata publicly. This openness is hoped to achieve more flexibility than other commercial Linux distributions...