April 2015

If you're out of the cloud, you're out of the game

Grazed from ITBrief.  Author: Catherine Knowles.

In order to stay ahead of the game, businesses need to keep pace with the rapid evolution of cloud computing, leverage cloud investments to connect with customers and employees, and seize opportunities available from cloud technology, says KPMG.

KPMG, the global advisory organisation, has released its 2014 Cloud Survey Report, and shares insights on cloud computing for today’s businesses.
A primary finding of the survey is that, "Cloud has clearly come of age. Driven by the demand for speed, flexibility, scale and anywhere access, consumers have fully embraced a cloud-enabled world...

Employing Cloud Into 2015

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Ian Moyse.

2015 is rumoured as the tipping point for cloud. For the last four to five years, we have heard that cloud (Internet-delivered solutions) is about to go mainstream, however, this year it is not the hype, but real user benefits that are driving adoption

What do I mean by this. Well people are not going out looking for cloud-based solutions (“I want some cloud”), instead they are looking for a solution to a real problem. Some users are unknowingly using a cloud-based solution (either in their business or personal lives) and are quickly seeing the benefits. Take for example Dropbox, a free tool for sharing (large) files across devices seamlessly, easily and from anywhere, where users adopt it from a need that it solves and not because of the technology factor behind it or because of any cloud hype...

Cloud Computing: New report shows MongoDB to be leader of the NoSQL database pack

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: James Bourne.

A report from United Software Associates (USAIN) has found MongoDB to be top of the pile of NoSQL database providers in benchmark testing.  The research tested three leading products – Cassandra, CouchBase and MongoDB – through Yahoo!’s cloud standard benchmark, YCSB. USAIN wanted to assess the durability of each, going on the theory that most applications should prioritise durability over performance, not accepting data loss. The databases were put through the ringer on three types of performance metric; throughput optimised, durability optimised, and balanced.

In workload A of 50% read and 50% update with throughput optimised, under the YCSB benchmark MongoDB hit 160,719 operations per second, ahead of Cassandra (134,839) and Couchbase (106,638). With workload B’s 95% read and 5% update, MongoDB again came out on top with 196,498, ahead of Couchbase (187,798) and Cassandra (144,455)...

Cloud Computing: Mobile Authentication Startup Toopher Acquired By Salesforce

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Catherine Shu.

Cloud computing giant Salesforce has acquired Toopher, an Austin, Texas based security software startup. The news was announced on Toopher’s site and confirmed to TechCrunch by Salesforce. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. According to Toopher’s post, the company has stopped selling its products as its team prepares to join Salesforce.

“We are thrilled to join Salesforce, where we’ll work on delivering the Toopher vision on a much larger scale as part of the world’s #1 Cloud Platform. We can’t imagine a better team, technology and set of values with which to align,” wrote founders Josh Alexander and Evan Grim...

Read more from the source @ http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/01/toopher-salesforce/

Cloud, Mobile Technology Complicating IT Security

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Nathan Eddy.

Legacy security systems and practices are often not sufficient to protect companies’ expanding use of cloud and mobile technologies, according to a CompTIA study. Malware and hacking are still the top threats causing concern, with nearly half of all companies citing these as serious concerns.

"One of the most important things that small businesses can do is to form a policy around security," Seth Robinson, senior director, technology analysis, CompTIA, told eWEEK. "Only 44 percent of SMBs say that they have a comprehensive security policy in place. The key part in forming a policy is having discussions across an organization to ensure that everyone is on the same page."...

See more at: http://www.eweek.com/small-business/cloud-mobile-technology-complicating-it-security.html#sthash.Pt7aQWV1.dpuf

Location, location, location: The changing face of data centres

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Ross Momtahan.

One of the rare occasions that the subject of data centres has ended up in the mainstream news was fairly recently, when Facebook built a new data centre in Sweden. It was a precious moment when our industry – which despite being responsible for so much cool stuff in the world is not exactly considered to be the most glamorous to the average Joe – was seen on the likes of Gawker and the Mail Online.

Of course, the Facebook factor is a strong reason for this public interest - but there is something inherently… cool… about building a data centre in such a remote location (not to mention the green credentials). But Facebook isn’t doing this for the PR; it sees real potential for savings in this region...

Cyber Incident Response: What To Do When Cloud Bites Back

Grazed from CCI. Author: Nick Pollard.

The technology increases efficiency by removing the need for physical infrastructure, but cloud contracts can present significant practical obstacles to incident response (IR) strategies. When a security incident happens, the speed at which the breach is identified is integral. The faster the response, the more quickly infectious malware can be halted, access stopped, sensitive data protected, and the threat remediated.

This makes a significant difference in controlling risk, costs, and exposure. But in a cloud world, the challenge arises when a company wants access to the servers that infrastructure is based on. Often, data centre providers will not allow a business to get into these, making it impossible to know where the attack is coming from...

Delphix Adds New Cloud-Ready Features to Bridge the Gap From the Data Center to the Cloud

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Delphix, the market leader in data as a service (DaaS), today announced the company has updated its award-winning DaaS Platform to support Amazon GovCloud, OpenStack, and KVM hypervisor environments for simple migration to both private and public clouds. With support for Amazon GovCloud, Delphix enables government agencies to achieve successful cloud migration to Amazon Web Services while increasing data security, gaining data agility, and lowering cost.

Cloud deployments are becoming not just feasible but essential for federal agencies. The cloud promises transformative gains in execution, increased service offerings, and lowered costs. The "Cloud First" mandate has spurred agencies to migrate many of their non-product applications to the cloud, however these agencies face several challenges, including the complexity of deployments, governance, and costs. Cloud computing opens many new opportunities for faster execution, increased service offerings, and lower infrastructure costs, but complexity and risk concerns often stall progress or limit the type of applications that agencies are comfortable migrating...

Two ways to ramp up your cloud computing revenue

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Jason Bystrak.

You don’t have to look too hard to find overwhelming evidence that cloud computing adoption is growing at a fast rate. IDC estimates the public cloud market, which reached nearly $46 billion in 2013, will continue growing at 23% CAGR through 2018. On the private cloud side, IDC estimates that worldwide spending on hosted private cloud services will surpass $24 billion by 2016.

For some value-added resellers (VARs), these statistics generate little more than an eye roll. After all, how much excitement can selling hosted Exchange subscriptions for $6 per mailbox with razor-thin margins generate, compared with the $10,000 on-premises Exchange server sales of the not-so-distant past?...

The pros and cons of public, private and hybrid clouds

Grazed from Mashable. Author: Stephanie Walden.

By now, you've heard about the cloud -– and you’ve also likely heard about the benefits of using cloud computing for your business or enterprise. But people outside the world of IT may not know that there are multiple types of cloud — and we're not talking about cumulus versus cirrus. Have you heard of the "private cloud" or the "hybrid cloud"? Do you know the advantages of each?

While there isn’t a specific industry or workload that universally makes sense for each type of cloud, there are certain considerations enterprises should take into account when deciding upon the right fit: For example, does the company frequently handle sensitive customer information online? Do they have a highly secretive recipe or patented design that needs to be protected? In these cases, public cloud computing may be a riskier choice...

OpenStack company Nebula shutters

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

One of the first casualties of the OpenStack world is Nebula, a company founded by a of the pioneer of the open source cloud computing movement. Nebula posted an announcement on its website yesterday announcing it is shutting down. Chris Kemp, the former CTO for IT at NASA where much of OpenStack’s code was initially developed, founded the company in 2011.

Analysts say the move is not indicative of larger problems within the OpenStack community, but rather reflects the difficulties startups will have in competing with large name-brand vendors who are able to commit the resources needed over a long period of time to this still maturing market...

Cloud-Driven Competition Compels Company Collaboration

Grazed from EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet. Author: Joe Stanganelli.

This was the primary message at February's Boston presentation of the invitation-only Oracle Cloud Roadshow, an eight-city tour of talks on Oracle Cloud developments particularly pertinent to software resellers, independent software vendors (ISVs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and other enterprises and SMEs. Speakers highlighted both the positive outcomes of increased cloud deployment and the new pain points that have arisen with the democratization of efficiency.

Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of Massachusetts-based cloud computing consultancy THINKstrategies, delivered a keynote at the event with the running theme of a tale of two cloud cities, frequently referring to the present-day market climate as "the best of times and the worst of times."...

First international privacy-specific cloud standard adopted by Microsoft

Grazed from Lexology. Author: Neasa Ni ghrada.

On 1 August 2014, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) published the first privacy-specific international standard for the cloud: ISO/IEC 27018 "Code of practice for protection of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds acting as PII processors". Early adopters Microsoft announced on 16 February 2015 that it was the first company to receive certification for the standard.

ISO/IEC 27018 builds on existing ISO standards such as ISO 27001 (the existing best practice for information security management) and is aimed at increasing confidence in data security and cloud computing. Adoption of the standard would complement one of the exceptions to the prohibition on transferring personal data outside of the EEA such as model contracts, Binding Corporate Rules and Safe Harbour...

Mirantis joins Cloud Foundry Foundation

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

OpenStack specialist Mirantis has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation in a move being slated as furthering open standards in the maturing cloud industry, as Mirantis looks to support customers topping off their cloud computing stack with a developer layer for building out applications and services.

Mirantis styles itself as the "pure-play" OpenStack company, offering a straight build of the open source cloud computing framework that is not integrated with proprietary technology. Other vendors offer an OpenStack build that is designed to operate with their existing products, such as VMware, which runs OpenStack atop vSphere...

Make sense of cloud service brokers

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

Don't look now, but the U.S. cloud service broker (CSB) market will grow from $225.4 million in 2013 to $2 billion by 2018, growing 55.3 percent per year. The global CSB market will grow from $1.6 billion in 2013 to $10.5 billion by 2018, growing 46.2 percent per year, according to MarketsandMarkets.

I deal with CSBs more and more as an increasing number of enterprises move to multicloud approaches. Another factor is that IT increasingly takes on the role of providing cloud services to the rest of the enterprise, and it needs automated ways to manage those services...

Space agency turns to private cloud for rocket science

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Sharon Gaudin.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking to focus less on IT and more on rocket science so it's launching a private cloud to store sensitive information, create a common infrastructure and enable scientists to work together more easily. "We wanted to encourage the use of a common platform across the agency," said Filippo Angelucci, head of the IT department and ESA's CIO.

"Today, through the cloud, you could have engineers and scientists set up their computing environment in a few minutes, instead of weeks and months, as they did in the past when they had to go through a big process of buying servers and getting them set up." The ESA, an international organization with 20 member states focused on space research, has been using public cloud services from different vendors like AWS to store public data from different satellites and from the Gaia mission to map the galaxy...

Read more from the source @ http://www.computerworld.com/article/2905421/space-agency-turns-to-private-cloud-for-rocket-science.html

Public cloud juggernaut AWS inches toward hybrid clouds

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

In its effort to appeal to a broader swath of large enterprise IT environments, Amazon Web Services is making moves to extend the reach of its public cloud into existing on-premises data centers. The latest example: AWS CodeDeploy now allows customers to launch code they store in AWS’s cloud on servers behind a company’s firewall. Previously, CodeDeploy would only run code on AWS servers.

CodeDeploy is a new service AWS announced at its re:Invent conference last year that allows application developers to centrally control and track code for new apps that they’ve built and control where it runs. It’s built on the same system that AWS uses internally to build new services...

How to tell if OpenStack infrastructure is right for you

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Sander Van Vugt.

Every major IT vendor wants to convince data center administrators that their infrastructure isn't up-to-date without cloud. But do you really need cloud to be considered modern? And what kind of cloud? Cloud computing offers a maximum amount of versatility on servers. Deploying a server in a cloud environment is easy because it is automated. System administrators are no longer needed for the install. Instead, the user can automatically deploy one within minutes.

OpenStack is an open source cloud infrastructure. It has origins in the Linux kernel for operating systems, but doesn't just fit Linux apps. An OpenStack infrastructure is open enough for integration with other platforms, such as Windows. Integration happens at two levels. At the lower level there are the compute nodes, which are the servers that host VMs -- known as instances...

NIH Makes Initial Revisions to Guidelines for Genomic Data Analysis in the Cloud

Grazed from GenomeWeb. Auhor: Editorial Staff.

The National Institutes of Health issued a position statement this week revising its existing polices on use of cloud computing services for storing and analyzing controlled access data stored in the Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGAP). In response to repeated calls from the community, the NIH began reviewing its existing policies for accessing and using information contained in dbGAP to give biomedical researchers the option to use cloud infrastructure analyze data from the repository on.

Under the existing policy, dbGAP data could not be analyzed using cloud compute because of concerns about the security of the data and to avoid risking the privacy of research participants. Now, according to the newly issued position statement, the NIH will allow investigators to request permission to move dbGAP genomic and associated phenotype data from NIH repositories to public or private cloud systems for data storage and analysis...

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