June 2015

Nvidia says it sees revenue from cloud computing at $1 bln within two-three years

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Editorial Staff.

Chipmaker Nvidia Corp said it expects cloud computing revenue to hit $1 billion in the next two to three years, as demand for big data analysis drives growth in graphics chips. Cloud computing is the company's fastest-growing segment, with revenue increasing at about 60-70 percent a year, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told reporters a day before Computex, Asia's largest technology trade show, opens in Taipei.

Nvidia makes chips for computing and gaming graphics, known as GPU, or graphical processing units. It has also been moving into automotive graphics in partnership with automaker Tesla Motors Inc. Cloud computing allows people to play graphics-heavy games over the Internet, Huang said. He also noted that the company's GPUs can now be used for a wide variety of applications, such as voice commands like those used by Apple Inc's Siri.

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SanDisk Delivers New 2TB SATA SSD Optimized for Cloud Data Services

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, at Computex Taipei 2015 today announced its new CloudSpeed Eco™ Gen. II SATA SSD, a purpose-built storage device for cloud service providers with up to 2TB* capacity. This new SSD is now sampling with select hyperscale customers. Based on 15nm NAND flash, the new CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II SSD delivers greater storage density with 3x the streaming bandwidth vs. hard disk drives (HDDs).

Designed as a drop-in replacement for HDDs, CloudSpeed Eco Gen. II provides datacenters with a lower cost-per-square-foot for hyperscale applications such as analytics, media streaming and content repositories. Cloud Data Services, such as Big Data Analytics, SaaS, IaaS and PaaS environments, are driving radical data center transformation. The number of connected ‘things’ is set to explode, with Gartner forecasting this number will reach 25 billion by 2020, generating a deluge of data that will need to be analyzed in real-time1. Micropayments, online commerce and similar applications are read-intensive and require high data throughput and scalable storage capacity...

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CIOs still fear the Cloud: Red Hat

Grazed from NetworkAsia. Author: Kenb Wong.

Many CIOs still have concerns when it comes to a move to the Cloud according to a report from Red Hat. The open source software developer recently released its 2015 Red Hat A/NZ Cloud Adoption Index that states many CIOs are not fully prepared to get the most from a move to Cloud.

According to the report, this is a result of three main concerns about Cloud deployments, namingly security, compatibility and inconsistent or nonexistent planning. Red Hat A/NZ regional vice-president and general manager, Max McLaren, said many business leaders are still reluctant to let go of the traditional model of capital expenditure, hardware budgets and datacentres...

Cloud Computing: How Secure Is Your Small Business? 5 Tips to Protect Against Modern Cyber Attacks

Grazed from Entrepreneur. Author: John Mason.

Today, technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social, and big data and analytics are enabling small- and midsized businesses (SMBs) to do more with less, reach new markets and focus on creativity and invention instead of IT. But with all this new opportunity comes responsibility. Whether an SMB is moving to the cloud or implementing a bring your own device (BYOD) mobile program, security should be part of the plan.

Each year, cyber crime costs the economy about $445 billion, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and SMBs can be attractive targets for hackers tapping into this profitable black market. SMBs tend to have weaker online security, use cloud services void of strong encryption technology and lack the robust IT and internal policies needed to protect against increasingly sophisticated cyber-crime rings, which operate with an enviable efficiency and effectiveness...

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The Dangers Of Trusting Cloud Computing Over Personal Storage

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ewan Spence.

As cloud computing and online storage approaches the ‘free’ price point, and as the utility of having ‘everything’ available online becomes more pervasive and more integrated with operating systems on the desktop and on smartphones, I find myself pushing back and relying more and more on my own backup and storage options at home.

In a world where online storage is everywhere, it is becoming more important to take responsibility and store my own data at home, free of outside influences. I’ve looked at the options in the cloud, and none of them quite matches what I’m looking for. One of the driving forces behind the race to zero for cloud storage and services (as summarized by Julie Bort on Business Insider this weekend) is the rapidly dropping cost of physical storage medium...

AURO Cloud Computing supports OpenStack's distributed identity feature

Grazed from FinancialNews. Author: Gulli Arnason.

Canadian cloud computing provider AURO said it has announced the support of two key OpenStack initiatives that extend the capabilities of its Canadian public cloud built on OpenStack to deliver greater flexibility and consistency for end-users. The most recent OpenStack Summit that includes the Design Summit for planning the next bi-annual release was just completed in Vancouver, Canada.

During the Summit, OpenStack´s executive director Jonathan Bryce announced two new projects, including a service that supports federated cloud identities. AURO´s Cloud Computing platform is one of first vendors and public cloud computing services that supports this feature. The first initiative is a certification program for interoperability testing requirements...

Cloud Computing: Intel to buy Altera for $16.7B as chipmakers consolidate

Grazed from CNet. Author: Ben Fox Rubin.

Intel has agreed to buy fellow chipmaker Altera for about $16.7 billion -- Intel's largest acquisition ever -- a move that could provide a boost in its data-server and Internet of Things businesses. Intel said Monday that it will pay $54 in cash per Altera share and that it expects to close the deal in six to nine months.

Altera's stock has surged more than 40 percent since late March, when news of the companies' negotiations first surfaced. Reports that talks fell apart came out about a month ago, though the New York Post on Thursday said a revived deal would be announced as soon as this week. Altera shares were up an additional 6 percent Monday, while Intel's share fell 1.3 percent...

States Struggle to Tax the Cloud

Grazed from GovernmentTechnology. Author: Liz Farmer.

Two years ago, Massachusetts took a bold step. The legislature passed a bill to tax the cloud. But they didn’t stop there. Lawmakers also levied taxes on other tech activities. While the cloud may be where the fastest growth is taking place, technology overall is an increasingly large part of a state’s economy. Massachusetts didn’t want to lose out on a chance to include it in its revenue base. Legislative analysts projected that the taxes would bring in $160 million a year.

But just two months after passing the “tech tax,” as it had become known, Massachusetts repealed it. Opposition from the state’s business forces rained down pressure on lawmakers. The new law, they claimed, was putting them out of business. “It got very bruising,” says Andrew Bagley, research and public affairs director of the antitax Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation...

Google cloud strategy focuses on analyzing big data

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Sharon Gaudin.

Google may not have caught up to Amazon in the cloud market, but that's OK, according to a Google executive. The company is heading in a slightly different direction with cloud computing that involves helping customers analyze their data. "It's not about catching up to [Amazon]," said Brian Stevens, vice president of cloud platform at Google.

"It's not just about lifting and shifting servers and such. It's not about doing exactly the same thing you've been doing. It's about doing things in a new cloud way." That could change the way companies do business. It also could help Google become a cloud powerhouse. Stevens, who spoke with Computerworld during Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, said he wants the company's cloud offering to do more than simply enable enterprises to stop buying their own servers...

Cloud Computing: Verizon Brings Pay-As-You-Go Pricing to Government

Grazed from NextGov. Author: Frank Konkel.

When you think about the hallmarks of cloud computing -- on-demand service, resource pooling, elasticity, scalability and the like -- it’s easy to overlook how you pay for those cloud services. Federal agencies often still use a fixed pricing model, where an agency purchases an allotment of cloud services and pays for them, whether they are fully used or not.

However, in the spirit of true cloud computing, it appears cloud vendors are coming around to offering government customers the same pay-as-you-go approach popular among commercial customers. Verizon Enterprise Solutions, buoyed by demand from existing federal customers, announced last week it is offering a new consumption model for federal customers who use its Enterprise Cloud platform...

Google Centralizes Security, Privacy For Web, Android Users

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Thomas Claburn.

Google's new account hub, for users of its Web services and Android smartphones, gives IT organizations a new tool to improve employee awareness of security and privacy. Following its developer conference last week, on Monday Google enhanced its security and privacy offerings with a unified security page and a Web resource for those with privacy questions.

For IT organizations that have to deal with the intricacies of employee devices in the workplace and shadow IT, Google's effort to educate users about security and privacy provide a potential opportunity to raise awareness of issues that confront every company. In a blog post, Google product manager Guemmy Kim said the company wants to change the perception that people are unable to control their personal information...

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Nokia Rolls Out Cloud Hardware Platform for Telcos

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Jeffrey Burt.

Nokia Networks officials are continuing their efforts to better compete with larger rivals like Ericsson and Huawei Technologies in the rapidly evolving telecommunications space. Nokia in April announced plans to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion, a move that will give it greater scale against larger vendors and expand its capabilities in network-functions virtualization (NFV), a key technology being pushed and embraced by telecom operators.

Now the company an infrastructure platform designed to help mobile network operators more easily adopt NFV and cloud computing. The Finnish vendor's AirFrame Data Center Solution that includes pre-integrated racks of ultra-dense servers powered by Intel Xeon processors, network switches and software-defined storage capabilities...

Using The Apple Watch To Sell The Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

Now that most folks have a reasonably solid understanding of what the Apple Watch is any interesting new phenomenon is starting to occur in terms of how cloud services are being marketed directly to line of business (LOB) executives. Historically, mobile computing and the cloud have always been joined at the hip. In fact, it's hard to think of one being nearly as useful without the other.

The Apple Watch and other devices like it simply extend that mobile computing experience out to the wrist. But the folks that can afford an Apple Watch tend to be fairly well off, which means most of them are to one degree or another line of business executives. Providers of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications have taken note of that correlation...

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Information security and personal data protection in cloud computing - an attempt to strike a balance

Grazed from Lexology. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing services for business purposes are rapidly gaining popularity. Gartner, an internationally renowned technology consultant, expects 33% of all companies to use cloud-based office systems in 2015. The reason for this growth is undoubtedly the flexibility of the solution: cloud services are generally provided based on the client’s demands and increases in the size of stored data do not generally incur significant incremental costs.

Although the cloud computing industry is not as strictly regulated as, for example, telecommunications, the provision of cloud computing services in Bulgaria must comply with certain personal data protection and information security requirements. Proper risk management can help business users and service providers minimise any potential commercial and/or reputational risks related to cloud computing...

Cloud Computing: How Much Has VMware Progressed In Network Virtualization?

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Virtualization and cloud computing provider VMware has performed well in the network virtualization domain, which it ventured into relatively recently. The company launched the VMware NSX in late 2013, which merged its existing vCloud networking product line with the network virtualization platform of Nicira (which it acquired in 2012) into a single product family. VMware has since witnessed strong demand for the NSX, with the number of customers growing from just 30 to over 400 by the end of 2014.

The biggest challenge for VMware at this point is winning the ‘perception battle’ against once-partner Cisco. The networking giant has taken a different approach to network virtualization and software-defined networking compared to VMware. VMware’s approach holds the potential to make high-end and branded networking hardware/equipment redundant in the long term, which is a major concern for Cisco. In mid-2014, VMware’s CEO mentioned that Cisco branded VMware to be its “public enemy number one” following the NSX launch...

HP Helion CloudSystem 9.0 expands support for multiple hypervisors, clouds

Grazed from WWPI. Author: Anna Riberio.

Hewlett-Packard announced updates to the HP Helion portfolio with debut of the HP Helion CloudSystem 9.0, an integrated enterprise cloud solution, and enhancements to HP Helion Managed Cloud Services to manage enterprise workloads in a secure hosted cloud environment.

HP Helion CloudSystem 9.0 expands support for multiple hypervisors and clouds to provide enterprises and service providers with maximum flexibility, HP announced Tuesday at the ongoing HP Discover 2015 conference. Additionally, HP Helion CloudSystem 9.0 integrates HP Helion OpenStack and the HP Helion Development Platform to provide customers an enterprise grade open source platform for cloud native application development and infrastructure...

Microsoft plans two Canadian data centres to address CIOs' cloud concerns

Grazed from ITWorldCanada. Author: Shane Schick.

Here’s the mayor of Toronto, not an IT professional, but John Tory has no problem articulating why he sees potential in cloud computing. “I’m of the age where I still ask my children for advice about these things, but even I knew an 18-year-old email system was not something to be admired,” Tory told a press conference where Microsoft announced it is building two new Canadian data centres to support its cloud-based software products.

Since City Hall moved from Groupwise to Microsoft outlook, Tory added, “We’re now in a situation where we can respond properly.” Tory’s example is just one of the ways that Microsoft is hoping to encourage more businesses to make the leap from running legacy technology on their on premises to a cloud or software-as-a-service model...

How to catch a cloud

Grazed from Nature.com. Author: Nadia Drake.

In February, computer scientist Mark Howison was preparing to analyse RNA extracted from two dozen siphonophores — marine animals closely related to jellyfish and coral. But the local high-performance computer at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, was not back up to full reliability after maintenance. So Howison fired up Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and bid on a few 'spot instances' — vacant computing capacity that Amazon offers to bidders at a discounted price. After about two hours of fiddling, he had configured a virtual machine to run his software, and had uploaded the siphonophore sequences. Fourteen hours and US$61 later, the analysis was done.

Researchers such as Howison are increasingly renting computing resources over the Internet from commercial providers such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft — and not just for emergency backup. As noted in a 2013 report sponsored by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia, the cloud provides labs with access to computing capabilities that they might not otherwise have (see go.nature.com/mxh4xy)...

CERN Keeps Options Open With Its Clouds

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Paul Miller.

Europe’s particle physics lab, CERN, generated its share of cloudy headlines at the recent OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, as a multi-year collaboration between CERN’s openlab Project and managed cloud provider Rackspace reached prime-time as the underpinnings of OpenStack Kilo’s federated identity capability. Other organizations also contributed code and ideas as this project rolled into OpenStack, but CERN continues to explore other cloud technologies and perhaps even other ways of solving very similar problems.

As Frederic Lardinois reported for TechCrunch at the time, OpenStack Executive Director Jonathan Bryce used the opening keynote at last month’s Summit in Vancouver to announce a number of advances within the project. One of those was support for ‘federated identity,’ or the ability to log in to a remote OpenStack cloud using credentials associated with your own OpenStack cloud...

As part of its Intercloud plan, Cisco to acquire Piston Cloud Computing

Grazed from FirstPost. Author: Editorial Staff.

To help customers maintain control and compliance in this hyper-connected, hyper-distributed IT environment, Cisco and its partners are building the Intercloud—a globally connected network of clouds. In a step towards realizing that vision, Cisco has announced their intent to acquire Piston Cloud Computing, which will help accelerate the product, delivery, and operational capabilities of Cisco Intercloud Services.

Paired with their recent acquisition of Metacloud, Piston’s distributed systems engineering and OpenStack talent will further enhance their capabilities around cloud automation, availability, and scale. The acquisition of Piston will complement the Intercloud strategy by bringing additional operational experience on the underlying infrastructure that powers Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud...