July 2015

Amazon's cloud computing development challenges Alibaba

 Grazed from WantChinaTimes.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Although Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has not yet opened operations in the US, the rapid development of US e-retailer Amazon, particularly in cloud computing, poses a great challenge to the Chinese company, the Shanghai-based China Business News reports.
Alibaba created a miracle in September 2014 with a record-breaking flotation on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The rise in its stocks sent the company's value to over US$231 billion, exceeding the combined market capitalization of Amazon and eBay, the two leading US e-commerce companies...

Government cloud on the rise: NSA and DOJ move to Amazon Web Services

Grazed from CloudComputingNews.  Author: Editorial Staff.

 At the Amazon Public Sector Symposium last week, the NSA announced that it will be moving some of its IT infrastructure to AWS. The NSA follows several other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in joining the CIA in the Amazon cloud in the last nine months.
“The infrastructure as a service which Amazon provides has shown us significant IT efficiencies,” said Alex Voultepsis, chief of the engineering for the NSA’s Intelligence Community Special Operations Group, at a panel last week. Voultepsis then estimated that the agency will save 50-55% on infrastructure costs alone by moving to AWS...

Cloud Computing: DigitalOcean is raising $83 million to take on Amazon Web Services

 Grazed from BusinessInsider.  Author: Matthew Weinberger.

We're hearing that New York-based DigitalOcean, a hot cloud computing startup founded in 2011 that competes head-to-head with the $6 billion Amazon Web Services juggernaut, has closed a huge round of Series B funding.  The number we're hearing is $83 million. DigitalOcean would not comment on the round.
Like Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean lets its customers swipe a credit card and get access to an almost bottomless supply of raw computing power, hosted in its distant data centers...

Cloud Computing: Engine Yard Unfurls Deis PaaS for Docker on AWS

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Mike Vizard.

The simplest way to bring Docker containers into an IT environment is to deploy them on a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment that provides a much needed layer of manageability. On Tuesday, Engine Yard, which last April acquired Deis, the most widely used PaaS for building and deploying applications based on Docker containers, announced that it is making an instance of that PaaS environment available on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Now generally available in a commercial edition supported by Engine Yard, Gabe Monroy, creator of Deis and CTO of Engine Yard, said Deis is the only PaaS environment that is built completely using Docker containers...

5 Reasons Why It Makes Sense for Retail Businesses to Invest in Cloud Technology

Grazed from HuffPost.  Author: Johna Revesencio.

As Cisco switched to a cloud-based collaboration solution, more organizations are now joining the bandwagon of utilizing cloud-based technology to their advantage.  What was once a buzz word in the corporate IT department is now getting a huge potential across the globe. Many private sectors are now using cloud computing to sell and market their products as well as improve their competitiveness. In 2014, US-based insurance company Hartford also signed an agreement with IBM to use private and secured cloud services.

The same goes for London-based education company Pearson. The large publishing company is now delivering education worldwide through cloud.  These large enterprises know how such tools can create greater value for their organizations and not be daunted by the misconceptions about the cloud...

Chicago Residents Now Stuck With A New 9% "Cloud Tax" On Netflix And Other Streaming Services

Grazed from Consumerist. Author: Kate Cox.

There used to be a whole world of brick-and-mortar retail stores and transactions a city could gather some sales tax from and build into a revenue stream. As more and more goods instead become online services, though, those streams have dried up. Now one city wants to go back to gathering its cash… from your transactions in the cloud.

The Verge reports that residents of the Windy City are about to have to start paying a premium on Netflix and their other streaming services, as a new “cloud tax” takes effect in Chicago today. The logic goes something like this: In the long-gone ancient era of “twenty whole years ago,” when you went down to your corner video store for some rentals and some popcorn, you’d leave a few cents of sales tax behind with your purchase...

Oracle enhances cloud team with strong workforce expansion in Asia Pacific

Grazed from GeekZone. Author: Editorial Staff.

Oracle has hired more than 800 new salespeople in Asia Pacific as part of its enterprise cloud strategy. This positive momentum occurs just three months after the company launched a campaign to increase its sales workforce by 1,000 in an effort to capitalize on the growth of cloud computing across APAC.

Oracle's fiscal fourth-quarter results announced on June 17th showed that the company overachieved in cloud, with cloud revenue already above a $2.3 billion annual run rate. Oracle sold $426 million in new Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) business this quarter, more than any cloud services company has ever sold in a single quarter...

Cloud Computing: How Hewlett-Packard plans to split in two

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Jonathan Vanian.

Hewlett-Packard is officially set to split in two. The tech giant filed regulatory documents Wednesday that confirmed its long discussed plans to spin off its printer and personal computer business in November. “Today, I’m more convinced than ever that this separation will create two compelling companies well positioned to win in the marketplace and to drive value for our stockholders,” HP CEO Meg Whitman said in a statement. “Since we announced our plan to separate in October, we’ve made significant progress and remain on track to complete the separation by the end of the fiscal year 2015.”

HP HPQ 1.11% , along with legacy tech companies like IBM IBM 0.29% , has seen its business slump over the past few years as the market for personal computers continues to decrease. Additionally, new rivals like Amazon AMZN -0.58% dominate emerging enterprise technologies like cloud computing...

Read more from the source @ http://fortune.com/2015/07/01/hewlett-packard-filing-split/

Cloud Computing: Salesforce to Invest Over $1 Billion in Germany, Benioff Says

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Aaron Ricadela.

Salesforce.com Inc. plans to invest more than $1 billion in Germany over the next five years as the company seeks to add customers in industries including automobile manufacturing and machine building, Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff said. “There’s no more exciting technology market in the world than Germany,” Benioff said in a keynote address at the company’s customer conference in Munich on Thursday.

Manufacturers need to transform “otherwise they will be Uberized out of this world,” he said, referring to Uber Technologies Inc., whose car-hailing application has disrupted transportation markets around the world. As the technology industry undergoes a once-a-decade shift in how companies buy computing power, Benioff’s software company has attracted takeover interest, fueling a 19 percent rise in the San Francisco-based company’s market value this year...

The five ways to make cloud success a reality for your business

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Everyone is looking for that silver bullet which makes their cloud implementations a success. It’s little wonder that events such as Cloud World Forum and Cloud Expo are at the forefront of executives’ minds. At Cloud World Forum in London last week, MongoDB VP strategy Kelly Stirman spoke of five directions in which the industry is changing, and how companies can make their cloud success a reality: embrace failure, double down on ops, and pick your partners wisely.

Rule number one, Stirman argued, was to embrace failure. To be able to embrace failure, you need to iterate quicker. “Today, customers expect applications faster,” he tells CloudTech. “When you wake up in the morning, you look for apps to have been installed on your phone, and to do that people need to embrace a more iterative project development lifecycle...

CIO and head of IT, not CEO, most likely to have final say on cloud adoption

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Cloud usage is rocketing amongst UK business users – but the final decision making falls to the head of IT or the chief information officer in almost three in five (59%) cases, according to latest research. The research, from cloud hosting provider Cobweb Solutions, shows more organisations are turning to cloud for all their business needs, with UK cloud penetration reaching a high of 84%.

78% of businesses are using more than one cloud-based service, figures which correlate with a recent Forrester survey showing 84% of UK companies rely on two or more cloud providers, compared to Singapore (76%) and the US (62%). Half of respondents expect to eventually move their entire IT estate to the cloud...

Cloud Computing Myths That SMBs Should Know

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Nishant Kadian.

Cloud Computing is the hottest issue among IT intellects of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs). Like any other computer-orientated technology, Cloud Computing has some misconceptions and myths that often kick-start arguments among the two opposing groups: Cloud Supporters and Cloud Opponents. Both of these groups have their own ideology and reasons for their stand on this issue. Within those ideologies remain some serious myths that are miles apart from practical facts, but which have an effect on their overall business.

For SMBs aiming to grow, making smart decisions is crucial and that demands factual thinking. So, if you are in a dilemma over Cloud adoption, you must consider all perspectives before choosing to use Cloud technology or not.. To reach the correct conclusion, decision-makers for SMBs must stay away from these myths...

Today's Tech: How A Startup Attorney Uses Cloud Computing

Grazed from AboveTheLaw. Author: Nicole Black.

Cloud computing used to be a foreign concept to many lawyers, but these days most lawyers are working in the cloud whether they know it or not. Cloud computing offers so many advantages over traditional on-premises software — including convenience, mobility, flexibility, affordability, and 24/7 access — that it’s hard to avoid using cloud computing for work-related purposes.

That’s why so many lawyers start using cloud computing services like Dropbox to share documents — oftentimes after being prompted to by other lawyers involved in a case — without even realizing they’re collaborating on documents in the cloud. But not all lawyers stumble into the cloud unknowingly...

Greece's Problems Extend to the Cloud

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Virginia Postrel.

Starting a technology company has become much cheaper and easier in recent years. Businesses can contract out functions, from cloud computing to e-mail list management, that once would have required in-house equipment and expertise. Amazon Web Services, for instance, boasts that more than “a million active customers in more than 190 countries” are using its hosting services instead of relying on their own servers.

Now some of those customers suddenly can’t pay their bills -- not because they don’t have the funds but because the Greek government won’t let their money leave the country. Just as individual Greeks are losing access to Apple’s iCloud, as the Athens staff of Bloomberg News recently discovered, so companies are finding themselves cut off from services critical to their ongoing operations...

Read more from the source @ http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-07-02/greece-s-problems-extend-to-the-cloud

For NOAA, flexible cloud enables mammoth computing

Grazed from FCW. Author: Zach Noble.

Sometimes less is more. Sometimes more is more. Sometimes you just don’t know which will be which ahead of time – and flexibility is king. Producing 20 terabytes of data every day, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is a prime example of the need for flexibility.

And through its Big Data Project, NOAA’s bringing private-sector ingenuity to bear on the age-old problem: How can government get its work into the hands of the people who want it? Making data public is embedded in NOAA’s history, but that doesn’t mean the organization is fully equipped to disseminate that data on its own, Alan Steremberg, NOAA’s big data-focused Presidential Innovation Fellow, said at AFCEA Bethesda’s June 30 Data Symposium. Steremberg would know...

Read more from the source @ http://fcw.com/articles/2015/07/02/flexible-cloud-computing.aspx

Rising to the Cloud Security Challenge

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

For as long as anyone cares to remember the biggest inhibitor to cloud adoption has been concerns about security. In fact, when it comes to security the primary enemy has always been integration. By definition, the greater the number of points of integration there are the less secure something is. From an IT security perspective cloud computing, of course, is the ultimate form of integration.

But as much as integration might be part of the problem it’s also a big part of the solution. The more integrated security technologies become the more effective IT security solutions become inside and out of the cloud. For that reason, many IT security vendors are taking advantage of well-documented application programming interfaces (APIs) to drive a wave of alliances that go well beyond the basic marketing agreement...

Read more from the source @ http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing-security/rising-cloud-security-challenge

Plugging into the Digital Economy via the Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

Everywhere anyone turns these days business executives are using terms such as digital or service economy interchangeably, while the more technically inclined often tend to refer to the same business phenomenon as the API Economy. Regardless of what you call it, there is clearly a massive hunger for to deliver multiple forms of digital content around products and services that can be easily monetized.

Whether it’s a car or a turbine, every company that makes something is trying to figure out what digital services can be created that enhance the existing customer experience. The challenge that most of those organizations face is that most of them don’t have any mechanism in place to actually do any of that...


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Big data in the cloud - where next?

Grazed from InformationAge. Author: Ben Rossi.

Big data is to the information age what the steam engine was to the industrial revolution. From expanding user intelligence to improving operational efficiencies, big data has revolutionised market places. IDC predicts that by 2020 we will create 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes, of data annually. To transform big data into information that drives business value it needs to be analysed. Unsurprisingly, crunching big data requires seriously big compute and a solid infrastructure to support it.

The data boom

Our insatiable desire for data insights did not begin with big data. If we look back to the 90s tech boom, business intelligence (BI) tools were the new big thing. BI allowed organisations to report and analyse company data, but unfortunately these systems were confined to dedicated data warehouses running specialist servers. As a result, conducting BI was too expensive and technical for the majority of enterprises.

See more at: http://www.information-age.com/technology/cloud-and-virtualisation/123459765/big-data-cloud-where-next#sthash.PyXDoyGM.dpuf

MIT's Enigma: Decentralized Cloud Platform with Guaranteed Privacy

Grazed from InsideBitCoins. Author: Editorial Staff.

A pair of Bitcoin entrepreneurs and the MIT Media Lab has revealed a prototype for a system called Enigma, a decentralized cloud platform with guaranteed privacy. Enigma allows users to store, share, and analyze personal data without it being fully revealed to any party. Powered by the blockchain, Enigma aims to be a secure, multi-party computation. The team at MIT has already developed a prototype for Enigma, which is based on a highly optimized version of secure multi-party computation, guaranteed by a verifiable secret-sharing scheme. MIT Media Labs’ whitepaper says:

“For storage, we use a modified distributed hashtable for holding secret-shared data. An external blockchain is utilized as the controller of the network, manages access control, identities and serves as a tamper-proof log of events. Security deposits and fees incentivize operation, correctness and fairness of the system...