August 2015

IBM fattens patent portfolio in cloud tech

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Joab Jackson.

IBM may be leading the pack when it comes to putting away patents related to cloud technologies.  In the past 18 months, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued more 1,200 patents to IBM related to the cloud, with 400 of those issued so far in 2015, according to an IBM tally released Friday.
For IBM, adding to its intellectual property is key to ensuring that the company will be a major player in the cloud market for years to come, said David Kaminsky, chief patent innovation architect for IBM software.  With a fat cloud patent portfolio, IBM is less likely to be blocked from selling the most up-to-date offerings due to a competing company asserting patent claims...

Acronis cloud backup offered to ProfitBricks’ MSPs

Grazed from ChannelBiz.  Author: Antony Savvas.

Acronis has announced a partnership with ProfitBricks to deliver Acronis Backup Cloud as its backup solution option for the ProfitBrick’s cloud computing platform.  Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) firm ProfitBricks says that with Acronis Backup Cloud, its managed service provider (MSP) partners and end user customers will have access to “best-in-class” backup through its cloud computing platform.
With a focus on helping companies easily migrate on-premises IT infrastructure to the cloud, ProfitBricks has developed a cloud computing model that lets MSPs and end users select the desired amount of processing power and storage they need, with the freedom to design and configure any virtual data centre based on their requirements...

Microsoft Windows 10 Kicks Off To Strong Start As Usage Share Leaps Four Times In Three Days

Grazed from IBT.  Author: Jessica Menton.

Microsoft Corporation’s Windows 10 launch kicked off to a strong start last week, with its usage share jumping by four times in just three days, reported, citing Irish metrics company StatCounter. Microsoft released Windows 10 Wednesday as a free upgrade for users who are currently using Windows 7 or Windows 8.

The increase was much larger than Microsoft’s last free upgrade of Windows 8.1 in October 2013.  The global Windows 10 usage share, a measure of how active users of the OS were on the Internet, doubled from 0.3 percent to 0.6 percent on the official launch day Wednesday, Irish metrics company StatCounter said...

Hybrid IT, cloud-enabled technologies fast becoming the 'new normal'

Grazed from NetworksAsia. Author: Editorial Staff.

With the increasing utilization of data centers and cloud services across the Asia Pacific region, companies have gradually updated or upgraded their existing IT systems, giving rise to the Hybrid IT environment which is fast becoming the new normal.

Besides helping enterprises to drive digital disruption, the latest Hybrid IT environment is also enhancing the customer experience and encouraging business model innovation.  As a result, there is greater acceleration in the adoption of a multi-vendor multi-cloud environment or Hybrid IT...

Cloud Security Platform Zscaler Raises A $100M Series B Round Led By TPG, Now Valued At Over $1B

Grazed from TechCrunch.  Author: Frederic Lardinois.

Security platform Zscaler today announced that it has raised a $100 million Series B funding round led by late stage investor TPG. The company, which offers a wide range of web, mobile and cloud security services for enterprises, has now raised a total of $138 million and says that its valuation in this last round was over $1 billion. Other investors include EMC and previous investor Lightspeed Venture Partners.

“Our mission is to make the Internet safe for business by delivering an amazing security platform that protects our clients and enables the strategic adoption of cloud computing, mobile devices and the Internet of Things,” said Jay Chaudhry, CEO of Zscaler, in today’s announcement...

Government CIOs fret over apps reliability in the cloud

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Government CIOs in states and local districts increasingly are looking to push applications to the cloud, but security and a reliable user experience remain principal challenges, a new survey reports.

Akamai, which provides a leading online content delivery network, tapped the Center for Digital Government to canvas state and local government IT workers to gauge their technology priorities and concerns, finding that poor user experience is a major obstacle for the spread of e-government services.  Government CIOs are struggling to meet rising expectations among consumers for what level of service a website should deliver, and 70 percent of the respondents in Akamai's survey said that a consistent user experience is an "unmet need."...

Don’t Fall Into the Cloud Price Trap

Grazed from MSPMentor.  Author: Pedro Pereira.

Businesses have no shortage of reasons to embrace cloud services, but price shouldn’t be one of them. So says MJ Shoer, president of Jenaly Technology Group, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based provider of managed services and cloud solutions.

“If price is the primary driver, we are coming at the conversation from the wrong place,” Shoer says. An overemphasis on cost, he argues, forces you to either reduce capability to meet price requirements or deploy a solution that falls short of meeting business needs...

OpenStack® Foundation Board Approves Fujitsu as Gold Member

Grazed from OpenStack. Author: Editorial Staff.

The Board of Directors of the OpenStack Foundation has voted unanimously to approve Fujitsu as the newest Gold Member of the OpenStack Foundation. The decision was made during the Foundation Board’s meeting in Austin last week. The move underscores rising momentum for the open source cloud computing project throughout the APAC region, as the worldwide community of OpenStack developers and users prepare for their global Summit in Tokyo this October.

Fujitsu is Japan’s largest IT services provider, with 159,000 employees globally and US$40 billion in revenue. The company operates more than 100 data centers worldwide and holds the No. 1 spot in Japan’s IT services market by revenue. "Fujitsu has been an active and engaged member of the OpenStack community for several years,” said Kenji Kaneshige, director of development department, Linux Development Division at Fujitsu. "The Board’s vote of confidence in our elevated level of commitment to the project is exciting for our entire team, and we look forward to new ways we can help OpenStack users with our experiences running the software at scale in public and private clouds as a unified cloud system.”...

Cut costs with these four cloud optimization tricks

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Nolle.

Most cloud computing users evolve into their cloud strategy rather than build one from scratch. In many cases, the cloud is the result of shadow IT within line departments -- individual business units spinning up cloud VMs without the IT department's knowledge or consent. And even when IT professionals formally plan for cloud, it's usually done on a per-application basis without full consideration of costs and risks.

Fortunately, there are many ways an organization can optimize cloud, in terms of performance and cost. To start the optimization process, follow these four steps: Strike a balance between cost and performance; shed any unnecessary applications; know where your users are; and negotiate rather than accept published cloud prices...

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Amazon isn't eating all of its own cloud dog food

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

The Wall Street Journal today takes a critical eye toward IaaS cloud providers like Amazon and Google who admit they are hosting some of their companies most sensitive workloads in private servers and not in their much-touted public cloud platforms. Executives with cloud vendors like Amazon Web Services have for years been attempting to make the case that their cloud platforms are ready for any and all workloads. They trot out customers at their conferences who have closed their last data centers. But that's not the norm. While many organizations have warmed to the idea of using the public cloud, there’s still a hesitancy to lift and shift all workloads into the cloud.

Even the teams that run the ecommerce site and some of Google’s most valuable applications feel the same way. The WSJ spoke with a former Amazon executive who said that back-end databases with confidential data on them do not run in AWS’s cloud. An AWS spokesperson told the WSJ that “the vast majority of runs in AWS.”...

Is your cloud strategy delivering for your users?

Grazed from Akamai. Author: Wentao Li.

Enterprise public cloud adoption is becoming a norm around the world. Gartner expects public services cloud to hit $240 billion by 2017. They also suggest that the worldwide software as a service (SaaS) market will grow at 18.1% annually and the market will hit $46.35 billion by 2017 [1]. In addition to traditional dev-ops applications, business critical functions, such as CRM and ERP, are moving onto public cloud infrastructure. The goal is to take advantage of the on-demand scalability, flexibility and cost savings associated with cloud computing.

However, to realize the full benefits of adopting cloud computing, organizations need to look beyond access to simple compute and storage. Performance and security must also be considered when making the public Internet a critical piece of your application delivery environment...

If you fear the cloud, you're behind the times

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Five years ago, Australian businesses were reluctant to use the cloud. Fast-talking cloud evangelists might have been extolling the cloud's virtues, but businesses were concerned about where their data was going, and how it was being protected.  Security was their number-one worry, and rightly so.
But that's changed, according to Don McLean, managing director of Frendo Australia and a veteran of the cloud design and integration business -- if one can have veterans in such a young industry...

Cloud wars: China's deep-pocketed Alibaba takes on AWS

 Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

China's Alibaba Group Holding last week said it would invest $1 billion into its Aliyun cloud computing arm to challenge Amazon Web Services. This move kicks off what could become a global battle between the two e-commerce giants. Also, it could change the dynamics in the cloud market now dominated by AWS, Google, IBM, and Microsoft.
A billon dollars is not chump change, but it's not a game-changing amount, either. For example, last year IBM invested $1.2 billion to significantly expand its global cloud footprint. IBM already had a good head start in the cloud when it tossed in that $1.2 billion, yet that investment is unlikely to catch IBM up to AWS...

Sifting through an explosion of choice to build the right cloud infrastructure for you

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: Martin Cooper.

When it comes to deploying IT infrastructure, selecting the right model is crucial. Fundamental to this decision, IT departments must make sense of the options available to them and understand their strengths and weaknesses.
But this isn’t as simple as deciding which model is better. It’s about understanding which model is right for the business — right now and into the future. With such a variety of models (as well as vendors) to choose from though, this can be a challenge for companies of all sizes to figure out...

The Case For Cloud: Open Innovation and A New Model

Grazed from Circulate. Author: Seb Egerton.

A recent report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) paints a picture of a rapidly expanding cloud sector. While the evolution of cloud technology is most commonly associated with a combination of ‘cool’ new gadgets and concerns over security risks, there are growing indications that cloud technology will have a broader impact on the global economy and in particular, in supporting the development of new innovation.

According to the IDC’s latest study, there is a growing interest from industry in exploiting cloud technology as a part of wider digital transformations. The report predicts that public cloud computing will reach $70 billion before the end of 2015 with 45% of that total market spend accounted for across five main sectors: discrete manufacturing, banking, professional services, process manufacturing and retail...

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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Storing Your Data On The Cloud

Grazed from HostReview. Author: Dominick Rovoli.

Today, running a business or a personal online presence often allows you to utilize cloud services to store your data and other information. Using the cloud to store your data has both advantages and disadvantages depending on what you are using the cloud for as well as your accessibility to the cloud itself at all times. Understanding the benefits and drawbacks to using the cloud to store your data is a way for you to make a decision you are truly satisfied with for your own business or personal reasons.

Advantages of Storing Data on the Cloud

Storing data on the cloud allows you to access your data and information from just about anywhere, increasing accessibility compared to traditional servers and storage options. Accessing your data on "The Cloud" is possible via mobile phone, tablet, or a laptop computer with Internet access...

Cloud computing and the future of networks

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Dirk Paessler.

Cloud computing, network virtualisation and on-demand technology services are changing how we think about IT. If these new services become as ubiquitous as predicted we could see companies accessing their IT services remotely, at the expense of their own IT infrastructure and applications.

If this happens, the thinking goes, the importance of the Local Area Network and the IT administrator could diminish as well. It’s not worth saying the last rites over the LAN and IT administrator just yet, though. There’s no denying that times are changing and the increasing use of cloud computing will mean a shift in ICT practices...

Microsoft Exec To Partners: Good Job Selling Cloud Services, Now Let's Drive Consumption

Grazed from CRN. Author: Kevin McLaughlin.

Microsoft partners have done a good job in making the transition to cloud computing, and now it's time for them to drive more consumption of cloud services, according to Eric Martorano, the software giant's general manager of U.S. partner sales. "I think the channel has done a good job of working through this transformation," Martorano said in a keynote Monday at the XChange 2015 conference hosted by The Channel Company, publisher of CRN. "One challenge in the partner community is the need to drive more deployment and consumption of the technology by selling experiences."

Many Microsoft partners are making money from transactional and project-based services, but ones that can deliver managed services and repeatable intellectual property can separate themselves from the pack, Martorano said. Martorano said a potentially big money-maker for the channel is Enterprise Mobility Suite, a licensing bundle launched last year that includes Windows Intune, a paid version of Azure Active Directory with advanced features, and Azure Rights Management Services...

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Ingram Micro Extends Cloud Alliance with IBM

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

There’s a world of difference between one shopping experience and another. With that in mind Ingram Micro has invested heavily in building the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace, through which solution providers can automate both the acquisition and provisioning of cloud services.

The latest addition to the cloud services to the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace as of today is the IBM SoftLayer cloud service. While Ingram Micro has a long standing relationship with IBM, this latest effort extends that partnership to allow solution providers to fully automate the deployment of a cloud service that gives customers access to both virtual and bare-metal servers...

Cloud Computing: Google Founders Reorganize Corporate Structure Under Alphabet

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Jessica Davis.

How big is too big? When the supertanker can no longer be agile, maybe it’s time to create a large fleet of swifter vessels. (Being the swifter vessel is an advantage MSPs often enjoy in a marketplace of larger operators.) Google (GOOG) founder Larry Page has announced in a blog post today that he and his co-founder Sergey Brin have formed a new company called Alphabet that will serve as a holding company for the organization’s many companies and initiatives.

The operating company Google will be the largest company in this portfolio structure. Sundar Pichai who has led product and engineering since October 2014 will serve as Google’s CEO. Covering the announcement, the New York Times compared Alphabet’s structure to that of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, a giant conglomerate that is operated as a holding company designed to give its operating companies more rein to be independent and entrepreneurial even within a corporate giant...

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