September 2015

VMware vows holy grail for cloud

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

On Monday, VMware showed off technology that it says will move working computing jobs between private and public clouds provided all the clouds involved run VMware VMW 0.11% software. An analogy would be if a car company could move an automotive assembly line between one plant and another without shutting it down. You can see the difficulty.

The crowd at VMworld 2015 applauded the demo of cross-cloud live migration but details on availability were scant. A blog post about the “Project Skyscraper” preview said the goal is to let customers “extend their data center to the public cloud and vice-a-versa by seamlessly operating across boundaries while providing enterprise-level security and business continuity.” No timeframe was given...

Cloud Computing: DoD new cyber security reporting rules for contractors

Grazed from Lexology. Author: Davis Wright Tremaine.

In a move that highlights the changing winds of federal cybersecurity policy, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) has issued an interim Rule (“Rule”) that imposes new security and reporting requirements on federal contractors, and new requirements for DoD cloud computing contracts.

The Rule requires federal contractors to report cyber incidents that result in an actual or potentially “adverse affect” on covered defense information (CDI), a covered contractor information system (a federal contractor’s information system that handles CDI), or on a contractor’s ability to provide operationally critical support. CDI includes “controlled technical information, export controlled information, critical information, and other information requiring protection by law, regulation or Government-wide,” but does not include classified information which is governed by a separate rule. The Rule also imposes restrictions on cloud computing contracts, including that data covered by the contracts be maintained within the 50 states...

How the cloud makes data integrations easier

Grazed from CIO. Author: Rich Murr.

Is the cloud everything it's cracked up to be? Any new technology goes through a hype curve, but generally speaking, I believe cloud-based solutions have done a pretty good job of matching some very lofty expectations. The growth numbers continue to prove this out, as companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, and others experience extraordinary growth on what are already multibillion-dollar cloud businesses. By solving very real problems for their customers, they’re being amply rewarded.

That’s not to say there aren’t significant areas for improvement, however. One of the biggest challenges facing cloud adopters is integrating applications and data, something that has also been challenging for traditional IT departments ever since they moved beyond the mainframe. Not sure what integrations are? Trust me, you've been impacted by them - at least when they haven’t been implemented well. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?...

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Salesforce Health Cloud Aims to Make Patient Data More Accessible

Grazed from eWeek. Author: David Needle.

Can hospitals and other medical providers tap cloud computing to get a better picture of patient’s needs? That’s the promise of Salesforce Health Cloud, a new service that’s been developed with the help of several leading care provides including Centura Health, DJO Global, Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

With Health Cloud, patients will also be able to access their medical community via mobile and desktop devices via the Salesforce Community Cloud that works on iOS and Android devices. Bringing cloud services to healthcare providers is a natural progression for, which pioneered cloud-based Customer Relationship Management, says Joshua Newman, a physician who heads the Health Cloud product as chief medical officer and general manager of Salesforce Health Care and Life Sciences...

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How VMware aims to distinguish itself in the cloud

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

VMware VP of Cloud Services Mathew Lodge acknowledges that the virtualization vendor “got started later than other folks” in the IaaS public cloud market, but he flatly denies that the company is slowing investment in this area. VMware’s position is that while it has catching up to do with cloud market leaders Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft, it also has strengths that can make it stand out.

VMware used its annual VMworld conference in San Francisco this week to show off some of those differentiators, and teased more advances to come. The company’s cloud strategy centers around VMware’s Unified Hybrid Cloud platform, as CEO Pat Gelsinger stressed in a pre-VMworld interview with Network World...

The US Federal Aviation Administration's hybrid cloud plans take flight with help from CSC

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Caroline Donnelly.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected IT services firm CSC to oversee its plans to downsize its datacentres and migrate its systems to the hybrid cloud. The $108m deal is set to last 10 years and will see CSC contracted to help the FAA consolidate its datacentre estate, migrate its data and systems off-premise and provide it with access to a range of cloud services from the likes of Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The FAA is the US body responsible for safe-guarding America’s aerospace and running its air traffic control operations. The FAA said in a statement that downsizing its datacentre footprint and moving more of its IT to the cloud will help the organisation save money and become more flexible...

Mounting frustration with cloud technology is stifling adoption

Grazed from BCN. Author: Editorial Staff.

An influential group of senior business executives is being disillusioned by experiences with cloud hosted applications, according to new research. The proportions, though relatively low, are growing as cloud disenchantment threatens to set in. The revelations come from research by cloud service provider Stratogen.

Its main finding was that the expense, the lack of both applications and support and the downtime involved are all disappointing the company decision makers who backed cloud computing in their companies. If news of the disenchantment spreads among the business community, the bad feedback could nip cloud growth in the bud, according to Karl Robinson, chief commercial officer at StratoGen...

An Interactive History of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Richard Thelwell.

The term “cloud computing” may be commonly uttered in businesses all over the world, but its complex history is less well known. This interactive timeline from Matillion charts the history of the Cloud, and its future!

1940s/50s – The Birth of Modern Computing

In 1947, researchers at the University of Manchester developed the “Manchester Baby”, the world’s first stored program computer. With its limited functionality and its vast size (over 17 feet in length) the Manchester Baby is almost unrecognisable from the computers we know today, yet it played a pivotal role in their development...

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VMware unveils mobile cloud end-user computing products

Grazed from TelecomPaper. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud infrastructure and mobility software specialist VMware has unveiled end-user computing innovations for universal application delivery and device management to help organisations transform their business processes and deliver a more app- and user-centric experience. VMware’s End-User Computing product portfolio is positioned to help customers navigate the transition to the mobile-cloud era.

The company introduced its Project A Squared (A2) technology preview showcasing the ability to redefine Windows management by focusing on application rather than endpoint management. Project A Squared can accelerate the adoption of Windows 10 by eliminating the costly and complex process of managing and upgrading Windows PCs and apps by using VMware’s AirWatch enterprise mobile management (EMM) coupled with new VMware App Volumes app delivery technology...

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Cloud users speak out about day-to-day SaaS frustrations

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Caroline Donnelly.

The day-to-day frustrations of cloud users have been laid bare in a new survey, which suggests high levels of discontent exist among adopters of off-premise tools and technologies. Cloud services firm StratoGen conducted a survey featuring responses from 1,000 UK senior business decision makers.

The survey found nearly three quarters of cloud adopters (73.84%) experienced frustrations on a day-to-day basis while using off-premise apps. The biggest frustration – cited by 21.41% of respondents – was the cost of hosting applications in the cloud, followed by availability issues, which was flagged by 16.95%.  Meanwhile, 16.45% flagged the lack of IT support as their biggest bugbear when using cloud...

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Why agility is considered to be an essential feature of cloud computing

Grazed from MyTechBits. Author: Keith Hearn.

Cloud computing has become quite popular over the past decade among SMBs as well as large scale enterprises. There are thousand and one reasons why businesses, these days, opt for cloud computing. Whether you are running a large enterprise and aiming to improve the services that you offer to your customers, or you own a small scale start up and struggling to make your business stand out among the crowd, cloud computing is the new age solution for every problem.

Unless and until you are able to run all the applications and websites smoothly, how will you be able to establish yourself as a promising business entity? This is where cloud computing helps you best. With a robust cloud computing environment, you can keep your business running 24X7, without any interruption...

Salesforce Expands Into Industry Verticals With Financial Services Cloud

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Having scaled the peaks of the global customer relationship management software market, cloud computing vendor has now expanded into cloud solutions for industry verticals. Industry verticals refer to cloud solutions specifically designed for particular industries. The newly released Salesforce Financial Services Cloud is Salesforce’s first such industry vertical offering. More products for the public sector, healthcare and life sciences verticals are slated to follow in the future.

Salesforce, which specializes in CRM solutions and is the leading vendor in this segment, is tackling slowing growth as it approaches a $7 billion annual revenue run rate. To be sure, the company is still managing to grow at over 20% year on year every quarter, but its track record of over 30% year on year growth rate may now be a thing of the past. Indeed, revenue growth of Salesforce’s flagship Sales Cloud has fallen to single digits in the last few quarters...

Perspecsys Receives 2015 Cloud Computing Excellence Award

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Perspecsys, a leader in enterprise cloud data protection solutions recently acquired by Blue Coat Systems, Inc., announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named the Perspecsys Cloud Data Protection Platform a 2015 Cloud Computing Excellence Award winner.

The Cloud Computing Excellence Award, presented by Cloud Computing Magazine, recognizes companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market. "We are thrilled TMC has honored us with The Cloud Computing Excellence Award," said David Canellos, CEO of Perspecsys. "As demand for strong data security and regulatory compliance in the cloud has surged, we have been laser focused on delivering the best enterprise-class capabilities for encryption and tokenization in public cloud environments. To have our efforts and success recognized with this award is a significant achievement for our entire team."...

Why hybrid cloud is so important - and why the market prediction is so large

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

Now we’ve had a few years of cloud adoption under our belts, it’s a good time to take a look at how some of the models are performing. Public cloud has its own great case study with Amazon AWS, and private clouds see strong supporters with forward-thinking IT teams. But there is another model that is winning over IT teams, the hybrid cloud, and it has good reason to.

With the rise of cloud models, we’ve heard a lot about the benefits of public and private clouds. Public clouds gave us the ability to leverage low-cost services to help organisations transition to cloud models through availability of services such as Amazon AWS. Private clouds were either built in-house to start taking advantage of the same type of technologies that make public clouds so attractive, but sadly the scale of efficiencies often doesn’t work for small organisations because the upfront costs of purchasing hardware and licenses can be more than simply leveraging cloud services from a third party provider...

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Cloud Computing: Google expands Compute Engine offerings with bigger VMs, autoscaling

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Jon Gold.

Google Compute Engine, the company’s IaaS cloud computing offering, got a facelift today with the announcement that new autoscaling features and 32-core VMs would be available to the general public. Autoscaler, according to an official blog post, is the same system that Google itself uses to dynamically scale the number of VMs being used by a given application based on load – users set utilization targets, and the autoscaling system spins up or shuts down VMs in order to keep, say, RAM utilization at 50%. The idea is to remove the need for extensive capacity planning and management, Google said.

“This saves you money and headaches since you don’t have to buy and hold spare capacity,” the announcement said. “Furthermore, Autoscaler can scale from zero to millions of requests per second in minutes without the need to pre-warm.” In addition, VMs on GCE are getting bigger – customers can now use 32-core VMs for load-intensive tasks like video rendering and heavy database workloads...

DoD, GSA consider new contract vehicle for commercial cloud

Grazed from FederalNewsRadio.  Author: Jared Serbu.

The General Services Administration and the Defense Department are working together on a possible new contract vehicle to help federal agencies buy commercial cloud computing services.

Nothing’s final yet, but the talks, between GSA’s Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) and the Defense Information Systems Agency could result in a multiple award contract solely for cloud, perhaps similar to GSA’s Networx contract, which lets agencies buy telecommunications services with pre-existing service level agreements...

MainOne's MDX-i partners Microsoft on cloud computing

Grazed from TelecomPaper.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Nigerian operator MainOne's data centre subsidiary MDX-i announced the launch of its new cloud-based service offering with Microsoft. The service is built on Microsoft Azure infrastructure for secure private computing to companies on a pay-as-you-go basis. Benefits of the Infrastructure as a Service include access to a wide range of computing resources, such as storage, CPU, memory, security firewalls and network bandwidth, provisioned on a subscription basis.

This the first cloud offering MDX-i is launching in partnership with Microsoft and positions the company to meet the computing infrastructure needs of companies deploying private, public or hybrid clouds from its Tier III data centre in Lagos...

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Cloud Computing: AWS buys Elemental video software company for $500m

Grazed from CBROnline.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Amazon Web Services has agreed to acquire Elemental Technologies as it looks to boost its cloud-computing services. Oregon-based Elemental Technologies, founded in 2006, has developed a technology which uses software-based video processing to distribute video over IP networks.

The firm translates the code of original digital video content for over 700 customers across the media industry, which includes ESPN, HBO, British Broadcasting and Comcast, for web distribution.  Its technology can offer flexibility, scalability and performance required to deliver high quality video via turnkey, cloud-based and virtualised deployment models...

CenturyLink Embraces Cloud Foundry for PaaS

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

Moving to essentially provide a higher level of abstraction through which it can deliver cloud computing services, CenturyLink this week announced that the distribution of the Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service environment from Pivotal, a unit of EMC, is now available in the CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace. That offering is the second PaaS environment that CenturyLink offers after acquiring AppFog, another provider of a PaaS based on Cloud Foundry, in 2013.

Dave Shacochis, vice president of cloud platform for CenturyLink, said the cloud service provider is embracing Pivotal CF as a mechanism for making its underlying infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform more accessible to the developer community. Rather than just presenting developers with an IaaS, Shacochis said Cloud Foundry PaaS environments provide developers with a framework to both build their applications and manage the underlying IaaS environment...

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What's Up With the Cloud Stocks?

Grazed from TheStreet. Author: Bruce Kamich.

The cloud has been a hot topic in the media and some of the cloud-related plays have also been hot in the financial markets. Has anything changed in the past month? Let's check the meteorological charts just to be sure. Starting with the First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (SKYY), we can see a five-month double top formation in the chart below. With the selloff from $31 to $26 last month, volume began to increase on the decline. Notice how the On-Volume-Line (OBV) has inched lower. Increased volume on down days suggests that investors are liquidating longs.

NetSuite (N - Get Report) has been in a "low pressure" funk all year with prices working irregularly lower, as seen in the chart below. Prices could decline further to next support around $80, and a deeper decline to the 2014 low at $70 cannot be ruled out...

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