October 2015

An Inside Look At Massachusetts' Grand Open Cloud Experiment

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Kristin Knapp.

While public cloud adoption continues to grow in the enterprise, some markets -- such as life sciences, academia and HPC -- crave a different kind of cloud. And that's exactly what Orran Krieger, research professor and director of the cloud computing initiative at Boston University's Hariri Institute, wants to create.

Alongside other members of the academic community and the state of Massachusetts, Krieger is launching the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC), a new flavor of public cloud based on an open and customizable model Krieger says contrasts sharply with the leading public cloud platforms today...

5 tips for securing apps across multiple clouds

Grazed from FedScoop. Author: Rutrell Yasin.

Creating a hybrid cloud computing environment – one that relies on a mix of on-premises and public cloud services – holds out the promise of greater flexibility for federal agencies on where to run diverse workloads and applications. It also promises greater computing economies. But enforcing policies and security controls between and among multiple clouds can be tricky business.

Agency managers can encounter a myriad of challenges as they use multiple cloud providers in conjunction with their own internal private cloud infrastructure. Issues surrounding compliance, data flow and protection, security, and visibility of information can complicate even the most basic expansion moves, including how to divide up data workloads...

SDSC Upgrades Cloud Computing and Storage Services

Grazed from HPCWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has made significant upgrades to its cloud-based storage system to include a new range of computing services designed to support science-based researchers, especially those with large data requirements that preclude commercial cloud use, or who require collaboration with cloud engineers for building cloud-based services.

The upgrades to SDSC Cloud, which debuted in late 2011 as one of the first large-scale academic deployments of cloud storage in the world, offers a unique storage service to educational and industry partners. The object-based storage system provides a highly scalable solution with flexible access methods and enhanced durability, while providing exceptional performance using high-speed 10 gigabit (Gb) connectivity at a fraction of the costs of other service providers...

The ups and downs of cloud compliance

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Mike Chapelle.

Compliance doesn't need to slow down cloud adoption, but it should remain a high priority in cloud-enabled IT environments. Federal and state laws that protect information security and data privacy differ widely and are becoming increasingly complex. The global picture is even more difficult to unravel.

As enterprises around the world adopt cloud computing strategies, regulated data -- such as personally identifiable information, health records and credit card numbers -- increasingly passes through the control of a wide range of service providers. Multinational corporations must take time to understand the data security ramifications of cloud computing decisions and move forward in a manner that maintains compliance with applicable security and privacy regulations...

Tapping into a Tech Support Network in the Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

One of the more challenging aspects of being a solution provider in the age of the cloud is that the number of vendors that a solution provider can have on their line card could theoretically be infinite. The only really limiting factor is access to the level of support required to properly represent any given cloud application or service.

With that particular issue in mind, PlumChoice has created a network of independent IT support specialists that solution providers can tap into to provide support for cloud applications. Dave Hauser, director of channel development for PlumChoice, said the cloud is an area that PlumChoice has made one of its primary support focuses because many of the solution providers that operate in the cloud are using business models that depend heavily on contract labor to provide support for their customers...

Third OpenNebula Conference Focuses on Vendor-neutral Private Cloud Computing

Grazed from OpenNebula. Author: PR Announcements.

The third OpenNebula Conference, taking place from 20 to 22 of October in Barcelona, is set to bring together top experts in designing, building and managing open clouds. The OpenNebula Conference is the place to share knowledge and practical insight and to learn about how advances in cloud technology are helping IT managers and executives tackle their computational and business challenges.

OpenNebula is the open-source platform of choice in the converged data centre, providing a simple, albeit flexible and powerful, cloud manager that supports traditional IT features and the dynamic provisioning of modern enterprise cloud. With thousands of deployments, OpenNebula has a very wide user base that includes leading companies in banking, technology, telecom and hosting, and research. OpenNebula is completely vendor-neutral and without hype, with a strong focus on real-life needs, developing the best technology, and serving users. There is only one completely free, fully open source, OpenNebula software...

Open hybrid clouds: A new approach to cloud computing

Grazed from C4ISRNET.  Author: Adam Stone.

In recent years, cloud computing has delivered information technology managers a means to streamline their practices and reduce operating costs. Now, a new range of tools has emerged to help IT make the most of cloud’s potential.  Hybridization has opened new doors, as has the promise of open-source development. Taken together, the open hybrid cloud raises the bar for military cloud users.
 
“Open hybrid cloud puts the control in the customer’s hands, by avoiding supplier lock-in,” said David Egts, chief technologist of Red Hat U.S. Public Sector. Providers “have to step up their game; they can’t just sit back and cash a check knowing they are the only game in town.”...

Cloud computing: A data-centric business model

 Grazed from TechPageOne.  Author: Kevin L. Jackson.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology:  “Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management.”
 
While this definition is broadly accepted and has, in fact, been my adopted standard for years, it only describes technical aspects of cloud computing.  The amalgamation of technologies used to deliver cloud services is not even half the story...

Cloud Computing: The Ethics of Big Data

Grazed from Tech.Co.  Author: Alex Espenson.

 Big data generally refers to information that is either unstructured or multi-structured. Unstructured is information that is not easily interpreted or organized and it has to be micro-analyzed in order to turn that data into value for businesses and government. It can refer to content heavy websites and databases as well as metadata.
 
Multi-structured data can be derived from individual interactions between people across a diverse range of websites and handles such as social media, chats, comments on websites, direct human interaction with the internet and smart city data statistics. The multi-structured avenues continue to expand and evolve as internet technologies emerge and adapt keeping up with the current and foreseeable economy...

Benefits of Cloud Consultants

 Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Annie Bustos.

A cloud consultant can guide an organization through every step of cloud implementation. This includes an overall review of the business to identify areas where cloud will have the most value. The consultant can identify any gaps the company has that might prevent smooth integration, and suggest cost-effective strategies to fix those gaps.

And cloud storage and services continue to fall in cost, especially when compared to traditional in-house setups.  A well-planned cloud consulting strategy developed by an experienced consultancy can help a business in several areas:...

Fusion Acquires RootAxcess to Expand Cloud Computing Segment

Grazed from TheWhir. Author: Nicole Henderson.

Cloud services provider Fusion has acquired the assets of Chicago-based RootAxcess, a provider of IaaS, cloud storage, backup and recovery, and other cloud solutions as part of its near-term objective of growth through acquisitions. RootAxcess is expected to be fully integrated into Fusion by the end of Q1 2016.

According to the Monday announcement, the acquisition will help accelerate Fusion’s expansion in the cloud computing segment of its business, and strengthen its presence in the IaaS market specifically. A recent report by Synergy Research Group found that public cloud now generates more than $20 billion in quarterly revenue for IT companies...

Amazon on cloud nine: AWS is now a $7.3 billion business

Grazed from FirstPost. Author: Editorial Staff.

Amazon’s cloud computing business Amazon Web Services kicked off its 'Re:Invent' conference with some statistics to show how the company’s shines above all others in the over-crowded cloud market. Ever since Amazon for the first time broke out financial details of its secretive cloud computing unit in April, we've known that AWS is "on track" to report $7 billion in revenue this year.

However, at the company's Re:Invent conference, AWS' senior vice president Andy Jassy said that AWS is currently running with an annual revenue run rate of $7.3 billion including $1 billion from its database service alone. He said the cloud unit has now over 1 million enterprise customers on the AWS platform; and that AWS is the "fastest growing enterprise technology company."...

Cloud drives freedom, control

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Admire Moyo.

Cloud computing gives organisations the freedom to control their own destinies. That was the word from Andy Jassy, senior VP at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Amazon Infrastructure, speaking during a keynote address at the AWS re:Invent Conference taking place in Las Vegas. There are about 19 000 delegates attending the event.

AWS, a collection of remote computing services, also called Web services, make up a cloud computing platform offered by Amazon.com. The most central and well-known of these services arguably include Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud and Amazon S3. Amazon markets these products as a service to provide large computing capacity more quickly and cheaply than a client company building a physical server farm...

Read more from the source @ http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=146795:Cloud-drives-freedom-control&catid=86

The hybrid IT conundrum: How to effect seamless enterprise transformation

Grazed from CloudComputingNews. Author: James Bourne.

The term ‘enterprise transformation’ is frequently heard, relating to organisational change and moving away from legacy technologies. Accenture defines it as a “fundamental shift [of] strategy, in response to major disruptions through a complete, business-driven remodelling of how a company structures itself.” But how far down the company does change go?

Antonion Piraino, chief technology officer at IT management software provider ScienceLogic, argues organisations need to assess the effects of bimodal IT at an operational level as well as at the application layer. Speaking at IP EXPO, Piraino explained the consequences of bimodal IT – the idea that organisations need two speeds of IT, one for reliability and the other for agility...

Dell in talks to buy data storage company EMC

Grazed from Reuters. Author: Mike Stone.

Dell Inc., the world's third largest personal computer maker, is in talks to buy data storage company EMC Corp, a person familiar with the matter said, in what could be one of the biggest technology deals ever. A deal could be an option for EMC, under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management Corp to spin off majority-owned VMware Inc.

The terms being discussed were not known, but if the deal goes through it would top Avago Technologies' $37 billion offer for Broadcom. EMC has a market value of about $50 billion. Dell is also in talks with banks to finance an all-cash offer for EMC, the person told Reuters on condition of anonymity as the talks were confidential...

Teradata expands market opportunity for industry-leading data warehouse on Amazon Web Services

Grazed from DQIndia. Author: Editorial Staff.

Teradata Corp. , the big data analytics and marketing applications company, announced that it is making its Teradata Database, the market’s leading data warehousing and analytic solution, available for cloud deployment on AWS to support production workloads. The initial version of Teradata Database on AWS will be offered on a variety of individual multi-terabyte virtual servers–known as Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances–in supported AWS regions via a listing in the AWS Marketplace.

“Today, Teradata is adding more innovation by coupling data warehousing capabilities with public cloud convenience,” said Tony Cosentino, Vice President and Research Director at Ventana Research, a leading benchmark research and advisory services firm. “No longer is cutting-edge technology the sole domain of the upper echelon of the corporate community; soon virtually any organization on the planet can tap into – and trust – the power of Teradata.”...

Portfolio Shows How States Are Applying Sales Tax to Cloud Computing Transactions

Grazed from CPAPracticeAdvisor. Author: Isaac M. O'Bannon

New guidance is available for state and local tax professionals that examines how cloud computing is increasingly affected by state sales taxes. Titled, Sales and Use Taxes: Cloud Computing, it is the latest Tax Management Portfolio from Bloomberg BNA, which provides expert analysis on evolving state tax challenges associated with cloud computing. This Portfolio has been made available to all subscribers to the Bloomberg BNA Premier State Tax Library, Bloomberg Law, and other Bloomberg BNA state tax services. It was authored by two leading tax industry experts, Stephen Kranz, Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and Mark Nebergall, President of the Software Finance and Tax Executives Council.

“The rules governing cloud computing taxation are developing rapidly in state legislatures and administrative agencies across the country,” said the authors. “Unfortunately much of the administrative guidance is questionable at best. Disparate and changing interpretations by state tax administrators makes taxation of cloud computing transactions even more challenging for both sellers and customers...

Amazon Jumps Into Internet Of Things Frenzy With New Cloud Platform For Devices Like Cars

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Alex Konrad.

As more devices from cars to thermometers and light bulbs get connected to the Internet, Amazon is the latest tech company to make its bid to play host. Amazon Web Services, the Seattle-based company’s cloud computing unit it launched in 2006, has become an increasingly strategic business for Amazon, with more than 1 million businesses signed up as customers and revenue of $7.3 billion.

To keep up that growth, AWS is increasingly looking to work with companies not traditionally top-of-mind as potential users of web services, unlike the startups and tech companies that host much of their business online through Amazon’s cloud. On Thursday, Amazon announced the AWS IoT, a platform for processing and using data from Internet-connected devices...

Amazon wants its cloud service to connect trash cans, toilets and hand sanitizer dispensers

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Eugene Kim.

Amazon wants its internet cloud service to connect everything from trash cans to hand sanitizer dispensers. At its annual re:Invent developer conference Thursday, Amazon Web Services launched a new internet of things (IoT) platform that helps devices easily connect to cloud applications and send massive amounts of data to be analyzed for future actions.

That means developers will now be able to connect cars, turbines, or even trash cans to AWS services to process data coming out of those devices and come up with meaningful actions. For example, if a hand sanitizer is about to get empty, it can send a signal to the AWS platform and get it filled up in advance...

Read more from the source @ http://www.businessinsider.com/aws-launches-iot-platform-2015-10

Amazon Snowball launched to help with cloud data transfer

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Barclay Ballard.

Amazon has revealed a pretty substantial piece of hardware for transferring large amounts of data to the cloud. Amazon Snowball weighs a hefty 50 pounds and can be used to store up to 50 TB of data before being shipped to Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS hasn’t really entered the hardware market before, but Snowball does fit the company ethos of helping customers gain access to cloud computing.

Some businesses find data migration to the cloud challenging, particularly when dealing with magnitudes in the order of terabytes or petabytes. Slow Internet speeds or inadequate network infrastructure can make wireless transfers impractical. Jeff Barr, chief evangelist for Amazon Web Services, believes that as the latest addition to the company’s Import/Export service, Snowball can provide a genuine boost for business customers...

Read more from the source @ http://www.itproportal.com/2015/10/08/amazon-snowball-launched-to-help-with-cloud-data-transfer/#ixzz3o56bsXcJ