December 2015

Where is the enterprise at in terms of cloud adoption at the end of 2015?

Grazed from ITProportal. Author: Jeff Denwerth.

In general, cloud penetration across the enterprise in terms of workloads being completed continues to be at a relatively low level, with many analysts firms reporting that penetration is at rates of less than 10 per cent. That said, the journey has begun in most organisations and Ovum has identified that nearly 75 per cent of organisations will adopt some hybrid cloud strategy by 2016. We’re seeing a mixture of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS being consumed by organisations which are clearly determined to utilise next generation cloud technologies to make themselves not only more agile, but also more focused on their own businesses and less on the business of IT.

How will the elimination of US Safe Harbour impact this momentum going forward?

Safe Harbour protections of PII data are, in essence, to be lifted by 1 January 2016. With little time remaining to react, the overwhelming number of US-based SaaS providers are ill prepared to offer a sovereign European SaaS solution within the time available. What’s more, there are also cases such as the US government vs. Microsoft looming in which the central issue of data privacy is evolving from data location to data stewardship...

Cloud Computing: Red Hat Closing In On $2 Billion In Its Fourth Quarter

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

Red Hat reported its third quarter 2016 results Nov. 30, and largely contrary to expectations, it's still going strong. Advances in cloud computing, VMware's strong virtualization product line, the Cloud Foundry open source development platform, and Amazon and other cloud computing services were all supposed to be sapping Red Hat's strength.

On the contrary, as long as Red Hat remains at the core of the enterprise data center with its Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system, it will remain a viable competitor to VMware, the open source development platform Cloud Foundry, and proprietary clouds. This is something that's not commonly understood about Red Hat and one reason its stock price, after limping through 2015 (with a low of $67 in August), closed Dec. 23 at $83.99, up over 22% since then...

These Are the Big Data Startups That Won 2015

Grazed from Tech.co. Author: Philip Kushmaro.

If you think about just how much data is on the web right now, it’s not surprising that Big Data analytics have become the fastest growing segment of the IT industry. After all, they’re designed to unscramble the mess of online data us laypeople have created and rearrange it into something nice, neat, and understandable.

Naturally, as the year ends, it’s time to reflect on this year’s major players—startups that have continuously flooded news outlets with announcements of funding rounds, prestigious awards, and just plain awesome technology. That being said, here are five Big Data analytics startups that have genuinely impressed us in 2015:...

Read more from the source @ http://tech.co/big-data-startups-won-2015-2015-12

Survey: Cloud Security Still a Concern Heading into 2016

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: Elizabeth Montalbano.

While more enterprises have become comfortable with, and even embrace, cloud computing in 2015, concerns about security associated with the technology remain as the year comes to a close, according to a recent survey by Netwrix Corp. The Netwrix 2015 Cloud Security Survey found that 65 percent of companies still have security concerns when migrating to the cloud, while 40 percent are still worried about their loss of physical control over data in the cloud.

Netwrix provides IT auditing software for visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, with more than 150,000 IT departments worldwide using the solution. For the survey, the company polled more than 600 IT professionals worldwide in technology, manufacturing, government, healthcare, finance, education and other industries...

Read more from the source @ http://thevarguy.com/secure-cloud-data-storage-news-and-information/survey-cloud-security-still-concern-heading-2016

Cloud Computing: Meg Whitman Will Leave HP and 4 Other Predictions For 2016

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

2015 was a blockbuster year in which one tech icon, Hewlett Packard, split itself in half and two others, EMC and Dell attempted to navigate a more-complicated-by-the-minute plan to combine themselves into one. That dichotomy illustrates two world views roiling the tech landscape. HP’s journey exemplified the notion that it’s better to be smaller but more focused on key markets rather than trying to cover the universe.

The Dell worldview, on the other hand, is that bigger is just plain better. Michael Dell is from Texas, after all. With that in mind, here are five totally personal, non-scientific predictions about what will happen in tech in 2016.

1: Meg Whitman will declare victory and exit HP

Count on this one. Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPE 1.05% and Chairman of HP Inc. HPQ 0.42% , will initiate a search for a replacement (if she hasn’t already), find one, and take a victory lap before departing...

Read more from the source @ http://fortune.com/2015/12/30/5-predictions-for-2016/

Apple reveals fingerprint cloud storage patent

Grazed from PlanetBiometrics. Author: Editorial Staff.

Apple has patented a method for iPhones to store fingerprint information, upload to the cloud, and then download it on another iPhone. The patent “Finger Biometric Sensor Data Synchronization VIA A Cloud Computing Device And Related Methods" was published by the USPTO on December 17, 2015, reports Slash Gear.

Filed in August, this envisioned process would allow Apple devices to collect fingerprint information, as they do today, but also upload that information to the cloud for storage. Previously, Apple has shied away from storing biometric data in the cloud – and its security policy states: “An image of the fingerprint itself is never actually retained...

The Auto Industry: Driving Towards The Internet of Things

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Jeremy Daniel.

The year 2015 will largely be remembered as the year when cloud computing went mainstream and companies that had invested early were able to reap the benefits with the promise of much more to come. Industries which for so long had worked as an independent, players began the scramble to connect with each other in previously unheard of ways.

The internet of things, as it has become known, is gathering speed and momentum and nowhere was that more apparent than in the auto industry. Innovation is everywhere. Consider, for starters, the new BMW 7 Series which boasts tech straight out of the future, like ‘’touchless” control of the audio system’s volume control, wireless phone charging and a world-first remote control parking feature. We can’t wait to see those hitting the streets...

Read more from the source @ http://cloudtweaks.com/2015/12/auto-industry-internet-of-things/

DoD’s cloud policy rains some risks, IG says

Grazed from FederalNewsRadio. Author: Scott Maucione.

A new Defense Department Inspector General’s report found problems with the Pentagon’s cloud policy that may have monetary and cybersecurity risks. DoD does not maintain a comprehensive list of cloud computing service contracts because the department’s chief information officer failed to establish a standard, department-wide definition for cloud computing. In addition, the DoD CIO did not develop an integrated repository that could provide detailed information used to identify cloud computing service contracts, the report stated.

As a result, DoD has no way of determining if it is actually saving money by migrating to the cloud and may not be able to effectively identify and monitor cloud computing security risks, the report stated. “DoD’s ability to track cloud computing cost savings, and benefits is greatly limited if DoD is not aware what cloud computing service contracts exist within DoD … [and] unless DoD Components accurately classify their information systems as using cloud computing services, DoD CIO will not be aware what security risks are specific to those services,” the report stated...

Read more from the source @ http://federalnewsradio.com/defense/2015/12/dods-cloud-policy-rains-risks/

The New Mega-Clouds of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Dataversity. Author: Charles Roe.

Mega-clouds and “the economies of scale?” Such a topic is enough to keep smaller Cloud Computing vendors up at night wondering if their businesses are going to be able to keep up with the pricing demands of the market, “a year ago RedMonk analyst Stephen O’Grady dubbed such economies as “daunting” for traditional data center vendors, in one of the most polite understatements ever uttered.

After all, a year later we’re seeing mega-cloud vendors – Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft – drive server costs to lows impossible for any enterprise data center to achieve. Oh, and they’re doing it while retaining significant margins for themselves – all of which means we may be on the verge of seeing a complete changing of the guard in enterprise IT that will play out over the next decade.”...

Read more from the source @ http://www.dataversity.net/the-new-mega-clouds-of-cloud-computing/

Cloud Computing Moves to the Edge in 2016

Grazed from DataInformed. Author: Andy Thural and Mac Devine.

The year 2016 will be exciting in terms of applied technologies. We see a lot of technologies maturing and moving from lab exercises to real-world business technologies that solve real-life customer problems – especially in the areas of digital transformation, API, cloud, analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular, we see the following areas evolving faster than others:

Year of the Edge (Decentralization of Cloud)

Cloud has become the ubiquitous digital platform for many enterprises in their quest to provide a single unified digital platform. Integrating the core IT with the shadow IT has been the main focus for the last few years, but in 2016 we anticipate the next step in this process. We started seeing companies moving from the central cloud platforms toward the edge, or toward decentralizing the cloud...

Cloud Computing: The Future of Data Centers

Grazed from SysCon. Author: Pavan Kumar.

The future of data centers looks very exciting. Data Centers are turning out to be increasingly important in today's connected world as we can store and process a lot of consumer and commercial data. Data centers seem to be either becoming huge or very small. In general, marketing cloud storage and cloud computing services are likely to increase the profit margins and favor the large players. There is an increasing need for superior Data center competence as we are more dependent on cloud-based applications and huge Data center services.

The companies will view data as a resource to be extracted for insight, innovation and opportunities are extracted from the future Data centers. The future Data centers can be used as infrastructure as a service (IaaS) with pay-per-use model. It will help companies to meet the business requirements and to control the cost, scalability and service level objectives...