March 2016

Talend Unveils Innovative Cloud Solution to Automate Big Data Integration in Amazon Web Service (AWS) Environments

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Talend, a global leader in big data integration software, today released a new version of its Talend Integration Cloud , a secure, Integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) solution designed to help companies more easily manage on-premises, cloud and hybrid integration workloads in their AWS environments. Available now, the new release allows IT organizations to execute big data and data integration projects running on AWS Redshift or AWS Elastic Map Reduce (EMR) with fewer resources and at a reduced cost. The updated Talend Integration Cloud solution also enables developers and architects to bring native Spark processing capabilities into an iPaaS solution in order to empower departments across the enterprise with real-time analytics.

The continued growth of big data, the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), and expanding corporate data lakes is driving companies to move an increasing percentage of data processing to the cloud. In fact, Gartner expects that enterprise iPaaS will continue to grow at a double-digit rate over the next five years. Talend Integration Cloud delivers the fast, scalable, elastic, and secure technology businesses need to keep pace with their growing stores of data and transform that information into real-time insight.

CloudLinux Launches KuberDock, Allows Hosting Providers To Start Selling Dockerized Apps In Just 2 Hours

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CloudLinux, the maker of the leading hosting OS powering more than 20 million websites, today announced the launch of the KuberDock platform that allows hosting providers to deploy dockerized applications and offer them to customers in just two hours. The first of its kind, KuberDock is based on Docker containers, and allows hosters to choose from thousands of available dockerized apps to expand their app portfolio. Hosters can upsell add-on applications, offer popular apps from the list of more than 70K options, or allow customers to choose and deploy any of the dockerized applications.

With KuberDock, hosting providers can expand revenues fast:

The Linux Foundation and edX Announce Free Open Source Cloud Infrastructure Course

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The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced its newest massive open online course (MOOC) is available for registration. The course is an Introduction to Cloud Infrastructure Technologies and is offered through edX, the nonprofit online learning platform launched in 2012 by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The course is free and will begin this June.

Registration is now available for this free cloud training course.

This is the second edX MOOC offered by The Linux Foundation. Its first course, Intro to Linux, has reached more than 500,000 students globally and continues to grow in registrations.

VMTurbo Enhances Private Cloud Control with vRA Integration in VMTurbo 5.5

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VMTurbo, the only application performance control platform, today announced turnkey integration with VMware vRealize Automation in its latest release, VMTurbo 5.5. This release continues to expand VMTurbo's control, extending support and control for IBM PowerVM, as well as fully automated public cloud migration capabilities.

"Intelligent workload management is a crucial component to the success of nearly every IT initiative, from managing a diverse infrastructure to deploying multi- and hybrid cloud solutions," said Shmuel Kliger, President and Founder of VMTurbo. "We continue to add data center entities to our market-based algorithm, transforming a whole new set of infrastructure into an available pool of resources. This release extends our mission to provide control for any workload, across any cloud, any time, anywhere."

Cloud Computing Boosts Oracle Even As Dollar Proves Challenging

Grazed from MorningStart. Author: Jay Greene.

Oracle Corp. posted solid growth in its cloud-computing businesses in the last quarter, even as it wrestled with the challenge of a strong U.S. dollar. The Redwood City, Calif., maker of business software often is thought of as late to Web-based computing on demand. But it recently has beefed up its cloud offerings, and customers have responded with enthusiasm.

Oracle's total cloud revenue in the quarter ended Feb. 29 rose 40% to $735 million. Because the company books overseas sales in foreign currencies, quarterly cloud revenue would have gained 44% measured in constant currency. "The world is shifting faster to the cloud, and Oracle is adapting appropriately," said Bill Kreher, an analyst at Edward Jones...

Amazon Web Services Says Over 1,000 Databases Moved to Cloud Since January 1

Grazed from Gadgets360. Author: Editorial Staff.'s cloud business, Amazon Web Services, said that more than 1,000 databases have been moved to the AWS cloud by customers since the beginning of the year. The AWS Data Migration Service, which allows migration of databases such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, MariaDB and PostgreSQL from on-premises data centres to AWS, is now available to all customers, the company said on Tuesday.

Amazon Web Services said that Expedia, Pegasystems, and Thomas Publishing are among many of the customers who have moved on-premises databases to Amazon Aurora and other Amazon RDS engines. Cloud computing is the fastest growing business for Amazon, which until recently was mostly known as an online marketplace...

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Sometimes You Just Have to Build Your Own Cloud

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Cloud, Cloud, Cloud! It seems the cloud is involved in nearly every business decision, planning for start ups, etc. but when do you decide it is time to go solo with your own cloud? We all know that cloud is a bit of a misnomer because in reality your files are just in residence on someone else's server hardware.

There is no need to look any further for proof of this than the server revenue and shipment report for the last quarter of 2015 that I wrote about last week. Companies around the world are moving a lot of hardware and making money while doing it. Of course, you folks understand this and the decision to go public or private cloud can be a challenging one because it involves cost and what the ultimate return on your investment will be in either case...

2016 year of the cloud: lack of expertise dethrones security as the biggest predicted challenge for business

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What do Gartner, IDC and Clutch have in common? They all predicted that the cloud would become the centre of attention in 2016. Analyst house Gartner forecasts that the global public cloud services market is likely to reach $204 billion in value by the end on 2016, while a survey conducted by research firm Clutch shows that roughly 90 percent of enterprises intend to increase or at least maintain spending on cloud computing this year.

Last year security was the top cloud challenges, this year it was dethroned by the lack of resources or expertise -26 percent of respondents noted that cloud cost management is a significant challenge, but 32 percent said the lack of resources or expertise was by far the biggest challenge. Gartner, Inc. has predicted that the global public cloud services market will increase by 16.5 percent this year to total $204 billion...

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Nimbix and Bitfusion Deliver Industry's Most Affordable High Performance GPU Resources in the Cloud

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Nimbix and Bitfusion today announced the immediate availability of its new combined solution to offer more choices to application developers looking for high performance GPU accelerators on an on-demand basis. The Nimbix Cloud, powered by JARVICE, now integrates Bitfusion Boost to offer lower cost accelerator resources for developing compute hungry machine learning, analytics, and photorealistic rendering algorithms.

The solution uses Bitfusion Boost's software defined compute technology to enable higher horsepower virtual GPU instances with costs significantly lower than anywhere in the cloud. The solution will also permit the combining of interesting CPU-memory-GPU configurations in the future. A developer will be able to combine the largest memory machine with an unlimited number of GPU nodes together to form a single powerful instance capable of handling a much larger job than before.

Are Cloud Computing Scares a Dying Trend?

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Cloud computing is on the rise, but behind the virtual cloud there isn’t always a silver lining. In recent months the mainstream media has picked up on some serious issues with the cloud services of some major companies and organisations – and that’s caused some to question the safety of this technology.

Indeed, whether it was the ASUS incident where the company put thousands of users at risk by failing to fix a flaw in their routers or the LA Hospital security breach where malware in an email allowed hackers to lockdown the system and demand a ransom, cloud services have taken a beating recently...

Management Complexity In The Multi-cloud

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Organisations are turning to the public, hybrid and multi-cloud to accelerate digital transformation. A 2015 Oxford Economics Survey entitled ‘The Cloud Grows Up’ shows that 69 percent of global business leader and IT executive respondents planned to make moderate to heavy cloud investments over the next three years; not only to save money, but to enter new markets and develop new products, services, lines of business and business models fast.

But one of the biggest challenges of hybrid and multi-clouds is achieving visibility, performance and management across the entire complex estate. You can wrestle with multiple cloud-provided tools and instrumentation, but that can be time consuming and frustrating. However, there is a surprisingly simple path to holistic visibility; the application delivery infrastructure...

How to Get Ahead in Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is growing rapidly, so the number of jobs available in the sector is on the increase. For anyone looking to get ahead in tech, looking for a job in cloud computing could be the way forward. So how can you ensure you have the right skills to progress in your chosen career?

The tech world is vast and varied. There are thousands of different jobs in tech, so it is important to select the right career path if you have a specific job in mind. Clearly this is easier said than done if you are still in education, but the skills you learn at the start of your career will play a big part in where you eventually end up. 

The Best Route into Cloud Computing

For many people, the most obvious route into an IT career is via a university degree and, perhaps, a post-grad qualification. There is no doubt that a good degree from a recognised university will help your cause, but a degree is not the be all and end all, particularly in a specialised field such as cloud computing.

Webinar: Critical Data for BootStack Clouds

Do you have or want to have a modern, agile, perhaps self-service, cloud infrastructure?  Are you struggling with or considering how many disparate workloads are deployed?  How will you gain useful insight into who's using which resources, and how do you appropriately charge users, departments, the customers of IT, for the resources they consume?

IBM acquires Optevia for public sector CRM SaaS play

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IBM has announced the acquisition of Microsoft software as a service (SaaS) specialist Optevia, ramping up its offering for CRM SaaS in the public sector. Optevia’s specialism in Microsoft Dynamics CRM firms makes an interesting avenue for IBM, given how dominant Microsoft is in the public sector. Among Optevia’s more recent customers include Wealden District Council, who announced in October “significantly improved customer services” using Dynamics CRM.

The company announced record financial results in May, and among its current client base are ministries, councils, regulators, transport authorities, and social housing organisations. “By acquiring Optevia, IBM will be able to provide public sector clients and prospects with a range of unique, industry focused CRM based solutions,” said Joanna Davinson, IBM Europe public sector leader in a statement. “This strategic acquisition will help strengthen IBM as a SaaS provider and global software integrator.”...

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Cloud Computing Had a Wild and Wooly Week

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

If you don’t like the current cloud landscape (cloudscape?), wait a minute. It’ll change. Take this week as an example. First, news dropped that Dropbox, which had long used Amazon Web Services to store most of its digital stuff, acknowledged that it had moved most of that (90%) to its own infrastructure. The migration, which has taken more than two years, was previously reported but wasn’t confirmed by Amazon AMZN -1.46% nor Dropbox until now.

For those who don’t follow this space, a public cloud is a huge pool of shared servers, storage, and networking owned and managed by one provider—Amazon, Microsoft MSFT -1.50% , and Google GOOG -0.12% are the big three. Those providers, in turn, rent that capacity to customers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies...

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Cloud Computing: Are the Days of Windows Desktop Dominance Numbered?

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Nothing lasts forever. Not even Microsoft Windows. Microsoft has been shoving Windows 10 up our behinds for a while now, but even they know that someday, they’ll have to go back to the drawing board and come up with something new. Wintel PC sales continue to slide among consumers. Cloud computing is on the rise for businesses and enterprise software that can run on browsers continue to increase enabling users to choose their platform.

Microsoft recently announced SQL Server for Linux. Microsoft Office has versions for Macs, iOS, and Android. Office versions can be run on Linux through Wine, and enterprise software can now be run through browsers or remote software across platforms. Plus, Microsoft saying that Windows 10 is the last version of Windows somehow paints an ominous picture for Windows fans...

The Benefits of Investing in HR Cloud Software

Technology has developed at an astounding rate in the last decade, so it is no great surprise that businesses are beginning to recognize the benefits of cloud software. Software can be used to automate business processes and streamline HR management. However, choosing the right system is important.

Important Questions to Ask

There are many things a business needs to consider before investing in HR software, cloud based or otherwise. Functionality is important, especially if a wide range of different employees will be accessing the system. Budget will no doubt be a key consideration for businesses with a keen eye on the bottom line. You should also consider how long it will take to implement the software, and whether training is included as part of the package.

SoftNAS Triples Growth as Software-Defined Storage Adoption Accelerates

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SoftNAS®, the #1 best-selling software-defined cloud NAS, today announced 330% revenue growth and more than a 190% customer increase in 2015. Driven by the explosive, dispersed nature of data, customers need a protected and reliable hybrid cloud storage solution. The SoftNAS vision frees customers from scale limitations and hardware dependencies by performing on any IT environment, ensuring fluid data movement regardless of data type or data location.

“Selecting SoftNAS has enabled us to expand our storage to the cloud, giving us greater flexibility, agility and resiliency. We are shifting more of our processes to the cloud and are quickly able to provision and manage storage. In addition, we do not have to deal with storage limitations and downtime which has contributed to a hassle-free experience,” stated Keith Son, Director of Infrastructure, iNDEMAND.

VMware Patches XSS Vulnerabilities in vRealize for Linux

By David Marshall

The stored XSS flaws in vRealize only affect some versions, but could lead to the compromise of user workstations

VMware has patched two cross-site scripting issues this week in several editions of the company's vRealize software.  The flaws reportedly could be exploited in stored XSS attacks and lead to remote code execution and the compromise of business workstations.  

A VMware security advisory was posted on Tuesday, citing issues with Linux versions of VMware vRealize Automation 6.x prior to 6.2.4, and VMware vRealize Business Advanced and Enterprise 8.x prior to 8.2.5.

Linux users operating affected versions are urged to patch their environments as soon as possible to address the problem.  According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the vulnerability could allow "remote authenticated users to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via unspecified vectors."

Why Are Developers Considering the Cloud?

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Experience plays an important role in a developer's decision to create cloud applications, according to a study of more than 13,500 developers conducted by market analysis firm VisionMobile. The VisionMobile "Cloud and Desktop Developer Landscape" study, released last month, indicated experienced developers are more likely to create cloud apps than others, and almost half of cloud developers who are contracting earn more than $2,000 a month.

Other study results included:

  • Lowering build times (64 percent) was the top reason that cloud developers said they used application programming interfaces (APIs).
  • Over 95 percent of cloud developers said they use a developer program.
  • 54 percent of developers are hosting their own cloud servers and prefer to control the development platform they are using.
  • 49 percent of developers are utilizing both cloud and desktop apps.
  • 31 percent of cloud developers using public clouds are leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS) as their development platform...

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