July 2016

IoT, cloud, and the logical progression to everything ‘as a service’

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Alex Vilner.

The growth of all things connected and of all things cloud seems unstoppable, and monikers are jumping to the logical end…that the Internet of Things will be the Internet of Everything and that the 'as a service' model will morph into 'everything as a service'. On-demand products have always had a place in business...

For more than forty years, mainframe time has been sold ‘as a service’ where users only pay for what they need when they need it. At a time when businesses are growth hacking their way to larger and larger client bases and new companies are coming online every day, the on-demand model provides the perfect balance of functionality and value...

How IBM's Cloud Strategy Is Different

Grazed from Fool. Author: Timothy Green.

Essentially, every major technology company is actively transitioning to the cloud. Amazon has become the overwhelming leader in the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market, where computing resources are sold by the hour, leaving Microsoft and Alphabet's Google playing catch-up.

Software companies are shifting to subscription software-as-a-service models -- in many cases, running the back ends of their applications in the cloud. Every company that consumes IT in one form or another is considering if, when, and how they should embrace cloud computing. International Business Machines has made cloud computing one of the cornerstones of its ongoing transformation...

How the Cloud can help us plan for Brexit

Grazed from GovernmentComputing. Author: Editorial Staff.

The deployment of cloud technologies mayhelp ease some of the planning necessary to help shape the new post-Brexit political and economic landscape, says John Glover, sales & marketing director at Kahootz. Although the country voted to Brexit it is clear that very little detailed thinking or scenario planning had actually been done by the Leave campaigners.

Remaining positive, they avoided discussing the many issues that would need resolution, arguing that the future is full of uncertainties whichever way the population voted. The urgent problem, to work out the detail, develop smooth transition plans and identify essential changes to policies and regulations, has been dumped at the door of resource constrained Whitehall departments...

Why hyperconverged systems could be the cure to the cloud and skills gap headache

Grazed from CBR. Author: James Nunns.

Technology choices in the financial services sector have become increasingly important in the past decade as a desire to stay ahead of competition, both established and new market disruptors, and the requirement to stay in line with increasingly proactive regulators, have made technology a key differentiator.

To some extent financial services has struggled in matching technology advancements to the pace of change being forced upon them, particularly so when technologies such as cloud computing appear to be a near no go area. London Capital Group, a company that specialises in online trading services, was faced with a changing market, a desire for new technologies to take them forward and a tech stack that was either at end of life, full, or coming out of warranty...

Cloud Computing: F5 turns up the OpenStack heat

Grazed from ITWebAfrica. Author: Editorial Staff.

OpenStack continues to gain momentum as the basis for both private cloud and a network functions virtualisation (NFV) enabler. OpenStack, an open-source software platform used to deliver cloud computing, continues to gain momentum as the basis for both private cloud in the enterprise and a network functions virtualisation (NFV) enabler in service provider environments, both of which are grappling with the challenge of scaling faster and further than ever before.

Leading cyber-security company F5 Networks (F5), whose solutions are distributed across more than 20 African countries by Networks Unlimited, is no stranger to scalability and is dedicated to enabling not only enterprises and service providers reach their goals of faster deployments with greater business agility, but also the community that has long supported and driven OpenStack to become the force it is today: its developers...

Fujitsu and Oracle Team Up to Drive Cloud Computing

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Fujitsu Limited, Oracle Corporation, and Oracle Corporation Japan today announced that they have agreed to form a new strategic alliance to deliver enterprise-grade, world-class cloud services to customers in Japan and their subsidiaries around the world. In order to take advantage of cloud computing to speed innovation, reduce costs and drive business growth, organizations need IT partners that can deliver the performance, security and management capabilities that are demanded by enterprise workloads.

To help organizations in Japan capitalize on this opportunity and confidently move enterprise workloads to the cloud, Oracle Cloud Application and Platform services - such as Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud – will be powered by Fujitsu's datacenters in Japan. Under the new strategic alliance, Fujitsu will work to drive sales of robust cloud offerings to companies in Japan and their subsidiaries around the world...

Firms Of The Future Embrace The Power Of The Cloud

Grazed from HuffingtonPost. Author: Jeff Cates.

In today's digital age, you would be hard-pressed to find an industry that hasn't been transformed by technology. I've spoken about the dramatic shift in Canada's small business landscape in the last few years as we move away from the notion of the "mom and pop" shop down the street towards the innovative startup run by tech-savvy, digital entrepreneurs.

New technologies, cloud computing in particular, have also changed the face of the accounting industry, transforming the way accounting professionals collaborate with their small business clients and empowering them to expand their role from compliance officer to trusted business adviser...

Cloud Computing: Why Microsoft Azure Is King of the Hill

Grazed from CloudExpo. Author: John Basso.

As I wrote earlier this year over at InfoWorld, Microsoft took another step toward being king of the cloud hill when it announced in January that it was releasing its Azure stack to the public. There are many technical reasons why this is cool, but more importantly, it's the psychological advantage this gives Microsoft.

Google has always had the ability for developers using its stack to develop locally on the same tools that run in Google App Engine. It recently forked its environments, so now the local and cloud environments are slightly different for some of the configurations -- I can't tell you how many nights I have lost sleep because of environments being slightly different! Development and hosting are two completely different things. What Microsoft did is one-upped Google and Amazon...

How to Invest in Cloud Like a Venture Capitalist

Grazed from InvestingNews. Author: Morag McGreevey.

Cloud computing companies are sweeping the tech landscape at a pace that’s sometimes leaving investors behind. The sector changes so rapidly and dynamically that it’s sometimes difficult to determine which companies are going to transform the way we think about information, data, mobility and tech… and which will prove to be a flash in the pan.

In order to glean some insight into the market, the Investing News Network looked into the investing habits of venture capitalists in this sector. By looking to these professionals, who make a career of getting in on the ground floor, we can estimate the next big trends in cloud investing which are likely to take hold. So without further ado, here’s how to invest in cloud like a venture capitalist...

Cloud and Mobile Synergy: The Impact on Automation

Grazed from BaselineMag. Author: Editorial Staff.

Since its birth in 2000, cloud computing has evolved rapidly. Organizations of all sizes and industries are shifting their infrastructure and data into the cloud. Even companies in traditionally change-resistant sectors are waking up to the fact that cloud solutions cut costs and risks and drive greater productivity.

While security remains a concern for cloud computing, a study from the Cloud Security Alliance found that 65 percent of security officers and IT managers think the cloud is at least as secure as on-premise software. Getting beyond the security concern represents an important tipping point, but the cloud is really about scalable and flexible back-end processes. It’s about the ability to harness massive IT resources on demand....

Read more from the source @ http://www.baselinemag.com/cloud-computing/cloud-mobile-synergy-impact-on-automation.html#sthash.NFUjzqXJ.dpuf

FCA under fire for cloud computing rules

Grazed from FTAdvisor. Author: Damian Fantato.

The Financial Conduct Authority has published guidance on how financial advisers should outsource to cloud computing providers amid concerns its requirements are too burdensome and onerous. Published today (7 July), the note stated firms using cloud services and other third-party IT providers must have a clear and documented business case or rationale if using them for “critical or important operational functions or material outsourcing”, as well as carrying out a risk assessment.

The regulator also stated firms must insist on being notified promptly in the case of any breaches, must have physical access to a provider’s data centres and there should be no restrictions on the number of requests firms can make of the provider to access or receive data. But some of these requirements were criticised during the consultation on the FCA’s proposals, while the regulator has watered down other rules after concerns were raised...

Cloud Computing: In Whom Do I Invest?

Grazed from YahooFinance. Author: Shudeep Chandrasekhar.

For the uninitiated, cloud computing can be a daunting subject. For investors, it's a nightmare. ETFs like First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (SKYY) do a good job of aggregating the best stocks in this segment, but as with any ETF you tend to get a lot of chaff with the wheat. This article showcases the three largest cloud providers in the world and highlights why they will remain at the top for the foreseeable future.

What is cloud computing?

In its simplest form, the cloud is merely virtual real estate space for data. As businesses started to move away from keeping manual records to "computerizing" themselves, they needed increasingly large amounts of hardware and a host of software applications to keep the engine running. In addition, they had to invest in networking solutions and other add-ons that made them more efficient...

Cloud data backup: Inexperience and ignorance key fear factors

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Organisations’ fears of cloud-based backup are mostly down to inexperience or ignorance of how the systems work rather than technological issues, according to new survey results released by analyst house Clutch.co. The research, which surveyed more than 300 small to medium US businesses to measure the benefits and challenges of cloud-based backup, found that 87% of respondents said online backup was either equally or more secure than on-premises equivalents. 24% argued it was “much more” secure, with 32% opting for “somewhat” and 31% equally secure. Only 2% argued online backup was much less secure.

In terms of benefits to cloud backup, greater data security (31%) was most frequently cited, ahead of data space (21%) and simpler backup (21%), while more than a third (37%) of businesses polled said they had experienced no problems when utilising cloud backup, with downtime and bugs (36%) cited most often ahead of limited data space (22%), security issues (19%), and data recovery problems (14%)...

4 tips for buying cloud management software

Grazed from Network World. Author: Brandon Butler.

Managing clouds can be a challenge given that virtual machines and storage are running in two different environments simultaneously. A crowded industry of cloud management platforms (CMP) has emerged to help. Gartner Research Director Mindy Cancila says the CMP market is young and maturing; customers should understand the limitations of various options. Here are four tips from Cancila for organizations considering cloud management products.

IaaS needs its own tools

Many organizations began their cloud journey by using SaaS tools like Office 365, Salesforce or some other business planning software. These SaaS platforms may require some new skills, but customers don’t usually need to purchase a whole new management platform to use them. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is different...

Google Study Finds Enterprises Who Trust The Cloud Beyond Cutting Costs See Revenue Growth

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Louis Columbus.

These and many other insights are from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s Google-sponsored study, Trust in cloud technology and business performance: Reaping benefits from the cloud (PDF, no opt-in, 28 pp.) and found that enterprises that trust cloud computing apps and platforms to transform their businesses beyond cost cutting see revenue growth.

Fostering and continually supporting business transformations that leverage cloud computing’s inherent strengths is how high-trust enterprises are gaining greater revenue outcomes than competitors. The study is quick to point out that higher trust in cloud computing alone doesn’t lead to better financial results, and “put simply, higher cloud trust appears to facilitate behavioural and process change within an organisation,” according to the study’s results...

Read more from the source @ http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2016/07/10/google-study-finds-enterprises-who-trust-the-cloud-beyond-cutting-costs-see-revenue-growth/#35fb7c441b48

Microsoft and SUSE have new public cloud deal

Grazed from ITWire. Author: Sam Varghese.

Microsoft and SUSE signed a patent-licensing deal in 2006, at a time when SUSE was operating under the Novell umbrella in the US. Novell was acquired by the Attachmate Group in 2010 and later sold to the British mainframe company Micro Focus in 2014. From the time of the Attachmate purchase, SUSE went back to operating as an independent business unit in Nuremberg as it had been before it was first bought by Novell in 2003. In July 2011, Microsoft announced the SUSE deal would be extended till 1 January this year.

Last year when Microsoft was asked about the continuation of the deal, the company refused to say anything openly. The 2006 deal did not go down well with the free and open source software community and one prominent developer, Jeremy Allison of the Samba project, left Novell in protest...

Alibaba Cloud rolls out second Singapore data center availability zone

Grazed from DataCenterNews. Author: Sara Barker.

Alibaba Cloud announced last month that its data center operations will be expanding, with a second availability zone in Singapore. The company's Singapore data center opened in 2015 to serve the Asia Pacific region's growing need for cloud and big data requirements. The second availability zone enables Alibaba Cloud to provide enterprise customers with higher capacity for disaster recovery and high availability, which the company says will meet worldwide demands, says Sicheng Yu, vice president of Alibaba Group and general manager of Alibaba Cloud International.

"The expansion of our Singapore data center enables us to meet the rapidly growing demand for cloud computing resources in Southeast Asia. This expansion also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing one-stop global cloud and big data services to both Chinese and international enterprises. We will continue to grow our coverage worldwide," Yu says...

Cloud Computing: What serverless computing really means

Grazed from InforWorld. Author: Eric Knorr.

It’s always unfortunate to start the definition of a phrase by calling it a misnomer, but that’s where you have to begin with serverless computing: Of course there will always be servers. Serverless computing merely adds another layer of abstraction atop cloud infrastructure, so developers no longer need to worry about servers, including virtual ones in the cloud.

To explore this idea, I spoke with one of serverless computing’s most vocal proponents: Chad Arimura, CEO of the startup Iron.io, which develops software for microservices workload management. Arimura says serverless computing is all about the modern developer’s evolving frame of reference:...

Catalogic Software Talks Copy Data Management, Hybrid Cloud, Oracle and More

Grazed from VMblog.com. Author: David Marshall

Catalogic Software recently announced a new software release that provides: dramatically easier management and use of Oracle database copies, the market's only Copy Data Management (CDM) support for the EMC Unity storage family, and Integration with AWS S3 for cloud-based data retention. These are just a few of the many exciting new features in the latest release of Catalogic ECX 2.4.  To find out more, I spoke with Catalogic Software's VP of Marketing, Tom Grave.

Acronis Delivers Broad Data Protection for Apps and Data in Microsoft Environments

Grazed from Acronis.

Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, today announced its new Acronis Backup Cloud Extension for Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto. The new offerings enable Microsoft Cloud Services Providers (CSPs) to easily provision and manage a highly flexible range of backup services across physical and virtual environments, while supporting the broad range of devices in use by businesses today. By plugging Acronis Backup Cloud into Azure or Azure Stack environments, Microsoft CSPs have a new and simple option to add increased value to their offerings by selling more complete backup and data protection services to customers.

Today's small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face new challenges when it comes to data protection, including massive increases in data volume, complex computing environments, more digital business processes and mobile workers, as well as man-made and natural disasters and cyber-threats. In addition, SMBs struggle to protect data in virtual, physical, and mobile IT environments, with 48 percent of SMBs running both virtual and physical systems, and almost 60 percent of SMBs using mobile devices for work-related activities.