August 2016

Cloud Computing: How Amazon is disrupting a $34bn database market

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

When Amazon launched Aurora in 2014, it was presented as a clear challenge to giants in the $34 billion database market. Today it is Amazon’s fastest-growing product and has already surpassed the growth of Amazon Redshift, which is saying something. Customers of the service are among Amazon’s largest and loudest advocates.

Since the start of 2016, roughly 7,000 databases have been migrated to AWS Aurora — and the rate of adoption has tripled since March 2016. Why is Aurora gaining popularity? As we have come to expect from Amazon, Aurora provides enterprises with the performance and reliability of a commercial product at a fraction of the cost of Oracle or IBM...

Zadara Storage Awarded Best of Show at Flash Memory Summit for Zadara Storage Cloud

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Zadara Storage, the provider of award-winning enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS) today announced that it has earned a Best of Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2016 award for the Most Innovative Flash Memory Business Application. The award recognizes Zadara Storage for its unique OpEx-based VPSA Storage Array. During the summit, Nelson Nahum, CEO and co-founder of Zadara Storage, led an in-depth presentation on how the market is transitioning from traditional CapEx storage to more flexible, agile OpEx storage solutions.

Google's Preemptible Cloud VMs Just Got Cheaper

Article Written by David Marshall

This week, Google announced that it is lowering prices on its preemptible virtual machines (VMs) to help businesses gain even more affordable options within the Google Compute Engine.  Although the market rate for using Google Compute Engine is by many measures already a fair price, it still may not be practical for some smaller organizations. 

Companies looking to gain entry into the Google Compute Engine but who don't have the budget or don't need the full power of Google’s cloud infrastructure now have a better choice.  They can go with Google's preemptible VMs, a much cheaper alternative to Google's typical cloud platform.  And now, they can do so even cheaper.  Thirty-three percent cheaper to be exact!

Preemptible VMs are like any other Google Compute Engine VM, with two big caveats: They cannot run for more than 24 hours and Google can preemptively shut down the VMs if they need the capacity for other purposes. 

Cloud Computing: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Just Spent Millions on This Supercomputer Maker

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Jonathan Vanian.

It’s all about the data. Hewlett Packard Enterprise isn’t slimming today. The business technology giant said Thursday that it will buy computing hardware maker SGI for roughly $275 million. HPE said the deal should close in the first quarter of its fiscal 2017 as long as regulators approve it.

For the past several months, HPE has been slicing off chunks of its business it no longer wants, like a majority stake in the Indian outsourcing subsidiary Mphasis it sold for $825 million in April, and an IT services business group it spun out and merged with Computer Sciences in May to form a new joint venture...

Cloud backup could have prevented Delta's meltdown

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

I hope you weren't flying Delta this week. If you were, you know that Delta's systems experienced an outage, and of course passengers bore the brunt of it in hundreds of canceled and delayed flights. When Delta performs a postmortem on this outage, it will likely find that the outage was caused by a common occurrence: network failure.

However, Delta could not recover or switch to backup systems. As my InfoWorld colleague Andrew C. Oliver wrote, Delta neglected the four pillars of high availability. Delta's CEO admitted as much, telling the Wall Street Journal that "it's not clear the priorities in our investment have been in the right place...

Alibaba’s dominant cloud business could take on Amazon

Grazed from YahooFinance. Author: JP Mangalindan.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) reported stellar fiscal first-quarter earnings on Thursday propelled by revenues that spiked 59%, surging past Wall Street estimates. And while talk of e-commerce transactions soaring on mobile dominated the announcement, analysts also paid close attention to the company’s cloud computing business, Alibaba Cloud — and for good reason.

Founded in 2009, Alibaba Cloud has evolved into China’s dominant cloud computing services provider, offering clients including Dutch electronics giant Philips, Schneider Electric and marketing platform Blogmint a wide range of storage, security, and database management options. For its fiscal first quarter, the company reported Alibaba Cloud revenues swelled 156% year-over-year to $188 million with 577,000 paid users...

Cloud Deployment at a Crossroads?

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Charles Cooper.

By now, you have to look long and hard to find a business hasn’t heard about the advantages it can gain by moving data to the cloud. The conventional wisdom has it that migrating to the cloud is no longer a question of if, but when. At least on paper. Rather than bounding into a new era of computing, the reality is that many organizations are still struggling to figure out the right cloud migration strategies.

There may no longer be much argument that cloud computing represents the future, but the reality is that line-of-business managers and their IT counterparts often find themselves working at cross purposes--leaving many organizations stuck in neutral when it comes to putting their cloud plans into practice...

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Global Hybrid Cloud Services Market to Grow at an Impressive CAGR of 20% Until 2020, Reports Technavio

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Technavio’s latest report on the global hybrid cloud services market provides an analysis on the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2016-2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.

Amit Sharma, a lead analyst from Technavio, specializing in research on cloud computing sector, says, “Hybrid cloud provides the organization a self-service approach that allows them to work independently without delay or even eliminating the need for additional capital expenditure. In a hybrid cloud environment, applications can be moved back to the enterprise data center to establish in-house production environment. Hybrid cloud helps organizations to achieve speed and agility for line-of-business and security and control for IT operations.”

Cloudy With a Chance of Dystopia: Tung-Hui Hu’s "A Prehistory of the Cloud"

Grazed from LARB. Author: Kevin Driscoll.

The internet is disappearing, fading into the background of everyday life. With pervasive mobile broadband, there is no longer a need to consciously connect. Our smartphones are always already online. In the absence of Ethernet cables and dial-up modems, the network itself is rarely seen or heard.

For many, the internet is simply infrastructure, and infrastructure only merits attention when it breaks down. Just as we don’t identify as “plumbing users” or “toilet owners,” few of us would think to call ourselves “internet users,” no matter how much time we spend online.
As the internet recedes, something called “the cloud” rolls in...

Cloud Computing: Why Fog Computing is the Killer App for the IoT

Grazed from RTInsights. Author: Carlos Aragon.

The speed at which technology evolves these days is amazing. Although we are still in the middle of the cloud revolution, suddenly a new networking paradigm has appeared: fog computing. And it seems to be a key component of another popular trend, The Internet of Things (IoT), or as we prefer to call it, the Internet of Everything.

A Little Bit of History

The evolution from cloud to fog computing shares similarities with the history of computing itself. Just as computers evolved from bulky mainframes to personal computers as processing power and local storage became smaller and more affordable, networking and applications that started with a centralized model have also evolved...

Don't Rush Into Containers Without a Security Strategy - Join this Beta Program

Written by Fei Huang, Founder & CEO of NeuVector

NeuVector's Container Security Solution - Join Beta Program

There are many benefits of containers which are driving the popularity of container platforms like Docker.

It is easy to forget that container deployments are fairly new and the threats unknown. Like virtualization did, containers will bring a new set of risks, threats, and vulnerabilities to be assessed and mitigated. Lock

At NeuVector we're developing a run-time container security solution which protects running containers where and when they are most at risk - at run-time. In a nutshell, without giving away too many secrets, NeuVector will:

Pulseway Responds to MSPs' Increasing Demand for Mobile-First IT Systems Management

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Pulseway, the leading provider of mobile-first, cloud-first Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) software, today announced the launch of Pulseway MSP, a solution tailored to the needs of MSPs, who can now remotely monitor and manage clients IT systems from their smartphone or tablet - anytime, anyplace - and take corrective action before clients are impacted. With this launch, Pulseway is changing the game for MSPs who continue to adopt a mobile-first approach to systems management.

According to a recent study by GetApp, a Gartner company, 90 percent of small business owners and managers place importance on the availability of a mobile app in order to use software on the go. Additionally, a new global study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) revealed that organizations leveraging a mobile-first strategy saw a 16 percent boost in productivity with 49 percent of survey respondents citing the importance of being able to work anytime, anywhere as the single biggest impact on their productivity. 

Workspace as a Service Market "Shifts into High Gear" with Sales Expected to Reach US $18.37 Billion by 2022

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IndependenceIT, a cloud management platform provider that enables IT departments, service providers and ISVs to easily deploy Software Defined Data Centers, App Workloads and Cloud Workspaces, today cited new findings by Transparency Research in a report titled, "Growth of Global WaaS Market Shifts into High Gear with Expanding Enterprise Mobility, Expected to Reach US$18.37 billion by 2022." Leading analysts have been watching with growing interest as IT administrators reduce the cost and complexity of their IT environments while improving efficiency and mobility with WaaS solutions that enable cloud-based access to desktops, applications, data, and complete workspaces from any location or device.

Hostway Hybrid Cloud an Optimal Environment for Web Apps

Grazed from Hostway

Hostway announces its new Hybrid Cloud service offering that enables enterprises to run their web-based applications in a hosted cloud environment with trouble-free management, support and services including application monitoring, managed backup and auditor-approved security. 

As a Microsoft Gold Partner with deep expertise in virtualization technology, Hostway recently launched its Hybrid Cloud offering, giving organizations a choice of Azure-consistent environments backed by proven Hostway managed support, including:

Over 90% of Small- to Medium-Sized Businesses Currently Use Cloud Hosting or Say They Plan To

Grazed from Clutch.

Cloud hosting is an overwhelmingly popular option among small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as shown by a new survey from Clutch, one of the leading B2B ratings and reviews sites. Nearly 95% of SMBs say they either already use a cloud hosting service or plan to transition to it.

According to industry analysts, the Clutch survey findings are indicative of a necessary trend, who suggest the transition to cloud hosting services is a good strategic move for SMBs.

"I don't think you can truly move forward within a company without using cloud in some way, whether that's by buying software as a service from somebody or creating your own cloud infrastructure for your business," said Rachel Bair, Director of Hosting and Client Services at Unleashed Technologies, a web development and hosting service. "To stay competitive in your own vertical, cloud hosting will be the way to go."

Flux7 Announces Custom AWS Microservices Architecture Service

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Flux7, an IT consultancy providing cloud architecture and migration services and solutions to help businesses modernize their IT practices, today announced its new Microservices SmartStart architecture offering. Built on its award winning Assess, Attune, Engage methodology, the new Microservices SmartStart helps organizations increase developer efficiency and efficacy, speed time to market, and grow customer satisfaction with applications that provide a better customer experience.

“Microservices are a natural next step for many organizations as they look to further evolve IT efficiencies for business advantage,” said Flux7 co-founder and CEO, Aater Suleman. “With years of experience and deep expertise assessing, architecting and building AWS solutions that directly address business needs, we are excited to bring a custom microservices offering to our clients, enabling them to quickly achieve the benefits of microservices infrastructure and compete more effectively in the marketplace.”

Healthcare On The Cloud: What Services Are Changing?

Grazed from HostReview. Author: Brooke Chaplan.

Although the healthcare industry was initially slow to move its data and services to the cloud, more than 40% of healthcare companies and providers reported that they are using the cloud in 2016. The move to the cloud is due to enhanced security, cost-effectiveness, and the increased availability of services that enhance efficiency and patient safety.

Patient Registries

Patient registries are maintained by healthcare providers for many reasons, including follow-up and tracking of procedures. Because patient registries include confidential information such as the patient's social security number, date of birth, and health conditions, security is essential. Cloud security has changed for the better so that healthcare providers can trust that patient confidentiality is maintained in the databases stored in the cloud...

Mad Rush For Data Centers Signals Coming-of-Age For Cloud Computing

Grazed from CXOToday. Author: Muqbil Ahmar.

On June 28, Internet services major Amazon launched its first set of data centers in India, saying that it is spending ‘tens of millions of dollars’ to set up data centers in the country. “The data center will help accelerate growth,” said Shane Owenby, managing director-APAC, AWS in an interview. In India, Microsoft by now has three data centers, IBM has two, whereas many others such as Japan’s NTT also have big data center operations in the country. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group too is reportedly planning to announce its India entry with a data center.

India is not unique to this as these days the Asia-pacific region has become a favourite destination for setting up of data centers. According to APAC Reach, a marketing and research company focused on assisting expansion throughout the Asia Pacific region, has reported a marked increase in European clients interested in data center investments in the area following the UK Brexit referendum...

Why Cloud Player Datapipe Is Acquiring This U.K. Startup

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

Datapipe, which over the past three years has been busy snapping up cloud computing properties, is at it again: This time out, it is buying Adapt, a U.K.-based company that helps customers run Amazon Web Services. Terms were not disclosed. Adapt is what is called a “managed services provider,” or MSP, which means it offers an array of technology services in a way that is theoretically easy for the business customer to use.

An MSP is often thought of as a sort of outsourced IT professional. It might run the customer’s email and provide related security and other services, for example in a way so the customer does not have to sweat the details of upgrades and patches etc. The Adapt deal comes about a year after Datapipe bought DualSpark, a company founded by former Amazon AMZN 0.08% personnel to make it easier to move business applications from internal equipment to the AWS cloud, which is a massive array of servers, storage, and networking owned and managed by AWS...

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Cloud Computing: AWS and Azure get the highest federal security rating: What happens from here?

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Rick Delgado.

Cloud services have been able to store customers’ data for many years now, but the number of prospective clients for several vendors has recently dramatically increased. Back in late June, the announcement was made that three vendors had received special certifications from the federal government, allowing them to store sensitive data that the government had on hand.

Two of those providers are among the most popular within the cloud market, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, while the third is CSRA’s ARC-P IaaS, a vendor that might not be as universally known as the others but still carries enough weight for those in the know. The news was certainly noteworthy for those providers, but it also has tremendous implications for federal agencies as well as the cloud market as a whole...