October 2016

KALEAO Launches Revolutionary "True Converged" Infrastructure

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KALEAO, an intellectual property and server solutions company, announced today the availability of its groundbreaking, hyperconverged platform, KMAX. KMAX is capable of achieving results that mark a significant milestone in the simplification and reduction of the cost for IT infrastructure.

In today's era of digitally-powered innovation, service providers and IT organizations face the constant challenge of delivering ever increasing IT services seamlessly, with simplified operations and web scale applications retaining security and leveraging innovation, all while needing to control costs.

Architecting IT in the cloud era

Grazed from ITWorldCanada. Author: Don Sheppard.

Recently I’ve been thinking about the relationships among emerging technologies, especially how the various ecosystems fit together. The list of technologies can be lengthy – social networks for people, wireless networks for mobile devices, systems for big data and analytics, hybrid cloud computing, IoT (in various flavours) and various applications of blockchain.

These are the building blocks of a truly major disruption in how IT is developed, deployed and operated. But do we have an appropriate architecture for what we’re building? In my opinion, few if any of the next-generation technologies have been the result of a structured architecture or an architecting process. Furthermore, traditional approaches to enterprise architecture do not seem to fit very well with today’s open source vendor-driven services...

Shift towards cloud computing driving security in data centers

Grazed from DatacenterNews. Author: Shannon Williams.

Increased threats to stored information due to the rising number of cyber attacks is just one of many factors driving the data center security market, according to new figures from Grand View Research, which says the global market is expected to reach USD 15.49 billion by 2024. The report says data centers need to be safeguarded against attacks and manipulation at both physical and logical level, subsequently creating a need for a cumulative deployment of security infrastructure.

The increasing awareness about the need for security, growing demand from the data center users for an integrated infrastructure, increasing adoption of cloud computing and virtualisation, and threat to the stored information due to the rising number of cyber-attacks are expected to propel industry over the forecast period...

Cloud Computing: You Can Get Control by Giving It Up

Grazed from Baseline. Author: Mike Elgan.

Giving up control is probably the best way to develop more competent employees and happier customers. And those outcomes add up to professional success for you. People need a sense of control. Understanding this fact helps you make better management decisions, career choices and products. So many fraught circumstances can be explained or understood by the human need for control.

Why do supervisors micromanage? And why do the people being micromanaged hate it so much? In both cases, the culprit is control. When tasks are assigned or delegated to a subordinate, the manager feels a loss of control. This out-of-control feeling is interpreted as, "They can't do it as well as I can." Or "They'll get the credit for this instead of me."...

Microsoft's Cloud to Spread Over France

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Pedro Hernandez.

Next year, Microsoft is planning to open new Azure cloud data centers in France. The announcement was made in Dublin at the Microsoft Experiences event today, the first day of a four-day tour of Europe, in which Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith will meet with the region's leaders and businesses. Other stops include Paris, Berlin and London.

Dublin is a highly symbolic site for Microsoft. Not only does the Redmond, Wash., software company operate a cloud data center in the Irish capital, it was an email stored there that sparked a major court case with cloud privacy and data sovereignty implications. The U.S. Department of Justice served Microsoft with a warrant in 2013 for emails stored in the Irish facility...

Amazon's Cloud Computing Uses Nvidia GPUs For Enhanced Performance

Grazed from ITechPost. Author: Victor Thomson.

The Amazon could computing division Amazon Web Services has just announced a new Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance type. Dubbed P2, this new Amazon cloud service is taking advantage of Nvidia high-performance GPUs in order to offer massive computing performance.

According to Hot Hardware, Nvidia GPUs help Amazon avoid the inherent limitation and bottlenecks of the current CPUs and architecture. By adding Nvidia GPUs in its cloud architecture, Amazon is able to enhance the performance of its cloud computing services. Jeff Barr, Amazon's Chief Evangelist at Amazon Web Services, explains in a blog post on the AWS website that the GPU scales out instead of up...

Europe’s fight over data privacy has a silver lining - a cloud-computing boom

Grazed from QZ. Author: Koon Ian Wong.

When it rains, it pours. The cloud is growing over Europe, to the tune of billions of dollars in investment from the world’s biggest tech companies. Microsoft revealed it has spent $3 billion on data centers for its Azure cloud-computing platform in Europe to date. Its next stop is France, where it will join rival Amazon Web Services in building cloud facilities next year.

Apple is reportedly preparing to plough close to $1 billion into a new data facility in Denmark, which is also where Facebook is said to be planning its own major data processing center. The reason for this flurry in activity can be gleaned from Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella’s tour of Europe, where he took the opportunity to announce something else, too: a book published by the Redmond giant titled “A Cloud For Global Good,” which includes dozens of detailed policy recommendations, with a sharp focus on privacy...

Read more from the source @ http://qz.com/799750/microsoft-msft-azure-europes-in-the-middle-of-a-cloud-boom-thanks-to-data-privacy-rules/

Cloud Computing: Moving Intelligence to the Edge

Grazed from Electronics360. Author: Tom Kevan.

Something about the Internet of Things (IoT) is not quite right. The dynamics between data sources, such as sensors and the cloud, fall short in critical applications. The result: big data may just as well be no data. Seeing the discrepancy between concept and reality, many technology visionaries and systems providers now advocate a topology called “fog computing” that creates a layer between the two poles of the network. This layer will aggregate compute, storage, control and network resources closer to the sources of data.

Proponents of fog computing do not see this distributed approach replacing the cloud, but complementing it instead. Fog computing promises to move data to the best place for processing and, in doing so, mitigate or eliminate shortcomings that prevent the IoT from delivering the benefits its creators have promised...

Read more from the source @ http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/7437/moving-intelligence-to-the-edge

Cloud Computing: Data Encryption - Your Customers Need It

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Charles Cooper.

When Target suffered a massive data breach in late 2013, hackers gained access to the company’s network and filched valuable credit and debit card information belonging to millions of the retailer’s customers. Intruders had burrowed their way into the corporate network by compromising the security of a third-party vendor working with Target - in this case an HVAC refrigeration contractor called Fazio Mechanical Services, which monitored the chain’s climate systems.

The spectacular circumstances surrounding the breach attracted obvious notoriety. But the incident also stoked wider concern among cloud administrators about data security, especially pertaining to situations in which third parties also have access to corporate networks. To be sure, companies can always adopt tactical approaches tailored to their individual situations...

The lowdown on the Google Cloud rebrand

Grazed from FierceCMO. Author: Patrick Gorman.

Google has rebranded its cloud computing business as Google Cloud and renamed its Google Apps for Work offering in a move aimed at boosting its standing in the cloud business ecosystem. Google Cloud will include all Google Cloud Platform offerings, machine learning tools and APIs, enterprise Maps APIs, as well as Android phones, tablets and Chromebooks that access the cloud. Google Cloud will also include Google Apps for Work, which will now go by the name G Suite and includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Hangouts, Google Slides, Google+ and Google Forms.

“Google Cloud is more than products – it is also how we work alongside companies in an engineering-centric way,” Google Cloud SVP Diane Greene wrote in a blog post announcing the rebrand. “Because digital transformation and moving to the cloud are technical processes, we have customer engineers, customer reliability engineers, site reliability engineers and product engineers supporting our customers as they migrate, deploy and evolve...

Serverless - the next evolutionary step in cloud computing?

Grazed from CIO. Author: Divina Paredes.

Imagine you are in charge of running a large manufacturing plant - let's say an electric car production facility. After you have placed a large order for solid state batteries, Werner, one of your trusted component suppliers walks your factory floor with you and stops in front of a raft of different CNC machines - some that cut or mould pieces; others assemble these and other parts together.

He points at them and says: "Recently we installed these super machines in our warehouses that can do pretty much anything and we have come up with a really exciting new business model. Would you be interested in hearing more about this?" Of course, any analogy goes only so far and comparing this setup to cloud computing is no different. But bear with me for a moment and ignore the logistics of raw materials and finished goods...

A New Chapter: "Cloud Musings en español"

Grazed from SysCon. Author: Kevin Jackson.

Since May 2010, “Cloud Musings” has demonstrated, educated and celebrated the use of advanced technology in business. Specific subjects are sometimes varied, but cloud computing and cybersecurity seem to have become our sweet-spot. Over this period, information technology has transformed from a business support arm to being the core of just about every business model.

Business transformation is also accelerating as social media and big data analytics take their place in the mix. We are also very proud to have had the opportunity to partner with industry leading companies like Dell, IBM, NASDAQ and Intel. A shortcoming, however, has been our failure to directly address non-native English speakers. Today we will start to address that issue by launching “Cloud Musings en español”...

Microsoft Is Building AI Supercomputer On Azure Cloud Platform

Grazed from ITechPost. Author: Victor Thomson.

At an event in Dublin, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that the company's Azure Cloud will become the first artificial intelligence supercomputer. Microsoft explained on the company's website how its Azure cloud computing offering will bring a new wave of apps based on AI technologies. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are defining the next generation applications powered by the cloud. Following this emerging trend, Microsoft is building the first AI supercomputer on its Azure cloud platform.

According to ZDNet, in order to achieve this goal, Microsoft is going beyond the traditional CPU architecture, building cloud processing power based on GPUs. GPUs can be scaled so that banks of GPUs can process tasks in parallel, so they best fitted for dealing with high workloads. The traditional approach of using individual machines with ever faster CPUs is reaching its limits...

What Is the Cloud, Anyway?

Grazed from Thrillist. Author: Joe McGauley.

"Just save it to the cloud!" You've heard this, probably in the same sentence with some other obnoxious tech buzzwords. Run out of space on your iPhone? Buy some more space in the cloud! Your mom can't figure out how to email you photos from her dog's birthday party? Upload them to the cloud! But, do you actually understand what exactly the cloud is, or how it works? There's no shame -- it's confusing as hell. To clear things up, here's what you should know.

The cloud is not a physical object

First things first: you cannot reach out and touch "the cloud." That's because it's not a physical object in space, not some gigantic hard drive in the sky, but rather an enormous network of remote servers all around the world that we are all constantly saving and retrieving data to and from via our high-speed internet connections...

Cloud Computing: The hidden dangers of legacy technology and how to resolve them

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Ed Jones.

Every business has that one legacy system they can’t seem to let go of. You know you’ve got one - a relic hidden away in some dusty server room. But are you aware of the damage these outdated systems can, will and may already be having on your organisation? The damage inflicted by legacy technology can range from minor systems issues through to major events that could put your organisation out of business – and it’s important to know the hidden dangers.

Increased downtime

Outdated software runs on outdated hardware, all of which eventually leads to ever increasing downtime and continued system failures. Running systems past their operational lifespan is a recipe for disaster. These systems will increasingly overheat, crash and eventually cease to operate...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2016/oct/10/hidden-dangers-legacy-technology-and-how-resolve-them/

Metaswitch Brings First Cloud Native IMS Solution to Market With Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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Cloud native communications software leader Metaswitch today announced the integration of its virtualized IP Multimedia Subsystem (vIMS) solution with Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade and NFV Director orchestration platform. The combined solution accelerates fixed and mobile network operators' deployments of advanced services including VoLTE on private, public or hybrid cloud infrastructures. With this integration, Metaswitch becomes the first Independent Software Vendor (ISV) to complete all levels of validation in the HPE OpenNFV Partner Program.

"The integration of Metaswitch IMS and HPE Helion enables CSPs to take full advantage of breakthrough cloud economics when bringing advanced voice services to market," said Brandon Harper, SVP of business development at Metaswitch. "The combined solution builds on our commitment to cloud native software development and furthers our close collaboration with HPE, which stands at the forefront of NFV platform and infrastructure virtualization."

Canadian Web Hosting Expands Private Cloud Services with SolusVM and Proxmox

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Canadian Web Hosting (www.canadianwebhosting.com), the leading cloud and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider in Canada announced the general release of their new Private Cloud Hosting plans that greatly expand the availability of their industry best virtualization choices. Their cloud portfolio now includes on-demand Proxmox Private Clouds.  These new plans are available in certified Canadian data centers in Vancouver, BC or Toronto, ON and give customers access to complete server virtualization management, support for both Windows and Linux images, low-cost managed support and advanced features at a fraction of the cost of typical enterprise systems.  

With Proxmox Private Clouds, many businesses now have access to an enterprise-ready system that allows them to quickly reduce their infrastructure spend. This is done by the ability to increase the efficiency of their infrastructure resources and significantly reduce typical hardware costs and administrative time required to run their own servers and hardware.  Canadian Web Hosting's launch of Proxmox Private Clouds in Canada gives customers access to a completely open source server virtualization system that utilizes KVM (Kernal-based Virtual Machines) running on lightweight container-based virtualization, Linux Containers (LXC) storage, virtualized networks and high availability. 

Centrify Receives the Highest Service Score in "Workforce to SaaS" Use Case by Gartner for IDaaS, Worldwide

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Centrify, the leader in securing enterprise identities against cyberthreats, today announced it has received the highest service score in the "Workforce to SaaS" use case by Gartner, Inc. in its "Critical Capabilities for Identity and Access Management as a Service, Worldwide."

"We believe these analyst recognitions, combined with our 96 percent customer retention rate, underscore our commitment to our customers' security and success," said Tom Kemp, CEO and co-founder of Centrify. "This report comes on the heels of Centrify being named a leader in the Gartner June 2016 Magic Quadrant for Identity and Access Management as a Service, Worldwide."

OpenStack Newton Release Advances One Cloud Platform for Virtualization, Bare Metal and Containers

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The OpenStack community today released Newton, the 14th version of the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds. New features in the Ironic bare metal provisioning service, Magnum container orchestration cluster manager, and Kuryr container networking project more seamlessly integrate containers, virtual and physical infrastructure under one control plane.

ContractPal Deploys Zadara Storage to Protect their Mission Critical Customer Data

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Zadara Storage, the award-winning provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service(STaaS) today announced that ContractPal has deployed the Zadara VPSA storage array architecture to support their Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) application, CloudPiston. By deploying the Zadara Storage VPSA solution, ContractPal is able to transition from a CapEx model to a pure OpEx model, while ensuring their customers are protected by sophisticated data encryption and comprehensive data protection and disaster recovery services.