October 2016

Cloud Computing: Could Amazon hit $1,000 a share?

Grazed from USAToday. Author: Elizabeth Weise.

Wall Street is bullish on Amazon, with some suggesting its stock could hit $1,000 in the not too distant future. Rising e-commerce sales, growing Prime memberships and further expansion of its cloud service AWS are expected to provide solid results when the Seattle company posts its third-quarter financial results Thursday after the markets close.

Analysts polled by S&P Global Market Intelligence anticipate Amazon (AMZN) will report revenue of $32.654 billion and a profit of 82 cents per share. That compares with 17 cents in the year-earlier period. Amazon’s third-quarter guidance was net sales of between $31.0 billion and $33.5 billion...

Speed is Essential to Get to Cloud, IT Modernization

Grazed from Meritalk. Author: Eleanor Lamb.

When Tony Summerlin, senior strategic adviser at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), helped write the first Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), he said he envisioned the program as a much quicker and sleeker version of what it is today.

Summerlin, who spoke at a panel at ServiceNow’s Now Forum on Oct. 26, said his goal was to draft a plan that would accelerate people to the cloud. Instead, it turned into a 1,500-page bureaucratic exercise that he said “wasn’t the point” of the document. According to Summerlin, speed is one of the biggest challenges to Federal initiatives across the board, not just in the application of FedRAMP...

SaltStack Enterprise 5.0 Released to Deliver Intelligent Orchestration for the Software-Defined Data Center

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SaltStack, the creator of intelligent orchestration software for the software-defined data center, announced the availability of SaltStack Enterprise 5.0 as the industry’s first intelligent orchestration platform for the software-defined data center. SaltStack Enterprise 5.0 is powered by Salt open source software but now offers a completely new graphical user interface made possible by the new SaltStack Enterprise API.

SaltStack Enterprise 5.0 delivers unprecedented scalability, security, visibility and usability to enterprise DevOps and IT operations organizations looking to unlock the full power of Salt orchestration and automation. SaltStack becomes the first systems management software vendor to deliver event-driven automation for natively integrated configuration management, infrastructure security and compliance, cloud and container control, and DevOps orchestration. The result is the most intelligent and scalable IT systems automation platform built for modern infrastructure and application requirements.

Pure Storage Simplifies OpenStack Deployments

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Pure Storage announced expanded support for OpenStack and new solution offerings to simplify OpenStack deployments.  Pure Storage provides block storage for OpenStack environments with a comprehensive Cinder driver and native replication and snapshot features.

As part of the company's ongoing mission to innovate and improve the speed and efficiency of OpenStack deployments, Pure Storage has developed solution offerings with other companies, including Cisco Systems and Breqwatr, Inc. These solutions ensure customers seeking to deploy cloud services no longer have to choose between future cloud deployments and today's infrastructure. In fact, customers can easily deploy OpenStack today and be operational almost immediately.

ServiceNow Survey: 52% of Enterprises Now Choose Cloud as Default for IT Projects

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ServiceNow, the enterprise cloud company, today released a new report, "The 2016 Cloud Computing Tipping Point." It reveals adoption reality finally measures up to hype for cloud computing. There are game-changing consequences for IT departments as DevOps' influence extends across the enterprise. 

To better understand the adoption, drivers and implications of an increasingly cloud-centric world, ServiceNow commissioned a survey of 1,850 mid- to senior-level managers. It was a global study, evenly split among IT leaders, line-of-business management and DevOps professionals.

The 2016 Cloud Computing Tipping Point research revealed three significant findings: 

Announcing Azure Analysis Services Preview

Grazed from Microsoft. Author: Bret Grinslade

We are pleased to announce the public preview of Microsoft Azure Analysis Services, the latest addition to our data platform in the cloud. Based on the proven analytics engine in SQL Server Analysis Services, Azure Analysis Services is an enterprise grade OLAP engine and BI modeling platform, offered as a fully managed platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Azure Analysis Services enables developers and BI professionals to create BI Semantic Models that can power highly interactive and rich analytical experiences in BI tools (such as Power BI and Excel) and custom applications.

Position Imaging to Build Its Package and Asset Tracking System on Microsoft Azure

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Position Imaging, Inc. announced today that its cloud-based Package and Asset Tracking Systems (PAATS) will be built on Microsoft Azure.
 

Progress DataDirect Hybrid Data Pipeline Revolutionizes Data Access for Cloud Applications

Grazed from Progress

Progress today announced the release of Progress DataDirect Hybrid Data Pipeline, a data access service that provides simple, secure access to organizations’ cloud and on-premises data sources for hybrid cloud applications, such as CRM, data management platforms or hosted analytics.

According to Gartner, “In 2017, forward-thinking IT organizations will realize that rigid data architectures will not scale to meet the needs of a competitive, growing digital business. Technical professionals must utilize the lower-cost, flexible, componentized data management and analytics platforms that are emerging to enable their enterprises to be successful into the digital business era.”

Cloud Computing: What's Wrong with Apple?

Grazed from Forbed. Author: Greg Stall.

Apple is no longer the darling of the tech world it once was. It used to be that if you wrote something that even mildly suggested problems at the company, you were subjected to howls of execration by a seemingly endless legion of Apple fan boys. Yet clearly, those days are now over.

Consider this. In just the last few weeks, veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg called Siri stupid, Silicon Valley guru Steve Blank questioned the company’s vision in Harvard Business Review and Business Insider reported that people are now saying that Microsoft is more innovative than Apple. Ouch!...

Cloud Computing: What are the technologies that will shape 2017?

Grazed from Arnnet. Author: Editorial Staff.

The evolution of cloud computing, IoT, AI, and augmented reality are some of the technologies that will pave the way and shape 2017. In its 2017 Predictions: Dynamics That Will Shape The Future In The Age Of The Customer report, Forrester identified the top 15 trends that will shape 2017. It indicated that the next wave of technologies is poised to remake industries and customer experiences, and that these technologies will come in three forms:

  • Engagement technologies that will create different virtual, physical, and digital experiences.
  • Insights technologies that aim to convert personalisation and predictive analytics into reality.
  • Supporting technologies that will drive new levels of speed and efficiency in the next technology revolution.

Read more from the source @ http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/609376/what-technologies-will-shape-2017/?fp=2&fpid=1

Getting "Moore" Out of Your Cloud

Grazed from CIOReview. Author: Editorial Staff.

As many of you in the technology industry are aware, in 1965, Dr. Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, observed that the number of transistors producible within a silicon wafer could economically double every year. Although the doubling rate has been revised several times since then, the prediction has served as a target and benchmark for semiconductor technology growth.

Moore’s law has fueled exponential computing advancements over the last several decades. For example, we have seen microprocessors with a few thousand transistors and kilobytes of memory transform into multi-core server chips with billions of transistors, gigahertz clock rates, and equally impressive storage and networking capabilities...