January 2017

Cloud Computing: EU wants to regulate WhatsApp and Skype like carriers

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Peter Sayer.

Internet-based communications services such as Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo, Apple iMessage, or Viber offer a host of advantages over the old-fashioned telephone, including, for their operators, exemption from the European Union's strict telecommunications privacy rules.

The European Commission wants to change that, and on Tuesday proposed new legislation to protect consumers' online privacy. The move is no surprise: An early draft of the Proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications leaked in December. Smartphone apps such as Skype and WhatsApp replicate the voice-calling and text-messaging features of older phones but don't fall under EU communications privacy legislation because they are data services that run over the top of an internet connection, rather than native functions of the network like phone calls and SMS...

Cloud Computing: Building your data castle - Protecting from ransomware and restoring data after a breach

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: David Trossell.

The data centre is the castle. You can pull up the drawbridge, fill up the moat, or pull down the portcullis. But at some point, you have to let data in and out, and this opens up the opportunity for ransomware attacks. No longer is it a matter of pride and peer recognition in the hacker community for circumnavigating and exposing the security of an organisation because it is now a fully-fledged industry in its own right with the use of ransomware.

That cybersecurity company Herjavec Group estimates to top a $1 Billon in 2016. In the past, those under siege used to flood the moats, pull up the drawbridges and drop the portcullis to protect themselves but with the modern data centre organisations life blood is the movement of data in and out of the data centre...

Comcast Business Provides Enterprise Customers with Private Ethernet Connectivity to the Microsoft Cloud

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Comcast Business today announced that it now provides enterprise customers with private links to the Microsoft Cloud, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft Dynamics 365. Comcast Business customers can now receive up to 10 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of private network service to the Microsoft cloud, supporting the diverse mix of enterprise class cloud services offered by Microsoft.

Private cloud connectivity provides businesses with predictable and often better performance, security and availability compared to connecting over the open internet, and is backed by a service level agreement (SLA). Joining the Microsoft ExpressRoute partner program, Comcast Business is making the Azure ExpressRoute service available to its more than one million Ethernet-enabled buildings nationwide.
 

A brief history of Cloud IT

Grazed from CodeStone. Author: Paul Williams.

Every industry has its own buzzwords – concepts and ideas that get thrown around, and often become overhyped – primarily by those that have a vested interest in selling you certain products. You could be forgiven for thinking that ‘cloud’ was one such buzzword. After all, it’s difficult to get through a conversation about IT without it sounding like an abstract weather report! But, the truth is that the cloud has fundamentally reshaped the information technology landscape. Cloud redefines how we procure, consume and pay for digital services. For small and medium-sized businesses, this is particularly important.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Surprisingly, the origins of cloud computing can be traced back to the 1950s. Mainframe computers were prodigiously expensive and were, therefore, reserved for large corporations and respected learning institutes. To facilitate growing demand for computer resources, these institutions allowed multiple users to access the central mainframe through ‘dumb terminals’...

Read more from the source @ http://www.codestone.net/our-thoughts/a-brief-history-of-cloud-it/

An introduction to cloud solutions and their use cases

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing — on-demand, internet-based computing services — has been successfully applied to many computing functions in recent years. From consumer-facing, web-based productivity apps like Google Docs to enterprise database management suites, the tools businesses rely on are increasingly moving to the cloud.

But developing a cloud strategy is no easy task. Public cloud solutions will likely come to dominate the market over the next decade, but business constraints, such as security concerns and the limitations of existing infrastructure, make it difficult for companies to fully adopt the public cloud right now...

Read more from the source @ http://www.businessinsider.com/the-cloud-computing-report-an-introduction-to-cloud-solutions-and-their-use-cases-2017-1

UberCloud Cites Progress in HPC Cloud Computing

Grazed from HPCWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

200 HPC cloud experiments, 80 case studies, and a ton of hands-on experience gained, that’s the harvest of four years of UberCloud HPC Experiments. This article summarizes major findings, a discussion of roadblocks and how they have been resolved, and offers three examples from the latest 2016 Compendium of HPC cloud case studies.

HPC cloud experiments demonstrate progress in HPC cloud computing

After four years and 200 cloud experiments we are now able to measure cloud computing progress, objectively. Looking back four years at our first 50 cloud experiments, 26 of them failed or didn’t finish, and the average duration of the successful ones was about three months. Four years later, in 2016, looking at our last 50 cloud experiments, none failed; and the average duration of these experiments is now just about three days...

Hedging its bets, AWS evolves into holistic cloud provider

Grazed from DigitalNewsAsia. Author: Edwin Yapp



AS the dust settles on the recently-concluded Amazon Web Services re:Invent 2016, one thing is clear: cloud behemoth Amazon Web Services (AWS) Inc is far from done innovating and is once again gearing up for new battleground frontiers.

At its annual developers’ and users’ conference held in Las Vegas in Dec 2016, AWS executives were not only busy selling the idea of its version of the cloud but were also pushing new boundaries in making cloud technologies ubiquitous in the life of the enterprise.

ImageWare's GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite Achieves Microsoft Windows Certification

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ImageWare Systems, Inc., a leader in mobile and cloud-based, multi-modal biometric identity management solutions, has achieved certification for its GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite is also fully compatible with Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2016, and works seamlessly with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. 

This certification designates software products that meet Microsoft's standards for compatibility and recommended practices with their Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system. GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite is also fully supported in Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 environments.

Growth in Cloud IT Infrastructure Spending Will Accelerate in 2017, According to IDC

Grazed from International Data Corporation (IDC)

According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switches) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 18.2% in 2017 to reach $44.2 billion. Of this amount, the majority (61.2%) will be done by public cloud datacenters, while off-premises private cloud environments will contribute 14.6% of spending. With increasing adoption of private and hybrid cloud strategies within corporate datacenters, spending on IT infrastructure for on-premises private cloud deployments will growth at 16.6%. In comparison, spending on traditional, non-cloud, IT infrastructure will decline by 3.3% in 2017 but will still account for the largest share (57.1%) of end user spending. (Note: All figures above exclude double counting between server and storage.)

In 2017, spending on IT infrastructure for off-premises cloud deployments will experience double-digit growth across all regions in a continued strong movement toward utilization of off-premises IT resources around the world. However, the majority of 2017 end user spending (57.9%) will still be done on on-premises IT infrastructure which combines on-premises private cloud and on-premises traditional IT. In on-premises settings, all regions expect to see sustained movement toward private cloud deployments with the share of traditional, non-cloud, IT shrinking across all regions.
 

The Cloud in a digital age

Grazed from Director. Author: David Stokes.

The Cloud has undoubtedly changed the way modern business operates, and in today’s digital economy there’s little room for error. Yet, with high stakes also comes a wealth of opportunity for the UK economy. 2016 saw many dynamic, political and socio-economic shifts, which will play out over the course of the next few years.

But ultimately the game changer remains the same: businesses are realising the significance of flexibility and choice when it comes to data and the cloud, and how this can help their business to accelerate growth, be successful, and stave off future competition. From Travis Perkins to Shopdirect and Dixons Carphone, brands are witnessing how cloud technology can transform their business to create a more seamless, personalised experience for their customers, and accelerate the digital transformation of a company...

Why Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Growth is Critical to Cloud Computing

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Shudeep Chandrasekhar.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service, or IaaS, was the fastest growing cloud segment in 2016, and there are several indications that we could see a repeat of strong growth in 2017 as well. Early in 2016 Gartner projected that the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market will reach $22.4 billion in size.

That turned out to be another feather in Gartner’s cap, because Business Insider recently reported that the IaaS market hit the $22 billion mark for 2016. By 2015, the IaaS market was worth nearly $16 billion, and if the numbers by the two reputed sources are correct, then the cloud infrastructure market has recorded an eye-popping 38% growth in 2016...

Read more from the source @ http://1reddrop.com/2017/01/16/infrastructure-service-iaas-growth-critical-cloud-computing/

OpenStack Community Elects 2017 Board of Directors

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The OpenStack Foundation, the open infrastructure community comprised of 34,000+ voting members globally, has elected its 2017 Board of Directors. With 24 members across nine countries and 19 organizations, the Board represents a large, diverse and vibrant open source community.

According to a recent Forrester Research Report, "OpenStack's Global Traction Expands for its Newton Release," OpenStack has "grown into a de facto standard platform for the private cloud market and now serves as the foundation for public clouds, particularly in Europe and China."

The OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors includes 24 board members-eight Individual Directors elected by the individual members of the OpenStack Foundation; eight Platinum Directors, each appointed by a Platinum Member of the Foundation; and eight Gold Directors elected by the Gold Members of the Foundation. The elected and appointed directors for 2017 will begin their terms on January 24.

New Massive Community Initiative from StratoScale: The Private Cloud Wiki

Article Written by David Marshall

Many organizations are using VMware, OpenStack and other technologies to take their clouds in-house, building private cloud infrastructures to reduce their costs and dependence on providers like Amazon AWS.  Anyone who has already ventured on a private cloud project has more than likely encountered the enormous complexity of the field, at every level: business, architecture, infrastructure, virtualization, and workload management.

With that in mind, I recently spoke with the team at Stratoscale - the maker of Symphony, a tool that sets up a private cloud with AWS-like capabilities on your local machines in minutes - and found out that they have set out to make private cloud more accessible, not just for cloud infrastructure specialists, but also for ordinary IT and DevOps professionals who want to better understand how they can leverage this technology.  To do that, they have created something that has totally blown me away!  They have taken it upon themselves to build a Private Cloud Wiki.  After spending quite some time navigating it, I'm dubbing it a 'must visit knowledge hub' that collects all the relevant information on private cloud technology from around the world, and organizes it in a meaningful structure:

 

NuoDB 2.6 Delivers Elastic SQL Database for Scaling On-Demand Cloud Applications

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NuoDB, the elastic SQL database company for cloud applications, today released NuoDB 2.6 to enable customers to elastically scale out their modern cloud applications as part of their digital transformation efforts. With formal support for active-active database deployments across Amazon Web Services (AWS) Availability Zones, NuoDB 2.6 enables organizations to maximize their AWS investments including better availability, utilization, performance, and resiliency.

NuoDB 2.6 also introduces table partitions and storage groups to efficiently improve performance, helping organizations improve customer satisfaction, reduce total cost of ownership, and provide a foundation for future growth. In addition, organizations migrating off of traditional relational databases can capitalize on NuoDB 2.6's extensive SQL compatibility to reduce the complexity, cost, effort, and time typically required from database migration.

Active-Active Database Deployment in AWS Eliminates Downtime

 

Infrascale Works with Google Cloud Platform to Deliver Faster Failover

Grazed from Infrascale

Infrascale, a leading provider of cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions, today announced it is now a Google Cloud Platform Technology Partner, providing a fully-managed cloud backup and disaster recovery service that provides guaranteed 15-minute failover of critical business applications in the event of a ransomware attack, server crash or site-wide disaster.

The collaboration between Infrascale and Google Cloud Platform enables organizations to better protect their data, uptime, and operational resiliency with a pay-as-you-go model, eliminating the upfront investment for organizations to procure and maintain secondary site infrastructure.

Backup to the Google Cloud

Dome9 Adds Native Support for Microsoft Azure, Enabling Unified Multi-Cloud Enterprise Security

Grazed from Dome9 Security

Dome9 Security, a leader in cloud infrastructure security, today announced native support for the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform. With this release, Dome9's Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) security platform provides built-in, API-enabled integration with Azure, the public cloud of choice for many global enterprises. Azure customers can now leverage the powerful control fabric offered by the Dome9 Arc platform to manage security and compliance across their Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure environments.

The Dome9 Arc platform allows security and operations teams to visualize the network security posture and exposure levels by analyzing network security groups and attached network-based assets like virtual machines, load balancers, and database services in their Azure environments. Customers can detect and audit changes to security policies across Azure subscriptions and regions, correlate security events in the Azure Security Center, and continuously monitor their state of compliance. This enables security operations teams to quickly identify and proactively resolve misconfigurations and vulnerabilities that could lead to downtime or costly breaches.

Google launches cloud-based key management with new service

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Google has announced the launch of Cloud Key Management Service (KMS), which enables admins to manage their encryption keys in Google Cloud Platform without maintaining an on-premise management system. The news marks Google’s entry into this particular security arena, following Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft who launched such initiatives as far back as 2014 and 2015 respectively.

“Customers in regulated industries, such as financial services and healthcare, value hosted key management services for the ease of use and peace of mind that they provide,” wrote Maya Kaczorowski, Google Cloud Platform product manager in a blog post. “Cloud KMS offers a cloud-based root of trust that you can monitor and audit...

US Army turns to IBM to build, manage private cloud data center

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Stephanie Condon.

IBM officially announced Wednesday that it's signed a deal to build, manage and operate a private cloud data center for the US Army, within the Army's Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama. The deal marks the first time the Army has turned to a private company to run a large-scale data center on its behalf within a military installation.

The on-premise private cloud initiative is part of a one-year task order. Under the Army Private Cloud 2 (APC2) contract, awarded to seven companies in 2011, the contract with IBM could be extended by as much as four additional years. Should it last the full five years, the contract will be worth approximately $62 million, IBM said...

Oracle outlines plans to take on Amazon in cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Oracle executives on Tuesday revealed the results of years’ worth of engineering and development efforts on its IaaS public cloud and announced a new bare metal cloud database service and an international geographic expansion. Oracle is typically not considered one of the top IaaS public cloud leaders, but the company has hopes of competing in the market by combining its infrastructure services – which focus on its core database services – with a suite of application development and software as a service offerings.

At its Cloud World event in New York, company executives laid out their vision of how they will take on competitors such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Salesforce.com. Oracle founder and now CTO Larry Ellison once famously denounced the cloud, questioning whether the technology was just hype...

Nimbix Unveils Expanded Cloud Product Strategy

Grazed from HPCWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

Nimbix, a leading provider of high performance and cloud supercomputing services, announced today its new combined product strategy for enterprise computing, end users and developers. This new strategy will focus on three key capabilities – JARVICE Compute for high performance processing, including Machine Learning, AI and HPC workloads; PushToCompute for application developers creating and monetizing high performance workflows; and MaterialCompute, a brand new intuitive user interface, featuring the industry’s largest high performance application marketplace available from a cloud provider.

Nimbix’s JARVICE platform powers the Nimbix Cloud and is capable of processing massively parallel turnkey workflows ranging from enterprise simulation to machine learning and serving all major industries and organizations. Unlike other cloud providers who leverage virtualization technology to provide slices of a physical machines to users, JARVICE delivers high performance computation on bare-metal supercomputing systems using Nimbix’s patented Reconfigurable Cloud Computing technology and fully containerized application components for agility and security. JARVICE powers the Nimbix Cloud and is also available as a product for both hosted and on-premises private cloud deployments...

Read more from the source @ https://www.hpcwire.com/off-the-wire/nimbix-unveils-expanded-cloud-product-strategy/