May 2017

Hitachi Elevator Chooses Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform for Digital Transformation

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Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced its phased IT deployment with Hitachi Elevator (China) Co. Ltd., supporting the global leading elevator brand with its digital transformation ambition. The initial phase of the deployment program addresses the need to deliver a highly available system for critical applications, reducing IT costs including disaster recovery by nearly 50 percent, deployment time from weeks to days, and maintenance time from hours to minutes.

In the subsequent phase, key virtual machines and business systems were deployed on Nutanix, improving performance, stability and security. Finally, Hitachi Elevator's intelligent functions for digital operations were enhanced, by deploying big data, remote surveillance and manufacturing execution system applications, as well as migrating other applications off a legacy multi-tier environment based on EMC storage, to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.

Console Connect Empowers Multi-Cloud Flexibility with Automated Cloud-to-Cloud Solution

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Console Connect, the leading provider of global interconnection solutions, today announced CloudNexus, the world's first automated cloud-to-cloud direct connection solution for the enterprise. CloudNexus enables private, secure direct connections to be spun up within minutes, between multi- or hybrid-cloud environments, across disparate locations and providers.

Your Clouds, Your Way

The process of cloud migration and workload mobility is painstakingly complex by slow, unsecured and unpredictable public internet connections. By automating the direct connection process, CloudNexus links multiple cloud environments directly and privately within minutes, without any dependencies on the risky public internet or via the enterprise infrastructure. That means painless deployment for flexible cloud architecture, and the ability to deploy as many cloud environments as an enterprise chooses.

ExtraHop Introduces New Professional Services for Data-Driven Enterprise IT Transformations

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Today at Interop ITX, ExtraHop, the leader in real-time IT analytics, announced new professional services for cloud migration, datacenter migration, and microsegmentation. These fully-customizable offerings bring together the deep domain expertise of ExtraHop solutions architects with the real-time, multi-tier visibility delivered by the ExtraHop platform to help organizations streamline major IT transformation and security initiatives.

When embarking on major IT transformation projects, a comprehensive understanding of the environment is critical; however, today's IT environments are complex, dynamic, and distributed, making it extraordinarily difficult to stay on top of all of the systems and their dependencies. Legacy approaches rely on active discovery through device polling-which puts incredible strain on infrastructure-and consultants interviewing people to create spreadsheet inventories of the environment.

With ExtraHop, enterprises now have both the real-time insight and the expert guidance they need to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and ensure performance and security during complex infrastructure projects. New professional services now offered by ExtraHop include:

Veritas Unveils New Software-Defined Storage for OpenStack

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Veritas announced at OpenStack Summit, Veritas HyperScale for OpenStack, a new software-defined storage solution designed to maximize workload performance, lower operating costs and protect data in OpenStack-based cloud environments.

As OpenStack gains traction as an open source platform for cloud infrastructures, some of its components are at vastly different stages of maturity. While enterprises and app developers enjoy the flexibility and agility the environment provides, storage management capabilities are not as advanced. As a result, organizations often face challenges with workload performance, reliability and efficiency as well as with storage optimization and data protection. Veritas HyperScale for OpenStack addresses these issues directly.

HyperScale for OpenStack helps organizations realize the speed and economic benefits of deploying applications on OpenStack through predictable performance and storage quality of service (QoS). The software-defined storage solution leverages commodity hardware and includes integration for enterprise data protection.

With Volta, NVIDIA Pushes Harder into the Cloud

Grazed from Top500. Author: Michael Feldman.

Amid all the fireworks around the Volta V100 processor at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) last week, NVIDIA also devoted a good deal of time to their new cloud offering, the NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC). With NGC, along with its new Volta offerings, the company is now poised to play both ends of the cloud market: as a hardware provider and as a platform-as-a service provider.

At the heart of NGC is a set of deep learning software stacks that can sit atop NVIDIA GPUs – not just the new Tesla V100, but also the P100, or even the consumer-grade Titan Xp. The stack itself is comprised of popular deep learning frameworks (Caffe, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, TensorFlow, Theano and Torch), NVIDIA’s deep learning libraries (cuDNN, NCCL, cuBLAS, and TensorRT), the CUDA drivers, and the OS...

Why Cloud Video-Conferencing is the Future

Grazed from TGDaily. Author: Winston Lee.

The video conferencing market is growing at a rapid pace. Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 findings indicated that the overall market would continue to grow at a rate of 8.4% annually, reaching $3.6 billion by 2020. In such a large market, cloud computing will play an increasingly important role. More and more video conferencing service providers such as ezTalks have shifted its product portfolio from on-premise to cloud based one.

Being convenient and affordable, cloud video conferencing has become a new trend and is reported to be the future of video conferencing industry. But why cloud-based video conferencing is the future? There are various cutting-edge technologies employed in the advancement of cloud video conferencing, and listed below are four major trends that have been driving video conferencing in the cloud...

Read more from the source @ http://www.tgdaily.com/technology/why-cloud-video-conferencing-is-the-future

Open source for hybrid cloud success: Is it an open and shut case?

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Clive Longbottom.

The FOSS acronym – standing for free, open source software – has been a clarion call for many since the open source movement started, despite being nominally based on a misinterpretation of what open source is all about. A group of people got together in 1998 to examine the “free software” market, out of concern that the concept was being hijacked and perverted in political and moral terms, prompting a push to create a more commercially oriented definition of what it has to offer.

This community also sought to reinforce the fact that the source code belongs to someone, and is their intellectual property. The key driver for using open source code is to avoid paying money to proprietary software suppliers, such as Microsoft and Oracle, with the FOSS community on hand to provide a high level of support in response to any problems that crop up...

Read more from the source @ http://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/Is-there-an-open-and-shut-case-for-open-source-in-the-cloud

VMware Targets Enterprise Layer With Horizon Cloud Integration In Azure

Grazed from Data-Economy. Author: Joao Marques Lima.

VMware has announced it will integrate and deliver VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure to deliver desktop as a service (DaaS) on Azure. The move aims to help customers accelerate the move to Windows 10 and bring VMware virtual desktops and applications to the enterprise layer using Azure.

Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware, said: “The addition of VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure puts VMware in a unique position to offer customers several infrastructure options for virtual desktops and applications with the flexibility to move between different platforms...

Read more from the source @ https://data-economy.com/vmware-targets-enterprise-layer-horizon-cloud-integration-azure/

New Cloud Technologies Geared Towards Faster Applications

In a previous article about new cloud trends, we talked about the fundamental benefits offered by today's cloud infrastructure. The pay-as-you-go consumption model eliminates the need for substantial initial investments completely, while the flexible nature of cloud computing allows companies to incorporate more cloud resources as the business grows. Rapid deployment completes the set, making cloud computing a fantastic choice.

The future of cloud computing lies in speed. New technologies - and new iterations of existing technologies - are designed to allow web applications and services to perform better under heavy load. How can these technologies benefit cloud-based apps in general?

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Microsoft offers cloud computing services to non-profits

Grazed from EconomicTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft India, as part of the software giant's 'Public cloud for good' initiative, is making public cloud platform Microsoft Azure broadly available to eligible non-profit organisations, bringing the power of technology to them. Qualifying non-profits can avail free Azure credits worth $5,000 for a year to unlock benefits such as insight, agility and operational efficiency.

Globally, Microsoft is donating $1 billion in cloud computing resources between 2016 and 2018 to 70,000 non-profits and NGOs worldwide, including in India, the company said in a statement. To drive greater inclusion, Microsoft India partnered with NASSCOM Foundation to organise an Azure for Good workshop in Hyderabad on Friday...

Read more from the source @ http://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/microsoft-offers-cloud-computing-services-to-non-profits/58760019

Is edge computing set to blow away the cloud?

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: David Trossell.

Just about every new piece of technology is considered disruptive to the extent that they are expected to replace older technologies. Sometimes as with the cloud, old technology is simply re-branded to make it more appealing to customers and thereby to create the illusion of a new market. Let’s remember that cloud computing had previously existed in one shape or form. At one stage it was called on-demand computing, and then it became ‘application service provision’.

Now there is edge computing, which some people are also calling fog computing and which some industry commentators feel is going to replace the cloud as an entity. Yet the question has to be: Will it really? The same viewpoint was given when television was invented. Its invention was meant to be the death of radio. Yet people still tune into radio stations by their thousands each and every day of every year...

Read more from the source @ https://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2017/may/19/edge-computing-set-blow-away-cloud/

Cloud Computing: GAO to Agencies - Get a Data Center Plan!

Grazed from NextGov. Author: Frank Konkel.

If data center consolidation across the federal government was a classroom group project, a few bright students would be doing all the work. According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, four agencies—the departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security and Treasury—have accounted for $2 billion of the government’s $2.3 billion in consolidation savings since 2012.

Another four agencies—Defense and Treasury (again), and the Interior and Agriculture departments—have closed 84 percent of the 4,388 shuttered data centers so far. These agencies get high marks, according to GAO data, while most of the rest of the CFO Act agency class essentially get an "incomplete" grade because they aren’t meeting or haven’t bothered to complete strategic plans mandated by the Data Center Optimization Initiative...

Read more from the source @ http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2017/05/gao-agencies-get-data-center-plan/138012/?oref=ng-HPriver

4 Web Development Tactics for Enhanced Graphics

Developing a web page or mobile app can be fun, but it's also intimidating if you're not confident in your ability to perform like the pros. Still, even a newbie can create something remarkable with a few simple tips and tricks and the willingness to research. The main thing you need to be concerned about is aesthetic appeal, perhaps even more so than functionality.

Although navigation and responsiveness are certainly important, overall the eye will initially judge based on design before anything else. Thus, if you want to impress a visitor, the key lies in the graphic presentation of the site or app. With that said, here are four little things you can do to boost the visual edge on your web pages and app interfaces:

Cloud Computing: Under Pressure, IT May Need to Fail Fast With Some Projects

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

It used to be that every IT technology project needed to be a business -- to have a business justification. Now, every new business project "needs to be a technology," noted Mark Tonsetic, analyst with the CEB unit of Gartner. "Digital is the new battleground" in the evolution of the modern enterprise, he said, and even the CEO wants a story to tell Wall Street about how his company is going digital. For optimists, that means new revenue opportunities and short time to market for new products. For pessimists, it means the company may not stave off disruption but at least it's making a move to avoid it.

Tonsectic described how CIOs and IT directors might navigate these newly choppy and hazardous waters in a session at Interop ITX on May 19, How The Cloud Is Changing IT Investment Plans. The goal isn't to make just the right investment in cloud. It’s to fit cloud into an IT ecosystem that has all the right components needed by the transforming company, he said...

Make sense of edge computing vs. cloud computing

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

The internet of things is real, and it’s a real part of the cloud. A key challenge is how you can get data processed from so many devices. Cisco Systems predicts that cloud traffic is likely to rise nearly fourfold by 2020, increasing 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 (the latest full year for which data is available) to 14.1ZB per year by 2020.

As a result, we could have the cloud computing perfect storm from the growth of IoT. After all, IoT is about processing device-generated data that is meaningful, and cloud computing is about using data from centralized computing and storage. Growth rates of both can easily become unmanageable. So what do we do? The answer is something called “edge computing.”...

DataStax Simplifies Delivering Cloud Applications at Scale with DataStax Managed Cloud

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DataStax
, the leader in data management for cloud applications, today announced the availability of DataStax Managed Cloud, a fully-managed service of the DataStax Enterprise (DSE) data platform, which makes it easier and faster for enterprises to deliver cloud applications at scale. DataStax Managed Cloud combines DSE in a white glove service featuring the company's proven support and professional services, and technology and expertise from the recently acquired company DataScale to help enterprises make the most of their data infrastructures to achieve business goals faster and focus on driving innovation.

Armor Earns G-Cloud 9 Credentials to Streamline Sale of Cloud Security Services to UK Public Sector Organisations

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Armor, The First Totally Secure Cloud CompanyTM, has been approved to sell solutions through the "G-Cloud 9" Digital Marketplace making its cloud security services available to UK public sector entities. This classification allows suppliers to sell approved applications based on standardized contracts and pricing. Services can be obtained through the online Digital Marketplace to enable organisations to search for providers that adhere to the G-Cloud framework.

"Achieving G-Cloud 9 status is an important classification for Armor because it helps us accelerate the delivery of our cloud security solutions so we can protect sensitive government information," said Steve Gooding, director of partners and alliances EMEA, Armor. "Serving the public sector can offer more complexities due to the amount of regulation and policies, but these organizations are increasingly seeking to leverage the benefit of the cloud, which demands a strong security posture. The classification empowers us to fulfill this critical need for the government in a more timely manner."

Should you move your small business to cloud?



Article Written by Mike Thatcher

Cloud computing can bring small businesses to big changes. And, that's exactly what it's supposed to do. 

The first ones to realize that these big changes are taking place at the very moment while we are talking about it are both small-business owners from tech startups to local crafts shops.

Around 37% of US small businesses have fully transferred to the cloud, and this percentage is about to grow, naturally. 

As Big Data Management Becomes a Priority, IIoT Becomes a Must

Grazed from EdgyLabs. Author: Stephanie D'Adamo

Take just a moment to consider how many of the devices you interact with on a daily basis are connected to the internet (your phone, the gas station pump, ATMs, computers, jet engines…the list goes on). In fact, the analyst firm Gartner estimates that by 2020, there will be over 26 billion connected devices.

With all that data, efficient big data management will have to be developed. The Internet of Things (IoT) allows consumers to access a seemingly unending number of devices. But, in reality, IoT objects cannot truly be separated from the industry that produces them. In 2017, this Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) seems to have finally captured the attention of industry and market leaders...

Read more from the source @ https://edgylabs.com/2017/05/23/big-data-management-iiot/

How the IIoT takes equipment inspection into the cloud

Grazed from PlantServices. Author: Preston Johnson.

While connected machines share both production and process information, it is the equipment reliability inspection sensor technology that may prove to be the most interesting and challenging element of the IIoT. The amount of inspection data that can be generated by inline monitoring sensing technologies is impressive. So, the challenge is managing the volume and variety of data, while deriving value from it. Deriving value is where it gets interesting.

Practitioners in vibration, motor current, thermography, ultrasound, and oil analysis (the five core PdM technologies) build up their knowledge, best practices, and ability to recognize tell-tale signs of common failure modes within various classes of equipment. When all the technologies are used together, and across multiple instances of common classes of equipment, patterns emerge in the larger population of data...

Read more from the source @ http://www.plantservices.com/articles/2017/iiot-takes-equipment-inspection-into-the-cloud/