June 2017

IBM Unveils New Ways to Use, Develop for Db2 for Greater Data Control

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IBM today announced several key additions and enhancements to its popular database software, IBM Db2, that bring the trusted enterprise-class data management capabilities to global clients in fast, new, easy ways.

The company launched today Db2 Developer Community Edition, a new offering aimed at developers that can be quickly and easily downloaded, at no cost. This new edition, is a full-featured version of Db2 that is designed to enable developers to rapidly build prototypes of applications that leverage all the capabilities of the Enterprise Edition. Whether to desktops or laptops, users can download the complete software and begin uploading and managing their data usually within 15 minutes or less.

"Among many organizations, we're witnessing a shift in influence to a new breed of application developer who is looking for agile ways to create apps that their companies can leverage," said Rob Thomas, General Manager, IBM Analytics. "Through these Db2 innovations, we're making it easier than ever for developers to get involved with this rich environment and create innovative apps that propel their businesses."

Subscription Boxes – Is the Ecommerce Phenomenon Right for Your Business?

If you run an ecommerce business using a cloud based platform, then looking for new ways to generate revenue is an important part of keeping your competitive edge. One interesting way businesses both big and small in ecommerce have been creating new revenue streams is with subscription services and products.

What kinds of Subscription Services Do Ecommerce Sites Offer?

A good example of a subscription service is Amazon Prime, which allows people to, for a fixed monthly fee, receive access to next day delivery at no charge as well as a lot of online media. This is a way Amazon can add value to customers for a small monthly fee, bringing in its own revenue, which has the second benefit to the brand of making people want to shop with them more frequently to get the most out of it.

Subscription boxes are the other kind of subscription service many businesses are starting to use. For brands who are not household names, like Amazon, or major supermarkets, the added value route isn't a great model, but selling monthly subscriptions to receive a selection of products can work very well.

CareCloud Announces SSAE 16 SOC 1 Cloud Security Compliance

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CareCloud, the platform for high-performing medical groups, today announced that it has successfully completed its first Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16 Service Organization Control (SOC) 1 report. This voluntary attestation allows medical groups and their auditors to quickly verify that CareCloud has the proper internal controls and processes needed to ensure the highest quality and security of services provided.

"Our clients depend on us to deliver a quality, secure information technology infrastructure to support their financial, administrative, and care delivery processes," said Ken Comée, CEO of CareCloud. "With this independent audit, we're giving them the external validation they need for their financial statements while reinforcing the steps we take every day to protect the integrity and security of their data."

Independent Research Firm Study Cites Cloud Migration Challenges, Says Migration Should Be a 'Continuous Process'

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Cloud migration should not be thought of as a one-time project but as a continuous process that requires thoughtful reassessment and re-alignment to maximize the potential value of cloud, an independent research firm concluded in a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of CloudHealth Technologies.

The research from Forrester Consulting, "Due Diligence is the Cornerstone of Public Cloud Migration Success," is a Technology Adoption Profile (TAP), a format in which Forrester summarizes market surveys and custom research questionnaires to show how IT organizations are using and benefiting from emerging technology and industry trends. The study polled 108 U.S. decision makers responsible for public cloud (IaaS) strategy at firms migrating workloads to public cloud.

The study reached the following conclusions:

Oracle Revenue Blows Away Estimates on Surging Cloud Demand

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Oracle Corp.’s push into cloud computing is picking up momentum, sparking a fourth straight quarter of revenue gains for the software maker. The company, which set a record closing high Wednesday for its shares, reported total sales that easily topped analysts’ estimates. Oracle’s cloud businesses grew 58 percent in the fiscal fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, new software licenses, a measure that’s tied to the company’s traditional on-premise software offerings, declined 5 percent compared with a drop of 16 percent in the previous period. Oracle’s long shift to the cloud, which lets customers access services without installing them on their own computers, is now producing more sturdy growth, indicating that the company can compete against rivals such as Salesforce.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp...

Cloud Computing Protest Offers Lessons For Buyers & Suppliers

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A recent protest decision from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides several important lessons for procurement professionals who are buying cloud-enabled services as well as vendors hoping to sell them. Let's dive in! Red River Computing Company protested the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) request for quotations (RFQ) for agency-wide enterprise computing services and cloud computing services.

Red River challenged both the technical and price evaluation, asserting that DHS's best-value determination was flawed. GAO denied Red River's challenge of the technical evaluation but sustained its challenge of the price evaluation. Each decision is instructive, so let's take a closer look...

Cloud Computing: Wal-Mart Prods Partners, Vendors to Leave AWS for Azure

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Aldrin Brown.

The competition between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and a host of brick and mortar retailers reached a new intensity this week that could significantly impact managed services providers (MSPs) who partner with the market leader in public cloud, or with second place Microsoft Azure.

On the heels of Amazon’s announcement last week that it planned to acquire grocer Whole Foods Market, retail giant Wal-Mart revealed it has been asking some of its vendors, developers and other tech partners to no longer host applications on AWS, the Wall Street Journal reported...

Read more from the source @ http://mspmentor.net/cloud-computing/wal-mart-prods-partners-vendors-leave-aws-azure

Cloud Computing: NetApp, Cisco Advance Converged Infrastructure Genre with FlexPod SF

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Storage maker NetApp, once described as a "nice little server company" but is now among the world leaders in storage hardware marketshare, is celebrating its 25th year in business. It has been a true survivor in the cutthroat IT products and services business. In this regard, please note: Only about 15 percent of companies that go public on the Nasdaq index last 20 years.

NetApp has been on the index almost 22 years, since December 1995. Why has NetApp forged on when others have fallen? Well, if you ask co-founder Dave Hitz, it's probably because the company has been able to change lanes fairly quickly when it comes to seeing market trends as or before they happen and then adjust to them...

Read more from the source @ http://www.eweek.com/storage/netapp-cisco-advance-converged-infrastructure-genre-with-flexpod-sf

Amazon hits back after Walmart tells suppliers to stop using its cloud services

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The fallout follows on from a report in the Wall Street journal, which revealed the US retail chain had told the technology companies it works with to stop using Amazon cloud web services and move to competitors instead. Amazon has become a dominant player in cloud-based storage and computing power with its Amazon Web Services program.

Known as AWS, it has a 44% share of the market, according to Synergy Research Group, and its clients include Netflix, Airbnb, General Electric and the CIA. In April the company reported its cloud services platform had generated $3.7bn in sales over the previous three months. Now with Walmart aggressively investing in e-commerce, it is trying to undermine its rival's dominance in the space...

Read more from the source @ http://www.thedrum.com/news/2017/06/25/amazon-hits-back-after-walmart-tells-suppliers-stop-using-its-cloud-services

Cloud Computing: Google no longer to scan Gmail messages for selling Targeted Advertisements

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In a move to revamp the privacy and security measures, Google has recently stated that its free Consumer Gmail content would not be used or scanned for any ads personalization henceforth. The policy change would put an end to the practice which has been in place since the launch of Gmail in 2004.

Gmail is the world’s preeminent email provider with more than 1.2 billion users. To make up for its free services, the Tech major sifted through what the Gmail users were discussing and showing ads relevant to some of the topics. This naturally prompted privacy and security concerns amongst its many users...

Hidden cloud migration gotchas - and how to avoid them

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Building a technology stack from scratch in the cloud can be a dream -- if you’re a startup. But if you’re an established company steeped in on-premises solutions, shifting to the cloud can mean unexpected hurdles and headaches beyond belief. Companies looking to make good on the benefits of moving to the cloud need to go in with eyes wide open.

To be sure, the much discussed benefits of the cloud -- in terms of time to market, cost savings, the ability to scale resources as needed, and so on -- are real. But enterprise cloud adopters say they have been surprised by some of the lesser-documented challenges migrating to the cloud brings, such as the difficulty in changing traditional mindsets, the lack of visibility into the new infrastructure, the cost of data transfers, governance issues and how licensing agreements need to be revised or new ones negotiated...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cio.com/article/3202697/cloud-computing/hidden-cloud-migration-gotchas-and-how-to-avoid-them.html

What You Should Know About Cloud-Based Security In 2017



Article Written by Sally Perkins

We have all come to appreciate the benefits of using cloud technology - the reduced cost of storage, the easy transferability of data, the improved collaboration amongst team members. It has become the norm for companies and organizations to utilize cloud-based storage for projects amongst co-workers, and families are also using the cloud to keep track of all of their family files and photos.

But with all of the benefits, there is also the trickier side of cloud technology: security. Unfortunately, cloud security faces many challenges, including a lack of trust by its users and general misinformation and misuse. Due to data breaches, hijacked accounts, insider threats, and data loss from malicious attacks, cloud security is not always the most reliable.

If you are concerned about utilizing the cloud for online storage in 2017 and wish to know more about its technicalities, you should consider the facts about cloud security:

How Does Cloud Hosting Affect SEO?

Finding any way to give your website an edge against the competition is a top priority for many businesses and brands. While the fundamentals of search engine optimization remain the same over time, many minute changes lead to shifts in how - or if - select pages are ranked in search.

While Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines all have their specific algorithms and formulas, most imitate one another to some extent. Because of this, improving your SEO performance across all search engines is relatively straightforward. Nevertheless, it still takes time and patience to produce noticeable results.

One area where many brands have wondered about the implications of SEO is in cloud hosting. What are the ramifications of using a cloud-based hosting system and what are the potential benefits? Today, we'll review the ways that cloud hosting can affect your broader SEO strategy so that you can decide whether making the switch is worth it.

Virtustream COO: Hybrid Cloud Has Already Won

Grazed from Silicon. Author: Sam Pudwell.

Having passed through the first wave of cloud computing, businesses are now looking at how to optimise their cloud operations and get the best ‘bang for their buck’ related to their specific needs. This is happening across all industries and has led to organisations frequently splitting workloads across different cloud platforms and vendors, taking either a multi-cloud or hybrid-cloud approach in what has become an extremely complicated world to navigate. According to Simon Walsh, COO of Dell-owned Virtustream, the route taken is usually triggered by a business problem – or what he calls “a compelling event” – and more often than not, the answer is hybrid.

A hybrid world

“Cloud is a way of doing stuff, it’s something you do not something you buy,” he explained. “Every single company will have a compelling event which forces a change of something.” He cited Jaguar Land Rover as an example, a Dell EMC customer that is currently focusing on updating its legacy data centre infrastructure in order to keep pace with a rapidly changing industry environment. This poses some interesting questions for CIOs...

Read more from the source @ http://www.silicon.co.uk/cloud/virtustream-hybrid-cloud-215785?inf_by=595261ac681db80f048b4767

Cloud Computing: Amazon Plans to Take On Google Translate, Media Reports

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Google Translate could get a formidable challenger. Amazon is preparing to roll out its own machine translation service, CNBC reported, citing an anonymous source. Slator was unable to independently verify the report. We will provide follow-up coverage as the situation evolves.

Amazon will offer the machine translation (MT) technology it is already using internally to third parties, according to CNBC. The service, to be provided by cloud computing arm Amazon Web Services, could be announced before the annual Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas in November 2017...

Cloud Computing: IBM Scores Blockchain Deal With 7 Major Banks

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While much attention has been paid in recent months to digital currencies like Bitcoin, with prices soaring due to fervent speculation, the underlying blockchain technology is slowly gaining steam in the technology industry. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) has invested in blockchain, looking to use the technology to remove inefficiencies and reduce costs for its customers.

A blockchain is a distributed, decentralized database that can be used to record transactions in a way that can't be altered. Any process that requires multiple parties to maintain records and verify those records against those of the other parties can benefit from blockchain technology. IBM CEO Virginia Rometty put forth the example of buying a house in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, a process that involves various parties like banks and tax agencies, and typically takes about 50 days to complete...

Cloud Computing: Light, not bytes - The evolution of the pipeline

Grazed from GameIndustry. Author: Will Freeman.

Over in the consumer space, the notion of stuffing a hard drive with files has become rather antiquated. By default, music, movies and games are streamed in many homes, while lay-software is increasingly bearing the burden of its gradual superseding by offerings like Google Docs.

And yet, at many different games developers where a flag is confidently staked in the cutting edge, development pipelines are still housed in on-premise hardware, stitched together from middleware, software and other technologies. They thunder away, handling files and assets while pushing data to workstations, at a time where even the once-futuristic gigabyte is now seen as trivial volume of data...

Read more from the source @ http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-06-27-light-not-bytes-the-evolution-of-the-pipeline

Rackspace Leverages Splunk to Help Power Its Decision Analytics Engine

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Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced Rackspace®, a managed cloud leader, is leveraging Splunk® Enterprise and Splunk Enterprise Security (Splunk ES) as the foundation for the company's decision analytics engine. Rackspace uses Splunk solutions across security, compliance, DevOps, business intelligence, application management and IT operations.

Rackspace ingests nearly three terabytes of data per day into Splunk software to create meaningful visualizations, to diagnose anomalous activity, and to remediate issues across all business processes. As a result, Rackspace's security and compliance teams are projected to improve the speed of security event detection by at least 70 percent, accelerate investigation of high-priority security incidents by at least 70 percent and decrease the overall financial impact of security outages by at least 50 percent. Through automation of these processes, Rackspace security analysts will get valuable time back to focus on establishing proactive security strategies.

Continuum Introduces Cost-Effective Cloud-Enabled Backup and Restore Solution for Continuity247

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Continuum, the exclusive provider of the only vertically integrated IT service delivery platform that enables MSPs to scale rapidly and profitably, today announced the availability of Archive for Continuity247, Continuum's managed backup and disaster recovery (BDR) platform. Archive gives MSPs a low-cost backup and restore option for less time-critical data, expanding Continuity247's capabilities as a unified BDR solution.

Archive takes advantage of the scale and economics of the public cloud, creating a cost-effective, long-term cloud storage option for MSPs to provide archiving, future referencing and offsite redundancy for their clients' less time-critical local backups. Continuum's MSP partners using Continuity247 now have the option to store these backups in Amazon Glacier or their own cloud environment.

Cloud Survey: 96 Percent of IT Professionals Feel Cloud Could Use a 'Makeover'

Fugue, Inc., has today released the results of its 2017 State of Cloud Infrastructure Operations Survey. The survey, fielded to over 300 IT operations professionals, executives, and developers, found that most respondents believe that the cloud is not living up to expectations because of compliance and security concerns, unexpected downstream costs, and the glut of cloud management tools available in the market today.

Security, compliance, and cost control are top cloud challenges businesses and agencies face

Only 1 in 5 surveyed felt they are getting "the most" out of the cloud, while 80 percent feel they are failing to do so. Thirty-nine percent said security/compliance is slowing them down, 36 percent said CXOs fail to understand the complexity of the cloud, 26 percent said IT leadership doesn't understand the complexity of the cloud, and 20 percent said developers don't understand the complexity of the cloud. Another 22 percent pointed to a lack of cohesion between the cloud and data center teams.