August 2017

Can the Cloud Protect Your Data?

Article Written by Avery Phillips

For most people, the cloud is this otherworldly thing that they don't completely understand. Yes, your data is there, and yes, occasionally other people can access it, but is it safe? Can you guarantee who is able to access your data, or is it a free-for-all? 

Well, the answer to that is more complicated than you think. On one hand, some severe cyberattacks could have been avoided if the victims had been using cloud services instead. On the other, there is always the risk that someone unauthorized will be able to access your data. This might seem like a double-edged sword, but one end is clearly sharper than other upon closer inspection.

CloudPhysics to Accelerate Channel Go-To-Market Delivering Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Assessments

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CloudPhysics, one of the fastest growing channel automation platforms for next generation data center product and service delivery, today announced that it has joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance. CloudPhysics has worked with Microsoft technologies for many years, and this collaboration further demonstrates the commitment of both companies to deliver value to Channel Partners wanting to build strong engagement with their customers.

CloudPhysics' Private and Public Cloud Assessment model provides rightsizing and instance recommendations that enable partners and customers to accurately plan migration strategies to all major cloud providers. It enables the quick rightsizing of on-premises workloads, saving costs by fitting storage, memory, and CPU provisioning accurately to usage demands.

Joining Apple, Amazon’s China Cloud Service Bows to Censors

Grazed from NYTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Days after Apple yanked anti-censorship tools off its app store in China, another major American technology company is moving to implement the country’s tough restrictions on online content. A Chinese company that operates Amazon’s cloud-computing and online services business there said on Tuesday that it told local customers to cease using any software that would allow Chinese to circumvent the country’s extensive system of internet blocks.

The company, called Beijing Sinnet Technology and operator of the American company’s Amazon Web Services operations in China, sent one round of emails to customers on Friday and another on Monday. “If users don’t comply with the guidance, the offered services and their websites can be shut down,” said a woman surnamed Wang who answered a Sinnet service hotline. “We the operators also check routinely if any of our users use these softwares or store illegal content.”...

Read more from the source @ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/business/amazon-china-internet-censors-apple.html

Is Amazon’s cloud service too big to fail?

Grazed from FnLondon. Author: Yolanda Bobeldijk.

Gavin Jackson, head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Amazon Web Services, loves to talk about snowballs. Not the lumps of mush and ice that children chuck at each other, but Amazon’s portable information storage devices, big grey suitcases that hold huge amounts of data.

When clients such as banks sign on with Amazon Web Services, the ecommerce juggernaut’s cloud-computing service, they upload encrypted data from their old legacy IT systems into the snowball, or the larger-capacity snowball edge. These are then shipped to an Amazon data centre where the data is transferred into the AWS cloud...

NVMe will replace traditional flash, not just co-exist with it, says majority of IT respondents in new European study

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Recent research carried out by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), a leading IT research, analysis, and strategy firm, and sponsored by storage innovators including Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, has revealed that:

  • Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) flash is expected to eventually replace traditional flash storage by 87% of European IT professionals whose organizations are currently using or considering NVMe technology (60% of all respondents).
  • Almost 60% of organizations have begun to implement a Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solution or are committed to it as a long-term strategy.
  • Business intelligence/data analytics, digital media, collaboration and Internet-of-Things (IoT), are most responsible for storage capacity growth today, with eCommerce, and social networking data not far behind.
  • Over half of organizations are likely to consider purchasing their storage infrastructure from a startup, a reversal of longstanding perceptions.

CloudVelox Extends Automated Mass Migrations To Datacenter Environments Enabling Three New Use Cases

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CloudVelox, a pioneer in cloud automation and orchestration software, today announced release 5.0 of its One Hybrid Cloud software with new capabilities to enable automated mass migrations to datacenters with VMware virtualized environments. With this new release, One Hybrid Cloud now enables 3 new use cases for enterprise customers with the flexibility to migrate workloads from any source to datacenter environments including between data centers (DC to DC), rack to rack (intra-datacenter) as well as migrate or repatriate workloads from the cloud to the data center (Cloud to DC). Previously, CloudVelox had delivered several innovations including automated Application Blueprinting and automated network customization to enable automated migration and recovery from the data center to the cloud. These new use cases deliver on our vision to provide IT Executives and Partners the ability to manage a boundary-less data center by enabling a seamless dynamic pool of resources without boundaries and without fear of lock-in.

17 Statistics Forecasting the Future of Business Intelligence in the Cloud

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Tricia Morris.

As once common objections and concerns around moving to the cloud (such as security) begin to wane, organizations are identifying and prioritizing their IT and business initiatives that might benefit most from a cloud deployment. Business intelligence and analytics is one of those key initiatives. Within the next few years, it is predicted that cloud will be the preferred delivery mechanism for analytics.

But many organizations are already there. In a Deloitte, EMA and Informatica State of Cloud Analytics Report survey, 70.1% of the respondents say cloud is already an essential part of their analytics strategy. Does the forecast call for greater cloud coverage in enterprise analytics? See what’s trending now and what’s in store:...

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Multi-cloud: the future of computing

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Richard Vester.

Cloud computing has revolutionised the way people work, consume applications, and the way they store their data. However, although it was born out of the need to simplify IT environments and make their business lives far easier, today, many companies are opting to have many cloud vendors, instead of just one. Multi-cloud is the future of computing. A recent Dimensional Research survey found 77% of businesses are planning to implement multi-cloud architectures in the near future.

Many businesses want to have different options, and will choose to use multiple cloud providers to support their various workloads and applications. They can select a cloud that will best meet their individual requirements. It's a matter of not putting all their IT eggs in one basket. The flexibility of multi-cloud is one of the main drivers behind its increased adoption...

Google’s cloud gets a boost as Forrester names it a leader in data analytics

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Mike Wheatley.

Google Inc.’s efforts to establish itself as a major player in cloud computing received a small boost Wednesday when it was named by research firm Forrester Inc. as the undisputed leader in a part of the market Forrester calls “Insight Platform-as-a-Service.” It should be noted that Insight PaaS is just a small subsection of the overall PaaS market, so Google still has some way to go.

Forrester defines the Insight PaaS category as an integrated set of data management, analytics and insight application development and management components, offered as a platform. PaaS more generally is the middle layer of cloud computing, customarily defined as services to allow software developers to create applications that run on the Internet...

LiveAction Advances Network Visibility at the Edge and the Cloud with Latest Release of LiveNX Platform

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LiveAction, a provider of IT network performance management, visualization and analytics software, today announced the latest release of the LiveNX platform. The newest features further boost the performance of SD-WANs, offer increased viewability into the network endpoints of all types, and include machine learning and automation, among other enhancements. LiveNX enables network engineers and IT operations to increase productivity and improve online user experiences by making it easier to monitor, manage, and troubleshoot network performance issues.

The LiveNX platform maximizes a company's investments in IT network management by ensuring users consistently have optimal online experiences without interruptions or delays. LiveNX performs network diagnostics, monitors service delivery to ensure service level agreements (SLA) are met, automates device discovery to make it easier for users to access the network, and issues proactive alerts to potential problems. It visualizes the entire network and presents a comprehensive view of performance through a dynamic dashboard. LiveNX also integrates with the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) as well as other multi-vendor environments.

Examining the Effect of the Cloud on the Gaming Industry

The growth of cloud services is radically altering the gaming industry, while its side effects are rippling through the real world. Let's examine the effects of the cloud on the gaming industry and its impact on gamers, sports and technology as a whole. We'll also address the factors that drive game developers to make these shifts to their business model and the benefits of making these changes.

The Shift to Subscription Only Services

The traditional model of selling computer games was selling a cartridge or DVD from which someone installed the game. World of Warcraft became incredibly profitable by offering an immersive, interactive experience for around $20 a month, every month for years. Minecraft offers subscription based versions and server rentals for those who want to run their own, custom Minecraft worlds. Contrarily to Roblox, for instance. In this case, they make money off both subscriptions and renting virtual servers. After being bought by Microsoft in 2014, the company also started selling games for the Xbox, a rare example of a cloud based game becoming a hybrid product available both via the cloud and the traditional installation disk. If you want a complete rundown of what separates Minecraft from its closer competitor, visit this page.

WSM Announces Penetration Testing and Mitigation Services, plus Compliance Testing for Credit Card Processing

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WSM International, a specialized cloud and IT integrator, introduces two new services to ensure cloud and IT infrastructure security, compliance and efficient operation:

  • Penetration testing services to assess IT security vulnerabilities and help protect data;
  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance testing service.

Both services address the top security concerns found in the recent user survey by 451 Research: preventing infiltration of enterprise IT systems by those with malicious intent; and complying with security standards. 

Wipro Develops Industry Focused Big Data Analytics-as-a-Service Platform on Microsoft Azure

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Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, today announced the availability of Data Discovery Platform, its big data analytics-as-a-service solution on Microsoft Azure. The solution accelerates insight-driven decision making through pre-built applications for specific industries, such as banking and financial services, retail, energy, education and manufacturing.

Wipro's Data Discovery Platform will enable businesses to embark on an analytics journey with value added services of process simplification and business transformation to bridge the gap between the insights required by business and the information that is available. Wipro Data Discovery Platform is available in an outcome-based ‘pay-per-insight' cloud delivery model. The platform leverages Microsoft's Cortana Intelligence Suite which includes HDInsight, Stream Analytics, Data Lake Analytics, Machine Learning and Power BI to build analytical applications. Currently, fourteen Wipro Data Discovery Platform applications have been showcased on Microsoft Advanced Analytics Partner Solution Showcase

Electric Imp Delivers High-Performance Integration With Microsoft Azure IoT Hub

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Electric Imp Inc., a global leader providing enterprise secure IoT, today announced its high-performance integration with Microsoft Azure IoT Hub.

The integration with Azure IoT Hub enables Electric Imp's customers to use Microsoft's storage and advanced data analytics, while simplifying the setup and management of highly scalable, secure communications between the edge and cloud.

The Electric Imp Platform, already deployed on over a million devices, includes:

WhereScape Announces Automation to Fast-track Design and Development for Cloud Data Warehouse Snowflake

WhereScape today announced WhereScape automation for Snowflake, an offering created  to help IT organizations accelerate the delivery of cloud-based data infrastructure projects. This week in Anaheim, California, WhereScape will present the new offering at the TDWI Conference

WhereScape automation for Snowflake automates key development and operations workflows for Snowflake customers based on the native functions, wizards and best practices of Snowflake and incorporates data warehouse modeling methodologies such as 3NF, dimensional and Data Vault 2.0. Snowflake provides cloud-based data warehousing solutions that deliver the performance, elasticity, scalability, concurrency and simplicity needed to store and analyze all of an organization's data in one location.

 

Cloud job roles soar - but salaries not accelerating with it

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

If you’re looking for your next break in the cloud computing industry, be warned: salaries are slowing down while job postings soar. That is the verdict of Experis, a professional IT resourcing provider, whose latest Tech Cities Job Watch looked at the challenges and opportunities in the UK technology job market.

According to the research, which utilised Innovantage’s recruitment software to analyse more than half a million employer websites, the number of cloud roles almost doubled (97.73% increase) between Q216 and Q217, but salaries for permanent roles only went up 2.7% on average. For contractors, day rates have stubbornly remained at £481 year on year...

Cloud computing is consolidating, raising the risk of customer lock-in

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Paul Gillin.

Barely a decade into the cloud revolution, consolidation is already setting in, and the implications for customers aren’t good. That’s according to a new report from Forrester Research Inc. The three areas of greatest consolidation are currently in the base-level computing and storage known as infrastructure as a service, desktop applications delivered via the cloud and customer relationship management.

The three largest providers in those markets already collectively hold 70 percent or more of subscription revenues and are unlikely to see their market shares decline, Forrester said. However, not everything is consolidating so quickly. Markets for electronic purchasing, supply chain management, human resources and financial management systems are still wide open. What’s more, the authors point out, far more money is still being spent on on-premises software than on cloud services...

Can Microsoft Save the Private Cloud?

Grazed from Datamation. Author: David Linthicum.

Microsoft just came out with a private cloud…well, another one. They tried private cloud a few years ago, but quickly moved on to their Azure public cloud service. So far, they have been successful in promoting their public cloud, largely due to their existing customer base. Of course, AWS remains their largest competitor, but Microsoft’s growth has actually accelerated in the IaaS market.

The larger question: how do the private clouds play within the enterprise? That is a larger question than the viability of Azure Stack. Microsoft is the latest to push private and hybrid cloud, but if they are successful, others are likely to enter, or reenter the market, perhaps even public cloud-only AWS and Google...

AWS Snowball Edge vs. Azure Stack: What on-premises public cloud means for your data center

Grazed from TechRepublic.  Author: Keith Townsend

Amazon Web Services' (AWS) Snowball Edge and Microsoft Azure Stack both aim to bring a subset of the public cloud to the private data center. While both have the same high-level objective, they are very different approaches.

On the surface, the two solutions only have faint similarities. However, both solutions are strategic to the two cloud providers' on-premises public cloud expansion.

Public cloud at the edge
 

OutSystems 10 Now Available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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The latest version of the OutSystems low-code application development platform, powered by Microsoft Azure, is available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Azure customers can now leverage the OutSystems 10 platform, fully optimized to run on mobile devices with top performance, zero delays, and the smoothest transitions and animations.

Using the OutSystems platform, any developer can now build the types of secure, scalable, enterprise-grade mobile apps that in the past only highly skilled software engineers were capable of creating. This latest release led OutSystems to be recognized as a Leader in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms, positioned highest for ability to execute.

“OutSystems 10 is changing the way mobile apps are generated so our customers can deliver truly engaging experiences,” said Bob Wilson, vice president of global channels and alliances for OutSystems. “Running on Microsoft Azure brings an added level of reliability and trust our customers have come to expect.”