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Cloud computing pushes into the classroom, but not without challenges

Grazed from ArsTechnica. Author: Ron Miller.

When you think about a traditional school workflow, it's not unlike that of a business: paper is generated and moved in a systematic way between the children and the teacher. Just as cloud computing has transformed workflows in business to make them more collaborative and mobile, that same type of change has been coming to schools. Children and teachers use the power of the cloud to collaborate while accessing, storing, and sharing content.

As with business, this change is ongoing, uneven, and by no means complete. But if schools are at least partly about preparing children for the next generation of work, then the cloud needs to be a part of that preparation. Just as some businesses have struggled to transition to the cloud, schools face similar challenges...

Ingram Micro Cloud Adds Azure and New Hosting Solutions to Odin Automation Essentials Platform

 Grazed from Ingram Micro 

Ingram Micro Inc. today announced that the new release of Odin Automation Essentials, a preconfigured service automation platform, will include significant new capabilities for hosting service providers, enabling them to easily and cost-effectively bring a broader range of higher-margin services to market faster using a single, scalable platform.

Delivering a highly customizable and flexible infrastructure, the new release of Odin Automation Essentials empowers service providers to proactively build and deliver a strong cloud and hosting service portfolio. The enhanced platform provides additional revenue-generating opportunities through bundling Microsoft cloud services, domain registration, as well as shared and virtual private server (VPS) hosting services with a provider's own professional services.

"Service providers face ongoing product and service commoditization in an increasingly competitive marketplace," said Nimesh Davé, EVP, Global Cloud, Ingram Micro. "The upcoming release of Odin Automation Essentials makes it much easier for service providers to sell, deliver and administer differentiating, higher-margin cloud and hosted services within a single platform, utilizing one interface."

Cloud Computing: Closer to the Edge Data Center

Grazed from DataCenterJournal. Author: Dr. Thomas Wellinger.

Away from urban areas, high-bandwidth applications (mobile computing, HD video, cloud...) can suffer. Data centers on the ‘edge’ of the internet, away from traditional hubs, can help. Large volumes of popular content and applications (like Netflix series) are cached on servers closer to less densely networked ‘tier-two’ markets. There are a few things to consider, when specifying and building an edge data center.

First, there are space constraints. Cabling from servers often directly connects to a fibre platform in a central network cabinet. The fibres have to accommodate twisting and cable moves, adds and changes. Data has to move through cables at awkward angles without quality loss. Network cabinets need lots of space for switches...

Microsoft Cloud Initiatives Lining Up for Global Enterprise Segment Domination

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Editorial Staff.

You may have come across several articles in the past about how Amazon is trying to achieve global domination. The way the company has gone about its business, disrupting the retail industry in United States, swiftly moving into all the top ten economies of the world and a few more, and continually growing its revenues at double digit rates despite making more than $100 billion dollars a year. Does it look at all like they are on an unstoppable roll?

But this article is not about Amazon. It’s about Microsoft. Surprise! It’s about how much the company has changed in the past few years, and how, little by little, their plan to dominate the enterprise market around the world is taking shape. Microsoft in its previous avatar did Windows, and then some...

Huawei and Altair to Pursue High-Performance Computing and Build Industrial Simulation Cloud Solutions

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

Huawei and Altair have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at CeBIT 2017, marking the beginning of a cooperation for High-performance Computing (HPC) and Cloud Solutions. The two companies will cooperate with each other to develop industrial simulation cloud solutions for their customers.

In accordance with the terms of the cooperation, they will build a joint test center in Huawei's Munich OpenLab to carry out software and hardware optimization tests based on Altair's PBS Works and Huawei's HPC and cloud platforms. Taking full advantage of the high performance and reliability of Huawei's HPC and cloud platforms, the joint tests will help customers reduce software integration and performance verification workloads considerably and simplify the deployment and management of industrial simulation cloud platforms...

Cloud Computing: AWS acquisition of Thinkbox could lead to more heavy-duty tools, users

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: David Carty.

A recent AWS acquisition taps into vertical market technology, hoping to entice new customers with high-performance workloads while also bolstering its cloud management capabilities at the same time. Earlier this month, Amazon Web Services acquired Thinkbox Software, which provides a suite of image and particle-rendering management and geometry caching tools for media visual effects (VFX) design and development, for undisclosed terms.

The AWS acquisition is the latest example of Amazon, and other large public cloud players, adding services that appeal to specific markets and customers, and it could improve existing cloud services with specific capabilities such as support for compute-intensive workloads...

Druva and Carahsoft Deliver Cloud Data Protection to the Public Sector

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Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider, today announced that Carahsoft will serve as Druva's public sector distribution partner. Under this agreement, Carahsoft will proactively market and sell Druva inSync, the company's flagship cloud data protection and information management solution, which Carahsoft will make available to the public sector and its reseller ecosystem via Carahsoft's SEWP contracts. The solution enables agencies to securely manage data protection and information governance across endpoints and cloud applications with unparalleled ease and sophistication.

"Today's public sector organizations require the highest levels of security and data privacy. In addition to the best technologies, the need to operate in a secure cloud environment and adhere to standards such as FIPS 140 is a unique and demanding need," said Dave Packer, Vice President of Corporate and Product Marketing at Druva. "Whether part of the federal, state or local government, organizations now require data solutions that are compliant with the latest regulations and deliver the most cutting edge technologies. With the Druva and Carahsoft partnership, the public sector can now easily and assuredly protect their users' valuable data while adhering to all regulations and compliance requirements."

The Next Step: Taking Your Blog to New Heights

If you've been following the articles in our Blogging section, you will know that blogging can be a great way to earn money online. Whether you love traveling, like talking about gadgets, or you simply enjoy watching the latest movies and writing about them, there is always a niche to fill and moneymaking opportunities to explore.

The fact that content marketing is now bigger than ever also means blogging is quickly becoming a popular dream job for many. The market is about to be a lot - and I do mean A LOT - more competitive, so it is time to step up the game and take your blog to new heights. Here are some of the tips you can use to get started.

Social Media and 360 Content Distribution

Virtustream Expands Enterprise Cloud Platform for Mission Critical Applications to Asia-Pacific Region

Grazed from Virtustream

Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies Business, today announced that its enterprise cloud platform and services for mission critical applications are now available in the Asia-Pacific region including Australia and Japan. This offering includes Virtustream's innovative cloud technology and unique consumption billing model.

The need for enterprise cloud services in the region is increasing. According to published research, by 2020, "IDC predicts the Cloud Systems Infrastructure Services revenue in Asia/Pacific including Japan will reach $12.9 billion."

"The pent up demand for enterprise-level cloud services in the Asia-Pacific region is tremendous as organizations are eager to globally scale their operations at a rapid pace; while also managing the complexities of migrating their existing systems of record to the cloud," said Frank Gens, IDC senior vice president and chief analyst. "Add to that regional needs such as data sovereignty, and it narrows the playing field of providers significantly."

Huawei and Canonical Integrate OpenStack and CloudFabric

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Huawei and Canonical today announced they are expanding their cooperation in enterprise and telecom clouds to announce that they have completed the integration of CloudFabric Cloud Data Center Network Solution and Canonical's Ubuntu OpenStack. The joint solution integrates the Agile Controller, Huawei's SDN controller, with Ubuntu OpenStack to improve the efficiency of deploying and maintaining multiple data center networks. A large number of controller nodes can be deployed in minutes to interoperate with the cloud platform quickly. Enterprises or telecom cloud platforms that are using or plan to use Ubuntu OpenStack platform can directly connect their OpenStack platform with the Agile Controller to enable quick, flexible service deployment and integration in multiple data centers.