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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

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/

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

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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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/

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

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

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...

Veritas Unveils New Software-Defined Storage for OpenStack

Grazed from Veritas

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.

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

Grazed from ExtraHop

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: