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Baidu Cloud to offer NVIDIA's deep learning platform

Grazed from MIS-Asia. Author: Nurdianah MdNur.

Businesses can now get instant access to NVIDIA's deep learning platform from Baidu Cloud. Powered by Pascal architecture-based NVIDIA Tesla P40 GPUs and NVIDIA deep learning software, the new Baidu Cloud offers both training and inference acceleration for open-source deep learning frameworks, such as TensorFlow and PaddlePaddle.

The new offering aims to help organisations that "need GPU computing to process the massive volumes of data needed for deep learning," said Ian Buck, General Manager of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. This will "accelerate [businesses'] deep learning training and inference, resulting in faster time to market for a new generation of intelligent products and applications," added Shiming Yin, Vice President and General Manager of Baidu Cloud Computing...

Read more from the source @ https://www.mis-asia.com/tech/cloud-computing/baidu-cloud-to-offer-nvidias-deep-learning-platform/

Cloud Computing: Intel sets up 3-year program with Carnegie Melon to improve IoT video analytics

Grazed from FierceWireless. Author: Monica Alleven.

Intel is collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) on a $4.125 million research program designed to increase their understanding of visual cloud capabilities given that the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G are going to be driving a whole lot more video experiences in the future.

Visual data is probably the single largest form of data in terms of the amount of bits allocated, and over half of all the mobile data in the world is visual data, mostly video but some images and audio. New types of experiences, such as augmented reality, virtual reality and panoramic video require new capabilities in terms of system architectures and data processing techniques...

Microsoft Surface Windows 10 Cloud Laptop Update: Low Spec Solution Targets Google Chromebook

Grazed from DroidReport. Author: Joseph Patrick.

Microsoft is all set for its upcoming event on May 2, something that could include a Microsoft Surface Windows 10 Cloud laptop. With the focus on software expected, possibly stealing the spotlight is the anticipated mobile solution that could take aim at Google and its Chromebook. The upcoming event was originally pegged to focus on the software and the Microsoft’s efforts to entice people to try out their Windows 10 Cloud.

With the introduction of this cloud computing solution, the end result is the eventual shift to lower cost technology, albeit calling out what Google has done with the Chromebook clan, Forbes reported. The anticipated Microsoft Surface Windows 10 Cloud laptop would thus be something new and not a burden to the budget-centric buyer. Only a handful of updates headlined by the shift to an Intel Kaby Lake chipset could make sense...

Read more from the source @ http://www.droidreport.com/articles/7625/20170425/microsoft-surface-windows-10-cloud-laptop-update-low-spec-solution.htm

Oracle plans ‘startup organization’ focused on cloud computing, AI and VR

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: John Ribeiro.

Oracle is hiring people for a "new startup organization" inside its North America operation that will focus on key technology trends, including cloud computing, internet of things, artificial Intelligence, and augmented and virtual reality. The Solution Engineering organization the company is setting up will consist of Solution Engineering Centers in Reston, Virginia and Denver, Colorado.

The database and enterprise software company has previously indicated its interest in investing in some of these technology areas like machine learning and analytics. It announced in September last year that it was investing in intelligent cloud applications, called Adaptive Intelligent Applications, “that automatically offer individualized recommended actions and streamline the tasks of business users such as human resource or finance professionals.”...

Read more from the source @ http://www.pcworld.com/article/3192189/cloud-computing/oracle-plans-startup-organization-focused-on-cloud-computing-ai-and-vr.html

How iPaaS Is Extending Cloud Functionality

Just a few short years ago, the terms ‘cloud' and ‘cloud computing' were reserved for an elite few techies who understood the inner workings of cyberspace. Now these have become household words and although most businesses still don't quite comprehend what it means to work in the cloud, they know that it saves them money and are being told that they can save even more along the line because cloud-based servers are totally scalable.

As more space is needed to integrate various software stored either locally or elsewhere around the web, you can scale up, but if you find that you are not using the space you thought you would require, you can scale down. It's amazing what you can do with an integration Platform as a Service in terms of functionality, but first, you probably want to know what iPaaS is and what it means to your business.

A Brief Rundown on iPaaS

CloudPassage Releases Compliance Update to Halo Security Platform

Grazed from CloudPassage

CloudPassage announced today a new release of CloudPassage Halo, the company's award-winning automated cloud workload security platform. The update includes the addition of Server Account Monitoring (SAM) for Windows, which helps security teams achieve compliance and improved security posture by enabling them to monitor local server accounts on Windows servers.

"Maintaining compliance is essential to security analysts in regulated industries," said Amit Gupta, head of product management, CloudPassage. "With this new release, Halo now provides Windows users the most effective framework for monitoring server accounts in highly dynamic environments such as AWS, Azure, and private clouds."
 

The Top 5 Vendor-Neutral Cloud Security Certifications of 2017

Grazed from TripWire. Author: David Bisson.

Many organizations migrate to the cloud because of increased efficiency, data space, scalability, speed and other benefits. But cloud computing comes with its own security threats. To address these challenges, companies should create a hybrid cloud environment, confirm that their cloud security solution offers 24/7 monitoring and multi-layered defenses, and implement security measures like encryption, data backups and identity access management (IAM).

Organizations can take their cloud security strategy one step further by hiring IT professionals with the proper certifications. These accreditations ensure your new employees are qualified to properly configure your cloud servers and secure your data. Coupled with the proper amount of experience, certified employees can serve as a crucial resource towards helping your company defend against a data breach...

The war on cloud pricing: Object storage moves into the mainstream

Grazed from ITBrief. Author: Julia Gabel.

The latest analysis on cloud pricing by 451 Research highlights that the cloud price battle field has shifted from virtual machines (VMs) to object storage. And the firm predicts that other services, particularly databases, will undergo the same pricing pressures over the next 18 months. 451 Research says that virtual machines have been the traditional battleground for price cuts as providers seek to gain attention and differentiation.

But now, the tide has turned as object storage pricing declines, including a drop of 14% over the past 12 months. For comparison, the cloud mainstay of virtual machines has dropped a relatively small 5% over the same period. The analysts believe that the move of price cuts beyond compute is due to market maturity. Other factors include increasing cloud-native development and faith in the cloud model, as well as a competitive scrum to capture data migrating out of on-premises infrastructure...

Read more from the source @ https://itbrief.com.au/story/war-cloud-pricing-object-storage-moves-mainstream/

Protecting your client’s digital assets in the public cloud

Grazed from ChannelLife. Author: Editorial Staff.

Regardless of which particular model of cloud computing your clients adopt – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Revera’s Vault (or any other NZ-based cloud solution) or their own virtualised environment – they still need protection. Typically the cloud provider manages the security of the cloud and the client is responsible for security in the cloud.

Fortinet’s purpose-built public cloud FortiGate firewalls are designed to run inside public cloud-based data centres to provide extra layers of protection including internal segmentation, intrusion prevention, application control, WAN optimisation, data loss prevention, anti-virus, antispam, anti-spyware and VPN (IPsec and SSL)...

Rubrik Unveils Integration with Pure Storage

Grazed from Rubrik and Pure Storage

Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management company, today announced its data protection solution for Pure Storage FlashBlade, along with new integration between Rubrik's Cloud Data Management Products and Pure Storage's FlashArray//M. With this new collaboration, customers can achieve simplicity, performance and integrated data management across hybrid cloud environments. 

"We are pleased to lead the market with our data protection solution for FlashBlade. Finally, customers can achieve unparalleled simplicity, performance and scalability across their environment with Pure and Rubrik," said Bipul Sinha, founder and CEO of Rubrik. "Our integration truly ties together Pure's performance and manageability, to Rubrik's cloud native data fabric, making data more agile across hybrid cloud environments."