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DataStax Simplifies Delivering Cloud Applications at Scale with DataStax Managed Cloud

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DataStax
, the leader in data management for cloud applications, today announced the availability of DataStax Managed Cloud, a fully-managed service of the DataStax Enterprise (DSE) data platform, which makes it easier and faster for enterprises to deliver cloud applications at scale. DataStax Managed Cloud combines DSE in a white glove service featuring the company's proven support and professional services, and technology and expertise from the recently acquired company DataScale to help enterprises make the most of their data infrastructures to achieve business goals faster and focus on driving innovation.

Make sense of edge computing vs. cloud computing

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

The internet of things is real, and it’s a real part of the cloud. A key challenge is how you can get data processed from so many devices. Cisco Systems predicts that cloud traffic is likely to rise nearly fourfold by 2020, increasing 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 (the latest full year for which data is available) to 14.1ZB per year by 2020.

As a result, we could have the cloud computing perfect storm from the growth of IoT. After all, IoT is about processing device-generated data that is meaningful, and cloud computing is about using data from centralized computing and storage. Growth rates of both can easily become unmanageable. So what do we do? The answer is something called “edge computing.”...

Cloud Computing: Under Pressure, IT May Need to Fail Fast With Some Projects

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

It used to be that every IT technology project needed to be a business -- to have a business justification. Now, every new business project "needs to be a technology," noted Mark Tonsetic, analyst with the CEB unit of Gartner. "Digital is the new battleground" in the evolution of the modern enterprise, he said, and even the CEO wants a story to tell Wall Street about how his company is going digital. For optimists, that means new revenue opportunities and short time to market for new products. For pessimists, it means the company may not stave off disruption but at least it's making a move to avoid it.

Tonsectic described how CIOs and IT directors might navigate these newly choppy and hazardous waters in a session at Interop ITX on May 19, How The Cloud Is Changing IT Investment Plans. The goal isn't to make just the right investment in cloud. It’s to fit cloud into an IT ecosystem that has all the right components needed by the transforming company, he said...

4 Web Development Tactics for Enhanced Graphics

Developing a web page or mobile app can be fun, but it's also intimidating if you're not confident in your ability to perform like the pros. Still, even a newbie can create something remarkable with a few simple tips and tricks and the willingness to research. The main thing you need to be concerned about is aesthetic appeal, perhaps even more so than functionality.

Although navigation and responsiveness are certainly important, overall the eye will initially judge based on design before anything else. Thus, if you want to impress a visitor, the key lies in the graphic presentation of the site or app. With that said, here are four little things you can do to boost the visual edge on your web pages and app interfaces:

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