Cloud Solutions

Cloud backup could have prevented Delta's meltdown

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

I hope you weren't flying Delta this week. If you were, you know that Delta's systems experienced an outage, and of course passengers bore the brunt of it in hundreds of canceled and delayed flights. When Delta performs a postmortem on this outage, it will likely find that the outage was caused by a common occurrence: network failure.

However, Delta could not recover or switch to backup systems. As my InfoWorld colleague Andrew C. Oliver wrote, Delta neglected the four pillars of high availability. Delta's CEO admitted as much, telling the Wall Street Journal that "it's not clear the priorities in our investment have been in the right place...

The ultimate cloud accessory - researchers develop wearable personal cloud

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: Hannah Williams.

Cloud is most definitely in fashion when it comes to business tech, but researchers are currently exploring ways in which to literally embed cloud into fashion. US Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are looking into developing a fully functioning, lightweight cloud computing system embedded into clothing – meaning a wearable personal cloud could soon become the ultimate accessory.

Rajib Hasan, assistant professor of computer and information sciences in the UAB college of Arts and Sciences, and Rasib Khan, a recent postdoctoral graduate student, presented their wearable cloud jacket at the 40th institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society International Conference on Computers, Softwares and Applications (IEEE COMPSAC) in June...

How Cloud Computing Helps The US Cycling Team

Grazed form PSFK. Author: Leo Lutero.

In the London Olympics of 2012, the US Cycling Women’s trio was 5.676 seconds shy of snatching the gold from the Great Britain contenders (who broke the world record). This year, the US team is leaving nothing to chance by upgrading their tools, using the best technology available in the cloud computing space.

IBM helped develop a groundbreaking analytics system that pairs environmental and rider data. Sensors developed by Stages captures cyclist data 64 times a second. The power required to make sense of this plus many other data inputs rely on the cloud. Through the IBM Watson Internet of Things Platform, coaches can track athlete power watts, lap timing, new muscle oxygenation and matched burned results in real time...

Read more from the source @ http://www.psfk.com/2016/08/olympics-how-cloud-computing-helps-the-us-cycling-team.html

Alibaba Cloud Partners with HTC to Advance Virtual Reality Development with Cloud Computing Solutions

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced strategic partnership with HTC Corporation ('HTC'), the pioneer in innovative smart technologies. Both companies will join hands to explore high scalable and price-competitive virtual reality ("VR") solutions for customers worldwide.

Leveraging the advanced cloud computing technology of Alibaba Cloud, the companies will focus on developing breakthrough innovative solutions to tackle bandwidth allocation, data transmission and data processing needs in areas such as VR video production and VR broadcasting. The partnership will also bring together industry developers to build a VR cloud ecosystem, and extend 'Viveport', HTC's VR app store to Alibaba Cloud's cloud computing platform...

Ensuring Data Security in a Cloud Based Knowledge Base

Grazed from Dataconomy. Author: David Miller

Cloud computing is quickly becoming popular and the number of cloud based applications is increasing with the passage of each day. One of these is the cloud based knowledge base. A knowledge base is a digital resource that contains data as well as the rules for sharing and updating information in an organization.

KNOWLEDGE BASE

A knowledge base can either be placed on a local server or an internet cloud. Knowledge management software is used to optimize the collection of related information, as well as offer management controls. These controls govern the way that employees in an organization can use the available data and add value to it...

Will AWS Disrupt Indian Public Sector?

Grazed from DataQuest. Author: Editorial Staff.

Teresa Carlson leads the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector business, which includes state, local, central and regional governments; educational institutions and Ed Techs, and non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGO), and acts as an advisor to Amazon Public Policy on global policy issues. Since starting AWS’s public sector business in 2010, Carlson has driven the business’ growth, which today accounts for 2,000 government, 4,500 education, and 17,500 nonprofit customers, and a vast partner ecosystem across all geographies.

Prior to joining AWS, Carlson served as Vice President of Microsoft Federal Government, where she was responsible for defining the strategy for the company’s US Federal Government business. Before moving into technology, Carlson worked in health care, as a practitioner and consultant initially, then as a business manager and area vice president, responsible for national accounts, marketing, and business development...

Read more from the source @ http://www.dqindia.com/will-aws-disrupt-indian-public-sector/

4 New Ways to Hitch a Ride on the Cloud

Grazed from Barron's. Author: Tiernan Ray.

Tired of hearing about the handful of tech names everyone must own? Consider roaming a bit farther afield for cloud computing. This column has relentlessly talked up the potential of cloud computing for Amazon.com (ticker: AMZN), Alphabet ’s (GOOGL) Google unit, and Microsoft (MSFT). But there are also opportunities for newer, younger companies and turnaround stories among established names.

One good place to look is software tools—programs that computer engineers use to make their own software programs. As history has demonstrated, buying the makers of picks and shovels can be a good way to ride a gold rush. This is one of the most vibrant areas of technology today, as companies shift from selling software programs on a compact disk to selling code that runs on server computers inside Amazon Web Services or other public cloud facilities...

Cloud Adoption and Challenges in Asia-Pacific

Grazed from SecurityIntelligence. Author: Preethy Soman.

Organizations around the world understand the importance and the challenges of cloud adoption, and they continue to adopt the technology at a fast pace. Gartner predicted that the cloud market in India will reach $3 billion by 2017, which represents an almost fivefold increase from 2012.

Challenges of Cloud Adoption

On one hand, while cloud promises to change the way businesses run, it also presents significant challenges relating to information security and privacy. Organizations need to understand that, in addition to cost reduction and the ability to move from one licensing model to another, the major drivers behind cloud adoption should be transformation and innovation...

Cloud computing just had another amazing, awesome, over-the-top good week

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Frederic Paul.

Cloud computing has been on a roll for a while now, and instead of slowing down, it just keeps speeding up. Last week, for example, the cloud hit the accelerator big time, as demonstrated by a pair of key developments:

First, Amazon announced record quarterly results for Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS simply blew through its Q2 numbers, hitting $2.9 billion in revenue, which was up more than $1 billion from the same quarter in 2015. Yes, quarterly revenue increased by a billion dollars in just one year...

Gartner Says by 2020 "Cloud Shift" Will Affect More Than $1 Trillion in IT Spending

Grazed from Gartner. Author: Editorial Staff.

More than $1 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud during the next five years, said Gartner, Inc. This will make cloud computing one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending since the early days of the digital age.

"Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant in a fast-paced world," said Ed Anderson, research vice president at Gartner. "The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending (see Table 1), helping to create a new generation of start-ups and "born in the cloud" providers."...