Cloud Solutions

How cloud assurance is at the heart of digital transformation

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Michael Segal.

Cloud computing is transforming modern business. Through the cloud, new digital-centric businesses are emerging that are more agile and innovative than anything seen before. Whether a new, ‘upstart’ business like Uber, with its compelling approach to city transport; or an established company breaking into new markets, like General Motors with its investment into Lyft, businesses are pioneering new customer services and business models that are disrupting entire industries and changing the way we work and play.

This digital transformation (DX) will affect all businesses. According to IDC, one third of the top 20 companies in every industry will have been disrupted by such digitally transformed companies by 2018. The message to businesses is clear: disrupt or be disrupted...

Scientists are using cloud computing and AI to track these mysterious, beautiful whale sharks

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Jo Best.

Someone grabbed my wrist and pointed sharply below us: 'Quick, look down!' I swam to face the seabed and gasped through my snorkel. A shark stretching some 8m long, as long as a bus, had moved silently underneath us -- and I hadn't noticed it at all. The whale shark, a beautiful creature, a filter-feeder whose giant mouth gives it a benign look, is good at escaping detection.

It's still not known how large the global population of whale sharks is, how they migrate across the oceans, and where they give birth, despite being the largest fish species alive today. For a few minutes off the coast of Ningaloo in Western Australia, I was able to swim with one such shark, before it disappeared off into the Indian Ocean, too deep and too fast for humans to follow...

Is your workload cloud-ready? Ask these 3 questions

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

Application workloads that migrate to the cloud often need some work before the move, but IT usually opts to get the workloads to the cloud as expeditiously as possible, which means the workloads often go to the cloud as is. If you don’t modify or refactor the application or data, you will probably not take advantage of some cloud-native features that could really improve your ROI.

However, when you do modify the application, you must consider portability trade-offs. Can you move your application workload to the public cloud without any modification? Perhaps, but only if the workload in question passes these tests. All three answers must be yes...

Is a cloud HR management system as useful as it seems?

Grazed from HumanResourcesOnline. Author: Jerene Ang.

While cloud-based technologies have the potential to revolutionise the HR function, this requires more than simply plugging into the cloud – people, processes and technology need to be successfully integrated in order to realise the greatest benefits from a cloud HR management system (HRMS).

According to the recently released KPMG 2016 Global HR Transformation Survey, of 854 HR executives from 52 countries surveyed, 42% are intending to replace their current HR system with a cloud-based one. However the survey also pointed out that HR’s high expectations for cloud computing to deliver revolutionary business benefits are largely failing to materialise...

IBM Blockchain Launches Secure Cloud Service in Beta

Grazed from Cloudwards. Author: Editorial Staff.

Long associated with Bitcoin and not well understood, blockchain technology is generating more discussion, as well as going beyond its Bitcoin connection. IBM Blockchain has announced beta testing for a secure cloud service for the new technology. The IBM Blockchain beta is one of a series of recent announcements from the company of cutting edge technologies.

In May, they introduced IBM Quantum Computing, an experimental cloud-enabled quantum computing platform. In June, they launched the Data Science Experience, a cloud-based development environment for data scientists. Blockchain, as explained by IBM is: "a technology for a new generation of transactional applications that establishes trust, accountability and transparency while streamlining business processes"...

Smartphones to Cloud, world went through many revolutions, Internet of Things is next up

Grazed from FinancialExpress. Author: Sushila Ravindranath.

WebNMS, a division of Chennai headquartered Zoho Corporation was founded in 1996 to make software for monitoring telecommunications. In the late 90’s when the telecom boom happened WebNMS was remotely monitoring telecom equipment all over the world. By 2009, the IoT (Internet of things) started to pick up. IoT adds sensors and internet capability to manufacturing equipment, diesel generators and also to many everyday physical objects.

“Earlier communication was only between machine to machine. With IoT, the telecom platforms talk to the machines”says Prabhu Ramachandran, director, WebNMS. “It is a natural evolution.” “In recent times, there have been several revolutions. Smartphones have changed the way we do business. Then there is cloud. IoT will be the next”, says Ramachandran...

IoT solutions for the agriculture sector

Grazed from TheEdgeMarkets. Author: Fatimah Arshad.

The Internet of Things (IoT) could be a game changer for agriculture in this country. Supported by cloud computing and 3G, IoT has the potential to improve agricultural ventures, big and small. It is a relatively cheap technology, but it is smart, pervasive and transformative. In general, it is rare for people to think about the internet in connection with agriculture.

But IoT technology allows farmers to connect devices to the internet to improve management and operations to reduce waste, better control pests and disease, efficiently use farm inputs and streamline livestock management, thus, raising productivity. What is IoT? There is no universally agreed upon definition of IoT. In simple terms, it is a technology that connects any device to the internet...

OpenStack vs. VMware battle set to heat up over IoT, NFV

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Nolle.

Any journey is a combination of where you start and where you want to go, and this is a critical component of the OpenStack vs. VMware debate. Enterprises have been using VMware for years but other IT vendors that work with those enterprises have committed to OpenStack. The outcome of the tug-of-war between VMware and OpenStack may depend on two emerging applications of the cloud -- network functions virtualization and the Internet of Things.

Virtual resources create a new level of complexity for data center operations teams. Traditionally, many companies installed and integrated their applications manually, or relied on simple operating system scripting languages. But if you have to deploy applications to a resource pool, simple scripts leave too much room for configuration errors. Enterprises now rely on DevOps tools for agile deployment support...

GE Brings Industrial Tech to Microsoft's Azure Cloud Platform

Grazed from CIO-Today. Author: Jeff Cozza.

Microsoft and General Electric (GE) have announced a new partnership to bring the latter’s Predix platform to Microsoft's Azure enterprise cloud service. The agreement combines GE’s software tools for collecting data from industrial machines with Microsoft's computing platform for building, deploying, and managing applications and services in the cloud.

The move is only the first step in what is planned to be a broad strategic collaboration to eventually allow customers around the world to capture intelligence from industrial assets while taking advantage of Microsoft's enterprise cloud applications, the companies said. The announcement was made today at Microsoft's 2016 Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto...

Cloud Computing: What serverless computing really means

Grazed from InforWorld. Author: Eric Knorr.

It’s always unfortunate to start the definition of a phrase by calling it a misnomer, but that’s where you have to begin with serverless computing: Of course there will always be servers. Serverless computing merely adds another layer of abstraction atop cloud infrastructure, so developers no longer need to worry about servers, including virtual ones in the cloud.

To explore this idea, I spoke with one of serverless computing’s most vocal proponents: Chad Arimura, CEO of the startup Iron.io, which develops software for microservices workload management. Arimura says serverless computing is all about the modern developer’s evolving frame of reference:...