Cloud Solutions

How businesses and investors can ride the cloud computing boom

Grazed from EJInsight. Author: Raymond Tsoi.

Cloud computing is now seen essential for businesses to improve their cost-efficiency and scalability. But there is a debate going on as to which functions should be transitioned to the cloud, and what it means for the companies in terms of data security and other aspects. To provide some insights on the issue, EJ Insight presents the views of Krupal Raval, senior vice president (finance) at Digital Realty, a data center operator which has a wide range of clients including financial services firms, manufacturing enterprises and IT services entities.

Q. Can you tell us how cloud computing is driving innovation in the finance industry?

A: Cloud computing offers characteristics that can support the exchange of information and provide the infrastructure needed for financial services firms looking to implement technologies. Especially in the finance industry, due to the nature of the data hosted in the data center, it is imperative to ensure that their business-critical IT infrastructure remains up and running 24/7. Any interruption in connectivity for financial institutions’ critical systems could be catastrophic to the business and its customers...

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Adobe pushes new open standard for cloud-based digital signatures

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Natalie Gagliordi.

Adobe says it processes more than six billion digital and electronic signature transactions each year through Adobe Sign and Adobe Document Cloud. So it's no surprise that the creative software giant is backing a consortium of tech providers in a push to bring about industry-wide open standards for the way documents are signed on the internet.

Like other standards-driven initiatives, the Cloud Signature Consortium will aim to build a global network of industry contributors who will work together to create new standard specifications for cloud-based digital signatures. These specifications could then be used to build secure digital signature functionality across a range of cloud applications and mobile devices...

Visual cloud computing method aids in disaster response

Grazed from DigitalJournal. Author: Karen Graham.

Massive amounts of visual electronic data are produced during a natural or man-made disaster, and processing the information quickly and efficiently could mean the difference between life and death for survivors. Visual data is created by security cameras, mobile phones, and even aerial videos, and compiling all this data can be time-consuming to first responders and law enforcement.

The data provided can be critical in where to send emergency personnel, tracking suspects in man-made disasters and identifying hazardous substances. But one of the problems with all this data is the duplication of some of the information, while other issues revolve around the need for networking resources that often may not be available during a disaster, coupled with the bottleneck that is created by the abundance of high-resolution video streams...

Technology companies like Microsoft welcome Trai’s cloud computing paper

Grazed from EconomicTimes. Author: Neha Alawadhi.

Indian arms of multinational technology companies have welcomed the paper on cloud computing put out by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on June 10. "A strong technology infrastructure that harnesses the power of global technology innovations is crucial for India's growth," said a Microsoft India spokesperson. "In this spirit, the proposal set forth by Trai is progressive, as clear regulatory policies will enhance cloud adoption in India across sectors and directly contribute to the country's digital ambition."

The paper covers a broad spectrum of issues including defining policies for cloud computing, systems and processes for information governance framework in cloud from perspectives of lawful interception, more so if it is hosted in a different country, and also whether cloud service providers should be licensed...

Brexit spells turbulence for cloud computing: 6 stormy scenarios

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Larry Dignan.

The only certainty about the United Kingdom's move to exit the European Union is the cloud computing ecosystem is going to see some turbulence and uncertainty ahead. Although Brexit rattled the stock markets on Friday, the fallout is just beginning. Enterprises everywhere were planning based on their exposure to the U.K. The currency hit alone is going to ding revenue for many technology companies.

Beyond that initial calculation--you can expect Brexit to be a topic on every earnings conference call in the weeks ahead--there are some real technology logistics to sort out. With that in mind, here's a speculative stab at a few Brexit scenarios and how they may impact large cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and IBM...

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Cloud Computing is Moving to Outer Space?

Grazed from SmartDataCollective. Author: Rick Delgado.

Did cloud computing once seem out of this world? If you remember a world before the Internet, or even the years it was first starting to come into people’s homes, many cloud concepts were probably once unfamiliar as well. Not only can information be gathered from distant sources. Your own data and computing services can be based thousands of miles away. Companies have been talking about moving the cloud to space, and now Cloud Constellation Corporation has announced it is planning to build a cloud storage network that is truly out of this world.

A Space Cloud Plan In the Works

The company plans to implement its SpaceBelt network soon. It will include orbiting satellites and ground networks. Businesses, government entities, and cloud service providers will be able to store data securely in the space-based infrastructure. At least seven satellites should be in place by 2019...

Oracle Seen Ending String Of EPS Declines Amid Huge Cloud Transition

Grazed from Investors. Author: Brian Deagon.

Amid its major shift to cloud computing, longtime database leader Oracle (ORCL) is set to report quarterly earnings after the market close Thursday. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect Oracle to report a 4% year-over-year increase in earnings per share minus items, to 81 cents, for its fiscal Q4 ended on or near May 31.

That would reverse four straight quarters of EPS declines. Analyst expect revenue to fall 2%, to $10.47 billion, the fifth straight quarter of declines. Oracle is transitions to selling more of its business software on demand via the internet cloud, a huge change for a company built by selling billions of dollars of traditional, on-premise software that clients license for the long term...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft wants to monopolize your workplace

Grazed from TheWeek. Author: Jeff Spross.

Microsoft announced on Monday that it's dropping $26.2 billion to acquire LinkedIn, the social network geared towards resumes, employment history, and connecting corporate professionals and white-collar workers. It's a generous offer: The buy per share is 49.5 percent over where LinkedIn's stock closed on Friday. It may seem quixotic when a tech giant known for its personal computer businesses buys a social network. But if you dig through Microsoft's history, there's a pretty clear strategy here.

Microsoft got going as a dual juggernaut in both the world of PCs and the software you run on them. It's not just individual consumers who buy PCs — it's also companies, and they buy in bulk. This provided an excellent opportunity for Microsoft to place its PCs, its Windows operating systems, and its software package of Microsoft Office products into one big grab bag for bulk buyers...

Cloud Computing: In Conversation with VMware CEO - 5 Key Takeaways

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Nicole Henderson.

With EMC shareholders ready to vote on the Dell-EMC merger next month, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger was in Toronto meeting with Canadian partners and media last week to provide an update on the company and his vision for the future of cloud computing. Over the hour-long conversation, Talkin’ Cloud came out with 5 key takeaways on the cloud landscape, how channel partners can be successful, and how being wary of change isn’t necessarily a bad thing. To read the full interview, go to Talkin’ Cloud sister site The WHIR.

1. Vendors, Partners Must Adapt – or Get Left Behind

The technology landscape is changing at a rapid pace – and vendors, partners, everyone in the ecosystem has to navigate through those changes to be successful. “None is as significant as the period we are in right now,” Gelsinger said. “You have consumer-driven technologies, the shift from on-premise to off-premise, the disruptive effects of mobile and mobile cloud, change of business models from perpetual and capitalized to subscription, all of these are creating such violent shifts that everybody, including us, needs to navigate to the other side of that.”...

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Cloud Computing: Bright Computing and ProfitBricks unite with EHPC

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Clare Hopping.

Bright Computing and ProfitBricks have joined forces to offer an elastic high performance computing (EHPC) solution to speed up deployment of clusters and save costs with a pay-per-use model. The new offering combines ProftBricks' IaaS with Bright Computing's infrastructure management tech to offer a fully-scalable way of managing the infrastructure to power data-intensive workloads.

Supporting both traditional HPC and HPC-based Big Data analysis with Hadoop or Spark environments, ProfitBricks and Bright Computing's solution allows enterprises, research institutes and universities to have a more flexible approach when running analysis. “Cloud-based solutions are increasingly appealing as they offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional on-premise solutions," Petra-Maria Grohs, CSO EMEAA at ProfitBricks said. "Infrastructure is no exception and we are excited at the level of interest we are seeing in moving HPC and Big Data environments into the cloud, in order to unlock cost and time savings.”...