Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst on the impact of cloud and mobile

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Frederic Paul.

Last month, I wrote about what Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst had to say about applications finally overshadowing infrastructure. But the rise of apps is only one of the big changes roiling the IT landscape. Cloud computing has had an equally dramatic effect. Has the cloud already won? Yes… and no

So I asked Whitehurst if the cloud had already won the war for IT infrastructure, but he gave me a more nuanced response than I expected: “I think there’s a new architecture combining computing and storage in an easily managed centralized data center,” he said. “Scaling out that architecture… That’s clearly winning.”...

Mobile, cloud have become almost basic needs - study

Grazed from TelecomPaper.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Belgian companies are increasingly using cloud services and applications –consciously or unknowingly- and employees are working more with mobile devices, with both trends reinforcing each other, a study from Base Business showed, conducted with Trends and Datanews. The study asked 1613 business customers about their mobile communication behaviour.

Mobile has become a basic need, Base said. People increasingly communicate through different channels and mobile devices. An overwhelming majority of respondents make daily use of mobile data. Mobile has become the new way of working and taken on an important strategic role, Base CEO Jos Donvil said...

Using the cloud to enable a mobile student body

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Drew Turney.

Bryant University, a private education provider based in Smithfield, Rhode Island, with a 150-year history, has around 3,400 students, over 85 percent of them residential, as well as 700 staff and faculty members. The 420-acre, 50-building campus is run by a centralised IT function, meaning staff members have their work cut out for them.

All Bryant University students receive a laptop configured and issued by the IT department, and they're encouraged to use their own devices to collaborate with teachers and each other. Director of computer and telecommunications services Rich Siedzik called the resulting online learning management system "state of the art", but said the proliferation of devices and application endpoints needed to support it led to a 300 percent increase in the amount of data stored and managed by the university in just the last four years...

Spectra Precision Launches Central Cloud Service, New Software Versions

Grazed from GPSWorld. Author: Editorial Staff.

Spectra Precision introduced a new cloud computing service for Spectra Precsion applications. The company also announced new road modules for version 5.5 of its Survey Pro software and for Spectra Precision Survey Office. The announcements were made at InterGeo 2014, being held this week in Berlin.

Spectra Precision Central. A dedicated cloud computing service for Spectra Precision survey applications, Spectra Precision Central offers survey teams in the field and office the ability to rapidly exchange survey and project data with team members when and where it is needed...

Rise of mobile devices, cloud computing shake up Silicon Valley stalwarts like HP, eBay

Grazed from StarTribune. Author: Michael Liedtke.

Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around "cloud computing."

That term covers a swath of Internet-driven services that shifted technology from the days software users paid a one-time fee to buy and install programs on individual machines where they also stored all their data on hard drives. But with the advent of the "cloud," people can now rent software to use over the Internet...

Designing a business solution in the cloud and mobile devices era

Grazed from Economic Times.  Author: Dharmesh Godha.

The role of IT is not just limited to keeping the lights on. IT is also responsible to continuously provide solutions to enhance the business capabilities and to support business processes.

With the evolution of mobile devices and cloud computing the solution architects/ designers now need to expand their thought process and at the same time take care of new factors. The cloud computing provides new possibilities of capabilities that business solutions can provide.   The mobile devices can now be end points and part of the solutions to make it more available and convenient to use.  Before jumping in to create various solutions in the new evolving paradigm the solution architect/designer should consider the following:...

Cloud Computing: What The New iPhone 6 Plus Reveals About The Future Of Work

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Daniel Green.

Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6 Plus reflects a wider trend of mobile devices slowly replacing PCs as the central device for the consumer’s every day use. The rise of cloud computing has enabled mobile devices to fulfil most computing tasks so that “any trade-offs are outweighed by the convenience and flexibility provided by the mobile devices.” Companies like Apple and Samsung have capitalised on the growing consumer demand for PC-like devices, with the introduction of ‘phablets’ beginning to change the very concept of a ‘personal computer.’ While tablets have certainly found a niche market, they remain an awkward size for basic mobile uses such as receiving mobile calls and texting.

The increased size of mobile screens, with the iPhone 6 Plus screen measuring 6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches in size, will also help to close the gap between mobile phones and the traditional desktop experience. Video conferencing via user-friendly mobile apps such as Skype are predicted to be even more commonplace in the work place, with corporations investing more in remote working and flexible working practices by relying more on cloud technology and online productivity tools...

Computer scientists win a major grant to network mobile devices in the cloud

Grazed from Phys.Org. Author: Editorial Staff.

A team of computer scientists at NJIT has won a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation to come up with a platform that would allow mobile devices to interact with each other with help from the cloud. The technology they are developing is designed to support collaborative applications in areas such as healthcare, safety, and social interaction, potentially benefiting millions of users.

The proposed mobile cloud computing platform would not only stimulate the creation of groundbreaking applications, it would also leverage the cloud to expand the processing power, network bandwidth, storage space, and battery life of individual devices.
"Our goal is to make smart phones smarter," says Cristian Borcea, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Computer Science, who is the grant's principal investigator...

Cloud Computing: Google Unveils iOS Sync for Google Apps for Work

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Google (GOOG) is taking its Android device management software that enables remote management from Google Apps for Work to Apple iOS devices. The new iOS Sync for Google Apps for Work was unveiled as a solution that provides individuals and organizations with increased security to protect files, emails, documents and more content on iOS smartphones and tablets.

"iOS Sync is integrated right into the Gmail and Google Drive apps for iOS, so you don’t have to take any action to download an additional app. And iOS Sync will support iOS 7, 8 and, of course, the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus," wrote Clayton Jones, product manager for Google for Work, in a blog post...

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Cloud, Mobile, Healthcare And Enterprise Software Lead Deloitte's 2014 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Louis Columbus.

Cloud and SaaS-based start-ups are generating the greatest levels of confidence with global investors today, up 2% from 2013.  Global investors continue to place a very high level of confidence in Cloud- and SaaS-based startups, with the industry receiving a 4.11 score on a 5.0 confidence rating scale.

These and other key findings are from the 2014 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey published last month by Deloitte & Touche LLP and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).  331 venture capitalists from the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific were interviewed from firms with assets under management ranging from less than $50M to greater than $10B....