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NVMe will replace traditional flash, not just co-exist with it, says majority of IT respondents in new European study

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Recent research carried out by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), a leading IT research, analysis, and strategy firm, and sponsored by storage innovators including Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, has revealed that:

  • Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) flash is expected to eventually replace traditional flash storage by 87% of European IT professionals whose organizations are currently using or considering NVMe technology (60% of all respondents).
  • Almost 60% of organizations have begun to implement a Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solution or are committed to it as a long-term strategy.
  • Business intelligence/data analytics, digital media, collaboration and Internet-of-Things (IoT), are most responsible for storage capacity growth today, with eCommerce, and social networking data not far behind.
  • Over half of organizations are likely to consider purchasing their storage infrastructure from a startup, a reversal of longstanding perceptions.

Is Amazon’s cloud service too big to fail?

Grazed from FnLondon. Author: Yolanda Bobeldijk.

Gavin Jackson, head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Amazon Web Services, loves to talk about snowballs. Not the lumps of mush and ice that children chuck at each other, but Amazon’s portable information storage devices, big grey suitcases that hold huge amounts of data.

When clients such as banks sign on with Amazon Web Services, the ecommerce juggernaut’s cloud-computing service, they upload encrypted data from their old legacy IT systems into the snowball, or the larger-capacity snowball edge. These are then shipped to an Amazon data centre where the data is transferred into the AWS cloud...

Joining Apple, Amazon’s China Cloud Service Bows to Censors

Grazed from NYTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Days after Apple yanked anti-censorship tools off its app store in China, another major American technology company is moving to implement the country’s tough restrictions on online content. A Chinese company that operates Amazon’s cloud-computing and online services business there said on Tuesday that it told local customers to cease using any software that would allow Chinese to circumvent the country’s extensive system of internet blocks.

The company, called Beijing Sinnet Technology and operator of the American company’s Amazon Web Services operations in China, sent one round of emails to customers on Friday and another on Monday. “If users don’t comply with the guidance, the offered services and their websites can be shut down,” said a woman surnamed Wang who answered a Sinnet service hotline. “We the operators also check routinely if any of our users use these softwares or store illegal content.”...

Read more from the source @ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/business/amazon-china-internet-censors-apple.html

CloudPhysics to Accelerate Channel Go-To-Market Delivering Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Assessments

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CloudPhysics, one of the fastest growing channel automation platforms for next generation data center product and service delivery, today announced that it has joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance. CloudPhysics has worked with Microsoft technologies for many years, and this collaboration further demonstrates the commitment of both companies to deliver value to Channel Partners wanting to build strong engagement with their customers.

CloudPhysics' Private and Public Cloud Assessment model provides rightsizing and instance recommendations that enable partners and customers to accurately plan migration strategies to all major cloud providers. It enables the quick rightsizing of on-premises workloads, saving costs by fitting storage, memory, and CPU provisioning accurately to usage demands.

Can the Cloud Protect Your Data?

Article Written by Avery Phillips

For most people, the cloud is this otherworldly thing that they don't completely understand. Yes, your data is there, and yes, occasionally other people can access it, but is it safe? Can you guarantee who is able to access your data, or is it a free-for-all? 

Well, the answer to that is more complicated than you think. On one hand, some severe cyberattacks could have been avoided if the victims had been using cloud services instead. On the other, there is always the risk that someone unauthorized will be able to access your data. This might seem like a double-edged sword, but one end is clearly sharper than other upon closer inspection.

5 Pieces of Software You Need for Your PC

All computers come with some sort of basic software to help you get work done or to help you with other tasks. However, not all programs are particularly useful, and that means installing some programs yourself is required to help keep your computer running efficiently, and of course, to ensure your data and identity is kept safe. Have a look at some of the useful software below that you should consider investing in today.

1.      Premium Virus Protection

It's important your identity and files remain secure always. As the internet is growing further, more and more viruses are sneaking their way on to computers, so it's becoming mandatory to house some decent anti-virus software. Malware and other viruses are built to steal identity and financial information, and sometimes even damage hardware so it no longer works. Get yourself a top anti-virus solution so you can prevent this from happening to you.

22,000 Customers Now in the Kronos Cloud as Shift to SaaS Surges

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Kronos Incorporated today announced financial results, company advancements, and customer successes for the third quarter of Fiscal 2017. Kronos recognized revenue for the quarter was $332.8 million. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) was $101.6 million.

"As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the transition from being a public to a private company, our acceleration and pace of innovation continues," said Aron Ain, Kronos chief executive officer, who was again named to Glassdoor's prestigious Highest Rated CEOs list. "We had a strong third quarter, including capitalizing on our commitment to drive our industry's shift to SaaS, record quarters for our healthcare- and manufacturing-focused teams, and our best-ever quarter for large human capital management orders. I'm excited for our momentum to continue through our final quarter as we close in on our 40th anniversary."

Kronos Cloud, Shift to SaaS Continues to Transform the Business

 

Rackspace Announces Strategic Channel Relationship with AWS

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Rackspace today announced an enhanced strategic, channel relationship with cloud provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) to streamline the experience for customers moving to AWS. Customers who are looking to migrate to AWS often lack the internal resources and expertise needed to move workloads rapidly and effectively. With this relationship, AWS and Rackspace are now able to work more closely to provide customers with their respective expertise, thereby enabling their journey to AWS.

The strategic relationship between AWS and Rackspace consists of three key components:

Cloud Computing shifts may rearrange pecking order for Intel, Qualcomm, AMD, Nvidia, chipmakers

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Editorial Staff.

Artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data and the Internet of things along with a heavy dose of mobility are rewriting the semiconductor pecking order. This shakeout is going to be fun to watch. In this new world order, novel workloads (think AI) are forcing customers to design their own processors. Dominant companies (think Intel) may become less dominant. ARM meets the data center.

And former challengers like AMD launch comebacks based on GPUs, an area dominated by Nvidia. And don't forget the Internet of things, another market trend that'll likely benefit Qualcomm. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich summed it up following the company's strong second quarter. "We continue to see intense competition across our businesses...

Read more from the source @ http://www.zdnet.com/article/computing-shifts-to-rearrange-pecking-order-for-intel-qualcomm-amd-nvidia-chipmakers/

GigaSpaces Plans Spinoff of Cloudify Division to Focus on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Management and Network Orchestration

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GigaSpaces Technologies announced today that it will spin off Cloudify, its orchestration and cloud management platform business unit, into a new company focused on the fast-growing market for management and orchestration of cloud applications and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Planning for the move began in 2016, driven by strong growth of the Cloudify product line in core enterprise cloud markets, as well as success in entering the carrier network orchestration market. It allows the new Cloudify entity to dedicate engineering, product development, marketing and customer support activities to the cloud market segment. GigaSpaces, with its long-standing track record in the in-memory computing market, will continue to capitalize on its technology investments and innovation in its XAP and InsightEdge product lines.