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Cloud Computing Protest Offers Lessons For Buyers & Suppliers

Grazed from PublicSpendingForum. Author: Frank McNally.

A recent protest decision from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides several important lessons for procurement professionals who are buying cloud-enabled services as well as vendors hoping to sell them. Let's dive in! Red River Computing Company protested the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) request for quotations (RFQ) for agency-wide enterprise computing services and cloud computing services.

Red River challenged both the technical and price evaluation, asserting that DHS's best-value determination was flawed. GAO denied Red River's challenge of the technical evaluation but sustained its challenge of the price evaluation. Each decision is instructive, so let's take a closer look...

How to successfully move your business into the cloud

There are many companies that have started to see the benefits of running their business entirely in the cloud. You can access documents and other data wherever you are, and all your employees can keep in touch with you and one anther far easier. Starting to transfer your business to the cloud might sound daunting at first, but here are some useful steps to help make the transformation as smooth as possible.

Why do you want to change?

The above question can be a major issue that some of your employees or clients might ask you, a there has to be a good reason why you want to move your business to the cloud. Maybe, you are thinking of upgrading your current computer hardware or software, or perhaps you are moving to new premises.

7 Ways Cloud Computing is Transforming Manufacturing as We Know It

Manufacturers are moving to cloud-based solutions because of the benefits of the technology. Because of the cloud, manufacturers now store vast amounts of data online and access it in real-time. This increases not only their manufacturing efficiency, but also their profitability. And, thanks to the cloud, small firms with little in the way of resources can now scale up and down without hassle. For the first time, they can compete better in the global market. Now, let us look at more ways in which cloud computing is transforming manufacturing,

1) Wearable Devices

Wearable devices come in many forms and do many things. Fitness trackers, smart watches, head-mounted displays, smart jewelry, and smart clothing are changing both the quality of our lives and how we access information. Other devices, known as implantables, are implanted under the skin to treat heart conditions. Because of this flexibility, wearable devices have caught the eye of manufacturers. When used with the cloud, such devices could transform manufacturing as we know it.

Take Google Glass, for instance. This pair of glasses can allow workers to access critical data without leaving their stations. It can also replace scanners and barcode readers by collecting and sending data to servers and cloud-based applications. Employees can then use the time they would have otherwise spent doing data collection on something else, thereby increasing their productivity. Smart devices also increase safety in the workplace. They warn drivers, especially those driving heavy machinery when colleagues are in the drivers' blind spot.

Should you move your small business to cloud?



Article Written by Mike Thatcher

Cloud computing can bring small businesses to big changes. And, that's exactly what it's supposed to do. 

The first ones to realize that these big changes are taking place at the very moment while we are talking about it are both small-business owners from tech startups to local crafts shops.

Around 37% of US small businesses have fully transferred to the cloud, and this percentage is about to grow, naturally. 

Make sense of edge computing vs. cloud computing

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

The internet of things is real, and it’s a real part of the cloud. A key challenge is how you can get data processed from so many devices. Cisco Systems predicts that cloud traffic is likely to rise nearly fourfold by 2020, increasing 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 (the latest full year for which data is available) to 14.1ZB per year by 2020.

As a result, we could have the cloud computing perfect storm from the growth of IoT. After all, IoT is about processing device-generated data that is meaningful, and cloud computing is about using data from centralized computing and storage. Growth rates of both can easily become unmanageable. So what do we do? The answer is something called “edge computing.”...

Cloud Computing: Under Pressure, IT May Need to Fail Fast With Some Projects

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

It used to be that every IT technology project needed to be a business -- to have a business justification. Now, every new business project "needs to be a technology," noted Mark Tonsetic, analyst with the CEB unit of Gartner. "Digital is the new battleground" in the evolution of the modern enterprise, he said, and even the CEO wants a story to tell Wall Street about how his company is going digital. For optimists, that means new revenue opportunities and short time to market for new products. For pessimists, it means the company may not stave off disruption but at least it's making a move to avoid it.

Tonsectic described how CIOs and IT directors might navigate these newly choppy and hazardous waters in a session at Interop ITX on May 19, How The Cloud Is Changing IT Investment Plans. The goal isn't to make just the right investment in cloud. It’s to fit cloud into an IT ecosystem that has all the right components needed by the transforming company, he said...

Is edge computing set to blow away the cloud?

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: David Trossell.

Just about every new piece of technology is considered disruptive to the extent that they are expected to replace older technologies. Sometimes as with the cloud, old technology is simply re-branded to make it more appealing to customers and thereby to create the illusion of a new market. Let’s remember that cloud computing had previously existed in one shape or form. At one stage it was called on-demand computing, and then it became ‘application service provision’.

Now there is edge computing, which some people are also calling fog computing and which some industry commentators feel is going to replace the cloud as an entity. Yet the question has to be: Will it really? The same viewpoint was given when television was invented. Its invention was meant to be the death of radio. Yet people still tune into radio stations by their thousands each and every day of every year...

Read more from the source @ https://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2017/may/19/edge-computing-set-blow-away-cloud/

Microsoft offers cloud computing services to non-profits

Grazed from EconomicTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft India, as part of the software giant's 'Public cloud for good' initiative, is making public cloud platform Microsoft Azure broadly available to eligible non-profit organisations, bringing the power of technology to them. Qualifying non-profits can avail free Azure credits worth $5,000 for a year to unlock benefits such as insight, agility and operational efficiency.

Globally, Microsoft is donating $1 billion in cloud computing resources between 2016 and 2018 to 70,000 non-profits and NGOs worldwide, including in India, the company said in a statement. To drive greater inclusion, Microsoft India partnered with NASSCOM Foundation to organise an Azure for Good workshop in Hyderabad on Friday...

Read more from the source @ http://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/microsoft-offers-cloud-computing-services-to-non-profits/58760019

VMware Targets Enterprise Layer With Horizon Cloud Integration In Azure

Grazed from Data-Economy. Author: Joao Marques Lima.

VMware has announced it will integrate and deliver VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure to deliver desktop as a service (DaaS) on Azure. The move aims to help customers accelerate the move to Windows 10 and bring VMware virtual desktops and applications to the enterprise layer using Azure.

Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware, said: “The addition of VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure puts VMware in a unique position to offer customers several infrastructure options for virtual desktops and applications with the flexibility to move between different platforms...

Read more from the source @ https://data-economy.com/vmware-targets-enterprise-layer-horizon-cloud-integration-azure/

IBM Announces The Defense Calculator And A Cloud Computing Service

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

This week’s milestones in the history of technology include the world’s first analog computer, experimenting with the Web via TV in pre-Web days, the birth of the ITU, and IBM’s first commercially available scientific computer and first computing service bureau.

May 16, 1979:

The Associated Press distributes a story titled "Teletext: Soon You'll Be Punching Buttons and Talking Back To Your TV." Wrote David Briscoe: Using your TV as a data bank with almost unlimited capacity may be only a few years away… Bonneville International’s KSL-TV in Salt Lake City and KMOX-TV in St. Louis, owned by CBS, have been testing a signal capable of giving viewers access to 120 pages of information...