Cloud Computing

Colt deploys Ciena’s packet-optical technology

Grazed from VoiceNData. Author: Sanjeeb Kumar Sahoo.

Colt Technology Services said it is deploying Ciena’s packet-optical technology to future proof the bandwidth demands of its customers driven by the explosion of IT applications, data, content and cloud computing. The partnership with Ciena strengthens Colt’s high-bandwidth push across Europe and Asia, enabling flexible, ultra-high bandwidth services across its 100Gbps-enabled metro and multi-terabit backbone networks. This network upgrade supports growth across a number of key European markets including London, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam as well as improving inter continental connections into Asia including Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore.

“As the applications and infrastructure that power businesses increasingly move into the cloud and the data centre, the demand for reliable, scalable, and high-quality, business-grade connectivity continues to grow.By partnering with leading technology firms like Ciena, we are signaling our commitment to providing the intelligent, high-bandwidth networks enterprises require...

Where Does Alphabet Stand in the Cloud?

Grazed from MarketRealist. Author: Naomi Gray.

Alphabet (GOOGL) has long been viewed as a cloud computing underdog alongside Oracle (ORCL) and International Business Machines (IBM). Let’s see if anything has changed The chart below shows the leading cloud vendors by market share, as estimated by Synergy Research Group.

Although Alphabet still declines to break out its Google Cloud revenues, the company hinted in its 4Q16 earnings report that it’s rapidly gaining ground in the cloud space. The tech giant’s nonadvertising revenues come from sources such as cloud, app, and hardware sales. These revenues increased 62% YoY (year-over-year) to $3.4 billion in 4Q16, a record for the segment...

Data center placement, FO network design key to more efficient cloud computing: Researcher

Grazed from Cabling. Author: Editorial Staff.

Telecommunication experts estimate the amount of data stored “in the cloud” or in remote data centers around the world, will quintuple in the next five years. Whether it’s streaming video or business’ database content drawn from distant servers, all of this data is -- and will continue in the foreseeable future to be – accessed and transmitted by lasers sending pulses of light along long bundles of flexible optical fibers.

Traditionally, the rate at which information is transmitted does not consider the distance that data must travel, despite the fact that shorter distances can support higher rates. Yet as the traffic grows in volume and uses increasingly more of the available bandwidth, or capacity to transfer bits of data, researchers have become increasingly aware of some of the limitations of this mode of transmission...

Google’s new cloud service is a unique take on a database

Grazed from CIO. Author: Blair Hanley Frank.

Google has turned a database service that it uses to run some of its mission-critical products into an offering for its public cloud customers. On Tuesday, the company launched Cloud Spanner, a new, fully managed database that’s supposed to provide the transactional consistency of a traditional database plus the scalability and performance of a NoSQL database.

It’s based on the same systems that run the company’s own Spanner database internally. Usually, businesses have to pick either a traditional or a NoSQL database, and each comes with particular trade-offs. Traditional databases provide better transactional consistency, but can be hard to scale. NoSQL databases are better at scaling but sacrifice consistency...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cio.com/article/3169522/cloud-computing/google-s-new-cloud-service-is-a-unique-take-on-a-database.html

Google's Biggest Cloud Customer Just Signed a $1 Billion Deal With Amazon

Grazed from MotleyFool. Author: Adam Levy.

It didn't take long for Google's biggest cloud customer to split its allegiances. Just a week after Snap (NYSE:SNAP) announced it signed a $2 billion five-year contract with the Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) company, it signed a $1 billion contract with Google's biggest cloud competitor -- Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN).

Snap will continue to use Google Cloud for the core Snapchat functionality. The Amazon Web Services contract is for "redundant infrastructure support of our business operations," according to Snap's amended S-1 filing. The new filing also revealed Snap has been using Amazon for nearly a year, so not much will change in the near term...

Cloud Computing-Savvy Companies Enjoy Greater Revenues And Speed, Survey Suggests

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

At first, it's all about cost savings -- avoiding up-front fees, hardware costs, and ongoing maintenance and software upgrades. But looking beyond the operational concerns with cloud computing, things get much more interesting. Cloud really begins to shine when it becomes an enabler for increased business opportunities, and expanded horizons.

The challenge is measuring, or at least understanding, the gains. Incremental savings from moving an application off a local server to a cloud site are easy to capture and document. But how do you measure increased agility? How do you measure the ability to pivot to new business opportunities? How do you measure an increased capacity for innovation?...

Why Banks are Moving to the Cloud - And Why You Should Too

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Jim Crowley.

A major shift is taking place in banking right now. It’s a shift many banks have been pretty hush-hush about until now, and that naysayers said would never happen. Banks are rapidly testing and moving to the cloud. What happened in the past two years that changed how the banking industry approaches the cloud?

Two words: Capital One. In October 2015, Capital One’s CIO, Rob Alexander, revealed that the bank was all-in on AWS. They were one of the very first U.S. banks to not only commit to the cloud in a big way, but also to announce it loudly and proudly. Around the same time, World Bank, made a bold move. With Stephanie von Friedeberg, World Bank’s CIO, at the helm, the company quickly shifted from risk-averse, anti-cloud to pro-cloud by the company quickly shifted...

Read more from the source @ http://www.business2community.com/cloud-computing/banks-moving-cloud-01755332#jZ6Oq7xZqABg0LuM.99

Cloud Computing: Sophisticated Phishing - Beware the Latest Gmail Phishing Attack

Grazed from Sci-Tech Today. Author: Editorial Staff.

Hackers have reportedly devised a new phishing method which seems to be tricking even the most experienced and tech savvy users into revealing their account details. The highly effective phishing campaign seems to be running on a sophisticated automation feature that pounces on newly compromised Gmail accounts to mount a secondary attack on users in the contact list.

Once hackers have taken over a Gmail account, they launch their secondary attack by sending out emails disguised under recently sent attachments and a relevant subject line. The email contains a thumbnail version of the attachment which, when clicked, opens up a convincing Gmail login box a trap that tricks users in revealing their Gmail account password...

Nimbix Unveils Expanded Cloud Product Strategy

Grazed from HPCWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

Nimbix, a leading provider of high performance and cloud supercomputing services, announced today its new combined product strategy for enterprise computing, end users and developers. This new strategy will focus on three key capabilities – JARVICE Compute for high performance processing, including Machine Learning, AI and HPC workloads; PushToCompute for application developers creating and monetizing high performance workflows; and MaterialCompute, a brand new intuitive user interface, featuring the industry’s largest high performance application marketplace available from a cloud provider.

Nimbix’s JARVICE platform powers the Nimbix Cloud and is capable of processing massively parallel turnkey workflows ranging from enterprise simulation to machine learning and serving all major industries and organizations. Unlike other cloud providers who leverage virtualization technology to provide slices of a physical machines to users, JARVICE delivers high performance computation on bare-metal supercomputing systems using Nimbix’s patented Reconfigurable Cloud Computing technology and fully containerized application components for agility and security. JARVICE powers the Nimbix Cloud and is also available as a product for both hosted and on-premises private cloud deployments...

Read more from the source @ https://www.hpcwire.com/off-the-wire/nimbix-unveils-expanded-cloud-product-strategy/

US Army turns to IBM to build, manage private cloud data center

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Stephanie Condon.

IBM officially announced Wednesday that it's signed a deal to build, manage and operate a private cloud data center for the US Army, within the Army's Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama. The deal marks the first time the Army has turned to a private company to run a large-scale data center on its behalf within a military installation.

The on-premise private cloud initiative is part of a one-year task order. Under the Army Private Cloud 2 (APC2) contract, awarded to seven companies in 2011, the contract with IBM could be extended by as much as four additional years. Should it last the full five years, the contract will be worth approximately $62 million, IBM said...