Cloud Computing

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.”...

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HIPAA Cloud Computing: Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions

 Grazed from PauBox.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud Computing for HIPAA Compliance is finally gaining adoption in US Healthcare.  When I attended the Medical Informatics World Conference in Boston last year, I joined an interactive breakout discussion group on Leveraging the Cloud. Of the dozen or so people in the group, only a few people were actually using the cloud in their organization.
 
The internet moves fast however, especially in Cloud computing.  The goal of this post is to succinctly answer the Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions around Cloud Computing for HIPAA Compliance...

Cloud service providers urge Cabinet Office to restate commitment to Cloud First policy

Grazed from GovernmentComputing.

Cloud forum SIG wants Cabinet Office to engage around G-Cloud and GDPR compliance and would like to see departments’ cloud transition and IT sourcing plans published. Cloud service providers (CSPs) have called on the Cabinet Office to work closely with them to help the government deliver its 2020 transformation goals.
 
It is understood that as part of calls for a renewed partnership between cloud service providers and the Cabinet Office, a new Special Interest Group (SIG) is to be created to help CSPs better align with the needs of public sector buyers using the UK government’s G-Cloud procurement framework and Digital Marketplace...

Demand for cloud computing skills continues to outpace supply

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Editorial Staff.

As enterprises continue to adopt cloud technology, the looming IT skills gap, particularly around public cloud, poses an ongoing challenge. "Many firms are having trouble finding qualified individuals for their cloud projects," said James Stanger, senior director, product development, for CompTIA. While demand for IT pros with generic cloud computing skills continues to be high, those with specific experience in public cloud and open source platforms, such as Cloud Foundry, are especially coveted.

Cloud continues to drive IT hiring

At 24%, cloud is the second biggest driver of demand for technology skills -- right behind digital marketing skills at 25% -- according to a survey by Robert Half Technology, an IT staffing firm. "Cloud projects are near the top of CIOs' priority lists," said John Reed, senior executive director at the company...

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SAP Lifts Sales Outlook, Buying Back Stock on Cloud Growth

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Editorial Staff.

Software giant SAP SE raised its annual revenue outlook and said it would buy back up to a half billion dollars in stock after reporting a better-than-expected jump in sales, lifted by a revamped version of its flagship software. The German maker of applications that run businesses’ finances, manufacturing and personnel is projecting sales of 23.3 billion euros ($26.8 billion) to 23.7 billion euros this year, based on constant currencies.

That’s up about a 100 million euros on both ends of its prior forecast. SAP is about to start a share buyback of up to 500 million euros this year, and it raising its outlook for cloud and software revenue. Shares of SAP fell 0.4 percent to 90.94 euros at 9:26 a.m. in Frankfurt. SAP had lost 2 percent since its first-quarter report April 25, while Germany’s 30-stock Dax Index was largely unchanged as of Wednesday’s close...

Trump presidency could 'cost the US cloud computing industry $10BN'

Grazed from IA. Author: Editorial Staff.

The US cloud computing industry stands to lose more than $10 billion by 2020 as a result of President Trump’s increasingly shaky reputation on data privacy, according to Meier.Despite only being in power since the start of 2017, Donald Trump has had a significant impact on the way America is viewed around the world.

In fact, the latest study from the the Pew Research Center highlights that just 22% of people have confidence in President Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs, compared to 64% who felt they could trust Barack Obama.This coincides with a rapid increase in people expressing unfavourable opinions about the US more generally...

The Future of Work: Freelancers Are the New Cloud Computing

Grazed from Entrepreneur. Author: Phill Strazzulla.

One of the greatest innovations for tech entrepreneurs over the last few decades has been cloud computing. The ability to move capital expenditures to operating expenditures is huge. It’s also incredibly empowering to scale your computing power as your business changes. You’ve also got the added advantage of a built-in platform with various tools to handle analytics, error logging, etc. Needless to say, cloud computing has changed the game.

We now seem to be entering a new phase of the future of work where traditional employees can be replaced more and more by freelancers who live and work remotely. This new paradigm reminds me of the rise of cloud computing a lot in terms of the utility, and its potentially disruptive nature...

Cloud Computing: Getting Hyperconverged On Power Systems

Grazed from ITJungle. Author: Prickett Morgan.

A few weeks ago, when pondering the possibilities of how Big Blue might reimagine and reinvigorate the IBM i platform, we outlined how this might be done – and how it might apply to a much broader customer base after it was done – in an article called The Cognitive Systems/500 2018 Edition. We forgot one of the possible components of a modern, integrated system and, amusingly, IBM has just announced support for it.

The bit of the software stack we forgot to mention was what is called hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI for short, and this server-storage halfblood has become the underpinning of virtualized infrastructure at private datacenters for a number of key workloads and by thousands of organizations worldwide...

IBM Revamps Computer Network Unit Around Watson Artificial Intelligence

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Editorial Staff.

International Business Machines Corp. is revamping its Global Technology Services division, which helps customers run their computer networks, to rely more heavily on artificial intelligence. The new AI-capability will help IBM's customers minimize disruptions such as server outages or switching malfunctions by predicting problems before they occur and automatically taking corrective action, such as brokering additional cloud capacity or rerouting network traffic around bottlenecks, Bart van den Daele, general manager of IBM Global Technology Services in Europe, said in an interview.

The product offering, powered by IBM's Watson cognitive computing platform, will enable the company to maintain its market share in IT network infrastructure management, Van Daele said. New York-based IBM has been struggling to pivot from reliance on older products like computers and operating system software and into higher-growth areas like AI and the cloud...

Microsoft improves Azure's analytical capabilities with Cloudyn acquisition

Grazed from TechRepublic. Author: Mark Caelin.

As an industry, cloud computing services have matured to become a staple of information technology in the enterprise. Organizations of all sizes are using cloud computing to achieve economies of scale that could never have been reached with conventional on premises solutions. But while the benefits of cloud computing solutions may be obvious, at least anecdotally, measuring the actual cost benefits can be a bit more elusive.

By acquiring Cloudyn, a company that helps enterprises optimize their investments in cloud services, Microsoft is looking to add a toolset to Azure that can provide customers with a way to measure the cost benefits of cloud computing. It is an important step toward creating the dominant cloud services platform for business and confirms Microsoft's strategy of competing in a mobile-first, cloud-first world...

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