Cloud Computing

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...

Read more from the source @ http://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsoft-improves-azures-analytical-capabilities-with-cloudyn-acquisition/

What Is the ISE Cloud Computing Index?

Grazed from Fool. Author: Dan Caplinger.

Cloud computing has taken the technology sector by storm, making it possible for major enterprises to gain access to cutting-edge data analytics and storage capacity without building out a huge in-house technology infrastructure framework. Many of the companies that have helped their clients establish their presence in the cloud have performed quite well for investors, and the ongoing trend toward coming up with new technologies makes it likely that cloud computing companies will remain strong. The ISE Cloud Computing Index provides a handy benchmark for investors to use to track the budding industry, and you can even invest in an ETF that offers direct exposure to the index to let you take advantage of its future potential for growth.

What the ISE Cloud Computing Index is and how it works

The ISE Cloud Computing Index was developed by International Securities Exchange ETF Ventures as one of several innovative indexes tracking growing industries and emerging technologies. The business model for ISE ETF Ventures is to come up with attractive index ideas and then find partners to launch exchange traded products, including ETFs...

Read more from the source @ https://www.fool.com/investing/etf/2017/07/10/what-is-the-ise-cloud-computing-index.aspx

Burger King turns to Equinix for cloud computing support

Grazed from CNBC. Author: Editorial Staff.

Companies like Burger King might seem antithetical to data centers, but for Equinix CEO Steve Smith, the fast-food chain represents just one of the many clients his data centers serve. "Burger King, as you know, has stores and outlets all over the world. So they have customers, their people and their business deployed all over the world. All that information is distributed," Smith told "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer on Friday.

"It requires local capability on servers, storage arrays and networking gear everywhere that Burger King has outlets." Enter Equinix, an real estate investment trust that runs nearly 180 data centers across 44 of the world's largest markets. Burger King is just one of the REIT's 10,000 customers, Smith said...

How the Cloud Improves Communication Within Global Businesses

Article Written by Avery Phillips

For global businesses, the languages, currencies, cultures, and business practices they need to navigate will vary greatly on a daily basis, depending on where their employees are based. Of course, clear and consistent communication is key for success in such a widespread organization. By offering unified systems that are highly accessible to employees around the world, cloud computing provides a number of solutions to common communication issues. Here are a few major examples of how cloud computing improves communication within global businesses.

Payroll

For companies that operate on a global scale, payroll can be a pain to keep up with. Payroll and tax laws differ greatly between countries depending on local and national regulations. Along with balancing these expectations, companies also have to meet the financial requirements of the banking systems they use. In such complex circumstances, things can easily get out of hand, resulting in hefty fines and penalties. However, the cloud allows companies to centralize their efforts to meet these regulations and track other payroll issues, all in one place. This makes it much easier for global businesses to monitor and maintain compliance with the variety of tax laws and payroll regulations in different countries.

Cloud Computing: Why Oracle needs to push digital hard

Grazed from LiveMint. Author: Editorial Staff.

US-based Oracle Corp. is sharpening focus on its own digital transformation as well as that of its customers to stay competitive in a world where companies are increasingly grappling with newer business models, and demanding solutions that require expertise in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), besides cloud computing and big data analytics.

Consider cloud computing—a concept that Larry Ellison, now executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle, had scoffed at nearly a decade back. At the September 2016 Open World event in San Francisco, however, Ellison insisted, “We are in the middle of a generational change as computing moves from on-premise and lots and lots of data centres and lots of companies in the world to a smaller number of super data centres called clouds.”...

Read more from the source @ http://www.livemint.com/Technology/xAp1mI7FinypauAYo4KJ0K/Why-Oracle-needs-to-push-digital-hard.html

Cloud Computing: Light, not bytes - The evolution of the pipeline

Grazed from GameIndustry. Author: Will Freeman.

Over in the consumer space, the notion of stuffing a hard drive with files has become rather antiquated. By default, music, movies and games are streamed in many homes, while lay-software is increasingly bearing the burden of its gradual superseding by offerings like Google Docs.

And yet, at many different games developers where a flag is confidently staked in the cutting edge, development pipelines are still housed in on-premise hardware, stitched together from middleware, software and other technologies. They thunder away, handling files and assets while pushing data to workstations, at a time where even the once-futuristic gigabyte is now seen as trivial volume of data...

Read more from the source @ http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-06-27-light-not-bytes-the-evolution-of-the-pipeline

Amazon hits back after Walmart tells suppliers to stop using its cloud services

Grazed from TheDrum. Author: Tony Connelly.

The fallout follows on from a report in the Wall Street journal, which revealed the US retail chain had told the technology companies it works with to stop using Amazon cloud web services and move to competitors instead. Amazon has become a dominant player in cloud-based storage and computing power with its Amazon Web Services program.

Known as AWS, it has a 44% share of the market, according to Synergy Research Group, and its clients include Netflix, Airbnb, General Electric and the CIA. In April the company reported its cloud services platform had generated $3.7bn in sales over the previous three months. Now with Walmart aggressively investing in e-commerce, it is trying to undermine its rival's dominance in the space...

Read more from the source @ http://www.thedrum.com/news/2017/06/25/amazon-hits-back-after-walmart-tells-suppliers-stop-using-its-cloud-services