Cloud Computing

Microservices Architecture-Force Multiplier for Cloud Applications

Grazed from CIOReview. Author: Editorial Staff.

Instantly after Martin Fowler and James Lewis in March 2014 released an article on microservices, a wave of murmurs sluggishly highlighted the similarities between microservices and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). While advocates of microservices or microservices architecture (commonly abbreviated as MSA) outright reject its connection with SOA, others believe it is just a revamped version of SOA architecture, which had stirred the application development landscape for first few years of this century.

Although there are striking similarities between the MSA and SOA, both of these architectures vary distinctively. Typically, SOA focuses on imperative programming while MSA concentrates on a responsive actor programming style. SOA models tend to use outsized conventional database, whereas MSA, most often, optimizes NoSQL or micro-SQL databases...

Top Three Cloud Computing Stocks to Watch

Grazed from ProfitConfidential. Author: Stephen Karmazyn.

Investing in the tech industry has never been more interesting than today. Consider all the various technologies set to make huge breakthroughs in the coming years, promising to revolutionize everything from the way we do business to the way we live our day-to-day lives. These type of shifts in the past only come along once in a generation, but with our accelerated development and adaptation of new tech, we’re seeing these paradigm-altering events with more regularity.

And that’s what makes cloud computing stocks so intriguing. Alongside Big Data, the Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality, the cloud computing industry could be one of the best investment opportunities for those looking to get a head start on future trends. After all, we’re already witnessing a mass migration of businesses into data-centric analytics and the online capabilities of cloud computing...

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Making sense of all the cloud-as-a-service models

Grazed from InformationManagement. Author: Christian Riley.

In case you haven’t heard, the cloud is like pizza. You can have pizza four different ways - at home, via take and bake, delivery, or dining out at a restaurant. Similarly, there are three different services models when it comes to cloud computing - IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS – and three different cloud types – public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud.

With each different kind of pizza experience, the diner handles a certain fraction of the process, and a third party handles a certain fraction of the process. Going along with this comparison, the same can be said for the various combinations of service models and cloud types listed above. (Below is an image that makes a bit more sense of this)...

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Working in the Cloud Makes Life Easy – But Coding Makes It Easier Yet

Of late, all we hear about are the many benefits of working in the cloud. We hear that it is cost effective, time efficient, transparent and so many other terms that describe what the cloud is and how we can benefit from cloud computing. All of it true.

However, what we don't often hear about is the fact that with the advent of PaaS (Platform as a Service) and the integration of other applications into your core platform, there are bound to be some inconsistencies and minor glitches that need to be ironed out before they become major. Working in the cloud has indeed made life easier for the busy professional and businesses all around the globe, but if you know a bit of code, it makes it even easier yet.

From PaaS to iPaaS

Businesses today are really beginning to understand the many benefits of a cloud based ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) platform through which they route most of their business applications. From accessibility to functionality, transparency and beyond, there is nothing like having one central platform that can be accessed, as needed, by everyone in the front and back end of a business.

How Cloud Computing Is Shaping the Business World

Grazed from TGDaily. Author: Lexie Lu.

Cloud computing is defined as using remote servers to store your data outside of a local physical hard drive. You’re basically storing all of your information in a digital “cloud” that can be accessed by you from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a computer and a decent internet connection. How has cloud computing already changed the way we store data — and how is it continuing to shape the business world?

1. Increased Flexibility

Traditional data storage techniques are rigid and require constant hardware updates to keep up with a growing or changing business. If you utilize in-house servers, a bandwidth or storage upgrade requires a large-scale overhaul which could potentially take your entire system offline while it’s being completed...

Cloud Computing Is Pushing the Education Landscape Forward

We've seen how much cloud computing affects various industries over the years. While businesses seem to be the ones taking the most advantage of the cloud technology, they are certainly not the only parties benefiting from capable cloud servers and the services built around them. In fact, we're starting to see other industries such as healthcare and manufacturing utilizing the cloud to gain several advantages.

In recent years, education is a field that has been increasingly benefiting from using the cloud as part of its workflows. Universities across the country are taking more of their operations to the cloud. There are different ways cloud computing is pushing the education landscape forward.

Better Research Programs

The switch to collective resources and cloud computing in education started with various research programs conducted by universities. There are plenty of research programs in fields like medicine and applied physics that require a large amount of computing power to crunch numbers and do simulations. It would be too expensive for individual universities to invest in such a large supercomputer, which is why cloud computing becomes an essential part of these programs.

European CIOs Invest in Hybrid Cloud to Accelerate Digital Transformation

Grazed from Equinix. Author: Marek Moszynski.

Cloud computing continues to grow at a steady pace across Europe. IDC predicts that the EMEA public cloud market will expand 26% over the next four years. Hybrid cloud is driving public cloud adoption and is the catalyst for much of European enterprises’ digital transformation. In fact, a CIO Research survey showed that over half of CIOs and IT managers in France, Germany and the UK identified hybrid cloud as the most common cloud adoption model.

What we have seen from customers in our 62 Equinix data centers across EMEA, and heard at conferences such as this year’s Cloud Computing Expo in Paris, is that the enterprise cloud ecosystem grows along with a CIO’s trust! The following factors are influencing greater “cloud confidence” and adoption in the region, specifically at the digital edge where there are higher concentrations of users, applications, data and clouds:...

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Baidu Cloud to offer NVIDIA's deep learning platform

Grazed from MIS-Asia. Author: Nurdianah MdNur.

Businesses can now get instant access to NVIDIA's deep learning platform from Baidu Cloud. Powered by Pascal architecture-based NVIDIA Tesla P40 GPUs and NVIDIA deep learning software, the new Baidu Cloud offers both training and inference acceleration for open-source deep learning frameworks, such as TensorFlow and PaddlePaddle.

The new offering aims to help organisations that "need GPU computing to process the massive volumes of data needed for deep learning," said Ian Buck, General Manager of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. This will "accelerate [businesses'] deep learning training and inference, resulting in faster time to market for a new generation of intelligent products and applications," added Shiming Yin, Vice President and General Manager of Baidu Cloud Computing...

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Oracle plans ‘startup organization’ focused on cloud computing, AI and VR

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: John Ribeiro.

Oracle is hiring people for a "new startup organization" inside its North America operation that will focus on key technology trends, including cloud computing, internet of things, artificial Intelligence, and augmented and virtual reality. The Solution Engineering organization the company is setting up will consist of Solution Engineering Centers in Reston, Virginia and Denver, Colorado.

The database and enterprise software company has previously indicated its interest in investing in some of these technology areas like machine learning and analytics. It announced in September last year that it was investing in intelligent cloud applications, called Adaptive Intelligent Applications, “that automatically offer individualized recommended actions and streamline the tasks of business users such as human resource or finance professionals.”...

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The war on cloud pricing: Object storage moves into the mainstream

Grazed from ITBrief. Author: Julia Gabel.

The latest analysis on cloud pricing by 451 Research highlights that the cloud price battle field has shifted from virtual machines (VMs) to object storage. And the firm predicts that other services, particularly databases, will undergo the same pricing pressures over the next 18 months. 451 Research says that virtual machines have been the traditional battleground for price cuts as providers seek to gain attention and differentiation.

But now, the tide has turned as object storage pricing declines, including a drop of 14% over the past 12 months. For comparison, the cloud mainstay of virtual machines has dropped a relatively small 5% over the same period. The analysts believe that the move of price cuts beyond compute is due to market maturity. Other factors include increasing cloud-native development and faith in the cloud model, as well as a competitive scrum to capture data migrating out of on-premises infrastructure...

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