Cloud Computing

Cloud computing: When in doubt, DIY!

Grazed from DeccanChronicle. Author: Vishnu Anand.

Companies like SAP, IBM, HP and Oracle have been ruling the enterprise software business worldwide. But India is sending them back to school to learn how to do business in a country where they tail wags the dog -- where the opportunity lies with thousands of small and medium businesses (SMBs), rather than with a handful of big-name marquee clients.

The late management guru, C.K. Prahlad called it 'the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid' -- and at least one software biggie -- SAP-- has had to adjust its India strategy, to come up with models where small businesses can work through its channel of partners rather than with the German parent...

Paul Maritz's Vision For Pivotal And The Battle With Amazon Over Open Source Cloud Computing

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Andrew Cave.

As the third highest-ranking executive behind Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer in Microsoft’s heyday at the end of the last century, Paul Maritz learned a thing or two about cultural and technological shifts. Responsible for virtually all of Microsoft’s desktop and service software, he played a key role in the development of Windows 95 and Internet Explorer as executive vice-president of the company’s platforms strategy and developer group and a member of the five-person executive management team,

When he retired from Microsoft in 2000, Gates said that his vision and technological insight had had “a major impact not only on Microsoft but on the entire computer industry.” Going on to found Pi Corporation and join EMC when it bought Pi in 2008, Maritz then served as chief executive of virtualization specialist VMware...

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Enterprise private, public cloud use on the rise, says VMware CEO

Grazed from DigiTimes. Author: Adam Hwang.

Enterprises' internally operated IT workloads are decreasing due to increasing use of private and public cloud computing services, and the proportion of IT workloads for internal operation will drop from 75% in 2016 to 50% in 2021 and to 19% in 2030, while private clouds will rise to 20% in 2021 and 29% in 2030, and public clouds to 30% and 52% respectively, said VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger at VMworld 2016 taking place in Las Vegas during August 29- September 1.

The number of data centers established by cloud computing service providers in 2016 will for the first time exceed that of datacenters set up by enterprises for own use, reflecting increasing use of public cloud computing services. Continued maturity of cloud computing environment has led to increasing reliance on cloud computing environment for operating IT workloads. In this respect, public clouds will become mainstream of cloud computing environment...

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An Introduction to OpenStack and OpenStack Certification

Grazed from GoCertify. Author: Tim Warner.

It's difficult to browse information technology (IT) industry news without seeing reference after reference to OpenStack. The buzz is that OpenStack is a free, fully open platform for building private clouds. What is OpenStack? How does it work? What OpenStack certifications may be available?

Understanding OpenStack

OpenStack is indeed free and open-source software (FOSS) written predominantly in Python; this means that you can inspect the source code and even make contributions if you're so inclined. Specifically, OpenStack is a cloud operating system that supports infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), primarily virtual machine, workloads. Hallmarks of cloud computing solutions are as follows:...

Determining cloud's true benefits

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Suzanne Franco.

Cloud technology and services have gained widespread adoption and have made a huge impact on the way business runs making cloud computing more capable, and more accessible IT solutions. Is your organisation fully aware of cloud's true benefits to the business? On this note, by partnering with ITWeb, Neotel is conducting an online Cloud Survey during August and September to identify the cloud strategies of South African organisations.

"The objectives of the cloud survey is to take an honest and realistic look at the way in which South African businesses are looking towards cloud services, what they are comfortable with and what benefits they expect from the cloud," says Andre Schoeman, data centre analyst at Neotel. Schoeman points out that there are always dramatic changes in the business environment...

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Former head of Intel Capital to lead $150mn European cloud fund

Grazed from TheStack. Author: Alice MacGregor.

London-based fund manager C5 Capital is aiming to raise a $150 million (approx. £114 million) fund to tap into the growing cloud computing sector after appointing the former European head of Intel Capital, Marcos Battisti. Battisti will join the firm this September to manage one of the largest funds of its kind in Europe.

The investment will target next-stage development businesses operating in the cloud computing market, and hopes to enable further opportunities for remote processing and storage. The Financial Times expected typical investments to be between $5 million and $15 million. At Intel’s venture capital group in the States, Battisti was involved in investments in companies such as French mobile connectivity company Sigfox, and Israeli semiconductor designer Anobit – which was bought by Apple in 2012...

Cloud Computing: Major U.S. Telecom Carriers Aggressive on NFV Deployment

Grazed from YahooFinance. Author: Editorial Staff.

As per a research report by analytics firm IHS Markit, Verizon Communications Inc. VZ, CenturyLink Inc. CTL and AT&T Inc. T have been aggressively implementing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in their business service offerings. The technological adoption of this capability enhances scaling functions and service delivery times which leads to improved end user experience along with higher growth in the business services segment. Notably, the business service segment is a rapidly growing industry in the telecom space.

Network Virtualization – A New Trend

At present, cloud based functions are provided by service providers through a series of expensive dedicated hardware. Through new software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization capabilities, any service provider can run its network functions on a less expensive hardware by delivering services through virtualized enterprise customer premises equipment (vE-CPE)...

Cloud Computing: When Compliance Comes Down to Security

Grazed from CloudComputingExpo. Author: Fouad Khalil.

In the business world, it's hard to throw a rock without hitting a compliance requirement. All must be obeyed, but some call for a high level of control and auditability. Governing bodies are exerting their authority like never before, increasing the number of auditors and handing out heavy fines - sometimes as much as $1 million. This has become the new norm, and it isn't likely to turn around any time soon. It's important, then, to be aware of the primary threats that could undermine compliance efforts. The top three such issues are discussed below.

The Challenges of SOX

Public companies in the U.S. as well as foreign companies listed on U.S. exchanges are required by Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) to assess their internal controls, have that assessment validated by an external auditor and report the assessment to the SEC. Information security professionals need to ensure that their organization complies with requirement in Section 302 and Section 404 of the legislation...

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Resource Center Helps Small and Mid-Size Businesses Make Better Cloud Decisions

Grazed from Benzinga. Author: Editorial Staff.

The volume of information about cloud computing can be overwhelming for small and mid-size enterprises as owners, executives, and IT professionals look for the best solutions. To ease their burden, Cumulus Global launched a new online resource center to help SMEs learn and make better decisions.

"Much of the discussion about cloud computing focuses on the infrastructure and platform services used by larger enterprises," notes Cumulus Global CEO Allen Falcon. "Our Resource Center focuses on information most useful for small and mid-size businesses, nonprofits, and government entities."...

What Goldilocks can teach us about cloud migration

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

Do you have a cloud push underway? "Cloud push" is the term I use to describe enterprises that are quickly migrating to the cloud around an urgent need. Organizations engaged in a cloud push are moving hundreds of workloads to the cloud ASAP, not a few dozen over several years. Examples of cloud pushes include:

* Because you're selling your datacenters, you need to get to the public cloud as fast as possible.
* Your current systems aren't secure enough, so you're moving to the cloud to fix your security at the same time.
* IT costs too much, and your investors are not happy. The choices are a new IT staff or a move to the cloud. You chose the cloud.

You can easily create a business case for moving workloads to the cloud. The board, the CEO, and the CIO all get the value. The challenge is to figure out the right pace...

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