Cloud Computing

What Is the Cloud, Anyway?

Grazed from Thrillist. Author: Joe McGauley.

"Just save it to the cloud!" You've heard this, probably in the same sentence with some other obnoxious tech buzzwords. Run out of space on your iPhone? Buy some more space in the cloud! Your mom can't figure out how to email you photos from her dog's birthday party? Upload them to the cloud! But, do you actually understand what exactly the cloud is, or how it works? There's no shame -- it's confusing as hell. To clear things up, here's what you should know.

The cloud is not a physical object

First things first: you cannot reach out and touch "the cloud." That's because it's not a physical object in space, not some gigantic hard drive in the sky, but rather an enormous network of remote servers all around the world that we are all constantly saving and retrieving data to and from via our high-speed internet connections...

The lowdown on the Google Cloud rebrand

Grazed from FierceCMO. Author: Patrick Gorman.

Google has rebranded its cloud computing business as Google Cloud and renamed its Google Apps for Work offering in a move aimed at boosting its standing in the cloud business ecosystem. Google Cloud will include all Google Cloud Platform offerings, machine learning tools and APIs, enterprise Maps APIs, as well as Android phones, tablets and Chromebooks that access the cloud. Google Cloud will also include Google Apps for Work, which will now go by the name G Suite and includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Hangouts, Google Slides, Google+ and Google Forms.

“Google Cloud is more than products – it is also how we work alongside companies in an engineering-centric way,” Google Cloud SVP Diane Greene wrote in a blog post announcing the rebrand. “Because digital transformation and moving to the cloud are technical processes, we have customer engineers, customer reliability engineers, site reliability engineers and product engineers supporting our customers as they migrate, deploy and evolve...

Shift towards cloud computing driving security in data centers

Grazed from DatacenterNews. Author: Shannon Williams.

Increased threats to stored information due to the rising number of cyber attacks is just one of many factors driving the data center security market, according to new figures from Grand View Research, which says the global market is expected to reach USD 15.49 billion by 2024. The report says data centers need to be safeguarded against attacks and manipulation at both physical and logical level, subsequently creating a need for a cumulative deployment of security infrastructure.

The increasing awareness about the need for security, growing demand from the data center users for an integrated infrastructure, increasing adoption of cloud computing and virtualisation, and threat to the stored information due to the rising number of cyber-attacks are expected to propel industry over the forecast period...

Stratosphere Networks Named One of Top 10 Cloud Computing Consultants by Clutch

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Stratosphere Networks, an IT managed service provider based in Chicago, has been selected as one of the top 10 cloud computing consultants by the Washington, D.C.-based B2B ratings and reviews firm Clutch. Stratosphere Networks and the other nine companies were identified as leading cloud consultants based on more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative details, including their market presence and experience in the realm of cloud computing.

Analysts from Clutch also conducted interviews with past clients to assess how the consultants tackle challenges and custom projects, in addition to how they approach strategy development. “We’re very proud that Clutch has recognized us as one of the best cloud computing consultants,” said Kevin Rubin, president and COO of Stratosphere Networks...

Apache Spark® Growth Is Pervasive as Users Embrace Public Cloud, Machine Learning, and Streaming Capabilities

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Databricks, the company founded by the creators of the Apache Spark project, today released the findings of their second annual Apache Spark survey to determine how enterprises and users are utilizing the data analytics and processing engine. The 2016 Databricks Apache Spark Survey collected more than 1,600 responses from 900 organizations.

The results show a rise in deployments of Spark in the public cloud, an increased usage of Spark in industry verticals, and an uptick in Spark streaming and Machine Learning. The survey also reveals that most developers employ two or more Spark components simultaneously to build increasingly sophisticated solutions. Spark remains the most active open-source project in the big data space today, with over 1,000 contributors from more than 250 organizations...

Cloud Computing: Secret passages and skipped meals: Oracle CEO gives rare peek at what it takes to run a $37 billion company

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Julie Bort.

With $37 billion in annual revenue, Oracle is one of the world's biggest tech companies. And every year, tens of thousands of customers, partners, industry analysts, and journalists descend upon San Francisco for the company's OpenWorld tech conference. It is a pinnacle week for the company's top execs — its two famous CEOs, Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, and its even more famous founder, Larry Ellison, who stepped down from the CEO role in 2014 to become executive chairman and CTO, though he's still very much the leader of the executive triad.

Oracle invited me to spend a full day shadowing Hurd last week at OpenWorld as he met with customers, analysts, and others on the biggest day of the conference. During the week, Hurd met with nearly 500 people either in one-on-one meetings or in small groups, answering their questions, solving problems, issuing reassurances, and explaining the company's plans and strategy — all at a surprisingly exhausting pace...

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Comcast Joins Cloud Foundry Foundation

Grazed from Sys-Con. Author: PR Announcement.

Comcast today announced it has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry-standard multi-cloud platform, as a Silver member. Comcast joins GE, HPE, IBM, Pivotal, SAP, Verizon and more than 60 other technology innovators as a Foundation member. Through its membership, Comcast will be able to contribute ideas to the project while accelerating its own innovation by taking advantage of Cloud Foundry's continuous delivery approach to developing cloud-native software.

"We're looking forward to collaborating with Cloud Foundry's robust, global open source community through our participation in the Cloud Foundry Foundation," said Greg Otto, Executive Director Cloud Services, Comcast Cable. "Cloud Foundry delivers a consistent multi-cloud experience for our developers. This enables our product teams to focus on innovating new customer experiences."...

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Cloud Computing: Anything you can do, AI can do better: Making infrastructure smarter

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Graham Jarvis.

Data flows and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the globalised supply chain by sending data around the world. Using the cloud as the data transport method requires more efficient data acceleration. AI is infiltrating many places, and it’s not just about replicating human performance and taking jobs, or streamlining processes. It also helps make technology smarter.

AI can be part of IT infrastructure. David Trossell, CEO and CTO of Bridgeworks, argues that it can be a good thing, and needn’t involve employees being made redundant. In his view, artificial intelligence offers a good story as it can enable organisations to better manage their IT infrastructure, and enable organisations to improve their business intelligence, allowing them to make better decisions at a time when big data volumes are increasing at a tremendous rate...

Oracle is gunning for AWS with new infrastructure offering

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Blair Hanley Frank.

Larry Ellison has a message for Amazon Web Services: Oracle is going to give Amazon a run for its money in the cloud market. "Amazon's lead is over," he said during his keynote address at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. "Amazon's going to have serious competition going forward."

To that end, the company he co-founded is launching a set of new cloud data centers that are aimed at providing more powerful compute instances to help it compete against the likes of AWS, Azure and other cloud players. The generation 2 data centers will help bring a variety of performance improvements to customers who want to run high-performance workloads in the cloud...

Cloud Computing: Oracle’s Larry Ellison Unveils New Cloud Infrastructure, Says ‘Amazon’s Lead Is Over’

Grazed from IBTimes. Author: Avaneesh Pandey.

Larry Ellison, Oracle’s former chief executive and current executive chairman and chief technology officer, has an ambitious vision for his Redwood, California, company. In an over hour-long speech Sunday at the company’s annual customer conference in San Francisco, Ellison predicted Oracle would soon give Amazon stiff competition insofar as providing computing services through the cloud is concerned.

“We’re in the middle of a generational change — from on-premise computing — to super data centers called clouds,” Ellison reportedly said. “Amazon’s lead is over. Amazon’s going to have serious competition going forward.” Among the services unveiled Sunday is one called Cloud@Customer, which lets customers run servers identical to Oracle’s cloud infrastructure services within their own on-premise infrastructure...

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