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Cloud Computing: IBM Scores Blockchain Deal With 7 Major Banks

Grazed from Madison. Author: Editorial Staff.

While much attention has been paid in recent months to digital currencies like Bitcoin, with prices soaring due to fervent speculation, the underlying blockchain technology is slowly gaining steam in the technology industry. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) has invested in blockchain, looking to use the technology to remove inefficiencies and reduce costs for its customers.

A blockchain is a distributed, decentralized database that can be used to record transactions in a way that can't be altered. Any process that requires multiple parties to maintain records and verify those records against those of the other parties can benefit from blockchain technology. IBM CEO Virginia Rometty put forth the example of buying a house in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, a process that involves various parties like banks and tax agencies, and typically takes about 50 days to complete...

Cloud Computing: Amazon Plans to Take On Google Translate, Media Reports

Grazed from Slator. Author: Florian Faes.

Google Translate could get a formidable challenger. Amazon is preparing to roll out its own machine translation service, CNBC reported, citing an anonymous source. Slator was unable to independently verify the report. We will provide follow-up coverage as the situation evolves.

Amazon will offer the machine translation (MT) technology it is already using internally to third parties, according to CNBC. The service, to be provided by cloud computing arm Amazon Web Services, could be announced before the annual Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas in November 2017...

Virtustream COO: Hybrid Cloud Has Already Won

Grazed from Silicon. Author: Sam Pudwell.

Having passed through the first wave of cloud computing, businesses are now looking at how to optimise their cloud operations and get the best ‘bang for their buck’ related to their specific needs. This is happening across all industries and has led to organisations frequently splitting workloads across different cloud platforms and vendors, taking either a multi-cloud or hybrid-cloud approach in what has become an extremely complicated world to navigate. According to Simon Walsh, COO of Dell-owned Virtustream, the route taken is usually triggered by a business problem – or what he calls “a compelling event” – and more often than not, the answer is hybrid.

A hybrid world

“Cloud is a way of doing stuff, it’s something you do not something you buy,” he explained. “Every single company will have a compelling event which forces a change of something.” He cited Jaguar Land Rover as an example, a Dell EMC customer that is currently focusing on updating its legacy data centre infrastructure in order to keep pace with a rapidly changing industry environment. This poses some interesting questions for CIOs...

Read more from the source @ http://www.silicon.co.uk/cloud/virtustream-hybrid-cloud-215785?inf_by=595261ac681db80f048b4767

The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Editorial Staff.

Just occasionally, you get it right. Six years ago, I called containers "every sysadmin's dream," and look at them now. Even the Linux Foundation's annual bash has been renamed from "LinuxCon + CloudOpen + Embedded Linux Conference" to "LinuxCon + ContainerCon".

Why? Because since virtualization has been enterprise IT's favourite toy for more than a decade, the rise of "cloud computing" has promoted this even more. When something gets that big, everyone jumps on board and starts looking for an edge – and containers are much more efficient than whole-system virtualization, so there are savings to be made and performance gains to win...

Salesforce Launches $50M Fund for Cloud Consulting Firms

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Nicole Henderson.

Salesforce’s corporate investment group Salesforce Ventures has announced a new $50 million fund on Wednesday, aimed at growing the next-generation of cloud consulting firms. The new SI (system integrator) Trailblazer Fund will provide new cloud consulting companies with the capital required to build and scale their Salesforce services capabilities.

To keep up with demand from customers, Salesforce is going to need 10 times the number of consultants in the next five years, according to data based on recent research from IDC. And what better way to grow this base than infuse $50 million into it. "Growing customer demand for Salesforce has created a critical need for more Salesforce-trained consulting partners as part of the thriving 'Salesforce Economy,'" Tyler Prince, EVP of Worldwide Alliances and Go-to-Market Innovation, Salesforce said in a statement...

Cloud Computing: Rackspace names Joe Eazor as new CEO

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Editorial Staff.

Rackspace's board of directors has appointed Joe Eazor as the company's new CEO, effective June 12, Rackspace announced Wednesday. Rackspace President Jeff Cotten has been serving as interim CEO since chief executive Taylor Rhodes left earlier this month. Eazor has spent more than 25 years as a technology executive and was most recently CEO of EarthLink.

Rackspace highlighted Eazor's role leading EarthLink into new, profitable areas like cloud computing, noting that he doubled EarthLink's free cash flow. In February, he led Earthlink's sale to Windstream for $`1.1 billion. Prior to serving at EarthLink, Eazor was an executive at EMC and HP. He was also an executive at EDS before and after its sale to HP. After the acquisition, Eazor was responsible for integrating EDS's $22 billion business into its new parent company...

Read more from the source @ http://www.zdnet.com/article/rackspace-names-joe-eazor-as-new-ceo/

Microsoft offers cloud computing services to non-profits

Grazed from EconomicTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft India, as part of the software giant's 'Public cloud for good' initiative, is making public cloud platform Microsoft Azure broadly available to eligible non-profit organisations, bringing the power of technology to them. Qualifying non-profits can avail free Azure credits worth $5,000 for a year to unlock benefits such as insight, agility and operational efficiency.

Globally, Microsoft is donating $1 billion in cloud computing resources between 2016 and 2018 to 70,000 non-profits and NGOs worldwide, including in India, the company said in a statement. To drive greater inclusion, Microsoft India partnered with NASSCOM Foundation to organise an Azure for Good workshop in Hyderabad on Friday...

Read more from the source @ http://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/microsoft-offers-cloud-computing-services-to-non-profits/58760019

IBM Announces The Defense Calculator And A Cloud Computing Service

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

This week’s milestones in the history of technology include the world’s first analog computer, experimenting with the Web via TV in pre-Web days, the birth of the ITU, and IBM’s first commercially available scientific computer and first computing service bureau.

May 16, 1979:

The Associated Press distributes a story titled "Teletext: Soon You'll Be Punching Buttons and Talking Back To Your TV." Wrote David Briscoe: Using your TV as a data bank with almost unlimited capacity may be only a few years away… Bonneville International’s KSL-TV in Salt Lake City and KMOX-TV in St. Louis, owned by CBS, have been testing a signal capable of giving viewers access to 120 pages of information...

Oracle Criticizes Amazon Web Services’ Cloud Computing Solutions - Again

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Shudeep Chandraskehar.

The cloud computing wars and the race to add the next client have become so intense that it has reached a stage where tech leaders are taking potshots at each other. Oracle and Amazon have always been at each other’s throats, touting their own excellence and highlighting the other’s failures, and Google’s Diane Greene also took a thinly veiled dig at other cloud service providers at the company’s Cloud Next conference two months ago.

But if you cut through the sound bites and look at what is actually happening, then it will become clear to you that the intensity of the competition is possibly starting to strain a few nerves; more importantly, however, there is a subtle but recognizable shift in the focus areas of the top cloud service providers...

SUSE Unveils SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring to Simplify and Manage OpenStack Cloud Deployments

Grazed from OpenStack. Author: Editorial Staff.

SUSE® today unveiled SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring, an open source software solution that makes it simple to monitor and manage the health and performance of enterprise OpenStack cloud environments and workloads. Based on the OpenStack Monasca project, SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring makes it easy for operators and users to monitor and analyze the health and performance of complex private clouds, delivers reliability, performance and high service levels for OpenStack clouds, and reduces costs by simplifying, automating and preconfiguring cloud monitoring and management.

“OpenStack deployments produce a lot of complex and useful monitoring and log data,” said Michael Miller, SUSE president of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing. “As customers move to large-scale production they need operational tools to maintain their private cloud. The Monasca open source project makes this data manageable and valuable for enterprise users...