Cloud Services

Safe Computing launches its international expansion plan from Interoute’s London Data Centre

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Safe Computing, a Spanish cloud computing and virtualisation solutions provider, has selected the London Data Centre of Interoute, owner-operator of a global cloud services platform and one of Europe's largest networks, as the launch pad for its international expansion plan in Europe.

Safe Computing started operating as a provider of specialised IT support for Andalusian SMEs with particular focus on the implementation of on-premise virtualised environments. The company is now launching an ambitious growth and evolution programme aimed at setting up a professional cloud-based environment and continuing to offer the same virtualisation services, but as an outsourced activity.

Amazon Introduces a Dash Button for Cloud Services Because Why Not?

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

This is one we should have seen coming: Last week, Amazon Web Services announced a version of the Dash button specifically to enable software developers to trigger cloud computing services. Some background: Last year AWS parent company Amazon started offering programmed Dash buttons that consumers can stick around the house, near supplies they need to buy often.

If they see that they’re running low on paper towels, for example, they hit the Wi-Fi-connected button, and the order is conveyed to the great Amazon store in the sky and slated for delivery. Now AWS is applying that same Internet of things facility to its cloud computing services. The $19.95 AWS Dash button targets software developers who may want to use it to connect to AWS Internet of things services, announced last year...

IBM launches new cloud services for blockchain

 Grazed from Reuters.  Author: Editorial Staff.

IBM on Friday announced new services to help companies design and develop blockchain technology in a secure environment in the cloud, a network of computers where users are increasingly storing their data and computing work.  The blockchain, the underlying technology behind bitcoin, is a digital tool for doing a slew of functions such as recording and verifying transactions. The technology, according to its many supporters, would make it easier to create cost-efficient business networks without requiring central control.
 
The interest in the blockchain surged last year when Wall Street's major players such as Goldman Sachs delved into the technology and saw it as a way to solve inefficiencies in financial markets.  "Clients tell us that one of the inhibitors of the adoption of blockchain is concerns about security," said Jerry Cuomo, vice president, Blockchain at IBM in a statement...

Cloud services brokers sound better than they really are

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

It’s an attractive story: Public cloud services that can allocate applications and services to users through a cloud broker. These brokerage systems sit between the consumers of cloud services and the services themselves. Brokers can gather data about the cloud service -- including cost, efficiency, and functionality -- to help you make better decisions about which cloud service best meets the needs of the cloud service consumer.

You can place many public and private cloud services behind the broker, then have it broker to the best service for your application. Though attractive, the sales pitch is a bit different from the reality. Most cloud-based applications have to be localized for the cloud platform they use. If you've allocated EC2 and S3 instances from AWS and you use the cloud-native features of that platform, then you're pretty much locked onto that platform...

Oracle’s New Service Turns Cloud Computing ‘Inside-Out’

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Steve Rosenbush.

Oracle Corp. on Thursday laid out a major element of its strategy for competing in the fiercely competitive market for cloud computing, launching a new service that it says addresses the security concerns and regulatory obstacles that have discouraged some companies from embracing the cloud.

The service, called Oracle Cloud at Customer, allows companies to place an Oracle cloud server within their own data center, essentially turning one of the basic concepts of cloud computing inside-out, according to Thomas Kurian, president of Oracle product development, who spoke to CIO Journal in an interview. The company is expected to formally announce the product later Thursday at Oracle CloudWorld, a customer event in Washington, D.C...

dinCloud Springs for New Data Center Features

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dinCloud, a cloud services provider that helps organizations rapidly migrate to the cloud, today announced enhancements to its IT as a Service cloud orchestration platform, dinManage. Through this console, dinCloud customers can manage network and security parameters as needed across dinCloud's suite of enterprise offerings including hosted workspaces and hosted virtual servers.

"Our goal with all of our cloud offerings is to empower our customers by giving them more direct control of their infrastructure," said Walid Elemary, vice president of product development, dinCloud. "Continually adding features and functionality that allow our customers to perform functions directly, and without the assistance of dinCloud support, provides them with a deeper sense of security, and the ability to easily clean up rights and roles, based on their system utilization."

Oracle Launches New SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS Cloud Services to Help Organizations in Their Journey to the Cloud

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Oracle today announced that it has expanded its cloud portfolio, releasing new Oracle Cloud services over the past several months to help companies transition to the cloud. The new services enhance the breadth and depth of Oracle's extensive cloud portfolio across all layers of the stack -- SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS.

With these new advancements, Oracle provides all of the cloud-based services that organizations need to capitalize on key transformative technologies such as big data analytics, social, mobile, and IoT, as well as continue to extend foundational use cases that enable organizations to move enterprise workloads to the cloud. Oracle continues to help organizations drive innovation and business transformation by increasing business agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity. The new PaaS and IaaS services can be deployed wherever an organization chooses -- in the Oracle Cloud or in their own data center via the Oracle Cloud at Customer offering

End-to-End Management Platform Transforms Channel Partners Into Cloud Services Powerhouses

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Itopia today announced the IT channel's first end-to-end cloud services automation platform equipped to deliver Workspace-as-a-Service (WaaS) on any cloud infrastructure. Available exclusively to channel partners in the U.S., itopia's new Cielo® Suite accelerates the adoption of cloud services by simplifying and monetizing the discovery, migration, delivery and ongoing management of WaaS to businesses of all sizes.

"Being able to deliver a consistent, secure and reliable computing experience across any device at any time is a service promise few channel partners have been able deliver on until now," said Scott Markley, senior vice president of sales, itopia. "Our new user friendly Cielo Suite gives channel partners the flexibility and control to move their clients' on premises applications, infrastructure and workspaces to whatever cloud infrastructure they choose -- whether it's public, private or a combination of the two. Tailor-made for service providers, the Cielo Suite is the only true end-to-end WaaS solution on the market." 

IBM Gains DoD Authorization for Cloud Services

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Darryl K. Taft.

IBM has announced that the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has authorized the company to deliver IBM Cloud services at the highest security levels—known as Impact Level 5—for Controlled Unclassified Information as defined by the U.S. Department of Defense.  The DISA authorization enables DoD agencies to take advantage of IBM's cloud offerings to support applications and manage sensitive data. DISA has granted IBM a "conditional authority to operate" IBM Cloud services hosted at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory data center in West Virginia, which is owned by the Department of the Navy and leased by IBM.

Big Blue says it is the first cloud provider with a direct connection to the DoD's internal network known as the Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet). The authorization granted by DISA will give other DoD agencies the opportunity ultimately to streamline their authorizations by taking advantage of the thorough process DISA followed...

IBM Cloud Data Services Ready To Rock Enterprise With Power Features, Marketplace For Developers

Grazed from TechTimes.  Author: Horia Ungureanu.

IBM told the media that it is expanding its portfolio of Cloud Data Services with more than 25 services, and all can be accessed on the IBM Cloud.  At least two IT groups will benefit from the new services. Coders will be able to craft, deploy and manage apps for mobile gadgets and Web services, while marketing specialists can look at hidden trends in the online environment by consulting data analytics in the cloud.
 
A plus of IBM's hybrid cloud services is that it works on many cloud providers. What's more, the technology relies on open source ecosystems and architectures such as Apache Spark, which means that data can easily be transferred to and from various services...