Cloud Services

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...

5 top PaaS services to help developers build the best apps

Grazed from CBROnline.  Author: James Nunns.

As cloud services grow in popularity, the lure of platforms for building applications can be considered as one of the main factors that contribute to that growth. The ability to quickly develop applications that can directly influence your business, how you engage with your customers and a myriad of other benefits, all mean that a good and easy to use platform is a must.
 
It's important to note that different platforms will have their pros and cons and will appeal to different types of development. One platform for example may be better suited to coders, while another to DevOps and another to the rapid developer...

Fulcrum’s Cloud Services Now on G-Cloud

 Grazed from Virtual-Strategy Magazine.  Author: PR Announcement.

Fulcrum Worldwide, a global leader in Software Products, Consulting, and IT Services, have received Crown Commercial Service accreditation to operate through the UK’s Digital Marketplace; Fulcrum is listed under “Specialist Cloud Services” section as a provider of cloud management and deployment solutions.
 
Dhana Kumarasamy, Chief Operating Officer and EVP – Technology Services said, “Being a thought-leader in the UK's Higher Education sector, Fulcrum Worldwide has been helping many leading universities across the UK with cloud computing services, we will now closely work with public sectors to transform their IT landscape as well, he added...

Fusion Selected to Connect Major East Coast University to the Cloud

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Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, announced today that a major East Coast University has signed a three year, $150,000 agreement to replace its costly and inefficient legacy communications infrastructure with Fusion's advanced, secure and reliable network connection to the cloud. The private institution, which is well respected for its outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and active graduate research programs, is housed in over 100 buildings spread across more than 200 acres. Fusion was selected in order to meet the university's need for a truly diverse, high quality communications solution that would allow the learning institution to securely access the many cost, efficiency and productivity benefits of the cloud while ensuring business continuity in the event of natural or other disaster.

Only cloud could make citizen services at massive scales possible

Grazed from GovernanceNow.  Author: Shubhendu Parth.

How important a role do you see cloud playing while the government looks to transform IT as a means towards goals like Digital India? Traditional models of IT delivery are not in tune with changing times, especially when India is looking ways to go paperless and digital. In such a dynamic environment, seamless and timely flow of information is the need of the hour, which the cloud technology is capable of.

Governments across the world are on the lookout to host data on the cloud. Meghdhoot, Digital Locker and Meghraj are prime examples of the Indian government’s cloud-based initiatives. Given the limitations in scaling of National Informatics Centre and state data centres, the department of electronics and IT (DeitY) is aggressively working on accreditation of cloud service providers that will be used by central and state government departments and banks, for various e-services...