Cloud Services

Shadow Cloud Services: Seeing the Light with Cloud Computing

Grazed from MSPHub.  Author: Editorial Staff.

According to a recent article from CIO, “many companies contain workstations with software that is not approved by the Information Technology (IT) department; instead, it has been adopted and installed by individuals or even, in some cases, entire departments.” Simply put, not just employees but entire business units are now willing to circumvent IT policies they find too restrictive, and the open nature of public cloud services makes this a simple task.

Of course, such unsanctioned use comes with real risk. For example, DevOps work done with unapproved services puts sensitive data beyond the reach of corporate firewalls and other securitymeasures. E-discovery requests also become problematic, since IT professionals do not have knowledge of data use from start to finish. In addition, asset management is an issue, since productivity may spike without a definitive cause, making budgetary discussions more complicated. Ultimately, ignoring shadow cloud services is not an option, but controlling them can prove difficult...

Amazon still has wide lead in the cloud, but Microsoft gaining

Grazed from SeattleTimes.  Author: Matt Day.’s cloud-computing unit is still a world beater. Microsoft is doing its best to entrench itself in second place.  RightScale, a California company that helps information technology departments manage their use of cloud-computing services, on Wednesday released the results of its survey  of more than 900 of corporate technology experts.

Among companies that tap into the “public cloud,” or pooled servers and data storage units accessed via the Web, 57 percent reported using Amazon Web Services. Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform, Azure, was a distant second at 12 percent...

Practicing Microsoft Azure: Part 6 (Cloud Computing)

Grazed from C#SharpCorner.  Author: Ajay Yadav.

Before reading this article, I highly recommend reading the following previous parts:

This piece of editorial unleashes the concept of cloud computing in the context of the Windows Azure platform and specifically clarifies the dissimilar services and types of solutions that this platform makes possible. This article is especially designed to recap various Windows Azure technologies and its various components including Compute Services, Data Services, App Services and Network Services...

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Why There Are More Than 50 Shades Of Grey In Cloud Computing Services

Grazed from CIO. Author: Kristopher Spadea.

Thought you were going to read about erotica in the cloud? Sorry to disappoint! But there are indeed 50 shades of grey and more when it comes to selecting cloud computing services. So if you are thinking about migrating to the cloud or if you want to improve your ROI in the cloud, here are the shades of “grey” you’ll need to be defining:

Shades of Grey in Business Objectives – Identifying Why You Are Moving Into The Cloud

1. There are as many business objectives for the cloud as there are shades of grey, such as capex to opex budgeting, flexibility, agility, high availability, etc. Why do you want to move to the cloud?
2. Saying that your objectives are important isn’t enough. How important are these outcomes to the success of your business? Are they all equally important, or can you rank them?...

Cloud Computing: wants to be the Amazon Web Services for the Internet of Things

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Paul Sawers.

The current state-of-play with the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) offers a tantalizing glimpse into the future of ubiquitious computing, with Web-enabled thermostats, self-driving cars, and even connected kettles creeping into our daily lives. But for all the cool applications we’re starting to see in the real world, there needs to be a force that enables it all.

Launching this week, Barcelona-based is setting itself up to be the back-end platform of choice in the burgeoning Internet of Things industry — an “Amazon Web Services (AWS) for IoT companies,” for want of a better analogy. Indeed, just as AWS and similar cloud-computing services have enabled startups to scale faster and more affordably than they otherwise could, is hoping to help fledgling IoT companies launch to market quickly, with enough power and elasticity under the hood to cater for unprecedented levels of growth...

AWS, Microsoft Gain Ground In Cloud Infrastructure Services Market

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently achieved a five-year high in its share of the cloud infrastructure service market, a segment that includes infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), hybrid cloud and private cloud. Market research firm Synergy Research Group reported that AWS grabbed a 30 percent share of the cloud infrastructure service market in the final quarter of 2014.

What contributed to the success of this well-known cloud computing platform? AWS' 25 percent cloud infrastructure service revenue growth between the Q3 and Q4. AWS, Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) outperformed the total cloud infrastructure service market's growth and gained market share; Microsoft achieved the market's highest year-over-year revenue growth (96 percent), while Google recorded 81 percent year-over-year revenue growth...

Cloud Computing: Amazon Web Services gets with the Golang program

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

Amazon Web Services already offers software development kits (SDKs) for Java, C#, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, PHP and Objective C programming languages. Now it says it will add Go (aka Golang) to that list. More accurately, it says it’s taken over aws-go, an SDK developed by Stripe. The SDK is in a sort of beta stage, with work continuing.

While Go doesn’t have nearly as many users as Java or C — an IEEE Spectrum survey ranked it as the nineteenth most popular language between Scala and Arduino — it’s gained traction among developers. That’s especially true for those building cloud or web services infrastructure. Docker, which has taken the development world like a gale force wind, is written in Go, for example...

5 Things Every Agency Should Know About Procuring Cloud Services

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author:  Caron Beesley.

If your agency is making the move to cloud services, it can expect cost-savings, improved service delivery, and all the great things that the cloud brings. But for procurement and purchasing officials whose practices and contracting vehicles were designed to help managers provision hardware and software, not on-demand services like the cloud, it can all cause a bit of a frenzy.

But cloud procurement isn’t as problematic as it might first appear. Here are a few quick tips and insights that can help guide you through the solicitation, award and termination phases:...

A Cautionary Government Cloud Story--UK's G-Cloud. Does The "G" Stand For Gone?

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Ben Kepes.

Respected cloud computing commentator and consultant Ian Apperley has spent significant time studying the UK’s G-Cloud program. G-Cloud is a program introduced by the UK Government back in 2012 that aimed to offer public-sector organizations throughout the UK access to cloud infrastructure. The idea of the initiative was that the G-Cloud organization would negotiate agreements with suppliers, thus avoiding the need for individual organizations to complete a full procurement process. On top of that, G-Cloud created a “CloudStore” where public sector bodies could search for services covered by the G-Cloud supply agreements.

In a recent post, Apperley suggested that the UK Government cloud program is for all intents and purposes dead. Apperley has a professional interest in the G-Cloud story – he has studied the UK program as part of an assessment of opportunities that existed for New Zealand’s Departments of Internal Affairs. Apperley concluded that the G-Cloud model was a good one – it created a level playing field for suppliers, more generally used to favorites being played by departmental IT staff...

GSA Spends Over $100 Million for New Cloud Services

Grazed from Nextgov.  Author:  Frank Konkel.

The General Services Administration is the latest agency to commit big bucks to cloud computing, awarding Laurel, Maryland-based Aquilent a 5-year blanket purchase agreement for cloud services worth up to $100 million.

Awarded through GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, the contract will be a GSA-wide procurement vehicle, meaning any organization or department within GSA has a quick route by which to procure many variations of cloud services...