Cloud Services

Cloud Computing Services That Are Bringing Something New to the Table

Grazed from CloudWards. Author: Ritika Tiwari.

According to a research done by CompTIA, more than 90 percent of businesses are now using cloud technology. Another research paper done by IBM reveals that by the end of 2015, half of the world’s video games will be played on the cloud. While most of the businesses are moving towards the cloud mainly to cut costs, there are certain companies which are trying to bring something new to the table with the help of cloud technology.

In fact, “The Power of Cloud,” an IBM Institute of Business Value, found in a survey that 16 percent of organizations are using cloud tech to innovate and come up with something new. Cloud technology has undoubtedly become a major part of the IT industry today and more and more companies are embracing it. Yes, there are concerns about:..

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Here’s what you should look for in billing from cloud services: Forrester

Grazed from ITWorldCanada. Author: Gary Hilson.

The subscription billing market for technology services is growing, according to a new report from Forrester Research, and enterprises looking to offer eBusiness offerings to customers have a lot of options when choosing a platform partner. The Forrester Wave: Subscription Billing Platforms, Q4 2015 found that the subscription market is growing as more eBusiness professionals across different industry verticals see the benefits of using more complex billing services. However, it noted that vendors differ significantly when comparing their B2B and B2C strategies, cloud architecture, usage-based business model capabilities, financial reporting and integration strategies.

Cloud computing, mobile devices, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are pushing companies to try out new product offerings that combine software, hardware, services and content while figuring out how to best monetize them, according to Forrester, and that means they are shifting from one-time perpetual sales or fixed monthly subscriptions to consumptions that blend one-time, subscription and usage-based billing, a shift that reflects how relationships with customers are changing to long-term partnerships, and that many companies are becoming more software-driven...

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EMC and VMware Reveal New Cloud Services Business

Grazed from EMC and VMware.

EMC Corporation and VMware announced plans to form the Federation's new cloud services business by combining their respective cloud capabilities, along with existing Virtustream cloud offerings, under the Virtustream brand. Virtustream will be jointly owned by VMware and EMC and led by Rodney Rogers, CEO of Virtustream. The parties are finalizing a definitive agreement for the transaction. Virtustream's financial results will be consolidated into VMware's financial statements beginning in Q1 2016.

Virtustream is expected to generate multiple hundreds of millions of dollars in recurring revenue in 2016, focused on enterprise-centric cloud services, with an outlook to grow to a multi-billion business over the next several years. Virtustream will be a leader in hybrid cloud, one of the largest markets for IT infrastructure spending. The company will provide a complete spectrum of managed services for on-premises infrastructure and its enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform, enabling customers to move all their applications, including mission-critical applications, to cloud-based IT environments. Virtustream will offer a compatible public cloud experience for customers who deploy the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution within their business.

CSC Adds Workload Protection to Cloud Security Services

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Michael Cusanelli.

CSC, an IT services and solutions provider, launched a pay-as-you-go cloud security services solution called On-Demand Workload Protection to allow clients to scale their cloud workload security as needed. The service, which was developed in partnership with CloudPassage, was designed to allow customers to utilize protection and security services in the same vein as public cloud computing services, according to CSC.

The company expects the service to meet growing demand for more flexible, consumption-based security models that customers are already accustomed to. Instead of having to combine different solutions into a single offering, CSC is looking to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all of their security needs...

HP's CIOs Purchase More Cloud And Mobile Services And Shows HP Adapting To Changing Demands

Grazed from CrucialCIO. Author: Evangeline Alfeche.

On Sept. 22, Hewlett-Packard has announced its plans to lay off about 30,000 workers in the next three years as it moves on with its restructuring. With HP Enterprise and HP Inc., the CEO plans to focus on the former company that will work more on developing cloud computing and other high-growth technologies.

As of now, CIOs focus more on cloud infrastructure services and mobile devices and less on hardware and data centres. The recent move clearly shows the tech giant's struggle for survival in a changing world of corporate computing. In the end of July this year, HP has announced its agreement with ActiveState to buy Stackato at an undisclosed amount...

Analytics Becomes Next Great Cloud Service

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

When it comes to analytics there are primarily two types of use cases. The first generally involves fairly sophisticated end users that access analytics applications via a traditional user interface. Less conventionally, however, more users of other types of applications are starting to invoke analytics engines via an application programming interface (API).

Case in point is Salesforce, which at the recent Dreamforce 2015 conference announced that it has opened the programming model surrounding the Salesforce Wave Analytics Cloud. Anna Rosenman, senior director of product marketing for Salesforce Wave Analytics Cloud, says that while the first version of this cloud offering was aimed primarily at line of business users, Salesforce is now also focusing on recruiting independent software vendors (ISVs) to make use of Salesforce Analytics Cloud as part of applications that invoke Salesforce customer records...

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Time to get your cloud network architecture ready

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: David Linthicum.

As modern enterprise networks move into the world of public cloud computing, certain facts come to light. One is that enterprise network managers are forced to work with public cloud providers to ensure that the network continues to support the needs of the business. This means that some IT fundamentals are undergoing change.

First, cloud network architectures need to be more flexible: Static networks drastically limit the use of cloud. Second, network services need to be decoupled from a single physical location, since the delivery of data, compute and user interfaces are now ubiquitous. Finally, many network resources need to be abstracted so provisioning can be automated and orchestrated...

Dew Architecture helps Ground Cloud Services

Grazed from ScientificComputing. Author: David Bradley.

The most obvious disadvantage of putting your data in the cloud is losing access when you have no Internet connection. According to research published in the International Journal of Cloud Computing, this is where “dew” could help. Yingwei Wang of the Department of Computer Science, at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada, describes what he refers to as a “cloud-dew” architecture that offers an “efficient and elegant way” to counteract cloud downtime and communication difficulties.

In the world of cloud computing, users and organizations keep their data in the cloud, users access the data from their computer, which means their data is mobile and can be accessed from any computer…but only as long as an Internet connection is available. The problem with this arrangement is that the user relies heavily on an Internet connection and the cloud servers, Wang explains...

Delivering Network Services via the Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Mike Vizard.

One of the unfortunate tendencies when it comes to the cloud is trying to replicate the way everything that was done on premise within a public cloud computing environment. Rather than looking to consolidate layers of computing that over the years have emerged inside the data center, IT organizations often just wind up shifting the mess.

For that reason solution providers should be looking for new ways to deliver IT services via the cloud that actually transform how they are delivered. Case in point is Appcito, which this week announced that it is making its application delivery controller (ADC) available on the Microsoft Azure cloud...

Cloud Computing: Salesforce Launches New Tools To Boost Mobile Customer Service

Grazed from CIOToday. Author: Shirley Siluk.

The new in-app customer support offering from Salesforce, announced Thursday, includes an Amazon Mayday-like SOS button that instantly puts users in touch with agents for live, on-screen video help. The new cloud Relevant Products/Services-based Service for Apps will also enable companies to provide customers with in-app knowledge bases, chat support, case monitoring and tap-to-call access to phone support.

While Salesforce SOS is available now, the other app tools are scheduled to roll out in private beta later this year. Salesforce said Service for Apps will let enterprises easily embed multi-channel customer service directly into their mobile apps and fills a gap in existing customer relationship management. While 88 percent of mobile users' time is spent in apps, most organizations aren't yet making mobile a part of the service experience, according to Salesforce...

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