Cloud Services

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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Cloud Computing: Snowflake Computing opens data warehouse to the masses

Grazed from PCWorld.  Author: Blair Hanley Frank.

 Snowflake Computing announced Tuesday that its cloud-based data warehouse service is available to all users.  Called the Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse, the service allows companies to pool all their data and workloads in a single warehouse that can be accessed by all their users. The warehouse is designed to handle administrative tasks for many of its users, like automatically scaling to match a company’s demands and handling hardware provisioning by itself so that administrators don’t need to spend as much time managing it.
In addition, Snowflake’s service is capable of taking in both structured and semi-structured data, without requiring users to ensure that it’s all in one format before uploading to the warehouse...

3 ways to screw up a cloud deployment

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

 Most enterprises do not have the experience or talent to effectively take advantage of private or public cloud resources, so adoption is a trial-and-error process.  Even if you use case studies from other enterprises with similar problem domains, you'll still run into issues that are unique to your enterprise, including problems with data integration, governance, and poor application design.  When enterprises deploy their first cloud projects, there are three outcomes:
  • ImplementIng something that's not a cloud (such as virtualized servers); enterprise IT calls it a cloud, then declares success
  • Implementing public or private cloud services in improper ways; enterprise IT falls on its face, then declares success
  • Implementing cloud-based applications and other resources successfully; enterprise IT quickly moves on to the next cloud projects...

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The top trends shaping the face of cloud services by 2020

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Charlie Osborne.

The face of cloud and IT is going to change rapidly in the next five years, and the enterprise needs to respond now to maintain their market positions in the future.

Speaking to attendees at the Asigra Cloud Backup Summit held in Toronto, Canada, Tiffani Bova, Vice President & Sales Strategies analyst at Gartner said the cloud market is transforming and it is up to companies to use this to advantage -- or be left by the wayside...

Cloud Computing: IoT - Device-Focused or Service-Focused?

Grazed from SysCon Media.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Everyone’s talking about the Internet of Things recently, but one topic I don’t see addressed much is the difference between Service-Focused IoT and Device-Focused IoT. The concept of “The Internet of Things” has always been about vast, heterogeneous networks of small, limited-purpose devices. However, there is a growing need to further differentiate IoT into the two delivery models.

In my previous blog, I discussed how hardware manufacturers are able to leverage IoT and recurring revenue to further lock in customers, increase lifetime value, and raise exit barriers around their services. However, these examples all require the service provider to also be some sort of hardware manufacturer. Nest (the popular smart thermostat company) is fantastic, but you must buy a Nest-branded device in order to leverage Nest cloud services...

Amazon and Microsoft take aim at new workloads with souped-up cloud services

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: Mikael Ricknäs.

Hoping to move new applications to the cloud, Amazon has launched a new virtual server with four high-end GPUs, while Microsoft has made its SSD-based storage offering generally available.

Amazon and Microsoft have methodically been launching new services and adding features to EC2 and Azure, respectively, to make the platforms more competitive and a better fit for different applications...