Cloud Applications

Cloud Computing: What if we put servers in space?

Grazed from Fortune.  Author: Kirk Kardasian.

When people talk about cloud computing, it’s usually understood that the cloud is a metaphor for groups of remote, networked servers. But when Lance Parker talks about “space computing,” he’s not taking poetic license. He means it literally: physical servers operating in outer space. Parker is the CEO of ConnectX, a startup company based in Los Angeles that’s working on a way to take corporations’ data out of the cloud and into the final frontier. If his company succeeds, it could revolutionize the way we store, transmit, and analyze information.

As metaphors go, “cloud computing” sounds nice but is misleading. Clouds are in the sky; server farms are decidedly earthbound. Clouds are aesthetic and amorphous, a Rorschach test in the atmosphere; data warehouses are boxy and don’t leave much room for interpretation. But the bigger problem with cloud computing is that, according to Parker, it’s simply unsustainable...

Cerner, Athenahealth And Veeva Chase Cloud-Based EHR

Grazed from Nasdaq.  Author: Editorial Staff.

A new wrinkle in federal rules this year aims to urge more hospitals and other medical providers into the 21st century.  Those expectations have helped lift a handful of companies in IBD's Computer Software-Medical group, a group at the intersection of health care and Internet technology -- and key suppliers to the health industry's conversion from paper to digital electronic records.

Cerner, Athenahealth, and Veeva Systems are at the head of that list. All three have seen benefits from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus bill. All have also seen their share of recent ups and downs...

Datapipe Acquires GoGrid Cloud for Big Data Apps

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Mike Vizard.

While interest in all things Big Data is clearly high, the ability of most organizations to actually manage it is severely limited. With that issue in mind Datapipe announced that the MSP is acquiring GoGrid, a provider of a cloud services that automates the deployment of Big Data applications. Craig Sowell, chief marketing officer for Datapipe, said that ability to test Big Data applications and then deploy them with a single click across multiple cloud computing platforms was the primary reason Datapipe made the acquisition.

Big data and the cloud

Going forward, Sowell said Datapipe anticipates that demand for Big Data applications in the cloud will grow significantly; primarily because the laws of data gravity generally result in applications being deployed as close as possible to their primary sources of data. Given the relatively low cost of storing large amounts of data in the cloud, the weight of all that data is pulling more applications into the cloud, said Sowell...

Healthcare Embraces Cloud Computing

Grazed from HCPLive.  Author: Jared Kaltwasser.

Cloud computing is fast becoming an indispensable tool for mid-sized healthcare organizations, even though only two-thirds of those organizations say they’re “very confident” the data is safe.  The findings come in a survey by Dell Inc., which polled 2,038 information technology decision-makers at public and private mid-sized healthcare firms.

About 43% said they’re using private cloud storage solutions, and another 43% said they use a hybrid cloud solution. Of those using the cloud, nearly half, 46%, said their biggest incentive to use the cloud is that it enables them to better allocate their IT resources. Thirty-nine percent said the biggest benefit is cost savings...

User credentials remain the Achilles heel of cloud apps: How you can prevent an attack

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: Ofer Hendler.

High-profile security breaches have dominated the headlines in 2014. Two notable examples over the last few months, the Apple iCloud and Dropbox breaches, have revealed a juicy target for attackers: user credentials.

Rather than try to hack into the application itself like iCloud, Dropbox, Salesforce, or Amazon Web Services (AWS), an easier and much more feasible approach to gaining access to sensitive data, celebrity photos, or whatever else an attacker is after, is through stolen user credentials...

Cloud Computing: What every enterprise should be adopting in 2015

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Patrick Harris.

We’re almost halfway into the decade that has redefined computing. Fifteen years ago, Marc Benioff and I thought there had to be a better way than floppy disks. So we set out to disrupt the industry with a new technology model, and it’s clear that our bet on the cloud was a good one.

Today, we’re entering a third wave of computing, where everyone and everything is connected. In the last two years alone, 90 percent of the world’s data was generated as a result of cloud, social, mobile, and connected technologies that transformed business models and consumer behavior. In 2015, successful companies will leverage these trends to capture and personalize every customer interaction in the cloud, transforming the way they connect with their customers...

VMware Releases vRealize Code Stream, Cloud Management Updates

Grazed from the VarGuy. Author: Michael Cusanelli.

VMware announced the release of several new cloud management offerings and an update to vRealize Suite 6, including vRealize Code Stream 1.0, a new solution designed to accelerate application releases. Code Stream 1.0 promises to streamline development and DevOps processes by automating the software release process, according to the announcement.

The solution also allows developers to track artifacts and reinforce policy across release stages, while the bundled JFrog Artifactory software allows users to easily manage development environments. In addition to Code Stream, VMware’s updated cloud management solutions include:..

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PixiePath to offer cloud platform for drone flight control

Grazed from NetworkWorld.  Author: Mark Gibbs.

Drones are on the verge of becoming everyday service vehicles that will shuttle small items and eventually large ones between warehouses, retailers, and consumers as well as monitor traffic and agricultural operations, deliver pizza, survey building sites, execute search and rescue, …  the list of possible uses is huge.

All of these operations will be done at the local level initially but within a few years you can expect to see drones performing cross country flights for things like surveying and deliveries as a matter or routine. All we’re waiting for is the Federal Aviation Authority to get its act together and issues rules for the commercial use of drones (this is expected to occur in 2015)...

IBM, Docker Accelerate Big Data Cloud App Deployments

Grazed from InformationManagement.  Author: Editorial Staff.

IBM Corp. and Docker Inc. are partnering to help businesses build and deploy applications more rapidly. The relationship could help corporate IT departments to more rapidly roll out Big Data applications both on-premises and in public clouds.

"Enterprises can use the combination of IBM and Docker to create and manage a new generation of portable distributed applications that are rapidly composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers, have a dynamic lifecycle, and can scale to run in concert anywhere from the developer’s laptop to hundreds of hosts in the cloud," according to a prepared statement from both companies...

Cloud migration tools ease application cloudification

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Trevor Jones.

A move from the data center to the cloud can be costly and labor-intensive, but a number of vendors offer specialized tools and services to help IT pros cloudify their applications.  Large companies like Accenture to boutique firms like Cloud Technology Partners Inc. give IT shops a simpler path to cloud, and as more enterprises move to the cloud, these types of services will gain popularity.

Migration vendors say the key is to review customers' entire portfolio, including product lifecycles, to determine a roadmap for moving to cloud. Some older applications with high dependencies will likely have to remain on-premises, while virtualized applications will be the easiest to transition...