Cloud Applications

Most enterprise cloud app usage falls under shadow IT, but could this be a positive for the CIO?

Grazed from CloudComputing. Author: James Bourne.

86% of cloud apps used by enterprises fall under the category of shadow IT, while nearly three quarters aren’t ‘Safe Harbour’ approved, according to an industry report from CipherCloud. The research findings, coming amidst worries of more sophisticated mobile malware and vulnerabilities, suggest organisations need to do more to assess what’s going on in their internal IT. One major US enterprise polled estimated it had 10 to 15 file sharing applications in use; the real number was almost 70.

More than half (52%) of publishing apps were considered high risk, while 42% of social apps and 40% of career-based apps were also considered risky. Enterprises in both North America and Europe are leveraging cloud applications extensively. An average global enterprises uses more than 1000 apps, and though North American businesses (1245) predictably use more than European firms (981), the gap is closing...

Too many cooks in the Cloud-apps kitchen

Grazed from CBROnline.  Author: James Nunns.

Centrix Software has revealed the results of its latest end-user report detailing cloud-based application usage. The research shows that cloud-based apps have flooded organisations, with nearly 90% of UK companies using them.  The survey states that 78% of organisations have created a pro-active plan for cloud adoption in 2015. A third of all CIO's named the growing cost of cloud subscriptions, managing the increasing number of cloud apps in use, and duplication of app functionality as their top three concerns.

Amongst other concerns were shadow IT (53%) and tracking and measuring usage. Perhaps surprising the survey reveals that the financial services and government sectors are the furthest behind in cloud app adoption...

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)...