Cloud Applications

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...

Cloud Computing: Why CoreOS just fired a Rocket at Docker

Grazed from GigaOm. Author: Jonathon Vanian.

For the past several months, it seemed like Docker was on its way to becoming the de-facto standard for container technology, the hottest thing in cloud computing in 2014. Then along came CoreOS, which dropped a bomb (or in this case, a rocket) on Monday, kicking off what could become a container-standardization war between the two entities.

CoreOS’s announcement that it has built a container engine that can potentially compete with Docker’s container technology caused quite a commotion within the tech community on Monday. Docker has enjoyed a swift ride to prominence past year with its container skills catching on with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft...

Cloud Computing: Docker, Part 2 - Whoa! Spontaneous industry standard! How did they do THAT?

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Trevor Pott.

Sysadmin Blog Docker is slowly taking over the world. From its humble origins, which we explored on Friday, as an internal project at dotCloud, through to Microsoft's recent announcement that it will support Docker natively in Windows, Docker looks set to become a major component of modern IT infrastructure.

Today, Docker is powered by Libcontainer, rather than the more widespread LXC. The switch has some very real implications for the future of Docker, for its potential adoption and for its interaction with the community. Libcontainer matters for the same reason that Android matters: control. Consider for a moment that while there are eleventy squillion distributions of Linux out there, almost nobody says "Android Linux."...

Otoy takes 3D graphics and virtual reality app development into the cloud

Grazed from VentureBeat.  Author: Dean Takahashi.

Otoy makes tools that artists can use to create stunning 3D art that looks as real as anything captured on film. The company recently launched its X.IO App Streaming service so that developers can create cloud graphic services such as next-generation cloud games, streaming virtual reality media, and workstation applications that can run on low-end devices.

The service is the latest cloud-based innovation from Los Angeles-based Otoy, which has also created cloud-based tools for filmmakers via OctaneRender and for game makers with its Brigade tools. Those tools enable artists to create photorealistic images for games or movies using cloud-based computing resources, said Jules Urbach, chief executive of Los Angeles-based Otoy, in an interview with GamesBeat...

Cloud Computing Applications vs. Workplace Security

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

New research indicates that cloud computing applications are proving to be a challenge for IT professionals. Part of the problem, it turns out, is that employees are overriding IT policies and bypassing the IT app approval process.

Keeping Up With the Growth

According to a recent report by GigaOM and CipherCloud featured in The Whir, cloud usage is predicted to grow 126.5 percent this year. Software as a Service (SaaS) in particular is predicted to grow at almost 200 percent. Yet IT professionals who have put an approval process in place are finding that 38 percent of employees are bypassing their security efforts, and 81 percent are using unauthorized SaaS applications. As a result, keeping track of cloud apps is a challenge...

Netskope: Most Cloud Apps Are Not 'Enterprise-Ready'

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

A new Netskope report revealed that nearly half of all cloud application activity now occurs on mobile devices. The research, titled "October 2014 Netskope Cloud Report," also showed that nearly 89 percent of cloud apps are not "enterprise-ready," and more than one-third of all data leakage policy violations occur on smartphones and tablets.

"There's a veritable storm of corporate activity across a wide variety of cloud apps, and it's increasingly happening on mobile devices and often from remote locations," Netskope CEO Sanjay Beri said in a prepared statement. "This makes it even more difficult for IT to keep tabs on sensitive corporate and customer data on user-owned devices, especially when you consider that the majority of these apps aren't enterprise-ready."...

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Adobe’s Cloud Photoshop Suggests We May Finally Realize The Dream Of Streamed Computing

Grazed from TechCrunch.  Author: Darryl Etheringtom.

I’ve been writing about tech for nearly a decade now, and in that time, one thing has always seemed perpetually promising, and yet also ultimately unsatisfying: remote streaming consumer computing. I’m not talking about remotely connecting to your work PC to grab a couple of files, but actually using programs interchangeably with your own local apps, despite some being hosted and run entirely on a server in some data farm nearby. Inevitably, however, this idea has been met with the harsh truths of reality, which has led to situations like the original OnLive flameout, for instance.

Remotely streaming software has huge advantages – it means users don’t have to worry too much about their operating system, hardware specifications, or even necessarily device form factor when they’re choosing software, and that could be very good news for the future of low-cost, modestly specced devices like Google’s Chromebooks...

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Google taps cloud, big data 'and satellites' to track overfishing

Grazed from  Author: Editorial Staff.

Google has helped launch an ambitious project combining cloud computing, big data and satellite networks to monitor global fishing activity with an eye to curb overfishing. Global Fishing Watch, formed with environmental groups Skytruth and Oceana, is described as the first global view of commercial fishing based on satellite data analysis.

It's intended to "give citizens a simple, online platform to visualize, track and share information about fishing activity worldwide," according to a release from Oceana. A prototype of the system was shown off Friday at the 2014 International Union for Conservation of Nature World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, where Google is hosting a mapping workshop. A public release version of the project is still in development...

Cloud Computing: These Are The Only 3 Things Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Cares About

Grazed from Fool. Author: Evan Niu.

Microsoft hosted a media event at its Redmond headquarters last week, and CEO Satya Nadella gave some key insights to investors on where his priorities lie. At a high level, the CEO only cares about three things when it comes to customer usage and the source of Microsoft's revenue. Unsurprisingly, they are Windows, Office 365, and Azure.

The big three

Of course, Windows and Office have long been Microsoft's two primary cash cows, followed closely by the company's server offerings. Compared to those three businesses, Azure is relatively young. With the announcement of Windows 10, Microsoft is doing away with the distinction between Windows and Windows Phone. Windows 10 will operate on all form factors, including smartphones and tablets...