Cloud Applications

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...

2015 Outlook For Enterprise Cloud Adoption

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Mike Kavis.

On a recent flight home after meeting with a large bank, I started reflecting on how the conversations about cloud computing with clients have changed over the last 12 to 24 months. In 2012 and 2013, a lot of the conversations where focused on “what is cloud computing,” “help us build a cloud strategy” or “how do we automate our infrastructure.” As we near the end of 2014 these conversations have changed drastically. Most progressive enterprises are knowledgeable about all of the different cloud service models (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS), have researched the major vendors, have started executing on their cloud strategy, and have become experts at managing the IaaS layer. The focus now appears to be moving up the stack towards the application layer.

2015: The year of cloud applications

Many enterprises have already laid the basic foundational work for their clouds and we’re seeing a mixture of private and public clouds being implemented with a high level of automation at the infrastructure layer. Enterprises have invested a lot of time into implementing guardrails around their clouds so that developers can consume the cloud services in a secure and compliant manner...

Microsoft Says Windows Will Run Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing

Grazed from Wired. Author: Ross Patton.

The next big thing in cloud computing doesn’t work with Microsoft’s Windows operating system. But Microsoft wants to change that. As part of its ongoing effort to embrace the latest tech trends, Microsoft says it’s building a version of Windows that will offer something akin to Docker—a technology originally created for the Linux operating system that’s all the rage among the companies and engineers developing the massive online services that have come to define the modern tech world.

To build a modern online service—such as a Google, a Facebook, a Twitter, or even the services running inside major financial institutions and other traditional businesses—you’re typically forced to run software across dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of computer servers, and Docker provides a way of doing this more easily and more efficiently...