Cloud Adoption

Cloud Computing Protest Offers Lessons For Buyers & Suppliers

Grazed from PublicSpendingForum. Author: Frank McNally.

A recent protest decision from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides several important lessons for procurement professionals who are buying cloud-enabled services as well as vendors hoping to sell them. Let's dive in! Red River Computing Company protested the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) request for quotations (RFQ) for agency-wide enterprise computing services and cloud computing services.

Red River challenged both the technical and price evaluation, asserting that DHS's best-value determination was flawed. GAO denied Red River's challenge of the technical evaluation but sustained its challenge of the price evaluation. Each decision is instructive, so let's take a closer look...

How to approach cloud computing and cyber security in 2017

Grazed from Information-Age. Author: Ben Rossi.

The adoption of cloud computing has been on the up since as far back as 2008, when a survey conducted by the Pew Research Institute found that cloud services were used by nearly 69% of Americans. Since then, the industry has experienced hyper-growth and exceeded the already vast predictions of how big it would become.

IDC predicts that the cloud computing market in 2017 will be worth $107 billion and, according to Gartner, by 2020 a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as unusual as a ‘no-internet’ policy would be today. Indeed, it would be difficult to imagine an organisation in 2017 that did not use webmail, file sharing and storage, and data backup...

Here Are The Key Drivers That Are Pushing Cloud To The Edge

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Today’s cloud computing architecture resembles 70s mainframes. The heavy lifting happens in dense data centers that act as the central point of gravity. In both the scenarios, applications share the underlying infrastructure. While this architecture works for the majority of the scenarios, the emerging use cases demand a different approach.

Edge computing fundamentally changes the cloud by making it distributed and decentralized. With edge, the core building blocks of cloud such as compute, storage, and the network will move closer to the applications. Cloud providers will move abstract layers such as machine learning models, serverless computing, and lightweight databases that run on the core infrastructure to the edge...

Salesforce Launches $50M Fund for Cloud Consulting Firms

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Nicole Henderson.

Salesforce’s corporate investment group Salesforce Ventures has announced a new $50 million fund on Wednesday, aimed at growing the next-generation of cloud consulting firms. The new SI (system integrator) Trailblazer Fund will provide new cloud consulting companies with the capital required to build and scale their Salesforce services capabilities.

To keep up with demand from customers, Salesforce is going to need 10 times the number of consultants in the next five years, according to data based on recent research from IDC. And what better way to grow this base than infuse $50 million into it. "Growing customer demand for Salesforce has created a critical need for more Salesforce-trained consulting partners as part of the thriving 'Salesforce Economy,'" Tyler Prince, EVP of Worldwide Alliances and Go-to-Market Innovation, Salesforce said in a statement...

Should Your Business Move to the Cloud?

Grazed from Cloudwards. Author: Lavanya Rathnam.

Cloud computing is everywhere today. A majority of businesses, from startups to large corporations, use it in some capacity or another for streamlining their existing processes, data storage, application deployment, hosting, backup and anything else you can think of.  But what exactly is the cloud? Why is it such an integral part of business operations today? The U.S National Institute of Standards and Technology explains that cloud is a model that provides an on-demand access to a shared pool of computing resources. These resources are configurable and can be set up and used with minimal effort.

Benefits of Moving to the Cloud

Put it simply, cloud represents an evolution in IT that guarantees measurable benefits to users and this is why it’s becoming a central aspect in today’s business world. For an idea of its applications as well as those measurable benefits, check out our 30 app ideas for small business article or keep reading...

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The ultimate balancing act: Which of your on-prem systems should move to the cloud?

Grazed from ITBrief. Author: Sara Barker.

Cloud transformation strategies may never be finished projects but always a work in progress, and many of those will involve technologies from on-premise data centre investments. According to CenturyLink’s ANZ regional director Stuart Mills, price should not be the sole factor in choosing cloud services. It’s not a strong strategic move. Instead, organisations must consider how the cloud meets business needs and goals.

“Understanding the right steps for cloud deployment will help keep track of what enterprises require to create a technology plan that aligns with the organisation’s infrastructure both now and in the future,” he says. What else do organisations need to consider when assessing a cloud strategy? At the top of the list are the existing infrastructure investments, which include compute, network architecture, storage and application portfolios can all affect efficiency and cost...

How Cloud Computing Is Shaping the Business World

Grazed from TGDaily. Author: Lexie Lu.

Cloud computing is defined as using remote servers to store your data outside of a local physical hard drive. You’re basically storing all of your information in a digital “cloud” that can be accessed by you from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a computer and a decent internet connection. How has cloud computing already changed the way we store data — and how is it continuing to shape the business world?

1. Increased Flexibility

Traditional data storage techniques are rigid and require constant hardware updates to keep up with a growing or changing business. If you utilize in-house servers, a bandwidth or storage upgrade requires a large-scale overhaul which could potentially take your entire system offline while it’s being completed...

Microsoft quarterly profits rev up as Nadella pivots to cloud computing

Grazed from WION. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft on Thursday reported a strong jump in profits in the just-ended quarter but revenue fell short of expectations in the tech giant's first earnings report incorporating social network LinkedIn. Net profit rose 28 per cent to $4.8 billion while revenues edged up eight per cent to $22.1 billion in the quarter ending March 31, Microsoft said.

Shares in Microsoft fell 1.8 per cent in after-hours trade on the results. The earnings for Microsoft's fiscal third quarter come as chief executive Satya Nadella seeks to reduce the tech giant's focus on software, shifting to cloud computing and business services. "Our results this quarter reflect the trust customers are placing in the Microsoft cloud," Nadella said in a statement...

Cloud-Hungry Customers Foster Ultimate Software's Growth

Grazed from Fool. Author: Dan Caplinger.

The cloud computing revolution has captured the intention of investors throughout the technology industry, and Ultimate Software Group (NASDAQ:ULTI) has chosen to focus on providing cloud-based human resource management applications for a wide range of customers. That has helped foster impressive growth for Ultimate Software, and a strengthening economy has only made it more important for the company's clients to manage their personnel efficiently and effectively.

Coming into Tuesday's first-quarter financial report, Ultimate Software investors were enthusiastic about the company's growth prospects, and Ultimate did a good job of delivering on most of their expectations. The stock didn't react positively to its earnings release, but fundamental growth prospects appear to be on track for a healthy future...

Protecting your client’s digital assets in the public cloud

Grazed from ChannelLife. Author: Editorial Staff.

Regardless of which particular model of cloud computing your clients adopt – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Revera’s Vault (or any other NZ-based cloud solution) or their own virtualised environment – they still need protection. Typically the cloud provider manages the security of the cloud and the client is responsible for security in the cloud.

Fortinet’s purpose-built public cloud FortiGate firewalls are designed to run inside public cloud-based data centres to provide extra layers of protection including internal segmentation, intrusion prevention, application control, WAN optimisation, data loss prevention, anti-virus, antispam, anti-spyware and VPN (IPsec and SSL)...