Monday, December 30, 2013

Google, the Cloud, the Internet Backbone

A natural progression: from cloud to internet backbone -- after all the internet is a cloud of networked computers/servers --

Does Google Want to Control More of the Internet Backbone?: " . . . By 2013, Google had invested about $23 billion in data centers, for example, and all that investment requires high-capacity backbone transport. In the third quarter of 2013 alone, for example, Google capital investment was about $2.3 billion, primarily for new data center capacity. But when a firm relies that heavily on cloud computing, it obviously will be able to justify operating a huge private network to support the performance of the data centers....the point is that large global enterprises always look at the cost and value of their networks... nor does either represent an attempt by enterprises to “control the Internet backbone” or compete with telcos. As with all other inputs, enterprises make “build versus buy” decisions. . . ." (read more at the link above)

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Simplifying CRM in the Cloud

Wall Street: Simplifying CRM in the Cloud
For those of us living in the more general realm of technology, terms like SMM, CRM, and even SEO only begin to scratch the surface of our periphery.


IBM Patents Cryptography Invention to Advance Security in the Cloud
IBM has patented yet another cloud computing innovation, this latest one for a breakthrough data ... In November, IBM patented its cloud-based BPM system for combining big data from cloud services with data stored on in-house IT ...


SCAM: Why IT sector will bet on Social networking, Cloud services ...
Economic Times
A trend that started a few years back, albeit in silos, social networking, cloudservices, analytics and mobile computing, or SCAM, is now converging ...

Economic Times

Amazon taps into China's cloud computing market
US retail giant Amazon will set up a data center to pilot its cloud computingservices in collaboration with enterprises in China in early 2014.


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Alive in the Cloud!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Future of data storage

Future of data storage
QR Code Press
As cloud computing is gaining more and more popularity, people start asking... Hybrid cloud storage combines the advantages of both a private and a public ...

QR Code Press

NEC Australia and NEXTDC team up for secure Australian cloud
Business Enablement Cloud Solutions deliver on-demand CRM, Contact Centre, ... of their nationalcloud computing strategy,” said NEXTDC's Mr Scroggie.

Cisco Cloud Connections: Your Amazing Cloud Journey Starts Here
Telecom Reseller (press release)
Cloud computing is an irreversible trend in which enterprises are moving from careful contemplation to industry-wide adoption. The latest Cisco Global Cloud ...

Indian-origin Satya Nadella still leading horse in Microsoft's CEO ...
14 (ANI): The chase for Microsoft's CEO has seen many business chiefs enter and exit the potential list, except the software maker's cloud computing executive ...

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Best- And Worst-Performing Cloud Computing Stocks

Best- And Worst-Performing Cloud Computing Stocks Dec. 9 To Dec ...
stock performance The five highest performing cloud computing stocks year-to-date on the Cloud Computing Index are Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Qualys ...

Technology Analyst Jeff Kagan on Adobe Creative Cloud Success
Consumer Electronics Net
Adobe Systems Inc, makes both Acrobat software and Photoshop and reported a 22 percent increase in subscribers to its Creative Cloud services, according to ...

Microsoft Partners To Extend Azure Reach
Microsoft is equipping these third parties its Cloud OS Network with the latest Microsoft Virtual ...The partners are launching their own Azure-like cloud services.

AWS C3 Posing Overload Impact on Cloud Computing Resources
The Amazon web services announced its cutting edge cloud computing instances C3 backed by SSD storage and premium processors a few weeks back.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lawsuits, IBM of hiding China risks, NSA spy scandal

Microsoft told everyone that the US Government (NSA) is an "advanced persistent threat" (a term applied to cybercriminals) -- ergo, if you are in bed with the NSA, you better disclose it to your stockholders, or be prepared for a stockholders' suit --

Lawsuit accuses IBM of hiding China risks amid NSA spy scandal | Reuters: "...The plaintiff in the complaint, Louisiana Sheriffs' Pension & Relief Fund, said this threatened IBM hardware sales in China, particularly given a program known as Prism that let the NSA spy on that country through technology companies such as IBM. The Baton Rouge pension fund said the revelation of Prism and related disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden caused Chinese businesses and China's government to abruptly cut ties with the world's largest technology services provider. It said this led IBM on October 16 to post disappointing third-quarter results, including drops in China of 22 percent in sales and 40 percent in hardware sales...."

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Google Cloud Compute Engine

Compute Engine — Google Cloud Platform: "High-performance virtual machines Compute Engine’s Linux VMs are consistently performant, scalable, highly secure and reliable. Supported distros include Debian and CentOS. You can choose from micro-VMs to large instances. Powered by Google’s global network Create large compute clusters that benefit from strong and consistent cross-machine bandwidth. Connect to machines in other data centers and to other Google services using Google’s private global fiber network. (Really) Pay for what you use Google bills in minute-level increments (with a 10-minute minimum charge), so you don’t pay for unused computing time...."

Google Cloud Compute goes live | PCWorld: "After running the service in preview mode for over a year, Google is making its IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) Google Compute Engine (GCE) available as a full-fledged commercial service. The company has established a service level agreement (SLA) where it guarantees GCE to be available 99.95 percent of the time. It has also cut prices and increased the number of options the service offers. GCE "is a long-term strategic bet for the company," said Brian Goldfarb, Google's head of cloud platform marketing, adding that "we have an incredibly high bar for what general availability means...."

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Cloud computing 2014 predictions

Cloud Computing 2014 -- encryption, scale, even better pricing --

Cloud Storage in 2014: 10 Bold Predictions
There is no disputing this statement: 2013 was a breakthrough year for the development and the business of cloud storage. A recent survey showed that 60 ...


Microsoft confirms encryption across cloud services
Summary: Redmond giant will undertake a large encryption effort across itscloud services portfolio and data centre links, while stepping up its legal objections ...

Times of India

Flexiant Partners with Africa Cloud Services in Bid to Take on New ...
London, UK - Flexiant, a leading international provider of cloud orchestration software, announced today that it has partnered with Africa Cloud Services to ...

IBM's Big Plans for Cloud Computing
New York Times (blog)
Even more important, however, is that all the companies are developing knowledge through their cloud services of how to run truly huge Internet-based ...

New York Times (blog)

Cloud Computing Guru Marc Benioff Offered To Fix ...
Business Insider
It's no secret that the White House called in a bunch of Internet gurus from big U.S. tech companies to help them fix the floundering website.

Business Insider
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cloud Computing Deal of $1.3 Billion, IBM and Dexia

Cloud Computing Deal of $1.3 Billion Between IBM, Dexia Europe.
A Cloud Computing Based Service Delivery Deal of $1.3 Billion Struck Between IBM, Dexia and Other European Financial Institutes In Europe. Written by Maria ...

Computing in the Cloud
The Hindu
Cloud computing is a phrase that's been very much in use since 2009 when the prospects of Web 2.0 loomed over the horizons. It is a concept whose history ...

The Hindu

Alba moves to the Cloud
Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has successfully moved to the Cloud computingwith Microsoft Windows Server 2012, thereby cutting the operational costs ...


Alibaba opens cloud computing platform for Chinese banks incl ...
What's on Xiamen
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has set up a cloud computing service ... The Ju Baopencloud platform is being targetted at smaller and mid-size banks ...

Google Takes Aim at Amazon in the Cloud With This Recent Move
... early lead in booming multibillion-dollar market for cloud computing services. ... budding cloud-services empire when it unveiled its Google Compute Engine ...

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Cloud Computing in Israel, Kit Dotcom's Mega iPhone app

Cloud computing in Israel: The risks, explained
Amazon's breakout profitability is measured in cloud storage sold — not in books or goods. Moreover, the benefits of cloud computing are clear. Companies pay ...(read more at link above)

Kim Dotcom's Mega cloud storage service launches iPhone app
Kim Dotcom's cloud storage service, Mega, has launched a new iPhone app, ... and manage their Mega cloud storage account and perform fast file transfers.

Cloud computing for small business: 5 reasons why it's time to move ... (blog)
Your small business has dabbled in cloud computing. You send e-mails using Gmail, manage your customer relationships using Contactually and keep tabs on ...


Google Could Attract Fines For Violating Dutch Data Protection Law ...
Headlines & Global News
Google's cloud services include leading internet connected services ...Google stores users' data on its "Cloud" storage service, which is via Internet and not ...

Headlines & Global News

Nigeria to overtake SA as cloud computing booms in Africa
More Nigerian businesses will be using cloud-based services than in South Africa by ... cloud services, compared to 48 per cent in Kenya and 36 per cent in Nigeria. ... “Cloud computing is the next big step in the evolution of computing and the ...


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Friday, December 6, 2013

Google, Amazon, Cloud Computing, secrets of scalability

Google, Amazon reveal their secrets of scalability | PCWorld: "Internet giants such as Google and Amazon run IT operations that are far larger than most enterprises even dream of, but lessons they learn from managing those humongous systems can benefit others in the industry. At a few conferences in recent weeks, engineers from Google and Amazon revealed some of the secrets they use to scale their systems with a minimum of administrative headache. At the Usenix LISA (Large Installation Systems Administration) conference in Washington, Google site reliability engineer Todd Underwood highlighted one of the company’s imperatives that may be surprising: frugality. “A lot of what Google does is about being super-cheap,” he told an audience of systems administrators. Google is forced to maniacally control costs because it has learned that “anything that scales with demand is a disaster if you are not cheap about it.” As a service grows more popular, its costs must grow in a “sub-linear” fashion, he said." (read more at link above)

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

NSA Fallout, Tech Firms Feel the Chill in China

NSA Fallout: Tech Firms Feel a Chill - "China represents about 10% of the global technology market, and accounts for 15% to 20% of global hardware demand, according to CLSA. The bank says Chinese companies control about 70% of the domestic market for telecommunications gear, but Western companies account for roughly 70% of sales of computer servers. China has long promoted Chinese technology suppliers, at the expense of foreign brands. But some observers detect a heightened push in recent months. The U.S.-China Business Council warned in an October report that Chinese regulators are pushing policies to subsidize domestic companies and promote cybersecurity in ways that will hurt foreign providers. Research firm Gartner echoed those concerns in an October report that mentioned weak sales of computer servers by IBM and HP."

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Monday, December 2, 2013

The Watson cloud, IBM to open supercomputer to third party developers

The Watson cloud: IBM prepares to open supercomputer to third party developers | PCWorld: " . . . IBM is initially working with a handful of partners on the Watson cloud service, and each is developing specialized applications. Fluid is creating a Watson-powered program for retail. “The model is to have a running dialogue between the consumer and Watson,” which helps them make more informed buying decisions, High said. The Watson cloud will include a development toolkit, access to Watson’s API (application programming interface), educational material and an application marketplace. IBM also plans to work with venture capitalists to find startups that want to build software on Watson. Interacting with Watson is fairly straightforward for any programmers familiar with RESTful APIs, High said. Their real focus should be on understanding the fundamental difference Watson offers compared to past programming platforms. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Cloud Services Management, Google, Omega

"Too much production band stuff will just fight with each other. You can get very unstable behavior. It's very strange – it behaves like biological systems from time to time," he says. "We'll probably wind up moving in some of those directions – as you get larger you need to get into it." Though Omega is obscured from end users of Google's myriad services, the company does have plans to use some of its capabilities to deliver new types of cloud services, Magnusson confirmed. The company could use the system as the foundation of spot markets for virtual machines in its Compute Engine cloud, he said.(source infra)

IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE! Google's secretive Omega tech just like LIVING thing • The Register: "Omega was created to help Google efficiently parcel out resources to its numerous applications. It is unclear whether it has been fully rolled out, but we know that Google is devoting resources to its development and has tested it against very large Google cluster traces to assess its performance. Omega will handle the management and scheduling of various tasks and places apps onto the best infrastructure for their needs in the time available." (read more at link above)

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Intercloud, Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery

IBM Under Attack From Cloud Computing, Analyst Says
Reitzes' research has found that cloud computing seems to “adversely impact ... While Reitzes says that the principles of cloud computing are permeating all of ...

Business Cloud News

What's Next for the Cloud? The Intercloud
Cloud computing services from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Rackspace—as well as companies ranging from AT&T to Zuora—are clearly gaining traction, ...
Midsize Insider
Cloud computing has become an important part of the most reliable and effective disaster recovery solutions. That is proven by the fact that ...

Midsize Insider

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Policies, Permission, Cloud Computing

Manage Cloud Computing With Policies, Not Permissions
I think the National Institute of Standards and Technology has done a great service in codifying its definition, and I rely on it to communicate the key ...
Speaking on the benefits of cloud computing, Opeke said “Cloud computing ... the Cloud Market will grow to $35.6 billion by 2015 and Cloud services revenue ...

Infrastructure management lets SMBs securely implement cloud ...\
Infrastructure management lets SMBs securely implement cloud services - 10/14/2013. For small and midsize businesses that are new to cloud computing, ...


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Friday, November 22, 2013

Next Generation Cloud Services

OpenStack Havana Has Amazon-Like Aura
Metering in previous releases "was limited," conceded John Igoe, VP of private cloud at Rackspace. It's been integrated into operations on a more thorough and ...


TIBCO Announces Next-Generation Cloud Services
"Over the past year we have been committed to developing and acquiring the foremost cloud services that enable businesses to discover new ways of ...

Talkin' Cloud

Colorfront Announces Colorfront Cloud Services
Sacramento Bee
With Colorfront Cloud Services users can enhance productivity by remotely centralizing processing tasks and storage using a standardized workflow, broaden ...

3 cloud storage 'must haves' for every mobile professional
Washington Times
WASHINGTON, October 17, 2013 — Until about four years ago, I only worked at an office, which required commuting to work daily. Even though many of us ...

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Google Or Microsoft, Army Users Get Choice

Google Or Microsoft? Army Users Get Choice - Government - Enterprise: "Officials in the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS) believe in giving users a choice. That's why they have established blanket purchase agreements (BPAs) that let Army agencies pick between Microsoft and Google for cloud-based email, collaboration, information sharing and mobile access. In addition to a deal to buy 50,000 seat licenses of Microsoft's Office 365 suite of cloud-based applications through Microsoft partner Dell, the Army also has awarded a five-year contract to DLT Solutions LLC to offer Google's Apps for Government cloud platform to 50,000 users. . . ."

GUIYANG, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- China Telecom, a leading Chinese telecom operator, broke ground for a cloud computing center in southwest China's Guizhou ...

Business Cloud News

IBM Opens Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington, DC
Wall Street Journal
The new IBM Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington, D.C., will bring IBM's cloud computing research efforts closer to federal agencies to develop ...

Business Cloud News

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Microsoft Army Deal For Office 365

Microsoft Lands Army Deal For Office 365 - Government - Cloud/SaaS -: " . . . Kolcun said there are currently more than a million federal, state and local government employees using Office 365, including the FAA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. New York recently joined the states of California and Texas in signing up for Office 365, with more than 120,000 employees across New York's executive agencies scheduled to make the move by the end of the year. The move to a standardized platform is expected to save approximately $3 million in annual license, hardware, maintenance, energy and personnel costs. . . ."

Verizon & NetApp Team on Cloud
Light Reading
NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and Verizon Enterprise Solutions today announced a collaboration to re-architect traditional cloud-based storage models to deliver ...


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Friday, November 15, 2013

Cloud Computing, Physical Offices

Is cloud computing making physical offices obsolete? | "The benefits for small businesses are obvious; cost, efficiency, mobility and also the ability to upgrade or switch when new programmes become available. For business owners such as Andy Atalla, founder of digital marketing agency atom42, the choice was a no-brainer. His business was established in 2007, but as it began to grow he was increasingly persuaded by the benefits of cloud computing. “Cloud computing isn’t just important to what we do, it’s part of the fabric of how we operate. Almost everything we do is cloud-based. Without these services, we wouldn’t be able to operate.”" (read more at link above)

Cloud Computing and the Brave New World
But with cloud computing and the technological advancements all around us, it doesn't take a science fiction writer to point out how our corporate world will soon ...

TIBCO Launches Cloud Services
Data Center Knowledge
By the end of this year TIBCO will have new cloud services ready, with additional services scheduled in the first quarter of 2013. TIBCO GeoAnalytics is a cloud ...
Network World
Cloud computing has transformed the way IT resources are utilized, but the... For instance, online retailers can leverage cloud services to effectively implement ...

The Guardian (blog)

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Google, Googlers, the Cloud

Google CIO Ben Fried on How Google Works - Liz Gannes - Enterprise - AllThingsD: " . . . So, how much does Google, as an enterprise, really trust the cloud? “The overwhelming philosophy of my organization is to empower Googlers with world-leading technology,” said Fried in a recent interview. Based in New York, Fried took the CIO role at Google five years ago, after 13 years at Morgan Stanley. “But the important part,” Fried said, “is that we view our role as empowerment, and not standard-setting or constraining or dictating or something like that. We define our role as an IT department in helping people get their work done better than they could without us. Empowerment means allowing people to develop the ways in which they can work best. . . .”

Cloud Computing's Confusion: Pricing
To understand why the pricing of cloud computing is so confusing and semi-chaotic, take a look at the cloud's confusing ... What's a unit of cloud services cost?

Herding Clouds: IT Faces Its Hybrid Future
The latest InformationWeek State of Cloud Computing Survey found that 40% of respondents use cloud services, up seven points since 2011, with an additional ...

Business Standard

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Microsoft Windows Azure vs Amazon Web Services

Microsoft takes fight to Amazon on raft of cloud announcements • The Register: "Microsoft has tried to close the distance between Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services by confronting the threat posed by Bezos & Co's cloud. The company announced a range of new cloud services on Monday, and server chief Satya Nadella gave a briefing in San Francisco in which he sought to bolster Redmond's cloud credibility. . . ."
IBM aims to bolster federal agencies' adoption of cloud services and open standards. ... that will continue to grow and influence the direction of cloud computing.

CloudTweaks News

Dell Appoints Anand Sankaran to lead Dell Services' Infrastructure ...
Anand will help us execute our strategy and rapidly build upon the strength of our Infrastructure and Cloud Computing capabilities. These capabilities will help ...

Times of India

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Amazon, CIA Cloud Contract

Amazon Wins Ruling for $600 Million CIA Cloud Contract - Bloomberg: " Inc. (AMZN) defeated International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)’s effort to reopen bidding for a $600 million Central Intelligence Agency cloud computing contract. Judge Thomas Wheeler of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington granted Amazon’s request for judgment on the administrative record following a hearing yesterday, according to a minute order posted on the court’s electronic docket. A written opinion will follow, according to the order. Amazon sued in July after the Government Accountability Office, the agency that makes recommendations on challenges to contracts, sided with IBM and agreed that the CIA had failed to properly evaluate prices and had waived a contract requirement only for Seattle-based Amazon. . . ."

Army awards contract for Google, Microsoft cloud services
Federal Times
The Army is expanding its use of commercial cloud services through new contracts awarded to Google and Microsoft, the service announced this week.


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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Google Enterprise Cloud, Cloud Computing, Software as a Service

Google's Enterprise Cloud Problem - Cloud Computing - Software as a: ". . . ."There are a lot of good features in Google products, but not everyone appreciates them ... because they aren't exactly like Outlook," says another commenter. "Collaboration tools are very good. We had a difficult time getting people to collaborate using Microsoft products, so this is a big improvement." Google also scores big as a visionary for enterprise IT: 22% say its product line is consistently innovative and often leads the industry versus just 2% dismissing it as all flash, better suited for consumers. . . ." (read more at link above)

Google App Engine Swings, But OpenStack Is King
Or as IBM's VP of cloud services Ric Telford put it Tuesday, "With cloud computing, there's a tremendous opportunity for IT to remake itself." Marc Jones, VP of ...


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Monday, November 4, 2013

Large organizations buying into PaaS cloud services

Large organizations are buying into PaaS cloud services
Cloud is often seen as the way to go for small companies with few IT resources. However, the middleware and development layer of cloud -- Platform as a ...


Cloud Computing and Its Overall Value
Midsize Insider
Cloud computing has proven to do more than just save businesses money, and ... cloud services to various industries and to the growing midmarket segment....

Midsize Insider

How next generation cloud services will impact businesses moving ...
Keao Caindec, CMO, Cloud Business Unit at Dimension data, speaks to... What is the difference between a server-centric and network-centriccloud?...


Passing The Bar On Legal Cloud Computing
The American Bar Association (ABA) says there's a legitimate business argument to be made for using subscription-based legal software that stores certain data ...

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Cloud Computing, Confused?

Cloud computing: Why are Americans confused by it?
Christian Science Monitor
Cloud computing, or using remote Internet servers to store data, may be one of the most misunderstood terms in our country today. Skip to next paragraph...

Christian Science Monitor

Red Hat Earnings: Cloud, Storage, Linux Triple Play?
The VAR Guy
The big question from The VAR Guy: Can Red Hat prove that partners are embracing the company's virtualization, cloud, storage and middleware technologies?...

The VAR Guy

Cloud-enabling technologies market to reach $22.6 billion in 2016
Virtualization - the foundation of cloud computing - accounts for the majority of total market revenue, with a 66 percent share. But, as the most mature market ...

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cloud computing is changing the world

How cloud computing is changing the world ... without you knowing
The Guardian (blog)
Moving clinical records to the cloud provides healthcare professionals with mobile access to this information. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the ...

The Guardian (blog)

Amazon S3 API for cloud storage leads pack, for now
Even if it proves to be a temporary standard, the Amazon Simple Storage (S3) application programming interface (API) gives developers a robust and simple ...
TechRepublic (blog)
The growth in demand expected for cloud services has significant implications for the high level skills required by service providers, it said. "Employers report ...

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Cloud Storage Strategies, Reduce Data Loss

While cloud storage has gained significant ground in terms of adoption, the ... Widespread acceptance of cloud storage indicates the impact cloud storage can ...
Cloud expert David Linthicum, speaker at Interop 2013 New York, shares advice on why ... Informed CIO: Private Cloud Automation · Cloud Storage: Changing ... is former principal of Blue Mountain Labs, a cloud computing consulting firm. ... that in many instances use of cloud services is not exercised in a very good way...
Network World is a recommended forum assisting IT providers in gaining a better understanding ofcloud computing offerings as they relate to the public sector...

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Cloud Services Employees Can Not Access

Desk Stop: Top 5 Cloud Services Employees Can't Access
Desk Stop: Top 5 Cloud Services Employees Can't Access ... An analysis of cloud services used in more than 100 large businesses found most employees had ...


Oracle CFO Says Cloud Computing Will Lift Profit Margins
Oracle Corp. (ORCL), the world's largest database-software maker, will boost operating margins by shifting to services delivered via the Web from software ...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Alibaba, Cloud Computing services, Big Data

Alibaba acquires private cloud service Kanbox
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group announced its acquisition of private cloud computing service Kanbox on Wednesday. The internet giant plans to ...


The rise of the machines in the study of politics: 5 things I learned ...
Washington Post (blog)
Cloud computing and similar innovations have led to a steep decline in the cost of big data analysis. (David Paul Morris/BLOOMBERG). I had the pleasure the ...

Washington Post (blog)

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Cloud Computing, Cloud Storage, Big Data

Cloud computing and the rise of big data
TechRepublic (blog)
Cloud computing democratizes big data – any enterprise can now work with ... If they manage public cloud services, they don't have to touch the lower layers of ...
Wall Street Journal
Cloud Storage and TV Antennas Go to Court. By Gary Shapiro. Innovations like cloud computing would not be possible without the Supreme Court verdict in ...

Wall Street Journal

Emerging nations more upbeat about Cloud computing: Study
New York Daily News
New Delhi, Oct 1 — Cloud computing has in the last few years caught the imagination of IT leaders in emerging nations like India, Brazil and China who are ...

Economic Times
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Cloud Storage, NSA-Free

NSA-Free Cloud Storage Promised by Finnish Company
Tom's Guide
Finnish information-security company F-Secure plans to offer a cloud-storage service that can't easily be accessed by the U.S. National Security Agency...

Windows Azure cloud services achieve critical federal security ...
Jeffrey Meisner
Windows Azure is the first public cloud platform, with infrastructure services and ... The FedRAMP process, now mandated for all federal cloud services, makes ...The Official Microsoft Blog

IT Jungle
According to IDC, spending on public cloud computing (as opposed to private cloud services) will grow from $47.3 billion this year to $107 billion by 2017...

The Japan Daily Press

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cloud Computing, Legacy Vendors

Cloud Computing, Legacy Vendors And The Only Reality That Matters
They justify HP positioning themselves as a viable provider of broad cloudservices. Stating that the undisputed market leader, in terms of both adoptions AND ...


HP Enterprise Cloud Services Selected for USPS Federal Cloud ...
Wall Street Journal
HP Enterprise Cloud Services Selected for USPS Federal Cloud Credential ... "HP is committed to supporting federal cloud computing initiatives like USPS' ...
Wall Street Journal
Cloud Services Adoption Is Widespread and Business-Critical Apps Are Moving to the Cloud. The study confirms the trend that enterprises are moving to the ...

Times of India

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Nirvanix cloud service, abrupt shut down

Nirvanix confirms abrupt shut down rumors (but doesn’t apologize for royally screwing customers) | VentureBeat: "Nirvanix . . . an alternative to industry giant Amazon Web Services (AWS), and formed partnerships with lots of notable tech firms like Symantec, IBM, Dell, Ooyala, and many others. . . . The shutdown is likely to send a chill up the spine of anyone using a lesser-known cloud storage provider, and could have larger implications going forward. For instance, companies may be more hesitant to go with a smaller cloud storage service for fear of a repeat of Nirvanix happening — even if that smaller cloud storage service is cheaper and makes more sense to use than the larger, more established services."

Don't Live in Fear of Your Cloud Storage Provider Going Under
Don't Live in Fear of Your Cloud Storage Provider Going Under. The closure of cloud storage provider Nirvanix sent a chill through the cloud storage industry ...


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Friday, October 11, 2013

Verizon Terremark, public cloud computing, storage

Verizon Terremark launches public cloud compute, storage | ZDNet: " . . . Ultimately, Clarke said Verizon Terremark wants to up the ante on cloud service level agreements and entice customers by competing on reliability, security and operational efficiency. "The table stakes are being price competitive, but the implementation and service offering is what actually matters," said Clarke. Verizon Terremark plans to start on boarding customers this month. Pricing plans, which weren't outlined, will be via negotiated prices and contracts as well as online via credit card."

Verizon's next cloud services emphasize performance, granular billing
VMware VMs, for instance, can run on Verizon's cloud. Other hypervisors, namely Microsoft's Hyper-V and the open source KVM, will be supported in the future...


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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

NSA, Internet Spying, Offshore Havens, Data Privacy

NSA Internet Spying Sparks Race to Create Offshore Havens for Data Privacy - "Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and other American technology companies were put on the defensive when Edward Snowden's allegations about U.S.-government surveillance of Internet traffic emerged this spring. Outside the U.S., some companies and politicians saw an opportunity. Three of Germany's largest email providers, including partly state-owned Deutsche Telekom AG, teamed up to offer a new service, Email Made in Germany. The companies promise that by encrypting email through German servers and hewing to the country's strict privacy laws, U.S. authorities won't easily be able to pry inside. More than a hundred thousand Germans have flocked to the service since it was rolled out in August. . . ." (read more at link above)

Identifying and mitigating cloud computing vulnerabilities
In less than a decade, cloud computing has grown from an intriguing niche to a mainstream market segment. Future expectations are high, with Morgan Stanley ...

MSPmentor (blog)

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