Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cloud services are low-cost, effective and safe for charities

Cloud services are low-cost, effective and safe – and the future for charities
The Guardian (blog)
The cloud is a great leveller and can help smaller charities to work in a more effective and efficient way. Many cloud services are free or low cost and can bring tremendous benefits – from collaborating with partners, to reaching out to new ...

The Guardian (blog)

Hybrid Cloud Management Is Within Reach
... Buyer's Guide: 9 SaaS Project Management Tools · More >>. The way in which companies adoptcloud services and the various ways in which cloud service providers support their offerings compound the IT department's challenges. The consumerization of ...

Innovative Cloud Computing and IT Support Services Provider Launches Global ...
Marketwire (press release)
Auxilion is an innovative virtual support services provider that uses Microsoft cloud technology and a virtual workforce to deliver affordable, enterprise-quality business outsourcing solutions in the areas of IT support services, customer support and ...

Lean IT: Think Big About Agility
Cloud Computing is an umbrella term for a variety of big changes in IT. It's the move from ... Cloud computing can reduce the coefficient of friction of changes dramatically -- but without a DevOps approach to adaptive infrastructure, it can't shine ...

Mobile, cloud computing to spur microserver sales in '13
Manila Standard Today
“With cloud computing and data centers in high demand in order to serve more smartphones, tablets and mobile PCs online, specific aspects of server design are becoming increasingly important, including maintenance, expandability, energy efficiency and ...

Cloud Computing Security Rules Put Responsibility on Users
American Banker (subscription)
Many companies adopting cloud services have relied on their cloud providers to take care of PCI compliance, notes Pravin Kothari, CEO and founder of CipherCloud, a San Jose company that provides encryption for cloud computing arrangements.

SaaS remains most popular form of cloud computing for UK IT
Software as a service (SaaS) continues to be the top cloud service that the UK enterprises plan to use in 2013, despite newer cloud services such as datacentre as a service, database as a service or even testing and development as a service. A majority ...

Cloud Computing Enabled in Risk Explorer™ Software Allows Execution of ...
Marketwire (press release)
In test runs, Bushel reported, cloud computing cut the time required to process 50,000 simulations of a very large model from seven hours to only five minutes. Models of any imaginable size can now be run at minimal incremental cost literally within ...

Veeam turns cloud services into off-site backup repository
Available immediately, Veeam Backup & Replication Cloud Edition enables IT departments to automate the copying of backups to any of 15 different cloud-based storage services, including Amazon's S3 or Glacier platforms, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace or HP ...

Using Cloud Storage For Photography
By Peter West Carey
The Cloud” is another term for computer servers whose primary purpose is to store your data and make it accessible from anywhere. Granted ... Using Cloud Storage For Photography · Articles ...These days, cloud services are many and vast.

The State of Cloud Storage Adoption
Companies are steadily adopting cloud computing, particularly for use with ... In a new survey fromcloud-storage company Twin Strata, that same old refrain ...

IBM Simplifies Big Data and Cloud Computing Adoption with New ...
ARMONK, N.Y. - 05 Feb 2013: Making it easier for organizations to quickly adopt and deploy big data and cloud computing solutions, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today ...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

5 reasons why cloud computing and start-ups disrupt the enterprise software

5 reasons why cloud computing and start-ups disrupt the enterprise software ...
It's a mix of “must have” and “good enough” that drive the growth of these start-ups and it's Cloud computing that is “greasing the wheels.” Gartner says the worldwide market for Software as a Service (SaaS) will be $14.4 billion in 2012. Much of that ...


Enterprise Management Associates to Present Cloud Computing Research ...
PR Web (press release)
Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today announced it will host a research Webinar entitled “Demystifying Cloud: Key Trends in Cloud Computing,” featuring EMA Senior Analyst, ...

Dropbox updates cloud-storage product
Times of India
SAN FRANCISCO: The battle between two of Silicon Valley's most richly valued private internet companies ratcheted up as Dropbox unveiled the first comprehensive upgrade to its cloud-storage product aimed at corporate users. With the move, the $4 ...

Times of India

Mark Miller Sees Cloud Storage Upside for Seagate Technology (STX)
The Wall Street Transcript
According to “Best on the Street” equity analyst Mark Miller, cloud storage “is estimated to provide 25% of storage now, [and] is forecast to provide up to 60% of all storage by 2020.” The greater use of video by mobile device consumers implies a 'back ...

5 Cloud Computing Advantages for the Healthcare Industry
5 Cloud Computing Advantages for the Healthcare Industry. Related Articles. Ravello Systems raises $26M to build a cloud hypervisor for developers · Businesses caught out by the complexity ofcloud · Could 2014 hold Microsoft Office support for Linux?

Lite-On revenues rise on demand for cloud computing
Taipei Times
Lite-On Technology Inc (光寶科技), the nation's second-largest power unit supplier, said revenue grew 28 percent year-on-year last month to NT$10.39 billion (US$351.19 million) on increased demand for its components, primarily used in cloud-computing ...

Dimension Data Speeds App Performance with WAN Optimization
Talkin' Cloud
"With the addition of WAN optimization capabilities, we are helping our clients overcome the latency and bandwidth constraints often associated with public cloud services,” said Steve Nola, CEO of Dimension Data's Cloud Solutions Business Unit, in a ...

Meet on cloud computing
Daily Pioneer
Instead of installing packaged software applications on their computers, now we can use their web browsers to access a wide range of 'cloud services' available on demand over the internet. It is predicted that within five years, all library collections ...

Cloud Data Security: How to Analyze your Risk
According to the risk management organization, COSO (the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission), the responsibility for risk management when adopting cloud servicesstarts right at the top. Spoiler alert: it's not (just) the ...

Get 50GB of Box Cloud Storage FREE for Life
Mobile & Apps
We want more, and most of us already use services like Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, SkyDrive, Amazon Cloud and Box, to name a few. They all give a certain amount of space away for free in the hope you'll sign up for their service and pay for more ...

Mobile & Apps

CDW Report: Work Imitates Life in Cloud Computing Adoption
New study shows personal use of cloud computing is positively influencing ... to the cloud, and that personal use of cloud services is significantly influencing ...

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cloud computing tax problem

House panel considers cloud computing tax problem
The Olympian
BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee has agreed to introduce legislation to clarify that cloud computing services delivered over the Internet aren't tangible goods subject to sales tax.

Health care and the cloud are finally coming together
But others are finding better security models and technology in the cloud. Moreover, most health care organizations moving to cloud computing are doing so to reduce operational costs, because many have very limited budgets -- a powerful motivation that ...

3 Deep, Dark Secrets of Cloud Computing
CIO Magazine
The promise of cloud computing is that you, the customer, don't ever have to buy another server, back up another disk drive or worry about another software upgrade. All those promises are true-and now there are multimillion-dollar companies without a ...

Veeam, Savvis and Parallels Add Cloud Storage
Virtualization Review (blog)
Veeam, Savvis and Parallels Add Cloud Storage. It seems every day, a software supplier or service provider offers new options to use the public cloud for storage and data protection. The latest came this week, when Veeam Software released a connector ...

Mobile Devices, Applications Spur Cloud Adoption: CDW
Based on CDW's survey of 1,242 IT professionals, the report indicated cloud computing is on the rise within organizations, as 39 percent of organizations reported they are implementing or maintaining cloud solutions—up from 28 percent in 2011. ..."By ...


Cloud computing the way forward, says researcher
Gulf Times
Another area of the extensive use of cloud could be in the health sector, Bell said. He said he himself was using many applications on his body to measure the pulse and other body movements, and added: “Cloud computing is the right platform to make use ...

Gulf Times

Mifid obstructing cloud computing at European banks
Rigid cloud computing contracts are clashing with outsourcing rules in Europe's Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Mifid), making it difficult for financial institutions to use cloud services, unless the deal is big enough to drag a vendor to ...

8x8, SoftBank Telecom Partner on Virtualized Cloud Services
Talkin' Cloud
SoftBank Telecom will be using 8x8's subscription-based Zerigo enterprise cloud software to develop and deploy virtualized cloud services that will roll out first in Japan before going global. Advertisement. Cloud-based business ... 8x8's cloud-based ...

Minus Cloud Storage Becomes An Instagram Competitor, May Be Minus A Lot Of ...
Android Police
This would seem to be the case with Minus, formerly a simple cloud storage provider akin to Dropbox. Yesterday the company unveiled a new look and new direction: location-focused, social sharing of photos. It includes local chat features, with the new ...

NACR Partners with Evolve IP for Cloud Services
Fort Mills Times
Today Evolve IP, The Cloud Services Company™, announced it has partnered with NACR, the leading independent integrator of communications solutions. With this agreement, NACR will leverage Evolve IP's award-winning, unified platform to offer its ...

Rackspace Misses Q4 Revenue Estimates, But Cloud Sales Up
Talkin' Cloud
Of its Q4 sales, 24.7 percent came from cloud computing products, which was up from 20.6 percent a year earlier. That shows grow in the company's cloud business, but reports following the announcement of Rackspace's financials indicate that cloud ...

Cloud Computing Adoption Grows in India
ARC Advisory Group
Cloud computing offers many companies the potential to increase agility and scalability and lower operational expenses. As a result, the cloud services market in India is growing at a significant pace despite some perceived and actual challenges such ...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Washington State datacenter fiasco

Wonder if Washington State ever heard of cloud computing? Scalable, flexible, cheap!--

Washington State's datacenter fiasco - it's time to pay the bill | ZDNet: " . . . the planning and forecasting errors that resulted in Washington State building a datacenter that ended up being five times larger than they actually needed, despite being informed before well before completion that the project scale was much too large. . . . as the saying goes, the chickens have come home to roost. The state has failed to get a single additional tenant for their space, which means that every man, woman, and child who lives in Washington will be paying about $5 each to allow the datacenter project to cover its bills for the next 2 years. And yes, Washington state has just under 7 million residents who will likely continue to have their pocket’s picked to cover this boondoggle, as the $34.4 million over the next two years also includes $25.1 million to service the on-going debt on the lease-to-own datacenter building. . . ."

Cloud Storage Cash: Would Dropbox, Box, Exablox Attract IPO Investors?
International Business Times
It's the universal problem: Global digerati generate too much material to store on local devices, so consumers especially trust private cloud-based services including Dropbox, Box, SugarSync, Exablox and Nimble Storage to store and manage their data.

Idaho bill would clarify tax status of 'cloud computing' services
The Spokesman Review
BOISE - At the request of Idaho's high-tech businesses, the Idaho House's tax committee agreed this morning to introduce legislation to clarify that “cloud computing” services delivered over the Internet are services – not tangible goods subject to the ...

Amazon's cloud-based data warehouse Redshift now available
Amazon Web Services has made available to all users its cloud-based data warehouse Redshift, which it pitches as a lower-cost alternative to on-premise deployments. Amazon Redshift was first announced as a limited preview at the AWS re:Invent ...

New guidelines eliminate PCI as a barrier to cloud adoption
The document offers advice on the use of cloud computing technology, as well as guidelines for maintaining the critical PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) controls in cloud environments. [ For the full scoop on the state of the cloud in the ...

Vision Launches Cloud Protection, Recovery Service
Talkin' Cloud
... cloud cloud service providers can use to accelerate their own cloud service practices. As part of a cloud services broker practice, Vision's CP&R recovery-as-a-service was designed with service providers in mind. While providing a "low-risk path to ...

Appelsiini to be responsible for Elisa's cloud services
Telecompaper (subscription)
Elisa announced that its subsidiary Appelsiini will be responsible for Elisa's cloud services as well as Appelsiini custom IT products. Elisa has achieved a significant position in the cloud servicesmarket, where it offers the office application ...

Cloud Computing Takes Shape Over Wall Street
by Susan Wright. Cloud computing has made its way onto Wall Street. Firms on Wall Street are now adopting cloud computing practices. This new development follows the recent trends surrounding cloud computing as an increasing number of businesses, ...


How Cloud Computing is Changing the IT Industry -
Presented by: When we think of the cloud's impact on the corporate world, it is easy to get caught up in how it has changed the way we do business on a global ...
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

HP cloud services tackle software development, app performance

HP cloud services tackle software development, app performance
In the beginning, HP's cloud services-- and those from most other providers -- were aimed at the deployment team. ... HP clearly hopes that these new cloud services will draw more developers into its orbit and funnel projects into HP's growing cloud ...

As cloud use grows, so will rate of DDoS attacks
The bitter reality is that for cloud computing to be useful, it has to be exposed on public networks. Moreover, cloud services' presence is advertised and the interfaces well-defined. You can count on unauthorized parties to access those services, with ...

British Telecom Launches Cloud Storage Service
Tom's Hardware Guide
Though storage has never been cheaper, there are certain benefits to storing you files in the cloud. If there weren't, services like Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, and DropBox wouldn't still be running. This month, a new player ...

Moving to cloud computing is harder, costlier than originally envisioned
Network World
Network World - A substantial number of businesses say cloud computing security challenges are daunting and the costs higher than they originally thought they would be, according to the CloudSurvey report published today by consultancy KPMG ...

IBM aims to bring cloud computing and big data to mass markets
In conjunction with its push to bring big data to the masses, IBM has also moved to boost its cloud computing storage offerings to help make the storage of data simpler and more cost-effective. Chief among the updates include SmartCloud Storage Access.

Smooth BPM The Silver Lining Of Cloud Computing
CloudTweaks News
Cloud-based software provides a way for easy management and alleviates issues companies face trying to improve these processes, particularly when it comes to prototyping and modeling. A question many businesses are trying to address is: How can cloud ...

Good-bye PC maker Dell and hello cloud company Dell
The truth of the matter is Dell has slowly been reinventing itself over the past few of years, making the transition from Dell, maker of low-priced PCs to Dell, cloud-focused enterprise hardware and services company. Just take a look at the 15 ...

CGI granted FedRAMP(SM) security authorization to deliver U.S. government ...
Marketwire (press release)
In the United Kingdom (UK), CGI was also selected as one of the suppliers for G-Cloud II, the second phase of the UK government's procurement portal, G-Cloud, which is part of a government-wide commitment to the adoption of cloud computing and ...

Meet Startups And Cloud Services @ TechDays
Developers take note: Finland's largest technical event, TechDays13, will have the honor to present few startup solutions that utilize Windows Azure cloud platform. These presentations are developer –focused and describe different technical aspects of ...

Enterprises Remain Focused on Internal Clouds According to New 451 ...
eReleases (press release)
5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – TheInfoPro, a service of 451 Research, released its latest Cloud Computing Study, indicating that 47% percent of those interviewed had internal cloud projects planned for 2013. Conducted during the second half of 2012, TheInfoPro ...

Critical Infrastructure and the Cloud : Cloud Security Alliance Blog
Critical Infrastructure and the Cloud Arrow to Content. February 1, 2013 Cloud computing continues to be a hot topic. But so what if people ...

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Kim Dotcom’s Mega gets a new CEO: Entrepreneur and open Internet advocate Vikram Kumar

Kim Dotcom’s Mega gets a new CEO: Entrepreneur and open Internet advocate Vikram Kumar steps in - The Next Web: "Kumar joins Mega after three years as CEO of InternetNZ — a non-profit organisation that works to protect and promote an open Internet in New Zealand and oversees the country’s .nz domain registrations — having been approached by Dotcom following his departure from the organisation. Posting to his blog, Kumar says his immediate response to taking on the position was “great opportunity but risky.” Following Dotcom’s approach, Kumar says he spent a number of weeks getting to know Mega “from every angle,” eventually deciding to take on the role because “the possibility of growing a significant Internet services company out of New Zealand is alluring.”"

Kim Dotcom's MEGA cloud storage service gets a Firefox extension
The Next Web
Kim Dotcom teased it on Twitter a few days ago, and now it's here: a Firefox add-on for the man's new MEGA cloud storage service. Firefox is now #MEGA. Install our extension and enjoy blazing transfer speeds. On your next visit you will get an option...

The Next Web

Cloud Computing, The Future, and Your Money
The motley Fool (blog)
To be clear, the definition of cloud computing is sometimes still debated among investing and technological professionals. In short, though, cloud computing is a new industry where services are offered and delivered via a network, primarily the internet.

Cloud Computing Stocks Weekly Winner: Carbonite (CARB)
The VAR Guy
Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB) ranked among the top performing cloud computing stocks for the week ending Feb. 8, 2013. Shares in the cloud backup company rose nearly 9 percent for the week after Carbonite announced strong revenues and earnings.

How 10 VARs Became Cloud Computing Superstars
These 10 VARs have transformed their old business models to become superstars in the cloud computing and cloud provider game.

Parallels Cloud Storage: Cloud-building tools for SMEs
The company has quietly been building a portfolio of tools to enable all sizes of service provider — from the largest telco to a small mom-and-pop hosting company — to deliver cloud services. It's a stack that offers everything from service ...

First step towards G-Cloud computing
The Nation
"Asean CSA Summit 2013" was unveiled today, under the aim to promote the standard of cloud computing implementation in Thailand and Asean, particularly in the government sector. At the two-day event, the memorandum of intention between ICT Ministry ...

The Nation

5 Cloud Computing Advantages For The Healthcare Industry
CloudTweaks News
This is the conclusion of the “Healthcare Cloud Computing (Clinical, EMR, SaaS, Private, Public, Hybrid) Market – Global Trends, Challenges, Opportunities & Forecasts (2012 – 2017 published by research firm Markets and Markets. The health care ...

Cloud Computing And Thin Clients
CloudTweaks News
Cloud services can be accessed on any device that has a connection to the Internet, whether it is a laptop, desktop, netbook, tablet, or even a smartphone! When the cloud session is over, the interfacing equipment can be used for other computing tasks.

TBR Survey: 66% of Decision Makers Purchased Cloud Services in 2012
Desire2Learn - And the Impact of Cloud Computing on Online Education · technavio-logo TechNavio Report: Green Data Center Market Reaping the World · Gartner_logo Gartner Predicts 4.2% Growth in IT spending in 2013 · Big Data · Cloud Storage ...

Logmein launches its Cubby cloud storage service
Logmein, which made its name in the remote desktop market, has been beta testing a cloud based storage and synchronisation service for months. Now the firm has released Cubby, a service that offers 5GB of free data storage and synchronisation, with the ...

Box's new partner program could yield benefits to enterprise customers
A new partner program from Box could help its end customers by making the cloud storage and file sharing service more broadly and easily integrated with third-party enterprise Web and mobile applications. The new program, called Box Partner Network, ...

Bitcasa unlimited cloud storage service makes full debut
For a limited time, users can now get a year of Bitcasa no-limit cloud storage for $69 (£44). Regular pricing of $99 per year (£64) will go back into effect in March. Those who don't want to commit to a full year can opt to pay $10 per month (£6.40 ...


Is Cloud Computing Really Right for Your Business?
Private clouds, hosted or on-premise, are rapidly becoming commonplace. More and more businesses are learning of cloud computing and seeing that running their own cloud is both feasible and potentially valuable. But due to a general lack of cloud ...

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Calculating the true cost of cloud outages

Calculating the true cost of cloud outages
These calculations demonstrate that you should understand the true cost of cloud outages as you move more of your processes and data to public cloud services. I've found that businesses either overestimate or underestimate the cost of outages. You need ...

Cloud computing 2.0: Where next for business?
In our first IT Pro report entitled Cloud Computing in 2012, we looked at what cloud is and pondered its potential for business transformation. We went into detail on cloud'basics' such as the difference between public and private clouds, IaaS vs SaaS ...


Get 25GB of free cloud storage from Box
Palm Beach Post
Try this: For a limited time, Box is offering 25GB of free cloud storage when you sign up for an account. Free for life. Free with no strings attached. Just plain free. I know, right? Typically a freebie Box account nets you only 5GB, so this is ...

PCI DSS cloud computing guidelines
Help Net Security
PCI Participating Organizations selected cloud computing as a key area to address via the SIG process. More than 100 global organizations representing banks, merchants, security assessors and technology vendors collaborated on this guidance designed ...

Help Net Security

Cobalt Data Centers opens hub for collocation, cloud computing
Las Vegas Review - Journal
Already, Cobalt has roughly a dozen customers including those in the cloud computing, voice over Internet protocol and health care industries. Any company that stores data electronically can be a customer of Cobalt's and other data centers, and they ...

Las Vegas Review - Journal

Don't Miss the Deal of the Day
25GB of Free Cloud Storage Is Your Deal of the Day Dropbox gives you 2GB of storage when you sign up. iCloud offers 5GB. While there are plenty of reasons to prefer those services, the storage space they offer is way less than what you can get with Box ...

Wipro Implements Dell Boomi to Solve Cloud Services Broker Issues
Talkin' Cloud
According to the announcement from the two companies, Wipro is using Boomi to deliver "true multidirectional dynamism, and enable businesses of all sizes to realize their transformative potential of cloud computing across business processes (BPaaS), ...

IBM gives cloud storage controls to corporate users
IBM adds 10Gbps Ethernet support to XIV. IBM also announced 10Gbps Ethernet on its XIV Storage System, a high-end, grid-based array that supports virtualized server, analytics and cloud computing environments. The 10Gbps Ethernet support will allow a ...

IBM Simplifies Big Data, Cloud Computing
Making it easier for organizations to quickly adopt and deploy big data and cloud computingsolutions, IBM (NYSE: IBM ) today announced major advances to its PureSystems family of expert integrated systems . Now, organizations challenged by limited IT ...

U.S. And U.K. Show Cloud Adoption Divide
In terms of age groups, 25 to 34-year-old people performed best on this question, with 33.8% claiming to know what cloud computing is. The same exercise found 63% of these U.S. respondents weren't able to recognize Dropbox, iTunes, Gmail or Microsoft's ...

Cloudyn tackles out-of-control AWS cloud storage spending
Cloudyn has a biggie that could shine a spotlight on a cloud sore spot. Cloud storage is one area that is well known for being quite expensive, oftentimes more expensive than doing storage in-house. Cloudyn is promising to give customers much better ...

Navigating the Security Maze for Cloud Computing
Cloud computing offers a value proposition that is different from traditional enterprise IT environments. By providing a way to exploit virtualization and aggregate computing resources, cloud computing can offer economies of scale that would otherwise ...

Businesses caught off-guard by cloud computing complexities
The Australian Financial Review
Approximately one third of executives surveyed reported that integrating cloud services with their existing IT infrastructure was more difficult than expected, which had lead to higher than expected implementation costs. In addition 30 per cent said ...

The Australian Financial Review

SMB cloud spending topped $45bn in 2012
Cloud hosting firm Parallels reported that 22 percent of SMBs are currently managing websites through cloud services, with another 30 percent of SMBs planning to adoptcloud-based website management tools by 2015. "Cloud computing has given SMBs access ...

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cloud Services quest for cost savings and reduced capex

Cloud Services: The quest for cost savings and reduced capex
The reality, however, is quite different. While the promise of cloud services and its benefits are beginning to be born out through the largest enterprises, many IT leaders are still testing the waters to determine if, in fact, cloud services and cloud ... gives users 10GB of cloud storage, its File API to set social data free
We thought had eyes only for Twitter when the project was funded and garnered its first 20,000 customers. Today, a post on the company blog reveals that its sights are set much higher than mere messaging. Rather than provide just an ad-free ...

Cloud Computing and Financial Services: A Roadmap for the Future of ...
American Banker (subscription)
This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the current and potential challenges faced by financial firms evaluating cloud solutions, including compliance enablement, security, and vendor performance. Presenters will sort out the misconceptions ...

DreamObjects Cloud Storage Platform Hits Production
The VAR Guy
DreamObjects is only one component of DreamHost's broader cloud-focused portfolio. The company also offers an OpenStack-based computing service called DreamCompute. By integrating storage services alongside cloud computing, DreamHost aims to ...

Automating business processes with cloud services | TechRepublic
By Jeff Cerny
For eight years, Eccentex has maintained its goal of allowing organizations to automate business processes using cloud services to reduce risk, increase efficiency, and improve customer service. The founders cut their teeth as pioneers of ...
The Enterprise Cloud Blog | TechRepublic

Awesome Azure Resources - ImagineCup - Site Home - MSDN Blogs: " . . . Cloud Services Try this step-by-step tutorial – How to Create and Deploy a Cloud Service Full list of step-by-step tutorials for Cloud Services can be found on this page Configure, monitor, and scale your Cloud Services in Windows Azure Some more advanced Cloud Service Tutorials on Windows Azure Dev Centre Checkout the Channel 9 Cloud Patterns video series for common patterns and practices in using Cloud Services Tutorial on how to create a Mobile-friendly REST service using ASP.NET Web API and SQL Database Get the latest news from our Cloud Services expert @haishibai2010. . . .  "

7 Great Unsolved Mysteries of Cloud Computing
4) Is cloud computing a step backwards in the openness movement? For more than a decade, enterprises and industry leaders have been hashing out standards, protocols and technologies that are more interchangeable and even hot-swappable. There's no ...


The next revolution in cloud computing
Software is a major—if often unsung—factor in the future of high-power computing. It will matter increasingly to businesses of all kinds as more and more products and services move into the cloud. "The line between high performance computing and ...


Oracle Has Big Plans To Beat Salesforce And Amazon In A $72 Billion Market
Business Insider
Cloud computing is a vast market, involving software apps, storage, computing power, and other resources. The infrastructure part of cloud usually involves providing the basic computing resources on which customers can run operating systems and ...

Business Insider

European public sector failing to embrace cloud computing
The European public sector has a great opportunity right now. Against the backdrop of the eurozone crisis and pressure to reduce operational budgets,cloud computing could well be the solution to the monumental challenge of delivering more with less.

Technology M&A - Trends For 2013 - #3: Cloud Computing
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)
The global M&A outlook for 2013 as a whole appears uncertain. Remark and mergermarket's "Doing the Deal" study shows less than 50% of Europe's leading dealmakers expect a rise in M&A activity over the coming 12 months, with lingering uncertainty and ...

Inktank Partners With eNovance to Support Ceph Cloud Storage
Marketwire (press release)
Ceph's open and revolutionary architecture, combining object and block storage, is uniquely designed to meet the most demanding enterprise cloud storage needs. Because eNovance specializes in Big Data and Open Source/Open Cloud environments, they ...

Panzura Sees Gains for its Global Cloud Storage Platform
Data Center Knowledge
Cloud storage solutions company Panzura announced a banner year for its Global Cloud StoragePlatform, certification from Cisco for its UCS E Server, and a successful customer implementation. Strong adoption in 2012. The global cloud storage solution ...

EarthLink To Offer More Cloud Services
Channel Partners
EarthLink will expand its IT services offerings by deploying Virtustream's xStream enterprise cloudsoftware solution. xStream will help EarthLink offer SMB customers an expanded set of enterprise-class cloud services for applications that require ...

Cloud Storage
What are the disadvantages of Cloud Storage? Customers with 3G/4G Connections Such as Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular , AT&T need to watch out for the Cloud Services because many will constantly sync your data back and forth ...


Cloud Computing - Cloud World Series
Cloud World 2013 - 2nd Annual Cloud Computing conference in New York on 18th and 19th ...Transform your infrastructure for deploying robust Cloud services ...

AWS adds video transcoding to cloud services ... Amazon Web Services, the cloud arm of, has added video transcoding to its .... Hybrid IT Service Management: A Requirement for Virtualisation and Cloud Computing - Read now ...

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

How Cloud Computing Is Disrupting Businesses

How Cloud Computing Is Disrupting Businesses Everywhere: " . . . cloud is a disruptive technology, but now let’s talk about how it’s altering your business. Now I know what you’re thinking, this doesn’t or won’t ever affect me. In reality, cloud computing isn’t just changing the role of developers; it is changing the role of your marketers, your sales force. And in the coming years, even the roles that having seemingly nothing to do with cloud will be affected. There are of course the skeptics, but here are a few ways it’ll transform the business. IT for Everyone It’s no longer up to the IT department to make decisions on which software will be used. Shadow IT is lurking in every department where 30% of IT spending being done is happening outside the official IT budget. You don’t need any approval; just a credit card and a third party service provider can deliver your department the cloud computing software it needs to run quicker. . . ."

Cloud computing for small businesses: it's time to follow the herd
The Guardian (blog)
When it comes to embracing cloud computing, the main worry on most people's minds is security. By accessing cloud services over the internet, you are sharing them with people and organisations that you don't know, possibly including business competitors.

The Guardian (blog)

OVF 2.0 Takes On Cloud Lock-In Worries
It can embed this information in the combined package of files that represents a cloud computingworkload so that it may be used by the next cloud service, or it can be kept external to the package. That would allow the networking information to be ...

SugarSync Targets SMBs With Unlimited Cloud Storage
PC Magazine
With small companies and startups throwing their data at the cloud with tremendous force, cloud storage providers are competing hard for their business. SugarSync, which owns the cloud-based file syncing program of the same name, today announced a ...

Investors open gates for 'online but off-cloud' storage device
Traditional hardware storage is not connected to the internet which makes it challenging to share and sync data, while cloud options can be expensive and unreliable for people with large storage needs. The Transporter bridges the gap between the two.

Cloud Services Provider Tier 3 Names New CEO
Cloud services provider Tier 3 named veteran technology executive Matthew Schiltz as its president and CEO. Schiltz most recently was CEO of Symform, a Seattle-based cloud storage provider. He also was at the helm of startups DocuSign and CourtLink.

The cloud computing market forecast for 2013: Experts predict what to expect
Subscribe today to ensure you receive the premier issue of this online magazine focused exclusively on building enterprise data centers, while keeping an eye on tectonic shifts in trends like cloud computing, virtualization and consumerization. You'll ...

State of Cloud Computing: Cloud PBX
Business 2 Community
Internal telephone networks, switches, wires, and other equipment used to make up a significant part of the enterprise infrastructure. The rise of cloud computing has changed this and nowadays you have a cloud computing alternative to consider, as with ...

Major Security Issues with Cloud Computing Being Ignored
However, one issue which is being ignored by the vast majority of organisation is security, with a Pricewaterhouse Coopers survey from last year showing that more than three quarters of respondents across a range of companies believed cloud computing...

The Biggest Pitfall in Cloud Computing: Security
CloudTweaks News
Technology is not without its pitfalls even if it has so many benefits, especially if it is not used properly. Cloud computing is no exception; in fact a lot of people think that cloud computing has more pitfalls than the current solutions that they ...

TeleProviders Delivers Presentation on How to Choose a Cloud Services ...
PR Web (press release)
TeleProviders Inc., a premier communications and technology solutions provider, announced that its Regional Manager Donna Kruse and Director of Converged Cloudand Data Services Jo Peterson, presented at the San Diego Technology Symposium in...

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cloud Computing Law: Balancing Privacy and Investigation

Cloud Computing Law: Balancing Privacy and Investigation | Field Law - JDSupra: " . . . the court was asked by the US government to deliver that data to American prosecutors who are pursuing charges against Megaupload for criminal infringement of copyright, conspiracy to infringe copyright, money laundering and racketeering. In last week’s decision, Canada (United States of America) v. Equinix Inc., 2013 ONSC 193, the court denied this request, indicating that the massive volume of data meant that the scope of the investigation should be narrowed to just that information that is the target of the search, rather than the entire contents of the data trove. However, the judge did not deny that the evidence should be delivered. . . . and it is only a matter of time and negotiation to determine the scope of the search, rather than an absolute denial of the request. . . ."

Enterprise Cloud Services Market Ready to Take Off
Channel Partners
The report also details a five-year forecast of cloud services revenue worldwide, split into four enterprise size segments, four channels to market, eight geographical regions and 12 countries. Enterprise cloud services are predicted to grow at a ...

The Future of Higher Education and Cloud Computing - Edudemic
For 2013, cloud computing has become one of the most buzzed-about tech trends and solutions that improves IT and operational efficiency for businesses.

Cloud computing law puts Canadian users at risk of snooping by American spies
Ottawa Citizen
Cloud computing involves individuals, companies and governments outsourcing computing needs to companies like Google and Microsoft at far less cost than operating similar in-house services. Internet-based cloud services range from email, such as ...

Roundup of Cloud Computing & Enterprise Software Market Estimates and ...
When the CEO of a rust-belt manufacturer speaks of cloud computing as critical to his company's business strategies for competing globally, it's clear a fundamental shift is underway. Nearly every manufacturing company I've spoken with in the last ...


SAP expands partner program to account for cloud applications
Download it today! | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ] Partners "now have the opportunity to tackle the fast-growing cloud market and offer best-of-breedcloud solutions and suites to their installed base ...

The cloud is coming to your business, like it or not
We've known for some time that cloud computing is showing up in all enterprises, with or without CIO approval. Although shortsighted CIOs push back hard on those who use cloud services such as Dropbox or Google Apps, CIOs who "get it" are using this ...

Cloud Based Digital Asset Management Picks up Momentum
Early Friday, Wisconsin based Widen Enterprises announced that its cloud-based digital asset management solution (DAM), Media Collective, will be adopted by WAGO Corporation, a German company that manufactures components for electrical connection ...

Cloud Computing and Your Small Biz: Is It a Match Made in Heaven?
Smart Data Collective
Since cloud services are delivered over the Internet and hosted on servers that essentially are shared by subscribers of the service, a discussion of cloud computing isn't complete without addressing security concerns. As a small business owner, be ...

Amazon Offers Video Conversion Over The Cloud
As cloud has been proven to be the best for hosting any kind of data, Amazon has taken the serious steps to provide almost any kind of heavy data which can be seamlessly integrated to the cloud and can be streamed to any mobile or handheld devices.

BT launches BT Cloud storage service, runs risk of music industry wrath
BT has launched its BT Cloud online storage service for its own broadband customers, which works with apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android, giving subscribers remote access to their own files. All good so far. However, as points ...

BT launches cloud storage service for broadband subscribers
Digital Spy UK
BT has entered the cloud storage sector with the launch of a service for its broadband customers. BT Cloud can be used to store photos, videos, music and other media, and can be accessed on the move via companion apps for iOS and Android. BT logo ...

IBM Delivers New Software and Cloud Services to Accelerate Social ...
IBM Press Room - IBM today announced new software and cloud-based ... IBM Delivers New Software and Cloud Services to Accelerate Social Business ...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Free cloud services to help you run your business

16 cheap (and free) cloud services to help you run your business
In that process, I've been slowly moving away from non-cloud to cloud based solutions for a host of different reasons such as easy access to information wherever I am, backup, upgradeless software, and lower cost. This is the list of tools I use ...


Attorneys Advise IT Contracts for Cloud Services Cover Relevant Health Care ...
Bloomberg BNA
Contracts for cloud-based information technology services should reflect the changing way IT services are being purchased for health care organizations and focus on specific issues inherent to how cloud services are delivered, attorneys advised during ...

IBM relying on more cloud services, software to accelerate social business
ORLANDO -- IBM giving its social business strategy a significant push this week through a nearly week-long conference along with the debut of several new software and cloud services products. Announced at the start of IBM Connect 2013 on Monday ...

The State of Cloud Computing Around the World: Canada
CloudTimes (blog)
Banking in the Cloud - The Financial Service Industry And Their Security Concerns · adobe-creative-cloud Adobe Creative Cloud - Review · CloudTimes logo-Short-nb News Digest December 30, 2012 · Big Data · Cloud Storage · Google · Cloud Providers ...

Nikon Image Space offers free 2GB cloud storage for all—and more for Nikon ...
Nikon Image Space, which goes live January 28, is a new cloud-storage service that allows photographers to store or share images or video using one of two types of free accounts. The basic account, available to anyone regardless of the type of camera ...

Cloud essentials: understanding the basics of cloud computing
Digital Trends
Get caught up in the cloud with a simple explanation of how cloud computing works, plus see comparisons of various cloud services. Although no longer quite the buzzword that it was back in 2011, it's clear that the cloud is here to stay, even though ...

Wireless Google Signals Secure Cloud Services
But big picture time: how does this affect cloud services and cloud providers? In a word, it means ubiquity and greater reliance on the public cloud utility. When it comes to the public cloud, users will demand greater security, since shared airspace ...

Cloud Computing Skills Sorely Needed in Workforce
IDC consulting has produced a cloud-based worker study for Microsoft, and the focus is on how new skill sets are still not prevalent enough in the workforce. More cloud-ready, if you will, workers are needed to fill many positions as businesses ...


Cisco and Cloud Storage Firm NetApp Extend Partnership, Deepen FlexPod ...
Web Host Industry Review
Cisco and cloud storage provider NetApp announced on Thursday an extension of their 10-year long partnership that will see the companies deepen integration around the FlexPod architecture data center configuration. Cisco and NetApp will unify branch ...

Cloud computing survey
Lexology (registration)
In the closing months of last year we conducted a survey of our clients as to their views on the benefits and risks of cloud computing. Admittedly, conducting surveys of IT professionals and business executives regarding their views on cloud computing ...

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Cloud Computing Is Disrupting Businesses Everywhere

How Cloud Computing Is Disrupting Businesses Everywhere
Business 2 Community
In reality, cloud computing isn't just changing the role of developers; it is changing the role of your marketers, your sales force. And in the coming years, even the roles that having seemingly nothing to do with cloud will be affected. There are of ...

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Is it Time to Mandate Cloud Storage Preservation?
Should cloud storage guaranty associations be required by law, as insurance guaranty associations are? Maybe that'll have to ... Many of which, scattered on various cloud services, are not faring as well as my 2002 Radio UserLand blog. Jon Udell is an ...

VMware Will Ride The Cloud Computing Market Wave In Q4
Seeking Alpha
This will enable EMC and VMware to focus on their core competencies while pursuing the growingcloud services market. The BYOD Opportunity. VMware leads the BYOD revolution with its View Mobile Secure Desktop offering which provides a safe and ...
BitTorrent to Launch Cloud Storage Service
Web Host Industry Review
With the new BitTorrent Sync will compete against the Mega service, as well as popular cloud storage services like Dropbox, Amazon, and Google. “We're hoping that users like you can help us build something sick,” BitTorrent said in a blog post. “If you ...
Cloud Connection: Seven Steps To Effective Public Cloud Services
CRN (blog)
Page 1 of 2. Today, business adoption of cloud computing is on the rise and expected to increase. In fact, Gartner predicts the worldwide market for public cloud services will experience 100 percent growth by 2016, significantly outpacing overall IT ...

State of Cloud Computing: SaaS
Business 2 Community
State of Cloud Computing: SaaS image saas If your business has stayed informed on the trends of cloud computing, there is no doubt Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has come to mind. Software has traditionally provided significant overhead for IT, from ...

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Healthcare Cloud Computing Market is Expected to Reach USD 6.79 Billion ...
The Herald |
The rising costs of delivering healthcare services to the patient community helped the healthcare industry to evolve as one of the largest industries with trillions of dollars spent within the public and private sector. Aging population and global ...

Businesses Save Money by Storing Files in Clouds
LAPTOP Magazine recently highlighted how using cloud services can save businesses money. ... Spiceworks has found that 52 percent of the businesses in its survey used some type of file sharing service while 62 percent used general cloud services.


Microsoft could help save Dell to further its own cloud ambitions
Indeed, both Microsoft and Dell have ambitious cloud computing aspirations -- understandably so as we witness the shift from the personal PC era to the virtual desktop era, where users care more about 24/7 access to their apps and data than they do ...

Dimension Data Aims to Accelerate Cloud Migration
Talkin' Cloud
Dimension Data hopes to move along enterprise adoption of and migration to cloud with a suite of new cloud readiness services. The information and communications technology provider has been ramping up its cloud offerings by consolidating its cloud ...

IBM's cloud computing business boosts earnings, Dow Jones index
Gains in its cloud computing business helped IBM (NYSE: IBM) beat Wall Street expectations for its fourth quarter earnings released late Tuesday, according to a report by the AP. IBM posted a net income of $5.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, up ...

Venture capitalist Mark Ashida takes reins at cloud storage startup Symform
That's what is occurring at Symform, the cloud storage and backup startup which just last week scored $3 million in fresh funding. Today, the company is announcing that Mark Ashida, a former partner at OVP Venture Partners, has replaced Matthew Schiltz ...

Cloud Computing: Fast Facts
Business 2 Community
Cloud Computing: Fast Facts image cloud computing 300x189 Making the switch from hardware to the cloud is a decision that requires a lot of thinking. While there are a lot of pros that can be said, there are also some cons which may affect the way a ...

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InsightCloud UK to Expand Cloud Services via Datapipe Partnership
Web Host Industry Review
Both companies are working together to help customers in running their businesses more cost-effectively via the benefits of cloud computing. Datapipe's cloud solution enables organizations to move their data to self-service cloud environments, cloud ...

Cloud Computing, HANA Database Sales Boost SAP's Q4 Revenue
Reaping the benefits of its initiatives in cloud computing, mobile technology and its HANA in-memory database, software giant SAP Wednesday reported double-digit growth for its fourth-quarter and fiscal 2012 sales. SAP also is undergoing a ...

Cloud Computing: Fast Facts - Yahoo! Small Business Advisor
Cloud Computing: Fast Facts image cloud computing 300x189 Cloud Computing: Fast FactsMaking the switch from hardware to the cloud is a decision that ...

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