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Sizing the cloud: How to adapt service subscription to your company size?

Article Written by Sean Westbrook

Using the cloud to scale

Building a business in today's day and age means adapting your company to the cloud. The future is in the cloud, that much is clear, and businesses will be able to set themselves apart from one another and gain competitive advantages by how well, fast and efficiently they can integrate the many advantages of cloud into their daily operations. And one of the key areas that cloud can help you manage your business is by providing key tools that will make scaling your business that much easier.

First, let's take a broad look at the cloud and its future. Morgan Stanley predicts that Microsoft cloud products will make up 30% of the company's revenue by 2018. Amazon Web Services continue to climb at impressive rates, and worldwide spending on public cloud services is set to balloon from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to $141 billion in 2019.

GigaSpaces Plans Spinoff of Cloudify Division to Focus on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Management and Network Orchestration

Grazed from GigaSpaces

GigaSpaces Technologies announced today that it will spin off Cloudify, its orchestration and cloud management platform business unit, into a new company focused on the fast-growing market for management and orchestration of cloud applications and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Planning for the move began in 2016, driven by strong growth of the Cloudify product line in core enterprise cloud markets, as well as success in entering the carrier network orchestration market. It allows the new Cloudify entity to dedicate engineering, product development, marketing and customer support activities to the cloud market segment. GigaSpaces, with its long-standing track record in the in-memory computing market, will continue to capitalize on its technology investments and innovation in its XAP and InsightEdge product lines.

 

The dangers of cloud computing: Is your information safe?

Grazed from NYDailyNews. Author: Mike Rogers.

The “Cloud”. You may have heard of it and no, I don’t mean those fluffy things in the sky. But what is it? How does it work? And what does it mean for you and your family? You may be surprised to realize that you and your family likely use the cloud almost every day. Have you uploaded a photo to Instagram?

Well, it’s now in the cloud. How about backing up your iPhone to the iCloud? That’s a little obvious, but yes, you’ve backed up your photos, contacts, and notes to a cloud. The cloud is the latest way of storing information and using services on the internet, but its origins go back to the 1950’s...

Microsoft joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Grazed from Microsoft. Author: John Gossman.

I’m excited to share that we have just joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Platinum member. CNCF is a part of the Linux Foundation, which helps govern for a wide range of cloud-oriented open source projects, such as Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing, Fluentd, Linkerd, containerd, Helm, gRPC, and many others. Since we joined the Linux Foundation last year, and now have decided to expand that relationship to CNCF membership as a natural next step to invest in open source communities and code at multiple levels, especially in the area of containers. Some specific examples include:

* Kubernetes: Microsoft has been contributing code to the Kubernetes project, as well as running Kubernetes as part of the Azure Container Service. Engineering manager and architect Brendan Burns is one of the Kubernetes project maintainers.

* Helm: The Helm project was started by Deis before being acquired by Microsoft and continues to be developed and improved by Microsoft engineers. Adam Reese, Michelle Noorali, and Matt Butcher are all project maintainers...

Read more from the source @ https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-cncf/

How can Blockchain Improve Cloud Computing?

Grazed from iEx.ec. Author: Editorial Staff.

There is a growing demand for computing power from scientific communities and industries to run large applications and process huge volumes of data. The computing power to run Big Data application is most often provided by HPC and Cloud infrastructures. Blockchains like Ethereum offer a new approach to run distributed applications.

Ethereum allows programmer to write smart contracts, that is code which is executed on the blockchain virtual machine, whenever some transactions are fired. Thus, the Ethereum blockchain provides a distributed runtime environment with distributed consensus over the execution as well as resiliency. These features are quite unique and the possibilities are yet to be discovered...

Where Does Cloud Hosting Fit into the Hosting Product Mix?

Most early users of web hosting opt for what's known as a shared hosting plan. This type of plan provides access to a server along with many hundreds of other user accounts which share both the resources and available bandwidth of that single server. Performance is disappointing in most cases and one quickly outgrows the slow page loading times. Looking beyond shared hosting, there are a number of other hosting options that are viable for mid-size and large websites that require something more specialized.

Let's look at the hosting choices available for SMEs.

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Capsule8 Launches Beta Release of Industry's Only Threat Prevention and Response Platform for Cloud-Native Environments

Grazed from Capsule8

Capsule8 today launched the beta version of Capsule8 Protect, the industry's first threat prevention and response platform purpose-built for cloud-native environments. Capsule8 Protect brings continuous security to an enterprise's production environment, allowing them to detect and shut down attacks in the instant they happen. The company is conducting private demonstrations of its beta product at Black Hat USA from July 22-27.

Organizations are rapidly shifting toward containerized and microservice architectures. However, this explosive growth brings significant challenges that require solutions to simplify and automate complex security requirements for this next-generation infrastructure. Existing solutions such as security appliances, which rely on IP or host names for monitoring, simply don't work in the dynamic world of containers. Meanwhile container-focused security solutions provide some vulnerability scanning and threat alerting, but cannot protect large amounts of the legacy infrastructure or actually stop attacks from happening.
 

Packet Launches Edge Compute Service to Power Distributed Workloads

Grazed from Packet

Packet, the leading bare metal cloud for developers, today launched a new Edge Compute service with 11 additional global locations and a dynamic spot-market based pricing feature. The service expands upon Packet’s existing bare metal cloud and is targeted at latency specific workloads and software innovators that require global access to un-opinionated infrastructure without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy.

New locations include Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, Ashburn, Atlanta, Toronto, Frankfurt, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Sydney - with Paris, London, Sao Paulo, and Mumbai coming online by October. This expands upon Packet’s existing footprints in New York Metro, Sunnyvale, Amsterdam, and Tokyo.

The new Edge Compute locations feature a single powerful server configuration - a “Type 1E” instance based on an Intel SkyLake processor - as well as Packet’s full networking and infrastructure automation suite. Instances are deployable within minutes via API, standard DevOps tools or the Packet portal, and take advantage of a new spot market feature for demand-driven pricing. Customers can leverage their own IP space, deploy global anycast networks and build custom Layer 2 or SD-WAN networks across Packet’s scalable transit and transport network.
 

The Virtual eXchange becomes DSM's Newest Partner to Deliver Robust Cloud Offering

Grazed from DSM Technology Consultants and The Virtual eXchange

DSM Technology Consultants, a leading organization in the Managed Cloud Computing space announced today that it has entered into an agreement to partner with The Virtual eXchange (TVX), an Atlanta based master agent of telephony and next generation technologies.  This Master Agent Agreement will allow the TVX Ecosystem of partners the competitive advantage of offering a robust Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) delivered cloud platform to their customers, from the DSM portfolio of Cloud Services.

The DSM Cloud is built on enterprise grade HPE gear and offers a convenient, single pane of glass to manage workloads on premise, in DSM's cloud (private and virtual private) and in the public clouds.   DSM's Cloud portal features an end user orchestration engine that allows customers the ability to have complete control of their IT environments. The DSM Cloud allows the user the ability to automate and manage virtual machines using both ESX (VMWare) & KVM (OpenStack) as well as Docker containers.  This functionality is conveniently managed all within a single environment.
 

The Cloud Vs. In-House Infrastructure: Deciding Which Is Best For Your Organization

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Alex Lesser.

Fueled by mounting storage requirements, ease of use, automatic software updates and users’ thirst for limitless access and maximum flexibility, cloud computing has grown exponentially over the past several years. In fact, since 2009, spending on cloud computing has been growing at a rate that is 4.5 times faster than the rate of IT spending, and it's expected to exceed six times the rate from 2015 to 2020.

This is certainly because there are many situations in which utilizing the cloud makes sense. The most obvious would be in a small startup operating on a lean budget where cash flow is tight. This is because cloud computing allows access to resources without large capital expenditures. The cloud can also be an option for enterprises of all sizes as it relates to disaster recovery...