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Google Announces Intent to Acquire Xively for $50 Million



Written by David Marshall

Google has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Xively, a division of LogMeIn, Inc. for $50 million.

To better set the stage for the growing market landscape, the company said by 2020, it's estimated that about 20 billion connected things will come online, and analytics and data storage in the cloud are now the cornerstone of any successful IoT solution. 

Google stated the deal will "complement" its Google Cloud efforts to provide a fully managed IoT service that easily and securely connects, manages, and ingests data from globally dispersed devices. Adding, "With the addition of Xively's robust, enterprise-ready IoT platform, we can accelerate our customers' timeline from IoT vision to product, as they look to build their connected business."

The People Who Continue To Grow Their Fortunes Using Cloud Technology

Article Written by Sally Perkins



Cloud technology is hot business right now. 2017 saw American businesses budget $1.77 million on cloud based storage, while IT departments are anticipated to house just 40% of their apps and platforms on in-house systems in 2018. Evidence that the need for cloud technology continues to grow across the world. Utilizing cloud systems is a sound investment for any organization as it's cost-effective, secure and trustworthy. Therefore, in a world where it's important to maintain reliable and secure systems, now is the time to take the plunge and use the cloud. Afterall, multiple entrepreneurs across the world have made their fortunes from this technology. 

 

How technology can help your business to save money

In the competitive world of business, it is vital that you have plenty of funds to support your grand ambitions. Otherwise, you could be forced to take out a hefty loan, scale back your plans, and even declare bankruptcy. If you are determined to avoid this, you need to make sure that you are always bringing in more money than you are handing out. Striking the right balance will be much easier if you evaluate your outgoing costs and identify any areas where you could be saving money. Luckily, technology provides you with plenty of opportunities to cut your costs. Below are four examples that will help you to feel inspired.  

Technology can help you to take control of your finances

First and foremost, technology can help you to take control of your finances. This is an essential part of running a successful business and is not something to be overlooked. Instead of rifling through messy piles of receipts and invoices, digitizing your information will help you to avoid mistakes and make more accurate predictions. Online banking is also a great idea if you want to keep a close eye on every transaction that is taking place. In addition to this, you can use excel to create databases that represent outgoing costs such as your monthly wages. Just make sure that you visit excel semi pro before you move forward with this plan. That way, you will have all of the necessary information at your disposal.

Walmart goes to the cloud to close gap with Amazon

Grazed from Reuters. Author: Nandita Bose

One of Walmart Inc’s best chances at taking on Amazon.com Inc in e-commerce lies with six giant server farms, each larger than ten football fields.

These facilities, which cost Walmart millions of dollars and took nearly five years to build, are starting to pay off. The retailer’s online sales have been on a tear for the last three consecutive quarters, far outpacing wider industry growth levels.

Powering that rise are thousands of proprietary servers that enable the company to crunch almost limitless swathes of customer data in-house.

Most retailers rent the computing capacity they need to store and manage such information. But Walmart’s decision to build its own internal cloud network shows its determination to grab a bigger slice of online shopping, in part by imitating Amazon’s use of cloud-powered big data to drive digital sales.

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Quali CloudShell Now Available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Grazed from Quali

Quali, a leading provider of on-demand, self-service environments for Cloud and DevOps and a Silver level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced that its CloudShell automation and orchestration software is now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace offering added value to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure customers. CloudShell sandbox automation platform provides the ability to certify with confidence any enterprise application deployed on the Oracle Cloud while minimizing the cost of infrastructure consumption for the customer.

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a one-stop shop for Oracle customers seeking trusted business applications and service providers offering unique business solutions, including ones that extend Oracle Cloud Applications. Oracle Cloud is the industry's broadest and most complete public cloud, delivering enterprise-grade services at every level of the cloud technology stack including software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

 

Aria Systems Unveils Cloud Billing Industry Trends to Watch in 2018

Grazed from Aria Systems

Aria Systems, the leader in helping enterprises grow subscription and usage-based revenue, today released its list of top cloud billing industry trends to watch in 2018. As businesses move to the cloud, cloud billing is also poised to grow due to its role as a key enabler for recurring revenue and subscription and consumption-based usage models. According to a recent study by analyst firm MarketsandMarkets, the cloud billing market is estimated to grow to $16.59 billion by 2021. In this category, Aria predicts the following trends for this year: 

Billing becomes more complex as consumption-based models grow and customer choice reigns.  The increase in highly-tailored services and products -- like the "per-second" service pricing introduced by AWS last year -- will make the billing process more intricate than ever. New regulations in Europe and other countries will add new privacy rules into billing, further complicating workflows. End-customers will still demand ease-of-use and an intuitive experience, so billing models need to adapt to meet these expectations while handling increased complexity on the back end.

Cloud Foundry Announces Initial Schedule for 2018 North America Summit in Boston



Cloud Foundry Foundation
, home of a family of open source projects including Cloud Foundry Application Runtime, Cloud Foundry Container Runtime and Cloud Foundry BOSH, today announced the initial schedule, including keynote speakers, for the North American Cloud Foundry Summit, April 18-20, 2018 at the Boston Convention Center. With standard pricing ending February 9, registration will increase $200 to $845.

The keynote line-up includes:

  • Matt Curry, Director, Director of Cloud Engineering, Allstate Insurance Co.
  • Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation
  • Chip Childers, CTO, Cloud Foundry Foundation
  • Subbu Allamaraju, Vice President, Cloud, Expedia Inc.
  • Kelsey Hightower, Staff Developer Advocate, Google
  • Gabe Monroy, Lead Principal Program Manager, Containers, and Carolyn van Slyck, Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft
  • Demos from the Pivotal software engineering team
  • Andy Rosequist, Director of IT Operations, ZipCar

Pivot3 Accelerates Hyperconverged Infrastructure Sales with More Than 65 Percent Growth

Grazed from Pivot3

Pivot3 today announced it experienced accelerated growth in 2017, including significant traction among multi-workload environments in data centers and smart city and safe city initiatives. In 2017, Pivot3's sales increased by more than 65 percent from the first half to the second half of the year, reflecting the increased market demand for high-performance products like Pivot3's Acuity platform and purpose-built appliances for streaming media.

"We saw incredible sales acceleration this past quarter, with Pivot3 emerging as the only private technology company capable of taking on the large, public IT companies with a platform that can support the most demanding applications," said Ron Nash, CEO, Pivot3. "We built our HCI platform for the future, with deeply-embedded intelligence and simplicity for the evolving datacenter -- a capability that is resonating with major enterprises looking to manage multiple applications on one HCI platform, as well as governments embarking on large-scale smart city and safe city initiatives. The message is clear: when customers have a demanding IT initiative, they turn to Pivot3."

ViewSonic Boosts its Popular SC-T25 Based Raspberry Pi Thin Client with Enterprise-Grade Citrix Workspace Hub Features

Grazed from ViewSonic

ViewSonic Corp. announced a major platform update to its SC-T25 Citrix Ready workspace hub (previously known as Citrix HDX Ready Pi). Effective March 31, 2018, ViewSonic will be offering the Citrix Ready workspace hub update as a technical preview available for download on ViewSonic.com. Added workspace hub features include: beacon-based session roaming, QR code login, and Citrix Casting. Citrix Casting will enable seamless and secure session roaming from a mobile device to any display connected to the workspace hub. For the first time, with these additional tools, a wide variety of new uses are supported in the healthcare, finance, and enterprise markets.

The new Citrix Ready workspace hub update means the already popular and high- performing SC-T25 will deliver even more compelling enterprise capabilities. Using secure login credentials presented in a phone or mobile device, users can seamlessly connect to their virtual workspace, simply based on proximity to an available ViewSonic SC-T25 workspace hub device. This will eliminate the need for manual login and network authentication, providing tremendous time-saving and productivity advantages for healthcare clinicians, financial analysts, and general knowledge workers in the enterprise space.

How to Keep Your Finger on the Business Pulse

Running a business asks a lot of any entrepreneur; taking care of premises, employees, legalities, finances, accounts, taxes - and all of that on top of the core function of your company. It can be hard to find the time to keep all those balls in the air without working yourself into the ground, but there is one more thing you need to be doing. There is a plus side to this extra task, as it could be one of your key tools for keeping ahead of your opposition and saving time and money.

Current awareness

A rather fancy term which essentially involves keeping up to date with news and developments that are relevant to business and your particular niche. The reason it's so important is that without knowing what's happening and which new technologies are currently in development, you risk being left behind by the early implementers, and losing both the opportunity to win new business and information that could improve your productivity.