December 2013

SAP Plans to Bolster Korean Alliances to Hasten Cloud Switch

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Jungah Lee & Cornelius Rahn.

SAP AG (SAP), the biggest maker of business-management software, plans to step up cooperation with Samsung Group to overcome a slump in Asia and speed its transition to cloud computing. “Cloud is one of the future trends that we are trying to bring into Korea,” co-Chief Executive Officer Jim Hagemann Snabe said in an interview in Seoul today. “Samsung plays an important role in making sure that their handsets are optimized for SAP software.”

The Walldorf, Germany-based software giant is also in talks with local Samsung rival LG Electronics Inc. (066570) and mobile operators including SK Telecom Co. and KT Corp. to speed the adoption of its next-generation Hana database technology and cloud service in South Korea...

SAFECode and the CSA release guidance for secure development of cloud applications

Grazed from CIOL. Author: Editorial Staff.

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and the Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode) released new guidance for the secure development of cloud applications. The paper, "Practices for Secure Development of Cloud Applications" aims to provide practical secure development recommendations in the context of critical threats specific to cloud computing.

SAFECode and CSA partnered to determine whether additional software security guidance was needed to address unique threats to cloud computing, and if so, to identify specific security practices in the context of identified threats. The joint technical working group analyzed existing secure software development practices and secure design considerations as outlined in the SAFECode publication "Fundamental Practices for Secure Software Development 2nd Edition" in the context of CSA guidance, including "The Notorious Nine: Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2013."...

Faux Cloud And Missed Opportunities - Government Cloud Done Wrong

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ben Kepes.

Globally more and more Governments are leveraging the benefits that cloud services can bring – the level of adoption and understanding however varies greatly across different countries and even states – one would have thought that countries late to adopt would avoid making the mistakes that some of the early-adopters made – experience shows that this is sadly not the case. With the US and the UK adopting high-profile cloud initiatives, there’s lots of experience to take advantage of.

I took the opportunity recently to sit down for a coffee with Ian Apperley, a New Zealand cloud consultant who does a lot of work in the public sector. It’s always interesting to talk with practitioners, all the more so when they’re helping organizations move to the cloud in my home country – my focus tends to be international and often I’m out of touch with what goes on at home – apart from an involvement helping get the Cloud Computing Code of Practice up and running (more information here), my domestic awareness is limited...

Cloud computing: the (open) secret of success

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Editorial Staff.

“One out of five organisations have discovered a secret source of competitive differentiation. It allows them to serve customers in new ways and re-imagine their business models. It can help surface valuable insights from their data and transform how they make decisions. It enables them to tap expertise from across their entire ecosystem.”

Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? And it is wonderful. Trouble is, it’s no secret any more. It’s a well-established way of delivering IT services and its called cloud computing.  However that didn’t stop IBM - in a just-released white paper 'Under cloud cover: How leaders are accelerating competitive differentiation’ - talking up cloud computing as if it had discovered some hitherto unknown panacea for all the woes of the IT world...

Google Compute Engine opens to the world

Grazed from Cloud Computing Intelligence.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Google announced on their official Google cloud platform blog that they will be taking the Google Compute Engine (GCE) out of beta and releasing a full-supported version with support for a wider range of Linux operating systems, including SUSE and Red Hat, as well as the ability to get upgrades and do maintenance while online, and lower prices

The Google Cloud Platform was released into beta June 2012 and has been popular with developers but it was limited in its use, by being hampered by a lack of OS support and the need to keep taking the solution down to do basic maintenance and upgrades. However those limitations didn’t put off names like Snapchat, Cooladata, Mendelics, Evite and Wix from building systems on the Compute Engine or businesses like SaltStack, Wowza, Rightscale, Qubole, Red Hat, SUSE, and Scalr producing new integrations with the Compute Engine...

HP Launches New Investing Plans For The Move To The Cloud

Grazed from CruxialCIO.  Author: Brian T. Horowitz.

Hewlett-Packard’s Financial Services division has announced new financing options to help companies migrate to a cloud-computing platform.  HP introduced Accelerated Migration to Cloud, which helps companies establish a way to retire and upgrade IT infrastructure. It allows companies to form a timeline on migrating to the cloud.

HP purchases customers’ assets and leases them back to customers to fund the transition. Customers’ assets are upgraded when customers make the move to the cloud.  With cloud computing becoming an important part of IT infrastructure, companies will need ways to finance the migration...

Experts Offer Advice for Developing Secure Cloud Applications

Grazed from DarkReading. Author: Brian Prince.

Building security into the application development process has always been a challenge. The reality of cloud computing however introduces new hurdles that need to be identified and climbed.   In a new paper, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and the Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode) joined forces to release guidance to help developers navigate the sometimes troubled waters of application security. The report is focuses on security considerations for platform-as-a-service (PaaS), though the authors say the advice in the paper is relevant to software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) as well.

"Among all of the cloud security challenges, this report is focused on the challenges faced by software developers who are developing applications for the cloud," says Eric Baize, senior director of the product security office with EMC. "Most of the activities required to develop secure software for the cloud are identical to the fundamental security practices required for any software. However, cloud has some unique characteristics that demand some customization of these practices."...

Cloud Computing: Software Services Instead of Servers

Grazed from Midsize Insider.  Author: Jason Hannula.

As cloud computing has been making its way up the IT food chain from infrastructure-as-a-service through platform to software services, it has been disrupting standard practices in IT shops. Just as infrastructure decisions are no longer focused entirely on the internal physical server life cycle, provisioning of enterprise software options is competing with external software service vendors. Patrick Thibodeau reported on ComputerWorld that 25 to 30 percent of server shipments in 2014 are destined for cloud services providers, with projections that that figure will rise to 45 percent by 2017. Meanwhile, IT managers report that they are actively reducing the number of in-house servers they manage or, at a minimum, are reducing their rate of acquisition.

Two trends are responsible for these changes: The continual consolidation of server infrastructure and the virtualization of software services. These trends are expected to negatively affect revenue for physical server vendors by 3.5 percent next year. With advancing big data initiatives and increasing macroeconomic activity, it is unlikely that reductions in server vendor revenue is the result of a drop in total computing requirements. Instead, the increased efficiencies in utilization of existing server infrastructure is slowing the need to acquire new servers...

$1.3 Billion Cloud Computing Service Delivery Deal Struck Between IBM, Dexia and Other European Financial Institutes

Grazed from GreatResponder.  Author: Maria Dehn.

IBM (NYSE:IBM) succeeded in getting the contract for managing the IT infrastructure of many financial institutes in Europe including Dexia (EBR:DEXB). IBM will manage the IT infrastructure of these companies and will migrate the services in the cloud to pave the way for cloud based services of these financial organizations across Europe. – This announcement was made public by IBM through a statement. The statement says that IBM will take charge of the IT infrastructure of many financial institutes operating in the European region to manage and transform it into the cloud based services. In this statement, General Manager Strategic Outsourcing at IBM Europe region Bart Van Den Daele elaborated the deal that “Our integrated transformational approach, the introduction of new and innovative technologies and solutions, like the cloud and analytics and our expertise in the financial sector will enable these customers to differentiate themselves in an accelerated way versus their  competitors in their respective markets”...

Cloud Computing Security: A New Initiative

Grazed from Midsize Insider.  Author: Marissa Tejada.

Computing best practices for the cloud are at the core of what IT professionals behind the nonprofit organization Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) promote and develop. Most recently, the CSA announced an initiative called the Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) Initiative, which enforces better security architectures for firms that utilize the cloud.

An Initiative against Hackers

The CloudTimes recently covered the details of the SDP Initiative aimed to develop cloud architecture that can be created with trusted entities using end-to-end network IP addresses. In the end, it should open the door to architecting systems that can withstand attacks against applications and network endpoints accessible from the Internet. The SDP uses security such as federation, Secure Assertion Markup Language and Transport Layer Security. According to the initiative, there should be annular connectivity between devices and between users until they are authenticated and authorized...

Proxios Launches How Cloud Computing Drives Greater Efficiencies

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

Cloud computing drives efficiencies in a number of ways. One of those is what Proxios likes to call the “one to many” feature.   Proxios sees this scenario often: In traditional client/server computing, software is designed with a portion that resides on the client device (desktop or laptop) and the remainder on the server. One of the biggest challenges for all IT departments is maintaining and deploying software to all client devices.

Anytime a change is needed, IT must deliver this update or addition to each client on an individual basis. Not only is this time consuming, but in many cases the IT staff has to deal with employees whose computers are inaccessible. It could be because they are traveling, or the computer is in use and the change is not something that can be accomplished as a background task...

Cloud Computing: Building the Best Mission Critical Business Applications

Grazed from  Author: James Schwartz.

Yesterday, Parker Snyder of Migration Services at HOSTING shared his thoughts on what went wrong with Today, he shares his thoughts on how mission critical business applications can be developed properly, to avoid embarrassing mistakes.

Parker says to start by taking your projects end goal, in its entirety, and add every involved component together. Observe where the scope crosses boundaries of solutions. For illustrative purposes, let’s think of this in terms of an MS SQL cluster… what real boundaries does it cross?

  1. Network
  2. Storage
  3. Hardware
  4. Abstraction layers (i.e. VMware, disk replication, etc.)...

Cloud Computing and K-12 Classrooms

Grazed from The Huffington Post.  Author: Matthew Lynch.

Cloud computing has taken the business world by storm. Climate controlled rooms full of servers are quickly being replaced by remote storage technology, whimsically referred to as "the cloud." Over half of U.S. businesses use some form of cloud computing to back up their important data and improve productivity. Instead of trying to find the capital to pay for a secure server structure, businesses are subscribing to cloud services and paying for more storage as their needs grow.

The practical uses of cloud computing technology also translate to K-12 classrooms. Simply put, cloud storage saves space, money and time for teachers, parents, students and administrators. A report by CDW Government found that over 40 percent of schools use cloud applications to store their data and by 2016, schools are expected to spend 35 percent of IT budgets on the cloud...

10 top advantages of cloud computing

Grazed from CBeyond.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing has rapidly evolved from a novel trend in corporate technology to one of the most revolutionary sets of solutions available to businesses today. The advantages of leveraging cloud services for a variety of different tasks, functions and strategies are vast, and are especially pertinent for small business owners who need to maintain smart IT spending budgets. 

10 reasons for cloud deployment
When it comes to running a small business in the modern market, entrepreneurs need to ensure they are utilizing all of the technology available to them to gain a competitive advantage. The cloud can be a major driver of corporate operational improvements, and here are 10 of the most common and advantageous benefits of the services:...

Jenkins Operations Center By CloudBees Manages ‘Jenkins Sprawl’ Across The Enterprise

Grazed from CloudBees.  Author: PR Announcement
CloudBees, Inc., the continuous delivery Platform as a Service (PaaS) leader, today announced the release of Jenkins Operations Center by CloudBees, a new product built for Jenkins that gives enterprise IT operations teams their first centrally managed solution to address the problem of “Jenkins sprawl,” as well as central visibility into Jenkins configurations throughout the enterprise.
As development teams add more instances of Jenkins, the popular open source continuous integration (CI) tool, they face challenges managing the siloed Jenkins configurations that proliferate. With Jenkins Operations Center by CloudBees, IT operations and development teams can now centrally manage all Jenkins resources, allowing them to reduce additional hardware purchases and assert more control over the development environment.

Openwave Mobility to provide Insights on NFV at Carrier Network Virtualization Conference

Grazed from Openwave Mobility.  Author: PR Announcement
Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile data, today announced that it will be attending Informa’s Carrier Network Virtualization conference at Crowne Plaza, Palo Alto, California. The conference will take place from December, 9-11, at Palo Alto’s Crowne Plaza.
The Carrier Network Virtualization conference is exclusively focused on Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networks (SDN). By bringing together the latest research, case studies and thought leaders, the conference aims to examine the next steps needed to move Carrier NFV strategies forward from discussion to deployment.

12 Most Memorable Cloud Computing Quotes from 2013

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Over the past year, there has been a lot of news swirling around and about the cloud computing space. The events with the most impact included the revelations about National Security Agency snooping into vendor’s data, the mess-up with the health insurance exchange portals, and the Amazon outage which briefly brought down some fairly prominent web companies.

Along with that, we had several cloud computing events drew tens of thousands of attendees as the technology methodology continued its march into the enterprise computing mainstream. Out of this whirlwind came some of the past year’s most memorable statements on cloud computing:...

Experts outline key cloud computing trends for 2014

Grazed from The Guardian. Author: Adam Davidi.

Increased adoption of hybrid cloud computing models and innovation over cost-cutting are just some of the predictions from our panel of experts on key cloud computing trends for 2014. As we look ahead to the new year, we asked six cloud computing experts for their big trends for 2014. Here's what they came up with:

Werner Vogels, vice president and CTO,
The cloud allows everyone to become a media company: In 2014 expect a great rise in organisations that are adding media capabilities to their offerings. A good example is sports clubs; all are looking for ways to establish an engagement with their fan base beyond the two hours on a weekend. A successful way to achieve a weeklong engagement is by daily distribution or fresh, exclusive media content. The subscription revenues for clubs that often have millions of fans around the world are substantial...

Cloud Computing: Marc Benioff Tops Tech CEOs in 2013

Grazed from TheStreet. Author: Chris Ciaccia.

Benioff, 49, won the voting with 54% of the vote, taking in more than 1300 votes, according to those surveyed. A former Oracle (ORCL_) executive, Benioff has continued to help lead the cloud computing revolution, turning software-as-a-service (SaaS) into a phrase.

He's also continued to build out into more than just a traditional software company, focusing on making sense of social media. Perhaps a sign that stock price and CEO performance don't always go hand-in-hand, shares of have performed the worst out of the candidates mentioned, gaining 28.2% year to date...

Why pre-production in the cloud makes sense

Grazed from TheServerSide. Author: Editorial Staff.

Anyone who has been paying attention to the cloud computing space, from software engineers to enterprise IT managers, knows that there are significant benefits to adopting this increasingly pervasive technology, be it cost savings, increased efficiency or faster development cycles. But there is still a great deal of friction slowing down the PaaS, SaaS and IaaS adoption process. Even the most forward thinking organizations have a lot of fears and reservations about moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud. They worry about security. They worry about losing control over policies and access. They worry about governance. They worry about over-provisioning or AMI instances being spun up but never being turned off, resulting in costs spiraling out of control. The benefits of moving enterprise IT to the cloud is well know, but that knowledge doesn't alleviate the fear.

But organizations shouldn’t let fear get in the way of trying out something that can make them more efficient and help scale out IT operations cost-effectively, so it makes sense to choose an experiment that’s low-risk and gets you immediate benefits. When it comes to easing your organization into the cloud, development, test and pre-production environments are a great place to start...