January 2015

Service Providers IoT/M2M Opportunities in 2015 to be Driven by Cloud Computing Capabilities and Big Data Infrastructure

Grazed from PCCMobileBroadBand.  Author: Tara Neal.

Much has been said throughout 2014 about the Internet-of-Things(IoT) becoming a significant growth area for telecom operators. While M2M connectivity leverages on both wireless and fiber connectivity to power all the IoT end devices and their connectivity to the cloud, what is going to becoming a bigger business area for service providers is the cloud-based services comprising IoT platforms, data storage and computing services.

All the data that IoT end devices will be collecting will ultimately be stored in huge data lakes, and because there will be huge amounts of unstructured data, providers of IoT/M2M services will require extensive big data capabilities which include the ability to process the data in real time, produce analytics, integrate the processed data to other third party clouds which will then push the data to end-user applications while at the same time, being able to ensure the privacy, security and timeliness of the data and the processes...

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Cloud security should be an enterprise priority in 2015

Grazed from DataPipe.  Author:  David Lucky.

With 2015 all but arrived, it's natural for technology experts to offer their predictions for the new year. Oftentimes, these take the form of optimistic forecasts of the new advancements on the horizon. However, sometimes industry professionals acknowledge that the coming months will have their fair share of challenges.

The realm of cloud computing security is a case in point. Writing for InfoWorld, David Linthicum recently highlighted three cloud computing predictions that he would like to see come to fruition in 2015 but which are not likely to reach this point. And the rise of cloud computing security mastery among enterprises was his leading pipe dream. In reality, these companies will continue to rely on managed security services to safely leverage cloud resources in the foreseeable future...

The Open Hybrid Cloud Catalyst in 2015

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: David Deans.

Chief executives have approved digital technology budgets and updated strategic plans, now the Line of Business leaders and their IT counterparts must address the tactical execution for 2015 and beyond.  In hindsight, 2014 was a pivotal year for cloud service platform adoption. Regardless, the trend will accelerate next year. International Data Corporation (IDC) has shared their 2015 predictions about the global cloud computing platforms market, based upon their latest outlook.

These predictions are intended to help senior executives and IT leaders capitalize on the most profound emerging market opportunities and plan for their future growth.  “Digitization and transformation to virtualized, on-demand services are driving very rapid internal IT change. All business technology buyers are now shifting steadily toward cloud-first strategies,” said Robert Mahowald, vice president at IDC...

Cloud Computing 2015 - Open Source Has Won, But It Isn't Finished

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Glyn Moody.

At the beginning of a new year, it's traditional to look back over the last 12 months. But as far as this column is concerned, it's easy to summarise what happened then: open source has won. Let's take it from the top:

Supercomputers. Linux is so dominant on the Top 500 Supercomputers lists it is almost embarrassing. The November 2014 figures show that 485 of the top 500 systems were running some form of Linux; Windows runs on just one. Things are even more impressive if you look at the numbers of cores involved. Here, Linux is to be found on 22,851,693 of them, while Windows is on just 30,720; what that means is that not only does Linux dominate, it is particularly strong on the bigger systems...

Cloud Computing: Google’s Three Part Enterprise Strategy

Grazed from WallStreet.org.  Author: Danielle Cunningham.

Google Inc. has put forth its strategy for the New Year as the company feels that outdated action plans should be a things of the past.  Here is a brief of what the company is up to now:

Cultural Context

Google Inc.’s business forte is its search engine and advertising platform, which drives it forward. The idea behind this massive tool seems quite radical as it has targeted each nation in the world and has gone on to become a global platform to generate searches. Google Inc.’s strength lies in its innovation. The company has always encouraged the employees to be innovative and creative in their ideas...

Hewlett-Packard Company Linux++, Memristors Will Revolutionize Computing Industry

Grazed from TechInsider.  Author: Fahad Saleem.

In an article on MIT Technology Review, it was reported that Hewlett-Packard Company is gearing up to make a big leap in 2015. The PC giant will launch a new computer called “The Machine” which will have a new Operating System in it designed by Hewlett-Packard Company. The Machine will be more energy efficient, powerful, Cloud based, Big Data supportive and will have a bundle of high-performance computing features. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) business is in trouble and the company is desperately looking to seize some key deals and products in the Cloud and computing domains.

The article quoted a Hewlett-Packard Company’s executive who said that HP is heavily focusing on innovating the memory management in the modern computers. The machine will resurrect the concept of multi-lapsed memory in order to revolutionize the computing industry...

How Technology Has Driven the Evolution of Creative Collaboration Over the Decades [Infographic]

Grazed from TechCocktail.  Author: Christopher Beck.

Over the past few decades much of how we communicate, work, and even play has evolved as advancements have been made in technology. With each new invention or advancement, actions that used to require two or more people to be in the same room are fading and even the farthest reaches of the globe are seemingly at our collaborative fingertips.

A recent infographic created by cloud-based digital asset management company, WebDAM, visualizes “How Creative Collaboration Has Evolved Over Time,” and gives audiences a snapshot of just how far technology has come with a fun design that plays off of each decade stylistically...

Cloud Computing: Samsung to introduce Tizen TV's at CES

Grazed from KoreaHerald.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Samsung Electronics said Thursday that it would unveil a lineup of smart televisions running on the Tizen operating system at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week.

The company said Tizen would offer a simple user-friendly interface, allowing consumers to rapidly find popular content via Samsung’s Smart Hub function, which will also recommend shows to viewers based on their viewing histories...

SAP bets future on cloud in central and eastern Europe

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Krzysztof Polak.

Users of SAP applications in Poland, central and eastern Europe could be forgiven for feeling dizzy because of the changes that have occurred in recent years, not only in the provider’s image and offer, but also in its approach to customers. The new SAP tools for knowledge management are arousing both interest and doubts.

For many years, SAP has been the leader of enterprise management applications – enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence (BI), supply chain management (SCM) – in the Polish market at least. However, for two years now, rapid changes have taken place in SAP’s communication in the market. Traditional messages about popular systems for business management have disappeared. Why?...

Cloud Computing: The 10 Most Popular Data Center Stories of 2014

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Bri Pennington.

From Google abandoning MapReduce to Facebook switching off its data center, here’s a look back at the 10 most popular articles on Data Center Knowledge during 2014. Enjoy!

Google Dumps MapReduce in Favor of New Hyper-Scale Analytics System – Google has abandoned MapReduce, the system for running data analytics jobs spread across many servers the company developed and later open sourced, in favor of a new cloud analytics system it has built called Cloud Dataflow...

Leveraging IT Distributors for Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Trey Hedden.

The cloud — the most ambiguous, overhyped and overused term in the IT industry. It's like a modern day Wild West where it is so hard to discern the difference between the tiny firms based in a foreign country and the reputable, reliable and trustworthy ones we would want to entrust our reputation to.

It is nearly impossible for most of us to determine the firms you can trust, what products actually work and what providers are properly capitalized to the point where we can trust them with our clients. We simply don’t have the staff of accounting, legal and technology experts to do a detailed analysis of firms and offerings — and then keep up with the market to ensure the best solution now remains the best going forward...

Amazon’s C4 cloud-computing instances may launch soon

Grazed from VentureBeat.   Author: Jordan Novet.

Amazon Web Services, the leader in the market for public cloud infrastructure, is getting ready to release its latest server slices to developers the world over.

The C4 instances, first announced in November, will launch in seven regions, according to a blog post that went out in an RSS feed but is now unavailable online.  The C4 instances run on Intel Xeon E5-2666 v3 (Haswell) chips customized exclusively for Amazon, according to the blog post, written by Amazon Web Services chief evangelist Jeff Barr...

User credentials remain the Achilles heel of cloud apps: How you can prevent an attack

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: Ofer Hendler.

High-profile security breaches have dominated the headlines in 2014. Two notable examples over the last few months, the Apple iCloud and Dropbox breaches, have revealed a juicy target for attackers: user credentials.

Rather than try to hack into the application itself like iCloud, Dropbox, Salesforce, or Amazon Web Services (AWS), an easier and much more feasible approach to gaining access to sensitive data, celebrity photos, or whatever else an attacker is after, is through stolen user credentials...

How Big Data Will Transform Our Economy And Our Lives In 2015

Grazed from TechCrunch.  Author: Deven Parkh.

The great Danish physicist Niels Bohr once observed that “prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” Particularly in the ever-changing world of technology, today’s bold prediction is liable to prove tomorrow’s historical artifact. But thinking ahead about wide-ranging technology and market trends is a useful exercise for those of us engaged in the business of partnering with entrepreneurs and executives that are building the next great company.

Moreover, let’s face it: gazing into the crystal ball is a time-honored, end-of-year parlor game. And it’s fun.  So in the spirit of the season, I have identified five big data themes to watch in 2015. As a marketing term or industry description, big data is so omnipresent these days that it doesn’t mean much. But it is pretty clear that we are at a tipping point...

Cloud Computing: The perimeter's breached - encrypt everything!

Grazed from SCMagazine.  Author: Tony Morbin.

Last year's slew of criminal data breaches made it clear that the perimeter has fallen and the privacy of our data is at risk – whether that be passwords and credit cards or celebrity pictures and corporate secrets, while government agencies from China, Russia and the west continue to demonstrate vast intelligence surveillance capabilities.

One of the most effective responses for corporations, governments or individuals is to take a data- centric approach using encryption, potentially making data useless to intruders, or at least, raising the cost of access.  Late last year SC Magazine UK editor in chief Tony Morbin interviewed Alan Kessler, president and CEO, Vormetric, to get an industry view on issues in the commercial encryption market...

Cloud companies will grapple with increasing government privacy regulations, says Porticor: 2015 Tech Predictions

Grazed from SiliconAngle.  Author: Suzzane Kattau.

In 2015, more companies will migrate their compliant data to the cloud, there will be more cloud-targeted attacks by hackers or countries, and more U.S. cloud computing companies will deal with increasing European privacy regulations. This is all according to Ariel Dan, Executive VP and co-founder of Porticor Ltd., a cloud encryption and cloud security solutions provider for enterprises and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Dan’s predictions about enterprise cloud are all part of our second annual Technology Predictions series in which industry experts share their predictions with us about the hot tech trends that they think will take center stage in 2015. We’ll be sharing all of their predictions with you over the next couple of days. Read on for more from Dan...

Healthcare Embraces Cloud Computing

Grazed from HCPLive.  Author: Jared Kaltwasser.

Cloud computing is fast becoming an indispensable tool for mid-sized healthcare organizations, even though only two-thirds of those organizations say they’re “very confident” the data is safe.  The findings come in a survey by Dell Inc., which polled 2,038 information technology decision-makers at public and private mid-sized healthcare firms.

About 43% said they’re using private cloud storage solutions, and another 43% said they use a hybrid cloud solution. Of those using the cloud, nearly half, 46%, said their biggest incentive to use the cloud is that it enables them to better allocate their IT resources. Thirty-nine percent said the biggest benefit is cost savings...

Huawei sales set to rise 15 percent on cloud, smart devices push

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Zack Whittaker.

Huawei expects demand in its cloud computing, big data, and smart devices areas to push sales up 15 percent to $46 billion in 2014.  The company's chief executive Ken Hu said in a message on the technology giant's website that the company had "seized these opportunities, continued to focus on our pipe strategy, streamlined management, and maintained effective growth."

Hu added that the company had undergone internal efficiency savings, including restructuring three business units.  The Shenzen, China-based company's chief executive, who shares the position with two other senior staffers on a rotating basis, said its cloud strategy continues to do well thanks to partnerships with SAP and Accenture...

Cloud Computing: Scality believes The RING will solve enterprise storage problems

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Dan Kusnetzsky.

Jerome Lecat, CEO of Scality, spoke with me about his view of the future of software defined storage and how enterprises should be thinking about it now. Scality believes that enterprises should start thinking about and planning for tools that could, in the company's words, "route data to and from individual users in the most scalable, efficient way possible."

Scality developed Scality RING that is designed to address the growing challenge enterprises face in dealing with rapidly growing, huge (petabyte scale) storage requirements that include both structured and non-structured data. Here's how the company describes RING:   The RING is a software-based storage that is built to scale to petabytes with performance, scaling and protection mechanisms appropriate for such scale. It enables your business to grow without limitations and extra overhead, works across 80% of your applications, and protects your data over 200% more efficiently at 50-70% lower cost...

Cloud Computing: 3 steps to buying an analytics solution

Grazed from StrategicSourcerer.  Author: Editorial Staff.

In the practice of indirect procurement, purchasing software to support various departments and operations is a concern those in charge should take quite seriously.  However, the consideration grows much more complex in regard to big data analytics. According to a 2013 report conducted by SNS Research, global investment in data analysis solutions is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent between 2014 and 2020.

This technology comes in many forms, and iterations are often constructed to befit the needs of certain verticals, such as manufacturing or health care. For instance, a business specializing in qualitative data analysis tools may deliver solutions through cloud computing, a practice known as software-as-a-service.  Listed below are three steps procurement officers should follow when surveying big data analytics tools...