April 2017

Cloud Computing Perfectly Poised for ‘Second Wind’ Growth Spurt

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Editorial Staff.

The growth of cloud computing has not only made companies around the world take notice and shift their IT priorities, but it also made tech giants that sat on the sidelines – like Google and Oracle – take the plunge and fight for market share. Amazon and Microsoft are racing towards $20 billion in annual cloud revenues, which they should hit within the next few years, but considering the furious rate of growth, should we brace for a slowdown in the near future?

Far from it, says Rackspace’s CEO in an interview with ZDNet. “Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes said that while revenue across the big cloud players is around $20bn, that’s still dwarfed by the $500bn of applications and data still held in data centers — and it could take a decade or more for all of that to move to the cloud...

Read more from the source @ http://1reddrop.com/2017/03/31/cloud-computing-perfectly-poised-second-wind-growth-spurt/

5 Tips for a Trouble-Free Cloud Migration

Grazed from Tech.co. Author: Tom Andrulis.

If you’re considering migrating to the cloud, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, companies run 79 percent of their workloads in the cloud. It’s easy to see why: in a cloud environment, you benefit from redundancies that bring you as close as possible to 100 percent uptime. It may sound ideal, but there are hidden roadblocks to migrating to the cloud. Before you make the move, ask yourself these five crucial questions:

How Much Downtime Should You Expect?

When you make the switch to a cloud environment, you’ll need to shut down your old equipment and switch on the new equipment at a certain point. In between, there will be a period of downtime that could last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. The exact amount of time will vary from one business to the next. When planning your cloud migration, it’s important to know how long you can expect the downtime to last, so you can plan accordingly...

Read more from the source @ http://tech.co/5-tips-cloud-migration-company-2017-03

One More Reason Why AWS is Tough for Microsoft and Google to Beat in Cloud Computing

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Shankar Narayanan.

Vision Mobile’s 12th Developer Economics Global Survey, which reached out to more than 21,200 developers across 160 countries, revealed many developer trends in the cloud segment, and how developers around the world are utilizing top cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

As expected, Amazon Web Services is the most popular cloud service provider, running away with medium to large enterprises segment, while holding a marginal lead with small companies with 1-5 employees. In that segment Amazon has a 15% share, with Microsoft holding 12% and Google holding an 11% share...

Read more from the source @ http://1reddrop.com/2017/04/02/aws-tough-microsoft-google-beat-cloud-computing/

Teradata launches licence portability for hybrid cloud computing

Grazed from Teradata. Author: Editorial Staff.

The US-based data and analytics company Teradata has introduced licence portability for hybrid cloud computing for its customers. With portable database licenses, Teradata customers can now choose, shift, expand, and restructure their hybrid cloud environment by moving licenses between deployment options as their business needs change, that is, between keeping this data on-premises or on cloud or on both.

This new software licensing model is the first in the hybrid cloud market to feature portability — a shift away from cloud lock-in or siloed on-premises deployments. With this new facility, Teradata's customers can develop an analytic solution on the on-premises system — Intelliflex — and later port the same to the cloud facility, Intellicloud...

5 Ways Machine Learning Has Influenced The Modern Cloud

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

The cloud computing industry is going through a gradual shift towards becoming an intelligent cloud. While compute, storage, and networking continue to be the revenue spinners for cloud vendors, it is Machine Learning that is becoming the focal point of the contemporary cloud.

Cognitive Computing

Cognitive Computing aims to bring sensory capabilities to applications. It enables apps to see, listen, talk, and even make decisions. Based on natural language processing, visual recognition, face detection, emotion detection, video analytics, text to speech, speech to text, language translation, and sentiment analysis, Cognitive Computing empowers developers with simple APIs...

Rackspace Launches Global Professional Services for Enterprise Customers

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Rackspace today announced an expanded professional services offering to help customers move workloads out of their data centers and onto the world's leading public and private cloud platforms. This offer, called Global Solutions and Services (GSS), will provide customers across all markets with the specialized expertise and support needed to transform their IT operations. Through GSS, Rackspace architects and engineers will work with customers to plan, assess, design, migrate, manage and optimize their journey to the cloud, helping to ensure they achieve maximum performance, agility and cost-efficiency.

For the first time, Rackspace will provide professional services to any business, regardless of which cloud platform it chooses or whether it is an existing Rackspace customer. Rackspace has earned the highest level of partner certification from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, and recently announced a strategic relationship with Google Cloud to become its first managed services support partner for Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Rackspace also offers specialized expertise and support for dedicated servers and for the three major private clouds, powered by VMware, Microsoft and OpenStack.

[Webinar] Introducing the Lenovo Storage DX8200D Powered by DataCore

Lenovo and Datacore

Lenovo and DataCore have collaborated to create a Software-defined Storage (SDS) appliance. This validated, turnkey appliance provides easy scalability and single pane management at a fraction of the cost of legacy systems-without trade-offs in availability, reliability or functionality.

Register for this webinar to learn more about the Lenovo Storage DX8200D Powered by DataCore.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Cloud Backup Solutions

Businesses are now seeking cloud-based solutions that provide the level of security and backup functionality they have come to expect from on-premises deployment.

With cybercrime posing a significant threat to organizations of all sizes, most companies are looking for a cloud service that can secure their data while pushing their operations into the future. While Microsoft Office 365 does provide the native security and backup functionality companies require, it may fail to provide the peace of mind and protection an organization needs.

If you are evaluating whether to deploy Office 365, we are providing a comprehensive guide to a third-party backup tool that can support the cloud solution.

Data Recovery
 

Cloud Standards Customer Council Publishes Version 2.0 of Impact of Cloud Computing on Healthcare Whitepaper

Grazed from Yahoo Finance. Author: Editorial Staff.

The Cloud Standards Customer Council™ (CSCC™) has published a much-anticipated update to the highly read Impact of Cloud Computing on Healthcare whitepaper. The paper was written to help enterprise IT and business decision makers in the healthcare industry analyze and consider the implications of cloud computing on their businesses.

This whitepaper offers guidance and strategies to help decision makers evaluate and compare cloud computing offerings from different providers, taking into account requirements from medical practices, hospitals, research facilities, insurance companies and governments. It is available for free download at: http://www.cloud-council.org/deliverables/impact-of-cloud-computing-on-healthcare.htm...

Oracle secures ISO 27001, HIPAA and SOC certifications for its cloud portfolio

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Oracle has announced its public cloud services have achieved various security and compliance certifications, including ISO 27001, HIPAA, SOC1 and SOC2, in what the company describes as ‘continued momentum’ for its products. The Redwood giant’s platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has received Service Organisation Control (SOC) attestations across a variety of key services, while its Fusion software as a service (SaaS) is HIPAA-accredited and the ISO 27001 was awarded for ‘the proper management and security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to an organisation by third parties’.

The move puts Oracle alongside its various industry competitors; for example, Microsoft’s SOC1 and SOC2 information can be found here – copies of the report are only available to customers who have signed an NDA – while ISO 27001 can be found here. The Oracle accreditations were administered by Schellman & Co...

Read more from the source @ https://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2017/apr/03/oracle-secures-iso-27001-hipaa-and-soc-certification-its-cloud-portfolio/

Telos Corporation to Provide the U.S. Army with Cloud Migration Support under $247.7 Million Contract

Grazed from Telos Corporation

Telos Corporation, a leading provider of continuous security solutions and services for the world's most security-conscious organizations, today announced it is one of the awardees of the $247.7 million Army Cloud Computing Enterprise Transformation (ACCENT) basic ordering agreement (BOA).

As the U.S. Army moves designated applications, systems and data to the commercial cloud, Telos will provide critical transition support, including guiding the service through the security and compliance efforts to obtain authority to operate (ATO). ACCENT is the Army's preferred contractual source used by all Army commands and organizations requiring commercial cloud services.

Amazon Web Services Announces the Opening of Data Centers in Sweden in 2018

Grazed from Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced that it plans to open an infrastructure region in Sweden in 2018. The new AWS EU (Stockholm) Region will comprise of three Availability Zones at launch. Currently, AWS provides 42 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another five Availability Zones, across two AWS Regions in France and China, expected to come online this year. For more information on AWS's global infrastructure, go to https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure/.

"For over a decade, we've had a large number of Nordic customers building their businesses on AWS because we have much broader functionality than any other cloud provider, a significantly larger partner and customer ecosystem, and unmatched maturity, reliability, security, and performance," said Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS. "The Nordic's most successful startups, including iZettle, King, Mojang, and Supercell, as well as some of the most respected enterprises in the world, such as IKEA, Nokia, Scania, and Telenor, depend on AWS to run their businesses, enabling them to be more agile and responsive to their customers. An AWS Region in Stockholm enables Swedish and Nordic customers, with local latency or data sovereignty requirements, to move the rest of their applications to AWS and enjoy cost and agility advantages across their entire application portfolio."

Ixia Delivers End-to-End Visibility for Public Cloud

Grazed from Ixia

Ixia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, today announced it has further extended the reach delivered by the CloudLens Platform to the public cloud.  CloudLens Public provides Visibility-as-a-Service (VaaS) and is the first to be implemented as a pure Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. It is designed from the ground up to retain the benefits of the cloud - elastic scale, flexibility, and agility. CloudLens Public provides intelligent and automated visibility as a service that scales with public cloud infrastructures.

Access to application and network data in cloud environments is critical for security and monitoring tools to ensure the reliability, security, and performance of mission-critical applications. Granular access to cloud traffic is important to avoiding blind spots in a network that can compromise application monitoring, as well as overall security.

Ixia has extended the benefits of the company's CloudLens Platform to enable customers to capture and filter data in the public cloud. Designed as a SaaS platform, it does all the heavy lifting behind the scenes, freeing customers from managing visibility.  

OVH Announces Intent to Acquire VMware vCloud Air Business

Grazed from OVH and VMware

VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, and OVH, a global hyper-scale cloud provider, today announced OVH intends to acquire VMware vCloud Air business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.  The transaction is expected close in calendar 2Q 2017.

vCloud Air is VMware's cloud offering based on the software-driven data center and designed specifically to meet enterprise needs delivering a secure, hybrid cloud experience.  The recent introduction of bi-directional, zero downtime cloud migration and the hybrid DMZ architecture has enabled our customers to accelerate the pace of migration to the cloud, while maintaining security, compliance and control. Since its inception, vCloud Air has serviced industry leading customers as they embrace a hybrid cloud environment.

VMware has evolved its business strategy to focus on providing hybrid an cross-cloud software and services.  Given this evolution, VMware is transitioning vCloud Air U.S. and European data centers, customer operations, and customer success teams to OVH.  After the close of the acquisition, OVH will operate the service as vCloud Air Powered by OVH, will continue to leverage VMware's hybrid cloud technology, and will closely partner with VMware on go-to-market and customer support around the three proven vCloud Air use cases: data center extension, data center consolidation, and data center recovery.

 

Amazon & Microsoft: Are These Cloud Computing Leaders in a Growth Slowdown?

Grazed from YahooFinance. Author: Parth Panchal.

“The cloud” and “cloud computing” have become incredible buzzwords. It seems most people are floating around the idea, as the term ambiguously suggests, but don’t seem to have a grasp on how the cloud functions. Believed to be invented by American psychologist and computer scientist J.C.R. Licklider in the 1960’s, cloud computing was created to connect data for people between locations and times. Now, this technology has vastly grown and made publicly available by industry leaders Amazon AMZN and Microsoft MSFT.

What is the Cloud?

In basic terms, cloud computing is accessing and storing data over the Internet. To the end user, benefits of the cloud include: the ability to deliver and manage their own computer resources, scale up or scale down computing levels as needed, and only pay for the amount of computing power they use...

Read more from the source @ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-microsoft-cloud-computing-leaders-225510080.html

Cloud ERP move requires grasp of different types of cloud computing

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Lauren Gibbons Paul.

One difficulty of planning to move your ERP to the cloud: The term is largely a marketing creation. Depending on who's doing the talking, cloud can mean many different things. No wonder there is still a lot of confusion about the different types of cloud computing. "Cloud is more of a branding and marketing apparatus for the industry to package services in a consumable way," than it is a term with concrete meaning, said Stephen Moss, senior vice president of managed technologies at PCM, an IT services provider.

Chris LeBeau, director of IT at Advanced Technology Services chimed in, "Many people are still confused, and sometimes fooled, by deployment options that vendors slap the cloud buzzword on, but [which] are really the old hosting model that simply takes what might have been on-premises and puts it in the vendor's data center."...

Read more from the source @ http://searchmanufacturingerp.techtarget.com/feature/Cloud-ERP-move-requires-grasp-of-different-types-of-cloud-computing

RightScale Announces Optima, A New Product for Collaborative Cloud Cost Management and Optimization

Grazed from RightScale, Inc.

RightScale Inc., a demonstrated leader in enterprise cloud management, today announced RightScale Optima, a new standalone collaborative cloud cost management and optimization solution, which leverages RightScale's decade of experience in multi-cloud management and automation. RightScale Optima streamlines collaboration across the enterprise by delivering cost-saving recommendations to the appropriate resource owners, enabling those resource owners to take automated actions, and tracking optimization progress across the entire organization.

"Because cloud use in the enterprise is decentralized, the biggest challenge in reducing cloud costs is the need for tight collaboration between cloud governance teams and the teams that own the cloud resources," said Torsten Volk, managing research director at analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). "EMA research shows that organizations are aware of this requirement, with organizations identifying "Collaboration" as the most significant area for cost savings."

Rackspace Sees Dramatic Growth in Customer Usage of OpenStack

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Over the last two years, there have been articles in the press suggesting OpenStack is in trouble. These reports typically cite vendors who are exiting the market or laying off OpenStack employees. Clickbait headlines aside, the facts are clear: OpenStack deployments are growing. It is becoming a standard cloud platform in corporations of all sizes, and corporations are consistently growing their usage of OpenStack.

Rackspace is seeing a dramatic growth in customers' usage of OpenStack as a de-facto platform for the private cloud market for many reasons including:

Key trends in cloud infrastructure: Hybrid, smart storage, security, and more

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Aaron Shelley.

The past decade has brought much change to the IT infrastructure industry as enterprise IT companies scale up their data consumption to unprecedented levels. Today’s enterprise IT giants require far more speed, power and bandwidth to successfully run their businesses and this is only possible via enhancements to the underlying infrastructure.

Infrastructure develops so quickly that industry practices in 2020 will likely be unrecognisable from what they were 10 years ago. Infrastructure has become more powerful, faster and more secure - and we have still only just scratched the surface of what’s possible. This article will examine some of the current trends within the industry as it stands, as well a look at what the future holds for IaaS in 2017...

Read more from the source @ https://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2017/apr/05/key-trends-cloud-infrastructure-hybrid-smart-storage-security-and-more/

Snowflake Computing raises $100 million to expand cloud data warehouse footprint

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Editorial Staff.

Snowflake Computing, a cloud data warehouse vendor, has closed a $100 million funding round as it aims to expand internationally. The company, built on Amazon Web Services, was founded in 2012 and has raised $205 million so far. The funding round was led by ICONIQ Capital and Madrona Venture Group and included its initial venture partners. Snowflake said it will build out its engineering team as it aims to take more on-premise data warehouse workloads. CEO Bob Muglia, a former Microsoft exec, said the funding will help Snowflake scale. I caught up with Muglia to talk shop. Among the key themes:

Building on Amazon Web Services. Snowflake's cloud data warehouse service is built on AWS, which also competes via Redshift and other offerings. "AWS has treated us well. We compete with them obviously, but they are great partners," said Muglia. Translation: Netflix is built on AWS and competes with Amazon. Snowflake is a data warehouse spin on that theme...

Read more from the source @ http://www.zdnet.com/article/snowflake-computing-raises-100-million-to-expand-cloud-data-warehouse-footprint/