July 2017

The Cloud Atlas to Real Quantum Computing

Grazed from Web. Author: Editorial Staff.

A funny thing happened on the way to quantum computing: Unlike other major shifts in classic computing before it, it begins — not ends — with The Cloud. That’s because quantum computers today may be more like “physics experiments in a can” … Unless you can use software, not just as cloud infrastructure for accessing this computing power commercially but for also building the killer app (what will it be?) on top of it.

With quantum virtual machines and special languages for connecting and trading off classic and quantum computing, companies and developers may be able to get ahead before it surprises them. Or better yet, just use it for what they want and need. Ok, sounds great. Only the old rules don’t all apply: You have to fundamentally rethink algorithms for quantum computing, just as with previous waves of high-performance computing before it — from CPU to GPU to TPU and now to QPU...

Rivetz Introduces Decentralized Cybersecurity Token to Secure Devices

Grazed from TheMerkle. Author: Editorial Staff.

Rivetz Intl., a newly formed subsidiary of Rivetz Corp., today announced the RvT cyber security token, created to combine trusted computing with blockchain technology that can offer comprehensive privacy protection. Rivetz believes the RvT token will enable multi-factor authentication across devices, to achieve provable security at the transaction and authentication level.

Furthermore, Rivetz believes the solution will enable peer-to-peer transactions to have provable cyber controls that become a permanent part of the blockchain record, providing cryptographic proof that the measured protections were in place before a transaction can execute. The Rivetz solution is built on technology that has already been delivered on over a billion devices containing ARM-compatible processors...

Cloud Computing: Why Oracle needs to push digital hard

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US-based Oracle Corp. is sharpening focus on its own digital transformation as well as that of its customers to stay competitive in a world where companies are increasingly grappling with newer business models, and demanding solutions that require expertise in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), besides cloud computing and big data analytics.

Consider cloud computing—a concept that Larry Ellison, now executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle, had scoffed at nearly a decade back. At the September 2016 Open World event in San Francisco, however, Ellison insisted, “We are in the middle of a generational change as computing moves from on-premise and lots and lots of data centres and lots of companies in the world to a smaller number of super data centres called clouds.”...

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Microsoft could lay off ‘thousands’ as it focuses more on cloud services

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Microsoft reorganized its global sales force today to heighten its focus on selling cloud services instead of standalone pieces of software, according to The Wall Street Journal. The reorganization, just the latest in a series of structural changes the company has undergone since former CEO Steve Ballmer resigned and Satya Nadella took over in 2014, won’t immediately result in layoffs. Yet the WSJ reports that thousands of jobs could be cut down the line as a result of the sales shuffle.

This doesn’t appear like it will have a huge impact on how Microsoft does business on a day-to-day basis. Since the appointment of Nadella, the former head of Microsoft’s cloud division, the company has put more and more resources toward building out its Azure cloud computing platform and selling software subscriptions to businesses...

Global cloud IT infrastructure revenues hit $8 billion in Q1 2017, says IDC

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Global cloud IT infrastructure revenues hit $8 billion (£6.2bn) in the first quarter of 2017 going up almost 15% year over year – with Cisco the big winners, according to IDC. The analyst firm has put out the latest figures on its Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker (below), and found Dell and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) could not be separated at the top, with Cisco behind.

The two main players saw their revenues dip compared with this time last year; Dell hit $1.289bn compared to HPE with $1.118bn, with a decrease in revenue of 0.2% and 8.6% respectively, while Cisco, in third with $902 million, saw its revenue go up 8.7%. It’s worth noting at this juncture that despite the disparity IDC declares a statistical tie if there is a difference of one percent or less between vendor revenues...

Logicalis acquires NubeliU to strengthen its position as cloud integrator

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Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, has acquired a 51% stake in NubeliU, a company specializing in cloud computing projects based on OpenStack. The acquisition is part of Logicalis' strategy to position itself as a cloud integrator, and strengthens its commitment with the opensource community, in particular with OpenStack, which is essential for large SDx and cloud computing projects.

NubeliU was founded in January 2015 by the team that deployed the first production clouds in OpenStack. As a services company, NubeliU integrates OpenStack environments with customers' existing platforms across multiple vendor product lines. From its operations in Argentina and Brazil, it can remotely deliver its service offerings around the globe, and this acquisition forms the basis for establishing a Logicalis Global OpenStack practice.

The Benefits of Cloud Technology for Seniors

Article Written by Sally Perkins

Whether you like to face the reality of the 21st century or not, an undeniable truth is that technology and the Internet became a paramount part of our daily lives, which without it would be hard to function. Twenty, or even just ten years ago, life looked a bit different, and some people might have never guessed that they would ever have access to such a convenient way to learn about the world out there. Besides making learning and communication extremely convenient, advancements in Cloud technology also provided significant improvements for seniors and upgraded their comfort and safety.

Health-Monitoring Gadget--Senior Wearables

When people enter their golden years, various health complications may arise that can cause worry. High blood pressure, for instance, is one of the most commonly occurring symptoms in seniors, which can now be tracked at all times with innovative senior wearables.

Platform9 Raises $22 Million Series C Funding to Reimagine Hybrid Clouds

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Platform9, the open-source-as-a-service company making hybrid clouds easy, today announced it has raised $22 million in Series C funding led by Canvas Ventures. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) also participated in the round, as did existing investors Redpoint Ventures and Menlo Ventures. The funding round, which brings Platform9's total capital raised to date to $36.5 million, allows the company to scale its pioneering cloud delivery model, which makes it easy to deploy, manage and maintain hybrid clouds with popular cloud frameworks, such as Kubernetes, OpenStack and Fission. The new capital enables Platform9 to scale its global salesforce, product and marketing teams, as well as boost engineering investments as it expands its innovation agenda to deliver new capabilities for hybrid clouds.

"Enterprises today are racing to adopt the cloud, but struggle with managing numerous infrastructure silos, ranging from legacy virtualized data centers to pockets of public cloud deployments," said Sirish Raghuram, CEO, Platform9. "With our novel SaaS approach to complex cloud frameworks, we enable infrastructure anywhere to be easily managed using industry-leading open-source frameworks such as Kubernetes and OpenStack. Today, Platform9 is enabling DevOps, reducing costs and accelerating cloud transformation for more than 200 clouds worldwide."

Pivot3 Named to JMP Securities Super 60 List of the Hottest Privately Held Companies

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Pivot3, the technology leader of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions for the software-defined datacenter, today announced it has been named to the Super 60 list of the hottest privately held companies in internet security, networking and storage by JMP Securities, a full-service investment bank. This marks the second consecutive year for Pivot3 to receive this recognition.

The JMP Securities Super 60 report (previously known as the Fast 50) recognizes private companies that are disrupting technology titans with strong operational foundations as well as sustainable technological differentiation.

Facebook is planning to move WhatsApp off IBM's public cloud

Grazed from CNBC. Author: Editorial Staff.

Facebook is planning to move WhatsApp off IBM's public cloud, source says Facebook is planning to move WhatsApp off IBM's public cloud, source says. Facebook's WhatsApp messaging service, which is used by 1.2 billion people across the globe, is planning to move off of IBM's cloud and into Facebook's own data centers, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The WhatsApp move, which could begin later this year, would result in IBM losing a high profile customer for its public cloud. A source claims that WhatsApp has been one of IBM's top five public cloud customers in terms of revenue, and was at one point spending $2 million a month with IBM. (IBM says WhatsApp is not currently one of its top five public cloud customers.)...

Datadog Announces Integration with AWS CodeDeploy, Helping Software Developers Resolve Faulty Code Deployments

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Datadog, a monitoring service for modern cloud applications, today announced a new integration with AWS CodeDeploy, which helps users manage and automate code deployment across Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2) instances or instances running on-premises, removing the need for manual operations. With the latest Datadog integration, users can now investigate spikes in cloud behavior and correlate it with these code deployments. This allows operations teams to more quickly identify instances running problematic code and reduce time to resolution.

"AWS CodeDeploy makes it easier for developers using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deploy code across their entire infrastructure," said Daniel Langer, Product Manager at Datadog. "We now track these deployments in Datadog, so users can see them alongside the rest of their AWS environments and application metrics. If a system metric begins to spike, developers can correlate it with a specific AWS CodeDeploy deployment to make code-level fixes in real time."

Datadog has existing integrations with the following AWS services:

Baidu Partners with NVIDIA to Apply AI Across Cloud, Autonomous Vehicles

Grazed from WindowsITPro. Author: Editorial Staff.

Chinese internet search and cloud company Baidu rallied in premarket trade on Wednesday after it detailed a partnership with Santa Clara-based chipmaker NVIDIA to expand investments in artificial intelligence across its cloud and self-driving vehicle initiatives. According to Baidu president and COO Qi Lu, who spoke at Baidu’s AI developer conference in Beijing on Wednesday, one of the ways it will work with NVIDIA is by bringing its next-generation Volta GPUs to Baidu Cloud.

Baidu will deploy NVIDIA HGX architecture with Tesla Volta V100 and Tesla P4 GPU accelerators for AI training and inference in its data centers, according to the announcement. NVIDIA is betting on a future where the majority of workloads in data centers will be deep learning, and is helping cloud providers like Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent in China, and in the U.S. with Google and Microsoft...

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Amazon CTO advocates cloud migration for enhanced security

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The most useful tool offered by a migration to cloud computing for enterprises is security according to Dr Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer at electronic commerce and cloud computing company Amazon. Speaking at the AWS Summit in Cape Town this week, Dr Vogels said it is important to think about how cloud offers 'superpowers' to build and operate better - especially by securing information through interventions that include encryption, identity management, compliance and using shields and firewalls, for example, to secure the network.

"I think probably the absolute most important super power in all of this is 'force field'. That in essence relates to giving you tools (as an enterprise) to protect yourself, to protect your customers in ways that you could never do before. You really have to protect your business and your customers otherwise you don't have a business, and if you look at the last two to three years, the threats are increasingly advanced. No hacker has ever looked at a website and said 'oh it has an ISO 27001 stamp, I can't touch that'..."

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How the Cloud Improves Communication Within Global Businesses

Article Written by Avery Phillips

For global businesses, the languages, currencies, cultures, and business practices they need to navigate will vary greatly on a daily basis, depending on where their employees are based. Of course, clear and consistent communication is key for success in such a widespread organization. By offering unified systems that are highly accessible to employees around the world, cloud computing provides a number of solutions to common communication issues. Here are a few major examples of how cloud computing improves communication within global businesses.

Payroll

For companies that operate on a global scale, payroll can be a pain to keep up with. Payroll and tax laws differ greatly between countries depending on local and national regulations. Along with balancing these expectations, companies also have to meet the financial requirements of the banking systems they use. In such complex circumstances, things can easily get out of hand, resulting in hefty fines and penalties. However, the cloud allows companies to centralize their efforts to meet these regulations and track other payroll issues, all in one place. This makes it much easier for global businesses to monitor and maintain compliance with the variety of tax laws and payroll regulations in different countries.

Cloudian Unveils New Partner Program to Capitalize on Explosive Growth in Unstructured Data

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Cloudian, the innovation leader in enterprise object storage systems, today announced the Cloudian HyperForce Partners channel program, which was designed to help partners build scale-out object-storage solutions to address their customers' unstructured data storage challenges.

The HyperForce Partners channel program reinforces Cloudian's commitment to the channel and enables resellers to capitalize on today's exploding need to store and protect unstructured data. Unstructured data is growing 50 percent year over year and now accounts for 80 percent of storage capacity shipped industry-wide.

The HyperStore Advantage

 

Cloud Carib Extends Reach by Opening New Data Centers Across the Caribbean and Latin America

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Cloud Carib Limited is extending its reach across the Caribbean and Latin America, bringing several new data centers to the region. Cloud Carib is the premiere managed cloud service provider in the Caribbean. The organization has data centers located on the islands of Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas and is launching a newly rebuilt CaribPod data center in Panama. Cloud Carib has announced service extensions into Barbados and Jamaica and additional regional sites planned in Trinidad, Cayman, and other locations before the end of 2017.

"Our strategic expansion demonstrates our continuing commitment to clients that we're delivering best in-class services directly to them and allowing our clients to choose a location that best suits their needs. We're helping clients design a solution for them, not providing cookie cutter solutions and forcing them to work within those constraints -- Cloud Carib is dedicated to service excellence for our clients," said Scott MacKenzie, Chief Commercial Officer at Cloud Carib.
 

Overcoming File Sharing, Healthcare App Cloud Security Concerns

Grazed from HealthITSecurity. Author: Editorial Staff.

Potential file sharing and healthcare cloud security risks must be addressed in covered entities’ and business associates’ risk analyses, according to the latest OCR cybersecurity newsletter. These collaboration tools can greatly benefit organizations, but the possible privacy and security risks cannot be ignored.

Risk management policies and business associate agreements (BAAs) should also review any file sharing or cloud computing options to ensure PHI security, OCR maintained. “Misconfigurations of file sharing and collaboration tools, as well as cloud computing services, are common issues that can result in the disclosure of sensitive data, including ePHI,” the newsletter stated...

Burger King turns to Equinix for cloud computing support

Grazed from CNBC. Author: Editorial Staff.

Companies like Burger King might seem antithetical to data centers, but for Equinix CEO Steve Smith, the fast-food chain represents just one of the many clients his data centers serve. "Burger King, as you know, has stores and outlets all over the world. So they have customers, their people and their business deployed all over the world. All that information is distributed," Smith told "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer on Friday.

"It requires local capability on servers, storage arrays and networking gear everywhere that Burger King has outlets." Enter Equinix, an real estate investment trust that runs nearly 180 data centers across 44 of the world's largest markets. Burger King is just one of the REIT's 10,000 customers, Smith said...

What Is the ISE Cloud Computing Index?

Grazed from Fool. Author: Dan Caplinger.

Cloud computing has taken the technology sector by storm, making it possible for major enterprises to gain access to cutting-edge data analytics and storage capacity without building out a huge in-house technology infrastructure framework. Many of the companies that have helped their clients establish their presence in the cloud have performed quite well for investors, and the ongoing trend toward coming up with new technologies makes it likely that cloud computing companies will remain strong. The ISE Cloud Computing Index provides a handy benchmark for investors to use to track the budding industry, and you can even invest in an ETF that offers direct exposure to the index to let you take advantage of its future potential for growth.

What the ISE Cloud Computing Index is and how it works

The ISE Cloud Computing Index was developed by International Securities Exchange ETF Ventures as one of several innovative indexes tracking growing industries and emerging technologies. The business model for ISE ETF Ventures is to come up with attractive index ideas and then find partners to launch exchange traded products, including ETFs...

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Cloud Computing: Microsoft Is Bundling Office and Windows For Business Customers

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft’s biggest selling software products are now being sold in an all-in-one package. The business technology giant debuted its Microsoft 365 software package on Monday that includes the Windows 10 operating system, Office 365 workplace software, and security software for mobile devices.

The new software bundle is intended to make it easier for companies to buy Microsoft’s flagship enterprise software products in one subscription as opposed to paying for them individually. Microsoft (MSFT, +0.62%) will sell two versions of Microsoft 365, with one version, Microsoft 365 Business, tailored for small-to-medium-sized companies and the other, Microsoft 365 Enterprise, for larger organizations...