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Controlling Hybrid Cloud Complexity with Containers: CoreOS, rkt, and Image Standards

Grazed from InfoQ.  Author: Josh Wood.

 While the public cloud draws headlines, deployments on public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings may not satisfy the regulatory, security, or performance demands of every workload. The economics of cloud metering do not fit every scenario, and a loosely-accounted and somewhat mysteriously large AWS bill has become increasingly common on CTO desks.

An emerging hybrid pattern sees deployments divided between sensitive or otherwise prioritized on-premises jobs, and commodity tasks running on public cloud infrastructure, in an attempt to best exploit the strengths of each environment...

IBM launches new cloud services for blockchain

 Grazed from Reuters.  Author: Editorial Staff.

IBM on Friday announced new services to help companies design and develop blockchain technology in a secure environment in the cloud, a network of computers where users are increasingly storing their data and computing work.  The blockchain, the underlying technology behind bitcoin, is a digital tool for doing a slew of functions such as recording and verifying transactions. The technology, according to its many supporters, would make it easier to create cost-efficient business networks without requiring central control.
The interest in the blockchain surged last year when Wall Street's major players such as Goldman Sachs delved into the technology and saw it as a way to solve inefficiencies in financial markets.  "Clients tell us that one of the inhibitors of the adoption of blockchain is concerns about security," said Jerry Cuomo, vice president, Blockchain at IBM in a statement...

Uber is just the tip of the iceberg: The gig economy is leveraging the human cloud

 Grazed from YahooFinance.  Author: Editorial Staff.

We've all heard of Uber and Airbnb, but those companies are just a fraction of the new gig economy, which is made up of part-time workers and freelancers.  A study by the JPMorgan Chase Institute reveals that the number of current gig workers has grown 10 times since 2012 and that 4% of adults in the U.S. have at one time worked in such a capacity.

Talent on tap
According to Mike Wachholz, president of Pontoon Solutions, there is a dramatic transformation underway in how we think about work. “What we’re seeing is the unprecedented rapid change in speed, complexity, and transparency in the job market … Both companies and job seekers are seeking ultimate flexibility in their engagement model with each other,” says Wachholz...

With Microsoft’s trusted Cloud, startups and ISVs are building a safer, secure digital world

 Grazed from YourStory.  Author: Editorial Staff.

According to the 2015 breach report from Gemalto 707.5 million data records were compromised. This data when broken down, translates into 1.9 million records getting compromised every day, 80,766 records compromised every hour, 1,346 records compromised every minute and 22 records compromised every second!

Today, as companies and devices continue to collect ever-increasing amounts of customer information, and as consumers’ online digital activities become more diverse and prolific, more and more data is at risk and trust is defining how and who the companies do business with.  Another report by McKinsey & Company on enterprise IT security implications released in January 2014 states that lack of cyber-resilience could cost the global economy as much as $3 trillion by 2020 by slowing down the pace of technology and innovation....

Cloud Solution Provider Paradox: Promise and Problems

Grazed from ChannelInsider.  Author: Michael Vizard.

 The cloud solution provider faces a complicated paradox: There is no shortage of opportunities—or obstacles—in this burgeoning field. This irony, though common in the business world, is particularly pronounced in the channel.  The movement of workloads in the cloud challenges business models that many solution providers have relied on for decades.  A key issue for companies in the channel, including cloud MSPs, is finding the spots where they can add value.
However, as cloud computing continues to mature, those spots are becoming more apparent. Although spending for "the greater cloud"—including software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and MSP cloud solutions—is projected to exceed $500 billion by 2020, IDC reports that more than half of cloud service revenue is now generated indirectly via one channel or another...

Cirba Study of AWS, Azure and SoftLayer Shows Key Steps to Dramatically Reducing Costs

Grazed from Cirba

Cirba Inc., the leading provider of software-defined infrastructure control software released the results of a study it conducted on factors impacting the cost of leveraging Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM SoftLayer. The study revealed that workload patterns and hosting models can dramatically impact the cost of leveraging public cloud in ways that people might not expect.

VMblog's Expert Interviews: Aviatrix Talks Cloud Native Networking

Grazed from VMblog.com.

Cloud native networking pioneer Aviatrix Systems recently announced its new Aviatrix Cloud Native Networking 2.0, a solution that's built from the ground up for AWS, Azure and Google.  The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and was founded back in 2014.  To find out more about the company and its technology, I spoke with the company's newly hired CEO, Steven Mih.  A technology veteran and evangelist himself, Mih joined Aviatrix to lead the company into its next phase of growth, building on the momentum of the company's recent GA launch and a $10M Series A funding round led by Ignition Partners and Formation 8 announced in September 2015.

Spiceworks Cloud-Based Help Desk Application Goes Mobile

Grazed from Spiceworks

Spiceworks, the professional network for IT, today announced IT professionals can deploy and manage its cloud-based help desk solution on smartphones and tablets via the Spiceworks Help Desk mobile app. Today's announcement also includes new features to the cloud-based help desk, including service level agreement (SLA) ticket alerting, an IT Knowledge Base, and Spiceworks App Center integration. Collectively, Spiceworks provides a feature-rich help desk solution that can be deployed and managed in a way that works best for the IT professional. 

"The IT professionals in my department are often running around the office supporting employees so it's historically been difficult to address urgent user requests when we're not at our desks," said Brad Everts, IT supervisor at TW Garner Food Company. "The mobile app for Spiceworks' cloud-based help desk gives us the flexibility to open, respond to, and close tickets from wherever we may be."


Cloud Foundry Foundation Launches Fellowship Program to Leverage Member Company Expertise

Grazed from Cloud Foundry Foundation

Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry-standard multi-cloud platform, today launched a new Fellowship program. The program is designed to solicit select expertise from member companies to help drive critical Cloud Foundry needs. Abby Kearns of Pivotal will join Cloud Foundry as Vice President, Industry Strategy to drive ecosystem and content strategy for Cloud Foundry.

The Cloud Foundry Foundation Fellowship program draws from the Foundation community to contribute focused resources for a period of time to work on targeted initiatives. The program will strengthen membership value and engagement for and within the Cloud Foundry community.

MSPAlliance Names RapidFire Tools Best MSP Solution in the MSPWorld Cup Awards, Recognizing Its Support for the MSP Model

Grazed from RapidFire Tools and MSPWorld

RapidFire Tools Inc. announced today that it won another coveted industry accolade, the MSPWorld Cup 2016 award for "Best MSP Solution." The MSPWorld Cup program is sponsored by the MSP Alliance in association with its MSPWorld Spring Conference, which took place early April at the Swan Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla. The conference is a premier managed services and cloud computing event, one of the few in the IT industry that maintains a single, vendor-agnostic focus on managed service providers (MSPs) and the ecosystems that support this profile of channel professionals.