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Ellison Steps Down as Oracle CEO, Now Chairman; Hurd and Catz to Lead Amid Challenges of Cloud

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Ashlee Vance and Jack Clark.

Oracle Corp.'s Larry Ellison stepped down as chief executive officer of the software maker he founded, making way for a new generation of executives and ending one of the most profitable runs for a leader in business history. Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, currently co-presidents of Oracle, were both named CEO to replace Ellison, the company said today.

Hurd will run sales, marketing and strategy, while Catz will remain chief financial officer and oversee legal and manufacturing operations. Ellison will become chairman, replacing Jeff Henley, and also take on the title of chief technology officer. Ellison, who turned 70 last month, guided the Redwood City, California-based company for more than 35 years to make it the world's largest database-software company and one of the biggest providers of business programs...

The New Cloud, Not the Same as the Old Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Arthur Cole.

Everyone is moving toward “the cloud” and it seems that most individuals and organizations have a pretty good idea of what that is and how they hope to use it. But the cloud is not one thing, and it is most certainly not eternal. It is constantly growing and changing, with new services and new underlying technologies continually adding to and reinterpreting what we know about living and working in a cloud-based data environment. So even while we pursue our cloud strategies, there needs to be some realization that by the time the transition is complete, the cloud may not be what it appeared to be at the outset.

Key cloud providers are already tapping into this reality by pitching their services as “a new kind of cloud.” Rackspace, for example, places great stock in its ability to provide a “Managed Cloud,” which is its way of describing the specialized services and technological hand-holding it offers in contrast to the do-it-yourself commodity experiences that most providers offer...

What's this 'pay as you go' cloud crap? Dunno about you, but my apps don't work that way

Grazed from The Register. Author: Trevor Pott.

Anyone who says public cloud computing is "pay for what you use" is trying to rip you off. The public cloud is pay for what you provision, and that is a completely different thing. In order to move away from the model that pretty much every existing application uses – one where you provision the peak amount of resources required and then the application sits idle until it's needed – you need to throw away your code and rewrite it from the ground up.

This means either convincing your software vendor to scrap their codebase and start over; having your in-house developers do the same; or both. Very few applications are an island, and in the real world one application feeds information into another, which then feeds information into another...

FireLayers Cloud Gateway Takes Control of Multi-Cloud Security

Grazed from EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet. Author: Jude Chao.

When it comes to enterprise data security and regulatory compliance, consistency is half the battle—one reason that automation is becoming increasingly important to information security. Unfortunately, cloud computing complicates matters, particularly for organizations that have adopted more than one public cloud application. Application security varies between vendors, making centralized, uniform activity control and policy enforcement elusive goals. Redwood City-based cloud security vendor FireLayers aims to make those goals much more attainable with its flagship FireLayers Cloud Application Security Gateway, announced today.

How FireLayers delivers consistent cloud application security

Hosted either by FireLayers or in an organization's own private cloud, the proxy-based Cloud Application Security Gateway sits between users and whatever cloud applications the enterprise has configured it to protect. Users must go through the proxy to get to the applications. "There's no way to go around us and still get to the cloud application on the other side," FireLayers co-founder and CEO Yair Grindlinger told me...

Read more from the source @ http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/netsecur/firelayers-cloud-gateway-takes-control-of-multi-cloud-security.html

IT Pros Give Cloud a Resounding Vote of No Confidence

Grazed from InforSecurity. Author: Phil Muncaster.

The majority of European IT professionals still believe that doing business in the cloud makes it difficult for them to secure mission-critical apps and impairs their ability to protect sensitive data, according to new research from Netskope. The cloud security firm interviewed over 1,000 IT pros across the region and found that 64% think that their firm’s use of cloud computing services reduces their ability to protect important information.

A further 59% said they thought doing business in the cloud makes it difficult to secure applications. More worryingly, a majority appeared to have little faith in their provider’s transparency and adherence to local laws. Over three-quarters (77%) said they thought their CSP would not alert them immediately after a breach of customer data, while 84% doubted their provider would tell them if sensitive IP was exposed...

No Parting of the Cloud for Rackspace

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Dan Gallagher.

Rackspace Hosting has little choice but to go it alone. The provider of cloud-computing services has called off its so-called strategic evaluation process that could have led to a sale of the company. While Rackspace said late Tuesday it had been approached by "multiple parties" under various scenarios, none of the offers matched the value it believes it can create with its own stand-alone plan.

More likely, none of those parties felt up to matching, let alone topping, the $5.7 billion market capitalization Rackspace was sporting. That was in large part due to a run-up in its shares after a May announcement that it was evaluating options. The stock had been around a four-year low before that, predictably drawing interest from suitors looking to bulk up their own cloud offerings...

Banks spend more on IT, hoping the cloud is silver-lined

Grazed from Reuters. Author: Tom Miles.

Two-thirds of banks are planning to spend more on information technology this year, the highest proportion since before the start of the financial crisis, according to an annual survey published on Wednesday. The survey of 198 senior bankers by banking software firm Temenos also found only 11 percent anticipated spending less on IT this year, the lowest since 2008.

"Historically, and even more in Switzerland, IT was considered as a necessary evil, something that needed to exist because it existed in the engine room," said Pietro Di Gregorio, head of business intelligence at Swiss private bank EFG Bank. "But as of now, IT has to change its behaviour," he said...

Seagate Showcases Its Latest Enterprise Product Portfolio in 2014 Huawei Cloud Congress

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Seagate Technology, a worldwide leader in hard drives and storage solutions, today showcased its leading enterprise storage solutions at the 2014 Huawei Cloud Congress at the Shanghai Expo Center. During the conference, Seagate signed a supplier cooperation agreement with Huawei under which both parties agreed to expand cooperation to establish a joint laboratory and collaborate on new products, technology and marketing for cloud storage solutions. This includes more closely aligning their product and technology roadmaps.

The two-day 2014 Huawei Cloud Congress invites leaders in cloud computing technology, top managers from well-known enterprises and industry experts, to discuss the latest research results on cloud computing, mobile applications, data center management and enterprise applications, as well as sharing practical experience on cloud computing deployment, and exploring new ways of cloud computing...

Agencies Demand FedRAMP-Approved Cloud Services

Grazed from FedTech. Author: Nicole Blake Johnson.

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program has redefined how commercial cloud vendors do business with the government. In many ways, the program has set clear expectations for both agencies and companies by creating a common language and standards for securing cloud-based products and services.

Federal cloud computing has grown into a $3 billion market since the pre-FedRAMP era, when agencies didn’t have a mechanism for certifying if vendors could meet security requirements. Agencies have come a long way since then, and it shows in their solicitations for cloud services. Requests for FedRAMP-approved cloud services have become common...

IBM introduces Watson Analytics, gives data science mass appeal

Grazed from CloudComputing. Author: James Bourne.

IBM has launched Watson Analytics, offering what is claimed as instant access to powerful big data visualisation and analytics capabilities to anyone in the business. Instead of using programming languages or complex algorithms on the front end, Watson interacts with the user in natural language and comprehends key questions, including ‘What are the key drivers of my product sales?’, ‘Which benefits drive employee retention the most?’ and ‘Which deals are most likely to close?’

“Watson Analytics produces results that explain why things happened and what’s likely to happen, all in familiar business terms,” a press release explains. “And as business professionals interact with the results, they can continuously fine tune questions to get to the heart of the matter.”...