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Quantum Computing: From Theory to Reality

Grazed from SysCon. Author: Jason Bloomberg.

The word quantum often portends New Age mumbo-jumbo, in spite of the fact that quantum mechanics underlies many of today’s most important technologies, including lasers and the semiconductors found in every computer chip. Nevertheless, today quantum computing is becoming a reality.

And while it may look to the layperson like mere mumbo-jumbo, in reality of the technology has largely moved out of the theoretical stage, as recent news indicates. In fact, two important announcements over the last few weeks underscore the progress quantum computing is making. First, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada-based D-Wave Systems announced the general availability of the latest generation of their D-Wave 2X quantum computer...

Read more from the source @ http://news.sys-con.com/node/3442987

What's Up With the Cloud Stocks?

Grazed from TheStreet. Author: Bruce Kamich.

The cloud has been a hot topic in the media and some of the cloud-related plays have also been hot in the financial markets. Has anything changed in the past month? Let's check the meteorological charts just to be sure. Starting with the First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (SKYY), we can see a five-month double top formation in the chart below. With the selloff from $31 to $26 last month, volume began to increase on the decline. Notice how the On-Volume-Line (OBV) has inched lower. Increased volume on down days suggests that investors are liquidating longs.

NetSuite (N - Get Report) has been in a "low pressure" funk all year with prices working irregularly lower, as seen in the chart below. Prices could decline further to next support around $80, and a deeper decline to the 2014 low at $70 cannot be ruled out...

Read more from the source @ http://www.thestreet.com/story/13278578/1/whats-up-with-the-cloud-stocks.html

CenturyLink Embraces Cloud Foundry for PaaS

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

Moving to essentially provide a higher level of abstraction through which it can deliver cloud computing services, CenturyLink this week announced that the distribution of the Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service environment from Pivotal, a unit of EMC, is now available in the CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace. That offering is the second PaaS environment that CenturyLink offers after acquiring AppFog, another provider of a PaaS based on Cloud Foundry, in 2013.

Dave Shacochis, vice president of cloud platform for CenturyLink, said the cloud service provider is embracing Pivotal CF as a mechanism for making its underlying infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform more accessible to the developer community. Rather than just presenting developers with an IaaS, Shacochis said Cloud Foundry PaaS environments provide developers with a framework to both build their applications and manage the underlying IaaS environment...

Read more from the source @ http://talkincloud.com/paas/centurylink-embraces-cloud-foundry-paas

Cloud Computing: AWS buys Elemental video software company for $500m

Grazed from CBROnline.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Amazon Web Services has agreed to acquire Elemental Technologies as it looks to boost its cloud-computing services. Oregon-based Elemental Technologies, founded in 2006, has developed a technology which uses software-based video processing to distribute video over IP networks.

The firm translates the code of original digital video content for over 700 customers across the media industry, which includes ESPN, HBO, British Broadcasting and Comcast, for web distribution.  Its technology can offer flexibility, scalability and performance required to deliver high quality video via turnkey, cloud-based and virtualised deployment models...

MainOne's MDX-i partners Microsoft on cloud computing

Grazed from TelecomPaper.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Nigerian operator MainOne's data centre subsidiary MDX-i announced the launch of its new cloud-based service offering with Microsoft. The service is built on Microsoft Azure infrastructure for secure private computing to companies on a pay-as-you-go basis. Benefits of the Infrastructure as a Service include access to a wide range of computing resources, such as storage, CPU, memory, security firewalls and network bandwidth, provisioned on a subscription basis.

This the first cloud offering MDX-i is launching in partnership with Microsoft and positions the company to meet the computing infrastructure needs of companies deploying private, public or hybrid clouds from its Tier III data centre in Lagos...

Read more from the source @ http://www.telecompaper.com/news/mainones-mdx-i-partners-microsoft-on-cloud-computing--1100694

DoD, GSA consider new contract vehicle for commercial cloud

Grazed from FederalNewsRadio.  Author: Jared Serbu.

The General Services Administration and the Defense Department are working together on a possible new contract vehicle to help federal agencies buy commercial cloud computing services.

Nothing’s final yet, but the talks, between GSA’s Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) and the Defense Information Systems Agency could result in a multiple award contract solely for cloud, perhaps similar to GSA’s Networx contract, which lets agencies buy telecommunications services with pre-existing service level agreements...

Cloud Computing: Google expands Compute Engine offerings with bigger VMs, autoscaling

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Jon Gold.

Google Compute Engine, the company’s IaaS cloud computing offering, got a facelift today with the announcement that new autoscaling features and 32-core VMs would be available to the general public. Autoscaler, according to an official blog post, is the same system that Google itself uses to dynamically scale the number of VMs being used by a given application based on load – users set utilization targets, and the autoscaling system spins up or shuts down VMs in order to keep, say, RAM utilization at 50%. The idea is to remove the need for extensive capacity planning and management, Google said.

“This saves you money and headaches since you don’t have to buy and hold spare capacity,” the announcement said. “Furthermore, Autoscaler can scale from zero to millions of requests per second in minutes without the need to pre-warm.” In addition, VMs on GCE are getting bigger – customers can now use 32-core VMs for load-intensive tasks like video rendering and heavy database workloads...

Why hybrid cloud is so important - and why the market prediction is so large

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

Now we’ve had a few years of cloud adoption under our belts, it’s a good time to take a look at how some of the models are performing. Public cloud has its own great case study with Amazon AWS, and private clouds see strong supporters with forward-thinking IT teams. But there is another model that is winning over IT teams, the hybrid cloud, and it has good reason to.

With the rise of cloud models, we’ve heard a lot about the benefits of public and private clouds. Public clouds gave us the ability to leverage low-cost services to help organisations transition to cloud models through availability of services such as Amazon AWS. Private clouds were either built in-house to start taking advantage of the same type of technologies that make public clouds so attractive, but sadly the scale of efficiencies often doesn’t work for small organisations because the upfront costs of purchasing hardware and licenses can be more than simply leveraging cloud services from a third party provider...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2015/sep/03/why-hybrid-cloud-so-important-market-prediction-large/

Perspecsys Receives 2015 Cloud Computing Excellence Award

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Perspecsys, a leader in enterprise cloud data protection solutions recently acquired by Blue Coat Systems, Inc., announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named the Perspecsys Cloud Data Protection Platform a 2015 Cloud Computing Excellence Award winner.

The Cloud Computing Excellence Award, presented by Cloud Computing Magazine, recognizes companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market. "We are thrilled TMC has honored us with The Cloud Computing Excellence Award," said David Canellos, CEO of Perspecsys. "As demand for strong data security and regulatory compliance in the cloud has surged, we have been laser focused on delivering the best enterprise-class capabilities for encryption and tokenization in public cloud environments. To have our efforts and success recognized with this award is a significant achievement for our entire team."...

Salesforce Expands Into Industry Verticals With Financial Services Cloud

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Having scaled the peaks of the global customer relationship management software market, cloud computing vendor Salesforce.com has now expanded into cloud solutions for industry verticals. Industry verticals refer to cloud solutions specifically designed for particular industries. The newly released Salesforce Financial Services Cloud is Salesforce’s first such industry vertical offering. More products for the public sector, healthcare and life sciences verticals are slated to follow in the future.

Salesforce, which specializes in CRM solutions and is the leading vendor in this segment, is tackling slowing growth as it approaches a $7 billion annual revenue run rate. To be sure, the company is still managing to grow at over 20% year on year every quarter, but its track record of over 30% year on year growth rate may now be a thing of the past. Indeed, revenue growth of Salesforce’s flagship Sales Cloud has fallen to single digits in the last few quarters...