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Cloud Computing: SUSE Embraces Docker Containers

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Dan Kusnetzky.

Recently SUSE announced that it has fully embraced Docker as a component of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12. After having spoken to representatives of Red Hat, VMware and a number of other interested suppliers, I thought it would be good to speak with the SUSE team.

SUSE points out that its current Docker offering supports x86- and x64-based servers. It's planning to introduce support for this technology on other hardware platforms in the future. The company also has plans to integrate Docker into its SUSE Manager for lifecycle management tool...

Developers' new role: hold the enterprise's hand with cloud computing

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Ultimately, decisions around cloud application or platform development and adoption are driven by the business. But the people bringing cloud in and enlightening their enterprises are the "developer visionaries" who understand the implications it brings to businesses, as well as keeping the whole thing from becoming a tangled, hairy and expensive mess.

That's one of the takeaways from a new report issued by Technology Business Research (TBR), which states that as cloud becomes a greater part of business technology infrastructures, business-side managers are increasingly getting involved in development decisions. In the process, the role of developers is being elevated, from a "coder" persona to that of consultant to business management...

How Cloud Service Providers Enhance Your Cloud Computing Experience

Grazed from WNCY.com. Author: Editorial Staff.

The cloud has been around a long time, but recently there has been an increase in business’s urgency to move to the cloud and create a computing environment that is accessible from anywhere. Most businesses looking to create a cloud environment can greatly benefit from partnering with a cloud service provider – from choosing the best way to implement cloud services to establishing effective ongoing support. We’ve found the following provider services are essential to successfully utilizing the cloud...

1. Find the Best Approach

Many cloud conversations begin with misunderstood concepts about the cloud environment they require. For example, a common request from clients is to have their hardware moved off-site. This solution, typically referred to as co-location (or co-lo for short), will be perfect in some scenarios, but is not actually a cloud solution and likely does not address the technical or business case that is the true reason for migrating to the cloud...

Google Cloud Does Genomics: A Copybook Cloud Use Case

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ben Kepes.

Genomics is perhaps the perfect use case for the public cloud. Genomics workloads tend to have massive, yet irregular, processing needs. Researchers often need to run massive analytics workloads in order to crunch genomics data. Often, however, those workloads are needed for finite periods of time. In the old days, powering these workloads required investment in supercomputing resources – massively expensive hardware that might only be used for a short period of time.

With the advent of the public cloud, however, researchers can spin up almost unlimited amounts of computing power, but only use that power as and when they need it. It is hard to overstate just how revolutionary this is and the cloud has meant much research that wouldn’t have been viable previously, can now be performed...

Cloud Computing: Even Einstein Couldn't Fix Cybersecurity

Grazed from GovTech. Author: Larry Karisny.

A massive cyberattack at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) exposed the personal information of as many as 4 million federal employees. Though this type of news is not unusual, this particular case is different given that a multi-billion-dollar federal civilian cyberdefense systems was hacked.

The cyberdefense systems supposedly protecting the OPM are Department of Homeland Security programs known as Einstein and Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) -- and were hailed as the cornerstone of repelling cyberthreats in real time. Unfortunately this is not actually the case, as it took five months to discover the intrusion -- hackers hit the OPM in December, and the agency did not detect the intrusion until April. How bad the attack really was is still being analyzed...

HP tops IDC cloud infrastructure market rankings, ahead of Dell and Cisco

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

IDC’s ranking of cloud infrastructure providers is in: HP has hit the top of the charts, with Dell and Cisco making up the top three. The findings, which arrive in the analyst house’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, cover storage, server and Ethernet switch and show HP’s revenue growing 37.4% between 1Q14 and 1Q15, and market share at 15.7% for total 1Q15 revenues of $985 million. Dell, in second, has first quarter revenues of $745m, a market share of 11.9% and year over year revenue growth of 34.2%. Cisco, in third place, has first quarter revenues of $582m, an overall market share of 9.3% but revenue growth year over year of 30.1%.

The two companies positioned in fifth place, NetApp and Lenovo, had contrasting fortunes. NetApp’s revenue went up year on year by 1.5% to capture a 4.4% market share in 2015, down from 5.4% in 2014, while Lenovo’s revenue growth between 2014 and 2015 skyrocketed at 770.3%, moving from 0.5% market share in Q114 to 3.6% in Q115 – not especially surprising given IBM sold the majority of its x86 server business to the company last year...

Cloud Computing: The Networking Grid And The Rise Of Interconnectedness (infographic)

Grazed from CloudComputingToday. Author: Arnal Dayaratna.

The following infographic, courtesy of Equinix, illustrates the historical transformation in the way in which objects are interconnected. The infographic does well to show the proliferation of objects that have variously become digitized and participate in a larger networked grid marked by increased connectivity and bi-directional data and information flow.

To read more and to view the infographic, visit http://cloud-computing-today.com/2015/07/03/1073320/

MIT's Enigma: Decentralized Cloud Platform with Guaranteed Privacy

Grazed from InsideBitCoins. Author: Editorial Staff.

A pair of Bitcoin entrepreneurs and the MIT Media Lab has revealed a prototype for a system called Enigma, a decentralized cloud platform with guaranteed privacy. Enigma allows users to store, share, and analyze personal data without it being fully revealed to any party. Powered by the blockchain, Enigma aims to be a secure, multi-party computation. The team at MIT has already developed a prototype for Enigma, which is based on a highly optimized version of secure multi-party computation, guaranteed by a verifiable secret-sharing scheme. MIT Media Labs’ whitepaper says:

“For storage, we use a modified distributed hashtable for holding secret-shared data. An external blockchain is utilized as the controller of the network, manages access control, identities and serves as a tamper-proof log of events. Security deposits and fees incentivize operation, correctness and fairness of the system...

Big data in the cloud - where next?

Grazed from InformationAge. Author: Ben Rossi.

Big data is to the information age what the steam engine was to the industrial revolution. From expanding user intelligence to improving operational efficiencies, big data has revolutionised market places. IDC predicts that by 2020 we will create 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes, of data annually. To transform big data into information that drives business value it needs to be analysed. Unsurprisingly, crunching big data requires seriously big compute and a solid infrastructure to support it.

The data boom

Our insatiable desire for data insights did not begin with big data. If we look back to the 90s tech boom, business intelligence (BI) tools were the new big thing. BI allowed organisations to report and analyse company data, but unfortunately these systems were confined to dedicated data warehouses running specialist servers. As a result, conducting BI was too expensive and technical for the majority of enterprises.

See more at: http://www.information-age.com/technology/cloud-and-virtualisation/123459765/big-data-cloud-where-next#sthash.PyXDoyGM.dpuf

Plugging into the Digital Economy via the Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

Everywhere anyone turns these days business executives are using terms such as digital or service economy interchangeably, while the more technically inclined often tend to refer to the same business phenomenon as the API Economy. Regardless of what you call it, there is clearly a massive hunger for to deliver multiple forms of digital content around products and services that can be easily monetized.

Whether it’s a car or a turbine, every company that makes something is trying to figure out what digital services can be created that enhance the existing customer experience. The challenge that most of those organizations face is that most of them don’t have any mechanism in place to actually do any of that...