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Top Five Cloud Trends for 2017

Grazed from Nuvias Group

Karl Roe, VP Services and Cloud Solutions Nuvias Group, gives his top predictions for cloud developments in 2017.

1. Un-Clouding
We have all witnessed the ‘cloud rush’ of recent years where organisations have been encouraged to move their workloads to the cloud. However, there is a growing recognition among organisations that cloud services are not the be-all and end-all – and certainly not always the most cost effective way to deliver all their IT workloads.

In several cases, the promised cost savings that customers thought they would receive haven’t materialised – in fact it can be quite the opposite when they first see their bill, after failing to be properly advised on their long-term costs. Many IT service providers have been caught up in the vendor hype surrounding cloud services, and encouraged cloud migration despite the end user often not fully understanding the long-term cost implications.
 

Camfil turns to Interoute SD-WAN for network & data centre consolidation

Grazed from Camfil and Interoute

Interoute, owner operator of a global cloud services platform and one of Europe's largest networks, is transforming the IT estate of Camfil, the world leader in air filters for ventilation systems.

Headquartered in Sweden and with 26 manufacturing facilities, six R&D facilities and local sales offices worldwide, Camfil’s data network is distributed across more than 130 sites. Camfil is using Interoute’s Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) solution to better manage and consolidate its IT environment and instead focus on its core business of providing clean air.
 

5 Ways Cloud Computing Can Benefit Engineers

Cloud computing as a technology is so groundbreaking that it will eventually end up affecting every sector, may it be healthcare, education and in some cases engineering. Engineering is a fluid sector that thrives on the efficient exchange of information, and engineering firms big and small might benefit from cloud computing in ways they might not even imagine. In this article, we're going to explore a few reasons why it's time for your engineering firm to move to the cloud.

Cloud Computing Gives You Access to Big Brand Infrastructure

One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is that it allows your company to benefit from the same infrastructure bigger companies have access to, with a small time budget. In many cases, the idea of overhauling huge systems might be frightening to some, and Cloud computing offers a great solution to companies who either want to upgrade on the cheap or are looking for a temporary solution until they secure the funds necessary to upgrade their infrastructure.

Riding Salesforce and Amazon's cloud to $1 billion

Grazed from CNBC. Author: Ari Levy.

At Amazon.com's annual cloud computing gala last month called re:Invent, recruiters from on-demand learning company Pluralsight were on the hunt for experts to teach coding. Pluralsight offers a library of over 5,000 online courses for software developers and IT pros to gain new skills, ranging from learning popular open-source languages and big data tools on Amazon Web Services to mastering the latest in cybersecurity and designing mobile games.

The explosive growth of technology platforms like AWS has driven Pluralsight's expansion, enabling the 12-year-old company to reel in a recent round of $30 million at a valuation exceeding $1 billion, CEO Aaron Skonnard told CNBC.com in an exclusive interview. Pluralsight, based near Salt Lake City, is using the cash as part of its push beyond individual subscriptions and into big businesses, where a host of new web and infrastructure technologies as well as cyberthreats are forcing developers into a constant state of learning...

The cloud and the CIO - the cloud is still out of control - part 1

Grazed from TheCSuite. Author: Grant MacDonald.

With IDC recently predicting that IT infrastructure spending will grow at a CAGR of 15.1% from 2014 to 2019, and given that spending on cloud will be 46% of the entire IT budget – it’s clear that now is the time harness the best that the cloud has to offer. Research commissioned by Fruition Partners in 2015 showed that CIOs had a range of serious concerns over cloud control. This year, the research was repeated and it looks as though little has changed.

The research found that 80 per cent of CIOs do not apply the same comprehensive IT service management processes to cloud as they do for in-house IT services. When compared to last year’s figures, the research found while there has been a slight improvement in overall cloud maturity, we’ve still got a long way to go. In fact, more than 85 per cent of CIOs still say that the proliferation of public cloud computing services is reducing the control their organisation has over the IT services it uses. CIOs are highly concerned by the negative impacts of this trend, with three-quarters of them saying it leads to financial waste, and increases the business and security risks to the organisation...

Magnum Energy Launches cBox - the Amazon Web Services IoT Gateway for Smart Building Control

Grazed from Magnum Energy

Magnum Energy Solutions, an innovative wireless energy management solution provider, today introduces its newest product for commercial building automation. The cBox or "CloudBox" is an innovative gateway that enables self-powered, wireless devices to securely and efficiently communicate with Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT. The cBox enables smart building control and the remote monitoring of devices, including Magnum's OPUS lighting nodes, to connect, authenticate and exchange critical data with AWS IoT using the M2M IoT protocol MQTT.

For owners and operators of small- to medium-sized buildings, the cost of adding smart building technologies can often be expensive. The high price tag is usually due to proprietary software solutions that are tied to the building equipment or to LED lighting systems. Magnum provides solutions that allow standalone lighting options without the need of software. If data visualization and remote control support are needed, the cBox provides a cost effective alternative. 

VMware releases 'not cool, but very useful' integrated containers

Grazed from The Register. Author: Simon Sharwood

VMware has released its long-touted vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC), the company's way of making vSphere a fine place to run containers.

Plenty of pundits have suggested that containers stand a good chance of killing virtual machines, citing the former as lighter, faster and better-suited to building the kind of apps that work well at scale on the web and with mobile devices. VMware's response has been to agree that containers are wonderful things, even more so when running inside a virtual machine.

"The best user experience will win in hyperconverged," says HPE on theCUBE

Grazed from HPE. Author: Alison Golan

Last week at HPE Discover 2016 London, Dave Vellante & Paul Gillin of theCUBE chatted with Bryan Jacquot, Worldwide User Experience Architect at HPE. Vellante started the interview by commenting on the fact that they don’t typically interview someone with Jacquot’s title.

Jacquot agreed, yet his job is vital at HPE. By studying human-computer interaction and cognitive psychology, software designers can improve user experience. For example, he mentioned that the careful use of color and sound is important in how the brain interprets and accepts information. Using basic fundamentals of cognitive psychology, designers can take complex systems and make them easier to understand and use.

Astute Solutions Joins the Cloud Security Alliance

Grazed from Astute Solutions and Cloud Security Alliance

Astute Solutions, the world's smartest software for consumer engagement, today announced they have joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) STAR program. The CSA is a not-for-profit organization focused on promoting security best practices within cloud computing.

As a member of the STAR program (Security, Trust & Assurance Registry), Astute Solutions joins more than 200 other businesses in demonstrating their dedication to providing secure technology products. The STAR program acts as a resource for potential customers and business partners to evaluate the risk of conducting business with a particular service provider. Instead of the typical time-consuming work of managing lengthy questionnaires and RFP processes, the CSA helps companies evaluate service providers more quickly and effectively by vouching for the provider's credibility.

Amazon Web Services Cloud Now Available to Customers from Data Centers in Canada

Grazed from Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced the launch of the AWS Canada (Central) Region. With this launch, AWS now provides 40 Availability Zones across 15 technology infrastructure regions globally, with another seven Availability Zones and three regions in the UK, France, and China expected to come online in the coming months. Tens of thousands of Canadian customers are using other AWS Regions and starting today, developers, start-ups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations can leverage the AWS Cloud to run their applications and store their data on infrastructure in Canada. Developers can sign-up and get started today at: http://aws.amazon.com.

The AWS Canada (Central) Region offers two Availability Zones at launch. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher fault-tolerance. AWS also provides two Amazon CloudFront edge locations in Toronto and Montreal for customers looking to deliver websites, applications, and content to Canadian end users with low latency. These locations are part of AWS’s existing network of 68 edge sites across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.