Cloud Computing: Citrix, Google offer new Receiver for Chrome

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Editorial Staff.

Citrix and Google have extended their relationship with the unveiling of a new Receiver for Chrome, which the companies say offers improved user experience. A Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing in the cloud.

Citrix Receiver is a client software that provides access to XenDesktop and XenApp installations. With this download, users can access applications, desktops and data from any device, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs. According to market research firm Gartner, by 2017, sales of Chromebooks are set to nearly triple to reach 14.4 million units...

What's all the worry about? The cloud is more secure

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Karl Flinders.

In the on-premise versus in the cloud debate it is always the subject of security that swings people in favour of on-premise. People feel safer if their software is on their own premises, but does that mean it is safer. Everybody is connected to the internet so bricks and mortar is no protection. You could argue that if it is on your own premises you have better control of physical security. Anyway the point of this post is to highlight research from analyst firm Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC), which states that: "Cloud [is] more secure than on-premise IT"

"Rapid development in cloud-based security, including physical security within the data centres, means that, for many firms, it is more effective and cost efficient to locate IT systems in the cloud than on on-premise equipment. CIOs and CISOs should consider the cloud for many of their IT systems, while for SMEs and local government PAC recommends that it should be the default architecture," said PAC...

Microsoft fights back against US warrant demanding overseas emails be handed over

Grazed from Computing. Author: Sooraj Shah.

Microsoft is continuing its fight against a US federal court order that demanded that the software giant hand over email data held in a data centre overseas to US federal authorities. The company has said that it would not release any information as it waits for the case to make its way through the appeals process, according to WindowsITPro.

The judge is now asking both Microsoft and federal prosecutors to advise her how to proceed by 5 September - this Friday. A Microsoft spokesperson said that the company "will not be turning over the email and plans to appeal". "Everyone agrees this case can and will proceed to the appeals court. This is simply about finding the appropriate procedure for that to happen," the spokesperson added...

Zayo launches Connect to the Cloud

Grazed from DataCenterDynamics. Author: Nick Booth.

Telco Zayo has launched a Connect to the Cloud program that links cloud providers – including Amazon web services (AWS) and Softlayer - with 500 data centers worldwide. The aim is to simplify shopping for cloud connections and help customers to operate a hybrid cloud, according to Zayo, which uses its own network rather than the public internet in order to offer high service levels.

In 2011, Zayo became one of the first providers to offer direct bandwidth up to 10G through the AWS Direct Connect portal. In 2013 it became an Amazon Partner Network (APN) Technology Partner. Zayo provides private networks with circuits to enable connectivity to each AWS Direct Connect location...

Holiday Extras turns IT from a 'no' department to a 'yes' department with cloud

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Archana Venkatraman.

IT is seen not just as a business enabler, but also as a division that can help the business identify new revenue streams. So when IT was becoming a limiting factor at Holiday Extras, a UK travel add-ons service provider, its IT team knew it had to act fast. Holiday Extras provides add-on travel services, such as airport hotel bookings, parking and insurance services to British holidaymakers. Its most critical business application is its website.

The company’s in-house datacentre, which has been operational since its launch in 1983, powered its web applications, television campaigns and business operations. It was a regular facility full with blade servers, firewall infrastructure, load balancers and massive infrastructure around its web system...

Cloud Computing: Consumer Apps and Services - Microsoft's Often-Overlooked Crown Jewels

Grazed from Winsupersite.  Author: Paul Thurrott.

While Microsoft's business offerings have long dominated the conversation around the software giant, I'm increasingly excited by the firm's growing set of integrated consumer services that work via apps on all popular mobile device platforms. It is here, I think, that Microsoft's "mobile first, cloud first" mantra is most clearly seen, because the services that impact end users directly are those that make the most sense on mobile devices.  But here's the tragedy: Most consumers, I bet, rarely even consider Microsoft's mobile app and web services offerings. Most don't even know they exist.

Part of the reason for this is no doubt because of Microsoft's reputation as a provider of business technology products and services. And while it's fair to point out that the majority of the firm's revenues do come from business customers, that doesn't diminish the quality of its consumer-oriented offerings, or the impact this company has with individuals, through apps and on the web...

Cloud Computing: Our wildest dreams are coming true

Grazed from BDLive.  Author: Willie Oosthuysen.

THE ever-accelerating evolution of technology keeps making real the stuff of science fiction.  Just 30 years ago, cellphones, the internet and GPS were predictions. Now we carry instruments in our pockets that can do all those things, and more.  Technology predictions for 2014 give us a tantalising glimpse of what’s in store — and some of it is mind-boggling.

1. The internet of everything

This is the idea that, eventually, every device in the world can be connected to every other device.  You already have aspects of the internet of everything in your life, such as synching your calendar across devices...

Application monitoring tools put Google Cloud under the microscope

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Dan Sullivan.

Application monitoring tools give cloud admins insight into application performance and other crucial issues. These tools help admins understand complex distributed systems, which can often behave in unexpected ways. As more developers move from programming for single servers to writing distributed applications, they will come to depend on monitoring tools.

Most cloud providers, as well as third parties, offer deployment management and monitoring tools. Google is expanding the range of services and tools that are available to developers and system administrators with Cloud Monitoring, Cloud Trace and Cloud Debugger. Google's Cloud Monitoring tool is generally available today, and Cloud Trace and Cloud Debugger are in private beta release...

OpenText Aiming Growth At Cloud Computing

Grazed from  Author: Juan Carlos Arancibia.

OpenText doesn't fit neatly into any one business category. Rather, it's a collection of businesses ranging from document management to e-mail management.  But it all boils down to what is known as enterprise information management. That's the technology that helps companies organize, secure and maximize use of their information warehouses.

OpenText is aiming much of its growth at cloud computing, where companies can access and manage data over the Internet. In January, it closed the $1.17 billion acquisition of GXS Group, a business-to-business cloud integration services provider...

Using the cloud doesn't mean you don't need localized tech support

Grazed from Press Enterprise.  Author:  Courtney Kaufman.

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of hype and excitement over the potential value of cloud computing, or the “cloud,” for the business environment.  The biggest problem has been that most people really don’t understand what cloud computing is or how it works. If you’re still not 100 percent sure what it is, you’re not alone. Even television shows and commercials commonly make fun of the term by mentioning it and then quickly reacting with, “What is the cloud?” or “Where is the cloud?”

Simply put, cloud computing is using the Internet to access your files, emails, data, applications and more. Instead of storing your files, applications and other data on a computer or server at your office, you’re storing them on high-speed, high-security servers that you can access anytime, anywhere via the Internet with nearly any device...