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Five Basic Things You Should Know About Cloud Computing

Grazed from CIO. Author: Janel Ryan.

We’ve all heard about cloud computing, but it may still seem like a foreign language to some. Because cloud computing has become a big deal (like, change the face of IT big), we thought we would provide a brief cloud computing introduction. Here are some key points you need to know about cloud computing to help your organization reap its benefits and get you back into the 21st century.

1. There are two versions of cloud to know about

There are several varieties of cloud computing services. Depending on your company’s IT needs, you might be able to use a cloud service instead of investing in new IT hardware. Two of the more popular versions of cloud offerings are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). With SaaS, the cloud service provider hosts your enterprise applications and associated data on its servers and storage systems...

Global Organizations Want SDN, Hybrid Cloud Solutions, Survey Shows

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

Security remains paramount for global organizations interested in cloud computing, according to a new Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) survey. The ODCA's fourth-annual member survey revealed that security was the top cloud adoption concern among global organizations. The survey also showed that more than 80 percent of respondents said they are using or plan to use hybrid cloud solutions at some point in the future.

Other survey results included:

  • For the past three years, the number of organizations with less than 20 percent of their operations in a public cloud ranged from 79 percent to 88 percent.
  • Over the past three years, there has been significant growth in private cloud implementations, with the greatest growth in organizations that have more than half of their services in private clouds...

IT Spend and Cloud Computing Rising in 2015

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Michael Brown.

This year, it looks like IT spending is going up, and cloud-based file sharing is a big contributor. A survey of IT executives shows 43 percent of companies plan to increase their IT budget in 2015, with the average increase at 13 percent. Here is what they plan to spend their IT budgets on this year.

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Cloud-based sharing and storage has seen a major increase in the past few years, but 2015 looks to be its biggest year yet. 40% of those surveyed planned to increase their spending on cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS). Companies can now really see the value in increasing their flexibility and accessibility by leveraging the cloud...

Airtel partners with Amazon for cloud computing services

Grazed from PCTechMag. Author: Ephraim Batambuze.

Airtel yesterday announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services to offer its cloud computing services to customers in India. The Cloud computing services will offer software and other facility to customers while charging them on usage basis, without requiring them to buy entire product.

Bharti Airtel’s Global Business CEO Ajay Chitkara said that they are excited to strengthen Airtel’s cloud services portfolio by adding Amazon Web Services to our growing list of cloud services providers. Under this partnership customers will get commitment from the company on a dedicated connection between their premise and AWS data centres – the facility which was not available earlier...

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Cloud Computing: Couchbase moves into the microservices era with multi-dimensional scaling

Grazed from Silicon Angle. Author: Maria Deutscher.

Couchbase Inc. is breaking up its namesake document store and turning the individual components into discrete services that will deploy separately to make the whole more efficient. The overhaul represents a historic departure from the conventional way of building databases.

Like practically every other enterprise application, the software that organizations use to manage their information has traditionally come in tightly-integrated bundles. The way that information is stored changed over the years, as has the data itself in many cases, but not the packaging. That is, until now...

Cloud Computing: The browser that came back to haunt Microsoft

Grazed from TheGuardian.  Author: Editorial Staff.

So Microsoft has decided to “retire” Internet Explorer, its web browser. So what? For most internet users the news probably ranked somewhere near the latest information about bond yields on Romanian debt. But for old timers like this columnist, it draws a line under an interesting chapter in the modern history of the computer industry.

So let’s spool back a bit – to 1993. By then, the internet was roughly 10 years old, but for its first decade had been largely unknown to anyone other than geeks and computer science researchers...

Cloud Computing: Yahoo to exit from China

Grazed from Inquirer.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Yahoo Inc is set to completely exit from China this year, after the United States-based technology giant said it was shutting its research and development center in Beijing.  The company’s decision to end its only physical presence in the Chinese mainland could eliminate as many as 300 jobs, industry sources said on Thursday.

Yahoo, however, declined to specify the actual number of jobs that would be made redundant.  “We are constantly making changes to align resources, and to foster better collaboration and innovation across our business. Today (Wednesday) we informed our employees based in Beijing that we will be closing our office there,” a statement said...

Cloud Computing: IBM mines Twitter for business data

Grazed from SBS.  Author: Editorial Staff.

IBM has introduced its first cloud-based data-mining and analysis services that have arisen out of its new partnership with Twitter.  The US technology giant is offering to trawl through Tweets posted on the micro-blogging site, evaluate and analyse them for the benefit of its business clients.

A half a billion Tweets appear daily on Twitter and, with the help of intelligent analytical tools, trends can be identified and client requests fished out, IBM manager Alistair Rennie said at CeBIT, the world's largest info technology fair in Hanover, Germany...

Cloud Computing: How to Turn Hillary Clinton's "Shadow IT" Habits into Opportunity

Grazed from MotleyFool.  Author: Anders Bylund.

Hillary Clinton has certainly been newsworthy recently. Stretching from the late 1990s and all the way through her stints as U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, ending in 2013, Clinton shunned government-run email services in favor of a system running in the home she shared with former president Bill Clinton. Critics argue this practice violated government policies, not to mention allowing her (and Bill) to avoid public disclosure of her service-related communications.

The official policy that ties federal officials to government-run email systems wasn't the law of the land until 2014, nearly two years after Clinton stepped out of the political life again. Nevertheless, she's still in the national spotlight over this old-yet-fresh scandal...

Intelisys Cloud Services University releases a new certification track focused on cloud computing

Grazed from ChannelPro.  Author:  Editorial Staff.

Technology services distributor, Intelisys Communications Inc., has released the second certification track from Intelisys Cloud Services University (iCSU), available from

The key focus of the iCSU Cloud Computing Solutions Professional Certification Track is to provide understanding of the cloud from every angle, including virtualization strategies, big data, application management, desktop-as-a-service, data migration strategies, and cloud storage architectures. Participants will learn about the different types of cloud silos available, and what workloads make sense where, gaining the knowledge they need to be the voice of clarity for their customers...