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Why cloud storage needn't be a security headache

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Barclay Ballard.

Even in computing terms, the cloud is relatively new and as with any new phenomenon there are stumbling blocks and naysayers. For cloud computing, this has often centred on security issues and claims that it is less secure than local storage. While it is true that, when poorly implemented, the cloud can be at the root of some nasty security headaches, to state that on-premise solutions are always more secure is an oversimplification.

Improvements to cloud security, including the implementation of end-to-end encryption, has been one of the key reasons why more and more businesses are taking advantage of third-party suppliers. The flexibility provided by cloud computing is often used to explain productivity benefits, but it is also at the heart of recent security improvements...

SoftNAS Joins CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace

Grazed from NewsFactor. Author: Editorial Staff.

Businesses Worldwide Can Now Easily Store and Manage Unlimited Data Through SoftNAS On CenturyLink's Cloud Marketplace -- SoftNAS Cloud accelerates enterprise performance on any hardware through an easily and rapidly deployed full-featured, software-based Network-Attached Storage (NAS) appliance.

SoftNAS, the #1 best-selling software-based network-attached storage (NAS) in the cloud, today announced its participation in the CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace Provider Program. With SoftNAS’ inclusion in the program, CenturyLink Cloud customers now have secure file sharing and storage capabilities on the CenturyLink Cloud platform...

Hitachi Data Systems wins cloud award

Grazed from PaceToday. Author: Editorial Staff.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has been named a winner of the TMC 2015 Cloud Computing Excellence Awards for its advanced Hitachi Content Platform portfolio, including Hitachi Content Platform, Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere and Hitachi Data Ingestor. Presented by Cloud Computing magazine, the Cloud Computing Excellence Awards recognise companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market.

The Hitachi Content Platform portfolio is the only portfolio that offers integrated solutions and a single architecture for private and hybrid cloud, OpenStack support, cost-effective erasure-coded dense storage, elastic cloud gateways, file sync and share, and mobile access to enterprise NAS file shares...

Read more from the source @ http://www.pacetoday.com.au/news/hitachi-data-systems-wins-cloud-award

All Clouds are Not Created Equal; Some Cloud Providers are Not Equipped to Protect Enterprise Data from Loss

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Despite all the advantages the cloud offers, it's important to realize that the cloud itself is not magic. Cloud computing is simply a method for consuming IT as a service rather than building that infrastructure in house. It can offer significant cost savings in the right instances, but not all cloud services are created equal. According to Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), there is a growing misperception that data that resides in the cloud is automatically protected just because it's in the cloud. This, the company warns, is absolutely not the case.

"There's a common misconception that placing your data in the cloud solves all problems, and that's just not true," says Eric Brooks, Cloud Services Practice Manager, Logicalis US. "Not all cloud providers are built to accommodate enterprise-level IT needs; many don't provide the kind of advanced networking, backup or disaster recovery services you would expect to find in an enterprise IT organization. Don't assume the cloud is somehow magic...

Alibaba launching cloud-based artificial intelligence platform

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Barclay Ballard.

Alibaba is launching a new artificial intelligence platform, which boasts enhanced data mining and analytics features that could prove useful for enterprise customers. DT PAI uses complex algorithms alongside machine and deep learning techniques in order to analyse client data. Despite its complexity, the platform will present information in a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface.

The platform is based on Aliyun’s Open Data Processing Service (ODPS) technology, which is capable of processing 100 petabytes of data in six hours. It could help find hidden trends within data or recommend products to customers. Alibaba’s cloud computing business Aliyun also believes that DT PAI can help developers predict user behaviour without having to write new code...

Big data, cloud, mobility, and why IT needs to move at the speed of business

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Ian Moyse.

“We change our behaviour when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change” – Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend Successful businesses require the ability to change and increasingly to adapt quickly, to be agile to new approaches and technologies and be flexible to the needs of the business and customers.

We are at the wake of monumental change and how businesses service and engage with the customer and employee alike are under upward pressure from users and customers who are driving a higher expectation on their provider where brand loyalty can wane quicker than ever before. Of the Fortune 500 firms in 1955, come 2015 89% of the list has changed, having either gone bankrupt, merged, or exist but have fallen from the Fortune 500...

Cloud Computing: ClearSky Combining Storage, Networking to Advance IT Infrastructure

Grazed from Xconomy. Author: Gregory T. Huang.

The Boston tech industry is entering a new age of enterprise IT. Long known for its companies in data storage, networking, and business software, the local sector is seeing a boom in startups that have a new spin on these traditional fields. One of them is ClearSky Data, a roughly two-year-old effort from founders Ellen Rubin and Laz Vekiarides (pictured) that is finally talking today about what it’s building.

Rubin, the company’s CEO, previously worked at Netezza and co-founded CloudSwitch, while Vekiarides was a veteran of EqualLogic. All of those companies were eventually acquired for big money—by IBM, Verizon, and Dell, respectively. ClearSky raised $12 million from General Catalyst and Highland Capital Partners early last year...

Plivo Uses Cloud Aggregation to Drop SMS Costs by 40 Percent

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

As a technology, Short Message Service (SMS) has been around as a commercial service since the early 1990s. But with the advent of the cloud and the rise of application programming interfaces (APIs) the overall SMS market has evolved into a $100 billion industry. Starting this week, Plivo, an aggregator of SMS offerings that can be invoked via a single API, appears to be single-handedly starting a price war.

Plivo is lowering the cost of outbound messages deliver via SMS by as much as 40 percent across 200 countries. Plivo co-founder and CEO Venky Balasubramanian said because Plivo has been able to aggregate SMS offerings delivered via over 1,600 networks, the company has been able to drive down pricing by negotiating directly with each carrier...

Cloud Computing: What's with this VMware executive diaspora?

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

Chuck Hollis, a longtime executive with EMC and then VMware, is joining Oracle where he will again work with fellow EMC veteran Dave Donatelli. As to what he’ll be doing? Other than blogging, he’ s not saying much other than “probably a lot of stuff I’ve done before plus some new stuff.” according to a blog post post over the weekend.

Hollis, who joined EMC in 1994 and moved to VMware, part of the EMC Federation , two years ago. At VMware he was chief strategist of storage and availability. The Federation comprises EMC itself and associated companies VMware, Pivotal, RSA, and VCE, in which EMC owns a stake. The federation has come under fire as Elliott Management pressures EMC to sell its stake in VMware. Elliott’s contention is that VMware would do better for shareholders if it was completely spun out from EMC. EMC chairman Joe Tucci has proclaimed otherwise...

Intel to Invest Heavily in Software That Enhances Cloud-Computing Capabilities

Grazed from NYTimes. Author: Quentin Hardy.

Intel, the world’s biggest maker of computer chips, has seen its future. There may not be room for some of Intel’s old friends in it. “A new world is coming, and it is inevitable,” said Diane M. Bryant, who runs Intel’s business in chips for industrial-size computing centers. “Everyone has to act differently.”

Indeed, Intel’s venture arm is expected to announce on Monday that it will put $100 million toward software that is used in cloud computing, an increasingly popular method for making bigger and more efficient computing systems. Intel will lead a $75 million equity investment in Mirantis, a little-known start-up specializing in open-source cloud software, and will spend another $25 million on bolstering its own resources for working with Mirantis-type products, according to several people familiar with the deal...