Cloud Computing

Cloud computing: How to make the move without losing control

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Mark Samuels

The shift to cloud computing, though real, is still at an early stage for many companies. Clive Longbottom, service director at analyst Quocirca, says any claim that the move to on-demand IT has reached a tipping point should be accompanied by a large pinch of salt. "Everyone is busy saying the cloud is already here, but our research suggests just 12 percent of businesses are cloud-first organisations," he says.

His firm recently polled 400 IT directors and strategists on behalf of enterprise cloud company Nutanix. While a third of businesses run workloads in the cloud, about a quarter of firms go as far as to suggest they will never move on-demand.
 

LayerStack Launches CloudNet for a Higher Elasticity of Resources Management

Grazed from LayerStack

LayerStack, a Hong Kong based IaaS provider, released CloudNet as the new product category. CloudNet is an IT resource pooling cloud infrastructure that enables customized resources allocation in terms of SSD storage, vCPU, RAM, IP address and image storage. It serves as a pool of compute resources for multiple VMs across multiple datacenters in Hong Kong and Singapore. It also addresses different virtual machine requirements under the same control panel for centralized management. Users can enjoy high controllability in developing a fully customized cloud infrastructure in terms of specifications.

"This resource pooling architecture supports multi-tenancy model with dedicated processing resources to facilitate different specification needs," said Matthew Wu, Product Engineering Manager of LayerStack. CloudNet starts at a reasonable price from US$75 per month with 8 vCPU, 16GB RAM, 400GB SSD storage, 4 IP addresses and 50GB image storage. On top of the default resources package, clients can also purchase additional resources separately according to specific needs.

Could Cloud Computing Lag Make Driverless Cars Unsafe?

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Any gamer that has given cloud gaming a shot knows that aliens, zombies, and orcs aren't the biggest enemy they will face - lag is. It can be frustrating to attempt to block an enemy attack only to get decimated by delayed response times. 

But what if this same lag could affect you in real life? What if your car was subject to these same delays? 

In terms of changing the nature of how we interact with the internet, driverless cars are the biggest innovation since the smartphone. And they will be available sooner than you might think. According to major manufacturers like Toyota, Volvo, and Tesla, we should expect them to hit the market before 2020. Is cloud computing, in its current form, able to handle the additional load of thousands upon thousands of new "devices"? Considering the distance that data has to travel to and from driverless cars, this is a real concern. 

7 Advantages of Cloud Computing for Your Business

Grazed from InfoTech. Author: Robert Best.

Cloud computing has had an historically positive effect on business technology. Since it exploded onto the scene the business world has been captivated by the Cloud. 63% of UK businesses are planning to move their entire IT estate to the cloud soon per the Cloud Industry Forum. Still a third of businesses are still not taking advantage of the cloud.

“If someone asks me what cloud computing is, I try not to get bogged down with definitions. I tell them that, simply put, cloud computing is a better way to run your business.” Marc Benioff, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Salesforce, from Nerido. The Cloud is cost effective because it offers better tech at lower prices. That tech makes your business more agile and more secure...

Whatchu doin' Upthere? Western Digital moves on cloud storage space

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Editorial Staff.

Western Digital Corporation has bought Upthere, a consumer data storage startup with its own public cloud. Upthere was founded in 2011 by director Bertrand Sarlet, VP for business development Alex Kushnir, and Roger Bodamer. CEO Chris Bourdon joined Upthere as VP products in August 2012 after being Apple's senior product line manager in the Mac OS X area.

He was promoted to CEO in December 2015 when Bodamer left. Sarlet worked at Apple from 1997 to 2011, and was previously at Steve Job's NeXT. The company, based in Redwood City, CA, stores users' data – photos, videos, documents and music – in its own data centre and says this about its core technology:..

Read more from the source @ https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/29/wdc_buys_public_cloud_storage_startup/

Cloud Computing: Exploring blockchain best fit apps across industries

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: David H Deans.

Much of the initial interest in cryptocurrencies centered around their potential as alternatives to fiat currencies. Now attention has shifted to the upside potential of open distributed ledger technologies known as blockchain. A clear indication of blockchain's increasing maturity is how the emerging fintech sector, which was once dominated by tech start-ups, is becoming crowded with leading IT platform providers -- many of whom are developing their own offerings.

The market leaders have been involved in collaborative ventures and consortia. As an example, IBM unveiled Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) for developers back in February 2016 that's based upon the Hyperledger Fabric. Meanwhile, market demand is growing rapidly across vertical industries...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft launches new Brainwave system to run super-fast AI

Grazed from GigaBit. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft has unveiled a new hardware system called Brainwave that will allow developers to use high-speed artificial intelligence, by deploying machine learning systems onto programmable silicon. This would mean that performance could go beyond levels of current central processing units, with a lack of batching operations intending to help hardware to handle requests as they receive them.

Billed as a "major leap forward in both performance and flexibility for cloud-based serving of deep learning models," the real-time AI system uses ultra-low latency which would benefit cloud infrastructures that need to process live data streams. Using the field programmable gate array that Microsoft has been deploying, there would be no software used in the loop, instead serving DNNs as a hardware microservice and mapping one to a pool of remote FPGAs...

Read more from the source @ http://www.gigabit.net/cloud-computing/microsoft-launches-new-brainwave-system-run-super-fast-ai

Manage containers in cloud computing to prevent sprawl, cut costs

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Nolle.

Containers in cloud computing simplify and accelerate application deployment, but the ease with which users spin them up can result in overuse. When this happens in the public cloud, container sprawl can drive up costs alarmingly. Fortunately, container sprawl is manageable, but enterprises need to take control early and fight to keep it. And above all, remember that not all container sprawl management practices will address cloud costs.

The container sprawl challenge

VMs were the first popular virtualization strategy, but it was clear that companies could take virtualization too far, complicating both host management and application deployment. Containers in cloud computing, and in the data center, offer a way to create virtual hosts that share an OS and some middleware on a physical server...

Cloud computing decision guide: Breaking down 7 top solutions for healthcare

Grazed from HealthcareIT News. Author: Gus Venditto

To help with your planning, this Healthcare IT News Cloud Computing Buyers guide looks at the top four IaaS providers, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM. A report from Synergy Research Group found that these platforms have over 60 percent of the public cloud market. (Amazon has the lion’s share with 33 percent share; the other three divide 27 percent of the market.) The market is far from stable, however; Microsoft and Google each achieved an annualized growth rate of 80 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

We also look at services from three companies who specialize in supporting healthcare providers with managed services: ClearData, CDW and VMware.

Shop carefully. “Read the fine print and really make sure you ask a lot of questions,” Snedaker says. “Don’t take a sales rep’s word for anything. Not to disparage sales reps, but if it’s not in the contract, it really doesn’t matter what the salesperson said.”
 

Microsoft boosts cloud HPC strategy with Cycle Computing acquisition

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft has acquired Cycle Computing so that it can accelerate “Big Computing” in the cloud. Cycle Computing is described by Microsoft Azure VP Jason Zander in a blog post as being “a leader in cloud computing orchestration, to help make it easier than ever for customers to use High-Performance Computing and other Big Computing capabilities in the cloud.”

The company first made its name on Amazon Web Services EC2 offering with software that claimed to be able to spin up to 10,000 cores, back in 2011, and then 50,000 cores which was designed for the discovery of pharmaceutical drugs. That was showcased in 2013, along with a 71,000 core offering that ran at 729 teraflops...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cbronline.com/news/cloud/public/microsoft-boosts-cloud-hpc-strategy-cycle-computing-acquisition/