Cloud Services

Mobile cloud services bring user convenience, but at what cost?

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Michael Finneran.

The combination of mobile devices and the cloud provides a vision of what computing may look like in the future. One of the most compelling reasons for individuals and enterprises to store data with mobile cloud services is continuous, ubiquitous access. Users who store files with cloud storage services can have immediate access to them anytime, anywhere and from any device -- assuming they have network connectivity.

 Millions have already taken their data to popular consumer-oriented mobile cloud services such as Dropbox, and some have taken the further step of synching many of their work files to those services. This leaves enterprise IT professionals wondering: How secure are these consumer services? And how can employees be restricted from using them?...

Sprint to resell Google Apps for Business cloud service

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Mark Hamblen.

Sprint on Wednesday announced a partnership with Google to offer the Google Apps for Business cloud service, adding that customers of the service won't be required to use Sprint's wireless network or Android devices. The partnership helps move Sprint well beyond it's role as a basic wireless carrier for businesses to one that will bolster basic Google cloud service and access to Google apps with Sprint's own hands-on professional consulting, much of it free.

The announcement comes amid widespread reports that Sprint is in discussions to buy T-Mobile and just weeks after a six-month study of wireless carrier network performance found Sprint didn't finish first among national carriers in any of 125 U.S. cities. Sprint's resale of Google Apps for Business kicks off officially on Aug. 18...

Must-know: Cloud computing services and deployment models

Grazed from MarketRealist. Author: Anupama Shukla.

Huge investments and differentiated services provided by Cloud leave no doubt that it’s being aggressively used and adopted. However,every business is different and so are its applications, confidentiality, and the level of support required. As a result, cloud computing has different offerings and deployment models to suit varied business requirements.

The previous chart illustrates the cloud service models of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS that are built on the cloud computing essential characteristics. The cloud service models can be used either individually or in combination with other service models to create the cloud deployment models...

NetFortris Offers Cloud-Based Solutions for App, Data, Voice Services

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

Cloud-based voice and data communications provider NetFortris yesterday unveiled new services for mid-sized, multi-location enterprises. NetFortris, previously known as Telekenex, is offering a Cloud Communications Platform (CCP) that manages application and network resources.

"The NetFortris CCP is a powerful platform upon which organizations can grow their business," NetFortris CEO Grant Evans said in a prepared statement. "We've built a world-class support infrastructure, giving companies the support they need as they build their IT infrastructure on the NetFortris platform."...

FBI seeks information about cloud services to store criminal justice data

Grazed from FierceGovernmentIT. Author: Henry Kenyon.

The FBI is seeking commercial cloud-computing options that can store vast amounts of criminal justice data. In a recent request for information, the bureau said it wants an on-site, infrastructure-as-a-service, "cloud in a box" system to support the Criminal Justice Information Services division in Clarksburg, W.Va., at multiple locations across the country.

In the request, the FBI said the system capabilities should include rent processing, storage, networks and other computing resources such as operating systems and applications. The cloud infrastructure would be run by a commercial provider, but its physical components such as servers would reside at FBI facilities. The bureau would also retain control over any "operating systems, storage, deployed applications, and networking components such as firewalls and load balancers."...

Fortinet Delivers On-Demand, Pay-As-You-Go Virtual Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) for Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: PR Announcement.

Fortinet -- a world leader in high-performance network security -- today announced enhancements to its existing FortiWeb-VM Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) for Amazon Web Services (AWS) to include on-demand, pay-as-you-go offerings. FortiWeb-VM for AWS helps AWS enterprise customers secure their cloud-based Web applications and meet PCI DSS compliance requirements.

FortiWeb-VM for AWS can now be utilized seamlessly on an hourly or annual subscription basis, complementing existing Bring Your Own License (BYOL) options. When procured via AWS Marketplace for on-demand delivery and integrated metering, billing, and payments, AWS customers can now consume "security-as-a-service" in the same simple and elastic manner as they would with the AWS infrastructure itself. A significant benefit of the new on-demand, pay-as-you-go model is scaling the solution to meet immediate needs, while still offering predictable cost models. The new AWS Marketplace annual subscription options potentially allow CAPEX savings of up to 40 percent when compared to hourly pricing over the same 12 month period...

NephoScale Launches New IaaS SSD/10Gbps Hybrid Compute Cloud Service

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

NephoScale is excited to announce its new SSD/10 Gbps Hybrid Compute™ cloud service. This service is breaking new ground in IaaS with a combination of higher levels of performance and lower pricing than currently offered by competitors. "With the addition of this new innovative cloud service NephoScale is changing the game in IaaS cloud computing with an unmatched combination of price and performance," said Bruce Templeton, CEO of NephoScale.

"By developing our own advanced software-defined-networking (SDN) and Hybrid Compute™ technology, and extensively leveraging open source software and commodity hardware, NephoScale is continually pushing performance levels up while driving costs down, thus giving our customers the best of both worlds in cloud computing," Templeton adds...

CommVault Fuels Cloud Growth with Enhanced Partner Program for Service Providers

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

CommVault today announced a series of new enhancements to the CommVault PartnerAdvantage partner program Service Provider (SP) Edition, designed to help service provider partners maximize revenue, profitability and growth opportunities through new leading edge tools, resources and solutions that support their specialized requirements.

CommVault's ongoing cloud strategy builds on its leadership in software innovation and, through strategic relationships with service provider partners, delivers solutions to simplify and secure the transition of these services providers and their customers to cloud computing. To achieve this, CommVault utilizes its single software platform to power highly efficient cloud infrastructures, is expanding market reach through a broad cloud ecosystem and further investing in its own cloud solutions group...

Internet of Things may make cloud services a must

Grazed from Datapipe. Author: Rob Allen.

The Internet of Things presents some pretty remarkable opportunities for consumers and businesses alike. There’s just one problem: It’s a glutton for bandwidth. To accommodate the rapidly expanding storage and connectivity demands that accompany technological advancements like the IoT, companies may need to turn to cloud solutions, such as Amazon Web Services.

The IoT and system resources

What exactly is the IoT? It’s the name industry experts have given to a growing trend in the technology sphere – to connect more devices to the Internet with sensors and computing power that can send data about objects and activities that were previously off the grid. Your refrigerator, exercise routine, thermostat and vehicle, for example, could all send information to your computer or to organizations running analytics. The data can be used both to enhance the consumer experience – such as notifying you if your normal running path has a roadblock – and to empower enterprises by enabling them to analyze product performance with data from thousands of customers...

Intelligent Cloud Services: Too Smart for Their Own Good?

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Doug Bonderud.

In 1957, prolific science fiction writer Issac Asimov penned "The Feeling of Power." In it, Asimov describes a futuristic world in which humans no longer have the knowledge to perform even basic mathematical functions, leaving the task to computers instead. When math is reintroduced under the name "graphitics," there is speculation about its authenticity, let alone the ability of any human to comprehend its myriad rules. Midsize IT professionals may be witnessing the start of a similar progression with the rise of intelligent cloud services ? are they too smart for their own good?

Going... Going... Gone!

While there is little chance the average IT admin will forget how to add, subtract or multiply any time soon, a June 18 Ars Technica article makes a good point: Software and applications are disappearing. Consider legacy customer relationship management (CRM) software, for example. Painstakingly designed in-house from the ground up, many legacy deployments are now being replaced with cloud alternatives. It is a logical move, since cloud-based solutions are faster, operate in real time and give frontline employees access to everything they need at a single glance. But what happens to the legacy? In many cases, it vanishes forever...