Cloud Services

IBM Gains DoD Authorization for Cloud Services

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Darryl K. Taft.

IBM has announced that the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has authorized the company to deliver IBM Cloud services at the highest security levels—known as Impact Level 5—for Controlled Unclassified Information as defined by the U.S. Department of Defense.  The DISA authorization enables DoD agencies to take advantage of IBM's cloud offerings to support applications and manage sensitive data. DISA has granted IBM a "conditional authority to operate" IBM Cloud services hosted at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory data center in West Virginia, which is owned by the Department of the Navy and leased by IBM.

Big Blue says it is the first cloud provider with a direct connection to the DoD's internal network known as the Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet). The authorization granted by DISA will give other DoD agencies the opportunity ultimately to streamline their authorizations by taking advantage of the thorough process DISA followed...

IBM Cloud Data Services Ready To Rock Enterprise With Power Features, Marketplace For Developers

Grazed from TechTimes.  Author: Horia Ungureanu.

IBM told the media that it is expanding its portfolio of Cloud Data Services with more than 25 services, and all can be accessed on the IBM Cloud.  At least two IT groups will benefit from the new services. Coders will be able to craft, deploy and manage apps for mobile gadgets and Web services, while marketing specialists can look at hidden trends in the online environment by consulting data analytics in the cloud.
 
A plus of IBM's hybrid cloud services is that it works on many cloud providers. What's more, the technology relies on open source ecosystems and architectures such as Apache Spark, which means that data can easily be transferred to and from various services...

5 top PaaS services to help developers build the best apps

Grazed from CBROnline.  Author: James Nunns.

As cloud services grow in popularity, the lure of platforms for building applications can be considered as one of the main factors that contribute to that growth. The ability to quickly develop applications that can directly influence your business, how you engage with your customers and a myriad of other benefits, all mean that a good and easy to use platform is a must.
 
It's important to note that different platforms will have their pros and cons and will appeal to different types of development. One platform for example may be better suited to coders, while another to DevOps and another to the rapid developer...

Fulcrum’s Cloud Services Now on G-Cloud

 Grazed from Virtual-Strategy Magazine.  Author: PR Announcement.

Fulcrum Worldwide, a global leader in Software Products, Consulting, and IT Services, have received Crown Commercial Service accreditation to operate through the UK’s Digital Marketplace; Fulcrum is listed under “Specialist Cloud Services” section as a provider of cloud management and deployment solutions.
 
Dhana Kumarasamy, Chief Operating Officer and EVP – Technology Services said, “Being a thought-leader in the UK's Higher Education sector, Fulcrum Worldwide has been helping many leading universities across the UK with cloud computing services, we will now closely work with public sectors to transform their IT landscape as well, he added...

Fusion Selected to Connect Major East Coast University to the Cloud

Grazed from Fusion.  Company Announcement

Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, announced today that a major East Coast University has signed a three year, $150,000 agreement to replace its costly and inefficient legacy communications infrastructure with Fusion's advanced, secure and reliable network connection to the cloud. The private institution, which is well respected for its outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and active graduate research programs, is housed in over 100 buildings spread across more than 200 acres. Fusion was selected in order to meet the university's need for a truly diverse, high quality communications solution that would allow the learning institution to securely access the many cost, efficiency and productivity benefits of the cloud while ensuring business continuity in the event of natural or other disaster.

Only cloud could make citizen services at massive scales possible

Grazed from GovernanceNow.  Author: Shubhendu Parth.

How important a role do you see cloud playing while the government looks to transform IT as a means towards goals like Digital India? Traditional models of IT delivery are not in tune with changing times, especially when India is looking ways to go paperless and digital. In such a dynamic environment, seamless and timely flow of information is the need of the hour, which the cloud technology is capable of.

Governments across the world are on the lookout to host data on the cloud. Meghdhoot, Digital Locker and Meghraj are prime examples of the Indian government’s cloud-based initiatives. Given the limitations in scaling of National Informatics Centre and state data centres, the department of electronics and IT (DeitY) is aggressively working on accreditation of cloud service providers that will be used by central and state government departments and banks, for various e-services...

Cloud Services vs. Local Linux Installs

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Bruce Byfield.

When should you choose cloud services and when a local Linux installation? For years, cloud services have been spreading like an out-of-control bushfire. From mega-corporations to the individual owners of a Chromebook, users are outsourcing their infrastructures, passing their administration and their data to third party applications on the Internet.

Software companies are investing heavily in cloud services, and every indication is that they will continue to do so -- at least, until the next development fad comes along. Yet is cloud computing really making local computing obsolete? Depending on your priorities, a strong case can still be made for local computing, especially local computing with Linux and free and open source software...

Cloud Computing: Get the Helion out of there, now!

Grazed from IT KnowledgExchange.  Author:  Joel Shore.

Not even two years. HP’s Helion public cloud service, launched on May 6, 2014. It’s being euthanized on Jan. 31, 2016. If your organization has workload and data assets in the HP cloud, they must be moved elsewhere by that cutoff date.
 
Not even one year. In reality, HP pretty much threw in the towel after less than a year. Just 11 months after its launch, in an April 7, 2015 New York Times story, Bill Hilf, HP’s senior vice president of cloud products and services sounded the death knell: “We thought people would rent or buy computing from us. It turns out that it makes no sense for us to go head-to-head.” That’s head to head with the big three, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud...

Microsoft Launches Single Trust Center for Enterprise Cloud Services

Grazed from Newzy.net.  Author: Sylvia Adams.

 The newly formed Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is to partner with Microsoft as part of its cloud strategy, with a view to Azure filling the public cloud requirement for HPE customers, replacing its own Helion Public Cloud services in the future.  Microsoft just scored a big win in the public cloud wars.
 
Unlike IBM with its own cloud offering, HPE will flog appliances ready to go with Azure.  The company created a single information hub - or "Trust Center" - to provide enterprises with information about Microsoft's cloud security posture, and how its off-premise services adhere to global and regional legislation...

HPE partners with Microsoft for enterprise cloud services

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Anthony Spadafora.

In an effort to improve its cloud offerings, HP Enterprise (HPE) has just announced a partnership with Microsoft. HPE will be working alongside Microsoft to implement its cloud computing platform Microsoft Azure to handle its enterprise cloud services. Under the new agreement, Microsoft will become a preferred public cloud provider of HPE and HPE will likewise become a preferred provider of Microsoft Azure services.

What brought these two companies together is that they share similar beliefs in regard to a hybrid approach for enterprises. HPE and Microsoft both see a chance to simplify hybrid infrastructure for their consumers through this partnership. HPE is planning to close down its own public cloud service next year which will allow Microsoft to step in and fill the void experienced by HPE’s current customers...