Cloud Services

Cloud Computing: How Microsoft’s Cortana will take digital personal assistants to the next level

Grazed from ArsTechnica.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

When Microsoft unveiled its Cortana “digital personal assistant” technology this week, some dismissed it as a far-too-late answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now. But aside from a female voice and some functional overlap, Cortana is not strictly an answer to either of those voice-based tools—it is an answer to broader questions about how to wield the power of cloud computing services in a personal, non-intrusive way.

Cortana is just the first big pay-off from Microsoft’s continuing investment in the Bing platform as well as a host of big-data technologies that could have wide-ranging impact on how people interact with information, applications, and the world around them...

Attack Code for Oracle's Java Cloud Service Released

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

Researchers claimed earlier this week that they found 30 security flaws in Oracle's cloud services. Security Explorations, a Polish security and vulnerability research company, published details about security defects it reportedly discovered in Oracle's Java Cloud Service. In addition, Security Explorations released an attack code that it said would allow hackers to remotely attack apps hosted in Oracle's US and EMEA data centers.

Security Explorations details its findings in two reports that are available for download here. A Security Explorations security issue disclosure timeline showed that Oracle was notified about 28 security issues on January 31, and another two issues on February 2. Adam Gowdiak, the CEO and founder of Security Explorations, told PCWorld that he decided to publish his company's findings because Oracle did not immediately respond to the security issues...

Microsoft Azure embraces outside technologies

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

As it rolled out tools and features for coders at its Build developer conference Thursday, Microsoft showed that it is ready to embrace technologies and platforms not invented within its walls. Rather than relying solely on internal tools, the Azure cloud services platform has incorporated a number of non-Microsoft technologies, including popular open source tools such as the Chef and Puppet configuration management software, the OAuth authorization standard, and the Hadoop data processing platform.

The company has also taken steps to incorporate open source into its product roadmaps, by releasing the code for its new compiler and setting up a foundation for managing open source .Net projects. "Clearly Microsoft's message is its support of multi-platform. It will take any part of your stack, it doesn't have to be just Microsoft software," said Al Hilwa, IDC research program director for software development. "This is good for Microsoft and good for the ecosystem."...

Sookasa Launches Compliance as a Service for Cloud Services

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Sookasa, a newcomer to the as-a-service scene, has entered the market with the launch of Sookasa Compliance as a Service, a solution that "radically simplifies the protection of sensitive files across popular cloud services and mobile devices." Sookasa may have finally solved a problem that has been plaguing end users for some time and could open the possibilities companies that fall under compliance regulations of using some of the more common cloud computing services without concern.

Sookasa's offering enables end users to natively use cloud services such as Dropbox and Google Gmail, as well as mobile devices, while transparently encrypting sensitive data and addressing compliance regulations, including HIPAA and FERPA. Aimed at small and medium businesses (SMBs), Sookasa is targeting vertical markets where data compliance is a top concern...

Cloud services - marking the margins

Grazed from Arnnet. Author: Nermin Bajric.

The impact of the Cloud, while undoubtedly massive in the long term, remains nebulous and hard to pin down, according to ICT experts. Yes, this ‘Cloud thing’ is making some serious noise, yet there are mixed messages wherever you look. Organisations which have overcome their fear of ‘it’ are looking to deploy, while Cloud services and solutions providers are scrambling to make ends meet in a growingly congested Australian market filled with confusion and, often, a lack of direction.

Add to that the fact that no one strategy has yet been determined as definitively successful (if there is such a thing), and it becomes a tough task. What is certain for now is that the multi-faceted Cloud market, on both the compute and services fronts, is chugging along; some components are ballooning, while others crawl...

HP Bridges Wired-Wireless Gap with Cloud Managed Networking

Grazed from TomsITPro. Author: Bill Olivier.

Hewlett Packard has announced a cloud managed software-defined network (SDN) that will improve mobile end user experience and help businesses simplify network management and possibly increase retail revenue, according to the company. The new solutions announced today at Interop 2014 in Las Vegas cover both wired and wireless networks.

The HP Cloud Managed Network Solution includes IEEE 802.11ac wireless access points (AP) and software-defined network applications. According to HP, it is a unified wired and wireless network solution that is combined with SDN. HP's wireless AP models 560 and 517 are based on IEEE 802.11ac standards will provide end users up to three times faster speeds over 802.11n...

Network Virtualization: The Next Step for Cloud Services?

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Doug Bonderud.

Server virtualization is a given for most midsize businesses. Any company running on a shared public cloud stack understands that while their data lives alongside information from other customers, there is no communication and no diffusion of data across hypervisor partitions. The result is a single server taking the place of multiple servers and portioning out resources as needed. While it is easy to argue for cloud computing as the final step in the virtual chain, the emergence of viable network virtualization technologies may be changing this landscape again.

Not So Smart?

Virtualized networks are not new. As a recent Forbes article notes, they are needed to operate multiple guest operating systems (OSs) on most physical servers; but this first-gen network virtualization technology is not particularly bright. Author Kurt Marko describes the infrastructure as "rather dumb devices, really more bridges than switches, and completely isolated from and ignorant of the underlying physical network topology they operate on." New technologies aim to bolster virtual network intelligence using overlay software, tunneling protocols such as VXLAN or NVGRE and software plug-ins that permit hypervisor oversight. In short, network virtualization is getting schooled...

SEC shuts down cloud computing scam targeting Asians, Hispanics

Grazed from Reuters.  Author: Jonathan Stempel.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday said it has shut down a worldwide pyramid scheme that falsely promised fast gains to tens of thousands of Asian-American, Hispanic and foreign investors from cloud computing services.  A federal judge on Thursday granted the regulator's request for an asset freeze over entities operating as WCM and WCM777, which are based near Los Angeles and in Hong Kong and run by Ming Xu of Temple City, California.

WCM and WCM777 allegedly raised more than $65 million since March 2013 by promising people they could double their money in 100 days by investing between $399 and $1,999 in cloud services such as website hosting, data storage and software support...

AWS Summit should provide guidance for companies in market for cloud services

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Bert Latamore.

Today’s one-day AWS Summit in San Francisco, which will be covered by theCUBE with a day of interviews of key players, comes at a particularly interesting moment in the development of the high-growth business-to-business cloud services market. For the last two years AWS has been growing at a phenomenal rate, with no sign that that growth is going to slow anytime soon. Yet despite that incredible growth and its dominant position in the market, AWS has just cracked the surface of the potential market, and despite its success its service is far from fully formed and is in some ways immature.

This year for the first time it is facing real competition from providers with the resources to match its own, in the form of IBM and potentially HP and the Google Compute Engine. At this one-day summit and at the East Coast summit later this spring in Boston, AWS should map out its direction forward, what it is doing to strengthen is service portfolio, and how it will react to this competition to maintain its dominant position...

Cloud Computing: Piston Makes Creating Servers Easy

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Adam Ritchie.

Piston Cloud Computing Makes Creating and Managing Private Cloud Servers Easy with OpenStack 3.0. OpenStack is a project that shares a free, open source cloud computing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), written in the Python coding language. This project was initiated by Rackspace Hosting and NASA in July 2010. Big name tech companies such as Cisco, Dell, Intel, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Go Daddy and Yahoo! have all contributed processing, storage and networking resources to the OpenStack community.

Who is Piston Cloud Computing?

In 2011, Piston was formed by some of the original creators of the OpenStack project. Their objective is to further the growth of the OpenStack project, while also providing a software product that uses advanced systems intelligence to make managing IT infrastructure as simple as possible...