Cloud Adoption

Confidence in the Cloud Keeps Growing

Grazed from ChannelInsider.  Author: Gina Roos.

Moving to cloud-based services doesn't mean increased security risks and threats if the right policies are in place, concludes a new survey from Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), sponsored by Skyhigh Networks. "The Cloud Balancing Act for IT" survey report indicates that IT and security professionals across the globe are growing more confident in their cloud security measures and are moving more systems of record to the cloud.

This translates into a change in the role of IT and its relationship with line of businesses, said CSA. Chief information security officers (CISOs) play an important role in security, added CSA, with 60.8 percent of the companies surveyed having a CISO in place...

The 20 Coolest Cloud Software Vendors Of The 2016 Cloud 100

Grazed from CRN. Author: Rick Whiting.

You can have all the infrastructure and platforms in the cloud you want. But let's face it; it's the cloud computing applications that people use to get real work done. From applications for finance and marketing, to business intelligence and analysis software, to tools for managing IT systems and mobile devices, cloud-based software is what brings everyday users into the cloud picture.

Here are 20 cloud software vendors -- from established companies such as SAP and NetSuite to startups such as Domo and CognitiveScale -- that caught our attention. Some are cool because of their leading-edge technology while others achieve “coolness” through their success in bringing cloud software to a wide audience of users...

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Click to decide your intelligent cloud provider

Grazed from CCI. Author: Editorial Staff.

Managed hosting and colocation business, Pulsant, has launched a customised decision engine, created to help C-level executives and management to evaluate the cloud buying process and make more informed choices. The new interactive tool has been developed to assist buyers in wading through the myriad options of cloud services that are available.

The decision engine — ‘Cloud Intelligence’ — caters for technical and non-technical visitors, ensuring visitors are able to find the information that meets their needs. The configuration tools separates technical users familiar with the technology landscape from those less knowledgeable, like procurement personnel tasked with researching technical solutions...

GM Is Using the Cloud to Connect Its Factory Robots

Grazed from Fortune.  Author: Jonathon Vanian.

For years, robots at General Motors’ Lake Orion manufacturing plant, located 30 miles north of Detroit, have hustled on the factory floor. They lift the frames of vehicles (like the Buick Verano and soon the Chevrolet Bolt EV) with Herculean strength, melt together metals with powerful welding guns, and apply paint in ways that would make a graffiti artist proud.
It’s an impressive display of coordination, what with 800 robots on the floor. But a bot that suddenly breaks down could cause disaster down the line, halting production and wasting money as workers scramble to troubleshoot the issue...

Cloud growth? Take a number, Microsoft. Two engines have stalled

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Gavin Clark.

 Microsoft’s second fiscal quarter showed a company at dangerous stage in its transition. It also revealed a firm that is clearly unable to rely on the certainties of old.  Not so long ago, Microsoft relied on three engines of growth to drive its business – Office/personal productivity, server and tools, and Windows client machines.
Last September, Microsoft revamped the way it collects and reports revenue. It still has three units, only those three units are now known as Productivity and Business Process, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing...

Top 10 cloud trends for 2016

Grazed from MobileComputingToday. Author: Editorial Staff.

Just like any other area of technological innovation, cloud is a massive industry which has developed in ways few would predict a couple of years ago. As more individuals and enterprises embrace cloud technologies, the security and usability questions become a central focus of many providers. But consumer expectations aren’t the only factor shaping the state of cloud. Here are 10 key cloud trends to watch in 2016.

1) The cloud will figure in Europe’s data legislation

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently invalidated the Safe Harbor Principles. This essentially means that any US company wanting to move user data across the Atlantic will need to declare their standards of data privacy. That’s why major cloud providers are bound to get more interested in the subject this year...

Cloud, Surface are the highlights of Microsoft’s $23.8 billion quarter

Grazed from ArsTechnica. Author: Peter Bright.

Microsoft posted revenue of $23.8 billion in the second quarter of its 2016 financial year, down 10 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Operating income was $6.0 billion, a 23 percent drop, and net income was $5.0 billion, a 15 percent fall. Earnings per share were $0.78, representing a 13 percent decline.

Just as it has done for the past few quarters, and mirroring Apple's earnings release earlier this week, Microsoft attributed a substantial part of the decline to the strong dollar. With prices outside the US being increased to preserve their dollar value, non-US sales are becoming decreasingly valuable to Microsoft. This depressed revenue by an estimated $1.2 billion. The company also reports that there was a further $1.9 billion impact from revenue deferrals related to Windows 10 and bundled software...

3 misconceptions small business have about the cloud

 Grazed from CIO.  Author: Paul Mah.

Starting a small business, or trying to grow it is a daunting affair. Thankfully, cloud services have sprung up to help business owners better leverage technology.  However, the cloud can be confusing and surrounded by myths and misinformation. With this in mind, we take a closer look at some of those common misconceptions, specifically in the context of using the cloud to host websites, email services and online file storage.
1. Distrusting the security of the cloud
An age-old concern with cloud services is that security is poor compared to businesses that handle their own hardware. However, this misses the point. Few small businesses can even afford to set up their own IT department, much less hire dedicated security staffers with the skillset and experience to properly protect their organizations from the bad guys...

Cloud Computing: Sony Builds IoT Muscle With Altair Buy

Grazed from CMSWire.  Author: David Roe.

 Sony is building up its Internet of Things (IoT) muscle with the $212 million acquisition of Altair, an Israel-based chip maker focused on Internet-enabled devices. It also provides software relating to the LTE (Long Term Evolution) 4G cellular mobile phones standard.  According to a statement from Sony, it will capitalize on Altair’s technologies and image sensors to develop new cellular chipsets as well as access to network services that take advantage of cloud computing.
It expects LTE, which is already used in data communication in mobile phones, to be inserted into even smaller devices and used with networks that connect to cloud computing services. LTE is also used to connect objects in the Internet of Things, including home appliances and sensors...

Review: IBM Cloud is built to order

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Peter Wayner.

There was a time long ago when IBM ruled the cloud, although no one used that word back then. The company’s mainframe line in the 1960s and '70s was the original distant and unseen pile of metal and silicon meant to be shared among all users. Each program got a slice of the big machine’s time, and everyone understood they were “time sharing,” which sounds a bit more precise than the amorphous word “cloud.”

That was then. Today, no one should be surprised that IBM is playing in the modern cloud business because it practically invented the idea decades ago. The current clouds generally use the same slicing and dicing as IBM’s original time-sharing 360 architecture, although the modern cloud sales lingo hides this fact behind the metaphor that these are individual “instances” that act like individual machines...

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