Cloud Adoption

Global Cloud Xchange Introduces Cloud X Fusion with Google Cloud Interconnect

Grazed from SysConMedia. Author: Editorial Staff.

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) today introduced Cloud X Fusion, offering enterprise grade connectivity with direct access to Google Cloud Platform. GCX's Cloud X Fusion ecosystem together with Google Cloud Interconnect enables users to move workloads with high network performance and security on a truly global scale.

"A successful cloud strategy is not just about choosing the right architecture and cloud provider, it's about gaining the right access to your cloud services," said Bill Barney, CEO of Global Cloud Xchange. "With our global infrastructure and direct connectivity in more than 90 countries, GCX provides mission-critical cloud connectivity from the developed markets of North America and Europe to the Emerging Markets Corridor, extending from the Middle East to Asia."...

What you missed in Cloud: DevOps-as-a-service

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Maria Deutscher.

The past week saw the cloud spotlight turn back to the development community with the launch of new capabilities aimed at fostering the creation of the web services changing how organizations operate. Inc. set the wheels in motion with the debut of a reworked version of its managed application platform adapted for the needs of large enterprises.

The startup takes the premise of cloud-based development a step further than the likes of Amazon Web Services by offering a pre-configured environment for writing code that removes the need to manage not only the underlying infrastructure but most of the software components as well...

Paying too much for cloud services? These five tools can help cut your cloud costs

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: David Strom.

As you move workloads to the cloud, you’ve probably already discovered that keeping track of your monthly cloud computing bills is not an easy task. Certainly, using a cloud provider can be cheaper than purchasing your own hardware, or instrumental in moving a capital expense into an operating one. And there are impressive multi-core hyperscale servers that are now available to anyone for a reasonable monthly fee.

But while it is great that cloud providers base their fees on what resources you actually consume, the various elements of your bill are daunting and complex, to say the least. True, many of the cloud components can be had for pennies per month, but for some resources (such as those heavily loaded multicore CPUs) the meter can run up to real money very quickly...

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Amazon, Microsoft - 2 Big Bets On Cloud Computing Paying Off

Grazed from 2Paragraphs. Author: Editorial Staff.

Amazon (AMZN) is surging Friday because it finally let investors see big earnings. The stock is up 15% on the day as of 1pm. Amazon Web Services, the company's cloud computing business that's supposed to be in a "race to zero", is racing the other way instead. It's making money, even in the competition-heavy cloud sector.

Speaking of cloud computing, last year Microsoft selected its cloud computing chief Satya Nadella to run the entire company. Today the stock market is showing its love for Nadella's vision and Microsoft's execution. (Positive notes for Microsoft include commercial cloud revenue up 106% and even much-maligned search advertising revenue up 21% over last year.) Microsoft shares were up 10% by Wall Street lunchtime on Friday. Google's shares were up 3% too. All blue skies for cloud computing...

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Cloud Computing: Don’t Have a Migration Plan from Windows Server 2003?

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Dave Olivier.

Here’s a safe prediction for 2015: by the end of summer you will have finally said goodbye to that reliable workhorse of your IT infrastructure,Windows Server 2003. In July, Microsoft will stop releasing critical patches and other support for this once-groundbreaking product. In fact, you’ve got much less time than that remaining. If you haven’t yet begun your migration to Windows Server 2012 R2, you need to start planning for it now.

There’s really no rationale for waiting (or, worse, for sticking with the status quo), and all IT professionals understand what’s at stake. After support ends, new security vulnerabilities will place sensitive data at risk of theft, unauthorized access and other attacks—no more patches from Microsoft. How will that impact your business? Let’s examine:...

SAP Rising: Cloud Subscriptions Soar, "Core" Holds Up

Grazed from Barrons. Author: Tiernan Ray.

Shares of SAP AG (SAP) are up $1.86, or almost 3%, at $74.18, after the company this morning reported Q1 revenue that topped analysts’ expectations but missed on the bottom line, and reiterated its outlook for this year’s growth in cloud computing and software revenue and for operating profit.

Revenue in the three months ended in March rose 22%, year over year, to €4.5 billion, yielding EPS of €0.58. Analysts had been modeling €4.3 billion and 63 cents. SAP emphasized the success of its subscription revenue for cloud computing, which rose 131% to $509 million. That amount was boosted by the rising dollar, inflating the return in euros, as growth on a constant-currency basis was 95%...

Big Data is Driving HPC to the Cloud

Grazed from ScientificComputing. Author: Leo Reiter.

Once upon a time, high performance computing (HPC) was mainly about one thing: speed. It started with fast processors, memory, bus fabrics and optimized software algorithms to take advantage of them. We ran FORTRAN-based computational benchmarks powered by LINPACK, which still to this day factors in the TOP500 list of supercomputers.

We soon learned of limiting factors such as heat, power and the pesky speed of light. Seymour Cray realized that “anyone can build a fast CPU. The trick is to build a fast system.” We responded with massively parallel systems made up of lots and lots of very fast components. All was good in the world...

Considerations For Your Business' Cloud Computing Plans

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Editorial Staff.

While you can easily access your cloud data from any spot in the world, you must be rather cautious when using it within your business. You must keep your access plans for your cloud network in check so you will not be at risk of having your data becoming compromised at any point.

1) Manage your passwords the right way.

As useful as passwords can be for your cloud access needs, you must be careful when going anywhere with such passwords. In addition to having complicated or detailed passwords that are hard to predict, you must also use several passwords within your cloud. You can add different passwords for specific access points or even have different passwords for specific accounts that want to reach your cloud setup...

Myth Busting the Open-Source Cloud Part 1

Grazed from CIO. Author: Bob Violino.

Open-source cloud computing offers compelling potential—cost savings, innovation, low barriers to software deployment, avoiding vendor lock-in and a broad community of support, to name a few. Despite this, CIOs and IT executives still have misconceptions about the challenges surrounding open-source cloud technologies, such as a perceived lack of security or the potential inability to handle business-critical

We’re here to address these perceptions in a five-part series to show that these myths are just that: misconceptions about open-source cloud. First up, the lack of security. The idea here is that there’s inadequate security with cloud computing in general. For several years, concerns about security have kept a large number of organizations from moving data and workloads to the cloud, particularly public cloud services.applications...

MSP Guide: How to Grow Top Line in The Cloud

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Brock Spradling.

The cloud is here to stay. Enterprises both small and large are moving to cloud-based services en masse. This migration to the public cloud has created additional revenue pressures on Managed Service Providers (MSPs) as they look for new ways to add value on top of commoditized infrastructure. To add this value, MSPs must differentiate their offerings by providing additional services, including the assessment, design, automation and optimization of their clients’ applications and services.

Consuming IT infrastructure as software has never been easier. The hosted Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) marketplace has become crowded and confusing, with many new entrants and services during the last few years, offering a dizzying array of new choices for customers...