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  • What is cloud sprawl, and are providers prepared for it?

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    The current business landscape is changing. Employees with more than 26 weeks continuous service can now take advantage of new flexible working legislation, and more businesses than ever before are using the cloud in their day to day activities. However, this demand in access anywhere computing will inevitably lead to pressures placed on cloud providers, and data centres having to support these businesses. This growing increase in cloud solutions in a business is known as ‘cloud sprawl’. But is cloud sprawl good or bad? Whilst, for cloud providers, it might be great for business,…
  • How to focus your CRM on the Customer Experience

    Cloud Powered Business Blog
    John Gorup
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    It’s always confusing when I see people writing about “integrating Sales Cloud and Service Cloud.” This is like saying you need to integrate the hydrogen and oxygen in your glass of water. The good news is the molecules in that glass are already integrated. What you do with the glass of water is a more… Read More
  • Using Big Data To Analyze Venture Capitalists’ Ability To Recognize Potential
    Daniel Price
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Content by Using Big Data to Analyze Venture Capitalists’ Ability To Recognize Potential For those who are regularly involved with SMEs, venture capital, and company valuations, it is common knowledge that start-ups that exit for more than $1 billion dollars are extremely rare – often termed ‘unicorn’ companies. Despite their rarity, it should come as no surprise Enjoy Full Article The post Using Big Data To Analyze Venture Capitalists’ Ability To Recognize Potential appeared first on
  • Passing Your Salesforce Certified Release Exam

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Four things keeping you from passing your Release Exam & strategies for keeping your credentials, whatever's in your way.
  • The Need For Speed And The Cloud

    meshIP® Blog
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:02 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - There can be a tendency to think too simplistically about the benefits of moving applications to the cloud. Traditional logic centres around the cost savings that companies can make out of the shift from on-premise deployments but there is another, more important element of the cloud that should be given more credence – speed. The […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: Feds To Speed Cloud Adoption With New Roadmap The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology... Cloud-Ready Networks for…
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    The Official Rackspace Blog

  • A New Kind Of Cloud: Managed Cloud [Video]

    Andrew Hickey
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    At the Gartner Catalyst Conference last week, Rackspace CTO John Engates spoke about how the cloud has evolved beyond a one size fits all solution. Today, companies have a choice. They can choose a commodity cloud and deal with the cost, pain and time of managing it all themselves; or they can choose a Managed Cloud, cloud infrastructure that includes built-in high-touch service and support from a team of experts. Here’s video of Engates’ full presentation from the Gartner Catalyst Conference where he talks about the challenges of a commodity cloud and the changing expectations of cloud…
  • Rackspace Weekly Digest: August 22

    Andrew Hickey
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    This week, we showcased our vision for hybrid cloud powered VMware solutions, got ready for VMworld, opened up a new developer contest and more. Check it out in the weekly digest. Rackspace Vision For Hybrid Cloud Powered VMware Solutions Rackspace is one of the select VMware Service Providers in the Premier tier of the recently rebranded VMware vCloud Air Network, which fosters a stronger alliance and go-to-market strategy to better serve our customers through VMware technology building blocks. Rackspace and VMware collaborate to create a shared ecosystem of the brightest technical talent…
  • Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight On Fanchimp: Social Media Marketing Built On Rackspace Managed Cloud

    John McKenna
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Fanchimp is fast and easy social media marketing for small and medium businesses. The tool integrates your favorite blogs and recommends the best content to share with your followers. The startup was founded in Santiago de Chile, South America while attending StartupChile, a six month startup incubator program run by the Chilean government. “After two years in Chile we are now living in London, because we think is a good place for our company to grow,” explains Claudio Carnino, CEO and lead developer with Fanchimp. “The idea of Fanchimp came out after a failure with a previous product.
  • OnMetal Weekly Byte 4: Why Are We So Excited About OnMetal? [Video]

    Priyanka Sahay
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    We at Rackspace believe that innovation is something constant and is driven by the needs of you and your business. Hence we are constantly thinking about ways to empower users like you with great technology. OnMetal is just one example of that. In the previous OnMetal weekly bytes, we covered a wide range of topics from the power of open platforms to how you as a user can benefit from it. In the last video in this series, the OnMetal team talks about why we’re so excited about OnMetal. Learn more about OnMetal Cloud Servers. Stay tuned for other exciting OnMetal updates.
  • Rackspace Vision For Hybrid Cloud Powered VMware Solutions

    Arrian Mehis
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As an eight-year veteran of hosted VMware, Rackspace manages 45,000 vSphere virtual machines and is a Hybrid Cloud Powered, long-standing top tier partner in the newly branded VMware vCloud Air Network. We have also aligned with the EMC Federation to deliver complete and comprehensive solutions backed by high value Fanatical Support to manage customer clouds anywhere in the world entirely underpinned by trusted EMC, VMware, Pivotal and RSA technologies and supporting ecosystems for best-in-class solutions. This combination of proven and leading edge solutions allows flexibility and the…
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    TechCrunch » Enterprise

  • Windows 9 Preview Could Feature Rapid Build Updates

    Alex Wilhelm
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
     When Microsoft signaled that it would move to a more rapid release cycle for Windows code, it meant it. The coming technical preview of Windows 9 — the operating system codenamed ‘Threshold’ — could contain a rapid-upgrade feature to keep users who are stress testing the software up to date. According to NeoWin’s Brad Sams, current internal testers of Windows 9… Read More
  • Google And Citrix Team Up To Launch A Better Citrix Receiver For Chrome OS

    Frederic Lardinois
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
     Google and Citrix today announced the launch of a new version the Citrix Receiver for Chrome that both hope will bring more businesses to Google’s Chrome OS platform. Receiver gives users access to their virtual apps and desktops through XenDesktop and XenApp from their smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs. After originally launching Receiver for Chrome, the company later transitioned… Read More
  • Alfresco Raises A Fresh $45M To Fuel Open-Source Enterprise Content Management

    Ingrid Lunden
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
     Alfresco, an open source, enterprise content management startup, is today announcing a new round of funding of $45 million —  a Series D round that is more than twice as big as all of its previous rounds put together. The UK-based company competes against legacy services like EMC Documentum (which was co-founded by one of Alfresco’s co-founders, John Newton) and Microsoft… Read More
  • Shipbeat Is A “Logistics-As-A-Service” To Solve E-Commerce Delivery Woes

    Steve O'Hear
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
     Denmark’s Shipbeat plans to offer an API that aggregates the services of leading parcel delivery companies, such as UPS, Fedex, Royal Mail, Deutsche Post, and DHL etc., in a bid to solve the delivery woes of small to medium-sized e-commerce businesses and enable them to give customers all of the delivery options they desire. Read More
  • SlideShare Axes Its Freemium Model, Makes ‘Pro’ Features Like Analytics Free

    Ingrid Lunden
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
     SlideShare, the LinkedIn-owned site that lets you upload and distribute presentations online, is turning over a new leaf today. The service, which has 60 million users, is going free. In tandem with that, SlideShare is dropping its PRO tiers, once priced at $19/month and $49/month, and making extra features like analytics, which used to come at a price, free for all. The premium tiers were… Read More
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    Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson

  • National Cybersecurity = Cloud Computing Security

    Kevin L. Jackson
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    A recent article article claimed that the percentage of U.S. small businesses using cloud computing is expected to more than double during the next six years, from 37 percent to nearly 80 percent ( This forecast was gleaned from a just released Emergent Research and Intuit study. This statement is also very scary in that it also highlights the growing importance of the cybersecurity threat to the nation’s economic livelihood.Jeremy Grant, an adviser at the Department of Commerce’s National…
  • Vets 360 Sponsoring Service Members To Attend Gartner Catalyst Conference

    Kevin L. Jackson
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Veterans 360 will be attending the Gartner Catalyst Conference. They are also sponsoring the attendance of active duty service members that are currently in the US military and serving in an IT related position. If you are in such a technology role and are interested in attending this “must-attend” technology conference to learn strategies on how to leverage mobile, cloud, and big data. Please visit Vets 360 at to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.In line with their four pronged approach (engagement, education, employment, and…
  • ERPGovCloud: Your Path to DCAA Compliance

    Kevin L. Jackson
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    So you won your first Government Contract… Congratulations! Among the new issues you will need to consider, your accounting systems, both practices and technology, will need to pass muster with Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) auditors. This will require a combination of internal processes and controls. Your accounting system will need to properly delineate direct and indirect costs, must properly pool indirect costs, and must properly handle unallowable costs.It’s likely that you are currently using Quickbooks, the dominant player in small and medium enterprise (SME) accounting.
  • GovCloud Media Network Feature: Army IT Playlist

    Kevin L. Jackson
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The GovCloud Media Network features agency specific video playlist for registered members. Please enjoy this feature on the Army IT. Please visit the new GovCloud Network Media Library for more video content. For membership information please send request to PlatformVideo Management Video SolutionsVideo Player ↑ Grab this Headline Animator( Thank you. If you enjoyed this article, get free updates by email or RSS - © Copyright Kevin L. Jackson 2012) --> Follow me at
  • Security & Defense People Launches - Use "GovCloud" for 50% Discount

    Kevin L. Jackson
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    This is quite an unusual post for me but I would like to congratulate GovCloud Network partner SDP Networks on their launch of the Security & Defense People website!Security and Defense People offers a tremendous opportunity for experts and consultants, whether you are focused on building your brand or seeking work. You can target your messages and interactions to the right targeted audience, publish your content that connects with that audience, and extend engagement both on and off the network, by combining mass reach with accurate targeting, we can guide your effective use of…
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  • City on a Cloud Win Puts Traditional DR on Notice

    Greg Ness
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    The City of Asheville’s City on a Cloud Best Practices win spells trouble for traditional DR.  Deep trouble.  It marks the first time that Cloud DR has been independently and irrefutably acknowledged for both cost reduction and increased agility.  It was more than an acknowledgement that Cloud DR could work.  Asheville won a Grand Prize in […]
  • My Debut SciFi Novel: The Sword of Agrippa

    Greg Ness
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    I’ve been working on The Sword of Agrippa novel and hope to have it completed by the end of the year. The first section (a Prologue and two chapters) is now on the Kindle Marketplace. $3.99. * Buy it and write a review, and be among the first 25 to submit that review – and […]
  • AWS and the Perils of “BoxThink”

    Greg Ness
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Catching Up from the Airport The next five years ought to be challenging for infrastructure appliance vendors, especially those who see their future “in the box.” We just wrapped up at the AWS Public Sector Summit, held in Washington, DC.  An ecosystem of about 3000 attended the 3 day event. Massively disruptive software companies are […]
  • How the Hybrid Cloud War will be Won

    Greg Ness
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am
    When Amazon AWS announced its hybrid cloud console it set the stage for an all-out hybrid cloud war between a handful of companies, including VMware and Microsoft. The first losers in the hybrid cloud war will be perhaps a third of all service providers; those who are too small, too manual and too locked into […]
  • Cloud Evolution Panel with MSFT, VMW, ACN and BA Execs at Future In Review

    Greg Ness
    20 May 2014 | 8:12 am
    I am looking forward to another great panel on cloud computing this week at Future in Review.  If you are attending FiRe2014 you are invited to our Wednesday afternoon session on Cloud Evolution: “Cloud Evolution: New Operating Models for Business Transformation”: With Dave Campbell, CTO, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft; Mathew Lodge, VP Cloud Services, VMware; David […]
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    SmoothSpan Blog

  • Most Marketing Advice Tells Us How to Market to Marketers

    Bob Warfield
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Think about it–the experts out there writing marketing advice as part of their content marketing strategies are all selling something.  They’re either selling software, consulting, or some other product.  And the audience they’re selling to are marketers. Sure, many of them have practices or history that involved marketing to non-marketers, but right now what they’re doing is talking about how to market and the audience for that is other marketers. I noticed a long time ago that what they were saying didn’t work for my own bootstrapped company (CNCCookbook).
  • Best Way to Succeed as a Solopreneur: Go For Fewer Customers

    Bob Warfield
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I’m reading with interest some posts that are hot on Techmeme at the moment from Jared Sinclair and Marco Arment about succeeding with iOS apps and as a Solopreneur.  Jared’s blog post is a cautionary tale for those who would like to bootstrap a small venture well enough to quit their day jobs. Many weigh in with various comments and based on his latest post, it looks like Jared was inundated with a bunch of notes from people who thought he just didn’t market the app enough. I’ve been a solopreneur with some part-time helpers trying to make the gig into a…
  • Microsoft: World’s Worst Customer Service? (Walmart, Amazon, GE, BestBuy, MacMall, and Paypal Not Far Behind)

    Bob Warfield
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    I recently tried and failed for the fifth time to buy a Microsoft Surface Pro 3.  It’s been a real comedy of errors, but the latest attempt has been by far the most spectacular failure. Let me start out by saying I really like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.  I am a perfect candidate for it as I would like to replace the combination of my Macbook Air and iPad with just one device for travel and for demos of my software away from the office.  The business I’m in is software for the CNC Manufacturing world, and while my own software runs on both Mac and PC, most from that world is…
  • Authentication as a Service: Slow Progress, But Are We There Yet?

    Bob Warfield
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Authentication as a Service solves a problem every Cloud Developer, mobile or desktop, has to solve.  As one player in the space, AuthRocket, puts it: Do you really want to write code for users, forgotten passwords, permissions, and admin panels again? To that I would add, “Do you really want to have to be a world class expert on that stuff to make sure you don’t leave some gaping security hole out of ignorance?”  I think the answer is a resounding, “NO!” to both questions.  Why do it in this world of Agile Development, Lean Startups, and Minimum Viable…
  • Let’s Try Another Verse of Your SaaS Company Does Not Need a Sales Force

    Bob Warfield
    23 May 2014 | 11:17 am
    It’s time for another installment of what some of the Enterprise Irregulars have called the Jason and Bob show.  Jason and I have disagreed on a fair number of issues over time, though we have also agreed on a lot.  Jason’s had a great run and is now in the rarefied atmosphere of VC’s.  All of his material is thought provoking and well worth a read. Today, we’re going to talk about Outside Sales or indeed the question of whether SaaS companies must have a sales force at all, inside, outside, or otherwise. Jason’s post today is “Inbound or Outbound Sales?
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    Latest News from Cloud Computing Journal

  • Rackspace To Present At DevOps Summit Silicon Valley

    23 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    SYS-CON Events announced today that Prashanth Chandrasekar GM of Rackspace's DevOps Business Segment joined DevOps Summit Silicon Valley faculty. Chandrasekar's session abstract will be published on Monday. Below please find an exclusive interview with Prashanth Chandrasekar, conducted by Cloud Expo Conference Chair Roger more
  • Dasher Technologies Named "Exhibitor" of Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Dasher Technologies is committed to being the best technology solution company in the United States by operating with the highest integrity and building lasting relationships with its customers and partners. Since 1982, Dasher Technologies helped public, private and nonprofit organizations implement technology solutions that speed and simplify their operations. As one of the fastest growing system integrators in the country, Dasher have gained a reputation for effortless implementations with relentless follow-through and enduring support. Dasher's strong technical expertise and vendor…
  • Worldwide IT Spending to Reach $2.1 Trillion in 2014

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    So far, 2014 has turned into a banner year for CIOs that have invested the time and effort to plan for hybrid cloud services, while building strong strategic relationships with their Line of Business leadership. Their approved capital investment budget spend is on-track and operational expenses are contained, as planned. Savvy senior executives across the globe continue to make selective investments in new business technology. In fact, there could be a moderate IT infrastructure spend over the next 12-18 months, which will likely increase the demand for open source software and professional…
  • Economics and the "Internet of Things"

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    I look at the IoT as having three great components: M2M, wearables, and grids. The components can also be seen (roughly) as enterprise, personal, and government/organizational.I'll examine each area in follow-up articles. I'll start with the third, as it applies to research I've been conducting for the past three years and dovetails with the very high-level view of the IoT being taken by the largest technology companies in the world. And I'm looking forward to discussing issues great and small with all in attendance at the upcoming @ThingsExpo, for which I serve as Conference Chair. A Dismal…
  • 14th International Cloud Expo New York 2014 Photo Album

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    14th International Cloud Expo, held on June 10–12, 2014 at the Javits Center in New York City, featured three content-packed days with a rich array of sessions about the business and technical value of cloud computing, Internet of Things, Big Data, and DevOps led by exceptional speakers from every sector of the IT ecosystem. The Cloud Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a more
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    GoGrid Blog

  • Big Data is the New Black

    Team GoGrid
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    How big data creates some of our favorite products today.Continue reading «Big Data is the New Black» The post Big Data is the New Black appeared first on GoGrid Blog. Related posts: 5 Ways Big Data Can Improve Your Business in 2014 Developments Show Big Data is Here to Stay The Big Data Storage Opportunity in the Cloud
  • Infographic: Keeping Up (and Standing Out) with Managed Services

    Barbara Jurin
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Even if you haven’t yet used managed services in your industry, you’re sure to run into one of the newer offerings that promise to do everything but butter your toast. The reality is that demand for managed services is steadily increasing across all industry verticals. Take, for example, the cloud-based managed services (telephony, conferencing, messaging, and contact centers) developed to support the emerging Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) market where telephony providers are already jostling for position. Leading telecom providers like Ericsson are routinely inking managed…
  • Big Data to Assume a Major Role in 2014 Hurricane Season

    Team GoGrid
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    How big data can tell you when there's a storm afoot.Continue reading «Big Data to Assume a Major Role in 2014 Hurricane Season» The post Big Data to Assume a Major Role in 2014 Hurricane Season appeared first on GoGrid Blog. Related posts: How Big Data Changes the Way We Relate Developments Show Big Data is Here to Stay 5 Ways Big Data Can Improve Your Business in 2014
  • Selecting a Provider and Infrastructure for Running an In-Memory Database

    Kole Hicks
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The need for database speed is always a given. Recently, application response time has been shown to not only provide customers with a better experience, but also directly impact the bottom line. Think about companies running mobile advertising networks that are paid for delivering an advertising impression to users swiping away at their mobile phones to flip to the next screen. If the ad doesn’t load, well, that equals lost revenue. For these customers, response time is mission-critical. A common solution for applications that require fast response times is to run the database in memory,…
  • How Big Data Can Affect the Way We Learn

    Team GoGrid
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    How big data stands to change the way the next generation learns about the world.Continue reading «How Big Data Can Affect the Way We Learn» The post How Big Data Can Affect the Way We Learn appeared first on GoGrid Blog. Related posts: Focus on Big Data at Big Telecom Event in Chicago How Public Organizations Should Treat Big Data Big Data and the Next Generation
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  • อุปกรณ์ TRX ตัวช่วยหุ่นเฟิร์มที่เลิศ

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:09 am
    TRX การออกกำลังแนวใหม่ที่ช่วยสร้างเสริมกล้ามและลดไขมันได้ดีที่สุดแนวทางหนึ่ง มีแหล่งที่มามาจากกองทัพทหารในอเมริกาได้ใช้สายร่มชูชีพมาดัดแปลงแก้ไขเพื่อการออกกำลัง…
  • สัมผัสอากาศดีๆ ฤดูใบไม้ผลิในเกาหลี

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    ในตอนฤดูใบไม้ผลิของประเทศเกาหลีนั้นอยู่ในระหว่างเดือนมีนาคม กระทั่ง เดือนพฤษภาคม ซึ่งมีอุณหภูมิอยู่ที่ 6 องศา – 16 องศา ในฤดูนี้จะเป็นระยะเวลาที่มีดอกไม้บานสะพรั่ง ต้นไม้ผลิใบเต็มต้น…
  • เรื่องน่าสนใจที่ไหนๆก็ T25

    10 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    มักเรียกได้ว่ากำลังคือกระแสทั้งในโลกออนไลน์และในโลกแห่งความคือจริงอยู่ในขณะนี้ขอรับเพื่อจะเจ้าสิ่งแปลกใหม่ที่ใครๆ ต่างเรียกกันว่า T25 นี้ซึ่งย่อมยอมรับกันอย่างไม่เขินอายฮะว่าครั้งแรกที่เราฟังคำ…
  • วัยรุ่นกับช่องทางสร้างรายได้เสริม

    4 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
  • กระต่ายกันมีนิสัยใจคออย่างไร

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:32 pm
    อายุของกระต่ายนั้นจะก็จะยืนยายถึง 4 – 10 ปี ดังนั้นก่อนเลี้ยงย่อมควรคิดให้ดี เนื่องจากเค้าจะคงจะมาอยู่กับผมคือสิบปี หากเกิดว่าเค้าถูกทอดทิ้งจากคุณ ต้องขอบอกว่าน่าสงสารมากๆ ที่ย่อมอยู่ในที่แคบๆ…
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  • Data Center Cooling Done Differently

    James Hamilton
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Over the last 10 years, there has been considerable innovation in data center cooling. Large operators are now able to operate at Power Usage Efficiency of 1.10 to 1.20. This means that less than 20% of the power delivered to the facility is lost to power distribution and cooling. These days, very nearly all of the power  delivered to the facility, is delivered to the servers.     I would never say there is no more innovation coming in an but most of the ideas I’ve been seeing recently in data center cooling designs are familiar. Good engineering and often more somewhat more…
  • Challenges in Designing at Scale: Formal Methods in Building Robust Distributed Systems

    James Hamilton
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    We all know that when designing and operating applications at scale, it is persistent state management that brings the most difficult challenges. Delivering state-free applications has always been (fairly) easy. But most interesting commercial and consumer applications need to manage persistent state. Advertising needs to be delivered, customer activity needs to be tracked, and products need to be purchased. Interesting applications that run at scale all have difficult persistent state problems. That’s why, other AWS customers, and even other AWS services make use of the various…
  • Network Neutrality and the FCC Proposal to Abandon it

    James Hamilton
    9 Jun 2014 | 4:07 pm
    The internet and the availability of content broadly and uniformly to all users has driven the largest wave of innovation ever e experienced in our industry. Small startups offering a service of value have the same access to customers as the largest and best funded incumbents. All customers have access to the same array of content regardless of their interests or content preferences. Some customers have access to faster access than others but, whatever the access speed, all customers have access to it all content uniformly. Some countries have done an amazing job of getting high speed access…
  • Air Traffic Control System Failure & Complex System Testing

    James Hamilton
    13 May 2014 | 6:05 pm
    It’s difficult to adequately test complex systems. But what’s really difficult is keeping a system adequately tested. Creating systems that do what they are designed to do is hard but, even with the complexity of these systems, many life critical systems have the engineering and production testing investment behind them to be reasonably safe when deployed. Its keeping them adequately tested over time as conditions and the software system changes where we sometimes fail.   There are exceptions to the general observation that we can build systems that operate safely when inside…
  • Energy Efficiency of Cloud Computing

    James Hamilton
    14 Feb 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Most agree that cloud computing is inherently more efficient that on premise computing in each of several dimensions. Last November, I went after two of the easiest to argue gains: utilization and the ability to sell excess capacity (Datacenter Renewable Power Done Right):   Cloud computing is a fundamentally more efficiently way to operate compute infrastructure. The increases in efficiency driven by the cloud are many but a strong primary driver is increased utilization. All companies have to provision their compute infrastructure for peak usage. But, they only monetize the actual…
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    Data Center Knowledge

  • Docker CEO: Docker’s Impact on Data Center Industry Will Be Huge

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Docker came on fast. It happened unusually fast for the IT infrastructure world. Launched as an open source project only about 18 months ago, the technology that packages an application in a way that makes it portable across different data center or cloud environments, now enjoys support from the likes of Google, IBM, Microsoft and Red Hat, among many others. Docker the company officially announced itself in June, launching the first production-ready release of its software. Earlier this month, there was a report that relied on anonymous sources that said the company was close to completing a…
  • Microsoft Azure Launches New Services Aimed at Developers

    Chris Burt
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This article originally appeared at TheWHIR. Microsoft is seeking to improve Azure’s appeal to developers with a set of new services and updates, the company announced Thursday. New services include DocumentDB and Search, while HDInsight support for Apache HBase has been made generally available and VM Depot images have been added to the Azure gallery. Azure also added support for SQL Server AlwaysOn, Web Site WebJobs, and API Managment REST API, which allows nearly any management operation in the Management API Portal to be accessed programmatically. “One of the core tenets of Microsoft…
  • Peak 10 Expands Cincinnati Data Center

    Jason Verge
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Data center, cloud and managed services provider Peak 10 added 5,000 square feet to its Greater Cincinnati data center. The new space will add 3,800 square feet of net usable data center space. The expansion brings its total footprint to 27,000 square feet in its West Chester, Ohio, facility. Peak 10 was acquired by GI Partners earlier this year in a deal believed to be between $800-$900 million. The acquisition helps fuel aggressive but calculated expansion plans. The provider recently broke ground on a 60,000 square foot data center facility in Tampa, Florida, and Phase 1 of its 70,000…
  • Friday Funny Caption Contest: 300 Pound Gorilla

    Bri Pennington
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    Although it’s somewhat hard to believe, the weekend is upon us again. Let’s have a little fun this Friday afternoon with a brand new Kip and Gary! Diane Alber, the Arizona artist who created Kip and Gary, has a new cartoon for Data Center Knowledge’s cartoon caption contest. We challenge you to submit a humorous and clever caption that fits the comedic situation. Please add your entry in the comments below. Then, next week, our readers will vote for the best submission. Here’s what Diane had to say about this week’s cartoon, “Kip and Gary knew their next colo tenant was…
  • CyrusOne Expands Austin Data Center

    Jason Verge
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    CyrusOne expanded its Austin II data center with 5,000 square feet of white space in data hall two. The Austin II facility is approximately 65,000 square feet. It is the first of a potential four-phase data center campus consisting of 290,000 square feet. CyrusOne continues to expand in Austin and Texas in general to meet demand. It recently added 102,000 square feet and 12 megawatts combined to Carollton and Houston data centers. CyrusOne also acquired 22 acres of land in Austin earlier this year, following land acquisitions in San Antonio and Houston. Nationally, it is also building data…
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    Nati Shalom's Blog

  • Using SSD As A Foundation For New Generations Of Flash Databases

    Nati Shalom
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    “You just can't have it all” is a phrase that most of us are accustomed to hearing and that many still believe to be true when discussing the speed, scale and cost of processing data. To reach high speed data processing, it is necessary to utilize more memory resources which increases cost. This occurs because price increases as memory, on average, tends to be more expensive than commodity disk drive. The idea of data systems being unable to reliably provide you with both memory and fast access—not to mention at the right cost—has long been debated, though the idea of such limitations…
  • The next big thing in big data: fast data

    Nati Shalom
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:10 am
    The big data movement was pretty much driven by the demand for scale in velocity, volume, and variety of data. Those three vectors led to the emergence of a new generation of distributed data management platforms such as Hadoop for batch processing and NoSQL databases for interactive data access. Both were inspired by their respective predecessors Google (Hadoop, BigTable) and Amazon (Dynamo DB). As we move to fast data, there’s more emphasis on processing big data at speed. Getting speed without compromising on scale pushes the limits in the way most of the existing big data solutions…
  • The Heat is on with OpenStack Icehouse

    Nati Shalom
    11 May 2014 | 5:02 am
    OpenStack Orchestration Moves up the Stack OpenStack Icehouse, the Ninth OpenStack Release, was announced at at the last summit and was named for a street in Hong Kong. The Icehouse release is primarily focused on stability and maturity. The release marks another milestone in the growth of the project.  Just a few stats. Icehouse had: 1,202 contributors, a 32 percent increase from the Havana release six months ago Approximately 350 new features added. 2,902 bug fixes were added in the Icehouse release cycle. In this post  I’m going to focus on the updates in the OpenStack Heat project,…
  • Making Chef as Simple as Ansible

    Nati Shalom
    8 May 2014 | 12:43 am
    In his book Taste Test, Matt Jaynes compares a few popular configuration management tools such as Chef, Puppet, SaltStack and Ansible. Jaynes points to some of the areas of complexity within Chef in comparison to Ansible. According to Jaynes, Chef’s areas of complexity can be summarized by the following: Ease of Installation: Chef is not easy to install Agent Installation: Chef doesn’t provide a remote agent installation  Remote Execution and Update: Chef lacks remote execution and push update Ordering: Controlling the execution order of tasks is not intuitive Making Chef as Simple as…
  • Notes from Big Data Business Challenges Panel Discussion

    Nati Shalom
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Most of the Big Data topics that I covered in the past were focused mostly on the technical aspects of running Big Data. In this post, I want to take a different route and discuss the business challenges based on a panel discussion that I had the pleasure of moderating. Is Big Data a Big Hype? One of the first questions that came up in the discussion is whether Big Data is over-hyped due to over-use in marketing content. Many of those who claim to provide either a Big Data solution or implement Big Data are just using the term to re-brand their product or offering.  There was consensus…
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    Amazon Web Services Blog

  • AWS Pop-up Loft - Returning in the Fall!

    Jeff Barr
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Earlier this year we opened up the AWS Pop-up Loft for a pilot run of almost four weeks in San Francisco. During that time, many AWS developers dropped in to network, listen, learn, work, and socialize. Some developers came and enjoyed the structured, scheduled events. Others came in with their laptops, found a quiet corner, and spent some time working on their code. During my three day stint at The Loft, I met a number of interesting entrepreneurs and spent time learning about their plans to change the world. For example, I spoke with Cosmo Mielke of to learn more about his citizen…
  • DISA Authorizes AWS as First Commercial Cloud Approved for Sensitive Workloads

    Jeff Barr
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    I am happy to be able to announce that AWS has achieved the first DoD Provisional Authorization under the DoD Cloud Security Model's at security impact levels 3-5! AWS previously received a DoD Provisional Authorization for security impact levels 1-2. This new Authorization covers AWS GovCloud (US) and DoD customers can now move forward with their deployments of applications processing controlled and for official use only unclassified information. As part of the Level 3-5 Authorization, our partners and DoD customers will be able to implement a wide range of DoD requirements necessary to…
  • New SSL Features for Amazon CloudFront - Session Tickets, OCSP Stapling, Perfect Forward Secrecy

    Jeff Barr
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    You probably know that you can use Amazon CloudFront to distribute your content to users around the world with a high degree of security, low latency and high data transfer speed. CloudFront supports the use of secure HTTPS connections from the origin to the edge and from the edge to the client; if you enable this option data travels from the origin to your end users in a secure, encrypted form. Today we are making some additional improvements to the performance and security of CloudFront's SSL implementation. These features are enabled automatically and work with the default CloudFront SSL…
  • Amazon SNS Update - Large Topics and MPNS Authenticated Mode

    Jeff Barr
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) is a fast and flexible push messaging service. You can easily send messages to Apple, Google, Fire OS and Windows devices, including Android devices in China (via Baidu Cloud Push). Today we are enhancing SNS with support for large topics (more than 10,000 subscribers) and authenticated delivery to MPNS (Microsoft Push Notification Service). Large Topics SNS offers two publish modes. First, you can push messages directly to specific mobile devices. Second, you can create an SNS topic, provide your customers with a mechanism to allow them to subscribe…
  • AWS Week in Review - August 11, 2014

    Jeff Barr
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, August 11 We announced Multi-Factor Authentication for Amazon WorkSpaces. We announced that you can now Tag Your Elastic Load Balancers. The AWS Windows and .NET Developer Blog talked about S3 Server Side Encryption With Windows PowerShell. We published Episode 96 of the AWS Podcast. Tuesday, August 12 We announced that you can now Rapidly Deploy SharePoint on AWS With a New Deployment Guide and Templates. We announced that you can Simplify PHP Development With Z-Ray in the Cloud from Zend. A post on the AWS…
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    CohesiveFT Blog

  • Cloud & networking weekly news roundup: Aug 18 - 22

    Margaret Walker
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of Aug 18From ZDnet: Software-defined networking expected to be worth $8B by 2018 >> reserch firm IDC predicting software-defined networking will "grow from a market worth roughly $960 million in 2014 to more than $8 billion by 2018. That translates to a compound annual growth rate of 89.4 percent."From Randy Bias on Cloud Ave: Public Cloud Economies of (Web-)Scale Aren’t About Buying Power"99 problems but the cloud ain't one: What are SaaS, PaaS and IaaS?" on IT Pro PortalVia DataCenter Dynamics: CenturyLink Offers Global Private Cloud…
  • Ask a Cloud Netwoking Expert: What is cloud VPN?

    Margaret Walker
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Virtual private networks (VPNs) use the public internet to connect remote sites, offices, or users together. VPNs use "virtual" connections routed through the Internet but the security settings of a VPN ensure data security because all traffic inside the VPN is encrypted. From a user’s point of view, a VPN connection is the same as a connection within a private network. For example, a remote worker can access a VPN from the road and have the same experience as she would while working in the office. Similarly, large enterprises with data centers, offices, and partner networks spread…
  • Cloud & networking weekly news roundup: Aug 11 - 15

    Margaret Walker
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of Aug 11From ODCA president Correy Voo: Why cloud spells the end of the IT department…as we know it on iCIO Network World:  Confused by SDN & NFV? These may be complementary options for the network of tomorrow >> "The goal with both SDN and NFV is to control the network logically, with software and minimize hands-on work with those network devices."Wired: The Internet Has Grown Too Big for Its Aging InfrastructureFrom GigaOm Is Docker a threat to the Cloud ecosystem? InfoSec Institute: The Cloud is Both More and Less Secure…
  • Connecting Docker Container Networks Over the Internet with VNS3

    Patrick Kerpan
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A few posts back our CTO Chris Swan blogged about "Connecting Docker containers between VMs with VXLAN".  While I applaud his bravado in tackling this, I wanted to up the ante by showing how easily one can connect networks of Docker containers over the Internet.The easiest way I know how to do this is to use VNS3 which has had a Docker subsystem embedded since our release 3.5 in April of this year.Historically VNS3 has been mostly a Layer 3 overlay network connecting customers to, through and across the clouds acting as a switch, router, firewall, VPN, and protocol re-distributor…
  • Cloud & networking weekly news roundup: Aug 4 - 9

    Margaret Walker
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of Aug 4From Computer World: HP trims its cloud offer for lighter use >> the new HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud Lean will be contract-based rather than credit card based, and can only be accessed through a customer portal. TechCrunch: Google Compute Engine Adds New Zones In US And AsiaFrom InfoWorld: Try again, cloud contenders: Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have won >> Writer / analyst David Linthicum writes that the mid-level IaaS and PaaS players need to specialize in a new niche or sell out.Research firm…
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  • 5 Examples of Insect-Inspired Robotics

    Adam Thompson
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Everyone knows that robots are merely lifeless machines, no matter how amazing their abilities may be. However, you may be surprised at how often scientists replicate the features and capabilities of living creatures to increase robotic performance. In fact, there’s even a whole branch of robotics called “biomimetics” dedicated to that single premise. The term biomimetics means literally to “mimic life.” Insects are one form of life from which biomimetic scientists draw significant inspiration for new types of robotic technology. Functions and behaviors that evolved over…
  • New IBM Video Tells You How To Survive A Robot Apocalypse

    Adam Thompson
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:49 pm
    A couple years ago the CDC released a guide for surviving the zombie apocalypse. Zombie hunters everywhere rejoiced to have an official guide on that critical topic. Now anti-robot warriors can also rejoice because IBM has released a video with instructions for surviving a robot apocalypse (see video at the bottom of this post). IBM’s hope is that their new cloud platform, IBM BlueMix, will be an effective tool for tracking robots and communicating with other anti-robot warriors. (“In the unlikely event of a cybernetic revolt, your smartphone may be used as a weapon.”)…
  • For Professional Designers: Website Builder Showdown: Webydo vs Adobe Muse

    Adam Thompson
    6 Jan 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Professional web designers have been frustrated for years by coding. According to surveys conducted among web designers, about 70% of a budget is spent on coding. It is a major expense, increasing the cost of a project, thus eating into a designer’s profit margin. Coupled with the rapid growth of ecommerce and businesses needing an Internet presence, a designer’s workload can become problematic. Quick but professional turnaround is key, which leads some designers to visual website design platforms. Adobe, one of the most well-known companies in the design industry, recently…
  • How Free Call Software is Changing the Phone Industry and How we Talk to Each Other

    18 Dec 2013 | 2:58 pm
    Technology is revolutionary and has a continuous affect on the world we live in. As a new technology is discovered, the existing technology is going to be dramatically altered, and even sacrificed. TV killed the radio star; the mobile phone made landlines obsolete, and now free calling software is changing how we communicate and altering the well-established phone industry. The Phone Industry The phone industry has experienced faster and more dramatic changes in recent years then it has seen in the past 2 decades. Although it’s not great news for the phone industry, it is great news for…
  • ‘Smart’ Traffic Lights Could Cut Commute by 60%

    27 Nov 2013 | 12:28 pm
    Here is some good news for commuters and anyone who has a short traffic fuse. Someone has finally “built the better mousetrap” of the traffic light world, and it looks as if the days of spending over 165 hours a year sitting at red lights may be quickly going the way of the dinosaur. In-Dash Traffic Lights There are currently two developing ideas vying for the title of Traffic Savior. The first idea involves the elimination of traffic lights completely. Engineers would develop an in-dash system that would alert one vehicle to the presence of another. Using this advanced wireless…
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    Pacific-Tier Communications LLC

  • ICT Training Development Survey

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Pacific-Tier Communications LLC is preparing our ICT courseware development plan for 2015.  We would be very grateful if you took a minute and filled out the following linked survey. We are not collecting any personal or location information – just interested in what your organization would find useful for professional ICT training and courseware. Thanks for your support! If you have any questions, please send us a note at
  • Asian Carrier’s Conference 2013 Kicks Off in Cebu

    3 Sep 2013 | 9:35 pm
    The 2013 ACC kicked off on Tuesday morning with an acknowledgement by Philippine Long Distance Telecommunications (PLDT) CEO Napolean L. Nazareno that “we’re going through a profound and painful transformation to digital technologies.”  He continued to explain that in addition to making the move to a digital corporate culture and architecture that for traditional telcos to succeed they will need to “master new skills, including new partnership skills.” That direction drives a line straight down the middle of attendees at the conference.  Surprisingly, many companies attending and…
  • What Value Can I Expect from Cloud Computing Training?

    30 Aug 2013 | 6:31 pm
    Normally, when we think of technical-related training, images of rooms loaded with switches, routers, and servers might come to mind.    Cloud computing is different.  In reality, cloud computing is not a technology, but rather a framework employing a variety of technologies – most notably virtualization, to solve business problems or enable opportunities. From our own practice, the majority of cloud training students represent non-technical careers and positions. Our training does follow the CompTIA Cloud Essentials course criterion, and is not a technical course, so the non-technical…
  • Connecting at the Westin Building Exchange in Seattle

    29 Aug 2013 | 1:45 am
    International telecommunication carriers all share one thing in common – the need to connect with other carriers and networks.  We want to make calls to China, a video conference in Moldova, send an email message for delivery within 5 seconds to Australia – all possible with our current state of global communications.  Magic?  Of course not.  While an abstract to most, the reality is telecommunications physical infrastructure extends to nearly every corner of the world, and communications carriers bring this global infrastructure together at  a small number of facilities…
  • Why IT Guys Need to Learn TOGAF

    12 Aug 2013 | 6:00 pm
    Just finished another frustrating day of consulting with an organization that is convinced technology is going to solve their problems.  Have an opportunity?  Throw money and computers at the opportunity.  Have a technology answer to your process problems?  Really?. The business world is changing.  With cloud computing potentially eliminating the need for some current IT roles, such as physical server huggers…, information technology professionals, or more appropriately information and communications technology (ICT) professionals, need to rethink their roles within organizations. Is…
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    Cloud Business Review

  • Video Conferencing in the Cloud

    Ivan Widjaya
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:31 am
    At this point, I’m sure you have heard the term, “in the cloud.” Recently, cloud-based services have seen a spike in growth, branching primarily into the business sector. There is one cloud-based service in particular that is becoming a staple in the communication infrastructure of many businesses.… Click here to read more
  • Making ETL in the Cloud Your Business

    Cloud Authors
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:29 am
    Cloud computing is still on the up, with information technology research company Gartner predicting that by 2016 the Cloud will account for 90% of spending on new IT. As the Cloud grows in use and popularity, giants such as Google and Amazon have responded with increasingly capable Cloud-based offerings, such as Google’s Compute Engine and Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud.… Click here to read more
  • These Industries Soaring with the Cloud

    Cloud Authors
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    In recent years news about cloud technology and cloud computing has been the subject of keen interest. However, when pressed to define exactly what this somewhat ephemeral “cloud” is, many market observers find themselves at a loss. In view of the somewhat fuzzy understanding of the cloud, here’s a fairly simple and straightforward definition borrowed from the authors of “Cloud Computing for Dummies,” who describe it this way: What Is the ‘Cloud’ “The ‘cloud’ in cloud computing can be defined as the set of hardware, networks,…
  • Ten Business Benefits of Cloud Computing

    Cloud Authors
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Cloud computing involves the delivery of IT resources using a network of remote servers. Data is stored, managed, and processed by a cloud vendor rather than using a local server or PC. The use of cloud computing is growing, and is expected to continue to develop over the next few years.… Click here to read more
  • Comindware Project Enables you to Manage Projects and Collaborate in the Cloud

    Ivan Widjaya
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:45 am
    I have talked about Comindware software products several times in the past for one good reason: They are one of the front-runners in the online collaboration and project management arena, and they continue to transform their award-winning solutions to cater the increasingly complex work management.… Click here to read more
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  • OpenStack Marketplace Opens Hosted Private Cloud for Enterprises

    Saroj Kar
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    The OpenStack Marketplace has a new feather under its hood. The open source cloud markatplace opens hosted private cloud for users to evaluate different OpenStack deployment options that best meet their requirements. The new Hosted Private Cloud category offers an open and transparent means to evaluate the full spectrum of OpenStack deployment options and includes Training, Consulting Services, Distributions & Appliances, Public Clouds and Drivers, which will help users easily find and compare products that best meet their business requirements. For this, OpenStack has partnered with…
  • Gartner Describes 2014 Hype Cycle Technologies That Will Transform Businesses

    Saroj Kar
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    What is a real trend, which changed our lives forever and what is a mere hype that fizzles out quickly? Once a year, technology research firm Gartner releases Hype Cycle report to get the current nurve of the market, the business trend and the future direction. This year also Gartner has released its annual hype cycle graph, which shows where various technologies are in terms of maturity, business benefit and future direction. At this year Hype Cycle report, Gartner examined more than 2,000 technologies on their maturity, their business benefits and their future orientation, and grouped them…
  • Rapid Adoption of Big Data Sets to Make the Market Worth $46.34 Billion by 2018

    Saroj Kar
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    The market for big data is growing over the next five years with an estimated compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.52% from 2013 to 2018 to $46.34 Billion by 2018, reports research firm MarketsandMarkets. The report “Big Data Market By Types (Hardware; Software; Services; BDaaS – HaaS; Analytics; Visualization as Service); By Software (Hadoop, Big Data Analytics and Databases, System Software (IMDB, IMC): Worldwide Forecasts & Analysis (2013 – 2018)” says steady growth of consumer and machine data, demand of big data applications and growth of unified appliances are…
  • Intel Explores Big Data and Wearable Devices to Tackle Diseases

    Saroj Kar
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    After Google and Apple, Intel now is entering the healthcare industry. The chip company has started a new program in the area of big data along with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. As part of the program, Intel’s upcoming wave of wearable technology will help research on and treatment of neurodegenerative brain disease and will help conduct a research study of various phases of this neurodegenerative disease. An estimated five million people worldwide are diagnosed with PD, the second most commonly diagnosed neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer. The initial…
  • Build Feature Rich Mobile Apps with 10 Best DIY Platforms

    Saroj Kar
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Today, mobile applications are much more effective and powerful. Users that install them show real interest in the content they provide, and they can even display custom alerts in the status bar of the phone. If you have a website, a business, or even a band and want to ensure that users can access the brand anytime and anywhere, then Do-it-yourself (DIY) app builders let you craft your own apps with no technical skills required. Below are some of the best mobile app development platform available for developers and businesses to create their own apps. AppMachine If you are thinking of…
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    Business Cloud News

  • Intel, Chunghwa Telecom partner on Internet of Things, cloud and SDN

    Business Cloud News
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Intel and Intel, Chunghwa Telecom are partnering on Internet of Things, cloud and SDN Chip giant Intel and Taiwanese incumbent telco Chunghwa Telecom signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see both companies jointly innovate in several emerging technology areas including Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and software defined network (SDN). The current MoU expands upon an agreement originally signed by both companies in 2010, which focused on developing datacentre innovations and cloud computing, an initiative that carried through to both companies’ work with the Open…
  • Westpac makes digital banking push through IBM private cloud

    Elliott Holley
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:22 am
    Westpac are using IBM to support its banking service in New Zealand Australian bank Westpac has signed up IBM to assist a major digital banking push in New Zealand. The bank plans to use IBM’s private cloud technology to build mobile services and social media presence. Under the five-year deal, Westpac New Zealand will migrate some of itsbusiness critical IT systems into IBM’s Auckland data centre. Using the IBM private cloud, the bank will develop and test tools for online and mobile banking. The aim is to roll out new services faster and across multiple devices and platforms. Westpac…
  • VMware rebrands cloud services

    Business Cloud News
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
    VMware has rebranded its hybrid cloud service to VMware Cloud Air, and will use the suffix ‘Air’ for all of its ‘as-a-service’ offerings True to the rumours, VMware has rebranded its hybrid cloud service from VMware vCloud Hybrid Service to VMware Cloud Air, and expanded its service provider partner programme in a bid to extend and enhance the reach and appeal of its (relatively young) hybrid cloud service. The VMware Cloud Air rebranding was accompanied by a revamping of its technology partner network, redubbed the VMware Cloud Air Network, which now boasts more than…
  • VMware buys CloudVolumes to unify management across virtualised, physical environments

    Business Cloud News
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    VMware said its acquisition of CloudVolumes will help it unify application management across multiple environments Virtualisation incumbent VMware announced it has acquired CloudVolumes, a provider of virtual desktop application services, for an undisclosed sum. VMware said the move will enable customers to more easily manage applications within virtualised and physical desktop environments. CloudVolumes offers a number of virtualised application and thin client management solutions. CloudVolumes for VMware Horizon, which is delivered as a virtual appliance, lets users manage both VDI and…
  • Boston Scientific to deploy Box through AT&T

    Business Cloud News
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:22 am
    Boston Scientific is partnering with Box, AT&T to deliver cloud storage services to its 23,000 employees globally US-based pharmaceuticals firm Boston Scientific Corporation announced plans to deploy Box’s as the company’s primary platform for managing and collaborating on content. The company said it plans to deploy Box to 23,000 global employees in an effort to enable more efficient, secure access to content on desktops and mobile devices. “Our IT group is focused on driving innovation across our company and helping us build a sustainable competitive advantage through technology…
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    Bitnami Blog

  • Security fix: new Django stacks released

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The Django project has just released new versions that fix a multiple vulnerabilities. You can find more info about these issue at the Django blog post. We want to let Bitnami users know that all our Django platform stacks (Django 1.4.14, Django 1.5.9, Django 1.6.6) installers, virtual machines and cloud images have been updated and released. If you have already installed a version of these applications please make sure that you update your environment.
  • Bitnami at DebConf 2014

    Erica Brescia
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Bitnami is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Debian Conference. DebConf is the annual Debian developers meeting, an event filled with discussions, workshops and coding parties – all of them highly technical in nature.  We are excited to support an event that helps to drive development of the Debian operating system. The conference will be held in Portland, Oregon on August 23rd to August 31st.  If you are going to Debconf14, we would love to meet up in person! 
  • Bitnami OSCON Review

    miranda myerholtz
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Bitnami + OSCON 2014= Great time Thank you to all our users who stopped by our booth. It was great to hear all the cool ways that our community is using Bitnami!  We had a blast sharing Bitnami with new faces, and catching up with some of the top open source leaders and cloud platform providers. During the conference we demoed Bitnami on Azure, where the attendees were impressed with how fast they could get started and navigate through the Bitnami Launchpad. Along with spreading the news of Bitnami, we gave out over 600 Bitnami t-shirts! Don't worry, we haven't left you out.
  • Bitnami partners with Codeable to offer WordPress development and support services

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    We are happy to announce a partnership with the ninjas at Codeable to offer WordPress services to Bitnami users! Codeable is a community of trusted and handpicked WordPress experts, based in the US and Europe, that are ready to take on any WordPress related tasks you can imagine: from cloud migrations and configuration to performance optimization and custom development. Whether you’re looking to fix a bug, modify an existing site, develop a custom plugin, migrate to a new server, or get some one-on-one WordPress training, their selected developers will get the job done. The process is…
  • SuiteCRM added to the Bitnami Library!

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    We are glad to announce that SuiteCRM, one of the winners from our monthly apps contest, is now part of the Bitnami Library! SuiteCRM is a completely open source enterprise-grade Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application. SuiteCRM is a software fork of the popular customer relationship management (CRM) system SugarCRM. Thanks to their successful effort in promoting the Bitnami contest to  encourage their community to vote, SuiteCRM is now ready to install in  a few clicks with the Bitnami SuiteCRM installers, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, Virtual Machine images…
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    Zoho Blogs

  • Finding (e)Harmony between Candidates and Companies

    Austin Ries
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    For 14 years, eHarmony founder and CEO ​Neil Clark Warren has stood against a white backdrop on our television screens to discuss compatibility. And while his white hair, suit, and glasses make him look a little more like Orville Redenbacher than a matchmaker, the proof is, well…in the wedding cake. Since its inception in August of 2000, eHarmony has yielded 600,000 marriages with a divorce rate of only 3.8 percent – a fraction compared to the national average. So what’s eHarmony’s next move? Matchmaking in the career space. When eHarmony launches Elevated Careers…
  • Easily generate brochures, payslips, contracts and more with Zoho Creator’s Custom Record Summary function

    Aakanksha Jain
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Recently, our facilities team was looking for a simple way to manage purchase orders. They decided to try the Custom Record Summary feature in Zoho Creator and instantly, the tedious task of generating and managing purchase orders was a thing of the past. Needless to say, they were able to retire the old time-consuming purchase order system and process. And, more importantly, now it just takes a few clicks for our facilities team to create beautiful and accurate purchase orders (Print/PDF Version). In case you missed it, the Custom Record Summary was recently released in Zoho Creator. …
  • Work Smart with the Resume Inbox

    Shirley R Graceya
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Recruiters face many challenges, but none as painstaking as processing resumes. Their inbox is always cluttered with a pile of resumes from various sources including candidates, employee referrals, job boards, vendors, etc. Now if you’re a recruiter, you’ll know exactly what I mean! The best news for you would be a parsing tool that can process resumes directly from your mailbox onto the database. That’s exactly why Zoho Recruit is excited to introduce – the Resume Inbox Cluttered mailboxes, hereafter, become a thing of past. The Resume Inbox can be configured in…
  • Secure Cloud Storage and Document Sharing with Zoho Docs

    Chinmayee Mishra
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Gone are the days when file security meant locking the drawer to your file cabinet to protect your sensitive documents. As we all know, today, most of our documents are created and saved online – but are they more secure now than in old file cabinets? Well, with the right precautions, they certainly can be. Cloud storage, online document sharing, and real-time collaboration are just some of the new document management technologies that offer businesses the ability to quickly and accurately generate professional documents that can be shared with colleagues, business partners and…
  • The Secret of Effective Project Management

    Hari Narayanan
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Let me get straight to the point. The Secret of Effective Project Management is finding the right balance between managing too little and managing too much. And in order to understand how to walk this elusive middle path, let us first take a look at the extremes. In a quest to give their team a free hand and keep things moving fast, some managers end up taking an over simplified approach. When they do this, they lose track of important aspects of work. When their team would want their guidance, they wouldn’t know it and hence would not be available to them. As a result, the team would end…
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    meshIP® Blog

  • Clientless VDI In Healthcare

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - The entire architecture around the modern endpoint has changed. This is truly become evident within the healthcare field. Associates, doctors and administrators are all processing healthcare information in completely new ways. IT consumerization and mobility have certainly played a big part through all of this. The evolution of the healthcare environment, however, is never truly […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: Cloud Computing: Healthcare Savings, Accessibility and Opportunity With nearly one-third of healthcare sector…
  • SMBs Struggle With Data Protection’s Rising Complexity

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - A survey of 401 global small and midsize businesses (SMBs) conducted by IDC on behalf of data protection specialist Acronis found that IT organizations are struggling with backup and recovery, thanks to the rise of virtualization and cloud computing. Backup and recovery becomes more problematic with each new platform added. Most IT organizations now routinely […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: SMBs Stymied By Virtualization Backup While smaller companies may adopt virtual machines in greater numbers... SMBs Struggling…
  • The Need For Speed And The Cloud

    18 Jun 2014 | 7:02 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - There can be a tendency to think too simplistically about the benefits of moving applications to the cloud. Traditional logic centres around the cost savings that companies can make out of the shift from on-premise deployments but there is another, more important element of the cloud that should be given more credence – speed. The […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: Feds To Speed Cloud Adoption With New Roadmap The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology... Cloud-Ready Networks for…
  • Sunny Forecast For Clouds

    5 Jun 2014 | 8:13 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - Improvements in hardware, software, and networking have combined with the secular trend toward outsourcing to usher in the era of cloud computing. The economies of scale offered by remote data centers managed by third parties allow enterprises to offload or outsource some or all of their computing and storage workloads. Cloud adoption is particularly cost-effective […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: Are Hybrid Clouds the Path to Cloud-Computing Nirvana? The New York Times has an interesting article about hybrid... The…
  • Key Skills IT Pros Need For Cloud Computing

    22 May 2014 | 12:27 pm
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - 1. Business and financial skills The intersection of business and technology is always an overarching concern, but it is especially so when it comes to cloud-based computing. 2. Technical skills With the cloud, organizations can streamline their IT resources, offloading much of day-to-day systems and application management. But that doesn’t mean IT abdicates all responsibility. […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: 2011 Cloud Computing Predictions Cloud Adopters Embrace Cloud For Both Innovation and Legacy Optimization...
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    KnowledgeTree » Blog

  • Sales Enablement and Meeting in the Middle

    Peter Mollins
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Peter Ostrow and the team at Aberdeen always put together great research around Sales Enablement. A blog post from August 11 looks at an interesting take-away from some of his most recent research. It found that even at high performing companies, sales and marketing leadership only meet 5-6 times a year to coordinate strategies. Sales and Marketing Must Get Together Given how vital it is that these two teams collaborate, it is a surprising result. They should be working in lock-step every day. Marketing should be continually evaluating whether their lead generation activities are translating…
  • The Real Innovation in Sales and Marketing

    Peter Mollins
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    It’s a good time to be in sales and marketing.  The pace of innovation among platform and tool vendors is staggering.  Long-held pains like prospect data quality and sales pipeline analytics are now commonly tackled. The speed of development in this space triggered a healthy industry debate about where the sales and marketing divide lies and who’s out-innovating whom, Sales or Marketing.  Sales Benchmark Index wrote a great piece last year that is still very relevant.  It looks at how the Chief Marketing Officer can take a sales focus to help advance sales activities. At the same…
  • 50+ Twitter Accounts Every Sales Enablement Professional Must Follow

    Ethan Chung
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Sales Enablement thought leaders are a great bunch. They produce a ton of great content and are keen to share best practices with colleagues, fellow practitioners, and sales enablement enthusiasts. In fact, we rely on their thinking a lot in our blog. To help spread the word about great sales enablement content, we compiled a list of great Twitter accounts that you should follow to get the latest strategies for supporting your sales teams. 50 Sales Enablement Thought Leaders to Follow Salesenablement – Salesenablement has 3,000+ followers. He is very up to date on sales enablement…
  • 3 Problems Your Sales Team Has with Your Sales Collateral

    Ethan Chung
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    As many of you may know, there exists a great divide between sales and marketing. The divide is so great, in fact, that 41% of salespeople don’t know which marketing content to use, how to use it, or when to use it. The end result is ill-equipped sales teams within our businesses, looking for sales collateral that end up being irrelevant, outdated, or unengaging for our prospects. The sales and marketing divide poses as a large threat for our businesses. First of all, sales representatives’ uncertainty over which sales collateral to use means that they are wasting valuable time probing…
  • Sales Portals: If You Build It, Will They Come Back?

    Peter Mollins
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    The marketing content you produce doesn’t do any good if it doesn’t get into the hands of your targets. So, ask yourself what is your distribution channel for your materials? As I talked about in an earlier post, there are a lot of important channels for your content. But one that is too often ignored in a B2B setting is your own sales team. Sales Portal So, how do you get content into your sales team’s hands? The classic approach is to build a sales portal. That is, an internally-oriented site where collateral, sales tools, and other information is stored. Sales people can visit the…
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  • This Week in HPC: DOE Labs Come Together on Climate and Latest Cuda Escalates ARMs Race

    Rich Brueckner
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:05 pm
    In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss the ACME collaboration for climate research. In Part 2, they look at the latest Cuda release with with support for 64-bit ARM processors.The post This Week in HPC: DOE Labs Come Together on Climate and Latest Cuda Escalates ARMs Race appeared first on insideHPC.
  • TACC & ANSYS Power Firefly Space Systems

    Rich Brueckner
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This week Firefly Space Systems announced a collaboration with ANSYS and TACC to help design next-generation rockets.The post TACC & ANSYS Power Firefly Space Systems appeared first on insideHPC.
  • Move Over Jaguar, Titan Supercomputer Tops in Energy Efficiency

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    When the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) replaced its Jaguar supercomputer with Titan, not only did it expand its computing speed tenfold, it also saved on the electric bill.The post Move Over Jaguar, Titan Supercomputer Tops in Energy Efficiency appeared first on insideHPC.
  • LBNL Researchers Work on New Materials to Shrink Computer Chips

    Rich Brueckner
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Are we approaching the end of Moore's Law? In this video, Berkeley Lab Staff Scientist Deirdre Olynick describes how the Lab is working to develop new new photoresist materials that will enable computer chips to get smaller and faster.The post LBNL Researchers Work on New Materials to Shrink Computer Chips appeared first on insideHPC.
  • Ben Golub on How Docker will Change the Datacenter

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    "Until Docker came around some people used containers but the use was very much restricted to large organizations, like Google, that had specialized teams and training. But the containers weren’t portable between different environments. With Docker we’ve made containers easy for everybody to use; we’ve made them portable between environments; we made them exceptionally lightweight and we built up a huge ecosystem around that."The post Ben Golub on How Docker will Change the Datacenter appeared first on insideHPC.
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    Managed Data Center News

  • Largest HIPAA breach ever: Hackers steal data on 4.5 million Community Health Systems patients

    April Sage
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    There’s a new leader on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Wall of Shame. A hacking group known as “APT 18” is suspected of stealing names, Social Security numbers, addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers from 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems, a network of 206 hospitals across 29 states (see map at right). Credit card numbers and medical records were not accessed. It’s the largest attack involving patient information since the HHS started tracking HIPAA breaches in 2009, passing a Montana Department of Public Health breach that affected roughly 1…
  • U.S. internet connection speed lacking overall, Michigan among top 10 fastest states

    April Sage
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    How fast is your internet connection? Chances are, if you’re in the United States, it could be faster. In Akamai Technologies’ recently released State of the Internet Report, the U.S. isn’t among the top 10 of countries or regions in the rankings of the global average connection speeds. Using data collected in the first quarter of 2014, here are the top average connection speeds in megabits per second, according to the study: South Korea (23.6 mbps) Japan (14.6 mbps) Hong Kong (13.3 mbps) Switzerland (12.7 mbps) Netherlands (12.4 mbps) Latvia (12.0 mbps) Sweden (11.6 mbps) Czech…
  • Improving security on the ‘Internet of Things’

    April Sage
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    Mark Stanislav’s title is “Security Evangelist.” Online Tech has previously provided him a virtual pulpit from which to preach and his barnstorming tour continued last week in Las Vegas, where he spoke at the recently concluded DEF CON 22 Hacker Conference. Stanislav and Duo Security colleague Zach Lanier presented “The Internet of Fails: Where IoT Has Gone Wrong and How We’re Making it Right,” described as a dive into research, outcomes and recommendations regarding information security for the “Internet of Things,” or IoT. IoT refers to the interconnection of computing…
  • Russian hackers steal more than 1 billion passwords in record-breaking data breach

    Rich Rezler
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Hold Security, a firm credited with uncovering significant data breaches – such as the one at Adobe Systems in October 2013 – has uncovered a record-breaking hack of 1.2 billion username and passwords from multiple websites. From the Hold Security website: After more than seven months of research, Hold Security identified a Russian cyber gang which is currently in possession of the largest cache of stolen data. While the gang did not have a name, we dubbed it “CyberVor” (“vor” meaning “thief” in Russian). The CyberVor gang amassed over 4.5 billion records, mostly consisting of…
  • Data breach reporting: A job killer or business saver?

    April Sage
    2 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    There’s quite a brouhaha bubbling up Down Under. It all stems from a Sydney Morning Herald opinion piece written by the CEO of the Association of Data Driven Marketing and Advertising opposing the mandatory data breach reporting law introduced to the Australian Parliament by federal attorney general Mark Dreyfus. The CEO, Jodie Sangster, raised some eyebrows (and generated plenty of pro and con internet content) by referring to a mandatory data breach reporting law as “Luddite thinking” that would be “an innovation killer and the extra compliance red tape will strangle…
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    Cloud Powered Business Blog

  • This Week in Crowdsourcing – 3 Things to Know

    Ben Kerschberg
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    This week was great in terms of A+ coverage of crowdsourcing and related topics. Here are three articles you shouldn’t miss. (1) Can we predict the outcome of Supreme Court cases? Let’s see what our friends over at Vox have to say about the matter: Three scholars — South Texas College of Law's Josh Blackman,… Read More
  • Can Payroll Actually Be Strategic?

    Ray Rivera
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    Not all that long ago I had one of those conversations that prompted me to reexamine something I thought I understood well. I was a new employee introducing myself to group of enterprise software product managers, learning their roles and the products they managed. After speaking with managers of recruiting, talent management, and LMS solutions,… Read More
  • How to focus your CRM on the Customer Experience

    John Gorup
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    It’s always confusing when I see people writing about “integrating Sales Cloud and Service Cloud.” This is like saying you need to integrate the hydrogen and oxygen in your glass of water. The good news is the molecules in that glass are already integrated. What you do with the glass of water is a more… Read More
  • Three Reasons Why Failing to Adapt Your IT Sourcing Will Cannibalize Your Company

    Ben Kerschberg
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    Gartner recently published a report the premise of which is that enterprises must change how they source IT in order to succeed in a digital world. They refer to this as adaptive sourcing. As set forth in our white paper, How Adaptive Sourcing Helps CIOs Revolutionize Innovative IT Sourcing, Gartner contends that enterprises must build… Read More
  • Throwing Good Money, After Bad: The Curse of Sales Training

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    By Braden Larmon $4.2 billion!  That’s a big number. It represents the amount of wasted investments on traditional sales training made each year by organizations.  Annually, companies spend approximately $5B on sales training, which consists mainly of taking sales reps out of the field and their environment, and dragging them through two or more days of… Read More
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    OpenNebula » Blog

  • OpenNebula at CentOS Paris Dojo

    Jaime Melis
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    We are happy to announce that OpenNebula will be at the upcoming CentOS Dojo Paris, France, which will take place on August 25th. If you are interested in learning how to get a fully operational private cloud under CentOS you should definitely drop by this event. It’s going to be fun and exciting! Here at OpenNebula we really enjoy CentOS Dojos, it’s a wonderful occastion to meet with the local group of sysadmins, talk about experiences and to learn a lot about how to really get things done. Registrations run through EventBrite. More info at the Dojo page.
  • OpenNebula Newsletter – July 2014

    Tino Vazquez
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    We want to let you know about what we are up to with the main news from the last month regarding the OpenNebula project, including what you can expect in the following months. This month’s newsletter is slightly overdue because the team has been 100% dedicated to the release. We have created a new user survey that will take you only 5 minutes to complete. As an open-source community, it is very important for us to have information about your deployment. Doing so you will have influence over the project and software direction, and will help us improve the support for most demanded…
  • OpenNebula 4.8 Lemon Slice is Out!

    Tino Vazquez
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    The OpenNebula team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the final version of OpenNebula 4.8, codename Lemon SliceThis release brings significant improvements in different aspects. Sticking with our vision of bringing simplicity to cloud management, there are improvements in the recently added Cloud View portal, designed for end users. One significant advantage of the new portal is the ability to control flows, groups of interconnected Virtual Machines that conform a service. Based on this Cloud View, a Virtual Datacenter administrators view has been included (VDCAdmin…
  • OpenNebula Conf 2014: Program is determined – we are ready to rock the house

    Eva Häusler
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    Hello dear folks! We have created quite a lovely OpenNebula Conf line up for you and gave our very best to get the perfect balance of topics. Now everything is ready and we can proudly tell you that: David Lutterkort from Puppet Labs will visit us in Berlin and talk about what an enchanting match Puppet and OpenNebula are Armin Deliomini from Runtastic will tell us the story of how OpenNebula was the perfect choice for their virtualization Stefan Koomann will explore the features and the future of OpenNebula with you We have even more cool speakers for you on the website So now it is your…
  • OpenNebula at CentOS Cologne Dojo

    Jaime Melis
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    We are happy to announce that OpenNebula will be at the upcoming CentOS Dojo Cologne, Germany, which will take place on August 4th. OpenNebula will be part of a very special event during the CentOS Dojo, a 2 hours tutorial about OpenNebula, CentOS and KVM. The tutorial will consist in a real world example OpenNebula deployment, where attendees will be able to follow and deploy their own cloud in their laptops. The only requirements is to have a laptop capable of virtualization, the latest VirtualBox installed, and the will to enjoy yourselves for a couple of hours! If you are interested in…
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  • Cloud Infographic: Data Protection For The Edge

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Content by Cloud Infographic: Data Protection For The Edge With the ever increasing role of big data in our lives, protecting data must be a top priority for IT leaders, marketers and executives across enterprises, but the research shows that an increasing number of employees are actually failing to do so, exposing their mission-critical data to significant Enjoy Full Article The post Cloud Infographic: Data Protection For The Edge appeared first on
  • The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Old Wearables

    Al Johnson
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    Content by The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Old Wearables By Al Johnson Subscribe to our popular premium newsletter!  With the new premium membership there are additional benefits such as the royalty free reuse for your website, newsletter and social media campaigns. Contact us regarding terms. The post The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Old Wearables appeared first on
  • Future Tech – Wearables And The Smartphone

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:21 am
    Content by Wearable technology seemed like something of a far away future just a few short years ago but is now doing a complete take-over. The market for wearable technology has completely exploded over the past two years or so, and is signaling what could be the end for smartphones. There are still those who are split Enjoy Full Article The post Future Tech – Wearables And The Smartphone appeared first on
  • Using Big Data To Analyze Venture Capitalists’ Ability To Recognize Potential

    Daniel Price
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Content by Using Big Data to Analyze Venture Capitalists’ Ability To Recognize Potential For those who are regularly involved with SMEs, venture capital, and company valuations, it is common knowledge that start-ups that exit for more than $1 billion dollars are extremely rare – often termed ‘unicorn’ companies. Despite their rarity, it should come as no surprise Enjoy Full Article The post Using Big Data To Analyze Venture Capitalists’ Ability To Recognize Potential appeared first on
  • Veda Partners With IBM And Prepares For Next Phase Of Growth

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Content by Veda Partners with IBM and Prepares for Next Phase of Growth SYDNEY, Aug. 21, 2014 /Source: PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has signed a five-year multimillion dollar agreement with Veda (ASX: VED), a leading provider of credit information and analysis in Australia and New Zealand. The agreement extends Veda’s existing strategic outsourcing Enjoy Full Article The post Veda Partners With IBM And Prepares For Next Phase Of Growth appeared first on
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  • Can a Call Center Be Taken To The Cloud?

    Basant Narayan Singh
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    --Guest Post So many business applications are being taken to the cloud these days. You might even wonder if a large call center can be treated that way, and if so, then what some of the pros and cons of such a thing might be. In at least one way, it is possible to take a large call center to the cloud: You can re-task some of your qualified agents to answer customer questions via SMS text message. This will allow your customers to feel as if they have more control, and can get their answers quickly, rather than being on endless hold, listening to the same looped music. SMS messaging is…
  • 5 Reasons Why your Business should Adopt Google Cloud Services

    Basant Narayan Singh
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    [Guest Post] Google has become a part of our everyday lives, without a shadow of a doubt. Not only do most of us use their search engine daily for all manner of things - whether it be to look up goods, services, useless facts and trivia, or just to check the spelling of a word. However, they’re much, much more than just a search engine nowadays, and their products are as numerous as they are ingenious.     Many of us now have Google Mail (Gmail) accounts for all of our emailing needs, use Google Maps to look up directions, and even use Google’s office software as opposed to…
  • Telecom Convergence - The Evolution of VoIP in 2014 and Beyond

    Basant Narayan Singh
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has gained popularity among users and service providers. As the use of smartphone and other Internet-based devices has grown, VoIP has found it permanent place as a communication medium. With new updates coming this year, VoIP has succeeded in making traditional phones outdated. Age of landline and heavy cell phones is now almost over. For the non-starters: VoIP is a methodology and group of technologies for the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, such as the Internet. Other terms commonly…
  • Review of KiSSFLOW SaaS: Quick Workflow Builder for Google Apps

    Basant Narayan Singh
    22 Nov 2012 | 1:23 am
    Review Summary KiSSFLOW Workflow Builder for Google Apps. [Website Link] Launch Date June 2012. Service Offered by OrangeScape. Useful for Business process automation. End-users building their day-to-day process applications. Example: Leave approval, Travel claims, etc. User Interface Slick, Intuitive and Interactive. Technology Stack Google App Engine, Google Cloud SQL, Python, OrangeScape Visual PaaS, JQuery, HTML5 and CSS3. Business Model Freemium SaaS. Free for 10 users. Ideal for startups & SMBs. USP Simple yet Powerful. Support Quick and Meaningful. Limitations See Details Section.
  • Testing Cloud - It’s Time to Clear the Fog

    Basant Narayan Singh
    18 Sep 2012 | 7:53 pm
    A reputed company launches the beta version of its web chat and net meeting application which is hosted on the company’s own cloud infrastructure, let us assume it was called ‘CloChat’ . On deployment ‘CloChat’ fails miserably in meeting customer expectations resulting in the company’s cloud portfolio suffering irrefutable damages and also delaying the scheduled release of ‘CloChat’.  The scenario explained above can be one of the worst nightmare of any cloud vendor. What exactly would have gone wrong in these cases? Considering that ‘CloChat’ was a product of a…
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    GreenPages Blog

  • VDI: You Don’t Need to Take an All-or-Nothing Approach

    GreenPages Blog
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    Video with Francis Czekalski, Practice Manager, End User Computing  
  • Tech News Recap for the Week of 8/11/2014

    GreenPages Blog
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    Did you have a busy week last week? Here’s a quick recap of tech news and stories you may have missed from the week of 8/11/2014. Financial Services Employees Ranked 2nd-Riskiest Users of Cloud Services Provider Sprawl Complicates Government Move to Cloud Debunking the Top Myths About DevOps 10 Cloud Trends You Need to Know…Read More »
  • X as a Service (XaaS): What the Future of Cloud Computing Will Bring

    John Dixon
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    By John Dixon, Consulting Architect   Last week, Chris Ward and I hosted a breakout session at Cloudscape 2014, GreenPages’ annual customer Summit. We spoke about cloud service models today (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS), as well as tomorrow’s models — loosely defined as XaaS, or Anything-as-a-Service. In this post, I’ll discuss XaaS: what it is…Read More »
  • PMP Meets ITIL and Says, “YES!”

    GreenPages Blog
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    By Brian Shaw, PMP, ITIL Foundations, LogicsOne Successful IT project management professionals are making continuing education the norm. Neither IT ecosystems nor the tools for managing projects are static, and as a result, we must actively build skills to evolve with business needs. Furthermore, by achieving certifications we demonstrate competency within the marketplace. The first…Read More »
  • Blog Update: New URL, Same Great Content!

    GreenPages Blog
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    By Ben Stephenson, Emerging Media Specialist, GreenPages Technology Solutions   Very quick update: Our Journey to the Cloud blog has been transferred over to It’s the same great content, just hosted in a new place. All Journey to the Cloud links will be redirected to the new URL If you’re currently subscribed to receive…Read More »
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    ESDS Official Blog

  • Security Features To Consider While Choosing a Data Center

    Pravin Ganore
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    A Data Center is an outdoor location that houses devices and data that is used for your business. The data or devices can be accessed from a remote service. Many businesses use the data center services, especially when clients information must be recovered. This is specially typical with customer service center. When you call a call center to make inquiry or to make a compliant, you may connected to a different call center at each time. Still they are capable to access your information at all time. This how they view your information instantly through a data center services. That is why it is…
  • Hybrid Clouds: The Next Frontier

    Pravin Ganore
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:42 am
    As the discussion about cloud computing becomes more intense, one question becomes clear: companies do not want to get locked into a single cloud provider. Seek freedom to move between private and public clouds, and switch vendors according to computing needs, whether they are growing or shrinking. Another great desire of the business owners to move applications and workloads according to business requirements. But users and cloud providers are at different stages in relation to this issue and the integration will likely take to happen, or may never happen. Standards are emerging now and can…
  • Understanding Cyber Security Precautions

    Pravin Ganore
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:06 am
    The security over the Internet is something that has to be treated very carefully. Cyber crimes are increasing every day and this is a trend that has no sign of reduction, since internet users are increasing every day. When you start using internet, you enhance your online security by installing some antivirus. This is just a small step. Besides getting help from the software, you should also be able to recognize the threats that loom large when you access the Internet. The emails coming into your inbox are already filtered at certain extent. This work is done by the service provider’s…
  • Cloud Computing: Hybrid, Private and Public Clouds

    Pravin Ganore
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:11 am
    Know the three types of Cloud Computing and the main characteristics of each one. Currently, the importance of Cloud Computing around the world is undeniable. The attention that the topic has received at conventions, fairs technology, among others, shows that this business model is here to stay. In cloud computing, there are three types of organization for service delivery, infrastructure, data storage, and software platforms: Private Cloud, Public Cloud and Hybrid Cloud. They all follow a basic principle which is to promote the virtual work environment based on the collaborative aspect of…
  • eMagic a Complete Datacenter Management Suite

    Jithin Jaydevan
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    eMagic is an one stop solution for automated datacenter management aspects, which makes datacenter management easy, quick and more efficient. A datacenter facilitated with eMagic can monitor server logs and consumption details with its friendly GUI. With eMagic, you can handle all the aspects of data center management like trouble shooting, bandwidth consumption monitoring for an individual user as well as for the entire datacenter, OS installation and server reboots can be initiated with just a few clicks. If your datacenter is powered with eMagic, you can manage your entire datacenter…
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    Cloud Storage Buzz

  • Backblaze Releases Android App

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Well it took awhile but Backblaze finally delivered an Android app to access your backup. The app is very similar to the iOS app and allows users to browse files in their backup, download files and share files right from your Android smartphone or tablet.While I am glad Backblaze has finally released an Android app it is fairly limited as far as functionality goes. Great for getting at your files on the go, but there is no additional features like the ability to automatically backup the photos and video you take on your phone or tablet, or to download a file edit and reupload it to your…
  • CrashPlan Back to School Discount

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Here where I live it is almost to 3 weeks before kids go back to school but CrashPlan is getting a head start for all the parents and college kids that are heading off here in the fall. Until September 7th, 2014 you can save a sweet 20% on all new CrashPlan home annual plans.Click Here to save 20% on CrashPlan until Sept 7, 2014!CrashPlan is great for students with the ability to backup to another offsite computer besides CrashPlan central. Backups can easily be set up to backup from the students dorm room back to Mom and Dad’s home computer or even to another friend in…
  • Genie 9 Zoolz Home Raises Prices

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    If you have not noticed Genie 9 the owners of Zoolz have all but eliminated unlimited storage and raised prices significantly. They now have four home plans starting at $14.99/year for 100GB, $49.99/year for 500GB, 1TB for $79.99. The Unlimited plan is now $199.99/year but does support up to five users.Previously Zoolz Home was one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, cloud backup storage service starting at only $36.00/year for unlimited storage.If you currently have an account with Zoolz, I was told your plan is good until it needs to be renewed at which time you will need to choose from…
  • Edward Snowden Endorses SpiderOak, Slams Dropbox

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Edward Snowden in an interview with The Guardian endorsed SpiderOak and their Zero-Knowledge service. The interview was published today on The Guardian website. The article talking more about SpiderOak and the some of the problems with Dropbox can be read here. You can also watch the whole interview here.Mr. Snowden had this to say about SpiderOak and their zero-knowledge cloud storage system.“Spideroak has structured their system in such a way you can store all of your information on them with the same sort of features that Dropbox does, but they literally had have…
  • SugarSync 3.0 Released Plus 75% Off

    26 Jun 2014 | 3:46 pm
    SugarSync released version 3 of their desktop software today, and from what I can tell it looks like they have made some great improvements. Perhaps the biggest news is the huge coupon of 75% off all annual plans. For a limited time you can save 75% off all annual plans! This means you can get a 60GB account for as low as $18.75 for the first year! This is a huge discount price for SugarSync for the first year.Click Here to Save 75%If you want to know more about the new version of the app though here are some of the highlights of the new app:Making is easier and quickly access and interact…
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  • Podcast: Intergence – 6 Steps to Cloud Heaven

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    In this podcast, Intergence CEO Peter Job describes how the company takes businesses onto the Road to Cloud Heaven. Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes The post Podcast: Intergence – 6 Steps to Cloud Heaven appeared first on inside-Cloud.
  • Network Design for the Modern Data Center

    10 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    As new technologies evolve, Datacenter infrastructure is becoming more complex. It has led to incompatible framework and consoles throughout network, storage and server. If you are looking for more simplicity and flexibility then you can go for modular design, which also lets IT architects make changes to building blocks when required. New traffic patterns call for new designs It’s time you let go of the conventional tree structure to keep up with data center traffic. Any-to-any storage/server mesh means traffic doesn’t have to move from north to south before moving from east to west.
  • A3Cube Develops Military-Grade Network Interface Controller

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    This week A3CUBE announced that it has teamed with electronic manufacturing firm AirBorn Inc. to develop an “unbreakable” network interface controller called the RONNIEE RIO. We leveraged our experience in the defense and aerospace industries to develop a connector where extreme speed does not come at the expense of availability and robustness,” said Emad Soubh, Director of New Product Development of AirBorn. “Working with A3CUBE, we were able to produce a high-density, high-bandwidth, high-reliability interconnect adapter card ready for the challenges of the next-generation data…
  • OSC Powers Welding Simulation in the Cloud

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    The DOE has announced a grant to Engineering Mechanics Corporation of Columbus (Emc2) and its partners for $1 million to develop a cloud-based tool that will simulate welding processes employed in the manufacture of metallic products. Small and mid-sized manufacturing firms need improved weld-fabrication processes to ensure improved quality at lower costs to remain globally competitive,” said Frederick “Bud” Brust, Ph.D., senior research leader at Emc2. “A sophisticated high performance computing based tool will be accessible to SMM firms on a supercomputer center to easily permit use…
  • The CloudFlow CFD Experiment

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    In this video from the I4MS Event in Berlin, Michel Pottiez from Numeca presents: Cloudflow – The CFD Experiment. View the Slides * See more talks from the I4MS Event The post The CloudFlow CFD Experiment appeared first on inside-Cloud.
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    Cloud Commons: This Week in Cloud

  • TechViews: The Role of Big Data in The Simpsons, Botnets and the Risk to Clouds, and more!

    Cloud Commons
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    TechViews: The Role of Big Data in The Simpsons, Botnets and the Risk to Clouds, and more! Featured Article Get ready for the BYOID balancing act By Robert L. Scheier Bring Your Own Identity (BYOID) allows customers to use a digital identity from a trusted third party to log into websites without having to register and create another new account. This practice has strong appeal for both customers looking for a convenient experience and companies interested in drawing market insights and ensuring security. Tech News & Views The Atlantic breaks down how the all new Simpsons World will use…
  • TechViews: Germany Wins the World Cup Thanks to Big Data?! The Cloud You Want is Not the Cloud You Deserve and more!

    Cloud Commons
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    TechViews: Germany Wins the World Cup Thanks to Big Data?! The Cloud You Want is Not the Cloud You Deserve and more! Featured Article We All Need a Life Jacket When Wading Into the Application Economy By George Watt Believe it or not, but a canoe trip can be related to the Application Economy. George Watt discusses how a recent canoeing expedition brought up a lot of similarities and lessons that new participants to the Application Economy should embrace. Are you a novice canoer venturing out into the great lake of the Application Economy without a paddle or a life vest? Find out more in this…
  • TechViews: How to explain Big Data to a 5 year old, Cloud is the key to small business success, 10 tips to creating a killer app and more!

    Cloud Commons
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    TechViews: How to explain Big Data to a 5 year old, Cloud is the key to small business success, 10 tips to creating a killer app and more! Featured Article The Internet of Things is Causing Tech Worlds to Collide By Jason Meserve Today every business is becoming a software business and when that happens, weird connections are created. Jason Meserve encountered some pretty interesting things when attending a conference this past week and saw some connections between the medical industry and the Cloud/DevOps Expo that would surprise you. Tech News Big Data is Big! So the explanation of what it…
  • TechViews: Big Data is clear for take-off, YouTube is married to the Cloud and more!

    Cloud Commons
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:22 am
    TechViews: Big Data is clear for take-off, YouTube is married to the Cloud and more! Featured Article DevOps and Putting the Customer First go Hand-in-Hand By Jason Meserve In today’s “customer first” world, all businesses are software businesses. That means, in order for companies to ensure a good customer experience, they need to ensure that their software is top notch and humming along without a hic-up. That is why in today’s business world DevOps and putting the customer first go hand-in-hand. Tech News Big Data is on its way up! Airlines are looking to implement Big Data to…
  • TechViews: Five movies that predicted the Application Economy, Massive Mobile security holes and more!

    Cloud Commons
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:26 am
    TechViews: Five movies that predicted the Application Economy, Massive Mobile security holes and more! Featured Article 5 Movies that Predicted the Application Economy By Denise Dubie Where are all the flying cars already?! Some sci-fi movies show such dramatic representations of technology that we cannot even fathom how that technology can exist. However there are examples of technology today that we accept as common place that would have been considered science fiction 5, 10 and 20 years ago. One of the examples is the Software which powers the Application Economy, and the software involved…
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  • Twitter DM for Cloudwatch Alarms

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
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    18 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Twitter notifications for those pesky Cloudwatch alarms :)
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    18 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    SMS notifications for those pesky Cloudwatch alerts :)
  • Service Overviews

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    One of the things we find very useful is an overview of the resources in each service, along with the health of that service. Earlier versions of Ylastic had this functionality in a dedicated page, but that was quite cumbersome to use. You have to navigate to a specific dashboard page for the service, and that means you have to navigate away from your current page, quickly look at a few numbers, and then return back to where you were. This is a bit tedious, and unnecessarily complicated. We have a simpler and much more intuitive way to do this now in Ylastic. On any AWS resource page (like…
  • AWS Cloudwatch

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    AWS Cloudwatch alarms are fully integrated with Ylastic and you can get notifications for any Cloudwatch alarm in any region to email, twitter or SMS. SMS can be sent to any US or most international numbers. New Alarms : Create a Cloudwatch Alarm in Ylastic, and click a button to choose integration with Ylastic - We take care of setting up all of the plumbing in order to make that integration happen. We create SNS topic and register Ylastic to listen to notifications to that topic. Whenever your alarm change state, a notification will be sent to ALL users in your Ylastic account who elect to…
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  • Has the operating system become a modern day utility?

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    As we make the shift to the cloud era, computing’s traditional building blocks are increasingly abstracted away. This is fueled by the advent of hypervisors, virtual machines, public clouds, and application containers. Despite being roughly sixty years old and existing in an industry that sees tectonic shifts at least once a decade, the operating system remains a rock solid foundation and the underpinning of modern information technology. Why is it that this core building block will not quietly go away? The functions that the operating system provides are critical to…
  • It’s all systems go for the Digital Marketplace on G-Cloud, government confirms

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    A blog post on the website has outlined a hazy date of the end of September when G-Cloud migrates from the CloudStore to the new shiny Digital Marketplace. G-Cloud’s new home, which made alpha back in March, aims to replace the CloudStore as well as the Digital Services Store, a home for finding people who can design digital projects and services. As Ivanka Majic wrote on the government’s official blog, the move will start at the end of this month, with plans to turn the lights off on the CloudStore by the end of September, should things run smoothly. “Digital…
  • Community health systems, HIPAA, and cloud hosting: The facts

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    On the heels of the recent Community Health Systems (CHS)  data breach, in which 4.5 million Personal Health Records (PHI) were compromised, the industry is abuzz about data security in the HIPAA Compliant cloud businesses.  Data breaches like the one at CHS are not the exception – they’re the norm.  The FBI warned that the healthcare industry is extremely vulnerable to hackers in a recent Internet Crimes Bulletin. The massive security breach at CHS shows just how important it is to be proactive with all aspects of data security. PHI can no longer be secured…
  • CenturyLink launches new private cloud, aims for public cloud capability

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Updated 1756 BST: Everyone knows that if something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck – or at least we have to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae. Thus according to the duck test if it looks and feels like a private cloud, it should be a private cloud. Yet CenturyLink aims to turn that on its head with its latest private cloud launch, which aims to offer the agility of a public cloud but with the security of a private cloud. Isn’t this essentially a hybrid cloud? Well, yes and…
  • New report asserts how cloud and mobility will change legal landscape

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    A new report from legal IT provider Accesspoint Technologies and cloud vendor Databarracks has argued how cloud computing is “a great leveller” for law firms of all sizes. The report, written by Accesspoint managing director Richard Roebuck, draws parallels with the banking industry – even going into the semantics of the word ‘industry’ – and argues the legal industry is in danger of falling behind unless it falls into line with modernisation. This includes adopting ABS, or alternative business structures. “This is an ideal opportunity to stand back…
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    ActiveBlog: Insights on Open Source and Dynamic Languages

  • Microservices and PaaS - Part II

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    This is a continuation of the Microservices and PaaS - Part I blog post I wrote last week, which was an attempt to distil the wealth of information presented at the microservices meetup hosted by Cisco, with Adrian Cockcroft and others presenting. Part I provided a brief background on microservices, with a summary of some lessons learned by microservices pioneers. In this installment I will cover a number of practices related to microservices that were discussed during the meetup. A followup article will dive into the advantages that Platform as a Service brings to microservice development.
  • Microservices and PaaS - Part I

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Not long ago, the main application behind was delivered as a single war file. Imagine the process, complexity, and cost involved in delivering a simple new feature to this behemoth application. Tickets were submitted, multiple teams were engaged, VP approval was required, hours/days of time elapsed, exhaustive test-suites were run, complex deployment procedures were invoked. It's amazing they were able to get anything out the door. Not so anymore. Last week I had the pleasure of attending a meetup hosted at the San Jose Cisco campus where ex-Netflix architect Adrian Cockroft…
  • DevOps: Tools Vs Culture

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    DevOps is a marriage between tools and culture. If you are just using the tools that you heard about at a recent DevOps Days and not also embracing the culture (or at least working towards it) then you're not really "doing DevOps". Is using DevOps tools, but not really "doing DevOps" a problem? Is the cultural baggage of DevOps getting in the way of utilizing some great tools or workflows that have emerged from under the umbrella of this movement? From Enterprise IT customers and conversations I have had, it seems that DevOps may be a little intimidating. Nobody wants to be accused of not…
  • Report from OSCON: Open Source and the Enterprise

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Recently, for the first time in several years, I had the opportunity to attend OSCON -- and found it very familiar yet also significantly changed, in ways that carry strong implications for the future of IT in the enterprise. In the past, OSCON had the feel of a gathering of the clans -- if the clans were made up of strangely clad Burning Man types. Kilts, tattoos (one year Sourceforge actually gave away tats as its party favor!), and t-shirts with political slogans were always out in full force. And, of course, OSCON’s Portland location only reinforced this outre feel. This bohemian…
  • From Micro Cloud to Micro Cluster

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The most exciting thing for me about the Stackato 3.4 release has nothing to do with new product features. Starting with this release, the Stackato Micro Cloud License has been extended to allow the creation of clusters with up to 20GB of RAM without any license fees. In other words, you can build a small-scale production Platform-as-a-Service with Stackato for free on your own infrastructure or your favorite cloud hosting provider. "A single VM is not a cloud" I had the daunting privilege of demonstrating Stackato 1.0 for Guido van Rossum at PyCon 2012 when he stopped by the ActiveState…
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  • Office 365 Essentials - Subscriptions and Licenses

    7 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Should you be planning to move from Exchange to Office 365? If so, why? What sort of license should you get, and should you use cloud identities or federated identities for your users? Jaap starts a series of articles with an overview of the advantages, and a simple explanation of the options in subscriptions and licenses for Office 365.
  • The Hybrid Cloud: Having your Cake

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Although the Cloud gives us the freedom of using, and paying for, computing resources only when we need them, the public cloud isn't a universal panacea. Private clouds can harness all that cloud technology whilst avoiding those security and bandwidth issues, but at a cost and commitment. Can one therefore get the best of both worlds with a Hybrid Cloud? Robert Sheldon explains all the ins and outs.
  • Practically Cloudy: SQL Server Disaster Recovery to Microsoft Azure - Backups

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the first in a series on the practicalities of using the Microsoft Azure Platform for the SQL Server professional, Buck Woody shows that, whatever your version of SQL Server, there is a way of storing offsite backups in the cloud.
  • Version Control as a Cloud Service

    1 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Source control is a conservative technology. Even so, there has been a general willingness to use internet-based servers for the task for a long time, especially for open-source projects. Will the trend toward cloud-based services for version control continue, or is the question made irrelevant with the growing acceptance of distributed source control? Is Cloud-based version control still too risky for a service that must be secure, and almost risk-free?
  • Data Science Laboratory System - Distributed File Databases

    20 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Distributed File Databases manage large amounts of unstructured or semi-structured data. They are designed on the principle of splitting up the data into multiple locations, and then placing the code that processes each fragment close, or directly on, that location. Buck Woody shows how to install Hadoop in your Data Science lab to experiment with an example of the breed.
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  • Why Windows 9 beta download date will be a ''HUGE'' step for Microsoft [u]

    Richi Jennings
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Big boy Satya Nadella: Size matters. Microsoft is said to be ready to launch Windows 9 at the end of next month, with a beta / preview download available on a date soon after. Code named Threshold, the new operating system is expected to finally fix our gripes with Windows. It's akin to Windows 7 after Vista. At least, that's the hope. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder if Satya's plans measure up.
  • HP's $199 Windows notebook vs. Chromebooks: FIGHT!

    Richi Jennings
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    Microsoft and HP: Ripping off the head of Chrome OS? HP (NYSE:HPQ) seems almost ready to launch its low-cost Windows laptop. Vanguard of the next phase in Microsoft's battle against the ever-growing threat of the Google Chromebook advance, the HP Stream 14 has fairly decent specs at a dirt-cheap price. We were expecting some sub-$250 units, but aggressive pricing like this is bound to make the market pay attention. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers watch the movie, but forget the popcorn.
  • Child-porn suspect Skillern caught by the Googlies

    Richi Jennings
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    John Henry Skillern is a registered sex offender, says local TV news. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is said to have spotted an alleged child pornographer. The company supposedly discovered known kiddyporn images in a Gmail account, and alerted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Cue: Moral dilemma in 3... 2... 1... In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder what else Google is searching for.
  • Relax, it doesn't work that way -- yet

    4 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    This company is in the process of migrating to a cloud mail provider, but not every user is happy with the new capabilities.
  • How to move your domain and Outlook mail to Google Apps and Gmail

    Preston Gralla
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Do you have a domain with email that you want to move over to Gmail and Google Apps? I've got help. I recently made the move myself. Here's how to move the domain and email, complete with "gotchas" you should watch out for, based on my hands-on experience.
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  • Getting the Right Tech for Your Business

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Las Vegas IT Blog In today’s modern world, many people enjoy working from home or on the road. Your company might even have a satellite office. It is important that your employees at home, on the road and in the satellite office feel like they are part of the team. You want them to share […]
  • Signs of Malware on Your Network

    10 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Blog ITS-Signs Of Malware And What You Can Do About IT Malicious software, which is also known as malware, is often downloaded and installed on computers. Malware is very dangerous. Some types of malware can even steal your personal information. That is why it is imperative for you to recognize the signs of a malware […]
  • ITS to Replace Your Broadband in ITS

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Las Vegas IT Blog Net neutrality is definitely a buzz word you have been hearing a lot lately. You might not even be sure what this means. There are proposed set of laws that would allow Internet service providers to speed up select websites and the expense of others. The ones not speed up would […]
  • Bring Your IT Device to Work

    3 Aug 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Embracing Bring Your Own Device to Work As smartphone and tablet manufacturers produce more powerful and user-friendly devices, the trend of individuals bringing personal electronics to work will continue to grow. Many Las Vegas area employees typically own more sophisticated technology than they operate at work because they usually upgrade their devices more frequently than […]
  • Microsoft Cloud Offerings

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:26 pm
    365 Cloud-Based Storage and Management Have you heard of the cloud? Today, many Las Vegas-based companies and businesses are turning to cloud-based storage and management to use in their offices. One popular form of cloud storage is with Office 365. There are many benefits to this system. The first benefit is better productivity. Every job […]
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    Cloud Computing Path

  • Dropbox rolled out There email application Mailbox

    Pravin Anchan
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Dropbox has come of age and from cloud storage it is now moving in another direction, possibly an app-focused one. Dropbox rolled out the desktop version of its email application Mailbox, possibly a precursor to more apps. Dropbox is testing the waters with this beta desktop version. Existing iphone and Android user can get what […]
  • HP Launches Helion Virtual Private Cloud for Mid-Sized Enterprises

    Pravin Anchan
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
     Hewlett Packard has just introduced a low cost virtual private cloud offering in the shape of HP Helion Virtual Private Cloud Lean. This is an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) aimed at improving workload performance for mid to large sized enterprises with an emphasis on collaborations and application development. The Helion VPCL includes some standard […]
  • Amazon Plans to Pull the Rug Out From Under Box, Zocalo Secure Enterprise Storage Service

    Pravin Anchan
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Zocalo must be giving the jitters to Box, Dropbox and Huddle. It is Amazon’s new baby on the block, offering Secure Enterprise Storage Service in direct competition with established majors Dropbox and Box. Preview is on for those interested. As always Amazon is aggressive on pricing, offering 200GB storage at only $ 5 per user […]
  • Cloud DataFlow, a Managed Data Processing Service Now Available, Says Google

    Pravin Anchan
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:37 am
    Google’s Cloud offerings are covering the skies with a plethora of services and products. In its ongoing I/O, Google announced the launch of Cloud Dataflow, a managed data processing service. Developers can create data pipelines to analyze data and use Cloud Dataflow to work with live streaming data as well as by uploading data to […]
  • Google Announces New Tools for Debugging and Monitoring Apps for Cloud Platform

    Pravin Anchan
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:25 am
    At the ongoing I/O Google announced new tools to monitor and debug apps on its cloud platform. This is a direct result of its acquisition of Stackdriver, a hugely popular and fast growth cloud monitoring service. Google seems to have leveraged Stackdriver technologies in this suite of apps. The service is termed Google Cloud Monitoring […]
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  • Aaron Levie still believes Box is the answer in content management. Here’s why

    Derrick Harris
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Box Co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie came on the Structure Show this week to talk about his company, the competitive landscape, and some recent trials and tribulations with the public market. Aaron Levie still believes Box is the answer in content management. Here’s why originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Google tests out status page for its whole cloud platform

    Barb Darrow
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Cloud users want a dashboard that shows outages or delays across all services. Amazon and Microsoft have one already and now it looks like Google's is on the way. Google tests out status page for its whole cloud platform originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Amazon turns to brick-and-mortar to sell its cloud (again)

    Barb Darrow
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    If you want to check out the latest AWS services, or just grab a beer and/or candy to fuel work on your novel, Amazon will re-open its pop-up loft in SoMa this fall. Amazon turns to brick-and-mortar to sell its cloud (again) originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • The National Science Foundation thinks scientists need their own clouds

    Derrick Harris
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The National Science Foundation is giving a combined $20 million to two projects that are building cloud computing testbeds for scientists. They'll features a wide variety of processor, storage and networking options so researchers can test their workloads against new architectures. The National Science Foundation thinks scientists need their own clouds originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Verizon promises to get its cloud service online in early September

    Barb Darrow
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Verizon's promised new cloud infrastructure will go live the first week in September. Like some rivals Verizon will offer base-level infrastructure for one price with additional charges for layered services atop it . Verizon promises to get its cloud service online in early September originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
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  • Your Cloud Team: Take a Queue from Star Trek

    Pam Bednarczyk
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    When it comes to technology, your contact center is finally ready to explore new frontiers. You’ve been asked to lead in the exploration of cloud-based solutions and want to make sure you cover all the bases. After all, the success of the entire enterprise rests on your efforts. So, what’s THE MOST IMPORTANT first step to take? Identifying and building your Cloud Team – those key individuals within your organization who will help you articulate current communication needs, navigate through various solutions and, ultimately, assist in successfully implementing cloud technologies in your…
  • 10 Dynamics That Make Cloud Communications a No-Brainer

    Pam Bednarczyk
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Certain business dynamics are custom-made for cloud-based communication solutions. If you want to spend less time managing infrastructure and more time delivering an impeccable customer experience that will propel sales and lower costs, it’s time to consider the cloud. Step back and take a fresh look at the forces affecting your business. Check out the list below to see if any of these common dynamics might be driving you to the cloud: 1. Rapid Growth. Businesses expanding at warp speed need solutions that can be implemented just as fast. The cloud provides quick and easy software upgrades…
  • 3 Tips to Finding the Perfect Contact Center Solution

    Theresa Larkin
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    Last year when we attended Call Center Week, everyone was filled with curiosity about the cloud. This year, attendees were confident that the cloud is the way to go and eager to learn more. Throughout our conversations we found that many people were overwhelmed by the amount of call center technologies available on the market. To help simplify things and narrow down the search, here are some tips, tricks and important questions to ask when looking for cloud-based contact center solutions. 1. Start with Your Objectives What are your company’s current processes? Critically…
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Essentials of TCPA

    Theresa Larkin
    12 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Six months have passed since the FCC implemented the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). As time goes by and schedules fill up, it becomes challenging to stay on top of these telemarketing regulations and remember what you can and cannot do. Take this time to jog your memory and revisit some of the important changes that occurred last fall by reviewing our TCPA infographic. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act affects many businesses with an outbound contact center. Those who do not follow the new automated dialing and telemarketing rules will be faced with hefty fines. As mentioned…
  • CorvisaCloud Gets $30 Million in Capital

    Lisa Finholm
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    We’re excited to announce that CorvisaCloud has received additional funding from our parent company, Novation Companies, Inc. (OTCQB: NOVC), to take CorvisaCloud to the next level in 2014 and beyond. We’ll be utilizing the funding to expand our sales, marketing and operational development initiatives along with accelerating product development and customer acquisition of our CorvisaOne™ contact center software products and platform. Technology within the contact center industry is changing and as we mentioned in our post, The Year of Customer Success: 6 Contact Center Predictions for…
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  • Cloud behind latest spate of mergers, acquisitions

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    In total, $52.4 billion in deals were conducted across the globe, and cloud and smart mobility directly drove 42 percent of technology deal-making, EY estimates. Credit: iStock These days, everyone wants a piece of the cloud. Technology mergers and acquisitions are on a tear for a blockbuster year, and cloud computing is responsible for much of this burst of activity. That’s the word from EY, which finds clouds lurking behind many transactions in its latest review of M&A activity in the second quarter of this year (April to June). In total, $52.4 billion in deals were conducted across…
  • Infographic: What you need to know about moving to a private cloud

    Matt Smith
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Editor’s note (Aug. 21, 2014): An earlier version of this post mischaracterized private cloud multi-tenant architecture. Ask a group of tech experts to explain the term private cloud and you may have a number of answers. Some would say that a private cloud is possible only if your business controls every piece of hardware and access is highly restricted. Other experts will argue that a private cloud isn’t really a cloud if it can’t scale on demand. A few would state that there is no industry definition of cloud, let alone, private, public and hybrid versions. The reality is…
  • Japanese tech helps farmers cope with climate shifts

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Panasonic Corp, Fujitsu Ltd and others are using automated greenhouses and sensor-controlled fields to help produce high-quality vegetables. Credit: Reuters/Fujitsu Ltd. SHIZUOKA/OSAKA Japan (Reuters) – Japanese technology firms are applying their expertise in energy-saving and cloud technology to help farmers cope with shifting weather patterns, an onslaught of cheaper imports and a shrinking workforce. Panasonic Corp, Fujitsu Ltd. and others — seeking niche business opportunities to offset a downturn in demand for their consumer electronics — are touting automated greenhouses and…
  • The new CIO: Putting the ‘I’ in company innovation

    Jeremy Ford
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    The traditional title of chief information officer is quickly becoming chief ‘innovation’ officer. Credit: Getty Images Remember when having your head in the clouds was considered a bad thing? Well these days, if you’re a CIO, that’s exactly where your head should be because cloud is transforming IT service delivery. Today’s evolving IT no longer manages individual silos of infrastructure, applications and business process. Instead, CIOs are using a brokerage model to manage relationships across technologies and providers — all in the spirit of company innovation and…
  • Overcoming the hurdles of Cloud First

    Jeff Lush
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s been three years since the U.S. government implemented the Cloud First policy mandate. Yet many agencies are struggling with cloud implementation. It’s understandable. Budgets are tight, legacy applications are less than optimal for cloud and agencies simply don’t have the expertise they need to make the move from asset ownership to service provisioning. This predicament isn’t new. We saw the same kind of struggle with the rollout of While budget may not have been an issue there, technical expertise has improved the implementation and provided a wealth of…
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  • Why Businesses Are Moving to All IP Networks

    Lee Sheehan
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Today’s new networking standards make working with older technologies a challenge. The need for WAN services that are “always on” and available “anywhere” has instigated the necessity for highly scalable, reliable, and traffic-engineered IP architectures with remote and mobile access to IP VPN. Unscalable, rigid, and uneconomical legacy VPNs and fixed leased lines just won’t cut it. Yet keeping costs down is essential. In fact, your IT department is probably under more pressure to deliver more services, IT resources, and applications with less budget and staff than…
  • Network-Enabled Cloud Expands Your Options

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Enterprise end users typically access public clouds via the public Internet or IPSec tunnels. These can introduce latency, result in inconsistent network performance, and expose the network to potential distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and malware. As a more secure alternative, network-enabled cloud opens up the possibility of using external clouds to run a broader range of applications and workloads enterprise-wide with cloud resources provisioned on and distributed through the enterprise network. It extends the embedded security and access authentication functions of…
  • Does Your Cloud Have a Carburetor?

    Dave Johnson
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if you could add turnkey enterprise cloud-based solutions to your corporate network from a portal or API? And wouldn’t it be even better if you could have those resources immediately available as just another site on the network you already trust — and one that your users (including wireless users) already understand? I had the privilege of speaking at CSC’s TechCom 2014 in Atlanta. Hearing myself talk about the future of the cloud inspired me to summarize it here for anyone who wasn’t in attendance. Other bloggers have covered the topic in a similar…
  • The DNA of Big Data in the Cloud

    Jeff Morgan
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    My family began a quest this year to discover our roots. More specifically, we wanted to unearth the true identity of our grandfather. Having passed in 1969, he was never a figure in my life beyond a name. Every holiday we’d spin yarns about his true identity, comparing notes or pouring over scraps of paper in the hopes of discovering some clue. He left precious few, and the ones he did weren’t enough to nurture any family tree. The advent of DNA testing changed that. Thanks to thousands of tiny bits of DNA, we began to piece together a tale of youth, excess, and intrigue with its origins…
  • The Rise of a New Domain in Network Cloud Technology

    Tom Siracusa
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Enterprise IT is currently moving through an accelerated pace of innovation that is driving more change today than during any time in recent memory. Whether it involves managing virtual machines at scale or a total reinvention of how applications are deployed and managed in the cloud, all these innovations have one thing in common: they require access to robust networking services to actually work. With that issue in mind, we at AT&T set about rethinking the role of the network in the modern enterprise. Thanks to the rise of mobile computing and the Internet of Things (IoT), there are…
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  • Skytap CEO: “Let’s Build a Successful Business” as Enterprises Begin Shift to the Cloud
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    ​Rachel Lerman at the Puget Sound Business Journal recently sat down with our CEO, Thor Culverhouse, to discuss the current shift of enterprise software to the cloud, and how this is setting up Skytap for “massive growth”—her words, not ours—but we'll take it! Thor provided Rachel with the areas that our business has grown, but he also gave a great example why the growth has been so “massive” recently, and why Skytap “is on track to continue doubling its revenue for at least the next two years.”  Culverhose remarked, “More than half of the hardware enterprises buy is…
  • TapIn Open Forum: DevOps vs. DevOps - Who Ya Got?
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    As a lifelong word junkie, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen more debate, argument, and failure to reach an agreed upon definition of a word than we’re seeing over the word “DevOps.” And while it can be frustrating to find a definition that works for you, and not be swayed by the next essay or cute video that gives a new interpretation—for nerds like me, the ever-changing, wildly different beliefs of DevOps’ meaning, and even its origin are an absolute blast to pour over.   A simple Google search of “What is DevOps?” gives a great cross-section of what we’re…
  • The Collegiate Cloud: An Interview with Ferris State University’s Amy Buse
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Ferris State University (FSU) is an accredited state university located in Big Rapids, Michigan, offering multiple computing degree plans within its Business/Technology Consortium. The college serves more than 14,000 on- and off-campus students in the region. I had the opportunity to sit down with Ferris State Professor Amy Buse to learn more about how the school has provided its students with cutting-edge cloud computing technology across a number of applications to better prepare them for their careers after graduation. Jason: How did you discover Skytap, since it is not commonly used in…
  • Upcoming Webinar: Creating Complete Test Environments in the Cloud
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    ​A top focus for application development today is on acceleration, but faster is not always better. The bigger challenge is to improve the speed and quality of software releases. By utilizing virtualization technology in the SDLC, specifically service virtualization and virtual dev/test labs, companies can increase test coverage in less time and ultimately produce better software faster.  Parasoft service virtualization enables dev/test teams to test earlier and test less using simulated, virtual environments. This solution closes the gap with incomplete dev/test environments and…
  • Skytap’s new Copy-to-Region lets your SDLC “Follow the Moon”
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    For the past few years, the holy grail of enterprise IT is to have large scale global software development, testing and integration activities that “follow the sun.” So when your development team checks in and goes home in San Jose, CA, there’s a testing team just getting started in Bangalore, India. And when they check in, there might be another team building services in Germany atop the application suite, followed by a release configuration team in Buenos Aires. Following the sun means we can be productive toward our software goals 24 hours a day.While this idea is great in theory, it…
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  • What Makes Cloud VPS Better Than Traditional VPS?

    Kent Roberts
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    In the early days of the Internet, the only option if you wanted to have a website was to use your own dedicated server to host it. Quickly, a more affordable and widely accessible option emerged: shared hosting, which simply allowed the sharing of a single server by a number of different companies. Dedicated and shared hosting met the needs of many organizations, but a middle option was desirable so that costs could be reduced (similar to shared) while customization and control could be maintained (similar to dedicated). The concept of virtualization, via a virtual private server (VPS),…
  • Why Install cPanel, When One-Click cPanel VPS Servers are Available at a Low Hourly Rate?

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    CPanel is a privately held company that was founded in 1997. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company originally designed what is considered by far the most popular Linux control panel for hosting websites and managing servers. CPanel & WHM, the two integrated halves of the software, make server automation simple and intuitive so that website owners and hosting companies can spend less and reduce their manual workload. This system is widely considered to be the first server control panel available on the market. Both the laser focus by cPanel on its one (bipartite) continually…
  • How Many Linux Distributions are Available as Atlantic.Net VPS Plans?

    Brett Haines
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    There are a variety of reasons why many VPS users choose a Linux operating system. They like the fact that the plans are inexpensive, since it is open source: there aren’t licensing fees as there are with Microsoft. They also appreciate the freedom to create an environment that perfectly fits their needs, both through customization of the code and by selecting a distribution (distro/flavor) of Linux: as opposed to Microsoft’s one unified system, a plethora of operating systems have been developed using the Linux kernel.Recognizing the desire for Linux diversity, offers four…
  • Why Buy a Windows 2012 License When You Can Lease It?

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    As we all know, what a particular business achieves day-to-day, on behalf of its customers and for internal purposes, is not all conducted by the company itself. Using third-party vendors and suppliers is reasonable for tasks with the following characteristics:require niche expertise;use a sophisticated infrastructure;and/or don’t fulfill the needs of a cost-benefit analysis (in other words, that are unnecessarily costly to be performed by the business itself).One aspect of business that is often entrusted to external companies is web hosting and affiliated technology-related needs.
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    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Announcing New Data Centers in Dallas, Texas and Toronto, Canada!We are excited to announce not one, but two new locations for our SSD Cloud VPS customers! These new locations have the same features and pricing you are already used to, so launching a new server is fast and easy.We’d like to thank you, our customers, for making this possible. As we continue to grow, we have many more surprises to share with you. Our goal is to delight and amaze you with the best Cloud VPS platform on the planet!NEW! SSD Cloud VPS Hosting – Up in 30 Seconds!Atlantic.Net is now offering a SSD based…
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  • OneBigDrive’s iOS App Is Live

    Victoria Kazz
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Cloud storage platform OneBigDrive, has just announced that stored files can now be viewed from anywhere via iPhones and iPads. image credit: Tatsuo Yamashita Features Include. . . Until now, the OneBigDrive platform was only available as a desktop application. Direct and easy to use, subscribers log into their accounts, answer a security question and gain instant access to all their files. This is exactly how the new mobile app works. Data moved to users OneBigDrive desktop folder can be accessed on smartphones and tablets that run on an iOS format. This includes: Photos (.jpg, .tiff,…
  • Dropbox Employee Change: Soleio Leaves, Mylod Joins

    Denise Sullivan
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    Dropbox has announced a change to their employee roster. This week the cloud storage giant confirmed head software designer, Soleio Cuervo, is leaving. At the same time, the company also welcomes Bob Mylod to their Board of Directors. Hiringimage credit: Dita Margarita Dropbox Employee Change Means Designer Loss Soleio, as he is more commonly known, joined Dropbox in 2012 as head designer. Prior to employment with the cloud company he worked for social media giant, Facebook, where he was credited for creating the ever popular “like” button along with several other applications.
  • Boston Scientific’s 23,000 Employees Will Use Box

    Victoria Kazz
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Boston Scientific Corporation announced it intends to use file-sharing and storage platform, Box, as the organization’s main method for coordinating and collaborating. image credit: U.S. Army RDECOM Box programs will be available to over 23,000 global employees of Boston Scientific through AT&T, which currently works with the company by providing networking and IT services.  Content will be available for employees to access, edit and share efficiently on desktop computers and mobile devices. Rich Adduci, CIO at Boston Scientific commented: “We’ve been leveraging mobile…
  • SharePoint Online Updates Aim To Help Administrators

    Victoria Kazz
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    New features of Microsoft’s SharePoint Online are making it easier for administrators to manage cloud storage capacity. image credit: Kārlis Dambrāns SharePoint Online’s Updates Organizations using Microsoft SharePoint Online can now retrieve and repurpose more of their storage in the cloud. Originally, stored data applied to site collection, but with the new updates, it’s now based on users. Senior product manager, Mark Kashman gave this example that if a subscriber: “Had a site collection’s storage quota set to 100GB in the old model and were only using 20GB, it now…
  • Mailbox App for Dropbox Goes Live

    Denise Sullivan
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Dropbox’s Mailbox app is now live for desktops. The application, which has been available on iOS and Android devices, is entering the public beta phase of distribution, eighteen months after its acquisition for a reported $100 million. Mailbox Desktop image credit: Mailbox App Mailbox App Finally Available on Desktop Mailbox has been available in a private review since April when the Android app was released. However, many interested users were left in limbo as to when the desktop software would be opened to the public. Now, those that had joined waiting lists, as well as mobile app users,…
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  • This Week in Crowdsourcing – 3 Things to Know

    Ben Kerschberg
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    This week was great in terms of A+ coverage of crowdsourcing and related topics. Here are three articles you shouldn’t miss. (1) Can we predict the outcome of Supreme Court cases? Let’s see what our friends over at Vox have to say about the matter: Three scholars — South Texas College of Law's Josh Blackman,… Read More
  • Can Payroll Actually Be Strategic?

    Ray Rivera
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    Not all that long ago I had one of those conversations that prompted me to reexamine something I thought I understood well. I was a new employee introducing myself to group of enterprise software product managers, learning their roles and the products they managed. After speaking with managers of recruiting, talent management, and LMS solutions,… Read More
  • How to focus your CRM on the Customer Experience

    John Gorup
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    It’s always confusing when I see people writing about “integrating Sales Cloud and Service Cloud.” This is like saying you need to integrate the hydrogen and oxygen in your glass of water. The good news is the molecules in that glass are already integrated. What you do with the glass of water is a more… Read More
  • Three Reasons Why Failing to Adapt Your IT Sourcing Will Cannibalize Your Company

    Ben Kerschberg
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    Gartner recently published a report the premise of which is that enterprises must change how they source IT in order to succeed in a digital world. They refer to this as adaptive sourcing. As set forth in our white paper, How Adaptive Sourcing Helps CIOs Revolutionize Innovative IT Sourcing, Gartner contends that enterprises must build… Read More
  • Throwing Good Money, After Bad: The Curse of Sales Training

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    By Braden Larmon $4.2 billion!  That’s a big number. It represents the amount of wasted investments on traditional sales training made each year by organizations.  Annually, companies spend approximately $5B on sales training, which consists mainly of taking sales reps out of the field and their environment, and dragging them through two or more days of… Read More
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  • Microsoft Research Solves Cloud Gaming Lag

    CloudWedge Staff
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The biggest hurdle for cloud gaming has been the unpredictability of latency. Despite the amount of money that hardcore gamers spend in order to have the best internet connections ... The post Microsoft Research Solves Cloud Gaming Lag appeared first on CloudWedge.
  • National Science Foundation Provides Funding for Cloud Research

    CloudWedge Staff
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    The National Science Foundation is an organization that strives to be on the cutting edge of technology. The NSF recently announced that they will pony up $10M in funding ... The post National Science Foundation Provides Funding for Cloud Research appeared first on CloudWedge.
  • Is VMware Rebranding vCHS to vCloud Air?

    CloudWedge Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Sources are reporting that VMware may be in the process of changing the name of its cloud offering vCHS to vCloud Air. The move is being reported by Gigaom ... The post Is VMware Rebranding vCHS to vCloud Air? appeared first on CloudWedge.
  • Bulletproof Adds 29% Gain on AWS Consulting Biz

    CloudWedge Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Australia and New Zealand are both blossoming with cloud opportunities. Businesses both large and small find themselves looking for a competitive advantage given the current overall economic climate. Bulletproof ... The post Bulletproof Adds 29% Gain on AWS Consulting Biz appeared first on CloudWedge.
  • Vantage Cloud Simplifies Cloud Compliance

    CloudWedge Staff
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Actiance is a global leader in information security. With a press release, the security giant has released details on its new secure cloud offering called Vantage Cloud. What is ... The post Vantage Cloud Simplifies Cloud Compliance appeared first on CloudWedge.
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  • Bringing Business Process Management to the World of Projects

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The potential advantages of applying BPM (business process management) to project management are wide-ranging. Essentially, it’s all about process optimization – making organizations more efficient, effective and adaptive. The levels of savings that can be made and reductions in response time for both internal and external customers mean that improving business processes often tops the list of priorities for organizations and their CIOs. The challenge is to manage the real-world processes that often span several functional departments and their applications. Good BPM provides a solution…
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    21 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
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  • The Road to Risk Reduction with Primavera Risk Analysis

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    What should you do – accept, mitigate, reduce or eliminate them? No, we’re not talking about those extra pounds that arrive uninvited at too many of our waistlines. We’re talking about risk in projects and the best way to plan for events that may or may not happen. Primavera Risk Analysis brings users the capability to model risks and understand the budget impacts (cost and time) of different options for handling them. But what is risk and how can we realistically deal with the inevitable complexity? Some quick information on some of the fundamentals involved may help. Risk or…
  • Is P6 Professional only for Power Users?

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Primavera P6 Professional has a reputation for being aimed at the ‘power user’ market. But what is a power user? Is it someone who is hopelessly addicted to keyboard shortcuts and a command line interface with a score of different options for every command? Or do you become a power user by seeking out and using advanced features of programs generally ignored by the average user? It turns out that while P6 Professional certainly doesn’t shut the door on project management power users, its real advantage is in opening it to users of project management power. There’s a subtle but…
  • Goal Tuning and ROI with Primavera Portfolio Management

    30 Jun 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Are you battling to progress different projects that slow to a crawl because resources are arbitrarily pulled off them? Or do your projects collectively seem to use twice the budget for half the effect? In either case, you might see serious benefit by using Primavera Portfolio Management. PPM is the next level up compared to individual project management. It takes a global view of the different activities you have on the go to see how they contribute to overall enterprise goals. It also helps you identify any unnecessary overlap and redundancy – and get those budget dollars to really roll…
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  • Colocation Pricing Trends

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:57 am
    Colocation Pricing Trends Colocation used to be thought of as an expensive proposition, but through increased awareness (and rising in-house technological infrastructure costs) many companies have come to see colocation as an affordable alternative to internal solutions. More recently still, however, there have been murmurs that colocation costs are still falling due to increased competition in the industry, and perhaps, more widespread usage. As you might imagine, at ColoAdvisor, we pay very close attention to pricing trends in the data center industry. We thought we’d take the…
  • Data Center Tiers – What You Need to Know

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    What Customers Need To Know About Data Center Tiers Most clients in the market for a data center have an understanding of the different uptime tiers of service that a data center may provide. Tier I has no redundancies, and a minimum target uptime of 99.671, or a little over one day of downtime per year. Tier 4 systems boast independent, dual-powered HVAC with multiple redundancies in a fault-tolerant facility, with a minimum target uptime of 99.995%, or about 26 minutes of downtime per year. But Uptime Tier designations are not the whole story. In fact, relying merely on the title may net…
  • Relocating Your Data – 5 Things to Consider

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Relocating Your Data As the cost of IT infrastructure rises, more and more businesses are considering relocating their data into a 3rd party facility. After all, the information is core to your business mission, but the maintenance of the equipment and their special requirements probably isn’t. So as you begin looking into colocation, there will be various themes trumpeted at you: you’ll save money, you’ll improve reliability and security, and you’ll find it easier to scale up and down. Most of the information you’ll receive will be geared around your concerns about…
  • 3 Recent IT Disasters You May Have Forgotten

    7 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    “The only system which is truly secure is one which is switched off and unplugged locked in a titanium lined safe, buried in a concrete bunker, and is surrounded by nerve gas and very highly paid armed guards. Even then, I wouldn’t stake my life on it.” – Gene Spafford, Director, Computer Operations, Audit, and Security Technology (COAST) Project, Purdue University We’ve come to realize that no company is immune to IT disasters, even the big guys. Today we outline 3 incidents that involved  sabotage, hacking or backup failures. The goal of this post is to…
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    23 Jun 2014 | 1:24 am
    Data Center RFP Writing Services A RFP, or “Request For Proposal” document is commonly the first step when researching data centers. However, time and again, we have seen vague or poorly written RFPs go out to vendors, resulting in only vague or useless responses — if they respond at all. Then the proposal needs to either be rewritten, or the company will need to spend time and manpower following up with the vendors. Ideally, a RFP will be clear, concise, and outline the business’s needs with the appropriate level of detail. However, this can sometimes be difficult to…
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  • Mailroom Error, Big Data Breach

    Robert Siciliano
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Data breaches need not be launched maliciously in order to be very troublesome, as was the case involving about 3,700 Medicare Advantage members. Freedom Blue and Security Blue members received risk assessment results that actually belonged to other individuals. The addresses, bir...
  • Prepaid Cards risk of Fraud

    Robert Siciliano
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Somewhere out there is a dictionary that when you look up the term wire money, the definition says scam! Even though legitimate money-transfer businesses exist like Western Union, a request to wire money for that new car or vacation package is most probably a rip-off. And the c...
  • Almost 70% of utility and energy companies have had a breach in the last year

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    According to a survey from Unisys and Ponemon, 68% of critical infrastructure companies (utilities, water, energy, and others) have reported at least one security breach that led to the loss of confidential information or disruption of operations in the past 12 mont...
  • Universities More at Risk Than Consumer Goods Sector

    Gwen Harkness
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Most Notable Info The last couple weeks have yielded multiple massive data breaches in various sectors, but mostly the consumer goods sector. A new study conducted by BitSight Technologies revealed that colleges and universities are the most vulnerable. While everyone’s focu...
  • Secret-sharing app "Secret" is not as anonymous as you might hope

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    The smartphone app Secret provides a venue for your contacts to share secrets without names attached. But it's surprisingly easy to compromise identities with fake accounts and a target in mind. The app has received 42 security reports since star...
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  • WinSCP connection to Ubuntu-Access Denied

    Mitesh Soni
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:52 am
    Port 22 is for SSH service Install openssh-server in ubuntu machine Command: apt-get install openssh-server Try connecting again. It should work.    The post WinSCP connection to Ubuntu-Access Denied appeared first on Basics of Java and Cloud Computing-MaxCDN Enabled.
  • Bare-Metal Cloud Beats Virtualization For Web And eCommerce Hosting

    Mitesh Soni
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Here’s a question that many who enthusiastically embrace the cloud don’t seem to consider: who does cloud virtualization benefit? The cloud industry would have you believe that the checks are all in the client’s column, but for the vast majority of use-cases, and particularly those that involve web and eCommerce hosting, virtualization’s main benefits accrue to the vendor. If you recall, the first cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service platforms were developed by Internet giants like Amazon who had excess capacity that frequently sat idle. Virtualization allowed them to sell that excess…
  • Old vs. New Battle: Cloud-Based System vs. Traditional Business Phones

    Mitesh Soni
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Maybe you’ve just moved your business into a new office and are considering what phone system will be best for your business. Or, maybe you’re already set up with office phones, and though you keep hearing about these new VoIP or “cloud-based” systems, you’re not quite sure what they are or if they’re right for you. One thing’s for sure: your business can’t thrive without phones! Technology is ever-changing and it’s frustrating – that’s understandable. But it changes because new and often improved solutions come along, so it’s important to keep an open mind. You made…
  • Google I/O 2014 is in Town: What Does it Have in Store for Developers

    Mitesh Soni
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Google I/O – Mobile apps are the order of the day, and while the users across the globe are keenly lapping them up, there is no dearth of individuals and novice developers striving to create their first, perfect app. The trends dictate that the last 5 years have seen a slew of mobile app developers bursting onto the scene, and the number is only going to swell further. The GoogleI/O has been instrumental in guiding them learn the process with a sense of structure. And with the latest Google I/O 2014, things have got a velvet touch to them. ReadThe post Google I/O 2014 is in Town: What…
  • Book Review: VMware ESXi Cookbook

    Mitesh Soni
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Book Review: VMware ESXi Cookbook-Over 130 task-oriented recipes to install, configure, and manage various vSphere 5.1 components just speaks volume about the cookbook. This book provides all the recipes which we normally need in end to end VMware vSphere development to usage activities. Interesting approach of installation with the auto deploy is icing on the cake. Every installation is explained step by step in huge details are covered to bring the depth in the discussion. Configuration and management of Networking and Storage are my favorite parts of book. Normally security is not covered…
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  • Zerto to enable Hybrid Cloud adoption

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    Zerto says that Zerto Virtual Replication will offer support for Microsoft Hyper-V and replication to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Zerto will enable seamless flexibility and manageability of data and applications whether they reside on-premise at any cloud service provider or on a combination of both known as hybrid cloud. These updates represent Zertoandrsquo;s continued creation of a new hybrid-cloud infrastructure layer called andldquo;Cloud Fabricandrdquo; which allows organizations to seamlessly move and protect virtualized workloads between clouds andndash; across leading hypervisors such…
  • Host Europe Group acquires SaaS based company

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    Host Europe Group has announced the acquisition of (SU2) for an undisclosed consideration. This acquisition will further strengthen Host Europeandrsquo;s position as a leading provider of enterprise solutions to small and medium sized businesses.
  • Nexenta launches andlsquo;revolutionaryandrsquo; Software-Defined Scale Out Object Storage solution

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    Nexenta has announced the launch of NexentaEdge 1.0 andndash; the industryandrsquo;s first software-only scale out block and object storage solution designed to deliver high performance global inline deduplication on petabyte scale clusters. NexentaEdge is ideally suited for next-generation open source cloud infrastructures and Big Data repositories requiring performance scale and low total cost of ownership. The solution will be demonstrated for the first time at VMworld US 2014 August 24-28 in San Francisco.
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    22 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
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    22 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    MSP re-certifies against the Cloud Industry Forum Code of Practice.
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  • Webinar: AppMethod – Integration with App42 Service

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    In a cloud based scenario of today, developers need tools and services that will lead their Apps to have a successful engagement & retention rate. Realizing the importance of Backend services, ShepHertz & Embarcadero together bring to you a webinar “5 … Continue reading → The post Webinar: AppMethod – Integration with App42 Service appeared first on .
  • Make Rich Profile of App Users on the Cloud

    himanshu sharma
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    Most of the time developers have a question, “how can we make user profile more interactive so that user can save his additional information along with user creation” ? App42 Cloud API provides a feature which helps the user to save additional … Continue reading → The post Make Rich Profile of App Users on the Cloud appeared first on .
  • Add File Storage Backend to Mobile App using Corona API

    Samita Mahajan
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    App42 has recently added a simple but a very useful feature i.e, File upload using Corona SDK. Now you can easily upload your file on the cloud using this feature. File type supported are AUDIO, VIDEO , IMAGE , BINARY … Continue reading → The post Add File Storage Backend to Mobile App using Corona API appeared first on .
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    Suyash Mohan
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    In this article we are going to learn how to use App42 with AppWarp S2. We will integrate App42’s user service with AppWarp S2, to implement a custom server side logic for authentication. Players will only be allowed to join … Continue reading → The post Using App42 with AppWarp S2 appeared first on .
  • How to Upload file on Facebook using App42 SDK

    himanshu sharma
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:07 am
    App42 SDK provide an easiest way to share file on Facebook with minimal coding effort for developers. Using App42 Social API, developers can enable this feature in their apps. It will allow users to share their file on Facebook either through system storage or any … Continue reading → The post How to Upload file on Facebook using App42 SDK appeared first on .
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  • Install command line developer tools in OS X

    10 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Install command line developer tools in OS XIf you need access to programming tools on your Mac, there are several ways to go about installing them. Part of OS X is its powerful command-line interface, where a competent or even novice programmer can make use of a number of tools for configuring and customizing the system, and make programs and scripts While OS X ships with a number of common commands, by default Apple does not include those that are used for checking out, compiling, and otherwise managing code for developing applications. If you need these tools for some reason, then there…
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  • The Changing Role of IT: From Mechanic to Driver

    Marc Shaw
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Like any profession, especially one tied so closely to technological development, IT has undergone several significant changes in recent years. One of these changes is the relationship of IT to the businesses and organizations they service. Operating within traditional paradigms, many businesses are lagging behind the field when it comes to maximizing their IT. Traditionally, IT has been seen as a means of support alone. The department’s role has been to provide functioning technology and services like email and documentation storage, along with updates and maintenance, and if something…
  • IT Mythbusting Part 5: Onsite Access Control Is Easier

    Marc Shaw
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Part 5 of a five-part series examining common IT myths. Traditionally, technology adoption is said to progress in five stages: 1. Innovators, 2. Early Adopters, 3. Early Majority, 4. Late Majority, 5. Laggards. Currently, we are somewhere between stages three and four when it comes to the adoption of cloud computing. In this blog series, we’re taking a look at some common myths still preventing some businesses from making the change. The fifth and final myth we’re examining in today’s entry is one surrounding data security. According to market analysts, this concern is the primary one…
  • IT Mythbusting Part 4: Custody Means Security

    Marc Shaw
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Part 4 of a five-part series examining common IT myths Cloud computing is rapidly moving from the wave of the future to the present reality with analysts reporting, for example, that Amazon’s Cloud has become the fastest growing software in history. However, many business owners, especially small businesses, are still holding out. We’re taking a look at some common myths that keep them from making the leap. One of the myths about cloud computing surrounds physical security. In fact, security is one of the most common concerns voiced among CEOs as an obstacle to move to the cloud, per…
  • IT Mythbusting Part 3: No One Knows Where My Data Is

    Marc Shaw
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Part 3 of a five-part series examining common IT myths Even though cloud computing has quickly gone mainstream, many business owners remain hesitant. One reason is because of the many myths still surrounding cloud computing. We’re examining several of these myths in our ongoing blog series. One issue with cloud computing is its very name. It sounds vague, ethereal; I guess my data is “somewhere up there.” The image of the cloud serves primarily to communicate dislocation, but seems to carry vague mystical overtones: people often think moving to the cloud means their data is somewhere in…
  • IT Mythbusting Part 2: Cloud Can’t Comply

    Marc Shaw
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Part 2 of a five-part series examining common IT myths Even though cloud computing is quickly becoming mainstream, and a feature of most enterprise level companies, there is still reticence on the part of many a CEO to jump headlong into the cloud, even if they’ve identified the benefits of scalability and cost reduction. One reason: myths still abound. One of these myths revolves around an important element of data storage: maintaining security compliance. Several industries have strict compliance guidelines regarding the security of their information. Failure to abide by them could mean…
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  • Dawn of Managed Hosting Services

    Abhishek Mishra
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Cloud computing is changing the way the business works, now small businesses are equipped with greater computing power and can get a flexibility to scale up the resources, up-to-date  IT infrastructure with minimal or no direct management, allowing then to focus on their core business. Now with this young invention, a new segment is introduced where a customer values service and support, totally wants to focus on his/her core business and don’t want to invest in manpower for handling their IT infrastructure, the solution to this customer is managed services. Managed services can be defined…
  • Microsoft Security Essentials Installation and updates

    Sandeep Sharma
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft. It’s provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. 1. Download theMicrosoft Security Essentials software ( 2. When you click on the download link you will get this pop up windows, select the Language and operating system. Note : To install the correct version of the Microsoft Security Essentials software virus and spyware definition software and updates, you must know whether Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows…
  • How to Build a Wireless Connection in Windows XP

    Sandeep Sharma
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    Adding a wireless network to your home is easier than you think. It requires four steps: 1. Choose your wireless equipment Wireless router: Converts the signals coming across your Internet connection into a wireless broadcast, sort of like a cordless phone base station. Be sure you get a wireless router and not a wireless access point. Wireless network adapter: Connects your computer to your wireless router. If you have a newer portable computer, you might already have wireless capabilities built in. Make sure you have an adapter for every computer on your network. 2. Connect your wireless…
  • Detailed Overview of Zimbra

    Kanhaiya Patel
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    What is Zimbra? Zimbra is a collaboration of messaging software. It is based on open source software mailing solutions. Zimbra is leader in mailing/messaging solutions in the world. Zimbra connect people with unified collaboration software that includes email, calendaring, file sharing, chat, social community and many more features. With technology designed for social, mobile, cloud, it gives individuals flexibility to work virtually from anywhere using tablets, mobile, laptop etc devices. Features of Zimbra Collaboration Server: Below are the most features available of Zimbra mail…
  • Steps to Create New Local Administrator Account

    Kanhaiya Patel
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    Here are the steps to create new local administrator account: 1.Choose Start and select Control Panel 2. Click on “User Account” 3. Click on “Create a new account” 4. Enter a User Name, and click on next 5. Type computer administrator and click on create account 6. All other options you can view after click on the created user account    
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  • What is cloud sprawl, and are providers prepared for it?

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    The current business landscape is changing. Employees with more than 26 weeks continuous service can now take advantage of new flexible working legislation, and more businesses than ever before are using the cloud in their day to day activities. However, this demand in access anywhere computing will inevitably lead to pressures placed on cloud providers, and data centres having to support these businesses. This growing increase in cloud solutions in a business is known as ‘cloud sprawl’. But is cloud sprawl good or bad? Whilst, for cloud providers, it might be great for business,…
  • Building an efficient data centre

    5 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    If you’re looking for a data centre partner, you’ll probably have considered a number of factors in your decision. Price will inevitably be one. Physical location may be another. Uptime, responsiveness and proactivity of staff may be a third, which may be loosely combined under the heading of reliability. Increasingly, the carbon footprint of the facility and its efficiency are likely to feature on the list, too. But quite what this means in practice is hard to grasp. Efficiency: an elusive concept The holy grail is, of course, to maximise a data centre’s performance for its…
  • Four key factors in a data centre migration

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Migrating your IT infrastructure to a new location is no small undertaking. Get it right and you can expect a few years of relative peace as the systems you put in place take care of themselves. Get it wrong and you’ll never be able to stop fixing problems that could have been addressed before you even went live. Here are four key checks to make sure you get right. 1) Clean inventory First, this is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. In fact, it’s likely to be the only one you have until you move again – so make the most of it. Nothing should leave the old place…
  • What can we expect from the data centre of the future?

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    There’s always talk of the next big thing in cloud computing and data centres, but what do you think will happen in the data centre of the future? A study conducted by 451 Research, surveying 800 data centre professionals across the globe, found out some pretty interesting foresights into the industry, and how data centres will look by 2025. We’ve picked out the most interesting stats from the research and highlighted them below, so - what can we expect? Data centres will start to generate their own energy Not content with shifting to greener energy, data centres will become more…
  • Is enhanced colocation going mainstream?

    25 Jun 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Colocation is a natural and cost-effective solution for SMEs to meet their data centre needs. The smallest organisations don’t typically need this kind of infrastructure and can manage with in-house resources. The largest corporations can afford to build their own data centres according to their specific needs. It’s the companies in the middle that need to buy in services without sinking money into everything that goes along with running a full-scale data centre. And, although there are many different kinds of colocation centre available, offering a range of services to suit…
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  • Google offering domain name services via Google Domains

    Oliver Marshall
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:13 am
    We’ve started to see reports that people are receiving Google Domain invites. This invite-only beta service appears to be Googles first steps in to Domain name provision and DNS management. Given the widespread use of Googles DNS servers it should be a great platform. The invites appear to be going to personal users rather than commercial companies. If we get an invite and can check it out then we’ll post more. You can view the Google Domains site here.
  • File encryption comes to Chrome and ChromeOS

    Oliver Marshall
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    There’s a growing list of amazing apps for ChromeOS which is increasingly making it easier to use a Chromebook as your day to day device. Today sees the release of MiniLock, a new file encryption app. MiniLock, created by Nadim Kobeissi, encrypts single files ready to be sent to other users. The only requirement is that, as a Chrome App, both ends need to be running Chrome or ChromeOS. Hardly a deal breaker now-a-days. Here’s a quick guide to how to encrypt a file with MiniLock. When you start MiniLock you will be prompted for your email address and secure passphrase. The…
  • Googles Material design guidelines

    Oliver Marshall
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:48 am
    Googles upcoming Material interface design has started to show itself throughout their product range. The next version of Android, currently named L, will feature the Material design as standard and the it’s started to appear within Google Apps. Google have published a preview document for the Material design guidelines. While it’s not the most interesting of reads, the design features within it certainly give you a good understanding of what’s coming up for Googles range of apps, OSs and devices. Here’s are some videos from the Material Design guide showing some of…
  • Using Google+ Communities in the workplace

    Oliver Marshall
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Google+ communities have to be one of the stand out features of Google+. There’s such a range of communities and they provide such a great social and visual experience, wouldn’t it be great if you could use these in the workplace? In my day job over at G2 Support we’ve looked at how best to use Google+ communities for several clients. There seems to be a real desire to use something other than email for day to day communication between departments, teams and remote workers. So this leads to the question, can you drive staff engagement using Google+? Here’s three…
  • Update for Chrome OS coming through

    Oliver Marshall
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Google have released a new update for ChromeOS. This is classed as a “stable” update which means it will go on the machines of end users rather than developers or other brave soles signed up for the beta or dev updates. ChromeOS has been updated to 36.0.1985.138 for all Chrome OS devices. This build contains a number of bug fixes, and security updates. Your systems will be receiving updates over the next several days. The complete list of fixes and updates can be found here. I dare you to read it all
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  • Last call: All aboard the cloud computing train

    Jesse Frye
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    It seems that a new report detailing the cloud computing market pops up every other day or so, emphasizing global adoption of the technology is poised for even greater heights. Take a recent Kable report as another example of this development. The study said cloud investments will account for 17 percent of all IT procurement in 2015, with the largest investments going toward data backup and software application hosting.Kable said increased IT connectivity and capacity are two of the key drivers behind cloud-related investments. Software-as-a-Service will be the most used cloud solution in…
  • What is in many companies’ future? Simple: Cloud computing

    Jesse Frye
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:28 am
    Businesses relying on legacy equipment to support all facets of their operations are likely struggling to keep pace in ever-changing markets. Today, competitive advantage is not based solely on how deep corporate pockets are, but on forward-thinking strategies and agility. It is no wonder, then, that cloud computing is impacting organizations on a global scale, allowing customers to achieve functionality without going over budget.Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions and contributor, recently spoke with representatives from different companies to gain their…
  • Businesses not using cloud computing will be in minority

    Jesse Frye
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:33 am
    Cloud computing is a transformative technology, influencing how businesses function and procure IT services. Companies that have not embraced the solution yet may want to do so sooner rather than later, since the market is poised to reach unprecedented heights in the near future, leaving them behind the competition by 2020, Inc. recently asserted.An Emergent Research study found that the percentage of small businesses in the United States leveraging cloud computing is projected to more than double from 37 percent in 2014 to nearly 80 percent by 2020, the news source reported.The use of cloud…
  • The ultimate transformer? The cloud opens doors to greater opportunities

    Jesse Frye
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Organizations across numerous sectors are adopting cloud services with increasing speed. Whether they're drawn by cost-effective storage or attracted by possibilities for a more robust security and maintenance plan without investing in in-house IT staff, entities have started to recognize the cloud as an important component of their general technology strategies. However, the cloud isn't just another way to store and facilitate the same resources they used in the past: It can also create opportunities for companies to radically change their operations and offerings.Here are a…
  • IaaS ushers government agencies into a new era of technology

    Jesse Frye
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    Federal agencies aren't the only governmental organizations seeking the benefits of the cloud. Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions offer compelling advantages for state and local entities, as well. According to StateTech Magazine, a number of these agencies are adopting various IaaS systems to cut costs and optimize their IT operations.IaaS as a game-changer  As technology advances and digital resources constitute a growing percentage of the operational tools and opportunities for governmental organizations, building and managing the infrastructure to support these endeavors…
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