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  • Big Data is the New Black

    GoGrid Blog
    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
  • Data Center Cooling Done Differently

    Perspectives
    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…
  • 6 Reasons Why DaaS and VDI Terms Undervalue The Reality

    Fountainhead
    Ken Oestreich
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:23 pm
    A day doesn’t pass that I find myself explaining why DaaS isn’t synonymous with VDI – and neither term does justice to the real range of value possible.Both end-users and service providers have a preconceived notion that DaaS simply means delivery of a “desktop”. But that simplistic VDI-style mindset (and desktop-only mindset) doesn’t describe the real range of services possible. Rather, the terms we really should be using are “Hosted Workspaces” or “Workspace-as-a-Service“.. (more: originally posted on blogs.citrix.com) 
  • Have you mapped your Customer Success Journey yet?

    Cloud Computing, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) strategies » SaaS
    Subraya Mallya
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    We have all heard and know about Buyer’s Journey. The process they go through from the time a technology need arises, all the way through the decision process, involving inputs from all the stakeholders, till they make  a purchase. While that journey has been analyzed and optimized and then some,  I don’t think SaaS companies have paid a lot of attention to the journey a customer goes through post-purchase till they realize the value from the product. Consequently, the widespread lack of customer satisfaction in large majority of enterprise software customers.P.S. In this…
  • Cloud Databases Now Supports SSL

    The Official Rackspace Blog
    Neha Verma
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    You asked and we answered: Rackspace Cloud Databases now supports SSL to encrypt connections between your applications and your Cloud Database instance. Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is a security protocol that uses encryption technology to ensure that any private or sensitive information sent over the Internet is protected. There are often users on your site divulging personal information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, usernames and passwords. By having an SSL certificate enabled, you can trust that your users data is protected and will be encrypted in transit. For more…
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    The Official Rackspace Blog

  • Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight On LifeCellar: Managing Digital Information On The Rackspace Managed Cloud

    John McKenna
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    LifeCellar helps consumers better manage their digital information. The way in which individuals are managing their lives is rapidly changing in terms of digital information, and LifeCellar is here to bring all of that to a digital wallet to easily manage your important documents, family and professional relationships and critical tasks. The LifeCellar business model is quite simple: it’s subscription-based with a premium upgrade. Users can enjoy many of the services for free and/or pay a subscription fee of $29 per year to access the entire premium LifeCellar features. “The concept for…
  • Cloud Office At Rackspace: Fanatical Support For All Of Your Collaboration And Productivity Needs

    Bret Piatt
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It used to be that businesses had two options for productivity and collaboration tools: buy a one-off solution and settle for the built-in features and functionality that often fell short, or string together disparate tools from multiple vendors to get all of the features and functionality your business needed. Oh, and whichever route you chose, you had to manage it all yourself or deal with limited support. It was often inefficient, counter-intuitive and, ironically, unproductive. Today, we aim to change that with the launch of a new business unit: Cloud Office at Rackspace. Cloud Office is…
  • Infographic: The State Of SMB Cloud Adoption In 2014

    Franklin Morris
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s 2014 and the cloud has been adopted to some degree by nearly 90 percent of all businesses. That is in part because cloud offerings have evolved. Several years ago cloud meant “public cloud.” Today, new hybrid offerings have emerged—combinations of cloud hosting and dedicated hardware—letting businesses tailor their cloud infrastructure to their business demands. Businesses can choose to manage their cloud infrastructure in-house, or opt for a managed cloud and have their cloud provider shoulder the burden of day-to-day management. In short, the cloud of the past was a…
  • Cloud Databases Now Supports SSL

    Neha Verma
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    You asked and we answered: Rackspace Cloud Databases now supports SSL to encrypt connections between your applications and your Cloud Database instance. Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is a security protocol that uses encryption technology to ensure that any private or sensitive information sent over the Internet is protected. There are often users on your site divulging personal information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, usernames and passwords. By having an SSL certificate enabled, you can trust that your users data is protected and will be encrypted in transit. For more…
  • Four Steps To A Better Hosted Exchange: A Buyer’s Guide

    Michelle Ramirez
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The recent end of support for Exchange 2003 and the widespread adoption of Exchange 2013 have prompted more organizations to consider a move to Hosted Exchange. Whether you are moving from an in-house environment or switching email hosting providers, there are a number of considerations to be aware of when searching for and selecting a reliable business-class email provider. To help ensure you find a trusted email provider with solutions that fit your business needs, we’ve created a simple four-step Email Hosting Buyer’s Guide. Here’s what’s included in this FREE buyer’s guide: Tips…
 
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    TechCrunch » Enterprise

  • Jostle Raises $2M For Its Intranet Platform

    Frederic Lardinois
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
     If you have ever worked for a large corporation, then you have probably seen how outdated some of the intranet platforms on the market today are. the Vancouver-based startup Jostle wants to put a fresh face on intranet software. The service aims to make it easier for companies to publish news stories and announcements, host online discussions and share other… Read More
  • Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

    Ingrid Lunden
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
     Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further. It is acqui-hiring the two academic teams of founders, seven people in all, behind Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory, two deep learning startups based in the UK, and… Read More
  • Verizon Leads Flint Mobile’s $9.4M Round As Payment Service Comes To The Web

    Ingrid Lunden
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
     Flint Mobile, a point-of-sale mobile payments solution originally built around snapping photos of your credit card instead of dongles or using other hardware to make payments, is today announcing that it has raised another $9.4 million in funding led by new, strategic investor Verizon via its Verizon Ventures arm; as well as an expansion of its service to the wider internet in a new… Read More
  • Progress Software Buys Telerik for $262.5M As Buying Spree Continues

    Ron Miller
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
     In a deal today involving two companies with links to the Boston area, Progress Software, which helps companies build business software, announced it was buying Telerik for $262.5M. Telerik’s portfolio includes a .net toolbox, a mobile development platform and a CMS called Sitefinity, as well as access to a developer community of over 1.4M people. According to Karen Tegan… Read More
  • Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane Reminds Startups That Luck Takes A Lot Of Work

    Frederic Lardinois
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
     “Being lucky is just so much work,” Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane told our co-editor Alexia Tsotsis during a fireside chat at TechCrunch Disrupt London today. As a startup, you always have to try to embrace luck, Svane argued when asked about what role luck plays in the life of a new company. “As an early startup, there is no way around trying to open all the doors,” he… Read More
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    All Things Distributed

  • Expanding the Cloud – Introducing the AWS EU (Frankfurt) Region

    Werner Vogels
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today, Amazon Web Services is expanding its worldwide coverage with the launch of a new AWS region in Frankfurt, Germany. This is our 11th infrastructure region and was built to support the strong demand we are seeing in Europe and to give our customers the option to run infrastructure located in Germany. The new Frankfurt region provides low millisecond latencies to major cities in continental Europe and is also run with carbon neutral power. With the launch of the new Frankfurt region customers now also have the ability to architect across multiple regions within the European Union. Many…
  • Document Model Support in DynamoDB: Flexibility, Availability, Performance, and Scale...Together at last

    Werner Vogels
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today, I’m thrilled to announce several major features that significantly enhance the development experience on DynamoDB. We are introducing native support for document model like JSON into DynamoDB, the ability to add / remove global secondary indexes, adding more flexible scaling options, and increasing the item size limit to 400KB. These improvements have been sought by many applications developers, and we are happy to be bringing them to you. The best part is that we are also significantly expanding the free tier many of you already enjoy by increasing the storage to 25 GB and…
  • AWS Pop-up Loft 2.0: Returning to San Francisco on October 1st

    Werner Vogels
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s an exciting time in San Francisco as the return of the AWS Loft is fast approaching. We’ve been working round-the-clock, making updates to ensure the experience is more fulfilling and educational than in June. Today we’re excited to announce that… On Wednesday, October 1st, we’ll be returning to 925 Market Street! The AWS Loft is all about helping you scale and grow your business by offering free AWS technical resources. You’ll have access to training including hands-on bootcamps and labs, and 1:1 sessions with AWS Solutions Architects. Or you can plugin, hang out, get some…
  • Cloud computing in Europe should put power in the hands of the customer

    Werner Vogels
    15 May 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is an extended version of an article that appeared in the Guardian today We are rapidly entering into an era where massive computing power, digital storage and global network connections can be deployed by anyone as quickly and easily as turning on the lights. This is the promise – and the reality – of cloud computing which is driving tremendous change in the technology industry and transforming how we do business in Europe and around the world. Cloud computing unlocks innovation within organisations of all types and sizes. No longer do they need to spend valuable human and capital…
  • The AWS Activate CTO to CTO series on Medium

    Werner Vogels
    14 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    I'm excited to announce a new blog dedicated to AWS startups. We're launching it on Medium, itself a startup on AWS. I kicked off the blog with a Q&A with the Medium CTO Don Neufeld. I really enjoyed Don's answers to my questions and there are some real gems in here for startup CTOs. Check it out. We'll be keeping this blog fresh with other startup spotlights and good technical content so follow the collection and keep up.
 
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    Cloud Musings

  • Why You Need to Pay Attention to Cloud Computing

    Kevin L. Jackson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    (This post was originally published by Learning Tree International http://blog.learningtree.com/why-you-need-to-pay-attention-to-cloud-computing/ )The adoption of cloud computing is revolutionizing today’s business. This trend has also elevated the importance of IT and business alignment because cloud enables new business models that have until now were not economically viable. A recent study confirmed this trend by showing that the vast majority of organizations of all sizes use both Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and hosted infrastructure services. In fact, both SaaS and IaaS are…
  • Thriving in a Cloud, Big Data, Mobility and Security World

    Kevin L. Jackson
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    "The next generation of technology solutions will transform lives, businesses and economies." This is the theme at this year's Dell World opening keynote and this view is supported by Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015:Computing Everywhere - As mobile devices continue to proliferate, Gartner predicts an increased emphasis on serving the needs of the mobile user in diverse contexts and environments, as opposed to focusing on devices alone. The Internet of Things - The combination of data streams and services created by digitizing everything creates four basic usage…
  • Vets360 Founder Rick Collins Being Honored at the 'Champions' Leadership Conference

    Kevin L. Jackson
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Veteran's 360 and Rick Collins, Founder & Executive Director of Vets 360, Inc., are being honored at this year'sChampions Leadership, and Research Conference™ . This event, November 6th-7th, 2014 at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, NC, is an independent conference, and a component of eMerging Entrepreneurs' “Veterans Economic Advancement project.” A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,  eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc. provides Career Transition Assistance, Small Business Training, and Entrepreneurial Developmental services to veterans, military spouses, and…
  • "Cloud Musings" Joins Dell Content Provider Network

    Kevin L. Jackson
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Cloud Musings, a GovCloud Network Property, is proud and honored to announce that we will now be serving over 3 Million Dell Community online daily viewers. Our content will focus on Cloud Computing for Business and will continue to provide independent and vendor neutral information on how business, government and non-profit organizations can better leverage the global and parallel nature of cloud computing.  In continuing our heritage as an independent content provider, it is important to note that this is not an exclusive syndication agreement. We are also not becoming a Dell…
  • Grounding the Cloud: Basics and Brokerage

    Kevin L. Jackson
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    "Picture Ben Franklin attempting to harness energy from a lightning-filled sky. The key tied to his kite was the middleman between electricity and the ground. This book details how using the cloud can be your key to finding or enhancing success."Understanding cloud computing is hard enough. Cloud service brokerage, however, is the way forward for just about any enterprise. This book is an easy to understand overview that will allow you to harness the power of the cloud to advance your business goals using clearly defined concepts of cloud computing, easy to understand definitions,…
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  • The Cloud in 2015: Startup Ecosystem Explosion

    Greg Ness
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    This is a follow-up blog that is part of a series of 2015 cloud predictions. The first one, entitled When the Walls Come Down, had the following as the central thesis: In 2015 the perceived costs of cloud migration for existing production apps will drop by more than 50%; it will trigger a massive (and […]
  • 2015 and the Cloud: When the Walls Come Down

    Greg Ness
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Before we see a rush of 2015 predictions let me offer up an unspoken 900 pound gorilla: In 2015 the perceived costs of cloud migration for existing production apps will drop by more than 50%; it will trigger a massive (and fast) market share battle unleashed by unprecedented automation Why this will happen: A new […]
  • Who will Win IaaS War: VMworld Video Interview

    Greg Ness
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:59 pm
    It was great catching up with Brian at VMworld, even if it was in the Tea Garden.  We go back a ways.  This 6 minute video clip discusses who will win the cloud wars and how CloudVelox differentiates from a dozen or so early cloud migration and DR tools.  
  • Cloud DR on AWS – Pocket Guide Now Available by Download

    Greg Ness
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Guide Now Available – Cloud DR on AWS: Best Practices We just finished our first pocket guide on Cloud DR, entitled Cloud DR on AWS: Best Practices.  If you are tracking Cloud DR and the various drivers, key terms, etc. you might want to check it out.  You can get it here without having to […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Fountainhead

  • 6 Awesome Examples of Business-Ready DaaS

    Ken Oestreich
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    The term “DaaS” is often synonymous with a “raw desktop in the sky”. But that’s a only like getting a new laptop… just an OS and maybe some antivirus. The rest of the set-up and customization is up to you. Meh.What lines-of-business really want are “business-ready desktops“, customized, optimized and supported for a company’s industry and specific use cases. In the past I’ve personally blogged about the value providers reap when creating offers targeting specific markets....(More.... originally posted on blogs.citrix.com May, 2014)
  • 6 Reasons Why DaaS and VDI Terms Undervalue The Reality

    Ken Oestreich
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:23 pm
    A day doesn’t pass that I find myself explaining why DaaS isn’t synonymous with VDI – and neither term does justice to the real range of value possible.Both end-users and service providers have a preconceived notion that DaaS simply means delivery of a “desktop”. But that simplistic VDI-style mindset (and desktop-only mindset) doesn’t describe the real range of services possible. Rather, the terms we really should be using are “Hosted Workspaces” or “Workspace-as-a-Service“.. (more: originally posted on blogs.citrix.com) 
  • Managed Services Providers Agree: Build a Vertical Market DaaS Focus

    Ken Oestreich
    6 Feb 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A few weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking with a number of our Citrix Service Providers at Citrix Summit in Orlando.There is no doubt in my mind that the Managed Services industry is shifting… away from commodity services (dedicated servers, websites, Exchange mailboxes) and toward more holistic, higher-value hosting and outsourcing services.The evidence I cite is both from a Service Provider panel I facilitated, as well as from assessing the winners of the recent Citrix CSP Awards.Heard at the PanelMy first set of data points came from a panel I ran covering the importance of…
  • A Tale of Three Cloud Strategies (Upgraded from Two)

    Ken Oestreich
    29 Oct 2013 | 4:46 pm
    Earlier in March I penned a blog titled A Tale of Two Cloud Strategies and observed the two opposing cloud strategies of VMware vs. AWS. VMware, with its strength in the enterprise, building presence in the public cloud -- and AWS with de facto dominance in the public cloud, working inroads into the enterprise.In my closing paragraph I notedThese will be extraordinary strategies to observe over time. We all know that even the most dominating companies/technologies eventually meet their match (or their disruption).  Both VMware and AWS have appeared at times to be unstoppable.
  • Succeeding with Daas: For MSPs, Business Help Outweighs Technology Hype

    Ken Oestreich
    15 Oct 2013 | 3:50 pm
    By now you may have heard of a new entrant into the Desktop-as-a-Service market, with VMware buying Desktone.  While I applaud the move that will help mature the market, I have to add some sobriety to their party atmosphere. Technology alone does not sell product - especially where the Managed Service Provider (MSP) channel is involved. Putting it Bluntly - Support the Business! Soundbites would have MSPs believe that VMware’s thousands of partners will instantly be able to stand-up and sell DaaS.  Our experience shows that vendors also have to provide the MSP with business…
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    SmoothSpan Blog

  • Secrets of When and How to Talk to Customers at a Startup

    Bob Warfield
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Jason Lemkin says forget building wireframe UI’s and start out interviewing 20 customers, because you just won’t understand your customers until you do.  Here’s the gist of why you need 20 interviews before you do anything else: And you have to do 20.  I know it’s hard to get to 20.  But it’s the right number: You need the First 5 Interviews just to truly understand the white space and the current opportunity.  Yes, you probably think you already understand it.  But you are the vendor, not the purchaser.  You need to understand your prospective app from the…
  • Microsoft’s 4 Real Problems that Gates, Nadella, and Ballmer Can’t Fix

    Bob Warfield
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    I just finished the Vanity Fair piece on Gates, Ballmer, Nadella, and whether Microsoft can be rebooted to its former glory.  It’s a good article, but it’s all about the past mistakes and there’s little about the future there.  Mostly, it is the account of how two best friends (Gates and Ballmer) broke up over the internal stresses of running Microsoft.  Ballmer characteristically doesn’t accept blame for much (we missed search and phones, but our real problem was the Longhorn project which the article implies he blames equally on Gates) and Gates never really talks…
  • How I Helped Start the Agile/Scrum Movement 20 Years Ago

    Bob Warfield
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I’m a day late, it was 20 years ago yesterday that Dr Dobbs published James Coplien’s article on how my Quattro Pro team was building software at Borland.  Jim sent me a very nice note of reminder on it: 20 years ago today, the famous Dr. Dobb’s article on Borland QPW was published: foreshadowing agile and Scrum’s daily standup (Jeff got the idea from an earlier draft floating on the web). http://www.drdobbs.com/examining-the-software-development-proce/184409329 Thanks for being there This is a good occasion for me to tell that story of how (with Jim’s…
  • 23 Great Websites for Entrepreneurs: Plus Some Radical Advice from an Entrepreneur-Bootstrapper

    Bob Warfield
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    I recently came across two giant lists of websites for entrepreneurs, courtesy of Jason Lemkin (whose blog is listed in both): Inc.com 50 Forbes 100 Now for some radical advice: the vast majority of the sites listed in those publications won’t help the vast majority of entrepreneurs at all.  In fact, many of them will be counterproductive in the extreme depending on what your goals are. I can already hear the refrain: Whoa, hold it right there Bob–them’s fightin’ words! True, to a certain extent, but hear me out before you pass hasty judgement. The vast majority of…
  • 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).
 
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    Latest News from Cloud Computing Journal

  • How to Monitor Logging By @AppDynamics | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Applications typically log additional data such as exceptions to different data sources. Windows event logs, local files, and SQL databases are most commonly used in production. New applications can take advantage of leveraging big data instead of individual files or SQL. One of the most surprising experiences when we start monitoring applications is noticing the […] The post How Do you Monitor Your Logging? written by Alex Fedotyev appeared first on Application Performance Monitoring Blog from AppDynamics.read more
  • Meet @Verizon November 4-6 at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley [#IoT #Cloud]

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    SYS-CON Events announced today that Verizon has been named "Gold Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward. With industry-specific solutions and a full range of global wholesale offerings provided over the company's secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon Enterprise Solutions helps open new…
  • Endpoint Security By @RickNotDelgado | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Don’t emphasize network security at the cost of endpoint security; the two can be integrated and work hand in hand. The result is a safer, more secure business ready for the challenges of the future. read more
  • Seize The Biggest #Cloud, #BigData & #IoT Opportunity in 2015 | @CloudExpo

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The only place to be June 9-11 is Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo 2015 East at the Javits Center in New York City. Join us there as delegates from all over the world come to listen to and engage with speakers & sponsors from the leading Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data companies. Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo are the leading events covering the booming market of Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data for the enterprise. Speakers from all over the world will be hand-picked for their ability to explore the economic strategies that utility/cloud computing provides. Whether public, private, or in a hybrid form,…
  • Announcing @SAPinMemory ‘General Session’ at @CloudExpo [@SAP]

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    SAP is delivering break-through innovation combined with fantastic user experience powered by the market-leading in-memory technology, SAP HANA. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce, SAP, will discuss how SAP and partners provide cloud and hybrid cloud solutions as well as real-time Big Data offerings that help companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP launched an application challenge to award the most innovative SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud platforms applications. Out of many contenders, the best applications have been selected…
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    GoGrid Blog

  • Xen Security Advisory

    Andy Nester
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    As was made public today, Xen released a security advisory for their Hypervisor code.  Upon receiving the embargoed security news late last week, our teams quickly evaluated our use of Xen and determined that a reboot of virtual instances was not necessary and there would be no customer impact. At GoGrid, we are fully supportive of the Xen community and are eager to give back in any way we can.… Read the rest Continue reading «Xen Security Advisory» The post Xen Security Advisory appeared first on GoGrid Blog. Related posts: GoGrid Proactively Responds to Xen Vulnerability…
  • Bash Security Vulnerability Patch Instructions

    Andy Nester
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    A new major security vulnerability impacting Linux customers who leverage Bash as their shell was announced yesterday. GoGrid strongly recommends customers exposed to this vulnerability apply the appropriate security patch as soon as possible. Below are instructions for patching your systems: For Debian, run the following command: apt-get update && apt-get install –y –only-upgrade bash For CentOS or RedHat, run the following command: yum update bash    If you have any questions or need additional help, please contact GoGrid Support.… Read the rest Continue reading…
  • Is Cloud to blame for the rash of recent security breaches?

    Andy Nester
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    In a hyper connected world, both consumers and businesses are under constant security threats. All the more reason to manage data more effectively. Let’s not kid ourselves. We shouldn’t be treating all data the same and not everyone or business needs high level security. When a business does need it, though, there are a multitude of options available that are much more secure than home-grown solutions that often result in single points of failure. Listen to GoGrid CEO, John Keagy, and Cloud Technology Partner author, David Linthicum, chat on how “cloud” isn’t…
  • 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…
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    Perspectives

  • Recovering Cryogenic Refrigeration Energy

    James Hamilton
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Waste heat reclamation in datacenters has long been viewed as hard because the heat released is low grade. What this means is that rather than having a great concentration of heat, it is instead spread out and, in fact, only warm. The more concentrated the heat, the easier it is to use.  In fact, that is exactly how many power plants work. When the temperature of the cooling medium is several orders of magnitude cooler than burning fuels such LNG, Petroleum, or Coal, extracting useful energy becomes challenging.   However, data center heat reclamation si clearly a problem well worth…
  • August 21, 2014 Computer History Museum Presentation

    James Hamilton
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Dileep Bhandarkar put together a great presentation for the Computer History Museum a couple of weeks back. I have no idea how he got through the full presentation in under an hour – it covers a lot of material – but it’s an interesting walk through history. Over the years, Dileep has worked for Texas Instruments, Digital, Intel, Microsoft, and Qualcomm. As a consequence, he’s been near the early days of semiconductors, the rise and fall of the mini-computer during his 17 years at Digital, the rise to dominance of the microprocessor in his 12 years at Intel, the…
  • 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 Amazon.com, 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…
 
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    Data Center Knowledge

  • Recap: Data Center World Orlando Conference

    Bri Pennington
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    Data Center World kicked off in Orlando Monday with a packed audience for a keynote session with Jennifer Torlone, senior director of technology and information services at Amerijet International. Jennifer Torlone, senior director of technology and information services at Amerijet International, speaking about the way she reorganized the cargo carrier’s IT team to enable company growth. Attendees gathered at the Hyatt Regency to network and attend sessions with a variety of facilities and data center management topics. Data Center Knowledge had the opportunity to cover several of these…
  • Data Center World Expo Hall Highlights

    Bri Pennington
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    The Data Center World conference in Orlando drew participants from around the globe to discuss the industry and learn about ways to improve their data centers. From power and cooling to security and facilities management, the expo hall was packed with sponsors showing off their wares and attendees. Here are a few highlights from the show floor: Purkay Labs, which specializes in portable temperature and humidity monitoring systems, had its gear on display. (Photo: Bri Pennington) Methode was on hand to showcase its data center infrastructure management (DCIM), physical layer infrastructure and…
  • IO Offers Free Colo to Compete in Tough New Jersey Market

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It is no secret that New Jersey is one of the most competitive data center markets in the U.S. with lots of available space across a multitude of providers. In hopes of accelerating the take-up of capacity in its massive building in Edison – a former New York Times printing plant – IO is offering the first three months of services there free of charge. The offer ranges from single-cabinet deals to dedicated IO.Anywhere modules, Jason Ferrara, IO’s vice president of marketing, said. Crowded market, lots of supply Pricing in the New Jersey market has been very competitive, he explained,…
  • Snead: NSA Revelations Have Chilling Effect on Cloud Growth in U.S.

    Rich Miller
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Data center customers are beginning to avoid the U.S. and place their infrastructure elsewhere because of data sovereignty concerns caused by revelations about NSA surveillance, according to David Snead, founder of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (I2C). “Our members are seeing a very real shift in putting data outside the U.S. rather than inside the U.S.,” said Snead, whose group includes more than 100 companies in the hosting and data center business. “The NSA disclosures have undermined worldwide confidence in U.S. infrastructure.”…
  • NIST Publishes US Government Cloud Computing Roadmap

    Chris Burt
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    This article originally appeared at The WHIR The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published its final US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap this week. It identifies 10 requirements expected to encourage cloud adoption by government agencies while also generally supporting innovation in cloud computing technology. The 10 requirements collectively relate to interoperability, performance, portability, and security, and are largely intact from the draft version of the roadmap, published in 2011. The second requirement “Solutions for High-priority Security…
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    Nati Shalom's Blog

  • Our Open Source Cloud (Re) Architecture with OpenStack + TOSCA

    Nati Shalom
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    Cloudify OpenStack Native approach - The Story behind the Scenes In the previous post I outlined what I mean by native-approach to the OpenStack cloud. In a nutshell, a native approach represents out of the box tighter integration with OpenStack, all without being limited only to OpenStack. In this post I want to share some of the stories behind the design of Cloudify 3.0 and the approach that we have taken to make Cloudify *native* to OpenStack.  I would first start by outlining our motivation behind this approach. OpenStack-only or Not-only-OpenStack? It is our core belief that for the…
  • The Seven Most Popular APIs in Big Data – Part 2

    Nati Shalom
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Many APIs, Same Data In “The Seven Most Popular APIs in Big Data—Part One,” I described the various forms of popular data management APIs out there and how they’re often used. As I noted toward the end of the post, currently each of the APIs is often tied with a specific data model and data store and is used by different APIs that serve other use cases. One of the main reasons behind this is that each API represents a specific optimization that requires a fairly different data structure. Common to all of the various techniques however is that they were written under the assumption…
  • The Seven Most Popular APIs in Big Data – Part 1

    Nati Shalom
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Part One: An Overview of the Current Situation It was only a few years ago when nearly everyone relied on SQL exclusively to tackle Big Data needs, but as the demand for speed and space increases, so have our options. Now there are a number of new data systems that are mostly based around NoSQL, with each of them having been developed to best serve specific areas. In this post, we'll be taking a look at seven APIs in particular and explore how these systems can be optimized for maximum speed and memory capabilities. The Seven Most Popular APIs in Big Data 1. SQL: The term “SQL” may…
  • Going Hybrid Cloud with OpenStack

    Nati Shalom
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:26 am
    OpenStack Silicon Valley is just a few short weeks away and we are looking forward to talking OpenStack with the local community. A main focus for Team Cloudify at the event will be around the topic of portability AKA hybrid cloud, not only between environments, but also between OpenStack and non-OpenStack environments. In July we announced the release of Cloudify 3, a complete rewrite and redesign of Cloudify.  This change provides an intelligent orchestration and management platform that is even more compatible with the open source world of OpenStack. The platform is designed to integrate…
  • Open Cloud Deconstructed. What does it mean to be OpenStack Native?

    Nati Shalom
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:27 am
    OpenStack is just not like any other cloud. OpenStack is an open source cloud and that makes it quite unique in comparison to many of the closed source public clouds generally available today, the most common being AWS, Azure GCE, and others. The fact that it is open source, allows us to integrate with the lower level of the stack and know exactly how each element of the infrastructure is designed and implemented. As with any open source project we have the option to contribute and influence how the OpenStack cloud ultimately shapes out. Given the above background, when we're designing an…
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    Amazon Web Services Blog

  • OpenID Connect Support for Amazon Cognito

    Jeff Barr
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    This past summer, we launched Cognito to simplify the task of authenticating users and storing, managing, and syncing their data across multiple devices. Cognito already supports a variety of identities — public provider identities (Facebook, Google, and Amazon), guest user identities, and recently announced developer authenticated identities. Today we are making Amazon Cognito even more flexible by enabling app developers to use identities from any provider that supports OpenID Connect (OIDC). For example, you can write AWS-powered apps that allow users to sign in using their user name…
  • Now Open - AWS Germany (Frankfurt) Region - EC2, DynamoDB, S3, and Much More

    Jeff Barr
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    It is time to expand the AWS footprint once again, this time with a new Region in Frankfurt, Germany. AWS customers in Europe can now use the new EU (Frankfurt) Region along with the existing EU (Ireland) Region for fast, low-latency access to the suite of AWS infrastructure services. You can now build multi-Region applications with the assurance that your content will stay within the EU. New Region The new Frankfurt Region supports Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and related services including Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Auto Scaling, and Elastic Load…
  • MLB.com Statcast Debuts at the World Series - Powered by AWS

    Jeff Barr
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Yesterday, the team at MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) launched MLB.com Statcast for the 2014 World Series. This cool new video experience, powered by AWS, demonstrates for fans how high-resolution cameras and radar equipment precisely track the position of the ball and all of the players on the field during a baseball game. The equipment captures 20,000 position metrics for the ball every second. It also captures 30 position metrics for each player every second. The data is used to create a newly introduced video overlay experience — MLB.com Statcast powered by AWS — to display the…
  • AWS Ad Tech Conference - This Friday in San Francisco!

    Jeff Barr
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    The advertising space is going through a rapid, technology-enabled, data-driven transformation! Many of the companies driving this change are using AWS services like Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Amazon Redshift, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Kinesis, and Amazon CloudFront to serve, ingest, process, store, analyze, track, and optimize their online advertising campaigns. If you work for an ad tech company in the San Francisco area you should consider attending a free one-day event for developers and architects this coming Friday (October 24th) in San Francisco. Attend, Learn, Meet If you attend the…
  • New AWS Directory Service

    Jeff Barr
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Virtually every organization uses a directory service such as Active Directory to allow computers to join domains, list and authenticate users, and to locate and connect to printers, and other network services including SQL Server databases. A centralized directory reduces the amount of administrative work that must be done when an employee joins the organization, changes roles, or leaves. With the advent of cloud-based services, an interesting challenge has arisen. By design, the directory is intended to be a central source of truth with regard to user identity. Administrators should not…
 
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    CohesiveFT Blog

  • A Fresh Approach to Extending Enterprise HPC to Public Clouds

    Margaret Walker
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
     By Sam Mitchell, Senior Solution ArchitectCohesiveFTThis article first appeared in HPC Wire. Read the original here.Public cloud is an easy choice for enterprises looking to extend high performance workloads, reduce infrastructure costs and increase flexibility. The cloud offers the chance to reduce the capital cost of owning and managing excess compute capacity and storage for all workloads. Enterprises can avoid the hidden costs of unused compute capacity by “cloud bursting”or shifting some peak demand toward the cloud-based HPC grid extensions.  But how do you…
  • Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: October 13 - 17

    Margaret Walker
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of October 13thGoogle researchers found a flaw in SSL 3.0 (CVE-2014-3566) that allows the POODLE attack (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption). VNS3 customers do not need patches or new builds, but check for our latest security updates and best practices here. Andreessen Horowitz blog: What All the Recent Tech Company Splits Say about the Future of Cloud ComputingInforWorld: You can rise with public clouds or sink with private >> David Linthicum argues that the benefits of public cloud are starting to outshine private cloud…
  • How to: using network intrusion detection on VNS3 with Docker

    Margaret Walker
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In past posts, CohesiveFT CTO Chris Swan wrote about why we put Docker into VNS3, and how to use it for SSL termination, content caching and load balancing. Before he hit the road to speak at IPExpo in London, QCon Shanghai, and ONUG in New York, he made a video how-to guide for Suricata network intrusion detection (NIDS) on our cloud networking device, VNS3.Containerized network functions: now with Suricata Suricata is an open source, community run Network IDS, IPS and Network Security Monitoring engine. Suricata is developed by the Open Information Security Foundation…
  • Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: October 6 - 10

    Margaret Walker
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of October 6thBusiness Insider: The US Government Is Going To Store Top Secret Documents In The CloudNetwork World: Cloud giants do battle backed by distinctly different partner networks >> Amazon, Google and Microsoft all offer partner solutions, but how easy is it to start using partner software directly from the provider?High Scalability: That's Not My Problem - I'm Renting Them >> That's not my problem, I'm renting them" is the perfect mantra when you find yourself worried about things you don't need to be worried about when…
  • Koop's Hierarchy of Cloud

    Ryan Koop
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Most are familiar with Maslow's hierarchy of needs, the flow of human needs from physiological basics of food and shelter, up through physiological needs of esteem and self-actualization.When we were at lunch yesterday, we talked about how there are similar thresholds or priorities for cloud-based applications.When we talk about VNS3, we try to highlight connectivity, integration and security. We talk about the 3 functions deliberately in that order - if you can't connect you cloud application, it doesn't really matter how your application deployment integrates to the underlying cloud…
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    Cloud Computing, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) strategies » SaaS

  • Have you mapped your Customer Success Journey yet?

    Subraya Mallya
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    We have all heard and know about Buyer’s Journey. The process they go through from the time a technology need arises, all the way through the decision process, involving inputs from all the stakeholders, till they make  a purchase. While that journey has been analyzed and optimized and then some,  I don’t think SaaS companies have paid a lot of attention to the journey a customer goes through post-purchase till they realize the value from the product. Consequently, the widespread lack of customer satisfaction in large majority of enterprise software customers.P.S. In this…
  • Evaluating a SaaS Subscription Billing Service

    Subraya Mallya
    26 Feb 2014 | 3:48 pm
    With increasing number of software solutions moving to SaaS, the way to charge, collect the fee for the service is also changing. License (lump-sum) fee is being replaced by (monthly/annual) subscription fee. If the architecture, data management, service uptime (SLAs) are not challenging enough, SaaS companies now also have to deal with subscription pricing, billing and tiered offerings which is not the core competency of most SaaS businesses. To meet this this challenge, a new category of software offering called Subscription Management (aptly also SaaS) which specialize in providing robust…
  • Customer Success in SaaS

    Subraya Mallya
    3 Oct 2013 | 8:29 am
    Customer Success has become the mantra for software companies in the SaaS space to create a profitable company. I recently did a presentation to group of leaders from the technology space around how Customer Success is changing the very fabric of a software company.Customer Success is not a new term used for the erstwhile function of customer support or for that matter, account management or client services. Those functions are driven by goals that are self-serving for the company. Customer Success on the other hand should be a passionate focus on customer and the value delivered to…
  • Can I have a trial please…

    Subraya Mallya
    22 Aug 2013 | 11:05 am
    This question was originally posted on Quora and I had responded. I am expanding on that answer in this post.As companies push firmly into a SaaS delivery model, providing ability to do a trial/evaluation has become table stakes. In the new world order of technology procurement, buyers are more educated and prefer to touch-and-feel the technology before they even engage with the vendor. Gone are the days when salespeople used their relationship, pushed products to companies. Buyers usually would do all the upfront analysis and prefer talking to sales guys only to close the deal. This applies…
  • Long, Slow, SaaS Ramp of Death

    Subraya Mallya
    22 Apr 2013 | 11:28 am
    Here is a great video by Gail Goodman from Constant Contact where she shares the challenges they faced as they tried to reach critical mass and the ramp.___________________________________________________ This post is brought to you by Cloud Computing, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) strategies
 
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    Cloud Business Review

  • What Business Owners Should Know About Cloud Hosting Services

    Ivan Widjaya
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    Setting up a website can be a testing process. Businesses have to worry about server speeds, the level of support they can expect from their hosting service, storage space and security. It all adds up to a headache that struggling web-based businesses could do without.… Click here to read more
  • Practical Ways to Streamline Your Business for Maximum Efficiency

    Ivan Widjaya
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Here in 2014, it’s a sad fact that 4/5 new business start-ups fail in their first year. One of the reasons for this is that for every business that emerges, there will always be another business that can rise up and do what the first company does better.… Click here to read more
  • Why Cloud-Based Technologies are Perfect for Small Business Growth

    Ivan Widjaya
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    Free of initial upfront costs, cloud-based technologies help small business owners simplify their daily operations so they can focus on growing and expanding their business. To put it simply, cloud computing technology revolves around the Internet, unlike the past where people needed to run programs and applications from downloaded software on a physical computer or from a primary server in the building.… Click here to read more
  • 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
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    CloudTimes

  • Microsoft Adds Apache Storm Analytics Processing for Hadoop on Azure

    Saroj Kar
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Microsoft announced that it will provide its Azure public cloud service new analytical capabilities and procession large flows of data. Microsoft added support of real-time analytics for Apache Hadoop in Azure HDInsight, Apache Storm and new machine learning capabilities in the Azure Marketplace. Azure team describes the technology as a distributed, fault-tolerant, open-source computation system that allows you to process data in real time. Storm solutions can also provide guaranteed processing of data, with the ability to replay data that were not successfully processed the first time.
  • Cisco Pushes Fog Computing to Promote Internet of Things Business Model

    Saroj Kar
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming businesses profoundly. It is an industry revolution taking place right now, and it will revolutionize the old frameworks of all business thinking. Cisco is working on a number of fronts to turn IoT’s many, many possibilities into reality. The challenge for those interested in IoT is to combine their deep knowledge of their business with technical innovation. In order to promote large-scale IoT, Cisco introduced its strategy on Fog Computing with the second version of the IOx platform. As a key part of the strategy Cisco Fog Computing, IOx allows…
  • Splunk’s New Big Data Tool Aims to Attract Non-IT Users

    Saroj Kar
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    The leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence Splunk launches Splunk Enterprise 6.2, the new version of its operational intelligence platform in real time. It allows companies to explore, analyze and visualize massive data streams generated by the computer systems of companies, whether physical, virtual or in the cloud. The new version offers simplified data analysis. It also reduces the cost of ownership by improving simultaneous searches and eliminating requirements for shared storage. The company says Splunk Enterprise 6.2 gives easier, more intuitive analysis to…
  • IBM Introduces OpenPower Super Computing for Big Data Analytics

    Saroj Kar
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Just days after Lenovo purchased of IBM’s x86 servers business, IBM presents a number of new models based on its own Power8 Workstation processor. It’s about the first models based on Open Power Foundation, where companies like Google, NVIDIA, Canonical, Tyan, Samsung and Micron have been active contributors and thus will help to break Intel’s dominance in the server market. The new systems incorporate technologies from IBM and other providers that are part of OpenPower, including for the first time graphics accelerators (GPUs) from Nvidia, which allow you to achieve unprecedented…
  • Oracle Competes Rivals with New Hadoop Big Data Analytics Tool

    Saroj Kar
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    There have been more data in the last two years than in the entire history of computing. And this explosion of information requires companies to have effective tools for collecting and analyzing data. Moreover, the increasing trend of connectivity across different mobile devices pushes companies to integrate their infrastructure to these platforms. It began with the range of updates for Oracle Big Data Analytics, which will allow companies to maximize their efforts in the management of information, transforming it into strategic knowledge. Now, Oracle wants to dominate cloud computing by…
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    Business Cloud News

  • Getting to a software-defined world

    Jonathan Brandon
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    The world is increasingly becoming software-defined Software defined networking (SDN) has been the darling of the networking and IT world for the past few years, billed as one of the key cloud-enabling technologies with the potential to make every digital service consumable on-demand. But despite widespread appetite for technologies that can make networks more flexible, scalable and easy to manage, SDN still has a number of hurdles to overcome before enterprises embrace the technology. The paradigm-shifting Internet of Things – the increasing interconnection of sensors and cloud platforms…
  • IBM to bring SoftLayer to Paris

    Business Cloud News
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    IBM is planning to open up a SoftLayer datacentre in Paris, the company’s first in France IBM is planning on opening a SoftLayer cloud datacentre in Paris, which the company said will complement nearby datacentres in London and Amsterdam. IBM said the datacentre will have capacity for “thousands of physical servers” and offer the full range of SoftLayer and IBM cloud services. It will go live by the end of the year. “We’re addressing clients’ and countries’ growing desire for data sovereignty head on,” said Lance Crosby, chief executive officer of SoftLayer. “With each…
  • Amazon Q3 results buoyed by cloud revenue

    Business Cloud News
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    Amazon’s operating income took a hit as a result of its failed Fire phone, but the company continues to see big gains in cloud service revenue Amazon’s third quarter results show the e-commerce giant has gained in net sales but continues to struggle keeping its operating losses under control, partly as a result of the poor performance of its Fire phone. However, the company continues to rake in cloud revenue from AWS, which has seen a 90 per cent usage increase since the same quarter last year. Amazon reported net sales increased 20 per cent to $20.58bn in the third quarter, compared…
  • Ex-Telefonica, HP exec joins BCSG to lead cloud division

    Business Cloud News
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    Marsden is joining BCSG as director of its service providers division Cloud marketplace provider Business Centric Services Group (BCSG) has appointed former Telefonica cloud head Tim Marsden to director of its service providers division. The company works with a range of telco and IT partners to provide technical and commercial support for fully managed application delivery platforms, which it aims mainly at small businesses. Marsden has over 20 years of experience working in IT and the telecoms community, most recently serving as global cloud director for Telefónica, helping to roll out the…
  • HP bolsters Helion with OpenStack, Cloud Foundry offerings

    Business Cloud News
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    HP has launched OpenStack and Cloud Foundry-based IaaS and PaaS products, respectively Making good on promises the company made in May this year HP has announced the launch of its first commercial OpenStack distribution, and a commercial platform as a service offering based on Cloud Foundry. Paul Morgan, HP EMEA CloudSystem director told BCN the launch will be critical to positioning the company as the leader in the cloud space. In May the company announced it would release a fully-supported, commercial version of OpenStack software and consolidate its OpenStack-based and Cloud Foundry-based…
 
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    Bitnami Blog

  • Bitnami Supports New Amazon Cloud Region in Germany

    miranda myerholtz
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Amazon just announced the addition of another region for the Amazon Cloud. This new region, eu-central-1, is located in Germany! We have been working closely with Amazon previous to the launch and we are excited to announce that all of the applications on the Bitnami Library are available immediately for this new region. You can find the new AMIs in the Amazon catalog as well as in the cloud tab for each one of the apps in the Bitnami web site. Support for the eu-central-1 region is also in the works for Bitnami Cloud Hosting and will be released shortly. Bitnami Cloud Hosting is a…
  • Akeneo added to Bitnami Library!

    Javier Santos
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    Akeneo is the latest winner of our monthly app contest, and is now part of the Bitnami Library! We are happy to announce that Akeneo is now available to download on Bitnami. Akeneo is a Product Information Management (PIM) application designed to simplify your product management processes with a tool that helps centralize and harmonize all the technical and marketing information of your catalogs and products. Thanks to their successful effort in encouraging their community to vote in the the Bitnami contest, Akeneo is now ready to install in a few clicks using the Bitnami…
  • Bitnami Open Source Leaders Interview Series: Sytse Sijbranij from GitLab

    miranda myerholtz
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:42 am
    Gitlab leads by example with their passion for creating open source collaboration tools, with the ability to do everything on code. As part of our Open Source Leader podcast series, we interviewed Sytse Sijbranij, CEO of GitLab, to learn how they maintain their open source community and what will be next for their tools. Below is a sample of the topics we covered Why Gitlab? Who should use it? What is the relationship between Gitlab and Github? Where is the best place to run Gitlab? How does the Gitlab community work?  Where is is Gitlab going next?  You can launch a…
  • Drupal security fix SA-CORE-2014-005

    Beltrán
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    The Drupal project has just released a new version that fixes a highly critical issue: SA-CORE-2014-005. A vulnerability in the Drupal 7 API allows an attacker to send specially crafted requests resulting in arbitrary SQL execution. We have released BitNami Drupal 7.32 installers, virtual machines and Amazon EC2 images that fix this issue. We are continuing to work on upgrading other Drupal-based applications like CiviCRM and OpenAtrium. You should patch your Drupal version as soon as possible. You can follow the step by step instructions at this blog post. Basically you…
  • POODLE SSL vulnerability (CVE-2014-3566)

    BitRock Team
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    A new vulnerability in the SSL protocol has been published today. Codenamed POODLE, it exploits a flaw in the design of SSL version 3.0. that allows the plaintext of secure connections to be calculated by a network attacker. http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com.es/2014/10/this-poodle-bites-exploiting-ssl-30.html Recent Bitnami stacks released in the last 6 months are NOT affected as the default, optimized configuration we use for SSL is not vulnerable. If you are running an older version of a Bitnami stack you may be vulnerable and need to change your configuration. You can learn more in…
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    Zoho Blogs

  • Ringio helps sales teams close more deals by bringing Click To Call to Zoho CRM

    Radhika Bhangolai
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    This is a guest post by Sam Aparicio, CEO of Ringio. Today we are announcing a new integration with Zoho that brings Ringio’s Click To Call, Power Dialer and cloud phone system capabilities right into Zoho CRM. You can learn all about it here. We’re excited because we’ve seen first-hand how useful it can be for a sales team to have an integrated technology platform. If Zoho CRM is your sales team’s cornerstone and you do inside sales, you’re going to want to add Ringio to the mix. Our mission is to help sales teams amplify their sales conversions. We do it by…
  • Meet Zoho Subscriptions: One stop shop to run your subscriptions business.

    Krupa Subramanian
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Since the early part of the decade, we have witnessed a drastic shift in the way businesses function. Products and services that were once sold for a one-time flat fee are now being sold on a subscription basis with a recurring fee. Increasingly, businesses in all sorts of industries are transforming themselves to fit the subscription model. While the subscription model certainly proves to be an efficient model for businesses because of its lower customer acquisition costs and predictable revenue streams, running multiple subscriptions, managing payment failures, handling changes in billing…
  • Announcing the New and Improved Zoho Docs for Android

    Chinmayee Mishra
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    From charting out flight plans to building a whole new website, everything is now available at your fingertips. Businesses, small or big, are going mobile-first to keep their employees’ productive and customers happy. With increasing number of customers opting to go mobile, Zoho has been developing a number of native mobile apps to help the customers work seamlessly without being chained to the office desk . The mobile version of Zoho Docs was launched to help users manage their files and folders on the go. Today, I am excited to announce the Zoho Docs for Android, geared towards…
  • Webinar: Get Launched with Zoho Mail!

    Revanth C
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Looking for ways to move your business to a professional email service?  (Did we mention Zoho Mail is free for up to 25 users?) Join us at our webinar and we’ll help you get started! What will you learn? How to get your own domain or use one you already have Adding email aliases Enabling two factor authentication & app specific passwords Configuring POP/IMAP & Active Sync on your devices Setting up email forwarding/ time zones/ language  Working with the native Zoho Mail Android/ iOS apps And more…. If you can’t make it at this time, don’t worry. This will be…
  • There are better ways to engage customers: Introducing Visitor Tracking, Social, Telephony and more!

    Radhika Bhangolai
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Last week we announced our biggest release ever, which included Zoho CRM Plus, Zoho Sales IQ and Zoho Social. This week, we’ve some more new and interesting features that will help you make your company into a customer-focused organization.Close the loop between Ad Dollars and Offline Conversions The famous lines by John Wanamaker “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half” is now passé. Zoho CRM for Google AdWords bridges the gap between the online ad campaigns and lead generation process. It pulls the impressions, clicks,…
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    News

  • Dreamforce 14 Recap - Health & Wellness Takeaways

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    A review of some of the health and wellness takeaways from Dreamforce ‘14.
  • Dreamforce 14 - Day 1, 2 & 3 - Episodes #195, #196, #197 of CloudFocus Weekly

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    A triple dose of Dreamforce 14 recorded live from the Admin Zone in Moscone West covering all the event highs and lows.
  • Clone This User - Duplicates You'll Love

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Introducing Clone This User (CTU) for Salesforce and Salesforce1 Mobile at Dreamforce '14. Clone This User allows administrators to easily clone Salesforce users from existing users from the desktop and mobile experience creating "Duplicates You’ll Love".
  • CTU - Episode #194 of CloudFocus Weekly

    10 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    Lots of resources at DF14 including some for banking and where to find Arkus as well as some Dreamforce tips & hints. Loyal listeners get a sneak peek at our new application.
  • Where to find Arkus at Dreamforce 14

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    With a large turnout, numbers rising above 100,000, its no wonder Dreamforce ‘14 (DF14) will be the best ever. This year is jam packed with more sessions, over 1,500, and not one but two Cloud Expos in Moscone North and Moscone West.
 
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    I am OnDemand

  • Cloud Content Marketing Through Knowledge

    Ofir Nachmani
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Educational Content vs. Marketing Content Marketing through knowledge has gained vast popularity for enterprises and startups, alike. Creating educational content for your community, otherwise known as content marketing, has become the preferred method of marketing for a number of reasons. Instead of enticing a potential customer for a few seconds with a witty tagline or flashy banner, cloud content marketing engages potential customers through news, industry awareness, expertise, and storytelling. Educational content’s purpose is to arouse an audience’s curiosity, leaving them with…
  • Cloud Videos: Migrating to Cloud Native with Microservices by Adrian Cockcroft

    Ofir Nachmani
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    On Wednesday July 2nd, Adrian Cockcroft, from Battery Venture, lectured at an IGTCloud and IamOnDemand meetup. Prior to joining Battery, Adrian led Netflix’s migration to a large scale, highly available public cloud infrastructure and drove the cloud-native NetflixOSS platform to become open source as the Netflix cloud management platform. In a recent interview, the Netflix cloud pioneer answered a broad range of questions covering everything from his take on AWS development, DevOps vs NoOps, and the future of enterprise IT. If you  like to enjoy  ”IamOnDemand Adrian’s…
  • AWS NY Summit Highlights: Ruling the Cloud Stack and an Expanding Ecosystem

    Ofir Nachmani
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    Last week’s NYC AWS summit was yet another success for the cloud giant. Just shy of the impressive turnout at re:Invent 2013 in Las Vegas, last week’s summit had so many attendees, they ran out of badges! As always, the lectures were great, however, we weren’t told anything new. Despite the ever-growing awareness of AWS cloud, Werner has been pitching the same “old” messages for years. Security issues, price reductions, fast deployment, and scalability were introduced in a much more organic way three years ago, and this year’s summit proved that these concepts have been…
  • Become a Cloud Celebrity at AWS NYC Summit

    Ofir Nachmani
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    IamOnDemand Cloud Celebrity Whether you are a cloud consumer or vendor, launching your first startup or developing cutting edge technology to improve cloud computing experiences…you can be famous! Over the years, I have become very familiar with the AWS cloud, as well as the startups that were utilizing the cloud from the get-go. Through this experience, I was able to witness how the market matured, and eventually see those very same startups flourish into the strong companies they are today. I am proud to announce that IOD has since expanded into a great team of professionals who leverage…
  • My Interview with Adrian Cockcroft – Netflix Cloud Pioneer

    Ofir Nachmani
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    On Wednesday July 2nd, Adrian Cockcroft from Battery Venture is going to lecture on an IGTCloud and IamOnDemand meetup. Prior to joining Battery, Adrian  lead Netflix’s migration to a large scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open sourcing of the cloud-native NetflixOSS platform – the Netflix cloud management platform. The Netflix Cloud Netflix, the popular American provider of internet video streaming, dominates the market with over 50 million subscribers and a third of all internet traffic during peak hours. Netflix currently operates in over 40 countries and has…
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    KnowledgeTree » Blog

  • 4 Ways Sales Enablement (and Marketing) Can Help Sales

    Peter Mollins
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Sales Enablement is the hot go-to-market topic of 2014-2015. It’s all about equipping sales people with content and tools to help advance opportunities to close. Last week I had the chance to co-present on Sales Enablement with KnowledgeTree customer Brian Groth from Xactly. It was a great session at the Open Lounge during Dreamforce. I’ve summarized the presentation below, and included our slides from the session. You can also access a recap of Brian’s portion of the session here. The Challenge of Sales and Marketing Alignment A classic business problem has long been the sales and…
  • Email Templates Support Sales Conversations

    Peter Mollins
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Your team knows how effective sales enablement content is. It builds trust and consensus among buyers. KnowledgeTree pushes the most relevant sales enablement content to sales people so they share the most effective piece to use in any sales situation. What happens next? Traditionally, when a sales person wants to share content they’ll send via email. And that means crafting a note that positions the content for prospects. But that’s yet another task that sales people shouldn’t waste time on. Standardize Email Messaging Across Sales TeamsKnowledgeTree helps sales people to message…
  • Are Your Slide Presentations Putting Prospects to Sleep? Try This Instead

    MarketingProfs MarketingProfs
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    You’ve spent days (maybe weeks) creating the perfect slide presentation for a big sales meeting with a huge prospect. It’s packed with data, designed with visual interest in mind, and chalk full of interesting information that you’re sure will convince the customer to move forward. So, when you arrive at the meeting, open up the presentation, and dive into the first few slides, you’re shocked to find a disengaged audience that’s yawning, looking at watches, and frantically tapping away on their smartphones. You’re toast. Unfortunately, this is how a lot of sales presentations…
  • Automatically Generate Custom Presentations – The PerfectPitch

    Peter Mollins
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Every interaction a sales person has with a prospect should be advancing a deal. That means that each email, presentation, or conversation needs to be relevant and impactful for the prospect. That’s a sales enablement imperative. Presentations are a primary tool for sales people to connect with prospects. Slide decks summarize and, well, present your value. They’re also critical because they are often shared and reused as prospects sell internally to their colleagues. Sales enablement and marketing will often produce “buffet” presentations. These massive decks will include dozens or…
  • KnowledgeTree’s Sales Enablement Platform Predicts What Messages Help Sales Win

    Peter Mollins
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    New Platform Radically Boosts Sales Results; Uses Data Science to Identify Sales Tools that Support Winning Conversations; Drives Best Practice Messaging Across Sales Teams KnowledgeTree, the leading sales enablement application vendor, today announced a new platform that uses data science to help sales teams have winning conversations. The platform dramatically boosts sales team effectiveness by predicting and pushing to sales teams best practice messages and content for any sales situation. Sales enablement is now a science focused on sales team best practices 95% of sales engagements are…
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    insideHPC

  • Silicon Mechanics Sponsors Massachusetts Green Team

    Rich Brueckner
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today Silicon Mechanics, Inc. announced that that the company is sponsoring the Massachusetts Green Team in the Student Cluster Competition at the SC14.The post Silicon Mechanics Sponsors Massachusetts Green Team appeared first on insideHPC.
  • Simulations show why Bacteria Cheat and Cooperate

    Rich Brueckner
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    More robust treatments for antibiotic-resistant bacteria could result from research at the University of Zurich that simulated interactions among bacterial colonies, using an SGI supercomputer there. The research investigated the cooperation between colonies of bacteria, and could have other applications, including the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis. Dr Akos Dobay, a post-doctoral researcher for the Institute […]The post Simulations show why Bacteria Cheat and Cooperate appeared first on insideHPC.
  • Bill Gropp to Teach Designing and Building Applications for Extreme-Scale Systems

    Rich Brueckner
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    NCSA’s Blue Waters project will offer of an online graduate course on Designing and Building Applications for Extreme-Scale Systems in spring 2015.The post Bill Gropp to Teach Designing and Building Applications for Extreme-Scale Systems appeared first on insideHPC.
  • How to Maintain HPC Storage Performance at Scale

    Kevin Normandeau
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    In scale-out NAS, HPC storage performance can be driven by several factors including elimination of file processing bottlenecks, parallel data paths and more. Learn how to maintain storage performance as you scale.The post How to Maintain HPC Storage Performance at Scale appeared first on insideHPC.
  • Video: DownUnder Geosolutions Speeds Seismic Processing with Intel Xeon Phi

    Rich Brueckner
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this video, Dr. Norm Uren and Dr. Matt Lamont describe how seismic processing with HPC is used to find new oil and gas resources. As reported here on insideHPC, DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) is making great leaps in performance using the Intel Xeon Phi.The post Video: DownUnder Geosolutions Speeds Seismic Processing with Intel Xeon Phi appeared first on insideHPC.
 
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    Managed Data Center News

  • Offsite backup and recovery: Understanding the hidden costs

    April Sage
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    By JASON YAEGER Online Tech Director of Product Management, Risk Management Officer and Security Officer The cost of data loss can be staggering. A study at the University of Texas tells us that 43 percent of companies that experience a catastrophic data loss never reopen, and that another 51 percent close the doors within 10 years. For small- and medium-sized businesses, the cost is even more staggering: 70 percent of companies with fewer than 100 employees that experience a catastrophic data loss go out of business within a year, according to DTI/Price Waterhouse Coopers. Smart companies…
  • We spent HOW much time to restore that backup file? Significantly less with file-level restoration

    April Sage
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Offsite backup: a necessary evil that can be unreliable, hard to track and expensive to support. We know; it’s not what you got into technology for. Nonetheless, the business depends on putting mission-critical data offsite for those just-in-case moments of disaster. The problem is, most “disasters” tend to be a single file that someone accidentally deleted or that got corrupted somewhere along the email chain. Granted, if the primary business location becomes a smoking hole in the ground (perish the thought), we would be thankful to have all of that data available in a remote location…
  • TechPoint is driving Indiana’s technology growth

    April Sage
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Upon moving into the Indianapolis market with the opening of a new 44,000 square foot data center, one of Online Tech’s first orders of business was to become as ingrained in the Indiana tech community as it is in Michigan’s. With the ‘Victory’ statue that sits atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis outside his office window, TechPoint president and CEO Mike Langellier seems to be winning the quest to grow Indiana’s technology base. Hello, TechPoint. Led by president and CEO Mike Langellier, TechPoint is a nonprofit economic development organization…
  • Online Tech part of webinar presentation of 5 tools to protect patient data

    Stephanie Vogel
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Want to learn more about five tools that can help protect patient data? Online Tech Director of Healthcare IT April Sage will be part of a panel presenting “5 Key Tools to Help Your Organization Achieve HIPAA Compliance” via webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The 90 minute webinar begins at 2 p.m. ET. (Register here.) BlogHipaa.com presented the five tools in a recent post, citing tips from representatives of organizations in each area. Now those industry experts will co-present a webinar and expand their contributions from their respective areas of interest. BlogHipaa.com is hosting the…
  • Backing up sensitive data for recovery? Meet Mr. FIPS

    April Sage
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    In regulated industries, sensitive data must both be protected and retained, a challenging juxtaposition in a landscape of increasing cybersecurity threats. In the healthcare field, for example, losing data is one matter. Not having “exact retrievable copies,” as required by law, is another. And protecting those backed up files is equally important. Healthcare and financial data must be retained for several years, but in many cases companies that handle sensitive data may retain it much longer. This means exponentially more sensitive data being sent offsite for remote backup and…
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    Cloud Powered Business Blog

  • Nonprofit Excellence on the Cloud

    Ray Rivera
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    by Neil Jensen and Ray Rivera There is hardly a part of our lives that not touched by nonprofit organizations. They provide emergency services in times of distress, disaster, and destitution. Nonprofits facilitate educational access in youth, and professional development opportunities in our career years. Philanthropic nonprofits support scientific research that makes our lives less… Read More
  • Dont Bring Me HR Solutions, Bring Me HR Problems! Thoughts Before Workday Rising

    Ray Rivera
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    There has been a lot of talk in 2014 about precision in defining HR technology solutions, and and I fear that a lot of it is taking us in the wrong direction. Any discussion about precision in HR technology has to begin and end with the problems HR is trying to solve, and not the… Read More
  • Strategic CMOs Use Crowdsourcing to Win – Here’s How and Why

    Ben Kerschberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Strategic CMOs Use Crowdsourcing to Win - Here's How and Why “The CMO becomes accountable down to the dime. Light dawns on marketing spend. Transparency is powerful when quarters are turning into dollars for the business -- but potentially perilous when the opposite is the case.” -- Jake Sorofan, The Rise of the Digital CMO… Read More
  • Finding Impact: How Nonprofits can use Salesforce Analytics Cloud

    John Gorup
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    There are young people in cities across America who have the desire and raw talent to grow into business leaders. There are businesses hungry for a new generation of leaders. Between these two groups lies a chasm so deep it can seem uncrossable. Year Up is a nonprofit dedicated to building a bridge across this… Read More
  • A Keynote to Remember – Return of the Platform

    Narinder Singh
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    "Even the very wise cannot see all ends." Gandalf, Return of the King   In 2004 I started at SAP in the Office of the CEO, at the time one of the foremost influential companies in enterprise technology. Over lunch a member of the executive board told me that the market was going towards the… Read More
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    OpenNebula » Blog

  • Last Few Places Available for OpenNebulaConf 2014!

    Tino Vazquez
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
    This year’s edition of the international OpenNebula Conference is packed with an amazing agenda, If you want to learn about Cloud Computing in general, and OpenNebula in particular. If you are familiar with the software or even an active user or contributor to the project, willing to hear and learn how other members of the community bend OpenNebula for their infrastructure needs, this is the place to be! Want to know what to expect? Last year’s conference was an absolute success, with fruity presentations of long time users of OpenNebula, and with various use cases that, we can…
  • OpenNebula 4.10 Beta released!

    Tino Vazquez
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    The OpenNebula project is proud to announce the availability of OpenNebula 4.10 Beta (Fox Fur). This release ships with several improvements in different subsystems and components. But, more importantly, it features a little revolution in shape of vCenter support. This is the first OpenNebula release that allows to automatically import an existing infrastructure, since the new vCenter drivers allow to import Clusters and Virtual Machines from a vCenter installation, significantly smoothing the set up curve. The concept of the vCenter drivers is akin to the hybrid cloud approach in the sense…
  • OpenNebula at CloudOpen Europe

    Javier Fontan
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    Next week the Linux Foundation conferences LinuxCon + CloudOpen + ELC-E Europe 2014 will take place in Dusseldorf. I’ll be there Wednesday 15th at CloudOpen to give a talk about the OpenNebula cloud provisioning model and a two-hour hands-on tutorial on building clouds with OpenNebula. Here are the links to my talks: 12:15pm – 1:05pm The OpenNebula Model for Cloud Provisioning and Management 2:30pm – 4:20pm Tutorial: Build a Fully FOSS Cloud with OpenNebula If you are there and have questions or want to talk about OpenNebula or any other topic you can meet me before or…
  • OpenNebula to Support Existing vCenter Infrastructures

    Tino Vazquez
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Next version of OpenNebula -4.10- is going to be a special release. It will be the first release that will be able to automatically import an existing infrastructure. This will become a reality with the new vCenter drivers and the auto import feature of Clusters and Virtual Machines from a vCenter installation. The concept of the vCenter drivers is akin to the hybrid cloud approach in the sense that OpenNebula will delegate a number of aspects to vCenter, instead of pursuing the management of almost every aspect as it traditionally does with the three supported hypervisors, XEN, KVM and…
  • OpenNebula Newsletter – September 2014

    Tino Vazquez
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:28 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. Technology The OpenNebula Team is working full steam ahead towards the 4.10 version, in order to improve features launched in Lemon Slice and include some new ones of its own. Probably the most important novelty would be complete integration with VMware vCenter. OpenNebula 4.10 will be able to interact with a farm of ESX servers without contacting them individually, but rather through their associated vCenter. This has…
 
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    CloudTweaks.com

  • The Cloud Is More Than Storage. There’s Innovation And Clean Teeth, Too!

    Steve Prentice
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Content by CloudTweaks.com The Cloud Is More Than Storage This post is brought to you by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP’s Make It Matter. Toothpaste is not something that often comes to mind when talking about the cloud. Many still hold a vision of the cloud as one of storage and serving: data used in the support of business […] The post The Cloud Is More Than Storage. There’s Innovation And Clean Teeth, Too! appeared first on CloudTweaks.com.
  • You can soon watch a doc about virtual reality on Oculus Rift

    CloudBuzz
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Content by CloudTweaks.com Oculus Rift If you’d rather that your non-game Oculus Rift experiences be nonfiction, it looks like that wish is coming your way rather soon. Next week, Zero Point hits Steam and it offers full 360 degree views of a Department of Defense military training camp,… Read the source article at Engadget The post You can soon watch a doc about virtual reality on Oculus Rift appeared first on CloudTweaks.com.
  • It’s pointless to define cloud computing

    CloudBuzz
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Content by CloudTweaks.com The International Standards Organization (ISO) has released two new standards for cloud computing in an attempt to put some order around the loose terminology in cloud computing. If you think you’ve seen this movie before, you’re right. The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) did much the same a few years back, with a […] The post It’s pointless to define cloud computing appeared first on CloudTweaks.com.
  • The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Surprise!

    Al Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Content by CloudTweaks.com The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Surprise! By Al Johnson Each Friday, you can visit CloudTweaks to enjoy the most recent comic in our collection. The comics are free to reuse and share on personal, non-profit and educational websites related to technology.  For commercial uses, please contact us on our tiered monthly pay as you go rate packages […] The post The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Surprise! appeared first on CloudTweaks.com.
  • ‘Cloud’ lifts Microsoft earnings above expectations

    CloudBuzz
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    Content by CloudTweaks.com Revenue rose 25 percent to $23.2 billion, helped by the phone business it bought from Nokia in April, easily beating analysts’ average estimate of $22 billion. Read the source article at The Economic Times The post ‘Cloud’ lifts Microsoft earnings above expectations appeared first on CloudTweaks.com.
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    Techno-Pulse

  • Entrepreneurs are Opting for Hosted PBX for Their Business - Are You?

    Basant Narayan Singh
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    [Guest Post] Entrepreneurs, who are heading a fast growing company, need to be aware of the importance of having fast, reliable, efficient and cost effective telephone systems at office. They should also be aware of the fact that the telephone system should be highly scalable depending on the increasing or decreasing telecommunication needs of the company. Since the startups are very fast moving companies so they are going to grow at a rapid pace and their current status this year is definitely going to change next year. Changing the communication systems at office is a challenging task and…
  • Do Social Collaboration Work in Enterprise?

    Basant Narayan Singh
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    [Guest Post] Social networking has become almost indispensable for us. It is not only Twitter or Facebook, but, there are other services that are becoming really popular with users. On the personal front, social networking has become an easy way of sharing personal information with near and dear ones. You can exchange notes, photographs, and even videos. Twitter and Facebook has been used even in emergencies where pleas for help have been broadcast and acted upon. What about use of social networking in enterprises? What we see now is Unified Communications, Video Conferencing and such. The…
  • Is Cloud Telephony the Future?

    Basant Narayan Singh
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    [Guest Post] Businesses that are on the rapid path of expansion often want to upgrade their systems to meet the contemporary communication needs. Companies that switch over to latest communication system always try to look for solutions that will not only meet their present but also their future needs. This often leads to over-specification where the companies want to play safe by buying a technology cover for the coming years. Now, all this eventually leads to heavy capital expenditure, which might deter many companies from trying out latest technologies. Cloud telephony is a one stop…
  • 6 Benefits of Deploying IP Surveillance System

    Basant Narayan Singh
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    IP-based surveillance has a lot of advantages and is gaining popularity all over. Some of the major advantages are listed below: Optional Info. An IP based surveillance requires an IP Camera. Wikipedia defines An Internet protocol camera, or IP camera, is a type of digital video camera commonly employed for surveillance, and which unlike analog closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras can send and receive data via a computer network and the Internet. Although most cameras that do this are webcams, the term "IP camera" or "netcam" is usually applied only to those used for…
  • 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…
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    GreenPages Blog

  • Cloud Computing in 2020: Looking into that Crystal Ball

    John Dixon
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Recently, @thedodgeretort of Enterprise CIO Forum held a Twitter chat about what cloud computing in 2020 will look like. I decided to write up a quick blog sharing my thoughts on the topic. Looking into the crystal ball, I see a few things happening with cloud by 2020 — call it 5 years out. First, cloud will transform into more of a utility and a grid of computing power. Second, we’ll see a much deeper manifestation of the core characteristics of cloud computing, especially with regard to flexible capacity, consistent access, and high portability. Third, I anticipate a lot of…
  • Tech News Recap for the Week of 10/13/2014

    GreenPages Blog
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Were you busy last week? Here’s a quick tech news recap of articles you may have missed from the week of 10/13/2014. Tech News Recap Another week with some big stories from the industry. EMC bought cloud management vendor Cloudscaling. Meg Whitman faced questions about HP-EMC merger talks. VMware expands its vCloud Air offering. Google widens the downloads lead over App Store. Apple patched 144 security flaws across seven products. VMware’s AirWatch Secure Content Locker was named a leader in Aragon Research Globe for MCM. There have also been some important updates around…
  • Cisco ASA Line Updates: What You Need to Know

    GreenPages Blog
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    As many of you know, Cisco acquired Sourcefire last year. Now that the acquisition has been completed, there are updates to the Cisco ASA Line you need to know about. In this video, Solutions Architect Dan Allen provides a detailed run-down of important product changes and updates.   Cisco ASA Line Updates http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF134pqIQGQ     Would you like to speak with Dan to get more information? Email us at socialmedia@greenpages.com          
  • CIO Focus Interview: Stuart Appley, Shorenstein

    GreenPages Blog
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    We’re starting a new CIO Focus Interview Series on the blog to get insights from some of the top thought leaders in the industry. For our first interview, I spoke with Stuart Appley, CIO at San Francisco based Shorenstein, to pick his brain about the current and future IT landscape. You can hear more from Stuart on Twitter. CIO Focus Interview: Main Challenges   Ben: Could you give me a little background on your company as well as your role as CIO within the organization? Stuart: Shorenstein is a real estate investment firm and owner and operators of commercial properties.
  • Tech News Recap for the Week of 10/6/2014

    GreenPages Blog
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Were you busy last week? Here’s a quick tech news recap of articles you may have missed from the week of 10/6/2014. Tech News Recap There were some big stories in the industry this week. HP and Symantec are both breaking themselves in two. The Pentagon is preparing to put high-risk secret documents in the cloud. More ATM malware, a cyber attack on Japanese Airlines, and thousands of user photos leaked through a third party Snapchat app. Rackspace is offering to sell and manage Google Apps for work for its customers. To stay up-to-date on the top news from the industry throughout the week,…
 
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    Official Blog - ESDS Software Solution

  • Data Protection in Data Centers

    Pravin Ganore
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Natural phenomena such as tsunamis, strong earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or extreme floods are rare, but large fires, damage to power lines or power outages can completely paralyze the work of the data center. To continue IT systems to function even in extreme conditions, businesses rely on the so-called metro cluster or stretched clusters, nodes are distributed between two or more sites. High availability is always achieved by redundancy - This is true in the case of training for extreme situations, when the entire data center must be protected from failures in the supply of electricity or…
  • Why Use WordPress For Your Blog?

    Pravin Ganore
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Let’s start with the numbers: according to some research, WordPress is the most commonly used content management system (almost three times compared to those who follow in ranking ( Custom, Drupal and Joomla )). Today it seems that more than 25 million sites on the internet are been made with WordPress. With WordPress you can make sites much more dynamic than with the old HTML, adding features for better positioning and optimization (thanks to the contributions of some plugins (most are free) that improves functionality). Among the main features that characterize most WordPress is…
  • Gartner: Data Stored Today, will be more Organized by 2020

    Pravin Ganore
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Gartner believes that by 2020 organizations will share the hosting data in accordance with a combination of factors. Among them is the cool factor, the political factor and the logical factor. In its disclosure to Gartner used the term date residency (residency of data), to refer to the physical location of information. For the vice president of research at Gartner, discussion of residence and sovereignty of data has grown in recent years, but this movement has stalled technological innovation in various organizations. The conflict would have emerged from the revelations of espionage made by…
  • Moving Your Database To The Cloud Environment

    Pravin Ganore
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    It seems that all organizations are analyzing what can be moved – or should be moved – to the cloud. However, the cloud is clearly not the answer for all; As with any technology, there are advantages and disadvantages. Thus, it is important that all professionals understand how and when the cloud is advantageous for their applications. In the assessment and planning of migrating applications to the cloud process, the databases are usually the most difficult element to understand. Of course the data is the heart of every application, so it is essential to know how databases can…
  • Reasons For Your Company To Invest In Disaster Recovery

    Pravin Ganore
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Interruptions happen… Either for technical failures, human, fraud or natural disasters. What will determine the severity of the problem is how much your company is prepared for this type of occurrence. It is worth mentioning that a good disaster recovery plan involves much more than off-site storage or backup processing. It is essential to put on paper in detail everything that is related to this contingency plan, considering all critical functions and business functions. This document must also include the step by step tested and approved procedures that, when followed, should ensure…
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    Cloud Storage Buzz

  • Bitcasa Officially Ends Infinite Storage Plan

    Lee
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    It has not even been a year since Bitcasa announced new pricing plans and today they announced they are upgrading their storage infrastructure and killing off all Infinite storage plans. While I know little about what Bitcasa is actually doing to their storage infrastructure, they toss phrases around such as zero-knowledge, but the reality is what they started when Brian Taptich came on as CEO has now finally come. I was suprised the video embeded at the top of this post was still available on YouTube. I embedded it to start at 8 seconds so you can hear what Brian Taptich had to say a year…
  • Edward Snowden Again Recommends SpiderOak

    Lee
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    SpiderOak continues to get high praise from Edward Snowden in a recent interview he did for the New Yorker Festival. According to the TechCrunch article on the interview he stated:He added that on an individual level, people should seek out encrypted tools and stop using services that are “hostile to privacy.” For one thing, he said you should “get rid of Dropbox,” because it doesn’t support encryption, and you should consider alternatives like SpiderOak.SpiderOak must be loving the high praise from Edward Snowden and the added exposure from the…
  • The Fappening, The Snappening and 5 Tips to Stay Safe in the Cloud

    Lee
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    There has been a lot of news since the end of August about all of the leaked celebrity photos, often called the fappening, and most recently the news of a huge collection of photos leaked from Snapchat, often called the snappening. It is particularly worrisome that these events have occurred, not only from the perspective of the individuals whose private photos have been leaked and their privacy violated, but also from the perspective of the damage these leaks are causing on the cloud computing industry overall. There is no doubt that these events will make people more leery of using cloud…
  • pCloud Review

    Lee
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    pCloud at a GlanceYour RatingRate pCloudOur Rating4 / 5 stars ★★★★☆ Price:Basic: Start with 10GB can get up to 20GB. FREEPremium: 500GB $4.99 / month, $47.99 / yearPremium Plus: 1TB $9.99 / month, $95.99 / yearPros:Supports Windows, Mac and Linux.Offers sync, backup, and sharing of files.180 day file history with paid accounts.Can control how synchronization happens.Can backup files from Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram and Picasa.iOS and Android apps for auto upload, sharing and synchronization.Accept Bitcoin.Cons:Only email support, no chat or phone…
  • Dropbox Cuts Pro Pricing Add Features

    Lee
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    I have to hand it to Dropbox, they regularly respond to increased competition by cutting prices for their paid service and by increasing features. There is no doubt that the cloud storage market has been getting cheaper and cheaper for storage. Google only charges $9.99 for 1TB of storage and even Bitcasa also is $10.00/month or $99.00/year. Dropbox was one of the more expensive options for cloud storage compared to some of the others.While price not matter to some of Dropbox’s customers I am sure new customers were getting harder and harder to come by when they started…
 
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  • Silicon Mechanics Sponsors Massachusetts Green Team

    Rich Brueckner
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today Silicon Mechanics, Inc. announced that that the company is sponsoring the Massachusetts Green Team in the Student Cluster Competition at the SC14.The post Silicon Mechanics Sponsors Massachusetts Green Team appeared first on insideHPC.
  • Simulations show why Bacteria Cheat and Cooperate

    Rich Brueckner
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    More robust treatments for antibiotic-resistant bacteria could result from research at the University of Zurich that simulated interactions among bacterial colonies, using an SGI supercomputer there. The research investigated the cooperation between colonies of bacteria, and could have other applications, including the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis. Dr Akos Dobay, a post-doctoral researcher for the Institute […]The post Simulations show why Bacteria Cheat and Cooperate appeared first on insideHPC.
  • Bill Gropp to Teach Designing and Building Applications for Extreme-Scale Systems

    Rich Brueckner
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    NCSA’s Blue Waters project will offer of an online graduate course on Designing and Building Applications for Extreme-Scale Systems in spring 2015.The post Bill Gropp to Teach Designing and Building Applications for Extreme-Scale Systems appeared first on insideHPC.
  • How to Maintain HPC Storage Performance at Scale

    Kevin Normandeau
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    In scale-out NAS, HPC storage performance can be driven by several factors including elimination of file processing bottlenecks, parallel data paths and more. Learn how to maintain storage performance as you scale.The post How to Maintain HPC Storage Performance at Scale appeared first on insideHPC.
  • Video: DownUnder Geosolutions Speeds Seismic Processing with Intel Xeon Phi

    Rich Brueckner
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this video, Dr. Norm Uren and Dr. Matt Lamont describe how seismic processing with HPC is used to find new oil and gas resources. As reported here on insideHPC, DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) is making great leaps in performance using the Intel Xeon Phi.The post Video: DownUnder Geosolutions Speeds Seismic Processing with Intel Xeon Phi appeared first on insideHPC.
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  • AWS launches Frankfurt data centre, expands in European market

    James
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Picture credit: NandorFejer/Flickr Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened up a new European data centre in the German city of Frankfurt. The move comes to assuage European customers they can keep all their data and services on the continent instead of the US, with the German data centre – or region, as AWS prefers – complementing their other European offering in Ireland. The Frankfurt launch brings the total number of AWS data centres to 11. “To survive, businesses must be able to compete in today’s digital economy,” said Pontus Noren, co-founder of Cloudreach.
  • From CIOs to IT: Shining a light on cloud disaster recovery with attainable metrics

    James
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Picture credit: iStockPhoto This publication has often banged the drum for organisations to ensure their cloud disaster recovery plans are in order. Now cloud service provider Databarracks has put together a series of resources designed to be the “complete DR toolkit.” We know cloud exits are not the most thrilling topic of conversation. Everyone would much prefer to keep their heads in the sand and talk about how more productive, lean and agile their business will be once they’ve moved the kitchen sink to the cloud. But whether it’s a data breach, or something as…
  • More than half of cloud conference attendees are adopting hybrid cloud strategy

    James
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Picture credit: iStockPhoto 58% of attendees at the 2014 Cloud Expo and the AWS Summit, in New York, have indicated they are building hybrid cloud solutions for their organisations, according to a survey. According to the survey, conducted by Avere Systems, the same number (58%) said they were planning on migrating at least some of their on-prem applications to the cloud within the next two years. Archiving is the most popular aspect of enterprises that are being moved to the cloud, with 28% of the vote. This was followed by corporate file sharing on 22%, with 18% of respondents admitting…
  • EMC beefs up its stake in VCE, buys out majority of Cisco’s share

    James
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Picture credit: iStockPhoto EMC has announced it is to merge data centre biz VCE into its main organisation, buying out all but 10% of Cisco’s stake in the company. The news comes weeks after EMC announced the buy of open cloud provider Cloudscaling, and can be seen as an advancement of the ménage a trois-esque relationship between EMC, VMware and Cisco in ownership of VCE. The converged infrastructure (CI) provider was originally set up as a joint venture between EMC, VMware and Cisco in order to create Vblock, a cloud computing platform which morphed into CI. In a blog post…
  • AWS is top enterprise cloud service – but beware the consumer threat

    James
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Picture credit: iStockPhoto Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the most popular enterprise cloud service according to a report released today from Skyhigh Networks – but the research also fired a broadside at how companies are struggling to block consumer products. The reports, which are quarterly and based on data from more than 1.6 million users, noted a huge disparity in companies saying they block certain services and the amount of employees actually blocked. 80% of companies say they block Dropbox, but only 21% of users are actually blocked Take file sharing provider Dropbox. It’s…
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    ActiveBlog: Insights on Open Source and Dynamic Languages

  • Your Own Stackato Cluster on Amazon EC2

    troyt
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    We've recently made the Stackato VM a publicly shared Community AMI in Amazon EC2. While updating the Stackato documentation for EC2 setup, I noticed that we didn't have a good step-by-step guide to setting up a "micro cluster" on AWS.read more
  • Nine Rules for the New World of Applications

    bernardg
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Through the magic of cloud computing, infrastructure is no longer the long pole in the IT process. Organizations can now set up the infrastructure they require within minutes instead of weeks. However, removing this bottleneck has exposed another; application delivery is the next issue to be resolved.read more
  • Getting Granular With Microservices, PaaS, Twelve Factor Apps and Docker

    philw
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    This post is based on a talk given at Vancouver's iTech Conference. There's fog coming to the world of IT. Some people are calling this "The Cloud".read more
  • Microservices and PaaS - Part IV

    johnw
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This is Part IV of the ever-expanding "Microservices and PaaS" blog series covering the rapidly evolving use of microservices in modern cloud software projects.read more
  • Cloud Foundry Advisory Board Meeting - 2014 September

    philw
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    This month's Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board (CF-CAB) meeting kicked off with a Pivotal's James Bayer introducing the new "smoke tests" project, which turned out to be more controversial than was expected. He asked Elisabeth Hendrickson from Pivotal to explain their role.read more
 
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  • 1TB Free Bandwidth in Miami and Dallas, our 2 Newest Data Centres

    jon.king@elastichosts.com
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    We are pleased to announce that we have updated and extended our global presence – we now have 10 data centre locations for you to choose from. Our 2 newest zones are Dallas, Texas, and Miami, Florida. We listened to your suggestions and have managed to secure a better bandwidth price in these regions. We’re   ...read moreThe post 1TB Free Bandwidth in Miami and Dallas, our 2 Newest Data Centres appeared first on .
  • ElasticHosts Opens In New Sydney Data Centre

    jon.king@elastichosts.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    We are pleased to announce an upgrade to our Australian cloud server location in Sydney. We have successfully moved data centres to Equinix SY3 and upgraded our virtualization hardware. This brings you several exciting new developments: 1) We’ve slashed bandwidth prices 60% reduction in Sydney bandwidth price: Previous cost: $0.65 USD per GB New cost:   ...read moreThe post ElasticHosts Opens In New Sydney Data Centre appeared first on .
  • ElasticHosts launch Elastic Containers – Revolutionary new cloud servers

    jon.king@elastichosts.com
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    We’ve made a lot of changes recently, but for this blog post we’re going to focus on the one that will probably interest you most – our new, low-cost, high-performance, Elastic Containers: New Product – Elastic Containers Problem-free, one-size-fits-all infrastructure We have just launched an entirely new product, a new type of cloud servers that   ...read moreThe post ElasticHosts launch Elastic Containers – Revolutionary new cloud servers appeared first on .
  • Newsletter Spring 2014

    jon.king@elastichosts.com
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    We haven’t sent a newsletter in a while but we have been working hard behind the scenes here at ElasticHosts and we now have a lot of exciting news to let you know about: Pricing updates New Cloud Servers product based on containerisation New Cloud File Storage product New look control panel New look website Infrastructure upgrades Pricing updates We have   ...read moreThe post Newsletter Spring 2014 appeared first on .
  • New Feature – Drag and drop

    jon.king@elastichosts.com
    20 Feb 2014 | 9:08 am
    We’re proud of our control panel. Many cloud providers say their interface is easy to use, but we’ve just gone one better. Now you can click elements like drives and drag them to connect to servers, then drag those servers into VLANs directly. Not only is this intuitive, it’s dangerously fun – watch out! When   ...read moreThe post New Feature – Drag and drop appeared first on .
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  • Stop Relying on Cloud File Stores as a Backup Strategy

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There is a growing assumption that Cloud file-storage services represent an ideal way of backing up files. It seems a compelling idea because it is so easy and seems secure. The truth is, as always, more complicated. There is more to any backup strategy than just cloud storage
  • Deleting Files in the Cloud

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The public perception is that, when something is deleted, it no longer exists. IT in general prefers the fuzzier idea of the trashcan, where the deleted compromising documents can blow around a digital landfill site for years. The Cloud takes this further, and so the data you serve up to the cloud can be stored out there indefinitely, no matter how hard to try to delete it. Rob Sheldon investigates, and finds the cloud a worryingly public place.
  • Azure Diagnostics for Virtual Machines

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hosting a scalable application in Azure seems ideal, but what happens when things go wrong? Azure Cloud Services provide extensive disgnostics, and this feature has now been extended to Azure web sites and Azure Virtual Machines. You need to set up diagnostics on the VM, but once this is done, all your logs, traces and performance counters can be collected from many VMs in one place for easy management.
  • The Community Cloud

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The 'Community Cloud' sounds, on first impression, like marketing-speak for some untried novelty, but in fact it is already around, and working well for governments and healthcare in particular. Bob Sheldon investigates, and is encouraged to find groups of organisations who have cooperated to create secure and resilient cloud-based services.
  • 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.
 
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  • Choosing Fiber Internet in Las Vegas

    jharwe
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Benefits of Fiber Internet In today’s world, Internet speeds are more important than ever. Many individuals wish to download files that are several gigabytes in size. Cloud storage is increasingly being used to archive and access important files. Individuals in Las Vegas are also increasingly using streaming video services as an alternative to regular cable […]
  • Business Phone Systems in Las Vegas

    jharwe
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Benefits of a Hybrid VoIP System Las Vegas-area businesses have several telecommunications options. In addition to the copper-wire legacy network, these companies can install a more advanced system. They can also select an all-Internet solution, an all-digital format or a combination of the two. This hybrid system provides the cost savings of standard VoIP service […]
  • What are the Pros of Fiber Internet?

    jharwe
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Why Fiber over Copper? Fiber cables have appeared on the scene, especially in the last decade, offering to businesses and consumers a viable alternative to copper in providing network connectivity. There are a variety of factors you should pay attention to in order to make an intelligent decision for your cabling technology. The primary advantage […]
  • Why Fiber Internet?

    jharwe
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Why Fiber Internet is the Best Option For Internet users who desire fast connection speeds, fiber optics is the fastest technology available. This technology minimizes download times and allows several users to utilize an Internet connection at the same time. Fiber Internet can be as fast as several gigabits per second. While traditional cable lines […]
  • Coaxial Cable or Fiber Internet in Las Vegas?

    jharwe
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Coaxial Cable vs. Fiber Internet Although fiber Internet has become widely available, few individuals have embraced it. Unfortunately, the reason for this is due to a lack of education on the importance of fiber Internet. Fiber Internet can be hundreds of times faster than traditional coaxial cable Internet connections. This article will explain the differences between […]
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  • A CEO Explains Why He Moved His Telecommunications to the Cloud

    Pam Bednarczyk
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    D&S Global Solutions, a growing global provider that serves Fortune 500 companies, set out last year to find a telecommunications solution that was reliable, innovative and scalable. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, D&S is a financial recovery and financial management firm that offers innovative accounts receivable solutions worldwide. The company looked at multiple legacy vendors, but no provider was able to truly address their needs. D&S eventually chose CorvisaCloud to meet their inbound, outbound and integration needs. CEO Lonnie Larson explains why the cloud was the right fit…
  • 4 Signs Your Phone System Is Obsolete

    Pam Bednarczyk
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    If you’re a business owner or IT manager who’s still on the fence about whether or not your current on-premise PBX system really supports your business objectives, take a look at four clear signs that may indicate your current system is obsolete: 1. Frequent Downtime With a legacy on-premise phone system, hardware glitches can put your business at risk of suffering an outage and typically, small business routers are far less reliable than purpose-built telecom equipment housed in larger enterprise settings. With every minute of downtime, you can’t connect with clients or collaborate…
  • Prepare your Contact Center for Emergency Situations

    Pam Bednarczyk
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
      The latest Home Depot data breach is a timely reminder that no organization is immune to the external dynamics that can wreck havoc on business. Be it hackers, a natural disaster or a social media snafu, make sure your first line of defense—the contact center—is prepared. Beyond Home Depot, other companies including Target, Snapchat, Michael’s and Neiman Marcus have all taken a beating due to breaches of sensitive customer information. The Target breach alone impacted more than 110 million consumers — nearly one-third of the U.S. population. Unexpected situations like these…
  • 5 Tips to Improve Contact Center Customer Service

    Pam Bednarczyk
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
      Our second annual Customer Service Report1, a survey of more than 1,200 U.S. consumers, examined trends such as key service issues, industries with excellent and poor customer service, and top approaches for keeping customers happy. Based on the findings, companies can use the following tips to set their service delivery apart from the competition: 1  |  Reduce hold times. 32% will hang up after waiting on hold for more than five minutes; nearly half (49%) believe lowering hold times would vastly improve customer service. Hold times are often triggered by issues such as inflexible…
  • Get to Know the CorvisaCloud Leadership Team

    Pam Bednarczyk
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
      A company is really all about the people who work there. Meet our leadership team and hear what they have to say about technology as a strategic business tool, why service matters and why our customers choose CorvisaCloud:   Having trouble viewing the video? Click here.    
 
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  • 3 Ways to Make Sense of Errors & Logging

    Craig Ferril
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Errors and log files are two of the most important tools a developer have to try and find the source of a problem.  If you’re like most developers, your approach to capturing and utilizing errors and logs is fairly straightforward. You probably send log output to a file or a log aggregation product. You may... The post 3 Ways to Make Sense of Errors & Logging appeared first on Stackify.
  • Stackify Unveils a Revolutionary Smart Error and Log Management Solution

    Irit Gillath
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    We are happy to announce the release of the new Error and Log Management (SmartELM) solution - unifying two product categories and expediting time to resolution. Stackify’s SmartELM solution provides the first of its kind integrated error tracking and logging management solution that allows application developers and DevOps teams to easily discover application issues and fix them... The post Stackify Unveils a Revolutionary Smart Error and Log Management Solution appeared first on Stackify.
  • 3 Data Sets That Bring Context to Exceptions

    Craig Ferril
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Even the smallest exception can cause material damage to your company’s operations, which, in turn can have repercussions on revenue. So it’s obviously important to have a grasp on your plan to track and troubleshoot exceptions.  It seems like a simple enough process – the exception is raised, you look at it, and then make... The post 3 Data Sets That Bring Context to Exceptions appeared first on Stackify.
  • 3 Ways to Improve Troubleshooting Exceptions

    Craig Ferril
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Your application is perfect, flawless in every way and always works… right? It’s more likely you spend a fair portion of your time troubleshooting problematic behavior in your applications – probably more than you’d care to.  And that’s not because your code is necessarily buggy; it’s because applications have become far more complex than they... The post 3 Ways to Improve Troubleshooting Exceptions appeared first on Stackify.
  • The evolution of the world of app monitoring

    Irit Gillath
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    ‘Perfection would be a fatal flaw for evolution’ In technology, as in life, everything evolves, grows, develops, mutates and eventually goes away, being replaced with improved versions. In the past several years, application development evolved and applications have come to play a more centric part of many businesses, even those that traditionally were not software... The post The evolution of the world of app monitoring appeared first on Stackify.
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  • Cloud makes economic sense, especially in limited doses

    newscred
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    An organization with highly variable computing needs may find it more advantageous to subscribe to cloud services, author Jon Weinman says. Credit: Getty Images Lately, there has been some talk that suggests that public cloud services eventually cost organizations more than on-premises systems or private clouds. A recent report in exploreB2B observes how a number of startups shifted to in-house data centers when public cloud services no longer were capable of meeting their growing requirements. One company cited, MemSQL, estimated that Amazon Web Services would have cost about $900,000 over…
  • Want better clouds? Support OpenFlow

    Howard M. Cohen
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
      OpenFlow provides an open, collaborative development process driven from the end-user perspective, according to ONF. Credit: Shutterstock The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a user-driven organization dedicated to the promotion and adoption of software-defined networking (SDN) through open standards development. In a 2012 white paper, the ONF refers to software-defined networking as “the new norm for networks” and to OpenFlow as ”the first standard interface designed specifically for SDN, providing high-performance, granular traffic control across multiple vendors’ network…
  • Philips launches wearable for chronic illness

    newscred
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The proposed COPD device would feed data collected from patients at home to caregivers through the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform to two clinical applications. Credit: Shutterstock The people who most need fitness trackers and quantified self-gadgets aren’t necessarily the ones using them. People who are chronically ill could benefit from wearable technology and the data those devices provide, but the gap between the consumer and the medical market looms large. Philips, in partnership with Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands, is trying to bridge that gap with a…
  • Software-defined networking unlocks the promise of open networks

    Howard M. Cohen
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Open networks ease the increasingly important job of integrating cloud services from multiple vendors. Source: ShutterstockThe growth of cloud computing is changing the nature of systems integration. “Integration” once referred to the process of combining system devices, software, and other components to create a superior solution. In the cloud era, however, integration calls for combining entire functioning systems.  How does that work? Defining some terms will help us clarify. How cloud changed computing With cloud computing, enterprising integrators seized an opportunity…
  • 13 tips to achieve cloud success

    newscred
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Experts share their tips on how to make the most of the cloud. Credit: CIO We interviewed 16 CIOs and IT leaders about their public and private cloud deployments, usage trends, skills requirements, lingering obstacles and future plans. Here are some nuggets of advice from these cloud giants. 1.  Don’t get too caught up in cost savings. “If you make it a money thing, you’re making a mistake,” says Joe Spagnoletti, CIO at Campbell Soup. “It’s an option to deliver capability. You have to get it at the cost commensurate with the capability. You can’t do it for cost…
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog » Cloud

  • The “Ice Bucket Challenge” and Cyber Security

    Jeff Huegel
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    This summer’s The Ice Bucket Challenge took the world by storm with celebrities, executives, captains of industry, politicians, and everyday folks drenching themselves and calling out friends and colleagues to do the same to support ALS research. While this particular challenge targets a worthy cause and has raised over $100 million dollars for ALS research, “me-too-isms” in the field of security and risk management can be dangerous. Take compliance for example. We in the Security field often discuss the inappropriateness of thinking compliance is security. Some of the…
  • A cloud you can count on

    Glenn Wohl
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Customers want to transition to the cloud, but obstacles remain. Performance, cost, flexibility, and security are among the top concerns customers cite when pondering the move. In a market with numerous competitors offering different solutions, A Cloud You Can Count On will show you how the AT&T Private Cloud solution can address all of your concerns. AT&T Private Cloud Service offers virtualized resources dedicated to your organization. Experience the benefits of cloud computing — self-service, scalability and flexibility — with the reliability, performance and control only…
  • Top ten best practices for managed hosting and private cloud

    Kristin Cole
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Managed Hosting has joined private cloud as a principal enabler for workloads that customers would like to see under tighter control than is possible in public cloud models, and may often entail dedicated server infrastructure. But it seems like vendors are intentionally blurring the lines between virtualized environments (on/off-premise), managed services, hosting, and anything else that vaguely resembles a vaporous environment. Once you decide on the best solution, you still may need some guidance on which vendor to choose. The last of our three white papers, Top 10 Best Practices,…
  • Private OR public cloud – why choose?

    Chris Costello
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Life often presents us with binary choices: spend or save, stick or twist, car repairs or beach vacation. You can’t have it all. But polarized reasoning doesn’t apply in scenarios where there’s the potential for middle ground. Why be forced to choose between chocolate or vanilla ice cream when you could have a scoop of each? The same principle is true of the cloud. Enterprises are no longer obliged to make an either/or decision between private and public infrastructures. Private cloud solutions are emerging that provide the self-service and flexibility of multi-tenant infrastructure…
  • Storage-as-a-service solutions tie security with usability

    Celeste Bush
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Explosive data growth is making retention a challenge. A balance needs to be struck between protecting information and giving people quick and easy access to it. There is no shortage of consumer-grade cloud storage services, which are fine for backing up homework and sharing holiday snapshots. In fact, across some organizations, employees may be using dozens of different free file-sharing services, either because IT hasn’t mandated its own solution, or because end users naturally gravitate towards a familiar, frictionless experience. But only an enterprise-first storage service will offer…
 
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  • Who Pays for Parallel Development Pizza Parties in the Cloud?

    nwurst@skytap.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    As we move development and test activities into cloud-based labs, we have noticed an age-old challenge arise to some companies’ adoption efforts. While it is tempting to focus on the value or ROI we can achieve from cloud dev/test environments, we should never forget to ask, “Exactly who pays for all this?”Is accounting getting in the way of agile development in the cloud? A lot of companies treat their first forays into the cloud like a pizza party. Since the monthly costs are usually far cheaper than the up-front cost of building conventional labs, the budget owner of the cloud…
  • New Video Demo: Continuous Integration and Cloud IaaS with Skytap

    nwurst@skytap.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    ​Most of our enterprise dev/test customers are either well underway, or embarking on some form of Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery strategy to better automate the deployment of code changes and software updates at each phase of the development lifecycle. Common tooling choices here include Jenkins, Microsoft TFS, UrbanCode, CA Application Delivery, and many others. Many are also looking to cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) from vendors like Amazon EC2/AWS, Azure or Softlayer as a way to elastically meet these deployment needs with on-demand computing capacity with potential…
  • Environments-as-a-Service (EaaS) Explained in Only 3 Minutes!

    nwurst@skytap.com
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    ​I’m not quite sure how he did it, but Jason English, Skytap’s Galactic Head of Product Marketing, managed to not just brilliantly explain what Skytap does, nor do it in only three minutes, but also solely create an amazing video to bolster his message! After watching, you’ll be a veritable expert in how Skytap enables: Software development and test teams to transform their SDLC with on-demand cloud-based development and test environmentsComplex multi-tier applications to be mirrored with production-like characteristics, and easily copied and shared between globally distributed…
  • Customer Spotlight: WorkWise to Tap Into Skytap at Upcoming Conference

    nwurst@skytap.com
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    ​On October 14-16, WorkWise will be hosting their annual customer conference at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. WorkWise has been a customer of ours for a long time, and they’re utilizing Skytap in a unique way at this year’s conference. I sat down with Carl Wysocki, WorkWise’s director of R&D Technology, and Harry Mosesian, director of business development to learn more about their company, and next week’s big event.   Noel: To get started, I know WorkWise uses Skytap for a number of use cases, and I was hoping you could go into those a bit.  Harry…
  • October’s Upcoming Partner Happy Hours Go Coast to Coast!

    nwurst@skytap.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    ​If you’re lucky enough to live in a city or state that allows “happy hour” (you’d be surprised how many states have banned it!) hopefully from time to time you’re able to pop into a local establishment to kick off the weekend a little early, or even continue to work or brainstorm in perhaps a more relaxed setting.Skytap is lucky to have a partner like Parasoft who not only offers an amazing and mutually beneficial dev/test product—they’re also big fans of the amazing discussions that can come out of a simple happy hour at a fun location and with a great crowd.We’re…
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    Encrypted File Storage

  • Wearable Tech and the Cloud: The Future of Personal Device

    Neebo
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    With the 21st century bringing in a new wave of technology, this could signal the start of a boom in a collection of consumer items that until now have been deemed too sci-fi to be real. But now they’re coming to life. Google, Samsung, Apple, Nike and several others all have new gear to show off that is propelling us forward into a new age of products and ideas, with a myriad of uses. With a new age comes some bold new ideas. From pure entertainment to fashion to fitness. Here are a few of the best new gadgets that are available now, and some to come in the near future. 1. Apple Watch Apple…
  • Could Web Conference Solutions Be The Best Way Forward for Your Business?

    Jennie
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    More and more businesses are turning to web conference solutions in order to cut down costs and to work more openly, flexibly and effectively with their colleagues and clients.  Businesses of all sizes are benefiting from a range of web conference solutions offered by leading software providers including WebEx Online from Cisco and Microsoft Lync.  How do you know that a web conference solution if the best way forward for your business?  Ask yourself the following questions to help you decide. Does Your Business Operate in Multiple Locations? If your business, like most today, has more…
  • Strategies for Winning Cloud Storage Wars: Google, Microsoft & Dropbox

    Sarah
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    It looks like Google wants to have the cloud to itself. In March, the company decreased prices for Google Drive and it is hoping to annihilate its main competitors, namely Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. The battle for cloud supremacy has just started, and Google has once again turned the market upside down. The company slashed prices by 80%; users have 15 GB at their disposal in Google Drive Cloud Storage, which they can use for free. If you subscribe for 100 GB, you will be paying $1.99 rather than $4.99, and for 1 TB the price is $9.99/month instead of $49.99. OneDrive vs. Dropbox vs.
  • The Anatomy of a Cloud Computing Technologist

    Neebo
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:21 am
    Are you thinking of moving some business operations to the cloud? Moving your business to the cloud is probably an idea that would set you on course for better profitability. However, this transition is far less easy than simply choosing a cloud vendor and moving a portion of your business activities to the cloud. You need a clearly defined cloud strategy in place if you are to leverage the immense potential of the cloud computing for your business. More importantly, you need a qualified person to be in charge of this strategy to ensure its successful implementation. There are plenty of…
  • Endless Possibilities on a Cloud Based Environment

    Sarah
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    Many businesses today are utilising cloud based environments and are enjoying multiple benefits of having their apps and data stored on remote servers. Due to complexity of the cloud technology, a remote virtual environment can provide a large amount of possibilities and opportunities, making it ideal for any business. Below are some ways your company can benefit from cloud solutions. Shared access Many companies have employees who work on a single document. This is often difficult for businesses as it is hard to keep track of any changes to the file. Cloud computing allows multiple users to…
 
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  • Cloud Content Marketing Through Knowledge

    Ofir Nachmani
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Educational Content vs. Marketing Content Marketing through knowledge has gained vast popularity for enterprises and startups, alike. Creating educational content for your community, otherwise known as content marketing, has become the preferred method of marketing for a number of reasons. Instead of enticing a potential customer for a few seconds with a witty tagline or flashy banner, cloud content marketing engages potential customers through news, industry awareness, expertise, and storytelling. Educational content’s purpose is to arouse an audience’s curiosity, leaving them with…
  • Cloud Videos: Migrating to Cloud Native with Microservices by Adrian Cockcroft

    Ofir Nachmani
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    On Wednesday July 2nd, Adrian Cockcroft, from Battery Venture, lectured at an IGTCloud and IamOnDemand meetup. Prior to joining Battery, Adrian led Netflix’s migration to a large scale, highly available public cloud infrastructure and drove the cloud-native NetflixOSS platform to become open source as the Netflix cloud management platform. In a recent interview, the Netflix cloud pioneer answered a broad range of questions covering everything from his take on AWS development, DevOps vs NoOps, and the future of enterprise IT. If you  like to enjoy  ”IamOnDemand Adrian’s…
  • AWS NY Summit Highlights: Ruling the Cloud Stack and an Expanding Ecosystem

    Ofir Nachmani
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    Last week’s NYC AWS summit was yet another success for the cloud giant. Just shy of the impressive turnout at re:Invent 2013 in Las Vegas, last week’s summit had so many attendees, they ran out of badges! As always, the lectures were great, however, we weren’t told anything new. Despite the ever-growing awareness of AWS cloud, Werner has been pitching the same “old” messages for years. Security issues, price reductions, fast deployment, and scalability were introduced in a much more organic way three years ago, and this year’s summit proved that these concepts have been…
  • Become a Cloud Celebrity at AWS NYC Summit

    Ofir Nachmani
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    IamOnDemand Cloud Celebrity Whether you are a cloud consumer or vendor, launching your first startup or developing cutting edge technology to improve cloud computing experiences…you can be famous! Over the years, I have become very familiar with the AWS cloud, as well as the startups that were utilizing the cloud from the get-go. Through this experience, I was able to witness how the market matured, and eventually see those very same startups flourish into the strong companies they are today. I am proud to announce that IOD has since expanded into a great team of professionals who leverage…
  • My Interview with Adrian Cockcroft – Netflix Cloud Pioneer

    Ofir Nachmani
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    On Wednesday July 2nd, Adrian Cockcroft from Battery Venture is going to lecture on an IGTCloud and IamOnDemand meetup. Prior to joining Battery, Adrian  lead Netflix’s migration to a large scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open sourcing of the cloud-native NetflixOSS platform – the Netflix cloud management platform. The Netflix Cloud Netflix, the popular American provider of internet video streaming, dominates the market with over 50 million subscribers and a third of all internet traffic during peak hours. Netflix currently operates in over 40 countries and has…
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  • Hybrid Hosting – Combining Private & Public Cloud: A Real World Scenario – Part 3

    Adnan
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    <<< Part 2 – Hybrid Hosting Real World Scenario Client: [continued]The need to host the iFax system is a requirement for me.  Do you have a solution that could accommodate this?Consultant:We can provide you with hosting on our Public / VPS platform except for the iFax OS. We can provide you with a Virtualized Private Dedicated server for the iFax ISO and connect it to our Public Cloud / VPS platform through a VPN.Pricing is below for the Virtualized Dedicated Server, containing the following parameters:Custom iFax ISOI3-3240 Dual Core 3.4 GHz w/HT8 GB of RAM2 X 240 GB SSD RAID…
  • Hybrid Hosting – Combining Private & Public Cloud: A Real World Scenario – Part 2

    Adnan
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    <<< Part 1 – Hybrid Hosting Real World Scenario Client: [continued]7.)    Do the VMs require high disk throughput?The only disk-sensitive VM is the production Postgres server.  All the other VMs have low to moderate demands on disk I/O.8.)      What type of data backups are required for the VMs? Options: Daily, None or Other (If Other, please specify).We’ll perform offsite backups of the database (and other critical data) hourly.  The VMs themselves should be backed up daily.  Our recovery plan would be to restore the failed VM from the most recent snapshot, then…
  • Hybrid Hosting – Combining Private & Public Cloud: A Real World Scenario

    Adnan
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    It used to be the case that the media and IT industry just spoke of “the cloud,” a way to distribute resources to increase reliability, speed, and cost-effectiveness. However, security was a reasonable concern since all users share the same machines, even if they each have their own virtual private servers within the network. Soon the demand rose for solutions that combine the rapidity and agility of a distribution model with a core focus on data isolation. That concept was the private cloud, which has grown enormously: it had $8 billion of overall revenue in 2010 versus $32 billion in…
  • Censorship Workarounds, Part 3: Windows Cloud VPS for Anonymity

    Brett Haines
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    <<< Part 2 – How to Set Up a VPN We started out this series by talking about the extent to which censorship and site-blocking are common ways that the Internet is controlled around the world. For those who want to access sites that they otherwise could not, or for those who want access to the user experience in various areas (a great way to expand your comparison shopping by checking numerous regions), a VPN (virtual private network) is a viable solution. One way to surf the Internet encrypted and anonymously is with a more full-featured and robust option than a VPN service, a…
  • Censorship Workarounds, Part 2: How to Set Up a VPN

    Brett Haines
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    <<< Part 1 – Global Internet CensorshipAre you convinced that having a VPN is a good idea? Here’s one basic, incredibly compelling reason that has not yet been discussed: public Wi-Fi. Most people realize that Wi-Fi makes users incredibly vulnerable. Casual hackers have software that gives them access to all the packets being passed back and forth on the network. In that case, a VPN is a no-brainer so that you are enforcing encryption and anonymity of your location, identity, and all data transmitted.Eric Geier of PCWorld recently discussed several simple ways to set up a VPN.
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  • New Use by Transportation and School Shows that Germany Embraces Cloud

    Denise Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Germany is embracing the cloud despite having some of the most stringent online security laws in the world. Recent announcements from both Technical University Berlin and Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG shows how the country is retaining their privacy while putting their trust in off-site storage and sharing services. Germanyimage credit: Jeff Bergman Germany Embraces the Cloud at TU Berlin Technical University Berlin announced that teachers, students, and administrators will now have access to ownCloud as a means of exchanging information. OwnCloud allows users to retain control of all…
  • First-Ever Cloud Summit Hosted By AVG

    Victoria Kazz
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    AVG Technologies has introduced its very first cloud conference. The Cloud Summit, as its been titled, is a chance for the company to educate partners about its future visions on making cloud technology the focus of business. image credit: Jeffrey Zeldman About The Cloud Summit Over the past few years, the Amsterdam-based company has been changing its business strategy. Once an online security and antivirus product seller, AVG now has its sights set on cloud-centric device management products. More than 200 service providers came together for what David Haadsma, senior director of product…
  • Google Drive Storing Malware Latest in Cloud Service Problem

    Denise Sullivan
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The latest cloud scandal: Google Drive is storing malware, at least inadvertently. The cloud storage company is joining the list of cloud providers which are being used by hackers to stash malicious files. These computer gurus use free storage as a way of evading security researchers and vendors. Companies like Evernote, Sendspace, and Dropbox are no strangers to having bad guys take advantage of their services for malevolent intent. Google Driveimage credit: lee leblanc Google Drive Inadvertently Hosts Malware A recent survey of Google Drive performed by TrendLabs security shows that there…
  • Oxfam Steps Up Collaboration With the Help of Box

    Vladimir Covic
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Charity group Oxfam, announced a partnership with the cloud storage platform Box, to improve content storage and collaboration in its organization. Oxfam reception and chartimage credit: net_efekt They plan to extend the cloud storage service to 2,000 employees of Oxfam in the United Kingdom and another 10,000 of those working in a total of 94 countries and 17 affiliates. By doing this, the group aims to centralize control of its content management. David Quantrell, senior VP of Box and general manager for Europe, said the following about Box’ cooperation with Oxfam: “Oxfam…
  • China Initiates Man-in-the-Middle Attack on iCloud

    Denise Sullivan
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The new iPhone has been released with updated security and encryption in order to help keep nations from easily spying on their residents. However, that isn’t sitting well with some foreign authorities. Case in point, China is staging a man-in-the-middle attack on Apple. Tienanmen Squareimage credit: Raymond de Hilster China’s Man-in-the-Middle Attack Latest Way to Spy on Public A man-in-the-middle attack is a form of eavesdropping where the attacker connects independently with the victim and the information is then relayed through this independent connection, hence the name. Obviously,…
 
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  • Nonprofit Excellence on the Cloud

    Ray Rivera
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    by Neil Jensen and Ray Rivera There is hardly a part of our lives that not touched by nonprofit organizations. They provide emergency services in times of distress, disaster, and destitution. Nonprofits facilitate educational access in youth, and professional development opportunities in our career years. Philanthropic nonprofits support scientific research that makes our lives less… Read More
  • Dont Bring Me HR Solutions, Bring Me HR Problems! Thoughts Before Workday Rising

    Ray Rivera
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    There has been a lot of talk in 2014 about precision in defining HR technology solutions, and and I fear that a lot of it is taking us in the wrong direction. Any discussion about precision in HR technology has to begin and end with the problems HR is trying to solve, and not the… Read More
  • Strategic CMOs Use Crowdsourcing to Win – Here’s How and Why

    Ben Kerschberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Strategic CMOs Use Crowdsourcing to Win - Here's How and Why “The CMO becomes accountable down to the dime. Light dawns on marketing spend. Transparency is powerful when quarters are turning into dollars for the business -- but potentially perilous when the opposite is the case.” -- Jake Sorofan, The Rise of the Digital CMO… Read More
  • Finding Impact: How Nonprofits can use Salesforce Analytics Cloud

    John Gorup
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    There are young people in cities across America who have the desire and raw talent to grow into business leaders. There are businesses hungry for a new generation of leaders. Between these two groups lies a chasm so deep it can seem uncrossable. Year Up is a nonprofit dedicated to building a bridge across this… Read More
  • A Keynote to Remember – Return of the Platform

    Narinder Singh
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    "Even the very wise cannot see all ends." Gandalf, Return of the King   In 2004 I started at SAP in the Office of the CEO, at the time one of the foremost influential companies in enterprise technology. Over lunch a member of the executive board told me that the market was going towards the… Read More
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  • IBM and Microsoft Pledge Cloud Interoperability

    CloudWedge Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    One of the biggest fears of CIOs and technology executives alike is vendor lock in. When organizations get deeply entrenched into a product line up, they quickly find that one product lineup may not mesh with a competitors. This can cause a disruption within your technology ranks because certain tools do certain tasks better than others. IBM and Microsoft have signified that they have agreed to ensure that their cloud computing technologies will be interoperable as a courtesy to its customers. Michael Curry, the VP of IBM's WebSphere product said, "The cloud is an interesting change in the…
  • AWS Directory Service Provides ID Management in the Cloud

    CloudWedge Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Amazon announced earlier this week that they have released a new identity management service that will allow systems administrators to connect their on premises domain controllers into the AWS cloud so that applications that run in the cloud can be secured using your organization's native active directory infrastructure. This type of authentication was previously achieved by setting up a federated active directory server that synced with the on premises domain controller. While this setup works, the implementation is clunky and error prone. AWS has simplified this implementation by releasing…
  • Big Data and New Online Backup Challenges

    Hadley Jones
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    What is the fastest way to back up Big Data? Try the following thought experiment. Load your Big Data on the requisite number of terabyte drives, put the drives in a van and drive the van to where your online backup provider is located. At the same time, start transfer of all your terabytes online. It’s quite possible that you’ll accomplish your backup faster by road than over the Net. That’s how things are. Storage capacity grows by a factor of 10 where network transmission speeds only increase by a factor of 2. For organizations that want to or that must store Big Data, does that mean…
  • Infographic: An Efficient Approach to Server Backup

    Jaspreet Singh
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    A new infographic describes an efficient approach to server backup. Today, cloud is the preferred platform for endpoint data backup, access, and file sync & share but cloud must meet these needs for mainstream adoption with server and data center backup & archival: high performance (LAN-like speeds), low TCO (Cheaper than tapes and secondary storage), and high security (compliance & certifications).  The infographic describes the problem with traditional tape backup and introduces Pheonix by Druva, a unified solution for cloud backup and archive.  Disclaimer: This article was…
  • SingleHop Releases Virtual Private Cloud Offering

    CloudWedge Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    Chicago based cloud provider SingleHop has formally announced its launch of its new Virtual Private Cloud which is being billed as a one sized fits all cloud for organizations of any size. SingleHop announced the new offering through a press release. In the release, SingleHop notes that its new VPC is "Built on a range of enterprise technologies from VMware, Veeam, EMC, and many others, and fully integrated with SingleHop's global cloud automation and orchestration platform, Virtual Private Cloud provides a groundbreaking way for businesses of any size to benefit from a private, yet scalable…
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  • Instantis EnterpriseTrack Project Portfolio Management – An Overview

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Instantis EnterpriseTrack (by its full name) is fundamentally about two things. The first is an enterprise-wide view of all projects being managed. The second is to do this is in a way that connects IT and the rest of the business. In its cloud-based version, Instantis EnterpriseTrack brings IT departments and PMOs (project management offices) the capability to improve both delivery against strategic objectives and financial management. The emphasis is on a solution that spans the whole of corporate project portfolio management, while remaining affordable, rapid to deploy and easy to use. An…
  • Oracle P6 Analytics Brings Insights to Everybody

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    The more your project has an impact on your enterprise as a whole, the wider the range of people avidly expecting information about what you’re up to and how you’re doing. You could spend precious project management time collating data and statuses specifically for each interested party. Or you could let everybody get the information they want to see individually with an interface that makes it easy to create reports, scorecards and KPIs to suit individual requirements. That’s the promise of Oracle P6 Analytics when linked to P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (P6 EPPM). Play…
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  • Smarter Project Contract Management and More with WebCenter (UCM)

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Contracts are part of project management life. They can be very varied, from their terms and conditions to their duration or renewal dates. The challenge for enterprises in general and project managers in particular is do better than just the default level of contract management which only swings into action when a contract has expired. The use of multiple content systems within an enterprise is a further complication. It becomes difficult or impossible to track or leverage contract content. The first advantage of Oracle WebCenter is to provide a repository capable of centralizing and…
  • Bringing Business Process Management to the World of Projects

    admin
    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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  • Warsaw Stock Exchange Suffers Attack

    Gwen Harkness
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Warsaw Stock Exchange was hacked by someone claiming to sympathize with Islamic State. According to Politico, "the hacker posted logon credentials of brokers and other internal data apparently stolen from the computer network of the Warsaw Stock Exchange online." http://p...
  • Team Digi7al hacker sentenced for 2 years

    Mike
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    A court sentenced Daniel Trenton Krueger, a member of the group Team Digi7al who pleaded guilty to hacking charges, to two years in prison. Krueger pled guilty to charges of conspiring to hack computers and systems to steal identities and damage computers. The court will sentence ...
  • 2 Ways to Prevent Military Identity Theft

    Robert Siciliano
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    You’d think that servicemen and women would be better protected than civilians from identity theft, but their risk is higher, since their Social Security numbers are used so often and also abroad. In Iraq, it’s painted on their laundry bags! Ohio wants to introduce ...
  • Big News: Microsoft Misses Vulnerability

    Gwen Harkness
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Most Notable Info Windows seems to have missed part of the vulnerability that allowed Sandworm to target victims. The company has issued a statement that they are currently making a new patch to address the issue. This particular vulnerability is in the Power Point program, “thes...
  • Transcript Website Flaw Possibly Exposes Almost 100,000 Users Personal Data

    Lauren Trott
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    A website design flaw in NeedMyTranscript.com, a website that helps users obtain past transcripts from more than 18,000 high schools in all 50 states, has led to the possible exposure of almost 100,000 user personal data. The flaw leads website visitors to a si...
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  • Configuration Management

    Mitesh Soni
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    If you worked at the factory that formed some product you purchased; there are chances that you might not have an absolute understanding of how the entire product was made. Reason behind that is many factories work using assembly or production lines. Workers assemble or produce just one part of the whole product. In addition to it, major focus is on mass production, then after some time mass customisation using standard tooling becomes focal point as challenges are faced in mass production. Now, let’s relate above scenario with IT industry. With the growth in the Information Technology,…
  • Infinite Cloud Storage

    Trisha Mukerjee
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Cloud Storage-This article would be about how storage has changed over the years. From magnetic tapes to cloud computing. How the virual world has given this infinite possibility in terms of sharing and storage etc. Long ago, we used to measure our digital memory. See how much we could save and what needed to be deleted. Today with the virtual availability of memory in the palm of our hands has definitely changed the aspect of deleting. One of the basic human nature is to store. We can never truly let go. We crave what we have already had, and we The post Infinite Cloud Storage appeared first…
  • Installing Python on Windows 7 or Windows 8

    Mitesh Soni
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Installing Python on Windows 7 or Windows 8 – The current stable versions of Python are Python 3.4.1 and Python 2.7.8. Download Python from https://www.python.org/download Python 2.7.8 Windows Installer (Windows binary) Install as an administrator Python 2.7.8 GUI in Windows 7 Python 2.7.8 Command Line in Windows 7 The post Installing Python on Windows 7 or Windows 8 appeared first on Basics of Java and Cloud Computing.
  • Information Security on Computer

    Mitesh Soni
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    Information Security – Today, many people are worried about their identity being stolen- and it is important that they do. Being aware of that, you should seek information may be from online pc support providers, on how the can reduce this risk. Here I will provide you with some ways you can keep you information secure and safe and do away with “sleepless nights” Some people have devoted all their effort to finding ways in which they can get into you computer. These ways may include use of spyware, Trojan or even virus programs. It is the sad truth. A The post Information Security…
  • Easy Steps to Ensure Maximum Google Drive Security

    Nei Wg Khnag
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:58 pm
    In wake of the latest iOS cloud breach, it has become crucial to secure your Google Drive account to avoid unauthorized access. The following article highlights essential tips to help you maximize the security of your Google drive. Almost everyone is aware of the latest iOS cloud breach, where anonymous hackers have managed to hack a number of celebrity accounts and leaked their explicit pictures. It is a very unfortunate that there will always be someone attempting to gain unauthorized access – somewhere and at someplace. This is why, it is important you secure your Google Drive account as…
 
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  • IBM expands global Cloud footprint

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    New cloud center provides French customers with local SoftLayer cloud services while supporting data sovereignty requirements.
  • Amazon Web Services Cloud Computing Platform now available to customers from data centres in Germany

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Cloud pioneer expands its technology infrastructure platform and opens new EU (Frankfurt) region.
  • VCE enters next phase of growth

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    EMC Cisco and VCE have announced the next phase of evolution for VCE. Expected to be finalized this quarter VCE will become an EMC business. Cisco and VMware will continue as strategic partners and investors with Cisco having an approximately 10% equity interest in VCE. VCEandrsquo;s charter will focus on simplifying the deployment of hybrid clouds including a full range of converged infrastructure offerings applying its unique innovations and expertise to a broad range of hybrid cloud solutions. Under this next phase VCE will continue to advance new solutions based on its industry-leading…
  • Dimension Data brings Private Cloud solutions to the UK

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Cloud Services for Microsoft enables businesses to improve efficiency in communications while protecting their data sovereignty.
  • Software AG unveils Integration Cloud portfolio

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    webMethods Integration Cloud and webMethods 9.7 ease access to data processes applications and business operations in the cloud on premises or in mixed environments.
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  • Block Force: A Pixel Style Gun Shooter Game powered by ShepHertz App42 Backend

    Amit
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Block Force is the new online pixel FPS game developed by JoyDo Studio, released by Riovox Company. JoyDo Studio, the developer of the famous games such as Cops N Robbers (FPS) , Cops N Robbers (Jail Break) and Survival Games. The graphics of … Continue reading → The post Block Force: A Pixel Style Gun Shooter Game powered by ShepHertz App42 Backend appeared first on .
  • Migrating Data from Other BaaS Providers

    himanshu sharma
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    App42 platform has got a major boost in attention and adoption in recent times. During this adoption many people migrated their data from other BaaS providers and we helped them during the transition through offline support. App42 now has a … Continue reading → The post Migrating Data from Other BaaS Providers appeared first on .
  • Best Practices for Data Modelling in Storage Service

    Ajay Tiwari - App42 Backend as a Service
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    App42 Storage Services is based on NoSQL storage, which uses collection and JSON for data storage & retrieval. Since most of the people come from RDBMS background, they often get confused with concept of collection & JSON and sometimes land … Continue reading → The post Best Practices for Data Modelling in Storage Service appeared first on .
  • How to Use Connection Resiliency in Turnbased Games

    Rahul Panchal
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    In my last blog, I explained about how to use connection resiliency feature of AppWarp in multiplayer games. Connection resiliency lets you recover the same connection within the specified time period and continue the game. But in some cases, you need … Continue reading → The post How to Use Connection Resiliency in Turnbased Games appeared first on .
  • Android Wear Push Notification using App42 API

    Vishnu Garg
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    As the wearable market expands and turns out to be the next major focus of App developers, I thought to walk you through a sample project that will elucidate how can you use App42 Push Notification API in different ways … Continue reading → The post Android Wear Push Notification using App42 API appeared first on .
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  • Best Ways To Download Paid Android Apps For Free

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
     Android and IOS are the two most popular operating systems in Smartphones these days. IOS and Android are also the toughest competitors of the smart phone world. But from the last few months Android operated Smartphones marked a successful record with more sales than IOS. Some of the most popular makers of Smartphones like Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony uses Android OS. In addition to that it is maintained by Google itself.1 File sharing File sharing Websites The best way to download Android apps for free is through file sharing websites. The file sharing on these websites is done by…
  • How to use iphone 6

    5 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
      iPhone 6 wow !!!Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both sport large screens which can make using them with one-hand a bit problematic. With that in mind, we want to show you how to easily use the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus with one hand. Before the arrival of the iPhone 5 in 2012, the iPhone had always used a small 3.5-inch display. Even as Android manufacturers shifted to massive displays for their flagship smartphones, Apple held firm. Even last year’s iPhone 5s came with a small 4-inch Retina Display. This year though, Apple finally caved and delivered the large screens…
  • Windows 9 release

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    Windows 9 Threshold: All you need to know about the next WindowsWhen is the Windows 9 release date and how will Windows 9 differ from Windows 8? Read on as we explore potential Windows 9 release dates, leaked Windows 9 screenshots and how the Windows 9 Start Menu looks set to change, hopefully for the better. (Last Update: 16 Sep)Windows 9 is the most important software release in Microsoft's history. Among the many things Microsoft needs to sort out is the Windows 9 Start Menu, but there's more to it than that. There are also debates about how Microsoft will sell Windows 9, with some kind of…
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  • Redmond, We Have a Problem: 5 Tips On Breaking Bad News To IT Clients

    Marc Shaw
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Unwelcome news can be nerve wracking all around. When something happens that compromises the service you provide to a client, there’s anxiety about losing the relationship and losing the business. In IT, the problem can be compounded since often a customer’s IT infrastructure isn’t one component of their service, but foundational. A service outage can leave a client, whether private or public, completely crippled for the duration of the problem. As service providers we take pride in the service we provide and go to great lengths to build trust through superior delivery and integrity.
  • Mind The Gap: Providing IT Services That Scale

    Marc Shaw
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Cloud hosting platforms for business are booming. From the SMB sector to enterprise clients, VMware, AWS, and Azure are seeing record gains. These are variously parsed out into the many XaaS offerings, such as IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service), and DaaS (Desktop as a Service), depending on the customer’s individual needs. This is where the traditional Managed Service Provider steps in. Usually operating as small businesses themselves, with expertise levels of varying degrees and offering support for specific offerings or platforms, the Managed Service Provider…
  • The 4 Cs of Boosting SMB Sales with Social Media Marketing

    Marc Shaw
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    OK. The title’s a mouthful. But hey, sometimes you need to be specific. The key concept in social media marketing is often given short shrift or overlooked entirely by SMBs. This is usually because, unlike the big fish at the enterprise level, the marketing budget may be small and the social marketing lead is probably wearing several other hats. That means time is of the essence, and you want to make sure you’re putting effort in the right place. The foundational piece is this: use social media to drive conversions on your web site or landing page.  There are several steps involved in…
  • Beyond PowerPoint: 5 Tips for More Effective Meetings

    Marc Shaw
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Meetings. Some welcome the time to connect and get the bigger picture. Some see them as a necessary evil. Much frustration can be avoided by following a few simple steps to save time and communicate effectively. In most businesses, meetings that drag on contribute to employee frustration. Keeping meetings effective is more than just productivity in the moment. It’s part of building a culture of efficiency. It shows team members you respect them and value their time. Dragging meetings along or conducting them inefficiently communicates the opposite. As much as we love the helpful technology…
  • 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…
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  • Calculating the Costs of IT Downtime

    Jesse Locke
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    The facts show that the average cost of IT systems downtime is close to $5,600 per minute according to the Uptime Institute Symposium. In the recent study “Calculating the Cost of Data Center Outages” The Ponemon Institute identifies the true bottom-line costs of data center downtime as: The average cost of downtime across industries was approximately $5,600 per minute. The average reported incident length was 90 minutes, resulting in an average cost per incident of approximately $505,500. For a total data center outage, which had an average recovery time of 134 minutes, average costs…
  • Join SCC at 2014 Kingston Connect Business Expo

    Jesse Locke
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
      Server Cloud Canada is happy to be the gold sponsor of 2014 Kingston Connect Mixer, “The Largest Business To Business Networking Event in Eastern Ontario“!     When: Where: Who: Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014   2PM–7PM The Rogers K-Rock Centre Business owners, managers, decision-makers, buyers, salespeople, professionals, business students, not-for-profits, and entrepreneurs of all backgrounds should attend the event. *The event is open to both members and non-members of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce. *The event is free to attend, there is no admission…
  • What happens in the Cloud, should stay in the Cloud!

    Server Cloud Canada
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    The recent cloud controversy is yet another hard example of the importance and reality of security and privacy issues associated with cloud computing. The larger public commodity clouds have been built around the models of over-subscription and resource sharing – all in the name of immediate introduction and uptake. Usually one gets what they pay for, what have we really given up for the low cost (at times free) services? In the business world, where data security and privacy literally translate into loss of jobsand loss of profits, companies are now looking to mandate and…
  • Why Helion could be the game-changer the cloud has been waiting for

    Server Cloud Canada
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    In today’s business world, everyone expects more of everything. Customers demand tighter security, faster transactions, and enhanced customer service. Business owners want superior visibility, higher availability, and the agility to scale for massive growth at a moment’s notice. At Server Cloud Canada, we’re seeing the move to the cloud as an enabler of game-changing benefits for everyone. When we started out five years ago, we thought we’d be a kind of standard resource for CPU, RAM, and storage—similar to the Amazons and Googles of the world. But what we turned out to be is…
  • Orchestrating your cloud with SCC and vCloud Director 5.5

    Jesse Locke
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
      What is vCloud Director? VMware vCloud Director is a software solution for service providers that enables secure cloud environments by pooling infrastructure resources into virtual data centers and exposing them to users through web-based portals and programmatic interfaces as fully automated, catalog-based services. A Dedicated Machine vs. A Dedicated Resource Pool ‘VMware vCloud Director’ gives administrators the ability to control all aspects of their cloud environment from one single pane of glass. The act of accessing and configuring dedicated (not shared) resources…
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  • Why Data Center Outsourcing A Smarter Choice For Enterprises?

    Sandeep Sharma
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Outsourcing of data center is something that has gained popularity for a variety of reasons. Many business owners find that the maintenance of data center on-site is not something that they can afford. They may not be able to do it for a number of reasons including money, manpower etc. Many-a-times, the reason behind the shortage of manpower are the cash required to maintain them for a longer time span. Many businesses have turned towards the data center outsourcing due to the financial and other limitations. But there are quite a few advantages with it. It cannot be denied that there are…
  • Virtual Private Servers: Stunning Combination of Performance and Price

    Bhavna Singh
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Imagine creating partitions in a computer and activating multiple servers. This is definitely a solution for the problem when owning a heavy site that is experiencing too much traffic. Well, this is what newest of trends in web hosting services with the evolution of technologies and software offers, it is often referred as virtual private server, which is also known as virtual dedicated server. VPS is basically a virtual server that appears like a dedicated server but then the actual picture is something different. It is software installed in a computer that caters multiple web sites. One…
  • Reference for Dedicated Server Selection

    Sandeep Sharma
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    If you think that it is the right time to invest in the dedicated server for your business, the process of selection should not be that difficult or depressing one. The very first step in this direction is to determine your needs that you may expect from the dedicated hosting server you are going to choose. There are three prominent areas that need to be closely acknowledged during the selection of a a dedicated server, they are: Needs of your business Server’s configuration requirements Budget of your dedicated services Now, moving focus on the above three factors to see the factors…
  • Cloud DR Options Maintains Your Business Longevity

    Priyanka Arora
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Is your organization prepared well to face any kind of data loss that might take place at any unfortunate instant of time? Not yet? This is the time you should think about moving in right direction with full-proof disaster recovery plans and measures. Let’s just understand what does the term DR actually means. Disaster recovery for cloud hosting refers to a service that helps to maintain the copies of you enterprise critical data in a completely secure offsite environment. This service provides numerous benefits to enterprises as well as individuals along with savings on cost being quite…
  • Effective DMS: A Key to Eco-Friendly Workplace

    Bhavna Singh
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Information is the most prominent asset for any organization. It will not be wrong to say that your business relies on this asset more than anything else. But can your employees locate the information easily that they need at any instant of time? In most of the organizations, documents are stored in multiple places such as CDs, individual PC hard-drives, desk drawers, and the file-cabinet store room. And, the people who need to access these documents on regular basis are often situated in different locations. The solution for progressively increasing businesses- small as well as large- is an…
 
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  • Staying Agile with the cloud

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    A cloud approach to storage is a great way to build Agility into your infrastructure. But if you’re aiming to shift to a more Agile way of working, then remember: a cloud infrastructure helps, but it’s not enough. Agile is a complete philosophy and methodology you need to roll out across every aspect of your organisation – not just your IT systems. A new paradigm The value of moving to the cloud will be limited if you don’t also foster Agile practices at every level of your organisation. Agile can be a fantastic way of speeding up development and lowering costs, but…
  • A brief history of cloud computing

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Cloud storage is something we take for granted. In fact, you probably use it without even thinking about it. Popular services like iTunes, Gmail, Facebook – developments of the last 15 years at most – all rely on the cloud. By the end of this decade, the cloud computing market has been forecast to reach almost a quarter of a trillion US dollars. How did we get here so fast? The first computers Although the mainframes of the 1950s can be considered the first real computers, they were by today’s standards little more than warehouse-sized calculators. Even slimmed-down versions…
  • What you need to know about BYOD and the Cloud

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Just two years ago, most companies actively discouraged their people from bringing their own devices to work. It was deemed to be too much of a threat – to productivity, to security, to control and oversight of what was going on. Now, the pendulum has swung the other way. The vast majority of businesses not only allow but encourage or even require their employees to use their own smartphones, tablets and laptops. Whilst that makes perfect sense from one point of view – employees will work better on devices with which they’re familiar, and it saves the company money –…
  • Getting started with the Cloud

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    ‘Cloud storage’ is one of those phrases that gets passed around a lot. It’s the new trend, the answer to your problems – in fact, it’s the only way to go nowadays. Alternatively, it’s a fair solution for some organisations but a disaster for others: expensive, varying in quality and ultimately outside of your control. One of the problems is that ‘the cloud’ sounds like an ethereal form of storage somewhere in the sky. For this and other reasons, many people simply don’t understand what it’s all about. So, what do you need to know to…
  • The technical and cultural changes of moving to the cloud

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Moving to a cloud storage system often makes financial sense, but organisations typically overlook the shifts in thinking that it entails. At one level, cloud operations are a matter of technical strategy: there are infrastructure changes that have to take effect and that have to be adequately planned and carefully executed. What may not be appreciated are the cultural factors that such a move involves – and that these include both challenges and opportunities. Eradicating physical location The traditional CMDB (configuration management database) approach is closely linked to physical…
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  • Cloud computing services for both disaster recovery, business continuity

    Jesse Frye
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Cloud computing offers functionality in many respects. Disaster recovery and business continuity are two uses gaining traction throughout the corporate space. Companies are not only implementing cloud environments to safeguard mission-critical data and applications from disruptions – they are also relying on the technology to quickly respond following such events. TechPageOne’s Howard Cohen recently indicated companies must understand the differences between business continuity and disaster recovery. What is similar between the two, however, is firms must make data protection…
  • Cloud, other tech stabilizing spending in 2014 and beyond

    Jesse Frye
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Cloud computing is contributing to higher IT budgets in 2014 and 2015. A Spiceworks survey of small and medium-sized businesses and enterprises discovered 61 percent have already adopted the cloud. Companies are expected to spend an average of $253,000 on IT products and services in 2014, with 42 percent anticipating even higher expenditures in 2015.Virtualization and bring-your-own-device policies are also driving forces behind improving IT spending. Spiceworks found 74 percent of respondents have adopted virtual environments, while 68 percent are supporting BYOD initiatives.Kathryn Pribish,…
  • Health care market using cloud computing for innovative research

    Jesse Frye
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Health care organizations are turning to cloud computing to perform all types of functions. GigaOM recently reported DNAnexus, a cloud startup, is using the technology to turn DNA sequences into valuable information. For example, Regeneron Genetics Center is leveraging the solution to for drug research.The news provider explained Regeneron uses DNAnexus' technology to analyze 1,000 exomes, which make up 1 percent of the human genome most relevant to health data, to compare these genes to potential health issues. DNAnexus streams these findings to cloud environments and translates…
  • Three Major Reasons Why Cloud Migrations Fail

    Stephen Harrington
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    RISC Networks’ Marketing Director Jesse Frye discusses the three reasons why most cloud migrations fail. Most companies overspend on cloud by as much as 94% in some cases. This is due to lack of planning. RISC Networks CloudScape is a vendor neutral SaaS platform that helps companies analyze their networks, purchase workloads based on usage instead of inventory, and properly form a migration plan.The post Three Major Reasons Why Cloud Migrations Fail appeared first on RISC Networks.
  • Cloud Computing and the Impact on IT Staffing

    Jesse Frye
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Cloud computing is on virtually every CIO’s radar. It’s not that the technology is brand new…it’s been around for decades. However, the widespread adoption of cloud related capabilities has really been pushed to the forefront of awareness with everyday consumer adoption of cloud. Today, there are few in the United States who are not users of cloud, either personally or professionally. If you use Facebook, Google Plus, iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, Google Docs, GMAIL, etc. etc. then you use cloud services. Vendor companies serving corporate America such as EMC, Microsoft, HP, IBM, Dell…
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  • How to Blog from Your Website

    Nurdin Budi M.
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    You will have many options open to you in the design and functionality of your blog that are not available on the blog hosted.You can use Blogger or WordPress from wordpress.com or blogger.com. Each has its own characteristics, advantages and disadvantages, such as lack of reference groups on Blogger, and raw HTML editing facility relatively poor on WordPress. However, each has its fans and followers, and those changed. Some general fatigue, however, does not provide a wide range of opportunities for those who chose to Word and other programs Blogging own term PSPs own.Those who use hosted…
  • Display Most Commented Posts on Blogger with Yahoo Pipe

    Nurdin Budi M.
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    In a blog we need to accentuate the very articles that we rely on to improve the reader's desire to explore our blog further. There are many ways that can be used in doing so, one of which is by way of display the most commented posts.There is a very easy way of doing the things above, especially if our blog using blogger.com; using yahoo pipes, you don't have to think hard, but simply used in a simple manner that is like the following guidelines:#1. From your blogger dashboard, select "Layout" menu, then specify the position of the most commented posts widget is placed.#2. Press Add a Gadget…
  • Tips Internet Marketing Monetizing Your Hobby

    Nurdin Budi M.
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    Do you have a hobby? Is there something that you enjoy doing, and that you did not think to use to earn some extra money. Well, if there is, this article will give you some ideas for your hobbies and monetize it. I'm going to give you some examples of how easy it is to do, especially some of the sites that are available to us today. After reading this article, and I doubt that you'll be raking in the cash for something you enjoy doing. That will not be a blow.The other day, I was in more than one site YouTube. I do not know what is YouTube. Well, it's a Web site that displays the member…
  • Learn How To Make Your Own Blog Specialized Prevail

    Nurdin Budi M.
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Let's look at the four corners, which you need to focus on the blog, and increase traffic to your place and talk.1)Give your identity blogEvery successful blog requires identity to stand out from the crowd than the other. And identity is you! Allowed to leak your personal tone of your blog, or do you have another method. Let factored planning is possible and practicable. Nature of your blog to make it easier for you and your readers to bond.2)Set Cell Blog This is why you are blogging. It's a specialized subject, or goals that you selected blog. Another argument is that you have to…
  • Add Alexa Rank Checker on Blogger

    Nurdin Budi M.
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    Recognition of the credibility of a web traffic is urgently needed on the internet; It is very necessary to know how good the web rank. There are several providers that accommodate web traffic rank system, and one of the most known is Alexa.com.In addition to web traffic ranking data, Alexa.com also provides information some other much-needed data to analyse the advantages of a web. Therefore, as bloggers we want to provide facilities to the reader the article we can check the alexa rankings of a web.It is very easy to add Alexa Rank Checker Widgets into your blog, especially for those who…
 
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  • vCloud Private Hosting: Using the vCloud SDK for PHP: Part 1

    support
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:13 am
    If you are looking to set up your own vCloud Private Hosting and are looking to use the vCloud SDK with a language you are familiar with such as PHP, this post should help shed some light on the process. At Cloudhelix we make use of the vCloud SDK for various automation and reporting tasks.Continue reading> The post vCloud Private Hosting: Using the vCloud SDK for PHP: Part 1 appeared first on Cloudhelix Limited.
  • Using vCloud Connector: Part 4

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    In part three we; Downloaded the vCloud Connector Node Added relevent credentials into the VI Client Created a catalogue to be used as a destination target for the vCloud Connector VMs and vApps Now for the somewhat cool stuff.. In this part we take an existing templated VM from our local Private vSphere Cloud, export,Continue reading> The post Using vCloud Connector: Part 4 appeared first on Cloudhelix Limited.
  • Using an Amazon Storage Gateway on the Cloudhelix platform

    support
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:13 am
    After our previous post that demonstrated using an Amazon Storage Gateway, we had a couple of enquiries from customers, asking whether they could deploy this inside their Cloudhelix VDC to add some off-site archive storage. The answer is yes – you can! The current version of the AWS cloud Storage Gateway has been uploaded toContinue reading> The post Using an Amazon Storage Gateway on the Cloudhelix platform appeared first on Cloudhelix Limited.
  • Using VMware vCloud Connector: Part 3

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    In part two we deployed the vCloud Connection Server, now it’s time for the vCloud Connection Node: Download and Install the vCloud Connector Node The deployment process is exactly the same as the vCloud Connection Server; Download the VMware vCloud Connection Node and unzip the contents of the file Login to the vSphere Client withContinue reading> The post Using VMware vCloud Connector: Part 3 appeared first on Cloudhelix Limited.
  • Using VMware vCloud Connector: Part 2

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:46 am
    In part one we detailed the three components of the vCloud Connector, equipped with this knowledge let’s get started.. Download and Install the vCloud Connector Server If you are running VMware vSphere it’s fair to assume you have a functioning VMware vCentre Server. Download the VMware vCloud Connection Node and unzip the contents of theContinue reading> The post Using VMware vCloud Connector: Part 2 appeared first on Cloudhelix Limited.
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  • Windows 10 Wish List

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    I’ve used Windows since version 2, and until Windows 8, its user interface had seemingly evolved in a logical fashion. People might have (rightly) called Windows ME and Vista all sorts of unprintable names, but at least they didn’t force you to use a patronising, Fisher Price-style tile array out of the box, which you then have to control with a mouse. Windows 8 just makes my working life difficult in a fewways that aren’t issues with Windows 7, even when you’ve installed software such as Classic Shell. It’s not just me and a fewInternet haters either. Even now, market stats…
  • Lenovo ThinkVision Pro 2840m

    3 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    A stylish looking panel, but its chic looks conceal some serious problems£450 | $799 Most of the monitors on test this month get so much right, it seems all the wrongness has been reserved for Lenovo’s unfortunate ThinkVision. To be clear, this is largely a high quality product from a normally highly reliable brand. The chassis is a nice bit of engineering, as is the fully adjustable stand. Overall, it feels reassuringly expensive. However, it has serious problems. It starts with the glass cover over the screen. No doubt product managers at Lenovo spotted the same feature on Apple’s…
  • Secure your wireless network

    28 Sep 2014 | 1:28 am
    We all know that having a secure wireless network is important, but a good password alone isn’t always enough. These methods will help keep your data extra safe.Securing your network beyond the password level seems like a chore. That’s understandable, but with so many wireless devices in the hands of other people just feet from your property, you need to go a little further to ensure your privacy is kept intact. We’re going to guide you through the essential steps you should take toimprove the security of your home wireless network. At the core of most Wi-Fi home networks is a…
  • Increase a MacBook’s battery life

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Give your MacBook a battery boost with Lou Hattersley’s OS X power tricksApple has created a mini marvel In the form of Its Maceook. Despite skinny frames. Apple's laptops have enough battery power to last eight- to 12 hours. depending on the model. Here are a few tips to make them last even longer.Maximising battery life:Use Software Update: Keep up to date with the latest OS X. Click on Apple o Software Update.Use Energy Saver System Preferences:Open System Preferences (Apple - System Preferences) and click on Energy Saver. Click on Battery and Move the Computer Sleep and Dlsplay sleep…
  • Is Ebay planning to split from PayPal ?

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    Like tea and biscuits or bread and butter. eBay and PayPal form a combination that works so well that it's hard to imagine them apart. So it's baffling to think why the online marketplace would sell its successful payment system. until you read that rumours to that effect caused eBay's share price to rise by 6.6 per cent. The speculation began back in January when US investor Carl Icahn called for eBay to ‘spin off’ at least 20 per cent of PayPaI into a publicly listed company. Icahn claimed that eBay was falling to capitalise on the growing popularity of mobile payments and that…
 
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