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  • Get Poached

    TechCrunch » Enterprise
    Jordan Crook
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
     The tech/startup industry is about as incestuous as it gets, and that's without any clear tools to help people switch from one moonshot to the next. So imagine a world in which there are two! Allow me to proudly introduce PoachBox, the anonymous employee auction site, and Underdog, the NY-based site for finding your next employer. Read More
  • Key Cloud Computing Statistics

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    Brian
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:34 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - Here are some key cloud computing statistics that highlight the growth and adoption trends of this strategic technology: Cloud spending By 2015, end-user spending on cloud services could be more than $180 billion By 2014, businesses in the United States will spend more than $13 billion on cloud computing and managed hosting services It is […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: IT spending by SMBs up 15% in first quarter Biggest spending is going towards tablets, cloud and virtualization, according... Small Businesses Lack…
  • Cloud Panel: New Operating Models for Business Transformation

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    Greg Ness
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    I’m very excited about moderating the upcoming Future in Review panel entitled “Cloud: New Operating Models for Business Transformation”.  It will be held on May 21 at 2PM at the Montage Laguna Beach. Panelists so far include: David Nelson, Chief Cloud Architect at Boeing; Dave Campbell, CTO for Cloud and Enterprise Business Group at Microsoft; […]
  • Teaming Up Big Data and the Cloud

    Cloud Business Review
    Cloud Authors
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Cloud computing and big data are currently making waves in the business IT world. Both of these technologies offer great benefits for businesses, and they are increasingly being adopted by both large and small businesses around the world. Companies and organizations will be able to bring their IT performance and capabilities to a whole new level by combining the Cloud with big data.… Click here to read more
  • Evaluate Security Products With no Software Charges by Using AWS Marketplace

    Amazon Web Services Blog
    AWS Evangelist
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Have you shopped at AWS Marketplace lately? The selection keeps on growing and you can easily find, buy, and starting many different types of Software Infrastructure, Developer Tools, and Business Software: You don't need to worry about procuring a server, installing and configuring an operating system, or installing the actual software that you set out to use in the first place. AWS Marketplace is a short, direct path that will have you up and running in minutes. Because you can launch fully installed and configured software in minutes, you can easily try out one or more products until…
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  • SQL Is Dead, Long Live SQL!

    Andrew Wing
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “Big Data” is one of the biggest buzzwords in the technology industry today – you can’t read the tech press or look at social media without seeing it. But what do we mean by Big Data, and what’s wrong with our old friend “little data” that has served us well for 30 odd years. We are constantly bombarded with information, and making sense of it is becoming a challenge both on an individual and an enterprise scale. As individuals we now have access to a multitude of information sources, communication methods and purchasing options. Choosing between them and making sense of it all…
  • Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight On WayScout: Discover, Create And Share Mobile Guides

    John McKenna
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you travel from city to city, it’s always nice to find out about local attractions, happenings or cool places to visit. What if you could turn your smartphone into your own personal tour guide in the cities you visit? Rackspace Startup Program member WayScout is a platform that empowers users to create and deliver mobile location-based guides. Guides can be lists, tours or other information tied to location. With photos, video and audio, guides can provide an immersive experience, or be a simple but useful list. Go deep with your interests or uncover a new passion. New places and…
  • How Performance Cloud Servers Are Delivering Measurable Impact

    Dominic Smith
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Since releasing Performance Cloud Servers late last year, we’ve been thrilled by the response from customers. We knew that enhancing speed, throughput, reliability and scalability would be embraced, but it’s still heartening to hear about the measurable impact directly from customers. Fanatical Support as a high-performing type of service was also a common theme in these customer stories. Below, we highlight some of the most tangible performance gains we’ve seen and heard about. More Bang for the Buck Glassdoor, which provides intelligence gathering for employers and employees,…
  • What Can Object Storage Do For Me Today?

    Jonathan Kelly
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Introduction In my previous blog post on Object Storage, I provided an overview of what Object Storage is, and how it compares to conventional storage platforms. In this post, I will discuss what benefits Object Storage can provide for you today.  As there are a variety of solutions to choose from, each offering different pros, cons and price-points, I will focus on OpenStack Swift, the open-source Object Storage component of OpenStack, as it is vendor-agnostic and freely available to everyone. Three Key Advantages Price Object Storage vs. Block/File Storage Block and File Storage solutions…
  • Catch The Problem Before It Occurs: Cloud Databases Monitoring With A Few Clicks

    Neha Verma
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Cloud Databases instances are already preconfigured with a default set of metrics, including CPU, memory, disk usage, average load, network and MySQL specific metrics. You can monitor both real-time statistics and historical trends in usage using our API and our CLI. However, you have told us that you want that capability with a friendly user interface too. Today we extend monitoring of Cloud Databases into our Control Panel. To give you a taste of the UI, we will look at a few examples in this post. Enhanced insight into your database Let’s look at a simple CPU utilization check. In the…
 
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    Digital Transformation

  • Gartner’s prediction from 2010 – Did it come true?

    Tarry Singh
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Once in a while I like to go back in the past and see where we stood and what all we predicted. My world wide data center prediction was/is one of those things and I must admit it isn’t too bad. So is this list by Gartner and I must say that it is still pretty much close to its mark. Not bad, Gartner! So here are the predictions from about 4 years back and my quick analysis on each of them. #1 Prediction By 2012, 20 percent of businesses will own no IT assets.Several interrelated trends are driving the movement toward decreased IT hardware assets, such as virtualization, cloud-enabled…
  • Digital Disruption in Retail – Top 10 priorities for CIOs in 2014-2015

    Tarry Singh
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    Future of Retail Priority # 1: Build a single customer experience Retailers have beaten the “multi-channel, cross-channel, omni-channel” talk to death, says Allen Smith , CIO at yoga- and fitness-clothing manufacturer and retailer Lululemon. “We use the term single guest experience,” he says, admitting it’s a bit easier for a 15-year-old firm that has always offered both online and in-store shopping. Nonetheless, Lululemon has had to bring mobile into the mix, something it has done with an “Om Finder” app that Smith touts as brand consistent and…
  • Digital technologies – Up-skill or its time to say goodbye to your job!

    Tarry Singh
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    In my last article I had written about the Hyper Cloud and how Google’s new cloud computing platform could potentially foster innovation on the internet. In this article however, I want to take a step back to discuss how these new digital technologies could potentially create jobs for us all. Last year, AP (Associated Press) ran a 3-part big story on “Technology and permanent job destruction“, very real and a very chilling narrative of what is happening in the job market right now. We have never witnessed at job-less economic recovery ever! Most of the jobs will never…
  • Welcome to the age of Hyper Clouds!

    Tarry Singh
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:20 am
    You all must have just heard about it. Today Google announced its Google Cloud Platform. If you haven’t, go quickly to the newly announced Google platform to see for it yourself. And you know something? You can already start computing in the cloud as the platform is live! I’m writing this in a hurry and drew two matrixes in my head while I was in the gym so here they are. A detailed article could follow soon or you could save me the trouble and ask here, I will respond to your questions here on this page! Where are we in the cloud journey today? Digital Disruption with Hyper Cloud…
  • Dear Caterpillar CEO – You need to embark on a Digital Transformation today!

    Tarry Singh
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:09 am
    This news in on the internet right now! Caterpillar believes Its Dealers Are Missing Out On $9-$18 Billion In Easy Sales! So what is going on here, they have a sound strategy, right? Ok, lets take a step back and first analyse the news a bit and understand what’s going on here. Here’s my quick take on the As-is situation and I think this is what the CEO is seeing as missed business: digital transformation disruption   This is easy for anyone to analyse but I’d like to know where exactly in the Caterpillar’sdigital transformation journey things went wrong? I would…
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    CloudAve

  • I’ve Officially Sent This Email Over 100 Times to Recruiters Looking for .NET Developers

    Adron Hall
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Here’s the letter, it’s kind of LOLz! I know it’s tough to find .NET Developers (or replace .NET with Java Developers or X Enterprise Language), so CIOs, CTOs and others take note. Here’s what I know and what I see, embodied in a letter. I will put effort into hooking people up with good jobs, that fit the person, and persons that fit the job, but lately I’ve seen companies that do .NET work in the Portland, Seattle and especially San Francisco areas become exceedingly desperate for .NET Developers. This is what my general response looks like. “Hello Recruiter Looking for .NET…
  • FREE E-BOOK: 10 Essential Elements of Great Enterprise Mobile Apps

    Quinton Wall
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Mobile devices, whether you’re talking about smart phones, tablets, or other form factors, present unique development and design challenges. The kind of information, the actions you can take, the way the interface looks and works, needs to be fundamentally different in a mobile environment. Which is why, at salesforce.com, we’ve identified what we believe are ten essential elements that can help you create more than just a good business app, but a great enterprise mobile app. An app that solves real business problems to help employees be more productive and more connected to anything,…
  • Breaking Up Again, OneNote and I Must Go Separate Ways

    Adron Hall
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Ok, psychologically one is supposed to tell the good news last and the bad news first. Well, I’m doing that backwards with this article. First things first, all the awesome about Microsoft’s OneNote App. Microsoft OneNote The cool thing is, after more than a few years, OneNote runs on pretty much runs on most mobile and desktop systems. When I say most, what that equates to is: Windows, iOS and OS-X. Now, I wouldn’t doubt if it works on some other things that I’ve missed, but those are the places I know it works because that is where I’ve used the application the most. OneNote…
  • APIs Are Bridging the Mobile App Gap

    Quinton Wall
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Almost overnight, it seems, our lives came to revolve around social networks: We scan our Facebook feeds for updates from our families and relevant news, use Twitter to follow friends and celebrities, and pin the latest fashions or home-improvement ideas via Pinterest. Behind it all is the desire to drive engagement, to stay connected with people, brands and trends. If engagement is fueled by people, then the fuel of the next generation is the API — Application Programming Interface. Without APIs, none of these new engagement models would have become the most critical new business growth…
  • Docker Red Hat and Containerization Wreck Virtualization

    Adron Hall
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Conversation has popped up around a few tweets Alex Williams regarding virtualization at the Red Hat Summit. One of the starts to the conversation. How Project Atomic fits with Docker, geard, etc. http://t.co/qjFFGR2nI8— Alex Williams (@alexwilliams) April 15, 2014 Paraphrased the discussion has been shaped around asking, “Why is OS-level virtualization via containers (namely Docker) become such a massive hot topic?” With that, it got me thinking about some of the shifts around containerization and virutalization at the OS level versus at the hyper-visor level. Here’s some of my…
 
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    ElasticVapor

  • The Difference Between Google, Facebook And Microsoft Summed Up In Two Words: Augmentation Or Immersion

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Over the last week the question of why would spend $2 billion buying Oculus Rift, a maker of virtual reality headsets has been asked repeatedly. In a world where wearable technology is generally seen as the next big thing, a pair of rather large VR goggles appears to run opposite to the approach taken by [...] [Visit my site for the complete story.]
  • Design Thinking: A Unified Framework For Innovation

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    Over the years the question of what makes some companies, and the people within, more or less creative than others has been studied ad nauseam. The idea of innovation within business has long been thrown around, it’s a kind of catchall term used for everything a company must do continue to remain relevant. We are [...] [Visit my site for the complete story.]
  • Recent Forbes Posts (November 2013 - March 2014)

    17 Mar 2014 | 10:04 am
    Post 1 week ago | 2,824 viewsThe Future Of The Web Is AudibleLike it or not the web has mostly been designed for those who can see it. The very nature of HTML and CSS is focused on how a web page looks, mostly disregarding our other senses. With the increasing popularity of wearable technology combined with advancements in machine learning, a newfound emphasis is being placed on not only how a website read »Post 3 weeks ago | 3,598 viewsHow Facebook Is Spending Billions Buying Your AttentionMuch has been blogged, tweeted and written about Facebook’s…
  • The Future Of The Web Is Audible

    6 Mar 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Like it or not the web has mostly been designed for those who can see it. The very nature of HTML and CSS is focused on how a web page looks, mostly disregarding our other senses. With the increasing popularity of wearable technology combined with advancements in machine learning, a newfound emphasis is being placed [...] [Visit my site for the complete story.]
  • How Facebook Is Spending Billions Buying Your Attention

    24 Feb 2014 | 5:09 am
    Much has been blogged, tweeted and written about ’s massive $19 billion dollar acquisition of WhatsApp. It’s a fascinating story that hits at the heart of the new American dream. A dream that imagines anyone with a simple idea cannot only find success, but success on gargantuan scale. Yet as a story of rags to [...] [Visit my site for the complete story.]
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    TechCrunch » Enterprise

  • Get Poached

    Jordan Crook
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
     The tech/startup industry is about as incestuous as it gets, and that's without any clear tools to help people switch from one moonshot to the next. So imagine a world in which there are two! Allow me to proudly introduce PoachBox, the anonymous employee auction site, and Underdog, the NY-based site for finding your next employer. Read More
  • Linode Invests $45M To Switch To SSDs, Double RAM

    Frederic Lardinois
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
     Thanks to new entrants like DigitalOcean, the competition in the hosting space has been heating up for the last few months and for the most part, it's the users who are reaping the benefits of this. In what is surely a reaction to pressure from its competitors, Linode, the established cloud VPS provider, today announced that it has invested $45 million to improve the hardware and networking… Read More
  • SpringCM Scores $18M In Funding; Plans To Expand Sales And Marketing

    Ron Miller
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
     SpringCM, which has been doing hosted content management since 2005, long before we called it The Cloud, announced today it has received $18M in venture funding. CEO Greg Buchholz told me he plans to use most of the money to expand his sales and marketing department. The funding for the Chicago-based company will come from Fort Worth, Texas-based Goff Capital, Square 1 Bank and Foundation Capital,… Read More
  • Work4 Raises $7M To Rival Job Sites With Its Social Network-Based Recruitment App

    Ingrid Lunden
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
     Work4, an online recruitment startup that uses social networks to advertise and find leads for job vacancies, has picked up another $7 million in funding that it plans to use to expand further into markets outside the U.S., and the scope of its product. The Series B round was led by new investor Serena Capital with participation also from existing investor Matrix Partners. Read More
  • UberConference Adds Screen Sharing

    Frederic Lardinois
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    UberConference, the popular conference calling service and former TechCrunch Disrupt Battelfield winner, today announced that it has added screen sharing to its service. The company says this was one of the most requested features it has had since launch, and starting today, it's available for all users, including those who use the free service. Read More
 
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    Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson

  • Facilitators Announced For NGA Agile Cloud Brainstorming Event

    Kevin L. Jackson
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    The Information Technology Acquisition Advisory Council (ITAAC) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) are announcing a slate of innovative leaders to serve as facilitators for the upcoming  "Agile Sourcing Environment for Commercial Cloud" brainstorming session being held in Alexandria, VA on April 23, 2014. Enjoying a great response thus far, industry participants include Boeing, Oracle, Google,SAP, Leidos and Capgemini. Government participants include the US Navy, US Army, US House of Representatives and GSA. The confirmed facilitator lineup is:•Prospective Customers…
  • MBO Partners Spotlights GovCloud Founder Kevin L. Jackson

    Kevin L. Jackson
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Associate Spotlight Interview with Kevin L. JacksonMBO Associate Since 10/20131)    Tell us a little bit about what you do.I am the CEO and founder of GovCloud Network, LLC. In a consultative role, I help companies develop and execute targeted media strategies via social media channels to over 1.5 million professionals across 20 industry verticals. With a specialty in cloud computing, we and our partners also provide the critical technical training and business education needed to thrive through the use of advanced information technology. For more information, please visit…
  • ITAAC/ICH and TIA To Host Commercial Cloud Sourcing Brainstorming Session for NGA

    Kevin L. Jackson
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    The Information Technology Acquisition Advisory Council (ITAAC) and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) are honored to team with NGA in hosting the first "Agile Sourcing Environment for Commercial Cloud" brainstorming session, April 23, 2014 at TIA headquarters. This not for profit and free industry event is designed to improve cloud computing standardization and interoperability. Polly Shaffer, NGA Industry Innovation Advocate, will be presenting at the "Agile Sourcing Environment for Commercial Cloud" brainstorming session on April 23, 2014. Jointly hosted by the ITAAC…
  • Author and Tech Strategist Melvin Greer Profiled by WashingtonExec

    Kevin L. Jackson
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:25 am
    Congratulations to my NCOICcolleague and dear friend Melvin Greer on his impressive WashingtonExec interview.A senior fellow and chief strategist at Lockheed Martin, Mel has more than 29 years’ experience in systems and software engineering and is a recognized expert in Service Oriented Architecture, Cloud Computing and Predictive Analytics. His research fields include Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology and Gamification. His new book, “21st Century Leadership: Harnessing Innovation, Accelerating Business Success”  is book centered on leadership and its relationship to business. Mel…
  • IT Risk Management Summit - March 26, 2013 - Reston, VA

    Kevin L. Jackson
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:08 am
    In response to growing demand for formal software risk and quality management tools, the nations’ most respected standards bodies and IT communities of practice have joined forces to advance the state of the practice in software quality management.  Hosted by the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ), and in cooperation with Object Management Group, Software Engineering Institute, Interoperability Clearinghouse, IT Acquisition Advisory Council, a leadership forum will be held on March 26th in Reston, Virginia. The goal of this intensive one day event is to provide both IT…
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    ARCHIMEDIUS

  • Cloud DR Works Best with a Pilot Light

    Greg Ness
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Earlier this month I had the chance to talk directly with organizations leveraging AWS for cloud DR.  It is a very interesting and powerful use case.  Calling it transformative is an understatement. These forward-thinking teams are using AWS as a kind of pilot light for a multi-tier app environment (including a cloned database stack) in AWS […]
  • The New Microsoft and the New Cloud

    Greg Ness
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
    When it comes to the emerging multi-billion dollar hybrid cloud market, Microsoft is becoming more than a force to be reckoned with; it is articulating a powerful vision, one that is increasingly well-grounded in the Redmond giant’s core expertise and global data center footprint.  Some call Microsoft’s advantage “enterprise DNA” but I think that may […]
  • Cloud Panel: New Operating Models for Business Transformation

    Greg Ness
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    I’m very excited about moderating the upcoming Future in Review panel entitled “Cloud: New Operating Models for Business Transformation”.  It will be held on May 21 at 2PM at the Montage Laguna Beach. Panelists so far include: David Nelson, Chief Cloud Architect at Boeing; Dave Campbell, CTO for Cloud and Enterprise Business Group at Microsoft; […]
  • Cloud Agility Could be a $60B Market

    Greg Ness
    2 Mar 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Last fall I wrote a piece for VentureBeat on the contrasts between two key cloud operating models.  My intention was simply to contrast cloud lock-in with cloud agility, and what that contrast means for IT teams, especially those who might be unsettled by the cloud.  I also wrote at Seeking Alpha that the cloud agility […]
  • The Cloud is a New Operating Model

    Greg Ness
    12 Feb 2014 | 10:54 am
    Most of the early uses of cloud IaaS were for small and medium–sized businesses and tactical Dev/Test environments. For enterprises the cloud as a critical environment for production apps was a pipe dream.  The hybrid cloud will change all of that this year as Microsoft (MSFT) and VMware (VMW) enter the IaaS scene and Amazon […]
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    Cloudy Times

  • New tech blog on journwe.com

    Markus Klems
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    This blog has been retired. I am now blogging on http://labs.journwe.com. Have a look at my newest blog post: http://labs.journwe.com/2014/04/02/journwes-aws-based-web-application-architecture/ Cheers! Markus
 
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    Latest News from Cloud Computing Journal

  • Dell & Red Hat Deliver Enterprise-Grade, OpenStack Private Cloud Solution

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dell and Red Hat Inc. have announced the availability of co-engineered, enterprise-grade, private cloud solutions based on OpenStack, the Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution, powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The companies also have extended their collaboration to enable the compatibility, portability and reliability for Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings that enterprise customers need as they build public, private and hybrid cloud environments. Through the new private cloud solutions and extended alliance, Dell and Red Hat aim to provide enterprise customers at various…
  • Oracle Marketing Cloud Solution Helps Manufacturers Drive Revenue

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Marketers in global manufacturing businesses are looking to improve customer engagement and increase marketing effectiveness as they support prospects and customers through the discovery and buying process. To be successful, these marketers need to quickly transition from conventional product-centric marketing to a customer-centric approach. Oracle Eloqua for Manufacturing is a flexible and scalable industry-specific marketing automation solution that enables companies to deliver targeted and personalized interactions across customer touchpoints and channels.read more
  • Healthcare IT a HIT in Philippines

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:26 am
    The upcoming HIT-PH Conference in Metro Manila on May 22-23 focuses on the rapid advance of Information Technology in this sector. “The Philippine healthcare industry is entering the digital age,” according to the conference organizers, Exist Healthcare IT and Goldcrest Communications. “The use of IT systems in hospitals holds great potential to improve operational efficiencies, promote better clinical outcomes and enhance patient engagement.” Mobility will be a key topic at this event, covering the use of mobile devices at bedside, barcode technology employed to minimize data-entry…
  • The Facts About Cloud High Availability and Disaster Recovery

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Enterprises are moving more and more applications to the cloud. Gartner predicts that the bulk of new IT spending by 2016 will be for cloud computing platforms and applications and that nearly half of large enterprises will have cloud deployments by the end of 2017.1 The far-reaching impact of cloud computing is summarized in a recent McKinsey report on disruptive technologies: “Cloud technology has the potential to improve productivity across $3 trillion in global enterprise IT spending, as well as enabling the creation of new online products and services for billions of consumers and…
  • Security, Compliance, Performance: We Are Talking About Web Conferencing

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Web conferencing in a public cloud has the same risks as any other cloud service. If you have ever had concerns over the types of data being shared in your employees’ web conferences, such as IP, financials or customer data, then it’s time to look at web conferencing in a private cloud. In her session at 14th Cloud Expo, Courtney Behrens, Senior Marketing Manager at Brother International, will discuss how issues that had previously been out of your control, like performance, advanced administration and compliance, can now be put back behind your firewall.read more
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    GoGrid Blog

  • What Cloud Computing Means for Industrial Infrastructure

    Team GoGrid
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Just as cloud computing has revolutionized how company IT departments interact with their networks, the way in which business is conducted across all markets has changed significantly. Continue reading «What Cloud Computing Means for Industrial Infrastructure»The post What Cloud Computing Means for Industrial Infrastructure appeared first on GoGrid Blog. Related posts: 10 Things to Consider When Purchasing Cloud Computing Infrastructure Be Prepared with a Solid Cloud Infrastructure Personal cloud computing driven by apps, data
  • Comparing Cloud Infrastructure Options for Running NoSQL Workloads

    Kole Hicks
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    A walk through in-memory, general compute, and mass storage options for Cassandra, MongoDB, Riak, and HBase workloads I recently had the pleasure of attending Cassandra Tech Day in San Jose, a developer-focused event where people were learning about various options for deploying Cassandra clusters. As it turns out, there was a lot of buzz surrounding the new in-memory option for Cassandra and the use cases for it. This interest got me thinking about how to map the options customers have for running Big Data across clouds. For a specific workload, NoSQL customers may want to have the…
  • Be Prepared with a Solid Cloud Infrastructure

    Team GoGrid
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The more big data enterprises continue to amass, the more risk involved. Continue reading «Be Prepared with a Solid Cloud Infrastructure»The post Be Prepared with a Solid Cloud Infrastructure appeared first on GoGrid Blog. Related posts: Small companies should consider cloud-based disaster recovery programs Industry Recognition: 2012 OnDemand 100 Top Private Company & CRN Coolest Cloud Infrastructure Vendor The Importance of Building Your Cloud Infrastructure the RIGHT Way
  • Security Alert: OpenSSL Bug Needs Prompt Attention

    Mario Duarte
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    A major vulnerability with the OpenSSL libraries was announced this morning. According to PCWorld, “The flaw, nicknamed ‘Heartbleed’ is contained in several versions of OpenSSL, a cryptographic library that enables SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) or TLS (Transport Security Layer) encryption. Most websites use either SSL or TLS, which is indicated in browsers with a padlock symbol. The flaw, which was introduced in December 2011, has been fixed in OpenSSL 1.0.1g, which was released on Monday [April 7].” We want to ensure all our customers are aware of this vulnerability so those impacted…
  • Infographic: 2014 – The Year of Open Source?

    Barbara Jurin
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you’re a software developer, you’ve probably already used open-source code in some of your projects. Until recently, however, people who aren’t software developers probably thought “open source” referred to a new type of bottled water. But all that’s beginning to change. Now you can find open-source versions of everything from Shakespeare to geospatial tools. In fact, the first laptop built almost entirely on open source hardware just hit the market. In the article announcing the new device, Wired noted that, “Open source hardware is beginning to find its own place in the…
 
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    Data Center Knowledge

  • DCeP-tive Metrics Are Not Productive

    Industry Perspectives
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Mark Monroe is Chief Technology Officer and VP of DLB Associates. He recently served as Executive Director of The Green Grid, an IT industry and end user consortium focused on resource efficient data centers and business computing environments. Think back to a few weeks ago, when March Madness was gripping the U.S. with basketball playoff fever. The ultimate measure of basketball productivity–total points–was carefully measured and tallied, using transparent, standard methods and highly objective reviews of whether a production event (a “shot”) resulted in 0, 1, 2 or 3 points.
  • Bomb Threat at Google Data Center Prompts Evacuation

    Rich Miller
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    The Google data center in South Carolina was evacuated this morning after a report of a bomb threat, according to local media. The Berkeley County sheriff’s department said that a caller had alleged this morning that there was a bomb at the center. Google staff were evacuated, and deputies from Berkeley County searched the building, assisted by the bomb squad from Charleston County, according to the Post & Courier. No threats had been found as of 2:45 p.m. “Our first priority is the safety and security of everyone on the site,” a Google spokesperson said.
  • Vantage Data Centers Boosts Credit Line to $275 Million

    Jason Verge
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Vantage Data Centers has increased its revolving credit facility by over 30 percent, from $210 million to $275 million. The company said the additional credit will allow it to continue to its expansion, including forays into new geographic markets. “We are pleased to close on this oversubscribed, upsized financing with the strong support of five existing banks and three new lenders,” said Sureel Choksi, President and CEO, Vantage Data Centers. “This financing enables Vantage to continue to support the growth of our customers by pursuing significant expansion in Santa Clara, Quincy,…
  • Inside SubTropolis: LightEdge Opens Data Center in Underground Complex

    Rich Miller
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    LightEdge Solutions has turned on the juice at the SubTropolis Technology Center, a new data center campus housed completely within SubTropolis, the 5-million-square foot underground business complex in Kansas City operated by Hunt Midwest. LightEdge Solutions, a cloud computing and colocation company, have invested $58 million in the 60,000 square foot fist phase of the technology center, which is expected to create 21 jobs. “The opening of LightEdge’s new data center helps bolster Missouri’s reputation as a technology hub, and is another win for Kansas City,” said Missouri Gov.
  • Tata Expands Global Data Center Network

    John Rath
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Global network service provider Tata Communications announced that it will use strategic partnerships to expand its data center footprint to Australia, Germany and Austria, and Malaysia. With over a million square feet of colocation space across the globe, the expansion to state of the art data centers with NEXTDC in Australia, Interxion in Germany and Austria, and Pacific Link Telecom (PLT) in Malaysia will act as extensions to further expand its global data center footprint. Tata’s data centers are fully integrated into the company’s global IP network, offering maximum traffic…
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    Nati Shalom's Blog

  • Notes from Big Data Business Challenges Panel Discussion

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

    Nati Shalom
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:33 am
    In my previous post I discussed the evolution of networking in the cloud - from commodity hardware to the cloud, and the need for the virtualization of network functions, and the different drivers for change.  In this post I will focus on orchestrating your networking through OpenStack’s Neutron, its challenges and potential. Bringing the Network and Applications Together So, as I mentioned in my previous post, when OpenStack introduced its networking API, known as Neutron, this provided a new way to set up networking services and configurations such as routers, subnets, floating IPs,…
  • What is NFV?

    Nati Shalom
    19 Feb 2014 | 3:54 am
    I first heard the term NFV a year ago as part of the writeup that I was doing with Alcatel Lucent on CloudBand titled Carrier Grade PaaS covering our collaboration. Ever since that time it looks like the term has risen in popularity with every network provider or infrastructure provider now launching a new NFV initiative. As with any new hype, the term NFV quickly became overloaded and confusing, so I thought it would be beneficial to try and clarify it a bit. What is NFV (technical definition)? NFV stands for Network Function Virtualization - it basically means that your routers, load…
  • ScaleDB: A NewSQL Alternative to Amazon RDS and Oracle RAC with 10x Performance Gain

    Nati Shalom
    3 Feb 2014 | 1:40 pm
    In the world of relational databases, MySQL and Oracle RAC (Real Application Cluster) own a significant segment of the market. Oracle RAC owns the majority of the enterprise market, while MySQL gained significant popularity amongst many of the Web 2.0 sites. Today, both of those databases are owned by Oracle (MySQL was acquired by Sun which was later acquired by Oracle). The following diagrams show the enterprise database marketshare covered by Gartner and Cloud Database market share covered by Jalistic - a Java PaaS provider. The acquisition of MySQL by Oracle raised concern over the future…
  • Industry Survey Shows: Organizations Turn to Stream Processing for their Big Data Needs

    Nati Shalom
    15 Dec 2013 | 4:38 am
    In a stream processing model, data is processed as it arrives to the Big Data system. With a batch processing model, only once the data is stored does the system run a variety of batch analytics - typically through a map/reduce style of processing.  Facebook and Twitter are good examples of stream processing models in use today, as I outlined in a previous post entitled Facebook’s vs Twitter’s Approach to Real-Time Analytics.  According to a recent survey of approximately 250 respondents, there is a trend moving towards stream processing in order to speed up analytics, with a…
 
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  • Evaluate Security Products With no Software Charges by Using AWS Marketplace

    AWS Evangelist
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Have you shopped at AWS Marketplace lately? The selection keeps on growing and you can easily find, buy, and starting many different types of Software Infrastructure, Developer Tools, and Business Software: You don't need to worry about procuring a server, installing and configuring an operating system, or installing the actual software that you set out to use in the first place. AWS Marketplace is a short, direct path that will have you up and running in minutes. Because you can launch fully installed and configured software in minutes, you can easily try out one or more products until…
  • EC2 Update - Previous Generation Instances

    AWS Evangelist
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    We have made some important changes to the EC2 pricing and instance type pages. We are introducing the concept of previous generations of EC2 instances. Amazon EC2 has been around since the summer of 2006. We started with a single instance (the venerable and still-popular m1.small) and have added many over the years. We have broadened our selection by adding specialized instance families such as CPU-Optimized, Memory-Optimized, and Cluster and by adding a wide variety of sizes within each family. As newer and more powerful processors have become available, we have added to the lineup in order…
  • AWS Week in Review - April 7, 2014

    AWS Evangelist
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, April 7 We added AWS Customer Success Stories from Comba Telecom, Etix, Ideomed, Predictix, Scopely, Sonian, and ScribbleLive. The AWS PHP Development Blog showed you how to Test Webhooks Locally for Amazon SNS. Tuesday, April 8 We announced that the AWS Console for iOS Android now Supports Amazon S3. We launched the New Cost Explorer for AWS. Wednesday, April 9 The AWS Application Management Blog showed you how to Quick-Launch Your Elastic Beanstalk Application in Three Clicks. The same blog also published a two-part…
  • Now Available - New Memory-Optimized EC2 Instances (R3)

    AWS Evangelist
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    I talked about the upcoming memory-optimized EC2 instance type (R3) last week and provided you with configuration and pricing information so that you could start thinking about how to put them to use in your environment. I am happy to report that the R3 instances are now available for use in the following AWS Regions: US East (Northern Virginia) US West (Northern California) US West (Oregon) EU (Ireland) Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Asia Pacific (Sydney) Asia Pacific (Singapore) Memory-OptimizedR3 instances are recommended for applications that require high memory performance at the best price point…
  • The New Cost Explorer for AWS

    AWS Evangelist
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    My colleague Parmita Mehta sent a blog post to introduce the new Cost Explorer. This looks really cool and I think you will like it! -- Jeff; I would like to introduce the Cost Explorer, a new toolset for managing your AWS spending. Cost Explorer is integrated with the new AWS Billing Console launched in November, and features reporting, analytics, and visualization tools enabling you to track and manage your AWS costs. We focused on several things with this initial release. First and foremost, we wanted to make this drop-dead simple to use: you sign up with a single click, and Cost…
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    CohesiveFT Blog

  • Bleeding Heart for the Heartbleed

    Ryan Koop
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Source: http://xkcd.com/1354/Thankfully VNS3 supported versions 2.7, 3.0, 3.01, 3.03, and 3.04 were not affected by the OpenSSL TLS heartbeat read overrun (CVE-2014-0160) better known now as the "Heartbleed." I feel for all the providers whose products are/were compromised.I feel for all the users who may have been negatively impacted.I feel for the OpenSSL Software Foundation (OSF) team members who have contributed to the project. I feel for all those who will now walk the long road ahead of rebuilding trust, rebuilding systems, and quantifying the potential damage caused by the OpenSSL…
  • Ask a Cloud Networking Expert: Why is multicast disabled in the cloud? How can you re-enable UDP multicast?

    Margaret Walker
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Multicast: one to manyIn networking, multicast is the delivery of a message or information to a group of computers simultaneously in a single transmission from the source.IP multicast is a technique for one-to-many communication over IP infrastructure in a network.  Multicast uses network infrastructure efficiently by requiring the source to send a packet only once, even if it needs to be delivered to a large number of receivers.The most common transport layer protocol to use multicast addressing is User Datagram Protocol (UDP).  UDP multicast is widely deployed in enterprises,…
  • Vote for VNS3 in 2 categories for the 2014 DCS Awards

    Margaret Walker
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Please Take a Moment to Vote for VNS3 for Security and Networking Product of the Year CohesiveFT has been shortlisted for two Datacentre Solutions Awards: Datacentre ICT Security Product of the Year and Datacentre ICT Networking Product of the Year.The security and networking category nominations highlight our virtual networking product’s versatility - See the customer use cases that got us nomiated. VNS3 helps enterprises regain control of security in any virtualized environment, including public clouds. Control data pathways and data encryption security with the VNS3 all-in-one…
  • Cloud Price Wars

    Ryan Koop
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The race to $0 is heating up in the IaaS spaceMarch 25th - Google fires the first salvo in the pricing wars at their Google Cloud Platform Live event by reducing GCE by 32% across all sizes, regions, and classes.March 26th - AWS quickly responds by reducing EC2, S3, RDS, ElastiCache, and Elastic MapReduce pricing effective April 1st.March 31st - Microsoft wants to play too and after renaming Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure, they are cutting prices on compute by up to 35% and storage by up to 65%. Bingo. Bango. Bongo...  Hey Rackspace, where you at?And this isn't the start of the price…
  • Who you calling a floozy?

    Margaret Walker
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    In defense of our Floozy Cloud Networking Device - an open letter to cloud gossip news sitesLately our VNS3 product has been in the spotlight. Here it is, straight from the cloud gossip tabloids:Perez Cloud recently reported that the VNS3 software "gets around."It's true. VNS3 likes the cloud scene.  It has a number of qualities that make it confident and successful.  It has fans and users around the world.VNS3 does not deny it has been with Amazon AWS (in both VPC and EC2!), Google GCE, IBM SCE (rest in peace) and Softlayer, GoGrid, Rackspace, CloudSigma, VMware vClouds,…
 
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    In(tegrate) the Clouds

  • Why the ESB is the Wrong Approach to Cloud Integration

    dcunni
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This week Maneesh Joshi from SnapLogic posted an article on Wired Insights called: Why Buses Don’t Fly in the Cloud: Thoughts on ESBs. It’s a pretty deep post, summarizing the vision of a services oriented architecture (SOA) and why the concept of the enterprise service bus (ESB) has reached its limits in the era of Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and the internet of Things (SMACT). Here are a few snippets: “Long implementation cycles, inability to absorb change, and high costs have made it difficult for these ESB solutions to keep up with fast evolving business…
  • Talking Cloud, Mobile, Collaborative Analytics with Howard Dresner

    dcunni
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:31 am
    This week I participated in an interactive webinar with Tidemark, SnapLogic and Howard Dresner. Howard reviewed some of the early findings from his annual Wisdom of the Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study – 2014 Edition, with a particular focus on Cloud, Mobile and Collaborative Analytics. It’s always great to get his perspective on the changing landscape of business intelligence and analytics. I’ll post a few notes from the discussion on the SnapLogic blog this week. In the meantime, here’s the recording:
  • Still Stuggling with SaaS Silos?

    dcunni
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Got SaaS? Salesforce? ServiceNow? Workday? Zuora? Amazon Redshift? What about on-premises apps? SAP? Oracle? Microsoft Dynamics? Don’t forget social media, big data, identity management, online storage and cloud analytics solutions… I summarized 5 signs you need to re-think your cloud integration strategy on the SnapLogic blog today. Here’s an overview:
  • Netflix CIO: 8 Ways for IT to Fix Its Reputation

    dcunni
    11 Feb 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Check out this great CXO talk featuring Netflix CIO Mike Kail. As summarized by Vala Afshar on the HuffPost Tech Blog, Mike outlines eight ways Information Technology organizations can fix their reputation. I find #7 to be the most disruptive, yet perhaps the most obvious in the best-of-breed SaaS-centric world of Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud (SMAC). Focus on cloud wherever possible Hire talented people that think differently IT’s charter is to improve business efficiency Support “UAD” (Use Any Device) Try to remove friction wherever possible Communicate deep context for…
  • Better Business Analytics in the Cloud

    dcunni
    28 Jan 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I moderated a SnapLogic webinar today focused on the market shift to business intelligence, analytics and enterprise performance management delivered in the cloud. We discussed the trends, shared some industry analyst perspectives and demonstrated the importance of cloud integration to an overall business analytics as a service strategy. Here’s the presentation. You can watch the recording when it’s posted here. As always, feedback welcome. Here are some of the links referenced in the presentation: What’s Driving the Shift to On-Demand BI Gartner predicts Business…
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    Cloud Business Review

  • Teaming Up Big Data and the Cloud

    Cloud Authors
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Cloud computing and big data are currently making waves in the business IT world. Both of these technologies offer great benefits for businesses, and they are increasingly being adopted by both large and small businesses around the world. Companies and organizations will be able to bring their IT performance and capabilities to a whole new level by combining the Cloud with big data.… Click here to read more
  • The Importance of Educating Yourself on the Cloud

    Cloud Authors
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Cloud computing has been proven to be a more cost-effective computing solution than in-house computing systems, and it also offers many other benefits to enable businesses and organizations to manage their tasks and achieve their goals more effectively. While some people are frightened by the rapid growth of Cloud computing, others see it as an opportunity to advance their careers.… Click here to read more
  • Dialing-Up Cloud Phone Systems

    Cloud Authors
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:26 pm
    When your business is ready to update its current phone system without the hassle of costly equipment upgrades, there’s no better place to look than the cloud. The everywhere reliability of cloud-based phone systems are taking the business world by storm; this is exactly why your business should take advantage of the optimized phone service.… Click here to read more
  • Is Big Data the Prescription for Healthcare?

    Cloud Authors
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Have you ever encountered slow-moving processing of data in healthcare? For some, this may seem like a rhetorical question – or simply a joke – but the truth is uncanny.  Healthcare undoubtedly deals with large quantities of data, and it’s only natural that technology becomes the solution.… Click here to read more
  • Dialing-Up a Cloud-Based PBX Phone System

    Cloud Authors
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:24 am
    When businesses make calls on the cloud, it brings inner-office and customer communication to a whole new level. From the convenience of multiple lines to the hassle-free telecommunication devices involved, cloud-based phone systems are the calling card of the future. Here are 5 benefits of dialing-up with a cloud-based PBX phone system:… Click here to read more 1.
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  • Internet of Things will Multiply the Digital Universe Data to 44 Trillion GBs by 2020

    Saroj Kar
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    The emergence of wireless technologies, smart products and complete software solutions, also commonly known as the Internet of Things is set to play a central role in intensifying the volume of data that is being collected. EMC Corporation announced results of the EMC seventh Digital Universe in measuring and projecting the amount of data generated in each year. The study, entitled “The Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and Increasing the Value of the Internet of Things” was conducted by IDC (International Data Corporation) revealed how the emergence of wireless technology,…
  • Study Finds Big Data is the Driving Force Behind Growth in Public Cloud Services

    Saroj Kar
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    The cloud provides the ability to store large amounts of data. Research has now also shown that big data plays a major role in the growth of public cloud computing services. According to a report from Technology Business Review Inc. (TBR), public cloud providers are using big data to drive their own operations, get new customers and expand product portfolios. According to the analysis, the turnover of the 50 leading public cloud providers increased by 47 percent to $6.2 billion in the fourth quarter compared with the same period last year. The New Hampshire-based financial and technical…
  • RightScale Survey Shows Cloud Adoption Unlocks More Cloud Value

    Saroj Kar
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    How companies are adopting cloud computing and how they are addressing the changes that it entails in the management of IT resources? RightScale tries to find the answers in its RightScale 2014 State of the Cloud Survey. The survey results found that cloud adoption is picking up steam as enterprises increase both public and private cloud adoption. More interestingly, enterprises have increased the adoption of public cloud services. Much of that credit goes to how public cloud services like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, RackSpace and others are aggressively marketing their offerings. Nearly 1,100…
  • IBM Develops Cloud Service Security Data Transmissions Over Mobile Networks

    Saroj Kar
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:09 pm
    IBM is developing a cloud service for the security of data transmissions over mobile networks. This allows developers to develop applications in which data is always protected. IBM won a patent called, “Pushing secure notifications to mobile computing devices,” for a cloud-based security protocol that will help developers create apps that enable organizations to safely send critical information through service providers to third parties. The new cloud service will reduce the risk of data being exposed in mobile to mobile devices push notifications by coming up with a way to encrypt…
  • NSA Scandals Has Changed ICT Buyers Cloud Shopping Behavior

    Saroj Kar
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    The economic consequences of the NSA scandal are anything but marginal. But the effects in monetary terms are only part of the problem – the point is that Edward Snowden revelations of NSA scandal has changed the perception of IT industry towards cloud computing. Nearly ninety percent of the ICT decision makers have changed their cloud shopping behavior, as a direct result of the allegations raised by Edward Snowden to the large-scale clandestine espionage network. This is the result of an action brought by NTT Communications to study cloud behavior after the NSA shock. The study “NSA…
 
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    Business Cloud News

  • Zep Inc. deploys cloud analytics to improve enterprise performance

    Jonathan Brandon
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Zep Inc said it wanted to replace its ageing Oracle Hyperion stack with a more agile cloud-based solution Maintenance and cleaning chemical manufacturing firm Zep Inc. announced Thursday that the company has migrated from its existing on-premise Oracle enterprise performance management (EPM) platform to a cloud-based EPM and analytics solution. The company said that it wanted to replace its on-premise legacy systems in part because there had always been a bottleneck at the analysis stage of a financial close process. The company’s Oracle solution had outlived its original design life, and…
  • Claranet acquires Dutch cloud provider NovaData

    Jonathan Brandon
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:34 am
    Claranet acquired Dutch cloud and IT services provider NovaData, the firms announced Thursday Hosting and cloud provider Claranet announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement to acquire Dutch cloud and IT services provider NovaData. Claranet said its acquisition of NovaData, the latest in a series of purchases over the past 18 months, will help solidify its position in the European market for mid-sized enterprise customers. The companies did not disclose the terms of the acquisition. NovaData has annual revenues of about €7m (£5.7m). Founded in 2008, NovaData is an IT services firm…
  • Microsoft puts Azure at the centre of Internet of Things

    Jonathan Brandon
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
    Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella said his company will continue to target the burgeoning Internet of Things market Microsoft’s newly instated chief executive officer Satya Nadella said this week that the Internet of Things (IoT) will play an increasingly large role in the company’s strategy moving forward. The company unveiled the latest version of SQL server and a number of Azure-based services designed to ingest, metabolise and rationalise data from IoT sensors. What Microsoft calls “ambient intelligence” will become a commonplace feature of everyday life in many…
  • Price wars threaten smaller cloud players, IDC claims

    Jonathan Brandon
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    IDC claims the constant price wars that have become endemic to the cloud industry will threaten smaller providers. But some aren’t convinced. Major cloud service providers like Amazon and Microsoft regularly drop their prices in what many would describe as an unavoidable race to the bottom in the increasingly commoditised IaaS space. According to research and analysis firm IDC, small cloud service providers run the risk of being forced out of the market altogether as a result. “If the smaller CSPs are strong enough with decent customer bases, they will be acquired by larger…
  • IBM inks $500m private cloud deal with The Hartford

    Jonathan Brandon
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    IBM on Wednesday said it scored a $500m private cloud deal with The Hartford IBM said Wednesday that it has landed a technology and services deal with insurer and mutual fund manager The Hartford that will see IBM supply the company with private cloud infrastructure services. The deal, valued at over $500m, will also see both companies work together to create more services for the sector that are based on IBM technology. As part of the deal The Hartford, a 200 year old insurance giant based in the US, will move to a private cloud-based infrastructure on IBM’s PureFlex System. IBM, a…
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    Bitnami Blog

  • Heartbleed OpenSSL Bug

    BitRock Team
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:50 pm
    The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure it. You are likely affected if you configured and run an SSL-enabled website (meaning that you can access it using the https:// prefix instead of http://). You will need to patch the libraries in your system and replace the certificates and keys that may have been compromised. Please notice that remote access using ssh is NOT affected. You can find detailed…
  • Bitnami Cloud Hosting updated with latest Amazon Linux AMI

    Jon Silvers
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    At Bitnami, we work hard to keep all of our applications, operating systems and components up-to-date with the most recent, stable versions. Which is why we’re happy to announce that we have released updated base images with Amazon Linux AMI 2014.03 in Bitnami Cloud Hosting. Amazon Linux is a distribution of Linux optimized for the Amazon Cloud that is binary compatible with RHEL and CentOS. We offer the native Amazon Linux stack for deploying the Bitnami applications. This means that it is installed on top of the MySQL, Apache, and other components that come bundled with the operating…
  • Azure Japan is available now through the Bitnami Launchpad

    Jon Silvers
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Microsoft recently added two new regions to Windows Azure — Japan East and Japan West — and we're pleased to announced that users can now launch images in the new regions through the Bitnami Launchpad for Azure. The Launchpad is the easiest way for an individual or organization to get up and running in the Azure cloud. It allows you to very quickly select an application (WordPress, Redmine, Drupal, PrestaShop, etc.), size a server, and pick a region. Best of all, Bitnami application packages are completely free to use. Windows Azure offers $200 credit to anyone who wants to…
  • MongoDB available in Bitnami Cloud Hosting

    Danoo
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:07 am
    We are happy to announce that we have recently added support for MongoDB in our Bitnami Cloud Hosting platform. Our latest Ubuntu 12.04 base image includes the MongoDB 2.4.9 version. Other Bitnami base stack components have also been upgraded. The complete changelog is available in our wiki page. If you want to launch a MongoDB machine in Bitnami Cloud Hosting, you will need to select it in the "Development Options" section as shown at the screenshot below. You can now launch the machine. Once the machine is up and running, you are able to connect there via SSH and access your MongoDB…
  • PrestaShop 1.6 available in Bitnami

    Carlos Corrales Yerpes
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    Prestashop 1.6, with its new powerful design, is now available in the Bitnami Library. PrestaShop is a free and open source ecommerce solution, which has revolutionized the industry by providing 100% free software with innovative features that engage shoppers such as multi-store, customizable URL’s and full Ajax compatibility. Not familiar with Bitnami Prestashop? In short, the easiest way to test and install your own PrestaShop instance. We've packaged PrestaShop up as a self-contained, incredibly fast distribution that makes it simple to deploy. To get started, you can download…
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    Zoho Blogs

  • 2 Ways Live Chat Can Enhance Your Customer Service

    Ambi Moorthy
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Landing a new customer is 5x more expensive than keeping an existing customer. How do we keep our customers happy? By providing outstanding support. LiveDesk let’s you delivers outstanding customer service and keeps your retention rates high. Let’s look at a scenario below that is all too typical in business. Riley and Karen, both customer service managers, are upset. One of their biggest customers is threatening to leave. José Pérez, the COO of B2B SellingStrategies, just complained of bad service during a critical time This is a pretty common conversation today.…
  • Work smarter (even while offline) with the new Zoho Writer for iPad

    Chinmayee Mishra
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    The new native Zoho Writer for iPad app lets you create, edit and share professional documents anytime and while on the go. No Wifi? Work Offline With offline support, you can create and edit documents without going online. All the documents are automatically saved and can be exported in different formats. The Rich Editor Create documents quickly and easily with images, tables, lists and more using the simple and elegant Primebar, the toolbar that is placed above the keyboard. The app also supports external keyboards, for more convenient and quick typing.…
  • Check – in to your office with the Zoho People mobile app!

    Aarthi Elizabeth
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    You can check-in and check-out your time directly from your mobile phone. With the Zoho People mobile time clock you can set IP restrictions to ensure control over where and when your employee clocks-in.  Combined with features like the easy buddy search and on-the-go colleague information (already available on the iPhone app), Zoho People for android goes above and beyond.    …
  • The Heartbleed Bug and Password Reuse, Recipe for Disaster

    Bala
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - If you have the habit of using the same password everywhere, you are at risk for identity theft and a breach in post Heartbleed scenario.…
  • Customer Spotlight: Zoho Wins the CRM Battle and Helps Company Scale Up

    Arun
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    “It came down to Zoho or Salesforce, and ultimately I know I made the right decision” Four years ago, John Hood’s company, The Farm, was looking into finding a permanent CRM solution because the internal database they were using was “simply not cutting it and was ultimately hampering some of our sales efforts.” Hood explored a myriad of CRM solutions including Sugar, Goldmine, Salesforce, and Zoho. After a thorough exploration into CRM solutions, Hood made a decision on a CRM to go with, and hasn’t looked back since… The Business The Farm is a Professional Manufacturers’…
 
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    meshIP® Blog

  • How Hosted Desktops Can Benefit Businesses

    Brian
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - Many businesses considering moving their IT to a privately cloud based system will be looking at Desktop as a Service (DaaS), often referred to as a Hosted Desktop Service, however, many still don’t fully understand the business benefits this can bring. Cloud computing is something businesses can’t ignore as uptake accelerates around the world. In […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: Hosted Desktop Strategy Questions One of the challenges of evaluating cloud computing and the... meshDESK Hosted Desktop Hosted desktop…
  • The Cloud Storage Battle

    Brian
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - It’s a fact: more data is added via the Internet every second than the Internet had in its entirety twenty years ago. This accumulation of “Big Data” comes from many sources, including consumer and business files — including photos and images, spreadsheets, mobile application data, and more. In the past, much of this data was […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: How Businesses Are Using Cloud Storage It’s no secret that many organizations have begun to look... BYOD Tools In a bid to make virtualisation and…
  • Key Cloud Computing Statistics

    Brian
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:34 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - Here are some key cloud computing statistics that highlight the growth and adoption trends of this strategic technology: Cloud spending By 2015, end-user spending on cloud services could be more than $180 billion By 2014, businesses in the United States will spend more than $13 billion on cloud computing and managed hosting services It is […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: IT spending by SMBs up 15% in first quarter Biggest spending is going towards tablets, cloud and virtualization, according... Small Businesses Lack…
  • Key Questions For Cloud Plans

    Brian
    14 Feb 2014 | 7:33 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - In his latest book, titled “Architecting the Cloud: Design Decisions for Cloud Computing Service Models,” Mike Kavis, a seasoned chief technology officer and IT architect, shows how cloud proponents can map out their cloud plans. Mike identifies the six key questions that are essential to cloud architectural planning:   1) Identify the problem statement (why): […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: Five Questions Boards Of Directors Need To Ask About Cloud Governance The many benefits of cloud computing…
  • Cloud Computing In Plain English

    Brian
    13 Jan 2014 | 6:32 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - For a concept that seems so surreal, cloud computing is surprisingly ubiquitous. It is almost impossible to surf the internet without interacting with it in one form or another. Webmail services such as Google’s Gmail and Microsoft’s Hotmail are a well-known example of cloud computing at work, as are streaming services such as Netflix and […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: The Essentials Of Cloud Computing You are not alone if you are confused about cloud... 2011 Cloud Computing Predictions Cloud Adopters…
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  • Getting Started with GTD

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    So how do you really get started doing GTD after you’ve seen the videos, read the book, and heard the many tips and best practices? This blog will take you through my journey as a very new GTD up and comer.
  • Heartbleeding Wedding - Episode #173 of CloudFocus Weekly Podcast

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Getting started with Salesforce, WeddingForce, Salesforce1 Boston Tour, Heartbleed, Dreamforce App moving to Success and our continued struggles with Spring 14.
  • Best Practices for Getting Started with Salesforce.com

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    Best practices for a successful Salesforce.com implementation.
  • Managing My Wedding on Force.com

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    For those that don’t listen to the CloudFocus Weekly podcast where I’ve been talking about this for months, I am getting married. Like any other Salesforce geek I decided to manage my wedding inside of Salesforce.
  • Tips from 10 Years on GTD

    28 Mar 2014 | 5:20 am
    My journey starting, using, and trying to master the Getting Things Done (GTD) principles over the last 10 years.
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    I am OnDemand

  • 50% on S3? AWS Helping Google Into the Game or Stopping the Cloud Race to Zero?

    Ofir Nachmani
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    One day after Google announced a substantial price reduction for their cloud services, Amazon announced their own dramatic price reduction on several AWS offerings. This move will reduce the revenues of one of Amazon’s most profitable services, the S3, by about 50%. What were the AWS leaders thinking just before Andy Jassy went on the SF summit stage? This decision raises a few questions about Amazon’s market strategy. Why would a leading company willingly cut their successful stream of revenues so suddenly in light of a new competition? Aside from the profit loss, Will this move –…
  • Enterprise Cloud Adoption – the Boiling Frog Syndrome

    Ofir Nachmani
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:16 am
    [G u e s t   P o s t] There is no doubt that cloud is an important resource for the enterprise CIO to use when building or extending their data centers. The cloud can be on-premises, within your colocation, or hosted by one of the growing public cloud vendors. Over the past few years I have been deeply involved in discussions about the great changes experienced by the enterprise IT. We came up with the idea for Ravello Systems three years ago, and since then I have continued to find myself in discussions regarding enterprise cloud adoption, including questions such as when and what to move?
  • Cloud Academy: Test Drive Your Cloud Skills

    Ofir Nachmani
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:10 am
    According to IDC’s prediction, 7 million new cloud related IT jobs will be created by 2015. As cloud is still evolving, there is an overall lack of knowledge, skills and experience in the IT industry. This is intensified by the fact that new cloud features and innovations are introduced weekly by cloud service vendors, especially by the AWS cloud guys. The constant expansion of the cloud world is causing this knowledge gap to constantly increase. The traditional IT world is very well developed and set in its ways. As a result, it is also trapped in irrelevant notions that don’t fit…
  • DevOps – Office Discouraged 2

    Ofir Nachmani
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:07 am
    [G u e s t   P o s t]  As discussed in my previous post, there are many issues that tag along with the concept of a traditional office space. However, the constant interruptions, distractions and whole slew of other obstacles that keep us from having a productive work day have finally met their match with the implementation of DevOps and remotely distributed ‘office’ cultures. With a few simple tools, your office can do a complete 180 in terms of its level of employee satisfaction and consequently, productivity. One of the keys to success that I mentioned in my previous post was having…
  • Why Multi-Cloud? Evolution, Freedom

    Ofir Nachmani
    12 Feb 2014 | 2:15 am
    What drives the creation of countless apps, tools and platforms in the IT market today? The ever-growing web as well as the `consumerization of IT` provide end users with an abundance of options and full discretion. We now understand the vital need to internalize the concept of spreading knowledge and information across a variety of applications and platforms as a means to thrive. Fortunately, we now have the opportunity to utilize multiple clouds. Why? There are various incentives when considering multi-cloud deployment, including regulations, high-availability, and global presence, to name…
 
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  • 3 Tips for Incorporating Content and Social Selling into Your Sales Strategy

    MarketingProfs
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    In late 2012, market research firm Forrester dropped a statistic on sales and marketing organizations that likely made them shudder with sudden pangs of helplessness and fear. According to Forrester’s research, today’s buyers complete as much as 90 percent of their decision-making journey before they ever reach out (or respond) to vendors. They search Google, ask for referrals on social networks, read industry blogs, and digest reviews. And if your business is lucky enough to survive that rigorous filtering process, customer might respond to your outreach. Yes, marketers can still play an…
  • Are You Using the Right Content for the Right Segment of Your Funnel?

    MarketingProfs
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:51 am
    In many ways, marketing and sales technology has been a revelation for modern businesses. It’s changed the way we operate, improved the efficiency and effectiveness of our activities, provided incredibly rich insight into how, why, when, and where customers engage with our brands, and indelibly altered how we view lead gen and the sales process. In other ways, however, those tools have also made businesses a little lazy. Some marketers and salespeople, after all, view automation software as an omnipotent, utopic solution to their lead-to-revenue woes. To convert customers, they just need to…
  • 3 Tips to Keep Your Sales Team on Message

    MarketingProfs
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:28 am
    In today’s Web-driven world, very few salespeople spend the bulk of their time actually in front customers anymore. Instead, they generally engage with buyers through virtual mediums — conference calls, email, social media, blogs, webinars, and myriad other online channels. Sure, some sales folks still play the occasional round of golf with a prospective client, or meet with them in-person during the latter stages of the sales process. But in most cases, virtual is the new sales reality. Yet, interestingly, many businesses haven’t proactively adapted their strategy to this evolution. In…
  • The Greatest Piece of Marketing Collateral Ever This Week Award

    Peter Mollins
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:06 am
    Yes, this week’s winner is a piece of content. It is a piece of content marketing about Content Marketing. Specifically, it looks at how to use content as a tool in your growth hacking kit. It’s a great match for KISSmetrics and their focus. After all, analytics are an essential part of growth hacks, helping you to see which hacks are actually working. This piece of content takes the form of a blog post. In classic listicle fashion, the article uses a variety of examples from technology companies to highlight different winning approaches to marketing your content marketing. There are 5…
  • The Top 1 and 2 Marketing Priorities for 2014

    Peter Mollins
    13 Mar 2014 | 5:31 am
    ITSMA is one of the leading analyst firms focused on marketing departments.  Each year they publish an outstanding piece of research that looks at the marketing priorities of technology and consulting companies.  The data is exceptionally rich and helps marketing teams understand where their peers focus. Where are marketers placing their bets?  The top 2 priorities cited in ITSMA’s research are Content Development and Sales Enablement.  Let’s take a quick look at each. 1. Content Marketing Continues to Rule Content Marketing has been a major trend for several years.  An increased…
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  • Sean Hefty Presents: Scalable Fabric Interfaces

    Rich Brueckner
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    In this video from the OpenFabrics International Developer Workshop 2014, Sean Hefty from Intel presents: Scalable Fabric Interfaces. "The OFI Working Group Charter is to develop an extensible, open source framework and interfaces aligned with ULP and application needs for high-performance fabric services."
  • 5 Billion Core-Hours Up for Grabs: INCITE’s Call for Proposals

    Rich Brueckner
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The winning INCITE proposals will receive awards of time on Mira, the 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q at the Argonne National Laboratory, and Titan, the 27-petaflops Cray XK7 at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • New Networking Group: Women in HPC

    Rich Brueckner
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    The launch of the Women in High Performance Computing (WiHPC) network will include talks on the obstacles facing women in HPC and how to broaden participation.
  • Earthquake Simulation Breaks Petaflop Barrier on SuperMUC

    Rich Brueckner
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    A team of computer scientists, mathematicians and geophysicists have pushed the performance of the SeisSol earthquake simulation software on the SuperMUC computer at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center to beyond one petaflop, a factor of five improvement in speed.
  • HPC Storage: Current Status and Future Directions

    Rich Brueckner
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    "Compared to frequent developments in CPUs and accelerators, disk and storage communication technologies as well as parallel file systems are not realizing the same rate of innovation (Moore's Law). However, this is changing as a number of new new and interesting technologies and developments such as HAMR drives, hybrid disks, intelligent flash, and new communication protocols including 12 Gb/s SAS and PCI-E direct attach are becoming available in the industry. This presentation intends to explain these technological directions and explore what these techniques mean for HPC storage over the…
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  • Federal court upholds FTC’s authority to penalize lax cyber security measures protecting personal information and credit card numbers

    April Sage
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The Federal Trade Commission has taken new assertive action to protect consumer data privacy interests, this time relating to breaches of payment card information, and other consumer personal information by Wyndham Worldwide, a company which owns and manages hotels. Just recently, the FTC settled charges against Accretive Health relating to inadequate data security protections that resulted in the theft of patient records. This settlement is on top of the charges filed by the Minnesota State Attorney General against the Business Associate that resulted in the company being banned from doing…
  • Online Tech one of CIOReview magazine’s 20 Most Promising Enterprise Security Companies

    Rich Rezler
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Online Tech was named to CIOReview magazine’s list of the 20 Most Promising Enterprise Security Companies released in its April issue. The magazine reports the purpose of compiling the list is “to help CIOs navigate and find the right enterprise security solution providers” by presenting 20 companies that “have achieved significant momentum and will rise above the rest.” The 20 business were picked by a panel of CIOs, CEOs, analysts and the CIOReview editorial board. From the magazine’s profile of Online Tech: “Our legacy of audits and compliance is part of Online…
  • BYOD continues to grow, continues to be a security concern

    Rich Rezler
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    More and more healthcare organizations are allowing employees to connect their own mobile devices to their network, but more than half are not confident those devices are secure. According to the Ponemon Institute’s fourth annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs usage continues to rise despite concerns about employee negligence and the use of insecure mobile devices. According to the study: “…88 percent of organizations permit employees and medical staff to use their own mobile devices such as smart phones or tablets to connect…
  • Cloud security concerns persist in healthcare field, here’s why data is more secure with cloud hosting provider

    Rich Rezler
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:05 pm
    When the Ponemon Institute’s fourth annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security was released earlier this month, it stated that use of cloud services is the second-highest security risk concern for healthcare organizations. Employee negligence was the runaway winner in that category, mentioned by 75 percent of leaders interviewed for the study. Cloud services (41 percent) was bunched in a tight race for second-place with mobile device insecurity (40 percent) and cyber attackers (39 percent). According to the report: “… healthcare organizations view the use of public…
  • Metro Detroit has ‘become a leader among the nation’s technology economies’

    Rich Rezler
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:57 am
    The automotive capital of the world has “quietly become a leader among the nation’s technology economies,” says an Automation Alley’s 2014 Technology Industry Report released today. According to media reports, the study shows Metro Detroit tech industry employment is up 15 percent (approximately 30,000 jobs) compared to last year, making it the largest tech hub in the Midwest. The growth rate significantly eclipses more traditional technology regions like Silicon Valley, which lost 4 percent (approximately 10,000 jobs) of its employment base. Online Tech’s Metro Detroit data…
 
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  • The Best of the [topcoder] Blog: 23 Hours of Innovation & Design

    Appirio
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Last week Appirio’s crowdsourcing community, [topcoder]™, had the privilege of attending and presenting at the Innovation Partnership Program (IPP) event, delivered by XPRIZE and Singularity University. Amazing presentations and conversations that help shape, illuminate, and define burgeoning industries, such as advanced autonomous robotics, AI, synthetic biology, 3D Printing, wearable technology and even quantum computing were delivered to the eager… Read More The post The Best of the [topcoder] Blog: 23 Hours of Innovation & Design appeared first on Appirio.
  • Project Scoping: 6 Steps To Getting The Most Accurate Approach

    Charlie Cowan
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    The process of scoping a cloud technology project can be a complex one.  In this post I’d like to provide some insight into what that process often looks like and some guidance to help you plan to get a more effective result at the end. But before we start we should all remember that in this… Read More The post Project Scoping: 6 Steps To Getting The Most Accurate Approach appeared first on Appirio.
  • 5 Custom Salesforce Apps Revealed: How Appirio Uses SaaS-W

    John Gorup
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Appirio has been promoting the idea of Software-as-a-Strategic-Weapon (SaaS-W).  The basic premise of SaaS-W is that implementing software to achieve operational efficiency is no longer enough. The firms that develop software that differentiates themselves from their competition will win market share. The idea behind SaaS-W is more than a marketing campaign to us, it is… Read More The post 5 Custom Salesforce Apps Revealed: How Appirio Uses SaaS-W appeared first on Appirio.
  • Appirio Testifies Before Congress – Crowdsourcing, Innovation and Prizes

    Narinder Singh
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Yesterday, Appirio had the unique opportunity to testify before the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology in a hearing “Prizes to Spur Innovation and Technology Breakthroughs.”  It’s stunning to see the attention that has suddenly emerged in the last few months on crowdsourcing, open innovation, and prizes / challenges, etc. xPrize and TED announce a… Read More The post Appirio Testifies Before Congress – Crowdsourcing, Innovation and Prizes appeared first on Appirio.
  • HCM Strategy Discussion: Gamification

    Harry West
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    In their 2013 emerging technology Hype Cycle report, Gartner placed Gamification at the “peak of hype”.  Despite the hype, there are some solid cloud-delivered offerings that have matured, like Bunchball’s Nitro, Hoopla, or Badgeville.  Appirio has also developed its own gamification application on the force.com platform to motivate our team and reward positive behaviors. Of… Read More The post HCM Strategy Discussion: Gamification appeared first on Appirio.
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  • OpenNebula 4.6 RC Released!

    Jaime Melis
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    The OpenNebula project is proud to announce the availability of OpenNebula 4.6 RC (Carina). This release brings many new features and stabilizes features that were introduced in previous versions. OpenNebula 4.6 introduces important improvements in several areas. The provisioning model has been greatly simplify by supplementing user groups with resource providers. This extended model, the Virtual Data Center, offers an integrated and comprehensive framework for resource allocation and isolation. Another important new feature has taken place in the OpenNebula core. It has undergone a minor…
  • oneInsight: A 2D-Load Visualization Addon for OpenNebula-Managed Hosts

    Rodrigue Chakode
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    I’m pleased to announce oneInsight, a visualization addon for OpenNebula that allows users to have at-a-glance, an insight of the load of managed hosts. It provides various kinds of load mappings, that currently include the following metrics: CPU used by OpenNebula-managed virtual machines; Memory used by managed virtual machines; Effective CPU used by all system processes, including processes outside of managed virtual machines; Effective memory used by all system processes. Here is a screenshot showing an overview of CPU used. Benefits oneInsight enables many benefits, as well for…
  • OpenNebula Newsletter – March 2014

    Tino Vazquez
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:55 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 With OpenNebula 4.6 Beta released, the team is working full throttle ironing out wrinkles: fixing bugs, polishing the interface, prepping the documentation, updating related components and applications, etc. It is a lot of work, but we want our users to experience a migration as smooth as possible. One of the main contributions of this new release is a big boost to the provisioning model. Besides the Sunstone…
  • Build Your OpenNebula Cloud Day at LOADays

    Jaime Melis
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    Next Monday April 7th a completely free Build Your OpenNebula Cloud Day will take place in Antwerp, Belgium: Agenda 09:30 – 13:30: OpenNebula Tutorial (Jaime Melis) 13:30 – 14:30: LUNCH 14:30 – 17:30: OpenNebula Cloud Image Creation/Hack Session 17:30 – 18:00: CLOSING Attendees will build a virtualised two-node OpenNebula Cloud environment based on CentOS using VirtualBox and take it home. In the afternoon we will do a practical session on the process of creating images, contextualization and best-practices. Register to this event using this link:…
  • Wrap-up of the OpenNebula TechDay in Ede, NL

    Jaime Melis
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    Yesterday the first OpenNebula TechDay took place. And it has been a wonderful experience. Seeing such an involved community, with so many great stories, such determined feedback, great conversations and a really friendly environment made us all participants feel greatly satisfied with the event.   Presentations OpenNebula Experiences @ SURFsara, Ander Astudillo, SURFSara OpenNebula Experiences @ BIT.nl, Stefan Kooman, BIT.nl New Features in OpenNebula, Rubén S. Montero, Chief Architect at OpenNebula We would like to thank all the speakers and all the attendees, we are sincerely looking…
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    CloudTweaks.com: Cloud Information

  • The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Easter Egg Hunt

    David
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Easter Egg Hunt By David Fletcher The post The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Easter Egg Hunt appeared first on CloudTweaks.com: Cloud Information.
  • The Importance Of Hybrid And Why It Matters

    Steve Prentice
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Importance Of Hybrid And Why It Matters Which cloud is best for you? Private, public, managed or hybrid? Every month, more and more companies make the decision to move to the cloud, but they soon discover that a range of choices awaits. The cloud is not one single entity, after all. The term refers to technology that primarily specializes in holding and processing data in a space that is physically separate from a company’s place of business, but that does not mean there is just one cloud, or even one type of cloud. There are four key types of cloud setups: private, public, managed and…
  • Cloud Infographic: Small Business Data Backup

    cloudtweaks
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Cloud Infographic: Small Business Data Backup If your company isn’t utilizing cloud computing technology, you risk falling behind in the marketplace. The cloud makes it easier to manage, share and store content and data, and the figures show that your competition has most likely already moved to the cloud or is about to make the switch. Gartner predicts global IT spending will exceed $3.7 trillion this year, and the chief analyst at IDC estimates that 90 percent of the growth driving the IT industry from 2013 to 2020 will be driven by mobile, social, cloud and big-data technologies.
  • Facebook’s Drones And The Battle For The Sky

    Daniel Price
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Facebook’s Drones And The Battle For The Sky Back in early March we published an article that reviewed some of the lesser-known facts about Google Loon, a project that aims to use helium-filled weather balloons floating 20 miles above the surface of the earth to provide internet to some of the world’s 4.2 billion people without an internet connection. After the initial test results proved positive other companies took note. This culminated in a press release by Facebook on 27th March that they also intended to launch a project that aims to provide affordable internet access to every…
  • White Label Cloud Services – What Features Are Important?

    Daniel Price
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    White Label Cloud Services – What Features Are Important? A month ago we published an article which took an in-depth look at white label cloud services and whether or not your business should consider using them. Thanks to Chris Mederios, President of Canadian Cloud Backup, we discovered that IT service providers, managed service providers and software developers were particularly well-placed to take advantage of white label service’s benefits. Once your company has made the decision to use white label services you have to decide which provider to use. A key aspect of your choice…
 
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    Journey to the Cloud

  • Have You Seen this Email? Microsoft Software Asset Management Review

    Rob OShaughnessy
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    By Rob O’Shaughnessy, Software Licensing Specialist, Pre-Sales Technical Support   I’ve been working in the GreenPages licensing department for over 14 years and many readers are probably asking the question, “why?”  Do you honestly like torturing yourself, Rob?  No, not really. I did have a full head of hair when I first started here and with each license change it recedes, so at least I’m saving on shampoo costs. Let’s face it, there are so many rules and regulations with licensing that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with.  Just when you think you…
  • Tech News Recap for the Week of 4/7/2014

    Journey to the Cloud
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
      Were you busy last week? Here’s a quick recap of news and stories you may have missed! Microsoft’s latest study shows enterprises’ pace of cloud computing adoption continues to accelerate BYOD & Enterprise Mobility Market to Grow at a CAGR of 26.6% to 2019 Software Defined Data Center Market Growing at CAGR of 68.7% to Reach $5.41 Billion By 2018  CIOs Need To Bend IT Like Beckham How Big Data Can Enable Better Banking Experience 8 Books Every IT Leader Should Read This Year Game of Thrones: Five Takeaways for IT Google looks to push Glass into the enterprise Majority Of…
  • Game of Thrones: Five Takeaways for IT

    Journey to the Cloud
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    By Ben Stephenson, Journey to the Cloud After a long wait, Game of Thrones Season 4 has officially started (no spoilers for the first episode of season 4 – I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy).  Amidst the action and excitement, there are some lessons IT can take away from seasons 1-3 of the show. Here are five of them: The War Lies to the North After Robert Baratheon dies, there is all out war for rule of the Iron Throne and control of the Seven Kingdoms. Joffrey Lannister usurps power after the passing of the king and executes the Lord of Winterfell, Ned Stark. This sparks Ned’s…
  • Tech News Recap for the Week of 3/31/2014

    Journey to the Cloud
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
      Here’s a quick IT news recap from around the web for the week of 3/31/2014. Enjoy! Microsoft #Azure Matches Amazon’s Price Cuts And Introduces New “Basic” Tier Analysts forecast Global VDI market to grow at a CAGR of 9.04 percent over the period 2013-2018 Mistake in CryptoDefense ransomware leaves decryption key accessible Enterprise Software, Devices to Drive IT Spending Growth This Year, Gartner Says Google claims that its collection of data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks was legal #Cloud Computing Trends and Latest Stats Amazon Just Pushed Game Consoles One Step Closer…
  • March Madness Final Four: NCAA Basketball & Microsoft Ending Extended Support

    Rob OShaughnessy
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    By Rob O’Shaughnessy, Software Licensing Specialist, Pre-Sales Technical Support It’s the Final Four for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, and if you’re like me and your bracket is busted the only thing to root for is a potential happy hour deal at your local watering hole. By midnight on Tuesday morning a victor will be crowed, and there will be fans celebrating their teams win on the court (and winning bets) and fans mourning their loss both on the court and perhaps in their wallet. On April 8th the season will be over and a new beginning of sorts will occur as teams prepare…
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  • Cloud With Hourly Billing For Robust Structure With Full Cost Control

    Pravin Ganore
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:34 am
    To offer you or your business more secure and complete server option, our eNlight Cloud Computing has got the pay-per-use model. With the ability to control costs, you also have access to a modern and smart structure to maintain its services that are always available. ESDS eNlight Cloud offers you: Private internal network Firewall Lots of operating system Ready to install applications such as WordPress, Joomla, etc.. Changing profile of the machine the way you want Monitoring Features Besides all this, you can: Monitor and control the consumption of servers Observe spending in real time…
  • Reasons That Make The Client Leave The Cart

    Pravin Ganore
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Imagine a customer walking into a supermarket. He fills the shopping cart – food, drinks, cleaning products, all that is missing at home. But instead of spending the cash, he abandons the cart in the hallway and goes away without paying anything. The scene seems absurd? As this happens all the time in the virtual world. According to surveys from IBM, up to 70% of online purchases are abandoned midway. The reasons are varied: The freight amazed the client, he got angry with the endless amount of information requested before paying your shop or simply did not inspire confidence. Learn…
  • Virtualization: Complexity And Extinction Of Hardware

    Pravin Ganore
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    These days I was talking to my ex-Coordinator, one of the references I have in IT. The topic of our conversation was Virtualization. Theme in a broad nature, took great proportions, as usual. Therefore, I will limit the item in 2 (two) closely connected points discussed in that conversation. The first, on the challenges that the recent Virtualization has provided. It is known that virtualization has brought us many facilities. But if we analyze the difficulties that came proportionally, in particular, the complexity in virtualized environments are acquiring. Sometime ago, a good Analyst of…
  • Cloud Storage Data Center

    Pravin Ganore
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    Cloud Storage Data Center - The model for online storage where data is stored on multiple distributed servers in the network of data centers, provided for use of customers, mainly third party. In contrast to the model of data storage on their own dedicated servers, leased or purchased specifically for this purpose, or any number of servers, the internal structure of the customer, in general, is not visible. The data is stored and processed in a so called cloud that represents from the point of view of the customer, one large virtual server. Physically, these servers can be located remotely…
  • Main Reasons For The Increase In Demand For Data Centers

    Pravin Ganore
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:06 am
    Currently, the demand for data centers in India is increasing. As large and small businesses companies are moving to appropriate technologies now, data center play an important role. Needless to say, data centers – at the forefront, and their value is difficult to underestimate. More and more users connect to the Internet. These users receive and transmit large amounts of data, thus increasing the need for fast communication lines and data transmission technologies. The lines of communication should always be available, and to pass the maximum amount of data per unit time. All this…
 
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    Cloud Storage Buzz

  • Streem Opens Beta Program

    Lee
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Reading the press release and the post on Lifehacker for Streem today it was like déjà vu. I was certain I had heard all about this service before but I couldn’t have. Streem is brand new and just opened their doors today in beta but read on and perhaps you will understand what I am talking about.Streem is currently in private beta and you can sign up on the Streem website. You might have to wait awhile to get access but when you do you will get free unlimited storage for sharing your referral link during the beta period. After the beta period, you will receive an additional month of…
  • 5 Ubuntu One Alternatives

    Lee
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    If you are a Ubuntu One user you have probably heard by now that is is closing down all files services effective June 1, 2014 with data being deleted by July 31, 2014. If you are still looking for an alternative to Ubuntu One here are some options to consider.Google Drive – With Google recent price drop on Google Drive storage it is a great deal. The only problem is Google has still not released a Linux client for Google Drive. Thankfully you can overcome that problem with Insync. InSync offers desktop clients for Windows, Mac and Linux and you can easily sync your Google Drive to…
  • Purchase Backblaze with Bitcoin

    Lee
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    Want to purchase Backblaze with Bitcoin? We have your solution. You can purchase one year of Backblaze online backup from Cloud Storage Buzz using Bitcoin! Just click the button below and we will send you a prepaid code good for one year of unlimited cloud backup with Backblaze. You need to provide us with a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS so we can send your prepaid code.Pay With BitcoinWe are using Coinbase to process the Bitcoin payments. If you don’t have a Bitcoin wallet you can get one with Coinbase.Things to note:Due to the nature of Bitcoin there are no refunds available.We need a…
  • MediaFire Price Drop

    Lee
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Cloud storage is getting cheaper every day. First was Google Drive dropping prices then Amazon and Microsoft and now MediaFire has dropped the cost of their cloud storage. With 1TB costing only $2.49/month or $24.99/year for your first year it is hard to pass up. That is a better price than both Google Drive and Bitcasa for 1TB.I don’t use MediaFire very often but it is a very popular cloud storage service and I am sure that their regular users will appreciate the price drop. It certainly looks like the service has improved since I last tried it offering a Windows desktop app and both…
  • 5 Cloud Backup and Storage Services that take Bitcoin

    Lee
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    If you are looking for cloud backup or storage and prefer to purchase your subscription using Bitcoin you will be out of luck for the majority of the major providers such as Backblaze, CrashPlan and others. SpiderOak had a brief Bitcoin payment test in 2013 and they might be looking at brining it back.There are a number of services that do accept Bitcoin though and depending on what you are looking for you could easily find a service that meets your needs.MEGA – You can purchase vouchers to upgrade your MEGA account using Bitcoin from Bitvoucher. Prices start at 0.3014BTC for a MEGA…
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  • Press Release: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: The Cloud Platform of Choice

    Treywall1
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be released by Canonical today bringing reliability, performance and interoperability to cloud providers. “Ubuntu is the primary platform for cloud – public, private or hybrid. In this release, our third LTS with deep roots in cloud, we raise the bar for efficiency and orchestration at scale. That’s why businesses are adopting Ubuntu as they move to the cloud computing era,” says Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical. Read the Press Release.   The post Press Release: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: The Cloud Platform of Choice appeared first on inside-Cloud.
  • MathWorks is Looking for a Quality Engineer – MATLAB Cloud Services in our Job of the Week

    Treywall1
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    MathWorks in Boston, Massachusetts is looking for a Quality Engineer – MATLAB Cloud Services in our Job of the Week. “As a Quality Engineer you will be responsible for hands-on testing of cloud infrastructure and services supporting MATLAB on the Web and our Massive Open Online Courses. In this role, you will engage early in the software development process, influencing requirements specifications, attending usability sessions, and discussing software design and testability with developers. You will collaborate with the team to deliver high quality software and products in…
  • Press Release: Docker and Red Hat Expand Collaboration Around Container Technologies

    Treywall1
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Docker has announced today an even closer partnership with Red Hat that includes expanded interoperability from the two companies. “Red Hat has a long history of developing, investing in and fostering innovative technologies, including Linux Containers, an open source methodology that has seen numerous, fundamental contributions from Red Hat over the years,” said Brian Stevens, executive vice president and CTO, Red Hat. “The Docker technology, which helps eliminate the barriers facing enterprise adoption of containers – ease of use, application packaging and infrastructure integration…
  • Why the Main Frame Will Probably Never Truly Be Replaced by Cloud Computing

    Treywall1
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Over at Wired, Tom Bice writes that while the cloud has certainly made its impact on the computing world, the traditional main frame is still an excellent option for reliability, security and even scalability. “The mainframe is not nearly as trendy as today’s hot topics like Big Data or the cloud, but it continues to serve as the central nervous system of major industries like finance and healthcare, which is something the public cloud has yet to achieve. Over the years, the mainframe has adapted with each new wave of technology to maintain its place at the center of many computing…
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific is Looking for a Intern for Genetic Analysis Cloud Applications in our Job of the Week II

    Treywall1
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Thermo Fisher Scientific in South San Francisco, CA is looking for an Intern for Genetic Analysis Cloud Applications in our Job of the Week II. “Are you a generalist looking for a complex, distributed system to challenge you? Then join a team at Thermo Fisher Scientific that’s on the forefront of two fast-growing technology trends – cloud computing and software architecture. You will be part of the team developing the foundational platform for Genetic Analysis cloud applications. Are you paying too much for your job ads? Not only do we offer ads for a fraction of what the other guys…
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  • TechViews: Make Your Big Data Worth the Investment; The Top 5 Cloud Security Concerns for Your Business and more!

    Cloud Commons
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    TechViews: Make Your Big Data Worth the Investment; The Top 5 Cloud Security Concerns for Your Business and more! Featured Article What Are You Doing About the Changing Role of IT? By Andi Mann It is almost a truism today that business leaders outside IT are increasingly taking control of information technology, and spending the IT budget. SaaS is allowing the CMO to adopt Marketing Automation software, and allowing the EVP of Sales to adopt CRM and SFA tools. LOB leaders are developing their own mobile apps to manage inventories, speed up production and drive efficiency in logistics.
  • TechViews: TechViews: The Future of Mobile, Big Data “Due Process”, 5 BYOD Considerations and more!

    Cloud Commons
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:56 pm
    TechViews: TechViews: The Future of Mobile, Big Data “Due Process”, 5 BYOD Considerations and more! Featured Article Whither the CIO? The role of IT — and the IT leader — will evolve along two different paths By Martha Heller Why do we spend so much time scrutinizing the role of the CIO? Much of the reason must rest in the pace of technology change. With every major computing paradigm that comes along, CEOs tend to worry that their competitors are leveraging technology better than they are. “We must not have the right kind of CIO!” these CEOs exclaim. “We have an operations…
  • TechViews: Google Flu Trends Big Data runs a fever, 8 Way Big Data will change sports and more!

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    19 Mar 2014 | 11:35 am
    TechViews: Google Flu Trends Big Data runs a fever, 8 Way Big Data will change sports and more! Featured Article Are Today's CIOs Cynics or Just Realists? By Jackie Kahle There were some astonishing findings from the recent Vanson Bourne research on The Changing Role of IT that illuminate what CIOs are thinking about the role of their IT department. CIOs are far more negative and pessimistic than their own IT teams when it comes to assessing the strategic role of IT and its impact on the business. But why is that? Tech News It took a lot of work to get developers and IT ops people to…
  • TechViews: Securing the New API Economy! The Best Ideas from this Year’s Mobile World Congress! Learn all this and more!

    Cloud Commons
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:04 pm
    TechViews: Securing the New API Economy! The Best Ideas from this Year’s Mobile World Congress! Learn all this and more! Featured Article 4 Traps Smart Companies Avoid to Prevent IT Inertia By Sid Kumar Which companies do you think are the smartest? What criteria would you use? Every year the MIT Technology Review has to figure that out to name its annual list of 50 Smartest Companies. Some signs the editors look for: “When such a company commercializes a truly innovative technology, things happen: leadership in a market is bolstered or thrown up for grabs. Competitors have to refine or…
  • TechViews: Securing the New API Economy! The Best Ideas from this Year’s Mobile World Congress! Learn all this and more!

    Cloud Commons
    5 Mar 2014 | 6:16 am
    TechViews: Securing the New API Economy! The Best Ideas from this Year’s Mobile World Congress! Learn all this and more! Featured Article Securing the New API Economy By Andi Mann APIs — application programming interfaces — are a somewhat old technology that has become today’s hottest method for building mash-up applications and getting critical legacy data to mobile apps. The fact that some people call this an “API economy” speaks to how effectively APIs expose the hidden value in core information assets, from data warehouses to mainframes. Tech News Pay attention IT! DevOps will…
 
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  • S3 Spending

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Updated charts in Ylastic for viewing your Amazon S3 spending. It is now easier to see the costs broken down by Normal Storage, Reduced Redundant Storage, and other operations performed on your S3 account, as well as by region where your S3 resources are being stored.
  • Estimated charges for Auto Scaling Groups

    9 Mar 2014 | 3:11 pm
    You can now view the estimated costs for any active auto scaling group which has instances running. An estimate is displayed for the month and for a whole year. If you are managing multiple regions inside Ylastic, the auto scaling page will display your groups from all of those regions, and the estimated costs total will be a total across the regions :)
  • Dashboard Updates

    3 Mar 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Ylastic now has an updated dashboard to give you a better overview of your AWS environment - the number of instances, databases, volumes, total volume size, scheduled tasks, monitors and also the estimated charges for that month. Click on any of the panels to go to the corresponding page for that resource in Ylastic. If you are a Ylastic Plus user, just click on the estimated charges panel to navigate to the spending analytics page. The resources are totaled up across ALL regions that you select to manage in Ylastic. You want to see the overview for another AWS account? As easy as selecting…
  • AWS Spending

    28 Feb 2014 | 1:49 pm
    We switched over to using the AWS programmatic billing API which uses spending data from S3 bucket. It has made things a lot easier for us in terms of processing and also ease of use. We no longer need the username and password for logging in to the AWS usage activity page. From the user perspective all you have to do is go to the AWS Billing Preferences Page and enable the programmatic Access checkbox, specify the S3 bucket name and also check the Detailed Billing Report checkbox.  Setup a scheduled task in Ylastic to process the spending data at an interval of your choice. The data gets…
  • Updating Spending Analytics

    1 Apr 2013 | 6:41 am
    The spending analytics in Ylastic are currently built by downloading and processing the raw CSV data from the AWS Usage activity page. Even though it works quite well, it is a rather tedious process. You can use IAM user credentials to download the data, but we want to reduce this to something even simpler. We are experimenting with the programmatic billing API access that AWS added which gives each AWS account the ability to request that billing csv files be dumped in the S3 bucket of your choice. This makes it a lot easier to both download and process the data and keeping up with the…
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  • Red Hat Summit summarised: The news you need to know about

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The latest Red Hat Summit taking place in San Francisco from April 14 to 17 has resulted in several product launches, partnerships and collaborations. CloudTech has gobbled up the releases and put together a summary of the essential material. Day one saw the launch of the OpenShift Marketplace, a software store which allows Red Hat customers to access complementary third party solutions from partners for the open source provider’s PaaS offering, OpenShift. With this unveiling Red Hat joins an ever-growing list of companies with their own app store solution, in this case providing…
  • Turning the legal industry tanker around on cloud adoption

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    It seems that the days of fear, uncertainty and doubt surrounding cloud adoption will soon be well and truly behind us. The majority of industry sectors have either already implemented, or have begun investigating, cloud services. Even the most security-conscious sectors are beginning to take their first steps into cloud computing as we have seen with central government and banking. Cloud adoption in the UK is continuing to rise, with end user satisfaction soaring due to the flexibility and cost-savings cloud services offer. But despite adoption levels growing rapidly over the past few years,…
  • VMware jumps in with disaster recovery service for hybrid cloud set

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Virtualisation giant VMware has announced ‘VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery’, a service which provides a continuously available recovery site if a VMware data centre hits the skids. The system, which promises an RPO (recovery point objective) of 15 minutes, offers 1 terabyte of storage from a minimum pricing point of $835 a month, with the service available in all five of VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service data centres in the US and UK. The overall effect is that VMware has joined the disaster recovery game head first, with the virtualisation biz offering…
  • HP: Trying to stand out from the crowd in the DRaaS space

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Back in September, Nirvanix announced to its customers that they had two weeks to move its data before the company went down the plughole. As the enterprise cloud storage provider waved the white flag, Gartner research director Kyle Hilgendorf noted in a blog post that the analyst house’s paper on cloud exit strategies was one of the least popular in the collection. “I suspect it is because cloud exits are not nearly as sexy as cloud deployments,” he demurred. “They are an afterthought.” This is an issue that patently needs to change. As Hilgendorf asserted,…
  • Cisco announces global “Cisco Powered” cloud ecosystem, Intercloud

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Practice, Jens Butler, Principal Analyst, IT Services Cisco has announced its creation of a global cloud platform, branded Intercloud. It has also named some of its initial partners, which include a variety of cloud infrastructure players: Telstra, Allstream, Canopy, Ingram Micro, Logicalis Group, MicroStrategy, OnX Managed Services, SunGard Availability Services and Wipro. Although it is not a large group, it does include a mix of telcos, managed services providers, IT services providers, distributors, and resellers. As you would expect, they all…
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  • No IaaS? No Problem.

    troyt
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    When companies move from bare metal to virtualization, it's an enormous step that promises cost savings and greater efficiency (which it usually delivers). But with the virtualization step complete, some companies still struggle with building out an Infrastructure-as-a-Service layer (IaaS). Virtualization is really only the first step in the process - the IaaS includes other components such as the provisioning and management not only of the VMs, but also networks and storage. However, a lot of people we talk to are ready to deploy their cloud apps, but feel that their IaaS needs to be…
  • Cloud Foundry: Node.js Service Brokers Open-Sourced

    jamiep
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    We're excited to have open sourced a Cloud Foundry Service Broker implementation in Node.js.It's been an interesting journey watching the different components of Cloud Foundry evolve since its first release back in 2011. The Data Services are just one of the major components to receive a fresh overhaul in v2 of the Cloud Foundry project.Why Node.js?Here at ActiveState we think that having a wide choice of data services allows for greater innovation and optimization of your apps and adding new ones to Cloud Foundry should be a simple process.We also enjoy using Node.js and taking advantage of…
  • Bernard Golden on Joining ActiveState

    bernardg
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I first began working with cloud computing, I had the same gobsmacked reaction as my initial encounter with open source software: “Now that this is available, who’s going to stick with the old way of doing things?” My reaction to cloud computing was, I believe, entirely appropriate. Its on-demand, highly scalable, pay-as-you-go resource access is entirely in tune with the next generation of applications that are transforming the technology industry. Or, if you will, fulfilling Mark Andreessen’s prophecy that “Software is eating the world.” The bottom…
  • "Almost Impossible" Application Autoscaling

    troyt
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    It's refreshing when you read an article by an IT industry analyst that is thoroughly researched and insightful. So many posts and articles in the technology press seem to be just rewritten press releases, so we were happy to see an article by Scott M. Fulton III about the 3.2 release which called us out on something John Wetherill had said several months ago about application autoscaling being "nearly impossible" for us to include in Stackato. Well, clearly it wasn't impossible. I can't let John take the rap for this, because it's something I had been saying too. Whenever I was asked why…
  • Docker and Cloud Foundry

    philw
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    In this post I will give an overview of where you might find Docker integration within the Cloud Foundry ecosystem. We will look at Decker, Stackato and Diego. Decker Last week I was lucky to make it to the London PaaS User Group meetup. There I met Colin Humphreys of CloudCredo and saw him give a demo of Decker. Decker is a prototype that Colin has built to use Docker as a backend to Cloud Foundry. Decker implements the DEA API, so it is a drop-in component to Cloud Foundry. This is similar to how other 3rd party DEAs, such as Iron Foundry, have been implemented. Cloud Foundry's HTTP API…
 
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  • 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 .
  • 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 .
  • Guest article: Cloud Computing Can Help Your Company Go Green

    jon.king@elastichosts.com
    27 Jan 2014 | 1:44 am
    Cloud Computing Can Help Your Company Go Green As climate change has garnered global attention and consumers have placed significant value in companies with sustainable business practices, it’s never been more important for a company to seek ways to go green. Though some efforts may require significant investments, an easy upgrade—that could actually save your   ...read moreThe post Guest article: Cloud Computing Can Help Your Company Go Green appeared first on .
  • Elastichosts moves into larger premises

    jon.king@elastichosts.com
    16 Oct 2013 | 9:28 am
    Elastichosts has been stretching and expanding. In recent months we’ve been scaling up smoothly, just like our servers, and now we’re larger and faster than ever. We nearly doubled our number of data centres in February and we’ve been enlarging our global team, too. We’re used to running as much as we can in the   ...read moreThe post Elastichosts moves into larger premises appeared first on .
  • Free 20GB SSD Test Capacity

    Elastichosts
    1 Jul 2013 | 6:27 am
    Elastichosts are offering 20GB SSD test capacity for free until midnight Friday 19th July 2013! Elastichosts offer SSDs on any server size. If you want even faster performance for your database, web application or ecommerce sites, then why not try our SSDs? Top 3 things about our SSDs: 1. SSDs are available to everyone on   ...read moreThe post Free 20GB SSD Test Capacity appeared first on .
 
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  • Dropbox tortured by Condoleezza Rice angst

    Richi Jennings
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    Dr. Rice simmers as the Web boils. Dropbox is making Condoleezza Rice a director on its board. Predictably, the technorati are up in arms over the appointment. Why? Well, the GWB-era secretary of state is... umm... let's just say she's a "controversial" figure, OK? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers consider waging holy war against Dropbox. [You're fired -Ed.]
  • You just never know where that cloud will take you

    Sharky
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This group of hospitals has migrated to a cloud network provider to connect its sites, but after several months this pilot fish realizes that some larger file transfers are taking way longer than they should.
  • Huge Chromebook sales growth. Will 2019 be the year of the Linux desktop?

    Richi Jennings
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    Shut up and give Google your data. The Chromebook platform goes from strength to strength. Market researchers say they're selling faster than ever, predicting 11 million sales (in... err... 2019). And it's not just consumers buying them. Some enterprises are choosing to move most of their Windows users to Chrome OS -- motivated by the XP end-of-life and cost savings. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder the wisdom of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes in the enterprise.
  • Cloudy with a chance of meatheads

    Sharky
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This communications company uses cloud technology a lot for its services. But now management wants this pilot fish to verify that everything has been sent up to the cloud correctly -- and they want him to do it the hard way.
  • Bubblewatch: Box.com IPO despite net loss of 135%

    Richi Jennings
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:21 am
    Box partying like it's 1999: Déjà vu all over again? Box (née Box.com, née Box.net) wants to go public. The cloud-computing startup seems to think it's now better to go to the markets than go for another VC funding round. But is it a sound business? Its annual losses are growing, despite—or perhaps because of—heavy marketing investment. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers remember the last tech bubble.
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  • Big Data and Analytics Trends

    Sushant Saraswat
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    In 2013, Organizations were overseeing developments in big data space from the sidelines. In 2014 their focus has shifted from what is big data to what can I do with big data. They are actively researching and implementing various big data solutions to help them in this global competitive landscape. A recent IDC forecast shows that the Big Data technology and services market will grow at a 27% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to $32.4 billion through 2017, now that’s a very fast growth rate for a relatively newer field also Gartner Predicts Business Intelligence and Analytics Will Remain…
  • Simplifying Test Automation Using Harbinger’s Automation Framework

    Marketing Desk
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    Software test automation has been the most controversial activity in any organization. In most of the organizations, it starts with lot of potential to reduce the test efforts drastically and magically, but ends up in spending unreasonably high amount of efforts in maintaining the developed automation suite. The ROI becomes non-achievable and finally management decides to switch back to manual testing. Some of the main reasons for failure of Software Test automation initiatives are: Continuous changes in requirements and UI object properties Requirement of highly skilled programmer (Java / C#…
  • iOS Memory Management and ARC

    Johnson Goveas
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
    Since Apple introduced Automatic Reference Counting (ARC), it has eased life of a developer to concentrate on business logic and let ARC handle memory. Developers who have started using ObjectiveC and creating iOS Apps recently, misinterpret ARC as garbage collection. ARC is not garbage collection as provided by JAVA and .NET runtimes, but a compile time feature that is executed somewhere between Preprocessor and compiler. To understand ARC, a developer should first understand ObjectiveC’s “Object ownership” mechanism. The concept of “Object ownership” just implies that a class…
  • Role of Mobility, Big Data and Cloud in Internet of Things

    Sushant Saraswat
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    At the digital technology trade fair CeBIT 2014 in Hannover, David Cameroon, The Prime minister of United Kingdom, announced that 45million pounds would be made available for research in internet of things in the UK. While this announcement signals the growing interest of IoT in governments and state bodies, enterprises have already made some big leaps in this space. The ecosystem under Internet of Things offers many opportunities for players including but not limited to Chip manufacturers, Network operators, M2M service providers, Cloud computing, Data analytics and App developers. According…
  • Software Testing Services Trends – 2014

    Anuradha Divakaran
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:02 am
    Growing technological advancement in the IT sector is having a significant impact on the evolution of software testing landscape. With the advent of service oriented architecture (SOA), increase in virtualization and adoption of cloud computing, testers today have a lot of new aspects to consider. The pressing demands on quick time to market, cutting operational costs and emphasis on regulatory compliance, adds to the complexity. A research report by Nelson Hall suggests that independent software testing services is expected to grow by 9.5% year on year till 2018. That’s not all, going…
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  • SiteGround Is Offering Up to 70% Off on Web Hosting In Line With Their 10th-Year Anniversary

    Jeff Cloud
    22 Mar 2014 | 3:20 pm
    SiteGround is currently celebrating their 10th year anniversary. On March 22, SiteGround turned 10 years old, and in line with this celebration the hosting company is offering (for 48 hours only) up to 70% off discount on their web hosting services. SiteGround’s Web hosting includes three plans; StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek plans. All plans are optimized to cater WordPress and Joomla based sites. Check out more details about their special offer below. SiteGround’s web hosting is specially designed for WordPress and Joomla sites. They offer 99.99% uptime guarantee and their servers…
  • Phoenix Nap Secured Servers Coupon Codes 2014 – Up to 50% off on New Dedicated Servers

    Jeff Cloud
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:06 am
    Phoenix Nap Secured Servers, one of the trusted Dedicated Server provider, has an array of special offers this 2014. This promotion includes recurring discounts for new orders of the following servers: E3-123, E3-123 v2, X3430 and X3440 servers. Secured Servers is also offering 50% off on new servers deployed in Amsterdam. And for those who needs additional SSD storage or for those who are looking for more RAM savings, Secured Servers got you covered. Check out the appropriate Phoenix Nap Secured Servers coupon codes below. Best Deal on E3 Dedicated Servers Secured Servers is offering $20 off…
  • Xplenty Expands Coverage to all Amazon Web Services’ Regions

    Jeff Cloud
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:54 am
    Customers using Amazon CloudFront can now benefit from Xplenty to parse and process their log files, all within the Xplenty design environment Tel Aviv, Israel – March 4, 2014 – Xplenty, www.xplenty.com, provider of the innovative Hadoop-as-a-service platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Technology Partner in the AWS Partner Network, and seller on the AWS Marketplace, now offers its big data processing technology directly to customers in all AWS Regions. Xplenty is now available to customers from AWS’ Regions in South America (Sao Paolo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney),…
  • Web Hosting Hub Is Offering Go Nitro Time Special Discount

    Jeff Cloud
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:08 am
    Web Hosting Hub is offering the “Go Nitro Time” promotion where they slashed off their Nitro hosting plan down to $5.99 USD from $8.99 per month, for a very limited time only. Their Nitro plan offers unlimited on everything and is geared towards performance driven dynamic sites and ecommerce sites. If you have a site with a steady or increasing traffic, Web Hosting Hub’s Nitro plan would be a great place to start. Check out more details below as well as how and where you can avail the said promotion. Web Hosting Hub has 3 different shared hosting plans. The Spark plan is…
  • WP Engine Announces Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals This 2013

    Jeff Cloud
    23 Nov 2013 | 2:51 am
    WP Engine, the premium managed hosting for WordPress, has recently announced their Black Friday and Cyber Monday Cyber Host Deals. During this promo period, you can enjoy 4 months of premium managed hosting for free. To take advantage of this deal, you must sign up from November 29 to December 2, that from Black Friday until Cyber Monday only, and use the special Black Friday / Cyber Monday WP Engine promotional code below. By the way, if you want to know more about WP Engine, you can read my full review here. WPEngine Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals To avail the said promotion, head over…
 
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  • Virtualization Services and Cloud Computing in Las Vegas

    jharwe
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Virtualization is the practice that allows businesses in Las Vegas to reduce both their overall power consumption and the waste that would come from having one computer for every terminal in their workplaces. The building blocks for virtualization come from incorporating Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing services into Las Vegas businesses. The process […]
  • Las Vegas Managed IT

    jharwe
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Small and medium businesses are turning towards managed IT services, which was something that only large businesses were interested in until recently. Las Vegas managed IT is more appealing than hiring a surplus of IT professionals to work in-house due to the high degree of cost efficiency, professionalism and current skills brought by the professionals […]
  • Business Phone Services in Las Vegas

    jharwe
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In today’s fast-paced business environment, every Las Vegas company needs clear phone communications as well as added features such as voicemail, text messaging and call forwarding. These systems also need to be customizable, adaptable and scalable to meet the changes that an organization experiences. This is why a one-size-fits-all approach may not be suitable for […]
  • IT Services in Las Vegas

    jharwe
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:24 am
    Intelligent Technical Solutions provides affordable and reliable computer repair services in Las Vegas. Computers are essential to conduct business in a professional and profitable manner, and we understand that when your computers go down, your productivity and bottom line are negatively affected. For those reasons, we offer complete IT solutions when you need them. IT […]
  • Windows XP Upgrade Coming

    jharwe
    16 Mar 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Upgrade from XP to Reduce Vulnerabilities Effective April 8, 2014, Mircrosoft will no longer support Windows XP. If you operate a business that has yet to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8, you may find that your system is vulnerable. With April right around the corner, you don’t have to jeopardize your business because there […]
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  • Dropbox Launches Carousel—Photo Gallery and Sharing From the Cloud

    Pravin Anchan
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Dropbox is better known for its cloud storage services with a user base of 275 million. In a bid to move away from storage Dropbox has launched Carousel, a photo sharing app for iOS and Android platforms. If you have a Dropbox account you will find Carousel an interesting addition that wil help you share […]
  • Winds of Change Blowing Across Microsoft Azure Cloud Skies

    Pravin Anchan
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    The 3rd April 2014 Microsoft Build Conference is a landmark of sorts with surprising and pleasant announcements from Microsoft that will go a long way to ease some of the defined boundaries in the cloud and render it more nebulous as well as accessible and easier for developers. The focus was on Microsoft’s Azure services […]
  • Western Digital’s “My Cloud “Online Storage Services to Start in India

    Pravin Anchan
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:20 am
    Western Digital is better known as one of the leading manufacturers of hard disks and storage solutions. Extending storage to the clouds is a natural progression for the manufacturer of storage devices. The company already has My Cloud personal storage services operational in other parts of the world and brought it to India, starting it […]
  • Microsoft Reduces Windows Azure Service Pricing to Match Amazon

    Pravin Anchan
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Not so long ago Microsoft said it would reconsider pricing structure of its Windows Azure services to align it with that of Amazon’s cloud services. Amazon reduced prices only recently in the last week. Microsoft followed suit and has announced price reductions for Windows Azure services. According to their announcement, the prices on compute will […]
  • Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite to Go Live on 1st May 2014

    Pravin Anchan
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:27 am
    Microsoft Plans to make its Enterprise Mobility Suite active on 1st May. Speaking to press the new CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella announced the new offering aimed at enterprises and designed to help them manage all portable devices used by their employees. The Enterprise  Mobility Suite (EMS) is comprehensive in scope. It helps enterprise adapt […]
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  • A Recipe for Customer Success: Insight from Enterprise Connect 2014

    Theresa Larkin
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Our recent attendance at Enterprise Connect confirmed our belief that putting the customer first is the key to success. This year, instead of heavily debating the move from legacy PBX telephony to the cloud, attendees were on the hunt for the perfect cloud technologies to enhance their customer experience. Which monitoring tools are the most intuitive? Is mobile adoption going to change the game? How can I utilize multiple channels to provide consistent and convenient customer service? Questions like these could be heard throughout the conference and were at the top of everyone’s mind. So…
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] How Do Contact Center Metrics Affect Your Company Goals?

    Lisa Finholm
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:16 pm
    As both inbound and outbound contact center managers dive in to analyze their metrics, it’s important to remember: measuring metrics begins with your company goals. In our recent post Are Your Contact Center Metrics Telling the Whole Story? we took a closer look at what metrics matter to customer service oriented contact centers. This time, we’ve outlined the story through a contact center metrics infographic to illustrate the importance of first identifying your company goals and then looking at which inbound and outbound metrics can help you achieve them. When metrics are…
  • Enterprise Connect 2014 is Quickly Approaching!

    Theresa Larkin
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Filled with chatter about cloud communications, contact center solutions and application integration, Enterprise Connect 2014 has certainly caught our attention. After a successful show last year, our team is busy preparing to make this year an even greater success. To help you prepare and determine which keynotes and sessions to attend, we’ve compiled 4 topics that we think will be at the peak of everyone’s interest at Enterprise Connect 2014. 1. Cloud vs. On-Premise Communication Solutions The cloud versus on-premise battle has been taking place for sometime. As on-premise contracts…
  • Are Your Contact Center Metrics Telling the Whole Story?

    Lisa Finholm
    17 Feb 2014 | 5:38 pm
    In today’s fast-paced, ever-changing technology world, where answers to almost anything can be retrieved with a few clicks and keyboard strokes, customers want information faster and won’t wait around to get it. What does that mean for your customer service contact center? What does that tell you about your customer service agents? In order to answer those questions, it starts with two things – establishing clear business objectives and knowing your customer. Whether your business goal is to reduce complaints or up-sell additional services, your call management system should serve not…
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Customer Relationships are Your Bottom Line

    Lisa Finholm
    22 Jan 2014 | 1:50 pm
    As the start of 2014 brings new goals for businesses, such as better processes, and more revenue, we should be sure to add “stronger customer relationships” to our list. As we’ve learned with our recent survey with Zogby Analytics, customer relationships have a direct impact on our bottom line. With a fresh slate ahead, ask yourself: are we making the most of those relationships with customers? Are we going above and beyond? What happens when we do…and when we don’t? We put together a customer service infographic that dives into how important it is to remember…
 
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    Dice News » Cloud Computing

  • Employers Want These Skills in Systems Integrators

    Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:57 am
    Systems integration professionals have seen an uptick in hiring as more companies implement package-based solutions to their core infrastructures. Observing the trend, Tracy Cashman, a partner in Boston-based WinterWyman’s IT Search division, says, “I don’t think it’s going away for the next year to two years.” Click here to find systems integration jobs. Hard Skills Systems integration is as diverse as the job description is broad. Titles depend on the company and level of the role. High level positions include director of integration, solutions architect, cloud architect, cloud…
  • Cloud Vendors Desperate for OpenStack Skills

    Susan Hall
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:13 am
    Learning about OpenStack is the surest way to get onto the cutting edge of cloud infrastructure, according to Jason Baker in a post at opensource.com. “Investing your time in learning OpenStack pays off,” Baker writes. The dramatic growth of the cloud has created thousands of jobs, with demand for OpenStack skills among the most pressing. According to Rackspace, “OpenStack outpaces other cloud infrastructure jobs considerably,” Baker writes. And since the hosting company conducted its survey some 18 months ago, the job market for OpenStack skills has doubled again. “Many companies…
  • Imagine if OpenStack Could Get Its Act Together

    Lori Mac Vittie
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:36 am
    Linux won. If you think that statement is inaccurate you need only look at the nearest Android device or AMI options on Amazon to find out you’re mostly wrong. It took years — more than a decade and then some — but Linux has not only arrived, it’s nearly taken over the world. Fast forward 10 years and we’re looking at another highly recognizable open source effort, OpenStack. OpenStack is most often referenced in conjunction with cloud because it’s seen as one of the ways in which IT can transform itself from an individually managed, dedicated (and…
  • SharePoint Is Not Dead, It Will Continue to Dominate

    Samuel Sabel
    5 Feb 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Gartner analyst Jeffrey Mann spoke at the 2013 Gartner Symposium on SharePoint and declared its inevitable demise. But, his assessment shows a distinct lack of understanding of what SharePoint is, what enterprise collaboration is and the fact that many companies will not go to the cloud for their content management needs. Mann’s presentation was confusing and misleading. By instructing CIOs to look to a post-SharePoint future, Mann displayed a distinct lack of foresight when it comes to collaborative solutions, SharePoint and business. Misunderstanding Enterprise Collaboration Companies…
  • Why You Should Back Up Your Cloud

    Lori Mac Vittie
    9 Jan 2014 | 8:57 am
    IT professionals are well aware of the need to retain documents based on everything from regulatory compliance to corporate policies. What many don’t consider is that data migrated to the cloud still may require a backup plan. A recent article in CIO Magazine makes this point: He [Holger Mueller, an analyst with Constellation Research] says IT leaders should pay attention to the fine print in agreements with cloud providers, which often don’t provide timely or complete data backup. If you consider what “the cloud” really is under the abstracted interfaces presented to you, the end…
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    Stackify » Blog

  • Who is Kansas City’s hottest startup? Stackify Selected for Tech Cocktail Showcased Startup

    Irit Gillath
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tech Cocktail is in the lookout for the hottest start-up in Kansas City Stackify was selected to be a contender in Tech Cocktail’s hottest startup showcase. Tech Cocktail is a media company focused on better connecting, educating and amplifying the […]
  • New release announced: Provides DevOp visibility and shorten application time to resolution

    Irit Gillath
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    Supporting complex business applications requires access and correlating details across multiple sources and tools. Stackify’s new release provides an unmatched combination of tools that collect application and server related diagnostic data at all levels. It provides an immediate value within […]
  • Continuous Delivery for Winners – With a Feedback Loop

    Matt Watson
    30 Aug 2013 | 9:26 am
    The New Normal – Faster Release Cycles Today’s users (or customers) have rapidly evolving needs, are mobile, and expect 24/7 connectivity and reliability. As software product developers and vendors, we need to release updates frequently to satiate our users’ needs […]
  • 3 Reasons to Use Azure instead of AWS

    Kyle Claypool
    29 Aug 2013 | 1:22 pm
    Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a stranglehold on the cloud computing market, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best and only option for you. Microsoft’s Azure is just behind AWS in PaaS market share, and offers a number of benefits […]
  • Classic Coding Movie Scenes – Independence Day

    Kyle Claypool
    20 Aug 2013 | 8:50 am
    Independence Day, the movie that cemented Will Smith as the biggest Summer box office star ever, features some of the craziest computer coding you’ll ever find in the movies. The classic from 1996 (typing that just made me feel old) […]
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    Tech Page One » Cloud Computing

  • 6 open-source cloud computing standards: Licensing

    Dennis Smith
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cloud and application licensing models need to be as flexible as the cloud itself. Traditional software licensing in an open-source cloud computing environment doesn’t transfer well to the more dynamic cloud and virtual machine environments. Cloud and application licensing models need to be as flexible as the cloud itself. A key consideration is your ability to easily move from one cloud provider to another, and from application to application. The open-source cloud computing software free-for-all Some would debate that open-source cloud computing isn’t really…
  • How election tech leads to a more personalized Web

    Ritika Puri
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Social media and mobile technologies have transformed the way that the public engages with politics. Recent elections have spawned the creation of a number of organizations dedicated to finding pockets of voters and sending them precisely the right message. Now the same groups are expanding into digital media. Online marketing techniques give candidates the ability to target audiences with compelling, real-time messaging. This process creates a feedback loop that provides visibility into influencer behavior, especially among previously hard-to-target groups like swing voters. Kimberly Munoz…
  • 6 open-source cloud computing standards: Compliance

    Dennis Smith
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Organizations seeking to implement open-source cloud computing must understand the inherent risks, as well as establish frameworks that mitigate them. Open-source cloud computing has become a recent trend in business IT,  Some experts believe that open source can offer even greater assurances of compliance, because many open source initiatives involve subject matter experts who are well-versed in the compliance area. GRC: Governance risk and compliance The unique aspects of cloud computing – data at rest and in transit, among others – present a challenge for regulatory bodies.
  • 6 open-source cloud computing standards: Security

    Dennis Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The flexibility of cloud computing can be encumbered by security policies that are based on traditional computing models. One of the advantages of open-source cloud security is transparency of the underlying code. It’s easier to conduct a security audit when the code is transparent. This can sometimes translate to better security than a closed-source application. For example, when it comes to services offering updates, you’re at the mercy of a closed-source cloud vendor – which could affect security. In an open-source environment, you should document your security processes so…
  • 6 standards that shape open-source cloud computing

    Dennis Smith
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    As cloud computing matures, the early stages of open cloud standards are taking shape – partly in response to IT’s concerns for increased security and lockout prevention. Alternately, the discussion continues around whether open source is the answer, especially given the number of firmly entrenched closed cloud players including Amazon, Google and HP. While supporters of open cloud computing – Dell, IBM and Rackspace among others – believe in the innovation potential that open source brings, both sides are driving standards activity in an effort to boost cloud adoption.
 
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog » Cloud

  • What’s Next for AT&T’s User-Defined Network Cloud?

    Steve Caniano
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    AT&T recently launched the next phase of its Cloud Networking architecture — the AT&T User-Defined Network Cloud (UDNC) — at Mobile World Congress.  Having often written about AT&T’s cloud initiatives, I thought I’d provide some context for the latest announcement and strategy, which builds upon our ongoing virtualization journey. Where we have been The first step in the journey was the virtualization of the Wide Area Network (WAN). AT&T introduced our MPLS Virtual Private Network (VPN) services years ago, and customers world-wide have adopted them to run…
  • Have You Had the “Cloud Talk” with Your Kids Yet?

    Dave Johnson
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I knew this day would come…The day every parent dreads. The discussion that is so difficult and awkward that you sometimes wish you could avoid it altogether. But there we were, heading out for a long weekend, and from the back seat of the car my son, seemingly from nowhere, blurted out…”Dad. Where do apps come from?” I gripped the wheel and tried to remain calm as we sped down the interstate. I even contemplated the reply that I had been rehearsing over and over again in my head in preparation for this moment…but “Go ask your mother” surely wouldn’t work as I had…
  • Solving the Security Puzzle in the Age of the Cloud

    Andy Daudelin
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    It’s the puzzle of the digital age – How do we protect the enterprise from security threats and continue to foster collaboration and innovation? Security challenges are mounting nearly as quickly as solutions emerge to thwart would be attacks. IT departments are asked to do more with fewer resources. Security professionals are tasked with reducing vulnerabilities presented by the rapid adoption of cloud services and the needs of an increasingly mobile and collaborative workforce. Traditional approaches simply cannot keep up. Cloud-based security solutions provide the flexibility,…
  • The Shape of Things to Come

    Jon Summers
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    New technologies are creating new challenges for businesses. At AT&T, we have a special formula that is helping our customers deal with new challenges and create new solutions for their customers. What is that formula? In a word, or actually two, growth platforms. These growth platforms run the gamut, from cyber security systems designed to help protect critical infrastructures, to cloud computing capabilities that help maximize operations, to big data analytics designed to improve customer service and better target products and services. Here are a few examples of solutions that stem…
  • Need Help Getting to the Cloud?

    Dave Johnson
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is the task of moving your enterprise applications and content to the cloud keeping you awake at night? Do you avoid the break room so you won’t be cornered by your boss for a cloud migration update?  You should find some comfort in the fact that you are not alone. A number of recent reports, including Network World’s, “Help! Most enterprises turn to consultants when using the cloud,“ point out that cloud migration challenges are a growing trend. A study cited in the article indicates that companies are overwhelmingly turning to professional services consultants to…
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    The Cloud Evangelist

  • Why is there no new content here ?

    Richard Morrell
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:34 pm
    If you’re looking for content on the Portal please point your browsers at www.thecloudevangelist.com. This portal was deprecated at the start of 2012. All new content is available online at the new Cloud Evangelist portal along with the latest video … Continue reading →
  • Podcast round up of 2013 part 1 of 2

    Richard Morrell
    1 Jan 2014 | 5:42 am
    Todays podcast is part one of a two part special talking to Brian Stevens EVP/CTO of Red Hat, Arun Oberoi who heads up our Global Business Development, Ian Lawson explaining why he’d happily round up anyone who doesn’t get big … Continue reading →
  • The blog is dead long live the blog

    Richard Morrell
    29 Dec 2013 | 5:11 am
    I am moving away from WordPress.com after difficulties trying to get plugin’s agreed that I need to use and have migrated instead to my own servers. The blog will continue to live there and I will continue to own cloudevangelist.org, … Continue reading →
  • Podcast: Tim Marston talks DevOps Goodness

    Richard Morrell
    10 Dec 2013 | 1:31 am
    Tim Marston was on episode two of the podcasts I’d just started about 18 months ago and he was overdue to be on another show so we’ve recorded this talking DevOps funkiness, migrating JRE workloads to cloud. Tim’s one of … Continue reading →
  • Podcast: Fedora lead – Robyn takes the mic

    Richard Morrell
    5 Dec 2013 | 2:04 am
    When you get a chance to sit down with Robyn Bergeron, current incumbent leader of the Fedora project you take it. Robyn and I have recorded before in February but this time we had some time on our hands without … Continue reading →
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    Control Circle Blog

  • How to be a prized CIO

    ControlCircle
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    As the role of the CIO evolves, CIOs often find the answer to the question ‘what should I focus on today?’ daunting. As IT innovation, company demands, and customer expectations soar CIOs find that their focus is spilt between various challenges, often meaning they’re able to focus on very little in depth. There have been several articles as of late focusing on the skills CIOs need to succeed. Information Week is one of the publications to comment on this, and collated the five skills CEOs Prize in CIOs. What’s most interesting is that CEOs want CIOs to possess skills that have very…
  • Keeping an IT eye on the bottom line

    ControlCircle
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you can’t see it, how can you prove its worth?  Businesses expect IT departments to deliver the ability and flexibility to keep up with innovation in the marketplace, whilst lowering operating costs. As a result, technology for technology’s sake is no longer sufficient. Before they sign on the dotted line, business leaders need to be assured that new technologies will offer financial and practical worth. It is widely accepted that up to 80 per cent of a company’s IT budget is spent on the everyday running of their IT environment. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that leaders…
  • CIO leadership challenges – IT growth and transformation with ControlCircle

    ControlCircle
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:20 am
    Is your company’s growth and project turnaround being hindered by legacy IT thinking? At our upcoming event CIO Leadership Challenge: How to balance today’s demands with tomorrow’s vision, we will be discussing how commercially minded IT leaders can evolve businesses strategically. With industry insight from guest speakers 2012 Olympics CIO, Gerry Pennell, and Antonio Piraino, CTO of Sciencelogic. ControlCircle Managing Director, Carmen Carey will reveal our survey findings in which 250 CIOs shared their opinions on IT transformation and revealed their concerns regarding the future of…
  • Global recognition for ControlCircle

    ControlCircle
    13 Mar 2014 | 5:53 am
    Last week, MSPmentor released its list of the top managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. This covers North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), as well as Asia, Australia and New Zealand (AANZ). ControlCircle was ranked 14th out of the listed 501 MSPs worldwide. This makes us 2nd throughout EMEA, and the leading managed service provider in London. We are proud of this and believe this is a testament to our breadth and depth of service, as well as our international portfolio and robust foundation. Usually, we are not a numbers company. Instead we pride ourselves on the…
  • Do you have a roadmap for IT transformation?

    ControlCircle
    20 Feb 2014 | 1:53 am
    Peter Drucker, management consultant, is often quoted as expressing that companies need to ‘innovate or die’. This is quite a harsh statement, but it is an opinion that is often proven correct: organisations that fail to innovate and lead, or at the very least keep up with the times, often lose their ability to compete and face difficulties. Although most CIOs and IT leaders are under no illusion of the need to innovate, the issue they face is finding the time and resource for new projects, as well as the ability to leverage technology such as cloud computing. This was highlighted by the…
 
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    All Channels

  • Webinar Recap: Achieve Continuous Integration/Delivery with HP, Jenkins, and Skytap

    nodell@skytap.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    ​In today’s hyper-competitive markets, businesses must constantly strive to develop, test, and release better software faster. One of the best ways we’ve found to make this difficult task possible is by embracing “continuity”—one of the decade’s fastest growing buzzwords. This means continuous testing, integration, and delivery.  This past Tuesday, we hosted a webinar with Orasi Software, one of our incredible partners, to help attendees understand how they can continuously deliver higher quality software by embracing a number of technologies that work really well together…
  • The Heartbleed Security Vulnerability and What It Means for Skytap

    nodell@skytap.com
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    You may have heard about the recent security vulnerability known as "Heartbleed.” Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in OpenSSL (a cryptographic software library that protects many services on the Internet) that allows unauthorized access to protected information. Skytap has investigated this issue and determined that our websites, particularly https://cloud.skytap.com, and other publicly exposed services are not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. Private, internal-only services are also being validated and patched if vulnerable. To protect indirect loss of information, Skytap has…
  • Interview: Peter Coffee on Leveraging the Web’s Transformation

    nodell@skytap.com
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Noel Wurst: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap and I am speaking today with Peter Coffee. Peter is the VP for Strategic Resource at salesforce.com and he's also going to be taking part in the SDLC Acceleration Summit on May 13th in San Francisco, California. Peter how are you doing today? Peter Coffee: It's great to be with you Noel. I'm fine, thank you. Noel Wurst: Great, awesome. Well, I was going to say that I had the privilege of reading your bio online. I recommend listeners go online and check it out for themselves. It's such a varied background, you've done a little bit of…
  • Wayne Ariola on the Future of the Software Development Life Cycle

    nodell@skytap.com
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Noel Wurst: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap, and I am speaking today with Wayne Ariola, who is the chief strategy officer at Parasoft. Wayne, how are you doing today? Wayne Ariola: Fantastic, thank you. Noel Wurst: So, I wanted to speak with Wayne because Wayne is helping organize the SDLC Acceleration Summit that’s being held on May 13, 2014 in San Francisco, but I also wanted to learn a little bit more about Parasoft as well, and maybe the similarities or differences between what they do and what Skytap does, and then to learn more about the Summit and why we’re all so excited…
  • Development and Test Lab Management Survey Now Available

    nodell@skytap.com
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    We’d like to take a minute to introduce an opportunity to take part in a survey that should yield some fascinating results—results that you’ll be provided in a report for free just for participating in the survey!  voke, a modern analyst firm specializing in application lifecycle innovation, put the survey together and we can’t wait to read the results. There’s no point trying to hide it, we like the folks over at voke a lot, and we recently interviewed their founder, Theresa Lanowitz. Theresa’s take on how to solve age-old problems in the enterprise is an absolute must…
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    stackdriver.com

  • AWS Super Users Online Meetup: Search in the Cloud

    Kelly Rice
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Join a group of search experts for the second AWS Super Users Online meetup on Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:30pm ET. The event, titled “Search in the Cloud: Build Your Own or AWS?” will be an insightful discussion among a panel of experts about their search solutions of choice, whether it’s a homegrown tool built specifically for their use case or a pre-existing platform like AWS CloudSearch, ElasticSearch, or Solr. Experts for the evening include: Tom Hill, Solutions Architect at A9 Jon Dokulil, VP of Engineering at Hudl Jeff Whelpley, Chief Architect at GetHuman Check out the first…
  • Work, Life, and Culture at Stackdriver [VIDEO]

    Kelly Rice
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    Culture is a huge part of what makes Stackdriver unique. It helps us hire; it’s one reason that everyone is excited to come into work each day; it unites us as a team. While many companies tout their extravagant perks, their sweet digs, their catered meals and in-office yoga and company helicopters, a culture really boils down to one thing: the people. The humans of a team that do and create little things day to day to shape the culture and fuel the passion and excitement in each other. Celebrating wins, big and small, throughout the office. Collaborating across departments on an exciting…
  • From Finance to Fantastic – My Journey to Stackdriver

    Daniel Ruby
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    I didn’t come to Stackdriver in the typical manner an individual joins a tech startup. It was as much by chance, luck, and circumstance as it was by purposeful search. I graduated Northeastern with a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance, and a minor in Mathematics. For the better part of my time in college and for almost two years afterwards, I was determined to work in a front office role within the investment industry as a trader. I interned at a brokerage in New York City, then a large financial institution based in Boston, helping in the analysis and management of their mutual funds, and…
  • Improvements in Endpoint Monitoring

    Jeremy
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    Since we launched our endpoint monitoring functionality last year at re:Invent, customers have set up a lot of checks for their instances and load balancers. On top of the initial functionality that we launched with, we have added a number of new features to the endpoint checking over the past several months to help make it even more useful to you. Integrated Place for all Endpoint Health Rather than having to remember or find the resource that you are monitoring endpoints on, there is now one location that you can look at to see the overall health of all of the endpoints as well as to see if…
  • Tracking Business Metrics (or Fun with Custom Metrics)

    Patrick
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:05 am
    Most Stackdriver users work in technical jobs.  Those of us in such positions tend to think about problems from the point of view of technology.  While Stackdriver’s support for custom metrics is a great way to supplement application monitoring with additional technical technical measurements (like the number of alerts sent to users or the failure rate of a third-party API), it can also be used to monitor business metrics. As an example of tracking business metrics (and making a fun little hack in the process), we recorded the wait times at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor…
 
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    Encrypted File Storage

  • 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…
  • Merging SaaS Tools with Your Manufacturing Strategies

    Sarah
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:51 am
    It’s a daily challenge to capture significant market share in the manufacturing industry. Companies constantly need to come up with revolutionary strategies to reach into the hearts of consumers. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to employ cloud computing tools, so decision makers and thought leaders can focus on claiming a fortress in the manufacturing segment. Changing the game and seizing consumers’ “sweet spot” Every consumer has a sweet spot. This is the only way to get your products and brand remembered until customers finally decide to purchase your offering. You can employ several…
  • Smooth Scaling: How to Keep your Startup Afloat

    Neebo
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:59 am
    Two of the biggest things that stand in the way of a successful startup are either growing too fast or not growing fast enough. Finding the delicate balance between the two is necessary to keep enough resources around and handle demand without starting strong or fizzling out. Below are some statistics that make it perfectly clear how important scaling is to any small business or startup. Implementing cloud computing technology is a great way to prepare for any kind of growth or expansion, and it should definitely be a part of your plan. By integrating the cloud early into your business plan,…
  • Public vs. Private Cloud Security Dilemma

    Neebo
    21 Feb 2014 | 2:01 am
    The concept of “the cloud” has been discussed as a strategic issue in business organizations for a long time because the amounts of corporate data constantly grow, requiring new forms of IT infrastructure solutions. This trend justifies the fact many businesses have already shifted their files to server space rented from external – cloud providers. However, there are still many issues that need to be resolved before a company makes a leap to the cloud, and these issues are primarily related to data security and privacy. One of the basic discussions related to the cloud is definitely the…
  • BYOD: Reasons to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Personal Device

    Neebo
    8 Oct 2013 | 6:58 am
    It’s no secret that an increasing number of workers are using their own personal devices to get work done. According to a recent white paper from Osterman Research, 82 percent of companies surveyed reported their employees used personal devices alongside company-issued devices. As a result, many businesses are opening the doors to the concept of ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD). Gartner predicts that by 2017, half of employers will even expect their employees to supply their own devices for work purposes. But does that mean you should follow suit? If your IT department has been…
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    I am OnDemand

  • 50% on S3? AWS Helping Google Into the Game or Stopping the Cloud Race to Zero?

    Ofir Nachmani
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    One day after Google announced a substantial price reduction for their cloud services, Amazon announced their own dramatic price reduction on several AWS offerings. This move will reduce the revenues of one of Amazon’s most profitable services, the S3, by about 50%. What were the AWS leaders thinking just before Andy Jassy went on the SF summit stage? This decision raises a few questions about Amazon’s market strategy. Why would a leading company willingly cut their successful stream of revenues so suddenly in light of a new competition? Aside from the profit loss, Will this move –…
  • Enterprise Cloud Adoption – the Boiling Frog Syndrome

    Ofir Nachmani
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:16 am
    [G u e s t   P o s t] There is no doubt that cloud is an important resource for the enterprise CIO to use when building or extending their data centers. The cloud can be on-premises, within your colocation, or hosted by one of the growing public cloud vendors. Over the past few years I have been deeply involved in discussions about the great changes experienced by the enterprise IT. We came up with the idea for Ravello Systems three years ago, and since then I have continued to find myself in discussions regarding enterprise cloud adoption, including questions such as when and what to move?
  • Cloud Academy: Test Drive Your Cloud Skills

    Ofir Nachmani
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:10 am
    According to IDC’s prediction, 7 million new cloud related IT jobs will be created by 2015. As cloud is still evolving, there is an overall lack of knowledge, skills and experience in the IT industry. This is intensified by the fact that new cloud features and innovations are introduced weekly by cloud service vendors, especially by the AWS cloud guys. The constant expansion of the cloud world is causing this knowledge gap to constantly increase. The traditional IT world is very well developed and set in its ways. As a result, it is also trapped in irrelevant notions that don’t fit…
  • DevOps – Office Discouraged 2

    Ofir Nachmani
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:07 am
    [G u e s t   P o s t]  As discussed in my previous post, there are many issues that tag along with the concept of a traditional office space. However, the constant interruptions, distractions and whole slew of other obstacles that keep us from having a productive work day have finally met their match with the implementation of DevOps and remotely distributed ‘office’ cultures. With a few simple tools, your office can do a complete 180 in terms of its level of employee satisfaction and consequently, productivity. One of the keys to success that I mentioned in my previous post was having…
  • Why Multi-Cloud? Evolution, Freedom

    Ofir Nachmani
    12 Feb 2014 | 2:15 am
    What drives the creation of countless apps, tools and platforms in the IT market today? The ever-growing web as well as the `consumerization of IT` provide end users with an abundance of options and full discretion. We now understand the vital need to internalize the concept of spreading knowledge and information across a variety of applications and platforms as a means to thrive. Fortunately, we now have the opportunity to utilize multiple clouds. Why? There are various incentives when considering multi-cloud deployment, including regulations, high-availability, and global presence, to name…
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    ProcessMate - Business Process Management and Workflow software

  • Release 4.0 is out! See our new features, improvements and fixes.

    admin
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:46 pm
    We released the major upgrade of ProcessMate. Check out new features, bug fixes and UI optimizations we have implemented for you. In this release, we focused on improving customer experience, as well as to roll out a few key features. Here are just some of them: Process Problem Management Streamline your processes with the new capability – Problem Management. ProcessMate now enables your team to document and track problems occurred in processes, see reminders of those problems not tackled, generate problem reports for management   User Interface Improvements Additional reports,…
  • Year results – 2013, what an amazing year!

    admin
    26 Jan 2014 | 8:23 am
    Here we would like to share with you the amazing results we have achieved in 2013 in ProcessMate. We started this year with what I can mostly describe as Refined Idea (and a few blueprints) and finishing it with a fully functional product. First off, it was a great year for us as we launched in 2013! We created a web-site, but more importantly we delivered a number of releases. Our initial goal was create a “Minimal Viable Product”, e.g. software that can function and provide value, but we have gone further and created a fully functional product that can sell. The major components…
  • Changes in Pricing

    admin
    28 Dec 2013 | 12:25 pm
    This post is not anymore relevant, since we updated our pricing with even simpler pricing model. In ProcessMate we are changing the pricing model as we believe the new model benefits both our customers and us in a variety of ways. We are switching to the account-based pricing, whereby the “account” is regarded as an entity that has a one or more users. Such account is usually created for a company or department and is billed against all users and all resources they use in a given billing period. An example is an Acme company that has 3 users. The Acme company has an account called…
  • Order-to-Cash Process for Telecommunication Companies

    admin
    26 Nov 2013 | 1:47 pm
    A new case study for Order-to-Cash (Order Management) process for Telecommunication companies published on our web-site. The process covers all stages from order capturing to final verification of the provisioned service. Please follow this link: Order-to-Cash Process for Telecommunication Companies For more information on other case studies please see follow this link: Workflow/BPM features of ProcessMate Try ProcessMate online demo for free right now The post Order-to-Cash Process for Telecommunication Companies appeared first on ProcessMate - Business Process Management and Workflow…
  • Spreadsheet vs Cloud application

    admin
    27 Oct 2013 | 2:41 pm
    Many organizations run their recurring processes, such as for example, customer delivery, repairs, approvals,  sales, bids, etc in the simple office documents – word, excel or alike. Let’s take an imaginary production company that designs and produces customized products, for example, complex electronic components. In fact, it can be any company and any process that is recurring and human-driven. The company cannot afford expensive BPM and ERP software, so the managers use Microsoft Excel or similar package to create a simple spreadsheet to track their order-to-cash cycles. This…
 
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  • HIPAA Heroin Epidemic Problem & Healthcare Startup Private Hosting Platform Solution – 2 Real World Scenarios

    Brett Haines
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    As providers of HIPAA compliant hosting infrastructures, we publish as much information as we possibly can to help healthcare companies understand the law and find appropriate solutions, whether with us or another company. Along with describing this information generally on our site, we also publish Real World Scenario articles (such as this one) on our blog, allowing customers to see compliance in example real-life interactions between our representatives and customers. However, there is also a compelling story in the news – as of NBC News yesterday – regarding problems related to…
  • VPS Hosting Without Borders

    Kent Roberts
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The United States is at the forefront of technological development, but nations around the world – even developing countries – are experiencing major shifts made possible by a wide range of computing breakthroughs. In fact, some nations that have never been fully connected with phone service have been able to jump over the landline era and go straight into wide usage of cell phones. Hosting bring similar technological possibilities to the entire world. Specifically in terms of hosting, because of the security and stability in the United States, many companies abroad choose to use an…
  • Test IP Address to Gauge Cloud VPS Speed – A Real World Scenario

    Kent Roberts
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    It’s sometimes difficult for customers of hosting services to determine which plans and companies will best meet their needs. This challenge has become more pronounced in the era of virtual private servers (VPS’s) and cloud computing. Although distributed virtualization has strongly positive attributes – speed, reliability, redundancy, cost-effectiveness, etc. – it also can be unclear exactly what you are getting. We feel that one of the best ways to use a blog is to draw on customer questions and turn individual conversations into education for a broad audience. That way we are…
  • HIPAA Web/Database Hosting Solution – A Real World Scenario

    Kent Roberts
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Healthcare companies must be in full compliance with federal regulations in order to avoid fines. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) contains law applicable to the handling of protected health information (PHI) by healthcare plans, clearinghouses, and practices. Title II of the act includes a Privacy Rule and Security Rule, which are of special concern to covered entities when working with business associates – such as web hosting companies – on their IT architectures. Along with the general information we provide elsewhere on our site related to the act, we…
  • Bring My Chicken Kebab From the Cloud: A Real World Scenario

    Adnan
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    Cloud computing represents a fundamental technological shift. By allowing businesses to cut costs while enhancing the speed of their systems, the distributed virtualization strategy is being put to use in manifold ways. In academic settings, large datasets are being calculated in short windows of time, allowing researchers to perform analyses that previously were financially unfeasible. In manufacturing, the Industrial Internet is underway, with thousands of sensors facilitating real-time monitoring in production plants. In medicine, misdiagnosis is becoming less common for cancer patients,…
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  • Dropbox Unveils Carousel: The New Gallery App For Photos

    Manoj Tiwari
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:56 pm
    On April 9, in a much-awaited press event, Dropbox (Editor Rating: 40) announced launch the of a new picture gallery app, Carousel. The app combines photos on any smartphone with a Dropbox account, thus creating a single repository for all memoirs. Carousel App from Dropbox image credit: Dropbox Ever since smartphones started sporting high quality digital cameras, the number of photographs shot went up exponentially. Next, came the problem of storing and organizing the huge pile of photographs, scattered across multiple devices. Vendors like Flickr and Picasa tried to come up with a solution…
  • IDrive Offers 50 GB for 99 Cents a Year with New Sync for IDrive App

    Denise Sullivan
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    IDrive’s (Editor Rating: 40) recent launch of Sync for IDrive comes with a perk for new customers. With Sync for Android, users get 50GB of storage space and 50GB of sync for a total of 100GB of cloud storage. Sync is an Android only storage plan. IDrive Syncimage credit: IDrive Along with this new application, IDrive is doing something even more radical, they are offering all of this for only $.99 per year. For less than a dollar, users can backup and restore their mobile data. This is not a limited time offer, the price will not go up after the first year. This price is good for the life…
  • Condi Joins Dropbox, #DropDropbox Petition Already Out

    Vladimir Covic
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    After recently adding the former Google executive and Motorola CEO Denis Woodside as their new COO, Dropbox now has now added another member to its board, the former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Rice’s consulting company, RiceHadleyGates,has been giving advice to startups on how they can manage problems from the previous year. She now joins Dropbox now in order to advice the Houston based company on privacy and international expansion, but more than anything, she’s there to provide help with the biggest concern in the cloud industry right now — the NSA.
  • Dropbox For Business Gets Reinvented

    Mohseen Lala
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    It’s here! After teasing their “new product” for quite sometime, Dropbox for Business turns out to be the great secret our little blue box was hiding all along. Titled “The All New Dropbox for Business,” the duke of cloud storage revealed their plans in a blog post that featured a complete rundown of the new, or should one say newer, version of the Dropbox for Business app. image credit: Dropbox What’s New? So, what major features does the new version sport? Well, not that many really. As a matter of fact, the only real difference from the previous version of Dropbox…
  • OneDrive Name Could Lead to Confusion for OneBigDrive Users

    Denise Sullivan
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Microsoft’s OneDrive could lead to confusion for another cloud program. The makers of the cloud storage app, OneBigDrive has affirmed that there may be some confusion over the company names. While it might potentially be a problem in the future, Executive Nikola Pizurica doesn’t see OneDrive as a competitor. OneBigDriveimage credit: OneBigDrive The app OneBigDrive debuted January 28, one day after Microsoft announced their name change. However, the domain for OneBigDrive was registered in November of 2012, putting it on the map first. Part of the Cloud but Different While they are both…
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    Appirio » Cloud Powered Business Blog

  • The Best of the [topcoder] Blog: 23 Hours of Innovation & Design

    Appirio
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Last week Appirio’s crowdsourcing community, [topcoder]™, had the privilege of attending and presenting at the Innovation Partnership Program (IPP) event, delivered by XPRIZE and Singularity University. Amazing presentations and conversations that help shape, illuminate, and define burgeoning industries, such as advanced autonomous robotics, AI, synthetic biology, 3D Printing, wearable technology and even quantum computing were delivered to the eager… Read More The post The Best of the [topcoder] Blog: 23 Hours of Innovation & Design appeared first on Appirio.
  • Project Scoping: 6 Steps To Getting The Most Accurate Approach

    Charlie Cowan
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    The process of scoping a cloud technology project can be a complex one.  In this post I’d like to provide some insight into what that process often looks like and some guidance to help you plan to get a more effective result at the end. But before we start we should all remember that in this… Read More The post Project Scoping: 6 Steps To Getting The Most Accurate Approach appeared first on Appirio.
  • 5 Custom Salesforce Apps Revealed: How Appirio Uses SaaS-W

    John Gorup
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Appirio has been promoting the idea of Software-as-a-Strategic-Weapon (SaaS-W).  The basic premise of SaaS-W is that implementing software to achieve operational efficiency is no longer enough. The firms that develop software that differentiates themselves from their competition will win market share. The idea behind SaaS-W is more than a marketing campaign to us, it is… Read More The post 5 Custom Salesforce Apps Revealed: How Appirio Uses SaaS-W appeared first on Appirio.
  • Appirio Testifies Before Congress – Crowdsourcing, Innovation and Prizes

    Narinder Singh
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Yesterday, Appirio had the unique opportunity to testify before the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology in a hearing “Prizes to Spur Innovation and Technology Breakthroughs.”  It’s stunning to see the attention that has suddenly emerged in the last few months on crowdsourcing, open innovation, and prizes / challenges, etc. xPrize and TED announce a… Read More The post Appirio Testifies Before Congress – Crowdsourcing, Innovation and Prizes appeared first on Appirio.
  • HCM Strategy Discussion: Gamification

    Harry West
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    In their 2013 emerging technology Hype Cycle report, Gartner placed Gamification at the “peak of hype”.  Despite the hype, there are some solid cloud-delivered offerings that have matured, like Bunchball’s Nitro, Hoopla, or Badgeville.  Appirio has also developed its own gamification application on the force.com platform to motivate our team and reward positive behaviors. Of… Read More The post HCM Strategy Discussion: Gamification appeared first on Appirio.
 
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  • How Mobility and the Cloud Affect Your Workforce

    admin
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Have you ever watched clouds as they move across the sky, forming, un-forming, reforming? You can see them. You know they’re there. But you don’t always know where they’ll go next or what they’ll turn into. The cloud metaphor in IT was initially a shortcut to refer to a network of computing resources, but it’s turning out to be a model for the next generation workforce too. Employees and contractors have increasing freedom to roam around and to work anywhere there is a net connection. The new mobility in work means they may no longer have to show up on your site in order to…
  • Vendor and Contractor Project Performance – Measure, Manage, Improve

    admin
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    All those CPM, PERT and Gantt project management charts can’t be wrong. There’s value to be unlocked in measuring project performance and making appropriate adjustments. That includes vendor and contractor performance too; a factor that often determines the fate of a project. To build successful relationships with their suppliers for excellence in performance, managers in client organizations know that governance, metrics, monitoring and communication are all important. Some of these factors must be dealt with manually. Others can benefit from support of a system designed for efficient…
  • Collaborative Tools for Project Management

    admin
    18 Mar 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Once upon a time people worked in the same physical space on one project at a time. The virtual team was unknown. Nowadays, it’s the opposite. Teams made up of people who are geographically diverse, multi-cultural, and multi-tasking are commonplace, and the old-style of all-in-one-room project management a rarity. Effective collaboration remains a common priority however, with a need for excellent communications as its base. Project success depends on team information exchange that is free, open and clear. If just one of those requirements is ignored, projects may founder or grind to a…
  • How to Retain Your Best People with the Right Cloud Tools

    admin
    11 Mar 2014 | 1:40 pm
    People are not machines, and employment engagement is a clear example of the difference between them. A machine is either on or off, but for employees engagement can run the whole gamut of ‘totally onboard’ to ‘barely there’. The stakes for organizations concerning employee engagement are high. Companies whose employee engagement is in the top 25 percent have been estimated to make more than twice the revenue of companies where engagement is in the bottom 25 percent. Also, there is four times as much chance that the less engaged employees quit compared to the more engaged employees.
  • Press Release | B2W Software Takes Flight with Construction Software for the Cloud

    admin
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Partnership with LoadSpring Lays Foundation for Web-Based System Easing the Full Construction and Maintenance Lifecycle Portsmouth, NH – March 10, 2014 – Continuing to re-define the future of construction operation software, industry leader B2W Software today joined forces with LoadSpring to bring its powerful technology to the cloud. The agreement will create a streamlined, unified process for estimating and bidding, field tracking and analysis – as well as resource planning, dispatching and maintenance. B2W’s ONE (Operational Networked Elements) Platform is the first suite of…
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  • IIT BOMBAY Minimum Qualifying GATE Score For Admission

    Prabir Ghosh
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:36 am
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  • Colocation Myths Busted

    Charles
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:41 am
    At ColoAdvisor, we witness every day the confusion and frustration that businesses encounter when they try to explore colocation options. In fact, we based our company around this need, it’s so common and pervasive. It doesn’t help that there are a lot of misconceptions floating around. If you’re doing research, you’re just as likely to […]
  • 7 Things to Ask When Selecting a Colocation Facility

    Charles
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    For many SMB (small and medium-sized businesses), considering colocation is not just a matter of measuring pros and cons. Properly assessing a colocation facility requires an entire skillset — knowing what the companies requirements are, which ones are flexible and which are not, and knowing which questions to ask prospective data centers. At ColoAdvisor, we […]
  • What Will Colocation Service Be Like In 100 Years?

    Shirin
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    I am not one to bait and switch blog topics but 100 years is too far into the future for someone like me to predict what colocation service would look like then. But I’ll compromise by taking a stroll down memory lane to paint a hypothetical picture as to how colocation service evolved from the […]
  • New York Colocation Hosting – Where to Go When Things Get Bad

    Shirin
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:18 am
    Yes it’s a bit of a negative title – but just think of it replacing the phrase “disaster recovery” which doesn’t catch the attention that it used to years ago.  When we started out in 2007 our Datacenter database was several Excel documents with some sorting columns at the top of each column. There’s nothing […]
  • New Jersey vs NYC Colocation – Which is Better?

    Shirin
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    An ongoing debate in our office is where should NYC based businesses colocate their equipment- New York or New Jersey. New Jersey is always touted as being cheaper with the counter argument being the increased time needed to reach New Jersey from NYC . While this article may not give you an exact answer it […]
 
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  • 11 am EST: Open Q&A on Fraud, ID Theft and Payroll Systems

    Jeff Peters
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    This Friday's HackSurfer Hangout is with Kevin Jones, Senior Information Security Engineer for Thycotic Software. The topic: fraud, ID Theft, and keeping data safe. Tweet questions to @jeffryanpeters before or during the chat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BF9f1TYzXQ After the Q...
  • News coverage of NSA spying wins Pulitzer

    Amy Zontek-Carney
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    The Washington Post and The Guardian have both been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service this year. The announcement was made on Monday about the coverage of the leaked documents from Snowden. The award is seen as a validation that the public deserved to know about govern...
  • STIX's Data format for Cyber Threat information systems

    Tradecraft
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This looks promising for standardizing data exchange for Cyber Threat information systems. http://stix.mitre.org/...
  • Banks, Meet DDoS

    ALGORITHM
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Banks are highly regulated. And that makes sense, considering how intrinsic banking and money has become in our lives. They are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as to when, how often, and how much of their daily business they have to report. The SEC even r...
  • Thursday Trends: Everyone's Talking About the Canada Revenue Agency

    Jeff Peters
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    The Canada Revenue Agency is today's top trending cybercrime target following a 19-year-old student being charged with using the Heartbleed bug to swipe taxpayer data. The CRA revealed that 900 social insurance numbers were stolen via the vulnerability. http://goo.gl/vkvevO The CR...
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    Server Backup

  • For businesses without data recovery plan, the price can be steep

    Stephen Perkins
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    In an instant, a server can go down. While the ways it can happen differ – from flooding to IT staff error to a malicious incursion – the end result is always the same: For companies without a strong data backup online, data loss means lost business. New data points to vitality of disaster recovery and the cost of not having a plan  A recent industry infographic shed new light on the devastation that server downtime can wreak on a company. According to the chart, the average instance of unexpected downtime ends up costing companies $7,900 per…
  • For businesses without data recovery plan, the price can be steep

    Stephen Perkins
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    In an instant, a server can go down. While the ways it can happen differ – from flooding to IT staff error to a malicious incursion – the end result is always the same: For companies without a strong data backup online, data loss means lost business. New data points to vitality of disaster recovery and the cost of not having a plan  A recent industry infographic shed new light on the devastation that server downtime can wreak on a company. According to the chart, the average instance of unexpected downtime ends up costing companies $7,900 per…
  • Storm season is coming – is your business prepared?

    Stephen Perkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Spring has officially descended, and with it the prospect of a fresh storm season. For businesses without a robust data backup plan, a natural disaster can quickly lay waste to its internal infrastructure. Even if this year's storm cycle is projected to be less devastating than in years past, it is still imperative for enterprises to have a data storage strategy in place as soon as possible. Projected light hurricane season does not eliminate need for business preparation According to experts at Colorado State University, this year's Atlantic hurricane season – which…
  • In a data recovery scenario, leave it to the experts

    Stephen Perkins
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    One of the worst things to befall a company is for its data to be suddenly inaccessible. But for companies without a backup data storage infrastructure, this calamity can become an unfortunate reality. However, the good news is that these incidents are entirely avoidable. The key is to look beyond the workplace when it comes to securing company data. Data recovery must come with support According to Host Review, the notion that a company can provide sufficient support for its data internally, through a business IT team, is a misguided one. For most businesses, storing data is…
  • London flood risk highlights need for data protection

    Stephen Perkins
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    A new report released by the London Assembly Environmental Committee points to a significant flood risk among properties in the U.K. capital, according to Continuity Central. Whenever natural disaster risks like these emerge, it is vital for businesses in the area to make sure their data recovery plans are in order. Without online data backup, enterprises risk permanently losing information. In the case of London, there are 24,000 properties that the report mentioned as being at a high risk level for river flooding, and climate change could end up seeing those numbers…
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    Basics of Java and Cloud Computing

  • Cloud based Security

    Mitesh Soni
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    Free Download – The Big Shift to Cloud based Security Keeping IT systems secure and running within regulatory compliance mandates, especially for mid-sized and even small businesses, seems next to impossible. There are many reasons for this – but fortunately, several recent technological trends show that it doesn’t have to be this way. Cyber-threats and […] The post Cloud based Security appeared first on Basics of Java and Cloud Computing.
  • Top 5 ways Cloud Computing can change your life

    Mitesh Soni
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Top 5 ways Cloud Computing can change your life-Cloud computing is transforming everyone’s life in some or the other aspect. Since, technology has its various edges, here we have confined it to its amazing impact on our daily lives. The very popular; cloud computing technology might have been measured in various aspects, but here we […] The post Top 5 ways Cloud Computing can change your life appeared first on Basics of Java and Cloud Computing.
  • Why Cloud Hosting Is The Future Of Online Gaming

    Mitesh Soni
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
    The Future Of Online Gaming Today, I begin with a simple statement: cloud hosting is the future of the games industry. By tapping into the considerable advances made in networking technology over the past several years, gaming can expand itself to entirely new frontiers, reaching users who might otherwise have never picked up a video […] The post Why Cloud Hosting Is The Future Of Online Gaming appeared first on Basics of Java and Cloud Computing.
  • What is Joomla

    Mitesh Soni
    29 Mar 2014 | 3:05 am
    Joomla is a very popular open source CMS built on a model–view–controller web application framework that enables users to build Web sites and powerful online applications with ease-of-use and extensibility. Joomla enables developers to build integrated e-commerce systems, data reporting tools, inventory control systems, custom product catalogs, reservation systems, communication tools etc. User Management with […] The post What is Joomla appeared first on Basics of Java and Cloud Computing.
  • What is Drupal

    Mitesh Soni
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:56 am
    Drupal Drupal is a open-source CMS written in PHP and used for personal blogs to corporate, political, and government sites across the world. It is also known as as a web application framework. It also used effectively for knowledge management and business collaboration. User profiles management, User Management, OpenID support, access statistics and logging, page […] The post What is Drupal appeared first on Basics of Java and Cloud Computing.
 
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    Out of the Ethernet

  • Windows XP – Life After Death

    Taylor Goldsmith
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    With so many trying to cope with the end of XP, we look at an option that takes your data to the sky. The post Windows XP – Life After Death appeared first on Out of the Ethernet. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the blog title to read more and see additional posts from Integra ]
  • Preventive Medicine for 2014 HIT Maladies

    Integra
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    Five areas in which an ounce of Healthcare IT prevention is worth a pound of cure. The post Preventive Medicine for 2014 HIT Maladies appeared first on Out of the Ethernet. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the blog title to read more and see additional posts from Integra ]
  • Know Your Bandwidth Needs

    Integra
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    A deep dive into the second of the 4 key steps to a successful cloud migration. The post Know Your Bandwidth Needs appeared first on Out of the Ethernet. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the blog title to read more and see additional posts from Integra ]
  • Achy Breaky Heartbleed

    Jessica Legg
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    All torn up about the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug? Steps to help mend your broken heart. The post Achy Breaky Heartbleed appeared first on Out of the Ethernet. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the blog title to read more and see additional posts from Integra ]
  • Is Your Network Cloud-Ready?

    Integra
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    A deep dive into 1 of 4 key steps to a successful cloud migration. The post Is Your Network Cloud-Ready? appeared first on Out of the Ethernet. [ This is a content summary only. Click on the blog title to read more and see additional posts from Integra ]
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    Cloud Services World

  • Testing is important but think of the wider context

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    CSW Editor Martin Banks ponders on the load-testing services of BlazeMeter in the wider context of managing customer experience and sees a need to start by managing what becomes part of that `loadandrsquo; with the aid of tools such as NetPreceptandrsquo;s vAC
  • Public or private cloud? Make it both

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    Sacha Labourey CEO and founder of development PaaS provider CloudBees sets out why the cloud is the best inclusive approach to delivering the best business solutions
  • Phoenix provides a place to learn

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    Helping business managers andndash; and especially those from companies with smaller budgets andndash; to learn and understand about exploiting cloud service delivery is the goal behind the companyandrsquo;s new Technology Innovation Centre
  • Entrust clouds up ID management into a portal

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    The company has pulled together its existing ID management-related tools added some new ones and packaged them as a cloud andndash;deliver ID management service that can now be accessed via a portal by channel partners looking to rapidly integrate ID management `in-a-boxandrsquo;
  • The time to train is now

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    Surveys show staff training in the UK is in decline yet with an economy on the upturn investment in training is still in the doldrums and cloud especially training is what is now needed
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  • Announcing Geo Based Targeting in Push Notification

    Sachin Grover
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Marketing campaigns without defining a targeted region tend to fail. This is why, we are truly excited to initiate Geo based targeting for Push Notification in App42 services. Now, the developers can select a specific country/state/city for sending push notifications from AppHQ console. Along with this, they can also pick a specific region on the map to target. This feature will be available to all the new and the old apps running on App42. However, devices registered before 15th of March for Push service will not be having Geo information. Managed by App42 backend, you can have effortless…
  • Using RPCs in Unity and AppWarp S2

    Suyash Mohan
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Note : The following article describes RPCs in context of AppWarp What is RPC? RPC(Remote Procedure Call) is a mechanism available in AppWarp S2 which enables developers to call methods that are defined on server directly from the clients. Hence, using RPCs developers can extend the server side by implementing his own methods. Types of RPCs? Zone RPC Room RPC Zone RPCs are the methods defined in zone adaptor. They are invoked on client side by calling invokeZoneRPC() method whereas Room RPCs are defined in room adaptor and are called through invokeRoomRPC() method on client side. Why you need…
  • Getting started with Backbone.js and Rails

    Pravin Mishra
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:19 pm
    I recently started using Backbone.js with my existing web application and have found it to be extremely useful for keeping all my Javascript front-end code organized. As my application has a complicated user interface, I realized my JavaScript code was getting out of control and was tough to maintain due to lack of structure. This forced me to look for options with which I could keep my code clean and in a structured way. And I found there are many JS frameworks that attempt to offer similar benefits, like Backbone.js, Ember.js, Angular.js, ExtJs and so on. However, I decided to go with…
  • How to use RESTFul Web Services with ‘GRAILS’

    Deo R. Tripathi
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:35 am
    Web Service is a way of communication between two applications or electronic devices over the World Wide Web. By using Web Services, your application can publish its function or message to the rest of the world. Basically, Web Services are of two types: 1- Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) 2- Representational State Transfer (REST). Why to use REST (Representational State Transfer)? REST is a stateless, client-server, cacheable communication protocol that runs on top of the HTTP. Instead of using complex mechanism such as CORBA, RPC or SOAP to connect between machines, REST, a simple and…
  • Saving Additional Data and Displaying App42 Leaderboard

    Ajay Tiwari - App42 Backend as a Service
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    What would you do to  fetch the leader board with additional profile information of user like first name, display name, age, country etc? Well, App42 Gaming APIs come truly handy, when we talk about saving the score and displaying the leader-board in much lesser time. Many developer asked questions while integrating leader board about saving additional data and fetching back in the leader board. Earlier if you wanted to do this, you have to make additional calls to storage service to save and fetch back these information, however we have now introduced a better way of doing it without…
 
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  • CSS3 Social Icons with Font Awesome

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    You can add this widget by pasting the below code in the desired location or if you want to show these icons after the post then go to Blog Title → Template → Edit HTML. Press Ctrl + F and search for <data:post.body/> code and paste the below given code just below <data:post.body/>. NOTE : There maybe more than one <data:post.body/> so make sure that you have selected the right code.<div class="social social_intro"><span class="title-ico">Follow Us On :</span><a href="#"><i class="fa-facebook"></i></a><a href="#"><i…
  • How to remove Blogger Picture/Image Shadow and Border

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    how to remove shadows and borders from your blog that are found on some of blogger’s templates. The shadow effect can be great when used sparely, but on blogger templates it can seem a little overdone. This post will show you how to remove the shadow from your blog posts, images and headers. Hope you find it useful.Remove shadow from blog post/contentYou need to firstly access your code so go to Design > Template > Edit HTML and Search (CTRL F/CMD F) for .content-outer. You should see the something similar to the following code, it may look a little different depending on what…
  • How to Recover Windows 7 Administrator Password

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Microsoft Windows 7 is the latest version of Microsoft Windows operating system. Compared to its predecessor Windows XP and Vista, Windows 7 is more powerful and more secure Unlike Windows XP, Windows 7 adopted a new password protection system that we can't use the hidden administrator account by default. The problem is that when Windows 7 administrator password lost, we can no longer recover our lost password by using the hidden administrator account. Therefore, how to recover the Windows 7 Admin password if we lost or forgot it?Don't worry, here are two methods for Windows 7…
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    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
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  • BlackBerry BBm

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    BlackBerry was once in a similar situation. Evolving from the pager they grew to support email first, then BBM. By 2006 they were an incredibly popular handset manufacturer with an incredibly popular messaging service attached to their platform. And those two things, their handset popularity and their messaging popularity, were inextricably linked.By 2010, however BlackBerry's handsets had fallen behind iPhone and Android. There was talk of BlackBerry taking BBM cross-platform but nothing ever came of it. They were seemingly afraid that if they let their messaging system go, their users would…
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  • Migrating to the Cloud? Some Factors To Consider – Pt. 4

    Marc Shaw
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Part 4 of a five-part series on what to keep in mind as you transition to the cloud: Streamlining. In part 1 of this series we took a look at security and vendor lock-in as possible concerns in moving to the cloud. In part 2 we looked at how cloud computing affects the bottom line. In part 3, we considered how cloud computing protects you in case of emergency. This week we’ll take a look at how the cloud can help you through streamlining. There’s a simple question to ask of your IT Department at all times. Do our resources match our needs? In traditional IT departments, using what is…
  • Migrating to the Cloud? Some factors to consider – Part 3

    Marc Shaw
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Part 3 of a five-part series on what to keep in mind as you transition to the cloud: Disaster Recovery. In part 1 of this series we took a look at security and vendor lock-in as possible concerns in moving to the cloud. In part 2 we looked at how cloud computing affects the bottom line. This week we want to consider one of the executive’s biggest concerns: how cloud computing protects you in case of emergency. Is the cloud capable of recovering data in case of disaster. The most obvious benefits of Disaster Recovery in cloud computing are in the following areas: Bundling – with…
  • Migrating to the Cloud? Some factors to consider – Part 2

    Marc Shaw
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Part 2 of a five-part series on what to keep in mind as you transition to the cloud: Your Bottom Line. In part 1 of this series we took a look at security and vendor lock-in as possible concerns in moving to the cloud. In Part 2 we want to consider every executive’s greatest concern for their business: their bottom line. If cloud computing is both secure and flexible, can you be certain it will positively affect cash flow? The most obvious savings in cloud computing are the following areas: Power – it takes a lot of electricity to keep those servers fired up all the time. With cloud…
  • Migrating to the Cloud? Some factors to consider – Part 1

    Marc Shaw
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:14 am
    Part 1 of a five-part series on what to keep in mind as you transition to the cloud: Security and Vendor Lock-In Cloud computing can help address a multitude of issues caused by traditional IT departments, including inflated overhead and an inability to keep pace with changing technology. But anytime there are widespread changes, executives are concerned. We meet business owners who have heard of cloud computing, whether through business channels, Internet sources, or TV commercials and who seem to grasp the basics of how it benefits them, but some are still hesitant: they don’t know what…
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  • The First Step to The Cloud: Virtualization

    Jesse Locke
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The term virtualization might seem like a brand new and cutting-edge technology. But actually, virtualization has been around for more than a decade now. Though many organizations still do not realize the benefits it can offer, those who have already adopted the technology have grown to feel that it would be nearly impossible to work without it. For those in IT, server virtualization has been a game-changing technology. It provides efficiencies and capabilities that simply are not possible when the organization’s IT is tied to working only with physical servers. Whether virtualization is a…
  • The Evolution of Disaster Recovery Planning

    Jesse Locke
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:24 am
    Today, more than ever, disaster recovery (DR) - also called ‘business continuity planning’ –  is a vital layer of protection for many organizations. However, a surprisingly large number of organizations do not have the proper plan in place to protect important I.T infrastructure, applications or software. In the past, the most common reasons cited by businesses for not protecting important data with disaster recovery services are because of cost, complexity and unreliability—making it unsuitable for all but the most mission-critical, enterprise applications. However,…
  • Deciding the right time to move to the cloud

    Jesse Locke
    14 Feb 2014 | 6:34 am
    While the Chinese Zodiac may state that it is the “Year of the Horse,” technology dictates that 2014 will be the year of the cloud. More and more companies, small and large are beginning to understand the benefits that cloud computing offer including reduced up-front investments, lower labor costs, access to enterprise-grade infrastructure, stability, scalability, and flexibility. However, deciding exactly when to make the jump can be a complicated matter. Even though the benefits are enormous, making the move without the proper planning and consideration is ill-advised. Every company…
  • Cable vs. Fiber-Optic: Which Internet Service is Right for Your Business?

    Jesse Locke
    6 Feb 2014 | 11:47 am
    First, there was the computer revolution and now it is the internet revolution. Businesses small and large now use the internet for a variety of tasks, especially those firms that utilize cloud-based utilities, software and storage. Because of this, the internet connection you choose can have a major impact on productivity, employee satisfaction and most importantly—your bottom line. Many business owners don’t have the knowledge, or time to invest, to understand the differences in available services. However, a simple overview of the pros and cons of cable and fiber optic internet…
  • The 10 Common Myths of Cloud Computing

    Jesse Locke
    21 Jan 2014 | 8:01 am
    Like many disruptive, evolving technologies, Cloud computing is going through a phase characterized by some real and many unfounded concerns. So how do you determine what’s really going to work for your organization? Separating the myths from the facts of Cloud computing and the realities behind those myths can help you make more informed decisions about advancing your information infrastructure by utilizing the substantial benefits of the Cloud. Myth 1 – Cloud is just a fad. Cloud as a term is new, but the concepts and requisite technologies have been evolving for years. Cloud computing…
 
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