Cloud Computing

Simply put, Cloud Computing is where applications, storage and computing power are provided over the Internet instead of locally on a single computer or network and are utilized as a service rather than a product—like electricity, you use what you need and pay by the meter. Broadly speaking, to be considered Cloud Computing an application’s data and core processing functions would be hosted/stored and managed online ("in the cloud") and accessible from any PC, laptop or mobile device with a network connection in real-time; and you would pay for computing resources as you utilize them. So, in short, Cloud services are provided via the Internet and on a consumption-based pay-as-you-use model. These services are typically established with short-term contracts and without up-front expenditure. However, Cloud Computing can be private and therefore internal in nature such as when a large enterprise builds its own Private Cloud.

More eruditely it is defined by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as "a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” NIST's working definition of cloud computing has long been the de facto definition.

Cloud Computing has become a viable option because large amounts of storage and processing power have become ubiquitous and cheap—it's now cost-effective for companies ("Cloud providers") to build huge data centers where computing and software can be provided remotely on an enormous scale and rented out like a utility service. Thus, "in the cloud" actually means that within these huge data centers applications and associated data are installed on one or many powerful computers called servers that reside within specially adapted buildings. The facilities that house these data centers are like warehouses filled with banks of servers in cabinets called racks that have powerful air conditioning systems to keep the servers cool and highly resilient power and Internet connections. And the biggest beneficiary is the small and medium business sector which now has access to the same expensive technologies as enterprises, without owning them, but simply paying for them according to use.

Lastly, companies that implement the Cloud effectively gain a faster time to market for applications, the flexibility to deal with changes in business demand and a friendlier environment for testing new initiatives, as software and infrastructure can be scaled up or down depending on changing needs and requirements. Cloud computing can help businesses optimize the resources they have at hand, reducing the cost and complexity of their data center, while putting the right amount of computing power at the fingertips of every employee, no matter where they are or when they need it. Cloud-enabled companies can achieve strong efficiency gains because the Cloud's inherently open architecture gives them the ability to add new features and functions quickly and easily, and to reduce the maintenance costs for their IT architecture; consequently, this allows them to focus more on their primary business objectives and to compete in new and innovative ways. Moreover, the absence of initial capital expenditure allows companies to much more freely move to alternative Cloud solutions if the current one is found not to be the best fit.

The cloud offers a myriad of capabilities and benefits that meet business and computing challenges across a spectrum of companies and user groups. However, all clouds share the following:

Pooled Computing Resources – Every cloud pools physical and virtual resources -- notably storage, processing, memory, network bandwidth, and virtual machines -- enabling resources to be dynamically activated and de-activated on demand. Generally, users don’t control or even know the exact location of the resources. However, they can often choose a deep level of abstraction -- such as a high-availability domain or a service that meets regulatory requirements around data location.

Network-Centric – Regardless of its flavor, each implementation of cloud computing is network-centric. All services are delivered over a network and accessed through such basic tools as lightweight web protocols.

Agile Provisioning of Resources – Every cloud is able to activate or deactivate resources quickly and easily. In some cases, users enjoy self-service, enabling them to provision such capabilities as server capacity and storage over the Internet, via web applications or web services.

Rapid Allocation of Resources – Resources are rapidly and elastically allocated to meet computing demands – meaning they can be scaled up or down in minutes for maximum efficiency. All clouds use pre-set policies to manage the allocation, while the best ones adjust resources automatically.

Pay-Per-Use Pricing and Metering – Public cloud providers charge on a pay-per-use basis, also known as utility pricing. Such metering of services (notably storage, CPU usage, bandwidth, and so on) is also used by private and hybrid clouds, although those clouds typically do not charge users but leverage metering to gain insight into usage patterns, capacity planning, and other purposes.

Also referred to as the three major layers, here are the three primary types of Cloud Computing —

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

In the IaaS model, a provider delivers a computer infrastructure (typically a heavily virtualized environment) as a service. Clients pay a metered rate for servers, software, data-center space and network equipment. IaaS is at the other end of the cloud spectrum from SaaS . In this scenario, you want to maintain control of your software environment, but you don't want to maintain any equipment. You don't want to have to buy servers and put them in a climate-controlled room or any of that. Instead, you go to an IaaS provider and request a virtual machine.

Notable examples:  Amazon Web Services, HP CloudSystem, AirVM, CloudBasic, Microsoft Azure

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

The PaaS model provides services -- middleware, such as application servers and databases -- layered on top of an IaaS foundation. Typically, PaaS adds another level of abstraction that unburdens developers and operators of certain tasks. Developers write their application to a more or less open specification and then upload their code into the cloud where the application is hosted and automatically scaled without the developer having to worry about it overly.

Notable examples:  IBM Cloud, VMWare vCloud, Microsoft Azure

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

SaaS is probably the best known and easiest-to-grasp model of cloud computing as it involves the direct consumption of an application by end-users rather than by developers or operators. There is no inherent relationship between a hosted application and the nature of the infrastructure on which it runs. However, SaaS applications can and often do run on cloud infrastructure and middleware. As alluded to, SaaS is really geared toward the end users in your organization and doesn't take much to get started. The provider figures out how many resources to devote to your use of the application. The provider figures out the servers, the virtual machines, the network equipment, everything. You just point your browser at it.

Notable examples: PGi GlobalMeet, HyperOffice, Intermedia, Mailprotector, Microsoft Office 365, Carbonite, Mozy

Cloud computing comes in three main deployment models: public, private, and hybrid. However, there are also community and combined models.

Public Cloud: Here, a company owns and operates the cloud infrastructure or platform, and sells cloud services to the general public and organizations. Customers access the services via the Internet and are billed on pay-per-use basis. Well-known examples of public cloud services are Google Mail & Apps and Amazon Web Services.

Private Cloud: In this case, an organization owns its own cloud and uses resources which are dedicated to that organization. The operation of the cloud takes place behind the internal firewall or behind a third-party’s firewall. This type of cloud is managed by the organization or a third-party, and can exist on-premises or off-premises. A private cloud shares many of the characteristics of public cloud computing including resource pooling, self-service, elasticity and pay-by-use delivered in a standardized manner with the additional control and customization available from dedicated resources.

Hybrid Cloud: As its name suggest, a hybrid cloud blends the public and private cloud models, and provides a high degree of interoperability between a private cloud and a public cloud implementation. The hybrid model is favored by companies that want to own and operate a cloud infrastructure sized for routine loads but like the flexibility of renting extra capacity to handle load spikes.

Community Cloud: In this deployment, several organizations with similar requirements and issues share the infrastructure and its cost. Common issues are security, compliance, and industry-specific concerns.

Cloud Awareness Course eLearning by ITpreneurs

The Cloud Awareness eLearning Course is a 4 hour interactive experience for those who require a basic understanding of cloud computing and cloud computing concepts.


The Cloud Awareness course provides a 4 hour, interactive, online learning experience. This self-paced elearning course is ideal for those who require a basic understanding of the virtualization and cloud computing concepts in a time-efficient manner. The course has been designed for learners who need this basic awareness as a general interest — as part of a larger program initiative — as opposed to the full certification Virtualization and Cloud Essentials courses.


The Cloud Awareness course will be of interest to:
• IT and business executives who want to receive an overview of the concepts and the significance of virtualization and cloud computing.
• IT and business staff who need a brief overview and awareness of the virtualization and cloud computing concepts.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
• Understand the common terms and definitions of virtualization and cloud computing and be able to give examples.
• Understand the technical capabilities and business benefits of virtualization and cloud computing and how to measure these benefits.
• Describe the landscape of different types of virtualization and understand the different types of clouds.
• Illustrate how key application features can be delivered on virtual infrastructures.
• Explain typical steps that lead to the successful adoption of virtualization technologies.
• Understand the similarities and differences between cloud computing and outsourcing.

Course Student Material: Online, self-paced instructional material available for 90 days.

This excellent eLearning course is available from us (SCR) for $99. Please call us or email if you are interested in buying one or more licenses.

New Quick Start deploys Informatica Enterprise Information Catalog on the AWS Cloud

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:38:51 +0000

AWS has published a new Quick Start that automatically deploys Enterprise Information Catalog from Informatica into a highly available, secure AWS Cloud environment in a few simple steps.

Rigetti raises $64M to develop a cloud-based quantum computing service - SiliconANGLE (blog)

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:23:30 GMT

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Rigetti raises $64M to develop a cloud-based quantum computing service
SiliconANGLE (blog)
Despite the daunting technical and competitive obstacles at play, a startup called Rigetti Computing Inc. is emerging as a serious contender in the race to build a large-scale quantum computer. Its efforts are supported by $64 million in funding raised ...

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Kubernetes 1.6 Brings New Scalability and Stability

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:20:14 -0700

[VIDEO] Dan Gillespie, the Kubernetes 1.6 release manager, details what's new and what it was like being the first non-Google person to lead a Kubernetes release

CloudWatch Alarms releases two new alarm configuration settings

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:17:34 +0000

Today, Amazon CloudWatch is excited to announce that CloudWatch Alarms now has two new settings to configure alarms on metrics with sparse data or with low sample counts. With the first setting, you have the option to treat missing metric data as good (alarm threshold not breached), bad (alarm threshold breached), maintain the alarm state or use the current default treatment. For example, you can use the treat missing data as good setting for alarms on HTTPCode_ELB_5XX_Count metric. This will ensure that you get alerted only when there are consecutive ELB server errors and not when the errors are sporadic.

FCC Data Privacy Rules Were Defunct Before Congressional Vote

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:05:11 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: Despite predictions of doom in the general news media, the reality is that Federal Communications Commission privacy rules were never in effect in the first place.

Samsung, IBM Make Deal to Bring Weather Channel App to Smartphones

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:35:00 -0700

The Weather Company delivers about 37 billion forecasts daily. Its products include a weather app that runs on all major mobile platforms globally and the world's largest network of personal weather stations.

Cloud Computing: IDC Predicts Cloud 2.0 to Continue to Drive Huge Growth - Formtek Blog (blog)

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:09:49 GMT

Cloud Computing: IDC Predicts Cloud 2.0 to Continue to Drive Huge Growth
Formtek Blog (blog)
Spending on the Public Cloud is expected to tick upwards by nearly 25 percent this year to $122.5 billion, predicts IDC, a rate that is nearly seven times the overall growth rate for IT. Their report says to expect the fast growth rate for the cloud to ...

Oracle's Converged Cloud Storage Aims to Knock Out Cloud Gateways

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:30:00 -0700

What Oracle has done is directly link its Storage Cloud with its ZFS Storage Appliance. Thus, no gateways or licensing fees are required.

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Nike, Alibaba, AT&T, United Technologies and Sinopec - Yahoo Finance

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:15:19 GMT

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Nike, Alibaba, AT&T, United Technologies and Sinopec
Yahoo Finance
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Nike (NYSE:NKE – Free Report), Alibaba (NYSE: BABA – Free Report), AT&T (NYSE: T – Free Report), United Technologies (NYSE: UTX – Free Report) and Sinopec (NYSE: SNP – Free Report). ... Shares of Alibaba ...

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Salesforce Enhances Financial Services Cloud With Einstein AI

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:30:00 -0700 continues to infuse various components of its cloud application family with its Einstein artificial intelligence software to make data more accessible and actionable.

AWS Lambda Available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:29:11 +0000

AWS Lambda is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region.

Amazon API Gateway is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS region

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:28:58 +0000

Amazon API Gateway is a fully managed service that makes it easy for developers to create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs at any scale. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can create an API that acts as a “front door” for applications to access data, business logic, or functionality from your back-end services, such as workloads running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), code running on AWS Lambda, or any Web application. Amazon API Gateway handles all the tasks involved in accepting and processing up to hundreds of thousands of concurrent API calls, including traffic management, authorization and access control, monitoring, and API version management.

Amazon API Gateway is also available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Seoul) and Europe (London) AWS regions. Please visit our product page for more information about Amazon API Gateway.

AWS Storage Gateway adds read-only file shares, user permission squashing, and scanning for added and removed objects

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:08:08 +0000

AWS Storage Gateway has updated file gateway to add additional NFS mount options to your file share, and enable scanning for added and deleted objects in your mounted Amazon S3 bucket. 

Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS add support for tagging resources upon creation and additional resource-level permissions

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:01:52 +0000

You can now tag your Amazon EC2 Instances and Amazon EBS Volumes upon creation. You can do this from the EC2 Instance launch wizard or through the RunInstances or CreateVolume APIs. By tagging resources at the time of creation, you can eliminate the need to run custom tagging scripts after resource creation. In addition, you can now set resource-level permissions on the CreateVolume, CreateTags, DeleteTags, and the RunInstances APIs. This allows you to implement stronger security policies by giving you more granular control over who has access to these APIs. You can also enforce the use of tagging and control which tag keys and values are set on your resources. 

AWS Batch now supports Job Retries

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:14:15 +0000

AWS Batch now supports Job Retries. Previously jobs would be marked as failed, if they experienced an error or the EC2 instance they were executing on failed. Now, you can define a retry strategy for a job as part of the Job Definition or when submitting a Job. By default, all jobs are attempted once and are marked as failed if they do not succeed. The retry strategy allows you to set a number of attempts for a job, which will result in a job being retried if it does not succeed. You can define up to 10 attempts for a job.

Read more about how to configure and use Job Retries in the AWS Batch documentation. Please visit our product page for more information on AWS Batch.

Announcing New Direct Connect Locations in Munich, Prague, Berlin, and Zurich

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:39:15 +0000

We are thrilled to announce new AWS Direct Connect locations. The new locations are Munich, Germany, Berlin, Germany, Prague, Czech Republic, and Zurich, Switzerland.

AWS Database Migration Service Adds Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) as a Target

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:33:03 +0000

AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) has added Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) as a migration target. Amazon S3 is object storage with a simple web interface to store and retrieve any amount of data. Together, the two products give you the ability to extract information from any database supported by DMS and write it to Amazon S3 in a format that can be used by almost any application.

ClearSky Data Adds Backup, DR to Its Managed Service

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:58:00 -0700

Using a ClearSky package, users pay only for a single, fully protected copy of their data that is accessible on-premises or in the cloud.

AWS CloudFormation Supports Authoring Templates with Code References and Amazon VPC Peering

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:53:37 +0000

You can now simplify your AWS CloudFormation template authoring by inserting references to existing CloudFormation templates using Include Transform. Transforms are declarative statements within CloudFormation templates that instruct CloudFormation how to process your template. Include Transform instructs CloudFormation on where in the main template to inject CloudFormation templates snippets stored in S3 buckets. For example, you can maintain your commonly used resource definitions as template snippets and use Include Transform to retrieve and include them into your main template to create or update stacks. Visit here to learn more.

AWS's Amazon Connect Provides Instant Call Centers in the Cloud

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:25:00 -0700

Instead of requiring help from IT teams and specialized consultants, Amazon Connect can be configured and run directly by line-of-business employees.

Cloud Unfiltered Podcast, Episode 02: CIO Advisor Tim Crawford - Cisco Blogs (blog)

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:25:47 GMT

Cloud Unfiltered Podcast, Episode 02: CIO Advisor Tim Crawford
Cisco Blogs (blog)
He's an internationally renowned thought leader in the areas of IT transformation, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, and Internet of Things (IoT). Which is to say, he is wise. So wise that CIOs (or at least their companies) pay him handsomely for advice ...

Data Privacy Rule Repeal Could Boost Competition for Google, Facebook

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:50:00 -0700

Repeal of the FCC Data Privacy Rule will free Internet service providers such as AT&T and Verizon to sell customer-browsing data to advertisers just like Google or Facebook.

Introducing Amazon Connect

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:54:28 +0000

Amazon Connect is a simple to use, cloud-based contact center service that makes it easy for you to deliver better customer service at lower cost. This new service from Amazon Web Services is based on the same contact center technology used by Amazon customer service associates around the world to power millions of customer conversations. Setting up a cloud-based contact center with Amazon Connect is as easy as a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, and agents can begin taking calls within minutes. 

NICE EnginFrame 2017 is now available with even simpler AWS integration

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:46:58 +0000

NICE is pleased to announce the general availability of EnginFrame 2017, our powerful and easy to use web front-end for accessing Technical and Scientific Applications on-premises and in the cloud.

New Quick Start deploys Confluence Data Center from Atlassian on the AWS Cloud

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:03:35 +0000

AWS has published a new Quick Start that automatically deploys Confluence Data Center into a highly available, secure AWS Cloud environment in less than 30 minutes.

How Enterprises Can Deploy Cloud Services More Securely

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:02:53 -0700

As enterprises migrate to the cloud, security has to be top of mind. Here are tips on how companies can minimize the risk of data breaches as they plan cloud strategies.

Facebook Starts New Live Location Feature for Messenger App

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:41:00 -0700

Live Location makes it easier for users to coordinate with as many people as a user wants.

Integrator Dell Boomi Acquires Workflow Automationist ManyWho

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:26:00 -0700

Workflow automation is an important requirement for businesses and organizations pursuing digital transformation and IT modernization.

AWS Database Migration Service is now a HIPAA-Eligible Service

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:10:33 +0000

AWS has expanded its HIPAA compliance program to include AWS Database Migration Service (DMS). You can now use AWS Database Migration Service to move data between your HIPAA-compliant applications, including protected health information (PHI) under an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS. DMS can be used both to migrate data between databases and for ongoing replication workloads to databases or data warehouses. 

Google Warns Users It Plans to Remove SMS Texting From Hangouts

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:31:06 -0700

Google said it is removing carrier SMS texting as part of a broader effort to make Hangouts and Gmail more streamlined and useful for enterprises.

AWS Lambda Introduces Access Control Enhancements

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:06:44 +0000

You can now view AWS Lambda function policies from the AWS Lambda console. Previously, you needed to use the AWS CLI or SDK to see which services and accounts have permissions to invoke your Lambda functions. You can view Lambda function policies from the Triggers tab of any function.

Policy Summaries Make Understanding IAM Policies Easier

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:25:15 +0000

Today, we made it easier for you to understand the permissions your AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies grant with policy summaries in the IAM console. Instead of reading JSON policy documents, you can scan a table that summarizes the services, actions, resources, and conditions defined in each policy. This summary enables you to quickly understand the permissions defined in each IAM policy. You can find this summary on the policy detail page or the Permissions tab on an individual IAM user’s page. To learn more about policy summaries, see the blog post, Move Over JSON – Policy Summaries Make Understanding IAM Policies Easier, and the IAM documentation, Understanding Policy Summaries in the AWS Management Console.

Amazon AppStream 2.0 now supports Fleet Auto Scaling to help you optimize your streaming costs

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:16:20 +0000

Amazon AppStream 2.0 now supports Fleet Auto Scaling to help you optimize your streaming costs.

Introducing Notifications for New Amazon ECS-Optimized AMI Releases

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:13:29 +0000

You can now get an Amazon SNS notification when new Amazon ECS-optimized AMI releases are available.

Amazon WorkDocs Administrative SDK is now generally available

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:28:40 +0000

The Amazon WorkDocs Administrative SDK provides API-based administrator level access to WorkDocs site resources. With the Administrative SDK, software vendors and IT organizations can set up their applications to work with WorkDocs. As a result, WorkDocs now allows you to use third party applications for content management, content migration, virus-scanning, data loss prevention (DLP), and eDiscovery. 

IBM Tells Customers That 'Cloud Native' Is The Future

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:00:26 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: IBM tells customers at its InterConnect Conference that "Cloud Native" applications that are designed and optimized to run in the cloud are in their future.

DataStax Puts Speed, Efficiency into Customer Experience Management

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:22:00 -0700

Bottom line: IT in 2017 is all about speed. If a web service or website reacts quickly and efficiently and is easy to navigate, success for all parties generally will follow.

Google's Web Ad Misplacement Troubles Spread to U.S.

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:34:00 -0700

Verizon, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson and Enterprise are the latest major brands to pull YouTube ads due to their placement next to inappropriate content.

AWS Lambda Supports Node.js v6.10

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:36:28 +0000

You can now develop your AWS Lambda functions using Node.js v6.10.

Amazon CloudWatch Events now supports input transformation of events

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:44:51 +0000

We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudWatch Events now supports input transformation of events before sending the events to targets. Using this the new feature, you can extract multiple key-value pairs from their event JSONs and transform the data to fit your needs. For example, you can transform AWS console login event JSON to a human readable message and attach it to an SNS topic for email notifications. Another use case for input transformer is to simplify nested event JSONs before sending to event targets such as SQS. The input transformer is a new addition to the existing list of three input configuration features - matched event, part of matched event, and a constant. You can use the input transformation through the console and PutTargets API in all AWS regions where CloudWatch Events is available.

Cloud Computing and Security: Enterprises Do an About-Face and Embrace Public Cloud - Formtek Blog (blog)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:11:18 GMT

Cloud Computing and Security: Enterprises Do an About-Face and Embrace Public Cloud
Formtek Blog (blog)
Over the last few years the majority of businesses have done an about face on their thinking about the public cloud. Security fears had led many to pursue implementing of private cloud infrastructure. A new report from Intel Security says that now more ...

Google Broadens Ad Placement Policy Changes in Wake of Complaints

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:46:00 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Google ramping up changes to ad placements after recent furor; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 launches with improved security; LinkedIn adds PointDrive to Sales Navigator for better content sharing; and there's more.

How One International Firm is Helping Rethink a Bank's Legacy IT

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:01:00 -0700

Publicis.Sapient is using new-gen technologies to update and make more efficient the style of business of a centuries-old bank in the UK.

January 2017 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) are now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:13:17 +0000

The Oracle January 2017 Patch Set Updates (PSU) are now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. To learn more about Oracle PSUs supported on RDS, visit the RDS patch update documentation.

AWS Cryptography announces AWS Encryption SDK for Python

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:03:30 +0000

The AWS Cryptography team has released the AWS Encryption SDK for Python. This new SDK joins the Java version launched in 2016 to make encryption easier for developers while minimizing errors that could lower the security of their applications. Developers using encryption often face two problems: a. how to correctly generate and use a key to encrypt data, and b. how to protect the key after it’s been used. The AWS Encryption SDK addresses the first problem by transparently implementing the low-level details using the cryptographic provider available in a developer’s environment. The SDK addresses the second problem by providing intuitive interfaces to let developers choose how they want to protect their encryption keys after use. By using the AWS Encryption SDK, developers can focus on the core of the application they’re building instead of the complexities of encryption. We’ve provided ready-to-use samples in the SDK for AWS customers who use AWS CloudHSM or AWS Key Management Service, however the open source SDK can be extended to support other key providers.

AWS CodeBuild Available in Asia (Tokyo, Singapore), EU (Frankfurt) and Australia (Sydney) Regions

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:32:26 +0000

AWS CodeBuild is now available in the Asia (Tokyo, Singapore), EU (Frankfurt) and Australia (Sydney) Regions.

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:48:49 +0000

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region.

10 Vendors Jumping on the Kubernetes Bandwagon

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:17:09 -0700

The open-source Kubernetes project has grown significantly in recent years and now benefits from commercial support from multiple vendors.

How IBM Plans to Serve the 'Making Better Decisions' Business Market

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:15:00 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: 'Cognitive to the Core' is an appropos unifying line for a massive company with 375,000 full-time employees scattered all over the world.

LinkedIn Adds PointDrive to Sales Navigator for Better Content Sharing

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:43:00 -0700

Sales Navigator, LinkedIn’s “system of engagement” for salespeople, gets a significant upgrade with PointDrive’s presentation capabilities and tighter integration to CRM systems like's.

Google Ramping Up Changes to Ad Placements After Recent Furor

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:48:00 -0700

The changes will give advertisers more control over where their ads are placed on YouTube other Google sites.

Adobe Consolidates Several Marketing Functions into 'Experience Cloud'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0700

Company has combined a flotilla of cloud-based marketing functions into what it calls the Adobe Experience Cloud, debuting it March 21 at its Digital Marketing Summit.

IBM Brings Blockchain DB Service to the Cloud

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:15:00 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: IBM takes Blockchain DB service mainstream on cloud; Google reports a jump in hacked websites in 2016; Hackers escape VMware Virtual Machine isolation at Pwn2Own 2017; and there's more.

IBM Takes Blockchain DB Service Mainstream on Cloud

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:01:00 -0700

The new platform enables developers to build and host highly secure production blockchain networks on the IBM Cloud, powered by IBM's secure LinuxONE server.

How IBM is Making Watson Available to Manage User Devices

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:01:00 -0700

One recent study pointed out that half (49 percent) of information workers use at least three devices for work on a weekly basis. Enterprises are finding out that more control is needed in this area.

New IBM Cloud Integration Package Unites Multi-Cloud Environments

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:01:00 -0700

API-driven services enable clients to access and use actionable business data from sources that include cloud services, messaging platforms or application software, regardless of the environment in which they reside.

IBM, Veritas Join to Offer New Data Management in Hybrid Clouds

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 03:22:00 -0700

As part of the deal, Veritas has certified the IBM Cloud Object Storage lineup of software and cloud services for use with Veritas' next version of NetBackup, v8.0.

Google Revises Ad Polices in Response Complaints From UK, Others

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 02:49:34 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Google to change ad policies after boycott by UK government, others; Intel unveils new-generation Optane SSD for storage and RAM; Women’s progress in cyber-security stalled over past two years: survey; and there's more.

Intel Unveils New-Generation Optane SSD for Storage and RAM

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0700

In its most simplistic description, 3D Xpoint is a powerful processor that goes vertical in addition to horizontal. Thus the "3D" moniker, and thus the need for an entirely new SSD to hold it.

Google to Change Ad Policies After Boycott by UK Government, Others

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:32:00 -0700

Furor erupts after an investigation shows ads from the British government and major brands are being placed on inappropriate YouTube content.

Cloud computing growth lifts Oracle's profits, and its shares - SiliconANGLE (blog)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:42:45 GMT

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Cloud computing growth lifts Oracle's profits, and its shares
SiliconANGLE (blog)
The reaction is a reversal from the second quarter, when Oracle missed expectations despite continued growth in cloud computing as software license revenues fell more than forecast. Update: In Thursday trading, Oracle's share were rising nearly 7 percent.

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The end is near for cloud computing. Or is it? - TechTarget (blog)

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 20:09:07 GMT

The end is near for cloud computing. Or is it?
TechTarget (blog)
As Levine explains it, cloud computing, which he views as the centralization of IT workloads into a small number of super-mega-huge datacenters, is an unsustainable, unworkable, slow-to-respond method. The need for instantaneous information makes the ...

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The Morning Download: One VC Says Cloud Computing May Soon Dissipate - Wall Street Journal (subscription) (blog)

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:12:34 GMT

The Morning Download: One VC Says Cloud Computing May Soon Dissipate
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Sign up here for The Morning Download, and get the most important news in business technology emailed to you each weekday morning. Good morning. Cloud computing may seem ascendant. One venture capitalist thinks this current architecture is nearing ...

Cloud Computing Makes the Internet More Reliable and Secure, Except When It Doesn't - Slate Magazine (blog)

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 21:14:02 GMT

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Cloud Computing Makes the Internet More Reliable and Secure, Except When It Doesn't
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It's been a rough couple of weeks for the internet. First, Google researchers revealed a serious vulnerability that was causing private data to be leaked from some websites supported by Cloudflare. Then, other Google researchers announced that they had ...
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Guest Post: Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) at the Core of Private Cloud
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Chances are the IT teams are using some variation of cloud computing to solve these and other modern day IT challenges. Private cloud serves as an enabler for organizations to deliver IT as a service (ITaaS). This makes organizations more agile and ...

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WebOffice Alternative – Hundreds of WebEx WebOffice users migrate to HyperOffice as End-of-life date approaches

Thu, 15 May 2014 20:07:38 +0000

As the Nov 30, 2014, end-of-life date draws near for Cisco’s WebEx WebOffice, scores of WebOffice users looking for an alternative have approached us. Many of these customers were on WebEx WebOffice for years, and are in the difficult position of not only having to find an alternative, but also find a way to safeguard [...]

So what really is HyperOffice?

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:55:24 +0000

While collaboration is something everyone in a business undertakes everyday, the word “collaboration”, due to its inherent abstractness sometimes doesn’t convey much to the listener. As a developer of collaboration software, this is a challenge we have faced at HyperOffice, and gotten better at overcoming over the years. In that ongoing effort, the following graphic [...]

Service Provider Leverage in Emerging Collaboration Markets

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:20:43 +0000

The Collaboration Market The rapidly growing cloud market and the significant shifts in the voice and data services marketplace have created unprecedented challenges and opportunities for service providers. While the challenges presented to service providers are numerous and of strategic significance, in the interest of brevity, I will focus on opportunities specific to cloud collaboration. Business OTT [...]

Finding the best metaphor for social business software

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:21:56 +0000

We are all suckers for memes and metaphors. A great metaphor helps us instantly grasp a difficult concept, rolls easily off the tongue, and encourages us to share the idea with others. Metaphors are invaluable in our world of software, where we need to convey technical concepts to an audience which is not tech savvy. [...]

Your “What intranet software…” questions answered

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:15:57 +0000

This post answers common questions people have about the capabilities of an intranet software, and explains how HyperOffice can serve many of these needs. This is part 3 of the “What..” series. You can find parts 1 and 2 here and here. What are the benefits of an intranet software? You might want to look at my [...]

Your “What online document sharing software….” questions answered

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:42:17 +0000

Continuing from my last post (about the common questions about project management HyperOffice features answer), this post is about common document sharing questions that our document management capabilities answer. Do you have any of the following questions? What is a cloud based document management software like Sharepoint, but cheaper and simpler? HyperOffice has been called a “Sharepoint [...]

Your “What online project management software…” questions answered

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:19:25 +0000

I was going through Quora today, and I came across multiple questions related to online project management software, the answer for which was quite simply, HyperOffice. That gave me the idea of doing a post where I explain how HyperOffice features answer common questions people ask about an online project management tool. So here goes.. What [...]

Email and Knowledge Management: It’s like keeping a fish in a kennel

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:11:49 +0000

At its heart, knowledge management is all about the ability to capture the knowledge created in an organization, and making it available to everyone in the company today, and in the future.  Every document, presentation, contact, or even message created in a company represents this knowledge, which might be of use to someone else in [...]

Service Providers vs. OTT Vendors: Who will win the battle of cloud data? (Infographic)

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:27:19 +0000

Communications Service Providers are reaching the tail end of an era of unprecedented profits driven by mobile voice and messaging revenues. Those days are over. The strategic dynamics of the market are in the middle of a paradigm shift where communications are increasingly data centric – VOIP, M2M messaging, social messaging, file sharing etc. There is [...]

Mathematical Collaboration with MathType and HyperOffice

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:01:40 +0000

If Newton were still alive, he would have trouble communicating his ideas online. Sure, he could have described his laws, but at soon as he tried typing out the equations, they would have looked like this: F = G[m1*m2/r(2)] As you can see, communicating online is not amenable to mathematical equations. That’s where MathType comes in. MathType [...]

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Cloud Computing Vendors
  • 2X

    [Saas] The 2X LoadBalancer allows you to easily load balance RDP/ICA sessions between Windows Remote Desktop Services/Windows Terminal Services or Citrix terminal servers and provide fault tolerance. In addition, for remote users, back-end terminal servers can be hidden, only allowing access to the gateway machine(s), significantly increasing terminal server security.

  • Amazon Web Services
    Amazon Web Services

    [IaaS/PaaS/SaaS] Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world. AWS provides a massive global cloud infrastructure that allows you to quickly innovate, experiment and iterate. Instead of waiting weeks or months for hardware, AWS can instantly deploy new applications, instantly scale up as your workload grows, and instantly scale down based on demand.

  • aplicor

    [SaaS: CRM/ERP] Aplicor offers a hosted, integrated, wireless and CLOUD-based CRM software suite which includes Sales Force Automation, Marketing Automation, Project Office and Customer Support. They also offer a full cloud business suite by combining full CRM functionality with ERP for financial management – all in a seamless CLOUD business suite.

  • Awareness Technologies
    Awareness Technologies

    [SaaS: device monitoring] Awareness Technologies was founded in 2002, originally to provide software tools for national intelligence agencies, but shifted its focus five years ago to building the most practical and powerful security software for businesses and consumers including laptop theft protection software, web-filtering software and computer-usage monitoring software.

  • Bitdefender

    [SaaS: security] Security for Virtualized Environments by Bitdefender is the first comprehensive security solution for virtualized datacenters. The solution protects virtualized Windows, Linux, and Solaris systems. Its unique architecture enables it to be leveraged in any virtualization offering.

  • CGS

    [SaaS: email archiving] Unlimited Mailbox from Computer Generated Solutions (CGS) is a powerful and flexible policy-based archive system that leverages your existing email storage environment and offers a better way to lower costs, reduce complexity, boost user productivity and meet regulatory requirements.

  • CloudProviderUSA

    [IaaS] CloudProviderUSA's infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud solution provides organizations with the flexibility to establish and scale server resources instantly. Create, scale and delete cloud servers on-demand on with their secure, high performance and easy-to-use cloud platform. Server usage is charged per hour, and is billed monthly in arrears.

  • DocumentLogistix

    [SaaS: document management] Document Logistix helps companies to understand and implement document management strategies. Integrate all your existing document management systems with Document Manager. Their document management solutions range from bulk document scanning and imaging systems to workflow and secure archiving software.

  • HyperOffice

    [SaaS: collaboration] A comprehensive cloud collaboration toolset - business email, document management, intranet/extranet workspaces, shared calendars/contacts, project management, web forms, database apps, Outlook integration, and mobile sync.

  • Intermedia

    [SaaS: hosted Exchange/collaboration/VoIP] Intermedia is the premier provider of cloud services to small and mid-sized businesses. Delivered from Intermedia secure datacenters, these services include hosted Microsoft Exchange email, VoIP telephony, instant messaging, file management, security, backup, support for the full range of smartphones and tablets, and more. The company's proprietary cloud infrastructure assures high reliability, and a certified support team is available around the clock.

  • ipConfigure

    [SaaS: surveillance] A leading developer of enterprise IP video surveillance solutions, ipConfigure offers a variety of products - all of which leverage a browser-based interface and are capable of seamlessly supporting unlimited cameras, locations and users in a centralized or distributed architecture. ipConfigure offers Enterprise Surveillance Manager, License Plate Recognition and Gigapixel Wide Area Surveillance solutions.

  • ITpreneurs

    [SaaS: Cloud training] The ITpreneurs cloud computing curriculum supports knowledge transfer of the latest cloud terminology and trends. From Cloud Awareness that provides a high-level overview of Cloud Computing to the Cloud Essentials and Virtualization Essentials courses which are more in-depth, to the Cloud Challenge business simulation.


    [SaaS: CRM] LeadMaster is an affordable web-based lead management system that provides sales and marketing solutions which enable companies to close the loop between marketing and sales and provide top-notch Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

  • mailprotector

    [SaaS: email] Mailprotector offers Cloud-based email security, management and hosting including hosted Exchange. Their solutions are simple, effective and affordable.

  • MessageSolution

    [SaaS: email/file archiving] MessageSolution empowers today's organizations to effectively manage electronically stored information (ESI) and corporate intelligence where the ultimate goal is to comply with industry and government regulations, respond more quickly to electronic discovery, reduce storage costs, optimize email server functioning, or prepare for disaster recovery.

  • Microsoft Office 365
    Microsoft Office 365

    [SaaS] With Microsoft Office 365, you can get your work done securely and communicate real-time from almost anywhere. Combining Office with Office 365 unlocks the full potential of Office 365 as the best solution for productivity, collaboration, communication, and worry-free IT. Includes world-class, familiar tools including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote on your computer.

  • Mozy

    [SaaS: offsite backup] Mozy is the world's most trusted online backup service for consumers and businesses with more than 3 million customers and 80,000 business customers backing up 90 petabytes of information to multiple data centers around the globe. Mozy is backed by VMware and EMC Corporation.

  • NetLib

    [SaaS: SQL security] NetLib is a leading provider in database security for large, medium and small businesses, organizations and agencies. Protecting valuable databases and sensitive data is important to maintain business stability for our customers, as well as for the growing areas of compliance.

  • OC4

    [SaaS: enterprise email] OC4 offes a fully managed enterprise eMail offering that is secure, fast, and reliable. Their offering includes integration with corporate directory, anti-spam / anti-virus, encryption (network and data), 24X7 Help Desk, and Service Level Agreements of 99.9%.

  • Reflexion

    [SaaS: email/collaboration] Reflexion provides a range of hosted email services that are differentiated by their ease of implementation and use, their unique features and effectiveness and their affordability. Reflexion Total Control (RTC) is a hosted email security service that blocks spam, viruses and volume-based attacks before it reaches the corporate network. Reflexion Archiving, Discovery and Recovery (RADAR) provides businesses with a complete, searchable email archive.

  • Saddle Ranch Digtal
    Saddle Ranch Digtal

    [SaaS: digital signage content] Saddle Ranch Digital provides interactive and dynamic digital signage. Their process allows them to focus on your specific objectives and goals to build a fully optimized solution. With the combination of cutting edge software and hardware technologies, award winning customized content, complete content management and a team of experienced professionals, we can help you get the most return out of your digital signage investment.


    [SaaS: large file transfer] SEE FX is a secure Web portal that empowers business people to transmit large and/or sensitive files. Business people create, manage and track secure files of any type and size, inside/outside the company firewall. IT has centralized control for compliance, audit, security purposes.

  • SiteLock

    [SaaS: website security] SiteLock helps online business combat malware, hackers, and blacklisting with comprehensive website security. SiteLock makes website protection and business reputation management easy.

  • Sonian

    [SaaS: email/file archiving] Sonian, the pioneer in Cloud Powered Archiving and Search, offers it's archiving solutions at a fraction of the cost and complexity of other approaches. With over 11,000 customers across diverse industries and embedded into offerings from other cloud innovators; Sonian is the future of Archive and Search in the Cloud.

  • Storage Online
    Storage Online

  • ThinkGrid

    [SaaS: e-mail/IaaS] ThinkGrid Hosted E-mail solution allows businesses to use Microsoft Exchange with no on-premise technology investment and provides enhanced redundancy, anti-spam, anti-virus and ease of management. Their cloud platform, the "ThinkGrid", is a scalable, redundant and geographically balanced infrastructure which underpins all of their service offerings, and is managed by their leading control panel technology.

  • Trend Micro
    Trend Micro

    [SaaS: security] As a global leader in cloud security, Trend Micro develops Internet content security and threat management solutions that make the world safe for businesses and consumers to exchange digital information. With more than 20 years of experience, they are recognized as the market leader in server security for delivering top-ranked client, server, and cloud-based security solutions that stop threats faster and protect data in physical, virtualized, and cloud environments.

  • Viewpath

    [SaaS: project management] Viewpath's primary product is an online project management solution developed to provide anywhere-access to projects and dramatically simplify the day-to-day management of projects and events. Viewpath was designed to bridge the gap between complexities of Microsoft Project and makeshift solutions like spreadsheets to make it easier than ever for businesses of all sizes to manage projects, events and activities efficiently.

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