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.

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Microsoft, Red Hat team up to simplify containers; by bringing Windows Server to OpenShift - CTR

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:35:05 GMT

Microsoft, Red Hat team up to simplify containers; by bringing Windows Server to OpenShift
The companies also plan to collaborate on delivering enterprise performance standards and integrated support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux workloads running in Microsoft Azure Stack, an extension of Azure that brings cloud computing to on-premises ...

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How to Avoid Becoming Another Cloud Security Statistic

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:12:36 +0000

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Can Big Data Help Us Create a Medical Test for Autism?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:23:13 +0000

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Big Data and Autism Many mysteries surround autism spectrum disorder. Arguably, one of the largest is how to authoritatively diagnose it in children. However, scientists have developed the first physiological test, based on a big data algorithm. Keep reading to…

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Microsoft acquires cloud computing firm Cycle Computing to boost its cloud expertise - The News Minute

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:30:35 GMT

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Microsoft acquires cloud computing firm Cycle Computing to boost its cloud expertise
The News Minute
"The Cloud is quickly changing the world of Big Compute, giving customers the on-demand power and infrastructure necessary to run massive workloads at scale without the overhead," the company said in a blog post recently. "The acquisition of Cycle ...
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Lunchtime Inspiration From Cookbook Author Brooke Parkhurst on Tips on TV Blog - SYS-CON Media (press release)

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 02:50:35 GMT

Lunchtime Inspiration From Cookbook Author Brooke Parkhurst on Tips on TV Blog
SYS-CON Media (press release)
Enterprise architects are increasingly adopting multi-cloud strategies as they seek to utilize existing data center assets, leverage the advantages of cloud computing and avoid cloud vendor lock-in. This requires a globally aware traffic management ...

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Monitor your Reserved Instance utilization by receiving alerts via AWS Budgets

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:05:16 +0000

AWS Budgets lets customers set custom budgets and receive alerts if their costs or usage exceed (or are forecasted to exceed) their budgeted amount.

Amazon Route 53 now supports CAA records

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:44:12 +0000

Amazon Route 53 now supports CAA records.

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds a New Amazon CloudWatch Events Target, Association Versioning for State Manager, and Approve Action for Automation

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:41:41 +0000

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager State Manager can now be used to trigger Amazon CloudWatch Events, Automation can be used as a CloudWatch Events target, you can now keep track of State Manager association changes, and you can use the new approve action type in Automation.

Cisco Spark Makes Four Major Breakthroughs in Security, Compliance, and Analytics

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:20:22 +0000

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Amazon Kinesis Firehose can now read data directly from Amazon Kinesis Streams

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:54:51 +0000

Amazon Kinesis Firehose is the easiest way to load streaming data into AWS. Today we have added a built-in integration that allows you to send streaming data from Kinesis Streams to Kinesis Firehose by configuring your stream as a data source to Kinesis Firehose using the console or API. You can now create and configure a Firehose delivery stream to automatically read data from your Kinesis streams and then deliver the data to destinations. This makes it easy for you to persist data in your streams to data stores such as Amazon S3, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon Elasticsearch Service. 

Amazon SES Announces Dedicated IP Pools for sending Email

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:54:31 +0000

Amazon SES announces the availability of functionality to create groups of dedicated IP addresses for your email sending activities. The introduction of dedicated IP pools makes it possible to specify which dedicated IP address to use for a specific email by allowing you to send emails from specific IP addresses. 

AWS CodeStar is Now Available in US West (N. California) & EU (London) Regions

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:30:27 +0000

AWS CodeStar provides a unified user interface, enabling you to easily manage your software development activities in one place. With AWS CodeStar, you can set up your entire continuous delivery toolchain in minutes, allowing you to start releasing code faster. With AWS CodeStar, you can easily track progress across your entire software development process, from your backlog of work items to your team’s recent code deployments. 

Microsoft acquires cloud-based HPC developer - Network World

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:22:47 GMT

Network World

Microsoft acquires cloud-based HPC developer
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Microsoft, HashiCorp Push Terraform Deeper into the Azure Cloud

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:36:14 -0700

The companies pledge to add support for the Terraform infrastructure provisioning techology to more Azure cloud services.

Alibaba's cloud computing revenue almost doubles - SiliconANGLE News (blog)

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:45:50 GMT

SiliconANGLE News (blog)

Alibaba's cloud computing revenue almost doubles
SiliconANGLE News (blog)
Chinese online retail giant Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. said its public cloud computing business hit 1 million paying customers for the first time and revenues nearly doubled from last year. Cloud revenue jumped 96 percent, to 2.43 billion yuan ($359 ...

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Amazon Cognito Is Available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:58:29 +0000

Amazon Cognito is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region. 

AWS Batch is Now Available in Singapore

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:31:44 +0000

AWS Batch enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS. AWS Batch dynamically provisions the optimal quantity and type of compute resources (e.g., CPU or memory optimized instances) based on the volume and resource requirements of jobs submitted to job queues. With AWS Batch, there is no need to install and manage batch computing software or server clusters, allowing you to instead focus on analyzing results and solving problems. AWS Batch plans, schedules, and executes your batch computing workloads which run on Amazon EC2 and Spot Instances. 

AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition) is now available in the US West (N. California) Region

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:03:10 +0000

AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, is now available in the US West (N. California) Region.

Introducing the new AWS Cost Explorer

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:58:33 +0000

Starting today, customers can access the redesigned Cost Explorer interface, which sits on top of a newly-optimized backend querying engine. Customers can now take advantage of a more robust, and performant filtering experience that has been enhanced to allow customers greater flexibility over the information they include or exclude from their analyses. For example, customers can create a view that only includes costs associated with EC2 instance running hours in Availability Zone “us-east-1a” but does not include costs associated with instance types in the m4 family. Customers also benefit from a new consolidated date picker that lets them choose a custom or preset time range (e.g., month-to-date), while also allowing them to forecast forward over user-defined intervals. Once customers reach a view that they would like to refer back to, they can use the improved report management functionality to save up to 50 custom reports per account.

Box Taps Google's Cloud Vision Technology For Image Recognition

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:49:00 -0700

The Google Cloud Vision Integration will allow customers to better manage images uploaded to Box and to extract more value from them, according to Ben Kus, Box senior director of product management.

CoreOS Tectonic 1.7 Improves Container Orchestration Platform

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:38:00 -0700

CoreOS updates its Kubernetes-based container management and orchestration platform providing new monitoring features as well enabling support for Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Launches Cloud Service for Event-Based Applications

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:31:34 -0700

The new Azure Event Grid service enables developers to build serverless applications that react to events triggered by IoT devices, mobile users and more.

LinkedIn Messaging's Active Status Feature Shows When It's OK to Chat

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:17:43 -0700

The new Active Status feature on LinkedIn takes the mystery out of the finding an appropriate time to chat with fellow members.

Introducing FlexMatch, the Latest Addition to Amazon GameLift’s Matchmaking Services

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:34:49 +0000

Amazon GameLift’s FlexMatch lets you match players together based on rules you define. Whether you choose to build your matchmaking based on player skill, latency, or some other custom criteria, FlexMatch’s simple but powerful rules language makes it easy for anyone to quickly create robust player matchmaking. 

VPC Endpoints for Amazon DynamoDB Now Generally Available

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:33:28 +0000

VPC Endpoints for DynamoDB enables you to have all network traffic between your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and Amazon DynamoDB stay within the AWS cloud instead of traversing the public internet.

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds New Maintenance Window Task Types for Automation, AWS Step Functions, and AWS Lambda

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:03:45 +0000

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager now supports Systems Manager Automation, AWS Step Functions, and AWS Lambda maintenance window task types, allowing you to schedule complex workflows across your AWS resources.

Arctic Data Center Designed to Break Records for Size and Efficiency

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:46:59 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s abundant hydroelectric power, cold climate and cool water make the Scandinavian nation location for the world’s largest data center with near-record efficiency.

Charlottesville Violence Prompted Strong Reaction from Internet Users

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:17:12 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Charlottesville violence shows how the web takes revenge on extremists; Oracle releases Exadata database for bare-metal usage in Its cloud; Amazon improves cloud security with Macie Machine Learning service; and there's more.

Microsoft Acquires Cycle Computing to Bulk Up its HPC Cloud Services

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:53:20 -0700

Betting that business applications will grow bigger and cloudier, Microsoft acquires HPC cloud specialist Cycle Computing.

Amazon Redshift Spectrum Now Integrates with AWS Glue

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:39:22 +0000

You can now use the AWS Glue Data Catalog as the metadata repository for Amazon Redshift Spectrum. The AWS Glue Data Catalog provides a central metadata repository for all of your data assets regardless of where they are located.  

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows customers to recover accidentally released EIPs

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:37:46 +0000

Amazon Virtual Cloud (VPC) now provides customers an opportunity to recover EIPs that they might have released accidentally. The released EIPs are available for recovery as long as they are not assigned to a different customer. The sooner customers try to recover their EIPs, the better are the chances of recovering them. Customers can recover their EIPs via CLI by using the allocate-address command and specifying the IP address using the --address parameter.  

Introducing AWS Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:31:57 +0000

The AWS Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is an extension for Microsoft VSTS and on-premises Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) that makes it easy to deploy .NET applications to AWS. If you already use Microsoft VSTS or TFS, the AWS Tools for VSTS makes it easy to deploy your code to AWS without changing how you run your project, organize your builds, and track your work.

Cloud-optimized Linux: Inside Ubuntu's edge in AWS cloud ... - SiliconANGLE News (blog)

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:12:44 GMT

SiliconANGLE News (blog)

Cloud-optimized Linux: Inside Ubuntu's edge in AWS cloud ...
SiliconANGLE News (blog)
While the market's cloud infrastructure solutions are beginning to consolidate, there remains a multitude of options for software development environments.

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AWS CloudTrail Integration is Now Available in Amazon Lex

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:36:24 +0000

Amazon Lex is now integrated with AWS CloudTrail, a service that enables you to log, continuously monitor, and retain events related to API calls across your AWS infrastructure, to provide a history of API calls for your account. Amazon Lex API calls are captured from the Amazon Lex console or from your API operations using the SDKs directly. Your Amazon Lex API calls are delivered to an Amazon S3 bucket with your other AWS service records. Using the information collected by AWS CloudTrail, you can track requests made to Amazon Lex including the origination of the request, such as source IP address, the date and time the request was made, and the parameters requested.

AWS Summit Focuses on Latest Cloud Innovations, Major Customer Wins

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:48:29 -0700

The Public Cloud giant announces new services and new customers as Amazon Web Services continues to expand.

Why It Makes Sense for Small Retailers to Embrace the Amazon Platform

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:45:26 -0700

A survey of more than 250 retail executives indicates many believe it makes sense to work with the Amazon e-commerce platform—especially smaller retailers. But many are reluctant to do just that.

AWS Holds Customers' Attention With New Enterprise Cloud Services

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:45:00 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: Amazon Web Services continues to add new data services to help smooth the way for its enterprise customers to move their mission critical databases to the cloud.

Microsoft acquires cloud-computing orchestration vendor Cycle Computing - ZDNet

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:42:06 GMT


Microsoft acquires cloud-computing orchestration vendor Cycle Computing
Cycle Computing's CEO Jason Stowe, in his own blog post announcing the deal, noted that the company has customers across the manufacturing, life insurance, pharmaceutical and biotech, media and entertainment, financial services, startup, and ...
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Facebook Watch Video Service to Challenge YouTube, Netflix

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:53:38 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Facebook launches social Network assault on TV with Watch; Google launches new website to help explain its GDPR controls; Oracle churns out a flock of new cloud applications; and there's more.

Announcing the new AWS CloudHSM, offering cost effective hardware key management at cloud scale for sensitive and regulated workloads

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:03:05 +0000

Announcing the new AWS CloudHSM. The new CloudHSM offers you cost effective hardware key management at cloud scale for sensitive and regulated workloads. You can now generate and use encryption keys using FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated hardware security modules (HSMs) on the AWS Cloud. CloudHSM integrates with your applications using industry-standard APIs, such as PKCS#11, Java Cryptography Extensions (JCE), and Microsoft CryptoNG (CNG). It is also standards-compliant and enables you to export all of your keys to most other commercially-available HSMs. CloudHSM is a fully-managed service that automates time-consuming administrative tasks for you, such as hardware provisioning, software patching, high-availability, and backups. With CloudHSM, you can add and remove HSM capacity on-demand, with no up-front costs.

Use Apache Spark and Hive on Amazon EMR with the AWS Glue Data Catalog

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:46:09 +0000

You can now use the AWS Glue Data Catalog with Apache Spark and Apache Hive on Amazon EMR. The AWS Glue Data Catalog is a managed metadata repository that is integrated with Amazon EMR, Amazon Athena, Amazon Redshift Spectrum, and AWS Glue ETL jobs. Additionally, it provides automatic schema discovery and schema version history. You can choose to use the AWS Glue Data Catalog to store external table metadata for Hive and Spark instead of utilizing an on-cluster or self-managed Hive Metastore. This allows you to more easily store metadata for your external tables on Amazon S3 outside of your cluster.

Introducing Amazon Macie for S3

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:41:02 +0000

Amazon Macie is a security service that uses machine learning to automatically discover, classify, and protect sensitive data in AWS. Amazon Macie recognizes sensitive data such as personally identifiable information (PII) or intellectual property, and provides you with dashboards and alerts that give visibility into how this data is being accessed or moved.

Amazon Athena Now Integrates With AWS Glue

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:34:43 +0000

Amazon Athena is now integrated with the AWS Glue Data Catalog. The AWS Glue Data Catalog provides a central metadata repository for all of your data assets regardless of where they are located. It integrates with Amazon S3, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift and Amazon Redshift Spectrum, Amazon Athena, Amazon EMR, and any Apache Hive Metastore compatible application. If you already use Amazon Athena, we recommend that you upgrade from using Athena’s internal Data Catalog to AWS Glue Data Catalog. Click here to learn more about the upgrade.

AWS Config Supports New Managed Rules for Securing Amazon S3 Buckets

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:32:00 +0000

AWS Config now supports two new managed rules to detect overly permissive Amazon S3 bucket policies. Previously, you had to manually examine the policies tied to each of your S3 buckets to ensure proper access configurations are in place. Now, you can use Config rules to automatically check your S3 buckets for unrestricted public read or write access. With these new rules, you can check Access Control Lists (ACLs) and policies attached to your S3 buckets, flag non-compliant resources, and receive Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) notifications when your bucket permissions change.

Amazon EFS Now Supports Encryption of Data at Rest

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:09:47 +0000

Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) now allows you to encrypt your data at rest using keys managed through AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Encryption and decryption are handled seamlessly, so you don’t have to modify your applications to access your data.

AWS CloudTrail Event History Now Available to All Customers

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:45:13 +0000

AWS CloudTrail Event History is now available to all customers. CloudTrail Event History (formerly known as API Activity History) lets you view, search, and download your recent AWS account activity. This allows you to gain visibility into your account actions taken through the AWS Management Console, SDKs, and CLI to enable governance, compliance, and operational and risk auditing of your AWS account.

Introducing AWS Glue: A Simple, Flexible, and Cost-Effective Extract, Transfer, and Load (ETL) Service

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:41:45 +0000

Today we announced the general availability of AWS Glue, a new, fully managed extract, transform, and load (ETL) service that makes it easy for customers to prepare and load their data for analytics. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can create and run an ETL job. You simply point AWS Glue to your data stored on AWS, and AWS Glue discovers your data and stores associated metadata (e.g. table definition and schema) in the AWS Glue Data Catalog. Once catalogued, your data is immediately searchable, queryable, and available for ETL. AWS Glue generates the code for you to execute your data transformations and loading processes.

Amazon Improves Cloud Security with Macie Machine Learning Service

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:26:00 -0700

Amazon announces new services at the AWS Summit in New York City including data transformation, cloud migration and machine learning security offerings.

Oracle Releases Exadata Database for Bare-Metal Usage in Its Cloud

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:40:00 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: Oracle decouples Exadata database from proprietary chains and makes it available for bare-metal usage on the company's cloud infrastructure. This speaks well for Oracle's changing approach to open standards systems.

Social Media Giant Aims to Become Video Powerhouse With Facebook Watch

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:39:05 -0700

Facebook is introducing the Facebook Watch video service in hopes that its enormous social network membership's interest in video will eventually make the platform a serious rival to Hulu and Netflix.

Charlottesville Violence Shows How the Web Takes Revenge on Extremists

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:14:01 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: The “Unite the Right” rally that turned violent in a small Virginia city was enabled by the internet, but then the internet got its revenge.

Lacework Brings Polygraph Security Platform to AWS CloudTrail

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 01:42:00 -0700

Security startup Lacework wants to help Amazon's CloudTrail users to more easily identify and detect potential threats.

Cloud Computing: SMBs Find Benefits in Hybrid Cloud Technology - Formtek Blog (blog)

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:11:13 GMT

Cloud Computing: SMBs Find Benefits in Hybrid Cloud Technology
Formtek Blog (blog)
Increasingly reports are showing that businesses are choosing the public cloud over hybrid cloud options. But a recent report by Harvard Business Review (HBR) found that hybrid cloud, at least for now, is bringing real value to many medium and smaller ...

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Kaseya Improves Automation, Visualization for Network Monitoring

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:40:00 -0700

The latest version of the network monitoring package features automated, real-time insights into the performance of hybrid IT infrastructures and distributed data centers.

Amazon Web Services Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:13:00 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: AWS is now a member of the open-source effort that is building Kubernetes, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Amazon will launch its own Kubernetes service.

Oracle Churns Out a Flock of New Cloud Applications

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:30:00 -0700

The database, data center hardware and software-as-a-service giant released a bunch of new capabilities and enhancements to cloud apps in its Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13.

Facebook Launches Social Network Assault on TV with Watch

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 03:20:00 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: The world's largest social network, which has been envious of YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo and other video providers for years, has set the table for its own online television network.

Google Launches New Website To Help Explain Its GDPR Controls

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 02:48:30 -0700

The site consolidates information on the measures Google has taken to ensure its services are compliant with the European Union data privacy regulations.

Fired Google Engineer Clearly Knows Little About Women in Technology

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:14:00 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: A Google engineer’s assertion that women aren’t suited for jobs in the technology industry because of biological differences is contrary to the evidence, aside from being patently offensive.

LibreOffice 5.4 Open-Source Office Suite Enhances User Experience

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:34:12 -0700

An incremental set of improvements to the office suite's integrated apps include the ability to add a watermark to a document and more easily protect spreadsheet cells.

Google Engineer's 'Manifesto' Fuels Gender Discrimination Controversy

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 06:11:23 -0700

A Google engineer has circulated what the authored described as a "manifesto" that asserts in part that perceived discrimination against women at the company was the outcome of biological differences.

Microsoft Expands Azure IoT's Reach With Particle, Electric Imp Links

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 02:27:35 -0700

Microsoft Azure IoT Hub now connects to the Particle and Electric Imp IoT connectivity platforms.

Conduent Patents Facial Expression Recognition IP for Multiple Industries

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 03:12:00 -0700

New technology considers the eyes as the proverbial 'windows to the soul,' as some people have described the way the eyes can be read to determine a person’s frame of mind.

Microsoft Previews New Sign-in Experience for Azure Active Directory

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 03:00:09 -0700

Soon, the Azure Active Directory and Microsoft Account will look and feel very similar, a change Microsoft says will make logins go more smoothly.

Cloud Computing: On-Premise Vendors Question Cost Savings of Cloud - Formtek Blog (blog)

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:11:23 GMT

Cloud Computing: On-Premise Vendors Question Cost Savings of Cloud
Formtek Blog (blog)
As noted by Scot Petersen in an eWeek article, understanding cloud computing costs goes beyond just CAPEX and OPEX comparisons. On-premise costs tend to be more predictable. Cloud computing costs are difficult to forecast when there are charges for ...

Machine Learning Tools Help Google Weed Out Terror Content on YouTube

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 01:16:56 -0700

More than 75 percent of terror-related videos removed from YouTube last month were identified by machine learning tools without any human action.

Dell EMC Mozy Cloud Backup Now Supports KMIP Integration

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 03:44:00 -0700

By supporting Key Management Interoperability Protocol in its security arsenal, Mozy offers a fourth data encryption method.

Always Dreaming will seek revenge on Cloud Computing in Jim ... - Lexington Herald Leader (blog)

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:37:20 GMT

Lexington Herald Leader (blog)

Always Dreaming will seek revenge on Cloud Computing in Jim ...
Lexington Herald Leader (blog)
Always Dreaming won the Kentucky Derby. Cloud Computing won the Preakness and dashed all hopes of a Triple Crown. The two champions will face off again ...

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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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  • 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.

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    [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.

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    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.

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    [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.

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    [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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