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.

Cyber-Threats and the Need for Secure Industrial Control Systems

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:36:07 +0000

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Google will stop reading your emails to target you with adverts -

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:00:43 GMT

Google will stop reading your emails to target you with adverts
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Google to stop scanning Gmail for creating targeted ads - Business Today

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:58:00 GMT

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Deploy a Data Warehouse on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:37:25 +0000

This Quick Start automatically deploys a modern enterprise data warehouse (EDW) environment based on Amazon Redshift, with the analytics and data visualization capabilities of Tableau Server, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

Amazon RDS Is Available on M4 Instances in the Sao Paulo Region

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:32:19 +0000

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Oracle and SQL Server now allows you to launch M4 instances in the South America (São Paulo) region. Amazon RDS is a managed database service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud.

GDPR – A Change in the Making

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:16:50 +0000

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Organizations all over the EU must be aware by now that the Data Protection Act (DPA) will be changed into GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Some of these changes might cause some compliance issues but there’s an easy way to…

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Microsoft Enables Azure AD Authentication on Azure Media Services

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:22:01 -0700

The cloud video management and streaming platform moves from a token-based authentication scheme to Azure Active Directory.

How Industrial Internet of Things Is Shaking Off Hype and Getting Real

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:48:08 -0700

A growing number of industries are implementing the internet of things to make themselves more connected. eWEEK looks at how the industrial IoT is improving specific industries.

New Laws Needed for Govt. Access to Cloud Data, Google Says

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:42:00 -0700

Current laws are outdated and are hindering access to data and threatening user privacy, the company says.

Shippable Brings DevOps Elements Together into New-Gen Server

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:34:00 -0700

Engineering teams can get faster and more predictable release cycles while meeting security, regulatory and compliance obligations.

AWS CodePipeline Adds Ability To View History Of Pipeline Executions

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:46:19 +0000

Starting today, you can view the history of your pipeline executions in AWS CodePipeline. This enables you to easily manage and understand your day-to-day software release workflow by giving you visibility into the history of your pipeline activities.

AWS Storage Gateway expands file gateway to run on Microsoft Hyper-V

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:28:32 +0000

AWS Storage Gateway has expanded file gateway to run on Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2 and 2012, in addition to the VMware and Amazon EC2 options previously available.

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds Hierarchy, Tagging, and Notification Support for Parameter Store

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:45:16 +0000

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager now supports parameter hierarchy, tagging, and notifications, available through the Parameter Store capability.

AWS CodeBuild Now Provides Build Notifications

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:39:03 +0000

AWS CodeBuild now provides notifications when your software builds change their state (start, succeed, or fail). This makes it easy for you to track the status of your builds eliminating the need to set up API polls. Now, you can integrate the notifications with Amazon Simple Notification Service and Amazon Cloud Watch enabling you to easily monitor, log, and set alarms for these notifications. Learn how to configure CodeBuild notifications by visiting here.

Amazon Athena is now available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:49:13 +0000

Amazon Athena is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions.

Amazon Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL. Athena is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to manage, and you pay only for the queries that you run.

With the latest release customers can now use Amazon Athena in the following regions: US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo).

To learn more, please visit the Amazon Athena page.

AWS Lambda Available in Canada (Central) Region

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:38:10 +0000

AWS Lambda is now available in the Canada (Central) Region.

Amazon API Gateway Available in Canada (Central) Region

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:37:32 +0000

Amazon API Gateway is now available in the Canada (Central) Region.

CloudWatch simplifies your AWS bill, bringing together CloudWatch charges under one Billing section

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:04:59 +0000

We are making a change to how we present CloudWatch charges in your AWS bill and Cost and Usage Reports, to make it easy for you to understand your monthly CloudWatch spend. These changes will be effective in all AWS Commercial regions beginning July 2017.

Dum Da Dum Dum – Just the Facts Ma’am. The New World of Digital Policing

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:14:27 +0000

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Amazon Route 53 announces support for multivalue answers in response to DNS queries

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:59:40 +0000

We are excited to announce that Amazon Route 53 now supports multivalue answers in response to DNS queries. While not a substitute for a load balancer, the ability to return multiple health-checkable IP addresses in response to DNS queries is a way to use DNS to improve availability and load balancing.

If you want to route traffic approximately randomly to multiple resources, such as web servers, you can create one multivalue answer record for each resource and, optionally, associate an Amazon Route 53 health check with each record. For example, suppose you manage an HTTP web service with a dozen web servers that each have their own IP address. No one web server could handle all of the traffic, but if you create a dozen multivalue answer records, Amazon Route 53 responds to DNS queries with up to eight healthy records in response to each DNS query. Amazon Route 53 gives different answers to different DNS resolvers. If a web server becomes unavailable after a resolver caches a response, client software can try another IP address in the response.

You can create multivalue answer records programmatically, using the Amazon Route 53 API, the AWS CLI, or the AWS SDKs. At launch, you can also create multivalue answer records using the traffic flow feature in the Amazon Route 53 console. To learn more, see the Amazon Route 53 documentation.

With another earnings upside, Oracle's journey to the cloud speeds ahead - SiliconANGLE (blog)

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:19:52 GMT

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Google Takes Measures to Remove, Prevent Terror Content Online

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:45:00 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Google outlines four measures to remove and prevent terror content online; the average global cost of a data breach is now $3.6 million, IBM reports; Windows Server is moving to a semi-annual feature update schedule; and there's more.

Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) Now Generally Available

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:33:08 +0000

Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) is a fully managed, highly available, in-memory cache for DynamoDB that delivers up to a 10x performance improvement – from milliseconds to microseconds – even at millions of requests per second. DAX does all the heavy lifting required to add in-memory acceleration to your DynamoDB tables, without requiring you to manage cache invalidation, data population, or cluster management. Now you can simply focus on building great applications for your customers without worrying about performance at scale.

AWS Announces Rate-Based Rules for AWS WAF

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:16:33 +0000

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced Rate-based Rules for AWS WAF. This new rule type protects customer websites and APIs from threats such as web-layer DDoS attacks, brute force login attempts and bad bots. Rate Based Rules are automatically triggered when web requests from a client exceed a certain configurable threshold.

Microsoft's Online Data Science Program Enrolls in School

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:22:03 -0700

The company teams with Indiana University's Kelley School of Business to offer students access to the Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) data science program.

How Uber's Leadership Issues Can Be Compared to Space Flight

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:59:00 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: Different leadership styles are needed for most startups at different stages of growth. Oh, by the way, should Uber seek out a female CEO?

How SAP Can Be Custodian for Enterprise Data in Google Cloud

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:35:00 -0700

Arrangement will give enterprises extra third-party assurance over the manner in which Google handles sensitive data in cloud.

Office 365 Video Evolves Into Microsoft Stream

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 03:46:00 -0700

Office 365 Video, Microsoft's video streaming platform for businesses, gains new intelligent capabilities and a new name.

Amazon's Whole Foods Purchase to Accelerate Move Into Grocery Business

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:30:41 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Amazon's buyout of Whole Foods will speed up its move into grocery sales; the FIN10 hacking group is attacking Canadian casinos, FireEye finds; HP says printers pose a glaring security risk, but it offers a solution; and there's more.

Going Smart: The Best Smart Devices for the Home

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:00:28 -0700

The “smart home” has become big business, with larger firms joining the space, making choosing the right product more difficult. Here is a guide to the best smart-home products available.

10 Things to Consider Before Moving Your ERP to the Cloud

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:10:27 -0700

For years, many considered enterprise resource planning a necessary evil. But the cloud changes everything regarding ERP. Here are 10 things to consider when moving your ERP platform to the cloud.

Amazon WorkSpaces adds new security features to manage which client devices can access WorkSpaces

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:41:59 +0000

Amazon WorkSpaces now provides you additional options to manage which client devices can access your WorkSpaces. This new feature allows you to limit WorkSpaces access to trusted devices only. You can manage access to your WorkSpaces from macOS and Microsoft Windows PCs using your digital certificates. You can also allow or block access for iOS, Android, Chrome OS, and zero clients, as well as the WorkSpaces Web Access client. With these new capabilities, you can further improve your security posture.

New Filtering Options and Linked Account Access in AWS Budgets

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:07:05 +0000

AWS Budgets lets you set custom AWS cost and usage budgets and receive notifications if your budget thresholds are breached. You can set budgets to monitor your total monthly costs or use the available filtering dimensions to track the costs associated with a specific linked account, usage associated with an AWS service, costs by one or more tagged groups, and more. Starting today, your linked accounts will also have access to AWS Budgets. 

What Amazon Wants to Achieve With $13.7 Billion Whole Foods Deal

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:29:11 -0700

With its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, acquires a national brick and mortar retailing infrastructure with opportunities to blend online and in-store sales and delivery.

Google Outlines Four Measures to Remove, Prevent Terror Content Online

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 01:47:56 -0700

The company will bolster its use of technology and human experts to identify and remove content that promotes extremism.

AWS Adds New Auto Scaling Feature to DynamoDB Cloud Database

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 01:27:00 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: AWS introduces a new auto-scaling feature for its DynamoDB cloud database; CA Technologies acquires a German firm for mainframe expertise; Kodak Photo Dock lets you print images from Android and iOS phones; and there's more.

7 Tips for Securely Moving Data to the Cloud - Government Technology (blog)

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:15:00 GMT

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7 Tips for Securely Moving Data to the Cloud
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The technology trend is clear. The continued growth in cloud computing adoption is impressive in both the public and private sectors. And yet, many organizations still hold back for security reasons. Here are seven tips for moving enterprise data to ...

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The changing functions in private equity firms - (blog)

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:17:42 GMT (blog)

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Just a short 6 years ago, cloud computing was just becoming a trend in the corporate world. While it posed so many benefits for so many corporations, private equity firms have been slow to adopt the trend and make the most of it. However, some private ...

AWS Schema Conversion Tool Expands Support to Legacy Data Warehouses

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:50:58 +0000

AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT) can now export data from a wider range of commercial data warehouses. You can convert and extract data from legacy versions of Teradata (version 13 and above) and Oracle Data Warehouse (version 10g and above) for direct import into Amazon Redshift, without first performing an in-place upgrade.

Amazon CloudWatch Events now supports Amazon Kinesis Firehose as a target

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:48:19 +0000

We are excited to announce that Amazon CloudWatch Events now supports Amazon Kinesis Firehose as a target. Amazon CloudWatch Events enables you to respond quickly to application availability issues or configuration changes that might impact performance or security by notifying you of AWS resource changes in near-real-time. You simply write rules to indicate which events are of interest to your application and what automated action to take when a rule matches an event. You can, for example, invoke AWS Lambda functions or notify an Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) topic.

Amazon Aurora is Available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:30:20 +0000

Amazon Aurora is now available to customers in the AWS EU (Frankfurt) region. This increases the number of available regions to twelve, giving you another option for database placement, availability and scalability.

Third AZ in EU (Frankfurt) Region

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:21:21 +0000

Customers are now able to use three Availability Zones (AZs) in the EU (Frankfurt) Region. We launched the third AZ in response to continued growth in the use of AWS in Germany and to provide customers with additional flexibility to architect applications across multiple AZs in Germany for high availability and fault tolerance. This launch brings AWS's global AZ total to 43 AZs within 16 geographic Regions around the world.

Google Open Sources More Machine Learning Computer Vision Technology

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:46:00 -0700

TensorFlow Objection Detection API and MobileNets continue company's ongoing efforts to accelerate research related to machine learning and computer vision.

Amazon's Buyout of Whole Foods to Speed Up Its Move Into Grocery Sales

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:56:54 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: The on-line retailing giants long quest to become a major player in the grocery industry is about to come to fruition in a very big way with its proposed $13.7 billion buyout of Whole Foods.

Microsoft Joins Cloud Foundry Foundation as Gold Member

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:32:44 -0700

Microsoft lends its backing to the open-source PaaS project, joining Google and other IT heavyweights.

Amazon still dominates cloud computing as Microsoft and Google struggle to catch up - SiliconANGLE (blog)

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:51:38 GMT

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Amazon AppStream 2.0 introduces built-in user management and web portals for users

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:09:08 +0000

Amazon AppStream 2.0 now provides built-in user management and web portals for users. These features allow you to easily onboard your users from within the AppStream 2.0 management console, without having to create a custom identity solution or use SAML 2.0 federation. In just a few clicks, you can create and manage users, grant them access to applications, and send them welcome e-mails with login information. The users you create within AppStream 2.0 can then use a web portal to log in and choose the applications they want to use.

AWS Batch is Now Available in Tokyo

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:55:36 +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. 

Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) is Now a HIPAA Eligible Service

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:38:31 +0000

AWS has expanded its HIPAA Compliance Program to include Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS). If you have an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS, you can now use Amazon SNS to build HIPAA-compliant applications and publish messages to healthcare systems that contain protected health information (PHI). Amazon SNS is a fully managed pub/sub messaging service that makes it easy to decouple and scale microservices, distributed systems, and serverless applications. With Amazon SNS, you can use topics to decouple message publishers from subscribers and fanout messages to multiple recipients. Information about HIPAA eligible services on AWS can be found at our HIPAA Compliance page

How Amazon's EC2 Container Service is Growing in the Public Cloud

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:04:00 -0700

General Manager of Amazon's public cloud container service explains how the platform has evolved and where it's headed.

Configure Amazon CloudWatch Events as an AWS Lambda Event Source Using the Lambda Console

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:31:10 +0000

You can now configure Amazon CloudWatch Events as an event source for your AWS Lambda functions using the Lambda console. CloudWatch Events delivers a near real-time stream of system events that describe changes in AWS resources. You can create CloudWatch Events rules to match incoming system events, and route these events to your Lambda functions for processing. 

AWS Introduces New Auto Scaling Feature for DynamoDB Cloud Database

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:30:16 -0700

The new auto scaling capability will help customers automate capacity management for their DynamoDB cloud database applications, company says.

IBM Brings Identity-as-a-Service to Hybrid Cloud Environments

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 01:34:26 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: IBM extends cloud identity-as-a-service to hybrid cloud environments; AWS planning launch of new region for Its GovCloud service; HTC U11 handset with squeezable sides available From Sprint; and there's more.

Amazon SQS FIFO Queues are Now Available in the US East (N. Virginia) Region

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 21:01:38 +0000

You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) First-in, First-out (FIFO) queues in the US East (N. Virginia) region. FIFO queues are designed to ensure that the order in which messages are sent and received is strictly preserved and that each message is processed exactly once. Amazon SQS is a fully managed message queuing service that makes it easy to decouple and scale microservices, distributed systems, and serverless applications. Building applications from individual components that each perform a discrete function improves scalability and reliability. Using SQS, you can send, store, and receive messages between software components at any volume, without losing messages or requiring other services to be always available.

Microsoft Previews Space-Saving OneDrive Feature on Windows 10

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:02:00 -0700

Files stored exclusively on Microsoft's cloud still show up in File Explorer using the OneDrive Files On-Demand feature.

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Adds Support for SUSE Linux

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:49:56 +0000

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager now supports instances running SUSE Linux.

Remote Connectivity Firm LogMeIn Moves Into Cloud CRM With Bold360

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:35:00 -0700

LogMeIn has mainly been known a provider of remote computer and file access tools since it was founded in 2003. But now the company has introduced a cloud CRM application called Bold360

IBM Integrates with BMW CarData to Enable New Services for Drivers

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:10:00 -0700

CarData gives BMW customers the ability to share telematics data from their vehicles with third parties of their choice, which could be a local repair shop, parts distributor or insurance company.

How Box Plans to Disrupt the Era of Conventional Storage

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 03:11:00 -0700

The whole idea is to bring to users secure access to all files stored in Box with the familiar feel of traditional network-shared drives.

Three benefits powering the cloud hype - The Media Temple Blog (press release) (blog)

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:10:55 GMT

Three benefits powering the cloud hype
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AWS Planning Launch of New Region for Its GovCloud Service

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 01:38:00 -0700

The new U.S.-East cloud-service region will provide users with added workload redundancy, data durability and resiliency, and it will provide additional options for disaster recovery.

Uber Needs New Senior Management to Achieve Stability, Maturity

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:15:00 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: Over the course of a few months, the ride-sharing giant finds the wheels coming off as it faces criminal investigations, lawsuits, executive departures and mass firings.

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Amazon, Alphabet, Select Sector SPDR Technology ETF, VanEck Vectors Retail ... - Nasdaq

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:31:52 GMT

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Amazon, Alphabet, Select Sector SPDR Technology ETF, VanEck Vectors Retail ...
Additionally, the emergence and extensive adoption of new technology such as cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things, wearables, drones, virtual reality devices, and artificial intelligence are fueling growth in the sector. The combination of ...

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Facebook Reportedly Rescues Canceled MTV Show for Video Business

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:16:00 -0700

Now appears to be a pretty opportune time to enter the internet streaming business, right at the beginning of a new age of internet-based mobile entertainment.

eWEEKchat June 14: New Roles for AI in Enterprise, Consumer IT

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 01:52:00 -0700

Business is now all about the “customer experience.” Artificial intelligence is the main ingredient for making this happen on a mainstream basis; let's chat about this huge trend on June 14.

Big Job Cuts Coming after $4.48 Billion Verizon-Yahoo Deal Closes

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:41:16 -0700

Verizon Plans to Merge Yahoo's Web properties with its AOL unit in quest of a bigger share of mobile advertising revenue.

Cloud Computing: Public Cloud Dominates Infrastructure Spending - Formtek Blog (blog)

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:09:40 GMT

Cloud Computing: Public Cloud Dominates Infrastructure Spending
Formtek Blog (blog)
Cloud computing is big and it is only getting bigger. IDC estimates that in 2017 public cloud services will be a $122 billion market and grow to $203 billion by 2020, a compound annual growth rate of 21.5%. Of that money in 2017, about $41.7 billion ...

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Cloud Computing: Prices Fall and Competition Heats Up - Formtek Blog (blog)

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:00:42 GMT

Cloud Computing: Prices Fall and Competition Heats Up
Formtek Blog (blog)
Cloud computing is getting cheaper. The cost of renting virtual machines (VMs) from vendors like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google have been dropping for some time. Now additional service pricings are dropping too. 451 Research noted that the ...

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 [...]

The “Cloud” is changing the way we consume, share and use digital information because it makes access to information and computing power easier, faster and more affordable. We can help you understand and benefit from this rapidly growing and evolving IT transformation. As a broker of Cloud services, we offer sound advice on Cloud solutions and Cloud migration services, management of Cloud systems and Cloud provider relationships, and of course, procurement. The many excellent vendors of Cloud Computing services that we can help you utilize are shown below. Click on any scrolling icon to learn more about the solutions they provide. And be sure to check with us for best pricing; we are able to provide you with better pricing than the full retail prices you will see on many of these vendors' web sites.

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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