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.

Description:

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.

Audience:

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 sales@sitescomputer.com if you are interested in buying one or more licenses.


Announcing Azure to AWS migration support in AWS Server Migration Service

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 23:14:54 +0000

AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) now offers support for migrating virtual machines (VMs) running in Microsoft Azure to the AWS cloud. The new capability makes it easier for you to migrate existing applications running in Microsoft Azure to the AWS cloud to take advantage of greater reliability, faster performance, more security capabilities, and lower costs.  

AWS CloudFormation Coverage Updates for Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS and Amazon Elastic Load Balancer

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 23:14:23 +0000

AWS CloudFormation provides a common language for you to describe and provision all the infrastructure resources in your cloud environment. It allows you to use a simple text file to model and provision, in an automated and secure manner, all the resources needed for your applications across all regions and accounts.

Amazon VPC Flow Logs can now be Delivered to S3 in the EU (Stockholm) and Asia Pacific (Osaka) AWS Regions

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:38:02 +0000

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Flow Logs (VPC Flow Logs) can now be delivered directly to Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) or through your Amazon EC2 or VPC console, in the EU (Stockholm) and Asia Pacific (Osaka) AWS Regions. You can deliver VPC Flow Logs to both S3 and CloudWatch Logs.

AWS License Manager is now available in GovCloud (US) Regions

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:36:32 +0000

AWS License Manager is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions: AWS GovCloud (US-East) and AWS GovCloud (US-West).

Amazon Comprehend Now Supports Confusion Matrices for Custom Classification

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:55:10 +0000

Amazon Comprehend helps you solve a variety of use cases with custom classification. For example, you can build classifiers to organize your daily customer feedback into categories like “loyalty”, “sales” or “product defect”. Amazon Comprehend removes the complexity to create custom classification models, requiring only a CSV file with labels and example text.

A confusion matrix helps you understand how your labels are performing based on the training data you provided. For example, if you have two labels with similar training content, the custom classification model may not be able to clearly distinguish between these labels. Using the confusion matrix, you can focus on creating better training content, so each label is more distinct from the other.

Get started with Amazon Comprehend custom classification models here and learn more about how to use a confusion matrix as part of training your model here.

New Quick Start deploys Duo MFA for AWS Directory Service on the AWS Cloud

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:07:11 +0000

This Quick Start automatically deploys Duo multi-factor authentication (MFA) for AWS Directory Service on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 10 minutes. The Quick Start uses the Duo Authentication Proxy for Directory Service to provide MFA functionality.

AWS ParallelCluster 2.3.1 with enhanced support for Slurm Workload Manager is available now

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 20:58:23 +0000

Customers using AWS ParallelCluster to set up their High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters can now take advantage of an optimized scaling algorithm designed for use with Slurm Workload Manager. Other enhancements in the new release of AWS ParallelCluster release include features to prevent cluster scale-up when job dependencies are not satisfied, and support for the latest version of Slurm Workload Manager (v18). The complete list of enhancement in AWS ParallelCluster 2.3.1 can be found here.

HPC clusters are collections of tightly coupled compute, storage, and networking resources that enable customers to run large scale scientific and engineering workloads. AWS ParallelCluster is a fully supported and maintained open source cluster management tool that makes it easy for scientists, researchers, and IT administrators to deploy and manage HPC clusters on AWS. AWS ParallelCluster reduces the operational overhead of cluster management and simplifies running HPC workloads on AWS. AWS ParallelCluster is available at no additional charge, and you pay only for the AWS resources needed to run your applications. Slurm is a free and open-source job scheduler for Linux and Unix-like kernels used by many of the world's supercomputers and HPC clusters. Learn how to launch an HPC cluster using AWS ParallelCluster here.

Amazon EC2 P3dn Instances are Now Available in the Europe (Dublin) AWS Region

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 20:34:08 +0000

Starting today, Amazon EC2 P3dn instances are available in the Europe (Dublin) AWS region. P3dn instances were first introduced in December of 2018 and feature eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs with 32GB of GPU memory each, 100 Gbps networking, 96 Intel Skylake-based vCPUs, and 768 GB of system memory that expands the P3 portfolio on the top end for faster distributed machine learning (ML) training workloads.

AWS CodeCommit Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:12:10 +0000

AWS CodeCommit, a fully-managed source control service, is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. CodeCommit makes it easy for companies to host secure and highly scalable private Git repositories. 

AWS Organizations now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:42:39 +0000

You can now use AWS Organizations to centrally govern and manage your environment as you grow and scale your workloads across AWS accounts in AWS GovCloud (US), Amazon’s isolated cloud infrastructure and services designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud for customers who have U.S. federal, state, and local government compliance requirements. AWS Organizations helps you control access, compliance, and security; and share resources across your AWS accounts.

Google lets Android users choose browsers to ease EU antitrust concerns

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:46:13 +0000

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Users of Android devices will be able to choose their browsers and search engines from five options starting on Thursday, a senior Google executive said, in a move aimed at addressing EU antitrust concerns and staving off

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AWS Transit Gateway is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:47:00 +0000

AWS Transit Gateway is now available in both AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. AWS Transit Gateway enables customers to connect thousands of Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon VPCs) and their on-premises networks using a single gateway. As you grow the number of workloads across multiple AWS accounts, you need to scale your networks, better control your policies, and effectively monitor your resources.  

Amazon Polly Adds Arabic Language Support

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:52:47 +0000

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. Today, we are excited to announce Zeina, the first Arabic voice for Amazon Polly. Zeina is a clear and natural-sounding female voice.

Used by over 400 million people, Arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the world. It consists of 30 dialects, including its universal form, which is Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Zeina follows the MSA pronunciation, which is the common broadcasting standard across the region. MSA might sometimes sound formal because it differs from day-to-day speaking style. However, it’s the linguistic thread that links the Arabic native-speakers worldwide.

Amazon Polly customers who plan to use Zeina’s voice include Emirates NBD - a leading bank in the Middle East who has introduced an AI powered virtual assistant, Duolingo - a globally operating eLearning platform offering a portfolio of 84 language courses for more than 30 distinct languages, and iTranslate - a leading translation and dictionary app that offers text translation as well as voice-to-voice conversations in over 100 languages.

With the addition of Arabic language support, the Amazon Polly portfolio now includes 59 voices across 29 languages. You can check out the full list in the Voices in Amazon Polly section of our documentation.

Trend Micro to Exhibit at @CloudEXPO | #Cloud #AI #SaaS #IoT #IIoT #AIOps #Serverless #DataCenter #Kubernetes #DigitalTransformation - SYS-CON Media

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:43:48 GMT

Trend Micro to Exhibit at @CloudEXPO | #Cloud #AI #SaaS #IoT #IIoT #AIOps #Serverless #DataCenter #Kubernetes #DigitalTransformation  SYS-CON Media

Trend Micro, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. By Yeshim Deniz. Article Rating:.

COSO's Newest ERM Guidance - The CPA Journal

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:03:39 GMT

COSO's Newest ERM Guidance  The CPA Journal

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) released Enterprise Risk Management—Integrating Strategy with ...

Expanding AWS PrivateLink support for Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 06:55:59 +0000

Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose can now utilize AWS PrivateLink to securely ingest data.

Amazon WorkDocs Migration Service

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:27:48 +0000

Amazon WorkDocs is launching a migration service to help you migrate your organization's files to Amazon WorkDocs. This service is currently in a private preview.

The Amazon WorkDocs migration service helps you move your users' files and your departmental file shares to Amazon WorkDocs. The service can migrate large amounts of data, from tens of gigabytes to mutiple terabytes.

Using the Amazon WorkDocs migration service portal, you can configure migration tasks, and select the source and target WorkDocs account and site to migrate data to. You can schedule the migration task to execute during a specific period as a one-time data transfer operation or have periodic syncs so as to minimize downtime for your users. The Amazon WorkDocs migration service portal provides up-to-date information and status on migration jobs including detailed reports once migration has successfully completed.

The Amazon WorkDocs migration service leverages AWS DataSync that automatically handles many of the tasks related to data transfers such as network optimization and data integrity validation, which can slow down migrations or burden your IT operations.

You can participate in the limited preview by filling out the signup form. Customers who are accepted in the preview will be notified of next steps. 

Amazon WorkDocs Introduces Document Approvals

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:27:21 +0000

Starting today, you can create an approval workflow to route documents and other files stored in WorkDocs to one or more users for their approval. Approval workflow enables users to build workflows to track and manage their document approval processes in an automated manner. Approval workflow helps you adhere to business processes in your organization.

Approval Workflow automatically routes the files, assigns review tasks to approvers and sends reminders and notifications. You can also track the status of your approval requests as well as those awaiting your approval.

To get started, access WorkDocs in your web browser, click on Apps in the top navigation bar and click on Launch for Approvals. You will see the Approvals welcome screen where you can create an approval workflow by clicking on Create Approval. You can add files, invite approvers, specify a completion date and submit the workflow by clicking the Send button.

Approval workflow is immediately available to all WorkDocs customers. No user or administrator action is required to activate it. Discover more about Amazon WorkDocs, or sign up for a 30-day trial today.

Amplify Framework Announces New Amazon Aurora Serverless, GraphQL, and OAuth Capabilities

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:22:02 +0000

Starting today, Amplify Framework includes support for adding Amazon Aurora Serverless as a data source for your AWS AppSync GraphQL APIs when building mobile and web applications. This enables developers to use the Amplify CLI, part of the Amplify Framework, to generate a GraphQL API with auto-generated schema and resolvers that works with an existing Aurora Serverless database. Previously, developers had to setup an AWS Lambda function to use Aurora Serverless as a data source for a GraphQL API.

The GraphQL Transform library, included in the Amplify CLI, provides a simple abstraction that helps developers quickly create scalable web and mobile backends on AWS. This release adds features to the GraphQL Transform Library that enable developers to provide fine-grained access control across their APIs by configuring authorization rules for top level and individual fields. In addition, developers can configure access to connected fields inside a model, or those that represent relationships between data. Previously, access rules were only applied to top-level fields and there was no way to configure access to individual and connected fields.

This release also allows developers using the Amplify JavaScript library to trigger OAuth flows in their web applications with a single line of code. Developers can choose between using Amazon Cognito Hosted UI or their own UI while still having the ability to federate with User Pools and get AWS credentials to access their resources.

To learn more about AWS Amplify, please visit our documentation. For more details about these features, refer to our blog post.

New Quick Start deploys Cherwell Service Management connector on the AWS Cloud

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 23:47:06 +0000

This Quick Start automatically deploys the Cherwell Service Management connector on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, to provide a reliable and fault-tolerant integration point between your AWS account and your Cherwell Service Management system. 

Amazon FreeRTOS Now Supports Resource Tagging

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 20:36:33 +0000

You can now assign tags to Amazon FreeRTOS Over-The-Air (OTA) update and customer configuration resources. This helps to search and manage access control of these resource based on resource tagging. This support builds upon previously-released support for resource tagging in AWS IoT Core.

NICE DCV Introduces MacOS Native Client

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:44:44 +0000

We are pleased to announce the release of NICE DCV version 2017.4.

The DCV 2017.4 release introduces the following features:

  • New native client for MacOS devices
  • Hardware decoding support for Windows client

AWS Client VPN is Now Available in Four Additional AWS Regions

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 18:46:15 +0000

AWS Client VPN is now available in the EU (Frankfurt), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Regions. AWS Client VPN was already available in US East (Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) AWS Regions. Support for other AWS Regions is coming soon.

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Now Supports Multi Major Version Upgrades to PostgreSQL 11

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 18:05:08 +0000

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports Multi Major Version Upgrades for PostgreSQL which allows you to perform major version upgrades across multiple different major versions.

Previously, major version upgrades could only be done to one higher version at a time. For example, PostgreSQL version 9.6 could only be upgraded to PostgreSQL 10, and PostgreSQL version 9.4 to PostgreSQL version 9.5. So, if you wanted to upgrade your older instances to the latest major version, you would have to perform multiple major version upgrades until you reached your target version. For example, upgrading PostgreSQL 9.4 to PostgreSQL 11 involved upgrading from version 9.4 to 9.5, then 9.5 to 9.6, and then 9.6 to 10 and finally from 10 to 11. This caused extended downtime for each of the upgrade operations.

With the new multi major version upgrade feature you can perform any of the following upgrades seamlessly in a single step, thus reducing downtime substantially.

  • Upgrade from PostgreSQL version 9.4 to PostgreSQL version 11
  • Upgrade from PostgreSQL version 9.5 to PostgreSQL version 11
  • Upgrade from PostgreSQL version 9.6. to PostgreSQL version 11

In addition, if you are still running any PostgreSQL version 9.3 which has already been out of support, you can upgrade your instance(s) to 9.5 or 9.6 directly.

Please refer to the major version upgrade documentation on details around the PostgreSQL versions that are supported as source and target versions and also any limitations associated with the upgrade process.

With this release, RDS for PostgreSQL now also supports upgrading from PostgreSQL 10 to PostgreSQL 11.

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale PostgreSQL deployments in the cloud. Learn more about upgrading your database instances from the Amazon RDS User Guide. See Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Pricing for pricing details and regional availability.

Announcing the New AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder - Specialty Exam

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:17:09 +0000

AWS Training and Certification is excited to announce the availability of the new AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder - Specialty certification, the industry's first and only certification that validates your ability to build, test, and publish Amazon Alexa skills. With the new AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty certification, Alexa developers can more confidently publish skills that have the potential to reach customers through over 100 million Alexa-enabled devices in use globally.

Announcing @Darktrace "Silver Sponsor" of @CloudEXPO | #Cloud #CIO #AI #AIOps #Infosec #MachineLearning #SmartCities - SYS-CON Media

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:56:23 GMT

Announcing @Darktrace "Silver Sponsor" of @CloudEXPO | #Cloud #CIO #AI #AIOps #Infosec #MachineLearning #SmartCities  SYS-CON Media

SYS-CON Media, NJ, a leading technology and computing media company on breaking news in the Cloud.

Amazon RDS Enhanced Monitoring Adds New Storage and Host Metrics

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 16:49:14 +0000

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) Enhanced Monitoring, which provides visibility into the health of your Amazon RDS instances, now reports physical storage device metrics and secondary instance host metrics.

New AWS Public Datasets Available from National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Nanyang Technological University, Stanford, Software Heritage and others

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 14:04:04 +0000

18 new or updated AWS Public Datasets are now available in the following categories: 

Amazon QuickSight now supports localization, percentile calculations and more

Wed, 10 Apr 2019 22:54:26 +0000

Amazon QuickSight is now localized in 10 major languages! With support for these languages across the entire product, Amazon QuickSight now makes it easier than ever for everyone to get deeper insights from their data. Languages supported are English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.   

CFP Deadline For @DevOpsSUMMIT Silicon Valley April 30 | #Cloud #CIO #APM #CloudNative #Servelress #DevOps - SYS-CON Media

Fri, 05 Apr 2019 12:49:20 GMT

CFP Deadline For @DevOpsSUMMIT Silicon Valley April 30 | #Cloud #CIO #APM #CloudNative #Servelress #DevOps  SYS-CON Media

At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs ...

Voices in Cloud – Episode 2: A Conversation with Lori MacVittie - Gigaom

Tue, 02 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Voices in Cloud – Episode 2: A Conversation with Lori MacVittie  Gigaom

In this episode of Voices in Cloud, host David Linthicum speaks with Lori MacVittie on blogging, *content*, and what the metrics for…

Intelligence Community planning huge cloud contract - Washington Technology

Mon, 01 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Intelligence Community planning huge cloud contract  Washington Technology

The intelligence community is planning a massive cloud initiative that could be worth tens of billions of dollars and involve multiple contracts with commercial ...

4 reasons AWS Managed Service Provider is crucial for your cloud journey - WhaTech - WhaTech

Fri, 29 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

4 reasons AWS Managed Service Provider is crucial for your cloud journey - WhaTech  WhaTech

At OnGraph, our Cloud *Service* Provider help you simplify your IT infrastructure, free up costs and improve efficiency. With over 250+ experts, including certified ...

Advantages of Database Management Systems

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:18:55 +0000

Today, we will clearly define the advantages of database management systems. We will focus mainly on the advantages for end users across different company departments. These people know they need … Continue readingAdvantages of Database Management Systems

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What is Fog Computing: Embracing IT Modernization in Government - FedTech Magazine

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

What is Fog Computing: Embracing IT Modernization in Government  FedTech Magazine

As government agencies look to embrace IT modernization, many look to fog computing infrastructures. Learn what is fog computing and if it's right for you!

Community college to offer degree in cloud computing - Charlotte Observer

Mon, 11 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Community college to offer degree in cloud computing  Charlotte Observer

A new two-year program at Columbus State Community College aims to teach students about cloud computing.

Columbus State to offer degree leading to career in cloud computing - The Columbus Dispatch

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Columbus State to offer degree leading to career in cloud computing  The Columbus Dispatch

A new two-year degree at Columbus State Community College aims to have more students “reaching for the cloud.”The new associate of applied science ...

How State and Local Governments Can Use the Full Potential of the Cloud - StateTech Magazine

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT

How State and Local Governments Can Use the Full Potential of the Cloud  StateTech Magazine

State CIOs and IT leaders identify many elements of a successful cloud migration strategy, StateTech reports. But how state and local government agencies ...

8 Microsoft Access online alternatives worth looking at

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 18:28:12 +0000

Thousands of users have decided to turn their attention to Microsoft Access online alternatives. Why? When Microsoft Access was introduced, it was basically disrupting and pioneering the database app builder … Continue reading8 Microsoft Access online alternatives worth looking at

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The ugly truth about cloud computing in the enterprise - InfoWorld

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT

The ugly truth about cloud computing in the enterprise  InfoWorld

Enterprise cloud governance is a mess as clouds become the new IT siloes, a sprawl disguised under the “multicloud” or “hybrid cloud” label.

The Federal Cloud-First Agenda Will Pay Off in New Ways for Agencies - FedTech Magazine

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

The Federal Cloud-First Agenda Will Pay Off in New Ways for Agencies  FedTech Magazine

No matter the agency, automation tops every technology to-do list. Letting machines take care of rote, repetitive tasks has already streamlined customer *service*, ...

How to build your own white-label employee portal – a step by step tutorial

Mon, 25 Feb 2019 20:14:35 +0000

In this article, I will lead you step by step through building an employee portal in HyperOffice. HyperOffice is one of the most well known intranet solutions in the market … Continue readingHow to build your own white-label employee portal – a step by step tutorial

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Google Looks to Enable Hybrid Cloud Deployments With Cloud Services Platform - eWeek

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Google Looks to Enable Hybrid Cloud Deployments With Cloud Services Platform  eWeek

Google is extending its Cloud Platform beyond the confines of its own data centers, enabling organizations to run its Cloud Services Platform on-premises.

IBM marries on-premises, private- and public-cloud data - Network World

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

IBM marries on-premises, private- and public-cloud data  Network World

IBM is introducing Cloud Integration Platform so customers can better integrate data securely no matter where it resides in on-premises, private, hybrid or public ...

Top 8 Best Data Management Blogs on Our Reading List - Solutions Review

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Top 8 Best Data Management Blogs on Our Reading List  Solutions Review

Solutions Review has compiled this collection of the top data management blogs and news sites we're reading to keep tabs on the marketplace.

IaaS vs. PaaS vs. SaaS: Choosing the Right Cloud Strategy - FedTech Magazine

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

IaaS vs. PaaS vs. SaaS: Choosing the Right Cloud Strategy  FedTech Magazine

Selecting an agile cloud strategy can significantly improve your team's efficiency. Learn about IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS and find a strategy that is right for you!

Why Cyber Security and Cloud Computing Personnel Should Be BFFs - MeriTalk

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Why Cyber Security and Cloud Computing Personnel Should Be BFFs  MeriTalk

Keeping up with hackers is no small task, particularly since some attacks can be sustained in near-perpetuity. No doubt, securing cyberspace is a daunting ...

Exploring the links between AI, 5G and IoT – and how cloud computing underpins them all - Cloud Tech

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Exploring the links between AI, 5G and IoT – and how cloud computing underpins them all  Cloud Tech

If the agenda and sessions at MWC 2019 don't explicitly mention cloud computing, then there's a good reason: the emerging technologies that will be explored ...

Mirantis to help AT&T build Network Cloud for 5G - Cloud Tech

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Mirantis to help AT&T build Network Cloud for 5G  Cloud Tech

US telecom giant AT&T will be building the next generation of its Network Cloud for 5G with the help of cloud computing firm Mirantis, as part of a three-year deal ...

Intelligence Brief: Can you compete with cloud vendors in IoT? - Mobile World Live

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Intelligence Brief: Can you compete with cloud vendors in IoT?  Mobile World Live

In a recent GSMA Intelligence Research Brief, we examined the lessons from GE's Predix spin off and Samsung ARTIK's closure. Both announcements ...

Now Comes the Hard Part of Cloud Computing - IT Business Edge

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Now Comes the Hard Part of Cloud Computing  IT Business Edge

Much of the focus on cloud computing over the past several years has been simply making the transition. But as IT organizations move beyond running a handful ...

Golden State Warriors use Google Cloud to up their game - Cloud Tech

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Golden State Warriors use Google Cloud to up their game  Cloud Tech

American professional basketball team Golden State Warriors will use Google Cloud's data-crunching technology to improve the performance of the players.

Reactions to Cloud Strategy Only Partly Sunny - Signal Magazine

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Reactions to Cloud Strategy Only Partly Sunny  Signal Magazine

The cloud strategy document released this week by the U.S. Defense Department is drawing mixed reactions from industry and military officials. Experts ...

Azure Stack Getting Rugged with Dell EMC Tactical Version - Redmond Channel Partner

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Azure Stack Getting Rugged with Dell EMC Tactical Version  Redmond Channel Partner

This week brought the next logical step in the evolution of the Azure Stack with the unveiling of a ruggedized version from Dell EMC.

Secure cloud transformation: A four-step strategy for the CIO - Cloud Tech

Tue, 05 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Secure cloud transformation: A four-step strategy for the CIO  Cloud Tech

CIOs have a big job on their hands as they attempt to recognise the importance of - and embrace - new technology that will help streamline business operations ...

DOD Cloud Strategy Emphasizes JEDI - FedTech Magazine

Tue, 05 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

DOD Cloud Strategy Emphasizes JEDI  FedTech Magazine

The Defense Department's cloud strategy nods to a multi-cloud environment, but JEDI is the main option.

7 Cloud Computing Blogs You Should Be Following in 2019 - Solutions Review

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

7 Cloud Computing Blogs You Should Be Following in 2019  Solutions Review

It can be tricky to know which cloud computing blogs to read. We've culled through the top cloud blogs to bring you 7 you should be following in 2019.

What Is Edge Computing: Reconsidering Your IoT Platform - BizTech Magazine

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

What Is Edge Computing: Reconsidering Your IoT Platform  BizTech Magazine

With IoT platforms becoming more prevalent, leaders turn to edge computing for data optimization. Learn what edge computing is and how it can help your ...

How to become a cloud engineer: A cheat sheet - TechRepublic

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

How to become a cloud engineer: A cheat sheet  TechRepublic

If you are interested in a career in cloud computing and don't know where to start, here's your guide for the best programming languages and skills to learn, ...

How the Internet of Things Will Affect Cloud Computing - Solutions Review

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

How the Internet of Things Will Affect Cloud Computing  Solutions Review

The internet of things (IoT) is one of the most talked-about technologies of the past few years. More and more devices are able to connect to the Internet now, ...

Slack vs Sharepoint (2019): a (non) comparison

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 20:58:40 +0000

The terms “communication” and “collaboration” are brandished very loosely in the software market. Businesses are looking to solve specific problems, but with every manner of software from video conferencing platforms, … Continue readingSlack vs Sharepoint (2019): a (non) comparison

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Hospital Intranets: 5 must-have features

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 20:56:43 +0000

Hospitals, unlike other organizations and institutions, have to do a lot more heavy lifting given the important societal role Hospitals play and their diverse stake-holders: patients, government, law, personnel, and regulators, … Continue readingHospital Intranets: 5 must-have features

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Everything about HR Intranets

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 20:55:20 +0000

Most HR intranet vendors target IT specialists and engineers: they talk about servers, processors, HTML, Cloud, and other technical stuff. Human Resources professionals, however, are looking at intranets to deliver … Continue readingEverything about HR Intranets

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CMS intranets: 6 alternatives to pick from

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 20:53:40 +0000

  CMS, or “Content Management System” is an industry term that is normally used in the context of public websites – tools that let you design web pages, centralize management … Continue readingCMS intranets: 6 alternatives to pick from

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Intelligence Brief: Why Edge computing mattered at CES - Mobile World Live

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Intelligence Brief: Why Edge computing mattered at CES  Mobile World Live

Depending on your perspective, CES either feels like it took place eons ago or it's *fresh* in your memory. Personally, it seems pretty recent. I'm still seeing ...

The Morning Download: IBM Earnings Reflect Rising Demand for AI, Cloud - Wall Street Journal

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

The Morning Download: IBM Earnings Reflect Rising Demand for AI, Cloud  Wall Street Journal

International Business Machine Corp.'s fourth-quarter financial results reflect the continuing rise of artificial intelligence and cloud computing as central to ...

What Impediments Remain for Federal Cloud Adoption? - FedTech Magazine

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

What Impediments Remain for Federal Cloud Adoption?  FedTech Magazine

There is little doubt that cloud adoption is increasing across the federal government. Cloud services contract obligations were expected to increase by about 32 ...

Quantum computing in the cloud: Where we are today - TechGenix

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Quantum computing in the cloud: Where we are today  TechGenix

Quantum computing is the next generation of computing. Unlike traditional computers, these quantum computers get computing power by tapping into quantum ...

GIS is the most preferred career choice - Geospatial World

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

GIS is the most preferred career choice  Geospatial World

As per a report published by Devex, USAID and DAI says that geospatial technology is one of the most preferred career choice.

Cloud Computing Enables Combat Coders | SIGNAL Magazine - Signal Magazine

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Cloud Computing Enables Combat Coders | SIGNAL Magazine  Signal Magazine

Steven Wert, recently named the U.S. Air Force's Program Executive Officer Digital, is on a mission to fundamentally alter the *service's* processes for developing ...

Cloud Security Trends from 2018 - IT Business Edge

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Cloud Security Trends from 2018  IT Business Edge

Cloud security trends are front and center this year, and they are shifting in new ways. Wherever the users and the data are, the hackers will follow.

Acquiring the Right Cloud Skills Will Be Major Challenge for IT in 2019 - IT Business Edge

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Acquiring the Right Cloud Skills Will Be Major Challenge for IT in 2019  IT Business Edge

As the rate at which applications are being either built on or shifted into the cloud accelerates, it's become clear that IT organizations will need to more ...

Cloud adoption in the UK is outpacing the EU average - Cloud Tech

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Cloud adoption in the UK is outpacing the EU average  Cloud Tech

Research published by Eurostat reveals the UK is the sixth largest cloud users among other countries in the EU. According to statistics published by the ...

2018's top blogs highlight goals, obstacles to modern CIO strategies - TechTarget

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

2018's top blogs highlight goals, obstacles to modern CIO strategies  TechTarget

Topics discussed in the top SearchCIO blogs of 2018 are certainly wide-ranging: IT leaders perused posts about topics ranging from the evolving machine ...

Hipchat alternatives: chat tools for those who don’t like Slack

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:56:36 +0000

You probably landed on this page because you found out that Atlassian partnered with Slack and is going to retire Hipchat and Stride. They are encouraging you to use Slack, but … Continue readingHipchat alternatives: chat tools for those who don’t like Slack

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Stride and Hipchat end of life: updates as of 2019

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:53:59 +0000

What is happening to Hipchat and Stride? You might have already heard this, but Atlassian has announced a “strategic partnership” with Slack, which is basically a cute euphemism for “we’re outta … Continue readingStride and Hipchat end of life: updates as of 2019

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Juniper CTO talks cloud, high-speed networking - Network World

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Juniper CTO talks cloud, high-speed networking  Network World

Juniper CTO Bikash Koley looks at disaggregation, cloud computing and intent-based networking as he looks toward 2019.

A day in the life of an AWS technical evangelist - ComputerworldUK

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

A day in the life of an AWS technical evangelist  ComputerworldUK

What does a technology evangelist actually do? We sat down with Abby Fuller of AWS to find out.

Amazon will improve its cloud efficiency using ARM-based processor - Cloud Tech

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Amazon will improve its cloud efficiency using ARM-based processor  Cloud Tech

Amazon is deploying an ARM-based Graviton processor to improve its cloud-based computing services. As per the Seattle-based company, this will lead to cost ...

NSF Looks to Cloud to Accelerate Scientific Research - FedTech Magazine

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

NSF Looks to Cloud to Accelerate Scientific Research  FedTech Magazine

The National Science Foundation will work with nonprofit Internet2 to explore using commercial clouds for cutting-edge research computing.

Packet and Wasabi join hands to offer better cloud services than AWS - Cloud Tech

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Packet and Wasabi join hands to offer better cloud services than AWS  Cloud Tech

Cloud and edge computing infrastructure provider Packet, and hot cloud storage firm Wasabi, have joined hands to integrate their respective platforms to offer ...

How Will Federal Cloud Use Evolve in 2019? - FedTech Magazine

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

How Will Federal Cloud Use Evolve in 2019?  FedTech Magazine

It was a banner year for federal cloud adoption. Cloud services contract obligations were expected to increase by about 32 percent in fiscal year 2018, reaching ...

How the Cloud Can Help Future-Proof Your Small Business - BizTech Magazine

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

How the Cloud Can Help Future-Proof Your Small Business  BizTech Magazine

Don't fear the future — the cloud is here to help you pivot quickly and easily to new tech.

10 predictions for the data center and the cloud in 2019 - Network World

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

10 predictions for the data center and the cloud in 2019  Network World

What will 2019 hold for data centers and the cloud, both public and private? Here are our educated guesses.

How the Great Recession hurt the middle class—twice - Brookings Institution

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

How the Great Recession hurt the middle class—twice  Brookings Institution

Brad Hershbein writes how the middle class is still feeling the effects of the Great Recession, both geographically and from wage growth.

The rural broadband divide: An urgent national problem that we can solve - Microsoft

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

The rural broadband divide: An urgent national problem that we can solve  Microsoft

Every day the world is becoming more digital. Cloud computing combined with new productivity, communication and intelligent tools and services enable us to ...

Hybrid Cloud Computing Emerges as Next Big IT Management Challenge - IT Business Edge

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Hybrid Cloud Computing Emerges as Next Big IT Management Challenge  IT Business Edge

Going into 2019, it's apparent that a major challenge facing IT leaders will be to bring the cost of cloud computing under control. While cloud computing in theory ...

Intranet names toolkit: examples, lists, ideas, and a free generator!

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 11:53:06 +0000

Are you planning to launch (or re-launch) an Intranet? If so, you may be wondering if giving it a little personality with a name is worth it… Remember, you will … Continue readingIntranet names toolkit: examples, lists, ideas, and a free generator!

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Korean Air Shifts IT to AWS Cloud - Wall Street Journal

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Korean Air Shifts IT to AWS Cloud  Wall Street Journal

The move highlights Amazon's continued draw with enterprise customers as a cloud-market frontrunner, even as rivals chip away at its outsized market share.

1 million new cloud computing jobs to be created by 2022 in India - Express Computer

Mon, 26 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

1 million new cloud computing jobs to be created by 2022 in India  Express Computer

Great Learning, an ed-tech platform for executives, came out with a report which states that over a million cloud computing jobs will be created in India by 2022.

CTOvision Named To Top 10 Tech Blogs Every CTO Should Follow - CTOvision

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

CTOvision Named To Top 10 Tech Blogs Every CTO Should Follow  CTOvision

STXNEXT.com has named CTOvision to its list of Top 10 Tech Blogs Every CTO Should Follow. From their write-up: As a CTO, you need to stay up to date on the ...

Serverless and edge disruptors for clouds - Telecom Asia

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Serverless and edge disruptors for clouds  Telecom Asia

Telcos could have an opportunity to disrupt the established cloud players with edge computing services.

Cisco-AWS marriage simplifies hybrid-cloud app development - Network World

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Cisco-AWS marriage simplifies hybrid-cloud app development  Network World

Amazon Web Services and Cisco have teamed to help customers build apps in the cloud or data centers and move easily between the two.

Which cloud performs better, AWS, Azure or Google? - Network World

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Which cloud performs better, AWS, Azure or Google?  Network World

Performance varies widely among the big three cloud *service* providers – AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure – and their networks are a big reason why, ...

How Will 5G Impact Traditional Data Centers? - BizTech Magazine

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

How Will 5G Impact Traditional Data Centers?  BizTech Magazine

By pairing 5G with cloud services, IT teams can streamline data center infrastructure.

10 Key Challenges in Cloud Computing and How to Overcome - Toolbox

Mon, 05 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

10 Key Challenges in Cloud Computing and How to Overcome  Toolbox

"83% Of Enterprise Workloads Will Be In The Cloud By 2020" - Forbes.com 'No rose is without a thorn' – so known is our old quote. In this fast-paced ...

30 Must-Read State and Local IT Blogs 2018 - StateTech Magazine

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

30 Must-Read State and Local IT Blogs 2018  StateTech Magazine

Follow these blogs to stay current on the latest news and trends for state government, smart cities, first responders, public libraries, courts and more.

30 Must-Read Small Business IT Blogs 2018 - BizTech Magazine

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

30 Must-Read Small Business IT Blogs 2018  BizTech Magazine

Get in the know with small business IT with these blogs from leaders, influencers and tech gurus.

The IBM-Red Hat deal: What it means for enterprises - Network World

Mon, 29 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

The IBM-Red Hat deal: What it means for enterprises  Network World

IBM has made a bold move to blast its way into the enterprise multicloud world by saying it would buy open source software pioneer Red Hat in a $34 billion ...

5 Free Google Cloud Training Resources - Business 2 Community

Mon, 29 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

5 Free Google Cloud Training Resources  Business 2 Community

If you're looking to break into the cloud computing space, there's an abundance of resources out there, including free Google Cloud training. If you know where ...

Worldwide Cloud Spending Growth Slows in Third Quarter - Wall Street Journal

Fri, 26 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Worldwide Cloud Spending Growth Slows in Third Quarter  Wall Street Journal

According to Synergy Research Group, total spending in the cloud infrastructure services market was up an estimated 45% from last year, a slower pace than in ...

Mirantis Brings Cloud Computing to the Edge Without OpenStack - eWeek

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Mirantis Brings Cloud Computing to the Edge Without OpenStack  eWeek

The Mirantis Cloud Platform Edge is a new Kubernetes-based effort to enable containers and virtual machines to run at the edge of the network.

This Company Wants to Make the Internet Load Faster - WIRED

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

This Company Wants to Make the Internet Load Faster  WIRED

The internet went down on February 28, 2017. Or at least that's how it seemed to some users, as sites and apps like Slack and Medium went offline or ...

NASCIO 2018: State IT Leaders Share Best Practices for Cloud Adoption - StateTech Magazine

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

NASCIO 2018: State IT Leaders Share Best Practices for Cloud Adoption  StateTech Magazine

For some states, the cloud is old news. Others are not as far along on their cloud journey. What do state IT leaders undertaking cloud migrations need to ...

Edge Computing in Industrial Environments - ARC Viewpoints

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Edge Computing in Industrial Environments  ARC Viewpoints

Edge computing in industrial environments offers the promise of getting the right device data in near real-time to drive better decisions and maybe even control ...

Where Next With Cloud Security? - Government Technology

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Where Next With Cloud Security?  Government Technology

As we head toward 2020, cloud computing security continues to rapidly evolve around the globe. With an exponential growth in enterprise data moving to the ...

TRON Partnership Involves Cloud Computing - GlobalCoinReport

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

TRON Partnership Involves Cloud Computing  GlobalCoinReport

It has been almost an entire week since Justin Sun, the founder of TRON (TRX), announced a new big partnership for this cryptocurrency. His Twitter ...

Serverless Computing’s Innovative Approach to Software Development - Wall Street Journal

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Serverless Computing’s Innovative Approach to Software Development  Wall Street Journal

Ten years after cloud computing first started to gain attention comes a new technology using a similarly disembodied metaphor for its style of computing. With an ...

What Is the State of DOD's JEDI Cloud Contract? - FedTech Magazine

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

What Is the State of DOD's JEDI Cloud Contract?  FedTech Magazine

As the Pentagon's Oct. 12 deadline for submitting proposals passes, cloud vendors position themselves for the major contract award.

D-Wave Launches Free Quantum Cloud Service - IEEE Spectrum

Thu, 04 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

D-Wave Launches Free Quantum Cloud Service  IEEE Spectrum

Canadian company joins IBM and Rigetti in offering online access to pricey hardware.

Federal Cloud Spending Soars in 2018 - FedTech Magazine

Tue, 02 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Federal Cloud Spending Soars in 2018  FedTech Magazine

According to an analysis by Bloomberg Government, federal cloud spending hit in all-time high last fiscal year.

White House Unveils New 'Cloud Smart' Strategy - FedTech Magazine

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 07:00:00 GMT

White House Unveils New 'Cloud Smart' Strategy  FedTech Magazine

The White House Office of Management and Budget on Sept. 24 released an updated federal cloud computing strategy, dubbed “Cloud Smart,” signaling a pivot ...

State Department Takes a New Cloud Approach - FedTech Magazine

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:00:00 GMT

State Department Takes a New Cloud Approach  FedTech Magazine

As part of its IT modernization strategy, the agency is pushing users to consume IT as a *service*.

How AI is building better gas stations and transforming Shell's global energy business - The AI - Microsoft

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:00:00 GMT

How AI is building better gas stations and transforming Shell's global energy business - The AI  Microsoft

At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft announces strategic collaborations with Shell in the cloud, AI, and IoT to drive industry transformation and innovation.

Cloud Security Compliance Challenges and Benefits for Public Sector - StateTech - StateTech Magazine

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Cloud Security Compliance Challenges and Benefits for Public Sector - StateTech  StateTech Magazine

Read about cloud security compliance challenges and actions by state and local governments, including how Azure Government services assist with data ...

Cloud Complexity and Cybersecurity Drive IT Budget Growth - Wall Street Journal

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Cloud Complexity and Cybersecurity Drive IT Budget Growth  Wall Street Journal

Of 46 CIOs surveyed by KeyBanc Capital Markets, about 40% said they expect IT budgets to increase in 2018, up from 29% a year ago. Respondents expect ...

Hybrid Cloud Boosts Enterprise Agility for State and Local Governments - StateTech Magazine

Fri, 07 Sep 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Hybrid Cloud Boosts Enterprise Agility for State and Local Governments  StateTech Magazine

Read how state and local governments are realizing a hybrid cloud approach assists in boosting enterprise agility. Hybrid cloud in government agencies offers ...

China Tariffs Threaten Cloud Costs - Wall Street Journal

Thu, 06 Sep 2018 07:00:00 GMT

China Tariffs Threaten Cloud Costs  Wall Street Journal

The Trump administration's proposed tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods includes levies on routers, switches and servers that will raise prices for cloud ...

The Misleading Power of Internet Metaphors - Scientific American

Wed, 05 Sep 2018 07:00:00 GMT

The Misleading Power of Internet Metaphors  Scientific American

In our digital, networked world, metaphors that become memes (such as "cloud" computing, "smart" tech and the “Internet of Things") can be powerful tools for ...

FASB updates guidance on cloud computing costs - Compliance Week

Fri, 31 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

FASB updates guidance on cloud computing costs  Compliance Week

Companies now have new guidance on how to account for the costs of implementing certain cloud computing *service* arrangements.

OpenStack 'Rocky' makes it easier to deploy on bare metal - Cloud Tech

Fri, 31 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

OpenStack 'Rocky' makes it easier to deploy on bare metal  Cloud Tech

Open source cloud platform OpenStack now powers 75+ public cloud data centres and thousands of private cloud services at a scale of more than 10 million ...

Why Government Agencies Are Moving to Private Cloud Services - StateTech Magazine

Fri, 31 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Why Government Agencies Are Moving to Private Cloud Services  StateTech Magazine

Unlike in the private sector, state and local government agencies do not compete against each other directly for profits. More often than not, they lend one ...

Intelligence Community Sees a Surge in Cloud Use - FedTech Magazine

Fri, 24 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Intelligence Community Sees a Surge in Cloud Use  FedTech Magazine

It has been four years since the U.S. intelligence community started using commercial cloud services to process classified information. At first, the goal was just ...

What Are the Benefits of a Cloud-Based Core Banking Solution? - BizTech Magazine

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

What Are the Benefits of a Cloud-Based Core Banking Solution?  BizTech Magazine

Cloud-based systems can help banks automate workflows, deliver new services faster, boost efficiency and deliver savings.

7 Benefits of Cloud Computing for Small Businesses - HostReview.com

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

7 Benefits of Cloud Computing for Small Businesses  HostReview.com

Cloud technology has brought exciting new opportunities for small businesses to compete on a global scale. Thanks to innovative products that provide ,Cloud ...

50 Best Cloud Security Training Resources - Security Boulevard

Thu, 02 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

50 Best Cloud Security Training Resources  Security Boulevard

The bad news is there's a global shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals: According to PWC, there will be 1.5 million cybersecurity job openings by 2019, ...

Microsoft Narrows Gap with Amazon in Cloud - The Wall Street Journal

Thu, 02 Aug 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Microsoft Narrows Gap with Amazon in Cloud  The Wall Street Journal

Microsoft Corp., continues to narrow the gap with cloud services front-runner Amazon.com Inc., nearly doubling its share of the infrastructure-as-a-*service* market ...

Microsoft CTO: Edge Computing Can Make Industries ‘Massively More Efficient’ - Wall Street Journal

Mon, 30 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Microsoft CTO: Edge Computing Can Make Industries ‘Massively More Efficient’  Wall Street Journal

Edge computing has the potential to transform industries ranging from agriculture to industrial manufacturing and health care with its ability to offer real-time data ...

Google Cloud Platform offers services to address variety of workload requirements - Cloud Tech

Fri, 27 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Google Cloud Platform offers services to address variety of workload requirements  Cloud Tech

Google has introduced some new database features along with partnerships, beta news and other improvements that help users get most of their databases for ...

Rush to the Cloud Creates Risk of Overspending - The Wall Street Journal

Wed, 25 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Rush to the Cloud Creates Risk of Overspending  The Wall Street Journal

By purchasing more cloud computing capacity then they really need, companies across all industries may be overspending on cloud services by an average of ...

Google to offer blockchain as part of cloud service - Computerworld

Mon, 23 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Google to offer blockchain as part of cloud service  Computerworld

Google has joined a growing number of cloud *service* providers who are offering blockchain to enterprises.

Microsoft Azure Gains on Amazon Web Services in Cloud Market - Wall Street Journal

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Microsoft Azure Gains on Amazon Web Services in Cloud Market  Wall Street Journal

Large companies are shifting more workloads to the cloud and continue to spend most on Amazon.com Inc.'s Amazon Web Services, though Microsoft Corp.

The Cloud-Powered Parent: Raising a Baby, One App at a Time - Data Center Frontier

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT

The Cloud-Powered Parent: Raising a Baby, One App at a Time  Data Center Frontier

New apps are providing insights on their baby. New dad Bill Kleyman looks at the power of data for groggy parents, and how to secure it.

DHS Sees Many Benefits in Cloud Migration - FedTech Magazine

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

DHS Sees Many Benefits in Cloud Migration  FedTech Magazine

When the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2002, it brought 22 disparate agencies all under one roof, ranging from the U.S. Customs *Service* to ...

The Morning Download: Cloud Computing Bets Pays Off in Post-Data Center World - Wall Street Journal

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT

The Morning Download: Cloud Computing Bets Pays Off in Post-Data Center World  Wall Street Journal

Good morning, CIOs. The dominant theme as tech giants report their earnings is clear. Cloud computing is moving deeper into the mainstream as once-wary ...

50 Cloud Bloggers To Follow Right Now - CRN

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:00:00 GMT

50 Cloud Bloggers To Follow Right Now  CRN

The Channel Company's NexGen Cloud Conference and Expo set out on a mission to find the most thoughtful and influential cloud bloggers. Here are 50 ...

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  • 2X
    2X

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    Amazon Web Services

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    aplicor

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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.

  • Bitdefender
    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
    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.

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    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
    DocumentLogistix

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  • HyperOffice
    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
    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
    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
    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.

  • LEADMASTER
    LEADMASTER

    [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
    mailprotector

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

  • MessageSolution
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.

  • SEEBURGER
    SEEBURGER

    [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
    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
    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
    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
    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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