Cloud Computing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

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

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

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

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

Notable examples:  IBM Cloud, VMWare vCloud, Microsoft Azure

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NATS Messaging Project Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:56:00 -0700

The NATS project brings a mature open-source messaging technology to the CNCF, in a bid to help to improve high-throughput communications in cloud native environments.

New Google Stackdriver Pricing Includes Pay as You Go Option

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Google announces new pricing for Stackdriver Monitoring and Logging, and an SSD price drop should spur adoption in notebooks.

Next-generation Smart City IoT Platforms leveraging Standards, Open Source, and AI

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:15:53 +0000

Cisco, Verizon, InterDigital, Bosch, and IBM leading the way in terms support and commitment to public urban technology deployments OYSTER BAY, N.Y., March 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In a very crowded IoT platform ecosystem, multiple vendors are targeting the smart cities vertical with

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Work In The Cloud Era: Are We Ready For Virtual Teams?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:17:11 +0000

Getting Ready For Virtual Teams Technological developments are ushering in a new era of work. Cloud computing has changed not only the way we collaborate, but where, when, and how we’re able to work. The ability to clock in from

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Biohacker fined for travel card implant

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:36:02 +0000

A biohacker in Australia has been fined A$220 (£120, $170) for removing the chip from a travel card and implanting it into his hand. Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (real name) also has to pay A$1,000 in costs. The case was

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AWS CloudTrail Log Search Using Amazon Athena

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:44:59 +0000

AWS CloudTrail makes it easier to search CloudTrail log files using the power of Amazon Athena. Previously, you had to manually create a CloudTrail table using the Athena console or AWS CLI and ensure you had the proper configuration and data definitions to match the CloudTrail log format. Now, from within the CloudTrail console event history page, you simply enter the Amazon S3 bucket where your CloudTrail logs are stored, and CloudTrail will automatically create the Athena table for you. Once the table is created, you’ll be able to jump directly to the Athena console query editor and immediately begin running queries.

Cloud Arms Race Boosts Server, Storage Sales - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:50:15 GMT

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Cloud Arms Race Boosts Server, Storage Sales
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The share is harder to gauge for storage, as cloud providers tend to use server-based storage systems, said Matthew Ball, a principal analyst at Canalys. “We do see increasing adoption of cloud services by businesses,” Mr. Ball told CIO Journal. That ...

Three New Amazon Connect Integrations Offer Contact Center Solutions from Qualtrak Solutions, VoiceBase, and Perficient

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:10:01 +0000

The AWS Quick Start team and solutions architects, in collaboration with AWS partners, are pleased to announce three new Amazon Connect integrations: 

Amazon Lumberyard Beta 1.13 Adds Text to Speech Customizability, Cloud Gem Cross-Communication and PhysX Support

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:33:30 +0000

We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.13. With over 220 improvements, fixes, and new features, this release helps game teams create cloud-connected games with less engineering resources. Some highlights include:

CloudFront now Supports ECDSA Certificates for HTTPS Connections to Origins

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:08:25 +0000

Starting today, you can now use Amazon CloudFront to negotiate HTTPS connections to origins using Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA). ECDSA uses smaller keys that are faster, yet, just as secure, as the older RSA algorithm. The smaller keys will also increase the number of TLS handshakes that your origins can process per second, thereby saving compute cycles and reducing your cost of cryptography. To enable ECDSA, simply configure your origin server to use and prefer an ECDSA certificate. There is no additional fee for using this feature. To learn more about how ECDSA works on CloudFront, see the blog post and the CloudFront Developer Guide.


AWS AppSync now supports Android GraphQL subscriptions, releases sample photo application integrating AWS Amplify

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:52:25 +0000

Today we are releasing support for using GraphQL subscriptions with the AWS AppSync Android SDK. Complex Object capabilities, which allow GraphQL operations using content stored in Amazon S3 using an Amazon DynamoDB link are also now supported as part of this release. These features provide customers capabilities to have real-time data streamed to their applications from data sources such as Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elasticsearch service, or AWS Lambda.

For billions without formal land rights, the tech revolution offers new grounds for hope - World Bank Group (blog)

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:04:42 GMT

World Bank Group (blog)

For billions without formal land rights, the tech revolution offers new grounds for hope
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Many of today's increasingly complex development challenges, from rapid urban expansion to climate change, disaster resilience, and social inclusion, are intimately tied to land and the way it is used. Addressing these challenges while also ensuring ...

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) Available in US West (Northern California) Region

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:24:26 +0000

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in the US West (Northern California) region.

Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming Releases API for Managing Health Status of Service Instances

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:47:43 +0000

Beginning today, you can use a new Amazon Route 53 Auto Naming API to update the health status of service instances manually. After you register a service instance with a new custom health check configuration, you can call the new API to mark the service instance healthy and start routing traffic to it. Alternatively, you can set the health status to "unhealthy," and Route 53 will stop routing traffic to this service instance.

AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM) Supports Additional Amazon API Gateway Features

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:46:18 +0000

You now have more options to configure and deploy REST APIs using the AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM). You can now configure logging, metrics, CORS, and regional endpoints for Amazon API Gateway resources in your AWS SAM template. You can also configure APIs that support binary data and you can define method settings like throttling limits and CacheTTL. Visit the release notes for more details on these new features.

Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility is Available in the EU (London) Region

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:51:05 +0000

The PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is now available in 11 regions. With the addition of the EU (London) AWS Region, you have a new option for database placement, availability, and scalability.

New AMIs Available for Testing Longer Format Image IDs

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:17:42 +0000

Earlier this month, we announced that you can now opt in to receive longer format resource IDs before the permanent switch to longer IDs after June 2018. Today, we are publishing AMIs with longer IDs for you to use to test your systems. These are secondary versions of existing AMIs to be used for testing purposes only:

Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility is Available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:40:14 +0000

The PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is now available in 12 regions. With the addition of the Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS Region, you have a new option for database placement, availability, and scalability.

Elasticsearch 6.2 is now available on Amazon Elasticsearch Service

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:19:20 +0000

Starting today, Amazon Elasticsearch Service supports Elasticsearch 6.2 and Kibana 6.2. Elasticsearch 6.2 offers several enhancements over the Elasticsearch 6.0 stack, including a new ranking evaluation API, index splitting API, Vega interactive visualizations, and composite aggregations with paging.

Google to Support Mobile Content Not Based on Accelerated Mobile Pages

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:22:00 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Google is working on an alternative to Accelerated Mobile Pages, and U.S. 5G leadership is at the core of the Broadcom-Qualcomm bid regulatory review.

Google, YouTube Face Obstacles in Effort to Rein in Fraudulent Content

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:52:00 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: YouTube plans on running reality check postings alongside conspiracy theory videos and Google is imposing a ban on crypto-currency-related advertising to reduce the amount of fraudulent content in circulation.

Skedulo Launches Own Mobile Workforce Management App

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 05:29:00 -0700

Service is a native solution beyond Salesforce and ServiceNow that makes it available to companies with field-service management needs outside of those ecosystems. It can connect to any system of record.

Google Bans Ads for Crypto-Currencies, Related Financial Services

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:20:00 -0700

Like Facebook before it, Google says move is designed to protect Internet users from unregulated financial products.

Amazon EC2 M5 Instances are now Available in Additional Regions

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:52:05 +0000

Starting today, M5 instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Seoul) and EU (Frankfurt) Regions. M5 instances, the next generation of the Amazon EC2 General Purpose compute instances, were introduced in November 2017 to offer a balance of compute, memory, storage and networking resources for a broad range of customers' workloads.

Amazon EC2 C5 Instances are now Available in Additional Regions

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:52:00 +0000

Starting today, C5 instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore), EU (Frankfurt), and South America (São Paulo) Regions. C5 instances, the next generation of the Amazon EC2 Compute Optimized instances powered by 3.0 GHz Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Skylake), were introduced in November 2017. C5 instances are built using a new light-weight hypervisor, Nitro Hypervisor, which provides practically all of the compute and memory resources to customers' workloads. 

Deploy a Cloud Video Editing Environment on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:15:27 +0000

This new Quick Start, built in collaboration with Teradici, deploys a highly available architecture for cloud video editing on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 30 minutes. Deploying on AWS yields a high-performing environment for transforming videos. Video editing involves large files and requires powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) workstations. Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) provides durable, scalable object storage.  

Manage your Amazon RDS, Redshift, and ElastiCache Reservations via the Reserved Instance (RI) Coverage Report in AWS Cost Explorer

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 20:23:27 +0000

Starting today, you can use the Reserved Instance (RI) Coverage report in AWS Cost Explorer to better understand and manage your Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon ElastiCache reservations, in addition to your Amazon EC2 RIs. The RI Coverage report allows you to visualize the percentage of running instance hours that are covered by RIs against a user-defined coverage threshold and over a timeline that you define. You can view RI coverage at a high level (e.g., across all running hours) or dive into a detailed view by filtering on account, instance type, region, tags, and more. You can also access additional coverage-related information such as the number of On-Demand hours used, the node type, and the region in which it was used. From there, you can use this information to optimize your RI purchasing strategy (e.g., by identifying instance hours that are consistently running at on-demand rates and purchase matching RIs).

Inter-Region VPC Peering is now Available in AWS EU (Frankfurt) Region

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:18:50 +0000

Inter-Region Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Peering, which provides a simple and cost-effective way to share resources between regions or replicate data for geographic redundancy, is now available in the AWS EU (Frankfurt) Region. 

Amazon Inspector Now Supports Amazon Linux 2

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:30:31 +0000

Amazon Inspector now supports security assessments on Amazon Linux 2 for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE), Security Best Practices, and Runtime Behavior Analysis. To run security assessments, simply install the Amazon Inspector Agent on the desired Amazon EC2 instance, configure your assessment in the Inspector console, and run your assessment. 

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports the Seunjeon plugin for Korean language analysis

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:08:03 +0000

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now supports the Seunjeon plugin, a popular open-source Korean language text analyzer, which makes it easy for developers to implement full-text search on Korean documents. The plugin internally uses a Korean language dictionary and is capable of recognizing compound words and separating them into terms based on context. Developers can now use this plugin to perform Korean text analysis operations such as tokenizing (separating a string into words), stemming (converting the text to its root form), removing stop words (frequent, low-value terms), and matching based on synonyms.

The Morning Download: CIO of Harvard-MIT Broad Institute Scales Genomic Research in Cloud - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:36:12 GMT

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The Morning Download: CIO of Harvard-MIT Broad Institute Scales Genomic Research in Cloud
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Good morning, CIOs. It's hard to imagine more sensitive information than the genomic data used by the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. The group, which comprises over 100 private and public institutions worldwide, is shifting its efforts to the ...

Salesforce Reaches Out to Small Business With Essentials CRM

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 05:30:00 -0700

Small businesses typically don’t buy sophisticated CRM tools because they’re expensive to buy and manage. Salesforce aims to change that view with the release of Salesforce Essentials with a range of features best suited for small businesses.

8x8 to Launch Its Own Unified Communication Platform

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 03:26:00 -0700

X Series will combine call center, collaboration and conferencing options to improve a business’s CX (customer experience) quotient.

Harvard-MIT's Broad Institute Powers Genomic Research in the Cloud - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:41:52 GMT

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Harvard-MIT's Broad Institute Powers Genomic Research in the Cloud
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Genomic researchers at more than 100 public and private institutions comb 70 petabytes of data aiming to advance the understanding and treatment of human disease and lay the groundwork for new therapies.

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Amazon SNS Introduces New Message Filtering Operators

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:10:17 +0000

Amazon SNS message filtering now supports both numeric and string matching. Specifically, string matching operators allow for exact, prefix, and “anything-but” comparisons, while numeric matching operators allow for exact and range comparisons. You can leverage this new set of operators to further simplify pub/sub messaging architectures by offloading to SNS message filtering logic from subscribers, as well as routing logic from publishers.

Amazon Chime Introduces Usage-Based Frustration-Free Pricing

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:00:07 +0000

Amazon Chime is introducing new, frustration-free pricing to make it easier to buy and use Amazon Chime. With this new approach to pricing, you only pay for users that host meetings, on the days they host them, while attendees remain free. Usage fees are $3.00 per user per day, with a cap of $15.00 per user per month. In addition, we are reducing the number of plans from three to two by discontinuing the Plus plan. Screen sharing and user management fees will be included with the Basic plan, which remains free. With these changes, we are simplifying our pricing, and making it easier to save money while providing access to Amazon Chime Pro features to more of your users.

Google Announces New Pricing for Stackdriver Monitoring and Logging

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 02:12:00 -0700

Features that up to now were only available to users on the premium-pricing plan are now available to everyone, company says.

Amazon RDS now supports MySQL Minor Versions 5.5.59, 5.6.39 and 5.7.21

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 21:47:42 +0000

Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports MySQL Community Edition minor versions 5.5.59, 5.6.39 and 5.7.21 in all AWS Regions. These new versions include a number of fixes and functionality improvements for the MySQL database engine.

Dropbox, Salesforce Partner to Connect CRM, Collaboration, Storage

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 12:44:09 -0800

The idea is to enable companies of all types and sizes to work with their value chains to better understand their customers' thought processes as they travel across sales, service, marketing and commerce channels.

Google Working on Alternative to Accelerated Mobile Pages

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 04:32:00 -0800

Google will support standards besides the Accelerated Mobile Pages format that enable instant loading of web content on mobile devices.

AWS Service Catalog Launches Brand Your Console to Deliver a Customizable User Experience

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 23:41:18 +0000

AWS Service Catalog, used by enterprises, system integrators, and managed service providers to organize, govern, provision, and operate cloud resources on AWS, now allows customers to customize the look and feel of the console. Customers can brand their AWS Service Catalog console to match their internal applications, making the user experience more seamless when moving from internal applications such as single sign-on and navigation portals to AWS Service Catalog.  

Amazon Redshift Spectrum Now Supports Scalar JSON and Ion Data Types

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 23:37:19 +0000

You can now use Amazon Redshift Spectrum to directly query scalar JSON and Ion data types stored in external tables in Amazon S3 - without loading or transforming the data.  

AWS Managed Microsoft AD Administrative Enhancements

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 22:39:38 +0000

Starting today, AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, enables you to manage administrative permissions in your managed directory more easily. You can now grant administrative permissions to users from your existing Microsoft Active Directory (AD) by adding these users to the new AWS delegated AD security groups in AWS Managed Microsoft AD.

Druva, Wipro Join for Data Management-as-a-Service in Mobile Devices

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 01:54:00 -0800

Along with Druva’s longtime service for Windows devices, this deal enables the service for Apple devices, which are making more and more of an impact in the enterprise.

Pentagon kicks off a winner-take-all among tech companies for multibillion-dollar cloud-computing contract - Washington Post

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 22:24:24 GMT

Washington Post

Pentagon kicks off a winner-take-all among tech companies for multibillion-dollar cloud-computing contract
Washington Post
After months of scrutiny, complaints and at least one legal action, a group of Pentagon leaders sought to assure the country's top technology companies Wednesday that the competition to build an Internet cloud network for the Defense Department would ...
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Insightly Brings Enterprise-Grade Analytics, Dashboards to Mid-Range CRM

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:31:00 -0800

New dashboards feature AI-driven recommendations to help customer-facing employees understand and perform next best actions based on sales event triggers and project management milestones.

Voices In the blogs: Oh, the things they'll steal! - Accounting Today

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:01:35 GMT

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Voices In the blogs: Oh, the things they'll steal!
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Tax Girl ( In honor of the recent birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, Green Eggs and Ham rewritten as Thefts, Schemes and Scams: “I do not like it, scammed I am … Would you like them on your phone? Would you ...
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Why are organizations worldwide failing at cloud data security? - CSO Online

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 12:48:10 GMT

CSO Online

Why are organizations worldwide failing at cloud data security?
CSO Online
This highlighted some clear regional differences with German organizations appearing twice as likely to secure confidential, or sensitive information in the cloud, than those in the UK (35%), Brazil (34%) or Japan (31%). The findings also suggested ...

Why HCI Storage is One of the Hottest IT Markets of 2018

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 05:33:00 -0800

While the competition is all good for the potential buyer, it's only natural that a shakeout in this market--via acquisition or old-fashioned attrition--is probably going to happen in the next couple of years.

Robin Systems Adds Support for Azure, HANA, MS-SQL, DB2

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 03:54:00 -0800

This sounds almost too good to be true: Robin's open source-based software enables users to deploy, manage and consolidate all their cloud-based big data, NoSQL and database workloads in a single control panel.

Faced with increased criticism, Pentagon slashes cloud computing contract awarded to an Amazon partner - Washington Post

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:35:05 GMT

Washington Post

Faced with increased criticism, Pentagon slashes cloud computing contract awarded to an Amazon partner
Washington Post
This story has been updated with a comment from a founder of the Amazon corporate partner. Faced with criticism over how it awarded a contract to move computer systems to the Internet cloud, the Pentagon on Monday slashed a deal awarded to an Amazon ...

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Azure Government Cloud Service Could Work for Many Enterprises

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 07:45:00 -0800

NEWS ANALYSIS: Microsoft’s announcement of Azure Stack and Azure Government integration is an important step in enterprises where compliance and security are critical.

Densify Launches Cloe, an Intelligent Cloud Optimization Engine

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 06:19:00 -0800

The analytics engine helps bring cloud costs down by enabling applications to be self-aware of their resource needs.

Google Talks Up Cloud Healthcare API, Partnerships at HIMSS Conference

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 06:05:00 -0800

Google is highlighting its recent efforts in the health care sector on the cloud platform during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's conference in Las Vegas.

Microsoft Azure Stack Coming to Government Customers in Mid-2018

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 01:18:00 -0800

Microsoft's hybrid cloud-enabling technology will soon be available to the company's government customers.

Startup Xage Launches Blockchain-Protected IIoT Security

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 12:40:00 -0800

New company distributes authentication and private data across industrial edge network of devices, creating a tamper-proof fabric for communication, authentication and trust.

Slack Working to Keep Rivals at Bay to Remain Killer Collaboration App

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 04:15:00 -0800

NEWS ANALYSIS: Slack is adding new capabilities to its enterprise collaboration platform as it works to stay ahead of rivals Microsoft and Google, which are working hard to catch up to kill the killer app.

Google Releases Hangouts Chat as Enterprise Collaboration Platform

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 01:00:00 -0800

The Google Hangouts Chat Messaging platform enables easier collaboration in enterprises, company says.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Microsoft-DOJ Privacy Case

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 10:50:00 -0800

DAILY VIDEO: The Supreme Court appears divided on the Microsoft cloud data privacy case; Microsoft Azure is absent as Apple iCloud cozies up to Google Cloud; Intel and Qualcomm talk about accelerating 5G efforts at MWC 2018; and there's more.

Microsoft Adds Custom Vision, Upgraded Face API to Its Cloud AI Slate

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 10:25:00 -0800

Custom Vision enables developers to build mobile apps with built-in visual intelligence capabilities.

New Congressional Report Details Russian Social Media Meddling

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0800

NEWS ANALYSIS: Russia’s Internet Research Agency took an active role in spreading discord on social media about a variety of U.S. domestic issues especially those related to energy.

OpenStack Queens Accelerates Open-Source Cloud With New Capabilities

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:53:00 -0800

The 17th release of the open-source OpenStack cloud platform is now generally available, with new capabilities to support advanced workloads with improved container integration.

Microsoft Azure Absent as Apple iCloud Cozies Up to Google Cloud

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:25:00 -0800

Apple reveals that it is using the Google Cloud Platform to store some user data in a support document that once included Microsoft Azure.

Salesforce, United Way Enable Employee Giving in Philanthropy Cloud

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:44:00 -0800

This is described as a first-of-its-kind enterprise app to help companies engage their employees in giving back and supporting pet causes.

Supreme Court Appears Divided on Microsoft Cloud Data Privacy Case

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:35:00 -0800

NEWS ANALYSIS: There was no clear winner in the legal arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of U.S. v. Microsoft, but there was agreement that the current 1986 law was inadequate.

SAP Offers Enterprise Customers a Consumption Model for Cloud Apps

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 02:05:00 -0800

SAP isn’t going to a full “pay-as-you-go” plan for enterprise cloud apps, but it’s new “consumption-based” model makes it easy for companies to manage and pay for services based on pre-determined estimates of usage and cost.

ARL looks to the cloud for improved infrastructure - Washington Technology (blog)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:17:17 GMT

Washington Technology (blog)

ARL looks to the cloud for improved infrastructure
Washington Technology (blog)
The Army Research Laboratory has taken steps to launch an IT modernization effort that will include self-service capabilities, cloud adoption and host of other technologies. The effort is described in a new source sought notice and the ARL says its ...

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Former CIO helps IT leaders navigate AWS cloud journeys - CIO

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:02:24 GMT

Former CIO helps IT leaders navigate AWS cloud journeys
When Stephen Orban joined Dow Jones as CIO in 2012 he instinctively wanted to move the News Corp. subsidiary to the cloud. He knew he had to craft a new technology platform on which the company could build new digital products to boost top-line growth ...

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

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

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

So what really is HyperOffice?

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

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

Service Provider Leverage in Emerging Collaboration Markets

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

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

Finding the best metaphor for social business software

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

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

Your “What intranet software…” questions answered

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

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

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

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

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

Your “What online project management software…” questions answered

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mathematical Collaboration with MathType and HyperOffice

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

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

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  • 2X

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

  • Amazon Web Services
    Amazon Web Services

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

  • 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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