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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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.


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Microsoft Doubles Performance of Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:50:00 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse gets a speed boost, and Symantec improves email security with threat isolation technology.

Why Infosec Practitioners are Turning into Data Scientists

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:00:00 -0700

Security practitioners cannot wait for the information they need to protect the enterprise, and thus the speed of delivery becomes a driving factor in the success or failure of the data-driven security enterprise.

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Microsoft Launches Azure File Sync for Cloud-Based File Services

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 01:20:00 -0700

The service allows businesses to wrangle their Windows Server file shares and protect their data offsite.

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AWS Fargate Available in Singapore, Sydney, and Frankfurt Regions

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 01:44:15 +0000


AWS Fargate is now available in three new AWS Regions: Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and EU (Frankfurt).

AWS Fargate is a technology for Amazon ECS that lets you run containers  in production without deploying or managing servers. Fargate lets you focus on designing and building your applications instead of managing the infrastructure that runs them.

To learn more about using AWS Fargate, check out our documentation page.

AWS Device Farm Adds Integration with AWS CodePipeline

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 23:37:15 +0000

You can now choose AWS Device Farm as a test provider in your software release pipelines modeled in AWS CodePipeline. This lets you create or select Device Farm projects in the test stage of your pipelines.

AWS SAM CLI Launches New Commands to Simplify Testing and Debugging Serverless Applications

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 22:48:33 +0000

The AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) Command Line Interface (CLI) lets you locally build, test, and debug serverless applications defined by AWS SAM templates. You can now use the sam logs command to fetch, tail, and filter logs generated by your AWS Lambda functions. You can also use the sam local start-lambda command to invoke local Lambda functions from your automated tests.

Microsoft quarterly results beat as cloud revenue soars

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:10:18 +0000

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) on Thursday posted quarterly profit and revenue that beat analysts’ estimates, as more businesses signed up for its Azure cloud computing services and Office 365 productivity suite. The company’s flagship Azure cloud product recorded revenue

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Amazon Redshift announces free upgrade for DC1 Reserved Instances to DC2

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:51:27 +0000

You can now upgrade your Amazon Redshift DC1 Reserved Instances to DC2 Reserved Instances for the remainder of your DC1 reserved term, and get up to twice the performance of DC1 at the same price. DC2 nodes are designed for demanding data warehousing workloads that require low latency and high throughput.

Amazon MQ Now Supports AWS CloudTrail

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:15:27 +0000

You can now use AWS CloudTrail to log Amazon MQ API calls. AWS CloudTrail is a service that enables governance, compliance, operational auditing, and risk auditing of your AWS account. Amazon MQ is a managed message broker service for Apache ActiveMQ that makes it easy to set up and operate message brokers in the cloud.

Inter-Region VPC Peering is Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 19:15:31 +0000

Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) SDK Enhancements

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:57:12 +0000

Now, you can use the updated Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) SDKs in more types of applications to help you accelerate reads from Amazon DynamoDB tables by up to 10x, even at millions of requests per second. With DAX, you can use a fully managed, highly available, in-memory cache for your DynamoDB tables without making any changes to your application code.

Updated DAX SDK clients are now available for .NET, Java, Go, and Python. With the updated DAX SDK for .NET, web developers can now use DAX in Microsoft ASP.NET web applications. Additionally, Java developers can now use Apache Maven to manage and build applications that use the DAX SDK for Java. The updated DAX SDKs for Go and Python include several enhancements to improve error handling and reliability.

With DAX, developers have the choice of using SDK clients for Java, JavaScript, .NET, Python, and Go.

DAX is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), South America (São Paulo), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Regions.

To download the updated DAX SDK clients, see the DAX resources page.


Announcing the New AWS Free Tier Widget on the AWS Billing Dashboard

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:51:45 +0000

AWS Free Tier enables you to gain free, hands-on experience with the AWS platform, products, and services. AWS Budgets further provides Free Tier usage alerts that notify you when are forecasted to exceed your Free Tier usage limits.

Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.6 Boosts Multicloud DevOps Capabilities

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:37:00 -0700

Red Hat's latest update of Ansible Engine includes new capabilities that make it easier to support automation across multiple cloud environments.

AWS CodeBuild Adds Build Monitoring and Notification with Amazon CloudWatch

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:06:16 +0000

AWS CodeBuild now helps you monitor your builds with Amazon CloudWatch. Previously, you could use the console or API to view your build's results. Now, you can set a CloudWatch Alarm to notify you if a build fails or is unexpectedly slow. Additionally, CodeBuild now provides a dashboard that displays the performance of past builds to help you troubleshoot and spot trends.

Amazon RDS Performance Insights on RDS for PostgreSQL

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:18:08 +0000

Amazon RDS Performance Insights, an advanced database performance monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve performance challenges on Amazon RDS databases, is now generally available on Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, for PostgreSQL major version 10. It offers a free tier with 7 days of data retention and a paid long-term data retention option.

AWS Adding AI, Machine Learning and Compute Services to Its Cloud

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:00:00 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: AWS is adding artificial intelligence and compute services to its cloud lineup, and Micron and Intel will terminate their 3D XPoint joint development program.

Cohort Analysis in the Age of Digital Twins

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:43:11 +0000

To be actionable, Big Data and Data Science must get down to the level of the individual – whether the individual is a customer, physician, patient, teacher, student, coach, athlete, technician, mechanic or engineer. This is the “Power of One.”

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Red Hat's Eight Steps to Cloud-Native Applications

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:00:00 -0700

Cloud-native application development is an approach to building and running an application that can take full advantage of the cloud computing model based on four key tenets: services for architecture, APIs for communication, containers for infrastructure and DevOps for process.

Barracuda's CloudGen WAF Lands on Google Compute Platform

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:52:00 -0700

Barracuda now supports all three major public cloud providers with its CloudGen Web Application Firewall technology and enables multicloud management capabilities.

Worldwide Spending on Blockchain Forecast to Reach $11.7 Billion in 2022, According to New IDC Spending Guide

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:43:35 +0000

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., July 19, 2018 – Worldwide spending on blockchain solutions is forecast to reach $11.7 billion in 2022, according to a new update to the Worldwide Semiannual Blockchain Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC expects blockchain spending to grow at

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Internal communications best practices (Lessons from Google & Moz)

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:01:01 +0000

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Microsoft Makes OneNote Client Kinder to Laptop Batteries

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:10:00 -0700

The OneNote desktop client will now pause file synchronization operations when Windows slips into its power-saving mode.

Otis Elevator Hikes Role of IoT in Customer Service, Satisfaction

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 01:40:00 -0700

eWEEK CASE STUDY: Otis Elevator is creating smarter buildings by using Internet of Things technology to monitor the health of its people-moving equipment to enable predictive maintenance and boost customer satisfaction.

AWS Elemental MediaStore Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:41:10 +0000

AWS Elemental MediaStore is a video origination and storage service that offers the high performance, predictable low latency, and immediate consistency required for live streaming media combined with the security and durability AWS offers across its services. MediaStore offers an inexpensive method for pass-through and low-latency segmented video content delivery, with pay-as-you-go pricing.

AWS Systems Manager Automation Conditional Branching for Step Failure

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:55:39 +0000

AWS Systems Manager now supports taking action for Automation step failure by allowing branching to another step within the Automation Document. This feature allows customers to perform graceful exits, send notifications, and a variety of clean up actions when an automation step fails. For example, when an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) update automation step fails midway, the customer can now call for automation to take a snapshot, close the EC2 instance, notify admin, and exit gracefully. Previously, there were only two choices, “Continue” and “Abort” upon failure of a step.

Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics is now available in EU (Frankfurt)

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:13:43 +0000

Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) AWS Region. With the addition of this region, Kinesis Data Analytics is now available in 4 AWS Regions globally: US (Northern Virginia), US (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and EU (Frankfurt). 

Deploy Aviatrix FQDN Egress Filtering on AWS with New Quick Start

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:13:02 +0000

This Quick Start builds a highly available, secure Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) Egress Filtering service on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 10 minutes. It automatically deploys an Aviatrix Controller for enabling Egress Filtering in a new or existing virtual private cloud (VPC). You can connect to VPCs in the AWS Cloud with enhanced security, and access your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, applications, and services.  

AWS Systems Manager Run Command Now Streams Output to Amazon CloudWatch Logs

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:01:49 +0000

AWS Systems Manager, a unified experience to view operational data from multiple AWS services to automate operational tasks across your AWS resources, now allows streaming of Run Command output to Amazon CloudWatch logs, allowing you to track command execution in near real-time.

Microsoft Windows Admin Center Server Updates Add Support for Azure

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:05:00 -0700

New features in Windows Admin Center Server allow users to manage updates on managed servers running on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform.

How Compuware is Bringing Agile, DevOps to Mainframe Development

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:22:00 -0700

Compuware reveals a product acquisition, several enhancements to its Topaz for Total Test platform and a partnership that it believes will improve the ability of large enterprises to embrace agile development and DevOps on their mainframes.

AWS AppSync releases enhanced no-code GraphQL API builder, HTTP resolvers, and new built-in scalar types

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 03:45:22 +0000

Today, AWS AppSync has released a new flow for provisioning a GraphQL endpoint. Customers can now model logical types and automatically create resolvers along with Amazon DynamoDB tables without needing to first write a GraphQL schema. The process includes a new query and filtering system that allows logical comparisons (greater than, contains, etc.) against fields in a schema without requiring any coding from the developer.

Amazon Transcribe is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) and Canada (Central) Regions

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:20:39 +0000

Amazon Transcribe is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) and Canada (Central) Regions. Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add a speech-to-text capability to your applications. You can use Amazon Transcribe to create text transcripts of audio and video files. 

Walmart Taps Microsoft's Cloud for Next-Generation Retail

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:30:00 -0700

Walmart plans to use Microsoft's intelligent cloud offerings to modernize its operations and migrate hundreds of applications to Azure.

Amazon Polly Now Supports Input Character Limit of 100K and Stores Output Files in S3

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:53:16 +0000

Amazon Polly is a service that turns texts into lifelike speech, allowing you to create applications that talk, and build entirely new categories of speech-enabled applications. Starting today, you can put up to 100,000 characters in an input text using the new asynchronous synthesis task and store the output files in S3. This greatly simplifies the process of voicing long form content like news articles and documents.

AWS Amplify JavaScript Library extends its support for Ionic Framework

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:15:01 +0000

AWS Amplify JavaScript library announced support for Ionic 4, the upcoming version of Ionic Framework. Mobile developers can now quickly add cloud functionality into their Ionic 4 apps using AWS Amplify's UI components, and utilize an extensive collection of features including authorization, user storage, analytics, and chatbots.

Amazon SageMaker Supports High Throughput Batch Transform Jobs for Non-Real Time Inferencing

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:33:22 +0000

Amazon SageMaker now supports fully-managed high-throughput batch transform jobs for non-real time inferencing. Existing machine learning models developed on Amazon SageMaker can work seamlessly with this new capability without any changes.

Announcing Bring Your Own IP for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Preview)

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:25:31 +0000

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows you to use your own publicly-routable IP addresses with AWS resources such as EC2 instances, Network Load Balancers, and NAT Gateways. After you bring your IPs to AWS, AWS will advertise your public IP addresses on the Internet. You will continue to have access to Amazon IP addresses and can choose to use your own IP addresses, Amazon’s IP addresses, or both with your AWS resources.

Your applications might use trusted IP addresses that are whitelisted by your partners and customers. With Bring Your Own IP, you can move these applications to AWS without requiring your partners and customers to change their IP address whitelists. Bring Your Own IP is also useful for applications such as commercial email services that rely on IP address reputation to allow traffic from your endpoints to reach intended recipients.

Bring Your Own IP is available for preview in the US West (Oregon) region. You can request access to this feature by completing this request form.

Amazon S3 Announces Increased Request Rate Performance

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:25:30 +0000

Amazon S3 now provides increased performance to support up to 3,500 requests per second to add data and 5,500 requests per second to retrieve data, which can save significant processing time for no additional charge. Each S3 prefix can support these request rates, making it simple to increase performance exponentially.

Amazon Comprehend Now Supports Syntax Analysis

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:25:28 +0000

Starting today, Amazon Comprehend supports Syntax analysis —enabling customers to analyze text using tokenization and Parts of Speech (PoS). The Amazon Comprehend Syntax API allows customers to identify word boundaries and labels like nouns and adjectives within the text.  

Coming soon – Amazon Transcribe to Identify Speakers Based on Channels

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:25:25 +0000

Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for you to add a speech-to-text capability to your applications. You can use Amazon Transcribe to create text transcripts of audio and video files. Coming soon, Amazon Transcribe will support a feature called channel synthesis to better handle audio where each speaker records on a different channel. For example, a stereo track with the interviewer is stored in the left and the interviewee on the right.

Amazon SageMaker Now Supports Pipe Input Mode for Built-In TensorFlow Containers

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:25:23 +0000

Amazon SageMaker now supports Pipe Input Mode for the built-in TensorFlow containers. Pipe Input Mode enables data to stream directly from Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to the TensorFlow container on the training instance, using the TensorFlow dataset construct.

The Morning Download: CIOs Diversify Cloud Computing Strategy, Goldman Finds - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:24:00 GMT

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New MarkLogic Service Automates DB Query Capacity in Cloud

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:04:00 -0700

New software-as-a-service application automatically adds and removes query processing capacity to a database cluster as workload demand rises and falls, resulting in agility and responsiveness for end users.

AWS Adding Artificial Intelligence, Compute Services to Cloud Lineup

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:35:00 -0700

At its AWS Summit 2018 in New York, Amazon Web Services announced it was adding new artificial intelligence machine learning and compute services on the AWS cloud.

4 Actual Sharepoint Alternatives: Not every collaborative app is a Sharepoint Alternative

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:28:59 +0000

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IT Science Case Study: Becoming Unconstrained by Physical Workstations

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 05:39:00 -0700

SOLUTION ANALYSIS: Workspot’s cloud-native VDI broker deploys cloud desktops, apps and GPU workstations on Microsoft Azure in one day and simplifies VDI management with its single pane-of- glass approach.

Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse Gets a Speed Boost

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 03:53:00 -0700

Azure SQL Data Warehouse customers can expect twice the query performance and fewer problems accommodating multiple users.

Quest Automates Office 365 Functions in New Addition to SaaS Lineup

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 02:49:00 -0700

Quest On Demand Migration provides Microsoft Office 365 tenant-to-tenant migration of accounts, email and OneDrive; helps IT teams with merging and consolidating of Office 365 tenants; and accelerates Office 365 consolidation projects.

GE Predix, Microsoft Cloud Draw Closer With Industrial IoT Pact

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 01:05:00 -0700

The companies are working on industrial internet of things solutions based on GE's Predix platform and Microsoft's cloud.

Google Cost Forecast Tool Helps Enterprises Better Budget Cloud Costs

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:45:00 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Google introduces Cost Forecast feature for Cloud Billing, and ransomware attacks spiked in the first half of 2018, SonicWall reports.

OpsRamp: Product Overview and Analysis

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 03:40:00 -0700

OpsRamp is a cloud-based IT operations management platform that brings together on-premises and cloud infrastructure through discovery, monitoring, escalation management and automation.

How The Update Framework Improves Software Distribution Security

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 01:38:00 -0700

VIDEO: Justin Cappos, assistant professor at New York University and founder of The Update Framework (TUF) open-source project, provides insight into the process of securing software updates.

Snowflake Launches Data Warehouse on Azure, Despite MS's Own DW

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:49:00 -0700

A data warehouse built specifically for the cloud is now available on Microsoft’s cloud computing platform—even though Microsoft already has a data warehouse of its own.

Crypto-Mining Malware Rising Fast, Hackers Increasingly Targeting Cloud

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 04:31:00 -0700

Check Point’s mid-year cyber-attack report reveals that 42 percent of organizations globally have been hit by crypto-mining intrusions and that sophisticated attacks on cloud infrastructures are growing.

IT Science Case Study: How Tommy Hilfiger Created Its Digital Showroom

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:01:00 -0700

SOLUTION ANALYSIS: How does a high-visibility international apparel maker/retailer create a digital showroom available anywhere in the world and easily replicable to match company growth? Couchbase provides the answer in this use case.

Startup Hopzero Launches Distance-Based Packet Security Service

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:33:00 -0700

Designed to thwart cyber-security breaches in large enterprise data centers, Hopzero provides a new layer of security protection to complement access-based security solutions.

Salesforce Brings Einstein-Driven ‘Next Best Action’ to Sales Agents

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 04:00:00 -0700 has updated Service Cloud Einstein with advanced bots for handling routine customer inquiries and guided services, such as Next Best Action, to help customer service agents identify products and services customers may be ready to purchase.

Google Releases Open Source Tool That Checks Postgres Backup Integrity

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 04:00:00 -0700

Google’s page verification tool can help organizations discover data loss and corruption earlier in the change cycle, company says.

Cloud Constellation, SpaceChain Partner for Storage in Space

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 03:10:00 -0700

SpaceBelt’s data security as a service and SpaceChain’s blockchain-based satellite network soon to bring new infrastructure for cryptocurrency security, data storage.

Google Introduces Cost Forecast Feature for Cloud Billing

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 05:45:00 -0700

The new Feature allows administrators to get a quick idea of predicted Google Cloud usage costs for specified time periods.

OpenText's Next-Gen Data Management Suite Covers Microservices

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 01:30:00 -0700

Hybrid-cloud platform enables developer-ready microservices that allow users to develop intelligent and connected applications for numerous use cases.

Jianli Pan receives recognition, funding for work on edge cloud computing, cybersecurity - UMSL Daily (blog)

Mon, 09 Jul 2018 17:02:34 GMT

UMSL Daily (blog)

Jianli Pan receives recognition, funding for work on edge cloud computing, cybersecurity
UMSL Daily (blog)
The group has grown to include one doctoral student, one postdoctoral fellow and two undergraduates with assistance from a pair of visiting scholars, all helping support the assistant professor of computer science's work in edge cloud computing ...

The Morning Download: Dell Reenters Public Market as Cloud Computing Makes Mark on Business - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Tue, 03 Jul 2018 12:42:09 GMT

Wall Street Journal (blog)

The Morning Download: Dell Reenters Public Market as Cloud Computing Makes Mark on Business
Wall Street Journal (blog)
As Dell acquires shares of DVMT, which tracks its interest in quickly growing virtualization software maker VMware Inc., it is larger and more diverse, and perhaps better able to absorb the changes that cloud computing and the Internet of Things have ...

GE Veteran Jim Fowler Named CIO at Nationwide - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 15:01:13 GMT

Wall Street Journal (blog)

GE Veteran Jim Fowler Named CIO at Nationwide
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Mr. Fowler was also a proponent of cloud computing at GE, as well as of using data analytics to predict the performance of industrial machines. Mr. Fowler joins Nationwide as insurance companies work to move from legacy technology to digital and mobile ...

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17 Applications of Intranets in business—and how they save you time and money.

Wed, 27 Jun 2018 17:08:15 +0000

Yeah, so everyone tells us we need an Intranet to turn our business around. But, what even is an intranet and what can it do for a company? A lot. … Continue reading17 Applications of Intranets in business—and how they save you time and money.

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Blog Review: June 27 - SemiEngineering

Wed, 27 Jun 2018 07:10:12 GMT


Blog Review: June 27
Lam Research's Alex Yoon examines new approaches for cloud computing and mobile applications. GlobalFoundries' Yafeng Zhang looks at whether system-in-package or eNVM is better for microcontrollers and why. Applied Materials' Sundeep Bajikar ...

Industry continues pressure on DOD's JEDI cloud plan - Washington Technology (blog)

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:55:05 GMT

Washington Technology (blog)

Industry continues pressure on DOD's JEDI cloud plan
Washington Technology (blog)
The Defense Department is continuing to get pressure from industry to back away from its single-award strategy for its massive JEDI cloud computing initiative. Bloomberg is reporting that several companies such as SAP America, General Dynamics, Red Hat ...

Oil and gas meet Silicon Valley - Environmental Defense Fund (blog)

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:18:45 GMT

Environmental Defense Fund (blog)

Oil and gas meet Silicon Valley
Environmental Defense Fund (blog)
There's a digital revolution coursing through the world's oil and natural gas industry today. The same tools that have disrupted every sector from manufacturing to finance – cloud computing, predictive analytics, remote sensing and controls – are ...

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7 Real examples of Intranets – and what makes them a great tool for team collaboration

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:58:48 +0000

Create your own intranet in 5 minutes Intranets are the hubs of collaboration in large organizations. Unlike public websites, which enable the communication of an organization to customers, users and, … Continue reading7 Real examples of Intranets – and what makes them a great tool for team collaboration

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The latest about Microsoft Access Web Apps retirement. A viable replacement option. (Updated June 2018)

Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:57:11 +0000

Update June 1 – Some online sources have revealed the following schedule for MS Access Web App end of life. AWA databases will be made read only starting April 1.  … Continue readingThe latest about Microsoft Access Web Apps retirement. A viable replacement option. (Updated June 2018)

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Build, Resell, or White Label? How should ISPs enter the Cloud Market?

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:22:45 +0000

With the recent boom in technology and software surrounding offsite hosting through cloud services, businesses have been clambering to scoop up as much of the revenue pie as possible. As … Continue readingBuild, Resell, or White Label? How should ISPs enter the Cloud Market?

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I Am An ISP (Internet Service Provider). What Does The “Cloud” Have To Do With Me?

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:12:12 +0000

The “cloud” could be the answer to your problem of falling connectivity revenue. As a local Internet Service Provider, what does the cloud mean to you? Online services, “the cloud”, … Continue readingI Am An ISP (Internet Service Provider). What Does The “Cloud” Have To Do With Me?

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Monetizing ISP Email – How ISPs can transform subscriber email from a resource sap into cash cow.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 16:09:51 +0000

As an Internet Service Provider, offering subscribers free personal email has become a personal nightmare, requiring too much overhead for no return. Setting up even a simple in-house email server … Continue readingMonetizing ISP Email – How ISPs can transform subscriber email from a resource sap into cash cow.

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

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

As the Nov 30, 2014, end-of-life date draws near for Cisco’s WebEx WebOffice, scores of WebOffice users looking for an alternative have approached us. Many of these customers were on … Continue readingWebOffice Alternative – Hundreds of WebEx WebOffice users migrate to HyperOffice as End-of-life date approaches

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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 … Continue readingSo what really is HyperOffice?

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

Cloud Computing Vendors
  • 2X

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

  • Amazon Web Services
    Amazon Web Services

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

  • aplicor

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

  • Awareness Technologies
    Awareness Technologies

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

  • Bitdefender

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

  • CGS

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

  • CloudProviderUSA

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

  • DocumentLogistix

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

  • HyperOffice

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

  • Intermedia

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

  • ipConfigure

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

  • ITpreneurs

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


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

  • mailprotector

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

  • MessageSolution

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

  • Microsoft Office 365
    Microsoft Office 365

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

  • Mozy

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

  • NetLib

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

  • OC4

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

  • Reflexion

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

  • Saddle Ranch Digtal
    Saddle Ranch Digtal

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


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

  • SiteLock

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

  • Sonian

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

  • Storage Online
    Storage Online

  • ThinkGrid

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

  • Trend Micro
    Trend Micro

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

  • Viewpath

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

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