Cloud Computing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

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

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

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

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

Notable examples:  IBM Cloud, VMWare vCloud, Microsoft Azure

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cloud Awareness Course eLearning by ITpreneurs

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Description:

The Cloud Awareness course provides a 4 hour, interactive, online learning experience. This self-paced elearning course is ideal for those who require a basic understanding of the virtualization and cloud computing concepts in a time-efficient manner. The course has been designed for learners who need this basic awareness as a general interest — as part of a larger program initiative — as opposed to the full certification Virtualization and Cloud Essentials courses.

Audience:

The Cloud Awareness course will be of interest to:
• IT and business executives who want to receive an overview of the concepts and the significance of virtualization and cloud computing.
• IT and business staff who need a brief overview and awareness of the virtualization and cloud computing concepts.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
• Understand the common terms and definitions of virtualization and cloud computing and be able to give examples.
• Understand the technical capabilities and business benefits of virtualization and cloud computing and how to measure these benefits.
• Describe the landscape of different types of virtualization and understand the different types of clouds.
• Illustrate how key application features can be delivered on virtual infrastructures.
• Explain typical steps that lead to the successful adoption of virtualization technologies.
• Understand the similarities and differences between cloud computing and outsourcing.

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Investors cheer as IBM slows its five-year-long revenue decline - SiliconANGLE News (blog)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:30:03 GMT


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Investors cheer as IBM slows its five-year-long revenue decline
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Equally important was that sales in the “strategic imperatives” that have been the focus in recent years of Chief Executive Ginni Rometty — cloud computing, analytics, mobile and security — grew 10 percent and now comprise 45 percent of the company's ...

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Amazon Redshift announces Dense Compute (DC2) nodes with twice the performance as DC1 at the same price

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:20:21 +0000

You can now launch Amazon Redshift clusters on our second-generation Dense Compute (DC2) nodes. DC2 is designed for demanding data warehousing workloads that require low latency and high throughput. They feature powerful Intel E5-2686 v4 (Broadwell) CPUs, fast DDR4 memory, and NVMe-based solid state disks (SSDs). We’ve tuned Amazon Redshift to leverage the better CPU, network, and disk on DC2 nodes, providing up to twice the performance of DC1 at the same price. Our DC2.8xlarge instances now provide twice the memory per slice of data and an optimized storage layout with 30% better storage utilization. 

AWS CloudHSM is now available in the US West (N. California), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions.

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:56:25 +0000

CloudHSM is a cloud-based hardware security module (HSM) that enables you to easily generate and use your own encryption keys on the AWS Cloud. With CloudHSM, you can manage your own encryption keys using FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated HSMs. CloudHSM offers you the flexibility to integrate with your applications using industry-standard APIs, such as PKCS#11 and Java Cryptography Extensions (JCE). CloudHSM is also standards-compliant and enables you to export all of your keys to most other commercially-available HSMs. It is a fully-managed service that automates time-consuming administrative tasks for you, such as hardware provisioning, software patching, high-availability, and backups. CloudHSM also enables you to scale quickly by adding and removing HSM capacity on-demand, with no up-front costs. 

NetApp makes push to address hybrid cloud use cases - SiliconANGLE News (blog)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:13:44 GMT


SiliconANGLE News (blog)

NetApp makes push to address hybrid cloud use cases
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As NetApp expands its services, it is shifting the way it markets its products and services toward business outcomes. The messaging centers around specific use cases and NetApp's capabilities to solve specific business scenarios around cloud computing.

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Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces support for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:04:29 +0000

You can now easily set up access to Amazon Elasticsearch Service from your VPC without having to configure and maintain firewall rules and IP-based access policies for each domain. This new feature lets you keep all traffic between your Amazon VPC and Amazon Elasticsearch Service within the AWS network instead of traversing the public Internet. VPC support for Amazon Elasticsearch Service enhances security, simplifies network administration and is available today at no additional cost.

From bots and AI to counterfeit reality and fake news, Gartner's top predictions for 2018 - IT World Canada (blog)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:07:08 GMT


From bots and AI to counterfeit reality and fake news, Gartner's top predictions for 2018
IT World Canada (blog)
... that cannot be patched. Daryl Plummer is a vice president and Gartner Fellow, Distinguished. He is chief of research for cloud computing and a primary analyst covering multiple cloud topics, business process management, SOA and Web technologies.

Microsoft to expand Azure Government Secret cloud option for handling classified data - ZDNet

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:45:33 GMT


ZDNet

Microsoft to expand Azure Government Secret cloud option for handling classified data
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Video: Microsoft's Azure boosts security with "confidential computing" service. Microsoft ... Microsoft announced plans to expand its Azure Government Secret service for handling classified data during its Government Cloud Forum in Washington, D.C. on ...
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CIOs Cutting Through the Hype and Delivering Real Value from Machine Learning, Survey Shows 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:59:27 +0000

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New survey reveals progressive CIOs tap machine learning to solve everyday work problems SANTA CLARA, Calif. – October 17, 2017– A survey of 500 Chief Information Officers (CIOs) from around the world by ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW) finds that machine learning has arrived in the enterprise…

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Greenpeace faults many tech giants for environment impact - WRAL Tech Wire

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:57:00 GMT


WRAL Tech Wire

Greenpeace faults many tech giants for environment impact
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While the energy consumption in the tech industry rose rapidly to fuel the supply chains and the manufacturing of these products as well as the data centers where social media, cloud computing and other applications run, so have the greenhouse gas ...

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Cisco Unveils Industry’s First Predictive Services Powered by AI

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:04:12 +0000

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New offerings designed to manage growing technical skills gap through unique expertise, intelligence and automation SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired – Oct 17, 2017) – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced a new portfolio of services designed to put IT departments back in the…

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Cloud Computing, AI and The Future of Language Translation

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:34:29 +0000

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The Tower of Babel Is Over Imagine: you are in a conference room with colleagues from China, Japan, Germany and Egypt. You each speak in your native tongue and the other participants hear it in their native tongue. Humans have…

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Radware Receives 2017 Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award - GuruFocus.com (blog)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:04:15 GMT


Radware Receives 2017 Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award
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The Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award, presented by Cloud Computing magazine, recognizes companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market. ... Radware encourages ...

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Docker Opens Up to Support Kubernetes Container Orchestration

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:17:00 -0700

At the DockerCon EU conference, the container vendor announces that it is embracing the one-time rival Kubernetes container orchestrator.

Amazon Device Farm Launches Direct Device Access for Private Devices

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:52:25 +0000

Delivering high-quality applications is a critical priority for mobile application developers. As part of their development and quality assurance process, developers can work with emulators that come with their IDE and/or connect to a real device to their machines. However, it is impractical for developers to maintain a large set of local devices. Amazon Device Farm allows developers to test and debug their applications against a large set of real devices in the cloud.

Introducing Windows Server for Amazon Lightsail

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:20:25 +0000

Starting today, Amazon Lightsail customers can launch Windows virtual servers easily and for a low, predictable price. Lightsail makes starting with Windows on AWS simple by allowing customers to launch pre-configured Windows instances with a few clicks and directly connect to them via RDP through the intuitive Lightsail web console. Customers can also track metrics, create snapshots, and manage DNS records and static IPs associated with their Windows instances. 

Switch the tenancy of your VPC from Dedicated to Default instantly

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:34:11 +0000

Amazon EC2 now allows customers to switch the tenancy of existing VPCs from dedicated to default instantly, by using the AWS CLI/SDK. Dedicated tenancy ensures all EC2 instances that are launched in a VPC run on hardware that's dedicated to a single customer. 

Court agrees to take on US-Microsoft dispute over emails - New Orleans CityBusiness (blog)

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:19:34 GMT


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AWS WAF Now Supports Geographic Match

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:28:24 +0000

Today, we are excited to announced new Geographic (Geo) Match Conditions in AWS WAF. This new condition type allows you to use AWS WAF to restrict application access based on the geographic location of your viewers. With geo match conditions you can choose the countries from which AWS WAF should allow access. 

AWS WAF Now Supports Regular Expressions (Regex)

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:28:20 +0000

Today, we are excited to announce Regular Expression (regex) support in AWS WAF. Regex complements the string match conditions previously available in AWS WAF, allowing you to match more sophisticated request patterns when inspecting and filtering web requests. 

U.S. Supreme Court Keeps Microsoft Ireland Email Case Alive

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:56:00 -0700

The Supreme Court will hear the U.S. Department of Justice's petition on the Microsoft Ireland email privacy case.

Persistent Memory a Key Topic at Storage Visions Conference

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:30:00 -0700

When experts get together to talk storage, the convergence of storage media and memory inside new-generation data centers and network fabrics is top of mind.

Optimize your Amazon Elasticsearch Service domains using slow logs

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:09:42 +0000

Amazon Elasticsearch Service now lets you enable slow logs, which provide valuable information for optimizing and troubleshooting your search and indexing operations. The slow logs are published to the Amazon CloudWatch Logs service and can be turned on or off at will. You only need to pay for the CloudWatch charges that you incur based on your usage. No additional Amazon Elasticsearch Service fees apply. 

How Google Home Mini, Home Max Aim to Counter Amazon Echo Popularity

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:05:16 -0700

Both Google Home models run Google Assistant and come with support for a variety of apps and smart home services, allowing users to turn on lights or music with voice commands.

Chrome Cleanup Tool Enhancements Protect Users From Unwanted Software

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:30:59 -0700

New features have been added that gives Chrome for Windows users better protection against unwanted and unsafe software.

New Cloud Services Map Makes Microsoft AWS-Azure Comparisons Easier

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 02:42:17 -0700

Microsoft makes it easier for enterprises to compare AWS and Azure for their multi-cloud deployment and migration projects.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Ability to Update Tags

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:21:06 +0000

Elastic Beanstalk allows you to add, delete, or update user defined tags leveraging API, SDK, Management console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or Elastic Beanstalk Command Line Interface (CLI).

Google Adds Target in Retail Alliance Working to Counter Amazon

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:48:08 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: In a move aimed at countering Amazon’s continued growth in online retailing, Google has now added Target to its growing list of stores to its voice-ordering and free delivery network.

Now You Can Order Food from Your Facebook Page

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 03:28:00 -0700

The social network is partnering with existing services GrubHub, Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow, Zuppler, EatStreet, Slice and Olo to connect for access to restaurants that support them.

Amazon EMR now supports I3 instances

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:20:20 +0000

You can now create Amazon EMR clusters with I3 instances, the next generation of Amazon EC2 Storage Optimized instances. This is available for Amazon EMR clusters with release 5.9.0 and later. For pricing information, please visit: https://aws.amazon.com/emr/pricing/

Amazon Polly Releases Two New Voices and is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:05:21 +0000

Introducing Matthew and Takumi – the latest additions to the Amazon Polly text-to-speech portfolio.

Deploy a Sophos Outbound Web Proxy on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:13:37 +0000

This new Quick Start automatically deploys an outbound web filtering proxy on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, using the Sophos Unified Threat Management (UTM) virtual appliance. In addition, it uses Sophos Outbound Gateway to extend security to multiple virtual private clouds (VPCs). 

AWS and Microsoft Announce Gluon to Simplify Deep Learning for Developers

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:47:57 +0000

Today Amazon Web Services and Microsoft announced a new deep learning library, called Gluon, which allows developers of all skill levels to prototype, build, train and deploy sophisticated machine learning models for the cloud, devices at the edge and mobile apps.

Russians Reportedly Also Abused YouTube, Pokémon Go in 2016 Election

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 03:48:00 -0700

Meanwhile, Facebook has begun overhauling how it handles political ads on its platform and plans changes before the U.S. midterm elections next year.

Amazon RDS Reserved Instances Offer Instance Size Flexibility

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:55:31 +0000

Today we’re announcing enhancements to Amazon RDS Reserved Instances (RIs) that make them more flexible and easier to use, helping you get the most out of your RI discount. RIs give you the option to reserve a database instance for a one or three year term, and in turn receive a significant discount compared to on-demand instance pricing.

Introducing Lifecycle Policies for Amazon EC2 Container Registry

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:33:13 +0000

Amazon EC2 Container Registry (Amazon ECR) now allows you to create rules to automate image cleanup across your Amazon ECR repositories.

Amazon Redshift announces support for uppercase column names

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 22:20:41 +0000

You can now specify whether column names returned by SELECT statements are uppercase or lowercase. With this feature, you can now set a session-based parameter to enable your case-sensitive applications to easily query Amazon Redshift. For more information, see describe_field_name_in_uppercase in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide. 

Amazon Redshift announces support for LISTAGG DISTINCT

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 22:20:36 +0000

The LISTAGG aggregate function orders the rows for each group in a query according to the ORDER BY expression, then concatenates the values into a single string. With the new DISTINCT argument, you can now eliminate duplicate values from the specified expression before concatenating the values into a single string. For more information, see LISTAGG Function in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide.

YouTube Channel Shut Down Over Russian-Sponsored Election Propaganda

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:54:15 -0700

The move appears to be a result of an ongoing investigation into the use of Google platforms for spreading disinformation.

Amazon SES Introduces Email Templates for Sending Personalized Email

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:29:35 +0000

Email is one of the most effective channels for customer engagement, but generic, one-size-fits-all emails typically have lower engagement rates. Amazon SES now includes the ability to create email templates, which you can use to send personalized emails to your customers. 

Announcing AWS CodeStar Integration With GitHub

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:37:47 +0000

AWS CodeStar, which enables you to quickly develop, build, and deploy applications on AWS, now integrates with GitHub. Starting now, each AWS CodeStar project template will provide you an option to use GitHub as your version control system for the software projects you build with AWS.

AWS CodePipeline Executions Support Push Events from AWS CodeCommit

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:52:18 +0000

AWS CodePipeline can now execute pipelines in response to push-based triggers from AWS CodeCommit. Previously, CodePipeline checked CodeCommit periodically to see if there was a change. Now, CodeCommit will send an Amazon CloudWatch Event when a change is committed to trigger a pipeline execution in CodePipeline.  

Google Finds Russia-Backed Entities Placed Ads on YouTube, Gmail

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:47:36 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Google identifies Russia-backed ads on YouTube, Gmail; FCC approves Google Project Loon for hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico; Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile OS is on life support; and there's more.

Amazon CloudFront continues to add capacity to the Nordics, Western Europe, and Western United States with new locations in Stockholm, London, and Dallas!

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:05:24 +0000

The Amazon CloudFront team is excited to announce three additional Points of Presence located in Stockholm, London, and Dallas. Stockholm now has three Points of Presence, London now has five, and Dallas has four! These three network additions continue to expand Amazon CloudFront’s capacity in each region, ensuring that each end user’s experience is reliable, secure, and fast.

Workday Announces Self-Service Analytics and Data as a Service

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:04:00 -0700

Workday Prism Analytics and Benchmarking will help enable better insights from human capital and finance data, the company says at a customer event.

Amazon Inspector agents can now be installed via Run Command, and Amazon Inspector now supports Amazon Linux 2017.09

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:48:02 +0000

We are thrilled to announce another way for customers to install the Amazon Inspector agent on their EC2 instances. Customers can now use Amazon EC2 Systems Manager (SSM) Run Command to install the Inspector agent on a single instance or groups of instances. Previously, customers who wanted to install the Amazon Inspector agent on a fleet had to either manually install, or build their own installation script. With this launch, customers can use the AmazonInspector-ManageAWSAgent Systems Manager Document in Run Command. You can target instances you wish to install it on either by using tags or by providing instance ids. As an example, if you wanted to install the agent on all instances in an Inspector assessment target, you can specify the same tags used for creating that assessment target.  

How to Overcome Limitations of Conventional Discovery in the Cloud

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:14:27 -0700

Organizations are facing large obstacles as they migrate production workloads to the cloud, including a lack of comprehensive data visibility. These best practices for cloud asset management can help.

Lambda@Edge Now Provides Access to Query String Parameters, Country and Device Type Headers

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:33:41 +0000

Lambda@Edge enables you to personalize content with low latency, without having to manage origin servers. Starting today, Lambda@Edge makes it even easier to further personalize your content by giving you access to additional attributes of the request. You can now access query string parameters, country and device type headers in your AWS Lambda functions. With this capability, for instance, you can redirect your end users to country or language specific versions of your website based on your end user’s location from where the request was made.  

Amazon ECR Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:28:12 +0000

Amazon EC2 Container Registry (Amazon ECR) is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region. 

Don't fear cloud computing. You already use it - Daily Nation (blog)

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:39:01 GMT


Don't fear cloud computing. You already use it
Daily Nation (blog)
Your web-based email, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Uber, and other online media content sit on the cloud. Moving the results from 'ground servers' to the 'cloud' servers enables KNEC to elastically scale up computing capacity to ...

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Chef Habitat Builder Debuts for Container Cloud-Native App Deployments

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:33:00 -0700

The new SaaS offering aims to make it easier for developers to build, package and deploy container applications to any cloud-native application architecture.

Oracle's AWS Obsession Shows in Promised Cloud, Database, AI Offerings

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 03:57:00 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: Oracle's obsession with catching up to Amazon Web Services was apparent in its promises of new Cloud, database and artificial intelligence application offerings at its OpenWorld show.

Google Identifies Russia-backed Ads on YouTube, Gmail

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 03:30:00 -0700

The ads were published in Google's YouTube, Gmail and Google Search services in an effort to influence potential voters in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Microsoft Call on Researchers to Use AI to Save Earth's Oceans

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 02:19:24 -0700

The company is awarding cloud computing and artificial intelligence resources to environmental researchers confronting the challenges faced by the world's oceans.

Google Debuts New Cloud System Options for High-Performance Workloads

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:32:07 -0700

Cloud machine types based on Intel's Skylake processors will offer up to 96 vCPUs and 624GB of memory.

Datameer Shows New Visualizer for Interactive Exploration of Big Data

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 05:58:00 -0700

Company extends big data platform to add interactive functionality that enables self-service exploration of entire big data sets in real time.

Microsoft TechSpark Tackles Skills Gap, Digital Divide in Rural Areas

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 03:24:54 -0700

Microsoft TechSpark is working to bridge the digital divide and narrow the technology skills gap in rural areas beginning with Fargo, North Dakota.

Microsoft Adds Java Support to Azure Functions Serverless Platform

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:55:56 -0700

Azure Functions, Microsoft's serverless computing platform, now supports the popular Java programming language.

YouTube Criticized for Promoting Las Vegas Massacre Conspiracy Videos

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 04:29:00 -0700

Videos from questionable sources are getting high play on the video-sharing site says The Guardian and the Wall Street Journal.

Facebook's New Context Tool to Help Spot Fake News

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 03:40:00 -0700

Facebook users will soon see a new button on articles that they can click to learn context about the story's publisher. The social network believes these pop-up windows will help readers determine whether or not the news is from a credible outlet.

Snow Cloud Discovery Gives Visibility into SaaS, IaaS Usage

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 02:16:00 -0700

New advanced analytics package gives integrated view of cloud, on premise and mobile usage to more effectively control SaaS usage and spending.

Floqast Uses Robotics to Connect Accounting Systems to Cloud

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 01:09:00 -0700

These connectors provide an automated way to make trial balances available in the cloud—and thus available for accountants wherever they may be.

Google Adds Custom Role Feature to Cloud IAM Data Access Controls

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 06:02:58 -0700

Google's Cloud Identity and Access Management system lets security administrators enforce highly granular permissions to enterprise data and resources in the cloud.

Oracle Launches Enterprise-Grade Blockchain Cloud Service

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 04:50:00 -0700

Oracle is the latest major IT provider to offer a blockchain cloud service; IBM and Microsoft have both been offering their own version of this for a while.

Oracle Cloud Security Suites Automatically Detect, Foil Cyber-Threats

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:17:33 -0700

Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison’s says companies are losing the cyber-war, but claims his company has the answer with its new Security Cloud services driven by artificial intelligence.

Google Beta Tests New NoSQL Document Database For App Developers

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 04:32:01 -0700

Cloud Firestore, like the existing Realtime Database, is targeted at users of Google's Firebase app development platform.

NetApp, Microsoft Expand Partnership for Azure Hybrid Clouds

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 03:50:49 -0700

NetApp's hybrid cloud news came at the company's Insights show where CEO George Kurian said carrying on with the conference may help the healing process after the deadly shooting in Las Vegas.

Cloud Computing: Will the Cloud Suffocate Open Source? - Formtek Blog (blog)

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:00:12 GMT


Cloud Computing: Will the Cloud Suffocate Open Source?
Formtek Blog (blog)
The cloud is making proprietary software cool again, or at least it is making open source code less relevant for enterprise IT. Open Source rose to popularity because of its cost savings. Other characteristics like code quality and availability were ...

Blogging idol – glancing back after a decade - IT World Canada (blog)

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:44:53 GMT


IT World Canada (blog)

Blogging idol – glancing back after a decade
IT World Canada (blog)
There are, of course, many other possibilities for such a list, and I have no doubt that cloud computing (and other recent technologies) will eventually be viewed as a milestone in the history of ICT. There's been lots of progress in a single decade ...

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
    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
    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
    Bitdefender

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

  • CGS
    CGS

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

  • CloudProviderUSA
    CloudProviderUSA

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

  • DocumentLogistix
    DocumentLogistix

    [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
    HyperOffice

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

  • Intermedia
    Intermedia

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

  • ipConfigure
    ipConfigure

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

  • ITpreneurs
    ITpreneurs

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

  • LEADMASTER
    LEADMASTER

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

  • mailprotector
    mailprotector

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

  • MessageSolution
    MessageSolution

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

  • Microsoft Office 365
    Microsoft Office 365

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

  • Mozy
    Mozy

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

  • NetLib
    NetLib

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

  • OC4
    OC4

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

  • Reflexion
    Reflexion

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

  • Saddle Ranch Digtal
    Saddle Ranch Digtal

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

  • SEEBURGER
    SEEBURGER

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

  • SiteLock
    SiteLock

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

  • Sonian
    Sonian

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

  • Storage Online
    Storage Online


  • ThinkGrid
    ThinkGrid

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

  • Trend Micro
    Trend Micro

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

  • Viewpath
    Viewpath

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

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