Cloud Computing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

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

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

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

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

Notable examples:  IBM Cloud, VMWare vCloud, Microsoft Azure

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cloud Awareness Course eLearning by ITpreneurs

The Cloud Awareness eLearning Course is a 4 hour interactive experience for those who require a basic understanding of cloud computing and cloud computing concepts.


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


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

Learning Objectives:

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

Course Student Material: Online, self-paced instructional material available for 90 days.

This excellent eLearning course is available from us (SCR) for $99. Please call us or email if you are interested in buying one or more licenses.

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Amazon Translate is now supported in AWS Mobile SDK for Android and iOS

Fri, 25 May 2018 20:53:45 +0000

Amazon Translate is a neural machine translation service that delivers fast, high-quality, and affordable language translation. Support for Amazon Translate API is now available in the AWS Mobile SDK for Android and iOS. 

Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports X1 Instances in AWS GovCloud (US)

Fri, 25 May 2018 20:02:13 +0000

(Updated) You can now use X1 instances to run Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. The X1 instance type offers a higher ratio of memory to vCPU than most other Amazon EC2 instance types.  

AWS CodeBuild Adds Support for Windows Builds

Fri, 25 May 2018 17:38:09 +0000

AWS CodeBuild now supports builds for the Microsoft Windows Server platform, including a prepackaged build environment for .NET Core 2.0 on Windows. Previously, CodeBuild supported .NET Core on Linux.

Microsoft Boosts GDPR Compliance, Storage Security in the Cloud

Fri, 25 May 2018 10:20:00 -0700

Microsoft announces the general availability of three compliance tools on the day GDPR goes into effect.

Human-Machine Work Teams: The Promise and Today's Reality - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Fri, 25 May 2018 16:37:00 GMT

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Human-Machine Work Teams: The Promise and Today's Reality
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Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Administrative Controls for Limiting File Movement, Clipboard, and Printing

Fri, 25 May 2018 15:59:52 +0000

Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Administrative Controls for Limiting File Movement, Clipboard, and Printing

Fri, 25 May 2018 15:41:14 +0000

GDPR Day 1: Litigating the Right to Data Privacy

Fri, 25 May 2018 07:07:00 -0700

The General Data Protection Regulation is the most contested law in the E.U.’s history, and we've only touched the surface of its influence.

What You Need to Know About Gmail’s New AI

Fri, 25 May 2018 13:49:29 +0000

Gmail's New AI In late April, Google gave its email service a significant overhaul. Besides getting a new look that includes a slightly different font style and differently shaped buttons, the interface has artificial intelligence features built into it. Available

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EU privacy law enters into force, activist takes aim

Fri, 25 May 2018 12:57:40 +0000

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – New European privacy regulations went into effect on Friday that will force companies to be more attentive to how they handle customer data. The ramifications were visible from day one, with major U.S.-media outlets including the LA

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Pipe Input Mode is now Supported in Amazon SageMaker Algorithms

Fri, 25 May 2018 12:07:15 +0000

You can now run your training jobs with the built-in Amazon SageMaker algorithms up to 35% faster with Pipe input mode. Using Pipe input mode, your training job streams data directly from Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to the algorithm container on the training instances, to provide faster start times for training jobs and better throughput. For example, benchmarks indicated start times improved by up to 10 minutes on an 78GB file, with throughput twice as fast in some benchmarks. 

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Apache Tomcat v8.5 and Apache HTTP Server v2.4

Thu, 24 May 2018 23:26:06 +0000

You can now develop your AWS Elastic Beanstalk applications using Apache Tomcat v8.5. Tomcat v8.5 adds improved performance, stability, with other notable highlights including support for HTTP/2 and using OpenSSL for TLS support with JSSE connectors.

Amazon Simple Queue Service Server-Side Encryption is Now Available in 13 Additional Regions

Thu, 24 May 2018 22:20:58 +0000

You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) server-side encryption (SSE) integrated with the AWS Key Management Service (KMS) in 13 additional regions. The addition of SSE helps you to protect sensitive data with encrypted queues.

Amazon Inspector Adds Ability to Run Security Assessments on Amazon EC2 Instances Without Adding Tags

Thu, 24 May 2018 22:19:25 +0000

With this launch, Amazon Inspector is making it easier to automatically assess your applications for vulnerabilities or deviations from best practices. Inspector has added the ability to run security assessments on your Amazon EC2 instances without having to add tags to your instances. When you create assessment targets, you can now choose an option to include all EC2 instances in your account within the AWS region.

The AWS Organizations Console is Now Available in Eight New Languages

Thu, 24 May 2018 22:17:35 +0000

Hello! Bonjour! 안녕하세요! 你好! こんにちは! Hallo! Ciao! Hola! Olá!

Today, AWS made the AWS Organizations console available in French, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. The availability of the Organizations console in nine total languages - English was previously available - supports our increasingly international customer base for organization administration.

Application Load Balancer Announces Slow Start Support for its Load Balancing Algorithm

Thu, 24 May 2018 22:14:45 +0000

Application Load Balancers now support a slow start mode that allows you to add new targets without overwhelming them with a flood of requests. With the slow start mode, targets warm up before accepting their fair share of requests based on a ramp-up period that you specify.

Slow start is very useful for applications that depend on cache and need a warm-up period before being able to respond to requests with optimal performance.

Slow start mode can be enabled by target group and can be configured for a duration of 30 seconds to 15 minutes. The load balancer linearly increases the number of requests sent to a new target in a target group up to its fair share during the slow start ramp-up window.

Slow start is available today for all existing and new Application Load Balancers in all AWS public regions. You can get started using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or AWS SDK. To learn more, see slow start mode.

IBM Leads ‘Call for Code’ to Use Cloud, AI for Natural Disaster Relief

Thu, 24 May 2018 11:46:00 -0700

Call for Code invites developers to create new applications to help communities and people better prepare for natural disasters.

AWS Storage Gateway VTL Expands Backup Application Support With NovaStor DataCenter

Thu, 24 May 2018 17:49:39 +0000

AWS Storage Gateway now supports NovaStor DataCenter versions 6 and 7 with the Tape Gateway virtual tape library (VTL). Tape Gateway helps you move your tape-based backup and archiving workflows to the AWS cloud easily, using applications such as NovaStor DataCenter. With Tape Gateway, you backup application data locally to an appliance, which then moves the data to AWS and stores it in a VTL backed by durable Amazon S3 storage. Then, you can easily archive backups to Amazon Glacier for long-term retention on durable, low-cost storage, with the ability to retrieve virtual tapes in three-to-five hours.

Free AWS Online Training Resources for IT Pros - Business News Daily

Thu, 24 May 2018 13:50:03 GMT

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SolarWinds Updates Product Line for Hybrid Cloud Trend

Thu, 24 May 2018 05:34:00 -0700

Performance-management provider updates portfolio to make it easier for IT pros to consolidate monitoring solutions to a single and provides greater flexibility to scale up and support larger data center networks as workloads get bulkier.

Silicon breakthrough could make key microwave technology much cheaper and better

Thu, 24 May 2018 12:32:22 +0000

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 – Researchers using powerful supercomputers have found a way to generate microwaves with inexpensive silicon, a breakthrough that could dramatically cut costs and improve devices such as sensors in self-driving vehicles. “Until now, this was considered

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How the OpenStack Foundation Is Evolving Beyond Its Roots

Thu, 24 May 2018 01:00:00 -0700

VIDEO: OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce and Chief Operating Officer Mark Collier discuss how the open-source organization is changing as more use cases evolve for open infrastructure technologies.

Amazon Redshift Adds New CloudWatch Metrics for Easy Visualization of Cluster Performance

Wed, 23 May 2018 23:04:29 +0000

You can now monitor the performance and health of your Amazon Redshift cluster with two new Amazon CloudWatch metrics, Query Throughput and Query Duration. These metrics monitor Redshift cluster performance and provide insights to adjust workload management settings to improve query performance. We have also improved the user interface to view the Query Performance Data on the console.

Amazon Aurora Publishes General, Slow Query and Error Logs to Amazon CloudWatch

Wed, 23 May 2018 21:57:34 +0000

You can now configure the MySQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora to publish general logs, slow query logs, and error logs to Amazon CloudWatch Logs. Previously, you could only publish audit logs.

AWS Batch is now Available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

Wed, 23 May 2018 21:38:02 +0000

Starting today, AWS Batch is available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region via AWS CLI. Console support will be available on May 30.

AWS AppSync is now in new regions and adds OIDC authorization support

Wed, 23 May 2018 20:20:52 +0000

AWS AppSync has expanded regional availability footprint now to the EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) regions.

Silicon Valley Club Names Top 10 Most Important Trends of 2018

Wed, 23 May 2018 12:55:00 -0700

Some of the trends include: "New Space Stack Will Enable Extraterrestrial Commerce"; "Voice First Will Open Up Internet to the World"; and "China Accelerates Past the U.S. in Key Technology Areas."

Polycom Launches Cloud Services for Enterprises, Service Providers

Wed, 23 May 2018 12:34:46 -0700

The move is part of a larger strategic shift for the company that includes partnering with such former competitors as Zoom, BlueJeans and GoToMeeting.

Google Adds Programmatic Budget Notification Feature to Cloud Billing

Wed, 23 May 2018 12:00:00 -0700

The new feature allows cloud app administrators to inform business line managers when costs for a particular project or account reach pre-determined thresholds.

PostgreSQL 10 now Supported in Amazon RDS for AWS GovCloud (US)

Wed, 23 May 2018 17:32:34 +0000

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports PostgreSQL major version 10 in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. PostgreSQL 10 includes various new features including native table partitioning, support for improved parallelism in query execution, ICU collation support, column group statistics, enhanced postgres_fdw extension, and many more. Additionally, this release includes an upgraded version of the PLV8 extension and will have huge pages enabled by default.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 Delivers Long-Term Support

Wed, 23 May 2018 10:26:00 -0700

VIDEO: Mark McLoughlin, senior director of engineering for OpenStack at Red Hat, discusses what's new in OpenStack and what's coming next.

The Cloud-First Approach & Your Business - (blog)

Wed, 23 May 2018 17:02:29 GMT (blog)

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Amazon ECS Service Discovery Supports Bridge and Host Container Networking Modes

Wed, 23 May 2018 03:50:53 +0000

You can now use Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) service discovery to discover and connect Amazon ECS tasks that use the bridge and host networking modes. This makes it easy to start using ECS service discovery for containerized applications running on Amazon ECS.

Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports X1 and X1e Instance Types in AWS GovCloud (US)

Wed, 23 May 2018 00:14:41 +0000

The X1e instance type offers the highest ratio of memory to vCPU among Amazon EC2 instance types. You can now use X1e and X1 instances to run Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports New X1 and X1e Instance Types

Wed, 23 May 2018 00:14:10 +0000

(Updated) The X1 and X1e instance types provide a high ratio of memory to vCPU, with X1e providing the highest ratio among Amazon EC2 instance types. You can now use both to run Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle.

Amazon Macie Adds New Dashboard Making It Easier to Identify Publicly Accessible Amazon Simple Storage Service Objects

Tue, 22 May 2018 23:11:16 +0000

Amazon Macie now offers a new dashboard making it easier for you to identify Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) buckets accessible to the Internet as well as Amazon S3 objects with overly permissive access permissions. 

Five New Amazon Connect Integrations from eGain, Teleopti, WEBTEXT, HERE Technologies, ServiceNow

Tue, 22 May 2018 22:48:00 +0000

The AWS Quick Start team, solutions architects, and Contact Center partner segment team, in collaboration with AWS partners, are pleased to announce five new Amazon Connect integrations that offer contact center solutions: 

Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment is now available

Tue, 22 May 2018 21:31:34 +0000

The Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment is now available, offering an environment for customers to easily test beta, release candidate, and early production versions of PostgreSQL database engine software with the convenience and flexibility of Amazon RDS.

AWS CloudFormation now Supports AWS Budgets as a Resource for CloudFormation Templates, Stacks, and StackSets

Tue, 22 May 2018 20:34:19 +0000

You can now use AWS Budgets as a resource in your AWS CloudFormation templates, stacks, and StackSets.

OpenStack Boosts Container Security With Kata Containers 1.0

Tue, 22 May 2018 12:41:00 -0700

The 1.0 milestone of Kata containers helps enterprises and cloud service providers protect and isolate cloud workloads all the way down to the bare metal hardware.

How International NGO Uses Cloud Tools to Advocate for the Poor

Tue, 22 May 2018 09:25:00 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: Oxfam is an international confederation of 20 organizations working together with partners in more than 90 countries. It's now using new-gen tools such as Workplace for Facebook, Okta for security and Aware by Wiretap for governance and compliance ahead of GDPR.

Cloud 2020: Canonical’s Six Trends Shaping the Future of Cloud

Tue, 22 May 2018 05:00:00 -0700

How will we look back upon our current IT decade? From here, it sure looks like 2010 to 2020 is all about the cloud. The internet of things is starting to take root, but its time has yet to come.

Confluent, Google Team Up to Provide Streaming Data Platform

Tue, 22 May 2018 02:33:00 -0700

By using a fully-managed streaming data service on GCP, users can offload the operating burden of Apache Kafka and stream data at scale in real time to Google Cloud’s big data services.

Informatica Planning Fall Release of iPaaS for Microsoft Azure

Tue, 22 May 2018 01:58:00 -0700

In addition, Informatica will soon be launching a new intelligent cloud service, Data Accelerator for Azure, which will enable enterprises to move legacy data warehouse workloads to the cloud—something which has been problematic, to say the least, in the past.

Alexa now lets you schedule 1:1 meetings and move meetings in your calendar

Tue, 22 May 2018 05:45:42 +0000

Alexa for Business introduces Alexa Smart Scheduling Assistant, which lets Alexa manage your users’ calendars. Users can now schedule 1:1 meetings and move meetings in their calendar using their voice. The Alexa Smart Scheduling Assistant automatically looks for free time on meeting attendees' calendars, which saves your users the time and effort of doing this manually. Your users can also move their meetings using Alexa so they can quickly update their calendar without having to break from the task they were doing.

OpenStack Moves Beyond the Cloud to Open Infrastructure

Mon, 21 May 2018 12:59:00 -0700

At the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, the open-source effort outlines its transition to help enable open infrastructure. Launches Seminal Enterprise App Using Microsoft Graph

Mon, 21 May 2018 12:52:00 -0700’s flagship solution is one of the first enterprise applications to use the Microsoft Graph to identify topics from Office 365 apps, thereby creating natural workflows that increase productivity.

The Morning Download: Microsoft Azure Cloud Wins Intelligence ... - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Mon, 21 May 2018 12:45:34 GMT

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The Morning Download: Microsoft Azure Cloud Wins Intelligence ...
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Good morning, CIOs. Microsoft Corp. will provide cloud services for the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, the Washington Post reports. Executives say the deal ...

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VMware Integrated OpenStack 5 Aims to Accelerate Carrier Clouds

Mon, 21 May 2018 05:00:00 -0700

A new release of VMware's OpenStack cloud distribution includes a carrier-focused edition that aims to help 5G edge computing deployments.

Google Announces General Availability of Kubernetes Engine 1.10

Mon, 21 May 2018 04:45:00 -0700

The soon to be released features of Google’s Kubernetes Engine 1.10 will broaden enterprise appeal of container management platform, the company says.

From out of the fog in the Preakness, we saw another side to Justify - Lexington Herald Leader (blog)

Sun, 20 May 2018 00:49:54 GMT

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IBM Hustling to Get Istio Service Mesh Into Cloud Developers' Hands

Fri, 18 May 2018 10:50:00 -0700

Istio 1.0 is just a couple months from release, and when that happens, IBM will make it available for its Cloud Container Service.

Intel Makes a Move into Vision Intelligence IoT Business

Fri, 18 May 2018 04:19:00 -0700

Intel this week introduced what it calls the OpenVINO (Open Visual Inference & Neural Network Optimization) toolkit. This toolset is designed to fast-track development of high-performance computer vision and deep learning inference applications at the edge.

Akamai Connector Integrates with Salesforce Commerce Cloud

Thu, 17 May 2018 12:34:12 -0700

Salesforce Commerce Cloud users now can deploy the new tool to access Akamai's Web Performance Solutions platform.

Why stopping DOD's single-award JEDI cloud strategy will be so hard - Washington Technology (blog)

Thu, 17 May 2018 17:28:06 GMT

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Why stopping DOD's single-award JEDI cloud strategy will be so hard
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The Defense Department has a long history of using single-award IDIQ contracts. That is why stopping its single-award strategy for the JEDI cloud contract might ...

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Why Enterprises Waste Billions of Dollars on Data Preparation

Thu, 17 May 2018 01:42:00 -0700

Storing clean data is a critical ingredient for businesses to do accurate analyses, yet many enterprises are still relying on manual and inefficient processes to clean and prepare it.

AT&T, AWS Launch Self-Connected Easy Button for Routine Tasks

Wed, 16 May 2018 11:59:00 -0700

IoT news: AT&T launches the LTE-M Button powered by Amazon Web Services, which offers customers one-click service that is expected to save time and money for scores of users.

Google Starts Beta Tests of High-Memory Cloud VMs for Demanding Apps

Wed, 16 May 2018 03:00:00 -0700

Google’s new n1-ultramem family designed for data analytics, enterprise resource planning, genomics research and other high-performance apps, company says.

ServiceNow: Product Overview and Insight

Tue, 15 May 2018 06:55:00 -0700

ServiceNow, which appears to be pivoting to simply Now, provides cloud-based solutions that define, structure, manage and automate assets and services for enterprise operations.

Cloudian Unveils Object Storage Test Drive on Google Cloud Platform

Tue, 15 May 2018 01:02:00 -0700

Free service enables customers to test and/or accelerate Cloudian HyperStore object storage validation in the cloud.

Arista Introduces New Switches to Support Campus Networks Initiative

Mon, 14 May 2018 12:00:00 -0700

Arista is bringing new switches and a cloud approach to campus networks in a move that will broaden its reach beyond the data center and increase its competition with Cisco.

Walmart Buys Flipkart for $16B to Boost E-Commerce Presence in India

Mon, 14 May 2018 10:40:00 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Walmart outbids Amazon to acquire India's Flipkart for $16 billion, and Senate Democrats introduce a resolution to reverse the FCC's neutrality vote.

5 Technology Trends In Gaming Industry In 2018 - Gamasutra (blog)

Mon, 14 May 2018 14:44:00 GMT

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Who hasn't heard about clouds yet? The cloud computing is everywhere. So why not develop your games in the cloud? The impressive storage space options and safety features may move all mobile game developers to the clouds quite soon. The cloud ...

Google Says Its Cloud Services Fully Comply With EU GDPR Rules

Mon, 14 May 2018 04:45:00 -0700

Google says enterprises can confidently use its Cloud Platform services when the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect May 25.

RSA Innovation Sandbox Opens a Portal into Cybersecurity's Future

Mon, 14 May 2018 01:56:00 -0700

Big ID won the 2018 Sandbox competition, which provides a barometer for trendy security approaches. Attendees watched 10 entrepreneurs pitching their wares on a 3-minute clock before a large audience and panel of tough judges.

Did DOD keep its JEDI report promise? -- Washington Technology - Washington Technology (blog)

Mon, 07 May 2018 19:56:31 GMT

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The Defense Department was to submit required reports to Congress on May 7 to explain its JEDI strategy.

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

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:35:55 GMT

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Microsoft Earnings: Server Sales Growth Muted - Barron's

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:07:27 GMT


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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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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 … Continue readingService Provider Leverage in Emerging Collaboration Markets

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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 … Continue readingFinding the best metaphor for social business software

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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 … Continue readingYour “What intranet software…” questions answered

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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 … Continue readingYour “What online document sharing software….” questions answered

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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 … Continue readingYour “What online project management software…” questions answered

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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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