Cloud Computing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

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

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

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

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

Notable examples:  IBM Cloud, VMWare vCloud, Microsoft Azure

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RedLock debuts cloud security report to focus on shared responsibilities, finds cloud-related exposures at Tesla - CTR

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:53:48 GMT


RedLock debuts cloud security report to focus on shared responsibilities, finds cloud-related exposures at Tesla
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6 Top Cloud Computing Trends For 2018 - (press release) (blog)

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:24:33 GMT

6 Top Cloud Computing Trends For 2018 (press release) (blog)
“The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do.” – Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Oracle. We still save data to the cloud to manage or ...

Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling Adds Support for Service-Linked Roles

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:19:46 +0000

Today, Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is introducing support for using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service-linked roles, a new type of role that allows you to easily delegate permissions to AWS services. 

Inter-Region VPC Peering is Now Available in Nine Additional AWS Regions

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:15:57 +0000

Starting today, Inter-Region Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Peering is available in AWS EU (London), EU (Ireland), EU (Paris), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central) and South America (São Paulo) Regions in addition to AWS US East (Northern Virgina), US East (Ohio), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon) Regions.

AWS Trusted Advisor's S3 Bucket Permissions Check Is Now Free

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:53:21 +0000

AWS Trusted Advisor now helps all customers better secure their data by providing the S3 Bucket Permissions check for free!

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

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:17:17 GMT

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

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Clouds can't save our oceans, we need an edge - TechTarget (blog)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:45:09 GMT

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Clouds can't save our oceans, we need an edge
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... convenience channel to communicate filtered, summary and critical data from the edge to the core for the purposes of tuning the predictive models over time, and sending new models in the reverse direction. It isn't hard to imagine other ways ...

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Artificial Intelligence Is Coming. What Should We Teach? - Education Week (blog)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:04:00 GMT

Education Week (blog)

Artificial Intelligence Is Coming. What Should We Teach?
Education Week (blog)
... Chinese game of Go). Every state of the world on a chess board can be ranked from great to terrible based on how likely you are to win from that position. So it becomes easy (relatively speaking) with enough data or games played to evaluate moves ...

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AWS OpsWorks Stacks Event Sources are now Available in Amazon CloudWatch Events

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:57:35 +0000

AWS OpsWorks Stacks event sources are now available in Amazon CloudWatch Events, which you can use to trigger events or notifications. 

Microsoft Network Performance Monitor Improves ExpressRoute Visibility

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:25:00 -0800

Microsoft's Network Performance Monitor tool can now be used to keep tabs on ExpressRoute private cloud links.

Amazon Inspector Now Supports Windows Server 2016

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:25:59 +0000

Amazon Inspector now enables you to run security assessments for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE) and Runtime Behavior Analysis against your Amazon EC2 instances running Windows Server 2016. To run security assessments, simply install the Amazon Inspector Agent on the desired EC2 instance, configure your assessment in the Inspector console, and run your assessment. 

Next-generation cloud: Is serverless the answer? - (blog)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:55:48 GMT (blog)

Next-generation cloud: Is serverless the answer? (blog)
Serverless, meanwhile, is an evolution of cloud computing and a bit of a misnomer. It does not mean “no servers”, but that developers no longer have to worry about underlying server and capacity management. Developers write application functionality ...

The Competitive Cloud Data Center

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:19:54 +0000

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The Competitive Cloud The corporate data center was long the defacto vehicle for all application deployment across an enterprise. Whether reporting to Real Estate, Finance or IT, this relationship served both data centers and their users well, as it allowed

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Tesla Cloud Account Data Breach Revealed in RedLock Security Report

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:55:00 -0800

NEWS ANALYSIS: Security researchers at RedLock find major breach at Tesla’s cloud environment that led to leak of sensitive data and theft of computer resources.

How Cloud Computing and IoT Created the Age of the Smart Factory

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:21:35 +0000

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The Smart Factory Today’s factories are undoubtedly more intelligent than they were in the not-so-distant past, and that’s due in large part to cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). Numerous specific developments were particularly instrumental in making modern

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Google Consolidates Android Pay, Wallet Under Single Brand

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:30:00 -0800

New Google Pay app for Android is part of an effort by the company to enable a consistent payment experience across its products and services.

Exposed Amazon cloud storage clients get tip-off alerts

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:23:09 +0000

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Security researchers have posted “friendly warnings” to users of Amazon's cloud data storage service whose private content has been made public, the BBC has learned. The BBC found almost 50 warnings posted to the firm's servers. Many had more than

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Updated AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Exam Now Available

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:23:56 +0000

We are excited to announce the release of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (Released February 2018) exam. This updated version of our AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Exam includes new services and architectural best practices, including the pillars of the Well-Architected Framework. The exam validates knowledge of how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies. We recommend candidates have at least one year of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable and distributed systems on AWS.  

Amazon CloudFront Launches Fourth Edge Location in Seoul, South Korea

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:08:41 +0000

Amazon CloudFront announces the addition of a new Edge Location in Seoul, South Korea bringing the total number of Edge Locations in Seoul to four. The addition of this newest Edge Location continues to expand CloudFront's capacity within the region allowing us to serve greater volumes of web traffic.

Register for the new AWS Certified Developer – Associate Beta Exam

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:39:17 +0000

We are hosting a beta for an updated version of our AWS Certified Developer – Associate exam. This beta exam is intended for individuals who have the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively develop and maintain applications on AWS. This new exam contains questions reflecting current AWS features, services, and best practices. Registration opens today and the beta exam is priced at 75 USD, which is 50% off the cost of the standard Developer Associate exam. You may take the beta exam from February 19 through March 16. Beta exam space is limited and registration will close when capacity is reached. Beta exam results are typically available 90 days (13 weeks) or less from the close of the beta exam. Individuals who pass the beta exam are eligible to receive a voucher to take the AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional exam at 50% off (valid for 12 months). 

Former CIO helps IT leaders navigate AWS cloud journeys - CIO

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:02:24 GMT

Former CIO helps IT leaders navigate AWS cloud journeys
... the cloud. "I found that AWS was the biggest enabler in our ability to make that transformation that I had seen in my entire career," Orban tells You could say the rest is history for Orban, but the reality is he is relishing a Groundhog ...

FedEx Customer Data Left Publicly Exposed on Cloud Storage Server

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:01:00 -0800

Yet another cloud data leak is discovered, this time it's 119,000 documents with personally identifiable information from the FedEx-owned company Bongo International.

Introducing the Real-Time Insights on AWS Account Activity

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:41:53 +0000

Real-Time Insights on AWS Account Activity is a solution that can help you more easily monitor your AWS account activity in real-time. This solution automatically provisions the services necessary to record and visualize resource access and usage metrics for your AWS account(s). Real-Time Insights on AWS Account Activity is designed to provide a framework for visualizing metrics in real-time, allowing you to focus on adding new metrics rather than underlying infrastructure operations.  

Amazon Elasticsearch Service Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:41:52 +0000

AWS GovCloud (US) joins 16 other regions where you can use Amazon Elasticsearch Service. With the addition of this region, Amazon Elasticsearch Service is now available in the following 17 regions globally: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), AWS GovCloud (US), Canada (Central), South America (Sao Paulo), EU (Ireland), EU (London), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Paris), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and China (Ningxia), operated by NWCD.

The Morning Download: CIOs, Embracing Cloud, Shift Away from After-Market Software Customization - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:37:20 GMT

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The Morning Download: CIOs, Embracing Cloud, Shift Away from After-Market Software Customization
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Food stamps. “It's delivering groceries to food-stamp recipients in a trial run by the Agriculture Department. It handles hundreds of billions of dollars in transactions and lends money to small businesses selling goods on its site, requiring the ...

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Google to Acquire LogMeIn's Xively IoT Management Platform

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:45:00 -0800

The Xively acquisition will give Google access to deep internet of things engineering expertise and technology, company says.

Five Security Truisms That Have Stood the Test of Time

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:06:00 -0800

Despite all of the iterations in software and hardware during the last couple of decades, there remains some fundamental security advice that has stood the test of time and is just as relevant today as it was in the 1980s.

Amazon GameLift FleetIQ and Spot Instances Reduce Costs by up to 90%

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:17:18 +0000

Today, Amazon GameLift introduces FleetIQ and Spot instances. Spot instances offer customers access to spare AWS computing capacity at savings of up to 90% compared to On-Demand prices. You can achieve these savings while maintaining high game server availability with the use of FleetIQ, a new feature of Amazon GameLift Queues that places new sessions on game servers based on player latencies, instance prices, and Spot interruption rates. 

Amazon Polly New Phonation Tag Enables You to Create Softer Speech

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:56:09 +0000

Today, we are excited to announce a new phonation tag that you can use with Amazon Polly, an API-based Text-to-Speech (TTS) service. With the new phonation Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) tag, you can produce softer speech with any of the Amazon Polly voices. 

AWS Config Adds Support for AWS WAF RuleGroups

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:52:02 +0000

You can now record configuration changes to AWS WAF RuleGroups with AWS Config. AWS WAF is a web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits, and a RuleGroup is a collection of predefined rules that you can add to a web ACL. Using Config, you can track historical changes to the rules and metrics associated with your WAF RuleGroups.  

Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager Now Supports Amazon WorkSpaces Running Windows 10

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:15:47 +0000

Starting today, you can use Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager (WAM) to deploy your applications to Amazon WorkSpaces running Windows 10. Amazon WAM gives your users on-demand access to centrally managed desktop applications, and applications available through the Amazon Marketplace for Desktop Apps. Amazon WAM uses application virtualization technology to simplify application provisioning and provide fine grain controls to IT administrators, all from within the Amazon WorkSpaces console. With this update, you can now use Amazon WAM on WorkSpaces running Windows 7 or Windows 10.

Google Chrome Browser to Start Blocking Bad-Mannered Web Advertising

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:50:00 -0800

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Chrome browser for desktop and mobile devices will be adjusted to block ill-behaving ads while allowing users who want ads to get them.

Google Introduces New High Performance VM Option for Cloud Customers

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:40:00 -0800

Google’s New cloud virtual machines can support 96 virtual CPUs and up to 624 GB of memory to run large-scale applications.

Box Introduces New Software, Professional Services to Handle GDPR

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:12:00 -0800

Some of these regulatory issues, especially involving large multinational corporations, can’t all be solved by simple clicks of software, so Box has an additional option: new professional services.

New Juniper Switches, Software Smooth Enterprise Path to the Cloud

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:59:00 -0800

The company is rolling out new network switches, software and services that provide automation and security for multi-cloud environments.

AWS CodeStar Now Available in Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:17:44 +0000

AWS CodeStar, which helps you quickly develop, build, and deploy applications on AWS, is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region. CodeStar provides a unified user interface, enabling you to easily manage your software development activities in one place. With CodeStar, you can set up your entire continuous delivery toolchain in minutes, allowing you to start releasing code faster. CodeStar also integrates with AWS Cloud9, a cloud-based IDE, for writing, running, and debugging code with just a browser.

Amazon Cloud Directory Regional Expansion

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:08:19 +0000

Amazon Cloud Directory is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region.

Deploy CloudStax FireCamp on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:05:21 +0000

This new Quick Start automatically deploys CloudStax FireCamp into a customizable environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 30 minutes. 

How to Select the Right Cloud Storage for Your Company

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:13:00 -0800

With so many cloud storage choices, picking the best solution is a daunting task. Here are eight tips to help determine if a cloud service is right for your organization.

Veritas Snapshot-Based CloudPoint Optimized for Azure, Google Clouds

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0800

CloudPoint 2.0 features new-generation snapshot management and orchestration technology that uses Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud native snapshots.

#eWEEKchat Feb. 14: App Economy or API Economy: Which Will Prevail?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:45:00 -0800

Please join us Feb. 14 for a timely #eWEEKchat about new-generation application and platform development.

Now Export and Import your Amazon Lex Chatbot Schema

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:09:03 +0000

You can now export and import your Amazon Lex chatbot schema to simplify the process of replicating your chatbot for development and deployment. 

AWS AppSync Adds new GraphQL Functionality and Removes Whitelist Approvals from Preview

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:00:34 +0000

AWS AppSync Preview introduces new GraphQL features to enhance application development and removes the whitelist-only access to use the service. 

Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) Releases SDKs for Python and .NET, Support for T2 Instances, and now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:22:40 +0000

Today, DAX announced the SDKs for Python and .NET, support for new T2 instances in all supported regions. T2 instances provide a baseline level of CPU performance and can be more cost-effective for test and development workloads or production applications that require smaller caches. DAX is now general availability in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions. DAX is already available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and South America (São Paulo) Regions.

Deepfence Emerges from Stealth with Container Security Platform

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:19:00 -0800

Deepfence, a new container security startup, emerges with Security-as-a-Microservice approach for cloud native environments.

Carbonite Takes Out a Rival by Acquiring Mozy from Dell

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:47:00 -0800

The deal ends a long, strange trip for Mozy, expands Carbonite’s customer base and better positions the company to offer its data protection platform to every segment of the market.

Network Load Balancer is Now Available in the EU (Paris) Region

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:56:23 +0000

Network Load Balancer, designed to handle millions of requests per second while maintaining ultra-low latencies, is now available in the AWS EU (Paris) Region. Network Load Balancer is optimized to handle volatile traffic patterns while using a single static IP address per Availability Zone. It operates at connection level (Layer 4), routing connections to Amazon EC2 instances, containers, and IP addresses based on IP protocol data. It also preserves the client-side source IP, allowing applications to see the IP address of the client that can then be used by applications for further processing. 

Oracle Turns On Autonomous Capabilities Throughout Cloud Platform

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 02:32:00 -0800

Self-driving services use AI and machine learning to help enterprises get predictive insights into their businesses and learn about customer experiences.

Longer Format Resource IDs are Now Available in Amazon EC2

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:16:31 +0000

In December 2017, we announced that Amazon EC2, Amazon EBS, and AWS Storage Gateway resources will have longer identifiers to support the ongoing growth of Amazon Web Services. Starting today, you can opt in to using longer IDs using APIs or the AWS Management Console.

Amazon WorkMail Now Supports the MAPI Over HTTP Protocol

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:56:41 +0000

Today Amazon WorkMail launched support for the MAPI over HTTP protocol for Microsoft Outlook for Windows. This protocol improves connection stability between Microsoft Outlook and Amazon WorkMail. This provides users a faster overall connection to Amazon WorkMail, and a more responsive experience.

Microsoft Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, and Outlook 2010 with the latest service packs will automatically switch to the MAPI over HTTP protocol the next time they are opened. Users with Microsoft Outlook 2007 will continue to connect to Amazon WorkMail using the RPC over HTTP protocol.

Google Releases Hardware Accelerators for Machine Learning Apps

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:15:00 -0800

Google has started beta testing Cloud Tensor Processing Units that are designed to give enterprises more options for speeding up their machine learning workloads in the cloud.

Eight Technical Tips for CISOs Racing Against the GDPR Clock

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0800

The EU's GDPR is the most sweeping change to data protection in the past 20 years. C-level executives everywhere are scrambling to get a handle on what it means to their organizations and how they are going achieve compliance.

Microsoft, Google Make Cloud Offerings More Enticing

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:45:00 -0800

DAILY VIDEO: Microsoft and Google up the ante in enterprise cloud wars; a water utility in Europe is hit by a cryptocurrency malware mining attack; Dell EMC adds Epyc-based servers to its portfolio; and there's more.

Target Tracking Available for Container Service Auto Scaling in Amazon ECS Console

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:24:29 +0000

You can now set up Service Auto Scaling using target tracking policies for your containerized services directly from the Amazon ECS console. With target tracking, you select a load metric for your service, such as “Average CPU Utilization” or “Request Count Per Target”, set the target value, and Auto Scaling adjusts the number of running tasks for your service to maintain the target value.

Subtree Debuts Dotmesh and Dothub for Cloud Native Data Management

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:15:00 -0800

The startup raises $10 million in a bid to bring more control to Docker and Kubernetes cloud-native application data management.

Google Chrome to Label Sites Using HTTP as Insecure Starting in July

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 02:40:00 -0800

In July, Google's Chrome browser will begin to label any site and any web page still using HTTP as "not secure."

New AWS Direct Connect sites land in Paris and Taipei

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 03:23:42 +0000

Today AWS Direct Connect has landed a second site in Paris at Equinix PA3, Paris, France following the region launch in December 2017. It will be found on the Management Console under the EU (Paris) Region. AWS Direct Connect also launched its first site in Taiwan at Chief Telecom LY, Taipei. In the Management Console, Taipei is located in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region. With global access enabled for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region using global public VIFs and Direct Connect Gateway. 

How Prysm is Challenging the Crowd in Visual Business Productivity

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 01:30:00 -0800

New apps for Windows 10-based devices and iPhones connecting Prysm to employees, regardless of device preference or location.

Cloud computing ecosystem: Greater than the sum of its parts - TechTarget (blog)

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 21:53:28 GMT

TechTarget (blog)

Cloud computing ecosystem: Greater than the sum of its parts
TechTarget (blog)
Cloud is not new, but its importance to businesses and the wider economy, while growing fast, is still nascent. So to help me define cloud ecosystem, I reached out to Liz Herbert, an analyst at Forrester Research. Her explanation is spelled out in ...

Eight Small Business Technology Trends to Watch in 2018

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:30:00 -0800

The midrange enterprise market is the largest in the world, and tech companies continue to come out with new and improved products designed specifically for them. Stakeholders need to keep aware of trends at all times.

Microsoft, Google Up the Ante in Enterprise Cloud Wars

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 10:50:13 -0800

Box, Dropbox and Google Drive customers are wooed by an offer of free OneDrive access for their business in the face of new features from Google.

'High Cloud Exposure' Companies Gain Scalability, Security Advantages

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:32:26 -0800

In taking the lead with migrations, "high cloud exposure" companies are reaping the rewards of improved collaboration, innovation, software development and cyber-security.

Cloud to Be Dominant Form of Data Center Traffic by 2021, Cisco Reports

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 02:30:04 -0800

The cloud is real, and a new study from Cisco forecasts that by 2021 it will represent 95 percent of data center traffic.

Microsoft Sharpens Planner's Time Tools, Floats OneDrive Storage Offer

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 02:24:53 -0800

Microsoft adds new ways of managing time-sensitive tasks in Planner and makes a free OneDrive offer for businesses that switch from rivals.

Ex-Intel Executives Launch New Arm Server Chip Company

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:32:00 -0800

Former Intel President Renee James is heading up Ampere, which is using the Arm architecture for processors aimed at private and public clouds.

Rubrik Acquires Datos IO for New-Gen Cloud DB Management

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Acquisition will add necessary support for managing cloud native applications, NoSQL databases and big data file systems.

Microsoft Expands Azure Cloud Budgeting Toolset

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 02:20:00 -0800

The updated API allows businesses to track cloud costs according to their own organizational structures and usage patterns.

Prepare for these cloud computing technologies in 2018 - TechTarget (blog)

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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 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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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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