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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Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Supports Tagging to Track Your Resources

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:28:14 +0000

Starting today, you can assign tags to manage and track Amazon AppStream 2.0 image builders, images, fleets, and stacks. AWS enables you to assign metadata to your AWS resources in the form of tags. 

Predictions 2018: How GDPR is Forcing Big Changes in Storage

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:59:00 -0800

Experts believe we might see things like machine-learning-assisted storage and de-archiving becoming commonplace during the coming calendar year.

Amazon Inspector is Now Available in the EU (Frankfurt) Region

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:29:48 +0000

Amazon Inspector, an on-demand security assessment service for AWS customers, is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) region.  

View Amazon Inspector Agent Availability and Health Status for All Targeted Amazon EC2 Instances

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:29:43 +0000

Amazon Inspector released an enhancement to the ‘Preview Targets’ functionality. Now you can easily see if an Amazon Inspector agent is installed on a targeted EC2 instance and the health status of that agent.

US Home Solar Sales Decline Thanks to Tesla: LIVE MARKETS BLOG - TheStreet.com

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:45:17 GMT


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AMD Racks Up Cloud Server Wins With Baidu, Microsoft

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:25:00 -0800

Cloud services providers Baidu and Microsoft will use AMD’s new EPYC server chips in their cloud environment, helping AMD in its efforts to grow its server ambitions.

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Dial-up Speeds

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:09:50 +0000

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Microsoft Releases Lower-Cost Cloud Storage for Rarely-Accessed Data

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:37:00 -0800

The new Azure Archive Blob Storage option allows businesses to store their infrequently accessed data on Microsoft's cloud for less than a penny per gigabyte per month.

Amazon to Resume Sales of Google Chromecast Video Streaming Devices

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:38:00 -0800

Amazon's decision to resume sales of the Chromecast device follows Google's threat to cut YouTube access for users of Amazon's Fire TV and Echo Show.

Amazon ECS and Amazon ECR now available in São Paulo and Mumbai regions.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:04:40 +0000

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR) are now available in South America (São Paulo) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) regions. 

AWS Server Migration Service is now available in US West (Northern California) Region

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:33:10 +0000

AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) is now available to customers in the US West (Northern California) Region. AWS Server Migration Service is an agentless service which makes it easier and faster for you to migrate thousands of on-premises workloads to AWS. AWS SMS allows you to automate, schedule, and track incremental replications of live server volumes, making it easier for you to coordinate large-scale server migrations.

Amazon API Gateway Supports Amazon Cognito OAuth2 Scopes

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:21 +0000

You can now define and require OAuth2 scopes as part of the method-level authorization when using an Amazon Cognito Authorizer in Amazon API Gateway. This simplifies building APIs that support Cognito Oauth2 scopes by removing the need to create an AWS Lambda function that performs the authorization. A scope defines the level of access to a resource that an application has permission to. For example, if you have a resource server for storing photos, you could define two scopes: one for read access to the photos and one for write/delete access. You can require applications to request access to your APIs by including a token with one or more scopes embedded inside it. API Gateway will then use it to determine whether the API caller is authorized to access the API. 

AWS Service Catalog Announces Console Enhancements

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:13:43 +0000

AWS Service Catalog, used by enterprises, system integrators, and managed service providers to create, govern, and manage a catalog of IT services, is announcing enhancements to the Service Catalog console. These changes provide a simplified user experience to find and launch products in the catalog.  

Cloud revenue helps Oracle beat earnings forecast this time, but outlook tanks shares - SiliconANGLE News (blog)

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:59:31 GMT


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Cloud revenue helps Oracle beat earnings forecast this time, but outlook tanks shares
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“Customer adoption of our cloud products continues to be strong,” co-Chief Executive Safra Catz said during the earnings conference call. “Bottom line, our transition to the cloud is going well.” Total cloud revenue jumped 44 percent, to $1.5 billion ...
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AWS Managed Microsoft AD Regional Expansion

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:13:08 +0000

AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region. AWS Managed Microsoft AD enables you to use a highly available managed Microsoft Active Directory in the AWS Cloud.  

Now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region: Migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS with AWS Server Migration Service

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:46:34 +0000

The ability to migrate Hyper-V VMs to AWS using AWS Server Migration Service is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. 

Introducing Field-Level Encryption on Amazon CloudFront

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:25:32 +0000

Starting today, you can use a new Amazon CloudFront capability called Field-Level Encryption to further enhance the security of sensitive data, such as credit card numbers or personally identifiable information (PII) like social security numbers. CloudFront’s field-level encryption further encrypts sensitive data in an HTTPS form using field-specific encryption keys (which you supply) before a POST request is forwarded to your origin. This ensures that sensitive data can only be decrypted and viewed by certain components or services in your application stack.

Introducing Lumberyard Beta 1.12

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:43:37 +0000

Lumberyard Beta 1.12 adds over 400 updates, including a new Fur Shader, Gems for rain, lightning, water, and snow, plus updates to Script Canvas and the Text-to-Speech Gem. Head over to the release notes to learn more.

Amazon CloudWatch introduces a new CloudWatch Agent with AWS Systems Manager Integration for Unified Metrics and Logs Collection

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:25:39 +0000

The new CloudWatch Agent, integrated with AWS Systems Manager (SSM) for simplified deployment and management, unifies collecting multi-platform metrics and logs into one agent and enhances the observability of your EC2 instances and virtual machines by collecting in-guest system metrics. Using SSM Run Command or State Manager, you can deploy the agent on EC2 instances, on-premise servers, or hybrid environments, for collecting both Linux and Windows OS metrics and logs, including Windows performance counters and event logs.

Predictions 2018: How DevOps, AI Will Impact Security

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:57:00 -0800

Enterprises are beginning to realize that cloud, artificial intelligence and DevOps are not a threat to security, but are in fact the best way to reduce risk. DevSecOps will become a hot new "thing."

Amazon CloudWatch Events now Supports AWS CodeBuild as an Event Target

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:04:34 +0000

Amazon CloudWatch Events enables you to respond quickly to application availability issues or configuration changes that might impact performance or security by notifying you of AWS resource changes in near-real-time. You simply write rules to indicate which events are of interest to your application and what automated action to take when a rule matches an event. You can, for example, invoke AWS Lambda functions or notify an Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) topic.

Etsy Picks Google for First Move to Cloud - Wall Street Journal (blog)

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Etsy Picks Google for First Move to Cloud
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Etsy Inc. signed a five-year deal to make Google its primary cloud provider as the online marketplace works to shed its do-it-yourself approach to technology and rely more on third-party service providers. The company has already begun moving some of ...

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Hackers shut down infrastructure safety system in attack: FireEye

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:31:42 +0000

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5 Reasons to Head for the Cloud – Part 1

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:32:30 +0000

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FCC Vote Returns Internet Regulation to 2015 Status Quo

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:38:00 -0800

NEWS ANALYSIS: The much-hyped network neutrality vote, though briefly delayed by a security threat, went much like the previous one, with a party line vote and little substantive debate on the issue.

EFS File Sync Now Available in All Amazon EFS Regions

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:38:06 +0000

EFS File Sync for Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is now available in two additional AWS Regions: Asia Pacific (Sydney), and EU (Frankfurt). 

Google's Return to China Foretells a Global Race to Deliver AI - MIT Technology Review

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Introducing Amazon Linux 2

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:22:43 +0000

Amazon Linux 2 is the next generation Amazon Linux operating system. It provides a high performance, stable, and secure execution environment for cloud and enterprise applications. Amazon Linux 2 will offer extended availability of software updates for the core operating system through 5 years of long-term support and provides access to the latest software packages through the Amazon Linux Extras repository.

Deploy SAP NetWeaver on the AWS Cloud With New Quick Start

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:21:00 +0000

This new Quick Start automatically sets up an SAP environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud with SAP NetWeaver and SAP HANA.  

Amazon EC2 P3 Instances, most powerful GPU compute instances in the cloud, now available in additional AWS Regions

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:31:34 +0000

Amazon EC2 P3 instances are now available in AWS US East (Ohio), Asia Pacific (Seoul) and AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. 

Why Enterprises Don't Know How Much They Spend on Cloud Services

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:54:37 -0800

A survey of corporate "cloud infrastructure professionals" found that many of them don't have a clear idea of how much they are spending on cloud services or what services or benefits they are getting for their money.

Google Releases Details on Its Cloud Data Encryption Measures

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:47:00 -0800

In two whitepapers, Google describes measures for protecting data traveling to its networks and within them.

HPE, Rackspace Push Pay-As-You-Go Private Cloud for Enterprises

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:20:00 -0800

HPE and Rackspace insist there’s plenty of enterprise demand for on-premises infrastructure, with managed, pay-as-you-go options providing cost-effective alternatives to public cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services.

Predictions 2018: How Data Management Will Be Evolving

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:29:00 -0800

A good data management system is only as good as its ability to store, retrieve and produce files quickly and efficiently in order to get a task or workload completed in a timely fashion. We'll see more choices in 2018.

Users to Begin Transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:45:00 -0800

In September, Microsoft announced Teams would eventually replace the Skype for Business client. The Transition Began on Dec. 13.

Amazon ECS Supports Memory and CPU Limits at the Task Level

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:20:32 +0000

A task consists of a group of containers running together on a single host. You can now set a limit on the resources available to a task running on Amazon ECS. 

Amazon WorkMail Releases an Administrative SDK and Enables AWS CloudTrail Integration

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:15:29 +0000

Today, Amazon WorkMail released two new features: an administrative SDK and AWS CloudTrail integration.

AWS Direct Connect brings the Amazon network to South Africa in Cape Town & Johannesburg

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:30:02 +0000

Today AWS Direct Connect has landed for the first time on the African continent with two new sites in Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa. In Cape Town, AWS Direct Connect is at the Teraco CT1 data center and in Johannesburg, at the Teraco JB1 data center. Both these AWS Direct Connect sites can be found under the EU West (Ireland) AWS region in the AWS Management Console. With global access enabled for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region. 

AWS Direct Connect added four new locations in Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and London

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:28:55 +0000

Today AWS Direct Connect has landed sites in four cities – Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and London. With global access enabled for AWS Direct Connect, these sites can reach AWS resources in any global AWS region. In the US, Equinix MI1, Miami brings the total AWS Direct Connect sites in the country to 29. In the AWS Management Console, Miami will be found under its home region of US East (Northern Virginia). In South America, Equinix RJ2, Rio de Janeiro, marks the first AWS Direct Connect site in Brazil outside of Sao Paulo. The AT Tokyo Chuo Data Center site is the second AWS Direct Connect site in Tokyo and third in Japan. In the UK, Telehouse North Two is the third site in the London area that will be found in the console under EU West (London) region.

AWS CloudTrail Enhances Event History View and Search

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:07:59 +0000

You can now use AWS CloudTrail event history console page to view, search, and download the past 90 days of your account activity. You can also customize the display of columns to improve the view of your CloudTrail events.  

AWS CodePipeline Adds Support for Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:43:10 +0000

AWS CodePipeline now supports deployments to Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and AWS Fargate. This makes it easy to create a continuous delivery pipeline for container-based applications.

Automatic Migration Updates for AWS Migration Hub

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:37:24 +0000

AWS Migration Hub now automatically pushes migration status updates to an application’s detail page. With this new feature, you can always see the latest migration status for all the servers and databases in your application migration without needing to refresh the page every single time. This saves you time and worry by displaying the latest migration status updates in a timely and accurate manner. 

#eWEEKchat Dec. 13: Predictions and Wild Guesses for IT in 2018

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0800

This is one of the most fun and interesting #eWEEKchats of the year, offering an opportunity to predict the IT future for 2018.

SAP SuccessFactors Hub Pulls Legacy HR Records Into Cloud Era

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:17:00 -0800

SAP SuccessFactors People Central Hub consolidates employee data and places it in the cloud, enabling businesses to modernize their HR operations.

Amazon Aurora with MySQL Compatibility Speeds Query Processing with Hash Join and Batched Scans

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:44:45 +0000

Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility now supports hash joins to speed up equijoin queries. Aurora’s cost-based optimizer can automatically decide when to use hash joins; you can also force their use in a query plan. In our internal testing, use of hash joins improved the latency of queries in a decision support benchmark when using a cold buffer pool by up to 8.2x on an R3.8xlarge instance.

With Hack of NiceHash Exchange, Bitcoin Security Concerns Grow

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:05:00 -0800

DAILY VIDEO: Bitcoin exchange NiceHash is hacked as cryptocurrency hits new highs; Microsoft and ESET work with law enforcement to disrupt the Gamarue botnet; Apple updates iOS and macOS for critical security vulnerabilities; and there's more.

Google Signs Up More Managed Service Partners For Cloud Platform

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:23:00 -0800

Accenture is among 12 companies that will deliver a range of services to help enterprises run workloads on Google Cloud.

Microsoft Investing $50 Million for AI-Enabled Environmental Research

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:12:00 -0800

The software giant announces a major new investment in its innovation program for AI-enabled environmental technologies.

Why HBO Chose Kubernetes to Help Stream Game of Thrones

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:56:00 -0800

At the Kubecon CloudNativeCon North America 2017 event, HBO engineers explained the challenges and the process they went through to decide and use Kubernetes, to help stream Game of Thrones season seven.

KubeCon Puts Latest Cloud-Native Technologies on Center Stage

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:41:28 -0800

More than 4,000 attendees came to the largest KubeCon event yet, as interest in cloud-native technologies continues to grow.

How Facebook Users Can Thwart Imposters Who Spoof Their Identities

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:32:00 -0800

NEWS ANALYSIS: Scammers are increasingly spoofing the Facebook user's account names to engage their friends in phony Messenger conversations to phish for personal information. Here's how to stop them.

Cloud Computing: AI and Machine Learning Workloads Growing Most Quickly - Formtek Blog (blog)

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:12:16 GMT


Cloud Computing: AI and Machine Learning Workloads Growing Most Quickly
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Microsoft Embraces Kubernetes With New Azure Serverless, DevOps Tools

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:32:00 -0800

Microsoft is bullish on the open-source container orchestration platform, announcing multiple cloud-based capabilities and new alliances.

Predictions 2018: Digital Transformation Ready to Hit Its Stride

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:14:00 -0800

DT may be a cliche, but there's no getting around the fact that the term is very relevant. Enterprises are indeed rethinking and re-tooling their IT systems, because they have to do so.

Cloud bursting: Examining the enterprise use cases and benefits - ComputerWeekly.com (blog)

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:34:50 GMT


Cloud bursting: Examining the enterprise use cases and benefits
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Predictions 2018: Will the IoT Become a 'Disruption of Things'?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:57:00 -0800

A new threat may emerge in 2018: The disruption of things. As the IoT offers access to both disruptive possibilities and massive amounts of critical data, we will see attacks in this area, and may also see the integration of a new man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack.

Bitcoin Exchange NiceHash Hacked as Crypto-Currency Hits New Highs

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:05:00 -0800

As Bitcoin reaches all-time highs, concerns grow about the security and availability of online crypto-currency exchange sites.

How E-Retailers Can Thrive During Hectic Holiday Shopping Season

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:11:25 -0800

In an age when online shopping has become a cost-effective alternative to in-store retail, there are a number of steps e-retailers must take to compete.

Microsoft Launches Simplygon Cloud 3D Content Optimization Service

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:05:00 -0800

The cloud-based service helps developers optimize complex 3D game or image models so they can be displayed on run-of-the-mill hardware without sacrificing much in the way of visual quality.

Caspio Releases New Low-Code, Automated Visual Development Tools

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 04:30:00 -0800

Low-code platform enables citizen developers to define custom application logic using a visual drag-and-drop editor.

Cloud computing will drive $554B in revenue by 2021 - SiliconANGLE News (blog)

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 01:05:03 GMT


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Cloud computing will drive $554B in revenue by 2021
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Up until now, most cloud revenue forecasts have focused on specific segments of cloud computing, but that changed today when International Data Corp. released its first report on the “whole cloud.” The new forecast encompasses just about every possible ...

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Google Blocking Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show Users From YouTube Access

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:40:00 -0800

Google says it's cutting Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show users from accessing YouTube in retaliation for what it describes as Amazon's shabby treatment of Google's products.

Microsoft Puts 'Bursty' Azure Cloud Workloads Into Production

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:15:00 -0800

Microsoft officially releases its "burstable" B-Series Azure cloud instances and opens the floodgates to massive cloud workloads with its new M-Series.

Predictions 2018: Why Blockchain is Ready to Break Out in the Enterprise

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 01:25:00 -0800

Blockchain is here and now, and it will continue to gain traction as it provides transparency to the supply chain–especially in complex supply chain industries, such as the automotive and retail industries.

How the Cloud Native Computing Foundation Is Advancing Cloud Projects

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 01:00:00 -0800

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation announces project milestones and continued momentum, as organizations aim to benefit from the new model of building and deploying cloud native applications.

Cloud Computing: Strong Growth. Alibaba Ranks as Third Largest IaaS Platform. - Formtek Blog (blog)

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:04:15 GMT


Cloud Computing: Strong Growth. Alibaba Ranks as Third Largest IaaS Platform.
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The AWS boost behind Red Hat's rapid scale-up in cloud computing
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With rapid advancements and innovation dominating most conversations around cloud computing, it can be easy to neglect the issues of maintaining reliable infrastructure while also remaining competitive in today's data revolution. As an early pioneer of ...

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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
    2X

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

  • Amazon Web Services
    Amazon Web Services

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

  • aplicor
    aplicor

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

  • Awareness Technologies
    Awareness Technologies

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

  • Bitdefender
    Bitdefender

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

  • CGS
    CGS

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

  • CloudProviderUSA
    CloudProviderUSA

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

  • DocumentLogistix
    DocumentLogistix

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

  • HyperOffice
    HyperOffice

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

  • Intermedia
    Intermedia

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

  • ipConfigure
    ipConfigure

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

  • ITpreneurs
    ITpreneurs

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

  • LEADMASTER
    LEADMASTER

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

  • mailprotector
    mailprotector

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

  • MessageSolution
    MessageSolution

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

  • Microsoft Office 365
    Microsoft Office 365

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

  • Mozy
    Mozy

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

  • NetLib
    NetLib

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

  • OC4
    OC4

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

  • Reflexion
    Reflexion

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

  • Saddle Ranch Digtal
    Saddle Ranch Digtal

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

  • SEEBURGER
    SEEBURGER

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

  • SiteLock
    SiteLock

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

  • Sonian
    Sonian

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

  • Storage Online
    Storage Online


  • ThinkGrid
    ThinkGrid

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

  • Trend Micro
    Trend Micro

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

  • Viewpath
    Viewpath

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

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