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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Description:

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

Audience:

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

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Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:37:58 +0000

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AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store features are now available in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:38:16 +0000

We are excited to announce the availability of AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store in AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by SINNET, and AWS China (Ningxia) Region operated by NWCD. Parameter Store provides a centralized store to manage your configuration data and passwords. You can reference this information dynamically from your application or from other AWS services.  

AWS IoT Core Adds the Ability to Configure Quality of Service (QoS) for Republish Action

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:07:54 +0000

Starting today, AWS IoT Core customers can configure the quality of service (QoS) when publishing messages via the republish action of a topic rule. AWS IoT Core supports QoS levels 0 and 1 for MQTT messages, where QoS 0 means a message is delivered zero or more times and QoS 1 means message is delivered one or more times. See AWS IoT MQTT documentation for more details about AWS IoT QoS definition.

AWS DataSync can now transfer data to and from SMB file shares

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 20:58:19 +0000

AWS DataSync now supports the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, providing you a simple way to automate and accelerate copying data between SMB file shares, and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) buckets or Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) file systems. With this launch, you can reduce on-premises storage infrastructure by shifting SMB-based data stores and content repositories from file servers and network attached storage (NAS) arrays to Amazon S3 and Amazon EFS for analytics, archiving, or backup use cases. 

Amazon SQS Now Supports Tag-on-Create

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 20:57:15 +0000

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Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager Now Available in the EU (Stockholm) Region

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 18:09:54 +0000

Starting today, Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager (Amazon DLM) for EBS Snapshots is available in the EU (Stockholm) region. Amazon DLM provides a simple, automated way to back up data stored on Amazon EBS volumes. With this feature, you no longer have to rely on custom scripts to create and manage your EBS volume backups. 

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Thu, 22 Aug 2019 18:02:18 GMT

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AWS Direct Connect support for AWS Transit Gateway is Now Available in EU (Frankfurt) and EU (London) regions

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:36:14 +0000

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Sharepoint Pros and Cons

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Amazon ElastiCache announces online vertical scaling for Redis Cluster mode and improves scaling non-Redis Cluster mode

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:42:17 +0000

Amazon ElastiCache introduces online vertical scaling for Redis Cluster mode. You can now scale up or scale down your sharded Redis Cluster on demand. Amazon ElastiCache resizes your cluster by changing the node type, while the cluster continues to stay online and serve incoming requests. 

Amazon Forecast Now Generally Available

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:42:10 +0000

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Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:55:00 GMT

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Support for Windows Shadow Copies is Now Extended to All Amazon FSx File Systems

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 21:12:32 +0000

Amazon FSx for Windows File Server, a service that provides fully managed native Microsoft Windows file systems, has made Windows shadow copies available to all file systems. Since launch of this feature on July 31, 2019, it was available only on newly-created Amazon FSx file systems. Now, customers can use shadow copies on any existing file system to enable end-users to easily view and restore previous versions of files. 

Introducing AI-Powered Health Data Masking

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 20:49:18 +0000

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AWS Elemental MediaConnect Now Available in Europe (Stockholm) Region

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 20:13:28 +0000

AWS Elemental MediaConnect is now available in the Europe (Stockholm) region. Using MediaConnect, you can now ingest, transport, and process your high-quality video in the AWS Cloud in more locations globally.

Amazon Neptune is Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:24:35 +0000

Amazon Neptune is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region. Amazon’s isolated infrastructure and services are designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud for customers who have U.S. federal, state, and local government compliance requirements.

Amazon AppStream 2.0 adds support for local file system redirection

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 21:10:29 +0000

Amazon AppStream 2.0 now supports local file system redirection with the AppStream 2.0 client for Windows. This feature lets your users seamlessly open or save files on their local computer from within their streaming session. To use this feature, users link the local drives and folders that they want to access from within their streaming session. After their local drives and folders are linked, users can access these resources in File Explorer when performing file system operations such as File Open, File Save, and File Save As.This feature is only available through the AppStream 2.0 client for Windows. There are no additional charges for this feature. To learn more, see Enable File System Redirection for Your AppStream 2.0 Users

Amazon EMR introduces Block Public Access Configuration to secure EMR clusters from unintentional network exposure.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 21:04:49 +0000

Amazon EMR has introduced a new account level configuration called Block Public Access to help administrators secure their EMR clusters from unrestricted public-network access. You can enable this configuration and prevent your account users from launching clusters with security group rules that open ports for inbound traffic from IPv4 0.0.0.0/0 or IPv6 ::/0. You can configure exceptions in Block Public access configuration to allow public access on a port or range of ports before you launch EMR clusters. Please visit Using Amazon EMR Block Public Access configuration to learn more.

This feature is available now in the US East (N.Virgina and Ohio), US West (N.California and Oregon), Canada (Central), EU(Frankfurt, Ireland, London, Paris and Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo), and South America (Sao Paulo) regions.

Amazon EMR announces support for runtime installation of external libraries with EMR Notebooks

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 21:04:21 +0000

You can now install external Python libraries on EMR clusters at runtime using EMR Notebooks. Before this feature, you had to use a bootstrap action or use a custom AMI to install additional libraries not packaged with the AMI before you launched the EMR cluster. This feature allows you to import your preferred libraries and use them to build your Spark application, analyze data, and visualize the results from within your notebook. The Python libraries you install using EMR Notebooks are isolated to the notebook session and will not interfere with existing libraries on the EMR cluster. You can import these libraries from either public or private PyPI repositories. Please visit Using Notebook-scoped Libraries to learn more about this feature.

This feature is available starting EMR release 5.26.0.

EMR Notebooks is is available in the US East (N.Virgina and Ohio), US West (N.California and Oregon), Canada (Central), EU(Frankfurt, Ireland, and London), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo) regions

 

Amazon Redshift now recommends distribution keys for improved query performance

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:15:06 +0000

Amazon Redshift Advisor now recommends the most appropriate distribution key for frequently queried tables to improve query performance. The Advisor generates tailored recommendations by analyzing the cluster's performance and query patterns. You can then use the ALTER TABLE ALTER DISTKEY command to add or modify the distribution key of a table, without impacting concurrent read or write queries.

New Quick Start deploys Amazon Redshift on the AWS Cloud

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 19:33:51 +0000

This Quick Start automatically deploys a modular, highly available environment for Amazon Redshift on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

Amazon RDS for MySQL Supports Minor Version 8.0.16

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:16:31 +0000

Amazon RDS for MySQL has been updated to support release 8.0.16 of the MySQL database. This release includes a number of security, account management, and other functionality improvements, along with a number of bug fixes.

Amazon AppStream 2.0 now supports Amazon Virtual Private Cloud endpoints for API operations and streaming traffic

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:10:07 +0000

You can now route streaming (for example - pixel, USB, user input, audio, clipboard, file upload/download, and printer) traffic to your Amazon AppStream 2.0 streaming instances through your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) using VPC endpoints. You can also use a VPC endpoint to perform API operations without relying on an internet connection. With this feature, the network connection between your users and your AppStream 2.0 streaming instances and your API operations can be restricted to private network routes, further securing your applications. VPC endpoints for AppStream 2.0 are provided by AWS PrivateLink, a highly available, scalable technology that enables customers to privately connect their Amazon VPC to supported AWS services.

Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) adds support for slow query logging

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:39:42 +0000

Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) is a fast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed document database service that supports MongoDB workloads.

Amazon ECS Now Supports Per-Container Swap Space Parameters

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:57:27 +0000

When using Amazon ECS with the EC2 launch type on Linux, you can now control the use of swap space on a per-container basis. Swap space is used by operating systems such as Linux to allow processes to use more memory than is physically available on the host; the operating system kernel will “swap” physical memory to disk as needed to meet the demands of the software running on the host. Swap space enables applications to use more memory than they otherwise would be able to access, at the cost of higher latency and lower throughput of that memory access. Applications such as those with highly varying memory requirements, but less sensitivity to latency, may benefit from the use of swap memory. 

Easily enable AWS Systems Manager capabilities with Quick Setup

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:05:02 +0000

Today, AWS Systems Manager announces the release of Quick Setup, simplifying the way you enable visibility and control of your instances. With Quick Setup, you can easily get started with key Systems Manager capabilities like patch compliance scanning and instance inventory collection.  

Amazon Chime adds call history for voice and video calls

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:37:01 +0000

Amazon Chime now shows a list of recent incoming, outgoing, and missed calls to help you quickly redial, reply with a message, or return a missed call. You can see your 1:1 voice and video calls in the call history list. If you have Chime Business Calling enabled, you can also see calls to and from your business telephone number. For each call, you can see the name or phone number of the other person, the date, and the call duration. Call history is synchronized across all of your devices running Chime, so you always have your most recent call history with you.

AWS RoboMaker now supports log-based simulation, event driven simulation termination, and simulation event tagging

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 18:31:10 +0000

AWS RoboMaker, a service that makes it easy to develop, simulate, and deploy intelligent robotic applications, now supports log-based simulation, event driven simulation termination, and simulation event tagging. These three new features enables robotic developers to use RoboMaker to easily run a large number of automated simulations for use cases such as regression testing, parameter tuning, and ML model training.

AWS RoboMaker now supports configurable timeout in over-the-air (OTA) deployment

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 18:19:08 +0000

AWS RoboMaker, a service that makes it easy to develop, simulate, and deploy intelligent robotics applications, now supports configurable timeout in over-the-air (OTA) deployment. This new feature allows developers and system engineers to configure the timeout duration of a deployment job to be between 1 minute and 7 days. Being able to configure the timeout duration prevents undue delays or premature failures so that updates and deployments jobs can be completed.

Sharepoint Online costs for 2019 (cost calculator included)

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:33:19 +0000

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Intranet costs: 7 options [with specific numbers]

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 20:06:53 +0000

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The Quantum Computing Party Hasn't Even Started Yet - Scientific American

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Sun, 11 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Thu, 08 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Thu, 08 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Wed, 31 Jul 2019 10:34:15 GMT

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Mon, 22 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Hybrid Cloud Addresses the Unique Concerns of Government - StateTech Magazine

Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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With Azure Lighthouse, Microsoft Provides a Scalable MSP Tool for the Cloud - Redmond Channel Partner

Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Enabling Breakthrough Innovations in the Client-to-Cloud Revolution - Gamasutra

Mon, 15 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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How a decentralized cloud model may increase security, privacy - CSO Online

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Court rules Pentagon can award $10B 'war cloud' contract later this summer | TheHill - The Hill

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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How to Build a Successful Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure - Solutions Review

Tue, 09 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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IDC: Global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure to reach £398bn in 2023 - Cloud Tech

Fri, 05 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Microsoft Killing Its Most Popular Partner Benefit, IURs - Redmond Channel Partner

Fri, 05 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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An announcement on Microsoft's partner Web site indicates that the popular internal use rights (IUR) benefit will be discontinued in less than a year.

Computing Biology's Future - Scientific American

Thu, 04 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Tue, 02 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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VMware's Past, Present and Future in Cloud Computing - eWeek

Thu, 27 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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GAO: Agencies Need to Better Track Cloud Spending and Savings - FedTech Magazine

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Mon, 24 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Fri, 21 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Why cloud computing could be the key to education's retention crisis - Education Technology

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Tue, 18 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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HPE announced at its HPE Discover 2019 conference an alliance with Google to embrace Kubernetes in hybrid cloud computing environments.

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Fri, 14 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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How 5 Industries Utilize Cloud Computing Solutions - Solutions Review

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Learn what it takes to become a cloud computing architect with this $39 bundle - Computerworld

Mon, 10 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Mon, 10 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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Mon, 10 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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The Definitive AWS Certification List for Businesses and IT Departments - Solutions Review

Fri, 07 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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How a Small Business Can Implement Cloud Solutions - Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

Tue, 04 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

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What is Serverless Computing: A Strategy for IT Automation - FedTech Magazine

Mon, 03 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMT

What is Serverless Computing: A Strategy for IT Automation  FedTech Magazine

With a serverless architecture, IT teams are able to better streamline their efforts. Learn what is serverless computing, and how it can support your team!

Top Cloud Computing Companies - eWEEK - eWeek

Fri, 31 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Top Cloud Computing Companies - eWEEK  eWeek

How does an enterprise IT administrator decide which cloud computing company provides the best value for his particular system? Use cases, naturally, dictate ...

Cloud Computing Market will grow at CAGR of 10.2% to hit $696.25 billion by 2025 - Global Analysis by Trends, Size, Share, Deployment, Product, Organization size, Application and Regions: Adroit Market Research - GlobeNewswire

Thu, 30 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Cloud Computing Market will grow at CAGR of 10.2% to hit $696.25 billion by 2025 - Global Analysis by Trends, Size, Share, Deployment, Product, Organization size, Application and Regions: Adroit Market Research  GlobeNewswire

Dallas, Texas, May 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global cloud computing market size is projected to witness the growth of USD 696.25 billion by 2025, ...

DISA Gives DOD Components New Cloud Storage Option - FedTech Magazine

Wed, 29 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

DISA Gives DOD Components New Cloud Storage Option  FedTech Magazine

Defense Department users now have access to a Dropbox-like file storage *service* for unclassified data.

SharePoint Features – Checklist for 2019

Fri, 24 May 2019 14:39:45 +0000

This year’s rollout of SharePoint introduces several improvements, probably more than you’d be able to read about in one sitting. Exciting stuff! The new SharePoint features that are being brought … Continue readingSharePoint Features – Checklist for 2019

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SharePoint pros and cons 2019 – Is SharePoint worth it?

Fri, 24 May 2019 14:34:32 +0000

SharePoint is a software that is used by many businesses that are looking for a web-based collaborative platform. It launched in 2001 and has been around for an outstanding 18 … Continue readingSharePoint pros and cons 2019 – Is SharePoint worth it?

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Cloud Transition – 5 Best Practices to Follow - CIO

Thu, 23 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Cloud Transition – 5 Best Practices to Follow  CIO

Is your business transitioning from on-premises infrastructure to multi-cloud, hybrid cloud, or both? If you answered yes to any of these, you are embarking on the ...

HPE Buys Cray: Another Disaster in the Making - IT Business Edge

Wed, 22 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

HPE Buys Cray: Another Disaster in the Making  IT Business Edge

This HPE-Cray merger looks like a disaster because it does not address the real threat facing HPE: cloud computing.

Cloud Architecture: Everything You Need to Build a Cloud System - Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

Tue, 21 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Cloud Architecture: Everything You Need to Build a Cloud System  Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

A cloud architecture contains all the components that allow a cloud system to operate and what allows a business to perform tasks using a cloud solution.

Multicloud: The Benefits of Running Multiple Cloud Environments - Solutions Review

Fri, 17 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Multicloud: The Benefits of Running Multiple Cloud Environments  Solutions Review

To help you understand the benefits a multicloud environment can bring you, we've listed some reasons why businesses integrate multicloud solutions.

+70 intranet content ideas to make your intranet less boring

Thu, 16 May 2019 21:12:36 +0000

Is your intranet suffering the Google Plus effect? A very expensive system that promised it would change forever your company as a whole but ended up being just a hyped dream, … Continue reading+70 intranet content ideas to make your intranet less boring

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4 Tips on How to Improve Your Enterprise's Cloud Security - Solutions Review

Tue, 14 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

4 Tips on How to Improve Your Enterprise's Cloud Security  Solutions Review

Keeping your cloud environment secure is an essential step in successful and safe cloud operations. Businesses are generally eager to adopt cloud solutions, ...

5 Cloud Challenges Your Enterprise Can Overcome (And How to Do It) - Solutions Review

Fri, 10 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

5 Cloud Challenges Your Enterprise Can Overcome (And How to Do It)  Solutions Review

You've no doubt had to deal with a handful of challenges if your enterprise has adopted the cloud. Here's how you can overcome them.

Healthcare Cloud Computing Market Worth US$ 40 Bn by 2026 - GlobeNewswire

Thu, 09 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Healthcare Cloud Computing Market Worth US$ 40 Bn by 2026  GlobeNewswire

Acumen Research and Consulting, recently published report “Healthcare Cloud Computing Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share and Forecast, 2019 ...

AWS announces availability of Amazon Managed Blockchain service - Cloud Tech

Thu, 02 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

AWS announces availability of Amazon Managed Blockchain service  Cloud Tech

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the market availability of its Amazon Managed Blockchain (AMB) *service*, which is designed to help companies ...

4 Emerging Technologies You Can Use in the Cloud - Solutions Review

Wed, 01 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT

4 Emerging Technologies You Can Use in the Cloud  Solutions Review

The cloud, particularly public cloud environments, is one of the best places an emerging technology can take off as it is under development.

Microsoft, Amazon Leading The Way To The Pentagon's Multi-Cloud Environment - The National Interest Online

Sat, 27 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Microsoft, Amazon Leading The Way To The Pentagon's Multi-Cloud Environment  The National Interest Online

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced that two companies, Microsoft and Amazon, made the cut to compete for a contract to build the Joint ...

Picking an Employee HR portal software: a checklist

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 17:47:26 +0000

What can you achieve through an HR Employee Portal? You want to be sure that employees are equipped with all the information and tools they need to best perform their … Continue readingPicking an Employee HR portal software: a checklist

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Hybrid Cloud Management: Running Cloud and On-Premise Environments - Solutions Review

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Hybrid Cloud Management: Running Cloud and On-Premise Environments  Solutions Review

We've outlined the basic ideas of hybrid cloud management and how your enterprise can balance both a cloud and on-premise deployment.

How to Think About Federal Cloud Security in 2019 - FedTech Magazine

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

How to Think About Federal Cloud Security in 2019  FedTech Magazine

Agencies should seek to reduce friction in the cloud accreditation process.

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Tap Edge Computing to Resolve Real-World Challenges - StateTech Magazine

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Tap Edge Computing to Resolve Real-World Challenges  StateTech Magazine

Carnegie Mellon University's Living Edge Lab, led by Mahadev Satyanarayanan, is developing an application that would provide up-to-the-minute travel ...

The Benefits of Edge Computing for Feds - FedTech Magazine

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

The Benefits of Edge Computing for Feds  FedTech Magazine

Every federal agency knows the value and importance of shifting to cloud infrastructure. But what about edge computing? As agencies deploy more Internet of ...

Customer portal solutions: a detailed checklist for picking yours

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:34:39 +0000

Customer Portals are a great way to leverage digital technology to improve your customers’ experience. They serve a variety of purposes like facilitating real time communication, allowing customers access to … Continue readingCustomer portal solutions: a detailed checklist for picking yours

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Managed Cloud Services: The Benefits of Outsourcing Cloud Management - Solutions Review

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Managed Cloud Services: The Benefits of Outsourcing Cloud Management  Solutions Review

Managed cloud services providers take care of various cloud management functions and capabilities for your enterprise - among other benefits.

Cloud Automation: Automating Workloads in the Cloud - Solutions Review

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Cloud Automation: Automating Workloads in the Cloud  Solutions Review

Enterprises using cloud automation can run, manage, and configure their automated tasks hosted in their cloud infrastructure.

TierPoint Releases Hosted Private Cloud Services - Solutions Review

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

TierPoint Releases Hosted Private Cloud Services  Solutions Review

Today, data center and cloud services provider TierPoint announced the release of their hosted private cloud powered by Nutanix.

Hybrid Multicloud: The Future of Cloud Computing? - Solutions Review

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Hybrid Multicloud: The Future of Cloud Computing?  Solutions Review

Why are enterprises switching to a hybrid multicloud mindset, and should your company make the transition? We've got the answers.

Video: NetApp's Chris Lamborn Talks About Evolution of Cloud Computing - Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

Mon, 08 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Video: NetApp's Chris Lamborn Talks About Evolution of Cloud Computing  Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

Solutions Review recently had the chance to sit with Chris Lamborn at NetApp to discuss the evolution of cloud computing.

Solutions Review Announces New Cloud MSP Vendor Map - Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

Mon, 08 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Solutions Review Announces New Cloud MSP Vendor Map  Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

Solutions Review is proud to release an all new resource for comparing cloud managed *service* providers (MSPs), the Cloud MSP Vendor Map.

Cloud Monitoring: How to Evaluate Your Cloud's Performance - Solutions Review

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Cloud Monitoring: How to Evaluate Your Cloud's Performance  Solutions Review

How do you know when your cloud environment is performing optimally? Many businesses use the cloud in some capacity today, with a sizable amount ...

Public Cloud Revenue Will Increase to $214 Billion in 2019, Gartner Says - Solutions Review

Tue, 02 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Public Cloud Revenue Will Increase to $214 Billion in 2019, Gartner Says  Solutions Review

Worldwide public cloud revenue will increase by 17.5% in 2019, according to projections made by analyst house Gartner, Inc. Gartner predicts that the public ...

Is Your Agency's Network Cloud Ready? | SIGNAL Magazine - Signal Magazine

Mon, 01 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Is Your Agency's Network Cloud Ready? | SIGNAL Magazine  Signal Magazine

In every recent discussion I have had with government and defense leaders around IT modernization, the conversation quickly leads to cloud and its role in ...

Debunking 4 Common Cloud Computing Misconceptions - Solutions Review

Mon, 01 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Debunking 4 Common Cloud Computing Misconceptions  Solutions Review

Cloud misconceptions come from a lack of understanding about how the cloud works and what it can be used for. We debunk 4 of them.

5 Ways Cloud Computing Will Change This Year - BizTech Magazine

Mon, 01 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

5 Ways Cloud Computing Will Change This Year  BizTech Magazine

As multicloud strategies, 5G and containerization take hold, cloud computing is set to see some major disruption.

Only 15% of Companies Properly Monitor Public Cloud Environments - Solutions Review

Wed, 27 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Only 15% of Companies Properly Monitor Public Cloud Environments  Solutions Review

According to research by Ixia, only 15% of public cloud users believe they have the data necessary to efficiently monitor their cloud performance.

DHS Makes Plans for Large-Scale Cloud Migration - FedTech Magazine

Wed, 27 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

DHS Makes Plans for Large-Scale Cloud Migration  FedTech Magazine

The Department of Homeland Security is gearing up for a major migration to the cloud, and has sought industry input on how to best make what will be a ...

Army Plans New Cloud Push This Spring - FedTech Magazine

Tue, 26 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Army Plans New Cloud Push This Spring  FedTech Magazine

The Army is getting more serious about the cloud. Earlier this month, Army CIO Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford said the *service* branch would establish a cloud program ...

7 Cloud Security Questions You Need to Ask Your Cloud Provider - Solutions Review

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

7 Cloud Security Questions You Need to Ask Your Cloud Provider  Solutions Review

There are certain cloud security questions you should ask your cloud provider to understand how their system works - we've listed 7 of them.

Should Your Enterprise Adopt a Cloud-First Strategy in 2019? - Solutions Review

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Should Your Enterprise Adopt a Cloud-First Strategy in 2019?  Solutions Review

Cloud adoption is more popular now than ever. Though the technology has only been around in business-level capacity for little over a decade, enterprises have ...

Advantages of Database Management Systems

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:18:55 +0000

Today, we will clearly define the advantages of database management systems. We will focus mainly on the advantages for end users across different company departments. These people know they need … Continue readingAdvantages of Database Management Systems

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Understand Cloud Computing by Watching These 5 YouTube Videos - Solutions Review

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Understand Cloud Computing by Watching These 5 YouTube Videos  Solutions Review

Cloud computing involves operating computer functions and capabilities in a *service* access via an Internet-based platform. It's commonly used for data ...

What is Fog Computing: Embracing IT Modernization in Government - FedTech Magazine

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

What is Fog Computing: Embracing IT Modernization in Government  FedTech Magazine

As government agencies look to embrace IT modernization, many look to fog computing infrastructures. Learn what is fog computing and if it's right for you!

Five Female Cloud Computing Influencers You Need to Follow - Solutions Review

Fri, 08 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Five Female Cloud Computing Influencers You Need to Follow  Solutions Review

In celebration of International Woman's Day, we salute five women who are major influencers and figureheads in the cloud world.

Three Ways That Cloud Computing Benefits Developers - Solutions Review

Thu, 07 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Three Ways That Cloud Computing Benefits Developers  Solutions Review

Using the cloud to assist in app development provides several benefits. Here are three ways that the cloud will provide a better developmer experience.

How State and Local Governments Can Use the Full Potential of the Cloud - StateTech Magazine

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT

How State and Local Governments Can Use the Full Potential of the Cloud  StateTech Magazine

State CIOs and IT leaders identify many elements of a successful cloud migration strategy, StateTech reports. But how state and local government agencies ...

4 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Cloud Management Platform - Solutions Review

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT

4 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Cloud Management Platform  Solutions Review

It can be difficult to know what to look for in a cloud management tool. Make sure you ask yourself these 4 questions before choosing one.

8 Microsoft Access online alternatives worth looking at

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 18:28:12 +0000

Thousands of users have decided to turn their attention to Microsoft Access online alternatives. Why? When Microsoft Access was introduced, it was basically disrupting and pioneering the database app builder … Continue reading8 Microsoft Access online alternatives worth looking at

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Cloud Users Are Wasting 35% of Their Cloud Spending - Solutions Review

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Cloud Users Are Wasting 35% of Their Cloud Spending  Solutions Review

35% of the funds cloud users are spending on the cloud is going to waste, according to a report by cloud management provider RightScale.

Why Edge Computing Could Be the Future of Government IT - FedTech Magazine

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Why Edge Computing Could Be the Future of Government IT  FedTech Magazine

This will be the year government IT pros will have to answer “What is Edge Computing?” Learn about this new tech, and how it is changing the face of IT.

Cloud Certifications Key for State and Local Government Employees - StateTech Magazine

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Cloud Certifications Key for State and Local Government Employees  StateTech Magazine

How important are cloud certifications for state and local government employees? Cloud certifications are key to building employees' cloud architecture and ...

The Federal Cloud-First Agenda Will Pay Off in New Ways for Agencies - FedTech Magazine

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

The Federal Cloud-First Agenda Will Pay Off in New Ways for Agencies  FedTech Magazine

No matter the agency, automation tops every technology to-do list. Letting machines take care of rote, repetitive tasks has already streamlined customer *service*, ...

SaaS vs. PaaS vs. IaaS: What's the Difference? - Solutions Review

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

SaaS vs. PaaS vs. IaaS: What's the Difference?  Solutions Review

We've outlined the differences between SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS, and what each deployment model means for both the *service* provider and the customer.

Cloud Washing: How to Spot It and How to Avoid It - Solutions Review

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Cloud Washing: How to Spot It and How to Avoid It  Solutions Review

Cloud programs are all the rage now - or so say the marketing teams. We've put together some tips to help you spot and avoid cloud washing.

Cloud Training Course and Benefits for AWS, Azure and Google - StateTech Magazine

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Cloud Training Course and Benefits for AWS, Azure and Google  StateTech Magazine

Cloud training for state and local government employees is becoming more popular. Here are the best practices and benefits of cloud training for AWS, Azure ...

The Pros and Cons of Open Source Cloud Computing - Solutions Review

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

The Pros and Cons of Open Source Cloud Computing  Solutions Review

Before you integrate any open source programs into your cloud system, consider the following pros and cons on open source cloud computing.

IaaS vs. PaaS vs. SaaS: Choosing the Right Cloud Strategy - FedTech Magazine

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

IaaS vs. PaaS vs. SaaS: Choosing the Right Cloud Strategy  FedTech Magazine

Selecting an agile cloud strategy can significantly improve your team's efficiency. Learn about IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS and find a strategy that is right for you!

Exploring the links between AI, 5G and IoT – and how cloud computing underpins them all - Cloud Tech

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Exploring the links between AI, 5G and IoT – and how cloud computing underpins them all  Cloud Tech

If the agenda and sessions at MWC 2019 don't explicitly mention cloud computing, then there's a good reason: the emerging technologies that will be explored ...

Microsoft Expands Azure IoT Edge Support to Virtual Machines - Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Microsoft Expands Azure IoT Edge Support to Virtual Machines  Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

Microsoft recently announced an expansion to Azure's IoT intelligence *service*, Azure IoT Edge, that introduces virtual machine support.

Mirantis to help AT&T build Network Cloud for 5G - Cloud Tech

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Mirantis to help AT&T build Network Cloud for 5G  Cloud Tech

US telecom giant AT&T will be building the next generation of its Network Cloud for 5G with the help of cloud computing firm Mirantis.

Golden State Warriors use Google Cloud to up their game - Cloud Tech

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Golden State Warriors use Google Cloud to up their game  Cloud Tech

American professional basketball team Golden State Warriors will use Google Cloud's data-crunching technology to improve the performance of the players.

Attention developers: Google wants to pay you $15,000 to improve cloud security - TechRepublic

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Attention developers: Google wants to pay you $15,000 to improve cloud security  TechRepublic

Google's Confidential Computing Challenge aims to make it easier to achieve end-to-end encryption of data in the cloud.

The Pros and Cons of Serverless Computing Infrastructures - Solutions Review

Tue, 05 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

The Pros and Cons of Serverless Computing Infrastructures  Solutions Review

Serverless is a hot topic in cloud computing. We've listed the pros and cons of serverless architectures to help you evaluate serverless solutions.

7 Cloud Computing Blogs You Should Be Following in 2019 - Solutions Review

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

7 Cloud Computing Blogs You Should Be Following in 2019  Solutions Review

It can be tricky to know which cloud computing blogs to read. We've culled through the top cloud blogs to bring you 7 you should be following in 2019.

How to become a cloud engineer: A cheat sheet - TechRepublic

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

How to become a cloud engineer: A cheat sheet  TechRepublic

If you are interested in a career in cloud computing and don't know where to start, here's your guide for the best programming languages and skills to learn, ...

How the Internet of Things Will Affect Cloud Computing - Solutions Review

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

How the Internet of Things Will Affect Cloud Computing  Solutions Review

The internet of things (IoT) is one of the most talked-about technologies of the past few years. More and more devices are able to connect to the Internet now, ...

5 Essential Cloud Computing Skills Every IT Professional Needs - Solutions Review

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

5 Essential Cloud Computing Skills Every IT Professional Needs  Solutions Review

There's a cloud skill crisis happening right now. We've compiled a list of 5 cloud skills that any IT professional should have.

Kentik Report Finds Multi-Cloud Environments Popular Among AWS Users - Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Kentik Report Finds Multi-Cloud Environments Popular Among AWS Users  Solutions Review Enterprise Cloud

Network traffic analyst provider Kentik today released a report that revealed that about 40% of AWS users utilize a multicloud solution.

What Impediments Remain for Federal Cloud Adoption? - FedTech Magazine

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

What Impediments Remain for Federal Cloud Adoption?  FedTech Magazine

There is little doubt that cloud adoption is increasing across the federal government. Cloud services contract obligations were expected to increase by about 32 ...

Cloud adoption in the UK is outpacing the EU average - Cloud Tech

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Cloud adoption in the UK is outpacing the EU average  Cloud Tech

Research published by Eurostat reveals the UK is the sixth largest cloud users among other countries in the EU. According to statistics published by the ...

Amazon will improve its cloud efficiency using ARM-based processor - Cloud Tech

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Amazon will improve its cloud efficiency using ARM-based processor  Cloud Tech

Amazon is deploying an ARM-based Graviton processor to improve its cloud-based computing services. As per the Seattle-based company, this will lead to cost ...

The Top Cloud Computing Trends to Follow in 2019 - Solutions Review

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

The Top Cloud Computing Trends to Follow in 2019  Solutions Review

Cloud computing trends are important to follow to recognize upcoming technologies and emerging threats. We spoke with DataStax to get their insights.

Packet and Wasabi join hands to offer better cloud services than AWS - Cloud Tech

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Packet and Wasabi join hands to offer better cloud services than AWS  Cloud Tech

Cloud and edge computing infrastructure provider Packet, and hot cloud storage firm Wasabi, have joined hands to integrate their respective platforms to offer ...

How Will Federal Cloud Use Evolve in 2019? - FedTech Magazine

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMT

How Will Federal Cloud Use Evolve in 2019?  FedTech Magazine

It was a banner year for federal cloud adoption. Cloud services contract obligations were expected to increase by about 32 percent in fiscal year 2018, reaching ...

10 Key Challenges in Cloud Computing and How to Overcome - Toolbox

Mon, 05 Nov 2018 08:00:00 GMT

10 Key Challenges in Cloud Computing and How to Overcome  Toolbox

"83% Of Enterprise Workloads Will Be In The Cloud By 2020" - Forbes.com 'No rose is without a thorn' – so known is our old quote. In this fast-paced ...

30 Must-Read Small Business IT Blogs 2018 - BizTech Magazine

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

30 Must-Read Small Business IT Blogs 2018  BizTech Magazine

Get in the know with small business IT with these blogs from leaders, influencers and tech gurus.

Where Next With Cloud Security? - Government Technology

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Where Next With Cloud Security?  Government Technology

As we head toward 2020, cloud computing security continues to rapidly evolve around the globe. With an exponential growth in enterprise data moving to the ...

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

Cloud Computing Vendors
  • 2X
    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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