Cloud Computing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

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

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

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

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

Notable examples:  IBM Cloud, VMWare vCloud, Microsoft Azure

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cloud Awareness Course eLearning by ITpreneurs

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


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


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

Learning Objectives:

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

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

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

Report: Apple working on an AI chip for iPhone and other devices - SiliconANGLE (blog)

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:19:38 GMT

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Report: Apple working on an AI chip for iPhone and other devices
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During its Google I/O software developer conference last week, it introduced a new version of the chip for its cloud computing service. The week before, Nvidia also introduced a powerful new chip tuned for AI tasks. And mobile chip maker Qualcomm Inc ...
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Amazon EC2 P2 Instances are now available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:03:18 +0000

We are excited to announce that Amazon EC2 P2 instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions.

Amazon AppStream 2.0 now allows you to use your VPC security groups to control network traffic

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:31:25 +0000

Amazon AppStream 2.0 now allows you to control network traffic between your streaming instances and the resources in your VPC by using security groups. Security groups provide granular, network-level access controls to streaming instances, and you can use them to manage users’ access to databases, license servers, file shares, or application servers from the streamed applications they use. 

AWS CodeCommit is Now Available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and EU (Frankfurt) Regions

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:27:30 +0000

CodeCommit is a fully-managed source control service that makes it easy for companies to host secure and highly scalable private Git repositories. CodeCommit eliminates the need to operate your own source control system or worry about scaling its infrastructure. You can use CodeCommit to securely store anything from source code to binaries, and it works seamlessly with your existing Git tools.

Meet GRAIL – Fighting Cancer with Big Data, AI and the Cloud

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:14:35 +0000

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Forcepoint Fights Shadow IT with Cybersecurity Analytics Functions

Fri, 26 May 2017 03:11:00 -0700

Human-centric cloud security solution for web, email and cloud-access security brokers provides reporting and context to address biggest risks--internal and external.

Logicworks Expands Functionality of Cloud Automation Platform for AWS

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:55:00 -0700

Expanded functionality in DevOps platform runs and automates applications directly in Amazon Web Services.

Three new features added to IAM policy summaries to make it easier for you to understand and troubleshoot your IAM policies

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:35:13 +0000

Today, we added three new features to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy summaries to make it easier for you to understand and troubleshoot your IAM policies. Policy summaries now include the resources defined in the policy to make it easier for you to see the list of resources to which the policy controls access. You can also see which services and actions are not granted by a policy. This allows you to view the remaining actions available for a service with limited access to help you find actions you may want to include in the policy. Finally, you can now see unrecognized services and actions in policy summaries, which makes it easier for you to identify potential typos in your policies. To learn more about these new features in policy summaries, see the blog post and IAM documentation.

Amazon QuickSight now supports Federated Single Sign-On using SAML 2.0

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:02:16 +0000

Starting today, Amazon QuickSight customers can use Federated Single Sign-On (SSO) using SAML 2.0 to access QuickSight. This allows users to sign in to their Identity Provider portals with existing credentials and then access QuickSight with a single click, without having to enter any QuickSight-specific account names or passwords.

Red Hat Acquires Codenvy to Advance Cloud-Based Developer Tools

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:42:00 -0700

Codenvy's technology platform is based on the open-source Eclipse Che online developer workspace effort, providing a cloud based Integrated Developer Environment for building code.

RapidAPI Buys Mashape Hub to Create World's Largest API Marketplace

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:08:00 -0700

Developers will have access to a massive new inventory of APIs—7,500, give or take a few—in what the company claims will become the world’s largest API marketplace.

Google Debuts TPU v2 and will Add to Google Cloud - HPCwire (blog)

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:43:06 GMT

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Google Debuts TPU v2 and will Add to Google Cloud
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... AI/deep learning revolution this week paid tribute to Google, “It's great to see the two leading teams in AI computing race while we collaborate deeply across the board – tuning TensorFlow performance, and accelerating the Google cloud with NVIDIA ...

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Intrinsic ID Unveils Bold New Authentication Security for IoT Devices

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:02:00 -0700

SPARTAN Cloud is the first security product that enables secure connections to AWS, Azure and Google Cloud based on Transport Layer Security (TLS).

Google Gives Marketers New Way to Measure Ad Performance

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:27:00 -0700

The Google Ads Data Hub will give advertiser better insight into how users are interacting with their web ads across mobile and other devices.

Rackspace Continues Pivot to Managed Services With TriCore Acquisition

Thu, 25 May 2017 03:20:00 -0700

TriCore Solutions fills a big need in Rackspace's pivot from its original internet hosting business to a managed services provider.

Microsoft GDPR Cloud Dashboard to Help Customers Comply With Rules

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:45:38 -0700

In a year, Europe's General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect and Microsoft is working to get its cloud customers ready.

Amazon WorkDocs now supports file lock and unlock when you’re editing content

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:02:04 +0000

Amazon WorkDocs now allows you to lock files for editing, and unlock them when you’ve finished making changes. Locking a file ensures that your edits are not overwritten by others, and it eliminates the need to coordinate between users when making changes. This makes it easier to use Amazon WorkDocs for collaborative editing.

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports Linux Huge Pages

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:05:58 +0000

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports Linux kernel huge pages for increased database scalability. The use of huge pages results in smaller page tables and less CPU time spent on memory management, increasing the performance of large database instances. Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL supports multiple page sizes for PostgreSQL versions 9.4.11 and later, 9.5.6 and later, and 9.6.2 and later.

April 2017 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) Are Available for Amazon RDS for Oracle

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:04:54 +0000

The Oracle April 2017 Patch Set Updates (PSU) are now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. To learn more about the Oracle PSUs supported on Amazon RDS, visit the Amazon RDS patch update documentation.

Google, IBM, Lyft Collaborate On Istio Open Microservices Technology

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:39:00 -0700

Istio, an open source microservices environment, will help developers manage, monitor and secure traffic between services, companies say.

Google for Jobs Uses Machine Learning to Help People Search for Work

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:01:53 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Google for Jobs employs machine learning to help people find work; WannaCry ransomware raises stakes for cyber-security insurance; Skyport Systems extends secure server protection to hybrid cloud edge; and there's more.

Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) Server-Side Encryption is Now Available in the US East (N. Virginia) Region

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:45:11 +0000

You can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) server-side encryption (SSE) integrated with the AWS Key Management Service (KMS) in the US East (N. Virginia) region. Amazon SQS is a fully managed message queuing service for reliably communicating between distributed software components and microservices – at any scale. You can use Amazon SQS to take advantage of the scale, cost, and operational benefits of a managed messaging service. The addition of server-side encryption allows you to transmit sensitive data with the increased security of using encrypted queues. 

Amazon Inspector expands security assessment support for RHEL and CentOS

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:37:45 +0000

Amazon Inspector is pleased to announce expanded support for security assessments on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, CentOS 6, and CentOS 7 within Amazon EC2. Amazon Inspector now supports security assessments for these operating systems on versions 6.2 through 6.9, 7.2, and 7.3. You can now run assessments for Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE), Amazon Security Best Practices, and Runtime Behavior Analysis on these supported versions. To run security assessments, simply install the Amazon Inspector AWS Agent on the desired EC2 instance, configure your assessment in the Amazon Inspector console, and run your assessment.

Announcing Second Edge Location in Seattle, Washington for Amazon CloudFront

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:06:01 +0000

We are excited to announce a new edge location for Amazon CloudFront in Seattle, Washington. Each new edge location helps improve performance and availability for end users of your application.

2017 Triple Crown Trail - Cloud Computing Pedigree Profile - Horse Racing Nation (blog)

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:32:08 GMT

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2017 Triple Crown Trail - Cloud Computing Pedigree Profile
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Cloud Computing silenced the spirited debate between the fans of Always Dreaming and Classic Empire when he stole the Preakness Stakes by a hard-fought head over Classic Empire. Cloud Computing had skipped the Kentucky Derby and pointed to the ...

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Citrix Plans to Add Machine Learning to Its Cloud Later This Year

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:10:00 -0700

Company puts to work machine-learning algorithms and application behavior anomaly detection to find and troubleshoot application infrastructure performance issues.

AWS Storage Gateway now provides retrieval of archived virtual tapes in as little as 3-5 hours, adds additional virtual tape information, and adds cached volume cloning

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:07:34 +0000

For tape gateway users, you can now retrieve archived virtual tapes into your Virtual Tape Library (VTL) in as little as 3-5 hours. Prior to this launch, tape retrieval could take up to 24 hours. This faster access can help you speed up recovery of archived data. Additionally, to help you manage your virtual tapes, we have enhanced the tape gateway console and API to show the date and time a tape was created, and the amount of data written to each virtual tape.

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Available in AWS GovCloud Region

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:24:59 +0000

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. 

Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) Now Supports Cost Allocation for Snapshots

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:06:34 +0000

Today we are announcing that Amazon EBS now supports cost allocation tags for EBS snapshots within the AWS Billing and Cost Management Dashboard. Using cost allocation tags, you can now classify snapshot costs to match the needs of your business for better transparency and visibility. You can use this feature to allocate snapshot costs to internal teams or to provide accurate reports for customer billing. With this additional information, you can better manage your snapshot costs.

Announcing New Direct Connect Locations in Marseille, France and Warsaw, Poland

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:21:54 +0000

AWS Direct Connect now has two new locations in Interxion, Marseille, France and Equinix, Warsaw, Poland supporting the EU (Ireland) and EU (Frankfurt) AWS Regions respectively. Customers in these cities can now establish a dedicated network connection from their premise to AWS.

MTM, IGEL Collaborate for New Workspace-as-a-Service Package

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:57:00 -0700

A virtualized workspace is similar to a virtual desktop implementation except that the central processing is done in the cloud rather than in a data center.

An Easier Way to Manage the List of Resources Returned by Your Queries Using a New Pagination Parameter in the Resource Groups Tagging API

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:27:43 +0000

Today, the Resource Groups Tagging API introduced a pagination parameter to the GetResources action that makes it easier for you to manage lists of resources returned by your queries. Using this parameter, you can list resources that are associated with specific tags or resource types, and limit result sets to a specific number per page. Previously, you could list resources only by the number of tags. With this release, you also can return all resources that meet your query criteria in a single call using the updated AWS CLI.

Skyport Systems Extends Secure Server Protection to Hybrid Cloud Edge

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:42:00 -0700

Skyport adds new capabilities to its cloud-managed secure server hardware platform to help organizations manage and secure application delivery in the cloud.

SMS gets an assist from new CEO - Crain's Chicago Business (blog)

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:31:48 GMT

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SMS gets an assist from new CEO
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Rhodes, 45, spent a decade at San Antonio-based Rackspace, a pioneer in cloud-computing services. The company went public at $12.50 a share in 2008. The stock peaked at nearly $80 a share in 2013 and was bought out for $32 a share last year in a deal ...

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Vera Branching Out to Integrate with Duo Security, RSA SecureID, Twilio

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:47:00 -0700

Vera’s job is to bolster users’ ability to ensure that only trusted individuals can access sensitive information in real time, regardless of its location.

Eastwind Networks Enables Cloud-App Visibility with Cloud Connectors

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:10:00 -0700

Users mistakenly think that if they put their infrastructure into Amazon (AWS), Google Cloud or Azure, that they’re also providing security—but that’s a fallacy.

Microsoft Cloud Uses Nvidia GRID to Pump Out High-End Graphics

Mon, 22 May 2017 04:57:00 -0700

Microsoft's latest Azure offering uses Nvidia's virtualization platform to deliver high-performance computer-generated graphics over the cloud.

Google for Jobs Employs Machine Learning to Help People Find Work

Mon, 22 May 2017 04:22:40 -0700

Google's new search feature is designed to help people find jobs at every skill and experience level, Sundar Pichai CEO says.

Cloud Computing Another First - Horse Racing Nation (blog)

Sun, 21 May 2017 00:13:12 GMT

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Cloud Computing Another First
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Well, another first crop sire got a Classic win in his first crop of three-year-olds, and that is Hill n' Dale's Maclean's Music, with today's Preakness winner Cloud Computing. The son of Distorted Humor stands for a 2017 advertised fee of $8,500 at ...

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Preakness results: Cloud Computing wins to end Always Dreaming's Triple Crown chase - Sporting News

Sat, 20 May 2017 23:08:24 GMT

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AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Amazon EC2 F1 instances and Amazon Linux AMI

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:34:06 +0000

AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports application deployment on Amazon EC2 F1 instances. F1 instances are easy to program and come with everything you need to develop, simulate, debug, and compile your hardware acceleration code. To learn more about F1, visit Amazon EC2 F1 Instances

3 Leading Enterprise Low-Code App Development Platforms - ADT Magazine (blog)

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:20:17 GMT

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3 Leading Enterprise Low-Code App Development Platforms
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Gartner's Take: "Salesforce is a pioneer of cloud computing, having introduced a general-purpose, high-productivity application platform service ( in 2008," Gartner said. "Salesforce's popular SaaS offerings and early commitment to cloud ...

AT&T Launches U.S. LTE-M Network for Industrial IoT

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:15:00 -0700

The telecom deployed its nationwide LTE-M network May 18; it is designed to join others in enabling new-generation IoT devices, applications and services.

Deploy GitHub Enterprise on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:55:34 +0000

This new Quick Start automatically deploys GitHub Enterprise on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, to provide a configurable infrastructure for your coding and deployment tasks. 

Amazon Athena adds API/CLI, AWS SDK support, and audit logging with AWS CloudTrail

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:10:35 +0000

You can now run queries on Amazon Athena via the REST API using the AWS SDK available in Java, .NET, Node.js, PHP, Python, Ruby, Go, and C++. Please visit the API reference and CLI guide to learn more. To help you get started, you can use new code samples that illustrate running & stopping a query, creating, listing and deleting saved queries, and listing your query execution history. With the current release, you can now run queries via the console, JDBC driver or using the API. We have also updated the JDBC driver to support the new APIs. 

Microsoft Opens First Cloud Data Centers in South Africa

Fri, 19 May 2017 02:59:47 -0700

Microsoft expects to start delivering cloud services to African customers next year from data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Amazon Polly introduces a new German female voice, Vicki

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:31:09 +0000

You now have the choice of a second female German voice, Vicki, in addition to the German male voice Hans, and female voice Marlene. Vicki is a high-quality, TTS voice of a similar fluency and naturalness as the German voice of Alexa, able to fluently and intelligibly pronounce Anglicisms frequently used in German texts, including fully inflected version.

With the addition of this new female German voice, there are now a total of 48 voices in Amazon Polly’s Text-to-Speech portfolio. All 48 Amazon Polly voices are accessible worldwide from the following AWS regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland). 

AWS Training and Certification Portal Now Live

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:59:17 +0000

AWS Training and Certification can help you get more out of the AWS Cloud. And now, the AWS Training and Certification Portal allows you to access and manage your training and certification activities, progress, and benefits – all in one place. Previously, you had to rely on multiple websites to find and manage training and certification offerings. Now you have a central place where you can find and enroll in AWS Training, register for AWS Certification exams, track your learning progress, and access benefits based on the AWS Certifications you have achieved. This makes it easier for you to build your AWS Cloud skills and advance toward earning AWS Certification. 

AWS Lambda Available in AWS GovCloud (US) Region

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:53:03 +0000

AWS Lambda is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

Amazon CloudWatch Events Service is now available in AWS GovCloud (US) region

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:53:06 +0000

We are excited to announce the immediate availability of CloudWatch Events in our AWS GovCloud (US) region. With this new region, CloudWatch Events is now operating at sixteen AWS regions worldwide, bringing the total number of AWS Availability Zones to forty two. You can learn more about our growing global infrastructure footprint at our Global Infrastructure page.

AWS CodePipeline Adds Integration With Nouvola

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:43:24 +0000

You can now use Nouvola as a test action in your software release pipelines modeled in AWS CodePipeline. This lets you automate performance and release testing for your applications so issues are caught earlier and code is tested against real-world traffic scenarios before it’s released to production. Nouvola offers real-world performance and load testing for web, mobile, API and IoT applications so you can release better code faster.

Deploy HashiCorp Nomad on the AWS Cloud with New Quick Start

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:38:34 +0000

This new Quick Start automatically deploys HashiCorp Nomad, which is a distributed cluster manager and scheduler for deploying applications, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

NetMotion Launches New Mobile Performance Management Package

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:15:00 -0700

Built on Splunk Enterprise for operational intelligence, NetMotion's Mobile IQ delivers real-time analysis and alerts about mobile connectivity.

Salesforce Sees Another Healthy Revenue Jump in Q1 Earnings

Thu, 18 May 2017 03:49:00 -0700

The world's largest cloud-services business application provider has shown impressive double-digit revenue growth in each of the last three quarters.

IoT Platform Maker infiswift Aims to Modernize Farming

Wed, 17 May 2017 07:10:00 -0700

The infiswift IoT platform deploys several patent-pending technologies that enable what the company claims is best-in-class performance for agriculture and energy customers at scale.

MarkLogic Adds Element-level Security to Its NoSQL Database

Wed, 17 May 2017 05:17:00 -0700

MarkLogic 9 is aimed at improving performance in three main focus areas: data integration from silos, data manageability and security. Sounds simple, but all of these things are hard to do well.

Google I/O Buzz Focuses on New Android Version, Mysterious Fuchsia OS

Wed, 17 May 2017 04:47:00 -0700

The buzz circulating in advance of Google I/O indicates that Android, virtual assistants and perhaps the mysterious Fuchsia project will be among the topics the cloud giant discusses at the conference.

How telecom is shifting its strategy to support cloud computing - SiliconANGLE (blog)

Wed, 17 May 2017 02:18:26 GMT

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How telecom is shifting its strategy to support cloud computing
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Cloud computing has fundamentally expanded the realm of possibilities organizations can accomplish with technology. While a lot of focus has been placed on the cloud technology and data architecture advancements, the underlying telecommunications ...

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Google Launches Cloud Service For Managing Internet of Things Devices

Tue, 16 May 2017 07:02:10 -0700

Cloud IoT Core will integrate with Google analytics services such as Dataflow and BigQuery on the Google Cloud Platform to help enterprises manage their internet of things environment.

By the Way, Dell EMC Also Launched New IoT Services in Las Vegas

Tue, 16 May 2017 04:04:00 -0700

NEWS ANALYSIS: Services generally don't make a lot of news. New products are supposed to have services available to go with them, in case you can't figure them out.

Cray Partners With Markley to Bring Supercomputing to the Cloud

Tue, 16 May 2017 01:07:30 -0700

The vendor teams with cloud provider Markley to offer its Urika-GX appliance in an IaaS environment.

Google Finds Implementing EU's Right to Be Forgotten Mandate Difficult

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:41:34 -0700

Google says it has received and processed more than 720,000 link removal requests in past three years.

OpenStack Summit Showcases Innovations in the Open Cloud

Mon, 15 May 2017 08:01:33 -0700

Highlights from the OpenStack Summit in Boston included a remote appearance by Edward Snowden and the debut of the OpenStack Forum.

Google Fuzzing Service Uncovers 1K Bugs in Open-Source Projects

Fri, 12 May 2017 05:38:47 -0700

DAILY VIDEO: Google's fuzzing service finds 1,000 bugs in five months; VMware is helping Google make Chromebooks more relevant for business; Edward Snowden advocates the need for open source and OpenStack; and there's more.

Cloud Computing: Public Cloud Overtaking Private Clouds in Enterprises - Formtek Blog (blog)

Thu, 11 May 2017 15:00:54 GMT

Formtek Blog (blog)

Cloud Computing: Public Cloud Overtaking Private Clouds in Enterprises
Formtek Blog (blog)
The 2017 survey on Cloud Computing by RightScale found that cloud computing has become the norm across most enterprise. 95 percent of organizations are using at least one cloud and 85 percent are using more than one. The average business now runs ...

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Amazon, Microsoft, Alphabet and First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund - Nasdaq

Mon, 08 May 2017 14:49:13 GMT

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Amazon, Microsoft, Alphabet and First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN - Free Report ), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT - Free Report ), Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL - Free Report ) and First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (NASDAQ: SKYY - Free Report ).

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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. Business OTT [...]

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 at my [...]

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 a “Sharepoint [...]

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.. What [...]

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 is [...]

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 in. MathType [...]

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  • 2X

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

  • Amazon Web Services
    Amazon Web Services

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

  • aplicor

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

  • Awareness Technologies
    Awareness Technologies

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

  • Bitdefender

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

  • CGS

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

  • CloudProviderUSA

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

  • DocumentLogistix

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

  • HyperOffice

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

  • Intermedia

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

  • ipConfigure

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

  • ITpreneurs

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


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

  • mailprotector

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

  • MessageSolution

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

  • Microsoft Office 365
    Microsoft Office 365

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

  • Mozy

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

  • NetLib

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

  • OC4

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

  • Reflexion

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

  • Saddle Ranch Digtal
    Saddle Ranch Digtal

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


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

  • SiteLock

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

  • Sonian

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

  • Storage Online
    Storage Online

  • ThinkGrid

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

  • Trend Micro
    Trend Micro

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

  • Viewpath

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

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