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Research shows greater uptake in virtualised environments for regulated industries

Research shows greater uptake in virtualised environments for regulated industries | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
According to the latest research from virtualisation technology provider HyTrust, the software defined data centre (SDDC) is moving further towards the mainstream, with many regulated industries moving around half of their critical workloads over to SDDC and virtualisation.
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The study ............ surveyed more than 500 executives across a wide variety of company sizes
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Review: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, IBM machine learning

Review: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, IBM machine learning | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, and IBM machine learning toolkits run the gamut in breadth, depth, and ease
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"What we call machine learning can take many forms. The purest form offers the analyst a set of data exploration tools, a choice of ML models, robust solution algorithms, and a way to use the solutions for predictions."
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Replace your NAS with cloud storage: 8 key requirements

Replace your NAS with cloud storage: 8 key requirements | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For cloud storage to be useful for unstructured data, it needs to provide equivalent flexibility, performance, and productivity as enterprise storage systems
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Hyperscale cloud storage providers like AWS, Google and Azure dropped prices by up to 65 percent last year and promised a Moore's Law pricing model going forward.

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First look: Microsoft's Azure App Services sweeten cloud development

First look: Microsoft's Azure App Services sweeten cloud development | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Polished integration of Azure Websites, Mobile Services, and BizTalk Services is a big step forward for cloud-oriented developers
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Apparently Microsoft has a “full employment for freelance reviewers covering Azure” policy, because the company has already introduced a new level of back-end integration for Web and mobile services.

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How to Mitigate the Security Risks Associated with the Public Cloud

How to Mitigate the Security Risks Associated with the Public Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud computing, with its promise of reduced CAPEX and OPEX, presents a compelling business case. In IaaS, computation resources are rented from a cloud service provider (CSP). There is no server hardware or software to purchase and maintain, and organizations benefit from reduced IT expenses and improved flexibility. Enterprises have fewer IT headaches to deal with and can focus on their core business.

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Public cloud providers… wish to make it clear to you that security is a shared responsibility

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Amit for the article.

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Amazon hits 5-year high in cloud market

Amazon hits 5-year high in cloud market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft and Google make strong surges in the cloud while IBM holds steady
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) had 25 percent revenue growth from the third quarter to the fourth quarter, giving it a 30 percent global market share in the last quarter of 2014 .....

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2015 Forecast: The Sun is Out for Cloud Computing

2015 Forecast: The Sun is Out for Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The cloud space continues to evolve at an astounding pace. As recently as 12 months ago, we were still educating many clients about what they could achieve with cloud computing. We tirelessly explained the differences and benefits of options such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). We also debated the suitability of various architectural alternatives, like private, public or hybrid cloud. While there continues to be some mystique Topic: Information Management.
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According to PC World, cloud has become mainstream with adoption to some degree by nearly 90 percent of businesses.

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Amazon's Directory Service isn't an Azure killer yet

Amazon's Directory Service isn't an Azure killer yet | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon's new directory services offering guns for Azure Active Directory users, but it works best with other Amazon IT replacements
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The newly unveiled AWS Directory Service provides Samba-based directory services in small (up to 10,000 objects, 5 cents per hour) and large (up to 100,000 objects, 15 cents per hour) incarnations.

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Serious question: Who will win the 'race to zero' in the cloud?

Serious question: Who will win the 'race to zero' in the cloud? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the public-cloud market enters its adolescence, the pervasive concept of a “race to zero” has created an impression that only the established leviathans can compete in the space. On their path to dominance the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure gobble up nascent software-as-a-service startups and lesser infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service providers as they aggressively drive down costs and make it seem unattractive for customers to not be in the cloud. Google’s latest round of price cuts on an array of services and applications have reaffirmed this popularly held belief.
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What does this mean for the race to zero? Is the cloud price war effectively over with only Google and Microsoft left playing a game of “how-low-can-you-go” chicken?

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In a cloud outage, no one can hear you scream

In a cloud outage, no one can hear you scream | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The most recent Azure outage shows Microsoft still needs to improve its responsiveness to customers
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Customers experiencing service problems on Tuesday turned first to Azure's status page for answers -- then to Twitter to express their outrage that it took 30 minutes for Microsoft to even acknowledge the disruption.

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Cloud computing's not-so-secret mission

Cloud computing's not-so-secret mission | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

IT-as-a-Service is the real game changer in cloud computing.

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However, the cloud is also a great place to which you can move your entire IT infrastructure as well. It took a little longer than moving websites or even apps to the cloud, but IT in the cloud has arrived.

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The internet of things isn’t producing a data deluge … yet

The internet of things isn’t producing a data deluge … yet | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
It might seem like the world is awash is in connected devices, but we haven’t seen anything yet. But the companies storing data from all those sensors say they’re not worried about how much there’ll be as much as about making it easy to use.
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On the Amazon Web Services cloud, where anecdotal evidence suggests a large percentage IoT applications run, all that connected data is just a drop in an enormous bucket.

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The internet of things is becoming the next cloud battleground

The internet of things is becoming the next cloud battleground | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the competition among cloud computing providers steps up, so is interest in the internet of things. More connected devices — perhaps especially by governments rolling thousands at a time — should increase the competitive environment as providers fight to be the best possible IoT platforms.
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As part of its broader home-automation plans, for example, Google is already buying up large AWS users such as Nest and Dropcam. Dropcam Co-founder and CEO Greg Duffy told me last year that his company runs “the largest inbound streaming service on the entire internet”

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The future of AWS’ cloud: Infrastructure as an application

The future of AWS’ cloud: Infrastructure as an application | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The movement of 'infrastructure as code' (IaC) is in many ways mimicking the evolution of web development as web 'sites' became web 'applications'.
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" ................. CloudFormation, enables engineers to manage infrastructure through the use of declarative templates, utilising the data format language, JSON."
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Cloud computing: What's coming next

Cloud computing: What's coming next | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The development of cloud computing is still at a relatively early stage. Here's how it's likely to evolve over the next few years.
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............. "As hyper-scalers -- like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft -- pull away from the rest of the market, the other firms will be left swirling around in a morass and will struggle to respond,"
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Big data is all about the cloud

Big data is all about the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Picking between Spark or Hadoop isn’t the key to big data success. Picking the right infrastructure is
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........ the cloud is emerging an increasingly popular option for the development and testing of new analytics applications and for the processing of big data that is generated "outside the four walls" of the enterprise.

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Azure vs AWS vs Rackspace vs Google: Which Cloud Provider Had the Least Downtime in 2014

Azure vs AWS vs Rackspace vs Google: Which Cloud Provider Had the Least Downtime in 2014 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Wondering who amongst the big four had the most downtime? Check out our breakdown of Azure vs AWS vs Rackspace vs Google and their 2014 massive blackouts.

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We looked at Azure, Amazon Web Service, Rackspace, and Google to see what their downtime rate was and how it affected consumers.

 

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Amazon rolls out Config to manage cloud resources

Amazon rolls out Config to manage cloud resources | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
AWS Config records and tracks changes made to EC2 setups, with ample room for both Amazon and third parties to monetize results
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AWS Config does two main jobs. It takes a snapshot of the state of your AWS resources and how they are wired together, then tracks changes that take place between them.

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Analyst report shows where the value lies for buying a cloud computing solution

Analyst report shows where the value lies for buying a cloud computing solution | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A report from infrastructure as a service performance monitoring analysts Cloud Spectator has found that Amazon EC2 offers “significant” cost advantages over a long term investment.
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In all, 10 IaaS providers were vetted – AWS, CenturyLink, DigitalOcean, Google, HP, Joyent, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, SoftLayer and Verizon – with Cloud Spectator analysing a wide variety of metrics.

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Peering into the future of software development

Peering into the future of software development | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Now is the best time ever to be a software developer – in terms of employment, organizational impact, and the amazing breadth of tools and platforms available. The future seems even brighter:

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That future is already taking shape on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and other clouds, so we've launched a fresh InfoWorld Insider blog to chart this progress:

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Australian companies are spoilt for choice in a hot cloud market

Australian companies are spoilt for choice in a hot cloud market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Australia is now awash with public cloud providers. Here's what you need to know to make a decision.
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With so many options on hand, cloud is fast becoming part of the standard enterprise IT diet. But what should customers prioritise when choosing a provider?

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What Cloud Computing Means to Your Job

What Cloud Computing Means to Your Job | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The next big technology migration will change how workplaces are organized. Bad news, middle managers: You’re going to get less important.
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A corporate organizational chart from 100 years ago looks like a factory, with little workers at the base like parts, assembled by managers into units that interact with or fit into larger parts.

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Wiktor Helak's curator insight, December 2, 2014 2:22 PM

Wybrałem temat szerokopojętej "Chmury" ze względu na jej wielki potencjał oraz ekspansję w różnych dziedzinach życia. Powyższy artykuł mówi o wpływie "Chmury" na rynek pracy. Wybrałem go ze względu na rzetelne informacje poparte statystykami oraz opinie pracowników czołowych korporacji IT na świecie. Można tam znaleźć także przykłady firm, które obecnie dzięki "Chmurze" mogły zmniejszyć zatrudnienie, szczególnie menadżerów średniego szczebla.

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AWS squares up against Google in the Docker war

AWS squares up against Google in the Docker war | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Docker is too new to get massive enterprise adoption, but Amazon joins Google in providing the technology for when that time comes
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Container Service's focus is on scheduling, which is difficult when using containers. As it stands, you have to assign the right resources per container. When you try to roll them back, mistakes can ensue. AWS wants to solve that part of the container problem.

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Scientists develop self-healing virtual machines

Scientists develop self-healing virtual machines | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
University of Utah creates software that kills off malware in the cloud
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Researchers claim the software not only detects and eradicates never-before-seen viruses and other malware, but also automatically repairs damage caused by them.

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What is the real cost of cloud computing?

What is the real cost of cloud computing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
451 Research has launched a Cloud Price Index in order to examine how much cloud computing costs over time.
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The 451 Cloud Price Index (CPI) is based off industry pricing data from from the period October 1st to November 1st 2014. 451 Research looked at quotes and estimates of a typical multi-service cloud applications from a range of cloud providers.

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