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The End of The Web Hosting Industry

The End of The Web Hosting Industry | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Just when the Web hosting industry seemed more stable and entrenched than ever, announcements last week by Google, Microsoft and Amazon gave an official stamp of approval to the technological shift that is about to send it all swirling done the drain, and the specialist WordPress hosts may be the first disappear.
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......Anyone can now go to Linode or Digital Ocean and fire up their own VPS (Virtual Private Server) within half a minute, for a fraction of the approximately $30 cost of the most basic, one-WordPress-installation package from a specialist WordPress host. The VPS user can then use Docker ............

 

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Anyone can now go to Linode or Digital Ocean and fire up their own VPS (Virtual Private Server) within half a minute, for a fraction of the approximately $30 cost of the most basic, one-WordPress-installation package from a specialist WordPress host. The VPS user can then use Docker or a similar technology ..........

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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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IBM says 2014 ‘breakthrough year’ for its cloud computing business

IBM says 2014 ‘breakthrough year’ for its cloud computing business | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

IBM aims to expand the number of data centers it offers clients around the world by 25 percent to meet fast-rising demand for internet-based services, after what a company executive said has been a "breakthrough year" in 2014 for its cloud computing business, according to Reuters.

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So far this quarter IBM has set major deals with airline Lufthansa, Dutch bank ABN AMRO, advertising giant WPP, audio electronics maker Woox Innovations in Hong Kong and the Dow Water arm of Dow Chemical.

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Wiktor Helak's curator insight, January 9, 6:07 PM

Jak wspomniałem we wcześniejszej publikacji rok 2014 był dla IBM rokiem skoncentrowanym na rozbudowie infrastruktury typu cloud computing. W minionym roku firma zwiększyła czterokrotnie ilość placówek oferujących te usługi. Rozszerzyła zasięg na cały glob, a już w roku 2013 jej dochód w tym sektorze wyniósł 4,4 miliarda dolarów. Dzięki zwielokrotnieniu zasobów szacowany dochód za rok 2014 to około 10 miliardów dolarów. Pokazuje to doskonale jak w przeciągu zaledwie jednego roku powiększył się popyt na tego rodzaju usługi.

Alexandra Minks's curator insight, March 21, 3:07 AM

Cloud computing was a huge success in 2014 so there is no doubt that the technology will continue to move forward and become one of the most important technologies of the next ten years. Cloud computing increases a user's accessibility to their files over a number of devices and also reduces the amount of storage required on hard drives, making it a very useful technology for the future.

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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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Google Brings Autoscaling To Compute Engine

Google Brings Autoscaling To Compute Engine | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google continues to build out its cloud computing platform and today the company announced that its autoscaling service for Compute Engine, its infrastructure-as-a-service platform, is now available in beta.
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It’s surprising that it took Google this long to release this feature. Amazon made auto scaling available on AWS back in 2009 (unlike Google, Amazon prefers to use “auto scaling” over “autoscaling”) and Microsoft launched Azure auto-scaling (with the hyphen) for web sites, cloud services and virtual machines last June.

 

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Dell: Robots and drones to drive the cloud market in next decade

Dell: Robots and drones to drive the cloud market in next decade | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Robots, drones and driverless vehicles will propel the next decade of growth in the cloud computing industry, according to a Dell executive.

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...... the increased processing power delivered over the cloud will offer unlimited possibilities in advanced automation.

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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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Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight

Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Think cloud computing is about getting rid of IT infrastructure to save money? Think again.

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Becoming digital has two aspects. One is about rethinking business for the cloud and mobile era, and the other is about internal systems.

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No, Really, Oracle Does Cloud Computing - Datamation

No, Really, Oracle Does Cloud Computing - Datamation | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Oracle may be late to the cloud, or perhaps it’s right on time. Either way, it faces big challenges ahead.
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In his press conference, Mark Hurd seemed determined to promote Oracle as a cloud leader. He delivered his remarks with great conviction. As he spoke, a screen appeared announcing that Oracle offered a “more complete cloud solution than any IT vendor in the world.” At this point that’s more ambition than fact.

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Google shakes up cloud services market with another price cut

Google shakes up cloud services market with another price cut | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google fires back at Microsoft, which last week cut prices of some Azure services
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Citing enhanced efficiency in its data centers as well as falling hardware costs, Google on Wednesday said it was cutting prices of its Google Compute Engine by about 10 percent for all instance types in every region................

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Docker Nabs $40 Million To Drive Distributed Apps Platform

Docker Nabs $40 Million To Drive Distributed Apps Platform | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The San Francisco-based startup raised the series C funding with the help of Sequoia Capital, just nine months after it closed $15 million in funding led by Greylock Partners.

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Partners include Amazon, Google, IBM

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Silver lining

Silver lining | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

In 2004 Amazon, then a $7 billion-a-year online retailer, was starting to build up a technology infrastructure to serve other companies as well as itself. Ten years later, Amazon Web Services (AWS), launched in 2006, is adding enough servers and other gear every day to power the Amazon.com of ten years ago.

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Good article on how the market leaders will push prices so low no IT department will be able to sell itself as being the cheaper alternative. The cloud is such a reality that no cost conscience company can ignore it.

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Free beer! Now Amazon has cloud developers' attention

Free beer! Now Amazon has cloud developers' attention | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The AWS pop-up loft in San Francisco is the latest indication that cloud developers are a hot commodity -- and have choices
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A year ago, AWS seemed to be the logical choice, but today the services provided by both Microsoft and Google have become much more compelling, so the choice is much harder to make.

 

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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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Your PaaS has Docker ... so what?

Your PaaS has Docker ... so what? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Docker is becoming standard issue in PaaS offerings, but merely 'Docker-washing' a service is no longer enough
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There's little question that Docker all by itself is a strong draw for any cloud platform offering. Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and IBM have all scrambled to add it to their respective clouds.

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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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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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Why Google Wants to Store Our DNA in the Cloud

Why Google Wants to Store Our DNA in the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With its Google Genomics platform, Google wants universities and hospitals conducting genetic research to store and analyze patients' genomes in the cloud.
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As The Wall Street Journal reported in June, the raw digital data that represents a genome takes up approximately 100 gigabytes of storage, so only about 10 genomes fit on the typical desktop computer.

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Demystifying cloud computing jargon: A guide to understanding the future of IT infrastructure

Demystifying cloud computing jargon: A guide to understanding the future of IT infrastructure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
How is it 2014 and I still don't understand all the cloud jargon out there? Thankfully at a SAGE hosted roundtable ITProPortal got to decipher the...
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This is what the cloud is

Are you ready for a single sentence to surmise the cloud?

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Coming of Age in Cloud Computing

Coming of Age in Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing, particularly in the big rental businesses of Microsoft and Amazon, has been criticized as undependable and tough to manage. A number of recent announcements suggest that some companies are trying to address the issue.
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Microsoft also announced a partnership with Dell to sell a kind of “cloud in a box,” or hardware and software that created a mini-version of Microsoft’s cloud, called Azure, inside a company.

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Cloud computing is going to absorb your big data workloads, too

Cloud computing is going to absorb your big data workloads, too | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There has been a spate of product announcements and integrations over the past few weeks signaling that many big data workloads — including, and especially, Hadoop — will soon be ready to run reliably in the cloud.
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The broader goings on around the data community paint an even clearer picture of where we’re headed. All around, big, well-funded companies are putting some serious effort into blurring the lines between big data platforms and cloud computing platforms:

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AT&T Partners with Amazon Web Services on Cloud Solutions

AT&T Partners with Amazon Web Services on Cloud Solutions | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Telecom giant AT&T and Amazon are finding common ground in the cloud services arena. AT&T has teamed up with the e-commerce company to extend NetBond, its network-enabled cloud technology, to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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This partnership is largely about security ............

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Understanding cloud computing’s risk

Understanding cloud computing’s risk | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Ignore the claims by fearmongers, who are impeding the march of cloud computing. Risk management is what counts
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The claims by the fearmongers run the gamut from somewhat credible to singularly outrageous.

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Google and Amazon facing off in new tech businesses

Google and Amazon facing off in new tech businesses | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google and Amazon are stepping on each others' toes with increasing frequency, as they expand into new businesses from smartphones to streaming video, cloud computing and, most of all, digital advertising and online shopping.
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"Amazon and Google are in a dogfight for the hearts and minds and wallets of the online shopper,"

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How to decipher cloud computing jargon

How to decipher cloud computing jargon | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
If your business is considering moving to the cloud, one of the biggest challenges that you will face is your ability to understand all the terms that cloud vendors and “techies” throw around.
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In this article you can find "some of the most commonly used cloud terms, starting with Amazon’s most popular Compute, Storage and Database offerings in the Cloud, followed by some other generic, but seemingly confusing terms".

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