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Library, new from InVision

Library, new from InVision | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Effortlessly connect your team’s design universe with Library, by InVision.
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The Cloud has caught up with InVision, via a Design Tool Library that allows a cloud-based collaboration for its users.
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Cloud Storage vs. Cloud Computing

Cloud Storage vs. Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud storage and cloud computing both use remote servers, but in different ways and with different advantages.
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Here’s what the two terms mean, and how they are used in the real world.

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Sydney Clutterbuck's curator insight, March 25, 2015 6:10 PM

In this article Tyler Lacoma examines the differences between Cloud Storage and Cloud Computing. The Author touches on the different points of Cloud Computing versus storage; describing what they mean, and how they’re used in the real world. 

Christian Miles's curator insight, March 27, 2015 10:46 AM

With cloud storage and computing becoming ever more popular, The next generation of computer could just have a screen and wifi with all the storage and processing power being done server side. This would allow for computers, phones, and so much more to be incredibly thin and small while having a near limitless amount of computing power and storage

Riordan Kelly's curator insight, March 29, 2015 5:31 AM

Cloud storage is familiar to anyone who has an Android or I-phone, you upload your data to the cloud and it's secure. Cloud Computing however is even more mysterious. IT offers some amazing functionality and cost savings for business but for the average consumer it will become more and more a part of their experience on a computer.

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Box is launching encryption keys that only you will hold

Box is launching encryption keys that only you will hold | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

If you put data on a cloud server, you're usually sharing it with more people than you realize. Cloud data is encrypted, but as long as the company manages the encryption keys, there are plenty of ways for third parties to gain access, whether it's a gag-ordered subpoena or something more sinister like PRISM. ...........

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The idea is not new and I have rallied in favour of such a policy for a while now. There is no reason why encryption keys should be held by the storage provider. Of course all would be futile if Box's EKM is not sophisticated enough to withstand an attack. Box feels it is, good!.

 

Past rumours that Mega's (another storage company that passes over the encryption keys) encryption methods had been compromised did not help this camp. Nonetheless, the idea is sound and post PRISM development should be focused in this area.

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Cloud storage in iOS 8.1 doesn't work as you expect

Cloud storage in iOS 8.1 doesn't work as you expect | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive all support Apple's cloud storage APIs, but only Box works with direct open and save for files
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If you run Box, Dropbox, and/or Google Drive on your iPhone or iPad, you should be able to access those cloud storage services directly from iWork and other apps that support the new cloud file APIs, right?

 

Wrong.

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Box, Dropbox and Hightail Pivot to New Business Models

Box, Dropbox and Hightail Pivot to New Business Models | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Box, Dropbox and Hightail are rethinking their core business models, focusing on specific industries or bolstering customer service.
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“These guys will drive prices to zero,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and chief executive of Box. “You do not want to wait for Google or Amazon to keep cutting prices on you. ‘Free’ is not a business model.”

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look At The Cloud Storage Wars In 2014

INFOGRAPHIC: A Look At The Cloud Storage Wars In 2014 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Storage - More people are starting to use cloud storage as an additional or even primary method to store and backup their data...
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By 2016, the cloud storage industry is expected to generate over $4.04 Billion in Revenue, according to a forecast by Statista

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Tomas Trejbal's curator insight, June 29, 2014 2:19 PM

current state of the storage wars... unfortunately they forgot to take OneDrive into account

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Microsoft OneDrive really, really wants to be your only drive

Microsoft OneDrive really, really wants to be your only drive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Microsoft, Google, and Apple weren't purposely trying to kill these cloud storage companies "as much as trying to force users to stay in their own ecosystems by restricting their compatibility with third-party services.

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A default storage increase from 25GB to 1TB (yes, terabyte)

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INFOGRAPHIC: Storage Battle - Box vs Dropbox

INFOGRAPHIC: Storage Battle - Box vs Dropbox | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Infographic: Storage Battle - Box vs Dropbox
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Storage will definitely become an even hotter topic once the doubts, that Cloud is here to stay, are set aside. Good Infographic highlighting expected revenues from, or via, this sector.

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Why Google's price cut made the consumer cloud biz a lot cloudier

Why Google's price cut made the consumer cloud biz a lot cloudier | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
After Google drastically slashes prices on its cloud storage monthly plans, it's now a matter of time before the other major players react. Read this article by Richard Nieva on CNET News.
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Fifteen gigabytes of storage are still free, but 100GB are now $1.99 per month, down from $4.99. Even more impressive is the fact that you can get an entire terabyte of space for $9.99 a month, which used to be $49.99.

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How multi-cloud solutions enable more flexibility in the enterprise

How multi-cloud solutions enable more flexibility in the enterprise | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

What are the reasons behind an increasing trend for organisations to adopt cloud solutions from multiple providers? And are vendors happy to play ball?

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Those that have only just embraced the cloud and are still in their first iteration are learning lessons. They're realising they want more diversity rather than just one solution,

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Cloud computing still has a mainframe lining

Cloud computing still has a mainframe lining | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For all intents and purposes the Australian cloud computing market appears to be thriving. But while the pundits continue to claim it’s the way of the future, tech infrastructure run on businesses’ premises is far from dead.
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And if you choose any cloud acronym – IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, UCaaS, DCaaS, DaaS, (I’m sure there is also an XXXaaS there somewhere) – there are any number of adoption case studies spruiking the good things cloud can do for you.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Most Used Cloud Apps

INFOGRAPHIC: Most Used Cloud Apps | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud app and analytics company, Netskope released its quarterly Cloud Report.
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The new report reveals that enterprise employees are using an average of 397 different cloud apps (most of which are unsanctioned), when IT estimated they have 40-50 — that’s a tenfold underestimation.

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Senad Dizdar's curator insight, January 28, 2014 11:20 PM

There is more things done in the cloud than what you notice.

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VIDEO: Introducing Box Notes

Box Notes lets you create documents, take notes and share ideas in real-time with your team, all right within Box. With Box Notes, never let the best ideas get away. Learn more at: box.com/notes

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Nice touch from Box.

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Startup takes on Dropbox, Box, using cloud and local storage

Startup takes on Dropbox, Box, using cloud and local storage | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As an alternative to enterprise and small-business file sharing services, Infinit pools storage from cloud services and your own data center -- all available to clients as if they were on local disks
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The difference: It gangs together storage from multiple providers.

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Box partners with Microsoft to enable collaboration through Office

Box partners with Microsoft to enable collaboration through Office | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud storage provider Box has joined the Microsoft Cloud Storage Program, integrating with Microsoft Office to enable businesses to seamlessly access content across devices and platforms.
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The new collaboration includes enabling users to open, edit and save documents back to Box directly from Office for iOS, and is available today for free, with integration with Office Online arriving later this year.

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Box Rolls Out Cloud Security Service

Box Rolls Out Cloud Security Service | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Online file-sharing service Box recently announced Box Trust, a service to help its customers successfully embrace a modern security Relevant Products/Services framework as they move information and collaboration to the cloud Relevant Products/Services.

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The companies in Box Trust will include Symantec, Palo Alto Networks, Splunk Relevant Products/Services, MobileIron, Airwatch by VMware Relevant Products/Services and others.

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Box faces tough campaign for health, retail, and entertainment clouds

Box faces tough campaign for health, retail, and entertainment clouds | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Box's move to add services for vertical markets smartly avoids the race to the bottom in cloud storage, but the road isn't easy
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It's a crafty move, given the cloud storage market's race to the bottom, and every bit of differentiation counts.

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What really is ‘The Cloud’? And how does it work? A simple explainer

What really is ‘The Cloud’? And how does it work? A simple explainer | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
THEY are four little words that say so much yet cause so much confusion.
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Still don’t get the cloud? Here’s a solution

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Box buys cloud storage startup for streaming technology

Box buys cloud storage startup for streaming technology | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Box will incorporate Streem into its cloud and file-sharing service.
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Streem developed a file system, called StreemFS, that makes its service behave as if it were a local drive attached to users’ computers.

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Dark Clouds Forming For Cloud Computing Companies

Dark Clouds Forming For Cloud Computing Companies | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Salesforce.com (CRM) is one of a pile of Cloud computing companies sharing space in a market deeply into "bubble" territory where dark Clouds are forming and we are heading for a storm.The silliness is evident in Cl
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With major cloud companies beginning to slash prices to grab business, those companies with far from healthy balance sheets are going to start getting squeezed. 

 

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Fast-growing cloud service Box courts Hollywood, music celebs

Fast-growing cloud service Box courts Hollywood, music celebs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A technology venture first envisioned by a Mercer Island High School graduate is gearing up to be this year’s most hotly anticipated technology initial public stock offering from Silicon Valley.
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Looking to beat Dropbox to the stock market, Box this year confidentially filed paperwork for an initial public offering. It’s expected to make that paperwork public in the next few weeks and is poised to go public this spring.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud Adoption & Risk

INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud Adoption & Risk | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Adoption - Cloud adoption is big part of many businesses agenda in 2014
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Excellent Infographic that illustrates the high a number of cloud services available in the marketplace.

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Microsoft OneDrive

Microsoft OneDrive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft hopes to grab a bigger share of the cloud storage market with its new OneDrive service.
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OneDrive carries the same benefits and risks as services like DropBox, allowing users to back up data remotely to prevent its loss in the event of a hard drive crash.

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Box to enlist CIOs as it targets vertical industries

Box to enlist CIOs as it targets vertical industries | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Box will beef up its consulting team this year with several CIOs as it seeks to grow sales and adoption of its enterprise cloud storage and file sharing service in specific industries.
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The expertise that CIOs like Singh will bring will allow Box to better serve enterprises by catering to the specific needs and dynamics of their industry segments, like health care, law, entertainment, education, government and finance, he said.

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Investors Drop Big Money On Dropbox So It Can Beat Box

Investors Drop Big Money On Dropbox So It Can Beat Box | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Dropbox is raising between $250 million to $400 million at a $10 billion valuation according to the Wall Street Journal and Re/Code. Why? Because

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It will be interesting to see how the storage market will develop once the cloud is an established part of every day computing. Dropbox and Box are no strangers to this industry and are arguably as entrenched as the larger more traditional players. That said there are plenty of other players vying to take a piece of this pie. Mega, 4Sync and SugarSync are 3 that quickly come to mind but there are others. The world of cloud computing post-NSA's spying scandal is going to be about security and those companies that offer the safest option are the ones that are most likely to succed (or perhaps even become targets of a taken over).

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