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Microsoft Slashes Price of Its Cloud Database | Cloud Computing Journal

Microsoft Slashes Price of Its Cloud Database | Cloud Computing Journal | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As a result, it said, of "customer feedback and evolving usage patterns," Microsoft cut the price of its cloud-ified SQL Azure database 48%-75% for databases larger than 1GB and introduced a new entry-level 100MB model..
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Cloud Backup vs. In-House: 3 Points to Consider

Cloud Backup vs. In-House: 3 Points to Consider | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A recent report by Leviathan Security offers significant insights on the security and cost concerns surrounding online and in-house (i.e. physical) backups.
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While the report is focused on data storage in general, its findings offer significant insights on the security and cost concerns surrounding online and in-house (i.e. physical) backup.

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Elena M for the article

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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.

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Alon for the article.

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Salesforce, Workday Sales Grow as Cloud Software Shines

Salesforce, Workday Sales Grow as Cloud Software Shines | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley's cloudy outlook for software  grew stronger in 2014, as Salesforce and Workday sales continued to pile up, and investors bet Wednesday that the growth will continue in 2015 and beyond.

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Salesforce, a pioneer in software-as-a-service offerings, topped $5 billion in annual revenues

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Cloud disaster recovery in a nutshell: How does it work?

Cloud disaster recovery in a nutshell: How does it work? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Disaster recovery - the IT industry’s latest buzz words.
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First, there are a few terms you’ll need to acquaint yourself with.......

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IBM embraces Docker, OpenStack in Bluemix hybrid cloud plans

IBM embraces Docker, OpenStack in Bluemix hybrid cloud plans | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
IBM's hybrid cloud plans involve moving workloads between public and private clouds via Docker, with Bluemix as the bridge
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If hybrid clouds are the future, as both researchers and cloud creators are hinting, then IBM is smart to push its hybrid cloud plan into action.

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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 @Alon for the article.

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The Future of the Security Perimeter

The Future of the Security Perimeter | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Moving from fortification to skirmish –  Skirmishers – troops deployed in loose formation in advance of and/or on the flanks of the main body. These troops drew enemy fire, developed their position, and warned comrades of an imminent clash. The civil war dictionary 

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What will the future perimeter look like? In this post, we will share some thoughts about the future of the information security perimeter and where are we going with this old concept:

 

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Have you hugged your server today?

Have you hugged your server today? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Disposable IT means never having to fix a broken server, and perhaps never having to know how to fix it
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One recent phenomenon catches me up a bit, however, and definitely deserves an harrumph. That phenomenon is the advent of disposable IT.

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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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Open Source Enters The Classroomd

Open Source Enters The Classroomd | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Nobody debates the need for more education on open source. Almost a year ago, more than half businesses surveyed used and contributed to open source, according to a Black Duck Software report. About one-third make it easy for employees to begin or join their own open source projects, the study said.
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"By learning open source, now you're making yourself a little bit more defined and a little bit more valuable. Anything they can do to differentiate themselves is beneficial."

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Top 5 common challenges faced by new cloud cust...

Top 5 common challenges faced by new cloud cust... | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Ask any organization why implementing a private cloud is important, and you are likely to receive a reply with different reasons. Even if you ask the same question to different people working in the same organization, you’d probably get different reasons.

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Listed are some of the common challenges that are faced by the cloud users

 

Guest post: Thanks to @janet tompson for the article.

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wimi-teamwork.com's curator insight, March 1, 4:42 PM

The challenges of cloud integration and how to overcome them!

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Healthcare data security: Is cloud encryption alone enough?

Healthcare data security: Is cloud encryption alone enough? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
What if the data of 80 million Anthem subscribers were encrypted at rest? And access required two-factor authentication? Would the security breach still have occurred? These lines in the new cyber-security “anthem” are being sung with gusto by those following the bouncing cursor of a breach that may be larger than all healthcare security breaches of the last ten years combined.
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This means that someone with access to a computer can access the database decryption key, or potentially even unencrypted database contents, from the RAM, or ‘working memory,’ of the computer.

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Dome9 Security's curator insight, February 18, 1:15 AM

You it's not, right?

Alon's curator insight, February 24, 4:05 AM

Encrypting the data is just part of the process, the next step is to ensure that only those who should be accessing the data are able to reach it.


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Mobile computing eats the world, in exabyte-size chunks

Mobile computing eats the world, in exabyte-size chunks | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cisco's latest estimates of mobile network traffic predicts 10-fold growth, mainly via cloud, and mainly delivering video
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Overall, the latest Cisco report estimates, global mobile data traffic will grow almost 10-fold over the next five years, from about 30 exabytes in the most recent year to 292 exabytes by 2019.

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Battle of the cloud storage: OneDrive vs. iCloud vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive

Battle of the cloud storage: OneDrive vs. iCloud vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Comparison includes Microsoft’s OneDrive, Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox. All of these services provide useful abilities one way or another, but which one is perfect for your needs?
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A vast number of users looking to store their data in the cloud want to do it for free. With that question in mind, who gives the most without charging any money, and who is being stingy?

 

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New NSA hack raises the specter of BadBIOS

New NSA hack raises the specter of BadBIOS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Is BadBIOS real?

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Recent revelations of the NSA’s advanced firmware hacking have sent the InterWebs aflutter. The NSA’s firmware hack is a software module capable of reflashing writeable firmware chips. It can also persist during system rebuilds and hide itself in such a way that makes regular antimalware detection very difficult.

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Docker Debuts New Orchestration Tools for App Containers

Docker Debuts New Orchestration Tools for App Containers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Open-source application container project Docker has rolled out three new orchestration tools -- Machine, Swarm and Compose 1.1 -- to enable developers and sysadmins to create and manage a new generation of 100 percent portable distributed applications

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The new tools are designed to ensure complete freedom of choice in how and where multi-container, multi-host applications are being built and operated.

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Cloud Services Migration, Integration Troubles IT, Study Finds

Cloud Services Migration, Integration Troubles IT, Study Finds | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

A new survey revealed that cloud services migration and integration was a top challenge for most IT professionals. Additionally, CDW researchers found that the majority of these professionals said they would make more use of cloud services, but the complexity they perceive around enabling and integrating those workloads with legacy systems holds them back. Here's everything you need to know.

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The CDW survey included responses from more than 1,200 IT professionals across various industries.

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How to Find and Remove Fake Followers from Twitter and Instagram

How to Find and Remove Fake Followers from Twitter and Instagram | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Are fake followers clogging your social media accounts? This article shares four tools for finding and removing fake followers from Twitter and Instagram.
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Would you like to get rid of them?

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Self-Service BI is a major problem

Self-Service BI is a major problem | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Matillion survey of 10,000 senior decision makers around BI shows that delivering self-service reporting and data analytics is their biggest challenge.

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The survey, which can be found here (registration required), focused on one single question: "What is your biggest challenge around management" and respondents were given seven options to choose from.

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Seven no-bull facts about the new HTTP/2 protocol

Seven no-bull facts about the new HTTP/2 protocol | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The long-awaited revision to the venerable (and aging) HTTP protocol is finally here. Here's what's most important, what's to expect, and what to brace for
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7 key details about HTTP/2: where it came from, what it's all about, what it means to the user and the IT admin alike, and where it's likely to go.

 
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Microsoft adopts international standard for cloud privacy

Microsoft adopts international standard for cloud privacy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft has adopted a new standard for cloud privacy that commits the company to protect the privacy of customers' data, not to use it for advertisement purposes, and to inform the customer of legal requests for personal data.
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The company said it was adopting the ISO/IEC 27018, published last year by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which outlines a common set of security categories and controls that can be implemented by a public cloud.

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The role of predictive analytics within companies in 2015

The role of predictive analytics within companies in 2015 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Danish physicist and Nobel Prize winner Nils Bohr once stated, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it is about the future.”

 

This does not stop companies from trying to use data to model what will happen in the future and where they can improve their chances of success in the market.

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From a strategic level, using analytics – and most likely predictive analytics, to be specific – and techniques within the business means that everyone across the company has to have access to data and be more skilled in using it.

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IBM puts software and cloud at the center of storage

IBM puts software and cloud at the center of storage | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The IBM Spectrum Storage strategy embraces multiple vendors and clouds
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The future of storage may not be in storage itself, but in the intelligence to manage it.

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Just in case you didn't already get your free 100GB...

Just in case you didn't already get your free 100GB... | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
This has been doing the rounds through USA users of Microsoft services and now seems to be available more widely, but.... just in case you haven't already seen this offer from Microsoft for 100GB extra of OneDrive space for two years, try clicking this link. It seems to be linked to 'Bing' in some way - my guess is that it's just Microsoft's way of getting more people onboard with OneDrive in a big way - at the end of the day, it will all be about head count on each platform and upselling users
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Worked for me. It is for 2 years, but a lot can happen in 2 years

 

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Best open source monitoring tools

Best open source monitoring tools | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
We found all four products to be capable network monitoring tools that performed well in our basic tasks such as checking for host availability and measuring bandwidth usage. Beyond the basics, there were quite a few differences in terms of features, granularity and configuration options.
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