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Hospitality Industry: Why the future of online hotel marketing is cloud-based utility computing | Tnooz

Hospitality Industry: Why the future of online hotel marketing is cloud-based utility computing | Tnooz | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Technology advances incredibly fast, not least in an industry such as travel which has seen incredible levels of disruption across so many disciplines.
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Memo to cloud providers: Stop selling pipe dreams

Memo to cloud providers: Stop selling pipe dreams | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud providers are pushing predictive analytics, machine learning, and IoT, but most companies simply want to move their workloads first
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IT leaders want to get their workloads running properly in the cloud. Innovative stuff? It is not that important right now.
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IBM: In 5 years, Watson A.I. will be behind your every decision

IBM: In 5 years, Watson A.I. will be behind your every decision | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In the next five years, nearly every important decision, whether it's business or personal, will be made with the assistance of IBM Watson, said IBM president and CEO Ginni Rometty, in a keynote speech at IBM's World of Watson conference.
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"Watson technology will touch hundreds of millions of people by the end of this year alone, IBM's CEO said."
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VMware on AWS: A one-way ticket to the cloud

VMware on AWS: A one-way ticket to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
VMware private clouds will gain elasticity from the Amazon-VMware offering, but customers may eventually wonder why they need a private cloud at all
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"Techies who live in the future are likely to greet VMware Cloud on AWS with a shrug. The private cloud (whatever that is) and on-premises computing in general are on the wane, they will say, as even the C-suite embraces the public cloud."
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Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration

Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The benefits of big data are real.
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"The key to choosing the right cloud vendor for your organization lies in understanding your big data needs."
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Kubernetes 1.4 makes container orchestration bigger -- and simpler

Kubernetes 1.4 makes container orchestration bigger -- and simpler | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The new version of Google's container-orchestration system adds cross-cloud and state-management features, while also simplifying setup
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"Google Kubernetes has a reputation for being more powerful but more difficult to manage. Version 1.4 is aimed as much at making Kubernetes less burdensome ......."
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As Adobe, Microsoft Azure ink cloud partnership, Amazon looms

As Adobe, Microsoft Azure ink cloud partnership, Amazon looms | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

To kick off his company’s Ignite conference in Atlanta this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Adobe will run three of its most popular software as a service apps on the Microsoft Azure IaaS cloud. The move is a power play by Microsoft, but it should be taken with a grain of salt: Adobe uses Azure competitor Amazon Web Services heavily, too. 

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"As part of the agreement, Adobe will make Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform for the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud."
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3 strikes against the public cloud

3 strikes against the public cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
AWS, Azure, Salesforce, and the rest enable you to build and/or deploy stuff in record time -- but those clouds aren't killing on-prem IT for good reason
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"If the IT department is a dinosaur .............  then why is it taking so long for the giant lizard to die?"
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Violin, still pushing flash speeds, looks to the cloud

Violin, still pushing flash speeds, looks to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In flash storage these days, it takes more than speed to win over many enterprises. Flash pioneer Violin is introducing its fastest arrays yet but also bringing its Concerto OS to the cloud.
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The flash storage pioneer is introducing its fastest enterprise arrays yet
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Maximising the potential of the Industrial Internet – through the right networks

Maximising the potential of the Industrial Internet – through the right networks | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud can handle the peaks in storage and computing demand, but organisations must be able to get it up and down quickly in order to benefit from the potential cost efficiencies and infrastructure agility that it can offer.
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"In industry, IoT gives birth to IIoT, which involves monitoring the performance of complex machinery such as gas turbines, aircraft, ships, electrical grids and oil rigs."
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Voting machines are still too easy to hack

Voting machines are still too easy to hack | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Worried about a 'rigged' election? You should be, but the risk lies in outdated technology and untrained bureaucrats, not voter fraud
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A fresh report from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology puts it succinctly: “Voter machines, technically, are so riddled with vulnerabilities that even an upstart script kiddie could wreak havoc.”
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Linux at 25: An ecosystem, not only an OS

Linux at 25: An ecosystem, not only an OS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
InfoWorld celebrates the 25th birthday of Linux -- and the new generation of open source projects Linux enabled
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"...... Linux has expanded far beyond its conquest of the server market. If you include Android, which is built around the Linux kernel, not to mention embedded Linux devices from TVs to network switches, you're talking billions of instances."
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Google cloud computing services are ready for corporate clients, company says

Google cloud computing services are ready for corporate clients, company says | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google Cloud Platform today announced a major release of three database services from beta, signaling that they’re ready for production use. Google Cloud Platform will now be positioned to handle the routine but vital database needs of corporate clients as AWS and Microsoft have been doing exclusively until now. Cloud SQL, Cloud Bigtable and Cloud Datastore are all now in general release, Google said in a blog post.
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Big words from Dominic Preuss "...... making Google Cloud Platform the best public cloud for your enterprise database workloads,”
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The trouble with the hybrid cloud

The trouble with the hybrid cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
To have a hybrid cloud, you need a private cloud -- but does one really need to be an extension of the other?
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"And what sort of path is there to a hybrid cloud, where the private and public cloud environments are parallel and can be managed of a piece?"
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Cloud is a battle you can't win

Cloud is a battle you can't win | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
You think your datacenter offers a better solution than AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform? Fuggedaboutit
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"Ultimately, there's no way you can keep up with the relentless economies of scale of an Amazon, Google, or Microsoft."
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Which is cheaper: Public or private clouds?

Which is cheaper: Public or private clouds? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
That depends on how good you are at managing infrastructure. 451 finds labor efficiency and utilization severely impact total cost of ownership for private clouds
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"Public clouds have their advantages. Most notably, public clouds are the least wasteful deployment option because they offer on-demand provisioning of resources."
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Falling flash prices are a boon to enterprise storage buyers

Falling flash prices are a boon to enterprise storage buyers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Enterprises didn't spend any more money on storage systems in Q2, but they got more capacity, IDC says
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"Where enterprises last year were ordering SSDs (solid-state drives) with up to 3TB, now they can buy in bulk with units as big as 15TB."
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The coming IoT security plague

The coming IoT security plague | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
All those millions of new endpoints will add equally as many vulnerabilities if the industry fails to address the problem
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IoT: Big money, big risk. If we buy into the hype that IoT offers huge opportunity, we should assume the hackers won't be far behind.
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Multi-cloud increasingly popular among enterprises – but not without its faults

Multi-cloud increasingly popular among enterprises – but not without its faults | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
More and more enterprises are moving towards multi-cloud environments, but data encryption and security remain a stumbling block, according to the latest research from workload security provider HyTrust.
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"When it comes to security, 44% encrypt data using a cloud provider solution, while 28% deploy a separate data encryption solution."
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The best online backup service for securely encrypting your data

The best online backup service for securely encrypting your data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Find out which ones give you more (or less) control over your data
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Official: Cloud computing is now mainstream

Official: Cloud computing is now mainstream | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Advanced practitioners display hybrid vigour
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Cloud computing is so mainstream these days that maybe it should just be called “computing”.
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Composable Infrastructure: a new approach to IT risk management

Composable Infrastructure: a new approach to IT risk management | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Building a perimeter fence around traditional infrastructure may reduce some IT risks, but it sacrifices agility. Composable Infrastructure offers a better way.
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"In short, it would be a Composable Infrastructure – one that turns compute, storage and fabric into fluid pools of resources that you can effortlessly compose and recompose to meet each application’s changing needs."
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Microsoft's pivot and the importance of Windows containers

Microsoft's pivot and the importance of Windows containers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Micrsoft is in the midst of a historic strategic pivot to embrace Linux as a first-class supported platform. We explore the implications for enterprise IT and business decision-makers, and recommend practical steps to position your organization for a cross-platform Microsoft strategy
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Azure has emerged as an alternative to AWS, and Microsoft has partnered with Docker to deliver container support for Windows Server 2016.
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Meet 'ROSS,' the bankruptcy robo-lawyer employed by some of the world's largest law firms

Meet 'ROSS,' the bankruptcy robo-lawyer employed by some of the world's largest law firms | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Computers may not wear suits and carry briefcases, but they know how to search for lawsuits online
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The new computer named ‘ROSS’ is an AI computer that acts as a bankruptcy lawyer and is now being employed by some of the world’s largest law firms. Oh and they will still charge you as if a person spent hours instead of seconds to reach the same conclusion.
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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, August 30, 3:15 AM
The new computer named ‘ROSS’ is an AI computer that acts as a bankruptcy lawyer and is now being employed by some of the world’s largest law firms. Oh and they will still charge you as if a person spent hours instead of seconds to reach the same conclusion.
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Why security and compliance are still the main blockers to cloud adoption

Why security and compliance are still the main blockers to cloud adoption | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Companies now consider cloud security to be superior to on-premise environments, but often expose themselves to risk by blindly relying on a glut of technology they are unable to actively manage.
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"..... finally, clearly defined responsibilities are needed both with your cloud service provider and within your own company, as clearly in the end, where security is concerned, the buck stops with you.”
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Serverless computing: The smart person's guide

Serverless computing: The smart person's guide | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
This comprehensive guide covers what serverless computing is and how it could reduce the complexity and cost of your cloud infrastructure.
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"Why it matters? Serverless computing services reduce the overhead and cost of managing either physical or virtual infrastructure......"
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