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The Four Hundred--Cloud Services Revenue To Reach $43.2 Billion In 2016

The Four Hundred--Cloud Services Revenue To Reach $43.2 Billion In 2016 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

It will come as no shock to IT Jungle readers that cloud computing is no longer a distant trend on the horizon. We have been forecasting the push toward cloud computing for years, and more recently we have been reporting on the growing number of IBM i solution providers that are introducing cloud services.

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What does the future hold for cloud computing?

What does the future hold for cloud computing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There have been some big happenings in the cloud space recently, and we’re embarking on a series of articles which look at where those developments...
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Simply building the system revealed dozens of all new possibilities that someday, someone will be able to incorporate into their business,  ....

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Measuring Cloud Performance Is Like Flying Blind

Measuring Cloud Performance Is Like Flying Blind | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Legacy systems management software and tools are woefully inept at providing visibility into cloud applications and services. Here's why we need new methods.
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Prior to the emergence of cloud computing, IT's management responsibilities didn't extend much beyond the walls of the enterprise, or for larger organizations, the periphery of their corporate area network.

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Six reasons why cloud computing will transform the way banks serve clients – and the five hurdles to overcome

Six reasons why cloud computing will transform the way banks serve clients – and the five hurdles to overcome | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

By providing near-unlimited hardware and software resources on an off-the-peg, pay-as-you-go basis over the internet, cloud computing drives down costs, enables innovation and creates the flexibility to respond to change.

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..... In a recent policy paper, the EC’s European Cloud Partnership spelt out the need to tackle issues around data, privacy security and legal differences across national boundaries.

 

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Cloud Computing helps to accelerate DevOps

Cloud Computing helps to accelerate DevOps | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
“DevOps” is one of those tech industry buzz words that is mentioned everywhere but is often misunderstood. The term seems to have lost its true meaning and if you asked ten different industry professionals to define it, you would get ten different answers. Although a precise definition is still elusive, bobsguide provides greater insight into DevOps and how Cloud Computing is helping to accelerate its influence in the tech industry.
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Although the definition of DevOps may not be certain, one thing is clear, DevOps can be described as being about more than just automating virtual server deployment and configuration.

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Who's managing your managed services? You, ultimately

Who's managing your managed services? You, ultimately | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Managed services aren't magic. Before your provider can provide relief, it will need some help from you
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Managed services are ultimately a very useful tool, but they require proper preparation -- they aren't magic.

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10 Rising Social Networks You Should Explore

10 Rising Social Networks You Should Explore | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With the explosion of startups, there are plenty of new social networks popping up. Here are 10 up-and-coming social networks worth exploring.
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Although most are Phone Apps a number have their own PC version

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THE CLOUD COMPUTING REPORT: How Different Cloud Services Are Competing For Users And Pushing Up Usage - Business insider

THE CLOUD COMPUTING REPORT: How Different Cloud Services Are Competing For Users And Pushing Up Usage - Business insider | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

......Consumers are already using the cloud widely, even if a lot of them don't know it. Approximately 90% of global internet users are already on the cloud in

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In a new report, BI Intelligence provides an exclusive comparison of how the different cloud storage companies are stacking up in terms of pricing and offerings.

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Regional oil & gas sector turns to cloud computing

Regional oil & gas sector turns to cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Many decision makers continue to harbour doubts about the security and data privacy
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....... cloud computing was ranked in a recent IDC Energy Insights survey as the most important transformational technology for regional O&G companies in terms of its impact on technology strategy and operations.

 

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Dropbox for Business grows more security, IT admin muscles

Dropbox for Business grows more security, IT admin muscles | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The workplace version of the popular cloud storage service competes against offerings from Google, Microsoft, Box, and others
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For developers, Dropbox is releasing two new APIs (application programming interfaces). The Shared Folder API makes the core functions of shared folders available to third-party apps and tools. Meanwhile, the Document Preview API lets developers embed this feature into their applications.

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Microsoft brings two open source tools to Azure

Microsoft brings two open source tools to Azure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Following through on promises from new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft continues to add support for non-Microsoft technologies, allowing them to run well on the company's Azure cloud hosting platform.
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The company has partnered with two organizations that offer popular open source programs for managing cloud resources -- Packer and OpenNebula.

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Experts Forecast Global SaaS based ERP Software Market to Grow at a CAGR Of 13.8%

Experts Forecast Global SaaS based ERP Software Market to Grow at a CAGR Of 13.8% | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Why SaaS Based ERP Software Is Gaining Popularity?Unlike the conventional method of purchasing ERP software licenses, there is a growing trend among organizations, where Software as a Service (SaaS) based model allows them to rent or license an ERP software package for a protracted period of time. It is a vicious circle where increased demand for S...
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The benefit of SaaS based ERP, is that, enterprises do not need to bother with the ever evolving software updates. Besides, maintenance, increased storage requirements and troubleshooting issues are also handled at remote locations by the vendor.

 

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Standardisation of cloud contracts in Europe: Coming soon to the US?

Standardisation of cloud contracts in Europe: Coming soon to the US? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In light of the disclosures by Edward Snowden, there has been a push towards transparency both from governments and from technology companies that have amassed data about the personal lives of citizens.
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The Guidelines propose that SLAs should be drafted with an eye towards consistency across companies in a manner that is “business model  and technologically neutral,” with unambiguously defined terms and with a broad variety of users in mind. ......

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INFOGRAPHIC: What is the Cloud?

INFOGRAPHIC: What is the Cloud? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Security should be a top priority for any business. Especially these days, with news of another hack or data breach being reported in the news every week.
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Excellent Infographic from Stratosphere Networks on the meaning behind the word.

 

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Great infographic that truly captures the importance of #Cloud and it's central importance in our technology driven business world.

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost Of A Data Breach

INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost Of A Data Breach | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Data Breach - Cloud security is an area that we have covered more than any other on CloudTweaks over the past several years.
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Here is an excellent cloud security related infographic produced and provided by the group at Netspoke called Cloud Multiplier Effect.

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Is OpenStack the future of Cloud Computing

Is OpenStack the future of Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Will OpenStack really dominate the cloud computing scene in the future?
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OpenStack has grown and developed over the past four years, to the point where it is now garnering serious attention from IT executives and developers around the world.

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How the cloud aids business growth

How the cloud aids business growth | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The generally accepted definition of cloud computing comes from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which says it should enable convenient, on-demand access to a shared pool of computing resources - like networks, servers, storage, applications and services.

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As well as lower costs, business agility, flexibility and ease of use are still the main attractions for using the cloud. European Commission research, which questioned almost 500 companies, showed that over 80 per cent of those who were already using the cloud, saw a reduction in IT costs of between 10 and 20 per cent. 12 per cent saw an impressive 30 per cent or more reduction.

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How to Use Twitter Analytics to Find Important Data

How to Use Twitter Analytics to Find Important Data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Are you looking for new ways to measure success on Twitter? Get access to Twitter Analytics and find the data you need to track your campaign success.
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Being able to mine your Twitter data for a deeper look at what’s working and what’s not is an important factor in promoting your brand on Twitter.

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Hybrid integration gains popularity in the enterprise

Hybrid integration gains popularity in the enterprise | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The need for data interoperability connectivity and better customer service is resulting in an uptick of hybrid integration in the enterprise
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More than 1,600 cloud purchasing decision makers worldwide were surveyed for the Hybrid Cloud Customer Research report.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Travel Communications

INFOGRAPHIC: Travel Communications | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Those who frequently travel understand just how frustrating it can be restlessly dragging through airport security protocol
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Interesting infographic discovered at hospitalitynet.org which highlights some interesting facts.

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IBM aims to disrupt supercomputing market with cloud enticements

IBM aims to disrupt supercomputing market with cloud enticements | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
IBM is offering a potentially powerful incentive in its attempts to entice organizations to move supercomputing jobs to the cloud: a high-speed network communications link called InfiniBand.
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A cloud service that is able to replicate a supercomputer almost instantly could offer an alternative to the large up-front costs of buying or updating a supercomputer, and eliminate the need for a computer job to wait in a queue ...

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Cloud Computing Benefits Become Clear

Cloud Computing Benefits Become Clear | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

IT insiders have been touting the potential benefits of public, private and hybrid clouds for years, but since the sector is often prone to exaggeration, IT managers would be wise to read up on the subject before investing resources into cutting-edge tech.

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It is clear that the purported cloud computing benefits are real, and the only real question left for IT managers is how to best adopt their own.

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SMBs Tie Cloud Computing To Increased Revenue - InformationWeek

SMBs Tie Cloud Computing To Increased Revenue - InformationWeek | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Small and midsized businesses say cloud is key to customer service, expansion, finds survey by Oxford Economics for Windstream.
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Thirty-six percent said cloud was responsible for pushing control of IT out to line-of-business users today; in two years, 53% expected that would be the case.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud computing timeline illustrates cloud's past, predicts its future

INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud computing timeline illustrates cloud's past, predicts its future | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

This cloud retrospective aims to give a high-level view of cloud's history and question what that means beyond 2014

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To know where cloud is going, you have to know where it's from. This timeline illustrates cloud's bumpy history and what that means for its future.

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IBM Introduces Elastic Storage on Cloud - insideBIGDATA

IBM Introduces Elastic Storage on Cloud - insideBIGDATA | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

IBM is announcing a new software defined storage-as-a-service on IBM SoftLayer, code named Elastic Storage on Cloud,  that gives organizations access to a fully-supported, ready-to-run storage environment, which includes SoftLayer bare metal resources and high performance data management and allows organizations to move data between their on-premise infrastructure and the cloud. Elastic Storage on Cloud is optimized for technical computing and analytics workloads, providing more storage capability in a more cost-effective way.

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Elastic Storage on Cloud is available starting July 15, 2014.

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