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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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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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Examining a new approach to data centre security

Examining a new approach to data centre security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Changing with the times is frequently overlooked when it comes to data security.
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"Recent efforts to upgrade these massive security systems are still falling short."
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What serverless computing really means

What serverless computing really means | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For developers, worrying about infrastructure is a chore they can do without. Serverless computing relieves that burden
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"AWS Lambda is the best-known example of serverless computing. As an Amazon instructional video explains, “once you upload your code to Lambda, the service handles all the capacity, scaling, patching, and administration of the infrastructure to run your code.” "
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How the internet of things is revolutionizing retail

How the internet of things is revolutionizing retail | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The world of retail may never be the same, thanks to the internet of things (IoT) and its network of connections
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Changing the consumer experience with IoT
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Data centers becoming more energy efficient, thanks in part to cloud computing

Data centers becoming more energy efficient, thanks in part to cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
While there's room for improvement, a new federal report should help put to rest concerns that energy usage from data centers is getting out of hand.
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"Thanks to better cooling and powering strategies, better power management and cloud computing, the energy consumed by data centers is under control, ....."
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Why APIs beat proxies for cloud security

Why APIs beat proxies for cloud security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud access security brokers that take an API approach can provide more comprehensive security without impacting network performance
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"How can you successfully enforce internal policies and industry compliance mandates under these conditions, particularly when another entity now controls part of your hosting environment?" ........... Try a CASB!
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Research shows greater uptake in virtualised environments for regulated industries

Research shows greater uptake in virtualised environments for regulated industries | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
According to the latest research from virtualisation technology provider HyTrust, the software defined data centre (SDDC) is moving further towards the mainstream, with many regulated industries moving around half of their critical workloads over to SDDC and virtualisation.
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The study ............ surveyed more than 500 executives across a wide variety of company sizes
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Microsoft to Buy LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

Microsoft to Buy LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft said it would pay $196 a share to acquire LinkedIn, the business social network site.
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Microsoft is buying LinkedIn, the business social networking site, for $26.2 billion. It's one of the the biggest tech deals ever.
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Salesforce puts Lightning in a tightly sealed bottle

Salesforce puts Lightning in a tightly sealed bottle | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The LockerService architecture isolates components in their own containers and stops them from calling undocumented or private APIs
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"Looking to take cloud app security to a new level, Salesforce is rolling out its LockerService architecture for its Lightning apps platform."
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Cloud Optimization: How to Enhance the Efficiency of Your Cloud Usage

Cloud Optimization: How to Enhance the Efficiency of Your Cloud Usage | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Optimization: How to Enhance the Efficiency of Your Cloud Usage
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"Some people think of it as just being a server someone else operates. This is the wrong way to look at cloud because cloud is much more than just a server or a processor."

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The future of AWS’ cloud: Infrastructure as an application

The future of AWS’ cloud: Infrastructure as an application | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The movement of 'infrastructure as code' (IaC) is in many ways mimicking the evolution of web development as web 'sites' became web 'applications'.
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" ................. CloudFormation, enables engineers to manage infrastructure through the use of declarative templates, utilising the data format language, JSON."
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The movement of 'infrastructure as code' (IaC) is in many ways mimicking the evolution of web development as web 'sites' became web 'applications'.

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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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New R extension gives data scientists quick access to IBM's Watson

New R extension gives data scientists quick access to IBM's Watson | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Data scientists have a lot of tools at their disposal, but not all of them are equally accessible. Aiming to put IBM's Watson AI within closer reach, analytics firm Columbus Collaboratory on Thursday released a new open-source R extension called CognizeR.
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"Watson services for language translation, personality insights, tone analysis, speech-to-text conversion, and visual recognition are among the first to become available through CognizeR."
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Docker 1.12 debuts, bringing Windows, Mac desktop editions

Docker 1.12 debuts, bringing Windows, Mac desktop editions | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Desktop development environments for Mac and Windows use native virtualization for speed and boost Docker's out-of-the-box cluster management and scheduling system
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"Docker for the desktop wouldn't be much good without Docker itself, so Docker for Mac and Windows come bundled with the latest edition of the Docker Engine, 1.12."
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Microsoft's new Dynamics 365 will bundle ERP and CRM in the cloud

Microsoft's new Dynamics 365 will bundle ERP and CRM in the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A new app store, meanwhile, will help business users find line-of-business SaaS applications
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"...... With Cortana Intelligence, for instance, sales reps will be able to predict which products and services a customer will need next, thereby helping to focus their cross-selling efforts."
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Amazon's Elastic File System is now open for business

Amazon's Elastic File System is now open for business | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Users of the cloud storage service can create file systems that grow or shrink as needed
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"EFS is designed for a wide range of file workloads, including big data analytics, media processing, and genomics analysis, AWS said."
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Ransomware may be a big culprit for data loss – but it’s the wrong fall guy

Ransomware may be a big culprit for data loss – but it’s the wrong fall guy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With researchers seeing a 3500% increase in the use of net infrastructure which criminals use to run ransomware campaigns, it’s not surprising that ransomware has been making big headlines.
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......... fraud and human error are costing UK organisations £98.6 billion a year.
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Read my lips, says Docker: Containers aren't VMs

Read my lips, says Docker: Containers aren't VMs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A major form of confusion about containers says that they're a next-generation, lightweight replacement for VMs. But container advocates say that's never been the goal
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........ Not now, and not any time soon, either.
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VMware Expands Cloud Partnership with IBM to Include Desktop Services

VMware Expands Cloud Partnership with IBM to Include Desktop Services | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
VMware (VMW) Horizon Air customers can utilize the company’s cloud-hosted desktop and application services through the IBM Cloud.
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The news marks the latest development in VMware and IBM’s decade-long collaboration
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How IoT relates to the cloud and PaaS: Pace and flexibility

How IoT relates to the cloud and PaaS: Pace and flexibility | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
IoT reliance on the cloud and the benefits of the 'as a service' model has made companies re-examine their available tools in search of solutions that are as flexible, scalable, and economical as their own products.
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"Why does PaaS fit with IoT?"
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FBI pushes for more power to crush your privacy

FBI pushes for more power to crush your privacy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The FBI continues its push to greatly expand government surveillance and exempt that spying from constitutional safeguards and privacy rules
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"With a treasure trove of digital information tantalizingly within reach, the FBI doesn't want to be slowed down by inconveniences like Fourth Amendment protections."
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The days of long, complicated passwords are over

The days of long, complicated passwords are over | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As threats evolve, so does the advice on creating passwords to foil the bad guys. Here are the latest recommendations
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"Along with this unconventional advice comes a bunch of useful suggestions"
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