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The New SugarSync 2.00 Makes It Easier to Live Life in the Cloud

The New SugarSync 2.00 Makes It Easier to Live Life in the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
SugarSync is going mainstream. As many discovering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, backing up documents in the cloud has many benefits.
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LibreOffice's next big version is in the cloud

LibreOffice's next big version is in the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A key LibreOffice developer is preparing to turn the productivity site into a competitor for Google Apps and Microsoft Office Online
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Dubbed LibreOffice Online, the application is intended to guarantee complete document cross-compatibility with the desktop version of LibreOffice; any document created in one can be edited in the other without loss of features or data.

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A Cloud with a Mind of Its Own – Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Services

A Cloud with a Mind of Its Own – Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Services | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Even the cloud with all its compute power cannot reproduce the complexity, randomness and creativity of the human mind. Or can it? Ever since Alan Turing suggested his test, the line between human and artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly blurred.

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AI-based cloud services that could soon be available include:

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Jason Fidow's curator insight, March 27, 1:36 AM

http://www.cloudwedge.com/cloud-mind-artificial-intelligence-cloud-services/?__scoop_post=ffa1ee90-d442-11e4-f147-90b11c3998fc&__scoop_topic=4212904#__scoop_post=ffa1ee90-d442-11e4-f147-90b11c3998fc&__scoop_topic=4212904 ;

Chris Mackinga's curator insight, March 27, 3:05 AM

This article is mostly clickbait, but I was more dismayed than I expected to be upon reading the article. It claims that Eugene Goostman passed the Turing test in 2014, however this is not only untrue but an inaccurate representation of facts. The program was pretending to be a foreigner with English as a second language which would account for a lot of the logical inconsistencies that spawn when you attempt to have a sentient mind interact with an artificial one. Overall, this article was as disappointing as its opening premise. 

Patrick Bolter's curator insight, March 27, 3:53 AM

As cloud based technology grows along side with other technologies such as artificial intelligence, it tends to cross over with each other where possible. Chips designed to operate like the human brain may become more common in the future as we understand more and more just how our brains work to transmit, store and translate data.

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HTTP/2: The future of the Web demystified

HTTP/2: The future of the Web demystified | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Making the most of HTTP/2 will take a lot of work on the part of Web designers, IT admins, and server jockeys. Here's what to expect
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HTTP/2 aims to provide three distinct advantages over HTTP/1. .......

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Life after virtualization: More data center tech for less

Life after virtualization: More data center tech for less | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
VMware’s vSphere 6 release marks the end of one chapter of the virtualization story, but another has already begun
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The features and functions available to server admins at this point in time are simply stunning to behold

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Sydney Clutterbuck's curator insight, March 25, 6:12 PM

Paul Venezia shares his thoughts on the development of network visualization and the history of SDN platforms, also explaining how VMWare came to be one of the biggest visualization giants with the release of the VMware vSphere 6. The Author also touches on revolutionary (for its time) forms of server visualization and para- virtualization.

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Defining the Modern Cloud Architect: a Look at Today’s Business

Defining the Modern Cloud Architect: a Look at Today’s Business | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Today, it's important to look at one of the most critical components behind the delivery of a cloud solution: the cloud architect. Read More
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There are now unbelievable new opportunities for those that truly understand cloud, the architecture, and the business drivers which push it all forward.

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Jonny Isijanovski's curator insight, March 23, 8:00 PM

A good article that shows how cloud computing is changing the IT industry and what skills and knowledge is now in high demand for business owners and operators using cloud technologies.

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Google Cloud Storage Nearline wants to be your cloud data vault

Google Cloud Storage Nearline wants to be your cloud data vault | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Data stored in Google's inexpensive alternative to offline cold storage can be accessed in under 3 seconds
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The Cloud Storage Nearline service, billed in Google's blog post as "a simple, low-cost, fast-response storage service with quick data backup, retrieval and access," ...........

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Sydney Clutterbuck's curator insight, March 25, 6:14 PM

 In this article Serdar Yegulap describes Google’s inexpensive alternative to offline cold storage using the cloud storage Nearline. Quoted as “a simple, lost cost, fast-response storage service with quick data backup, retrieval and access”. This service being cheaper gigabyte for gigabyte compared to the more expensive LTO Tapes, also being to access that data within 3 seconds. This will not just be applied to Google’s Cloud Platform users, but, hopefully to a plethora of other brand-name data storage solutions

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The great IT myth: is cloud really less secure than on-premise?

The great IT myth: is cloud really less secure than on-premise? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the debate regarding security in the cloud rolls on for the umpteenth year, Information Age seeks a definitive answer
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49% of IT decision makers admit they are "very or extremely anxious" about the security implications of cloud services

 

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Jonny Isijanovski's curator insight, March 23, 8:04 PM

One of the major setbacks cloud computing is having is the lack of acceptance in the widespread market. This article makes good points about the security of the infrastructure of cloud computing which leads to a strong security focus and provides sources from experts in their fields.

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Red Hat's Atomic Host promises safer, sleeker Docker

Red Hat's Atomic Host promises safer, sleeker Docker | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
RHEL Atomic Host boasts of better controls and security over containers, promotes Docker as a building block for hybrid clouds
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Red Hat claims Atomic Host can deliver "military-grade security out-of-the-box, effectively isolating each container in a multi-container environment," by way of SELinux, cgroups, and kernel namespaces ....

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Cloud Computing Wars 2015 - Google, Microsoft, Docker, Sphere 3D And VMware

Cloud Computing Wars 2015 - Google, Microsoft, Docker, Sphere 3D And VMware | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing has gradually entered the second phase of the product life cycle. Naturally, several players have established strong reputations and economies of scale. Although companies with innovative technologies and supe
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Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments.

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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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Janika Puolitaival's curator insight, March 5, 8:59 AM

For me most important question is which of these still exist few years from now?

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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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Sydney Clutterbuck's curator insight, March 26, 3:35 AM

This article by Dan Kobialka provides insight into the troubles faced by the integration of cloud services with legacy systems. A new survey by the CDW revealed that most IT professionals could make use of cloud services if it wasn’t for the complexity of integrating those workloads with legacy systems. 

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Joyent's Docker host runs containers on bare metal without VMs

Joyent's Docker host runs containers on bare metal without VMs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Triton Elastic Container Infrastructure is the latest example of a third party solving Docker's problems
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Apart from ease of management, the other big boon is the performance gained by running on bare metal.

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Adobe says new cloud service will end 'document disconnect'

Adobe says new cloud service will end 'document disconnect' | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Adobe has announced Adobe Document Cloud, promising a seamless and unified document experience across desktop, mobile and the Web.
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"Just like the Creative Cloud and Marketing Cloud where we transformed those businesses, we're looking to take our heritage in the document space and transform it," says Mark Grilli, vice president of Product Marketing at Adobe.

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Sydney Clutterbuck's curator insight, March 25, 6:12 PM

In this article Thor Olavsrud examines the unveiling of the Adobe Document Cloud. Adobe proposed that this service will end the reign of pervasive processes that are still prevalent in vast majorities of businesses today. They plan to deliver “Seamless and unified document experience across desktop, mobile and the Web” through the reimagining Acrobat from the ground up with many anticipated enterprise document management capabilities. 

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Security guru Bruce Schneier: Your privacy is already gone

Security guru Bruce Schneier: Your privacy is already gone | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In 'Data and Goliath,' one of the world's foremost security experts piles on the evidence that privacy is dead -- and proposes a detailed plan to restore it
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One of my favorite quotes from the book: “If something is free, you’re not the customer, you’re the product.” ........

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Why businesses should focus on wide data, not big data

Why businesses should focus on wide data, not big data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Data doesn't have to be big to provide your organization with important insights. True insight lies at the intersection of different data sets.

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"It's the role of the CIO to not only be a technologist, but to be an active driver of using data to improve the business."

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Chuck Taylor's curator insight, March 17, 12:13 PM

Great article!

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First look: VMware vSphere 6 keeps its edge

First look: VMware vSphere 6 keeps its edge | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With welcome improvements to key features, as well as the bundling of backup and recovery, the leading virtualization platform doesn't disappoint
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With useful improvements to a number of key features, as well as the bundling of functions such as backup and recovery that were previously available separately, vSphere 6 is a worthy addition to the vSphere line.

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Sydney Clutterbuck's curator insight, March 25, 6:14 PM

In this article Paul Venezia exhibits VMware’s newest virtualisation platform; the vSphere 6. During past and present VMware has had a firm grip on virtualization. Now, with the release of the vSphere 6 and its latest features such as back-up, recovery, Vmotion and a suite of other features VMware has found another way to distinguish itself. 

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Moving the help desk to the cloud: Companies reticent to adopt SaaS models

Moving the help desk to the cloud: Companies reticent to adopt SaaS models | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
More than two thirds of respondents in a survey from Software Advice currently use on-premise help desk systems despite the prevalence of cloud-based systems in the market.
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The most frequently used help desk software functionality, according to those polled, is ticket management (66%), followed by reporting and analytics (51%) and live chat integration (45%). ....

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5 steps for transforming your business using data

5 steps for transforming your business using data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Digital organizations rely on their IT platform and on data-powered business processes. If your organization was not born digital, discover 5 steps that can bring you closer to a digital business and create new opportunities.
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Here are 5 steps you should take that digital leaders use.

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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, 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, 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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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