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A step closer to cleaning up the mobile cloud mess

A step closer to cleaning up the mobile cloud mess | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud storage services are great, but in mobile they suffer from a double whammy of separation and inconsistent support...
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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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Top 10 cloud computing benefits: Flexible, economical, secure

Top 10 cloud computing benefits: Flexible, economical, secure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
What's great about life in the sky
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We know the cloud is not the answer to all IT needs, as we noted in our top 10 cloud computing concerns in May. But it would be churlish to deny its benefits, of which there are many.

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The growth of on-demand cloud computing

The growth of on-demand cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

This HP whitepaper charts the development of the cloud on-demand computing concept and shows how important it is for addressing the demand for business agility and growth.

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Cloud services are built around the on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) delivery models. ......

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Rackspace rolls out new hosted computing tier: Managed cloud

Rackspace rolls out new hosted computing tier: Managed cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
We’ve had collocation, managed services and cloud. Welcome managed cloud to the party now.
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The idea behind this new Rackspace offering is pretty simple: Engineers at the company will help customers design, manage, launch and scale their applications in the cloud.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud Computing And SMEs

INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud Computing And SMEs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
SMEs (Small/Medium Sized Enterprises) make up the bulk of businesses today. Most cloud based applications created today are geared toward the SME
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This infographic provided courtesy of Towergate offers insights into the uses and benefits of cloud computing, as well as tips for a successful implementation.

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VIDEO: Amazon Web Services Moves Beyond Developer Tools

VIDEO: Amazon Web Services Moves Beyond Developer Tools | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon Web Services is known for many things, but all of those have to do with developer services like cloud computing instances, databases and storage...
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While Amazon itself has long offered some kinds of web apps for its e-book and music service, for example (and one could probably argue that Amazon.com is also a web app), Zocalo is a step in a very new direction for AWS.

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With Cloud Computing, Flexibility Isn't Always a Good Thing

With Cloud Computing, Flexibility Isn't Always a Good Thing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Flexibility comes from a model that doesn't require any data center hardware and from a series of extensive APIs that are an integral part of the best SaaS offerings.
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The beauty—although potentially also one of the traps—of SaaS is that these programs assume everyone will adjust their organization to match the software.

 

 

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Five Trends Show Why Cloud Computing Is Far From Mature

Five Trends Show Why Cloud Computing Is Far From Mature | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
NEWS ANALYSIS: Here are five trends that are apparent at 2014's midpoint that show that customers face a lot of difficult questions and choices when selecting cloud computing services.
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We are now halfway through 2014 and Google, IBM, HP and the OpenStack gang have had their turns to talk about their latest cloud offerings. So this is a good time to see what is changing in cloud computing.

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Rahul Kharwadkar's curator insight, July 9, 11:15 PM

Interesting article. 

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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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Momentis Systems's curator insight, July 21, 5:51 AM

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

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Sorry, cloud resisters: Control does not equal security

Sorry, cloud resisters: Control does not equal security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Many of those who push back on cloud computing citing security fears are doing their employers a disservice
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Control does not equal security, and it never did. Those who continue to push back on cloud computing using security as an excuse, without understanding the real issues, are doing their businesses a disservice.

 

 

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Cloud Computing Insurance: The New IT Safety Net?

Cloud Computing Insurance: The New IT Safety Net? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Own something valuable? Then it should be insured. Homes, cars and even office equipment is typically insured against destruction or theft. But what about data? For many midsize companies, mission-critical data does not reside on a single stack or even with a single cloud provider. ...
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.......... the problem lies in calculating the total value of virtual assets and the risk they represent. Companies with better security protocols, for example, should not be charged as much as those that leave gaping network holes. .......

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Can Amazon and Microsoft crack cloud computing in China? | China Economic Review

Can Amazon and Microsoft crack cloud computing in China? | China Economic Review | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Almost all of the six hundred and twenty million Chinese people and the hundreds of thousands of domestic firms that connect to the internet daily store some form of content online.

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Microsoft is the only global company that has managed to offer a completely public cloud service in China.

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Cloud Computing Increases Business Agility, Whatever That Means

Cloud Computing Increases Business Agility, Whatever That Means | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Is cloud computing finally a bona fide business strategy, versus an IT optimization strategy? It may well be, a new survey suggests. But this new second phase of cloud means things are going to be tougher to measure, define and conceptualize in the big picture. 

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Business agility leads the list of drivers for adopting cloud computing, with nearly a third of respondents (32 percent) saying it was their primary reason for pursuing cloud.

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Digital Enterprises: What MSPs Need to Know (or Perhaps Already Know)

Digital Enterprises: What MSPs Need to Know (or Perhaps Already Know) | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Many companies are moving towards digital products and services and cloud file sync and storage is often a critical component in that transition. Here are a few things that MSPs specializing in the cloud should know about digital enterprises, or more accurately, probably already know (without knowing it applies).
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Are your customers forward thinking when it comes to the cloud? These businesses are great potential clients of Managed Service Providers (MSP) that specialize in the cloud, including those that offer cloud-based file sharing.

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What is cloud computing?

What is cloud computing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
What is cloud computing? | Technology | National | Bdaily UK | Business News
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True cloud technologies are about the technology itself and how it’s provided commercially. ..............

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