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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: Six Online Retailer Trends To Expect

INFOGRAPHIC: Six Online Retailer Trends To Expect | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Online Retailer Trends - Online shopping has continued to grow over the years as more and more people are connected via a huge array of innovative devices
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Provided is an excellent infographic by econsultancy.com which highlights the continued growth of online shopping versus in-store purchases.

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Cloud Isn't Just for Techies Anymore

Cloud Isn't Just for Techies Anymore | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The cloud isn't just for techies anymore. Understanding what's next for cloud computing is crucial for businesses at all levels. Managers are responding to the real opportunities that the cloud offers to develop new business models, forge closer ties with customers and tap into the expertise of employees and partners.

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.... five of the biggest things we see happening in cloud:

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Cloud Computing Applications vs. Workplace Security

Cloud Computing Applications vs. Workplace Security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
New research indicates that cloud computing applications are proving to be a challenge for IT professionals. Part of the problem, it turns out, is that employees are overriding IT policies and bypassing the IT app approval process.Keeping Up With the ...
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With the rise of mobility and the need to collaborate easily, cloud computing applications are growing in importance.

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10 open source tools to make Docker even more powerful

10 open source tools to make Docker even more powerful | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Better management, Web front ends, improved visibility into container apps -- the Docker ecosystem is evolving quickly, thanks to its vibrant open source community
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Here are 10 of the most notable under development today

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When Servers Attack: Tales of Bare Metal Recovery

When Servers Attack: Tales of Bare Metal Recovery | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Our BMR survey respondents shared stories ranging from weekend-saving success to dayslong nightmare scenarios, with a common thread of IT ingenuity.
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While one story was a rousing success, the second one although frustrating, at least, had a happy ending.

 

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Office for Android gets a handy update, but not the one we're waiting for

Office for Android gets a handy update, but not the one we're waiting for | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A small update to Office's Android app adds Dropbox integration and share links for documents
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The latest version adds the same Dropbox integration that arrived on iOS a couple weeks ago, allowing users to save, load, and share documents stored in Dropbox directly through the Office app.

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Building on-ramp to cloud computing

Building on-ramp to cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Rice Univ. is preparing to offer its researchers who deal in “big data” the opportunity to compute in the cloud with fewer barriers. Rice is installing the Big Research Data Cloud (BiRD Cloud), which will allow for cloud bursting. That means data-intensive tasks can spill over into outside cloud-computing systems when necessary, essentially providing unlimited computing capacity.
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Rather than one node, or access point, BiRD Cloud will incorporate 88 Hewlett-Packard SL230 nodes, each a computer on a card with two Intel eight-core Ivy Bridge processors. ....

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Document Management Systems is A Blessing for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Document Management Systems is A Blessing for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Best document management systems for small businesses, law firms and governments. Electronic document management systems offers numerous benefits to companies seeking online / cloud based secure solutions.
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A well-documented piece of information helps in preserving official records of an organization as well as keeping people involved

 

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Bare Metal Restore & Modern IT: The Survey Results

Bare Metal Restore & Modern IT: The Survey Results | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
We heard from 200+ IT pros about their experiences with bare metal restore – who used it, how well it worked & what happened when it didn’t go as planned.
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Of the people who had used BMR, 48% reported that they’d had problems trying to perform a bare metal recovery. In other words, you might as well flip a coin.

 

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What to move to the cloud: A more mature model for SMEs

What to move to the cloud: A more mature model for SMEs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Many SMBs struggle with deciding if and what to move to the cloud.
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Obviously in this day and age email is a requirement in virtually every business. A lot of businesses continue to run Exchange locally. If you are thinking about moving portions of your business out to the cloud, email is a good place to start. Why should you move to the cloud?

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AWS squares up against Google in the Docker war

AWS squares up against Google in the Docker war | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Docker is too new to get massive enterprise adoption, but Amazon joins Google in providing the technology for when that time comes
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Container Service's focus is on scheduling, which is difficult when using containers. As it stands, you have to assign the right resources per container. When you try to roll them back, mistakes can ensue. AWS wants to solve that part of the container problem.

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Cyber Security Researchers warn Windows Server 2003 users

Cyber Security Researchers warn Windows Server 2003 users | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cyber Security researchers have warned Microsoft Windows Server 2003 users in the country to upgrade as the Microsoft have announced its 'end of life.'
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This action is expected to drive global demand for upgrading more than 10 million Windows Server 2003 servers.

 

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Cloud computing's not-so-secret mission

Cloud computing's not-so-secret mission | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

IT-as-a-Service is the real game changer in cloud computing.

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However, the cloud is also a great place to which you can move your entire IT infrastructure as well. It took a little longer than moving websites or even apps to the cloud, but IT in the cloud has arrived.

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Look closer to home for the biggest cloud security issue, SME execs told

Look closer to home for the biggest cloud security issue, SME execs told | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The biggest threat to cloud security among IT is the company’s employees unintentionally exposing data, according to the latest research figures from CloudEntr.

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There have been various vulnerabilities and outages in recent days, from Docker’s vulnerability recorded earlier this week, to Microsoft Azure’s downtime from a bug which slipped the testing process.

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Australian companies are spoilt for choice in a hot cloud market

Australian companies are spoilt for choice in a hot cloud market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Australia is now awash with public cloud providers. Here's what you need to know to make a decision.
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With so many options on hand, cloud is fast becoming part of the standard enterprise IT diet. But what should customers prioritise when choosing a provider?

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12 surprising ways personal technology betrays your privacy

12 surprising ways personal technology betrays your privacy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

It's not just your boss or the government that's spying on you, it's also the devices and technologies you embrace.

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Here are 12 ways your personal technology is betraying your privacy.

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Four key ways to overcome security concerns in the cloud

Four key ways to overcome security concerns in the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

In a show of hands  ...... the forty or so attendees were unanimous in their agreement that the issue of security is one of the most important considerations in the journey to the cloud.

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The panel had some great advice about how to overcome common security concerns. Here is a summary of what they think organisations can do:

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Serious question: Who will win the 'race to zero' in the cloud?

Serious question: Who will win the 'race to zero' in the cloud? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the public-cloud market enters its adolescence, the pervasive concept of a “race to zero” has created an impression that only the established leviathans can compete in the space. On their path to dominance the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure gobble up nascent software-as-a-service startups and lesser infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service providers as they aggressively drive down costs and make it seem unattractive for customers to not be in the cloud. Google’s latest round of price cuts on an array of services and applications have reaffirmed this popularly held belief.
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What does this mean for the race to zero? Is the cloud price war effectively over with only Google and Microsoft left playing a game of “how-low-can-you-go” chicken?

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6 Tips to Turn Web Consumer Research Rocket Science work To Your Advantage

6 Tips to Turn Web Consumer Research Rocket Science work To Your Advantage | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Market research for a new web product helps you to gain an understanding of the existing market trends, the customer psyche; this data can play a great role in forming marketing strategies. In this article, we shall discuss in detail some of the steps for a powerful research.

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.... market share is extremely volatile; you never know what will happen next.

 

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Enterprises 'play it safe' with cloud

Enterprises 'play it safe' with cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Strategic cloud deployment held back by vision and skills.
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Findings indicate that a vicous circle could be created from the tactical approach to cloud; almost half of European enterprises plan to have a hybrid cloud environment within two years.

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What Cloud Computing Means to Your Job

What Cloud Computing Means to Your Job | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The next big technology migration will change how workplaces are organized. Bad news, middle managers: You’re going to get less important.
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A corporate organizational chart from 100 years ago looks like a factory, with little workers at the base like parts, assembled by managers into units that interact with or fit into larger parts.

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In a cloud outage, no one can hear you scream

In a cloud outage, no one can hear you scream | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The most recent Azure outage shows Microsoft still needs to improve its responsiveness to customers
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Customers experiencing service problems on Tuesday turned first to Azure's status page for answers -- then to Twitter to express their outrage that it took 30 minutes for Microsoft to even acknowledge the disruption.

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Security Bucket List

Security Bucket List | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud security has been so hot to debate about, that even after a decade or so, we started to re-thing how to use common terms such as “web-application”, “internet of things” etc, in a politically correct manner...As a consequence, politically correct vendors have taken all the necessary measures to assure and re-assure customers about their security mechanisms implemented on top of SaaS, PaaS etc.
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"And why are we STILL talking about cloud security?" Unfortunately a salient point, but read on!

 

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CryptoLocker Breach Prompts Cloud Backup Overhaul at K.E. Andrews

CryptoLocker Breach Prompts Cloud Backup Overhaul at K.E. Andrews | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cryptolocker breach prompts K.E. Andrews to overhaul backup strategy with Zetta.net cloud backup.
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Cloud backup had been on the radar screen of KEA’s IT group for some time, but it was the CryptoLocker incident that launched the evaluation effort into high gear.

 

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The digital revolution: benefits of cloud computing

The digital revolution: benefits of cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The cloud is revolutionary because, like the introduction of the steam train, it creates opportunities that simply weren’t possible before
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The emergence of cloud-hosted digital innovation is a shift that’s every bit as important as the industrial revolution two centuries ago – it’s honestly that mould-breaking.

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