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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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Securing containerized applications: automate, automate, automate

Securing containerized applications: automate, automate, automate | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
How vulnerability management and threat prevention can move at the speed of continuous delivery
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"Simply put, it is not possible to keep up with container image updates, deliver reliable alerts, and detect anomalies if we continue relying on a manual, start-and-stop system."
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13 reasons not to use Chrome

13 reasons not to use Chrome | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Chrome may be the world’s most popular browser, but it isn’t necessarily the best one
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"Chrome is great. Google did a wonderful job with it—and continues improving it every day. But Chrome isn’t perfect, and it’s not the only bundle of bits that can fetch a URL. There are plenty of other good options, and you should explore them for all of these 13 reasons and maybe a few more."
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8 Docker security rules to live by

8 Docker security rules to live by | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Container-based applications introduce unique security challenges; here’s how to address them
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"If security teams want to seize the opportunity (borrowing a devops term) to “shift security to the left,” they need to identify and involve themselves in container initiatives now."
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Memo to cloud providers: Stop selling pipe dreams

Memo to cloud providers: Stop selling pipe dreams | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud providers are pushing predictive analytics, machine learning, and IoT, but most companies simply want to move their workloads first
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IT leaders want to get their workloads running properly in the cloud. Innovative stuff? It is not that important right now.
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IBM: In 5 years, Watson A.I. will be behind your every decision

IBM: In 5 years, Watson A.I. will be behind your every decision | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In the next five years, nearly every important decision, whether it's business or personal, will be made with the assistance of IBM Watson, said IBM president and CEO Ginni Rometty, in a keynote speech at IBM's World of Watson conference.
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"Watson technology will touch hundreds of millions of people by the end of this year alone, IBM's CEO said."
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VMware on AWS: A one-way ticket to the cloud

VMware on AWS: A one-way ticket to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
VMware private clouds will gain elasticity from the Amazon-VMware offering, but customers may eventually wonder why they need a private cloud at all
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"Techies who live in the future are likely to greet VMware Cloud on AWS with a shrug. The private cloud (whatever that is) and on-premises computing in general are on the wane, they will say, as even the C-suite embraces the public cloud."
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Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration

Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The benefits of big data are real.
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"The key to choosing the right cloud vendor for your organization lies in understanding your big data needs."
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Kubernetes 1.4 makes container orchestration bigger -- and simpler

Kubernetes 1.4 makes container orchestration bigger -- and simpler | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The new version of Google's container-orchestration system adds cross-cloud and state-management features, while also simplifying setup
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"Google Kubernetes has a reputation for being more powerful but more difficult to manage. Version 1.4 is aimed as much at making Kubernetes less burdensome ......."
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As Adobe, Microsoft Azure ink cloud partnership, Amazon looms

As Adobe, Microsoft Azure ink cloud partnership, Amazon looms | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

To kick off his company’s Ignite conference in Atlanta this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Adobe will run three of its most popular software as a service apps on the Microsoft Azure IaaS cloud. The move is a power play by Microsoft, but it should be taken with a grain of salt: Adobe uses Azure competitor Amazon Web Services heavily, too. 

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"As part of the agreement, Adobe will make Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform for the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud."
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3 strikes against the public cloud

3 strikes against the public cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
AWS, Azure, Salesforce, and the rest enable you to build and/or deploy stuff in record time -- but those clouds aren't killing on-prem IT for good reason
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"If the IT department is a dinosaur .............  then why is it taking so long for the giant lizard to die?"
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Violin, still pushing flash speeds, looks to the cloud

Violin, still pushing flash speeds, looks to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In flash storage these days, it takes more than speed to win over many enterprises. Flash pioneer Violin is introducing its fastest arrays yet but also bringing its Concerto OS to the cloud.
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The flash storage pioneer is introducing its fastest enterprise arrays yet
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Maximising the potential of the Industrial Internet – through the right networks

Maximising the potential of the Industrial Internet – through the right networks | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud can handle the peaks in storage and computing demand, but organisations must be able to get it up and down quickly in order to benefit from the potential cost efficiencies and infrastructure agility that it can offer.
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"In industry, IoT gives birth to IIoT, which involves monitoring the performance of complex machinery such as gas turbines, aircraft, ships, electrical grids and oil rigs."
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Voting machines are still too easy to hack

Voting machines are still too easy to hack | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Worried about a 'rigged' election? You should be, but the risk lies in outdated technology and untrained bureaucrats, not voter fraud
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A fresh report from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology puts it succinctly: “Voter machines, technically, are so riddled with vulnerabilities that even an upstart script kiddie could wreak havoc.”
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Google Cloud sharpens its enterprise strategy

Google Cloud sharpens its enterprise strategy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google used to rely mainly on its technical bona fides to sell its cloud, but now it's meeting customers halfway with new enterprise-friendly capabilities and support
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"By most estimates, Google Cloud remains a distant No. 3 behind AWS and Microsoft Azure."
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10 new AWS cloud services you never expected

10 new AWS cloud services you never expected | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
From data scooping to facial recognition, Amazon’s latest additions give devs new, wide-ranging powers in the cloud
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"....... no company has done more to create feature-rich bundles of services for the cloud than Amazon."
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Prepare for liftoff: 9 steps to cloud readiness

Prepare for liftoff: 9 steps to cloud readiness | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Remove head from sand. Resist impulse to hug server. Prepare yourself for the inevitable
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
"I said the cloud wouldn’t eat the world in 2017, but it's going to happen eventually. There's simply no reason for most businesses to run their own Data Center. There's no reason for most non-IT businesses to write most of their software. Buying hardware? It's a generation behind by the time you unpack it."
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Cloud is a battle you can't win

Cloud is a battle you can't win | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
You think your datacenter offers a better solution than AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform? Fuggedaboutit
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"Ultimately, there's no way you can keep up with the relentless economies of scale of an Amazon, Google, or Microsoft."
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Which is cheaper: Public or private clouds?

Which is cheaper: Public or private clouds? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
That depends on how good you are at managing infrastructure. 451 finds labor efficiency and utilization severely impact total cost of ownership for private clouds
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"Public clouds have their advantages. Most notably, public clouds are the least wasteful deployment option because they offer on-demand provisioning of resources."
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Falling flash prices are a boon to enterprise storage buyers

Falling flash prices are a boon to enterprise storage buyers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Enterprises didn't spend any more money on storage systems in Q2, but they got more capacity, IDC says
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"Where enterprises last year were ordering SSDs (solid-state drives) with up to 3TB, now they can buy in bulk with units as big as 15TB."
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The coming IoT security plague

The coming IoT security plague | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
All those millions of new endpoints will add equally as many vulnerabilities if the industry fails to address the problem
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IoT: Big money, big risk. If we buy into the hype that IoT offers huge opportunity, we should assume the hackers won't be far behind.
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Multi-cloud increasingly popular among enterprises – but not without its faults

Multi-cloud increasingly popular among enterprises – but not without its faults | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
More and more enterprises are moving towards multi-cloud environments, but data encryption and security remain a stumbling block, according to the latest research from workload security provider HyTrust.
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"When it comes to security, 44% encrypt data using a cloud provider solution, while 28% deploy a separate data encryption solution."
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The best online backup service for securely encrypting your data

The best online backup service for securely encrypting your data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Find out which ones give you more (or less) control over your data
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Official: Cloud computing is now mainstream

Official: Cloud computing is now mainstream | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Advanced practitioners display hybrid vigour
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Cloud computing is so mainstream these days that maybe it should just be called “computing”.
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Composable Infrastructure: a new approach to IT risk management

Composable Infrastructure: a new approach to IT risk management | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Building a perimeter fence around traditional infrastructure may reduce some IT risks, but it sacrifices agility. Composable Infrastructure offers a better way.
Peter Azzopardi's insight:
"In short, it would be a Composable Infrastructure – one that turns compute, storage and fabric into fluid pools of resources that you can effortlessly compose and recompose to meet each application’s changing needs."
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Microsoft's pivot and the importance of Windows containers

Microsoft's pivot and the importance of Windows containers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Micrsoft is in the midst of a historic strategic pivot to embrace Linux as a first-class supported platform. We explore the implications for enterprise IT and business decision-makers, and recommend practical steps to position your organization for a cross-platform Microsoft strategy
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Azure has emerged as an alternative to AWS, and Microsoft has partnered with Docker to deliver container support for Windows Server 2016.
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