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Who has the best ecosystem?

Who has the best ecosystem? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
About a year ago, I asked all of you whether or not you’re invested in one particular ecosystem over another.
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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 10, 2:15 AM

Interesting article. 

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INFOGRAPHIC: Leaving Data On The Table

INFOGRAPHIC: Leaving Data On The Table | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

While Big Data enjoys widespread media coverage, not enough attention has been paid to what practitioners think — data scientists who manage and analyze  massive volumes of data.

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Paradigm4 teamed up with Innovation Enterprise to ask over 100 data scientists for their help separating Big Data hype from reality. This Infographic is their summation.

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Cloud: The reality that enterprises cannot escape

Cloud: The reality that enterprises cannot escape | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Even as many still regard it as a 'new technology', experts and senior industry leaders are of the view that Cloud is increasingly becoming a game-changer for Indian information technology (IT) services companies.

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Cloud is a reality that enterprises cannot escape," he said. "Leveraging the capability of the cloud has proven to be a strategic differentiator in the way enterprises do business today. ......."

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The dark art of cloud computing

The dark art of cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
No IT system is ever 100 per cent secure, according to 'Black Dragon', an ex-hacker who reveals the dark side of the web.
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He warned delegates: 'Don’t be fooled by someone telling you your data is secure. If you are accessing the system wirelessly, it is never secure.'

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Salesforce Cloud Takes on Patient Relationship Management

Salesforce Cloud Takes on Patient Relationship Management | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Salesforce.com recently made a strong push in retail with its Salesforce1 platform. Now, the CRM  company is making moves in the healthcare industry through a strategic alliance with Royal Philips, also based on Salesforce1.

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Going forward, Salesforce.com and Philips envision apps that will cover the healthcare continuum, from prevention and self-care to diagnoses and treatment all the way to recovery and wellness.

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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, 8:51 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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Public Cloud Computing Required? Fast-Tracking the Digital Enterprise

Public Cloud Computing Required? Fast-Tracking the Digital Enterprise | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
What is the digital enterprise? Joe McKendrick of Forbes says it is "associated with the design, development and delivery of innovative products and services through online channels." In other words, taking what is best about a business and moving it ...
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The article reveals the findings of a Saugatuck Technology survey, which found that 60 percent of businesses are creating new digital products and services while 70 percent are adapting existing services to work within a digital framework. But only 29 percent of respondents said the majority of their business apps and infrastructure reside in the cloud.

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10 questions to determine whether hybrid clouds are right for your organization

10 questions to determine whether hybrid clouds are right for your organization | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Hybrid clouds are helping enterprises find a balance between their IT infrastructure and public cloud services. But do they make sense for you?
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10 questions to help you decide whether a hybrid cloud is the right strategy for your company.

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As security startups heat up, a reminder that security is not a product or service: it's a value

As security startups heat up, a reminder that security is not a product or service: it's a value | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There’s a lot of funding going on in security these days, but it’s hard to tell whether or not these new services are actually going to help things. It’s more important to focus on integrating proper security measures within your organization rather than relying on an outside system to do the work for you.
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As Gap infrastructure architecture senior director Jeffery Padgett said at Structure regarding Target’s hacking debacle, “Target had this information available to them but weren’t acting on it.”

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Why cloud data encryption is crucial for small businesses

Why cloud data encryption is crucial for small businesses | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
To work in the cloud all you need is an internet connection and some form of online storage, but there are security risks, writes Hazel Davis
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Encryption is, in layman's terms, the turning of data/information in the cloud into gobbledygook, with codes to turn the data back into something understandable.

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