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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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How big data analytics help hospitals stop a killer

How big data analytics help hospitals stop a killer | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Wireless biosensors and big data analytics can help hospitals identify patients showing signs of sepsis, the leading cause of death in noncoronary intensive care units in the U.S. They can even keep monitoring patients who have been discharged.
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Sepsis is a serious medical condition that occurs when the body unleashes the full force of the immune system in response to an infection.........

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Replace your NAS with cloud storage: 8 key requirements

Replace your NAS with cloud storage: 8 key requirements | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For cloud storage to be useful for unstructured data, it needs to provide equivalent flexibility, performance, and productivity as enterprise storage systems
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Hyperscale cloud storage providers like AWS, Google and Azure dropped prices by up to 65 percent last year and promised a Moore's Law pricing model going forward.

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Microsoft's Business Intelligence Service Gets a Power Boost

Microsoft's Business Intelligence Service Gets a Power Boost | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

An updated version of Microsoft’s Power BI service will be released July 24, the company announced Friday. The goal of the updated service is to enable business users to benefit from business intelligence and analytics without requiring sophisticated help from analysts, data scientists, or other tech staff.

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The new set of business-intelligence tools will replace Microsoft's current Power BI for Office 365 service.

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FBI, DOJ want companies to back off end-to-end encryption

FBI, DOJ want companies to back off end-to-end encryption | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
U.S. tech companies should retain access to the encrypted information of their customers, instead of providing end-to-end encryption, in order to give police the tools they need to investigate crimes and terrorist activity, two senior law enforcement officials said.
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The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI aren't seeking new legislation to require tech companies to comply with warrant requests, at least for now, ....

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Cloud providers aren’t sharing their metadata – and it leads to bad trust with customers

Cloud providers aren’t sharing their metadata – and it leads to bad trust with customers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The verdict on cloud vendors has come in from a new research study by Forrester: must do better in assuaging compliance fears, building support issues, and making customers feel wanted.
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39% of UK respondents agreed with the statement “my cloud provider doesn’t know me or my company”. ...........

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Harnessing the Power of Big Data and Hadoop Apps in Healthcare

Harnessing the Power of Big Data and Hadoop Apps in Healthcare | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Impact of Big Data apps in healthcare sector
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.......... getting access to this valued data and categorizing it into clinical and advanced analytics is crucial for building sustainable healthcare systems that are more accessible.

 

Guest post: Thanks to @janet tompson for the article.

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The private cloud is for suckers

The private cloud is for suckers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Managers embrace private cloud solutions such as OpenStack because they keep IT in control, but are they simply old men shaking their fists at the public cloud?
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After all, the public-vs.-private-cloud debate is less a matter of functional hardware parity and more a matter of abstracting away the very idea of hardware (and software) ownership, yielding an elasticity and flexibility of development that is simply impossible with OpenStack or any private cloud.

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Christian Verstraete's curator insight, June 23, 1:52 AM

First, OpenStack is NOT just private cloud. Sounds like some do not get that. Second, if private cloud is for suckers, there are a lot of suckers in the world. Might be good to see why people are going for private cloud.

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SAP steps up its IoT push with new Hana, analytics releases

SAP steps up its IoT push with new Hana, analytics releases | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
SAP Cloud for Planning gets a new mobile app with a remote data-synchronization feature
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Dubbed service pack 10 (SPS10), the software is the biggest update to the in-memory database platform since its launch in 2010, said Steve Lucas, SAP's president of platform solutions.

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Analysing the differences between cloud orchestration and cloud automation

Analysing the differences between cloud orchestration and cloud automation | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
What is the difference between cloud orchestration and cloud automation? An exploration of these two terms is more than a vocabulary exercise; it highlights a key challenge for teams looking to improve IT processes.
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Cloud automation describes a task or function accomplished without human intervention. Cloud orchestration describes the arranging and coordination of automated tasks, ultimately resulting in a consolidated process or workflow.

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Esther Levine for the article

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Apple open-sources Swift to draw more developers to iOS

Apple open-sources Swift to draw more developers to iOS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Apple's plans are promising, but they're mainly about getting Swift into the hands of more developers
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The announcement went hand-in-hand with word of Swift 2, which is bristling with new features to make development faster and easier, and is available with the iOS 9 beta (to be released to registered developers today).

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, June 10, 11:39 AM

The announcement went hand-in-hand with word of Swift 2, which is bristling with new features to make development faster and easier, and is available with the iOS 9 beta (to be released to registered developers today).

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Reinvent your career for the cloud the right way

Reinvent your career for the cloud the right way | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The demand for cloud talent is exploding -- and driving many to cloud-wash their resumes
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The problem comes when those looking to reinvent their careers end up cloud-washing their CVs and are even able to talk their way into significant cloud-related jobs.

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IaaS Security - Comparing IaaS Providers

IaaS Security - Comparing IaaS Providers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Our state-of–the-industry public IaaS security research compares leading Cloud Providers' data and network security. Click to see the Infographic.
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The state-of-the-industry public IaaS security research examines a number of features, which are .................

 

Guest post: thanks to @Esther Levine for the article.

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The mythical Hadoop skills gap

The mythical Hadoop skills gap | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Oh no! Big data is failing because we can't find enough people who know the technology! Relax, they're out there -- but don't fall for the buzzwords
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Hadoop is hard, but frankly, the idiotic buzzword-matching to skills make no sense. Here's the relevant experience prospective candidates should have even if they don't know Hadoop:
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Why Spark is spiking in the cloud

Why Spark is spiking in the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Interest and investment in Apache Spark have increased dramatically in recent months, to the benefit of cloud customers
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Spark is attractive mainly because it provides a powerful in-memory data-processing component within Hadoop that deals with both real-time and batch events.

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8 free apps that pump up Google Drive

8 free apps that pump up Google Drive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google Drive can do much more than you realize. Ready to unlock its productivity potential?
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Note that Google's sharable links for Drive apps all appear as add-ons for Chrome -- but once an app is installed, it'll connect directly to your Drive account and work in the cloud from any browser.

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What is a Private Cloud?

What is a Private Cloud? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A private cloud is one of the two types of cloud computing (the other is public cloud) with a separate and secure cloud-based environment where only one specific user/client can operate. Just like with other cloud models, the ‘private cloud’ models also offer computing power as a service within a
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This article compares the Private Cloud to the normal off the mill Local Area Network and does not deal in comparing it to the Public Cloud. Of course Private Cloud comes up trumps in this scenario.

 

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Big data, big challenges: Hadoop in the enterprise

Big data, big challenges: Hadoop in the enterprise | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Fresh from the front lines: Common problems encountered when putting Hadoop to work -- and the best tools to make Hadoop less burdensome
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Hadoop isn't a thing: Hadoop is a word we use to mean "that big data stuff" like Spark, MapReduce, Hive, HBase, and so on. There are a lot of pieces. .............
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ISPs do throttle traffic -- and the FCC can't stop it

ISPs do throttle traffic -- and the FCC can't stop it | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Fast lanes exist, neutrality doesn't, and this is all perfectly legal under the FCC's new rules
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This may sound like Internet traffic being held for ransom, but it's all perfectly legal and has been standard operating procedure for 20 years. ....

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How to make cloud backup a no-brainer

How to make cloud backup a no-brainer | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
It's time to move from a disk-to-tape to a disk-to-cloud backup strategy
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The idea of backing up with a cloud storage repository as one of those three copies is beneficial in theory, providing an offsite copy of your data should you need it.

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Redundancy is the key when backing up , just ensure you have a backup for your backup 

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Oracle profit slides 24 percent as customers move to the cloud

Oracle profit slides 24 percent as customers move to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The company reported its first overall sales decline in more than two years
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Oracle's cloud business seems to be growing strongly. Revenue from software sold as a service climbed 29 percent from this time last year, to $416 million, the company said. But that's a relatively small part of Oracle's business, and it wasn't enough to offset mediocre performance elsewhere.

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How IBM Watson apps are changing 7 industries

How IBM Watson apps are changing 7 industries | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
These seven IBM Watson-powered apps are transforming the way work is done in industries ranging from healthcare and travel to entertainment and oil & gas.
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Since IBM opened IBM Watson to the world last year, it has been building a developer and entrepreneur community around the development platform.

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The Future Of Cloud Project Management

The Future Of Cloud Project Management | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Project Management (PM) is undoubtedly the best option when thinking of Project Management, as the traditional solutions offer much lower quality of services and variety of tools.
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But is Cloud PM just another Technology trend or is it here to stay?

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Comidorfor the article

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Why your next database will be open source

Why your next database will be open source | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Watch out, Oracle. Developers are moving past proprietary databases to open source upstarts -- often under the radar of IT management
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No one should write the obituary for such venerable companies as Oracle, IBM, or Microsoft just yet. But clearly, the old-school DBMS market has something to learn from open source upstarts.

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Red Hat reworks OpenStack, OpenShift for containers

Red Hat reworks OpenStack, OpenShift for containers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Red Hat's repackaging and integration effort aims to ease app delivery across all platforms: bare metal, VMs, and containers
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Red Hat plans to have each of the different layers of Cloud Suite (OpenStack, OpenShift) service a different kind of application type, and to have a management layer (CloudForms) let each of them interoperate.

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Dropbox unleashes 'universal app' for Windows phones and tablets

Dropbox unleashes 'universal app' for Windows phones and tablets | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud storage service offers new features for designers while promising better image handling
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The update automatically adapts to the user's screen size and delivers a number of new features, including the ability for Windows Phone users to upload videos directly from their devices.

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