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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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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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Google Brings Autoscaling To Compute Engine

Google Brings Autoscaling To Compute Engine | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google continues to build out its cloud computing platform and today the company announced that its autoscaling service for Compute Engine, its infrastructure-as-a-service platform, is now available in beta.
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It’s surprising that it took Google this long to release this feature. Amazon made auto scaling available on AWS back in 2009 (unlike Google, Amazon prefers to use “auto scaling” over “autoscaling”) and Microsoft launched Azure auto-scaling (with the hyphen) for web sites, cloud services and virtual machines last June.

 

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The internet of things isn’t producing a data deluge … yet

The internet of things isn’t producing a data deluge … yet | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
It might seem like the world is awash is in connected devices, but we haven’t seen anything yet. But the companies storing data from all those sensors say they’re not worried about how much there’ll be as much as about making it easy to use.
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On the Amazon Web Services cloud, where anecdotal evidence suggests a large percentage IoT applications run, all that connected data is just a drop in an enormous bucket.

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Enterprises Moving Big Data Workloads to Public Cloud

Enterprises Moving Big Data Workloads to Public Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
More than half of large enterprises are either already using public cloud resources for their big data analytic needs or plan to do so, according to a report by Gigaom Research.
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The report finds that only 13 percent of respondents say they would only use private data centers for all analytic processes.

 

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Cloud Consistency: The US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap

Cloud Consistency: The US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its final version of the U.S. government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II last week. The roadmap provides international guidelines, objectives and “Priority Action Plans” for cloud computing, with the hope of improving cybersecurity for the United States' critical infrastructure and individual organizations.
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Some argue no – a shifting market of which vendors have invested more than $15 billion in will define what cloud computing is to become more so than a roadmap.

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Turning Data into Insights - Driving Growth in the Manufacturing Sector

Turning Data into Insights - Driving Growth in the Manufacturing Sector | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The internet of things is an extremely hyped concept. It refers to the building of smart machines that use sensors and enable connectivity between devices, however a far more pressing problem and an area in which smart connectivity can be used effectively is manufacturing engineering.

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Now the question arises, what could good data management do for manufacturers? Transforming DRIP into DRIR.

 

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Rackspace Goes All-In with Microsoft Cloud OS Network

Rackspace Goes All-In with Microsoft Cloud OS Network | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Managed-hosting company Rackspace has become the latest partner to join Microsoft's Cloud OS Network and offer support for the Microsoft cloud platform.

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The new partnership will enable Rackspace to continue building on its managed cloud strategy ......

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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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China has arrested three suspects for spreading Wirelurker iOS malware

China has arrested three suspects for spreading Wirelurker iOS malware | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Less than two weeks after the bug was first discovered, the Wirelurker iOS malware has already led to three arrests. First discovered by ZDNet, the Beijing Bureau of Public security has announced...
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Wirelurker was notable as the first malware program able to penetrate the iPhone's strict software controls

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Scientists develop self-healing virtual machines

Scientists develop self-healing virtual machines | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
University of Utah creates software that kills off malware in the cloud
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Researchers claim the software not only detects and eradicates never-before-seen viruses and other malware, but also automatically repairs damage caused by them.

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Why CoreOS is a game-changer in the data center and cloud

Why CoreOS is a game-changer in the data center and cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Offering Linux as a service, CoreOS has become the preferred distro for Docker -- and may go a long way toward making data centers more cloudlike
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.... in the cloud era, we’re starting to treat servers like cows: If one falls over, that's part of the business.

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Most Common Passwords list - May be Yours is one of them

Most Common Passwords list - May be Yours is one of them | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
1000 Most Common Passwords list - Never use them,Most Common passwords is a threat to security,avoid using top worst passwords from this collection
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Once hackers know your login id they will start using the passwords from the list. It is a good idea if your password is not on this list.

 

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Passwords - is yours on this list, if it is change it ASAP

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Cloud computing and device problems

Cloud computing and device problems | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The other day I had a problem with my iPhone -- a 4S, with 64GB running iOS 8.1 -- so here’s my story

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But I had to ask myself:  What would a person who isn’t computer savvy do?  Would those who treat their phone as an appliance be willing to go through this discovery and recovery process?

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INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud Field Service Management

INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud Field Service Management | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
We have been hearing a fair bit over the past several months about field management services. This looks to be a very exciting industry as the potential
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Provided is an infographic by ServiceMax which looks into some of those numbers.

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