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Big data in the cloud? Be careful what you pay for | ZDNet

Big data in the cloud? Be careful what you pay for | ZDNet | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing is a powerful technology for renting servers and storage, but if you work with big data, the costs of going outside your own datacentre could be prohibitive.
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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 9, 11:15 PM

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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Cloud Migration Continues Despite Unexpected Challenges

Cloud Migration Continues Despite Unexpected Challenges | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud computing solutions may be growing in use, but a new survey of 400 global IT professionals by Enterprise Management Associates finds that cloud migration is fraught with failures and unexpected challenges. As InformationWeek reports, the survey reveals that companies are turning to cloud computing in order to keep up with technology innovations.

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To improve cloud computing operations, adaptation of the internal IT department is key. .....

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INFOGRAPHIC: 2014 Digital Business Survey

INFOGRAPHIC: 2014 Digital Business Survey | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Digital Business - We've found an interesting infographic covering the 2014 Digital Business Survey at Informationweek that uncovers some of the reasons
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The infographic primarily takes a closer look at the differences between smaller and larger based companies.

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The Internet of Things at home: Why we should pay attention

The Internet of Things at home: Why we should pay attention | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Some of the current consumer products could lead into important enterprise tools
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The IoT is a catchall phrase, a concept that includes all of these things. "We look at the IoT as a superset, the umbrella term that covers all areas, including consumer, industrial and public sector," says Hung LeHong, vice president at research firm Gartner.

 

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Why Google Cloud Dataflow is no Hadoop killer

Why Google Cloud Dataflow is no Hadoop killer | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google's new data processing service may look like it's designed to lure users away from Hadoop, but its focus is more selective
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Google bills the service as "the latest step in our effort to make data and analytics accessible to everyone," with an emphasis on the application you're writing rather than the data you're manipulating.

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look At The Cloud Storage Wars In 2014

INFOGRAPHIC: A Look At The Cloud Storage Wars In 2014 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Storage - More people are starting to use cloud storage as an additional or even primary method to store and backup their data...
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By 2016, the cloud storage industry is expected to generate over $4.04 Billion in Revenue, according to a forecast by Statista

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Tomas Trejbal's curator insight, June 29, 11:19 AM

current state of the storage wars... unfortunately they forgot to take OneDrive into account

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European Commission : CORDIS : Newsroom : Cloud computing: facilitating cutting edge collaborative research

European Commission : CORDIS : Newsroom : Cloud computing: facilitating cutting edge collaborative research | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud computing - where storage facilities are provided on demand over the internet from shared data centres - enables effective research collaboration to blossom. Rather than having to purchase a cluster of computers or struggle to find space at the lab, researchers can outsource their computing storage needs to remote facilities in the cloud and make this data accessible to colleagues.

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CERN's computing capacity needs to keep up with the enormous amount of data coming from the Large Hadron Collider and we see Helix Nebula as a great way of working with industry to meet this challenge,' said Frédéric Hemmer, head of CERN's IT department.

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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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Google, Microsoft Push 50GbE for Cloud Computing Network

Google, Microsoft Push 50GbE for Cloud Computing Network | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Consortium formed to promote 25 GbE and 50 GbE connectivity between servers and top-of-rack switches Read More
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Companies like Google and Microsoft, which build massive data centers to support delivery of their services globally, will benefit from both capital and operational expense savings since the standard will enable them to reduce overprovisioning of resources.

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Cloud computing sector favoured by venture capitals | China Economic Net

Cloud computing sector favoured by venture capitals | China Economic Net | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

As its industrial pathway becomes clearer, cloud computing is turning into the target for investment and spurring a flurry of cloud computing industrial funds.

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"At present, there are a lot of investment funds in the field of IT, but very few are truly dedicated to the two emerging industries of cloud computing and big data". Mou Honglei, a partner of Faith Capital, ....

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CoreOS Linux Released as 'World's First OS as a Service'

CoreOS Linux Released as 'World's First OS as a Service' | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

A Linux distribution that updates itself. That's the idea behind the new commercial Linux product from CoreOS, called CoreOS Managed Linux.

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.... enterprise  users should think of the new service "as the last migration they will ever need." As with other open-source companies that provide additions and services around open-source software

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How cloud technology can pose huge risks to your business

How cloud technology can pose huge risks to your business | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud computing technologies, where programs and applications run on connected internet servers rather than on local devices, have grown exponentially in the past ten years.

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Many employees may not even realise they are putting their companies’ data at risk by using programs and applications like iCloud, Dropbox, and Evernote – but these are all cloud-based services that have the potential to be hacked. If employees use them to store valuable data, it poses big security risks.

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Are Digital Business And Cloud Computing Joined At The Hip?

Are Digital Business And Cloud Computing Joined At The Hip? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Do organizations that have mastered cloud computing have an easier time advancing into the digital realm? Is digital enterprise even possible without cloud computing? It's very likely that cloud paves the way to the digital enterprise, but don't expect overnight transformation as a result of cloud.

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The evolution of digital enterprises will track very closely to that of hybridized cloud IT and business environments, ....

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Why use a cloud broker? For starters, to clear the fog of acquisition

Why use a cloud broker? For starters, to clear the fog of acquisition | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A trusted external cloud services provider can make it easier, more secure and less expensive to choose and manage cloud services.
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I’ll take a storage service from Amazon, a test environment from Google and a cloud burst from Microsoft. I’d also like a Dell Cloud Manager with a side of support services — hold the mayo.

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