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Forrester - Cloud Predictions for 2013 | CloudTimes

Forrester - Cloud Predictions for 2013 | CloudTimes | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Now that we’re nearing the end of the year, there is one key takeaway from the cloud computing industry: enterprise use has finally arrived.
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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.

 

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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.

 

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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 .................

 

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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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Windows 10: 10 great new features in store for you

Windows 10: 10 great new features in store for you | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Windows 10 is due soon and will bring a bunch of interesting new features.
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Microsoft seems to be intent on getting as many people as possible running Windows 10 as soon as possible. To enable this, they are offering — for the first time ever — the new version of Windows as a free upgrade to anyone running not only Windows 8 / 8.1 but also users of Windows 7.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, May 25, 1:06 AM

Microsoft seems to be intent on getting as many people as possible running Windows 10 as soon as possible. To enable this, they are offering — for the first time ever — the new version of Windows as a free upgrade to anyone running not only Windows 8 / 8.1 but also users of Windows 7.

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For remote collaboration, Google Apps still can't be beat

For remote collaboration, Google Apps still can't be beat | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Successful team meetings require input from everyone. When you can't be in the same room, Google Hangouts and Google Drawings offer an effective virtual alternative
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In theory you can now use Microsoft's cloud office to do what people take for granted in Google's cloud office: Enter a shared online space, co-edit a document, discuss and track revisions. The same set of features exists in both platforms, more or less. But the two platforms aspire to very different goals.

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Customer Relationship Management Technology; a Failure…!!!

Customer Relationship Management Technology; a Failure…!!! | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
CRM – Customer relationship management solutions have been a total failure, as you would hardly find its association with the word ROI – Return on Investments. Does that ring a bell in your mind about what I want to convey?
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One of the biggest failures of any CRM solution is; unchanged mind set of your people/employees and vendors – who are the end users. How inclined are they on using this solution customized and designed to empower them?

 

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Hoisting big data to the cloud

Hoisting big data to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The general consensus about big data has been that it's too expensive to move. But what if you could use remote backup copies in the cloud for analytics, app dev, and other applications?
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............ So instead of data just sitting in the cloud waiting for disaster so it can restored on premises, why not use virtual copies of that data for big data analytics or dev and test in the cloud?

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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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Paul Davies's curator insight, June 24, 8:49 PM

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?

 

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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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Google Slashes Cloud Computing Prices, Introduces Pre-emptible Virtual Machine

Google Slashes Cloud Computing Prices, Introduces Pre-emptible Virtual Machine | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google has reduced prices of its Compute Engine hosted infrastructure service and also launched the Pre-emptible Virtual Machine.
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“We are reducing prices of all Google Compute Engine Instance types as well as introducing a new class of preemptible virtual machines that delivers short-term capacity for a very low, fixed cost. When combined with our automatic discounts, per minute billing, no penalties for changing machine types, and no need to enter into long-term fixed-price commitments,” Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, ....

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IBM doubles down on OpenStack for hybrid clouds

IBM doubles down on OpenStack for hybrid clouds | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
IBM's next OpenStack move is Bluemix-hosted services for managing cloud infrastructure -- but will they create dependencies of their own?
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Said services are published through IBM's Bluemix PaaS, and while the details remain vague on what goes into those services, odds are they'll revolve around the configuration and automation of OpenStack instances, whatever environment they're running on.

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Why Cloud Computing Is (Almost) All Software

Why Cloud Computing Is (Almost) All Software | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Does anybody even make hardware any more? ...... The ‘trouble’ is, the whole world has gone software-defined and that means some of what we used to do with hardware, we now do with software.

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It means some of what we used to do with hardware that shipped with a good proportion of onboard software intelligence, we now do with software (almost) alone.

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StackStorm Extends Automation Reach To Microsoft Azure

StackStorm Extends Automation Reach To Microsoft Azure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
StackStorm today announced that it has extended the reach of its open source IT automation integration framework to include support for Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Blob Storage and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) on the Microsoft Azure cloud. In addition, StackStorm announced that its software is now certified for distribution on the Microsoft Azure cloud itself.
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StackStorm CEO Evan Powell says StackStorm can be used to not only automate that management of application workloads on the Microsoft Azure cloud, but also other cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services or an OpenStack-compatible cloud.

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