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Jobs: What does a cloud IT career really mean?

Jobs: What does a cloud IT career really mean? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The term cloud computing has become part of the vernacular in companies of all industries and sizes. Over the past few years, more and more companies are moving to the cloud to save money, scale more easily and achieve faster times to production.
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Cloud May Be The New Outsourcing, But The Same Due Diligence Must Apply

Cloud May Be The New Outsourcing, But The Same Due Diligence Must Apply | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

In times gone by, when enterprises sought to shave costs off non-core processes, or add capabilities not immediately available in their organizations, they turned to third-party providers.

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As the IBM study’s authors, Marsha Trant and Romala Ravi put it, there are five rules of the road worth keeping in mind:

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OpenStack Juno Release Brings Big Data to the Cloud

OpenStack Juno Release Brings Big Data to the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

A new version of open-source cloud Relevant Products/Services computing platform OpenStack became available on Friday. The latest version, Juno, features over 3,000 bug fixes, with upgrades to the way it handles big data Relevant Products/Services applications and network Relevant Products/Services function virtualization Relevant Products/Services (NFV).

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Data Processing for Hadoop and Spark

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Cloud computing myths debunked

Cloud computing myths debunked | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
If you’re a small business owner and concepts like ‘the cloud’ fly over your head or send you into a flat panic, Darlene Menzies, CEO of SMEasy, says stop, breathe and embrace it because the cloud is a beneficial tool for SMEs
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Contrary to popular belief, Menzies says that cloud-based products could actually save small business owners money as the products are “typically” charged on a monthly basis and are not upfront-lump-sum based.

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Cloud computing is going to absorb your big data workloads, too

Cloud computing is going to absorb your big data workloads, too | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There has been a spate of product announcements and integrations over the past few weeks signaling that many big data workloads — including, and especially, Hadoop — will soon be ready to run reliably in the cloud.
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The broader goings on around the data community paint an even clearer picture of where we’re headed. All around, big, well-funded companies are putting some serious effort into blurring the lines between big data platforms and cloud computing platforms:

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A cold wind is blowing through Microsoft

A cold wind is blowing through Microsoft | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The winds of change are pushing the Microsoft ecosystem further into the cloud -- don't let your career get blown off course
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Microsoft may be sucking the air out of on-premises Exchange
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VMware Launches vCloud Air Data Center in Germany

VMware Launches vCloud Air Data Center in Germany | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud and virtualization Relevant Products/Services software Relevant Products/Services provider VMware opened its three-day VMworld Europe 2014 trade show with a flurry of announcements.

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.. the biggest news was the opening of a new data Relevant Products/Services center in Germany as part of the ongoing expansion of vCloud Air, the service formerly known as vCloud Hybrid Cloud Services.

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Sprint Aims at Business with Google Apps for Work

Sprint Aims at Business with Google Apps for Work | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

To enable better collaboration between employees, Sprint is offering a mobile-focused version of Google Apps for Work that will offer a cloud-based single sign-on powered by Ping Identity.

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Sprint's offer of Google Apps for Work includes a range of deployment and support services, called Carefree Cloud, so all employees can use the solution.

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Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in cloud analytics

Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in cloud analytics | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Wave uses a search-like medium along with extensive visualizations
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The new service is different from other approaches to analytics: It's search based, with data stored in a schema-less fashion. This allows for rapid, iterative exploration by users who are in search of answers to questions .....

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Dataguise Extends Big Data Reach into the Cloud

Dataguise Extends Big Data Reach into the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The majority of Big Data platforms are being deployed on premise, but as storage costs rise, more of that data will be stored in the cloud.
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.... it is starting to look as though there soon might be a lot more Big Data deployments on public cloud computing platforms.

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Cloud Computing Infuses Gartner Top Technology Trends

Cloud Computing Infuses Gartner Top Technology Trends | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The list concerns the 10 most impactful shifts for companies next year.
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The most directly related trend was "Cloud/Client Computing. ....

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, October 10, 3:19 PM

Always good to follow those trends. No surprise.

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The new cloud darling: How cloud computing transforms field service management

The new cloud darling: How cloud computing transforms field service management | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
If I asked you to name a multi-billion dollar market that’s getting a long overdue cloud makeover, would field service management be at the forefront of your mind? It should.
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CEOs are increasingly waking up to the sleeping giant that is their service department

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Apple's Handoff: What works, and what doesn't

Apple's Handoff: What works, and what doesn't | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Taking one of the most intriguing new technologies for a spin
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All the devices have to be signed into the same iCloud account -- Handoff doesn't work with other users. (That's what AirDrop is for.)

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INFOGRAPHIC: Losing The Cyberwar To Hackers

INFOGRAPHIC: Losing The Cyberwar To Hackers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Much of the discussion lately has been around the JP Morgan security breach. There are also growing concerns that other companies may have been infiltrated as well which is not a surprise considering the ruthless nature of cyberwar. Security will always be an issue and something businesses must continuously prepare for in order to minimize damage.
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The infographic IDG takes a close look at Cyberwar in the U.S

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10 Trends Transforming Enterprise IT

10 Trends Transforming Enterprise IT | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
When it comes to corporate IT, revolution is in the air. The way companies buy, build, manage, optimize and secure information technology is changing..
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Here’s a look at 10 important trends changing the face of enterprise computing:

 

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Cloud computing is coming for your DNA, and it will lead to better drugs and health care

Cloud computing is coming for your DNA, and it will lead to better drugs and health care | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
DNAnexus is adding Regeneron Genetics Center to its group of partners. DNAnexus will convert 1,000 exomes a week into usable data in the cloud.
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While the time and cost to sequence an entire genome has dropped to a day — or hours — and $1,000, from the 13 years and nearly $3 billion it took to complete the internationally-run Human Genome Project, more obstacles remain.

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Cloud service providers and end users: Let's lose the rigidity of the SLA, argues exec

Cloud service providers and end users: Let's lose the rigidity of the SLA, argues exec | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A senior executive at cloud services provider Claranet has claimed that most cloud services providers and end users are relying too much on the standard service level agreement.
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Marland notes that if the SLA is technically exceeding customers’ expectations yet the CSP is still getting complaints over service, .......

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Microsoft Says Windows Will Run Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing

Microsoft Says Windows Will Run Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The next big thing in cloud computing doesn’t work with Microsoft’s Windows operating system. But Microsoft wants to change that. As part of its ongoing effort to embrace the latest tech trends, Microsoft says it’s building a version of Windows that will offer something akin to Docker—a technology originally created for the Linux operating system…
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To build a modern online service ...... you’re typically forced to run software across dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of computer servers, and Docker provides a way of doing this ...

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IBM, SAP partner on enterprise cloud software, infrastructure

IBM, SAP partner on enterprise cloud software, infrastructure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The two tech giants see businesses increasingly moving their data to the cloud. A new partnership will help reinforce their positions.
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For SAP, it’s an acceleration of an existing strategy to offer its applications worldwide—and a small concession that the data center buildout it recently completed wasn’t sufficient to meet its larger goal.

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States Turn to Cloud Computing for Cost Savings

States Turn to Cloud Computing for Cost Savings | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Seven years ago, the state of Delaware started moving computer servers out of closets
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Nearly three-quarters of the states, 73 percent, say they already have some applications in the public cloud and are considering others.

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VIDEO: Cloud-Computing brings new challenges

VIDEO: Cloud-Computing brings new challenges | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The NSA Prism spying scandal risks undermining trust in U.S. cloud computing businesses, the EC's vice-president, Neelie Kroes, has warned in a speech today. Kroes also reiterated calls for "clarity and transparency" from the U.S. regarding the scope...
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In order for cloud-computing not to be a legal jungle the big players are using open-source software, the license-free method for a creating a product.

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The Myth Of The Green Datacenter

The Myth Of The Green Datacenter | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Here's the reality when it comes to datacenter energy consumption: If the cloud industry were a country, according to a recent study, it would be the fifth largest energy consumer in the world.

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Nevertheless, it cites calculations that wireless networks connecting users with the cloud services consume the equivalent energy in 1 pound of coal to transport 1 GB ...........

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2014 Talkin' Cloud 100: Cloud Service Providers Post Big Gains | Cloud Computing content from MSPmentor

2014 Talkin' Cloud 100: Cloud Service Providers Post Big Gains | Cloud Computing content from MSPmentor | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Who were the top cloud service providers, cloud aggregators and cloud brokers in 2014? Would it surprise you to learn that one of the top MSP 501 companies made Talkin' Cloud's 2014 list of top 100 Cloud Service Providers? Would it surprise you that CSPs on the 2014 TC100 list saw cloud services revenue gains of 48 percent year over year? Want to know more? Details here.
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The Top 100 CSPs generated more than $23.4 billion in combined cloud services revenues in 2013, up 48 percent from what they reported the previous year.

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Once Upon A Time: Storytelling When You’re Selling Cloud

Once Upon A Time: Storytelling When You’re Selling Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Perfecting the art of storytelling can bring CSPs closer to potential customers. Use a real life case study to show why customers need to leverage your solution. Here's how to tell your story in the cloud.
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... what I really want to do is paint them a picture of how this investment could pay off for them.

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Financial firms still stricken with fear of the cloud, survey shows

Financial firms still stricken with fear of the cloud, survey shows | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Three quarters of businesses in the financial sector are still concerned about adopting cloud-based applications, according to survey data from the NCC Group.
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Two in five (40%) respondents aren’t currently using cloud because they fear sudden data loss on a mass scale, while three quarters (74%) of firms would need at least a week to implement a disaster recovery plan – 5% said it would take two to three months.

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Eric Frykman's curator insight, October 10, 4:02 PM

As someone who works for the NCC Group, I can personally attest to this fear. However, this is how technology is moving - more to services, less-in house. Eventually it'll make more sense to move to someone who does IaaS or PaaS as a specialty than to keep it in house.

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How to Use Google+ Hashtags for More Exposure

How to Use Google+ Hashtags for More Exposure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Do you want to reach more people with Google+ hashtags? This article shows how to find hashtags to reach the right people on Google+.
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Google+ uses hashtags to explore a topic rather than curate it. When you search for a hashtag within Google+, the network auto-selects related hashtags and trending topics and returns those along with the hashtag you typed in.

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