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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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3 strikes against the public cloud

3 strikes against the public cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
AWS, Azure, Salesforce, and the rest enable you to build and/or deploy stuff in record time -- but those clouds aren't killing on-prem IT for good reason
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"If the IT department is a dinosaur .............  then why is it taking so long for the giant lizard to die?"
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Violin, still pushing flash speeds, looks to the cloud

Violin, still pushing flash speeds, looks to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In flash storage these days, it takes more than speed to win over many enterprises. Flash pioneer Violin is introducing its fastest arrays yet but also bringing its Concerto OS to the cloud.
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The flash storage pioneer is introducing its fastest enterprise arrays yet
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Maximising the potential of the Industrial Internet – through the right networks

Maximising the potential of the Industrial Internet – through the right networks | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud can handle the peaks in storage and computing demand, but organisations must be able to get it up and down quickly in order to benefit from the potential cost efficiencies and infrastructure agility that it can offer.
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"In industry, IoT gives birth to IIoT, which involves monitoring the performance of complex machinery such as gas turbines, aircraft, ships, electrical grids and oil rigs."
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Voting machines are still too easy to hack

Voting machines are still too easy to hack | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Worried about a 'rigged' election? You should be, but the risk lies in outdated technology and untrained bureaucrats, not voter fraud
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A fresh report from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology puts it succinctly: “Voter machines, technically, are so riddled with vulnerabilities that even an upstart script kiddie could wreak havoc.”
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Linux at 25: An ecosystem, not only an OS

Linux at 25: An ecosystem, not only an OS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
InfoWorld celebrates the 25th birthday of Linux -- and the new generation of open source projects Linux enabled
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"...... Linux has expanded far beyond its conquest of the server market. If you include Android, which is built around the Linux kernel, not to mention embedded Linux devices from TVs to network switches, you're talking billions of instances."
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Google cloud computing services are ready for corporate clients, company says

Google cloud computing services are ready for corporate clients, company says | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google Cloud Platform today announced a major release of three database services from beta, signaling that they’re ready for production use. Google Cloud Platform will now be positioned to handle the routine but vital database needs of corporate clients as AWS and Microsoft have been doing exclusively until now. Cloud SQL, Cloud Bigtable and Cloud Datastore are all now in general release, Google said in a blog post.
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Big words from Dominic Preuss "...... making Google Cloud Platform the best public cloud for your enterprise database workloads,”
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The trouble with the hybrid cloud

The trouble with the hybrid cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
To have a hybrid cloud, you need a private cloud -- but does one really need to be an extension of the other?
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"And what sort of path is there to a hybrid cloud, where the private and public cloud environments are parallel and can be managed of a piece?"
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Examining a new approach to data centre security

Examining a new approach to data centre security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Changing with the times is frequently overlooked when it comes to data security.
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"Recent efforts to upgrade these massive security systems are still falling short."
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What serverless computing really means

What serverless computing really means | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For developers, worrying about infrastructure is a chore they can do without. Serverless computing relieves that burden
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"AWS Lambda is the best-known example of serverless computing. As an Amazon instructional video explains, “once you upload your code to Lambda, the service handles all the capacity, scaling, patching, and administration of the infrastructure to run your code.” "
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How the internet of things is revolutionizing retail

How the internet of things is revolutionizing retail | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The world of retail may never be the same, thanks to the internet of things (IoT) and its network of connections
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Changing the consumer experience with IoT
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Data centers becoming more energy efficient, thanks in part to cloud computing

Data centers becoming more energy efficient, thanks in part to cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
While there's room for improvement, a new federal report should help put to rest concerns that energy usage from data centers is getting out of hand.
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"Thanks to better cooling and powering strategies, better power management and cloud computing, the energy consumed by data centers is under control, ....."
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Why APIs beat proxies for cloud security

Why APIs beat proxies for cloud security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud access security brokers that take an API approach can provide more comprehensive security without impacting network performance
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"How can you successfully enforce internal policies and industry compliance mandates under these conditions, particularly when another entity now controls part of your hosting environment?" ........... Try a CASB!
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Research shows greater uptake in virtualised environments for regulated industries

Research shows greater uptake in virtualised environments for regulated industries | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
According to the latest research from virtualisation technology provider HyTrust, the software defined data centre (SDDC) is moving further towards the mainstream, with many regulated industries moving around half of their critical workloads over to SDDC and virtualisation.
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The study ............ surveyed more than 500 executives across a wide variety of company sizes
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Official: Cloud computing is now mainstream

Official: Cloud computing is now mainstream | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Advanced practitioners display hybrid vigour
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Cloud computing is so mainstream these days that maybe it should just be called “computing”.
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Composable Infrastructure: a new approach to IT risk management

Composable Infrastructure: a new approach to IT risk management | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Building a perimeter fence around traditional infrastructure may reduce some IT risks, but it sacrifices agility. Composable Infrastructure offers a better way.
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"In short, it would be a Composable Infrastructure – one that turns compute, storage and fabric into fluid pools of resources that you can effortlessly compose and recompose to meet each application’s changing needs."
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Microsoft's pivot and the importance of Windows containers

Microsoft's pivot and the importance of Windows containers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Micrsoft is in the midst of a historic strategic pivot to embrace Linux as a first-class supported platform. We explore the implications for enterprise IT and business decision-makers, and recommend practical steps to position your organization for a cross-platform Microsoft strategy
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Azure has emerged as an alternative to AWS, and Microsoft has partnered with Docker to deliver container support for Windows Server 2016.
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Meet 'ROSS,' the bankruptcy robo-lawyer employed by some of the world's largest law firms

Meet 'ROSS,' the bankruptcy robo-lawyer employed by some of the world's largest law firms | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Computers may not wear suits and carry briefcases, but they know how to search for lawsuits online
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The new computer named ‘ROSS’ is an AI computer that acts as a bankruptcy lawyer and is now being employed by some of the world’s largest law firms. Oh and they will still charge you as if a person spent hours instead of seconds to reach the same conclusion.
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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, August 30, 3:15 AM
The new computer named ‘ROSS’ is an AI computer that acts as a bankruptcy lawyer and is now being employed by some of the world’s largest law firms. Oh and they will still charge you as if a person spent hours instead of seconds to reach the same conclusion.
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Why security and compliance are still the main blockers to cloud adoption

Why security and compliance are still the main blockers to cloud adoption | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Companies now consider cloud security to be superior to on-premise environments, but often expose themselves to risk by blindly relying on a glut of technology they are unable to actively manage.
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"..... finally, clearly defined responsibilities are needed both with your cloud service provider and within your own company, as clearly in the end, where security is concerned, the buck stops with you.”
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Serverless computing: The smart person's guide

Serverless computing: The smart person's guide | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
This comprehensive guide covers what serverless computing is and how it could reduce the complexity and cost of your cloud infrastructure.
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"Why it matters? Serverless computing services reduce the overhead and cost of managing either physical or virtual infrastructure......"
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New R extension gives data scientists quick access to IBM's Watson

New R extension gives data scientists quick access to IBM's Watson | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Data scientists have a lot of tools at their disposal, but not all of them are equally accessible. Aiming to put IBM's Watson AI within closer reach, analytics firm Columbus Collaboratory on Thursday released a new open-source R extension called CognizeR.
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"Watson services for language translation, personality insights, tone analysis, speech-to-text conversion, and visual recognition are among the first to become available through CognizeR."
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Docker 1.12 debuts, bringing Windows, Mac desktop editions

Docker 1.12 debuts, bringing Windows, Mac desktop editions | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Desktop development environments for Mac and Windows use native virtualization for speed and boost Docker's out-of-the-box cluster management and scheduling system
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"Docker for the desktop wouldn't be much good without Docker itself, so Docker for Mac and Windows come bundled with the latest edition of the Docker Engine, 1.12."
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Microsoft's new Dynamics 365 will bundle ERP and CRM in the cloud

Microsoft's new Dynamics 365 will bundle ERP and CRM in the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A new app store, meanwhile, will help business users find line-of-business SaaS applications
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"...... With Cortana Intelligence, for instance, sales reps will be able to predict which products and services a customer will need next, thereby helping to focus their cross-selling efforts."
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Amazon's Elastic File System is now open for business

Amazon's Elastic File System is now open for business | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Users of the cloud storage service can create file systems that grow or shrink as needed
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"EFS is designed for a wide range of file workloads, including big data analytics, media processing, and genomics analysis, AWS said."
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Ransomware may be a big culprit for data loss – but it’s the wrong fall guy

Ransomware may be a big culprit for data loss – but it’s the wrong fall guy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With researchers seeing a 3500% increase in the use of net infrastructure which criminals use to run ransomware campaigns, it’s not surprising that ransomware has been making big headlines.
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......... fraud and human error are costing UK organisations £98.6 billion a year.
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Read my lips, says Docker: Containers aren't VMs

Read my lips, says Docker: Containers aren't VMs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A major form of confusion about containers says that they're a next-generation, lightweight replacement for VMs. But container advocates say that's never been the goal
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........ Not now, and not any time soon, either.
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